189. The Books Are Being Opened

Mike Parsons
with Jeremy Westcott

Progressive revelation

How many of us have suddenly seen something in a scripture that we have never seen before? How many of us believe differently to what we used to believe a few years ago? This is the time Daniel wrote of, when the books are being opened and fresh revelation is coming to the church.

Looking again at this passage:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh” (John 6:47-51).

Those who ate manna still died physically. Jesus was comparing manna to Himself, saying that though they ate manna they still died, but if you eat ‘this bread’ you won’t.

Since then, though, everyone in history has in fact died. However, a whole generation who will see Him return will not have to die. It is significant that this revelation is being released right now: the timing suggests that God may today be preparing that generation who will not die.

When Jesus spoke about this, ‘many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him any more’ (John 6:66). Jesus continues to bring unconventional revelation today, and some respond in exactly the same way.

But Jesus is the living Word, and He has the words of eternal life.

Would Jesus have died?

Jesus said that the enemy had nothing in Him. If He had not gone to the cross, I do not believe that He would have died, physically. There was nothing in His genetic record that the enemy could use to bring death to Jesus. If there are no iniquitous genetic patterns in our life, then there is no need for sickness or death in us either. As we break bread and apply the truth of the power of the cross to our lives, God transforms us (body, soul and spirit).

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves… always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh (2 Cor 4: 7,10).

We deny ourselves, take up that cross, and follow Him. If we carry ‘the dying of Jesus’, then we are carrying the power of the victory of the cross, giving us authority over sin, sickness and death. We can expect a manifestation of the life of Jesus to be operating in our mortal flesh, in our body (not soul, or spirit). Why should we be subject to sickness and disease? Let’s be really open to receive revelation from the Holy Spirit about this.

Jesus radiated the glory of God and was able to do miracles in His physical body. Through presenting ourselves as a living sacrifice, and being transformed or transfigured, our bodies can do what Jesus did and we can live as He lived.

Law of Precedent

Yes, ‘it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment’ (Heb 9:27), but that verse is not about the inevitability of death, it is about not being reincarnated.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death (Rom 8:2).

The Law of Precedent means that if any man has not died, then it is possible for another man not to die. Enoch ‘walked with God, and was not’. Elijah was taken up in a whirlwind. Since they did not die, then there is a precedent: not everyone has died. And there will be a whole generation when Jesus returns who will not die either. I believe that God is preparing that generation today.

The glory revealed

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Rom 8:18 NKJV)

People have understood this to mean that we will be glorified when we get to heaven. But we can be glorified and have the glory of God manifest in us today.

For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God (Rom 8:19-21).

The ‘glory of the children of God’ is not glory that is robbed from God, but is a manifestation of God on the earth, bringing creation back into its original condition and purpose. The whole of the universe, and the whole spiritual realm, is waiting for the revealing of God’s sons, those who manifest the glory of God on earth as it is in heaven.

‘Sanctify you entirely’

In the last two or three years my whole understanding of Scripture has changed, as I begin to see the fresh revelation that God is opening up. In our day, the Holy Spirit is unveiling revelation for the end of time.

This is a powerful scripture, which I have read hundreds of times without seeing the significance of the revelation that is being released to us now:

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thess 5: 23).

With the help of a Bible dictionary, let me offer an expanded version of that verse to meditate upon:

  • The God of Shalom (wholeness, restoration, nothing missing and nothing broken)
  • will sanctify you (purify you and cleanse you inside and out, free you from the guilt of sin through the atonement)
  • entirely (perfectly, completely, in all respects)
  • so that not only your spirit and soul, but also your body, may be preserved
  • complete (whole, entire, with no part wanting or unsound, without blemish or defect of any kind, consummate)
  • without blame (faultless, free from sin and its effects)
  • at the coming or return of Jesus

Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless (Eph 5:25-27).

That is the church for which Jesus will return. That is why God is pruning us, refining and purifying us, transforming us into true sons who are joint heirs with Jesus. Removal of stumbling blocks, gathering angels, the fire of God’s presence – those things mark this period in God’s Prophetic Timetable.

If we want to be part of the generation that sees Jesus return, let us be willing to be transformed and transfigured into true sons, so that we receive our full inheritance.

Operate in true power and authority

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father (John 14:12).

We should increasingly operate in true power and authority, doing what Jesus did and greater works. It is going to be exciting to find out know what those greater works might be!

These are some things Jesus did that most of us have never done:

  • Moved through matter
  • Transported through space
  • Disappeared in front of people
  • Walked on water
  • Multiplied food
  • Turned water into wine.

