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Another Coffee Break:

Mathematical Metaphors, Part 2

November 13, 2015

Continuing where we left off last week, we consider the number 12 in the
picture of the Bride of Christ -- the number of Ekklesia, the number of
preparation, and the number of governmental authority.

Last week, we said that the New Jerusalem does not only consist of Jews.
Representing the call to, and gathering from, the nations are the twelve
foundation stones, and on them the names of the twelve apostles who made up
that first Ekklesia.

The dual groups of 144,000 represent the two Brides - now made One. The
significance of the number, 144, is that it is 12 X 12; that is, a finished,
a completed, a fully tested and tried people. The work of the Paraklete in
Ekklesia has been accomplished. The time of Ekklesia has come to an end,
and the finished Bride has been joined to her Bridegroom.

If you will recall the vision of Zechariah, he saw the Golden Candlestick
between two olive trees. When he asked the angel of the Lord what the two
olive trees represented, the angel replied, "These are the two anointed
ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth." (Zechariah 4:14)

While I recognize that there are other explanations and interpretations of
these two "anointed ones," I am convinced that they represent the two
segments of the completed and anointed Bride. The two olive trees are the
source of the olive oil used in the Golden Candlestick. The Golden
Candlestick was always representative of the flame of love burning night and
day for the Bridegroom. 

In Zechariah's vision, there is only one candlestick - not two. The flame
of the Bride is one. But it burns out of the oil from two source olive
trees: the Bride taken from Israel, and the Bride taken from among the
nations of the earth. The olive is metaphoric of the crushing process which
takes place during Ekklesia as the Bride is prepared.

A corollary to this picture is the evidence of the two witnesses who
appeared with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. Peter, James and John
saw Moses and Elijah. Moses is representative of the Law, and the Bride of
Law. Elijah typifies the Spirit, and the Bride of the Spirit.

John witnesses this in two other sets of measurements. The city is 12,000
furlongs (roughly a distance of 1,500 miles) long, 12,000 furlongs wide and
12,000 furlongs high. Thus you have the twelve multiplied by a thousand in
triplicate. It is a square of twelve.

Then John sees as the wall of the city is measured, 144 cubits thick. Again
he is shown the completion of the work of the Paraklete in Ekklesia as the
city is protected by a barrier measuring 12 X 12 cubits (roughly 216 feet)
in thickness. That barrier is the work of Holy Spirit in the erection, the
building, and the fortification and complete protection wrought in the realm
of the spirit within the Bride.

The picture of the city with its measurements, the makeup of the foundations
in twelve specific precious stones, and the representation of the gates in
pearls, all depict a finished, a glorified, a united people - all grafted
and integrated together -- made One with Jesus Christ. The study of the New
Jerusalem is a study of the completed Bride.

There is no more Bride of Flesh or a Bride of Law, separated from the Bride
of Spirit, or the Bride of Love. Jesus Christ has reconciled all to
Himself.

By this, I do not mean that the flesh and the Law can coexist with the
Spirit and love. They cannot! This is not a picture of the Bride of flesh
continuing to serve the flesh, or the Bride of Law continuing in her bondage
to the Law. Jesus was the end - the completion of the Law. He was its
objective! Jesus, however, has made it possible, and is making it possible,
for the those who have served the Law and the flesh to have one more
opportunity to reject them and overcome by the Spirit.

The New Jerusalem is that finished and prepared people, no longer divided by
the Law from relationship with the Bridegroom, and subservient to the flesh.
Flesh and Law, Love and Spirit have been reconciled together in and through
Jesus Christ.

Do you see it? Do you see what the Lord is doing among us? Do you see why
you have been going through the trials and afflictions which never seem to
end? Do you see the objective of Jesus Christ, our Bridegroom? Do you see
the two Brides, made One?

If you do, then you see what John was permitted to see in the Spirit! If
you do, you are seeing the Brightness of the Lamb, the Glory of the Father,
the surpassing greatness of His Love toward us. It has all been wrought
because it is the will of the Father, the desire of the Son, and the purpose
of the Holy Spirit. That will, that desire, that purpose are all summed up
in Jesus Christ's inheritance in us!

The picture of the two Brides really is just one complete story.

Consider this.

Jesus Christ has never had two plans. He has never had a plan "A," or a
plan "B" if the first plan did not work. Israel was not Plan "A." Neither
was the "Whosoever Will Bride" an alternative to Israel.

When the first words of Creation were spoken, Jesus knew, as did the Father
and the Holy Spirit, that there was only one plan for one Bride and
Counterpart.

Adam and Eve were not Israelites. Contrary to the opinion of some, Abraham
and Isaac were not of the House of Israel, and they were not Jews. They
were simply the forebears. (I'm not trying to shock you. I just want you
to see past Israel to the reality of the Bridegroom's call.) God's purpose
was never to call Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, and then -- if their
descendants missed the boat - choose an alternative.

Abraham was the father of the Bride. Period! He was the father of Isaac,
and the grandfather of Jacob, from whom descended the twelve tribes of
Israel. He was also the father of those who walk by faith.

The fact that Israel followed after false gods and missed out so drastically
in understanding the purposes of the Lord did not suddenly make them social
outcasts in God's sight. Neither did the Lord make a big mistake in
choosing Israel. It has never been a case of Jew versus Gentile, or Hebrew
versus Heathen.

From the beginning of time, Adam and Eve, Shem and his wife, Abraham and
Sarah, Jacob and Rachel and Leah, Judah and Tamar (the Canaanite), Salmon
and Rahab (the Jebusite), Boaz and Ruth (the Moabite) Joshua and his wife,
Caleb and his wife, David and Bathsheba (the Hittite), Esther and Xerxes
(the Persian king) and a slew of others too numerous to recount, were
incorporated into a single plan, together with those of every generation
since the time that Jesus Christ appeared in person.

Adam and Eve were the first picture of the Bride in the earth. Shem and his
wife were the second. Isaac and Jacob were the third. Israel - the twelve
tribes -- was the fourth. The "Whosoever Will" people are the fifth.

Along the way, the Lord incorporated into Israel those whose walk of faith
and perseverance, love and overcoming exemplified His heart for a single
people drawn from every nation on earth. The picture of Tamar the Canaanite
girl, Rahab the Jebusite harlot, and Ruth the Midianite who descended from
Lot, Abraham's nephew, is a picture of those from condemned nations and
accursed lifestyles being incorporated into the Bride because of the
remarkable faith demonstrated in the face of death. In them is the most
dramatic demonstration of the opportunity Jesus Christ has made - and is
making - for the Bride of flesh to overcome by faith.

Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth were (ex-) citizens of those nations who had been
judged, rejected and cursed by the Lord because of their sins of the flesh
and their sins of the spirit. Yet these three women were incorporated not
only into the Bride, but into the direct lineage of Jesus Christ because of
their stupendous demonstrations of faith in God in the face of certain
death.

That which occurred on the day of Pentecost was a follow-up to Tamar, to
Rahab, to Ruth, to Esther. On that day, there were gathered together some
seventeen different peoples or nationalities or ethnic groups, all of whom
heard the praise and glorifying of Jesus Christ in their languages as they
were uttered by the 120 gathered together in the upper room. Suddenly the
Bride began to exist as Jew and Gentile, Israelite and Arab, bond and free,
male and female without any regard for race, nationality or sex.

From that time to this, there has only been one Bride in the earth. Even
though we all know that there is a very unique calling going forth among the
Jews around the world, and an incredible response taking place even as this
Coffee Break goes forth, it is happening only because they are being
rejoined to Jesus Christ as a direct product of His everlasting Covenant.

The gifts - which represent His dowry to the Bride - and His calling of that
Bride are without repentance. Even though we have seen what appears to be
the processing of two, there really is only one Bride. The two parts of the
Bride have become one.

Jesus Christ is receiving His inheritance!

Let me wrap up this discussion with a portion of a poem that I wrote for my
wife on Christmas of 1995. It puts things in perspective.

BRIDEGROOM and BRIDE

That wonderful day, those years ago,

The Lord brought a bride -- a counterpart;

Eons had passed, it seemed, while incomplete:

This was a day designed to fill the heart.

Destined from the beginning, an Eve to be:

The picture of perfection, grace like a dove,

She came from the cry of a being in need:

The Lord Jesus Christ, who sought for His love.

Flowing in beauty, filled with desire,

Her whole being spoke, "I love you! 

I'm yours!"

Adam's very essence leaped as he saw

God's gift to him, his delight, his concours.

Then as the years turned into millennia

A new cry was heard, a cry in the earth:

A cry for completeness with 

She who'd be His,

A yearning which most surely would be brought to the birth.

This second Adam then went to the cross

To buy back a people in captivity,

Created for Him;

Pierced with a sword thrust into His side,

He foresaw the future -- love filled to the brim.

The process began, a people in fire:

A Bride in the making, a Bride to abide;

Years again became millennia,

But to Jesus 'twas irrelevant:

He saw to the day they'd sit at His side.

A people came forth -- a people who loved -

A people who overcame all to say,

"I love you, My Lord! 

Your onoma I take;

All that I am, or ever will be, is yours for eternity, going forth from this
day."

The creator of all, the Lord Jesus Christ,

Now made complete -- having been joined to His Bride --

Sees destiny unfold, eternity resume,

His cry has been answered, 

His love's at His side.

The future unfolds, a thousand years of time,

The throne of the heavens, 

a new onoma presides;

The past is behind, the cry is fulfilled;

The need has been met,

In Bridegroom and Bride.

Know this: "that He who began a good work in you will perfect and complete
it up to and until the day of Jesus Christ!" (Philippians 1:6, RAC
Translation & Amplification)

It is happening! He is doing it! The work of perfecting and completing
continues so long as we continue wholeheartedly responding to everything He
says, does and requires in us!

Let us go on to the finishing!

Once again, here is the wrap up that we used last week. "When you want what
God wants for the same reason that God wants it, you become unlimited and
unstoppable!" Today, we will add to it the following: "When you want what
God wants in your life, you will see the Glory of God revealed -- in
yourself and in the earth around you."

Blessings on you!

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Our call-in number
has changed to (712) 775-7035. The new Access Code is: 323859#. For
Canadians who have difficulty getting in to this number, you can call (559)
546-1400. If someone answers and asks what your original call-in number
was, you can give them the 712 number and access code.

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (605) 562-3140, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long. If you miss the
live call, you can dial (605) 562-3149, enter the same access code and
listen in later.

Blessings on you!
Regner
Regner A. Capener
CAPENER MINISTRIES

RIVER WORSHIP CENTER
Sunnyside, Washington 98944
All Coffee Break articles are copyright by Regner A. Capener, but
authorization for reprinting, reposting, copying or re-use, in whole or in
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intact. 

Another Coffee Break:

Mathematical Metaphors, Part 3

November 20, 2015

OK. Thought I was going to finish up this thing on math last week, but I
can't help it. I get started with this stuff and can't stop. I love the
parallels in Scripture. Math and mathematical principles abound in the Word
of God. God is very precise in everything that He does, and we govern our
lives according to that precision.

Math was always one of my favorite subjects in school. From the time I was
in grade school, junior high, high school/college (you remember that I never
attended a regular high school – I went straight from 8th grade into classes
with the University of Nebraska), math was one of my easiest and most fun
subjects. It just came easy. Guess it's one of those gifts the Lord gave
me from my youth up. Remembering mathematical formulas was always a piece
of cake. Just kind of goes along with engineering, too, if you know what I
mean – hence my near-lifelong involvement in broadcasting engineering and
electronics.

Anyway, one of the things they teach you in math is that the laws of physics
dictate reciprocals. A reciprocal is always the exact, polar opposite of
whatever number or numerical equation. Kind of goes like this: the
reciprocal of 2/3 is 3/2. The reciprocal of 27/32 is 32/27. The reciprocal
of ½ is 2/1 – and so forth.

An example of a reciprocal formula goes like this: T050563A

The reciprocal of north is south. The reciprocal of east is west – and
vice-versa. If you have a positive or a plus, the reciprocal is a negative,
or a minus. That’s a bit over-generalizing, but you get the idea.

Reciprocals, however, are not just laws of mathematics. They are not simply
laws of physics.

Reciprocals are laws of nature. 

Reciprocals are also laws of the spirit. Let me illustrate.

In his epistle to the Ekklesias in Rome, Paul writes, “There is therefore
now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after
the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in
Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans
8:1-2)

See the reciprocal? The positive is “the law of the Spirit of life in
Christ Jesus.” The negative, or reciprocal, is “the law of sin and death.”
We can come back to this in a minute, but let’s look at some others.

In John’s first general epistle to the body of Christ (I John 4:18), he
writes, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:
because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

There’s a perfect example of spiritual reciprocals: love and fear. We
usually think of love and hate as being reciprocals, or opposites, but the
truth is that hate comes out of fear. Hatred is a byproduct of fear. The
true reciprocal to love is actually fear.

There’s another aspect to this picture of love and fear also.

The apostle Paul amplifies this while talking about another spiritual
reciprocal: circumcision and uncircumcision. In Galatians 5:6 we read, “For
in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision;
but faith which worketh by love.”

I have frequently referred to faith and fear as working in the same realm –
as being opposites of the same thing; and here’s where it comes from. Faith
and love are inseparable. They work together. Faith works by love; and
love works by and through faith. Think about it for a second.

Take away love and faith is non-existent. Without love, there is no
motivator, no force and means by which faith can function. It is our love
of the Lord by which faith functions.

Applying that rule to the faith/fear picture, we look once again at what
John wrote, and this time, let me give you my translation from the Greek:
“There is no fear or terror in love, but perfected, completed and mature
love casts out fear or terror; because fear with alarm and terror inflicts
punishment and torment. He who is tormented and afflicted with fright and
alarm cannot be made whole and complete in love.”

Now, let’s go back to the two primary laws of the Spirit. The first law, as
we’ve already said, is “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which
are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 

Simply stated, that law is described as the Law of the Spirit of Life in
Christ Jesus. It is absolute, and it is unequivocal. One cannot enjoy a
condemnation-free life unless they walk after the Spirit.

The reciprocal and polar opposite law is described by the apostle Paul as
the Law of Sin and Death. This law was implemented when Adam and Eve ate of
the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The Law of Sin and
Death was the natural consequence.

Because this law is final in its effects and consequences, and the human
race as a whole has been infected by the knowledge virus which brings sin
and death, there is no deliverance in the natural realm from the
consequences of this law. The tragedy is that this law need not ever have
been put into force. 

Had Adam and Eve never eaten of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil,
their seed would never have inherited the sinful arrogance and pride that
comes from eating of the knowledge of good; and their children would never
have known the contrast of evil with good, they would never have been
infected by the Fear of Evil, and there would never have been a reciprocal
in operation for the Law of the Spirit of Life. 

The parallel to the Law of the Spirit of Life is the Law of Love. Jesus
made the following command to believers, “This is my commandment, That ye
love one another, as I have loved you.” We’ll come back to this law
momentarily.

Based on this commandment, the apostle Paul expands on the differences
between the Law of the Spirit of Life, and the Law of Sin and Death.

First of all, he says (Galatians 5:17), “For the flesh lusteth against the
Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to
the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led
of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.”

In so saying, he makes clear the fact that one cannot serve the desires of
the flesh, walk after the Law of Sin and Death, and still walk after the Law
of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus.

He continues, “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;
Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft,
hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings,
murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you
before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things
shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Then he illustrates the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus by saying,
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And
they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and
lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

Notice that the very first item that comes from walking after the Law of the
Spirit of Life is love. Once again, it is clear that the parallel to this
primary law is love.

I won’t take the time today to rehearse the 13th chapter of I Corinthians
(known as the “love chapter”) but the evidence of the Law of Love working in
you IS the fruit of the Spirit, among which also we find faith. If the
first evidence of our walk after the Spirit of Life is love, it follows that
faith must also be operational. This brings us back to one of our first
pictures of a spiritual reciprocal: faith and fear.

Faith and fear are polar opposites. One cannot have faith and be afraid of
anything. It is simply incompatible. Faith comes by hearing the Word of
God. Once you’ve heard that Word and it is lodged in your mind, your heart
and your spirit, it becomes evidentiary. Once you have faith, you begin to
talk faith. It comes out of our mouth as a creative force. You expect
God’s Word to be fulfilled. After all, He has NEVER said anything He didn’t
fulfill or accomplish. And you act on that Word with that expectation.

Fear is faith in reverse. With fear, you believe that something evil is
going to happen. Once you believe it, you speak it. Once you speak it, you
begin to take action to prevent or deal with the expected impending evil,
despite the fact that fear is only imaginary evil. What’s worse, the voice
of fear in your spirit is lying to you and speaking something that is
directly contradictory to the Word of God.

Let me illustrate.

In Psalm 91, David wrote, “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night;
nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in
darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall
fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come
nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the
wicked. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most
High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any
plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over
thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”

How much clearer do you want things? “There shall NO evil befall thee,
neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”

It is unequivocal and uncompromising. There are no “ifs,” “buts” or
“maybes.” David describes the condition under which this Truth is
operational when he says, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most
High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

Then he writes, “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even
the most High, thy habitation, there shall no evil befall thee…..”

Finally, he says, “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I
deliver him.”

Here’s the best one of all: “With long life will I satisfy him, and show him
my salvation.”

So much for insurance policies! Insurance policies are all taken out in
fear of what might happen. If we live our lives on the basis of what the
Lord says will happen, there can be no “what if,” or “suppose.” The Word of
God is clear, unambiguous and unequivocal.

Faith says that God never lies. Faith says that God’s Word is Truth. Faith
says, “If God says it, I believe it; and that settles it!” Faith takes
positive action and steps to follow after the Law of the Spirit of Life in
Christ Jesus.

Fear, on the other hand, says, “Hath God said?” Fear takes portions of
Scripture out of context and twists them so as to cause doubt and unbelief.
Suppose Jesus had listened to Satan quoting the 91st Psalm when he tempted
Jesus to jump off the pinnacle of the Temple because “He shall give his
angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up,
lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone”? It would have been to
dare God’s Word. It would have amounted to nothing less than an expression
of doubt and unbelief that God’s Word was true.

I don’t want to go there today because it’s another long discussion, but one
of my pet gripes against some would-be Christians is the great lengths to
which they go to prepare for the “Great Tribulation.” I refer to them as
“would-be” because they live their lives in fear of doom and gloom instead
of living their lives in absolute faith and trust in the Word of God. They
live their lives looking for the end rather than a continuing life enveloped
in Christ Jesus.

I don't want to beat people up who've been stuck with a "Tribulation"
mentality. They just haven't received the revelation that Heaven is NOT our
objective. Heaven isn't even our final dwelling place. Heaven is only a
stopover for Eternity. JESUS is our objective! He MUST be our only
objective!

As John closes out the book of Revelation, he says, “But the fearful, and
unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and
sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake
which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

In so saying, he places the fearful and unbelieving in the same category as
murderers and whoremongers (the sexually promiscuous). John makes it clear
that those who live their lives in fear cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.

Faith and Fear. Love and Fear. Believing and Unbelieving. Circumcision
and Uncircumcision. (That’s a metaphoric way of describing those who either
live by the Law [of Moses], or those who live by the Law of Faith in Christ
Jesus.) The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus vs. the Law of Sin
and Death.

These are spiritual laws. They are spiritual reciprocals. What are you
choosing?

I've quoted him before and I'll quote him again -- my lifetime friend and
brother in the Lord, Dwain McKenzie, "Things are not what they seem to be,
they’re what God says they are!"

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Our call-in number
has changed to (712) 775-7035. The new Access Code is: 323859#. For
Canadians who have difficulty getting in to this number, you can call (559)
546-1400. If someone answers and asks what your original call-in number
was, you can give them the 712 number and access code.

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call – usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (605) 562-3140, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long. If you miss the
live call, you can dial (605) 562-3149, enter the same access code and
listen in later.

Blessings on you!
Regner
Regner A. Capener
CAPENER MINISTRIES
RIVER WORSHIP CENTER
Sunnyside, Washington 98944
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Another Coffee Break:
Mathematical Metaphors, Part 1

November 6, 2015

In our last series, we've talked at length about the New Jerusalem as a
picture of the Bride of Christ. We're still talking about the completed
Bride of Christ, and doing the prophetic comparison made by John as he
talked about the New Jerusalem, but for the next couple of weeks, I'd like
to take a different tack.

Throughout Scripture, we see numbers repeated again and again and again.
What most folks miss is that these numbers are metaphors in Hebrew with
pictures that go well beyond the surface. 

When John wrote, "And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down
from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband," the
angel of the Lord was showing him the same thing that Ezekiel had seen in a
vision. It was not a city in the sense of a physical or geographical place;
it was the ensample of a principle: a principle which strikes at the very
heart of all that the Lord has been doing in our midst.

The mathematical revelations of this city are, individually and
collectively, inescapable proofs of the calling, the preparation, and the
final adornment of us as a people for Jesus Christ. As John was carried
about the city in the Spirit, he saw the following:

1) And [it] had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates,

2) And at the gates twelve angels, and the names written thereon,

3) Which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.

4) And the wall of the city had twelve foundations,

5) And in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

6) And he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs.

7) The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. (i.e.,
12,000 X 12,000 X 12,000 furlongs)

8) And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty four cubits,
according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. (i.e., 12 X 12
cubits)

Before we continue, let me take you back to two earlier pictures in
Revelation which parallel this picture of the city.

In Revelation 7:3 - 4, 14, John describes hearing an angel cry, "Do not harm
the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the bond-servants of
our God on their foreheads.' And I heard the number of those who were
sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed from every tribe of the
sons of Israel.. 

".And he said to me, 'These are the ones who have come through great
tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the
blood of the Lamb."

Then John describes a second group of 144,000 (see Revelation 14:1). "And I
looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one
hundred and forty-four thousand, having His onoma, and the onoma of His
Father written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, like
the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice
which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps. And
they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures
and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and
forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth."

Have you ever considered the significance of this number, 144? It is twelve
in its completeness: 12 X 12, twelve squared, twelve completed and
fulfilled.

As you will easily remember, we have discussed the number, 12, and its
significance on numerous occasions over the years. Twelve is the number of
Ekklesia. It is the number of preparation and processing. It is the number
of tribulation and affliction.

Twelve in atomic physics, as we have previously noted, is the maximum number
of atoms which can be cohesively related one to another. It is the number
of relationship.

When Jesus chose His disciples, He chose twelve - not nine or ten or
thirteen or fourteen. Why? Because it was the maximum number of people
with whom He could develop an interpersonal, intimate relationship. It was
the maximum number of people (units, actually; where we define a family as a
unit - not just the father or the husband) with whom a relationship of
trust, transparency, openness, faith and love could develop without becoming
watered down or diminished.

Twelve was the maximum number of individuals who could relate one to another
without becoming divided into cliques or private little circles. It was the
perfect number of trust and transparency. Within the framework of twelve,
relationships could develop in which barriers of distrust and fear could be
dissolved. Processing and change could take place within the individuals
without the fear of betrayal. (OK, I know the original twelve had a Judas,
but the Lord permitted that so as to fulfill His plan to have a Bride, free
from the bondage of the Serpent. The apostle Paul recognized that he was
one "chosen out of due season" to replace Judas as a completing member of
the original twelve.)

This picture was initiated with Israel's selection as the first Bride in the
earth. Jacob had twelve sons, each of whom represented one/twelfth of the
whole Bride. Some have erroneously concluded that there were thirteen
tribes because of the half-tribes of Joseph: Ephraim and Manasseh, but
Ephraim was chosen to take the place of Levi, whose inheritance was the Lord
- not land and holdings as did each of the other tribes. Levi was
instructed to live amongst the other tribes, being a separate yet joined
people who existed entirely as a channel of communication between the
Bridegroom and this corporate Bride.

Anyway, John sees two distinct groups of 144,000. The first is taken from
the twelve tribes of Israel. The second was "purchased from among men" (in
the larger sense of the earth). Why two groups instead of one?

Remember the first Bride in the earth: the Bride who chose the flesh and the
Law instead of the intimate relationship being offered by God? That Bride
was Israel. Here is an extraordinary picture of the Spirit of Grace and
Supplications, of whom Zechariah prophesied.

Though Israel had been divorced by the Lord, though she had been "sent away"
into captivity for her adulteries, and even though the Law specifically
forbade remarriage to one who had been "put away" (see Deuteronomy 24:1-4),
the Lord promised that He would once again call Israel to Himself, that He
would take her back, divorce, warts and all! He even sent Hosea to live the
picture of that promise prophetically before Israel.

Hosea was instructed to marry Gomer, a woman who had been a prostitute, and
to have children with her. True to her past life, Gomer ran off from Hosea
after several years of marriage, and married another man. Hosea was
instructed by the Lord to go and find her and bring her back to himself, and
in so doing to say to Israel, "Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt
not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I also
be for thee. For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a
king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image,
and without an ephod, and without teraphim: Afterward shall the children of
Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall
fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days."

Jesus made it clear that there would come an end to the days of His Grace to
the Gentiles (all non-Jewish nations), that Jerusalem (which had been under
foreign occupation and rule since the first days of Israel's captivity) and
Israel would once again return to a place of relationship with Him, becoming
a free people. Luke quotes Jesus as saying, "For there shall be great
distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by
the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem
shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be
fulfilled." (Luke 21:23b-24 NASB)

Then Paul shares some startling revelation and promises.

"For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed as to this mystery, lest
you become wise in your own estimation, that a partial hardening has
happened to and in Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;
know therefore that Israel will be saved, healed, delivered and made whole,
just as it has been written, 'The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will
remove ungodliness from Jacob. And this is My Covenant with them, when I
shall have taken away their sins.'

"From the standpoint of the gospel (at this moment in time) they are enemies
for your sake, but from the standpoint of God's choice, they are beloved for
the sake of the fathers; for the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.
For just as you were once disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy
through and because of their disobedience, so these also have now been
disobedient, in order that because of the mercy shown to you, they may now
likewise be shown mercy." (Romans 11: 25-29, RAC Translation &
Amplification)

What he is saying is this: the purpose of the Bridegroom from the beginning
was to permit Israel to fall away so that He could extend His mercy to the
nations, calling them to Himself; and that when the day of His mercy and
calling to those nations is fulfilled, He will - because of their past
disobedience - now again show mercy to Israel and call her to Himself as in
the days of old. The promise of the Bridegroom to Israel, therefore, is His
Covenant. In spite of Israel's adulteries, and her subsequent divorce from
the Lord, the Bridegroom's gifts and calling to her are without repentance.

That this is Truth is evidenced in a stupendous move in today's Jewish
community. When I first began to work on this article, I was told that in
New York City alone, more than a thousand Jews per day are coming to know
Jesus Christ as their Messiah and Bridegroom. In Israel, in spite of the
media attention to the uprisings and problems between the Arab and Jew,
hundreds and even thousands of both Arabs and Jews are turning to Jesus
Christ with their whole heart.

Jews are forsaking their Judaism and legalistic past in staggering numbers.
Even though the media spotlight is turned on the political conflicts, a
spiritual peace is in the works which will sweep the nation of Israel and
bring about the fulfillment of Jesus' promise. 

I know this doesn't seem to fit with many of the contemporary
interpretations of "end times," but it is happening nonetheless! We are
about to behold a miracle of the ages as the Lord brings about a peace
between brethren: Jews and Arabs. (And, NO, I didn't grab this out of thin
air, or make it up as some kind of new doctrine. Isaiah prophesied it.
Ezekiel prophesied it. Jeremiah prophesied it.)

Jerusalem - the New Jerusalem - the Bride of Christ has, as her gates, the
fulfilled, the completed, the made whole Bride drawn from Israel and seen in
the representation of each of the twelve tribes. Standing before each of
the twelve gates are twelve angels who sound forth the call of the
Bridegroom. But the New Jerusalem does not only consist of Jews.

Next week, we'll wrap up this picture of the New Jerusalem. Maybe these
analogies don't fit with what you've heard or been taught but I want to stir
your spirit and cause you to rethink things. Hopefully, this overall
picture I've been drawing for you of the Call to the Bride by the Bridegroom
going forth in the earth today will awaken things in you and cause you to
realize that the Lord has a grand and glorious purpose for His people.

Things are not unfolding in the traditional ways we've been taught. God is
working in extraordinary ways with folks who are responding. This is a year
of overflow for those who walk in commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. It
is a year of tremendous change. It is a year of spectacular disasters, and
a year of spectacular blessings for those who are one with the Lord.

If you aren't experiencing that overflow, perhaps it is time for you to
reevaluate your responses to the Lord. Maybe it is time for you to junk
some doctrines that have kept you in bondage, doctrines that have kept you
from walking in the fullness of all that Jesus Christ is doing, saying, and
breathing into His called-out people.

I've used this phrase in the past before, and I want to repeat it for this
Coffee Break.

"When you want what God wants for the same reason that God wants it, you
become unlimited and unstoppable!"

Blessings on you!

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Our call-in number
has changed to (712) 775-7035. The new Access Code is: 323859#. For
Canadians who have difficulty getting in to this number, you can call (559)
546-1400. If someone answers and asks what your original call-in number
was, you can give them the 712 number and access code.

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (605) 562-3140, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long. If you miss the
live call, you can dial (605) 562-3149, enter the same access code and
listen in later.

Blessings on you!

Regner

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CAPENER MINISTRIES

RIVER WORSHIP CENTER
Sunnyside, Washington 98944

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Another Coffee Break:
A Revelation of God's Glory, Part 12

October 30, 2015

It all started when Holy Spirit spoke three things to me in successive
stages: "Simplify." "Consolidate." "Get out of debt."

Sounds like a peculiar place to begin a revelation of the Glory, doesn't it?
You see, despite our calling and involvement in ongoing ministry, Della and
I were both very much occupied with our business endeavors. She was
managing the largest store in the Zales Jewelry network in Alaska and
serving as the assistant regional manager for the chain. That was a
commitment to 60-70 hours a week.

I was Chief Engineer for the FOX television station in Anchorage and had a
newspaper business with the Anchorage Daily News. Between us, we were
pulling down a generous six figure income. The problem was that our
business commitments were eating our time so there was little left over. We
hadn't lost our vision; it had kind of been shuttled to the background with
family needs, family commitments and business responsibilities.

The irony of it was that we should have been totally debt free with plenty
of reserves on hand to take care of any emergency. We weren't! We had
fallen into the trap of "keeping up with the Jones," along with all the debt
that accompanies that kind of ridiculous lifestyle.

When the Word of the Lord came to us with those three simple phrases, even
though it rang in our spirits as Truth, we couldn't figure out how to make
it happen. We didn't have to. Without getting into a long, drawn-out tale
of events that began to unfold, we were able to withdraw from our business
commitments, and at the same time saw the Lord deliver us from more than
three-quarters of our debt literally overnight. Invitations to minister in
the northwest and in Canada came quickly.

Somehow the command to "Consolidate" hadn't quite jelled in me yet, and so I
rented storage units and put most of our household in storage. Fact is, I
should have sold it at a yard sale. Three years and $4400 in storage fees
later, much of it was ruined by mold and mildew and had to be thrown away.
Della had clearly heard the message to consolidate and tried to talk me out
of putting things in storage. Wives! It gets exasperating when they hear,
and you don't, and you ignore their counsel, and wind up paying the price.
OK. You get to laugh at me, too!

Problem was, I thought our leaving Alaska was very temporary -- perhaps six
months or so -- and we'd be back. Even Della thought we would return a
whole lot sooner. Nevertheless, we obeyed the Word of the Lord, even if our
obedience was mixed with presumption.

We were asked to take over the management of a 160-acre ranch (more
accurately, an agricultural preserve) just out of Post Falls, Idaho called
Trails' End. It became a home base for ministry throughout the northwest,
and a gathering place for people who joined us for several-times weekly, and
even daily spontaneous worship gatherings. Not in our wildest imagination
could we have foreseen what God was going to do in our midst.

Because our focus was on ministering to the Lord, and NOT each other, the
more we ministered to the Lord in totally spontaneous praise and worship and
intercession, the more He ministered to us. It was transformative for all
of us!

When Jesus was teaching the multitudes in what we commonly refer to as "The
Sermon on the Mount," He made the statement:

Matthew 6:33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.

Now that may seem a bit out of context, but consider: when our focus is the
Lord Jesus Christ, we lack for nothing. When Jesus was preaching here, He,
of course, was referring in a general sense to one's physical needs -- where
they lived, what they wore, what they had for food, etc., but it takes no
stretch to realize that He was referring to everything we have need of in
our growth spiritually.

The Greek word, zeteo, translated "seek" in our English translations, is an
adaptation of a Hebraism meaning "to worship." Thus when you worship the
Lord, seeking His presence, His character, His nature and His rulership in
every part of your life, you have absolutely nothing to concern yourself
with as far as the things of this life are concerned, and as far as His
development in you and restoration to that image in which we were first
created.

The Message Bible sometimes misses the essence of both Greek and Hebrew
metaphors, but it really captures it in this case.

Matthew 6:33, Message Bible: Steep your life in God-reality,
God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find
all your everyday human concerns will be met.

Two other illustrations from the Word capture the essence of what I want to
share with you. David really understood the significance of living in the
presence of the Lord, and he wrote the following:

Psalm 16:11: Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is
fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

I Chronicles 16:27: Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and
gladness are in his place.

Are you seeing the significance? When your desire is to minister to the
Lord, and it becomes the focus of your day, your life, your very breath, He
begins to reveal His Glory.

And that's precisely what began happening to us as we gathered with other
worshipers to minister to the Lord. It began with Robert and Sandy Storer
meeting with us several times a week. Not long afterward, Robert's
brother-in-law, Bob Bartow and his then-wife, Charlotte (now gone home to be
with the Lord) joined us. As the word began to spread of our spontaneous
worship gatherings, more and more people began to join us.

When I say "spontaneous," that's exactly what I mean. We didn't sit there
with song books or sheets of music in front of us, and we didn't try to play
anything we'd ever heard before. Holy Spirit faithfully downloaded new
music in us, mostly instrumental, but increasingly with prophetic singing.
What made it so extraordinary was that we all played the same thing at the
same time as though it was being directed and orchestrated with all the
musical cues you would expect with a band or an orchestra. That can happen
sometimes with two or three musicians who work together for years and
instinctively know each other's signals -- as long as each person has a
pretty good idea of what the music is -- but when no one has ever heard the
music before, it is nothing but miraculous! Oooops! OK, normal in the
Glory!

Trails' End was a ranch owned by our friends, Earle and Marcia Treend, who
were currently in Alaska. Periodically, they would fly down from Alaska and
join us. Earle's background was that of a jazz trombonist. Marcia, on the
other hand, had been principal cellist with the Detroit and Spokane
symphonies. Doesn't sound like a workable combo, does it? However, before
we left Alaska, Della and I had been gathering with Earle and Marcia on
almost a daily basis to worship, and the combination of Earle's trombone,
Marcia's cello, and my guitar had become a very unique sound all by itself.

Add Sandy with either her guitar or her recorder, Robert with some
percussion, Bob with his synthesizer (that was unusual all by itself because
he was a classically trained organist) and Charlotte with a zither (which
later became a harp as she learned how to play the harp in our worship), and
now you have an orchestral sound unlike anything one would expect. And it
didn't stop there. We had a dozen or more people who joined us from time to
time, Mary Ellen and Beryl (both from Canada) Dale and Merlee (they had
pastored in Spokane), as well as folks who came on a sporadic basis from
around the northwest.

That was the foundation, musically, for our worship. More and more as we
gathered together, Holy Spirit created a unifying sound and a sense of
holiness in our midst that defied anything any of us had ever experienced
before. It didn't take long for us to begin having individual and corporate
visions and manifestations.

One evening, as we were ministering to the Lord, we were literally picked up
corporately into the heavens to see the hosts of Heaven arrayed around us.
On another occasion, Della saw an angelic warrior in full battle gear appear
before her, kneel down with spear in hand and say to her, "Command me."

More times than I can count, various individuals would see the Lord appear,
take them by the hand and begin dancing with them. The visions and
manifestations of the dimensions of the Spirit became consistent virtually
every time we gathered together.

There are a few of the corporate experiences really stand out among the
hundreds that took place.

In July of 1994, we took our instruments to the Calgary Stampede. We had
been assisting our sister-in-the-Lord, Eileen Finnman, at an open-air
kitchen in the agricultural section where we were serving breakfasts, coffee
and cinnamon buns (Eileen was world-famous for her cinnamon buns). There
was a pause in the serving of customers so we quickly set up and began
worshiping. There was a bandstand only two or three hundred feet from us
with a very noisy country band. As we began to worship, the entire area
around us became blanketed with the presence of the Lord. Eileen observed a
couple as they were walking toward the booth. About 75 feet out, they
stopped with a very peculiar look on their face. They took a few steps
backward, tilted their heads, took a few steps forward, then repeated the
actions before coming over to the booth. They said to Eileen, "What's going
on, here? You are enveloped in a bubble. The sounds of the Stampede are
quieted down, and the worship has tangible presence of the Lord." We were
later able to confirm what they experienced by listening to a recording
while the worship was ongoing. Before the worship began, the noise was
literally cacophonous. When the worship began, the noise around the area
was blanketed to the place where it was barely there.

In the summer of 1995, we had a larger than normal (perhaps 30+) number of
folks gathered together at the ranch. Our worship had taken on a very
militant theme. The prophetic sounds and prophetic singing were expressive
of Kingdom authority, taking down demonic forces over the region and even
the nation. One particular piece which ran on for nearly 30 minutes was
expressive of the Bride of Christ defeating Satan's armies. As we were
worshiping, the whole house began to shake. We heard a sound like the noise
of thousands of horses galloping together. For a place that was nestled
among the trees and no open fields of any consequence nearby, the sound
stopped us. We got up, went outside and walked around the place. All of us
could audibly hear the sounds of an army on horseback -- an army of
unimaginable size and proportions. The ground vibrated and shook. The
galloping sounds were precise and in unison. It was an audible
demonstration of what we were seeing and hearing in the Spirit.

In the fall of 1996 -- it was one of our last major gatherings before we all
began to scatter to different places -- the worship again had a very
authoritative sound to it. There was an intensity that was unlike anything
we had previously experienced. All of a sudden, everything came to a halt
and we were enveloped in an indescribable zone. All of us heard the audible
voice of the Lord speaking in our midst. "I AM THAT I AM! I AM THAT I AM,
AND THERE IS NO OTHER! It stopped us totally for that evening. No one
moved. The instruments stopped and we just sat there enveloped in the
Glory.

What I've shared with you barely scratches the surface of the things that
took place as we ministered to the Lord. I haven't talked to you about the
people that called in while we were worshiping with serious needs for
healing. I haven't talked to you about the music that Holy Spirit
downloaded immediately which resulted in healing. I haven't talked about
the manifestations of healing and deliverance, or the change in the
spiritual atmosphere over the area around Spokane, Post Falls, Coeur d'Alene
that lasted for years afterward.

