It has taken me quite awhile to write part three of this message, I assure you it isn’t because I didn’t want to but this has been a very difficult and somewhat intimidating article to write. As these articles progress it becomes clear the immensity and depth of our calling and what it means to truly examine ourselves with Christ as the measuring stick. Of course non of us will ever be Jesus, but as Christians we are all called to be like Him and if we are truly His then He is transforming us into His image from glory to glory. However sometimes I think many including myself(more often than I care to mention) forget what, and who glory is. Instead we choose to come up with our own definition of what is Christ-like rather than what truly is like Christ. The only real reason that this happens is because all to often we find another glory, something other than Jesus that captures our attention, our focus, and gains our adoration. It takes alot to care and nurture another glory and it is easy for a person to end up serving another master, and obeying the will of something that is in opposition to the will of God. In this third part of the calibration block, the will of God is going to be the issue. The question that was posed at the end of part two of the calibration block was, what are the three reasons that Jesus gives that the people of Matthew 7: 21-23 were not allowed to enter the Kingdom of Heaven? These are the people who had prophesied in Jesus name, cast out demons, and in Jesus name had performed many miracles and yet they were not allowed into the Kingdom of Heaven by the very Jesus by whom they had done all these spiritual works. So in review, the three reasons are, 1) They were not doing the will of the Father(even if they were doing the things that are supposed to be done for God). 2) Jesus says He doesn’t even know them. and 3) they practiced lawlessness. Since these three reasons cover so much space I decided to tackle them one at a time in three separate ‘sub articles’, and since I have had such a hard time writing this final part of the calibration block, I have decided to do this via video rather than write it. The video has it’s challenges but it is the first of many to come, so please click ‘play’ and see if the Word of God and the Spirit of God aren’t speaking the very same things to you.
I am going to add all three of the Calibration Part three videos to this one post so that all three will be stored together. So here is part 3-B. This video has it’s ‘hot spots’ all the way to the end. I really enjoyed this part.
Last but not least here is section C to part three, I hit a couple of side note rabbit trails on this one, but not too bad, and I always get right back to the point, there is some good stuff in this video that you don’t want to miss if you have been watching the series. As far as the rabbit trails, I will get better I promise.
This is a short clip of an amazing message by Paul Washer on the error of Modern Evangelism versus the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. You can find the full message here – http://youtu.be/shxQcczYuAA
I believe in prayer and waiting on God as I know you all do as well. And as most of you do I also believe in prayer and fasting. To me fasting has always been a time of devoted prayer and waiting on God while cutting out every hindrance in my life that includes hobbies, projects, food or any other distracting thing(I usually drink water though, especially when fasting in the boonies). Paul even said in 1 Corinthians(1 Cor 7:5) that husbands and wives should never deny one another intimacy unless by agreement for a time of prayer and fasting. So needless to say fasting is usually a time for focusing solely on intercession and prayer and almost nothing else. In the last few years I have heard of some interesting fasts some of which were pretty amusing. One fast that I heard of was two guys committing to eat only milkshakes during their time of fasting. I’m not trying to knock other folks but I really think the Church especially the intercessors and prayer warriors need to get back to serious fasting and prayer appealing to Heaven for the power of God to move on Earth.
I do know however that there are many people who just have a crazy hard time with the fasting part of prayer and fasting, I know there are times that that has been my challenge as well. So I thought I would share this video from youtube about the masters cleanse. It is a solid food fast that cleanses your body from toxins(nobody needs that more than Americans) and it helps you fast while you are praying. In fact it is kind of prophetic to detox and cleanse your body during a time of prayer, oh that the Church would be spiritually detoxed and cleansed! Any way here is the link to that video-
If you are new to fasting and prayer you will find that within a couple of days of going at it that you will feel such an open connection with Heaven that the lack of food won’t matter as much. Your times of prayer will increase in intensity even if your physical energy level is not at it’s best. And wow, for me I hear the Spirit of God so much clearer while on a fast, in fact it is never a good idea to fast without a pen and note pad nearby(forget the computer it will snag you), because you will be hearing alot more than usual. And during a time of fasting your hunger for the Word of God and the revelation that you get from the Word will increase sometimes the level of that increase is very high. The only thing I would really encourage with a fast is to prepare for a fast a couple days in advance so you are free to go after God with as few hindrances and interruptions as possible. And if you have hobbies, or interests, or even idols that demand your undivided attention, do not give them any place in your life during a time of fasting(as if idols belong in your life at all),…God hates competition. And that is really what a fast is about it is about giving God your undivided attention, so He can give you His.
