Posted by: tscottmorton | January 28, 2016

Who Will Enter The Kingdom of God

The Way of Love

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven…” Matthew 7:15

We’ve heard it said in scripture that not all who declare the name of Jesus shall enter into the Kingdom of God. Indeed, the word is true. However, the enemy uses this word to bring fear into the hearts of many Christians. The question then follows, “Am I really saved?” “Is this scripture speaking about me?” “Have I done enough to be saved?”

We can answer these questions by reviewing other scriptures that identify the true attributes of a heartfelt believer. As we review these scriptures, and see how we stand in Him, let there never again be the question, “Am I not ‘right enough’ to be saved? Have I not done enough for Him?”

The first thing we should address is the fact that our salvation is NOT based upon good works. It is the condition of the heart that saves us. For out of the condition of our hearts come forth the fruits of our salvation. Out of the condition of our hearts come the evidences that we are saved.

Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. Romans 3:27-28

So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. Romans 11:5-6

Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Galatians 3:2-3

Our salvation, and our assuredness of it is not by what we do, but by what we believe within our hearts, not in our minds but of our hearts. What we rightly believe in our mind first requires a right condition of the heart. And that hearts condition can not BUT lead us into good works! And so, our works are the evidence that we believe of the heart. Our works don’t qualify us, our faith by grace alone qualifies us. Our works have become our evidences that we are qualified.

And so the first question is this, “Do you love Him?” If the answer to that question is a resounding yes, then the second question must follow, “What are you doing for the Kingdom of God?” The final question then is this, “Why are you doing what you do?” Is it to selflessly give away what you have been given? Or is it to be seen by others?

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe-and shudder. Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? James 2:14-20

This point is not so difficult to understand. What is the condition of your heart? THAT is what saves you. Are you in love with all that God is? Are you in love with your Heavenly Father? Are you in love with your Savior Jesus? Are you in love with the Holy Spirit? If so, then good works shall most certainly follow. But those good works gain you no higher amount of favor. The works you do have become an evidence.

And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first. Matthew 19:29-30

You are no more or no less saved by how much or how little work you do. And we can see through Jesus parables that the amount we produce is not at issue. The key question is this, “Are you producing at all?”

“Other seed fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundred fold, some sixty, some thirty.” Matthew 13:8-9

Whether you produce a hundred fold, sixty fold or thirty fold, you are by no means judged by how much fruit you produce. Herein lies a key accusation of the enemy. “You’re not doing enough for the Kingdom of God, therefore you are not right before the Lord.” That is a FALSE notion indeed!

However, what is said about the one who does not produce any good fruit out of what they have been entrusted with? Read carefully the parable of the talents:

“For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.  “Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ “Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, ‘Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ “And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ “But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’ “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 25:14-30

This is a hard but clear word. We each have been given a very great blessing, this very great salvation we enjoy. If we truly believe from the heart that Heaven and Hell are real, and if we truly know that the only way to Heaven is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and if the basis of our belief is heartfelt love… then what are we doing here on earth with the talents we have been given? Why would we not be shouting this wonderful truth from the mountain tops? And why would we not want our family, our friends, our neighbors, our cities and our nations to know of this magnificent truth?

“You (the believer) are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14

If we have been given a light to shine into the world, if we have been given talents to invest, if we have been asked to bear fruit… then there can only be but one reason to do otherwise, and that is that self has been set above the Savior.

Love is selfless. Love serves. True loves gives away what has been given. If my faith is based in love, then there is no way that I could not bear some measure of fruit with the love I have been shown. Not only do I know that I should bear fruit… I WANT to bear fruit! I do so, not because I have been commanded to bear fruit, but because I desire to, thereby doing NOT by the law, not by duty… but by love. We are compelled by love…

One can be assured; faith without works is a dead faith. The lack of one’s expression of faith into this dying world is the evidence of a cold and faithless heart.

 

Evidences

 

With this truth in mind, let’s explore certain evidences of the faithful heart according to scripture.

Our first evidence is simple. Those who are for Him are not against Him. Those who are not with Him are against Him.

Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Matthew 12:30

A clear evidence is the staying power of our faith. If we love Jesus, we walk with Jesus, we stay with Jesus. Walking with Him means communing with Him. He is the Word that we eat of and drink in every day. Being with Him is like living out the intimate love relationship between a husband and a wife. It’s why we are called “The Bride of Christ!” We live out our love relationship. We express our love one with the other. We divulge our deepest secrets one with the other. We walk hand in hand. We talk. We hug. We kiss. We adore each other. Are you walking with your Lord in this way?

Conversely, not walking with Him in this way, this is what is meant by scattering. We might say we are Christians. But talk is meaningless unless we walk out our talk. I might say that I love my wife. But living out that love relationship is the evidence that what I say to her is true.

This is why Jesus said, ” And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me…’ Matthew 7:23

And so the first test of my faith is an honest introspective examination of the state of my love relationship with my God. Am I in love with Him?

Further evidences are found in the manifesting of good fruit, of being filled with the Holy Spirit, of how my witness takes me deeper and of how I love.

As we consider all of the above together, allow me to develop these thoughts through scripture.

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:13-27

What fruit are you bearing?

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. Matthew 25:1-13

In scripture, wine and oil represent the Holy Spirit. In the above scripture, the oil is the Holy Spirit. The flasks of oil spoken of here are like new wine skins that contain the new wine.

No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.” Matthew 9:16-17

The new wine skin and the virgins oil flasks are containers of fresh new wine and fresh new oil. These things represent the new things of God and the freshly revealed Word and ongoing revelations of the Holy Spirit.

I see this as one of the most important and least spoken of truths regarding the prerequisites of salvation. And it is given in a parable so that only those with eyes to see it would see it! I pray with all seriousness that you will see this issue clearly!

So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Holy Spirit… Ephesians 5:17-18

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Holy Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19

What powerful declarations and promises are given in these words! Jesus died so that we would have the Holy Spirit in full ongoing measure. Father holds this truth in such high regard that if we walk without the Holy Spirit, we shall be left out of the Kingdom when that day comes. This parable of the Ten Virgins makes it clear that we MUST be filled with fresh oil. And like the five wise virgins, we MUST be carriers of the fresh oil! We must be carriers of the anointing! We must be filled with the Holy Spirit as Jesus commanded.

