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The Door… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley on August 17, 2022 by paulthepoke

“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” (John 10:9)

Jesus is the only door to the Father. There is no other door that gives us access. The “in and out“ that Jesus was talking about means that we go in and out of the Father’s presence, which is glory, and we find pasture to release that glory so that He fills the earth with it. The pasture is where we minister to other people in the world somewhere. We do this by releasing God’s glory through our words and works that match the Holy Spirit’s words and works. It transforms a perishing death-like condition (anything that doesn’t have perfect peace) into glory, so that it lives and does not die.

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;” (Psalm 23:5)

“Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.” (John 8:51)

“Most assuredly, 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 My Father.” (John 14:12)

Reconciled in Christ to the Father… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , on May 26, 2022 by paulthepoke

To be a Christian means being reconciled ‘in Christ’ to the Father–the only way at all to be reconciled. It means to lay down our lives, how we want to live, and to allow Christ to live through us instead.

We do not transform Christ into our image, hence 36,000 different denominations. We transform into Christ’s image, which is glory, from one level of glory to another (2 Corinthians 3:18) as we surrender our will (of the old sinful nature) for His will (the new nature of His glory) in love. His glory makes the church one.

To truly belong to Christ, we must be willing to give up everything. We can’t perfect the old nature. We must die to it and receive a new nature: the nature of God’s glory. In dying, we find His life.

Thank you, Jesus, for your sacrifice so that You could give us your garment of glory to wear, that we may not be found naked and ashamed when You come for us. Thank You for the blood You shed for us for forgiveness of sins, and for your body broken for us so we can have healing. Thank You for taking our sins and shame upon Yourself and killing the old nature of sin, and for reconciling us to the Father in You (in Christ).

“God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:19)

“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.” (Matthew 16:25-27)

Blessings to everyone!

Temple Veil Torn… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Gospel, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2022 by paulthepoke

In Matthew 27:50 we read “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.” The next 3 verses is all one sentence.

“And, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves AFTER His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.” (Matthew 27:51-53)

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Mark 15:37-38 And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.

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Luke 23:44-46 It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.

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The veil is symbolic of Jesus’ flesh that was broken for us, and raised for us, and ascended to the right hand of the Father for us, giving us access into the Father’s presence, which is glory.

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near…” (Hebrews 10:19-22a)

The place of the Holiest (the Holy of Holies) is at the Father’s right hand of glory, not anywhere on the earth or still hanging on the cross. The cross is a way-point to the Father, and Jesus is the way. He is also the door allowing us entry into the Father’s house (His presence).

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:1-3)

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Jesus never meant for us to remain forever hanging on the cross that kills us. Rather we carry the dying of Christ in us which even daily puts to death the old nature, so that the life of Christ, which is the glory of the Father, might also be revealed in us. We died with Him and are raised with Him, and we are seated in Christ right now at the Father’s right hand. And Jesus gave us His garment, the glory, to wear right now, not after we die.

If someone only has Christ in them, the hope of glory, they aren’t living the new life yet and still struggling with sin, because their perspective is on the earth. We need to shift our perspective to where Christ is, coming all the way up to where we are seated in Him at the Father’s right hand. If someone can only see Jesus hanging on the cross, as if He said “I am the way to the cross” and not “I am the way… to the Father”, then they haven’t awakened the glory within them yet to shine on them. The cross is true and we were buried with Him, but it’s also true that we were raised with Him and seated in Him at the right hand of glory.

Jesus said to His disciples (including us who are also disciples), “These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father.” (John 16:25)

Notice how Jesus just revealed that all of His figurative speaking, parables etc., was doing one thing: telling the world about the Father—the place where He was taking us. And He was going to speak plainly to His disciples. So, if you’re a disciple Jesus will introduce you to the Father. Then notice how after Jesus told them plainly which was immediately, His disciples received revelation from the Father and understood all things.

“His disciples said to Him, ‘See, now You are speaking plainly, and using no figure of speech! Now we are sure that You know all things, and have no need that anyone should question You. By this we believe that You came forth from God.’”

Then Jesus said, “Do you now believe?” And started telling them how they would all leave Him alone, but He wasn’t alone, because His Father was with Him.

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Once Jesus reveals the Father to us, this is how we are too. Even if everyone leaves us, we are never alone. We are strong because Christ, the glory, is the strength in our weakness, and we can endure anything because we have His joy. Joy and perfect peace are clear evidences of His glory radiating out of us—shining on us.

“All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, AND the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” (Matthew 11:27)

Let’s set our minds on things above where Christ is. Where is He? At the Father’s right hand. We died with Him already. Now we live in Him at the place where He is, where life is.

If we shift our focus to where Jesus is right now, the glory treasure that He deposited within us will wake up instantly! And we will know it because we will have instant joy and perfect peace.