Calibration Block (part 2)
So just to re-cap from the first part of this message, let me once again define in my own words what calibration is. Calibration is simply bringing anything, any tool, any devise, or any appliance into alignment with a standard value. In other words calibration means making something accurate and true. Calibration could involve making an oven read accurate temperatures in it’s display, so that whatever temperature it reads is exactly the temperature that is in the oven. Calibration could involve tuning a piano to play the right notes in accordance with the right keys. Or it could involve getting a rifle to be dead on with it’s rifle scope at 100 yards. No matter how you look at it calibration is alignment of a tool with a separate guide or ‘standard’. In the case of the oven, the display reading will have to be tuned with a master temp gauge that actually goes in the oven and reads the temp directly(this tool also has to be calibrated). The piano will have to be tuned to calibrated set of tuning forks by a master tuner or he will use an electronic devise, and, you guessed it, even those tools have to be calibrated. And the rifle will be made to come into alignment with the scope using a laser boresighting tool.
For those of us who are believers in Jesus Christ calibration simply means coming into alignment with the Word of God. And even more specifically into alignment with Jesus Himself. And why is that? Because Jesus Himself is the Word. Why just read John 1: 1-15, the Bible in one way or another is a testimony of Jesus Himself on many different levels. So much so that it is easy to see why He is called ‘the Living Word’. We are called to come into alignment with Jesus because He is the Living Word of God. We are called to be dead to this World and alive in Jesus Christ. After all the first commandment Jesus ever gave to His Disciples was “follow me”, make no mistake about it, when He said follow me He meant leave your life and and find your life in me. He wanted them to believe and follow His Words AND His actions to the point that all who followed Him emulated His very life. In this way we who follow Jesus become a light unto the World just as He was a light unto the World. But we are not a ‘true’ light if we are not ‘in calibration’ with the master, and that is Christ Himself. So in order to be calibrated to Jesus we must come into exact direct alignment with His Word. And I do mean His Word and not our own definition of what His Word should be in our opinion, but what is actually there. Many people find this to be challenging to say the least and some see it as impossible. Because they want both the World and Jesus, but as Jesus said “no one can serve two Masters for he will either hate the one and love the other, or love the one and hate the other”.
Most ‘challenging’ Bible teaching is done just to show rebellious people that they have a problem with God and they need to change, this is even the root of the salvation message. Many rebellious people don’t seem to be angrily or purposefully rebellious, but then their rebellion is against God because in their heart they don’t feel God is loving or understanding enough and therefore He is the one that needs to change and not them. And yet they will hide this from themselves trying to believe they have no problem with God, that is until His Word ends up right in their face showing them God in yet one more way they didn’t really want to see Him. So they make up all kinds of personal little doctrines to make God appear more ‘loving’ in their own eyes.
And why? Because they want to judge God Himself using their own heart and feelings as a measuring stick for His Word. So inevitably their Bibles will gather dust while their refrigerator begins to get covered with all kinds of pretty new magnets containing misconstrued scriptures and heart felt little sayings that are later mistaken for scripture itself in their own minds. In fact you can take choice little pieces of scripture from all different places in the Bible and stick them all together to form a ‘new Gospel’ that sounds similar to the one found in God’s Word but is really just a twisting of His own Words in His own mouth to create an alternate ‘salvation’ that doesn’t require obedience to God’s Holy Word at all. This is just one of the many ways that people introduce God to their own man made salvation designed just for Him,..a salvation from looking like a big ol’ meanie in the sky, a salvation from looking like He just doesn’t understand the hearts of His own creation, a salvation from looking uncaring and unloving. It is just so blasphemous I can barely write this, I am almost breaking down with grief and sorrow as I write this. This is what happens when humans try to calibrate Jesus to themselves.
Many people demand that God accepts them the way they are, and that if He were truly loving He would see that even though they are not perfect their intentions are good, so if He were truly merciful and full of ‘grace’ He would cut them a break. These people are just sure they are a more advanced form of Christian than those ‘Bible thumpers’ because they understand people and they ‘get’ peoples hearts because in their own mind God has made them so loving and kind. In fact if they were in charge of the Universe there would be no need for judgment of any kind because they would just love everyone into tears and reconciliation with Heaven and there would be teddy bears, and rainbows, and chocolate for everyone.