What happened, also -- and this is what caused our gatherings there to cease
-- was somewhat the same thing that happened with the Azusa Street Revival
at the turn of the 20th Century. Folks began to take the Glory for granted.
People were coming to our gatherings just for the miracles and the
dimensions of the Spirit that were unfolding -- NOT to minister to the Lord.

For those who did gather with us for no other reason than to minister to the
Lord, the breakup of our gatherings and the scattering of folks to the four
winds was something of a shock to the system. When you live and breathe in
the Glory, it is an entirely different mode of living. Without that realm
you feel incomplete, like you have lost something.

We haven't, by the way! What we experienced during those five years was
nothing but a foretaste to prepare us for the days ahead! That's where we
are heading, folks! If you are in pursuit of the presence of the Lord, get
ready!

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Our call-in number
has changed to (712) 775-7035. The new Access Code is: 323859#. For
Canadians who have difficulty getting in to this number, you can call (559)
546-1400. If someone answers and asks what your original call-in number
was, you can give them the 712 number and access code.

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (605) 562-3140, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long. If you miss the
live call, you can dial (605) 562-3149, enter the same access code and
listen in later.

Blessings on you!

Regner

Regner A. Capener
CAPENER MINISTRIES
RIVER WORSHIP CENTER
Sunnyside, Washington 98944

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Another Coffee Break:
A Revelation of God's Glory, Part 11
October 23, 2015

We left off last week talking about Paul's prayer in Ephesians 1 and that's
where we need to pick up again. Ever notice how he talks about Father --
the God of our Lord Jesus Christ -- as being the Father of Glory? Right.
Then, twice in this same chapter he writes "that we should be to the praise
of His Glory." Let's talk about that for a minute.

This phrase, "that we should be to the praise of His Glory who first trusted
in Christ," is one that really gets missed in our understanding. We sort of
know what that means, but the Greek text really expresses it more clearly.

The word translated, "praise," is not one that we would associate with the
Hebrew words for praise throughout the Old Testament. Here we have the
word, epainos, which is a contraction of the two Greek terms, epi, and
aineo. The first word, epi, is a preposition which literally means: to
superimpose upon. The term, aineo, generally means: laudation, to tell a
story which magnifies or exalts.

Let's see if we can put this together in a way that makes sense.

That we should so live our lives in such a way that we are literally
superimposed on and into the Lord Jesus Christ; that the story of our lives
and the transformation which has taken place magnifies, exalts and
demonstrates His Glory; that our story is the proof of our trust and
expectation of our redemption in and through the anointing of the Anointed
One, Jesus. (Ephesians 1: 12, RAC Translation and Amplification)

How's that for a picture? The revelation of the Glory of the Lord to the
world is not some mystical or super-spiritual thing: it is the most
practical and real-world evidence of His presence, His anointing, His love,
His empowering grace and His supernatural authority at work in and through
us.

Let me put it another way.

The world treats itself and its societies as "normal." The truth is that
everything about the world, the societies of the day, and even the religious
structures of the day, are sub-normal. When we are transformed by the power
of God, we are restored to "normal." What the world sees in the truly
transformed believer is something "supernatural."

The fact is, the Glory of the Lord, changes us so that we are naturally
supernatural. This is where we are heading! Many years, I started using a
phrase that Holy Spirit planted in me that I believe describes where we are
heading, and where we must be if the Glory of God is to fill the earth as we
see in the prophetic Word given to Moses.

Numbers 14:21: But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with
the glory of the LORD.

Isaiah picked up the same Word of the Lord and added to what Moses had
heard:

Isaiah 40:5: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh
shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

The phrase I have come to use is that in Christ, we have been designed to be
naturally supernatural, and supernaturally natural! We are regarded as
"supernatural" when in fact all that has happened is that restoration to the
image and likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ has been taking place. THAT is
natural living! THAT is the real "normal."

Our society today has so degraded and slid into the muck and mire that the
P.C. Police tell us that we need to accept this as "the new normal." It
isn't new, and it isn't normal! It is living sub-normally, sub-naturally,
so far beneath what we were created for as to defy any kind of normal
spiritual thinking.

The problem today is that we accept this sub-natural realm as normal. The
whole idea of the Glory is so far beyond today's thinking as to be something
out of science fiction! Robert Heidler was sharing a couple weeks or so ago
at Glory of Zion on the "normal" that the body of Christ has come to accept,
and I will borrow a bit of what he shared.

The norm in the body of Christ during the first couple of centuries was that
the Glory of God was on display. We had a fully functional five-fold
ministry with Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers -- a
fully operational picture of the five ministry facets of the Lord Jesus
Christ. Early in the fourth century, because Christians were still being
persecuted and Christianity was not widely acceptable, the Roman Emperor
Constantine figured out a way to make compromises with the pagan Roman
society by dumping Christianity's Jewish roots, banning any recognition of
God's ordered Feasts, and getting rid of the five-fold ministries.

The changes that followed so altered the makeup of the body of Christ that
suddenly, the "congregation" became a passive onlooker while the priests
conducted "mysteries" and rituals that had nothing whatever to do with Word
of God. The Reformation reintroduced the concept of the pastor, but the
"pastor" was still nothing more than a re-named priest who acted as the sole
voice of God. Not until the Charismatic Renewal began in the 1960's and
1970's did the (by this time) almost heretical idea of the restoration of
the five-fold ministry get re-introduced in the body of Christ.

And still, the "new normal" was nothing more than a shadow of what and where
Holy Spirit is bringing the body of Christ. And that's the issue! This is
why Paul wrote the following to the Ekklesia in Rome:

Don't allow yourself, your mind, your thinking, your thought processes and
your character to become fashioned after the way of the world; instead,
allow a process of transformation -- renovation, restoration and renewing --
to completely alter your way of thinking, your intellect, your feelings and
your understanding in order that you may apply the crucible so as to assay,
test, and prove for yourself that which is beneficial, that which agrees
with and is well-pleasing [to God], and that which completes and brings to
full maturity God's desire, purpose and destiny in and for you. (Romans
12:2, RAC Translation & Amplification)

What we see in the Word of God isn't some supernatural thing: it is living
naturally in Him. When Jesus uttered His phenomenal prayer in John 17, the
crux of His prayer was -- and is:

John 17:20-23: Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which
shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou,
Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the
world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the Glory which thou gavest
me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them,
and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may
know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

This may sound really strange -- and perhaps to some, almost heretical --
but bear with me. There was NOTHING supernatural about Jesus! Everything
that He did was natural! The Word that He spoke, taught, prophesied and
lived was natural. It was the norm! The whole plan of redemption was to
restore us back to normal. And normal, folks, is exactly how we were
planned, executed, created, formed and breathed into with the zoe breath and
life of God in the beginning.

The Glory of God was on display from the beginning. The Glory of God was on
display in the Garden of Eden. The Glory of God was on display when Adam
and Eve tended the Garden. The Glory of God was on display when Adam gave
character, nature, personality and makeup to each genus and specie of
animal. The Glory of God was on display during the two thousand or so years
that Adam and Eve lived in the Garden and caused it to grow, to multiply and
to begin to spread beyond its original boundaries. The Glory of God is
creative!

Consider for a few minutes some of the things that occur when the Glory is
on display.

1. Creative miracles (we call them miracles, when in fact they are nothing
but the norm of the Word and the norm of Jesus Christ) take place regularly
and consistently.

2. Authority over the weather is commonplace -- the ability to divert storms
and eliminate, or at least seriously mitigate, the damage of loss of life.

3. The need to be in more than one place at a time is easily solved by
translation in the realm of the Spirit -- we call it "Phillip
Transportation." (Bruce Allen likes to call it "Phillip Airlines." :-))

4. More and more individuals are experiencing what it means to step out of
time and into eternity and to see -- from God's perspective -- His unfolding
Plan and Purpose for His people.

5. The return of "transgender" individuals (who've come to realize that
their change of identity solved nothing of the huge void in their spirits)
instantly to their former selves.

6. Literally altering the landscape (e.g., moving mountains) by speaking the
Word as Jesus illustrated in Mark 11:23.

7. Simply speaking the word over a large group of people who need healing
and watching every single individual receive their healing is really a part
of what Jesus promised when He said, "The works that I do shall you do also,
and greater works than these shall you do because I go to my Father."

8. Regular appearances of the Hosts of Heaven -- particularly in crisis
situations, or when those ministering the Word are threatened by the Enemy
-- are rapidly becoming more and more the "norm."

9. Even more prevalent as the Glory of the Lord is becoming manifested among
the Bride of Christ is the appearance of Jesus, Himself. More and more we
are seeing and hearing of the visible appearances of Jesus as a testimony to
the Word being ministered.

10. There are several recorded instances in the Word when Jesus simply
shifted dimensions and passed through the crowds without their being able to
touch him, even if He was visible. That kind of shifting is becoming more
and more manifested, and is a natural display of the Glory.

11. When we read of the Glory of the Lord being on display with Israel, or
-- for example -- the way that the Glory of God was so strong that the
priests and the praise and worshipers were unable to minister at the
dedication of Solomon's temple, we are talking about an event which is
becoming, and will become, more and more the norm as people focus on what
the Glory is really all about.

Think about it! The Glory of God is simply the evidence of His manifested
presence among His people. How it manifests can, does, and will take more
forms than any of us can imagine. When God's people focus on Jesus, when
they focus on His heart's desires, when they focus on what He is looking for
in us, perspective changes.

For years Della and I have had a theme that captions what we are all about,
and what the focus of our ministry is: "There is no substitute for intimacy
with the Lord Jesus Christ!"

When we began gathering back in the early 1990's at Trails' End in Post
Falls, Idaho with other worshipers, we didn't gather to "have church." We
didn't gather to sing a few songs, spend some time in fellowship and take
time for teaching. We gathered together with one -- and ONLY ONE --
objective: to minister to the Lord.

Of course we had fellowship together. And, yes, we did occasionally take
time for some specific teaching as it related to what God was saying to us.
But the fellowship and the teaching were not a focus of why we gathered
together.

Ministry to the Lord was what we were all about. After five years of
regular and sometimes daily gatherings -- some of which would begin at 7:00
AM and continue until 11:00 PM, or even 1:00 AM, with short breaks for lunch
or dinner -- the presence of the Lord became so intense at times that the
Glory of the Lord would manifest clearly. One time we experienced as a
corporate group of perhaps 20 or 25 people hearing the voice of the Lord
speak audibly in our midst.

The revelations that poured forth by the Spirit were nothing less than
astounding. The spiritual growth that took place during that period
catapulted us all into dimensions that sometimes left us almost gasping for
breath because of the awe of His Presence.

There is a story to share in this that I will take you to next week. We
will wrap up this series with next week's Coffee Break. (At least I think
we will -- smile!)

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Our call-in number
has changed to (712) 775-7035. The new Access Code is: 323859#. For
Canadians who have difficulty getting in to this number, you can call (559)
546-1400. If someone answers and asks what your original call-in number
was, you can give them the 712 number and access code.

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (605) 562-3140, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long. If you miss the
live call, you can dial (605) 562-3149, enter the same access code and
listen in later.

Blessings on you!
Regner

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Another Coffee Break:

A Revelation of God's Glory, Part 9

October 9, 2015

We have a lot of ground to cover today, so let's get this discussion
started.

Once again, let's take a look at the amplified translation of Revelation
3:12:

He that overcomes [the temptation to rest on previous overcoming and past
victories] will I make to be a support (and a symbol of the Glory) in the
dwelling place of Yod Hey Vav Hey (Elohim), and from that place of dwelling
there will be no reason [or cause] to ever leave; and I will engrave within
and upon him the very nature, the character, the authority, the makeup, the
very essence of Yod Hey Vav Hey (Elohim), and the very nature, the
character, the authority, the makeup and the very essence of the city of Yod
Hey Vav Hey (Elohim), which is the new Jerusalem, which descends [to the
earth] out of Heaven from my Yod Hey Vav Hey (Elohim); and I will engrave
within and upon him my new (and completed) nature, character, authority,
makeup and very essence. (Revelation 3:12, RAC Translation and
Amplification)

And, again, here is the corresponding and confirming verse from Revelation
21:2: 

And I, John, saw the holy, consecrated and set apart city [of many people],
the recently made and unprecedented Jerusalem, the city of double peace,
descending out of Heaven [to the earth] from Yod Hey Vav Hey, made ready as
the betrothed Bride, adorned, ornamented and embellished with honor for her
husband-to-be. (Revelation 21:2, RAC Translation and Amplification)

When you put these two passages together, the picture is quite clear. Our
onoma -- nature, character and makeup -- is being transformed into that of
the Bride of Christ. We are being changed into His image, His makeup, His
nature, His character and being imbued with His authority. Consider this.

From a purely legal perspective (and I use this term differentiating between
"legal" and "experiential") once we accept the Lord Jesus Christ, once we
are baptized in water, and once we are baptized in the Holy Spirit and begin
the daily process of being infilled by Holy Spirit we are "sons (teknon) of
God," heirs and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. Being "legally" "sons of
God" with all of the characteristics and inheritances that go with it, and
coming to that place experientially are two different things. Between
"legal" and "experiential" is a series of processes, changes to our nature,
willingly subjecting ourselves to the "crucible" (II Timothy 2:15 -- see
below), and overcoming every obstacle that stands in the way of intimacy
with the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Glory of God is not given to those who do not overcome. The throne of
God is not given to those who do not overcome. We've quoted this before,
but here we are again:

I AM Yod Hey Vav Hey: that is my shem (onoma) nature and character, my
makeup, my authority and personality: the weight of my glory and honor, my
splendor and light will NEVER be given to strangers - to anyone not of my
family - neither will I allow My Praise, My renown and fame (with the songs
thereof) to be given to idols or graven images (other objects of focus,
prime attention or worship). (Isaiah 42:8, RAC Translation and
Amplification)

Do you see it? The Glory does not come to anyone who is not of God's
family! For that matter, neither is the throne given to anyone who is not
of God's family. Consider the following -- and this is the eighth time we
see the phrase in Revelation, "to him (or he) that overcometh."

Revelation 21:7: He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be
his God, and he shall be my son.

Watch how this amplifies from the Greek:

He who subdues, conquers, overcomes and gains the victory [holding fast in
faith -- even in the face of death -- over every obstacle, over all
opposition, and over the accuser of the brethren] shall become My heir, and
inherit the whole [of my Kingdom, and all that pertains]; and I will be his
God, and he shall be my (huios-- no longer teknon) fully-grown,
fully-matured son, released and sent forth with my full authority and
backing. (Revelation 21:7, RAC Translation & Amplification)

To this we add the requirement as it is spelled out in II Timothy 2:15:

Be instantly responsive to the Lord, making yourself available to Him in the
midst of the crucible, a tried and tested laborer who has no fear of being
examined - one who, by virtue of God's testing and the time spent in the
crucible with Him, knows the proven Word of Truth. (II Timothy 2:15, RAC
Translation & Amplification)

THAT, my friends, is where overcoming takes place. When we are in a
crucible -- whether that crucible is the vessel that heats precious metals
to the boiling place so that the dross and contaminants can be removed, or
whether that crucible is the kind used by the apothecary when herbs and
medicinal foods are being ground down to a fine powder to use as a
medication for healing -- the process is the same. We are being tried,
tested, put under extreme pressure, put in the fire, ground down, etc.,
etc., and it is our responses in that place that produce the necessary
overcoming AND shorten the time required to be in that place.

It's important to clarify one thing when we talk about the crucible. It is
NOT Holy Spirit putting us through this process. The crucible comes by
virtue of the pressure that occurs when our old flesh nature rebels and
resists the corrective processes necessary for us to conform to the image of
the Lord Jesus Christ. You understand, don't you, that when we respond to
the call of the Bridegroom, Satan absolutely DOES NOT want the Bridegroom to
receive that Bride He has paid the ultimate price to receive.

Satan will throw every obstacle conceivable in our path to stop us or slow
us down. We live in a world that has bowed to demonic forces. Those
demonic forces have so influenced our society and the church world in
general that when we begin to respond to the true call and the yearning of
our Bridegroom-to-be to be joined to Him as His counterpart, everything that
surrounds us and influences our daily lives opposes that call! When we
respond to the call of the Bridegroom, we run into every imaginable pressure
to stop, turn aside or contaminate our responses.

The structured church world -- despite the fact that Holy Spirit has used it
throughout the centuries in spite of its errors and contamination -- wants
us to bow to the traditions of man. The structure (and you understand that
I'm not condemning or speaking out against folks who are in churches) itself
has become such an aberration to the plan of the Lord Jesus Christ for
intimacy that it scarcely resembles the picture of Ekklesia ordained by the
Lord in the first place.

We were NEVER called to "church!" We were never called to religion. We
were never called to formalism and ritual. We were never called to the Law.
We were called to the Lord Jesus Christ.

(The Law, by the way, was given as a shadow of the things to come. It was
ONLY a shadow -- NOT the reality. The reality is being in Christ, and Him
being in us. When we are in Christ, the Law is automatically fulfilled.
Jesus is our arbitrator, our go-between to say to Father, "he (she) is
covered by the blood, and there is no penalty of death." I know that there
are those who get stuck with the legalistic performance of the Sabbath, but
they fail to understand that Jesus is our Sabbath rest. And I remind you of
what Paul writes to the Colossians.

Colossians 2:16-17, 20-23: Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in
drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath
days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as
though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste
not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the
commandments and doctrines of men? Which things have indeed a show of
wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any
honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

Have I been clear? Good! We are NOT called to the keeping of the Law. We
are called to intimacy in Christ Jesus. If that intimacy exists and is a
reality in our daily walk with Him, every last aspect of the Law and its
requirements have been and continue to be met.)

In case you need an illustration of the picture of the crucible, let me give
you a retranslated and amplified picture taken from the Song of Solomon,
Chapter 1, verse 6. As noted previously, the Song of Solomon is back to
back Hebrew metaphors, most of which get lost in our normal word-for-word
translations. I discovered many years ago that these metaphors contain such
spectacular depth that I couldn't just leave it alone. 

The preface to the following verse was the questioning of the young maidens
as to what caused the Shulamite to be chosen instead of them (and they all
had the normal period of preparation to be presented before the king).

Song of Solomon 1:6: Because you normally expect a woman who is taken in
marriage to have been prepared indoors away from the sun with oils, spices
and perfumes for weeks and months, you look on me with shock because my skin
is deeply tanned, darkened by exposure to the sun. Ignore that. My
preparation came another way. Instead of scrubbing my skin, washing it, and
rubbing it with oils and spices, my spirit and inner being have been
scrubbed through the washing of trying experiences. For years have I been
in the furnace of affliction with my supposed friends and family. They
hated me. They were angry and jealous of me. My family thought to rid
themselves of my presence by forcing me to tend the vineyards. I was made
vulnerable to wild animals, thieves and robbers. They exposed me to the
elements of nature -- the storms, the wind and rain, and the hot sun. I
became responsible for work my brothers were supposed to do. Because I
became responsible for the keeping of several vineyards, I could not keep up
with all of them; and consequently my own vineyard fell into neglect. My
reputation as a person of integrity suffered with it. The constant exposure
to danger and hard work, the attendant problems, and watching God's
provision and deliverance through those years developed something in my
spirit more important to the king than scrubbed skin, olive oil and spices.

You get the picture, don't you? The Shulamite's choosing by Solomon wasn't
just based on her outer appearance, or the normal adornments that came with
the preparation to meet him. She was chosen because her character and
nature and makeup were formed in the midst of trial and tribulation and
fire. What Solomon saw in her was everything that would make her to be his
perfect counterpart. She was ready to become his queen.

You understand that the entire picture of the Song of Solomon is a prophetic
picture of the preparation of us as the Bride of Christ for our Bridegroom,
right? The Song of Solomon is easily the most intimate and graphic
portrayal of the romancing that has been going on between the Lord and us as
His intended. Holy Spirit is the Paraklete Who has been preparing,
processing, instructing and correcting those areas of our lives that need to
be formed, conformed, and metamorphosed back into the very nature, the
character, the makeup, the personality and the very essence of the Lord
Jesus Christ.

And that brings us back to the prophecy and the promise given to the
overcomer in Revelation 3:12.

The very first aspect of the change of our onoma is that we will have the
character and nature of Father infused into our beings. Let's not forget
that the beginning place for this to happen took place when we were baptized
in water. The old DNA of our flesh existence was buried. We were
resurrected and raised to new life in Christ Jesus, and the DNA of Father
became our DNA -- legally! The command that Paul gives us in II Timothy
2:15 becomes our requirement for what we now have in a legal or forensic
sense to become practical and experiential.

Remember! The promise of this onoma transformation is made to the
overcomer! I won't revisit that overcoming process again other than to
remind you that this picture of overcoming began with the letter to Ephesus
and has taken us through six successive areas of overcoming -- each one
critical to our transformation, each one critical to our being conformed to
the image of the firstborn Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

With the change that takes place in and to us when we have Father's onoma,
we are a long way down the road to seeing His Glory revealed in us. but
this isn't the end of the ongoing change. The very next promise is that we
will have the onoma -- the nature, the character, the personality, the very
essence -- of the Bride of Christ.

Remember the unique character of Eve and how she was the fulfillment of
Adam? Remember the way in which she had Adam's DNA, his very essence as
part of her makeup? That's the promise that's being made to this same
overcoming group as epitomized in the letter to Philadelphia. 

We will come back to that part of the discussion next week, and take this
the next step.

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Our call-in number
has changed to (712) 775-7035. The new Access Code is: 323859#. Our
previous conference line experienced drop-outs and periodic audio quality
issues, so this was a needed upgrade! 

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (605) 562-3140, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long. If you miss the
live call, you can dial (605) 562-3149, enter the same access code and
listen in later.

Blessings on you!
Regner

Regner A. Capener
CAPENER MINISTRIES

RIVER WORSHIP CENTER
Sunnyside, Washington 98944
All Coffee Break articles are copyright by Regner A. Capener, but
authorization for reprinting, reposting, copying or re-use, in whole or in
part, is granted -provided proper attribution and this notice are included
intact.

Another Coffee Break:

A Revelation of God's Glory, Part 10

October 16, 2015

Have to share a really cool experience that just happened. I've talked
about our youngest son, Joshua, and his battles in the past, as well as the
rather humorous event that took place when he asked his children to lay
hands on him and pray for his deliverance from a very reactionary and
explosive spirit of anger.

Josh had occasion to fly down from Alaska to take care of some business and
stayed with us for a quick overnight. Despite his acknowledgement of Jesus
Christ as his savior and Lord, he had never been baptized in water. We have
shared with him on numerous occasions the fact that within the realm of the
Spirit, there are legal implications for us that go with water baptism which
cut off Satan's right to torment us. (That's not to say that he observes
the Law of the Spirit automatically, but we do have the right to say to him,
"I'm no longer of the Adamic seed. That person died. Who I am is a new
individual, raised to life in Christ Jesus.")

Because of things Josh has been seeing in his own life he has come to that
recognition, and we were able to baptize him in the swimming pool at the
local Best Western. He experienced a physical sensation of heat and pain
prior to going down into the water and when he came up out of the water, the
extreme heat on his forehead and the pain were gone.

The following morning, prior to his departure back to Alaska, we took
Communion together. As we broke bread together and took the cup, Josh saw
with his eyes evil spirits departing from him. He heard them with his ears
screaming at him in unintelligible languages as they departed. Despite the
fact that he knows of our ongoing ministry throughout the years in dealing
with deliverance from evil spirits, his reaction to us afterwards was, "That
freaked me out!" Nevertheless, he was able to testify to feeling a dramatic
difference and a lightness in his own spirit.

For Della and me, it is more evidence to God's keeping of His Covenant to us
when He promised, "All your children will be taught of the Lord, and great
shall be the peace of your children." 

OK, let's pick up where we left off last week in the promise of our change
of onoma. Here's the portion of Revelation 3:12 that relates specifically
to today's discussion:

I will engrave within and upon him ..... the very nature, the character, the
authority, the makeup and the very essence of the city of Yod Hey Vav Hey
(Elohim), which is the new Jerusalem, which descends [to the earth] out of
Heaven from my Yod Hey Vav Hey (Elohim). (Revelation 3:12, RAC Translation
and Amplification)

Once more, here is the corresponding and confirming verse from Revelation
21:2: 

And I, John, saw the holy, consecrated and set apart city [of many people],
the recently made and unprecedented Jerusalem, the city of double peace,
descending out of Heaven [to the earth] from Yod Hey Vav Hey, made ready as
the betrothed Bride, adorned, ornamented and embellished with honor for her
husband-to-be. (Revelation 21:2, RAC Translation and Amplification)

The change, the transformation of our onoma into that of the Bride of the
Lord Jesus Christ, is a product of our overcoming. When John receives this
prophecy concerning the overcomer, and you follow the sequence of successive
promises beginning with the promise made to those who overcome the issues
described in the letter to Ephesus and following through the letters to
Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira and Sardis right up to Philadelphia, it becomes
abundantly clear that the seven letters to the seven Ekklesias are one
single letter to the body of Christ. The ultimate objective is for us to
have absolutely no contamination of our character, our makeup, our
personality and the very essence of who we are so that we literally mirror
that of the Lord Jesus Christ.

His purpose from day One is that we become that Bride He created us to be
for Himself! His objective is that we become His counterpart, His other
self, His Beloved! His Plan is that we become His Glory manifested in the
earth. Ever stop to wonder just what that is? It isn't complicated,
really! His Glory is the manifestation of His presence -- as it is in
Heaven -- here on earth. His Glory is all that He is! He IS the Spirit of
Glory (see I Peter 4:14).

I'll come back to a very brief description of the previous letters and the
overcoming picture demonstrated in each, but as we consider the next part of
the prophetic promise given to Philadelphia (and I will engrave within and
upon him my new (and completed) nature, character, authority, makeup and
very essence) let me share with you that which the Lord accomplished in me
when He gave Della to me as my counterpart, my other self and my beloved!

When a man and woman are married, there is a change of character and makeup.
The man becomes completed by virtue of having his wife; and the wife takes
on the name -- and over time -- the character and personality of the
husband. You see this often in folks who have been married for a long time.
They even tend to take on one another's appearance. Their physical
characteristics sometimes change to the point where they actually look like
brother and sister, and folks sometimes take them for having that
relationship.

Let me describe it like this.

When Della and I got married, I had been very incomplete and unfulfilled.
Despite the many successes and unusual miracles and events that had unfolded
throughout my life, I continually felt that I was operating at a fraction of
the potential the Lord had given me a picture of. To use the metaphor from
the Song of Solomon, I was "black." There was a continual searching in my
spirit to become complete with the Bride whom God had chosen for me.

Della, on the other hand, struggled to become the woman God had made her to
be. You'd never know it now, but she was timid, quiet and very
self-deprecating. One of my broadcasting friends and associates laughingly
referred to her as "Mouse Knuckles," because of her (then-) very retiring
ways.

Our being joined by the Lord changed everything -- for both of us. For the
first time in my life, I was complete. There was a sense of security, a
sense of wholeness, a sense of having everything plugged in so that I could
begin to see the promises of God (made to me beginning at age seven)
fulfilled.

One very extraordinary thing happened for me when Della and I were on our
honeymoon. At age 12, the Lord had given me (by way of an artist's detailed
sketch) a vivid picture of what His choice for me would be in a Bride. I
had carried that sketch around in my wallet for years until the wallet was
stolen from me. We were standing in the parking lot of the Seattle Marriott
one day when Della turned a certain way. For the first time, I saw in her
silhouette and pose that image God had planted in me as a 12-year-old, and
remembered the picture I had carried around all those years before. 

Della, for the first time in her life, began to feel a sense of safety and
protection, and the liberty to become that woman of God she had seen in her
spirit as far back as age four. Because of experiences she'd been through
(that are unnecessary to recount here), she had felt suppressed and severely
restrained. I did my best to encourage her -- and to steer some of her
decisions -- so that she would have the kind of opportunities that would
begin to fulfill the drive and motivations of her spirit.

It wasn't long before friends, who had known both of us prior to our
marriage, began to remark on the phenomenal change taking place in each of
us. What was happening was that -- for each of us individually and jointly
-- we were experiencing a radical change of onoma. Our character and
makeup, our personalities, our sense of authority and power in the realm of
the Spirit, and the ways in which we did things all began to coalesce into
one new being.

Ask anyone today. Della is me; and I am her. You don't see Della without
seeing me; and you don't see me without seeing Della. Of course we have our
distinct differences. But there is a unity, a sense of completeness we
never had before. Because I am now whole, I am free to be all that God has
called me to be and commissioned me to do. The things I have seen and
experienced in the realm of the Spirit since the Lord gave Della to me have
been a real taste of what He promised me at age seven, and what I saw in
Heaven at age nine, then at age ten, and again many years after that after
multiple trips back and forth in the Heavenlies and throughout time. And
they are a drop in the bucket for what lies ahead!

Because Della is now whole, she is free to be that powerhouse woman of God
she was called to be and sent forth by the Lord with an anointing. (Ask
anyone in our fellowship! (smile) They'll tell you that Della is
positively anointed by Holy Spirit with a phenomenal anointing!) No longer
is Della that quiet, mousy, withdrawn individual that everyone used to see
her as being. She has a holy boldness in her to speak the truth, to
prophesy, to declare and to bring forth to fruition and completion the
things Holy Spirit shows her.

One brother who has known me for right close to 60 years is Dwain McKenzie
-- the same brother with whom I ministered in Barrow, Alaska back in the
1960's, and again in the 1970's at Long Beach (California) Christian Center.
Perhaps twelve or fourteen years ago -- after not having seen us in person
for quite a few years -- he came to south Texas and stayed in our home for a
few days while attending a minister's conference. His comment to each of us
was that we were nothing at all like we used to be; that the Lord had done
something truly remarkable in us.

He was right. I have a new onoma. Della has a new onoma. It has been
written into us. And that is the picture that John is drawing when the Lord
says to the overcomer, "and I will write upon him my new name." Della and I
have one complete onoma. We make up one whole being. 

Better believe it! In that same way, Jesus Christ is undergoing a change of
makeup, a change of personality, a change of His very existence by virtue of
His being joined to, and completed by, His counterpart, His other self, His
Beloved Bride. That may be a bit hard to think of because we think of the
Jesus as being complete now. Perhaps it would be better to say that Jesus
is undergoing the fulfillment of His makeup. It's hard to imagine Him being
any greater, any more powerful and any more complete than He is now; and
yet, that is what HE HAS ORDAINED! That is what FATHER HAS ORDAINED for
Him.

This is the way things were designed from before the foundations of the
earth. This is what Creation was all about. This is why we were created.
And this is why Jesus had to come to this Earth to redeem for Himself that
people whose pathway to relationship and intimacy with Him had been
contaminated by sin. 

This is the essence of overcoming. Jesus isn't looking for a bunch of
robotic automatons. He's after a people who choose Him and choose all that
is necessary, no matter the cost, to be transformed into His likeness and
character and makeup so that He can be completely fulfilled in His Bride!

Paul draws this picture in his letter to the Ephesians -- and we'll come
back to this a bit more later on -- when he expresses it like this:

Ephesians 1:16-23: (I) cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of
you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of
glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the
knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye
may know what is the hope of HIS calling, and what the riches of the glory
of HIS INHERITANCE in the saints, 

And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe,
according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ,
when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the
heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and
dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in
that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him
to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the
fullness of him that filleth all in all. (Emphasis, mine)

You see the picture, I'm sure. We are His inheritance! His calling is us!
He receives His inheritance when He receives us as His Bride. His calling
is fulfilled and completed when He receives us as overcomers, having been
changed, transformed, metamorphosed into His onoma. Jesus gets what He paid
for in a Bride without spot or wrinkle, readied to rule throughout the
eternity of the eternities.

Let's pick up next week with the picture that Paul draws in his letter to
Ephesus.

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Our call-in number
has changed to (712) 775-7035. The new Access Code is: 323859#. If you
miss the live call and want to go back and listen later, simply change the
last four digits of the dial in number to 7039. 

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (605) 562-3140, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long. If you miss the
live call, you can dial (605) 562-3149, enter the same access code and
listen in later.

Blessings on you!

Regner

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A Revelation of God's Glory, Part 8

October 2, 2015

While the parable of the ten virgins plays again into the picture of the
release of the Glory of God, we're going to take a different track today as
we get back into the picture we first drew with Adam and Eve of the union
that God created between them, and the union He has been building between us
and the Lord Jesus Christ.

For that union to be built to the place where we are the reflection -- and
the completion -- of the Lord Jesus Christ, there must be some radical
changes to our nature, our personality, our makeup, the very essence of who
we are. And that's where we take up with today's discussion.

Revelation 3:12: Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of
my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of
my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which
cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new
name.

I've taken this verse out of its original context, so let me briefly take
you to that overall prophecy. This was a statement made to the Ekklesia in
Philadelphia -- the sixth of seven letters to the seven Ekklesias in Asia
Minor. These seven letters comprise a single letter overall to the body of
Christ, and address a series of issues that still affect the body of Christ
today. Each of the seven letters wraps up with the promise "to him that
overcometh," and each letter is sequential in its promise from the first one
to Ephesus, to the last one addressed to Laodicea.

Each promise to the overcomer adds a new dimension to the one previous.
These seven letters begin with the rebuke to Ephesus because they've been so
caught up in doing good works that they've lost their first love. (In fact,
that same issue affects several of the Ekklesias addressed in these
letters.) They've turned their attention to the Tree of the Knowledge of
Good and Evil and are making decisions predicated on humanly acquired
reasoning and rational thought. There's a whole lot more here than I want
to even try to get into today so let me simply summarize. The promise to
Ephesus is that if they will overcome their reliance on the Tree of the
Knowledge of Good and/or the Knowledge of Evil, the Lord will reopen the
Garden experience to them and give them to eat of the Tree of Life.

The progression in the seven letters continues from there, and without
recapping each of the ones that follow, let me quickly move to the promise
in the letter to Philadelphia.

There is so much contained in this one prophetic promise that it is almost
mind-boggling, so let's see what it looks like when we retranslate and
amplify from the Greek text.

He that overcomes [the temptation to rest on previous overcoming and past
victories] will I make to be a support (and a symbol of the Glory) in the
dwelling place of Yod Hey Vav Hey (Elohim), and from that place of dwelling
there will be no reason [or cause] to ever leave; and I will engrave within
and upon him the very nature, the character, the authority, the makeup, the
very essence of Yod Hey Vav Hey (Elohim), and the very nature, the
character, the authority, the makeup and the very essence of the city of Yod
Hey Vav Hey (Elohim), which is the new Jerusalem (*), which descends [to the
earth] out of Heaven from my Yod Hey Vav Hey (Elohim); and I will engrave
within and upon him my new (and completed) nature, character, authority,
makeup and very essence. (Revelation 3:12, RAC Translation and
Amplification)

(*) Now, put this together with Revelation 21:2: And I John saw the holy
city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride
adorned for her husband.

This isn't bad as a translation, but it still misses the whole picture.
Let's try this one again:

And I, John, saw the holy, consecrated and set apart city [of many people],
the recently made and unprecedented Jerusalem, the city of double peace
(**), descending out of Heaven [to the earth] from Yod Hey Vav Hey, made
ready as the betrothed Bride, adorned, ornamented and embellished with honor
for her husband-to-be. (Revelation 21:2, RAC Translation and Amplification)

I'm starting to look like a broken record with these asterisks, but there is
a point to this.

(**) A short history lesson, if you don't mind. The picture of the "double
peace" as the Hebrew translation of Yerushalayim goes is based on David's
capture of the city from the Jebusites. The Jebusites had occupied the
fortress of Salem (Shalom) after Shem's death and renamed the city, Jebus,
after their father. Ironically, their father's name had been, Jerus,
meaning "foundations." Jebus meant "crushing," and that was the military
tactic of the father of the Jebusites -- hence the name change given by
Jebus' sons.

When David took the city from the Jebusites, he restored Shem's original
name of Salem, but added to it the original name of the father of the
Jebusites, Jerus (pronounced "Yeroos"). Thus, the City of David became
Jerus-Salem, and the "foundations of peace" were established in the
now-combined ten tribes of Israel with Judah and Benjamin, creating the
nation of Israel with its capital. 

That was the first of the two pictures of peace. The geographical city of
Jerusalem lost its picture of peace when Rehoboam (Solomon's son) disbanded
the ministry of praise and worship in the Temple at the urging of his
counselors, and Jeroboam came up out of Egypt and split the nation into two
again, taking the ten tribes with him. Throughout the Psalms, David clearly
had the picture of Jerusalem as the City of God and as the heart of the
Lord. In the years that followed after the division of Israel, the prophet
Isaiah made a unique distinction by referring to Jerusalem in general as the
people of God, but identifying Zion (where David established his Tabernacle,
and the Temple was later built) as a metaphor for the Bride to come.

When John, therefore, is given the picture of Jerusalem as the double peace,
he is drawing the analogy of reestablished, permanent peace, "the peace that
passes all understanding." (Philippians 4:7)

Some of you are looking cross-eyed at me wondering what all this has to do
with the Glory of God being revealed. This is a quick illustration, but let
me put it like this:

Once you've been in or under the Glory of the Lord, you just don't want to
move. That's a bit of an exaggeration, but the peace is so phenomenal that
you NEVER want to leave it. I won't take time now to share some personal
stories, but let me simply say that whenever you have a time of very intense
intimate worship that continues on and on and on, you frequently experience
the Glory settling in over everyone in such a way that folks don't want to
move, they don't want to talk, and they just want to "soak".

Very frequently, we launch into "soaking worship" as a fellowship. There is
often a period of silence following that worship such that no one says a
thing, and everyone is just quiet before the Lord, enjoying the enormous,
indescribable peace.

OK, I've kind of taken you down a rabbit trail for a bit in order to do some
clarification as to the translation and amplification from Revelation 3:12
and 21:2. Let's get back on track.

The promise from Revelation 3:12 is for a transformation and radical change
of our character, our nature, our personality, our makeup, our identity and
the very essence of who we are. Consider the change promised to the one who
overcomes and gains victory over -- and I'll take these in quick succession
from the six letters up to this point -- the Fear of Evil, the Fear of
Death, the Fear of Man, the Spirit of Jezebel, the Spirit of Compromise [we
know it as "Democracy" in the body of Christ] (and its companion, Legalism),
and the tendency to rest on past laurels, the overcoming one has achieved to
this point, never mind the revelation that comes with each of these areas of
overcoming.

In order to draw this characterization back to something we've shared in
previous Coffee Breaks, let's consider the message revealed in The Song of
Solomon, chapter 1, verse 5, along with the same message embodied in
Jeremiah 8:21 in which we see the statement repeated, "I am black."