This is a discussion that is well developed in other of my writings, and so I will not go into detail. However, let the reader be absolutely assured of this truth. You MUST be filled with the Holy Spirit. And this is not the Holy Spirit that you were marked with at regeneration! It is the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the ongoing in-filling (the flask of extra oil) that we MUST receive and walk in. This baptism of the Spirit is clearly revealed in the following scripture:

And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. Acts 19:1-6

The apostle Paul imparted into these Saints the gift of the baptism of the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands AFTER they had received the baptism into Christ, which is salvation. As Paul asked this question to the Saints of old, so I ask you the very same question, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you first believed?” If not, then seek Him with all your heart. God is not a God that He should withhold good gifts from any one of His children who asks of Him. It is a necessary gift that Jesus died for you to have. He, the Holy Spirit, is your power to go out and to manifest Jesus love out of you into this dying world.

When the Spirit moves through us in power, as we witness His moving, how great is the affect upon our faith, how great is the effect upon our good works! We move from faith to faith! From faith to higher faith! And so we see again that if we are for Him, we cannot be against Him. And step by step our faith is built higher and higher, like a house built upon the Rock; He who shows Himself to those who have eyes to see. And when we see Him, our faith grows.

John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. For the one who is not against us is for us. For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward. Mark 9:38-41

Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles performed, he was amazed. Acts 8:13

…how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. Hebrews 2:3-4

These are the manifestations of the Holy Spirit upon and through those who have been filled with the Holy Spirit. And they become evidences to an unbelieving world just as a lamp sheds light into darkness! As Jesus commanded the twelve Apostles, so He commands us:

And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give. Matthew 10:7-8

And as Jesus was about to be taken up to Heaven, He said:

but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Are we so blinded by false religion and false teachers into believing that these manifestations were only for the First Church? But what did Jesus say?

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

What does “Truly truly” mean? It means that Jesus is making an extremely important point! It’s like He is saying, “Listen carefully to what I am about to say! This is REALLY IMPORTANT for you to understand!”

Two questions…

First: Where’s the time limit in that statement?

Second: To whom is Jesus referring when He says “he that believes in Me?”

The answers are simple. There are no time limits to this statement. And the person to whom Jesus is referring is you!

Jesus is identifying an even greater anointing that will manifest amongst the believers after He returns to the Father. So clearly Jesus is talking about the future Saints that are to come.

Yet even so, would God not be a liar if He were to make a promise and then revoke that promise to future generations?

Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago… Titus 1:1-2

In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. Hebrews 6:17-18

And here are the promises:

But the loving kindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep His covenant and remember His precepts to do them. Psalms 103:17-18

But the word of the Lord endures forever. 1 Peter 1:25

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He (the Holy Spirit) may be with you FOREVER… John 14:15-16

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:18 

It never ceases to amaze me how so many of today’s church leadership are so miserably duped by good sounding cranial arguments of religion and false theology. But when we consider the motivation behind such falsities, the reason becomes clear.

If Satan is being forcibly displaced by these manifestations, if such miracles openly testify to the God who has all power over life and death, and if 3000 souls can be saved in one day as was the result of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost… does it not logically follow that Satan would rise up false teachers to speak against such things?

Allow me to kindly attest to the hundreds of people I know of today that have either been outright healed, demonically delivered and set free from sickness. I am one of them. Allow me to introduce you to at least three people I have met who have been raised from the dead, including my former pastor and good friend Dwaine Tracey. He was raised from the dead twice!

When an unbelieving world witnesses these manifestations of power, they are confronted with a very tangible choice to believe or not to believe in the One to whom these miracles attest! These are the miracles of the Holy Spirit manifested through those who believe and have been filed with the Holy Spirit! And they are necessary!

Now then as we sum up the fullness of the question of our salvation, let us finish with this thought.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Love is the key to everything. It is the very key that unlocks the Narrow Gate that leads to salvation. By love, we see. By love, we hear. By love, we understand. By love, comes faith and then grace. But, love must follow with action, or it’s not love. Love receives, love gives, love sacrifices.  

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:35-40

So then, what are you sowing into the Kingdom of God, 100, 60 or 30? What talent are you investing into the world, 5, 3 or 1? What fruit are you bearing?

Are you encouraging the broken hearted? Are you housing the homeless? Are you feeding the hungry? Are you reaching out to the lost? Are you giving your money into Kingdom works? Are you providing for missionaries? Are you giving your life away on the mission field? Are you going to war in your prayer closet? Are your leading others into a state of worship and adoration? Are you teaching? Are you preaching? Are you sowing your time into your church? Are you stopping for the one?

Are you compelled by love?

The Narrow Gate has words across the top of it and this is what I see, “The Way of Love.” Only selfless lovers find it. Are you a selfless lover of the King of Kings, and the Father whom He represents? Are you a selfless lover of the Holy Spirit who empowers you in love to love? Then… Jesus, after having gone to the Cross and having been risen from the dead and Who is now seated at the right hand of the Father in Glory, has become your absolute surety. He intercedes for you day and night. He has good gifts for you through the Holy Spirit to help you along the way. And you are His and He is yours, forever. 

 

Posted by: tscottmorton | November 15, 2015

World Terrorism

World Terrorism

With a heavy heart of love and prayer to the dear people of France…

What’s going on here? I am certain of this, random killing in the name of a false religion is not the end goal of Satan. Satan’s goal is not the battle on the field but the battle of the wold’s collective mind. He kills “in the name of god”, the world witnesses in disgust… not knowing the demonic manifestations that are really behind it. The world starts to think… and then quickly hate the notion of ANY religion which declares absolutes. “Such a thing is hate language!”, they say. Soon thereafter, governments start to legislate out open expressions of faith. The baby gets thrown out with the bath water.

Satan’s goal is not to randomly kill a few people. His goal is to silence the worldwide expression of spiritual truth, replacing it with worldly relativism. His design is to silence the expression of anything as being absolute truth. Absolute truth… which is salvation through none other than Jesus Christ. We who are in Christ Jesus should take every opportunity to express love into this dying world! For the day is quickly coming when the expression of this truth will, once again, result in open and world accepted persecution. This is the Satanic strategy behind terrorism, to replace truth with relativism. Besides the raw expression of demonic hatred, enforced relativism is what this is all about.

Posted by: tscottmorton | October 4, 2015

Performance (A Poem)

Performance

Flashing glittery stage full of light,
anticipation, spectators’ expectant delight.
Music now flowing, perfection now showing.
Or speaking a word, articulately going.

Perfection and excellence in clear view,
all while sitting idle in my pew.
No threat of sacrificial need.
No way to express my call or deed.

Comfortably hidden in the front,
or just as so in the back.
Flesh unchallenged, His Face long since gone.
My thirst bone dry, in such lack.

“We do everything with excellence”, I hear them say.
When it’s over, pat their backs and just walk away.
Walk away from the call that’s so dear,
“I wanted to love My Bride in there!”