It was not magic. If we are to do greater things than Jesus, we need the same power He had. Let’s be hungry and thirsty to receive the revelation and the power that we need to enable us to do as He promised.

The closing section of our Communion Prayer reads:

I speak creative words to my DNA to release the supernatural abilities of God.
I trigger the ability to see in the realm of the kingdom.
I trigger the ability to move in the realm of the kingdom.
I trigger the creative ability to transform matter.

I want to do those things, and I hope you do as well. Let us apply all we are learning to our lives, on a daily basis, until we see the manifestation of the glory of God in us – and attain to the fullness of all our inheritance in Him.

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188. Live And Not Die

Mike Parsons
with Jeremy Westcott

Our inheritance is to be heirs of the world, to bring God’s government to creation (Rom 4:13, Gal 3:29). God promised that David’s seed would sit on his throne for ever (Psalm 132:11-12, 2 Samuel 7:16).

The land promised to Abraham was intended as a starting point from which blessing would spread to all the nations. Israel failed in that, but Jesus’ disciples accomplished it by taking the Good News out to the rest of the world, making available to everyone the blessing of God.

As the original Joshua generation began to take that starting point, that land of promise, they reinstituted two important practices (Joshua 5:6-10). The first of these, circumcision, we considered before. The second was the Passover.

Passover

Jesus is the ultimate fulfilment of Passover – John the Baptist identified Him as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” – and when He celebrated it with His disciples, He reinterpreted it in light of what was to happen to Him, investing it with new power and significance.

For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me” (1 Cor 11:23-25).

Authority and power

…and just as My Father has granted Me a kingdom, I grant you that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel (Luke 22:29-30).

When we enter into the full revelation of what it means to take communion, we find that it enables us to be seated on thrones in another dimension: it confers upon us the authority to sit at His table in the heavenly realms.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Eph 2:4-7).

This is new, fresh revelation that God is making known in our days.

God releases to us the blessing with which every family on the earth will be blessed (Gen 22:17-18), so that we in turn release it and pour it out upon the earth. We are in a position to do that because not only have we been saved, redeemed, forgiven, but because we have also been brought into that place of authority, seated with Him in the heavenlies. When we break bread we are sharing and participating in that blessing which operates powerfully in and through our lives. We are joint-heirs with Christ.

Continually devoting

They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved (Acts 2:42-47).

Their continual devotion to the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer had an effect: a sense of awe, miracles, generous sharing, and salvation. They were experiencing blessing for themselves, for one another, and for others.

Live and not die

Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But a man must examine himself… For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly. For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep (1 Cor 11:27-30).

Because there is power in it, we need to be careful. With a Hebrew worldview, though, we understand that if eating and drinking unworthily can bring weakness, sickness and death, then doing so in the right way can bring strength, health and life.

“I am the bread of life… the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die… not as the fathers ate [manna] and died; he who eats this bread will live forever” (John 6:48-58).

Jesus’ Jewish audience were not allowed to even eat the flesh of an animal with blood in it. So they were horrified when He spoke about living forever by eating His flesh and drinking His blood. But a few sentences later He went on to underline the importance of what He had just said:

“…the words that I have spoken to you” – that is, about eating His flesh and drinking his blood – “are spirit and are life” (John 6:63).

What does it mean to live and not die? It means an end to the principle of death operating within our genetic material, an end to the patterns of sin and iniquity which cause death. Death came about because of sin, but life, health and wholeness come through participating in the body and blood of Jesus.

I want to fulfil the purpose God has for my life, and not die. There are biblical precedents for not dying: both Enoch and Elijah were simply taken by God instead. And there will be a whole generation on the earth when Jesus returns who will not experience death either. That is what I would like for myself, and I am sure the same is true of some of you.

Apply the blood

Applying the body and blood of Christ has the power to remove the blockages to receiving our eternal inheritance.

Israel had to defeat the ‘-ites’ nations, the kings and the giants in their Promised Land, and we too have to deal with them in our bloodlines: the enemy activity, familiar and familial spirits, sinful and iniquitous behaviour and genetic patterns in our lives.

The death of Egypt’s firstborn struck at the heart of that nation’s inheritance. And just as the blood of the original Passover lambs had to be applied to the doorposts (or the angel of death would have visited the sons of Israel as well), so too the blood of Jesus has to be applied to our lives if our inheritance is not to be denied us.

We do not need to only do this once a year, or once a week, as a religious ritual: we can celebrate this communion every day. We can participate in it and in faith apply the body and blood of Jesus to our genetic material, transforming us into Christ’s image as sons; a whole new dimension of transformation, bringing glory to Him. The body and blood of Jesus will renew us so that we can enter into everything God has for us and fulfil His purpose for our lives.

