Posted by: tscottmorton | May 29, 2017

Error in the Church

The greatest error in today’s worldwide church is man made theology that causes the lack of the manifestation of the Presence of the Holy Spirit.

How can anyone say that we have no authority to minister exactly what Jesus ministered in the world? Whenever the scripture makes a clear and unmistakable declaration, the issue is certain. But when Jesus Himself makes the declaration, it is folly to think contrary to the word. Consider the following:

Jn 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

Since I have faith in Jesus, I am to do what Jesus did and more. To do any less is to cheapen the cross. To do any less is to reject His word. And what did Jesus do? Jesus, taught Kingdom wisdom and Kingdom knowledge from a place of total brokenness of self. He operated in complete and perfect humility. He was submitted to His Father in all things. He then proceeded to cast out demons, heal the sick and raise the dead. Thereafter saying… “and so shall YOU!”

How is it that today’s church should think that we have no authority to do these very same things? I would say that in such places leadership lacks the first evidence of Christ which is total brokenness of self. To move into the miraculous, the prerequisite to such authority and power is a revelation of, agreement with and then living out the giving up of self.

Churches that do not believe in, nor those that do not experience the power moves of Christ manifesting in the churches today do not have eyes to see nor ears to hear. They are locked in the lesser life of worldly religious thinking, believing in only what the senses can discern. The root issue is pride and an unwillingness to die to self-defined cranial theologies. Jesus lived otherwise on earth. He spoke nothing of His own, only that which he heard from the Father trough the Holy Spirit. He was our mentor of selflessness.

Before Jesus ever did one thing in His three years of recorded teachings and miracles, the Spirit came down upon Him and filled Him. The Father affirmed Him by saying, “This is My Son in whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him.” This affirmation was a declaration based in the truth that the Son was in full submission to the Father. Then Jesus said:

“I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is reliable, and what I have heard from him I tell the world.” They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.  So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am the one I claim to be and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” John 8:26-29

For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it.  I know that his command leads to eternal life. So, whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.” John 12:49-50

If Jesus does nothing but what the Father says, and we are to do everything as Jesus did, who is any leadership or person of spiritual responsibility to do anything outside this same state of selfless submission? The fact is that in today’s church, the clear majority of church leadership operates in the pride of their own ministry. The evidence and subsequent result is a powerless ministry, devoid of the manifest Presence of the Holy Spirit. Such ministries are then justified from pulpits or offices with harsh words of accusation against so called “Spirit filled churches.” Based in false theologies they decry against Spirit filled power moves such as of healing, deliverance and the raising of the dead.

Thank God though that there is rising today a remnant of believers who are breaking from the heavy yokes of today’s religion. They sense the Spirit leading them out of such places of spiritual bondage into places of liberty in the Holy Spirit. Then in such places of liberty, the Spirit is manifesting these healings and deliverances and restorations all around the world.

There is a crossroad that all churches are coming up against. They are being forced to decide. To the left is a wide-open highway and to the right, “the road less travelled.” We are being given the choice to go down the highway of ineffectiveness devoid of power and the Holy Spirit, or to go down the narrow road of humility, submission, power, true authority and great exploits in the Holy Spirit. Guaranteed, the wide road leads to destruction!

Jesus very first teaching was on humility and submission. All else stems from this understanding. Lest I die to myself to find life, lest I lose my life to find it, I have nothing to give into or out of the church. Only in such a way of self-death can I move into spiritual maturity. Only in such a way can I graduate from baby’s milk. Only is such a way can I exercise right authority in the church.

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32

Notice that before I gain any truth and freedom, it is prerequisite that I first hold to His teachings.

Christ likeness is the first over all teachings. Therefore, lest I become like Christ, I am unable to receive the full measure of spiritual truth. Though I might be certain I have right answers, those answers are of the mind and of the world, and not of the Spirit of truth. If I hold to His teachings, then I will gain His truth, then His truth will set me free.

This, therefore is the progression of effectiveness in the church, and it starts with love:

True love

leads to faith and hope,

leads to humility,

leads to brokenness and selflessness,

leads to praise,

leads to worship,

leads to intimacy,

leads to the Spirit’s Presence,

leads to Jesus Face,

leads to a flow of anointing,

leads to knowledge, understanding, wisdom and strategies,

leads to effectiveness,

leads to healing, deliverance and the raising of the dead,

leads to volumes of souls won from the harvest fields.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Cor 13:1 

We need a “rhema” or “revelation” understanding of love. To walk as Christ did, I must not just say that I love, or even enact displays of love, I must truly love from the depths of my selfless servant heart. Otherwise whatever I do will amount to very little. Humility and brokenness starts with love.

All these manifestations and progressions are for the here and now. They are not for our times in heaven; they are for NOW! And they are all based upon our loving will to die to all we call “self.”

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Gal 5:1

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 1 Cor 3:17 

The Spirit of the Lord is God’s power Who manifests at the evidence of selflessness. Selflessness is the primary sign of brokenness and dependency. When I totally depend on the Father for all that I need, I must then go to Him to receive it. When I go to Him, I am maintaining relationship with Him. Relationship leads to intimacy. Intimacy leads to the outpouring of all we need to reap this harvest.