Locked out of His own church from His deeper touch,
by people unwilling to die to what they hold fast.
Or unwilling due to fear of the unseen,
or might it be loves lost, long since past?

People starving at the expense of man’s pride.
Walking wounded, a leprous divide.
Few salvations, little change, nor evidence inside.
But then comes one with guts to turn the tide!

“I’m not sticking to the old dead ways.
See, I’ve had this vision of a River, coming neigh!
Flowing mighty from the throne of God!
Now I see, now I know, it’s time to die!

A lover that’s come to a personal end,
stands up to say, “I’m going to relinquish command.
Suddenly I see, it’s been all about me,
I repent, Oh Lord, so the blind can now see.”

The threshing floor is ready.
His knife in His hand.
He beckons us in.
He calls us to stand.

On the south side of change, it’s so hard to make.
But on the north side, when done, “that wasn’t so hard to take”.
Then suddenly is realized what we have missed.
We grieve then rejoice in this newfound fullness.

Filtering rooftops coming off the churches of this nation,
leadership has given up the reigns!
Now they’re connected to the Cornerstone foundation,
the Spirit released to bring rains.

Praise once horizontal,
suddenly shifted,
becomes worship now vertical,
intimately lifted!

Love now revealing.
People enter healing.
Power’s releasing.
Miracles unceasing.

Untimely devotion this self-death notion.
But is there ever a good time to die?
But do it we must and now is the time,
if His Eagle is ever to fly.

What once was the norm has now been discarded,
The offendable long since gone.
And performance along with it, sent out with the trash,
Father’s Church has now moved on.

T. Scott Morton

Posted by: tscottmorton | October 2, 2015

Reformation of Balance

I have heard many people speak on the idea that God is changing the Church out of the old into the new. Many people call it “Reformation.”

However, I would be careful to try to define what is happening to the Church with a coined phrase. Reformation? Reformation, from what? Reformation, into what? For, how quickly it shall be that Reformation will become simply another denomination of Christianity, simply another religion based only upon the past.

What God is bringing into the Church today are His blessings, His unlimited blessings! His blessings are new every morning. His grace is new every day. His mercy is fresh every morning. And these are just the beginnings of the glory of God manifesting on earth as it is in heaven in this hour!

Does anyone really believe that God stopped doing new things at the point at which the Bible was complete 2000 years ago? REALLY???

But if we are to believe many of today’s theologians that say that there is no longer the earthly manifestation of the Holy Spirit, who say that the manifestation of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost was only for the purpose of establishing the Church and the writing to the Bible, who say that there is no longer any manifestation of the Holy Spirit in this way… then one can only agree that’s all we have left on earth is the ancient past events of the Bible.

If there is nothing left on earth of God but the Bible, then the Bible discredits itself by saying that God always does a new thing. For, if this were so, then the last time that God moved on earth in power would have been 2000 years ago! Such an argument fits perfectly into powerless man-made religious thinking.

God is always doing a new thing, and it is always supernaturally manifested. We just need eyes to see it. We are always coming out of something into something new. We are coming out of the law, out of titles and out of structure into something wonderfully new. And for all of these new things to be understood, requires the current and fresh revelation given by the Holy Spirit.

Anytime that we start to copy what we did in the past, this is the beginning of the end of revival, and it is the beginning of dead and lifeless religion.

Scriptures must never be denied. Absolutes must not change. But the old things are going away. The word of God speaks much about this truth. But, the word of God always points us forward. The word of God directs us to gain an understanding of those who have gone before us so that we can succeed in all that God has set before us! This is what the word of God has to say:

2 Cor 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

 

Rev 21:5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

 

Psalm 98:1 Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! For He has done marvelous things…

 

Isaiah 43:18-19 “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

 

And there are no better words to describe this issue any better than in the book of Matthew:

 

Mathew 13:52 Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe (teacher/preacher/wise man/leader) instructed concerning the Kingdom of Heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”

 

The religious church thinks only to bring out of its storehouse that which is old. Likewise, we find many involved in this new wave of the Holy Spirit who are focusing only on bringing out the new. But the point of truth in this matter is this: We bring out both the revealed Word of God, and the revelation power of the Holy Spirit, so that both the old and the new would be given place to manifest God’s pure truth into the world. This is God’s heart for his Church today, the Word and the Spirit! If either is missing, false religion abounds!

On the day of Pentecost, the power fell upon men women and children in the Upper Room. Immediately following, the apostle Peter went out and addressed the crowd with the Word of God! On the day of Pentecost, the apostle Peter and the recipients of the outpouring testified to this all important truth, that it is the Word, hand in hand with the power, that bring to pass the miraculous manifestations of God. It was the Word spoken of old which Peter outlined, plus the manifestation of Holy Spirit’s power releasing the new thing that resulted in a supernatural success.

We’ve got Word churches and power churches, but God wants Word PLUS power churches. The Word is wonderful, and the manifesting miracles of the Holy Spirit are wonderful. But how much more will it be when the Church manifests the Word of God coupled with the power of God into today’s world. This is how it shall be that 3000 souls shall be saved in one day and more!

This is the revival that continues. It shall happen in the Church that operates both in the Word of God and the power of God.

True revival brings constant fresh oil to those who need it. It is a place where people who come back again and again to receive fresh new oil again and again! It is a place where the seekers will receive something new every time. It is a place where people receive a revelation of the Father heart of God. Because it is true that no one that does not have the heart of the Father should be trusted with the power of God. The point of truth on this matter is revealed only to the humble of heart. Read all of Psalm 91. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty…” This is a position of humility and it is absolutely necessary in order to gain God’s point of truth on any matter.

We must understand that all of God’s power is available to all Christians at all times. This is what omnipotence means! It means all-powerful at all the time! God’s power is infinite and it is available upon his release.

God is simply waiting on his church to grow up, to die to self, to give up the reins of control and to allow God to lead. So long as men must maintain control of the Church, God simply will not manifest his power within. God will never share his glory with another!

God is calling his Church into a revival mentality that includes the Word of God and the power of God, in order to reveal the Father Heart of God into this dying world. Ultimately revival is this, the manifest revelation of the Father Heart of God to such a point that one cannot help BUT be FOREVER changed! The world needs their Heavenly Father! The world needs revival! The world needs the Church walking in the Word and the power of God!

And so, as we consider the manifestation of Reformation in today’s church, let us forever remember the necessity to cling tightly to the written revealed Word of God and to seek the manifesting Presence of the Holy Spirit in every one of our meetings that we might move forward in the new revealed things of God for our todays and our tomorrows!

