Accepting the Status Quo
The effects of sin and death are plainly visible around us, but because we have never lived in an environment where these were not present, we accept them as a normal and necessary part of our existence. Never having exercised dominion over all negative forces, we are not troubled over our lack; we do not expect to see the word of Yahweh manifested in the earth. We meekly submit to the status quo instead of believing the Word of our Father.
If we do not see those around us operating in the full capacity of the Spirit, how can we possibly imagine we can do differently? Yet every word the Savior spoke has been tested and proven to be truly the Words of our Creator. Healing the sick, raising the dead, and exercising supernatural power over the elements testified and continue to testify of Yasha’s true identity.
Yasha exercised power over death in the days of his earthly ministry when he raised the dead. He commanded his followers to do likewise and gave them power over the negative realm. Identical miracles have been experienced by millions of his followers in every generation. His power has been demonstrated and his example has been practiced throughout the ages, even in the Old Testament times.
Most of the civilized world has witnessed the power of Christ in operation, especially throughout the twentieth century. But because of their unbelief, many large church denominations will not allow the Holy Spirit to operate in their congregation. Many religious leaders of Christian organizations verbally oppose the manifestation and demonstration of the Holy Spirit of life.
Paul tells us that “the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal, For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit, To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit, To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues, But all these works that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
“For as the Body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one Body, being many, are one Body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one Body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit,” 1 Corinthians 12:7-13.
Yasha said, “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned (judged). And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover,” Mark 16:16-18.
Yasha spoke reality and truth, not just religious opinions. He spoke facts, not fantasy. In every matter, there are facts. Example: the earth has an exact number of square inches in land surface. If I thought it had twice as many as it does, or believed it was half its size, my opinion could not change the facts—truth would remain unaffected. Neither can a religious order based on ignorance of the Word change the Gospel message. Yasha taught facts, facts that will reprove the world of sin and bring restoration in its time. We are daily judged by the light our Savior made manifest, just as the whole of creation will be before the consummation of the ages.
Yahweh created mankind to become kings; he gave them dominion over the earth and its galaxy, saying, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth,” Genesis 1:26.
David said, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained; What is man, that you art mindful of him? and the son of man, that you visit him? For you have made him a little lower than the angels (elohiym), and have crowned him with glory and honor. You made him to have dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet,” Psalm 8:3-4.
In another place it is written, “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of Yahweh: And if children, then heirs; heirs of Yahweh, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us,” Romans 8:16-18.
As soon as the children of Yahweh exercise their rights and receive the inheritance that our Testator died for us to receive, everything will change and the glory of Yahweh will fill the earth as the waters cover the seas (Isaiah 11:9).
We must first learn what the principles of this Kingdom are and then learn how to use them. We have been given dominion over all things, but it profits us nothing if we do not exercise our God-given power to rule over death-producing sin in our bodies. If it ever really penetrates our minds that the Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom of love, and that we inherited it in Christ, there will be a change in the Christian experience. But if we do not take dominion in our own temple, we will never reign with him.
Read the description of the administration of the “more excellent way” in First Corinthians 12:31 through 13:10. For the sake of clarity, I would like to quote from the Amplified Bible, which uses the original word Love instead of charity. In sixteen hundred, when our Bible was translated, charity meant love.
“Love endures long, is patient and kind; love is never envious, it never boils over with jealousy; love is never boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. Love is not conceited – arrogant and inflated with pride; it is not rude (unmannerly), and does not act unbecomingly. Love (Yahweh’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it, pays no attention to suffering wrong. It does not rejoice at injustice, and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, and is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails-never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end.”
This is the more excellent way administration; this is our inheritance. We are destined to inherit the attributes of our Father. We are joint heirs with the Son—not with gold and silver and precious stones, but in love, peace, goodness, gentleness, patience, wisdom, and knowledge; we will share his omniscience. Think on that! What a glory to share! We, as birth children, shall bear Yahweh attributes and his nature. We will not be walking on streets of gold in some distant scene, but here on earth as kingly priests. The thought excites me. No more wrestling with the ugliness of the adamic nature.