Nothing need prevent us from receiving our full inheritance as sons of God

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187. New Dimensions of Authority and Power

Mike Parsons
with Jeremy Westcott

We are reviewing some characteristics of the Joshua generation, as we consider what they have to teach us about taking up our inheritance.

21.The Joshua Generation will free the next generation from the reproach and effects of past generations into new revelation of past activities.

Now when they had finished circumcising all the nation, they remained in their places in the camp until they were healed. Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you…”(Joshua 5:8-9)

Paul tells us:

…circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter… (Rom 2:29)
and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ (Col 2:11).

The reproach – shame, disgrace, blame, disapproval, disappointment – of our past lives has been removed. We are no longer held back by our old identity of slave, orphan, victim, sinner, useless, hopeless, failure. We are free to minister and disciple in our new identity as sons not slaves. As slaves, we could only disciple people into slavery; as sons, we can disciple people into sonship, ready to take possession of their inheritance.

Covenant relationship

Circumcision was a sign of their covenant relationship with God, in which their hearts were set apart for Him. Circumcision of our hearts is a sign that the old has gone and the new has come; a sign of our sonship and identity; a sign that we have a new home, land and inheritance. The old nature of self and selfishness is cut away, and in covenant we exchange our ‘old’ for all His ‘new’.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvellous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy (1 Peter 2:9-10).

That represents what God did for us in the New Covenant, when we entered in to what Jesus accomplished through the cross.

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect (Rom 12:1-2).

Step into a different dimension

Let’s make a choice to cross the Jordan into the place of covenant exchange. It is one thing to consecrate ourselves and say,‘Yes, I am going to cross’: quite another to actually cross over. We have that opportunity now to step into a different dimension. Jesus opened up heaven so that we could come through the veil and present ourselves to Him, our High Priest. We may find it helpful to do something physical, by taking a literal step forwards, while spiritually we enter into where the cross is active.

I would encourage you to speak these words out, and take a step forwards, as a demonstration of what you are doing in coming to the place of covenant exchange with God. See, in front of you now there is a river in flood. But God has sent angels to hold back that water. As you look, there is dry land appearing, a way for you to walk across.

I step in through the veil of Jesus through the way of the cross
I step into the realm of your government
I present myself to you, Jesus my High Priest, to circumcise my heart
I come to trade on the brazen altar of covenant exchange.

I exchange my sin for your righteousness
I exchange my rejection for your acceptance
I exchange my guilt for your forgiveness
I exchange my sickness for your health
I exchange my old life for your new life.

I exchange my old identity for your new identity
I exchange my old name for your new name
I exchange my old nature for your new nature
I exchange my old bondage for your new freedom
I exchange my old records for your new record
I exchange my past for your future.

I exchange my darkness for your light
I exchange my weakness for your strength
I exchange my thoughts for your thoughts
I exchange my character for your character
I exchange my ways for your ways.

I step back into this realm forgiven, cleansed, and clothed with righteousness
I am empowered for transformation to manifest your glory, bringing heaven to earth through my life
My heart is circumcised, my life is consecrated and set apart for your kingdom purposes

I receive your healing and wholeness
I receive your adoption, acceptance and affirmation as a son.
I am a son, ready to take possession of my inheritance.

We are God’s children. We are His people. We have stepped across that water today. Old things will go; new things are coming. We are taking possession of what belongs to us: new dimensions of authority and power.

Twelve stones

Let’s mark this down as an important day. Israel took twelve stones from the river bed and set them up on the bank of the Jordan so that they would remember how they crossed over from the old into the new. Whenever the enemy comes to us to say ‘You’re a slave’, we can remind him of this day when we crossed over; that we are no longer slaves, but sons.

So now let’s act, think, and behave like mature sons, operating in the fullness of our inheritance.

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186. No Longer a Slave, but a Son

Mike Parsons
with Jeremy Westcott

We are looking in more detail at selected characteristics of the Joshua Generation. All those characteristics come out of relationship: they are characteristics of sons, not slaves.

Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, but he is under guardians and tutors…  But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son… so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God (Gal 4:1-7).

If we are to have an inheritance, we need to know and have a relationship with the Father. Jesus secured that relationship for us, and we need to enter into it. We are heirs, those who inherit the promises of God, but if we remain as spiritual children we will not be able to handle all God has for us. Unless we mature, we will be no better off than slaves.

14. The Joshua Generation will be filled with the spirit of wisdom

Now Joshua the son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him; and the sons of Israel listened to him and did as the LORD had commanded Moses (Deut 34:9).