As already noted, this is a common Hebrew metaphor rooted in the extraction
of Eve from Adam's side, and the knowledge that for each of us God has
created a counterpart, an "other self" who completes and finishes our
makeup. In Jeremiah's prophecy (and he draws pretty much the same picture
in the sixth chapter), the Lord is crying out for that people whom He
created for Himself. Israel was a nation whom God had chosen, blessed,
protected, caused to multiply, set apart from every other nation on earth to
be the reflection of His Glory. Israel was designed to become His
counterpart in the earth and a representation to the rest of the world of
what could be available to anyone who could and would walk by faith in and
with Him.

The cry of the Lord, therefore, in Jeremiah's prophecy is identical to the
search that continues to this day. The Lord was speaking through Jeremiah
and calling out for that people He had searched out for Himself. The search
was going forth throughout the earth for that people. It is the same search
He has built in each of us for our counterpart, our "other self" -- that one
who completes and fulfills us (and that was the message of the Shulammite in
the Song of Solomon).

Revelation 3:12 is the completion of the search God has made on behalf of
Jesus Christ for His counterpart, His other self. Is that clear so far?
Then let me add to this picture. Consider how Paul put it in writing to the
Romans:

Romans 12:2: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by
the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

The Amplified Bible puts it even better.

Romans 12:2, AMP: Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned
after and adapted to its external, superficial customs [and mindsets], but
be transformed (changed) [metamorphosed] by the [entire] renewal of your
mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude [taking on the mindset and
manner of thinking of the Lord Jesus Christ], so that you may prove [for
yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even
the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
(with my additions)

The whole purpose of this metamorphosing is to change us back into that
image in which we were first created. But there's more! You see, Adam and
Eve were created in the image and likeness of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
There is a difference, however, between Adam and Eve, and that which we are
being transformed into. Adam and Eve were imbued with the same qualities
and nature of God and they were given dominion over the earth. They had
only one command or warning from the Lord, and that referred to their NOT
eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. What Adam and Eve DID
NOT HAVE was a Covenant. True, when they were being evicted from the
Garden, the Lord told Eve that her seed would crush the Serpent's head --
and through that prophetic promise would come the Redeemer, the Lord Jesus
Christ.

What makes our existence so different from Adam and Eve is that first of
all, we have a Covenant with Father, made on our behalf by the Lord Jesus
Christ. It is a Covenant we can all freely enter into, and it is a Covenant
which guarantees our being changed, transformed, re-created, molded and
metamorphosed back into that perfect image and likeness of Father, Son and
Holy Spirit -- SO LONG AS WE RESPOND!

It shouldn't be necessary to say this, but the Covenant that Jesus Christ
made for us is a Covenant we MUST enter into if we are to become partakers
and beneficiaries. Furthermore, this Covenant was designed to fulfill the
purposes of God which were set in motion before time began. From the very
beginning, all of Creation was designed to bring into being, to grow and to
mature a species of being who would become the very family of God -- a
species of being unlike any ever created. Creation was set in motion to
grow and mature a people who would overcome every conceivable obstacle,
every temptation, every force pitted against them, and choose an intimate
relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ above life itself.

The point of all this is that the Glory of the Lord is revealed in the
earth, throughout the Universe, and throughout all Creation. Holy Spirit
brings Glory to the Lord Jesus Christ through the teaching, the instruction,
the filling up of us as a people with the very presence and essence of the
Lord God. Jesus brings Glory to Father because it is through Him that these
changes, and this maturing process all achieves the destiny Father, Son and
Holy Spirit set in motion when they agreed and said, "Let us make man in our
own image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion....." 

We need to talk about the changes Holy Spirit is working in us. Those
changes are no small thing -- and it is in those changes that the Glory of
the Lord is being revealed. We are being changed from Glory to Glory.

And that's where we'll go next week.

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). As of Monday,
September 14th, our call-in number has changed to (712) 775-7035. The new
Access Code is: 323859#. Our previous conference line experienced drop-outs
and periodic audio quality issues, so this was a needed upgrade! 

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (605) 562-3140, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long. If you miss the
live call, you can dial (605) 562-3149, enter the same access code and
listen in later.

Blessings on you!
Regner
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Another Coffee Break:

A Revelation of God's Glory, Part 5

September 11, 2015

The Glory of the Lord is a promise in the Word, first seen in Abraham,
promised to Moses and the children of Israel, and prophesied by David,
Isaiah and Jeremiah. When Jesus came as the personification of that Glory,
He both prayed and promised that His Glory would be revealed in a people who
were intimate with Him. In today's Coffee Break, and possibly the next one
or two, I'd like to deal with the preparation in us for the revealing of His
Glory as Jesus laid it out, Paul described it, and John was given the
demonstration in Revelation.

The picture I'm about to draw for you begins in the Garden. It flows
throughout the Word, often concealed in "hidden manna" -- Hebrew metaphors
with literally extravagant depths -- in the Song of Solomon, and Jeremiah's
prophecy. It is revealed in Jesus' parables, demonstrated in Paul's
epistles, and wept over in the seventh of the seven letters to the Ekklesia
in Revelation.

Watch!

Genesis 1:26-28: And God said, 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 creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own
image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and
replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the
sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth
upon the earth.

The very beginning for all of us was that we were first created in the image
and likeness of the Lord God! Get it? His image! His likeness!
Understand, too, that when we read, "And God said," the Hebrew word used for
God is Elohim. This is the plural of Eloah. The plural usage here
designates Father, Son & Holy Spirit, all working together in harmony, in
complete agreement with each other. Hence, the DNA is the combined DNA of
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. That may seem like a stretch to put it that
way, but consider that Father has His overriding dominion, His authority,
His character and nature. Jesus, on the other hand, has the nature, the
character, the very essence of the relationship between Father and Son.
Holy Spirit has the makeup, the personality, the very nature which imparts,
which teaches, which broods and meditates and infuses the nature and
character and essence of Father and Son combined.

It takes a revelation from Holy Spirit to get this picture, but it is a
critical picture. We were created in the image, the likeness, the
character, the makeup, the authority, the very essence of all THREE IN
ONE!!! Therein lies the mystery of the Glory!

Notice the very first declaration God makes over man: "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
creepeth upon the earth."

There's a word for you -- dominion! It comes from the Hebrew word, radah,
which means: to rule over, to tread down, to subjugate; metaphorically: to
take possession of, to possess oneself of; and in lesser usage: to teach, to
bring correction to, to discipline and bring under subjection.

We know without hesitation that absolute authority and dominion resides in
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The authority and dominion that resided in
Adam and Eve was nothing shy of stupendous. Think about it for a minute.
Adam was given the responsibility to imbue every single one of some 50,000
species of animals, birds, reptiles, etc., with their character, their
nature and their personality. And he did it simply by speaking and
declaring over them. "And it was so!"

But that's only a tiny part of the picture. Adam was first created. For
some unspecified period of time, he was alone. Here's where it gets really
interesting. Adam had no counterpart, no "other self" with whom he could
share all that he was. Yet completeness is in Father God, completeness is
in Jesus -- OOPS, almost (but that's where we're going with this series) --
and completeness is in Holy Spirit.

You see, here's the catch. Adam was complete, but in his completeness, he
was incomplete. This brings us to the whole purpose of
Creation....mmmm....just hold steady, folks! You'll see it as things
unfold. Watch what happens next!

Genesis 2:18: And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be
alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

It is really important for us to make a distinction here. God did not say,
I will make him an helpmeet. He said -- and I'm phrasing this for you from
the Hebrew text -- I will make someone who will surround him, protect him,
provide assistance and nurture him -- one who will be his counterpart, his
other self, one who parallels him, who is appropriate to his character, his
nature and makeup. (RAC Translation & Amplification)

Now, God puts Adam into a deep sleep. The Greek Septuagint uses the word,
ecstasis, meaning: a state of ecstasy! Adam wasn't simply knocked out or
put into some kind of coma, the Lord places him into an ecstatic dream
state. Then he opens Adam up, takes out a rib -- the rib closest to his
heart -- closes him back up and creates Eve.

NOW, Adam is complete! With Eve, Adam now has full expression. Consider
this: They are a picture of unity. Yes, Eve is different than Adam -- in
the way she thinks, in the way she talks, in the way she arrives at
conclusions -- and yet, no two people could be more alike. They share the
same existence. They are a part of each other. Without Eve, Adam is
incomplete. Without Adam, Eve is incomplete. They share the same purpose.
They are best friends. Yet they are spiritual beings, created to have
fellowship with the Lord, our Bridegroom, without whom they would be even
more incomplete.

Consider Eve. She is the perfection of Adam. No woman could more
compliment and finish a man. Yes, she is beautiful -- stunningly so -- but,
that is not our focus. She has been given an independent mind with which to
think. She has been given the independence to choose. Were a thousand
other men arrayed before her, she would still choose Adam.

Why? Because she was literally taken from him. She was extracted from his
side. Before she was, he was. Before she was, he saw her -- if only in his
spirit. Before she was, they were one -- but incomplete. Adam had no
separate feminine expression of his onoma. He was forever bound to exist in
only one dimension as a masculine expression. There was no independent
expression of love and commitment towards him from a like being who could
share his thoughts, his desires, his hopes, his purposes.

Though Adam was ruler over the earth, though he had been given power over
every living species, though he had been given the wisdom and revelation to
identify the onoma of every living creature, he had no one with whom to
identify his onoma.

Eve is like him. Yet, she is different. Full of grace and beauty, Eve is
the expression of all that Adam could not be. Her onoma is his onoma
because she was taken from his side. His onoma is her onoma because he is
in her as she is in him. Without Adam, Eve is terribly incomplete. Without
Eve, Adam is incomplete, lonely, unable to fully express that onoma which
was bred into his genetic structure when the Lord breathed those first
breaths into his being. Together, they make one whole being.

Even though the Adam walking here in the Garden is a picture of masculine
greatness, authority and power, he is only that way because Eve is here to
complete him. Remove Eve from the equation and you have a man unable to be
whom the Lord created him to be. Remove Eve, and his destiny will never be
fulfilled. Remove Eve, and you will have a partial man.

Eve, for all her stunning beauty, is incomplete without Adam. Remove Adam
from this picture and you have grace, form, stature, loveliness, compassion,
love, emotional expression and tenderness that will never be fully
expressed. There will be no counterpart with whom to express those facets;
there will be no recipient of her love; there will be no complete
demonstration of the power, authority and greatness incorporated into her
onoma.

With Adam, Eve is the personification of greatness. With Adam, Eve is the
complete expression of love. With Adam, Eve is the visible manifestation of
grace and power. With Adam, Eve is complete. With Adam, Eve is Eve!

With Eve, Adam has greatness. With Eve, Adam's authority can come forth.
With Eve, Adam can rule the dominion he has been given. With Eve, love will
go forth in the land. With Eve, Adam is Adam!

Together, there will be a full expression and demonstration of the onoma
that is Adam. Adam is not Adam without Eve. Eve is not Eve without Adam.
Adam pours out his being to Eve. She reciprocates of her own free will and
choice. They are Adam.

And now we are beginning to understand the mystery of our Bridegroom, Jesus
Christ. OK. Wait a minute. I'm getting ahead of myself. Can't go there
yet.

We all know what happened when Eve first ate of the fruit of the Tree of the
Knowledge of Good and Evil, and then Adam ate of it. There's a story here
that I don't have time to go into today. We see Adam displaying the very
redemptive nature and character of the Lord Jesus Christ as he knowingly
partakes of the fruit. Eve got tricked by Satan, deceived and seduced into
eating the fruit. Adam wasn't seduced. He wasn't tricked. He knew exactly
what he was doing -- and that's a fabulous story we'll look at some other
time. The point of this is that because Adam and Eve ate of the fruit in
disobedience to God's command and warning, it set the stage for Satan to
bring division between man and woman, husband and wife, and to pervert the
very plan of God in the union between husband and wife.

There is a stupendous Hebrew metaphor revealed in the Song of Solomon, and
repeated in Jeremiah's prophecy. The metaphor occurs in the Song of
Solomon, Chapter 1, verse 5, and it is revealed in the statement, "I am
black." This statement is actually rooted in the understanding of how God
extracted Eve from Adam, how she was specifically designed for him, how the
two of them were incomplete without each other, and how the two of them
completed each other. Following is an amplification of the Hebrew text of
this verse, along with an amplification of the metaphor. As a point of
context, it is important to understand that this is the Shulamite speaking. 

(Without hesitation, she responds.) "Although I am beautiful and desirable
for him to look upon, the real answer goes much deeper. There is a "search"
that goes on in the heart of every person -- a seeking after one's
counterpart -- for their "other self." I have spent my life searching for
the man who would be my "other self," knowing deep inside that when I found
him, an inner joining would occur, a linking up to form a whole person
rather than two partial beings. That inner joining occurred when we met and
came to know one another." (Song of Solomon 1:5, RAC Translation &
Amplification)

What most folks don't realize is that the Shulamite (the Hebrew is
Shulammiyth, which is the feminine form of Solomon) was referring to the
fact that Solomon had chosen her above every other woman. (Everyone knows
of the very extreme search that went on in Solomon for his counterpart, his
other self. I Kings 11:3 tells us that he wound up with 700 wives and 300
concubines.) In this passage, the Shulamite was expressing her completeness
in Solomon. As you read through the Song of Solomon, it becomes clear that
Solomon was likewise expressing his completeness in the Shulamite. Her name
comes from the Hebrew, shalam, and literally translates to the following: to
be at peace, to be safe, to be completed, to reciprocate (and, by extension,
to be the reciprocal of). See the picture of Eve? See the picture of the
joining between Adam and Eve and how they completed each other?

Then consider Jeremiah's prophecy where the Lord is crying out.

Jeremiah 8:21-22: For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am
black; astonishment hath taken hold on me. Is there no balm in Gilead; is
there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my
people recovered?

Get it? We have the same exact metaphor occurring here. The Lord had
chosen Israel as His people in all the earth. He extracted them from Egypt
in the midst of a great deliverance from the most powerful army on the
planet at that time, gave them incredible wealth and provision, provided for
them supernaturally during the 40 years they were in the wilderness and gave
them spectacular victories as they entered the land He had promised to give
them as their perpetual inheritance in the earth.

He chose them, not because they were the greatest and mightiest nation on
earth -- and in fact they were the least of all nations when chosen -- but
because it provided the opportunity for God to demonstrate once again in the
earth what other nations could have, with a people who were His people,
joined in a marriage covenant to Him, designed and destined to be His
counterpart, His other self in the earth!

When Jeremiah delivered his prophetic Word to Israel, the Lord was literally
crying out because of the search that was going on for His people, desiring
to be joined once again to that special people He had chosen for Himself.
They were the reciprocal of the Lord in the earth -- and they had gone
astray, seeking after other gods.

We still have a considerable ways to go with this picture, so let's stop
here and pick it up next week.

More next week.

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). As of this coming
Monday, September 14th, our call in number is changing to (712) 775-7035.
The new Access Code is: 323859#. Our previous conference line has
experienced drop-outs and periodic audio quality issues, so this is a needed
upgrade! 

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (605) 562-3140, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long. If you miss the
live call, you can dial (605) 562-3149, enter the same access code and
listen in later.

Blessings on you!

Regner

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Another Coffee Break:

A Revelation of God's Glory, Part 6

September 18, 2015

So far in the past week, we've laid the foundation for understanding a
fundamental principle of our relationship with the Lord in the picture of
being literally created for him. Just as Eve was taken out of Adam's side
-- and Jesus is referred to as "the Last Adam" -- we also have been
literally taken out of Jesus' side. We will get into this picture more,
possibly today, and maybe not until next week, but let's return to the
prophetic cry of the Lord as it was given by Jeremiah.

We wrapped up last week by saying that when Jeremiah delivered his prophetic
Word to Israel, the Lord was literally crying out because of the search that
was going on for His people, desiring to be joined once again to that
special people He had chosen for Himself. They were the reciprocal of the
Lord in the earth -- and they had gone astray, seeking after other gods.

Consider, then, the prophetic parable that Jesus shares in the 25th Chapter
of Matthew as he talks about the ten virgins. In this parable, the ten
virgins are supposed to be a picture of a people prepared as a bride-to-be
and betrothed to the Lord.

Matthew 25:1-12: Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten
virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And
five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took
their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their
vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered
and slept.

And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye
out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are
gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough
for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready
went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 

Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But
he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch
therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man
cometh.

Before we get too far into this parable, let's define some terms used here
in the KJV as "wise" and "foolish" from the Greek words used in the original
text.

The word used to describe the "wise" virgins is the Greek, phronimos, and it
comes from a root word, phren, which means: to rein in, to curb, to
discipline one's minds and feelings. The word, phronimos, by extension,
means: to be thoughtful, discreet, cautious and practical. There's a whole
lot here in this description of the "wise" virgins, and we'll break this out
momentarily.

In contrast to "wise," the Greek uses the term, moros. We get our English
word, "moron," from this term, but its true definition is: thoughtless,
imprudent, without forethought or wisdom; empty, useless. J. H. Thayer adds
to this definition, one who thinks he can operate outside of God's wisdom;
one who neglects and/or despises the sozo offered.

OK, so far? Good! Then, let's put these terms in the context of Jesus'
parable.

What was it that defined the "wise virgins?" Let's see if we can enumerate
what the Bridegroom was looking for in His betrothed.

(1) They had their lamps lit, and an ample supply of oil. Throughout the
Word, the lamps have been a picture of passion and pursuit of relationship.
In Psalm 119:105, David makes the statement, "Thy Word is a lamp unto my
feet, and a light unto my path." That passion with God tells you where you
are with Him, and it lets you know (by revelation) where you are going with
Him.

The oil is a picture of the anointing that comes by and through Holy Spirit.
One does not come by that anointing carelessly and heedlessly. It comes by
being in His presence -- NOT occasionally, NOT when one just feels like it,
NOT because you want something from Him -- because you love Him. You WANT
to be with Him. You desire to KNOW Him. You crave what He wants. Your
purpose is to know His very heartbeat, to feel what He feels. Your aim is
to be everything that fulfills Him, everything that completes Him.

(2) The ample supply of oil -- the extra beyond what was needed for the
moment -- indicates that the "wise virgins" were prepared for the
possibility that the Bridegroom might not come when they expected Him, and
that they could not allow their passion and pursuit of His presence to wane
during any potential delay.

(3) There is an extraordinary aspect of this extra oil that often gets
missed in the reading of Jesus' parable. That oil cost them dearly! It
cost them -- in many instances -- their reputation, their occupations, their
friends, their resources ..... all that might have been dear to them in the
natural! One thing they absolutely had been required to set aside was their
plans, their reasoning, their thoughts, their doctrines and ideas. They had
come to the place where it just didn't matter what it cost them; having the
Bridegroom's heart, having His best wasn't just important: it surpassed
every other consideration! 

(4) When the announcing cry sounded, "Behold the Bridegroom cometh, go ye
out to meet Him," the Greek text uses the term, kosmeo, to describe the
virgins "trimming" their lamps. In fact, this term, kosmeo, literally
means: to put in proper order, to decorate (both literally and
figuratively), to garnish, to adorn. [We get our modern English word,
cosmetics, from this Greek word.]

Again we get a picture of the "wise virgins" who put their lamps and the
burning flame "in proper order," who "adorned and garnished" themselves with
their passion for the Bridegroom. You see, they were ready for Him! They
may have nodded off in the delay incurred before His coming but they knew He
was glorious; every fiber and cell of their existence and preparation for
Him was that they would be an adornment for that Glory.

I've probably just scratched the surface of this so far, but let's consider
the "foolish virgins." Remember the Greek term that describes them? Moros.
Thoughtless, imprudent, without forethought or wisdom.

(1) The sad commentary on these virgins is that they were virgins. They
started off right! They had been seen by the Bridegroom as someone
desirable, someone with potential, someone with a destiny who could be a
part of His destiny, someone in whom there was passion and desire.

The problem was not in how they started, but the fact that they were so
sidetracked by their preconceived notions of when and how He would return
for them that they failed to spend the requisite time in His presence to
really get to KNOW Him, His heart, His desires, His plans, His purposes.

(2) These five "foolish virgins" actually started off with oil. Their
lamps were lit. They displayed a passionate love for the Bridegroom. [Let
me draw an analogy here that some folks may take issue with.] As we have
noted, the oil is a picture of the anointing that comes through and by Holy
Spirit. It comes by being in His presence.

The five "foolish virgins" yielded themselves to what we have come to know
as "the baptism of the Holy Spirit." They experienced the initial flow as
Holy Spirit took their yielded tongues and began to speak through them with
the tongues and languages of men and of angels. The problem was that they
stopped there. They treated the experience as a goal or an objective to be
reached in their preparatory walk with the Lord instead of a gateway to
intimacy. They received enough oil in their lamps to have a flame burning
with passionate love.

(3) Ephesians 5:17-20: Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what
the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess;
but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns
and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of
our Lord Jesus Christ.

Reading the above passage in Greek can be a hilarious experience, but let me
focus on the express verbiage in the second half of verse 18, but be filled
with the Spirit! The Greek text looks like this: Plerousqe en Pneumati.
Literally translated, it becomes, Be being (continually) filled and
furnished in and by (Holy) Spirit. I'll continue with this translation and
amplification momentarily, but there's no such thing as a one-time
experience of being filled with Holy Spirit. This is a continuing daily,
moment-by-moment, hour-by-hour experience.

Baptism in the Holy Spirit is an initial immersion which takes place when we
yield our tongues over to His control. He begins speaking through us with
words and languages that go far beyond our learning and natural reasoning.
He shuts down our minds so that we are not partaking of the Tree of the
Knowledge of Good and Evil, and causes us to begin eating of the Tree of
Life and drinking from the River of Life. Our minds may be going a hundred
miles a minute, but what is coming out of our mouths has absolutely nothing
whatever to do with whatever is going through our minds. It becomes a
gateway to being continually filled and experiencing a dimension of intimacy
with the Lord that is not available any other way.

I've said all of that to say this: the "foolish virgins" failed to keep
filling their vessels with the oil of the Spirit. They never really got to
KNOW the Bridegroom. He was a figurehead in their life, a goal to be
achieved, a future provider and source of provision, but not someone to know
and be known by at the level of the Spirit. The concept of what it would
cost them to be in that place of continually being filled was foreign.

Let me take just a bit more of Ephesians 5 before we move on.

Where our English translations render the word lalountes (lalountes -- from
laleo) as "speaking," in fact the proper word in the Greek to use if we want
to render this as "articulate, reasoned, thought-out speaking" should have
been legountes (legountes -- from lego). The difference here is that the
word lego is articulate speech, whereas the actual word used, laleo, means:
to utter a sound, to use the tongue or the faculty of speech.

If you're looking at me cross-eyed, thinking, what difference does this
make, let's be clear! If I articulate words to you, I'm speaking out of
forethought. My words are planned. I have reasoned out what needs to be
said.

On the other hand, if I'm just making sounds, what comes out is what
Episcopal Rector, Dennis Bennett, referred to in his book, NINE O'CLOCK IN
THE MORNING, as glossolalia, describing his experience of being baptized in
the Holy Spirit. They are words, all right, but they are words NOT formed
from my forethought or reasoning: they are words in languages that I know
nothing about.

What Paul is saying, therefore, is this: "speaking (or singing) to
yourselves in Psalms (the praise or worship or intercession) written
(mostly) by David, [that which has already been set forth as music with
words], hymns (NOT what we have referred to as "hymns" from the hymnal) --
repetitive, celebratory short songs or phrases, and spiritual songs
[supernatural, spirit-driven, divine utterances], singing and making melody
(the Greek term is, psallo, which means to pluck or strum on a stringed
instrument) in your heart (the Greek phraseology here is to agree in your
mind with what is coming forth by the Spirit) to the Lord.

Let's see if we can assemble all of this in a cohesive sentence:

Don't be intoxicated with wine, but intoxicate yourself with the Spirit,
being continually filled and furnished [saturated and satiated] in and with
Holy Spirit, freely allowing your tongue to become His vessel in speaking
and singing to yourself the Psalms, celebratory, repetitive short songs and
phrases, and supernaturally given, Spirit-driven, divine utterances, singing
and playing upon an instrument, agreeing in your mind with what Holy Spirit
is uttering [beyond your natural abilities or learning]. (Ephesians
5:17-18, RAC Translation & Amplification)

THAT, folks, is how the five wise virgins kept their passionate and fiery
love alive for the Bridegroom. THAT is how they had an ample supply of the
oil of the Spirit.

There's one other factor that I will touch on briefly, here, but we will dig
into it more next week. The oil that was used in the lamps, as well as the
oil in the Golden Candlestick in the Tabernacle of Moses, was an oil which
came from a crushing process. It is a picture of the crushing that takes
place in those who have the oil of the Spirit. That crushing is necessary
in us to get rid of all of our carnality so that the Glory of the Lord can
be revealed.

This picture has a lot to it, and it is germane to the cry of the Lord as
revealed in Jeremiah's prophecy, so let's stop here and pick it up next
week.

More next week.

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). As of Monday,
September 14th, our call-in number has changed to (712) 775-7035. The new
Access Code is: 323859#. Our previous conference line experienced drop-outs
and periodic audio quality issues, so this was a needed upgrade! 

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (605) 562-3140, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long. If you miss the
live call, you can dial (605) 562-3149, enter the same access code and
listen in later.

Blessings on you!

Regner

Regner A. Capener
CAPENER MINISTRIES

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Another Coffee Break:

A Revelation of God's Glory, Part 7

September 25, 2015

Last week we talked about the ten virgins in Matthew 25. We dealt mostly
with the five wise, their passion for the Bridegroom, and the oil of
anointing that fed the flame of their love. There's more, and we'll come
back to the five wise in a bit, but let's talk about the five foolish and
why they were rejected when they came back after trying to "buy" more oil
for their lamps. Here again is the parable as Jesus shared it.

Matthew 25:1-12: Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten
virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And
five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took
their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their
vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered
and slept.

And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye
out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are
gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough
for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready
went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 

Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But
he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch
therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man
cometh.

Once again, here is how the word in the Greek text defines the foolish
virgins:

The Greek word, moros, brings to mind the English term, "moron," (and that
IS where our English word comes from) which if frequently used colloquially
to refer to someone who lacks intelligence, (e.g., an idiot) or someone who
offends our sensibilities with totally illogical behavior. In fact the true
definition of moros is: thoughtless, imprudent, without forethought or
wisdom; empty, useless. J. H. Thayer captures the real essence of how this
word occurs in the Word like this: one who thinks he can operate outside of
God's wisdom; one who neglects and/or despises the sozo offered.

It is important to recognize that the foolish virgins were among those
chosen for consideration among the Bride. There was real potential in them.
They were beautiful to look upon. They showed passion. Their appearance
was chaste and their behavior to this point had been discreet and prudent.
So what happened?

(1) Like so many believers today, they became entangled with the affairs of
this life. The Bridegroom delayed His coming. They got their focus on
their own care, their livelihood and the ongoing events of each day. I
believe that (and this is strictly an opinion) the Fear of Death overtook
them. Why do I say that? The oil necessary to keep their lamps lit, their
passion alive and burning, comes with a huge cost.

(2) That cost comes in the form of what we know as crushing. The picture
of the oil in the Word -- both Old Testament and New Testament -- is an oil
derived by a crushing process. Great pressure is applied. The Greek word
for pressure is thlipsis. This is a word which Paul uses often in his
letters. In his letter to the Colossians, Paul rejoices in the sufferings
he is enduring, stating that there was a necessity for him (and us, by
analogy) to gain the anointing of the Lord Jesus Christ by "filling up what
is lacking in Christ's afflictions." (Colossians 1:24)

That word, "afflictions," in the Greek text is, thlipsis. This is the same
word that Jesus used when He said, "These things have I spoken unto you,
that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but
be of good cheer: I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

In Acts 14:21-22, we are told: And when they had preached the gospel to that
city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium,
and Antioch, Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to
continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into
the kingdom of God.

Here again is the same picture. Get it? We MUST through much thlipsis
enter into the Kingdom of God! The ten virgins absolutely HAD TO keep their
lamps lit with that oil of anointing that comes through thlipsis.

That kind of pressure costs! The five wise virgins paid dearly for the oil
that kept their lamps burning. They paid with false accusations against
them. They paid with their reputations being sullied by "the accuser of the
brethren." They paid with their lives being put in danger from time to
time. They paid with the betrayal of friends and would-be believers who
turned their back on them as being fanatics. Their devotion to their
betrothed Bridegroom was treated as "over the edge."

There is one other thing that comes with paying the kind of price necessary
for that anointing oil: revelation! John opens up the book of Revelation by
declaring that it was "the Revelation of Jesus Christ." We'll talk more
about this momentarily, but with the price that the five wise virgins paid,
there came an ongoing and continuing revelation of their coming Bridegroom.

(3) The five foolish virgins simply could not endure that kind of thlipsis.
They succumbed to the Fear of Death and to the Fear of Man. When faced with
that kind of cost, when faced with the loss of friends and reputation, when
faced with their lives being endangered and being put under attack, the
crushing ceased. They stopped producing the oil necessary to keep the flame
of their passion alive.

Consider again the definition of moros: thoughtless, imprudent, without
forethought or wisdom; empty, useless. The five foolish virgins did not
consider the costs, and did not weigh the benefits of paying the cost. They
were imprudent. They were without forethought or wisdom.

(4) We looked at this last week, and here it is again. When the cry
sounded, "Behold the Bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet Him," the Greek
text uses the term, kosmeo, to describe the virgins "trimming" their lamps.
In fact, this term, kosmeo, literally means: to put in proper order, to
decorate (both literally and figuratively), to garnish, to adorn. 

The five foolish virgins were in disarray and sudden panic. No oil. No
flame burning. They were in relative spiritual darkness. They had no
revelation of the coming Bridegroom. The only thing they were aware of was
that He was going to come. What He was coming for in a prepared Bride-to-be
was lost in their consciousness. They were literally without the means to
put themselves in proper order or to adorn themselves as a ready Bride.

(5) Here's the tragedy of this picture. By having NOT paid the cost to
have the oil that would keep their flame alive, their actions demonstrated
that they were empty and useless. It defies any kind of reason or rational
thinking that they would have gone to the five wise virgins and said, "Give
us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out." Duhhh ..... Riiiggghhhttt!!
"Let us piggy-back on your anointing. Allow us to skate by without having
paid the price."

The answer of the five wise was careful and judicious: Not so; lest there be
not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for
yourselves. Why of course! The irony in this statement is inescapable!

Consider what it cost them to have their oil. That oil was not available in
the marketplace! It wasn't something one could go and spend money for and
get across the counter. It was tantamount to Simon the Sorcerer's request
to Peter. Remember? Acts 8 gives us the following picture.

Acts 8:5-24: Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached
Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those
things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were
possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were
healed. And there was great joy in that city. But there was a certain man,
called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched
the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom
they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the
great power of God.

And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them
with sorceries. But when they believed Philip preaching the things
concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were
baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he
was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles
and signs which were done.

Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had
received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when
they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy
Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized
in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and
they received the Holy Ghost.

And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy
Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power,
that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter
said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that
the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot
in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent
therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of
thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall
of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. Then answered Simon, and said,
Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken
come upon me.

You see the picture, don't you? Simon, whose first stage is that of one who
is by nature, and by occupation a deceiver and manipulator, is faced for the
first time in his life with the real. We are told that he "believes and is
baptized." There's just one problem. Simon may have accepted Jesus Christ
as the long-awaited Messiah, and goes through water baptism, but the
transformation of his character has not yet been changed.

Simon sees what happens to people when they are baptized in the Holy Spirit.
He sees that an instant transformation occurs when Peter lays hands on
people. What Simon fails to understand because he is so caught up in the
past ways of his sorcery is that the gift of the Holy Spirit comes by
yielding to Holy Spirit. The gift of Holy Spirit is NOT a commodity one
can buy or sell. You CAN buy it, but NOT with money. You buy it with your
surrender to Holy Spirit -- no matter the cost.

But Simon pulls a "foolish virgin" stunt and thinks he can buy the Holy
Spirit. Riiiggghhhttt!! What Simon failed to realize is that the presence
of God in Peter's life had cost him everything! There was no amount of
money that could take the place of what Peter had paid in terms of his
reputation, his persecution, having his life under continual threat, having
been jailed for being a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ, having lost
friends, his occupation, etc., etc., etc.

What is it with some folks that they think God is for sale to the highest
bidder? How do people come to the conclusion that the "gifts" of Holy
Spirit are for sale? The gift comes at the discretion of the giver -- NOT
the receiver!

In this instance -- and we return to the picture of the five foolish virgins
-- the response of the five wise virgins to "go ye rather to them that sell,
and buy for yourselves," has multiple facets. One might say that their
response was a bit tongue-in-cheek since there was no way that oil was going
to be purchased in the marketplace. On the other hand, it also signified
that a place was still available to them in the Kingdom. The Bridegroom's
response to them was this, "I know you not."

There are two words in the Greek text that clearly delineate what the Lord
was saying. The first -- and this is the word Jesus used -- is the word,
eido. The second word is, optanomai. The word, eido, indicates that He
didn't have intimate knowledge of them -- that there was no ongoing personal
relationship between the five foolish and Himself. The second word -- and
this is NOT the word that Jesus uses -- is the word, optanomai, and it
denotes the ability to see visibly, to see with one's eyes, to perceive by
the seeing with the eye. You get the difference, I'm sure. There's a huge
difference between simply seeing someone, and recognizing someone you see
because you know them personally and have a real relationship together.

I may have taken this discussion down a bit of a rabbit trail, but my
objective has been to make clear that a person can "get saved." They can be
baptized in water. They can have their "fire insurance" taken care of, but
that in no way denotes having a real, personal relationship -- an intimate,
love relationship -- with the Lord Jesus Christ. In the natural realm,
relationships are tested. Folks stick with each other through the good and
the bad. They become inseparably linked together.

What Jesus was making clear through the telling of this parable was that He
has a people who are inseparably linked to Him in a love relationship. They
are folks who have paid the price of relationship. Their walk with God has
been tested. They have responded -- not reacted -- to every test and trial
positively. Their love for the Lord has only grown throughout the years.

This is a people -- a bridal company -- who are continually being filled
with Holy Spirit because they continually give out that which is given.
Their flame of passion burns brightly. No one who sees or knows them has
any doubt where they stand. These are a people ready for the Glory of the
Lord to be revealed.

And there's more next week.

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). As of Monday,
September 14th, our call-in number has changed to (712) 775-7035. The new
Access Code is: 323859#. Our previous conference line experienced drop-outs
and periodic audio quality issues, so this was a needed upgrade! 

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (605) 562-3140, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long. If you miss the
live call, you can dial (605) 562-3149, enter the same access code and
listen in later.

Blessings on you!

Regner

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A Revelation of God's Glory, Part 4

September 4, 2015

Throughout my 70-plus years with the Lord, I've seen and experienced some
pretty extraordinary things. One thing is abundantly clear, however, and
that is the fact that what I've seen, what I've experienced, and what I know
doesn't even scratch the surface for that which awaits.

There have been different times in my life when I literally cried out to the
Lord from the very depths of my being for more and more and more and more of
His presence. I was seven years old when the Lord appeared to me for the
first time and began to reveal His plan and purpose for my life. The
picture He drew for me of His destiny in my life was so vast and so
all-encompassing that it made His promise in John 14:12 lock in my memory.
Two years later, He added to that picture when He took me to Heaven for the
first time. Then a year after that, more was added with my second trip to
Heaven.

By the time I was in my late twenties, I could look back and see that I'd
led a number of folks to the Lord, seen a number of them receive the baptism
of the Holy Spirit, received a number of personal healings myself as well as
seen a few other folks healed. It didn't even begin to measure up to what I
knew God had promised me. I was ministering with Bill Christopulos at Full
Gospel Assembly in Salt Lake City and feeling dry, dry, dry! There was a
growing cry in my spirit to see the promise of God come to fruition. One
day Bill came by the house, sent by Holy Spirit.

"What is it you are looking for from God," he asked. I wasted no time in
drawing the picture of Elijah and Elisha, how Elijah had performed literally
every miracle that Jesus would perform later, and how Elisha -- when asked
the same question -- had the boldness and temerity to say to Elijah, "I want
a double portion of everything you have in God."

"Brother Bill, that's where I'm at! It's hard for me to even comprehend all
that God has promised me, but I'm no longer satisfied to settle for what my
inheritance in the Kingdom would have been: I want a double portion!" This
story has been shared before in previous Coffee Breaks and there's no need
to share all the details that came from it, but there was a scream in my
spirit that simply wouldn't be satisfied until I was experiencing the full
measure of God's promises.

In the years since, that cry has been repeated. Each time I hit a plateau
in the realm of the spirit (and believe me, each plateau is much higher than
the previous one) there is a realization that what I've known and
experienced in God is not even a drop in a ten gallon bucket to what awaits.

And that, my friends, is something that brings us to the revelation of the
Glory of the Lord.

Most believers are well aware of the Cloud of Glory that was positioned over
the Tabernacle of Moses, leading the Children of Israel during the transit
from Egypt to the Land of Promise. Once Israel had entered Canaan, the
Cloud of Glory lifted.

Consider the significance of that Cloud. It first appeared to Israel as
they prepared to cross the Red Sea. It was both a pillar of fire which
prevented the Egyptian army from attacking them during the night, and a
pillar of cloud which guided their pathway across the Red Sea.

That representation of the Glory of God served as Israel's protection
against its enemies during the forty years they wandered in the wilderness;
AND it was the constant guiding presence and manifesting proof that Israel
was a unique people - a Covenant people - a nation under the hand of the
Lord God.

It signified to all who saw them during those forty years that the God of
gods, the King of the Universe, the Creator of Heaven and Earth was in and
with this special people. No other nation, tribe or people on the planet
had such visible proof of an Authority that superseded all that anyone else
could muster. It was awesome, and it was awe-inspiring. It brought fear to
Israel's enemies, and every nation or tribe that rose up against Israel was
soundly defeated. In fact, the military victories that Israel achieved
against their enemies in the face of their own lack of military skill became
further proof of the Glory of God to all the inhabitants of the lands round
about.

When the Azusa Street Revival began to take off on April 9, 1906, the Glory
of the Lord began to manifest in many different ways. Speaking in tongues
was the first manifestation, and the uproar that it caused among religious
leaders caused tens of thousands of people to travel to the little Apostolic
Faith Mission at 312 Azusa Street in Los Angeles during the nine years
following.