Listen to me! I will say this really, really clear, Jesus may love you the way you are, but He does not accept you the way you are. If He did there would be no need for salvation, and no change would be required from us to receive eternal life or a relationship with God. The goal of the Word of God isn’t to get God to accept us the way we are, it’s to reveal to us God and His ways so that we will do something very, very, very, necessary! We need to accept God the way He is! This is true worship!
God has never told us that He will accept us the way we are, and He has been very clear about the fact that a relationship with Him involves us constantly changing as we continually learn to come into alignment with His Word, His ways, and HIS HEART,…because our hearts are, as the Bible says, desperately wicked(Jeremiah 17:9). In other words in order to have a relationship with God and to receive salvation we MUST change and we must change in accordance with His Word. He loves us so much that He gave us the life and the blood of His own Son so that we would even be able to be made clean so that we would have the privilege to obey His Word,…We must be cleansed by the Blood of Jesus and obey the Word of God and then and only then can we be made acceptable in His site.
Hell is full of people that Jesus loves, the reason that those people ended up in hell isn’t because Jesus didn’t love them it’s because they rejected Jesus, because they couldn’t accept Him the way He is. The Bible even says that we can do many great things in the name of Jesus and still not know Him because we are lawless(do not obey His commandments, or heed His Word). Consider Matthew 7: 21-23.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.22“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.” Matthew 7:21-23
The people speaking to Jesus on judgment day in this passage are saying that they operated in the power of God in the name of Jesus apparently they were doing this to glorify God(how many today even do this?) So what were the reasons Jesus gave that they would not enter into Heaven? I mean after all isn’t every one who calls on the name of the Lord saved just as Acts 2:21 says??? Well there is alot I could say about Acts 2:21 in fact that is a whole teaching and that is another day but basically in Matthew 7: 21-23 Jesus says with His own mouth that not everyone who calls Him Lord will be saved. The people in this passage speaking to Jesus were serving Jesus in accordance with their own ideas of the way they should serve the Lord. They had their own ideas as to what was pleasing to God. Does that mean we shouldn’t cast out demons, heal the sick, and prophecy? Are we somehow more likely to avoid judgment if we just ignore the power of God as a part of our testimony all together? Of course not, we should do all those things because those are some of the things Jesus taught us to do as followers of Him. In fact the power of God is part of the very Gospel message itself, and those who really follow Jesus will run right into the power of God anyway it is inevitable. So what are the reasons that Jesus calls these people workers of iniquity and tells them to depart from Him? Well basically Jesus gives three reasons, 1) Only those who do the will of the Father will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. 2) Jesus never actually knew them. 3) They practiced lawlessness.
I want to take a look at these three reasons that the people in this passage will not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but as usual my fingers are getting a little long winded, and this article is getting a little long. These three reasons are so important because it helps us identify what it means to be in calibration with the Word of God and with the will of God in ways we may not have considered. Also it seems that many will go to judgment day thinking they are right on with God and they really aren’t so right on. Some feel that the manifestations of power in their life are the evidence that they are in alignment with God and some feel that their character and their version of love is the evidence that they are right with God. This is why I really want to finish examining what Jesus had to say to the people standing before Him on judgment day, because honestly I really do not want to be standing with that crowd at that moment, and I tell you the truth, I have stood in that place many times in my life and it was really easy to get there. So I will finish the calibration block with a part three,…and yes I WILL finish it in part three(Lord willing).
It has been some time since the Holy Spirit has revealed anything to me by way of a vision. Usually He deals with me through revelation of the Word of God (the Bible). I have spent most of my Christian life walking in the gift of teaching, and even though I have been used in the prophetic, and at times have been consumed by the prophetic, I have always loved the teaching. I especially love the kind of teaching that proves the Word of God to be exactly what it claims to be. I love to show people the scientific, the archaeological, and the Bible prophecy that proves that the Word of God is accurate and indisputable(as Zionfire develops you’ll see alot of this). I think however that I have loved teaching so much because it is safe, comfortable, and rewarding even when the message is challenging to the point of searing. Because when you are teaching you can usually point to a source of your teaching and ultimately the responsibility of your words lands on the origin of the message. For example if I am teaching the ten commandments and someone hates the fact that the ten commandments tells you that adultery is wrong. Then, even though I am teaching the Word,….it is God’s Word and not mine, even if I believe it so much that it is a part of my own DNA. And therefore that persons problem is with God and His Word and not me personally. So in that respect teaching seems so much more ‘safe’ than prophecy does. Because there is no way for me to prove to you the source of my prophetic revelation or word.