Wisdom is not just something that we can pick up along the way as we go through life. Wisdom is imparted by the spirit of wisdom.

The seven spirits of God

The guardians and tutors mentioned by Paul in Galatians are there to equip God’s people to act as sons; to explain what it means to be a son; to teach us what it is to have an understanding of the Father’s heart, just as they did with Jesus.

The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord (Isa 11:2).

…Grace to you and peace, from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne (Rev 1:4)

The seven spirits of God are our guardians and tutors. They are not on His throne; they are not the Holy Spirit; they are heavenly creatures, created to bring God’s people into sonship. They have a deep understanding of the ways of God. If we are willing, the seven spirits of God are going to have much more to do with us in future than ever before. We can engage with them to teach us, because we need what they can bring.

20. The Joshua Generation will equip the people to be consecrated (or sanctified) – set apart, dedicated and holy.

Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you” (Joshua 3:5).

On the east side of the Jordan, before they crossed over into the Promised Land, they were called upon to make a decision: whether they would consecrate themselves, set themselves apart, from everything they had already gone through, into something completely new.

Now the Lord said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you” (Josh 3:7).

God will acknowledge and affirm the Joshua Generation. He will do things through them; but not the way He has done them in the past. God would be with Joshua just as He had been with Moses, but actually He was about to begin to do something new.

You shall, moreover, command the priests who are carrying the ark of the covenant, saying, ‘When you come to the edge of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan’” (Josh 3:8).

Coming to the borders of the Promised Land they were faced with a very large river, in flood. It looked likely, from a natural point of view, that it would stop them entering in.

So they needed a supernatural answer.

Then Joshua said to the sons of Israel, “Come here, and hear the words of the Lord your God.” Joshua said, “By this you shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will assuredly dispossess from before you the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Hivite, the Perizzite, the Girgashite, the Amorite, and the Jebusite” (Josh 3:9-10).

All these ‘-ites’ had possession of Israel’s inheritance. For us, they represent mindsets, patterns of iniquity, or anything else that prevents us receiving our inheritance. We may have tried to remove those things before, from the outside in, but God promises that He is in us and can remove them from the inside out.

Pruning

In a vision I saw a tree with fruit on it. God came, pruned all the branches and removed all the fruit. He said ‘I am now going to deal with and fertilise the roots’.

He is removing all the things we have seen as fruit, maybe miracles and healings, supernatural provision: all the things God has done for us in the past. He wants to deal with the roots, to fertilise them so that the tree produces a new form of fruit. We are going to see miracles, but happening in a new way.

All the familiar miracles of God’s provision stopped when they crossed over the Jordan: manna, quails, water out of the rock, guidance by the pillar of cloud and fire, their clothes not wearing out. God had been treating them as children, doing everything for them, but now it was time for them to mature.

If we are entering into a new dimension of God in the Spirit, we cannot expect Him to keep on doing things exactly as He has done them in the past. So often we pray, ‘God, do this, do that’, or ‘Lord, heal this person’, and He looks down and smiles: ’I told you to do that. You can do that miracle. You are my children. You have an inheritance, to be like Me and do the things that I do’.

When the old ways stop, if we continue to try to operate in them, we will begin to find that there is no anointing in them. God is taking us from a place of being children in our understanding and encouraging us to mature into our responsibility as sons.

Spies

Then Joshua the son of Nun sent two men as spies secretly… They said to Joshua, “Surely the Lord has given all the land into our hands; moreover, all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before us” (Joshua 2:2, 24).

The enemy is fearful of us. That is why he tries so hard to keep us from realising who we are. He wants us to remain as children, because he knows he is going to be in real trouble if we mature as sons. He has no power over us other than that which we give him.

Since August 2010 I have been equipping and sending spies into the new land of our spiritual inheritance; firstly here at Freedom Church, and more recently around the world. Some of you are those spies. You have gone in to a new spiritual dimension and seen your spiritual inheritance. You have experienced the realms of heaven. You have seen something of mountains in heaven, courts in heaven, rivers in heaven. You have experienced these things first hand; perhaps not yet in their fullness, but you know they are there and waiting for you to move into them. You are like the spies coming back with a good report.

Consecrate yourselves

Some, like Joshua, Caleb and the spies have already been forerunners. Now it is time for the rest to go in. But 2½ tribes, the Reubenites (passing up their inheritance as descendants of the firstborn), Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, chose to make their home in the old and familiar rather than in the Land of Promise.

Who is willing to cross over Jordan leaving the old revelation and old ways behind?
Who is willing to separate themselves from their old identity as slaves?
Who is willing to leave the childish things of immaturity behind?

We can live in the new land of new spiritual revelation, new methods, and new authority; but the transition from the old to the new is always a battle.