Posted by: tscottmorton | September 10, 2015

Praise to Worship

Praise to Worship

Scripture defines a sacrifice of praise. It does not call worship a sacrifice!

Praise is an ascension that requires a sacrifice of whatever has gotten in the way so that we can enter into the place of intimate worship.

In praise, by our declarations of His Majesty, we push everything of our flesh aside in order to enter into that intimate place of worship. When we move into that place of intimacy of worship everything becomes easy. And then… the Presence falls!

The reason that some people are able to enter into the Presence quicker than others is because they know how to push past the stuff of life, pushing all hindrances aside and press right in!

God already well those who he is. The declaration of who God is, that is praise. And while it is good and a wonderful thing to openly declare who God is in praise, far better it is that we enter in past that place into the very Presence of God and encounter Him face-to-Face!

So many churches in the world are good at the works of praise. But few truly understand the extreme necessity to go beyond praise and to “enter in” to a state of intimacy in the very Presence of the Father through worship. Because, praise is a declaration thing… but worship is a love thing!

May you press in today to seek and find His adoring eyes of love that burn for you!

Posted by: tscottmorton | September 8, 2015

Hanging at the End of Your Rope?

Hanging at the End of Your Rope

Vision of the End of the Rope

I have seen many times a picture in my mind: a person suspended and hanging, holding on with one hand at the very end of a rope. Sometimes a man, sometimes a woman… These people are dangling there holding on for dear life to the very last strands of a rope. There appears to be darkness below. It seems that if the person let’s go, he/she will fall into the abyss. This is what is on the mind of the person hanging onto the rope. But what he/she cannot see is the existence of the hand of God resting below! It is invisible to the person holding on to the rope.

So they’re they are, men and women… hanging onto the last strands of the end of their rope. I can see, they are holding on for dear life, utilizing all the earthly effort they have to hold on! In their mind, they think that if they let go, they will surely die.

Who are these persons at the end of their rope? They are the church. They represent most of Christianity.

And what does this rope represent? The rope represents our yesterdays. The rope represents our life issues. The rope represents our hurts. The rope represents unforgiveness. The rope represents our un-dealt with issues. The rope represents our past wounds. It represents our old ways. It represents religion. It represents false beliefs! The rope represents the ways and effects of this fallen world!

But there is a hand waiting to catch us, we who are dangling at the end of our ropes. And the distance between the end of our rope and God’s hand that is just waiting to catch us, is faith.

The hand of God waiting to catch us is invisible because it requires our faith to let go. Therefore in faith, we must let go of our yesterdays, our old stuff, our anger, our issues, our wounds, our old ways and our false religious beliefs.

It truly is a leap of faith, or shall I say, a letting go by faith. And oh the liberty, the washing, the cleansing and the joy when we let go. And then all the anxiety of the ages just falls away as we fall softly into the hands of the Lord!

There, as you rest in the hand of the Father in your new-found peace, resides all the good gifts that Father God has for you… healing, deliverance, revelation and understanding, joy, peace and restoration! It’s all there! You cannot see it now. But it’s all there for you. You simply need to… let go! It’s a leap of love!

Stepping into the Kingdom mentality of the supernatural of God, which results in healing, deliverance and freedom from religion and dead works, requires our first action of letting go. God requires of us a first action in all things! But the first action is oh so simple. Our first action is simply to loose our grip upon our reigns of control and to let go of the rope!

What are you holding on to? Aren’t you tired of holding on so tightly? Isn’t it time to give God full control of your life?

Therefore, you must do the first action. Let’s go! Take the plunge! Fall in love!

I assure you, Father’s hand is waiting just below you! Fall into him! It will be the very best life choice you will have ever made in life, short of accepting Christ into your heart! He is waiting for you!

LET GO!

Posted by: tscottmorton | September 2, 2015

Vision: Our Love Gift, Our Life Gift

Our Love Gift, Our Life Gift

  

I saw a vision of the Saints standing before the Father and holding out their hands. And in their hands was what looked like blood. In their hands was the total of their life sacrifices. And the Father was receiving their gifts with joy in His eyes and deep love in His heart. Father was overjoyed to receive the sacrifices of the Saints.

 

Jesus entire life walk on this earth was an example for us to follow. Everything that He did was as an example for us to follow. We are to copy Him, to be like Him, to do like Him, to live like Him and to die like Him.

Jesus’ ultimate act was the sacrifice of His own life. How much more then should we also sacrifice our whole life for the purpose of the Kingdom of God? Just as Jesus was our example, so then we are to follow in His footsteps up to and including our own death and our own life sacrifice on behalf of the Kingdom.

All that Jesus did on earth is well documented in the four Gospels. And we have good words that show us how to be Christlike. We have a clear understanding all the way to the point of the cross.

But then Jesus did even more than that! On the day he was taken up to return back to Heaven, Jesus carried with Him the overall result of His actions. Jesus carried to the Father His blood sacrifice. He carried in His hands His own blood and then presented it before the Father as the perfect and most pleasing sacrifice once for all time for all mankind. All that Jesus did on earth lead up to this last final act. It was required before the Holy Spirit could be poured out. It was why Jesus told the Apostles to wait for the Holy Spirit! The offering must first be laid before the Father!

When Jesus returned to the Father, His work of establishing and then providing salvation grace was complete. But it was not complete until He presented before the Father His own shed blood. It was Jesus single most wonderful and very greatest gift of all. His own shed blood… His life sacrifice. It was the reason why He came. It was the reason why He lived. He lived to die so that He could bring this blood sacrifice to the Father. All of His life on earth lead up to this one moment in time in which Jesus could present the blood Father in order to see mankind set free.

Here on earth are we… saints… sons and daughters of the Most High God. Upon our confession and acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Savior, we were saved. But Jesus died for more than just this. He died so that we could have fullness in this life; so that we would be equipped with the power of the Holy Spirit to do great and mighty things… so that we would be equipped to walk just as Jesus walked and so that we could reap a harvest!

Our greatest gift, our greatest joy will not happen until the day we return to Heaven to be with the Father. On that day, just as it was on the day that Jesus return to the Father, just as it was when Jesus presented His life sacrifice before the Father, so then shall we also present our life sacrifices before the Father. Jesus’ sacrifice was the greatest of all, His very own blood, His very own life. What then shall we have in hand when we go to the Father? In what ways did we sacrifice ourselves on earth for His behalf?

Vision: Saints and the Blood Gift

I saw a vision of the Saints standing before the Father and holding out their hands. And in their hands was what looked like blood. In their hands was the total of their life sacrifices. And the Father was receiving their gifts with joy in His eyes and deep love in His heart. Father was overjoyed to receive the sacrifices of the Saints.