“And if Christ be ‘in’ you, the body ‘is’ dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness, ‘But if’ the Spirit of him (Yahweh) that raised up Yasha from the dead dwell in you, he (Yahweh) that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make alive) your ‘mortal bodies’ by his Spirit that dwells (presently lives) in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live,” Romans 8:10-13.
Hey Folks, this is not talking about a graveyard scene or goose bump tingles; this is talking about a metamorphic experience. This is what our Savior was talking about in the eleventh chapter of John, when he said unto Martha, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” John 11:25-26.
I can only cry out in harmony with King David, “Oh Yahweh, You have enclosed me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high, I cannot attain to it,” Psalm 139:5-6 (NAS).
Though it is true, I cannot attain to it; I do not have to; it does not come by the works of my flesh. I shall prevail. My Lord has promised to draw me into his fullness by his Spirit. Praise his Holy Name! He will never leave us or forsake us in our infirmities.
Immortality— Fact or Fiction?
We are the only ones that can hinder our process into the fullness of Love. Is this statement too hard to believe? We must resist the warring of our mind against reality, for “the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of Yahweh: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned,” 1 Corinthians 2:14.
The carnal mind, the faculty that guided us through our former years, was the only natural compass we had to direct us, even though the main concern of the carnal mind and all its activities were and still are geared toward preservation of the flesh and its will.
Do not assume the old adamic nature is going to give you the unction to ignore its whims. If we practice giving into our whims, we will eventually drift from active salvation into a passive religious system that protects the flesh.
After we have glimpsed the higher principle, we can easily become double minded, or continue on in carnality. All we have to do is to learn how to operate in two opposite systems with opposite principles at the same time—one system operating for our religious person and the other operating for our humanity. This is the problem with many modern church leaders. The Bible becomes a classic piece of artwork that furnishes intellectual orators with an ample supply of quotable quotes. This is a great deception, but produces a very comfortable religious system. It allows us to take care of our human needs and relationships quite nicely; for we never feel called upon to do anything that troubles the waters. With both sides working for us we can fit quite nicely into most social situations; we can preserve former relationships and keep our former social status. With this system we can make room for worldly indulgence in our daily lives and still look good in the congregation. We read of this religious system in Proverbs 16:25, “There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
Rarely do I meet a Christian that believes that the principles Christ taught can be applied in real life situations. I remember the first experience I had at applying his principles to my actions and reactions. I felt that surely we were supposed to love our enemies and pray for those who choose to despitefully use us. In my thinking, that involved nothing more than the emotions, but giving my goods to people who asked and turning the other cheek to those who have smitten me demanded more than loving and forgiving. Even a new Christian could understand the implications here. I wasn’t sure how “I” could do it, but if it took this to follow Yasha I was willing to try.
The scriptures quoted above were on my heart, and I shared them with my neighbor. I told her it was my duty to follow Christ no matter what the cost. She was happy to hear of my commitment and decided to borrow regularly from me since my obedience to Christ would not permit me to turn her away; my storeroom doors were open to her.
The situation grew worse until it was fast coming to a place where my husband was going to be supporting two large families. Though he was a Christian at that time, he saw no reason to go to such extremes in our obedience. He said I was overreacting to the Scripture. He stepped in and put a stop to our grocery-sharing. I felt bad, but I never felt condemnation. I reasoned that I was willing to give. But I realized later that I was not truthfully willing to give to the extent of her demand.
Soon the Master tested me in turning the other cheek, and I did it. Not in the Spirit Christ did it in, but I went as a sheep to the slaughter. I did not resist outwardly, but my actions were an effort of obedience, and my thoughts were only on the day that Christ would defend and reward my obedience to his word. I had something to learn, and my Teacher was faithful to keep me in school until I made passing grades. It took me about thirteen years of meekly turning the other cheek to finish that course.