Is anyone willing to consecrate themselves and cross the Jordan, to take personal responsibility as mature heirs and not children? If so, let’s step into the mobile court of God together.

The mobile court

The mobile court of God is here. Around us is a cloud of witnesses, here on our behalf. The seven spirits of God are here to affirm us in our identity. Jesus is here as our advocate.

We are coming to face our accusers: the strongholds and the familiar spirits which are behind the mindsets that would keep us in slavery, keep us in childhood, keep us from our inheritance. We are going to consecrate ourselves and separate ourselves from those mindsets.

I step into the place of responsibility in the governmental mobile court
I accept responsibility as a priest of my own life
I take the covering of the word of God
And I place it over my head as a covering of Your love.

I agree with my accusers
That I have operated with a slavery mentality and an orphan spirit
Father, I accept responsibility for thinking and acting like a slave and an orphan
I repent and renounce slavery
And I choose to forgive and release all my previous generations
For giving me an inheritance of slavery.

I come under the covering of your word, blood and presence
I ask you to judge me according to the covering of your love for my life
Judge this slavery and orphan spirit in me
To destroy its yoke and power over my life.

I stand cleansed, righteous, innocent
I receive divorce papers from its influence
I confess that I am divorced and separated
From slavery and its influence in my life.

I release judgment over my accusers
The familiar spirits behind the strongholds, speculations and mindsets of slavery
I release divinely power judgment to demolish all slavery in my life – body, soul and spirit.

I administer judgment and justice as a son
Into every circumstance and area of influence in my life affected by this issue of slavery.

I consecrate myself as Your son
I receive Your inheritance as a son
I declare myself ready to leave the old ways behind me
And cross over into a new land.

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185. The Battle For Inheritance

Mike Parsons
with Jeremy Westcott

Israel’s Promised Land speaks to us of our Kingdom inheritance. The journey they travelled was like ours, from slavery to sonship.

Coming out of Egypt’s bondage is a picture of our salvation.
Crossing the Red Sea is a picture of our baptism in water.
The pillar of cloud and fire is a picture of the baptism in the Holy Spirit (most of us have received that baptism in cloud: perhaps not so much in fire – though that is coming, if you have not encountered it already).
The wilderness: testing, preparation, transformation.

Finally, in crossing the Jordan they were embracing their destiny. But they could have done so a generation earlier:

Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us” (Num 13:30-31).

Because of a spirit of slavery, an orphan spirit, a whole generation did not believe and so failed to inherit – except for two: Joshua and Caleb. God calls us to be like those two. The Joshua generation were forerunners who had spied out the land – experienced it for themselves – and who were ready to lead and equip the next generation to possess [to inherit by seizing, dispossessing and becoming heirs of] the land of promise.

We have the capacity to live and operate in dual realms, and our inheritance is both spiritual (supernatural, heavenly) and physical (natural, earthly). Our inheritance is to bring God’s kingdom, on earth as it is in heaven. It is to fulfil Adam’s mandate to rule in the spirit realm and so exercise influence in the natural realm. It is to see God’s glory fill the earth.

Characteristics of the Joshua generation

A generation ago, Bob Jones prophesied a billionfold harvest. I believe those billion are the labourers who will bring in an even greater harvest in the supernatural dimensions of the kingdom. Some time ago we looked at the characteristics of the Joshua Generation, who received their own inheritance and enabled others to do the same. In coming posts I want to revisit and expand upon some of those characteristics, and see how we can learn from them in our day.

1. The Joshua generation will be victorious warriors, dependent on God for supernatural victory

The very first mention of Joshua is as a warrior.

Then Amalek came and fought against Israel at Rephidim. So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose men for us and go out, fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will station myself on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought against Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill (Exodus 17:8-10).

We understand that mountains and hills represent places of authority. This was where Moses went to stand, with the staff of God in his hand.

The staff of God

When he met God at the burning bush, Moses had a staff which God commanded him to throw down onto the ground. As you will remember, it became a serpent and then, when Moses picked it up by the tail, became a staff again. And God told him,

You shall take in your hand this staff, with which you shall perform the signs (Exodus 4:17).

Moses’ staff represented his natural earthly identity as a shepherd. It represented his own natural abilities (the phrase ‘by hook or by crook’ refers to the use of a shepherd’s staff). It represented his natural source of financial provision. All this he laid down.

When he picked it back up, it had become the staff of God. In taking it up, Moses took up his supernatural identity and abilities in God. And we can do the same.

So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed (Exodus 17:11).

It was God’s supernatural authority that was being lifted up, bringing heaven to earth and causing God’s people to be victorious.