This is our goal in life. Our goal in life is not to just get along and survive until the day that we go home to be in Heaven with Father. Our goal in this earthly life is to so completely die to ourselves, and to sacrifice ourselves for the lost. And with every sacrifice we make there accumulates in our hands a blood offering that we shall one day present before the Father. This is what we are living for; that we might have a gift to give to our Father, and a reward to give to our King of Kings for his suffering.

Time now to wait on the Holy Spirit, receive His love and revelations, choose confession repentance and forgiveness, be healed up and delivered of all that besets us and then go forth in sacrificial love and give. Time for us to take on the very nature of Christ, and to willfully sacrifice. The Harvest is ripe in all the world!

Posted by: tscottmorton | August 4, 2015

Renewal and Soaking

Truth by Receiving

Lies seem to get in more easily than the truth does. But the Holy Spirit is the Counselor who leads us into all truth. He establishes all truth. We guard our hearts by the truth of the Spirit. The word requires the Spirit to understand it!

Truth has to get inside of us. This is why Jesus taught us how to pray, “Our Father who is in heaven, Holy is Your Name. Your Kingdom come and will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” When the Holy Spirit comes in power into our meetings, the Kingdom of God has just manifested on earth as it is in heaven! God very literally is asking us to FIRST ask Him for the Presence to come! Then comes revelation!

Then comes the second request, “Give us this day our daily bread.” And what is our daily bread, but the manifesting Presence of God in our meetings, that we might eat of Him and drink of Him and receive from Him! Then truth comes our way in power! That happens through the eating of Him and the drinking of Him. And by this supernatural way I am fully released, healed up and ready to overflow.

Truth is spiritual not mental. The harder I try the worse it gets. That’s called striving. It’s not about head knowledge, it’s about heart knowledge.

Don’t ever stop receiving. Don’t let anyone detract you from that. Finding the truth requires a constant searching. Do not rush to catch Him, but wait on Him to approach you. That is soaking. That is waiting. That is seeking. That is not striving.

Waiting on the Holy Spirit for revelation is like casting your fishnet where the fish are. But, trying to figure it out is like throwing your fishnet where the fish are not! Like a fisherman in the boat with Jesus, so it is with us. We have to wait until Jesus tells us where to cast our net. But, after he has told us where to cast our net, we get more fish than we could have ever held. That is renewal! Renewal is waiting on God, then with Jesus in hand, going out and fishing. We are then directed by Jesus, through the Holy Spirit where to cast our spiritual nets! We then can reap a harvest greater than we could ever have imagined.

We have to get rid of our ungodly beliefs. We have to let God placed truth in our hearts. That is what renewal is all about. Constantly being in-filled with the truth, then giving it away.

God Is Our Comforter

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. 2 Thes 2:16-17

In the world we look for comfort in all the wrong places. But God gives comfort in the midst of tribulation, so as to be a comfort to others. But we have to drink before we gain our comfort. We have to drink before we give comfort! We have to continuously drink and receive from the Lord. It is not selfish nor inward focused, it is vital!

Soaking or waiting on the Holy Spirit is all about receiving Him. As we are soaking, we are drinking. We are drinking Him in. We are receiving the Holy Spirit. We are receiving what Jesus Christ died on the cross to give us. We are connecting with God. The results of drinking him in, is the gaining of wisdom, knowledge, understanding and anointing. We are filled up! We are filled up to overflowing! What happens next? Rivers of living water will flow from our belly!

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” John 7:37-38

What is it to come to him and drink? And what is it that we actually do drink? He gives us fresh waters… He gives us New Wine. He gives us his blood. By the fresh waters we are renewed and revived! By the New Wine we are filled with joy, and we are equipped with every good tool to get the job done. In the drinking of his blood, we are washed thoroughly clean through confession and repentance! These things we gain as we wait upon him, as we soak in his Presence.

Soaking Is All About the Heart

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23

As we soak in the Presence, He heals our hearts. He shows us his heart. We come together heart to heart. And so we come into the Presence and we soak, so that our hearts might be healed, so that lies might be exposed and so that we may walk in the truth; supernatural truth, not in the truths of this world.

Soaking is all about love. Soaking is all about intimacy. Soaking is all about relationship. Soaking brings me close to my Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And when I do, my heart is strengthened. My call is made known. My resolve becomes clear. And then I am given an ability to do things that I could not possibly do of my own strength.

Childlikeness

God bids that we come to him like a child. And one of the greatest understandings is that we must come to him like little children. We must be like children in our receiving. Little children never question when it is time to have fun!

“I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children…” Luke 10:21

“Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Ma 19:14

We are His children, in as much as the actual child is offered to come in. Like the unquestioning child, we must naturally trust, and then come in!

No Respecter of Persons

God is not a respecter of persons. No one is disqualified from soaking in the Presence of God. Got has not chosen anyone above any other. God chose to “choose before the foundation of the world”. And this is His promise, that all who desire to come may enter in. We are all in the process of sanctification. We all need to soak in the Presence of God. We all need what He has to give us from His throne room!

For by a single offering He has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. Hebrews 10:14

How are we perfected in this process of sanctification? While there’re many ways that God does this, there is no better way and to soak in His Presence.

We need to know that God has already done everything, He has already set everything in place. Jesus work is finished. Our paths have already been set, even before the foundation of the world. We need to choose to continually walk in the path that he has already set before us. Sanctification is a process, but our paths have already been set. In both of these things, we need the Holy Spirit’s understanding. And this is an on going way of life.

Therefore we must understand that it is critical for us to go in to the Presence of God again and again and again. As we do, we move from glory to glory, from faith to faith and from revelation to revelation. Our pathway is re-illuminated in the Presence of God as we soak, as we seek His Face.

There will be every demonic plan to either prevent you from going into the presents or to stop you from going into the presence again and again. This must be clearly understood. We must overcome the lies in the mind. They come either from our pride and our flesh, or worse, directly from Satan. We must know that the enemy will level every plan of attack to stop the Holy Spirit from manifesting in times of intimacy within the church and within our meetings. Satan cannot stand the manifesting presence of the Holy Spirit. Because when one becomes filled with the Holy Spirit, that person becomes a threat to the devil. So we must understand the strategies of the enemy and choose as an act of our will to soak anyway!

Psalms 23 is perhaps the greatest psalm of them all. “He prepares for me a table in the midst of my enemies.” We need to understand that as we move in the Presence of God, as we wait and seek His Face, and as we give away what we have been given, all these things will happen in the presence of our enemies. God prepares a table for us in the midst of our enemies. Therefore we eat in the presence of our enemies. Who cares if Satan stands right next to us. We know he’s there. And so, even in the presence of our enemies, we soak, we love, we give. We know he’s there, but we choose not to let him have an influence against us. This is a critical understanding.