That part of Isaiah's prophecy quickly began to be seen in which he said,
That will cause the masses, the heathen, the nations of the world to be
drawn and come, desiring to be conversant with that brightness, that
revelation of the Lord that is in and upon you; and kings, royalty, heads of
state and leaders of every kind will come, desiring to receive the light of
the revelation now coming forth from you. It wasn't only the religious
leaders that came, newspaper columnists and reporters showed up - many from
other nations, senators and congressmen showed up, kings, presidents and
heads of nations began to send representatives to see what this was all
about.

On April 17, 1906, a pair of headline stories in the Los Angeles Daily Times
reported the following critical comments concerning the outpouring, calling
it "a weird babel of tongues," "a new sect of fanatics is breaking loose,"
"a wild scene last night on Azusa Street," and "a gurgle of wordless talk by
a sister."

The San Francisco Chronicle picked up the same kind of rhetoric, mocking the
outpouring taking place on Azusa Street. The newspapers hit the streets
between 4:30 and 5:00 AM that morning, and at 5:12 AM, the largest
earthquake recorded in America to that point struck the city, devastating it
and spawning the Great 1906 Fire of San Francisco. At the very heart of the
city was the brand new San Francisco Chronicle high-rise office building and
publishing center. Photos taken of downtown SF show that building in ruins,
the rooftop gone completely and walls exposing missing floors.

Was it a coincidence that a great fire swept San Francisco following the
Times' and Chronicle's mockery? Then consider this manifestation of the
Glory that accompanied the Azusa Street outpouring of Holy Spirit.

Beginning either in late 1906 or early 1907, the Los Angeles Fire Department
began to get multiple calls saying that the building at 312 Azusa Street was
on fire. Onlookers reported that a blazing fire was covering the roof.
Fire trucks roared to the scene, hook=and-ladder trucks extended their
ladders and began to spray the roof with water.

The problem was, there was nothing natural about the fire. 

It was a continuing manifestation of the Glory of the Lord and the presence
of the Lord with such power as people had never before experienced. No
matter how much water was sprayed, the fire wasn't fazed. At the same time,
the building was not suffering any damage, and the ongoing meetings taking
place on the main floor continued unabated. Firemen didn't understand what
they were seeing and left the place, shaking their heads in utter
puzzlement. They'd never seen a fire they couldn't put out!

Witnesses reported that the fire department lost count of the number of
times it was called out because 312 Azusa Street was on fire. It WAS, but
it was the fire that comes in the Glory of God. The Los Angeles Fire
Department finally quit responding to the calls because they realized that
what was taking place was a God event.

The proofs of that were demonstrated in a myriad of ways during the
nine-year period.

There were scores of reports in which people, who heard about the
outpouring, began to converge on the Mission only to fall prostrate in the
street - sometimes a block or more away - for hours on end. When they were
able to get up, they got to their feet speaking in tongues.

Perhaps one of the most spectacular demonstrations of Holy Spirit during
this outpouring was the visible cloud of Glory that filled the place. That
cloud became so dense that people couldn't see across the room. Aimee
Semple McPherson ( who later founded the Foursquare Church and denomination)
was a 12-year-old whose family was present to experience this move of God.
There are numerous stories that abound in which she played "hide-and-seek"
with other children in the cloud.

In some cases, people who stood outside and never were able to get inside
the building, but could hear William Seymour preaching and expounding on the
Holy Spirit, would go home, go to bed, and wake up the following morning
speaking in tongues spontaneously. By the summer of 1907, crowds had
reached staggering numbers, often into the thousands. The scene had become
an international gathering. One account states that, "Every day trains
unloaded numbers of visitors who came from all over the continent. News
accounts of the meeting spread over the nation in both the secular and
religious press." 

The Glory of God was being manifested in ways that the religious church
structures and denominations were ill-equipped to understand or deal with,
and the outpouring that was taking place began to result in great divisions
and splits among mainline churches. The individuals who left Azusa Street
and returned to their previous "home churches" sought to bridge the gap and
heal the rift among those who opposed the baptism of the Holy Spirit, along
with the signs, miracles and demonstrations of God unfolding daily, but in
most cases, their efforts were in vain, and they wound up having to leave
and join with other believers who were likewise in pursuit of all that God
had for them.

Between 1913 and 1915, most of the "Pentecostal" denominations were formed,
in many cases doing their best to avoid the denominational construct and
simply be "associations." Their efforts succeeded, but only for a short
time. Less than a decade later the "associations" had taken on the form and
structure of all the "mainline" denominations.

You see, the Glory of the Lord absolutely DOES impact those who come in
contact with it! It is unavoidable, AND it is the plan of God. Those who
are exposed to it are changed forever - and those who choose to dwell there
change the world around them. It is as normal as breathing in and breathing
out.

In the late fall of 1956, construction of the church my Dad was building in
Barrow brought a flood of curiosity seekers and the word of it began to
spread across the Arctic Slope. For a good 60-plus years, the Presbyterian
Church was the only church in Barrow and the villagers were puzzled over why
and what this new church was supposed to bring them. The then-pastor of the
Presbyterian Church came over to welcome Dad saying, "We're just not getting
the job done here. There's plenty of room for another church in Barrow. It
wouldn't be long before he wanted to eat those words.

No one could have imagined what was about to unfold in this nondescript
Eskimo village of some 1300 or so people. For some 40 years, a
long-rejected Eskimo apostle by the name of Paul Patkotak had prayed,
interceded and cried out for a move of God among his people. After having
traveled the arctic from Wrangell Island in Siberia across northern Alaska
and into northern Canada to preach the Gospel and having been criticized,
persecuted, scorned and rejected, he settled in the village of Wainwright
(population: 200), some 90 miles south and to the west of Barrow to declare,
prophesy, intercede, and wait patiently for the move of God that Holy Spirit
had promised him.

When the doors of the church first opened and Dad began to preach the
message of the Gospel, along with the move of Pentecost, the place was
jammed to capacity and overflowing. Because there wasn't enough room to
seat people, they took 2 X 12 wooden planks and set them on top of 50-gallon
oil drums and stood outside the building looking in the windows so they
could see what was going on. They were not disappointed!

Hearing the message of the Gospel in a way they'd never heard before, people
began to climb over themselves to get to the front so they could kneel at
the altar and yield their lives for the first time to Jesus Christ. Time
after time after time, as they did so, they were baptized in the Holy
Spirit. As this continued, the Glory of the Lord began to manifest itself
in a pillar of light or a pillar of fire over the building. That pillar of
Glory became visible miles and miles and miles away on the frozen tundra,
drawing hunters to come and see what it was all about. 

As they got close the presence of the Lord brought conviction. In each case
these men repented and were baptized in the Holy Spirit. The noise of what
was taking place spread to Wainwright. Paul Patkotak harnessed his dog team
and drove the 90-plus miles to see the promise fulfilled from his years of
travail and intercession. The Glory of the Lord WAS on display, and it was
beginning to spread throughout the Arctic!

One thing to remember in all these stories is that we are being taken as a
people progressively forward in stages as Holy Spirit reveals more and more
and more and more. Here's how Paul put it when writing to the Corinthians:

II Corinthians 3:18: But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the
glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even
as by the Spirit of the Lord.

More next week.

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Once again, the
number to call for healing is (805) 399-1000. Then enter the access code:
124763#. We also want to alert you to the fact that come September 14th,
our prayer call number is going to change. Our current conference line has
experienced drop-outs and periodic audio quality issues, so this is needed!
We will keep you apprised of the new number in the days ahead.

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (605) 562-3140, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long. If you miss the
live call, you can dial (605) 562-3149, enter the same access code and
listen in later.

Blessings on you!
Regner
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A Revelation of God's Glory, Part 3

August 28, 2015

Last week's Coffee Break kind of scratched the surface in dealing with the
four Hebrew letters that make up the name, the onoma, the shém, the very
character and nature of the Lord God. I would really like to expand more on
that picture, and perhaps we can take another look in the weeks to come, but
this week let's consider the very nature of the Glory.

Lets begin today's sharing by looking at some of the specific prophecies
that have been given to us throughout the Word.

Numbers 14:21: But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with
the glory of the LORD.

Habakkuk 2:14: For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the
glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

Isaiah 40:3-5: The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye
the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made
low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it
together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

We get something of a picture of these statements in John the Baptists
preaching in the wilderness as he quotes from Isaiahs prophecy:

Luke 3:4-6: As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the
prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the
way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and
every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made
straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; And all flesh shall see
the salvation of God.

The Greek text of Luke uses a word which most English translations render as
salvation rather than glory, but J.H. Thayer, in his Greek-English
Lexicon renders the word, soterion (which comes from soteria, which in turn
is extrapolated from sozo) like this (and Ive edited it a bit to reflect
the present tense): The sum of benefits and blessings which Christians,
redeemed from all earthly ills, enjoy [in] Christ in the consummated and
eternal kingdom of God.

That sum of benefits and blessings is illustrated in the Hebrew word,
kabod, which is often rendered weighty. But it goes beyond that. You may
remember how Abraham was described as he left Egypt:

Genesis 13:1-2: And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all
that he had, and Lot with him, into the south. And Abram was very rich in
cattle, in silver, and in gold.

Dr. William Gesenius, in his Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon, defines kabod like
this: to be made heavy, be honoured, enjoy honour, be made abundant, to be
glorious, to have splendor; numerous, rich, honorable; to make weighty.

To these definitions, we could add: to be made highly visible, to provoke
awe and great respect.

The description of Abraham indicates a weight of great wealth and abundance.
Where the KJV uses the word rich to describe Abraham, the Hebrew uses a
derivative of kabod: kabad: which adds to the meaning of kabod: to be
promoted to honor, to have been made weighty [with nobility].

All of these terms are defining of the word, glory, but theres a whole lot
more that words dont capture. There's an old cliché you've all heard, and
this is one place it really applies: "A picture is worth a thousand words."
When you have seen the Glory of the Lord -- even one time -- there are not
enough words in the dictionary to really adequately describe what you've
seen.

That said, consider a picture in words that Isaiah draws when he begins to
prophesy concerning the Glory of the Lord being revealed in the earth. I
will begin with the conventional KJV translation, and then expand upon that
translation from the Hebrew.

A quick note before we get there -- and it seems like I've shared this
before -- rabbinical scholars have told me that there are not less than
seven layers of interpretation and depiction in every prophetic utterance in
Scripture. One rabbi recently suggested to me that there were not less than
twelve. In any case, this prophecy is filled with metaphors, as you will
quickly see.

Isaiah 60:1-7: Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the
LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his
glory shall be seen upon thee. 

And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy
rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves
together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters
shall be nursed at thy side.

Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be
enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the
forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.

The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and
Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense;
and they shall show forth the praises of the LORD.

All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of
Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on
mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.

This prophecy is filled with Hebrew metaphors that get lost when translated
literally, word by word. Were going to run long, but lets take this
step-by-step and amplify this prophecy out of the Hebrew.

Stand up! Accomplish, confirm and decree the dawn, the break of day that
moment when light overwhelms the darkness! That light has been introduced
to the world and reached maturity in you and the splendor, the weight, the
glory and honor of the Lord now irradiates you!

See and consider the misery, the destruction, the sorrow, the wickedness,
the ignorance and death that will cover the earth, and the impenetrable
gloom the people: but God Himself will manifest on you irradiating and
exposing His light, His life, His character and makeup; and His splendor,
His weight, His glory and His honor will be visible and discerned as
inhabiting you.

That will cause the masses, the heathen, the nations of the world to be
drawn and come, desiring to be conversant with that brightness, that
revelation of the Lord that is in and upon you; and kings, royalty, heads of
state and leaders of every kind will come, desiring to receive the light of
the revelation now coming forth from you.

[Forget the past! Stop focusing on what was, and what you have seen in the
past!] Pay attention now to what is taking place around you. See? They
are all gathering around and assembling before you! They are coming to you!
Do you see them? Your sons, your grandsons, your great-grandsons all
those whom you have nourished in the past are coming from remote and
distant places; your daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughters are
returning to receive the impartation of faith and trust [so there will be a
permanence of that revelatory character they see in you.] (Isaiah 60:1-4,
RAC Translation & Amplification)

When that takes place, you will see and be utterly astounded at the overflow
of joy that will flood all of you; your heart, your soul, your understanding
will be awestricken, and your mental restrictions (your religious boxes) 
will be broken; [the scope of your understanding will be greatly enlarged]
because the masses and wealth of many peoples will suddenly turn to your
favor (those who have opposed you will be overturned, and the attitudes of
those whove doubted who you really are (and your integrity in God) will
utterly change as they are converted; the wealth, the power, and the
efficient might of the nations will turn to you, resorting to you as their
strength.

Companies of laborers with their burden-bearers will cover [your needs]; the
young, burdened with contention and gloom will come; they of the Covenant
will bring you their gold and their sweet-smelling incense; all of these
will come together, publicly giving thanks and singing the praises and
adoration of the Lord.

All those flocks who have been in darkness and gloom will gather and
assemble around you; [at the same time] those who are strong and abound with
fruit will attend to your needs, ministering to every aspect of your life:
with joy and pleasure will they come to offer sacrifices (of praise), and I
will embellish, vaunt and beautify the family MY family whom I shall
honor with majesty. (Isaiah 60:5-7, RAC Translation and Amplification)

The Glory of the Lord is NOT passive by any means. Not only does it change
the atmosphere and environment around us, it has a very creative, drawing
power. It draws people into the presence of the Lord.

One thing I have found as a constant, and that is that Gods Glory always
becomes visible. Consider for a minute a couple of statements that Jesus
made.

John 14:12-14: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the
works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do;
because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that
will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any
thing in my name, I will do it.

The works that Jesus did brought Glory to Father, but that Glory was also
revealed in the Son, Jesus Himself. Jesus made it clear that our asking for
ANYTHING in Jesus' onoma (not simply in His name, using the name, Jesus, (or
Yeshua) like some kind of magic formula) was His purpose and desire, and
that the very asking -- accompanied by the answer -- would manifest God's
Glory.

You realize, of course, in what Jesus just stated that the works that He did
were almost a foretaste of that which is to come in the people of God!
Greater works? Greater than what everyone saw Jesus do? Yessiree!! Buckle
your seatbelts, folks! You ain't seen nothin' yet!

Then there is the statement He made as He prepared to ascend into Heaven:

Mark 16:15-18: And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach
the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be
saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 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.

The visibility of the Glory is manifested in the signs, the wonders, the
displays of healing, of miracles, of communication. But it goes beyond the
realm of the miraculous at least that which we treat as miraculous.

A year ago last fall, as Rich Warren and I were leading worship at the
Miracle Ranch mens retreat over on the Olympic Peninsula, the presence of
the Lord became tangible in the room. Because the weather was cool, the
very large fireplace near the center of the main wall was lit, and logs were
burning.

The room began to fill with what at first appeared to be a haze. There was
no smoke odor, however, and a careful glance at the fireplace made clear the
fact that what we were witnessing was not smoke. The haze remained just
that. It was fairly light not thick and overpowering but we became
aware that what we were seeing was a manifestation of the presence of the
Lord. A peace flooded the atmosphere such that it quieted the whole place.
No one moved and no one uttered so much as a word for a good ten minutes.
You could have heard a pin drop.

Not until the men left the building later that night did they begin to talk
about it. It was the first time any of us had ever witnessed anything like
it, and yet we hadn't even scratched the surface of where God is taking us.

There is another aspect of the Glory of the Lord as it is seen in the Word,
as well as in the events that are about to take place in the Bride of Christ
in the coming days, weeks and months. That's where we will go next week.

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Once again, the
number to call for healing is (805) 399-1000. Then enter the access code:
124763#. We also want to alert you to the fact that come September 14th,
our prayer call number is going to change. Our current conference line has
experienced drop-outs and periodic audio quality issues, so this is needed!
We will keep you apprised of the new number in the days ahead.

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (605) 562-3140, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long. If you miss the
live call, you can dial (605) 562-3149, enter the same access code and
listen in later.

Blessings on you!
Regner
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RIVER WORSHIP CENTER
Sunnyside, Washington 98944

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A Revelation of God's Glory, Part 2
August 21, 2015
One thing that is a certainty in God's economy is the fact that if you hear
a genuine Word from the Lord in one part of the country -- or the world --
you are going to hear that same Word somewhere else. It has been
fascinating to me to see others in the prophetic community who are sharing
nearly the identical Word that God has given to me; and that's something
that lends tremendous confidence to the fact that we are hearing and sharing
exactly what Holy Spirit wants His people to hear.

When Jesus began His ministry, he faithfully shared that what He spoke was
what Father was saying. What He did in the way of miracles, signs and
wonders, He did what He saw Father do. I'll get into this more as we
progress in this series, but one thing that is very clear is that the Glory
of the Lord will NEVER be released to, nor allowed to be revealed in folks
who put limits on their responses to the dealings and drawing of Holy
Spirit. Let me give you a couple of quick examples.

The body of Christ has been plagued with what we refer to as "Cessationism."
That is a description for doctrines which do away with the gifts and
miracles of Holy Spirit. It relegates them to the life spans of the
original apostles and prophets of the first and early second century,
declaring that they died out with the death of those early leaders.
Correspondingly, those who espouse cessationism believe that one is
automatically filled with the Spirit when they are saved, and that there is
no need for anyone to speak in tongues in this day and age.

The problem with those doctrines is that there isn't one shred of evidence
in the Word to support them. At the same time, they miss completely the
fact that what we refer to generally as "the baptism of the Holy Spirit" is
a door-opener into a realm of the Spirit that cannot be accessed any other
way. Those who espouse the idea of these things vanishing for this modern
era do so because they themselves have never walked in this realm and have
no idea what they are talking about.

We absolutely CANNOT place these kinds of limits on the operation of Holy
Spirit if we expect to work the works that Jesus worked -- never mind the
greater works that Jesus promised -- or even begin to see the Glory of the
Lord revealed in the earth through the Bride of Christ!

That said, let's move on where we left off last week.
As I said last week, there are literally dozens of names given to the Lord
to describe His various attributes, and I won't take the time here to try to
cover all those names; but let's take a look at just those four letters that
make up what we generally refer to as "the tetragrammaton" - four Hebrew
letters that are words all by themselves with distinct meaning and
character.

Yod : this is the smallest of the Hebrew letters, considered the "atom" of
all consonants - the form from which all letters begin and end. Jewish
scribes treat Yod as a divine point of energy Since Yod is used to form all
other letters, and since (according to Jewish Rabbis) God uses these letters
as the building blocks of creation, Yod indicates and depicts God's
omnipresence.

In fact, the letter/word, Yod, depicts the geometry of creation. It begins
with the Yod itself as a dot, and then moves downward from the divine to the
created to form Vav, which is the hook of creation.

Yod literally means "arm" or "hand", and in its form suggests a hand
reaching toward heaven. It forms something resembling a cupped hand, and is
representative of care, provision, mercy and tenderness. I don't want to
get into the weeds trying to deal with everything that Yod represents, so
the last element of this letter/word that we will discuss its numerical
value, which is 20 - a number which is revealed in the word, chazah, and
represents vision - the capacity to see far into the future.

Hey: the Talmud states that God used the letter, Hey, to create the present
world, and Yod to create the world to come. Thus, Hey is the breath of
creation. The meaning of Hey is, "look" or "behold"!

Hey has always represented the divine breath of God, with revelation and
light (and we see "light" mentioned five times in the Creation narrative.

Psalm 33:6 tells us that: By the Word of the Lord were the Heavens made; and
all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.

The Talmud states that "the breath of His mouth" refers to the sound of the
letter, Hey - the out-breathing of His Spirit. Uniquely, in Genesis 2:4,
the Hey takes a smaller form than in the rest of the words denoting the "Son
of God" and indicating that the Son was the actual breath and sound of
Creation.

Hey has a prophetic connotation to it. Whenever we see God changing names -
such as changing Abram to Abraham, or Sarai to Sarah - He inserts the Hey
into their names as prophetic of what He is changing their character, nature
and makeup to be. Abraham and Sarah were changed from impotent, aging
individuals into youthful, virile, life-giving people capable of producing a
son of Covenant.

When we see God breathing life into Adam, and Adam becomes a living,
speaking spirit, the Ruach breathed into him. Thus, Ruach begins with the
letter, Resh - which is representative of outward force - and ends with Hey
- breath.

An interesting side note is that where the letter, Hey, has a dot (or
Mappiq) inserted into it, that wind, or breath, carries a sound with it.
Thus when God spoke, His breath carried that prophetic sound which created
the heavens and the earth.

Finally, we come to the letter, Vav.
Vav: this letter looks somewhat like a tent peg, and has the meaning of
"hook." Vav is the divine connector between Heaven and Earth and represents
the binding between the realm of the Kingdom of God - that which is
spiritual - and the earth.

When we are told that God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our
likeness, and let them have dominion.. etc." we see this in the letter, Vav,
since this letter has the numerical value of six (6) and also resembles the
form of man.

The way this letter is used throughout the Old Testament is rather
extraordinary. In Numbers 25:12, God makes a statement concerning Phinehas,
the grandson of Aaron, in which He says, "Behold I am giving him my covenant
of peace."

In this instance, the word, shalom, (for peace) has a broken letter, Vav,
indicating the brokenness of man after the fall. Not until we see the birth
of Perez (from the union of Tamar and Judah) do we see the Vav re-joined
together. The Vav, therefore, becomes the symbol of Covenant.

Perez was the great-great (five generations) grandfather of Salmon, who
married Rahab, whose son, Boaz, married Ruth, who gave birth to Obed, the
grandfather of David. The lineage of Perez, was representative of the
restoration of the coming Covenant between mankind and the Lord Jesus Christ
- that Covenant that would repair the breach between mankind and God, caused
by the sin of Adam.

The restored Vav, therefore, is the connector between God and man, and is
representative of God and man in union.

I remind you of Jesus' prayer in John 17 in which He prays:
John 17:21-23: That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I
in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that
thou hast sent me. And the Glory that thou gavest me, I have given them;
that they may be one even as we are one:

I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that
the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast
loved me.

Thus, Vav is that part of the nature and makeup of God that makes His
personality, His authority and power accessible to us, in us, and through
us, through the New Covenant with Jesus Christ.

The letter, Hey, repeats as the fourth letter of the name of God, giving us
Yod Hey Vav Hey. The secondary application of Hey in the name gives us the
picture of transcendence - authority and power - absolute dominion!

It gives us a picture of Holy Spirit and is indicative of why it became
necessary for the believers on the Day of Pentecost to be filled with Him -
for the breath of God to be given voice in them in the form and sound of the
tongues of men and of angels - languages not previously learned, along with
the accompanying evidence in signs and wonders and miracles to follow.

As an aside to the above, I know that there are folks who believe that it
isn't necessary for them to speak in tongues in order to be baptized in the
Holy Spirit, but what they don't realize is that the resistance to speaking
in tongues is tantamount to a resistance to the breath of God breathing out
of them with life-giving authority and power.

What they also miss by their resistance to allowing their voice to become an
extension of the breath and voice of God, is that they also cut themselves
off from the Glory of the Lord being revealed in and through them.

If we can't allow our voices to be used by Holy Spirit and to be under His
control as we speak things in languages we have no knowledge or control of,
then we break the Vav in the name of God and reject the Covenant of Hey.

Let's wrap up this discussion on the Yod Hey Vav Hey by noting that the last
part of God's "name" is Hey Vav Hey - pronounced, "hayah" in the Hebrew.

It is a literal picture of the Aleph-Tav, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning
and the End.

Hayah is one of those extraordinary picture words which begins with: "to
come into being." It is followed with, "to be established," then "to
remain," "to continue to exist." That is followed with, "to accompany," or
"to be with." It wraps up with "to come to pass," "to be done," "to finish"
or come to completion.

Remember what Paul wrote to the Philippians?
Philippians 1:6: Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath
begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

THAT's the picture of "hayah!" God never begins something that He doesn't
bring to the finish.

And that brings up an interesting element of the Hebrew language and Hebrew
thought, versus the Greek language and Greek thought. Hebrew thought AND
the Hebrew language are circular. There is a beginning to something, but it
always come back around to the completion and fulfillment of what began.

Greek thought, on the other hand, is linear. All of our Western thinking
and reasoning is based in linear Greek. We have our reasoning and
rationalization in Greek thought, and while the New Testament was written in
Greek with frequent use of Greek similes and metaphors, it is entirely based
in Hebrew thought.

Western images and concepts of Glory just don't get it. Consider the
struggle that most Christians have today with something that Paul wrote
concerning Jesus.

Philippians 2:5-11: Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be
in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]
Who, although essentially being One with God and in the form of God
[possessing the fullness and attributes which make God God], did not think
this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained, But
stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume
the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a
human being.

And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself
[still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the
death of the Cross! Therefore, [because He stooped so low] God has highly
exalted Him and given Him that Name (onoma) which is above every name, That
in and at the name of Jesus every knee should (and must) bow, in Heaven and
on Earth, and under the Earth, and every tongue [frankly and openly] confess
and acknowledge that Jesus Christ IS Lord, to the Glory of God the Father.
(Amplified Version)

I'm cutting this discussion short because of where we need to go next, but
we wrap up with the fact that the promise of Glory comes both in the
confession that Jesus Christ IS Lord of Lords and King of Kings - AND the
literal fact of being IN Christ, and He being IN us. Without those factors
in place, we have no promise of Glory!

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Once again, the
number to call for healing is (805) 399-1000. Then enter the access code:
124763#. We also want to alert you to the fact that come September 14th,
our prayer call number is going to change. Our current conference line has
experienced drop-outs and periodic audio quality issues, so this is needed!
We will keep you apprised of the new number in the days ahead.

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (605) 562-3140, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long. If you miss the
live call, you can dial (605) 562-3149, enter the same access code and
listen in later.

Blessings on you!
Regner
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CAPENER MINISTRIES

RIVER WORSHIP CENTER
Sunnyside, Washington 98944

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Another Coffee Break:

A Revelation of God's Glory, Part 1

August 14, 2015

A few months ago, Bruce Allen asked if I would pray about sharing in a
prophetic conference to be held in Spokane. When I asked him what the
anticipated theme of the conference was going to be, he told me that what
was in his spirit was to share on the Glory of the Lord -- more
specifically, the Shekinah Glory.

Have to admit, that's not a subject I've ever shared despite some pretty
extraordinary experiences throughout the past 70-plus years. As the weeks
went by, Holy Spirit began to download so many things in my spirit that I
honestly felt a bit overwhelmed. I realized that in spite of some personal
experiences there were many layers of understanding and revelation that
needed to be peeled back.

Even as I began sharing during the conference a few weeks ago, the downloads
continued. Bruce's sharing at the conference was revelatory all by itself,
but the Lord was faithful to show up for those of us involved in the
ministry as well as those who were in attendance. While Reg Smith was
leading the worship (Rich & DeAngela and Della & I provided some
accompaniment) the presence of the Lord became so intense that it became
difficult to stand.

Bruce was getting ready to share so we headed to our chairs on the front
row. Della and DeAngela were already tipsy from drinking of the Spirit.
I'd been sitting on my guitar stool up to this point and hadn't stood on my
feet for awhile. When I got to my chair, I realized that my legs were
buckling under me and reached out to grab Della for some stability. That
didn't work too well. Down Della went, with me across her. It was
humorous, but at the same time, Holy Spirit was continuing to pour His
presence into us.

That said, in the next few weeks, I'd like to try and share some of the
things the Lord has been saying, and perhaps give you a glimpse into where
God is taking His people -- as well as what is required of us if we are
going to be a part of the revealing of God's Glory in the earth.

Let's begin by considering the vast scope of God's Glory, and just what the
Lord means when He speaks of His Glory. We can start by putting this
picture in its context as Moses, who is chosen by the Lord to lead Israel,
wants to get a grasp of who the Lord really is.

God has shown Himself in the Cloud and in the Pillar of Fire, and made known
the fact that His Glory is being manifested as the Cloud settles over the
Tabernacle, but Moses doesn't really KNOW the Lord yet, and he wants a
personal revelation.

Exodus 33:12-23: And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me,
Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with
me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace
in my sight.

Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, show me now
thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and
consider that this nation is thy people. And he said, My presence shall go
with thee, and I will give thee rest.

And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.
For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in
thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? So shall we be separated,
I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.

And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast
spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.
And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory. And he said, I will make
all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD
before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show
mercy on whom I will show mercy.

And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and
live. And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt
stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by,
that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my
hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my
back parts: but my face shall not be seen.

Let's break down this conversation and consider first what Moses is saying
to the Lord.

His response to the Lord is essentially, "Lord, you say that you know me,
but I don't really know you." Here is an amplified translation of what
comes next as Moses pursues his question and need to understand what God is
really asking of Him.

Now, if you would, [Lord], I beg of you, if I have found favor and
acceptance in how you see me, reveal to me your innermost thoughts and
heart's desires; help me to see what you see, to know the path you've set
for me and for this nation. (My desire) is to become pleasing to you, to
find complete acceptance with you. Let's not forget that Israel - this
nation - is your chosen nation and people. (Exodus 33:13, RAC Translation
and Amplification)

And God responds by giving to Moses the first indications of what His Glory
will mean to Moses - and to Israel.

And God said, The face of my visible presence will precede you and accompany
you, and I will cause you to be at peace and breathe easily. (Exodus 33:14,
RAC Translation & Amplification)

Now, Moses takes advantage of God's promise and makes it his personal
criterion for accepting the commission and mandate to lead Israel through
the wilderness to the land of promise.

And he (Moses) responds saying, If the face of your visible presence does
not precede and accompany us, then do NOT lead or take us [to that land.]
Because how else is it going to be known [among the nations] that I (as the
leader) and this nation as Your People have found favor and acceptance with
you? Won't it be because you precede us and accompany us? By this means we
will be regarded as distinguished and set apart - I and this nation as Your
People from every other tribe, nation and people spread across the face of
the earth. (Exodus 33:15-16, RAC Translation and Amplification)

Now we come to God's answer to Moses, and we set the stage for a revelation
of His Glory.

And the Lord answered and declared to Moses, I will perform this word
exactly as you have requested and required, for you have indeed found favor
and acceptance with me, and I know of a surety your character, your makeup,
your honor and trustworthiness and your integrity [with me]. (Exodus 33:17,
RAC Translation & Amplification)

So now, Moses is going to take advantage of God's approval of him.

Then, Lord, if you will, reveal to me and allow me to experience your Glory.
(Exodus 33:18, RAC Translation & Amplification)

Are you ready? Ready to see just what makes up the Glory of the Lord? Then
buckle your seatbelt!

And He answered, I will cause the entirety of Myself, My Kingdom, My
fairness, beauty, joy, prosperity and goodness, and My discernment, to
transition in phases by and upon you; I will address and pronounce the
nature, the character, the makeup the personality of Yod Hey Vav Hey
(Jehovah) to you personally; I will [demonstrate to you that I] bestow
favor, acceptance and mercy on whom I choose to show my love, favor,
acceptance and mercy.

And He continued: you cannot see my face (or see into my eyes) because it is
not possible for any person of the Adamic seed to see and experience my face
(or see into me) and live, or continue in life.

And the Lord, continuing in His promise, said, Watch! Pay attention, now!
There is a space here next to me where I will station you, and have you
stand on a cliff.

At the same time, while My Glory moves and transitions past you, I will
place you in a crevice in the rock and screen you in, covering and
overshadowing you with the hollow of my hand while I pass by.

As soon as I pass, I will remove my hand which has been covering you, and
you will get to see all that I have done - all of time past [from the
beginning of Creation] up to the present - but you'll not get to see and
experience my face (or see into my eyes) and know me that way. (Exodus
33:19-23, RAC Translation and Amplification)

The scope of God's Glory literally surpasses anything and everything the
natural eye or mind can possibly conceive. But let's remember something -
and the apostle Paul put it like this:

But as it is written, natural eye has not seen, nor has the ear of flesh
heard, neither has it begun to be conceived by the unredeemed, natural mind,
those things that God has made ready to reveal to those that love Him,
[those who are in Christ, and in whom He dwells].

But God has unveiled and revealed them to us by His Spirit; for the Spirit
pursues, digs out and prepares to reveal to us the profound depths of the
nature, the character and purposes of God which have been hidden away from
us [for an appointed time in the development of our character in Him]. (I
Corinthians 2:9-10, RAC Translation and Amplification)

Are you beginning to see the picture, here? What was hidden from Moses (as
a part of the Adamic seed) now becomes available to those who are in Christ
Jesus "who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."

The Glory of the Lord is NOT available nor accessible for those who live
their lives after the desires of the flesh. It is NOT available for folks
who have a religious agenda and/or attempt to fit their lives into a
doctrinal box. The Glory of the Lord ONLY comes to and for those who have
cut away all pre-conceived notions on how they should respond to the Lord,
and/or what He requires of them. We will get into this more in the next
session, but let's take a look at something that Isaiah prophesied.

Isaiah 42:8: I AM the Lord: that is my name: and my Glory will I not give
to another, neither my praise to graven images.

But take a look at the way it actually appears in the Hebrew text:

I AM Yod Hey Vav Hey: that is my shem (onoma) nature and character, my
makeup and personality: the weight of my glory and honor, my splendor and
light will NEVER be given to strangers - to anyone not of my family -
neither will I allow My Praise, My renown and fame (with the songs thereof)
to be given to idols or graven images (other objects of focus, prime
attention or worship). (Isaiah 42:8, RAC Translation and Amplification)

The Lord refers to His nature, character, makeup and personality as
synonymous with His Glory. There are literally dozens of names given to the
Lord throughout Scripture to describe His various attributes, and I won't
take the time in this series to try to cover all those names; but let's take
a look at just those four letters that make up what we generally refer to as
"the tetragrammaton" - four Hebrew letters that are words all by themselves
with distinct meaning and character.

I really want to dig into the translation and explanation of Yod Hey Vav Hey
because this isn't just some funny translation from the Hebrew: this
"tetragrammaton" is revelatory in every sense of the word. We miss the
significance of this because we Anglicize it into Jehovah or Yahweh or some
other approximation so we can pronounce something that is representative of
the character, the nature, the very essence of who God really is.

When God answered Moses, following his request to see God's Glory, the Lord
told him that he would "proclaim the name of the Lord" before him. He was
literally saying to Moses that He was going to reveal the very character and
personality embodied in Yod Hey Vav Hey -- something He had never done
prior to this time in history. There's a huge panorama here, and we will
try to at least illustrate this as best we can.

Each of the four letters that make up this "name" are pictures in
themselves. Rather than try to get started in today's Coffee Break and then
have to stop mid-way, let's pause at this point and pick it up here next
week.

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Once again, the
number to call for healing is (805) 399-1000. Then enter the access code:
124763#. We also want to alert you to the fact that come September 14th,
our prayer call number is going to change. Our current conference line has
experienced drop-outs and periodic audio quality issues, so this is needed!
We will keep you apprised of the new number in the days ahead.

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (605) 562-3140, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long. If you miss the
live call, you can dial (605) 562-3149, enter the same access code and
listen in later.

Blessings on you!

Regner

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CAPENER MINISTRIES

RIVER WORSHIP CENTER
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An Appointment With God

August 7, 2015

Let's shift gears again today and talk about something that many of you have
had, and many of you are about to have -- in ways you can't even imagine --
an appointment with God!

We all know about making appointments, and we all know about the appointment
man has with death -- minus appropriating the fact that Jesus kept our
appointment -- but have you ever thought about making an appointment to die
- or even making other kinds of appointments with the Lord?

Let me share with you a few -- some of which I've shared in time past. I
was thinking back to the first time I ever heard of someone making an
appointment with God.

Dory and Jenny Pieters were two sisters who married two brothers, both of
whom were medical doctors. Between them, they had five daughters, Laura,
Alida, Twila, Terry and Patty. You never met such a bunch of beauties in
your whole life.

They have been one of the closest-knit families you've ever seen. That
said, the day came when Dory and Jenny were exposed to the Gospel and made a
decision to accept Jesus Christ into their lives. The five girls followed
suit. Laura was hardly bigger than a minute when she accepted Jesus Christ,
and Terry and Patty were in their early teens. Twila was just behind Terry,
and Alida was behind Twila by a couple of years or so.

It wasn't very long after the ladies and daughters accepted Jesus Christ
that both brothers/husbands decided they didn't want any part of their
families' relationship with the Lord; and both brothers divorced both
sisters at the same time. It was a traumatic experience for the two
sisters, and their daughters, and because all of them had wonderful singing
voices and had been singing together as a family, their music became an
outlet for them to deal with the emotional upheaval.

Dory, Jenny & girls all traveled as The Singing Stairsteps. Not too long
after the divorces, songwriter, musician and choral leader, Audrey Mieir,
introduced me to them, and in the months that followed (I was Minister of
Youth at Bethel Union Church in Duarte, California at the time) I bought a
home right across the street from Dory and Jenny. We had a really musical
neighborhood in those days.

One of my friends was the Gospel singer, musician, and recording artist,
Andrae Crouch. He would come over to our house and bang away on our old
grand piano. It didn't take long for the music to waft its way across the
street. Between Andrae's piano playing and singing, my guitar picking and
singing, and the Singing Stairsteps, we had ourselves one noisy neighborhood
- musically, that is. It was wonderful!

Dory and Jenny closed off their garage and turned it into a recreation room
where the neighborhood kids could gather every morning before going to
school. I led these kids in morning devotions before they left for school.
Of course, for them to have the devotions, they had to miss the school bus,
so we used three different station wagons or vans to ferry the kids off to
their respective schools after reading and praying with each of them. Our
music was a big attraction, and it didn't take long before we had as many as
thirty kids gathering in that converted garage each morning for devotions.

Not long after the divorces, Dory and Jenny began to realize that there had
to be a whole lot more in their lives in the way of spiritual growth that
needed to take place. There was a hunger for the presence of the Lord that
knew no bounds. In the midst of their travels, they were asked to come to
San Diego and sing in a Pentecostal church. It was the first time they had
ever been exposed to the baptism of the Holy Spirit. What they saw and
heard the night they sang in that church magnified the spiritual hunger
beyond all bounds.

Afterwards, they talked about the Holy Spirit among themselves as a family
and decided this "baptism" was something they should have. Dory got on the
phone as soon as they got home that night and called the pastor of that San
Diego church. "Brother, we would like to make an appointment with you to
receive the Holy Spirit." The pastor was both stunned and amused. "You
what? You want to make an appointment.to receive the baptism of the Holy
Spirit?" Dory assured him that she was serious and knew what she was
talking about. She told him they had another singing engagement in San
Diego later that same week.

"If it's all right with you," she said, "we'd like to meet together in your
office next Tuesday afternoon at 2:30. You can lay hands on each one of us,
and we will receive the Holy Spirit."

Wow! This is novel! Never heard of anything like this. Making an
appointment with God. This ought to be different. "OK. Sure. I'll expect
you next Tuesday afternoon. 2:30."