“Wake up O sleeper! Arise from the dead! And Christ will shine (dawn) on you.” (Ephesians 5:14)

“Wake up My glory! Wake up psaltery and harp! I will awaken the dawn. (Psalm 57:8)

Who is Christ Jesus and What Does That Mean For Us Today? Part 2… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , on March 10, 2022 by paulthepoke

In Matthew 16:1-20, when Jesus asked Peter, “Who do men say that I am?” His answer was, “You are the Christ, Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”

It was never Jesus’ job to reveal Himself. It is the Father’s job to not only draw people to Jesus (John 6:44), but also to reveal that Jesus is His Christ. Interestingly, it is Jesus’ job to reveal the Father to those He chooses. “No one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. (Matthew 11:27)

The Father was not to give His glory “to another” OTHER than the Messiah (Christ) (Isaiah 42:8), and the Messiah gave His glory to us (John 17:5,22, Colossians 1:27). Christ the Messiah was one with the Father by way of the glory. It is the glory of God that makes things one (John 17:22).

Now we are carriers of this glory-treasure that is hidden “in earthen vessels” (2 Corinthians 4:6-7), until we discover it and activate it, hence Paul’s commands to “put on Christ” (Romans 13:14) and “stir up the gift” (2 Timothy 1:6).

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It is not automatically activated upon receiving Jesus. It takes a true disciple to go deeper with God. That is a choice we make to choose Him, although He chose us first (John 15:16). Author, Larry Thompson, wrote in his book Riches of Glory, “We are born of imperishable seed, but as long as the seed remains inactive and not germinated, then nothing manifests.”

Jesus commanded “His glory into us.”

“This treasure in our earthen vessel is now, not when we get a glorified vessel. We are fellow-workers with the Father of glory, manifesting His glory wherever we go.”

Jesus “restored the glory. Now we restore the glory wherever we go, in all that we say and do.”

Thompson, Larry, Riches of Glory: Secrets of the Kingdom Series (St Helens, OR: Streams of Glory Ministries, 2019), 41.

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When we speak of the person of Christ, we are speaking of a Man who operates in the fulness and brightness of the Father’s glory in exact representation of His person (Hebrews 1:3), or in the case of a man (or woman) in the process of being transformed into glory, the Holy Spirit is transfiguring us into the image of Christ from one glory level to another (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Jesus took off His garment of glory to put on our garment of flesh and entered our world to die, rise, and ascend to the right hand of the Father. From there He poured out His blood upon the mercy seat before the Father for the forgiveness of our sins, and He put the garment of glory back on.

He gave us the same garment to wear even in this life by pouring out His Spirit of glory into us, to be awakened more and more. To the degree that we activate the glory within us will be the degree our lives reflect Christ in this world. We do this through abiding in the word and allowing Jesus’ word to abide in us, through repentance from dead works and leaving the world of sin, through communion and fellowship with Christ and the church, through actively and daily separating the precious from the vile so we can be as God’s mouth (Jeremiah 15:19), and through speaking the words we hear the Holy Spirit declaring to us, and doing the works we see Him doing.

Who is Christ Jesus and What Does That Mean For Us Today? Part 1… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , on February 2, 2022 by paulthepoke

Think of God, the Father, as the glory, and think of Christ as another layer of His glory manifested in the Man Jesus. Christ is the express image of the Father’s person, and the brightness of His glory (Hebrews 1:3). This divine nature of Christ is the exact image of the Father. To speak of Christ is to speak of glory. These are interchangeable terms according to the apostle Paul, and author, Carey Newman, in his book Paul’s Glory-Christology. He quotes C.A.A. Scott in, “it is difficult to resist the conclusion that for St Paul… the Glory was an equivalent for Christ.”

We can better understand who and what ‘the Christ’ is by looking at Exodus 33:22 and Colossians 1:27. Also John 2:11; 11:40. When Moses said, “Please, show me Your glory.” God answered, “So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and will cover you with My hand while I pass by.” The Father used ‘My glory’ and ‘I’ interchangeably. The Father is His glory.

Christ is also the glory, interchangeable terms, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27)

Jesus existed in heaven with the Father as the Word (Logos) of God before the foundation of the world and God created everything through Him. On earth He had two natures, human (the Man) and divine (the Christ).

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen affirms this by referencing Luke 22:42, “Not My will, but Yours, be done.” Jesus was born without sin because God was His Father. He had no sin nature, and His mind did not need transforming. He had a human nature (like Adam before sin), yet He heard the Father’s voice clearly and obeyed Him perfectly. He never broke fellowship and daily surrendered His will out of love for the Father. If Jesus had only one nature on earth, there would be nothing to surrender to another, nothing to sacrifice for the sake of love.

God is about intimate fellowship: one makes a request and the other willfully surrenders. Jesus, the Man, did not want to die. The pain, shame, loneliness, and sense of abandonment from His Father was excruciating. The Father was all He had ever known. With a perfect human nature Jesus never gave into His own will, because His mind did not need renewing.

Ours does. Every speck of it.

