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Living the Resurrected Life. The Testimony Part 12 The Water, The Blood, and the Spirit, Part 5 - The Spirit,Conviction versus Condemnation - David Mitts

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Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Rom 8:1 NASB)   To listen to the audio-only version click below    Last session we began speaking about the testimony of the Spirit. We compared the impact of trying to solve the issues of our conscience from self-efforts, what the scriptures calls dead works to living the overcoming life by the Spirit. “how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14) What drives dead works? Our conscience. Our conscience is defined as that part of ourselves that determines the rightness or wrongness of something. How do we do that? What informs our conscience? I think our conscience, at its root is informed by our need to find out what is good and evil in our lives and then to choose what to do or say. In this sense, our conscience is activated by the tree of the knowledge of good an

Living the Resurrected Life. The Testimony Part 11 The Water, The Blood, and the Spirit, Part 4 -The Testimony of the Spirit - David Mitts

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“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” (John 16:13) To listen to the audio-only version click below  Giving Opportunity Message The Apostle John spoke to us of three that bear witness, the water, the blood, and the Spirit. “This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.” (1 John 5:6) We have looked at the testimony of the water both at creation and at the baptism of Yeshua in the Jordan. We also looked at the testimony of the blood as the speaking forth of covenant. The covenant which is the declarative act of union between 2 parties is ratified or made real and binding by the blood of the sacrifice. Yeshua gave His blood as an eternal sacrifice bringing us into an eternal covenant. “how much more

Living the Resurrected Life. The Testimony Part 10 The Water, The Blood, and the Spirit, Part 3 - David Mitts

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"And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. (Rev 12:11 NASB) To listen to the audio-only version click below  Giving Opportunity Message The Apostle John, who had the premiere revelation of Yeshua as the light of God and as the expression of the love of God revealed that there is a testimony of Yeshua that involves the water, the blood and the spirit. The last two chapters have been focused on the testimony of the water. Let’s turn to the testimony of the blood. This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three agree. (1Jn 5:6-8 NASB) Clearly John is telling us that there is an agreement between the testimony of the water, the blood, a

Living the Resurrected Life. The Testimony Part 9 The Water, The Blood, and the Spirit, Part 2 - David Mitts

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"And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. (Rev 12:11 NASB) To listen to the audio-only version click below  Giving Opportunity Message Testimony, eduth, in Hebrew indicates opening a door and seeing into the realm of truth. The “ed” is the root from which we also get the word “mo-ed” which is translated as divine appointments, like Shabbat and the Feasts of the Lord which means, “from the eternal realms”. If we tie this altogether, our testimony is what opens the realm of the spirit in our lives. I remember in Revival meetings which we had the priviledge of being a part of in the early to late 1990’s, where we experienced the raw power of the Lord’s Presence which transformed our lives. One of the most powerful things to observe was the testimonies. As individuals began to share what God had done the previous day in their lives, they re-experienced it afre

Living the Resurrected Life. The Testimony Part 8 - Water, The Blood, and the Spirit - David Mitts

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"And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. (Rev 12:11 NASB) To listen to the audio-only version click below  Giving Opportunity Message Last chapter we spoke about disappointment and the key of healing the broken heart that makes us sick by lowering our expectations. Lowered expectations distort how we see the reality of possibilities in our life. As we drop our expectation we turn to gimmicks or self-effort and stop believing for the miracles of God to be part of our experience. It’s not necessarily the case, that we don’t believe in miracles, just that somehow, they are not a part of our individual story. The healing we are believing for, the provision for a big vision, the resurrection of a dead relationship, etc. become limited to what we know and understand through our natural seeing and corresponding expectations. In order to have a breakthrough, we

Living the Resurrected Life. The Testimony Part 7 Overcoming Disappointment in the Testimony - David Mitts

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"And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. (Rev 12:11 NASB) To listen to the audio-only version click below  Giving Opportunity Message One of the main hinderances to writing the vision and making it plain so that we can run is the disappointments from these efforts in our lives in the past. We envision the result that we believe God wants for us and then we struggle to bring it to pass and for whatever reason it doesn’t happen. This begins to rob us of the power and trust to pursue again. This is the power of disappointment. It has the potential to damage our heart. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12) We have all experienced the disappointment of believing God for a certain good outcome and seeing that outcome fail or at the very least come to pass in a greatly reduced fashion. This causes many of

Living the Resurrected Life. The Testimony Part 6 What You See is What You Say - David Mitts

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"And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. (Rev 12:11 NASB) To listen to the audio-only version click below  Giving Opportunity Message Intentional speech is speech with a purpose. Purpose reflects perspective, how we see ourselves and our lives. Prophetic ministry is mostly about vision. The Bible tells us that without vision we lose restraint or discipline. “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is one who keeps the Law.” (Proverbs 29:18) The Hebrew root used here to convey the concept of being without a guiding vision, without restraint is “parah”. This word is translated in various ways. The word picture literally means to have your hair loose and wild. The hair is connected to the glory of an individual or the unique nature of that person. A gray head is a crown of glory; It is found in the way of righteousness. (Pro 16:31 NAS