Yes, we have all of Christ in us who believe in Him from the heart. But there is an ongoing manifestation of the Holy Spirit that results in a very necessary flow of anointing, the very supernatural equipping required to succeed in our mandate. Yes, the Holy Spirit is “in” us. But, He is also “with us”. We need to understand both manifestations, and walk in both manifestations.

“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:15-18

Father is calling us, Jesus is wooing us, the Holy Spirit is longing to come into our meetings! The Holy Spirit is longing for leadership in all ministries to come to the end of themselves. He is longing for leadership of all ministries to give Him their meetings. When I, as a leader of people, choose as an act of my own will to give God my meeting, regardless of what happens in the meeting, it is then when the Spirit manifests. If God is God, then what of the devil have I to fear in the meetings? If the Holy Spirit oversees the meeting, will He not identify what clearly is not of God?

Reader, the choice is yours. No longer allow yourself to get bogged down by the willfully dry. The key word is “willful”. Lest church and ministry leaderships so absolutely die to the will, they will not even be able to see what the Spirit of the Lord says to the churches. This same pride that ushered Lucifer out of Heaven is the very same pride responsible for lifeless church today. It’s indeed a Pharisaical thing. Have nothing to do with it.

I know you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are ready to kill me, because you have no room for my word.  I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you do what you have heard from your father.” John 8:37-38

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Posted by: tscottmorton | May 19, 2017

Controlling Revival

 

There are some who are saying that we are moving into a new time in the Spirit where we will be able and required to “stand” in the Presence. Indeed, the Glory of God, when He manifests, is for the advancement of HIS Kingdom on Earth. So indeed, there are times that we will be standing and ministering in the Presence of the Spirit in the days ahead. But there will be times when we cannot stand in His Presence, and those are times far more important and invaluable than the latter!

We must be forever mindful that when the Spirit manifests himself upon a people, this is a very Holy thing. God will not allow man to rend control of His move out of His hands for man to be in religious control once again. That will never be allowed in this end time Revival. As such comes this word of warning as we proceed in the works of the Holy Spirit and in Revival as He manifests Himself unto the restoration and reformation of today’s church.

As a personal and direct witness to Revivals in many places, and having had many events of being “slain in the Spirit”. After witnessing the Glory fall upon our dear Chinese brothers and sisters here in Shanghai time and time again, and witnessing the transforming fruits of His Spirit with healing power, the joy, the restoration, the setting up and the sending out that has emanated from these events of Glory manifestations, I have a very important concern regarding any notion of ministry within the manifesting Presence of the Holy Spirit.

Please read my heartfelt thoughts and know they come from a heart of love rather than any form of judgement.

What occurred in 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 occurred on the day of Pentecost, as it has through hundreds of years and countless manifestations of Revivals throughout world history since Christ’s cross. Along with 2 Chronicles 5, we have the promise of the coming restoration of the Tabernacle of David within which we will see these very same manifestations happen yet again.

Throughout the history of Revivals, these manifestations have always been the same, RADICAL, UNDEFINABLE, WEIRD, OUT OF CONTROL, STRANGE… and with the very same unusual yet immutable manifestations which are as much a principle for us today as they were in 2 Chronicles 5:14 and in the First Church… they all had a powerful transformational purpose. They all bore fruit that literally changed nations. The church was both at times slain AND ministering out of the Glory.

I have been a personal witness to Revivals in Toronto (TACF), in Texas, in California, in Florida, in the Ukraine, in Mexico and here in China where we are currently ministering in the power of the Spirit and with volumes of current supernatural fruit in every meeting… Countless times and in so many places it is always the same manifestation of Glory. Man out of control, God IN control. God taking control of man, rendering man out of control of self. The results of which are the advancement of the Kingdom of God on Earth, by way of radically touching and transforming the one. How has this immutable principle ever changed?

As a student of Revival for many years, I’ve witnessed the power of the Holy Spirit render countless people “out of control.” As Peter said to the crowd at Pentecost: “These people are not drunk as you suppose, it’s only (nine o’clock in the morning).” They were speaking in every language in the world, but they were acting drunk and out of control, exactly like this 2 Chronicles 5:14 event…

With hundreds of years of many Revivals throughout world history showing these exact same manifestations time and again, has God suddenly decided that starting now, such manifestations are to be no longer?

There is something so very precious about our times on the floor, both in the private place and in the corporate place. And they are immutable.

What I have found, time and time again is that whenever the manifestations of the Holy Spirit move in such power as to render those in residence “out of control”, man makes every effort to step in to regain control of the meeting. How many times have I heard leaders say, “We need to Pastor this!” What they really mean, 99.9% of the time is, “We need to control this.”

Pastor it, lead it, define it, “facilitate it”, all means mostly the same thing. “This is out of hand and we need to regain control it.” Though even if it is from a right heart, to declare the need to “facilitate it” is like producing food for the wolves! Hence my concern!

What the Lord said to me was this, “I have never desired that any Revival come to an end.”