Dory, Jenny, and girls all showed up on schedule. The pastor laid his hands
on each one of them, and each of them in succession received the baptism of
Holy Spirit with the accompanying evidence of speaking in tongues. That
initial experience with Holy Spirit unleashed a flow of new music and a new
dimension in their walk with the Lord in the weeks and months that followed.
Their experience with Holy Spirit inspired Dory and Jenny to write a new
song (lots of them, actually), and they called me up one afternoon and asked
me to come over and listen to it.

They began singing, "That magic touch..that changed my life one day..That
magic touch ..that kept my feet from going astray." And on and on the song
went. Problem was, it was too slow. So I said to them, "Hang on, girls.
Let me get my guitar. Let's see if we can put a little life in this song."
I ran across the street and picked up my guitar and came back over. They
started singing it again, and this time I put a Latin beat to the song. The
new, up-tempoed song became a staple in their repertoire, and I recorded a
guitar track that they could take with them in their travels.

Jump ahead a few years to our CBN years in Fairbanks.

Besides serving as Senior Pastor of the House of Praise and President of
CBN-Alaska, Inc., I also served as an advisor to the area board for Women's
Aglow International. The Women's Aglow board decided to have a ladies'
retreat at Chena Hot Springs. As a pastor and an advisor, they wanted my
participation in the retreat, and I was able to help out in the music of the
retreat as well.

As the weekend retreat neared, two ladies approached me and asked if they
could make an appointment with me to be baptized in water at Chena Hot
Springs. Not a bad idea in Fairbanks, Alaska, if you know what I mean. I
contacted the resort management and made arrangements to have the use of
their largest pool (80-degree water) for the Saturday afternoon. 3:00 PM
was the appointed time for the water baptism, and the two ladies in question
showed up for their appointment. So did about 20 others including two of
the ladies' husbands.

I'd never done water baptisms by appointment before, but I wasn't
disappointed. Those folks came up out of the water drenched in the presence
of the Lord. The shine on their faces was a whole lot more than
water-shine! Some of them came up out of the water speaking in tongues.
They got baptized in the Holy Spirit while they were being baptized in
water.

Let me talk about a different kind of appointment, now.

A Canadian pastor and prophetic teacher who had a great influence on me
during the Charismatic Renewal of the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's was a fellow
by the name of Ern Baxter. At one time Pastor of Canada's largest church in
Surrey, British Columbia, Ern had a gift for putting the Gospel into terms
common folks could identify with -- a gift honed during his years of
traveling and ministering with William Branham.

He attributed much of his growth in the Lord, and his success as a pastor to
his mother whom he sometimes called "a tough old bird" - a woman who
absolutely knew her place in the Kingdom of God. When Mrs. Baxter reached
her eighties (and I forget the actual year this happened), she called Ern
and the rest of her family together and announced that she had made an
appointment to meet the Lord. The family was puzzled by her phraseology
because they knew that she already knew the Lord.

"No," she explained, "I've made an appointment to die. I've told the Lord
I'm ready, and He is taking me home to be with Him." Mrs. Baxter was such
an integral part of the family's life that Ern objected. She pooh-poohed
his objections and gave him instructions on what to do with certain family
items and the disposition of her estate. She told Ern that he and his wife,
Ruth, were to meet her on a certain day at a certain time. (Sorry, but I've
forgotten the day and time.)

Sure enough, Ern and Ruth showed up at Mrs. Baxter's house on the appointed
day. She had a huge smile on her face. She was sitting in her old rocking
chair, rocking back and forth. There was nothing weak or sickly about her
or her countenance that day. But she'd made her appointment, and she
intended to keep it. After some last-minute instructions to Ern concerning
his preaching, she pulled her feet up off the floor onto the rocker
extensions, laid her head back in the chair, and was gone. Just like that!
She had made her appointment with the Lord, and both of them kept it. She
chose the moment to exit this world and surrender her spirit to the Lord.

My dad's sister and our beloved aunt, Avis Daniel, was just about like that.
The only difference was that she was not in good health, having been
suffering with congestive heart failure.

Della was on the road traveling in Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama and South
Carolina doing jewelry shows, and had been keeping in contact with Auntie A.
(That was what we called her.) Nearing the end of her run just prior to the
Christmas season in mid-November 2003, she called Auntie A and told her that
she was going to fly to Santa Clara (California) and pick her up, and bring
her to south Texas to be with us. Auntie A fussed about leaving her two
dogs and cat, and Della told her that we would just bring the pets with her.
So she went out and purchased another portable kennel, and picked up some
supplies she thought she'd need in Texas.

In those days, I was on the phone nearly every day with Auntie A, checking
up on her, making sure everything was OK, and that her needs were being
tended to. First week of December, she went through some pretty painful
bouts and had difficulty breathing. 

During that week, I was pretty busy campaigning (in my run for Congress),
and missed a few days of talking on the phone. On Sunday, she called me.

"Reg, I've decided that it's time to go home. There really isn't any reason
for me to come to Texas. There's nothing that I need to do down there, and
I've finished everything the Lord has instructed me to do. I'm done. I
want to go home this week."

I couldn't believe what I was hearing. "NOOOO, Auntie A! Noooo! We're not
ready to let you go, yet. There's plenty for you to do." Her voice, though
weakened by the physical problems, was firm. "No, Honey," she said. "It's
time for me to go. I'm going to get a few things in order this week, and I
don't want you praying against me. Don't you go praying for the Lord to
keep me here. I'm done, and I'm going home."

She meant it, too. Come Friday night, she gathered herself together, combed
her hair, fixed herself up, set out some papers of importance and things she
thought we ought to know about, went to bed, pulled the covers neatly up to
her chin, folded them back, crossed her arms and went to sleep with a smile
on her face. She'd made her appointment with the Lord, and kept it. That's
how the neighbor found her the next morning when she came over to check on
her.

I've got lots of these kinds of stories - folks who've made appointments to
get saved, folks who've made appointments to be baptized in water, folks
who've made appointments to be healed, folks who've made appointments to
receive the Holy Spirit, and - of course - folks who've made appointments to
go home to be with the Lord.

It's a funny thing about these kinds of appointments. Something happens in
a person. Call it faith. It becomes a certainty between them and the Lord
Jesus Christ. No matter what the appointment is for, there is both faith
and a determination that both ends are keeping that appointment.

One last story for today involves a woman (I'll call her Elsa, for the sake
of this story) in Anchorage who was dying of cancer. The doctors had given
her up, and - sadly - so had her husband. He was just waiting for her to
die. Funny thing, though. She hadn't given up on the Lord. Neither had
her two young sons, whose faith was bursting at the seams. Elsa called me
up one day and asked if Della and I would come over and lay hands on her.
"I want to make an appointment with the Lord for my healing," she said. "I
know God isn't finished with me..not yet, anyway!" 

The appointment was made for the following evening at 7:00PM.

Della and I went over as promised and met with her, her husband and her two
sons at 7:00 PM. You know how it is with folks who are dying with cancer.
Their faces are sunken in, the color of their skin is almost white, and they
look like death warmed over. That was the way Elsa looked when we arrived.

I like appointments! Especially when those appointments are made with the
Lord! There is a release of faith that's almost indescribable. To borrow a
phrase I used to hear Oral Roberts use 30 or 40 years ago, when you touch
someone who's made an appointment with Jesus Christ, that touch becomes "a
point of contact" between them and the Lord. When the Lord touches you,
look out! Things are going to happen!

They did, too, for Elsa! When we left her later that evening, her sunken
cheeks were filling out, the color had returned to her face, and it was
obvious that the Lord had kept Elsa's appointment with Him. Della and I
moved from Anchorage not too long thereafter, but we stayed in contact with
Elsa for at least a couple of years. For a woman who was supposed to have
been dead from cancer, she was very much alive.

If you've never made an appointment with God to receive your healing, or
your deliverance, or the baptism in and of Holy Spirit, now's the time to do
it! An adventure awaits you, the likes of which you can't even begin to
imagine! See you next week.

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Again, the number to
call for healing is (805) 399-1000. Then enter the access code: 124763#.
We also want to alert you to the fact that come September 14th, our prayer
call number is going to change. Our current conference line has experienced
drop-outs and periodic audio quality issues, so this is needed! We will
keep you apprised of the new number in the days ahead.

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (559) 726-1300, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long. If you miss the
live call, you can dial (559) 726-1399, enter the same access code and
listen in later.

Blessings on you!

Regner
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What it Means to be Right or Left

July 31, 2015

Greetings and Salutations!

How be you today? Supercalifragilistic? Yeah, OK, Expialidocious, too! 

See! I know how to spell those words. I can even pronounce them. 'Course,
after you watch Mary Poppins about forty bazillion times with your kids and
grandkids, you better be able to pronounce them! One of our granddaughters,
Jessica, when she was three years old, was one of those precocious kids who
picked EVERYTHING up! If you got her started on some of the things she
heard, and she was a real kick!

If you'll pardon me, I'm going to somewhat deviate from our normal
discussions today and deal with something that is both political AND
spiritual!

How do you like today's Coffee Break title, Being Right or Left? Catch your
attention, did it?

I'm indebted to my old friend and longtime brother in the Lord, Lyn Barnes,
for this topic. Lyn used to be my supervisor at the Christian Broadcasting
Network in Virginia Beach when I was an area director for the 700 Club in
Alaska. Wow! That was a couple of days ago, wasn't it, Lyn?

Anyway, Lyn has commented from time to time on my pieces dealing with
government, politics, and the Christian's responsibility to be involved. He
noticed a scripture one day that caught his attention, made note of it and
sent it on to me.

There isn't anyone in this country - and perhaps in most of the countries of
the world - who haven't taken a position on an issue, and have subsequently
been referred to as being "on the right," or "on the left." Bet you didn't
know where the "right" and "left" references came from, nor how long they've
been with us.

If a person is a "conservative," they are generally referred to as being "on
the right." If they are a liberal, or a socialist, most folks call them
"leftists."

There is great spiritual significance to these terms, whether you realize it
or not.

We have some other adjectives by which refer to folks today. "Moderate" is
generally meant to refer to someone who holds neither "extremist" right or
left views. I was somewhat amused listening to Rush Limbaugh one day when I
heard him making his views known on "moderates." He called "moderates"
cowards who are afraid to let their true views be known: "compromisers," he
called them. I'll add my two cents worth in a minute.

One other term that has become more or less used in the last couple of years
is "progressive." Talk about a euphemism! This is an adjective that folks
use who don't want to be known as "liberal," or "leftist." They hide their
"leftist" views under the label of being "progressive," with the proposition
that a "progressive" learns, whereas a right-wing "extremist" stands fast,
and is unwilling to "moderate" their views.

Hilarious, isn't it? 

A person is referred to as a "right-wing extremist" if he holds his
conservative views uncompromisingly; and vice-versa, a person is referred to
as a "left-wing extremist" if they are uncompromising in their views.

I've often been labeled throughout the years as an "extremist," whether the
"right-wing" label was applied or not. Hey! If the shoe fits........?

When I've investigated the "extremist" label folks have applied to me, I've
discovered that they mean I'm extreme because I believe that Jesus Christ
absolutely is THE Son of God; that there is NO OTHER WAY to Heaven than
through a genuine one-on-one relationship with Jesus Christ, with Him as
Lord and Savior and Redeemer of your life.

Guilty! If that's what folks mean when they label me as an "extremist,"
then I'll gladly wear the label.

Some folks call me an extremist because I hold conservative Republican
views. Fact is, I'm more conservative and less Republican. Well, maybe I
am just as much Republican, but not the current brand of Republicanism which
has been watered down and cheapened by a "broad tent" philosophy. Guess
most folks would refer to me as a "Constitutionalist."

Brother, now there's another euphemism if I ever saw one! "Broad Tent"? It
strikes me as a royal case of compromise. I know there are places folks can
compromise without compromising their integrity, but when folks begin to
compromise their stands on social issues in favor of economic issues, or
compromise their stands on economic issues in favor of social issues,
they've ceased to be true Republicans. Republicanism used to stand for
conservatism on social issues, moral issues and economic issues. It's kind
of hard to tell anymore!

Anyway, let's get back to this "right-left" thing.

Did you know that people were considered on the right or left as far back as
the days of our founding fathers? Did you know that people were considered
"right" or "left" as far back as Roman times? Did you know that the
Scripture is filled with references to being "on the right" or "on the
left"?

Let's take a look at one of the first references in which wisdom or
understanding is designated either way, "A wise man's heart directs him
toward the right, but the foolish man's heart directs him toward the left.
Even when the fool walks along the road, his sense is lacking and he
demonstrates to everyone that he is a fool." (Ecclesiastes 10:2 NASB)

Pretty telling isn't it? 

The very next verse is directed at the would-be compromiser, "If the ruler's
temper rises against you, do not abandon your position, because composure
allays great offenses."

Thus, a person "on the right" has a wise heart, whereas a person "on the
left" is directed by foolishness. Ouch! The compromiser is obviously one
who is afraid of the temper of those in places of authority, and abandons
his or her position in order to placate that temper. THAT is a picture of
someone ruled by fear, and directed in foolishness.

Jesus has something to say about the right and the left when He talks about
the Day of Judgment: "But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all
the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the
nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one
another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put
the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left."

In Hebrew thought and metaphors, sheep are regarded as willing and obedient
followers of God, whereas goats are the depiction of those who are
rebellious and self-willed. (All of these Scripture quotations,
incidentally, are taken from the NASB.)

Now, look at the judgment of the Lord that comes to those on the right, and
then those on the left. Those on the right are regarded as righteous,
whereas those on the left are regarded as wicked, perverse, and accursed.
(see Matthew 25:33-46)

"Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of
My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the
world. 'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty,
and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;
naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison,
and you came to Me.'

"Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and
feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see
You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we
see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' The King will answer and say
to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these
brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'

"Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones,
into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;
for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you
gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in;
naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit
Me.'

"Then they themselves also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry,
or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take
care of You?' 

"Then He will answer them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did
not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' These will
go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

In case you are getting upset with me, I didn't make this up. This isn't my
contrivance. These left-right designations have stood for thousands of
years.

When our founding fathers came together to establish the Declaration of
Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights,
they had a firm view fixed in their understanding. That view plainly was in
accord with the Scriptural definitions and designations for right and wrong,
good and evil. "Right" and "Left" were, to those founders, scriptural
designations and they intended to establish a nation that honored the Lord
Jesus Christ at its core without establishing some kind of denominational
attribution as England had with the Anglican Church.

Conservative views prevailed in those days. Conservatism held that it was
the responsibility of the churches and individual believers to provide for
the care of the indigent; and to that end, our Constitution was written so
as to leave the Federal Government out of the welfare business.

The brand of so-called "Liberalism" that prevailed in those days did not
argue against that position, and political conservatives and liberals pretty
much agreed on limiting the overall scope of government. "Liberalism," in
the days of our founding fathers, was applied almost exclusively to
differing views of the responsibilities of Christians and their relationship
with the Lord.

Not until the intrusion of Lenin and Marx with their brand of "Communism"
and its introduction into society as a whole did liberalism begin to take on
a whole new character at which our founding fathers would have paled. The
terms "Left" and "Liberal" came to be applied to socialism, big and bigger
government, and the mentality we've come to refer to in recent times as the
"Robin Hood Mentality" in which government took from the more prosperous by
force so as to give to the "less fortunate."

This kind of governmental intrusion into the lives of people is totally at
odds with Jesus' commands to His believers. It provided a whole new
definition and life to what Jesus referred to as "the goats." As earlier
noted, goats represented a self-willed, rebellious people who decided they
were going to run their lives - and the lives of others - in opposition to
the grace, love and righteousness of those who were obedient to the Lord,
His will and His commands.

Solomon's statement that wisdom was designated as "the right," and
foolishness, or the fool being on "the left," could not better describe the
state of affairs in our nation (and others as well) in this day and age.

The picture that follows in the next verses in Ecclesiastes 10 presents a
graphic portrayal of "right" and "left." I won't take time to address them
today because it would take too much time, but we will take a look at them
perhaps tomorrow.

For those "on the left" in Jesus' judgment, the end of their way is
".eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels."

That leaves no wiggle room whatever. One either chooses what Jesus treats
as "the right" and enjoys the rewards thereof, or they choose "the left,"
and suffer the ultimate consequences.

I have a strong conviction about this whole picture. It may not win me any
friends or influence people, but I really don't care! One only has to take
a look at what we have come to call the "extreme left" in our society today,
and you have a picture of the unrighteous, a picture of wickedness, a
picture of immorality, a picture of sin and compromise with sin that is
rapidly becoming boundless, and without any spiritual or moral anchor
whatever.

"Left" and "Right" are discussions that have a widening gap in our society;
and it doesn't matter whether you apply those definitions in politics, in
society, or in spiritual affairs. I want to deal at length with what
Solomon had to say as he talked about a people who obviously were as much a
part of his day and age as they are of ours.

I've quoted Dwain McKenzie's famous comment at the close of my Coffee Breaks
from time to time, but the discussion of "left" and "right" couldn't
possibly be better applied: Things are not what they seem to be, they're
what God says they are!

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Once again, the
number to call for healing is (805) 399-1000. Then enter the access code:
124763#.

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (559) 726-1300, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long.

Blessings on you!

Regner
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Sunnyside, Washington 98944

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Supernatural Maturity, Part 18

July 17, 2015

Let me share a quick but funny story before we begin. Some weeks back I
shared with you the changes that have been taking place in our son, Joshua.
The overcoming of temper outbursts and anger has been an ongoing struggle.
A couple weeks or so ago, he became angry with his kids over some relatively
insignificant issue and blew up at them. The scared reaction on their faces
brought him to reality with a start and he dropped to his knees.

He said to the children, "Kids, Daddy has a problem with a wicked spirit,
and that wicked spirit wants me to throw temper fits and be angry when there
is no need." 

Turning to Jasmine (she turns 7 in August) and Elijah (who just turned 6),
he said, "Will you lay hands on me and command that evil spirit to get out
of me?"

Very promptly, Jasmine and Elijah jumped to their feet, went over and laid
hands on their dad's head and Jasmine said (with Elijah echoing), "You bad
spirit, you come out of our daddy right now in Jesus' name and leave him
alone. You get out of here!" (Incidentally, all four of Josh & Michelle's
kids are bold in their prayers!)

In that moment, the kitchen cabinet doors flew open with a bang, and pots
and pans came flying out, scattering on the kitchen floor. It was
startling, but amusing, to say the least, and it was a visible demonstration
for all of them of the authority we have over the Enemy. Even children, who
act in faith, believing that the Word of God has authority to work through
them, work signs and wonders! We were really blessed when Josh called and
shared what took place. And the resulting changes in him are showing!
Praise God!

Some weeks (months?) back, Kim Potter asked me if I could do an expanded
translation of Psalm 51:12. It kind of got lost in the shuffle, but when I
began to read it in Hebrew this past week, I was struck at just how much
that cry of David's heart actually plays into this particular study and area
of sharing.

In order to see this in its proper context, understand that David was crying
out in repentance to the Lord for his sin of adultery. He prefaces this by
saying the following.

Take a look:

Psalm 51:11: Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy Holy
Spirit from me.

Now he says,

Psalm 51:12: Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with
thy free Spirit.

The phrases used in this statement in Hebrew really clarifies what David was
asking for.

Take me back to the beginning when your light generated that same
transforming and creative light which transformed me with your character,
bringing liberty, deliverance and prosperity; sustain and lift me back up
with your magnanimous and princely Spirit. (Psalm 51:12, RAC Translation &
Amplification)

That takes us back to something David had written earlier, most likely when
he was on the run for his life from Saul.

Psalm 27:1: The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the
LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

The phraseology used in the first part of this verse is nearly identical to
that of Psalm 51:12, and close to that of Psalm 34. The light of His
presence eliminates fear and terror. It brings peace and joy. It prepares
the way for intimate communication in the realm of the Spirit - a kind of
two-way transference back and forth that needs no words, rather inputting
and imparting His Word into our being!

We've kind of run down some rabbit trails, and I want to get back to
Isaiah's prophecy.

That prophecy could not have been any more applicable today. If ever there
was a time when spiritual darkness and incredible ignorance of God's plan
and destiny was more in evidence, in all my research of past history, I
cannot think of a time when "substitute Christs" (antichrists) more
manifested their ignorance of the Lord Jesus Christ.

That said, let's review Isaiah's prophecy.

Isaiah 60:1-7: Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the
LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his
glory shall be seen upon thee.

And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy
rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves
together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters
shall be nursed at thy side.

Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be
enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the
forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.

The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and
Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense;
and they shall show forth the praises of the LORD.

All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of
Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on
mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.

This is going to get a bit windy, but let's take this step-by-step and
amplify this prophecy out of the Hebrew.

Stand up! Accomplish, confirm and decree the dawn, the break of day - that
moment when light overwhelms the darkness! That light has been introduced
to the world and reached maturity in you and the splendor, the weight, the
glory and honor of the Lord now irradiates you!

See and consider the misery, the destruction, the sorrow, the wickedness,
the ignorance and death that will cover the earth, and the impenetrable
gloom the people: but God Himself will manifest on you irradiating and
exposing His light, His life, His character and makeup; and His splendor,
His weight, His glory and His honor will be visible and discerned as
inhabiting you.

That will cause the masses, the heathen, the nations of the world to be
drawn and come, desiring to be conversant with that brightness, that
revelation of the Lord that is in and upon you; and kings, royalty, heads of
state and leaders of every kind will come, desiring to receive the light of
the revelation now coming forth from you.

[Forget the past! Stop focusing on what was, and what you have seen in the
past!] Pay attention now to what is taking place around you. See? They
are all gathering around and assembling before you! They are coming to you!
Do you see them? Your sons, your grandsons, your great-grandsons - all
those whom you have nourished in the past - are coming from remote and
distant places; your daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughters are
returning to receive the impartation of faith and trust [so there will be a
permanence of that revelatory character they see in you.] Isaiah 60:1-4,
RAC Translation & Amplification)

When that takes place, you will see and be utterly astounded at the overflow
of joy that will flood all of you; your heart, your soul, your understanding
will be awestricken, and your mental restrictions - (your religious boxes) -
will be broken; [the scope of your understanding will be greatly enlarged]
because the masses and wealth of many peoples will suddenly turn to your
favor (those who have opposed you will be overturned, and the attitudes of
those who've doubted who you really are (and your integrity in God) will
utterly change as they are converted; the wealth, the power, and the
efficient might of the nations will turn to you, resorting to you as their
strength.

Companies of laborers with their burden-bearers will cover [your needs]; the
young, burdened with contention and gloom will come; they of the Covenant
will bring you their gold and their sweet-smelling incense; all of these
will come together, publicly giving thanks and singing the praises and
adoration of the Lord.

All those flocks who have been in darkness and gloom will gather and
assemble around you; [at the same time] those who are strong and abound with
fruit will attend to your needs, ministering to every aspect of your life:
with joy and pleasure will they come to offer sacrifices (of praise), and I
will embellish, vaunt and beautify the family - MY family - whom I shall
honor with majesty. (Isaiah 60:5-7, RAC Translation and Amplification)

If ever there was a picture of "You are the Light of the World", Isaiah
prophesies it in no uncertain terms!

This is NOT a suggestion! This is NOT a kind of passive, "You really need
to do this."

Isaiah's prophecy begins with a command: Stand up! Accomplish! Confirm!
Decree the light! Decree the revelation (of the Lord)!

Thus, Jesus caps His instruction with, [As representatives of the New
Jerusalem] you are like that City which is elevated on a high hill or
mountain and cannot be hidden from view. (You have been made and destined
to be visible to this world.) (Matthew 5:14, RAC Translation and
Amplification)

And He continues His command and mandate to us:

Let that light (My light) which is in you, therefore, radiate brilliantly in
front of all men and women so that the value of your relationship with and
in Me - manifested in the works, the signs and wonders - is demonstrated.
That, in turn, will cause Father in Heaven to receive glory and honor and
praise! (Matthew 5:16, RAC Translation and Amplification)

We're not here for ourselves. Jesus didn't come as THE Light of the World,
and then say to us, "You are now that same light that is in me to the world"
- just because He wanted us to be cheered up or feel good.

Go back to Creation for a minute. Consider our original purpose:

Genesis 1:26-28: And God said, 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 creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own
image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and
replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the
sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth
upon the earth.

We were created to have dominion over the earth - literally over every
living thing (other than mankind) upon the face of the earth.

We were created in the image and likeness of the Lord God Himself. Once
again, I remind you that it was Jesus Who spoke the fateful words of
Creation. It was He who created us in the first place.

Hebrews 1:1-3: God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time
past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto
us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he
made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express
image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when
he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty
on high;

Revelation 4:10-11: The four and twenty elders fall down before him that
sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth forever and ever, and cast
their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive
glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy
pleasure they are and were created.

We were created for Him!

We were created to become His family.

We were created to be the very extension of His persona, His character, His
makeup, His personality - His onoma !

We were created to bring pleasure and delight to the Lord Jesus Christ. We
accomplish that by permitting Him to work all that He needs to work in our
character, our nature, our makeup, our personalities such that we become
sensitive to His very heartbeat. That heartbeat contains all the revelation
necessary to transform not only us, but the world around us.

Let's get down to brass tacks: the light of the world is the revelation of
Jesus Christ.

The light of the world is the revelation Who He is, what He did for us, and
what His destiny is for the human race - or more specifically, what His
destiny is for those who become One in and with Him!

The light of the world is the revelation of Creation. It is the revelation
of the divine purpose manifested when Father, Son and Holy Spirit joined in
total agreement and said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.

The light of the world is the revelation of WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST, and WHO HE
IS IN US!

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Once again, the
number to call for healing is (805) 399-1000. Then enter the access code:
124763#.

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (559) 726-1300, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long.

Blessings on you!
Regner
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Supernatural Maturity, Part 17

July 10, 2015

We may run long today as we attempt to wrap up this series, so let's see
what kind of progress we can make in today's sharing.

Here again is the amplified and re-translated portion of this passage from
Matthew 5:14-16:

[When I said, "Light be," that was the light that brought this world into
being. I AM that light.] (Because you are in me, and I AM in you, you are
- likewise - the light of this world. That is a light one cannot hide.

[As representatives of the New Jerusalem] you are like that City which is
elevated on a high hill or mountain and cannot be hidden from view. (You
have been made and destined to be visible to this world.) (Matthew 5:14,
RAC Translation & Amplification)

No one lights a candle, and then hides it under some kind of covering or
utensil. Rather, they put the candle on some kind of lampstand or
decorative piece in order to elevate it so as to give light to the whole
room.

Let that light (My light) which is in you, therefore, radiate brilliantly in
front of all men and women so that the value of your relationship with and
in Me - manifested in the works, the signs and wonders - is demonstrated.
That, in turn, will cause Father in Heaven to receive glory and honor and
praise! (Matthew 5:15-16, RAC Translation and Amplification)

"I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day."

In other words, "I have to do those things that Father sent me to do while
the time of revelation is still available to those whose spirits and mind
are open to see and understand the revelation." (John 9:4, RAC Translation
& Amplification)

Then He follows it by saying this:

"A time is coming when My Spirit will no longer be here and available to
bring revelation and understanding to those who are spiritually blind; and
when that takes place no one will be able to share truths in such a way that
those outside My Kingdom will be able to receive and respond.

"As long as I am present in the world (whether in person or in my onoma) -
by and with My Spirit moving through you - the light and life and revelation
of all that I am continues to be available." (John 9:4-5, RAC Translation &
Amplification)

Take another look at what we've just heard and seen Jesus say:

We looked at this verse in the first part of this discussion on salt and
light, and here it is again:

Psalm 115:16: The Heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord's: but the earth
hath He given to the children of men.

Now, let's put that in the context of Isaiah's prophecy - and this is what
Jesus was getting at:

Isaiah 60:1-6: Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the
LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his
glory shall be seen upon thee.

And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy
rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves
together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters
shall be nursed at thy side.

Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be
enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the
forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.

The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and
Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense;
and they shall show forth the praises of the LORD.

This prophecy deserves some serious amplification, and we'll have to expand
on that a bit later, but here's the picture.

We are IN CHRIST! He is IN US! If Jesus is the Light of the World, then so
are we! And that places a signal responsibility upon each of us.

Isaiah's prophecy spells it out when he says that our sons and daughters
will come from afar, that we will be able to see and be literally
awestricken because of the abundance of people who will be converted as a
result of our light shining. The metaphors that Isaiah uses are spectacular
when he speaks of the forces of the Gentiles (nations), the multitude of
camels, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah, along with all those from Sheba
bringing gold and incense as they display the praises of the Lord.

THAT, folks, is a description of our commission as the "Light of the World."

There's a whole lot in those metaphors, and we'll get to them as we continue
this discussion. We haven't even started yet with the part where Jesus
talks about not putting a candle under a bushel, but rather using a
candlestick (the Greek text uses a word - luchnia - to describe a portable
or moveable lampstand or source of light.) There's another metaphor for
you. We'll get there as we move forward with this study.

I know you're looking at me cross-eyed, wondering where this is going, but
bear with me. 

I want to come back to Isaiah's prophecy regarding the Glory of the Lord
being revealed, but first we need to take a look at a command that occurs
four times in the New Testament.

John 12: 35-36: Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light
with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he
that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light,
believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things
spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.

Before we continue on, let's make sure that we are all on the same page with
regard to what Jesus is making reference to.

When He refers to us as "the children of light" He uses the word huios -
fully matured, grown into that place of understanding and obedience to what
Father says, and what Father does. But there's more than that to it.

We're not just commanded to be huios, we are commanded to be the huios of
light - and that's where the rubber meets the road. The "light" to which He
makes reference is the revelation of Who He is. It is the revelation of ALL
that is encompassed in the nature, the character, the personality of the
Lord Jesus Christ.

With that revelation comes the revelation of the power and authority that
reside in our tongue. Let's not forget that when Jesus spoke, and the Word
came forth from His tongue, Light Be!, all Creation came into being!

When Jesus speaks, light comes forth. When Jesus speaks, demons flee. When
Jesus speaks, restoration takes place. When Jesus speaks, healing takes
place. When Jesus speaks, storms obey. When Jesus speaks, death vanishes
and life returns!

David understood what happens when Jesus speaks:

Psalm 119:130: The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth
understanding unto the simple.

The word, understanding, in David's statement comes from the Hebrew, biyn,
which means in part: perception, discernment, revelation, skill, cunning.

You're getting the picture, I'm sure.

The word, simple, in that same statement draws a picture from the Hebrew of
one who is devoid of understanding, one who lacks wisdom, one who is
unlearned, one who can be deceived, one who is gullible and can be seduced.

Thus, the entrance (the Hebrew word is pethach, which means: disclosure, an
opening) of the Word changes the nature of an individual from one who is
foolish, lacks any wisdom, and is subject to deception. It transforms the
once-ignorant, non-understanding individual into one who sees and
understands the revelation by the Spirit of God.

Writing to the Ekklesia in Thessalonica, Paul speaks of the coming of the
Day of the Lord. He makes it clear that those who are not "the children of
light" will not see that day coming, that they will listen to the messages
of "peace and safety" and be ignorant of the destruction that will take them
totally off guard.

Again, the phrase "the children of light" speaks to the huios of light - the
fully mature, fully perceiving sons who see and hear by the Spirit of God,
and have the necessary revelation to deal with things that the world can
neither understand nor cope with.

Writing to the Ekklesia in Ephesus, Paul takes a slightly different approach
when he refers to us as "the children of light."

Ephesians 5:6-10: Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of
these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be
not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but
now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of
the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is
acceptable unto the Lord.

Let's amplify this out of the Greek to make it even clearer.

Let no one cheat you or hoodwink you with empty, non-productive words,
destitute of faith and visible demonstration of truth: it is because of this
kind of charlatanism that God's abhorrence and passionate indignation are
visited upon those whose unbelief has reached full maturation. Accordingly,
have no fellowship with them, nor be a co-participant in their efforts and
communications.

In time past, you suffered from the darkness of ignorance, [lacking
revelation by and through the Spirit of Truth] but have since become
enlightened, radiating the light (of the Lord Jesus Christ): Walk,
therefore, as sons continually in the process of receiving more and greater
revelation [by the Spirit of Truth].

For the visible demonstration and manifestation of Holy Spirit is in the
uprightness of your walk and speech, along with your integrity, the way you
think, and the manner in which you hold to the truth; testing, examining and
proving (in the midst of the crucible) in a practical dimension, that which
pleases the very heart of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:6-10, RAC
Translation & Amplification)

Paul's clarification of the manifestation of the light of the Lord shining
forth from us gives us a clue as to how that light begins to increase.
David understood this principle and stated it as clearly as anyone could
possibly put it.

Psalm 119:105: Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Psalm 119:130: The entrance of Thy Word giveth light; it giveth
understanding unto the simple.

Psalm 43:3: O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them
bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.

Are you seeing the picture? It can't be any clearer. It is the entrance -
the open door, the gateway into our spirit and soul - of revelation (by and
through Holy Spirit) of the Word, the rhema, that generates His light, His
character, His nature, His makeup within us. It is the transforming nature
of His Word that changes us. 

It lights us up!

That brings us back to the creative authority and power that is part and
parcel of Jesus' nature and makeup. We've already talked about this, but
let's not forget that when Jesus spoke the Word, "Light BE!," all of
creation came into being.

Job had the revelation and expressed it like this:

Job 22:28: Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto
thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.

And still there is more to go in this discussion. I thought maybe I could
wrap this up today, but there's just too much to share, so let's leave it
here for today and come back to it next week.

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Once again, the
number to call for healing is (805) 399-1000. Then enter the access code:
124763#.

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (559) 726-1300, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long.

Blessings on you!

Regner
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CAPENER MINISTRIES
RIVER WORSHIP CENTER
Sunnyside, Washington 98944 

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Supernatural Maturity, Part 14

June 19, 2015

Greetings and Solutions! Today, we were going to move on to the second part
of Jesus' use of the two metaphors describing our authority in the earth --
the first one was the way we permeate and "season" our homes, our
neighborhoods, our communities, etc., as salt -- and the second being our
function in Christ as "the light of the world." We WERE going to move on to
that second part, but I got to thinking about some experiences that really
illustrate our "saltiness" and decided to share those today. We'll move on
to the sharing on being light next week.

First of all, here again is the amplification to Matthew 5:13.

"In the same way that salt personifies the need for seasoning, restraint and
protection from spoilage or rotting, and preparation for soil to produce; in
the same way that salt represents wisdom and grace in one's speech and
behavior, you are that grace and wisdom, that seasoning and protection for
the world. You are that which restrains and holds back the execution of my
judgment upon a world corrupted, spoiling and decaying in sin. If you lose
the ability to season and influence the world around, you lose your
usefulness [to the Kingdom] and, like salt that has lost its ability to make
things palatable, and winds up being thrown out, you become worthless [to
the Kingdom] and cease to have (spiritual) value, requiring that you be cast
aside." (Matthew 5:13, RAC Translation and Amplification)

I may have shared the following with you in the past, and if I'm being
repetitive, well.be blessed! (grin!) During my years at Long Beach Christian
Center, I found a house for the family on Harding Street in North Long
Beach, perhaps a mile and a half or two miles from the church. It was in
this house that the Lord stirred me to begin fasting at least once each year
for forty days.

Following one of those early fasts, I just felt in my spirit to begin
walking the neighborhood each morning. In Deuteronomy 11:24, we read of
Moses' prophesying in part to Israel prior to their entrance into the Land
of Promise, "Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be
yours."

That scripture went through me like a shot! The emphasis of the Holy Spirit
was that I should "possess" the territory where I lived - not by buying up
all of the houses and property, but by exercising the authority of the Lord
in a tangible way. I was also fulfilling the mandate of being "salt" for our
neighborhood.

As my walks began, I started one block at a time. Each morning, I would walk
the complete circumference of the block, praying over each home on that
block, occasionally stretching out my hand toward a home as I was directed
by the Lord and speaking something like this, "Father, in the name of Jesus
Christ, I establish your Kingdom authority in this home. Raise up
righteousness here. Bring salvation, healing and deliverance. I claim this
home and this family for the Kingdom of God."

Over a period of weeks and many months, the practice continued. I began to
enlarge the territory. For awhile it was simply one block. Then it was two.
Then it increased to three, then four, then five, then six, and so forth,
until I was covering a pretty large territory.

The practice was always the same. As I walked, I would pray in tongues.
Sometimes I would pray with my understanding, saying, "Father, I agree with
your Word, and I take this territory for your Kingdom. Everywhere the soles
of my feet tread, I take this territory and possess it for your Kingdom."

I frequently extended my hand towards homes, towards the public schools,
toward businesses, praying over the occupants, the school children, the
school administration, the businesses and their owners. There were other
churches in the area, and I would extend my hand toward them, declaring the
release of Kingdom authority and revelation by Holy Spirit. There wasn't any
visible effect from my prayers for perhaps as much as two years. One by one,
I began to hear of or meet families in the homes I was praying over. Very
few of them actually came to our church, but I began to find that many of
these families were coming to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Frequently, as I met the families, they would tell me where they had begun
to attend a church or become involved in some fellowship. In some cases, I
actually met their pastors. People began to be saved, healed of various
diseases and afflictions, and set free from evil spirits - all as a direct
result of simply consistently walking the territory, praying over them and
extending the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ as I walked and prayed.

One day, about a block south of our home, I happened to see the Long Beach
police conduct a raid on one of the houses I had prayed over. It was a house
I had really felt strange about, but was new enough to this kind of prayer
and intercession not to recognize what I was sensing. It was a house I
consistently proclaimed the authority of the Kingdom of God over. 

Turns out the house was being used for the manufacture and distribution of
drugs - heroin and cocaine. The police shut it down and put the drug dealers
out of business - at least in my neighborhood. I knew it was a direct result
of the prayers and the consistent walking of the area.

A few months later, a house on the opposite side of the street and down a
half block from our home was raided by the police and shut down. It was a
whore house. Again, the Holy Spirit made clear to me the fact that it was
because of the exercise of spiritual authority taking place.

I became emboldened. I called up Dick Parrish, who also served on the
pastoral staff of Long Beach Christian Center, and asked him to join me in
some of these walks. Then Dwain McKenzie (who had been my lifetime friend,
brother in the Lord, and was the senior pastor at LBCC) began to join in the
walks. We began to walk the territory near the church.

About two blocks from the church was a home where some bikers lived. Every
time we walked past the place, I stretched out my hand toward the home and
proclaimed the establishment of the Kingdom of God.

Nearly twenty years passed after we had walked that territory when the Lord
orchestrated an opportunity for Della and I to meet the bikers who had
occupied that home Dwain, Dick and I had walked past and prayed over. Della
and I were in Atlin, British Columbia sharing and ministering with friends
from Anchorage. We were invited to come over for dinner to the home of an
artist and sculptor who lived in Atlin with his family. Sitting around the
dinner table that night, we happened to mention Long Beach. The artist
perked up his ears, as did his wife.