So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this in a book as a memorial and recite it to Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” Moses built an altar and named it The LORD is My Banner; and he said, “The LORD has sworn; the LORD will have war against Amalek from generation to generation” (Exodus 17:13-16).

Inheritance robbers

Amalek were descended from Esau. They had lost their inheritance, and were trying to take it back. They represent those who would seek to rob us of our birthright and inheritance. In that sense, God still wants us to war against Amalek today.

This battle for inheritance will be in every generation, in each of our lives. Will we be robbed of our inheritance? Or will we fight and overcome in the power of God to receive it? We need to know (that is, to know by personal encounter and experience) the Name of God, Jehovah-Nissi, the Lord our banner or victory. It is only in Him, in His power, in His authority, that victory comes.

What is robbing you of your inheritance today?

Is it your past – memories of sin, guilt, shame or condemnation?
Are there whispers in your head saying you are unworthy, or not good enough?
Maybe you don’t feel forgiven.
You may retain memories of past failure, disappointments, and disillusionment.
If you are haunted by your past, then God wants to meet with you to deal it today.

Are you holding on to a slavery mentality, feeling that you do not deserve an inheritance, perhaps because you have not earned it?
Do you know your new identity, or are you still acting out of what the world and your past say you are?

An orphan spirit can mean that you don’t feel loved, accepted, affirmed or approved of; that you don’t belong, don’t have a father, home or family.

It may be stubbornness and pride – still thinking you can do it your own way, refusing to admit you can’t do it in your own strength; angry with the world and with God, thinking you are owed something; having a big chip on your shoulder.

Such mindsets and behaviour patterns are strongholds in our thinking which, unless they are overcome, continually deprive and rob us of our inheritance, the freedom in Christ to live as sons of God.

Lay it down

Imagine you have a staff in your hands.
This staff represents your natural identity, your past, your natural abilities.
It represents anything you can think of, associated with your past,
which hinders you from receiving your inheritance.

Lay down that staff.

Lay down your past
Lay down your natural identity
Lay down your own natural abilities
Lay down your natural strength
Lay down your pride
Lay down your natural means of provision
Lay down your slavery mentality
Lay down your orphan spirit.

I want to encourage you to be serious about this. In your spirit, deal with those things which are blocking your inheritance. Lay them down.

As you lay them down,
Let your spirit receive the words God speaks to you.
If you have honestly chosen to lay down your past, symbolised by that staff, then God wants to speak into your spirit right now.

I declare that you are no longer a slave, an orphan or a victim
I declare that you are Mine and I am yours
I am your inheritance
And you are My inheritance.

I bless your spirit with the spirit of sonship and with the mindset of sonship
I bless you with a deep heart identity as My very own child
Securely loved in My family

My Spirit testifies with your spirit that you are My child
Receive your adoption into My family.

Let your spirit receive that spirit of adoption.
You are no longer going to be alone, an orphan, separate, rejected.
You are accepted.
Let your spirit receive that revelation.

Receive your forgiveness.
If you have felt unforgiven, that you cannot deal with the sin of the past,
Right now just receive your forgiveness from the Father.

Receive your cleansing from past sin, guilt and shame
Receive your righteousness
Receive your new name as a son [daughter] of God.

My Spirit testifies to your spirit that you are My children
Receive your acceptance and affirmation
Receive your adoption rights
Receive your birthright
Receive your blessing
Receive my love, joy and peace
Receive my supernatural authority and power of sonship

I call you My children.

You are my children and I call you to be displayed
As mature sons and daughters on the earth.

I call forth your spiritual identity as a son [daughter] of God
I call forth your eternal destiny to bring glory to Me
I call forth your divine purpose to restore creation back to its original purpose.

Take it up

As you picture the staff that you laid down,
Now take up the staff of God’s authority and power
For you to operate in the supernatural realms
Bringing heaven’s authority to earth.

As you take it up, you now have God’s authority as His children to do His works. You have authority to do what Jesus did, and greater. Take up the authority it gives you: to overcome all the blessing blockers and blessing robbers in your life, and to help overcome them in other people’s lives; to manifest heaven on earth.

Begin to exercise your authority as His children.

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184. An Earthly and a Heavenly Inheritance

Mike Parsons
with Jeremy Westcott

If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise (Gal 3:29).

Where a will is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it (Heb 9:16).

Usually, we receive an inheritance when someone has died, and left us something in their will. Jesus, the firstborn, has died for us. He received judgment so that we can receive blessing: an eternal inheritance.

The Hebrew word nachalah means inheritance, possession of property, or heritage. It is used 273 times in the Old Testament; on 183 occasions it relates to land as a gift.