He showed me clearly that every Revival throughout history was ended because of a man or woman getting in the way of God. Someone in leadership would be the “roof of the church” or the “coverage” over the church, rather than the foundation of the church, step in between the people and God and say, “Stop that shaking! Stop your uncontrollable laughter, you’re interrupting what I am supposed to be doing here. You’re scaring the people! You’re embarrassing us with all that noise and weird stuff. This is out of control!”

Most certainly, there is a new wave of Glory coming from the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth as it is in Heaven. But what happens when the Holy Spirit shows up is immutable. He doesn’t change at the whim of man’s thinking nor upon the tide of the times. His manifestations are immutable.

What was in 2 Chronicles 5:14 was the Holy Holy Holy Presence of God. So it was at Pentecost. So it is in Toronto. So it is here in China. Immutable. Who can stand in that when the Holy Spirit comes in power? Unless, of course, we choose not to. God never violates our free will.

Of course, there are times within the Presence that we stand up and minister into that Glory, and we do this here in China regularly… but ONLY when so led by the Holy Spirit. And even then, ONLY after the Spirit has been given full charge of the meeting and the first fruits of our love… almost always in times on the floor!

I love the word “facilitator”. That really is the very best word to rightly describe church leadership that should be in today’s church. But the moment that this word connotes control is when God departs the building. Herein lies my most serious concern.

The Lord told me that He is rebuilding His church upon the RESTORED ORIGINAL FOUNDATION of His Apostles and Prophets…a restoration of the five-fold ministry, and upon the original foundational principles such as in Hebrews 6:1-3.

God is calling upon all leadership in this hour to change away from religious, even pagan mindsets, where the leadership would relinquish their stronghold of control over the church, stop being the roof over the church and take their God directed place of servant UNDERNEATH the church as part of the foundation of the church. In so doing, they lift the church up to God and say, “THIS IS YOUR MEETING GOD, NOT MINE. DO WHATEVER YOU DESIRE WITH THESE DEAR PEOPLE AND I WILL STAY OUT OF YOUR WAY. BECAUSE YOU ARE IN CONTROL HERE, NOT ME. I KNOW THAT YOU WILL CONFRONT ALL EVIL IN THIS ROOM BECAUSE YOU ARE GOD IN THIS ROOM, NOT ME. MY EARS ARE OPEN, HOW THEN SHALL I SERVE YOUR PEOPLE?”

No persons have better exemplified this way of leadership better than John and Carol Arnott from the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship. I would honor them with all my heart. It’s why Revival remains there today. And the worldwide fruit from that place with the sick made well, the dead raised back to life, with tens of thousands of church plants and countless millions of souls saved is undeniable.

My concern about such a word of control is what I’ve always been concerned about where the manifestations of God’s Revival Glory are concerned. How quickly we develop good sounding ideas that get in the way of God. How quickly we fear a tiny devil when a great big God shows up in our meetings. How quickly the mentality of “Pastoring a thing” or “facilitating a thing” becomes CONTROL of the thing. And when that happens, God departs from the room. It’s exactly why and how every Revival in world history had come to an end.

There is no new Glory. There are only new manifestations of His Glory. God never changes. But WHO CAN DEFINE HIS GLORY? Those who try to rarely succeed. And when He comes, we who lead get out of His way in faith and trust… we let God lead. If God says lie down, we lie down. If God says minister, we minister. We don’t have to define it. We just take note of the fruits that validate His coming. In my witness, and in my study of Revival for years, I have found that volumes more Kingdom works were done in times on our faces than in times in which we lead. Yet both are required.

We abide in Him, we wait for Him… we live these truths in both our private and the corporate place. Yet, how many times does that result in a manifestation of the Presence within which we cannot stand? And how is it that such a manifestation is no longer valid?

I certainly agree, a new wave of Glory is coming. And how invaluable is this truth of “personal Revival” through abiding in the private place! But that does not mean to throw away the immutable for the “new thing” we sense.

I’m confident that there will be times of His Glory where we will be used within it to advance Him. But how quickly we throw the baby out with the bath water for forms of control and say, “Well then, this new way means that now it is wrong to be slain in the Spirit, it is wrong to be laid out in His Presence.” That is the fastest way to end Revival, man once again grappling for the reins of control.

But the Lord says this:

“I’m rebuilding my Church upon My firm foundation by first restoring that firm foundation. The days of Constantine style ‘One man rulership’ are over. I’m restoring identities in power. I’m restoring the five-fold ministry in power. Then I’m placing upon this firm foundation the End Time Church. THE CHURCH WITH NO ROOF!” “And as man lets my Holy Spirit lead in all things and as my church foundation is restored, only then will I bring My Glory WITH NO END. For no longer will I allow man to get in the way of My people.”

What will this look like? Radical! Undefinable! But one thing is for absolute certainty. It will not look like church as we know it today. And most certainly as the Presence manifests upon us, and from time to time, both in the private place and in the corporate place, NO ONE WILL BE ABLE TO STAND. Such is immutable.

For what am I doing if I’m trying to stand when the Lord says, “Lie down,” but getting in the way of God? 