The one thing I can tell you when gauging whether what you have just heard is a true word of prophecy or a revelation by the Spirit is to look at the motivation of the word. Is the word expressing God’s desires? Is it a call for people to return to the Lord? Or to come into alignment with His Word? Is the word calling people to draw closer to the Lord by walking in His ways fulfilling His desires? Is it an encouragement to continue to do the things that please the Lord? Or a rebuke causing us to turn from sin that is destroying our communion with the Lord? Or is the ‘word’ a message that pets the flesh desiring to please men and not God? Causing people to become pleased with the speaker of the word, for the personal gain of the speaker. I say all of this because the first half of the calibration block message will not be as full of the Word as I am used to posting, even though the second half will be chopped full of the usual weight of scripture. So as you read this or any other message from someone speaking a prophetic word or revelation please always consider motivation as one of the discerning factors. Of course there is no replacement for discernment that comes from the Holy Spirit Himself, and if your spiritual ears have become attuned to His voice then He will guide you. As Jesus said to His disciples, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you. John 16:12-15
So I am going to begin this teaching by relaying something the Holy Spirit spoke to me back in 2003 that has changed the way I think and the way I teach ever since that time. In 2003 I was working the graveyard shift at a Titanium casting facility in Central Oregon. I worked in the straightening department where we would re-align the castings structurally according to specific blue print specifications. It is a very technical job as it has to be, because many of those castings are for aircraft that the lives of many people will depend on being structurally sound. So the specifications are very tight and the quality control very rigid. One of the tools we use to measure the castings with is a large rock table made of solid granite usually very thick, very large, very heavy, and, very precise. The surface of the table is usually within a flatness of at least .001 thousandths of an inch. So basically if you divided an inch up into a thousand equal pieces the entire surface of your table should be accurate within the tolerance of one of those little thousandths. The table has to be that flat as much of the measuring equipment used to evaluate the castings will be set up on the granite rock which will ensure an accurate reliable measuring of the castings.
I tell you about the table only to tell you that at break time I didn’t really want to go to the break room so I just sat back in my chair and put my feet up on the rock, it doesn’t hurt the rock, but wow what an expensive foot rest. As you can guess there is some significance as to what I am about to share and having my feet up resting on a rock of this kind. As I was was sitting there the Holy Spirit spoke something to me in that quiet moment. He asked me to identify all the different kinds of measuring equipment we had in that facility. Oh wow! there are so many different kinds of measuring tools it would have taken me all night to track them down. So I began to relay in my mind all of the different measuring tools we had in the building. Some of the tools are very cheap, inexpensive, easy to find tools, and some of the measuring tools are hundreds of thousands of dollars and very large requiring specifically trained operators to use them. And there are some measuring tools that get used constantly having to be replaced from time to time for wear and others that almost never see use for years, those tools usually have very specific purposes. But there is one thing all these tools have in common and it is what the Holy Spirit asked me about next.
After I had gone through countless different types of measuring tools(I still wasn’t done) the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “now calibrate them”.
For those of you not familiar with the process of calibration it is simple and it is the one thing that must happen to ALL measuring tools or they will not be valid, usable tools. To calibrate a measuring tool you must measure a very specific set of precision ground blocks with the tool that is requiring calibration. There are at least seven blocks in most sets of calibration blocks. The measuring equipment must be tuned in perfect alignment with the calibration blocks so that the equipment will measure accurately when it is use. If the tool for some reason cannot be calibrated it must be thrown away or repaired no matter how expensive it is because it is no longer a reliable tool of measurement as it is not in alignment with the calibration blocks.
Here’s the clincher and you don’t want to miss this, the calibration blocks are called ‘The master set’ and they are known as ‘the standard’. That’s when the Holy Spirit spoke to me concerning Jesus showing me that Jesus is the standard and the Master!
It was then that I realized that I was being shown that all of those measuring tools were like those who are following Jesus. Some great, some small, some of great apparent value, and some some not considered very valuable, some were used all the time, some hardly ever. Also The tools are of many different configurations just like Christians are all gifted uniquely and differently. However like the measuring equipment, unless we are in alignment with the Master or ‘The Standard’ we are good for nothing to the Lord any more no matter how great our giftings, or abilities, or influence.