Sin

As we soak in the Presence of God, one of the wonderful things that happen is that God reveals the condition of our hearts. But God does not violate our free will. And so when renewal happens, it does not magically remove sin from us. We must choose this.

I have seen many times in renewals that I have witnessed, people greatly touched in the Presence of God. I have seen how the presence of God stirs the hearts of people toward great repentance. Tears of sadness, of godly sorrow streaming down people’s faces under the weight of conviction! What a glorious site this is to witness. And I have felt this upon my own soul time and again. Yet even so, God never violates the free will of mankind.

When the Holy Spirit comes in renewal, we are convicted of our sinful state. But then we must respond, we must make a choice. We must confess. We must repent. Then Jesus acts as our Advocate before the Father! The courtrooms of heaven open up. Jesus pleads before the Father our case. And we are guilty… until Jesus presents his blood. “Not guilty”, the father says! Oh what joy! God’s word is proven true. Jesus has just set us free from our sin guilt! First John chapter 1 comes to life!

All of these things happen in renewal. The light of Jesus is shed upon the darkness of our souls, and we can do nothing but confront this darkness. We cannot turn to the left, we cannot turn to the right. We must now confront it, or run out the door! We are left to make a choice to appropriate the shed blood of Jesus, to receive his propitiation. Or, to walk away in a state of worldly sorrow and miss the greatest opportunity for eternal life we can ever be given.

This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John1:5-10

But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:1-2

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal… 2 Corinthians 7:10-11

Salvation without regret is one of the very great hallmarks of true revival and renewal! People go in one way, and come out without regret. For they have left their sins at the feet of Jesus, have been washed from head to tow in the blood, and are now standing with no regrets!

As we soak in the Presence of God, our hearts connect to his. In these times of intimacy, our lover begins to express his deepest secrets. So it is with all intimate relationships. Only through intimacy do we learn the heart of our lover! So it most certainly is with God! God loves us intimacy! He loves it! He responds to it! And God knows everything. He knows all of our failings. He knows everything we’ve ever gone through. His heart breaks when our hearts break, and rejoices when we rejoice. And like the very beautiful merciful and graceful Father that He is, He wants us to enter into fullness; first for our salvation, and then for our success in this world. And what is success in this world, but dying to self.

And so as we soak in the Presence of God, He begins to reveal His heart to us. And because He already knows everything about us, He begins to reveal to us about our own hearts. He begins to show us just how much we are in need of His saving grace. He breaks through the walls of our pride in times of His Manifesting Presence. He shows us the error of our ways. And then we are given an opportunity, a very great opportunity. We can neither turn to the left nor to the right. Under the weight of his deep deep love for us, we become convicted. We are made witness to our miserable condition. We are shown our sins. Father then shows us His heart in the matter. Jesus displays His powerful blood, and His broken Body! We are then left with the choice! But God will not force us to confess. He will not force us to repent. He gives us the choice. And this is my point.

As we soak in the Presence of God, we are given one of the greatest gifts of all. We are given the opportunity to come clean. We then are given the choice to do so or to not. And so I have seen many people in renewals come in one way and go out washed completely clean. And I have also seen many people and renewals go in one way and go out the same way. And that is very sad. God never violates our free will. He loves us so much that he wants us to know, to be humbled, to be revealed to our needful condition, to be confess and repentant, and to be changed.

And so the very greatest manifestation of renewal is this, that peoples sins are always dealt with. Every great revival or renewal that has ever happened in world history since Pentecost has always included repentance. Repentance that leads to salvation. The church must understand all who declare the name of Jesus Christ shall be saved, and all who are saved must live the lifestyle of confession and repentance. For there are millions of souls languishing in the fires of hell who would not confess, who would not turn from their wicked ways.

The church must understand that it must be the very place by which the people within are freely given the opportunity to confess and repent of their sins, without anger, without penitence or without judgment. For renewal to remain with in the church, there must be a free-flowing ministry solely designed to have a place for its people to openly and freely confess and repent their sins. For, whenever confession and repentance is shutdown for whatever reason, one can be assured that the Holy Spirit shall leave the building, and revival and renewal shall quickly come to an end. This is a critical understanding.

We either disqualify ourselves by our willful sin and shame or we disqualify others by our judgments of sin and so put the fires of revival out. Or, we disqualify ourselves through false beliefs. We must understand that when renewal and revival happens within the church, all these things will resolve through the revelations given by the Holy Spirit. We must submit to Him, and let Him lead our meetings. Then suddenly we understand the revelation of God’s forgiveness, of God’s love for us, of God’s desire for intimacy with us. We are made known of our false beliefs, and we confess them and repent of them. We learn, we grow up, we graduate off of the baby’s bottle of milk and begin to eat fresh meat. We begin to eat meat that we’ve never eaten before! And this food wells up to the salvation of the world!

Maintaining Renewal

Maintaining a renewal is actually very easy. All we have to do is to get out of God’s way, and stay out of God’s way. It’s as simple as that. Every revival that I have ever witnessed that has come to an end, it was not God’s desire to bring it to an end. Every revival that is ever come to an end has come to an end because some leader or someone in responsibility chose as an act of his or her will to go in a different direction then what the Holy Spirit was requesting. The quickest way to put the fire of revival out is for man to step in the way of God. And so what was in Pentecost, as the developments of religion and religious thinking took hold. In a matter of 100 years and two to three generations, the manifestations of the Holy Spirit had all but departed from the church.

Religion is based in the mind of man. There is nothing religious about God. There are thousands of religions in the world. They are all false. Every one of them. But there is only one truth. And this truth is found through God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. It is a family, it is not a religion. He is our Father. We are his children. This is a family. This is not a religion. Christianity is not a religion it is a family!

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from home every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being. Eph 3:14-16

Religion is antichrist. Religion is like a dull two-sided knife that can cut through nothing. Religion is meaningless. Religion is deadly. Religion is lifeless. Religion is the way of man. Religion has nothing to do with God.

A primary strategy of the devil is this, to cause man to override the direction of God through independence; to reject God’s will for man to be dependent. Independence is born from pride. Independence births conclusions independent of God.

We are called to take on the yoke of Jesus Christ upon our minds. A yoke includes a bit in our mouths and reins of control that are to be given over into the hands of the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit is supposed to lead us. We are not supposed to lead ourselves. But in most of today’s church, leadership has misunderstood what it is to rightly lead the church. Leaders have taken control of their meetings away from the Holy Spirit. They have taken the reins of control out of the hands of the Holy Spirit into their own hands. This is the beginning of religion.