Please consider these thoughts carefully in light of the manifestations of the Holy Spirit that are to come. Like a precious priceless jewel is this Holy Holy Holy Manifest Presence of the Holy Spirit in our midst! Far be it from me to EVER infuse a mentality of self or religious control when in such times as these. For, how quickly people grasp a new good sounding idea and then turn away from that which they cannot define.

 

Posted by: tscottmorton | February 18, 2017

The Titanic is Going to Sink!

 

“The church is a lifeboat, not a pleasure boat, to bring the news of salvation to the lost.”

Reinhard Bonke

 

Our mortal life and the security of this world can be compared to the Titanic.

Cruising along, fat on the excesses and sins of this world. Our futures end up in a shocking, bitter and unbenounced end; all the wealth and prosperity in the world amounting to nothing, in an instant.

I envision Christ rowing up in a lifeboat. He cups His nail punctured hands together and yells to the ship, “Your ship is going to sink! Do you have ears to hear? This ship is going to sink!”

“YOUR… SHIP… IS… GOING… TO… SINK!”

“Here, get into my lifeboat. I will save you. I am the only way out for all of you!”

I wonder how many people would have actually heeded His warning had this actually happened the night of April 14, 1912. But then I consider, had He already spoken to most, if not all those whose lives that came to an earthly end that night? In encounters, in dreams and visions, in the former days of their lives. How many knew Him? How many had actually discerned the spiritual message of love and salvation? How many chose wisely, to their great gain?

Today, we are riding on our Titanic. Today, Christ has come up to the side of our big flawless and beautiful liner and He calls forth to all who have ears to hear, “This ship is going to sink!”

He will not lift us up from our place of comfort. He will not pick us up and move us over against our will. We have to choose. We must get into the lifeboat willingly and of our own volition. His is the only way to safety and security.

To leave our Titanic means to leave our bondages and our comforts behind, handing them to Christ as we step into the lifeboat. It is a step of faith. A choice everyone must make before their ship sinks.

His lifeboat leads to an unimaginable place of eternal great joy and love. Our Titanic leads to a place of unspeakable sorrow and death.

Today, He calls. Tomorrow, He will call. And every day, He will call until the day of the end.

Matt 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Prov 16:25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.

John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Make no mistake, you are on that boat, and it is going to sink. Christ is calling to you from His lifeboat with a choice that you must make. What then shall your choice be?

Posted by: tscottmorton | February 11, 2017

Reach Out and Take It!

God does not owe us a thing. Because Jesus paid our price in full, down to the very last penny, at the cross.

We have been given the “Access All Areas” card, the “Get Out of Jail Free” card. We have been totally justified in His death. We have been made fully righteous in the power of His resurrection. We have been given full access to the supernatural power of God that raised Christ from the dead by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, so that we can raise others from the dead.

We have it all.

Jesus did everything for everyone all in one glorious moment in time, for all time. Nothing else need be done. Therefore everything we need has already been provided for us.

So what’s missing, when we face trials and difficulties of all kinds that bring us down? What’s missing when what we hope for has not happened?

When we don’t see or understand why things are not happening the way we desire, there is but one reason. Lack of faith in the fullness of Christ’s finished work.

If I don’t believe in the power, I cannot operate in the power. If I do not believe I am righteous, I remain under the law. If I do not believe in Christ’s saving power, I miss His salvation. Everything comes by faith.

In whatever I doubt or disbelieve, regardless of the experiences I have witnessed for however long I have witnessed them, regardless of however long I have suffered, I will not see it.

Doubt or disbelief is the essence of the leaven that works its way throughout the dough.

Some part of us does not agree in the fullness of Christ’s sacrifice. Some part of us doubts the full power of the cross. Hence what we hope for is deferred.

He did everything! Nothing else need be done. We already have it all fully available to us.

All that remains is to reach out and take it, by grace through faith.

 

Here’s my homework assignment for you!

Open up YouTub and watch this from Dan Mohler. On the search line ype in “Dan Mohler – Faith is a Perspective – 2 January 2016”

Watch Dan Mohler and you will be SO blessed!

 

Posted by: tscottmorton | February 9, 2017

The Modern Day Apostle

The Apostle never looks to be honored. He looks to honor. He does not care about a title yet walks firmly in his call.

The Apostle never seeks to be served. He serves always.

The Apostle leads by himself first being led by the Holy Spirit.

The Apostle spreads Revival by walking in Revival. He is a Presence seeker always.

The Apostle is a representative of the Holy Spirit. He is a messenger.

The Apostle leads by having relationship with those whom he leads. He loves in all things.

The Apostle restores that which is broken with truth.

The Apostle is a peacemaker who shuns divisions be speaking against that which divides.

The Apostle spreads Gospel truth by walking in the Word of truth, not by good sounding arguments.

The Apostle is an advocate. He is chosen by the Holy Spirit, not by any person.

The Apostle is a missionary. He has a mission. But missionaries are not always apostles.

The Apostle is one who is sent out. But “sent out” has many meanings.

The Apostle is a warrior. Because the Apostle is constantly confronted. He wars with the weapons of the Spirit.

The Apostle is fearless. Because he faces accusations time and again.

The Apostle walks as Christ, so that all who do accuse would be revealed to truth.

The Apostle fathers by himself being fathered by the Spirit. There are no earthly fathers but apostles.