In other words we must be in perfect alignment with Jesus Himself or we are not really, truly followers of His. As Jesus said in the book of John, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:5-7
The Word of God (The Bible) tells us who Jesus is. In the ‘Old Testament’ there was prophecy of the coming Messiah and a revealing of the heart of God Himself and what He calls righteousness. In the Gospels we read the stories of Jesus and we read His very own Words telling us who He is, what He wants us to be, and what we can expect if we follow Him. And even in the Book of Revelation we read Jesus Words to John as He is speaking to John the messages He had for the Christians of seven major Churches, words that still ring true to our Churches today concerning the desire of Christ for those that follow Him. We need to understand that Jesus was teaching us to be just like Him, obviously we are not Jesus, but He wants us to be like Him. We are to follow Him in every respect that He Himself taught us to. He didn’t teach a special Gospel that was only relevant to the people of His day on Earth and another Gospel for the ‘modern Church’. As Jesus said in Matthew 10:24 “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master.So there is no ‘advanced’ Gospel for those who become to great to follow the simplicity of the message that Jesus gave us to preach and the power He gave us to preach it with.
Peter understood this when he was in a boat rowing across the sea of Galilee during a storm. He and the Disciples all saw someone walking across the sea in the storm, they were so afraid of what they saw that they thought it was a ghost. That is when Jesus told them, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Peter, upon hearing this and knowing Jesus as closely as he did said to Jesus, “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.” Why would Peter think that if it was Jesus He would want Peter to do exactly what He was doing?
Now this is the one word answer that chokes me up every time. Jesus answered Peter and said, “Come”. What Jesus was doing was unheard of and unless it was recorded in the Bible we would have never believed that Jesus would have performed such a sign. But not only did He do it, but he was more than happy to call any disciple that dare do what they were supposed to do, and get out of their safe little boat and get into the scary water and follow Jesus while doing the absolute impossible. And why? Because Jesus did it, and He wants us to follow His words and His actions as true followers of Jesus Christ.
I shared a couple of analogies on facebook recently that I really liked and thought I would share them here.
1) This Nation reminds me of a top of the line sports car like a Lamborghini. With all of the best features, an amazing 500hp engine, an interior so beautiful you want to just sit in it a while and look before driving, all the parts all the features are the best you can get,…BUT in this car it is missing the frame, all the amazing parts of the car just lie uselessly on the ground, all with such potential…Our Nation looks wealthy, decadent, and top of the line but our framework is gone.
2)The Gospel is like this,…I will liken it to a fitness club membership,…yep that’s right, a fitness club membership(yes folks this is an analogy).
Many people have or possess fitness club memberships but only very few actually use them consistently. Most use them only occasionally which doesn’t really do them much good. It just makes them sore and could give them a possible injury for little to no benefit. Even though every person who bought a fitness club membership did it with the intention of getting in and staying in good physical condition.
When someone has been using their membership to it’s full potential they don’t really have to tell you because you will just look at them and say,”wow they really must work out.” One of your natural assumptions will be that they have a fitness club membership and use it regularly.
However in contrast when someone who is overweight with no muscle tone begins to brag to you about how hard they work out at the gym and that they have been doing it for awile,…you might have a hard time believing them.
The Gospel is like this, when you walk in faith and believing in God’s Word you build your spirit, just like exercise builds your body. It isn’t long before the evidence of the power of Gods Word begins to show up in your life, and people around you don’t really need to be told, they can see it in your word and in your actions. And they can see that your words and actions seem to be inspired in a way that goes beyond human effort
In contrast there is another type of ‘Gospel’ it uses some scripture, and some worldly wisdom, as well as some life experience, in order to puff up an individual that is obviously not very spiritual at all. In fact the other gospel almost mocks faith and believing viewing it as idealistic pipe dreaming. That kind of gospel is a flesh driven philosophy usually focusing on the ‘great love’ of the individual or some other attribute of their character that they see, and well,…we don’t.
The true gospel costs you your life on earth because you give it away to be totally overtaken by the calling God has given each one who lives in it. But you gain your life in the spirit, which never ends. A life lived in the spirit looks weak in the flesh but powerful in the spirit. Why look how many through the last two thousand years that could empty wheelchairs with faith and believing the Words of Jesus and yet they didn’t have a nickel to their name.
Paul the Apostle and many other Christians have been imprisoned, beaten, and killed for their faith, and yet their testemony in writing, and the power of God that moved in their lives bear testement to the power of the Gospel that they preached and lived.
Which Gospel will we live?