"You were in Long Beach, California?" he asked. "When was that?" I responded
that I had been there for about five years in the early and mid-1970's.
"Wow, what a coincidence," he exclaimed. "So did we!"

I asked him what part of Long Beach he had lived in, and he described the
street where Dwain, Dick and I had walked. Now it was my turn to be amazed.
He and his wife went on to tell us that they had been a part of the biker
crowd, living a pretty wild, hippie kind of life. I started to laugh. "We
never met during those days," I said, "but you were surely some of the
people we prayed for as we walked the neighborhood."

He almost came out of his chair. "You! You! I used to watch you stop in
front of our house and stretch out your hand toward us. Never could hear
what you were saying, but we figured you must have been praying or something
like that. That's when my wife and I experienced the Lord Jesus Christ
coming into our lives and convicting us. That's when we came to know the
Lord for the first time in our lives!"

I continued to walk the neighborhood where I lived, gradually increasing the
size of the territory where I walked until I was walking portions of
Atlantic and Long Beach Blvds. One day as I was walking Long Beach Blvd., I
was shocked to see an X-rated porn theater that had just opened up.
Something rose up inside of me in anger that Satan would attempt to so
brazenly encroach on territory I had been claiming for the Lord. I walked
right up to the front of the theater, put my hands on the building and began
to proclaim the establishing of the Kingdom of God in the place.

Despite the fact that folks were standing out front of the place and staring
at me like I'd lost my marbles or something, I began to speak out loud,
"Father, in the name of Jesus, I establish your Kingdom authority in this
place. I shut this theater down!" It was several weeks later that I was
driving down Long Beach Blvd. and decided to check on the porn theater. Not
too surprisingly, it was shut down. All of the billboards and placards were
gone and the theater marquee was empty. I thought to myself, Wow, this is
just too good to pass up!

I parked my car and walked over to the front of the building, and again I
placed my hand on the outside of the place and began to proclaim the Word of
God. I said, "Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, I again establish your
Kingdom in this place, and I raise up righteousness. Let this building
become something that will serve your purposes and be to your Glory." Then I
got back in my car and drove away.

Again it was some weeks that passed before I thought of the theater and
decided to go and check on it. As I drove towards the building, I saw a man
standing on a ladder putting letters on the theater marquee. I pulled over
and parked and watched him spell out the following, one letter at a time: E
- V - A - N - G - E - L T - E - M - P - L - E. 

Brother, did I ever let out a war whoop! It had worked! What was once an
X-rated porn theater was shut down, and a church and worship center opened
up in its place. I've no idea how long that church functioned in that
building, but years later when I came back to Long Beach for a visit, it was
still operating.

Naturally, I wasted no time in sharing it with the folks at Long Beach
Christian Center. Dave Dobbs, who was also part of the pastoral staff,
happened to be driving with his wife in the San Fernando Valley some months
later. They came across a huge construction site where a large number of
construction workers and a lot of equipment were busy building some very
elegant appearing structure.

Dave drove around the place out of curiosity to see what was being built. A
large sign with an artist's rendition displayed a future Buddhist temple.
Dave remembered my experience and sharing about the theater and thought,
This is a principle we need to apply here.

He and his wife parked their car, got out and walked to the chain link fence
that surrounded the property. They stretched their hands towards the
partially constructed building and proclaimed, "Father, in Jesus' name, we
establish your Kingdom over this place, and we shut down this project now!"

It must have been two or three months that passed before they happened to be
back in the Valley and thought about the incident. They drove back to the
construction site of that building, and -- to their astonishment -- saw
weeds grown up around the place. Construction had ceased almost from the day
they had spoken the word of authority. 

It must have been almost a year later that Dave was back in the Valley and
thought about checking on the place one more time. The Buddhist trappings of
the place were gone, and it had been redesigned into a nice office building.

By now, you are beginning to understand what I mean when I talk about our
ability to season and alter the taste (to the Lord) of the areas where we
live. That is the authority of the Holy Spirit working in folks who are
submitted to the Lord and sensitive to His voice and leading. That's the
authority that comes when you function IN Christ Jesus as the Salt of the
Earth!

That's the kind of authority that brings healing. That's the kind of
authority that brings deliverance to people in captivity to Satan. That's
the kind of authority that tears down the thrones of spiritual rulers - the
apostle Paul refers to them in the Greek text of Ephesians 6 as kosmokrator:
world rulers of darkness - demon princes who exercise power and influence to
execute wickedness.

What is so incredible is that Joe everyday Christian has access to that
authority, if he only knew it. Folks get cheated out of living and walking
in this realm because of false teaching, because of screwball doctrines, and
mostly because of fear, doubt and unbelief. If Christians could see
themselves in Christ Jesus, and Him in them, they would understand their
role as salt right where they live! If Christians would begin to exercise
this kind of authority right in the neighborhoods where they live, we would
have a radically different world today.

I said it last week, and I'll say it again! That means that those people
will truly season, add savor, and alter the status quo in the earth the way
they are supposed to. We have been commanded to be the salt of Heaven in the
earth. We have been commissioned to be God's salt to restrain, to hold back,
to preserve this earth.

We have been commanded and commissioned to season the societies that live
therein until the day our role as salt has completed that purpose. That role
can never be minimized or degraded, or else we suffer the consequence of
losing our "saltness," and cease to fulfill the destiny He has set before
us.

Let's do it, folks! Let's bring back an America under God! Let's restore the
savor of God's presence in this nation, and on this continent! Let's be the
seasoning of Heaven!

OK. Now we can move on to being the "Light of the World" -- next week, that
is.

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Once again, the
number to call for healing is (805) 399-1000. Then enter the access code:
124763#.

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (559) 726-1300, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long.

Blessings on you!
Regner
Regner A. Capener
CAPENER MINISTRIES
RIVER WORSHIP CENTER
Sunnyside, Washington 98944

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Another Coffee Break:

Supernatural Maturity, Part 15

June 26, 2015

OK. We've spent the last three weeks on what it means to be the salt of the
earth. Now it's time to get on with what it means to be the light of the
world. Once again, here's how it reads in the KJV:

Matthew 5:13-16: Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost
his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for
nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a
candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your
light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify
your Father which is in heaven.

Since we've pretty much covered the first part of this statement, let's move
on to the amplified and re-translated portion of this passage:

[When I said, "Light be," that was the light that brought this world into
being. I AM that light.] (Because you are in me, and I AM in you, you are
- likewise - the light of this world. That is a light one cannot hide.

[As representatives of the New Jerusalem] you are like that City which is
elevated on a high hill or mountain and cannot be hidden from view. (You
have been made and destined to be visible to this world.) (Matthew 5:14,
RAC Translation & Amplification)

No one lights a candle, and then hides it under some kind of covering or
utensil. Rather, they put the candle on some kind of lampstand or
decorative piece in order to elevate it so as to give light to the whole
room.

Let that light (My light) which is in you, therefore, radiate brilliantly in
front of all men and women so that the value of your relationship with and
in Me - manifested in the works, the signs and wonders - is demonstrated.
That, in turn, will cause Father in Heaven to receive glory and honor and
praise! (Matthew 5:15-16, RAC Translation and Amplification)

Consider, now, how John described Jesus and how His appearance impacted
society:

John 1:5, KJV: And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness
comprehended it not.

But look at how the Greek text really puts it:

And the light appeared in the midst of the darkness, exposing everything
previously obscured to view; and the darkness was incapable of seizing,
possessing and overwhelming it. (The darkness couldn't even understand the
nature, character or makeup of that light). (John 1:5, RAC Translation and
Amplification)

Consider for a moment, the inability of physical darkness to deal with even
the slightest amount of light. Step into a closet, close the door, and
unless the top, sides and bottom of the door have rubber seals to absolutely
block out any incoming light, even a slight crack at the bottom or sides
will allow you to see even dimly in the closet. In order to illustrate what
we are talking about with light and darkness, let me share a story with you.
This is a bit long, and it gets into a lot of areas, but it highlights
precisely where we are going with this discussion on the significance of our
being the light of the world, and the inability of the natural world to
understand and comprehend the dimension in which we live.

"Let me explain the problem science has with religion." The atheist
professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new
students to stand.

'You're a Christian, aren't you, son?'

'Yes sir,' the student says.

'So you believe in God?'

'Absolutely '

'Is God good?'

'Sure! God's good.'

'Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?'

'Yes'

'Are you good or evil?'

'The Bible says I'm evil.'

The professor grins knowingly. 'Aha! The Bible! He considers for a moment.
'Here's one for you. Let's say there's a sick person over here and you can
cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?'

'Yes sir, I would.'

'So you're good...!'

'I wouldn't say that.'

'But why not say that? You'd help a sick and maimed person if you could.
Most of us would if we could. But God doesn't.'

The student does not answer, so the professor continues. 'He doesn't, does
He? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to
Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Can you answer that one?'

The student remains silent. 'No, you can't, can you?' the professor says.
He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to
relax.

'Let's start again, young fella. Is God good?'

'Er..yes,' the student says.

'Is Satan good?'

The student doesn't hesitate on this one.. 'No.'

'Then where does Satan come from?'

The student falters. 'From God.'

'That's right. God made Satan, didn't he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in
this world?'

'Yes, sir.'

'Evil's everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything, correct?'

'Yes'

'So who created evil?' The professor continued, 'If God created everything,
then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle
that our works define who we are, then God is evil.

Again, the student has no answer.

'Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible
things, do they exist in this world?'

The student squirms on his feet. 'Yes.'

'So who created them ?'

The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question.
'Who created them?' There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks
away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized.

'Tell me,' he continues onto another student. 'Do you believe in Jesus
Christ, son?'

The student's voice betrays him and cracks. 'Yes, professor, I do.'

The old man stops pacing. 'Science says you have five senses you use to
identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen Jesus?'

'No sir. I've never seen Him.'

'Then tell us if you've ever heard your Jesus?'

'No, sir, I have not.'

'Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus? Have
you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that
matter?'

'No, sir, I'm afraid I haven't.'

'Yet you still believe in him?'

'Yes'

'According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol,
science says your God doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son?'

'Nothing,' the student replies. 'I only have my faith.'

'Yes, faith,' the professor repeats. 'And that is the problem science has
with God. There is no evidence, only faith.'

The student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of His
own. 'Professor, is there such thing as heat? '

' Yes.'

'And is there such a thing as cold?'

'Yes, son, there's cold too.'

'No sir, there isn't.'

The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested. The room
suddenly becomes very quiet. 

The student begins to explain.

'You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited
heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don't have anything
called 'cold'. We can get down to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat,
but we can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold;
otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees. Every
body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and
heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero
(-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is only a word we
use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we can
measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite
of heat, sir, just the absence of it.'

Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding
like a hammer.

'What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?'

'Yes,' the professor replies without hesitation. 'What is night if it isn't
darkness?'

'You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of
something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing
light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it's called
darkness, isn't it? That's the meaning we use to define the word. In
reality, darkness isn't. If it were, you would be able to make darkness
darker, wouldn't you?'

The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will be a
good semester. 

I know you're looking at me cross-eyed, wondering where this is going, but
bear with me. We'll finish the story and wrap this up next week.

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Once again, the
number to call for healing is (805) 399-1000. Then enter the access code:
124763#.

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (559) 726-1300, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long.

Blessings on you!
Regner
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CAPENER MINISTRIES
RIVER WORSHIP CENTER
Sunnyside, Washington 98944


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Supernatural Maturity, Part 13

June 12, 2015

Good Morning! Gotta share a recent event that took place as an illustration
of our continuing study of what it means to be "the salt of the earth."

A couple weeks back, our daughter, Shelley, stopped in to see us and brought
a friend of hers (whom I will call "Arlene" for the sake of this
discussion). Arlene had pretty obviously been through the mill and had been
battered emotionally, mentally, spiritually -- and possibly even physically.
Drugs and alcohol had played a big role in recent years and the destruction
of the Enemy showed.

Nevertheless, at some time in her past she had been exposed to the Gospel
and had at least made some kind of mental assent to the claims of the Lord
Jesus Christ. When Shelley and Arlene walked in the front door, they were
scarcely through the living room and into the dining room when Arlene began
to cry. She said, "The peace in this house is unbelievable! I've never
felt anything like this. There are angels in this place."

Shelley had brought her friend over so she could shower and clean up, and
Della told her to help herself. After a lengthy period, she finally came
out of the shower and sat down on one of the bar stools in our kitchen. She
continued to struggle with her composure and kept reiterating that she'd
never felt anything like what she was feeling.

It gave Della and me a perfect opportunity to share with her, and Holy
Spirit gave us some direct words of knowledge about her that we were able to
utilize in ministering to her. The occasion was ready-made by the Lord.
Arlene had never actually accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, but
she readily prayed with us and wept buckets as she invited Jesus Christ to
take over her life. The glow of His presence was all over her as she left
with Shelley later that afternoon.

It was a perfect illustration of what happens when we are in Christ, and He
is in us. The saltiness of God's presence so affected the atmosphere that
even though this perfect stranger -- Arlene -- had never met us and knew
nothing about us, other than the fact that we were Shelley's parents, it
brought change and the savor of the Lord into this young woman.

It's not unlike the story of the FedEx driver I shared with you not that
long ago who had this startled look on his face when he visibly saw an angel
standing behind me when he answered the door. We can't help but chuckle
over the fact that he still reacts that way when he comes to the door with
his packages, glancing up over my shoulder to see if the angel is still
visible.

OK, time to get back to our discussion. Here again is the amplification to
Matthew 5:13-16.

"In the same way that salt personifies the need for seasoning, restraint and
protection from spoilage or rotting, and preparation for soil to produce; in
the same way that salt represents wisdom and grace in ones speech and
behavior, you are that grace and wisdom, that seasoning and protection for
the world. You are that which restrains and holds back the execution of my
judgment upon a world corrupted, spoiling and decaying in sin. If you lose
the ability to season and influence the world around, you lose your
usefulness [to the Kingdom] and, like salt that has lost its ability to make
things palatable, and winds up being thrown out, you become worthless [to
the Kingdom] and cease to have (spiritual) value, requiring that you be cast
aside." (Matthew 5:13, RAC Translation and Amplification)

"[When I said, Light be, that was the light that brought this world into
being. I AM that light.] (Because you are in me, and I AM in you, you are
likewise the light of this world. That is a light one cannot hide.

"[As representatives of the New Jerusalem] you are like that City which is
elevated on a high hill or mountain and cannot be hidden from view. (You
have been made and destined to be visible to this world.)" (Matthew 5:14,
RAC Translation & Amplification)

"No one lights a candle, and then hides it under some kind of covering or
utensil. Rather, they put the candle on some kind of lampstand or
decorative piece in order to elevate it so as to give light to the whole
room.

"Let that light (My light) which is in you, therefore, radiate brilliantly
in front of all men and women so that the value of your relationship with
and in Me manifested in the works, the signs and wonders is
demonstrated. That, in turn, will cause Father in Heaven to receive glory
and honor and praise!" (Matthew 5:15-16, RAC Translation and Amplification)

Let's take a different approach to the concept of being the salt of the
earth.

In Genesis 18 and 19, we have the story of Abraham pleading with the Lord
concerning the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. God tells Abraham that
His intention is to destroy the cities because their sin is very grievous.

The Hebrew text uses the word, kabad, to describe the weight of their sin
and its impact on the region.

These two cities resided in the Vale of Siddim. That translates to the
Valley of Salt. These two cities were supposed to be salt in the region
an influence for good. Instead, they had become the epitome of all that
is evil and wicked in the earth. Their salt had become perversion of
every kind and God would no longer tolerate it.

Consider Abrahams plea. In cities numbering an estimated population of
more than 50,000 people each, Abraham understanding the significance of
the righteous as salt to preserve those cities began with 50 righteous in
asking God if He would destroy the cities were there 50 righteous. God
agreed with Abraham that if 50 righteous were to be found between the two
cities, it would suffice to keep them from being wiped off the map.

Abraham took it step after step after step until he reduced it to ten
righteous five for each city, or one righteous person for 10,000 wicked.
God promised him that if there were even ten righteous found among the two
cities, He would preserve them.

Genesis 19:24 makes clear that He did not! We are told that He overthrew
those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and
that which grew upon the ground.

Talk about destruction! The destruction with fire and brimstone so reduced
the area to ash that absolutely nothing has been able to live there ever
since. In 1987 and 1988, a friend by the name of Henry Gruver accompanied
the archaeologist, Ron Wyatt, as he surveyed the area and found that the ash
remains as a kind of burned salt and it is the only place on the planet
where that kind of ash exists! The brimstone produced a valley of salt
unlike any anywhere else in the world.

What makes this so fascinating to me is the fact that this fits exactly what
Jesus was saying, if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be
salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be
trodden under foot of men.

The salt of Sodom and Gomorrah had long since ceased to have the savor
that God wanted for the land. It became good for nothing. In order to
demonstrate to the land and to the world of that day just how critical
our role is in seasoning and making the area around us palatable to the Lord
(and Ill address this more, momentarily) and how abominable these cities
were to the region, God sent fire and brimstone to rain down upon those
cities of the Valley of Salt and render their salt worthless for all time!

Ever wonder why God considers it so important for us to be palatable and to
make the world around us palatable to Him? One only has to go back to
Creation to see that the world and all that God created were nothing but
perfect.

Genesis 1:31a: And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was
very good.

The Hebrew word translated very in this passage is the word, meòd.

There is a vehemence in this word, indicating that everything was finished
to perfection. The world wasnt simply palatable to God, it met His
definition of finished, complete, whole, perfect!

When Adam ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and brought sin
into Creation, it was no longer palatable to God. The smell and taste of
the Earth had become corrupted. It smelled rotten because of Satans
presence and influence, and tasted even worse!

In 1996, when the Lord enabled me to travel backward and forward in time,
and I was transported into the Garden of Eden, the beauty was indescribable.
It was stunning! But there was more.

There was a fragrance to the Garden that I have only smelled a very few
times in my life when that presence of the Lord flooded the atmosphere where
I was. There was a peace and a quiet that the world of today does not know.
That peace and quiet was punctuated by the sounds of birds singing or
chirping musically harmonically. Their sounds were not discordant or
strident.

Eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil changed all that! It
seems strange that a single act like that could bring such corruption, but
David expresses it quite succinctly in the Psalms when he writes:

Psalm 115:16: The Heaven, even the heavens, are the Lords: but the earth
hath He given to the children of men.

That brings us back to the origins of that rulership.

Genesis 1:26-28: And God said, 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 creepeth upon the earth.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him;
male and female created he them.

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and
replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the
sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth
upon the earth.

God had given man absolute dominion over the earth and everything in it.
With Adams disobedience, there was a consequence. That consequence was
death. Nothing about Gods Creation was ever designed to corrupt and/or
die.

If the DNA of humans, plants, animals, birds, fish, etc., is corrupted so
that it now begins to break down and die, there is a rottenness and a stink
that comes with it.

Salt greatly slows the breakdown. Salt will, in some cases, eliminate the
odor of spoilage. Salt changes the flavor and causes things that might
otherwise not be palatable or edible to be consumed easily and tastily.

When God covenanted with Israel, therefore, His covenant with them was a
Covenant of Salt. They were to make the earth tolerable to Him. They were
to be the seasoning in the earth that provided seasoning to those peoples
and nations that didnt yet know Him. He required the priests and Levites
to add salt to the sacrifices as a symbol of the necessity of their
restoring what had been lost.

At the same time, He required that the priests offer up incense in order to
make the fragrance of the earth around them a sweet-smelling savor to Him.
Each sacrifice and each offering had an enormous spiritual significance
which related back to Gods original Creation, the dominion which had been
given to man, and the corruption that came into the earth as a result of
sin. Each sacrifice and each offering was designed as a prophetic symbol of
the redemptive plan in which each aspect of Creation would be restored. No
offering, and no sacrifice, was offered without salt. Salt was a symbol of
the coming redemption.

Now, lets return to Jesus statement:

In the same way that salt personifies the need for seasoning, restraint and
protection from spoilage or rotting, and preparation for soil to produce; in
the same way that salt represents wisdom and grace in ones speech and
behavior, you are that grace and wisdom, that seasoning and protection for
the world. You are that which restrains and holds back the execution of my
judgment upon a world corrupted, spoiling and decaying in sin. (Matthew
5:13a RAC Translation and Amplification)

This may seem like a deviation from our sharing, thus far, (and what Im
about to share may fly in the face of some traditional doctrines) but
consider something that Paul wrote to the Ekklesia in Thessalonica:

II Thessalonians 2:3-7: Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day
shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin
be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above
all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in
the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that,
when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what
withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of
iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be
taken out of the way.

You see that word, letteth? Thats an archaic English word which, in
todays usage, means the exact opposite. The word in the original Greek
text is, katecho.

This word means, to restrain, to hold back, to hinder, to hold fast. Get
it? So who is doing the restraining? Who is doing the preserving? Who is
hindering the full-blown rottenness and decay in society and in the world?
Right! Youve got it! The salt of the earth! The people of God who, as
Daniel so appropriately puts it:

Daniel 11:32b: But the people that do know their God shall be strong, and
do exploits.

That means that those people will truly season, add savor, and alter the
status quo in the earth the way they are supposed to. We have been
commanded to be the salt of Heaven in the earth. We have been commissioned
to be Gods salt to restrain, to hold back, to preserve this earth.

We have been commanded and commissioned to season the societies that live
therein until the day our role as salt has completed that purpose. That
role can never be minimized or degraded, or else we suffer the consequence
of losing our saltness, and cease to fulfill the destiny He has set before
us.

Obviously, we never got to the second part of Jesus statement concerning
our being the light of the world. Thats where we will pick this up in our
next Coffee Break.

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Once again, the
number to call for healing is (805) 399-1000. Then enter the access code:
124763#.

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (559) 726-1300, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long.

Blessings on you!
Regner
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Supernatural Maturity, Part 12

June 5, 2015

And another TGIF day to you! If my calculations are correct, we have passed
the 1,000 mark in these Coffee Break articles during the past few weeks --
and that spans a period which began in December of 2004 on a sporadic basis.
Beginning in January of 2005 and spanning several months, I actually tried
to publish these posts on a daily basis. That schedule caught up with me
and I had to back it off in stages.

Another Coffee Break currently reaches somewhere between 1 and 2 million
readers on a weekly basis in more than 80 countries, and it is a blessing to
me that we are able to encourage many thousands of individuals who are
leaders in the body of Christ and engaged in active ministry around the
globe. Readers are being added every week to our subscriber database to the
point where Rich Hoffman, our webmaster, has had to increase his server
capacity. That said, in the transition from one server to another, some
readers have notified me that they are not receiving their Coffee Breaks
like they used to -- and if you are among that number, and just haven't said
so, please let us know so we can correct the situation.

Time to move on. Thus far in this series, we have dealt only with the first
dozen verses of Matthew 5 which are commonly referred to as "the
Beatitudes." Now we're going to make a significant shift as we talk about
an entirely different aspect of supernatural maturity -- that maturity
represented in the character, nature and makeup of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We're going to shift gears going forward to describe the character and
nature of the Lord Jesus Christ, and how His nature in us influences the
world around.

Matthew 5:13-16: Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost
his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for
nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a
candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your
light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify
your Father which is in heaven.

The standard KJV translation isn't bad, but let's see what we can do with it
by retranslating and amplifying it.

"In the same way that salt personifies the need for seasoning, restraint and
protection from spoilage or rotting, and preparation for soil to produce; in
the same way that salt represents wisdom and grace in one's speech and
behavior, you are that grace and wisdom, that seasoning and protection for
the world. You are that which restrains and holds back the execution of my
judgment upon a world corrupted, spoiling and decaying in sin. If you lose
the ability to season and influence the world around, you lose your
usefulness [to the Kingdom] and, like salt that has lost its ability to make
things palatable, and winds up being thrown out, you become worthless [to
the Kingdom] and cease to have (spiritual) value, requiring that you be cast
aside." (Matthew 5:13, RAC Translation and Amplification)

"[When I said, "Light be," that was the light that brought this world into
being. I AM that light.] (Because you are in me, and I AM in you, you are
- likewise - the light of this world. That is a light one cannot hide.

"[As representatives of the New Jerusalem] you are like that City which is
elevated on a high hill or mountain and cannot be hidden from view. (You
have been made and destined to be visible to this world.)" (Matthew 5:14,
RAC Translation & Amplification)

"No one lights a candle, and then hides it under some kind of covering or
utensil. Rather, they put the candle on some kind of lampstand or
decorative piece in order to elevate it so as to give light to the whole
room.

"Let that light (My light) which is in you, therefore, radiate brilliantly
in front of all men and women so that the value of your relationship with
and in Me - manifested in the works, the signs and wonders - is
demonstrated. That, in turn, will cause Father in Heaven to receive glory
and honor and praise!" (Matthew 5:15-16, RAC Translation and Amplification)

OK! That was a bit windy and long, but I'm sure you see it. Everything
that Jesus said and did was designed to bring Glory to Father. Everything
that He said and did was nothing more than a duplication of what He had
heard and seen in and from Father.

We have two metaphors here which essentially mirror each other in terms of
our character and essence, being in Christ. In order to better understand
why Jesus used these two metaphors, follow me back to the Law of Moses for a
moment.

Leviticus 2:13, NASB: Every grain offering of yours, moreover, you shall
season with salt, so that the salt of the covenant of your God shall not be
lacking from your grain offering; with all your offerings you shall offer
salt.

Numbers 18:19, NASB: All the offerings of the holy gifts, which the sons of
Israel offer to the LORD, I have given to you and your sons and your
daughters with you, as a perpetual allotment. It is an everlasting covenant
of salt before the LORD to you and your descendants with you.

The importance of salt as a spiritual picture cannot be over-stated! If we
are to reflect the character and nature of the Lord Jesus Christ, we MUST be
that essence which flavors and adds savor to the land around.

When God commanded the priests and Levites to add salt to their sacrifices
He was making it abundantly clear that everything they offered to Him had to
have His savor. 

The earth had been corrupted by sin, along with everything in it. The
plants, the animals, the birds of the air, the fish of the sea, the air we
breathe - the environment in its totality. Any offering that would come out
of this environment had to be seasoned with salt. We'll come back to this
picture as we get farther along in this specific discussion.

We refer to these pictures a metaphors because they represent influence on
their surroundings. Israel was a Covenanted people with God. Covenants
were created between parties for the express purpose of making them as ONE
unified being.

Consider the ancient pictures of farmers creating covenants with soldiers.
Soldiers' lives were spent in the defense and protection of their lands.
Soldiers rarely had time to care for their own lands, and had no time to
spend tilling the ground, sowing seed and harvesting grains, vegetables and
fruits for their own food and preservation.

Farmers, on the other hand, were not skilled warriors and had little or no
ability to engage in the art of war or be concerned with the defense of
their lands or families. Covenants were often, therefore, created between
farmers and warriors. The farmers and the warriors became as One!

The farmers covenanted with the warriors to become their source of food and
sustenance. The warriors covenanted with the farmers to provide their
defense, to ensure their safety, personally, as well as that of their
families and their crops. With this covenant, each functioned not only for
themselves, but for each other.

The Covenant of Salt that God made with Israel was a covenant in which
Israel promised to serve God and be His representative in the earth. Israel
became God's unique people - a people who would demonstrate to the rest of
the world just exactly what kind of life and what kind of provision God
could and would make with those who would enter into a covenant relationship
with Him.

God's Covenant with Israel ensured that they would stand out in the earth
above every other people. They would have the Blessing that God promised in
Deuteronomy 28. Before we take a look at the very first part of God's
Covenant with Israel, consider the truth upon which He based His choosing of
Israel in the first place:

Deuteronomy 7:7-11: The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you,
because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of
all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the
oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out
with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the
hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which
keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments
to a thousand generations; And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to
destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him
to his face.

Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the
judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them.

Israel wasn't chosen because of their greatness, nor because of their
numbers. They were chosen because of the oath - the Covenant - that God
made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob exhibited a faith and total trust in the Lord
during a time and an era in which faith in God - YHWH - was absolutely
non-existent. That faith was manifested when Abraham pleaded and bargained
with God to spare Sodom and Gomorrah for the sake of not less than ten
righteous people.

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob WERE God's salt in the land! They were the
manifestation of His presence. They salted the earth in a time and place
where thousands of idols and false gods permeated the nations and cultures,
and where the practices we see and abhor with ISIS were the norm as a part
of those nations' cultures. That said, take a look at the benefits and
blessings of Israel's (and ours) Covenant of Salt.

Deuteronomy 28:1-2: And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken
diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his
commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set
thee on high above all nations of the earth:

And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt
hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.

From this point forward, we see a sequence of the blessings which came of
the Covenant. But look, now, at the consequences of walking away from the
Covenant. Consider this small part of those consequences:

Deuteronomy 28:15, 29: But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken
unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments
and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall
come upon thee, and overtake thee:

And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou
shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled
evermore, and no man shall save thee.

Even if Israel failed to serve God, the judgment that came upon them and the
bondage they fell into would also show to the world what happens to folks
who live outside of a relationship with Him.

There is a key phrase in verse 29, however, that needs to be paid attention
to: "and no man shall save thee."

Get it? "No man.!" What God is saying to Israel is that His Covenant with
them stands no matter what! No amount of human flesh or its endeavors will
intervene to save them from the bondage they are in, BUT, if they will turn
back to Him, He will save them and deliver them from the oppression of their
enemies.

THAT is a Covenant which stands the test of time! That is a Covenant which
says to the world, Israel has a Covenant relationship that ensures their
deliverance whenever they turn to Him, whenever they repent of their wayward
ways, whenever they once again acknowledge Him!

THAT, Folks, is the Covenant of Salt! It ensures that Israel would
continually be a representative of the nature and character of God, that
they would perpetually be a people in whom the presence of God will provide
the savor and preservation of those who are around them.

And that brings us back to Jesus' statement, "In the same way that salt
personifies the need for seasoning, protection from spoilage or rotting, and
preparation for soil to produce; in the same way that salt represents wisdom
and grace in one's speech and behavior, you are that grace and wisdom, that
seasoning and protection for the world."

WE are the new Covenant of Salt in the earth! As representatives of the
Lord Jesus Christ, we are in Him, and He is in us.

We, therefore, become His presence in the earth.

We become His presence in our communities, among our families, among our
friends and business associates.

We become His presence in the business world.

We become His presence in government.

On and on it goes! By the same token, just as there were consequences for
the nation of Israel when it abandoned its covenant with the Lord, Jesus
makes it clear - without threatening us - that if we fail in our
responsibility to be His Salt - His life-changing Presence - that we can be
cast aside.

That's a statement that needs clarification. This is not some threat that
we lose out on our eternal Salvation, but it DOES mean that we will miss our
intended destiny and the Plan of God in our lives. Everyone of us have a
Plan laid out before us by the Lord.

Holy Spirit leads, He nudges us, He pricks us, He quickens us, but He does
NOT force us; and if we fail to follow His plan and design in such a way
that God's Glory is seen in us, we can be passed over and our assignment
given to someone who will respond to His leading.

We'll continue this discussion next week.

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Once again, the
number to call for healing is (805) 399-1000. Then enter the access code:
124763#.

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (559) 726-1300, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long.

Blessings on you!

Regner

Regner A. Capener
CAPENER MINISTRIES

RIVER WORSHIP CENTER
Sunnyside, Washington 98944

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Supernatural Maturity, Part 11

May 28, 2015

We begin again today with the amplified version of Jesus' declaration of
blessing for those who are persecuted:

Matthew 5:10-12: "Blessed and highly favored by the King [of Kings] are
those who are harassed, molested, mistreated, or pursued after with hostile
intent simply because they have been justified [by faith (in Jesus Christ
and His anointing)]; royalty, and Kingdom rule shall be theirs.

Blessed and highly favored by the King [of Kings] whenever men or women will
seek to defame you, to rail at you or taunt you, harassing and pursuing you
with malice, saying in public or writing false and hurtful accusations about
you to others, seeking to ruin your reputation because of your relationship
with me [on account of Who I AM - and who you are in me].

Rejoice - exult, sing, dance, enjoy yourself - because each time you are
mistreated for my sake, your reward and place at the Seat of Order in things
eternal is enhanced and magnified.

Consider yourself in the same company of the prophets before you who
likewise were harassed, molested, mistreated, defamed, and falsely accused
because of My Word in and through them." (RAC Translation and
Amplification)

We've talked thus far about the division that the Enemy wants to bring among
families, and I've shared with you a bit of history in our family heritage.
I'd like to wrap up this area of sharing with a few more examples taken from
personal experience within what we would normally refer to as "the Family of
God." Because of the threat the Family of God represents to Satan, nowhere
is the attempt to divide and conquer and persecute more evident, and nowhere
is the blessing and favor of the Lord more evident for those who suffer
persecution. At the same time, the fruit that comes from standing in the
midst of the persecution is some of the best seen in the Kingdom of God.

During a transition period in 1978 while getting ready for a return to
Barrow, Alaska, I fellowshipped with a Charismatic church group in Anchorage
and came to know all of the people involved in its ministry locally as well
as throughout the state, and even some in missions in other countries.
Because of our family legacy in missions and ministry throughout Alaska, I
was given ready access to the pulpit from time to time as well as the
ministry of praise and worship with their musicians.

1978 was still very much at the height of ministry activity for me in the
realm of deliverance from evil spirits. [That's not to suggest that it has
stopped, but rather that the focus has shifted in the way we minister
deliverance.] Many of the fellow-ministers I shared with were from
traditional Pentecostal backgrounds where the concept of a believer being
afflicted by evil spirits was totally contrary to their doctrines.

I was invited to come and minister in one of the satellite churches on the
Kenai Peninsula one weekend, and -- wouldn't you know it -- Holy Spirit sets
things up to minister to folks who were being afflicted by evil spirits!
Following both the morning and evening services, the time of personal
ministry -- along with quite visible manifestations as the spirits departed
-- easily lasted for a couple of hours AFTER the time of teaching.

Returning to Anchorage the following day I was met by a very grim delegation
from the Charismatic church who had heard what had taken place. They made
it clear that I was to meet with their entire ministerial board later that
week at a luncheon to explain why I would minister that way knowing that
they were opposed to such ministry.

There were perhaps 12 senior leaders, pastors, evangelists, prophets and
teachers who sat around the lunch table to grill me on "my doctrine." That
luncheon turned into an inquisition of sorts as they tried to refute the
scriptural basis for the ministry of deliverance among Christians. There
came a point in the discussion when they -- to a man -- conceded that I was
on sound scriptural grounds for the ministry; and then their senior prophet
said directly to me, "we cannot afford for you to continue this ministry in
our fellowship. It contradicts everything we have taught, and we will not
have division among the people over this. People will think that we're just
lying to them, and they'll leave!"

The Holy Spirit rose up in me at that and I stood to my feet at the end of
the table as the following prophetic message from Jeremiah 8 literally
poured from my mouth: "How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD
is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made He it; the pen of the scribes is in
vain. The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have
rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them? Therefore will I
give their wives unto others, and their fields to them that shall inherit
them: for everyone from the least even unto the greatest is given to
covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth
falsely. For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people
slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. Were they ashamed
when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed,
neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in
the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD."
(Jeremiah 8:8-12)

I continued on: "How can you tell these people that they are free when they
are suffering, in torment from evil spirits, and fighting with sicknesses
and diseases? How dare you tell people that they cannot be suffering with
evil spirits, and you say to them that once they're saved, they are
automatically set free? As a practical matter, they have no power to fight
against evil spirits until they've been baptized in the Holy Spirit! Mark
16:17 makes clear that one of the very first evidences of being filled with
the Spirit is the ability to cast out demons! You have the gall to say to
folks, "Peace, Peace," when they have no peace!"

Guess I was a bit astonished at my spontaneous reaction to them. I shook my
head and sat back down. The group quickly got to their feet, made it clear
that I was no longer welcome to be in any of their churches, and that was
that! The following Sunday evening, one of their senior pastors stood
behind the pulpit and said to the church, "I wouldn't touch Regner Capener
with a ten-foot pole!"

Once again, you can see the picture of Jesus' statement, "Men and women in a
covenant relationship with Me will find [even] their non-covenanting
[spiritual] family members to be their hostile adversaries (who will fight
and oppose them)."

Doesn't look like much of a blessing at the moment, does it? Ahhh, but
there's more to this story!

In the months that followed, Jeremiah's prophecy came to fulfillment among
them as several of their families broke up in divorce, at least three of the
wives wound up marrying other men, one of their prophets went to prison on a
sex charge, the other prophet died a year or so later from a painful disease
and the church split down the middle. Sounds even less like a blessing,
doesn't it?

Over the decade that followed, the same pastor who had made the statement
that he wouldn't touch me with a ten-foot pole reversed his stance and began
encouraging the ministry of deliverance in his church. He was leading the
breakaway church which, by this time, was larger than the original church
fellowship he had left. The new church was flourishing, the Kingdom of God
was growing by leaps and bounds and serious repairs and reconciliation were
underway where breaches had taken place. By this time I had returned to
Anchorage after a decade of ministry in Barrow and Fairbanks.

It soon became apparent that two other evangelist/pastors who had been at
the table with that group of 12 had reversed their stance on the ministry of
deliverance. On at least one occasion that I can remember, one of them even
called me for counsel in dealing with a specific issue.

One day I received a call from the son of the original senior leader of the
old Charismatic fellowship. His dad had retired and he had become the new
senior pastor. He had, however, been a part of that group of ministers on
that fateful luncheon day. "Would you meet me for lunch today?" he said.
"Absolutely!" I looked forward to it.

Sitting down at the lunch table he broke the silence by saying softly, "I
marvel that you can be sitting across a table from me, after all the water
that has gone under the bridge." Reaching across the table to take his
hand, I said, "Brother, I hold you no ill will whatever! Whatever God has
done out of all that transpired has worked for the good of the whole Body.
When we parted that day, I knew that it wasn't up to me to bring the kind of
revelation needed. Holy Spirit was going to have to do that. I've never
felt badly towards you or anyone else in the church." 

There was real fellowship together at the table that day. God had done a
rather spectacular thing in healing the perceived breach. As we got up to
leave, this pastor said to me, "From me to you, you are always welcome in
our church!"

One of the issues that we face in the Body of Christ today is that we have a
bad habit of viewing events from a "now" perspective. If we see division
take place, our immediate reaction is that it is bad. We don't see the
long-term picture. If we don't see instant vindication of either the
individual or the truth that was spoken or represented, we tend to believe
the negative about the individual who is under attack, or at the very least,
that which he or she represents. Consider what Paul wrote to the Ekklesia
in Corinth when he was talking about the Table of the Lord.

I Corinthians 11:18-19: For first of all, when ye come together in the
church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may
be made manifest among you.