The Apostle walks in the fruits of the Spirit, so that souls might witness true love.

The Apostle always seeks the next leader to minister in to. Because many who would lead have many doors in front of them to choose from. He guides them through the right doors.

The Apostle is a pioneer. He is always on the edge of the unknown, always leading the church into the spiritual by faith.

The Apostle leads the church off the map of what is known into spiritual realities that are formerly unknown, now revealed, yet always aligned with the Word of God.

The Apostle is just as invaluable to today’s church as they were in the first church. It started with 12, the 72, then the generations to follow.

This is who we are. This is where we are going. Step by step.

Footnote: As to gender, there are female apostles as well as male. This call is not gender specific.
Scriptural references: 1 Cor 12:11,28-30, John 15:16, Acts 20:28, 2 Tim 1:11. Eph 2:20, Acts 11:28, 21:10-11, Eph 3:5, 2 Cor 12:12, Acts 8:6-7, Heb 2:3-4. Heb 3:1, Acts 1:26, Gal 1:15-17, 1 Cor 15:7-9, 2 Cor 11:5, Rom 1:1, 2 Cor 8:23, 2 Cor 12:12, Luke 10:1-3.

Biblical examples of Apostles included primarily Paul, Barnabas (Acts 14:4), Silas (1 Thes 2:6), Timothy (1 Thes 2:6) and Titus (Book of Titus). There were first the 12, then the 72, and then generations of apostles that would follow.

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Luke 10:1-3

False Apostles: 2 Cor 11:13, speak to the importance of right apostleship.

Respectfully but very directly, whomever says that that the office of Apostle does not exist today is absolutely in Biblical error. Such is a Pharisaical argument devoid of the Holy Spirit. Do not align with such a demonic argument.

Posted by: tscottmorton | February 8, 2017

SOZO’ed By Grace Through Faith

 

Life is in the Blood. Loose our blood and we loose our life. Jesus life Blood was voluntarily poured out at the cross. His blood poured out until He could no longer live. When the last drop of life poured out onto the ground from His veins, it was finished. His death became our atonement for our sins forevermore.

At the very moment of Jesus death, the curtain that hid the Holy of Holies from the Holy place of the temple of God was ripped from top to bottom. We had just had our sins atoned for by the expended blood of Jesus Christ. Once, separated from God by sin, now the wall of separation was done away with. We, all of us who proclaim Christ as our Savior, had just in that moment been given the right to enter into the most Holy place of all, to encounter God Face to face, because God saw our sin no more.

At the very moment that the last drop of life poured from Jesus veins, was now paved the way for the Holy Spirit to come into our inner man spirit, our Holy of Holies, where the Presence of the Spirit would mark us as His possession.

And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” Ex 33:19-20

Such was the case before the cross of Christ. No one could see God Face to face and live. But through the blood, Father now sees us white as snow who have accepted Christ as their Savior. Now all of us who love Him can see Him “Face to face.” And that is Revival!

The tombs of the Saints of old burst open who were awaiting this very point in time when the Father would see their sins no more! And we were all washed in full, made completely clean of all sin for all time. Backward and forward in time, with the cross as standing at the highest point in all of history, everything points to this single great sacrifice. Christ did it all for us. And there is no longer any further sacrifice required.

The greatest moment in all of history was manifest in that one moment of time in which the last drop of life blood spilled from His veins onto the ground, that all mankind throughout all eternity, who would choose Him by faith, would be so completely set free from the penalty of sin that all are, without cost, fully welcomed to enter in to a Face to face encounter with the creator of the universe! What love! What joy! What a gift!

The blood set us all free. Free completely, for those who love Him by faith.

Then came the Power of God to supernaturally restore life to Jesus. It was a miracle. Jesus dead body was fully restored to life. Only God has power over life and death. The Power came, Grace came, the Holy Spirit came and then Jesus lived again. His resurrection in power became our resurrection in power, and by our faith, our full justification.

Thus, we have been forgiven in death and justified by resurrection power unto new life. By the washing of Jesus blood unto death we died, by resurrection power, now we also have been resurrected to a new life. We have been made completely righteous and fully justified by the power of the Spirit. We have been “Sozo’ed” by Jesus death and resurrection, and by the Power of the Holy Spirit of Grace through Faith!

 

What is Sozo?

 

Sozo: The Greek word Sozo appears 101 times in the Greek rendition of the Bible, all within the New Testament. Sozo is a product of the cross! Sozo means far more than just salvation. Christ came for far more than just our salvation. These are the meanings of this word:

  • Salvation or being born again.
  • To be saved from a certain death.
  • To save or to be saved.
  • To be made whole. Or to restore from brokenness to unbroken.
  • To be delivered from evil, or any bad thing.
  • To be healed in any way (spiritual, physical)
  • To be carried forward, or to be preserved.
  • To be made well.

Christ died and was raised in power for our full Sozo! Items 1-3: Salvation… this is only a part of Sozo, this is for then. Items 2-8: Holy Spirit POWER for service. This is for now and until we reach Heaven.