Fear is the beginning control. Control feeds religion. And religion is the beginning of the end for renewal.

Satan has a primary goal in mind for church leaders. He works to sow fear, division and trouble within the church. When something new happens, and the manifestations of the Holy Spirit occur, all leadership are confronted with a test. This is the design of the Holy Spirit. As leaders, how will we respond when we see someone shaking on the floor as if drunk with alcohol? I ask you, how did Peter respond to this in Acts chapter 2 verse 14-17?

“Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh…”

Those who witnessed the manifestations of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost were given a test. The apostle Peter new the right answer. This was God!

How will we respond when we witness manifestations that we do not understand? Satan will always come with the temptation to fear it. Just as it was in the day of Jesus, when Jesus manifested the Holy Spirit’s power through healing and deliverance, He was accused of being a demonic. He was accused through the minds of the witnesses; these witnesses who were the church leaders of their day. The witnesses were being tested. So will we, every time the Spirit manifests in power!

Satan’s house is a house divided, and so he accuses by blaspheming the Holy Spirit. He accuses through the minds of the witnesses “that’s not God, that’s of the devil.” Whose argument shall we bring when these manifestations occur? And what does the Bible say about the one unforgivable sin, which is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.

How many times have I witnessed in revival witnesses who question what they are seeing. That is normal! We must understand, we shall all be tested when the Presence of the Holy Spirit manifests in our meetings. The key is in how we respond!

How shall we respond when we see something that we do not understand? The answer is simple. God is the creator of the universe. Satan and his demons are nothing but grains of sand, nothing but an annoyance to God. God, in an instant, can flick away the devil at any point of his choosing. God is great, but Satan is nothing but a created being who must submit to God. Why then do we give Satan so much credit? What are we afraid of in our meetings? If God is in control by the manifesting Presence of the Holy Spirit in our meetings, then who can stand against Him! What are we in fear about? God prepares a table before us in the midst of our enemies! Of whom shall we fear? Fear is only a strategy of the enemy, It is a temptation. If we choose to fear, sin has entered in to our meetings. If we choose to fear, we have just invited Satan into our rooms. If we choose to fear the result most certainly shall be the end of renewal.

If God is in control of our meetings, what do we have to fear? If there is something manifesting within our meetings that is demonic, if we trust in the Holy Spirit’s Presence, then we know that he shall make it known to those who lead with dependence! We then shall have all the authority required to cast such a thing out. It’s easy.

But there shall be times when we are not sure. In those times, we are not to touch it! Greater is He who is in the room than he who is in the world! If we give God control of our meetings, then God will take care of the demonic. We have no idea what is going on in the unseen realms. And so, right leadership is a state of utter and complete dependency. And it must forever be. For, the very moment we begin to move away from this state of dependency, the moment we begin to take the reins of control away from the hands of the Holy Spirit into our own hands, that is the moment in which the beginning of the end of renewal has begun.

And so fear is the temptation that the enemy sows into the minds of leaders, into the minds of all who witness. We must actively come against this manifestation of Satan through humility and dependence upon the Holy Spirit. This is how we maintain renewal in our meetings.

For, the Holy Spirit will not share leadership with anyone, nor should He. Father God is Lord over all. Jesus is the Son of the Father. Jesus does nothing but what the Father tells him to do, and nothing but what the Father tells him to say. The Holy Spirit does nothing but what Jesus tells Him to do or to say. And so the Holy Spirit is perfectly submitted to Jesus, and Jesus is perfectly submitted to the Father. Right order in church is this; that the leadership of the church must be perfectly submitted to the Holy Spirit in trust, faith and obedience. This must be clearly understood. For the very moment that a church leadership chooses to step out of humble submission to the Holy Spirit, this is when the mind of man interferes with the mind of Christ. This is why the enemy comes against church leadership with everything he has to sow fear and control, the primary purpose of which is this, to put the fire of the manifesting Presence of God out!

Once again it comes down to this. God never violates the free will of man. We have a choice. Our life is full of choices. Anytime we choose from a state of independence, we shut out God’s influence in our lives. Whenever we choose from a state of dependence, there is made a way for God to work in our lives.

Renewal is all about dependence. Renewal is all about a hungry people who are starving for the food that God has prepared for us from His bounty! Renewal is all about a thirsty people who long for the waters of the Holy Spirit, and who are thirsty for the New Wine that only God can supply. God is calling us to be transparent about our need, to come together, to be a family, and to seek His Face without fear.

Then comes the Holy Spirit. He pours himself out upon us. Joy fills the room. Godly sorrow fills the repentant heart. The sick are made well. Devils are cast out. Inner wounds and hurts are healed. The Body of Christ is equipped with a anointing. People are utterly changed! And the Kingdom progresses on earth as it is in Heaven!

Conclusion

Renewal is a corporate event. God designed it this way so that when we come together we may all partake of His glorious Presence together. We come together in unity so that we may together receive His Presence, and all that comes with it. We come together so that we may partake in what Jesus died for us to have and then go out and reap a harvest of souls in power! This is what renewal is all about. Like in a bowl, we all come together, He falls in power and hits everyone all at once. What a wonder it is when this joy fills the room and people are utterly changed forever! This is what Jesus died that we might have in full!

Posted by: tscottmorton | November 5, 2014

Seesaw Politics

In the last two blog posts I’ve made, I have been discussing this concept of balance, as balance pertains to the Kingdom of God. Just now, another American election is complete, and once again we see the effects of “the pendulum” of truth swinging from one side to the other. Over the last few elections, the way of the pendulum has gone to the left. Now, and once again, we’ve seen a swing past the point of truth to the other side of out of balance. Politically speaking, I am not saying which side is correct. What I am saying is that we, as a nation, have been in this decades old process of seesawing to the left and right past the point of what is truly right. What is the deadly motivating factor behind this process? As it has always been in all things spiritual, so it also is in the world, envy and strife.

What’s amazing to me is how narrow minded and “current event minded” our nation can be; cultivated by two very out of line and out of balance entities we call the “right” and the “left”. What so many fail to understand is that rarely what economically occurs during the leadership period of one president is the direct fault of said president’s policies. What one president enacts, in many, if not most cases does not materialize until after his presidency. I don’t blame Bush and I don’t blame Obama. I blame bipartisan hatred that sets in motion a perpetual seesaw effect of instability in our economy and our national reputation. It’s way past time for peer respect, a culture of honor and agreement between parties in order to right and then stabilize our American ship! The instability of America, even our national identity has been greatly damaged for two primary reasons… envy and strife. And where there is envy and strife, there resides every evil work.