The Hebrew word yarash means to seize, dispossess, take possession of, or inherit. It is used 255 times in the Old Testament; on 210 occasions it relates to military action.

Joshua Generation

Our inheritance, then, is given by grace as a gift but is received by taking possession of it. And there can be a significant difference between what God is willing to give us and what we are willing to receive (or take possession of).

His will for us is our eternal destiny and our inheritance. Just as Joshua led God’s people to possess their inheritance, so we are to be a Joshua Generation who lead people in to receive their own inheritance in God.

What do we inherit?

  • Eternal life, starting now (not only when we die).
  • Redemption, being bought back out of slavery into freedom.
  • Reconciliation with God, who welcomes us back into relationship in His family..
  • Destiny, purpose and Jesus’ mantle: His authority, which He has left for us to pick up.

Jesus inherited everything from the Father, and He has passed on to us the right to receive our family inheritance:

All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you (John 16:15).

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name (John 1:12).

The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ (Rom 8:16-17).

We have a share in everything that belongs to God (and that is absolutely everything), if we believe. He is not a stingy Father. He does not want to hold anything back. He wants us to know what is ours.

For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yes (answer) in Him (Christ) (2Cor 1:20 AMP).

And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise (Gal 3:29).

It is sons who receive an inheritance; slaves and orphans do not:

Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God (Gal 4:7).

An earthly inheritance, and a heavenly one

This is not only an earthly inheritance, but a heavenly one. We inherit his very nature, His character, His authority:

For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4).

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ… and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus  (Eph 1:3, 2:6).

And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt 28:18-20).

In John, chapters 13-17, Jesus speaks a great deal about our inheritance, and about His relationship with the Father, and the relationship He wants us to have with Him.

The beginning and the end

To understand our inheritance, we need to look at the beginning (the book of Genesis), to see what God’s original intention was for us; we also need to look at the end (the book of Revelation), to see how God’s intention is fulfilled. As we do, we see many parallels between the beginning and the end.

We live in the middle, though, and God wants us to play our part in bringing about that end. This is all about restoration. God is looking to restore to us all that was originally intended in the garden, so that we can find the final consummation of that in the eternal garden of God.

We were made in His image, to rule (Gen 1:26-28).

Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. The Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed…  Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers (Gen 2:7-10).

Two realms overlap

You were in Eden, the garden of God; You were the anointed cherub who covers, And I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked in the midst of the stones of fire (Ezek 28:13-14).

Eden was on the holy mountain of God, and the two gardens of heaven and earth overlapped and intersected. That is where our physical and our spiritual inheritance comes together. Adam and Eve were excluded because of sin, but Jesus has opened up for us the way to access the tree of life once again. The garden of our hearts overlaps with the garden of God, and we can walk with him in the garden once more.

And at the end it is just as it was in the beginning, God walking with men:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea… And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the home of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them (Rev 21:1,3).

Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life… And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever (Rev 22:1-2, 5).

At the end, we get to do what we were commissioned to do in the beginning, to bring the rule of God into creation. And Jesus returns only when everything is restored to original condition:

… that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time (Acts 3:20-21).

Our inheritance is:

  • to be the image of God, on earth as it is in heaven
  • to be blessed (empowered to prosper)
  • to be fruitful, to multiply and fill the earth
  • to subdue or overcome to possess and rule
  • to have a relationship with God in heaven and on earth
  • to live in heaven and on earth simultaneously, as Adam did, and as Jesus did

The law of first mention

It is very important to see how inheritance is first introduced in the Bible, because the first mention determines how that word is to be interpreted throughout the scriptures.

“I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar, where you made a vow to Me; now arise, leave this land, and return to the land of your birth”. Rachel and Leah said to him, “Do we still have any portion or inheritance in our father’s house?” (Gen 31:13-14).

Let us ask the same question, do we still have any portion or inheritance in our Father’s house? And if we do, what and where is His house? (The name Bethel actually means ‘the house of God’). Where is ‘the land of our birth’ to which we should return?

Our heritage of covenant stretches back to Adam, and Abraham’s covenant is our connection to our inheritance: “in you all the families of the earth will be blessed” (Gen 12:1-3).

God appeared to Abraham at Bethel (Gen 12:7-8).  And when his grandson Jacob later came to Bethel, it was there that he saw a ladder reaching to heaven and angels of God ascending and descending, and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven” (Gen 28:10-17).

Our relationship with God brings us back to a place where heaven is open, and where we ourselves become a gate of heaven and a house of God.