Every time you see the word “save or saved” replace it with the definition of Sozo, and you will then have a deeper understanding of what Jesus did at the cross. He is the truth of the Gospel and the power of the Gospel poured out for us! Every time you read the word “grace”, replace it with the word “power”, and you will get a deeper understanding of the power of the Gospel that Jesus provided for us!

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, 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 coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God… Ephesians 2:4-8

…you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11

For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. Romans 3:28

Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”  Revelation 7:13-17

It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses AND raised for our justification. Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 4:24—5:2 

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration (death) and renewal of the Holy Spirit (new life), whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7

“Justify” is a legal term. There must be a judge who declares that one is innocent. The Court Room is in Father’s house. Father is our Judge and Jesus blood is our evidence. To be justified is a legal declaration that justice has been fully served.

The Holy Spirit is the power Who reveals the declaration of our Righteous Judge. We have been brought from death to life. As Jesus died fully, so we, in our sin died fully to our old man self. As Jesus was raised to life, so we have been raised to life in our new man self, having now been fully justified by our Judge that there is now no remembrance of our former self, no remembrance of our sin nor is there any condemnation or punishment for those who are in Christ Jesus.

The justice of God was first required. Christ went before the throne with His blood before the Father, offering up His blood so that through His death and the power of His resurrection, we might be justified before the Father as utterly sinless. As Jesus stood before the God of Justice in the Heavenly court of the Lord, so He stood there on our behalf. Having taken the full penalty that we deserved upon Himself, we became justified. And that, not of ourselves, it was the free gift of God!

Why is it then that we continue to think of ourselves with the old man mindset? Why should I dwell any longer upon thoughts and remembrances of the old person that I used to be, when it has already been fully justified in the Heavenly Courts? Justice has been served! I am no longer sin.

To remain in guilt condemnation or judgment is to reject the truth of our justification. There is always the need for the lifestyle of repentance, and we do it as we are convicted by conscience and the Spirit of our ungodly deeds. But we don’t camp there!

Repentance through confession sets us free of earthly bondages. But repentance is not for the purpose of a re-justification. You have been justified, having been made 100% righteous. We grow through confession and repentance, but we grow all the more when we stand firm in our identity in Christ Jesus that we are a new man creation, having fully died to the old self, having been fully reborn into the new self that we are in Christ Jesus, having stood before the Judge over all, the gavel hitting the table and these words having been said over you and all the Saints, “Not Guilty!”

Now that we have each gone through this requirement of standing before the Judge over all, through the One Man Jesus, and having now been fully justified by grace through our faith, God descends upon us the beautiful precious gift of the Coat of Righteousness. It covers us. It defines us. It is who we are. It is a gift undeserved, yet necessary. Justification then makes the way for the gift of righteousness.

Being justified fully and having been made righteous in Father’s courts, we stand fully able in the new person self that we now are, by grace through faith! Not having earned a thing. Yet walking boldly yet humbly in our true identity.

For our sake he (Father God) made him (Jesus) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21

Jesus became sin for our forgiveness, we received His righteousness for our justification. Our sin became Jesus sin. His righteousness became our righteousness. We are therefore acquitted from all sin, then imparted to us is Godly righteousness as Jesus was acquitted from righteousness and sin was imparted upon Him. By this truth, He became sin for us so that we became justified and righteous for Him!

Lamentation 1:18 and Jeremiah 12:1 indicate that the Lord alone is righteous… ONLY God. Thus only God can impart that which is only of Himself upon us. Because He took it all, we are justified. And if we are justified, we are made righteous.

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:4-11

And because of him (Father God) you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:30-31

 

What is Grace?

 

Grace appears in the Old Testament six times.

Grace, or the Greek word “Charis” appears in the New Testament 148 times in the Greek Lexicon. As it is with Sozo, so also Grace is a manifestation of God born at the cross.

Here is a beautiful definition of the Greek word “Charis”, or grace:

“The merciful kindness by which God exerts His Holy influence upon souls, turning them to Christ, keeping, strengthening, increasing them in faith, knowledge and affection. The spiritual condition of one governed by the power of divine intervention.”

God has always been merciful. But the fullness of Grace was born at the Cross. Grace is not mercy, grace is power. And like the coat of righteousness that God offers us to wear, grace is a free gift for those who believe by faith.

Grace is the very same power that resurrected Christ from the dead. Grace is the very same power that brought each of us from death to life, from our old self to our new self. We have been saved by grace through faith! We have been saved in the power of the cross by faith! We have been Sozo’ed by grace through faith!

We are saved by grace through faith. We are not saved by mercy through faith, even though God is full of mercy. Our salvation is one of Power. The Power of the Blood of the cross!

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace (in His power) 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 coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:4-10

Grace is not mercy.

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

This scripture clearly separates mercy from grace. Contrary to what most theologians think, they are not one in the same.

By grace through faith we can do all things through Christ who empowers us, who strengthens us! What much of the church is missing is the power of God. Therefore because the church does not see God’s supernatural manifesting power, it has rejected any notion of a supernatural God in its midst. The power of God is reduced to the very occasional chance event that because no one can explain it, it must have been a miracle. That is the extent of faith in much of today’s church.