I was studying the scriptures one day when a revelation of the Word was suddenly implanted in my mind—now there would be no more “pleading” with Yahweh for protection and deliverance. The answer came like a bolt out of the blue. I sprang from my chair and went about in my home praising and worshipping Yahweh.
The Holy Spirit had given me a sword, decked me in his amour and filled my heart with faith in his promise in a moment’s time. Now I could face my enemy, turn the other cheek, and win the battle every time.
For the first time, I saw the effectiveness of the sword of the Spirit and understood that my shield of faith would quench all the fiery darts of the enemy; not one of his darts could slip by and strike me. My problems were over. I had a shield that would protect me. That was in 1974, and I can now confirm it was the end of my physical abuse.
The Lord spoke to my heart and told me I owed no man anything except to love them with a pure heart. My faith in the power of Love was my protection. Faith in the power of Love (Word) would be a hedge around me. I was not to defend myself with my own fleshly efforts; the Lord was my Shield and exceeding great reward.
Study Abraham’s life. Take notice: he lived in the midst of some very corrupt people, yet he was not slapped or knocked around. Abraham was protected by his faith. “After these things the word of Yahweh came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward,” Genesis 15:1. We, the believers, can, by faith, stand as one with Abraham.
Christ faced the wicked multitude daily. He was neither fearful, nor perplexed or harmed until it was time to fulfill that which he had been chosen to suffer.
I do not claim to have put on immortality, but if I stand on the Word by faith, with my heart filled with Love (His presence) for my fellowman, whether friend or foe and let go of the spirit of self-defense, if I truly believe that my steps are ordered by the Lord, then, and only then, is my shield of faith in position to stop the darts.
Love is a superpower. Love builds a hedge that cannot be penetrated; it will never fail. It has never lost a battle, and never will. It just cannot be defeated. Love is power; it is the Master—the King. Love is Yahweh, and Yahweh is Love. If I understand this by the Spirit of Truth and yield to the Spirit of Love in all my confrontations with all people, I cannot be defeated, used or abused. But that love must be the kind that is as strong after a cross situation as it was before.
We may feel that we love, and we do love with human love; but there is a Love that reaches far beyond self. If we can hang on a cross as our Savior did, with our hands and feet torn and bleeding, bearing a crown that is made from thorns, if we can endure while the flesh on our back is torn to the bone by the cat-of-nine-tails and the heat of the day bears down upon us, when human spittle mixed with sweat pours into our eyes and into our mouth, yet love our persecutors with a compassionate love that is strong enough to continue to plead for them until our dying breath is breathed, we have then tasted of the Love that had the power to roll the stones away from his tomb, the Love that removed the grave clothes from the body of our Lord and awaken him from death’s sleep. We are, at last, experiencing Yahweh in our Spirit.
“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Yasha from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make alive) your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you,” Romans 8:11. Please notice, we are dealing with a change in the mortal body here. The change takes place while there is a body (not the dust remains of a mortal body) and while the Holy Spirit is yet dwelling (abiding) in that mortal body.
The whole concept of immortality and reigning in Christ overwhelms the human mind. It is too much for the human intellect; we must receive faith for it by revelation or through the revealed Word. “But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of Yahweh: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned,” 1 Corinthians 2:14.
We must add to our faith and allow it to expand until we are transformed by the renewing of our mind. “And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of Yahweh,” Romans 12:2.
Miracles are not something that happen on rare occasions; miracles are happening in our body every moment of the day. Miracles are ever present, but we take too many of them for granted; for instance, did you know a person’s heart pumps faithfully three billion, nine hundred and ninety-seven million, two hundred ninety-six thousand times before he is a hundred. Many people live to be over a hundred. Our only way of computing this overwhelming thought is to think on these things—we are wonderfully and marvelously made! We are not strangers to miracles. Think: Adam’s heart beat more than thirty-eight billion, three hundred and seventy-four million, forty-one thousand six hundred times non-stop. Man’s heart is one fantastic machine.