‘You are My beloved Son’

Jesus was illegitimate in the world’s eyes. In Jewish culture he had no right to inherit. But God had something different in mind:

Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him; and a voice came out of the heavens: “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.” (Mark 1:10-11).

God desires to legitimise who you are, to recognise you as His child.

We are under an open heaven.
Father God is standing on the threshold of heaven and earth, and speaks words of affirmation, encouragement and legitimacy over you.
Receive these words in your spirit as God speaking directly to you:

I declare you are my beloved son and I am well pleased with you
I call you My child. I am your Father, you are mine and I am yours
I legitimise you as my child
I call forth your spiritual destiny.

I call your spirit to attention
Listen with your spirit to the words that I, your heavenly Father, have for you.

The Spirit of your Father gives witness to your spirit that you are My son
I bless your spirit with the spirit of sonship and the mindset of sonship
I bless you with a deep heart identity as My very own child, securely loved in My family
I bless you with the settled assurance that I have a future and hope for you
I have written your days in My book with love, for your best interest and My ultimate glory.

I bless you with the deep knowledge that I know what you need and I have all the resources of the universe to meet that need.

Listen with your spirit to My words for you.

My Spirit testifies to your spirit that you are My child.
I bless you with the ears to hear the testimony of the Spirit of the Lord,
the Spirit of knowledge, wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel, power and fear of the Lord.

I bless you with being tuned into Me
with eyes for seeing, ears for hearing
and a mind for understanding according to the Spirit
I bless you with being led by the fullness of My Spirit of truth
to see things as I see them in the heavenly realms.

I bless you with the deep knowledge that you are an heir, with your brother Jesus,
to all My treasuries
I bless you with the confidence that you lack for nothing that you need,
spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically and practically.

I bless you with the sure understanding
that I want you to have My blessings and My glory to possess your birthright
I bless you with the desire to press forward to see the glory that I am revealing.

I bless you with a heart that does not rebel or shrink back
from the opportunities I put before you daily
I bless you with a hunger for the manifestation of My glory day by day
in you and through your life.

I declare that you are no longer a slave, an orphan or a victim
I declare that you are mine and I am yours
I am your inheritance, and you are My inheritance.

I declare that I am your Father, and you are My son.
I give you access to your heavenly home
I give you access to the river and tree of life.

I call you to be a gateway of heaven on the earth.

You are my child
and I call you to be displayed as a mature son on the earth.

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116. Caterpillars, Butterflies and Superheroes

Mike Parsons
with Jeremy Westcott – 

We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord the Spirit
(2 Corinthians 3:18).

Transformation, transfiguration, change, metamorphosis: they are all English translations of the same word in the Bible.

We are all in the process of change. You might have noticed we have a butterfly on our logo. A butterfly is not the same as a caterpillar, although it comes from a caterpillar. And sons of God, sons of light, will not be the same as we were before being transformed into the image of Jesus. As we saw, sons will have 12 active DNA strands; we will be actively fulfilling our destinies, and our full supernatural abilities will be restored.

I love films and TV programmes about superheroes. There are a whole load of them out there, because the writers are picking up on something that is coming out of heaven. Why do I like them so much? Because I know those are some of the abilities I am going to have. I am going to be like Superman, because that is what Jesus was like (except He didn’t have to worry about Kryptonite because the devil had nothing on Him). And He was like that in a perverse and unbelieving generation, whereas we are going to be in the midst of the greatest revival the world has ever seen, surrounded by millions of supernatural beings like ourselves, and we are going to do greater works than He did.

Let’s get back to the caterpillar. In the pupa stage, the caterpillar’s DNA is literally turned to complete mush. It’s a whole furnace of activity in there and eventually a butterfly comes out, which can fly. You can watch the whole thing in this short video clip:

Do you want to fly? I want to fly in my destiny. I don’t want to be a chicken flapping its wings and not going anywhere, I want to be an eagle, flying, fulfilling everything that God’s got for me. I am sure this is one reason prophetic people among us are seeing eagles.

For God who said ‘light shall shine out of darkness’ is the One who shone in our hearts, to give light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ
(2 Corinthians 4:6)

That light and that knowledge are shining into our hearts to transform us and bring us into the place where we are demonstrating the glory of God.

Now, if you don’t really know God, then firstly you need to meet Him for yourself, be re-connected to Him, and in relationship with Him surrender your life to Him day by day. We can help you with that if you contact us through the comments below. Once you know God, you can start to engage your destiny, day one, now. Your past is forgiven and wiped out and you have a new future.

It’s our destiny, our inheritance, but we have to take it. We have to choose to line up with God’s desires for us, surrender to our destiny, and then we can be restored back to original creation. We can become what we were always supposed to be.

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