Posted by: tscottmorton | October 29, 2014

The War Against Holy Spirit Presence

Today there has been manifesting many arguments amongst “Spirit filled leaders” that question the need and purpose of the Manifesting Presence of God in times of Revival. These arguments range from outright rejection of the need for the Holy Spirit to be with us in the first place, to forms of judgment against those who seek the Holy Spirit without desiring the call to ministry.

There are so many forms of arguments that the enemy levels to silence the Manifesting Presence of God within the Church. He does this in order to put the fire out at all cost. He uses the cranial thinkers to bring such arguments, those who are not speaking by the Spirit, but by what they presume to think.

Satan knows that if we, the Church, will bite on any of these arguments, that we will place the mind of man over the Mind of Christ, shut out the Holy Spirit either by will or condemnation, resulting in a powerless church.

One of the most serious of arguments I am most concerned about in this hour is the one that says, “The church is more interested in the Presence than in doing the works of the Kingdom.” This argument says that people “come in only for the experience, but stop there.” And there is much truth to this concern. However far greater is the error that lies within this argument! It is to this issue that I write.

Seeking Revival

I am ALL about Revival experience. That is my ministry, that is my call… namely to make a place for people to come in and to experiencing God.

I’ve been in many Revivals. Toronto over 60 times (Not because I was a Revival junkie. Rather, because my piloting job took me there three to five times per month back in the late 90’s, early 2000’s) I went back again and again because I loved the relationship I was gaining in the Father. What I did not know until later was that Father was laying in me destiny. He was dropping “equipping” into me. The anointing that breaks the heavy yoke, and a wisdom that confounds the wise, He was giving me. Most of which would birth at a later date.

Revival, and the seeking of the same, MUST pre prerequisite to all other activities. Why? Only in His Manifesting Presence do we gain truth that overcomes what we think. (Holy Spirit, the Helper who leads us into all truth.) Only in His Manifesting Presence are we even made aware of the call that we have been given. Only in His Manifesting Presence are we given the tools to fight this war that we are in with supernatural success. Only in His Manifesting Presence do we gain the revelation understanding of the Father heart of God who loves us unconditionally, the greatest motivational factor of all that calls me to “do” for Him.

Only in His Manifesting Presence are we made known to the power that heals the sick, cleanses the leapers, casts out demons and raises the dead, and then we are given that power. His Manifesting Presence = Revival.

Without Revival, we are all but dead in the murky stagnant lifeless religious waters of this world. No power, no effectiveness. No power, and we are left only with the minuscule ability of the flesh and cranial mind of man.

Revival must precede anything and permeate everything.

Here is the main point I am trying to make: We can not get our minds right before the Spirit will ever come in power. We need the Spirit to come in power before we will ever get our minds right. Works do not precede relationship. Relationship precedes works. It must, lest all that we do be of our own cranial judgments, lest our efforts be based in works rather than in relationship.

Such an argument that accuses seekers of “laziness” suggests that we need to have a works mindset before we seek Revival. That is to say, we need to have a “do” mindset before we come in and seek Revival. That is the cart before the horse.

Indeed there are many “Presence seekers” who stop short of doing the works we’ve been called to do. But I hear this very same argument time and again amongst today’s “Spirit filled leaders”. It becomes ammunition for the Spiritless on the far left, as well as many who have yet to experience the Presence to say, “We don’t need to seek Revival, we need to go out and do the works!”

It is an argument that pushes the pendulum of truth from out of balance to the left (that says there is no more Holy Spirit as it was in Acts) to out of balance to the right (which says that we are Presence seekers not willing to do the work). You see, both arguments result in the same thing… reduce or eliminate the need to be seekers of the Holy Spirit Presence. These arguments bring a sense of condemnation for making the effort to seek His Face in times of manifesting Revival. Because, we have placed our cranial thinking above that of the Father, we have placed the cart before the horse.

God loves those who seek His Face. And there are plenty of scriptures that make clear that point. But, after the Presence falls, we are left with the decision, and the choice, to get off our comfort seats and get out and do the work. However, God NEVER motivates us to do so out of any position of anger. True, the Presence will never cause us to get up and do the work. God never violates our free will. But that choice should never precede the irreplaceable need for the equipping that makes us able to do so. God loves us into the call.

If we have not gained prior equipping found only in the Presence, the results are works of man that get nothing done. FAR more important it is that people see the invaluable, mandatory and prerequisite need for the Manifesting Presence of the Holy Spirit, than we see the need for any form of Kingdom work. Because no Kingdom work will ever succeed in power without the anointing that comes first, only in times of Revival. We need the Presence first…

Ma 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Ma 6:9-10 Our Father who is in Heaven, hallowed be your name. Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…

Our first request of Father God is that He would bring His Kingdom to us on earth as it is in Heaven. Our first request is for the Spirit to come in Revival. All other requests follow, all other duties follow. Works of any Kingdom value follow the Presence. Works never precede the Presence.

As for us here in Asia, we have soaking meetings, available for all. I pastor (facilitate) them. We come to a stop and wait on the Presence of the Lord. In almost every one of our meetings, we see some form of physical healing, inner healing or deliverance. It is a magnificent Kingdom work of the “one to One”. Many who attend ARE going out and doing the works within the city. Some walking right into the local brothels and drawing out prostitutes into the truth. Others, ministering in direct demonic deliverance. Still others drawing the faithful to powerful revelation based intercession. Myself, I am ministering directly to local church leadership what it is to regain Revival. And the Spirit is showing up in power.

Why? First and for most… experiential relationship, then a release of the intimate knowledge of the Kingdom of God… then, and only then comes the presentation of the call to works. Thereafter they who receive the blessings of Revival must choose of their own volition to go out and do the call.

To those who say that Revivalists are merely experience seekers, I say this: Faith without experience is a dead faith. I would ask the question, “Are they promoting a works mentality in the reverse? Are they bringing a judgment against the very means by which people are made able to get up and do?” Think it through in the Spirit…

Remember, any part of our thinking that has not been expressly revealed from the Holy Spirit is just that, man’s thinking. Those of us who express Kingdom wisdom must be wholly and totally submitted, “yoked, mind to Spirit” to gain all wisdom and truth, lest we speak from our own minds what we think is the truth on any given Kingdom matter and do damage to all who hear of it.

Is there a way to all truth? Only by the Holy Spirit in times of His Manifesting Presence on earth as it is in Heaven.

For it is, “Not by might, nor by strength, but by My Spirit says the Lord Almighty.” Zech 4:6

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