The word used in the KJV -- heresies -- comes from the Greek word, hairesis,
which literally means: disunion (from choices). Thayer defines it like
this: dissensions arising from diversity of opinions and aims, choosing,
choice, that which is chosen. 

Paul's point is that these dissensions and disunity arises so that (and
they) which God specifically approves can be made known -- and here is the
crux of it -- so that the truth can be manifested for all to see, and people
can then correct their wrong choices. Persecution and opposition produces
this kind of dynamic!

Jesus wasn't kidding when He said, "Blessed and highly favored by the King
[of Kings] whenever men or women will seek to defame you, to rail at you or
taunt you, harassing and pursuing you with malice, saying in public or
writing false and hurtful accusations about you to others, seeking to ruin
your reputation because of your relationship with me [on account of Who I AM
- and who you are in me].

Not only are we the recipients of that blessing, the Body as a whole is
blessed. The Body of Christ grows, it multiplies, it expands, understanding
and maturity take place, there is a Kingdom prosperity that comes (and I
point out -- in the long term!) of the show that God puts on as a result of
the harassment, the false accusations and the malicious defamation that
comes by standing in His Truth!

One more personal story for the sake of illustration, and I'll quit.

When I returned to Barrow in 1978, it was not my intention to begin another
church fellowship. I was focused on Christian television and bringing the
ministry of CBN to the arctic. A young pastor (late twenties or early
thirties) had been assigned by the denomination to the church I had helped
my Dad build. My hope was to be an encouragement and a help to this young
pastor and support him. That, obviously, was not going to happen. As soon
as he heard my name and realized who I was, he perceived me as an instant
threat to his leadership and authority.

He made it abundantly clear that I was not welcome and that I could forget
about any ministry in Barrow. You couldn't help but feel sorry for him
because of his ignorance and fear, and I did my best to try to allay those
fears. Holy Spirit obviously had other things in mind. An old friend who
had helped Dad to get the property on which to build the church and provide
the vehicle to haul gravel with in order to create a good foundation was now
the presiding elder at the Presbyterian church. He asked if I would serve
in an interim capacity as their pastor until the missions board could assign
a permanent pastor. That's another story with implications I can't take
time to get into today, but the four months I did serve as their interim
pastor saw a move of Holy Spirit in their midst that was absolutely
wonderful!

In the weeks and months that followed, a number of folks approached me about
my continuing to pastor and forming a new fellowship. Although that new
fellowship never became very large (it was more of an overgrown home
fellowship that expanded beyond the walls of our home) it was perceived by
the young pastor as a threat to his domain, and he began to actively speak
out against us as heretics, or -- using the picture of the native culture --
someone who dishonored his father and abandoned his father's faith.

Because Christian television was my primary objective, and I needed a way to
fund the development of television outlets in the arctic, a door of
opportunity opened for me to purchase ASA Television from the Arctic Slope
Regional Corporation. ASA became Arctic Slope Audio and North Slope
Communications -- two distinctly separate businesses with different focuses
in retail consumer entertainment and business communications. The profits
from these businesses went to purchase equipment and fund the building of
tiny little TV stations in remote villages throughout the northland.

I had my hands full, operating two businesses, pastoring a small fellowship,
building small TV stations and promoting the growth of Christian television
throughout Alaska. Without realizing what was taking place, a target was
painted directly on my backside for people with a religious agenda, and they
quickly took advantage of it.

It started with threatening phone calls. "We know that God didn't send you
here, and we're going to drive you out!" Try this one. "The next time you
step out the door, you're going to get a bullet through the face." (That
call was repeated more times than I can count.) Then there was the somewhat
humorous hate mail in the form of post cards. "Go directly to hell. Do not
pass go. Do not collect $200. Go straight to hell."

Then things began to spiral upward. I've already noted in previous Coffee
Breaks the two times a sniper tried to take me out. My oldest daughter was
shot at six times. My oldest son and second daughter were repeatedly
attacked in the dark as they were on their way home from school (we were in
the midst of the 66-day perpetual darkness cycle) by men who would pick them
up and throw them against the side of a building, and they would come home
bruised and bloody. I wound up sending them away from Barrow to be with my
parents at Saint Paul Island for their own protection.

These events are only a drop in the bucket of the persecution that unfolded
but in the midst of it all, the Lord spoke to me and told me that the day
would come when many of these same people would spontaneously fall on their
knees in the middle of the streets and cry out in repentance. By late in
1980 it became clear that we were going to have to move our operations
center to Fairbanks for CBN's ministry to expand, and we made that move in
1981.

Seven years later, Dwain McKenzie -- my lifetime friend and brother in the
Lord -- was back in Barrow pastoring the church Dad had founded. He called
me one day to report that people were literally falling on their knees in
the streets of Barrow, calling on the Lord.

Was the persecution fun? Not even! Was it necessary to stand in the midst
of it and not give up? Absolutely. Was it worth it? The lives that have
been changed and transformed by the power of God as a result are clear
testimony and proof that persecution yields the blessing of the Lord. The
Kingdom of God has expanded!

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Once again, the
number to call for healing is (805) 399-1000. Then enter the access code:
124763#.

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (559) 726-1300, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long.

Blessings on you!
Regner
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CAPENER MINISTRIES
RIVER WORSHIP CENTER
Sunnyside, Washington 98944

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Supernatural Maturity, Part 10

May 21, 2015

Let's begin again today with the amplified version of Jesus' declaration of
blessing for those who are persecuted:

Matthew 5:10-12: "Blessed and highly favored by the King [of Kings] are
those who are harassed, molested, mistreated, or pursued after with hostile
intent simply because they have been justified [by faith (in Jesus Christ
and His anointing)]; royalty, and Kingdom rule shall be theirs.

Blessed and highly favored by the King [of Kings] whenever men or women will
seek to defame you, to rail at you or taunt you, harassing and pursuing you
with malice, saying in public or writing false and hurtful accusations about
you to others, seeking to ruin your reputation because of your relationship
with me [on account of Who I AM - and who you are in me.

Rejoice - exult, sing, dance, enjoy yourself - because each time you are
mistreated for my sake, your reward and place at the Seat of Order in things
eternal is enhanced and magnified.

Consider yourself in the same company of the prophets before you who
likewise were harassed, molested, mistreated, defamed, and falsely accused
because of My Word in and through them." (RAC Translation and
Amplification)

"Divide and conquer" has always been a strategy in the arsenal of the Enemy,
and it is no more evident than his use of it in families where he makes
every effort to turn parents against children, children against parents, and
- whenever possible - spouse against spouse.

The picture of internecine warfare that Jesus draws becomes even more
evident when we see it within the family of God. It is how denominations
have been created. It is one of the most-used tools of Satan to bring
persecution against people who seek to respond to the continual draw of Holy
Spirit towards greater and greater intimacy with the Lord Jesus Christ.

During the Charismatic Renewal, I saw this demonstrated again and again. As
I recall, it was Bob Mumford who made the statement, "The reformers of the
new generation will always be persecuted by the former generation. Those
who become a part of the new move of God will always be persecuted by those
of the former move of God."

Once again, as we continue to draw the picture, I remind you that Men and
women in a covenant relationship with Me will find [even] their
non-covenanting [spiritual] family members to be their hostile adversaries
(who will fight and oppose them).

When Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg
Chapel, he wasn't trying to make a break with the Roman Catholic church, of
which he was a part. He simply was seeking to share with those who would
hear and respond a message of freedom in Christ Jesus - namely, that "the
Just shall live by faith." Because of the traditions and the politics which
ruled the Catholic church, he was ostracized, criticized, eventually
ex-communicated, and numerous attempts were made on his life in order to
silence him.

When John Wycliffe sought to make the Word of God available to the common
people by first translating it from Greek and Hebrew (or Latin) into the
language of the day, every effort was made to shut down the effort and stop
the presses; and repeated attempts were made on his life.

That same pattern has followed, even to this modern day. But consider the
blessing!

Every effort to silence the Word, every effort to silence those who moved
beyond their religious traditions and religious doctrines because of Holy
Spirit's leading and ongoing revelation, has only resulted in a greater
spread of the Gospel of the Kingdom.

In the majority of instances where people have moved on in God, even in the
midst of persecution, they have experienced the Blessing of the King of
Kings on their own lives, many who sought to persecute them have,
themselves, come under the conviction of the Spirit and have repented of
their opposition and persecution and, in a twist of irony, have been
persecuted themselves because of their response to the Lord.

My great-great grandfather, John Capener, left England in 1836 and the
Anglican church where he had been a vicar to emigrate to the United States.
His brother, William, joined him in the move. Sometime after arriving in
this country, he began ministering in a Presbyterian church in Columbus,
Ohio. I have no details of the specific breach or religious argument that
William had with John over his departure from the Church of England, but
whatever prompted John to become a Presbyterian pastor so angered William
that he cut off all relationship and connection.

Some time thereafter, William joined Brigham Young and assisted in the
organization and westward move of the Mormons from Nauvoo, Illinois to Salt
Lake City. The family breach lasted for a full century until the early
1950's when my uncle, Everett Capener (who was with the Strategic Air
Command at the time) stopped over in Salt Lake City and discovered literal
pages in the phone book of Capeners.

That led to a major family reunion that year between the two branches of the
Capener family, and another the following year in 1954. A little over a
decade later when I resigned at Bethel Union Church in Duarte, California
rather than compromise teaching and sharing on the baptism of the Holy
Spirit, a Mormon cousin, Dr. Jex Capener, invited me to move to Salt Lake
City - a move which ultimately led to the Eskdale Miracle and the salvation
and deliverance of an entire community.

Although my grandparents had not been exposed to the Azusa Street Revival
during the first decade of the 20th century, as they began to seek after
greater revelation and pursue the presence of the Lord, they were baptized
in the Holy Spirit, along with a number of people who were gathered together
in their home. It all took place in the midst of the sound of a rushing
mighty wind (a tornado) and a flame of fire which broke apart and settled on
the heads of all the people gathered for prayer.

My grandfather was a Methodist preacher who was shortly thereafter removed
from his pulpit because the denominational leaders did not believe that the
baptism of the Holy Spirit was a legitimate experience for this modern time,
and considered that Grandpa had wandered off into error and heresy.

His removal from the pulpit did not stop his preaching. He simply followed
the New Testament pattern in ministering from his home, and it resulted in a
new generation of people who, themselves, became the leaders and ministers
of the Kingdom in the years following.

As noted in our previous session on being peacemakers, when my father
announced to his denominational leaders that the time had come for our
family to move to Alaska, they argued against it because of the expense
involved and tried to convince him that he would do better by going to
Africa or China. When he made it clear that God had called him to Alaska,
and not Africa or China, they forbid him to go and told him that if he
tried, they would cut off his financial backing.

You've already heard the story of how God provided the finances for the
ministry in Alaska through the stupendous fishing miracle, and what a
blessing it produced - not only for the tens of thousands of natives
scattered across the arctic in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and even Siberia -
but for our family as well. It was some five years or more before the
denominational leaders realized that they had really missed it and chose to
back our family's ministry in Alaska.

When Dad went home to be with the Lord, people came from all over the world
to his funeral and memorial service. Despite the fact that his
denominational leaders rejected the concept of the five-fold ministry of
apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, I was able to share
with the assembled folks the apostolic impact that my father had made in the
roughly 50 years of his labors throughout Washington and Alaska. When I
finished sharing, one of his fellow-ministers stood and recited an
incredible poem he wrote about Dad which he titled, My Friend, the Apostle.

None of Dad's detractors in those early years, who sought to block him from
going to Alaska, could possibly have foreseen the fact that God would use
the isolation of native villages to bring in visitors from all over the
globe as tourists whom he would lead to the Lord, including the Muslim
bodyguards of Jordan's (then) King Hussein.

I've yet to attend another memorial service for anyone who has been so
honored by people from all over the globe, and honored by God on account of
their faithfulness in the midst of opposition and persecution.

Following this same theme to show you both the persecution that often
follows generationally, along with the Blessing of God, let me wrap up
today's discussion with a final story.

Judson Cornwall was one of the Charismatic Renewal's more prominent leaders,
and a pastor whom I had met and gotten to know in the early 1960's. In
1976, while trying to reconcile the counsel of brethren to remain in
southern California and go to work to pay off some serious indebtedness
BEFORE responding to the quickening of the Lord to return to Alaska, I sent
out a resume to perhaps 30 or more major organizations seeking employment
either as an engineer or an instructor at a University. That resulted in
three very prompt job offers - one of which would take me back to NASA to
run one of their satellite tracking stations.

Judson happened to be in Costa Mesa for a World Map Conference that summer
of 1976, so I went to him for counsel. My quandary was that the pull of
Holy Spirit to Alaska was immediate - NOT after the bills were paid.
Judson's counsel was that "God has a way of making provision for everything
He requires of us, and I suspect that He will more than provide for you if
you will respond to His specific Word."

Several of my friends and brethren at the time did their best to convince me
to stay and take one of the offers presented, but I began making
preparations for the move to Alaska right away. In the meantime, my father
suggested that I join him on Saint Paul Island to do some fox trapping.
That would turn out to be an effort that would result in generating some
start-up capital for the Christian Broadcasting Network in Alaska - and that
was one of my purposes in returning.

Arriving in Anchorage, I ran into a pastor I had known for many years whom
we will simply refer to as "Paul." He saw me in a church on my first Sunday
in Anchorage (I had to wait for the weather to clear in order to fly to
Saint Paul Island) and caught my attention.

Paul came up to greet me and tears began running down his face as he said,
"I need to ask you to forgive me." That took me totally by surprise and I
responded, "Brother! What in the world do I need to forgive you for?" His
response astonished me.

"You remember some ten years ago or more when you made application for the
mission station at Nenana?" I nodded my head and said, "I never could
figure out why I got the negative response I did from the Home Missions
Department."

"That was my doing," he answered. "I wrote letters to them accusing you of
leaving Nome with a lot of debt hanging over your head and a bad testimony
in the city." Since I had taken pains to ensure that my debts were paid
before leaving, his answer made no sense. The puzzlement on my face spoke
volumes.

"I knew that if they accepted you and appointed you to that station, it
would be one more vote for your father to become the District
Superintendent, and I wanted that position. I knew that if you were blocked
from taking it, I would have a much better chance when the voting came."

"Brother Paul," I responded. "Dad wouldn't have taken the position even if
he had been voted in. He detested the organizational politics and wanted
none of it. He felt that it would prevent him from fulfilling God's
specific call to the villages, and that call was far more important to him
than the recognition and titles of the denomination."

Paul answered and said, "I realize that now, and God has made it very clear
to me that I am to put my house in order. Because I have touched God's
anointed, judgment has fallen on me and I have less than two years to live.
I now have ALS."

It shook me. I wept as I put my arms around him and said, "My brother,
whatever you meant for my evil, God intended and used for my good! The Lord
has delivered me from the need to be associated with denominations and
organizations, and that deliverance has permitted me to work across
denominational and organizational lines to minister wherever and whenever He
so orders."

Paul B. died some 19 or 20 months later. It was sobering to me to realize
just how seriously God treats the persecution and opposition of those who
stand against His anointed.

Over the next six months, Dad and I trapped 208 arctic blue foxes. It
generated some startup capital for the CBN ministry in Alaska. More than
that, people who'd never met me and didn't know me began sending checks and
money orders saying that God instructed them to do so because I "had a need
that had to be met." My $17,000 indebtedness vanished in less than a year!

The opposition and persecution only increased when I went to Barrow, but the
blessing that followed that opposition was the gift of my counterpart, Della
Denise!

Next week let's wrap this up and talk about some personal experiences, and
the ultimate long-term blessing that came from that persecution.

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Once again, the
number to call for healing is (805) 399-1000. Then enter the access code:
124763#.

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (559) 726-1300, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long.

Blessings on you!
Regner
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CAPENER MINISTRIES
RIVER WORSHIP CENTER
Sunnyside, Washington 98944


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Supernatural Maturity, Part 8

May 8, 2015

In this week's Coffee Break, while we continue with the same theme we began
last week in dealing with being God's peacemakers, I'd like to share with
you a story from my early childhood years -- a story which marked the
beginning of my parents' miraculous years of ministry in Alaska -- a story
which illustrates the authority that we have. Once again, here is what
Jesus said:

Matthew 5:9: Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the
children of God.

And -- again -- as we did last week, here is an amplified translation of
that verse.

"Blessed and highly favored by the King [of Kings] are those who know what
it means to have the peace of God - those who pursue with all diligence that
peace in their being and in their environment - for God will cause them to
be known and referred to as His mature and responsible sons (to whom He has
entrusted His business." (RAC Translation and Amplification)

We talked last week about Jesus being out in the storm - in this case, a
virtual tornado or large waterspout on the Sea of Galilee (and this was no
ordinary storm) - and simply commanding, "Peace, be still!" That storm died
instantly.

In the summer of 1944, my father was at sea during the seven-week fishing
season, hoping to make enough money with the fish he caught to pay off the
thousand dollar debt on the church building he had built in Ilwaco,
Washington.

Ilwaco was known as a salmon fishing port, but this year the Japanese
current had swung way off course and was bringing Albacore Tuna into the
pacific waters. Dad was not a fisherman at all by trade, and in fact had
never fished commercially in his life. He was, by all accounts, a
"landlubber" - a farm boy from Minnesota and North Dakota - whom God had
called to Alaska. Ilwaco was just a stop on the way to Alaska, and 1944 was
the year for the family to make the move north.

Dad felt that he could not leave for Alaska and leave an unpaid debt behind
on the church he had built in this fishing community. Having no other means
at hand, he convinced a local cannery owner from Raymond, Washington to loan
him a boat so that he could try his hand at fishing. When the fishing
season opened, the cannery owner reluctantly provided Dad with a 30-foot
boat. The boat had no cabin so he was at the whim of the elements.

That first week of the fishing season saw God provide a catch of fish that
shocked both the cannery owner, and the professional fisherman from the
area. The owner decided he'd underestimated this landlubber-preacher, and
provided him with a 50-foot boat with a cabin to finish the season.

Week after week after week, the size of Dad's catch of fish amazed the
fishing community and the Associated Press decided to cover this crazy
"Landlubber-Preacher-Fisherman.

Without getting into the whole story here, we come to the seventh and final
week of the fishing season. Dad had been routinely fishing a hundred or so
miles to the west of Astoria. The seasoned fisherman saw the makings of a
big storm at sea and decided it was time to head back into port.

The lack of experience at sea left Dad with no indicators that anything was
amiss with the weather, and by late Wednesday the seas were tossing the boat
like a cork. By Thursday morning, the boat was cracking and making noises
such that he knew this just couldn't continue.

The waves had increased to the point that they were fifty and sixty feet
high, and frequently breaking over the top of the boat, submerging it
momentarily before it bobbed back to the surface.

In his cabin, Dad prayed and said, "Lord, I know you didn't call me to
Alaska just to have me drown at sea." He got to his feet stood at the cabin
door and waited for one of the big waves to pass. He opened the door, ran
out on the deck and stretched his hand over the water.

"In the name of Jesus, I command you, Peace! Be Still!"

Then he ran back into the cabin and waited. Within twenty minutes the storm
had ceased and the waters were glassy calm. The storm had blown him more
than two hundred miles out to sea - well beyond the range of his ability to
return to shore. A gentle breeze sprang up and began to blow him back
towards the Oregon coast.

Meanwhile, the fish began to bite. Dad had no money to purchase
professional fishing gear so he had simply strung out a bunch of lines over
the side of the boat. Suddenly all of the lines were tugging and he began
to pull in one fish after another. Hour after hour after hour he pulled in
the fish. Before long the hold was completely full, so he began throwing
fish in the cabin.

Back at port, the Ilwaco fishermen came to visit Mom and said, "Mrs.
Capener, we're really sorry about the loss of your husband at sea. If you
like, we'll begin making preparations for his funeral." They meant well,
but had no idea what God was doing, and the kind of display He was about to
put on for them.

You see, the overwhelming majority of the fishermen had already begun the
process of cleaning their boats and gear and putting things away for the
season. They recognized the storm as a killer storm and had no intention of
being caught in it. Besides, they had all had pretty good seasons and were
not going to take any chances.

For the commercial fishermen, and for the people of Ilwaco, Dad had lost his
life in the storm. There had been no sign of him since the storm hit. He
had no radio gear on board and no way to let folks know that he was still
alive.

Mom, likewise knew that God wasn't going to pull the plug on them after
having called them to Alaska and she put off the fishermen's offer saying,
"Thanks, but we'll wait. God has everything well in control."

Early Saturday, the well-meaning fishermen made one more try. "Mrs.
Capener, really! You have to face reality! No one could have survived that
storm. Please let us begin making preparations for the funeral."

Her answer was short and sweet. "No, we'll wait."

Late Saturday afternoon, someone spotted a dot on the horizon and by the
time Dad made it into port, much of the community was there to greet him.
They couldn't believe their eyes!

Dad was standing knee-deep in fish. The Albacore Tuna covered the decks,
were covering the floor of the cabin, over and under his bunk and camp
stove, and all around the wheel house. The decks were riding not more than
four or five inches above the water line.

When he stepped out on the deck and commanded, "Peace," not only did the
storm die, but nature cooperated with the command. The elements were "set
in order".

The breezes blew him back into port so that he didn't have to use up his
fuel supply, and the fish began to bite. It proved to be a record catch of
fish and a record-setting season that has never been broken to this day.
39,000 pounds of tuna, all caught by hand during the seven-week fishing
season, and it brought Dad $6.300.00. The debt on the church was paid off
and we were able to move to Alaska in October of that year for ministry to
begin among the native villages.

We like to sing the verses from Philippians 4:7-8, but consider them in the
context of what we are sharing today.

Philippians 4:7-9: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren,
whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things
are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there
be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both
learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace
shall be with you.

When the peace of God commands our minds, our thoughts, and the words which
come out of our mouths, we become "peacemakers." Peace surrounds us. We
bring peace with us wherever we go.

I should have included verse 6 in this passage which goes like this:

Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

That word, "careful," is a translation of the Greek word, merimnao, which
means: to be troubled with cares, to be fretful, to be anxious and worried.

So many people have made their own needs and crises the most important thing
in their lives, and they've put their trust in money, in "stuff", in homes,
in family, or in any number of things that ARE NOT the Lord Jesus Christ.

There is no peace in them, and they are not allowing the peace of God to
rule in their hearts and minds and thoughts - or any part of their being.

Over the past months, Della and I have fielded literally hundreds of phone
calls from people in various stages of utter panic - some people calling
three and four and five times a day looking for some morsel of information
that would put them at peace. There's a huge difference between getting
some kind of information that will satiate worry and actually having God's
peace dictate our thoughts and conversation.

For us to be "peacemakers," we must first allow the peace of God to rule in
us. Once again, peace is a ruler. God's peace has the ability to overrule
every conceivable concern, fretfulness or worry that the Enemy would like
for us to focus on.

The Word of God is replete with examples of the power and stupendous
authority that the peace of God - the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ - can
and does exercise for those who yield their own minds, thought processes and
conversations to the mind of Christ. Let me wrap up this discussion with a
translation that I did from II Corinthians 10:4-6.

For the weapons and instruments of our war and executed actions [against
Satan] do not have their origins and [weak, impotent] operation in natural
flesh and human abilities, but they are skillful, potent and powerful - like
dynamite - through God to the demolition and extinction of all fortified and
guarded places of opinions in opposition, Bringing down violently and
demolishing (to total extinction) all mental reasonings and thought
processes, and every mental barrier or arrogant and self-elevated attitude
that justifies itself in opposition to the knowledge of God; bringing into
captivity and making a prisoner every perception of the intellect and every
mental purpose or determination to the compliance and submission of Christ
and His anointing [in the same way that He complied with the will and desire
of the Father]; And holding in readiness and preparedness the [spiritual]
fitness to vindicate and punish all refusal to hear what the Spirit is
saying when your attentive and obedient submission has been satisfied fully
and executed. (RAC Translation and Amplification)

Next week we will talk about the blessing of persecution! OK, don't look at
me in that tone of voice. I'm serious! But you'll have to wait until next
week to see what I mean.

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Once again, the
number to call for healing is (805) 399-1000. Then enter the access code:
124763#.

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (559) 726-1300, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long.

Blessings on you!
Regner
Regner A. Capener
CAPENER MINISTRIES

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Another Coffee Break:

Supernatural Maturity, Part 9

May 15, 2015

Whenever we think of the term, "persecution," in today's vernacular, and
especially among those who have an "end times" mindset, we tend to view it
as a lead-in to "tribulation" -- and for some, the so-called "Great
Tribulation." It isn't my purpose to discuss tribulation in this week's
(and next week's) Coffee Break. Rather I want us to consider what Jesus
treats as a real blessing for those who are committed to Him.

That sounds terribly contradictory, and even (for some) masochistic, but we
need to remember that our earthly comforts are not Jesus' priority. His
priority, and His objective for those who will become One with Him, is the
development and maturing of their character -- and more specifically, His
character in them.

I can give you a guided tour of what it means to be persecuted (and I'll
share a couple of stories as we deal with this topic this week, and next),
and I can demonstrate to you, the long-term benefit and blessing that comes
for those who suffer persecution, as well as the way in which the Kingdom of
God is expanded as a direct result.

That said, here's what Jesus is saying:

Matthew 5:10-12: Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness'
sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall
revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you
falsely, for my sake. 

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so
persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Once again, let's amplify this from the Greek text.

"Blessed and highly favored by the King [of Kings] are those who are
harassed, molested, mistreated, or pursued after with hostile intent simply
because they have been justified [by faith (in Jesus Christ and His
anointing)]; royalty, and Kingdom rule shall be theirs.

Blessed and highly favored by the King [of Kings] whenever men or women will
seek to defame you, to rail at you or taunt you, harassing and pursuing you
with malice, saying in public or writing false and hurtful accusations about
you to others, seeking to ruin your reputation because of your relationship
with me [on account of Who I AM - and who you are in me.

Rejoice - exult, sing, dance, enjoy yourself - because each time you are
mistreated for my sake, your reward and place at the Seat of Order in things
eternal is enhanced and magnified.

Consider yourself in the same company of the prophets before you who
likewise were harassed, molested, mistreated, defamed, and falsely accused
because of My Word in and through them." (RAC Translation and
Amplification)

Sorry about that! I know that's a mouthful, but the picture that Jesus
draws of those being persecuted for no other reason than the fact that they
are in Him, and He is in them is a picture of Kingdom recognition and
blessing. It is a picture of reward and recompense that only He can offer -
and it is spectacular!

No one with any kind of natural reasoning would think that persecution is a
blessing but most folks equate persecution with the kinds of massacres we've
seen with the various Islamic groups like ISIS or Al-Qaeda or Boko-Haram,
etc.

More often than not, persecution is thought of in terms of the early
Christians being burned at the stake, thrown to the lions, being used for
target practice in the coliseums by the gladiators, etc., etc., etc.

The massacres and the extreme abuse resulting in the murders of millions of
Christians throughout the ages are the end result in many cases of
persecution, but those deaths - in and of themselves - are not the
persecution Jesus was referring to. Let me share an example that I saw in
my childhood.

You'll recall the story that I shared last week about my father's fishing
miracle, and the provision that God made when the denominational leaders
refused to back him in our move to Alaska.

When we arrived in Nome in the fall of 1944, my parents rented a home for
the first year while we waited for a steamship to arrive with building
supplies to build a church. A piece of land was chosen for the building
site and preparation to build got under way.

There was just one problem. The families who lived on either side of the
church property were very unhappy campers over the idea that they were going
to have a Pentecostal church as a neighbor. On one side the "gentleman"
took great delight in coming out of his house, standing on his porch and
cursing us.

On the other side, the family was Roman Catholic and while the wife and
children were pleased to have us for neighbors, the husband (who was a
lawyer) hated us (for reasons we never understood) with a purple passion and
took every opportunity to make his feelings known.

One of this man's sons was insane, and his behavior was as erratic as
anything you've ever seen. Everyone knew him as "Hanko." There was nothing
about him that was normal, although he could be friendly and playful for
short periods at a time.

One day, something that my brother said or did tripped him up and he
immediately became violent. He picked up a handful of good sized rocks and
began throwing them at my brother. One of them struck Howie on the temple
and knocked him unconscious.

My father saw the event take place and reacted instantly in the same way he
would have when he was a farm boy in North Dakota or Minnesota. He quickly
ran and grabbed "Hanko," knocked the rocks out of his hands, spun him around
and gave him a good paddling on his rear end.

"Hanko" ran home, crying that he had been beaten up. It was the perfect
opportunity for his father to take advantage of his hatred for Dad. He
immediately filed a lawsuit against Dad.

Fred L., Hanko's father, was a close friend of the judge who heard the case.
Both were Roman Catholic, both were members of the Masonic Lodge, and both
felt they had solid justification to take out vengeance on Dad. The
attorney who represented Dad made little effort to defend him, and when the
dust settled, the judge had fined Dad $500.

In 1948, $500 might as well have been $50,000. It might have created a
scenario in which Dad could have gone to jail because of his inability to
pay such an exorbitant fine, but God had foreseen the outcome and on the day
that the ruling was made, a check for $500 arrived from a wealthy family in
Naselle, Washington whom Dad had led to the Lord during the years of
ministry in Ilwaco.

The unjustness of the ruling and the hatred against my father because of who
he was and what he represented in Jesus Christ really stung for awhile, but
the vindication of God in the eyes of the community would become very
obvious in the following year. In the days following the judge's ruling,
the local newspaper made a big deal out of the fact that my father had been
found guilty of assault and fined $500. Fred L. and the judge were played
up as local heroes for taking Dad to task. The story was treated as a
master stroke.

The following summer, "Fred" and the judge went boating and fishing in one
of the many lakes on the Seward Peninsula, not far from Nome. When they
didn't come home as expected, a search party went looking for them.

What the search party found was an empty boat drifting on the lake with no
one on board. My recollection of the event is that it was some days later
that their bodies were found. Autopsies indicated that both had drowned.

The news of the death of these two men was not lost on the community of
Nome. In the weeks that followed that news, other ministers in the
community strengthened their fellowship with Dad and acknowledged that God
had set things right in the eyes of the people.

The blessing of persecution is that is produces a clear delineation between
those whom the Lord approves of, and those whom He does not. I'll
illustrate this in a few minutes, but first, take a look at one of the
paradigms in which we see persecution.

Matthew 10:32-42: Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will
I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall
deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in
heaven.

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace,
but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and
the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother
in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. 

He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he
that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of
me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for
my sake shall find it. He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that
receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. 

He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a
prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a
righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.

And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of
cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall
in no wise lose his reward.

What Jesus says here sounds almost contradictory to what we've just
considered in our last two sessions on being or becoming the means to
command God's peace. The way our English translations phrase it almost
sounds like He is saying that He has purposely set families against each
other, and that He has come to make war, and THAT would deliberately create
confrontational circumstances that would bring persecution.

That IS true, and it's NOT true.

Let's take a minute to retranslate a portion of what Jesus is saying out of
the Greek text.

Matthew 10:32-36: Whoever will covenant with me and speak their agreement
with My Word in the sight of all men will I acknowledge and declare to be in
covenant with My Father in Heaven.

But anyone who seeks to disavow, contradict or renounce me in the sight of
men will I refuse [the covenant relationship], and disregard before My
Father in Heaven.

Don't consider or begin to think that I have come to simply create global
peace and compromise with all men; that's NOT my purpose; I have come to
clearly delineate the war that exists between the Kingdom of God and the
fleshly kingdoms of this world.

In fact, men who covenant with me will be at odds with their non-covenant
fathers, covenant daughters will find their mothers to be their adversaries,
and covenanting daughters-in-law will see their mothers-in-law alienated.

Men and women in a covenant relationship with Me will find their
non-covenanting family members to be their hostile adversaries (who will
fight and oppose them).

(RAC Translation & Amplification)

Makes things pretty clear, doesn't it? Jesus hasn't come to make war, He
came to make war. Brotherrr!! Sounds like double talk.

What He is really saying is that war and opposition are already here if we
walk and live in our covenant relationship with Him. Satan has already been
defeated - legally - but that doesn't mean he doesn't still wage battles
against us as believers - and he certainly continues to do his snow job on
unbelievers, making every effort to use them against us in every possible
way!

Next week let's take this up again and talk about the historical pictures of
persecution within the Body of Christ, and the ultimate long-term blessing
that came from that persecution.

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Once again, the
number to call for healing is (805) 399-1000. Then enter the access code:
124763#.

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (559) 726-1300, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long.

Blessings on you!
Regner
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Supernatural Maturity, Part 6
April 24, 2015

When we paused in this discussion last week, we were talking about the
presence of the Lord as it manifested in the cloud. This is a discussion
that could take us way off track if we followed the rabbit trail, but I'm
really just wanting to draw some illustrations for you to help in
understanding what Jesus means when He speaks of "the pure in heart."

Picking up from last week, the cloud was darkness to the Egyptians, but it
was light to the camp of Israel. Consider the cloud in the way that it
rested in the temple on the day that Solomon dedicated it to the Lord.

I Kings 8:10-13: And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the
holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, So that the
priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of
the LORD had filled the house of the LORD.

Then spake Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.
I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to
abide in forever.

Drawing from the illustrations and the pictures drawn in these particular
passages (and there are many others we could add), this thick, dark cloud
appears that way to those people who do NOT dwell in His presence. He
obscures, He hides Himself from the world at large - a world steeped in sin
and rebellion against Him.

By the same token, to those who - as Paul described David - are in pursuit
of His presence, those who have allowed their hearts to be purified by fire,
who do not suffer from guilt and condemnation, dwell in light. When Moses
and the Elders ate and drank with the Lord, they didn't eat and drink in
pitch blackness; they enjoyed the presence of the Lord in absolute light.
Remember when Moses came down out of the mount with the Ten Commandments?
His face shone with such a brightness that they had to cover him with a
veil.

Let me pause in this discussion for a minute to share with you a personal
experience.

Many years ago, when I had my first experience of going to Heaven, those of
you who remember my sharing will recall that the first part of my first
experience - after being lifted out of the bed through the ceiling and
traveling above the earth - was to travel through our Solar system and out
into the Universe.

Obviously it was breathtaking and my attention was at first focused on the
sights of our Solar system, seeing the planets, the moons, the stars, etc.,
and then through the Universe, seeing the galaxies, and all the various
phenomenal formations which came as a result of the Word, "Light Be!" that
came forth from the Lord.

Here's where things became relevant to what we're discussing today.
Traveling through the Universe at ever-increasing acceleration was not
unlike what we see in Star Trek or Star Wars, going through hyperspace.
Everything began to blur as streaks of light.

Suddenly the streaks of light were gone. There were no more stars, no more
galaxies, no more formations. We were plunged into a total, thick darkness.
No matter which way my eyes turned, it was a darkness that was totally
impenetrable.

Let me give you an example.

Close your eyes. What do you see? It's dark - even black - but there is
still a sense of light. Even if you walk into a closet and shut the door,
once your eyes adjust to the darkness, you can still see things. That kind
of darkness can be penetrated. It isn't so thick you can slice it with a
knife.

Getting back to my experience in the midst of that darkness, that wasn't the
end of it!

This is a strange way to describe the darkness, but there was light, and
plenty of it! The light was in Jesus, Himself! All I could see in that
place of pitch darkness was the Lord Jesus Christ, and in Him was all the
light.

John put it this way as he opened up his gospel:

John 1:4-5: In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the
light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

Let's amplify this so you get a better sense of what John sees and writes.

In Him was God's [kind of] life, and that life was the same fire and
luminous brightness manifesting in men (and women) [- those men and women
whose lives are purified by Him].

And that fiery light manifested in the midst of men (and women) whose lives
were filled with the obscure darkness which comes of the ignorance of divine
things with its associated wickedness, and that spiritual darkness was
incapable of apprehending, perceiving and possessing. (John 1:4-5, RAC
Translation and Amplification)

Now do you see (pun intended) what I'm talking about? The light that
radiated from Jesus as I stood next to Him and held His hand was literally
the light of His presence - His Glory! It's the same light that made it
possible for Moses and the 70 Elders to eat and drink in that thick cloud
with the Lord, and be totally cut off from Israel's sight.

Getting back to my own experience, after some indistinguishable period of
time, we were suddenly standing at the gates of Heaven. Again, Heaven
appeared to me as total light. I could look behind me or from side to side,
and Heaven was the only place of light in the midst of this thick darkness.

I know that we have really taken this discussion down a long rabbit trail,
but we really are still talking about "Blessed are the pure in heart, for
they shall see God."

When we begin to realize that the very first of the Seven Spirits of God is
the Spirit of Judgment and Burning, applying the concept of the heart - the
thoughts, purposes, motives and intents - being purified by fire really
begins to become clear.

Once we take a look at the way Isaiah puts this in context, a whole lot of
what we've been discussing falls into place.

Isaiah 4:4-6, NASB: When the Lord has washed away the filth of the
daughters of Zion and purged the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst, by
the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning,

Then the LORD will create over the whole area of Mount Zion and over her
assemblies a cloud by day, even smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire
by night; for over all, the glory will be a canopy.

There will be a shelter (Hebrew: sukkah: dwelling place) to give shade from
the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain.

Once again, "Blessed and highly favored by the King [of Kings] are those
whose thoughts, motives, purposes and intents have been purified by fire,
who are unstained with any guilt, for God will allow and permit them to see
Him - and more than that, to see into and know His heart [His heart's
desires and purposes]."

This is really where we are headed as a people. The title of this series
is, SUPERNATURAL MATURITY. In truth, it is being like Jesus. Jesus KNEW
the heart of Father! He KNEW with the very breath of His existence exactly
what Father desired. He KNEW the plans and purposes for a divine family - a
family who would truly be like

Him, function with His DNA at the core of their very existence, and
represent who and all that He is! So, what does Isaiah say?

FIRST of all he says that the filth has to be washed away (strange term,
"washed away", isn't it?) by the Spirit of Judgment and Burning. That's the
purification of our beings, the purifying of our thoughts, our motives, even
our thinking processes and modes of operation.

THEN, he says that God will create over us (Isaiah uses the term, "Mount
Zion" to describe a holy people. He also uses it to distinguish between the
Bride and believers in general.) that dark cloud of His presence as a means
of distinguishing His people from the rest of the world.

But he doesn't leave it there. He draws upon the illustration of the cloud
by day and the pillar of fire by night that moved with Israel throughout
their 40 years in the wilderness, to contrast God's defense of us as His
people.

NEXT, Isaiah says that the Glory of the Lord will be like a canopy - an
invisible force shield - to protect against all the forces of the Enemy.

Remember where all of this started? The purification of our hearts, our
thoughts, our minds, our agenda!