We are then left with arguments that only build up humanistic religion. We hear such thoughts as, “Well, I can only surmise that I’ve been born this way.” “If we haven’t seen it, it must not exist.” “ The power moves of the Holy Spirit were for the purpose of the start of the First Church, they don’t apply to us today. And besides, when’s the last time you’ve ever witnessed a power move of God?”

But these are all arguments within humanism, a form of religion that denies healing, deliverance, restoration, the miraculous and very supernatural power of the cross. It is a form of religion that focuses only on the salvation, but not on the power.

…having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 2 Timothy 3:5

There is only one way out of religious humanism, namely by grace (in His power) through faith! That is what we are after. The cross, and the power of the cross, which only activates when we choose to believe yet not see. As in all thinks of the Kingdom of God, faith must come first. Only then does grace come, only then does the miraculous occur. Faith first in all things of the Kingdom of God. Faith is like the currency of the Kingdom of Heaven! You’ll never see it, you’ll never get it and you’ll never use it until you pay up!

We’ve all seen the miraculous… namely the greatest power move over all, which is our new life in Christ Jesus. That’s a very great miracle! But that is only the beginning. Thereafter comes the in-reaping of souls, healing of the sick, casting out devils and raising the dead to life literally.

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. John 14:12

Fully one third of all of Jesus ministry in the four Gospel’s was in healing the sick, casting out demons, cleansing skin diseases and raising the dead. He walked in power and said we would walk in power. So where is the power in today’s church? There is only one reason we don’t see these things in today’s church… we don’t believe it by faith.

How do we overcome these religious lies that we have accepted as truth? The answer is, by grace through faith!

Understanding who we are in our salvation is vital. It points us in the right direction then sends us down this supernatural road of grace by faith. From one encounter to the next, from one wonder to the next, from one glory to the next glory we grow and mature in unity of heart and in the joy of the Holy Spirit and with supernatural weapons of warfare. We succeed when we move in the power that Christ afforded us at the cross!

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Cor 3:17-18

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith for faith (from first to the last), just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:17-18

Without these understandings firmly in our hearts and without our minds willingly yoked to our heart, we will be fruitless in our life walk for Jesus sake. We need to know who we are. We need to walk by grace through our faith in all we do. We need to know there is power in what we say and in what we believe, power to either build up by faith, or power to tear down by the lack of faith. This is the cry of the Heavens in this hour. Know who you are and then walk in it!   It’s what Jesus died for you to be.

Posted by: tscottmorton | February 1, 2017

Encounter With the Spirit

 

It takes an encounter in the Spirit to understand the value of an encounter with the Spirit. It takes an encounter to understand how much we need ongoing encounters! This is why our call to bring Revival to the church is so vitally important!

Revelation comes within the encounter. Without ongoing encounters with the Holy Spirit, two things happen. We dry up. And we loose The Spirit of revelation knowledge. Kingdom expression of revelation truth disappears.

We are left dry and hungry. Suddenly comes all manner of good sounding arguments from the mind of man, simply because the mind is all we have left to figure things out.

This is why most of today’s church does not understand the Holy Spirit. We fear an encounter with the mysterious. We fear the unknown. We fear letting go of control. We fear letting go of what we understand.

This is why the devil works so hard to convince the church that encounter experiences with the Holy Spirit are out of line. We must always remember that every argument will come against the manifesting works of the Holy Spirit. It is because it is by the Spirit that we grow in maturity and in power to reap a harvest. This we must always remember!

 

Start of the Church Encounter

The Church did not start with principles, doctrine or theology… It started with an encounter! Namely Pentecost.

Pentecost was not a one time single event for the First Church! Pentecost is an encounter for everyone now and in the future. Kathryn Kuhlman said it so well, “We live in the day of Pentecost!”

As Peter was addressing the crowd who came to witness what was happening on the day of Pentecost, these were his final words:

Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. Acts 2:37-41

Peter was saying, “This is for everyone now and on until Christ comes again.”

The Manifest Presence of the Spirit is an ongoing filling and then refilling! This is the Christian life. Encounter is an ongoing thing!

Ephesians 5:18 in many translations reads, “Stop getting drunk on wine, which leads to wild living, but keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit.”  Intl Std Version and the Complete Jewish Bible. 

The Amplified Classic Bible says this… “but ever be filled and stimulated with the Holy Spirit.”

We are living in the day of Pentecost. As it was in the beginning, after Jesus ascended to Heaven, so it is just as much true today as it was in that day. Here is proof positive that Pentecost was not a one off event, and there are many passages like this within the New Testament. This coming on again of the Holy Spirit was upon both the new believers in the room and upon the same people who were in the Upper Room:

As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning. Acts 11:15

We need the encounter again and again, not just for us, but for all who have yet to witness His encounter. We grow in maturity and in anointing power as we embrace the unknown encounters of the Holy Spirit. All things by GRACE (which is power) through FAITH. I say again:

“…for the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”

Posted by: tscottmorton | February 1, 2017

Word And Spirit Part Two

In addition to the last post “Word AND Spirit” I would add these thoughts:

For we are the (spiritual) circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God AND glory in Christ Jesus AND put no confidence in the flesh– – Philippians 3:3

We worship in the Holy Spirit, that is in the Manifesting Presence, both privately and corporately.