Entering into a body is our very first miracle. All must confess that we are fearfully and wonderfully made; we are supernaturally created. Everything about the human body, in fact, everything about the whole plan of the ages, is too glorious for the natural mind to grasp. It is far above human imagination. But why is it so hard for us to allow ourselves to believe that which we see with our eyes on an everyday basis?
Religion teaches a religious system that is easy for the human mind to conceive. The anointed Truth must come to us through revelation, and when it does, it raises us above the human experience and brings us into the realm of immortality. Immortality, the benefit that Adam spurned, is as sure to come as our first birth was. It was preordained to be, before the beginning of the ages. It must and it will come, but it will come to each of us as we experience a higher revelation of Love.
“That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that you put on the new man, which after Yahweh is created in righteousness and true holiness,” Ephesians 4:22-24.
It is impossible for the natural mind to understand the born-from-above experience. To the natural mind, conversion is only an extension of our first life with forgivingness added.
The carnal man says, very piously, “There are just two kinds of people, a sinner lost and a sinner saved,” and he means that literally. “Man,” says he, “will always be a sinning creature.” And we are, if we do not have faith to believe differently. If we cannot see ourselves elevated above the rebellious evil creature that they envision, we will remain chained to that image. We must see ourselves capable of putting on the fullness of the characteristics of our Father.
Some folks out there are teaching that “pre-ordained” speaks of puppet creatures, and they deny that we are free to make choices. What should we do with the fourth chapter of Hebrews? “Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the Gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith,” Hebrews 4:1-2 (NIV). In our words that would be, “They did not believe what they heard, therefore they did not receive.”
Yasha taught us to knock, seek, and ask; Paul says, “That you put on the new man.” Hundreds of other scriptures are compatible with this line of thought. If the puppet theory is to be believed, all these scriptures mean absolutely nothing. We all know that an individual’s attitude is created by his spiritual education. The day we graduate from the spiritual school of all knowledge and wisdom, we will have succeeded in putting on the new man; we will be possessed by Love.
The old man is dead. He exists only in death. He does not exist in the Life realm or in us if we are participators in the Life realm. There is no part of me that is a sinner, a transgressor, nor am I rebellious against my Father’s will. No brags, just facts. Yahweh does not see me in that image. Why should I?
I refuse to identify with my former self. She was not the person that I am now. I am not that person anymore. I am a new creation in Christ: the former me is dead, passed away, and crucified in Christ. Behold all of me has become new. I am swallowed up in truth; I have been covered with a new covering, and I have put on the life of Christ. We cannot claim the new nature as long as we claim the old one.
The only way the religious system will allow us to lay claim to our new man is to acknowledge both the old and the new as present tense in the same temple with the old nature or old man as the predominant one.
As long as we claim the old nature, we cannot be made new in Christ. Yahweh has made the light available. The light is the Life. The light you see is the Life you have, for the light and Life is one. If you cannot see this light, it does not mean it does not exist, it only means that you have not, as yet, attained unto it. We will though, when we can comprehend that Love is Light and the Light is Life.
We are hearing a lot about faith these days, and I am a firm believer in faith. But divine revelation must come before faith, because faith comes by hearing— we hear first and believe later. We have to hear His voice before we can receive His word.
I don’t have too much faith in the “name it, claim it,” theory because it is pretty easy to claim some things we are better off without. My theory is, if I can “see it,” I can “be it.” It is not material things that attract me. Christ said, “But seek first the kingdom of Yahweh, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you,” Matthew 6:33. If we can excel unto righteousness, the storehouse of heaven is open unto us.
“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Yasha Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passed knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of Yahweh,” Ephesians 3:14-19.