NOW, he says that the Lord will sukkah - tabernacle - with us. He will be a
covering and provision for us in the midst of waste and desolation. [The
Hebrew word, choreb, is the word otherwise translated "heat," and otherwise
describes drought or utter dryness.]

If the Lord is "tabernacling" with us, then we can have absolute confidence,
hope and trust. That's the Hebrew word, machseh, translated "shelter" or
"refuge."

Lastly, the presence of the Lord dwelling with us (and IN us) gives us
protection (covert, KJV) - and a hiding place where we are sheltered in the
midst of every storm, every troubling event, every disaster, every
breakdown, every unexpected time of need.

At age six, our family decided to go camping and berry-picking on Anvil
Mountain, which is just a few miles out of Nome, Alaska. Dad pitched an
old, army-style tent for our camping and created a bonfire perhaps ten feet
in front of the tent where Mom could make coffee and fix our meals.

After a day of camping and berry-picking, Mom had just finished cleaning up
the pots and pans used for making our supper. It was late summer and
starting to get dark outside so we set up a makeshift table between our
sleeping cots to play a few games of Checkers before going to sleep. In the
midst of one of our games, Dad looked outside and stiffened up suddenly.

He told us to be quiet and reached for his Remington 30-06 rifle. Loading a
few shells into it, he stood it up next to the tent flap and pointed out of
the tent to a pair of wolves standing roughly a hundred feet away. We
prayed and asked for the angel of the Lord to stand guard and went to sleep.
In the morning, there was a set of tracks in a circle about fifty feet out
from the tent. The wolves never approached.

Some of you have heard me share an event that took place in Barrow, Alaska
in 1980 when I was standing in a construction shack with one of the elders
in our fellowship. We had been reviewing some blueprints for the
construction of a new worship center. No electricity had been run yet to
the construction site, so we were taking advantage of a good-sized window by
the drafting table.

Without any warning, Holy Spirit suddenly picked both of us up physically
and spread us apart by perhaps 12 inches; and at that moment the window
exploded as a bullet passed between us. A sniper standing on the roadway
perhaps 300 feet away had tried to take me out. The Lord didn't allow it,
and when I opened the door and hollered at the guy with the rifle, he turned
and ran. In each of these instances, the Lord was "a cloud and smoke by
day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all, the glory was
a defence."

These illustrations may seem a bit disconnected from our original theme of
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God," but when you
realize that God's initial purpose in this is for us to not simply see His
form and shape but to KNOW His heart and His heart's desire, things begin to
fall into place.

Let me wrap up today with an amplified translation of something that Paul
wrote to the Philippian Ekklesia.

The KJV reads like this:

Philippians 3:10-14: That I may know him, and the power of his
resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable
unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the
dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect:
but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am
apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have
apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are
behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press
toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

I won't try to amplify this whole passage here because it would take up more
space than I want to in this Coffee Break, but let me just deal with the
last part of it.

My brothers and sisters, in taking inventory of myself and where I have come
to in my growth and relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, I do not
consider that I have yet possessed that place where I am yet completed and
finished, but this one sole consideration grips my thoughts and objective: I
purpose to forget the past, I purpose to lay aside my failures (as well as
the mental reasonings and prior experiences) and stretch forth with my whole
being to that goal which lies before me; I eagerly pursue [without mental
reservation] with my entire being that goal where the high prize above all
prizes and rewards awaits: being so ONE with Jesus Christ that His nature is
my nature, His thoughts are my thoughts, His purposes are my purposes, and I
am a part of His bridal company -- His Counterpart and Other Self!
(Philippians 3:13-14, RAC Translation and Amplification)

There is so much is what Paul is saying here that it is almost difficult to
properly express it, but if there ever was a picture of being "pure in
heart," he has articulated it!

More next week.

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). again, the number to
call for healing is (805) 399-1000. Then enter the access code: 124763#.

Also want to let you know that our Sunday worship gatherings are available
by conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference
number is (559) 726-1300, and the access code is 308640#.

Blessings on you!
Regner
Regner A. Capener
CAPENER MINISTRIES

RIVER WORSHIP CENTER
Sunnyside, Washington 98944
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Supernatural Maturity, Part 7

May 1, 2015

In the next couple of Coffee Breaks, as we continue with the truths of
Jesus' character expressed in the Sermon on the Mount, I'd like to deal with
something that some folks may consider as controversial and even heretical
-- and that is the ability we have IN CHRIST to literally change the chaos
and strife around us by the same simple declaration that Jesus used.

We are prone, even as Christians, to argue and even bring division among
folks rather than exercise this part of the nature of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The world often sees this more in a political realm than as a spiritual
characteristic. The problem is that it more often than not becomes an
effort to generate compromise -- sometimes at any price -- when the truth is
that true peace is a natural byproduct of the presence of the Lord, and His
Spirit being permitted to rule in and over the circumstances.

Let me show you what I mean. Consider Jesus' declaration:

Matthew 5:9: Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the
children of God.

Here again is a verse that we need to amplify in the same way that we have
looked at some of the previous verses.

"Blessed and highly favored by the King [of Kings] are those who know what
it means to have the peace of God - those who pursue with all diligence that
peace in their being and in their environment - for God will cause them to
be known and referred to as His mature and responsible sons (to whom He has
entrusted His business." (RAC Translation and Amplification)

We'll come back to this verse in a bit, but I'd like to demonstrate exactly
what I believe Jesus is talking about by sharing an event that took place
with my father in the summer of 1956. Let me first say that to be a
"peace-maker" within the context of Jesus' statement, we become an
"enforcer" in a manner of speaking. By that I mean that we bring and enact
the peace of God where the Enemy has disrupted things and brought confusion
and discontent and conflict.

We were living in Barrow, Alaska at the time, and construction of the new
church building there was proceeding in stages.

The church had been built in close proximity to a couple of Eskimo homes -
one of which was occupied by a widowed woman named Susan (I'll omit last
names in this instance) who had two daughters, Mary Ann and Margaret. Susan
had taken up with Simeon, and he was an alcoholic of the worst order. One
morning, Mary Ann (who was probably about 12 years old at the time) came
running over to our place and pounded on the door. Dad answered and Mary
Ann screamed, "Simeon's trying to kill my mom!"

Wasting no time, Dad ran across the alley to the house and opened the door
in time to see Simeon, in a drunken rage, raising an axe over the head of
Susan to take her head off. Immediately, he raised his right hand in the
air and spoke one single word, "Peace!"

Simeon's face and entire demeanor went through an instant change. He
dropped the axe and fell to his knees, crying. A very battered Susan had
been cowering on the floor, and she got to her feet and moved over to the
nearby bed to sit down.

Within moments, Simeon had sobered up. A miracle had taken place as Dad led
him to Jesus Christ.

It began a process that would emerge in the coming days and weeks as the
entire family accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Mary Ann wound up
spending more and more time in our home as Mom ministered to her, and she
ultimately became our unofficially adopted "sister" - her sister, Margaret,
as well, although perhaps to a lesser degree.

Simeon was no mean musician and over the months that followed became a
favorite banjo picker who joined my brother and I, and a couple other Eskimo
brothers in a string praise band for our Sunday (and mid-week) services.

It was a classic example of the rulership of God's peace. The KJV uses the
term, "peace-maker" as a translation of the Greek word, eirenopoios, which
is a conjunction of two words, eirene (to join together, to set at one
again), and poieo (to make, to execute, to perform, to ordain, to cause).

Several years ago, I put a couple of verses from Colossians 3:15-16 to
music, like this:

Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly

In all wisdom;

Teaching and admonishing one another

In Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,

Singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord -

Peace of God 

Peace of God.jpg

And Let the peace of God rule in your hearts

Let the Word of Christ dwell in you!

And let the Peace of God rule in your hearts

Rule in your hearts

Rule in your hearts

To the which also ye are called

In One Body

And be ye thankful!

(Repeat Verse 16)

The word in the Greek text translated, "rule," is the word, brabeuo. This
word literally means: to direct, to control, to decide, to determine, to
rule.

This is not a passive word by any means. It is active and it perfectly
describes just how we are expected to operate with the peace of God. The
last two descriptive meanings spell it out as clearly as anything can be.
This is rulership over chaos. It is the manifestation of His presence in
the midst of conflict.

God's peace is NOT an absence of conflict but a serenity of spirit that
literally overtakes and overcomes the violence and confusion, the sin and
iniquity and darkness that pervades the earth and our societies at large.
Neither is God's peace an absence of war. God's peace is a declaration of
war -- AND VICTORY -- over spiritual forces in opposition to His presence.

Have you ever considered how Paul begins virtually every single letter or
epistle he writes in the New Testament? Here's how he begins his first
letter to the Ekklesia in Corinth:

I Corinthians 1:3: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and
from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Do you see it? The peace of God is the same peace we have in Christ Jesus.
It's that same peace that literally superintends our environment when we are
in Christ, and He is in us!

And here, again, we have the same root word in Greek that we find in Matthew
5:9, which is eirene (to join together, to set at one again).

Understand?

In the same way that the word, brabeuo, denotes action or force or control,
the word, eirene, also denotes action - rulership over a negative situation.
God's peace sets things right. It brings order in the midst of chaos, and
that applies in more than just mental, emotional, physical or spiritual
situations.

I'll share with you another story in next week's Coffee Break from my
father's experiences that has been with me since my very early childhood,
but let me first lay a foundation for that story and show you a couple
demonstrations from Jesus' life.

Mark 4:35-41: And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them,
Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the
multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also
with him other little ships.

And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so
that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on
a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not
that we perish?

And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still.
And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why
are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is
this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

Are you seeing this picture? When we talk about the peace of God that
passes all understanding, we are talking about a spiritual force which
easily overrules the elements, wind, rain, snow, hurricanes, tornadoes,
blizzards -- you name it. I can't tell you how many times Della and I have
commanded storms to either cease, stop in place, or steer another direction,
and see the immediate manifestation. That's a different story that I'll get
to another time.

Then we see and consider the time when Jesus gathered His disciples together
and sent them forth to minister and extend the domain of the Kingdom of God
in His authority and power. This is peacemaking with some of its most
visible and demonstrable manifestations.

Matthew 19:7-15: And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at
hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils:
freely ye have received, freely give.

Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, Nor scrip for
your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the
workman is worthy of his meat.

And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, inquire who in it is
worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. And when ye come into an house,
salute it.

And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not
worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you,
nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the
dust of your feet.

Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and
Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

The illustration that comes from Jesus' teaching is that when we go forth in
His Kingdom authority, we have command of environments; we have command over
spirits of confusion and contention. We have command over demonic spirits
of every characteristic and nature. We have command over sickness,
infirmity, disease and physical manifestations of weakness. Even more, we
have command of death with the ability to raise people from the dead and
restore life to them.

I must say, however, that there is a catch to this. This ability to command
takes place when we are in Christ, and He is in us. 

In this picture that Jesus describes, He declares that when we speak peace
in a situation where the household is anaxios (the same word that appears in
Paul's description of our partaking of the Table of the Lord) - treating the
presence of the Lord as "commonplace" (unworthy, KJV), that peace comes back
to us, and judgment falls upon that place, not unlike that which happened to
Sodom and Gomorrah.

That's where we will take things next week.

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Once again, the
number to call for healing is (805) 399-1000. Then enter the access code:
124763#.

At the same time, in case you are missing out on real fellowship in an
environment of Ekklesia, our Sunday worship gatherings are available by
conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference number
is (559) 726-1300, and the access code is 308640#. We hope to make these
gatherings available by Skype or Talk Fusion before long.

Blessings on you!
Regner
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Supernatural Maturity, Part 5

April 17, 2015

Let's get right to our discussion today. This concept of being "naturally
supernatural, and supernaturally natural" is rooted and grounded in the
following truths.

We've been fitted together and joined together with Jesus Christ as a
living, breathing extension of Him. This may sound simplistic, but He is
us, and we are Him. Whatever He does, He does through us. Things don't
happen without our participation. Jesus Christ does not randomly,
mystically, perform miracles in the earth, or work some kind of sign and
wonder in the earth without the direct participation of His covenant people.

We have and live a covenant that requires our all. Jesus has made a
covenant with us that requires His all -- and the last time I checked, He
hadn't left anything out or stopped His covenant partners from living in,
and operating in all that He is and has.

Folks, His covenant is as alive and breathing today as it was when He said,

"All (exousia) privilege, force, authority, power and jurisdiction is given
unto me in Heaven and in earth. You go, therefore.." . (Matthew 28:18-19a)

That's OUR responsibility. Our covenant responsibility to the Lord is to do
the works that He did, to preach the Word that He preached, and -- moreover
-- to fulfill His prophetic Word,

"Verily, verily I say unto you. He that believeth on me, the works that I
do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do because I go
unto my Father." (John 14:12)

This is where I want to go today as we continue from Jesus' teaching in
Matthew 5. Before we can become this mature extension of the Lord Jesus
Christ, living, breathing and operating in His character, His nature, His
personality -- the very essence of Who He is -- our thoughts, our way of
thinking, our motives and personal agenda have to be expunged from
everything we have learned and gained as a result of eating of the Tree of
the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

That tree is the very epitome of the spirit of anti-Christ. Again, as a
reminder, anti in Greek is not "against" (as the Latin translates it) but
rather "a substitute for." Eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good
and Evil causes us to substitute ourselves, our motives, our reasoning
processes and our decisions for the heart's desires of the Lord Jesus
Christ.

For that reason, Jesus makes the following statement as He continues His
"beatitudes."

Matthew 5:8: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

This is a verse that needs to be amplified in the same way that we have
looked at some of the previous verses.

"Blessed and highly favored by the King [of Kings] are those whose thoughts,
motives, purposes and intents have been purified by fire, who are unstained
with any guilt, for God will allow and permit them to see Him - and more
than that, to see into and know His heart [His heart's desires and
purposes]." (RAC Translation and Amplification)

How's that for a mouthful? In case you think I'm stretching it a bit with
my translation, consider how J. H. Thayer translates the word, katharos (the
Greek word translated, "pure"). Thayer uses the following definitions: 1a)
physically; (1a1) purified by fire; (1a2) in a similitude, like a vine
cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit.

Are you seeing how this fits with other verses of Scripture we have
previously considered? Consider for a minute, and put this in context to
Paul's statement to Timothy in his second letter:

II Timothy 2:15: Be instantly responsive to the Lord, making yourself
available to Him in the midst of the crucible, a tried and tested laborer
who has no fear of being examined - one who, by virtue of God's testing and
the time spent in the crucible with Him, knows the proven Word of Truth.
(RAC Translation & Amplification)

But Paul doesn't just leave it there. He goes on to give the following
warning to those who ARE in the crucible and might be tempted to hear and
pay attention to teaching or "untested" word (or words) that comes from
those who've not permitted the word to be tested in them and purified.

II Timothy 2:16-17: Stand aloof from and avoid the untested, untried "word"
which comes forth from them who would propagate speculation and create their
own doctrines. These profane speculations and so-called "words" are empty
babblings which will only to serve to advance ungodliness.

And those who spread these doctrines will only yield a gangrene pasture - a
source of poison to those who ingest their "word" - and we point out
Hymenaeus and Philetus as examples. (RAC Translation & Amplification)

David absolutely understood the significance of this principle that Jesus
set forth when he wrote the following:

Psalm 37:4: Delight thyself also in the Lord, and He shall give thee the
desires of thine heart.

Now, take a look a how the Hebrew actually renders David's statement:

"Let your thoughts, motives, purposes and intents be soft and pliable
towards the Lord; luxuriate in and take exquisite delight in Him; and He
will appoint, ascribe, commit and apply in and to you the desires and
requirements of your will, your feelings, your intellect and your thought
processes." (RAC Translation and Amplification)

You see it, don't you? In each instance we are seeing the same principle
applied. We could probably even read David's statement like this and pretty
much hit it on the head:

"Delight yourself also in the Lord and He will plant within you His desires
so that they become your desires."

Preaching on the sabbath in a synagogue in Antioch, Paul reaffirmed what
David said, and even took it a step further to describe the "why" and
importance of this principle.

Acts 13:22: And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be
their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the
son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.

Consider just the last part of this verse:

"I have sought out and obtained David, the son of Jesse, a man whose intense
pursuit is to know my thoughts and feelings, my intents and purposes, who
will [without deviation or compromise] perform, execute and accomplish
everything I purpose, determine and decree - according to my delight, desire
and pleasure." (RAC Translation and Amplification)

The picture is that of a man (or woman) whose intense pursuit of the Lord is
focused on God getting His heart's desire fulfilled to the exclusion or
setting aside of all personal desires or purposes.

Now, add that to the previous Scriptures we've looked at! The promise that
God makes to them is that they will get to see him, experience His presence,
and know His heart's desires.

Beyond that, the desires of their hearts are met and fulfilled! David
expresses it like this:

Psalm 16:11: Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness
of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

No statement could express it any better! That leads me to what is probably
going to become something of a rabbit trail in this discussion but something
nevertheless that draws as vivid a picture as I can draw.

Let me start with something that Paul wrote to the Corinthian Ekklesia:

I Corinthians 12:1-4: Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be
ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed
through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the
sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same
spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them:
and that Rock was Christ.

Now, take a look at the context of these next statements.

Numbers 11:24-25: And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the
LORD, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them
round about the tabernacle. And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake
unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the
seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them,
they prophesied, and did not cease.

Numbers 12:5-8: And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and
stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they
both came forth. And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet
among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will
speak unto him in a dream.

My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful (Hebrew: 'aman: to support,
uphold, nourish, reliable, faithful, trusty) in all mine house. With him
will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently (Hebrew: mar'eh: appearing,
seeing visually), and not in dark speeches; and the similitude (Hebrew:
temunah: image, likeness, form) of the LORD shall he behold (Hebrew: nabat:
to look intently at, to regard with pleasure).

The Hebrew phraseology in this instance is as clear as anything can be. God
describes Moses as one who "supported, upheld and nourished" Him. The
nourishment that Moses provided God came from a pure heart.

Borrowing from Jesus' statement in Matthew 8, Moses' thoughts, motives,
purposes and intents had been purified by fire; He was unstained with any
guilt. Hence, he had the privilege of seeing into the heart of God, knowing
His thoughts and desires - AND Moses was permitted into the very presence of
the Lord.

Let's get back to the picture described in Numbers 11 and I Corinthians 12
where we read of Moses and the 70 elders eating and drinking with the Lord
in the cloud. Before I get too far along here, let's talk about the nature
of this "cloud" and what distinguished it from all the other clouds.

Here's how Moses describes it:

Deuteronomy 5:22: These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the
mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness,
with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of
stone, and delivered them unto me.

Moses describes this cloud as "thick darkness." Kind of peculiar, don't you
think, if Moses and the elders were sitting in thick darkness? But wait a
minute. This isn't quite all it appears to be. Take a look at how this
cloud appeared to the armies of Pharaoh when they were chasing after the
Children of Israel.

Exodus 14:19-20: And the angel of God, which went before the camp of
Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from
before their face, and stood behind them: And it came between the camp of
the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to
them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the
other all the night.

Do you see it? That cloud was darkness to the Egyptians, but it was light
to the camp of Israel. Consider the cloud in the way that it rested in the
temple on the day that Solomon dedicated it to the Lord.

Let me pause here in this narrative to share with you a personal experience
in order to draw the comparison.

Well, OK, I just realized how long we had already gone today, and if I take
the time to share that experience today, it will make this Coffee Break
overly long -- and I don't want to lose you. Let's stop here and pick it up
next week.

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call takes
place on Mondays at 7:00 PM Eastern (4:00 PM Pacific). Once again, the
number to call for healing is (805) 399-1000. Then enter the access code:
124763#.

Also want to let you know that our Sunday worship gatherings are available
by conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference
number is (559) 726-1300, and the access code is 308640#.

Blessings on you!
Regner
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CAPENER MINISTRIES
RIVER WORSHIP CENTER
Sunnyside, Washington 98944

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Supernatural Maturity, Part 4

April 10, 2015

Need to share a personal story with you as a lead-in to today's Coffee
Break. It was December 5, 1960 that I joined the Army. Not long after
completing Basic Training at Fort Ord, I was standing out on the tarmac,
duffle bag in hand, awaiting being boarded on an aircraft with orders that
would send me to Ramstein, Germany, with ultimate deployment to Laos.

Short of my 19th birthday, I was one scared puppy not knowing what lay
ahead. I had walked with the Lord for my entire life and was totally
committed to whatever He had in store. Being a combat soldier somehow
didn't fit with the pictures of what God had called me to, but there was a
firm determination that I would go wherever and whenever He led or directed.

My company was in the boarding process when a runner came up to me and said,
"Capener, your orders have been changed. Stand by." I got into a waiting
Jeep and was taken back to the barracks. Not long thereafter the company
commander informed me that I was going to be his clerk typist. He had
discovered that I could type and he needed someone to do his paperwork, type
out orders for other soldiers, and do other office work.

Fast forward to the spring of 1963. After a period of having my MOS changed
from infantryman to automotive maintenance (military intelligence, you know
) and being stationed for a time at Camp Roberts, repairing
carburetors and ignition systems for every kind of military vehicle
imaginable, authority had been transferred to the Presidio in San Francisco,
and once again I was on tap to return to status as a combat soldier.

The hand of God had been evident in everything that had transpired, and His
mercy in keeping me from the front lines was obvious. With the call of God
into fulltime ministry continually in my spirit, I began looking at Bible
colleges. In April of that year, I went to my commanding officer and
requested an early discharge so that I could "prepare for the ministry." (I
was still programmed with the idea that one has to attend a Bible College or
Seminary in order to become a minister -- not understanding at the time that
God doesn't call the qualified: He qualifies the "called." )

When he asked why in the world I would make a request like that, my answer
was that I felt like I could better serve my country as a representative of
the Lord Jesus Christ and a minister of the Gospel rather than as an
infantry soldier. My CO laughed at me and said, "Son, I've been in this
man's army for 20 years, and I've never seen it happen." He allowed as how
he had "once prepared for the cloth" before joining the Army and said, "I
understand where you're coming from. I'll play fair with you and send your
request to the General, but I can tell you in advance what the answer will
be."

A week later he called me and said, "Capener, get in here! I've got your
discharge papers on my desk!" We were both astonished, to say the least.
"Only thing I can figure is that you've got some pull upstairs," he said,
with this knowing smile spreading across his face. My discharge became
effective on May 5, 1963, 2 1/2 years to the day from when I joined. That
fall, I enrolled at Bethany Bible College in Santa Cruz. The Hand of God
and His mercy had been with me from the very beginning.

OK? That brings us to the next character attribute of the Lord Jesus
Christ. Believe me, when you can learn to operate in God's mercy instead of
human compassion, you've shifted into a realm of supernatural maturity. It
defies every area of natural human emotion and requires a complete shift
into hearing what Father God says and thinks. My short stint in the Army,
and the evidence of God's mercy there, prepared me for understanding His
dimension of mercy in a way that I'd never known.

Here's how the KJV puts Matthew 5:7: Blessed are the merciful, for they
shall obtain mercy.

Now, let's amplify this out of the Greek text.

Matthew 5:7: Blessed and highly favored by the King [of Kings] are those
who experience and function in and with [supernatural and spiritual]
compassion; God will see that they have His compassion and will have the
same kind of compassion on them [in their place of need]. (RAC Translation
and Amplification)

One of the biggest failings in the body of Christ today is the substitution
of human compassion for Godly compassion. We all have our places of
emotional reaction and concern when we see certain things take place -
especially with people we know and love.

There is a huge difference between Godly compassion and human compassion.
Human compassion is based in either the rational logic of human reasoning or
human emotion with really considering the spiritual consequences of our
intervention on behalf of the needs we see.

Human emotion and rational consideration sees the poor, the sick, the
desperate, those in crisis and reacts by wanting to "fix things." Human
compassion tends to be very "socialist" in its approach to solving needy
situations. If one operates in the political realm, human compassion says,
"just give some money to the poor! Money, food, clothes, housing, etc.,
etc. will fix the problem."

Because of the huge losses the socialist wing of the Democratic party took
in this past election, I've heard some of their leaders spouting the baloney
that, "We have core spiritual values, too! We are concerned with poverty,
with health care and with the rights of our citizens."

The statement all by itself demonstrates that these folks DON'T have any
concept of what real spiritual values are. They may be religious people but
being "religious" is a far cry from having an intimate walk with the Lord or
understanding what Jesus' values are all about.

Religion, however, only amplifies human compassion. The "religious" may
call themselves, "Christian," but they don't have a relationship with Jesus
Christ - at least the kind of relationship that produces the anointing to
give. Their religion is the religion of big government and social programs.

I have said it before, and I'll say it again. There IS a solution to
poverty! There IS a solution to ongoing sickness and disease! There IS a
solution to the plagues that ravage the earth.

But that solution doesn't come in the form of government programs. It comes
with and through the anointing that the believer has available in Christ
Jesus. That kind of anointing produces Godly compassion. No government
will ever be able to give and see the kind of results - or even a fraction
thereof - that individuals and ministries can and do produce every day of
the week.

Our politicians - many of whom really do have good hearts and good
intentions when it comes to providing for the needy - have devised these
schemes to level our society and get rid of the gap that separates the poor
and the rich. Don't misunderstand me. I'm not criticizing either the
personal giving or the desire to give.

Unfortunately, they have also taken away both personal initiative, personal
freedom and - most of all - the anointing that comes when giving is directed
by the Holy Spirit. By taking away the anointing that comes in a
relationship with Jesus Christ, they have also taken away the fruitfulness
of the giving. The results demonstrate that.

Let me illustrate with something that Paul wrote to the Ekklesia in Corinth.

II Corinthians 9:6-14, NASB: Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will
also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or
under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make
all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in
everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; as it is written,

"He scattered abroad, he gave to the poor,

His righteousness endures forever."

Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and
multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your
righteousness; you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which
through us is producing thanksgiving to God.

For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of
the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God.

Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your
obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality
of your contribution to them and to all, while they also, by prayer on your
behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you.

We've been all over the map talking about the concept of mercy as seen in
Matthew 5:7, but there is still an aspect of it that we haven't covered.
The Greek word translated "mercy" in this instance - and literally without
exception throughout the New Testament - is the word, eleeo.

J.H. Thayer gives us the following interpretation: to be compassionate by
word or deed, specifically by divine grace or empowerment.

By way of comparison, we see the terms "mercy" and "compassion" used as a
contrast to each other in Paul's letter to the Romans (9:15), and this is
the only place in Scripture where the Greek word, oikteiro, appears. This
word, translated "compassion," more literally means: to exercise pity.

That word, oikteiro, is perhaps a better description of human compassion.
We have pity on someone and step in to help or alleviate their situation
without regard for the end result.

Take a look, however, at how God's mercy/compassion is defined in the Word.

Romans 9:15-18: For He saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will
have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So
then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that
showeth mercy.

For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I
raised thee up, that I might show my power in thee, and that my name might
be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he
will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

Are you seeing the difference? The mercy of God is not dependent on
prevailing circumstances. God's mercy - His compassion - is entirely a
function of His sovereign purposes for His people.

He sees the outcome and final results of His decision to intervene and alter
the circumstances or outcome of any given situation for individuals.

Paul draws a comparison that every believer would understand out of Israel's
deliverance from Egypt. The Lord makes it clear that He was the one who
raised up Pharaoh in order to show His power in the earth and to put His
Name, His character, His makeup, His authority and power on display
throughout the earth.

In verse 18, Paul writes, "Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have
mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth."

To the rational, reasoning human thinking, it almost sounds arbitrary and
perverse, but Paul doesn't stop there in making clear the realm where God's
mercy operates.

Romans 9:19-24: Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For
who hath resisted his will? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest
against God?

Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me
thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one
vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured
with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And
that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy,
which he had afore prepared unto glory, Even us, whom he hath called, not
of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

Understand? What Paul is saying is that there are individuals whom God has
specifically created whose end is destruction, to whom He will endure "with
much longsuffering" so that when judgment falls, the riches of His Glory
will be seen in the earth. Again, he takes this a further step so that
there can be no misunderstanding of what God is about.

Romans 9:25-28, NASB: As He says also in Hosea,

"I will call those who were not My people, 'My people,' And her who was
not beloved, 'beloved.' And it shall be that in the place where it was said
to them, 'you are not My people,' There they shall be called sons of the
living God."

Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, "Though the number of the sons of Israel
be like the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that will be saved; for the
Lord will execute his word on the earth, thoroughly and quickly."

The mercy of God has always been with a view towards the end result of
having a people who operate in and with His character, His makeup, His
personality, His authority and His power. His purpose - from Day 1 - has
been the having a race of beings who are His Family.

The mercy - the compassion - of God is NOT pity. It isn't simply feeling
sorry for people because of the state they find themselves in. God wasn't
feeling sorry for me or having compassion on me because of my fears when I
was in the Army. He was seeing far into the future, preparing me to walk in
His mercy and extend that mercy to hundreds and thousands of people He would
intersect with my life.

His intervention in the lives of His people is that there will be nothing
lacking, nothing missing in who they are and who they become. The fact that
He intervenes in some situations, and some situations He sits back and
allows to move forward of their own weight and momentum is because His
compassion for us cannot permit us to be short-changed in the development of
His character and nature in us. Is that clear?

When Jesus said, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy," He
spoke directly to the fact that His mercy is always tempered by His vision
and knowledge of the final result. What He was saying is, "If you live and
walk in My Mercy and Compassion, you will be the recipient and arbitrator of
My Mercy and Compassion in your sphere of influence." 

Get it? If we can shift into operating in the mercy of God and set aside
our human thoughts and emotional compassion, we become not only the
recipients of God's mercy in our lives, but also the arbitrators of it!
That's supernatural.

OK?

Next week we will take a look at what it means to be judged by the Lord as
pure: "pure in heart."

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call is
back on schedule for Mondays & Wednesdays at 7:00 PM Eastern. Once again,
the number to call for healing is (805) 399-1000. Then enter the access
code: 124763#.

Also want to let you know that our Sunday worship gatherings are available
by conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference
number is (559) 726-1300, and the access code is 308640#.

Blessings on you!
Regner
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CAPENER MINISTRIES

RIVER WORSHIP CENTER
Sunnyside, Washington 98944

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Another Coffee Break:

Supernatural Maturity, Part 3

April 3, 2015

For those of you with children who are running from God or who simply ignore
the call of Holy Spirit in their lives, let me share a quick story of
encouragement before we begin today's sharing.

Our youngest son, Joshua, has had his battles for years. He has had anger
issues stemming from abuse and rejection from his biological father -- anger
which has gotten him into trouble more than once and even landed him behind
bars on several occasions. That anger was often explosive and
hair-triggered and if he felt confronted or corrected, he would fly off the
handle. Despite the fact that he was instructed in the ways of the Lord and
-- in his youth -- manifested the compassion of the Lord for the
underprivileged and downtrodden, as the years unfolded he went his own way,
winding up in the company of "friends" who led him into the world of alcohol
and drugs.

During a period of a couple years in which we were able to help him get a
job working for a Canadian mining company under contract in Alaska, (a job
which he still holds today, some eight years later) he met and married an
Eskimo girl, Michelle, who has become the love of his life and one of the
best things that could have ever happened to him. Today they have four
children -- four kids who have become little treasures for Grandpa and
Grandma!

Unfortunately, the drug use and alcohol abuse picked up again in the midst
of keeping bad company, and that substance abuse became a real issue for
Michelle and the kids, creating fear, mistrust and real tension in his
family. Attempts by Della and me to counsel Josh went unheeded and things
were reaching a break point with his family.

During the past few years, Josh found a way to release the pent-up anger in
cage fighting and gained a reputation as a fierce competitor. As an "MMA"
fighter, his fists became classified as a lethal weapon. A few months ago
an incident occurred which scared the daylights out of him and highlighted
for him his own need to get rid of the anger issues and surrender his life
to the Lord.

Joshua called us for prayer. The awakening that took place in his spirit
triggered repentance and correction in his life that have been nothing less
than astounding. A few weeks ago, he called his wife and children together,
knelt down in front of them and asked them to forgive him for having been
"such a lousy dad." From that day forward, he has been reading the Word and
praying with his family on a daily basis. We are watching a progression in
him, in Michelle, and in the children that brings continual joy for Della
and me and a continual reminder of the covenant that the Lord made with us
many years ago concerning our children. It is a prophetic Word you can hang
onto as well from Isaiah's prophecy.

Isaiah 54:13: And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great
shall be the peace of thy children.

OK, my story wasn't quite a "quick" as I intended, but I just wanted to
encourage those of you who may despair of ever seeing your children walking
with the Lord. God IS a Covenant-keeping God, and His Word is what we can
hang onto no matter what the outward circumstances may appear to be. As my
longtime friend and brother in the Lord, Dwain McKenzie, once said, "Things
are not what they appear to be; they're what God says they are!"

Now, then, let's get on with today's wrap up of Matthew 5:6.

Matthew 5:6: Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after
righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Consider how Isaiah describes the conditions of this hunger.

Isaiah 61:1-3: The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath
anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up
the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of
the prison to them that are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our
God; to comfort all that mourn;

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of
heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of
the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Have you ever noticed how much Isaiah's prophecy of Jesus in this instance
so closely parallels Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount"? Just about everything
that Jesus declares is incorporated in this prophecy.

Then take a look at how Luke describes the beginning of Jesus' ministry as
soon as He returns from the wilderness after being tempted by the Devil.

Luke 4:14-21: And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee:
and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And
he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. And he came to
Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into
the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he
had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of
the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the
poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to
the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them
that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down.
And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your
ears.

It's safe to say that ALL of Jesus' ministry was aimed at delivering folks
from the contamination and infection of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good
and Evil.

Isaiah's prophecy of Jesus was that His purpose in ministering "good tidings
to the meek, binding up the brokenhearted, delivering the captives,
restoring sight to the blind, and opening up the prison to those who were
bound" was to transform them back into "trees of righteousness, the planting
of the Lord, so that He could be glorified!"

Remember what Jesus said to John when asking him to baptize Him in the
Jordan and John objected?

Matthew 3:15: And Jesus responded to him, saying, 'Erase your preconceived
ideas of what is appropriate; suspend your emotions for the moment, for it
is necessary in this way or manner for us to furnish, execute and make
available ALL righteousness and justification." And John baptized Jesus,
setting aside and erasing his thoughts and emotions. (RAC Translation and
Amplification)

You'll recall that John the Baptist prophesied of Jesus saying, "And now
also the axe is laid to the root of the Tree," (see Matthew 3:10) referring
to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Follow that line of thinking to the fact that both Peter and Paul refer to
Jesus as having been hung on that Tree (see Acts 5:30 and Galatians 3:13) in
order to deliver us from its curse and restore our access to the Tree of
Life.

Take a quick look at how Paul phrases this in his letter to the Galatians:

Galatians 3:13-14: Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being
made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on
a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through
Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Before we continue on, let's review the Greek words translated "blessed" or
"blessing."

Throughout the beginning statements in Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount," each
time we see Him use the word, "blessed," He is making use of a word that has
a unique etymology to it. The word, makarios, is the word translated,
"blessed" throughout what we know as The Beatitudes. While this word indeed
refers to being blessed, it has the connotation of a king's approval and
subsequent conveyance of unique favor. Thayer describes it as "the supreme
blessing," hence, the ultimate favor one can be given.

I can easily illustrate this from my own family's history in my ancestor,
William Capron, who joined William the Conqueror in his conquest of the
British Isles. When the battles were over and William the Conqueror became
King William I of Britain, because of my ancestor's bravery and battle
success, he was knighted by the king and granted a huge tract of land in
central England we know today as Lancastershire.

That blessing and favor continued on through the generations that followed
so that William Capron's grandson, William Capener, became Lord High
Chancellor to King Henry I, and his great-great grandson served similarly.

That picture of blessing gets a slightly different flavor when we see how
Paul uses it in referring to "the Blessing of Abraham." Here, we see the
Greek term, eulogeo. We could liken this to the "rhema" of blessing.
Eulogeo is the speaking forth of makarios.

Whereas makarios describes the supreme blessing and favor granted by a king,
eulogeo delivers that supreme blessing and favor by enacting it within the
framework of Covenant. Eulogeo is a covenant word, and those who receive
the declarations or decrees spoken forth do so because they have become
participants in the covenant.

Now, let's get back to the verse that started this line of discussion, and
let me amplify that for you from the Greek.

Matthew 5:6: Blessed and highly favored by the King [of Kings] are those
who are famished and crave after with unquenchable thirst the way of
thinking, feeling and acting wholly conformed to the will of God, who has
His whole-hearted approval and acceptance, and therefore needs no (man-made)
justification, for they shall be satisfied in abundance - being able to
literally gorge themselves on and with the nature, character and personality
of God. (RAC Translation and Amplification)

Wheww!! That's a mouthful, I know, but my desire was to capture the very
essence of what Jesus is communicating when He speaks of His favor towards
those who thirst after His nature and character.

Each time we see the preface in our English translations, "Blessed are," we
are seeing the express favor of both Father and Son for the following
attitudes and behavior. When Jesus revealed His Glory to Peter, James and
John in the mountain, and was transfigured before them, He permitted them to
see into His supernatural makeup, His character and personality.

This word, transfigured, in the Greek text, describes a dimensional
shifting. The word is more often translated "transformed" throughout Paul's
letters, but the original word is: metamorphoo, a compound Greek word which
denotes undergoing a visible shift in appearance.

Jesus' appearance took on a brightness and a transparent shining such as no
one had ever seen. When Moses and Elijah appeared with Him, the disciples
failed to understand or to comprehend the prophecy that was taking place
before their eyes. He became the fulfillment of the Law as well as the
prophetic announcements of Him throughout the centuries.

In Peter's excitement and zeal, he put his foot in his mouth by suggesting
that they should build three tabernacles there on top the mountain. He did
not yet comprehend the Glory of the Lord that was being revealed before
them, and Father had to cause His cloud to overshadow them momentarily while
He spoke out of Heaven saying, This is my beloved Son in whom I am well
pleased; hear ye Him! (Matthew 17:5)

When righteousness becomes complete within us as the people of God, the
Glory of the Lord is revealed and made plain to those around us.

Righteousness enables Holy Spirit to reveal the Glory of the Lord in such a
way that the Word - the rhema - of Jesus is heard as we speak.

There's a whole lot more we could cover on the subject of righteousness, but
let's move on to the next "be attitude." (smile)

And this is a good place for us to stop. We will continue this again next
week.

I remind those of you in need of ministry that our Healing Prayer Call is
back on schedule for Mondays & Wednesdays at 7:00 PM Eastern. Once again,
the number to call for healing is (805) 399-1000. Then enter the access
code: 124763#.

Also want to let you know that our Sunday worship gatherings are available
by conference call - usually at about 10:45AM Pacific. That conference
number is (559) 726-1300, and the access code is 308640#.

Blessings on you!
Regner
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