We glory in Jesus Christ who is the revealed Word of God.

We place no confidence in the flesh, which is an independent mind will or emotions. This is the way of humility to the lowest point… even death on our cross.

The Spirit AND the Word in a state of full dependence. That is the right way of the Lord.

…and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith- that I may know him (Word) AND the power of his resurrection (Spirit), and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death… Philippians 3:9-10

Posted by: tscottmorton | January 28, 2017

Word AND Spirit

“If you only have the Word, you are going to dry up…

If you only have the Spirit, you are going to blow up!

But if you have the Word AND the Spirit, you are going to GROW UP.”

Carol Arnott
Toronto Outpouring
Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship

We tend to swing from side to side on this most vital issue. But the truth is clear, we must have both. And I have been saying this clearly from the beginning…

Soaking, intimacy, seeking His Face in worship… this is invaluable. But it does not replace the need for the expression of the revealed Word of God.

The Word of GOD is invaluable. But it does not replace the need for time spent with Him in intimacy.

We must stop swinging back and forth on this issue. We need both… always. But at NO POINT are we to reject one for the sake of the other. That is great error.

Please hear me clearly?

If we suddenly reject the need for intimacy and replace it with the Word and teaching alone, we are going to dry up.

If all we do is to seek the Presence, and take our focus off of the Word, there will be no growth into maturity.

I am a Revivalist with all of my heart. I ADORE the Manifesting Presence of the Holy Spirit. In that beloved place of intimacy, I get volumes of revelation. Not just of who I am in His eyes, but in Father’s heart for His church, and much more than this!

Yet I know that if I take my focus off of His Word, there is a vital aspect of this transference of His knowledge into my heart that goes missing.

Waiting on Him as in Pentecost, worshiping Jesus, the Father and the Spirit privately or corporately, is such a great joy. But while in the Word, there is a private Revival that happens between me and my Father that is equally joyous. How I love Him! How I love the Spirit! How I love the Word!

His truth is this… we MUST have both.

SPIRIT

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart… Ephesians 5:18-19

WORD

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:9-10

SPIRIT AND WORD

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit AND truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. GOD IS SPIRIT, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24

Spirit AND Word 🔥🔥❤🔥🔥

Posted by: tscottmorton | January 12, 2017

The Prophetic A Poem

Prophet’s Call

 

Father sets the prophet who is willing to call.

Willing to die, to sacrifice it all.

To speak forth the word that Father will show.

To stand back and watch as His Body will grow.

 

Oak trees planted in a swampy bog.

Yesterday’s vision lost in today’s fog.

Rivers shifted long ago,

from where it was, their fresh waters flow.

 

Religion now formed and maintaining divisions,

clinging to yesterday’s plans and visions.

Results in a blindness to much of His word,

that speak of His healings, miracles, shifting of the Lord.

 

The mirrors cast a hazy vision,

of imperfect knowledge, God’s decision.

Though we discern some true understanding,

no man gets the glory that He is commanding.

 

Moving, changing, Rivers shifting.

Vision of its cloudiness now lifting.

Men and women discern fresh vision,

this constant fresh flow of Father’s provision.

 

Narrowly few these visionary’s numbers,

trust and faith to see such wonders.

Showing wisdom and knowledge to these growing few,

a weighty call to carry forth such a view.

 

Do equip the Saints with Kindgom discernment.

From heaven above, the word of God’s movement.

Holy call this prophetic function,

to speak forth the plan of God’s fresh new unction.

 

Imperfect in knowledge His servants discern,

it’s all that we have by which we can learn.

Oh who can know the Father’s direction?

The prophets set in, the Word at His discretion.

 

But this is the truth and is firmly unchanging,

the word must go forth before His arranging.

Then so shall it be for those who discern.

Hear now the word, our future to learn.

 

New wine can’t be placed in the old.

Why must this story again be retold?

What is past is now done and now it is gone,

“A new thing I do from this time on!”

 

Perhaps what is most difficult to take,

is the change that’s required for leaders to make.

For true it is that the prophets declare,

every word that goes forth comes a shift in the air.

 

Change is not easy for those locked in,

stuck in a place of faithless sin.

Nor is it easy for those,

who carry the weight of yesterdays pros.

 

But this is the time for God’s acceleration,

of spiritual radical harvest of our nation!

Smashing little boxes of limitations,

rejoining houses of former relations.

 

Evangelists, pastors, teachers now dying,

willingly crushed, alive, now flying!

Apostles rising, now hand in hand.

Prophets now joined, together they stand!

 

“It’s a new thing I’m doing, and always will be.

But hear it first, you must, thru these voices from Me.

See, I do nothing without first speaking forth the prophetic word.

So let them go! Let them fly! My plans you have heard!”

 

Declaring the word now with bold declaration.

Honest in love and in humble submission.

Heard, agreed, the word now going out.

The Kingdom advancing without any doubt.

 

Stands now the prophet, prepared now the call.

Willing to die, to sacrifice all.

To speak forth the word that Father has shown.

To stand back in joy as His Body has grown.

 

T. Scott Morton

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