Jesus surrendered His will even to death, and continually aligned Himself to the Father while He lived. Separated from His Father on the cross, He truly experienced how we feel. Without a human nature, He could not have identified with our suffering. Without a divine one, He could not have reconciled us to the Father. Considering all this, 2 Corinthians 5:19 makes much more sense, “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing” our “trespasses to” us, “and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”

Carey C. Newman, Paul’s Glory-Christology: Tradition and Rhetoric (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2017), 3.

Kärkkäinen Veli-Matti, Christology: A Global Introduction (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 2016), 68.

Accept God’s Grace… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Gospel, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2021 by paulthepoke

There is someone out there today whom God, our Father in heaven, wants to know that He can forgive you and He wants to more than anything. He already sees and knows every detail about your life all the way back to when He created you until now, even to the end of your life if you have an end.

He still loves you, immensely, intensely, more than you may ever realize in this life. Please do not give up. He can fix anything literally, no matter how bad, no matter how hurtful, no matter how impossible it seems. What seems unbearable and unforgiveable in this moment can change in an instant. No matter how many sins you have committed, especially the ones you think passed the threshold of God being able to forgive. All can be forgiven. Nothing is too hard for Him.

If you have written yourself off, God has written you back in. He is a good Father who will do anything to bring His son or daughter back home. Your sins which are many and too hurtful to even think about. Or perhaps you have lost feeling over them and that worries you, can be forgiven, all of them instantly. The entire weight of it all, no matter how heavy or ugly, is lifted off you. You will feel it go too. The weight of it gone, just like that.

Your Father loves you more than you can imagine. He is not condemning you. He wants to heal you completely, and He is the Healer. That is why He sent Jesus. That is why the Father walked this earth through His Son Jesus and took man to his worst end so that he can bring man to his best end, forever reconciled to Him.

Though it is a mystery, Jesus gave up His life so that the old nature of sin and the propensity toward sin can be put to death in you. He rose from the dead by the glory of the Father so that His life. The new nature of His own glory can be imparted to you. This is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

But He does not leave you in a state of only hope that can be disappointed. His glory wakes up within you as He fills you with His Spirit and the new nature of His own glory begins to operate in you.

Jesus went to be with the Father, and He showed you the way to the Father, and He sat down at the Father’s right hand on the very throne of glory, so that you can be seated there with Him right now and forever.

Allow yourself to be forgiven. Dare to see just how far God’s grace and glory can reach and transform. What have you got to lose? The very moment I decided to give God a 100% chance show me who He is, is the very moment He showed up. He was always there, but He showed me that He was there. He did not wait to interact with me. He only briefly waited for me to show a genuine attempt to know Him.

If this is for you, know that you are not alone, and that I am praying for you. Your Father in heaven does love you and can fix literally anything. All suffering is meant for His glory. The greater the suffering the more His glory is about to be released. It is at the point of being released. Please give Him that chance. In fact, the more you have sinned, the more you will be able to love God, because the depth of our ability to love corresponds to the depth of His forgiveness toward us.

Luke 7:45-47 Jesus said, “You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore, I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”

If this is for you, pray this with me,

“Father in heaven, thank you for giving me this chance to be forgiven. My sins, which are many, I give to you. Thank you for giving your Son Jesus to die for me on the cross and take my place. Thank you for raising Him from the dead by your own glory and raising me from the dead with Him. Thank you for seating Jesus at your right hand on the throne of glory and seating me there with Him. I know I do not deserve that and there is no way I can earn that position in Christ, but I receive it by faith. Your word says that I have access into your presence through the door of Christ and through your promises to me. Thank you that you loved me so much that you died for me even while I was still a sinner. You believed this day would happen when I would come to you and finally surrender my life to you. Without Christ I know that I can do nothing, but with Christ nothing is impossible, and all things are possible. I am trusting that your word is true and that you can make something wonderful of my life. I promise that if you give me all of you then I will give you all of me to the best that I know how. Baptize me in your Spirit and fill me with your glory Father. I believe that Jesus died for my sins and that Christ in me put to death the old nature in me. I believe that Jesus rose from the dead by the glory of the Father and raised me up with Him. I believe that Jesus went to be with the Father and brought me there with Him. I choose You Papa because You first chose me. I love You Father because You first loved me. Thank you for your wisdom. Thank you for your favor. Thank you for giving me your Spirit and making me perfect on the inside in the inner man. Thank you for the daily transformation of my mind that is to come as I make your word my home and you teach me how to be your child and to operate in your glory, which is Christ in me that I am learning to wear on me on the outside. Thank you for eternal life and for all that you will do in me from here on out. Thank you that you are strength in my weakness, that you are filling me with joy and taking away my sorrow, that you are imparting to me your vision for me so that I can know my life has meaning. I give you all of me because you gave me all of you. In Jesus’ mighty name I pray, Amen.”

ONE Kingdom and Christ is the King… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2021 by paulthepoke

The kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God are describing the same kingdom—the kingdom of glory, where the presence of our Father saturates the atmosphere, and where Christ Jesus is the King of glory sitting on the throne of glory at the Father’s right hand of glory. Jesus proves it here when He compared His kingdom to something.

“The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.” (Matthew 13:33)

“To what shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.” (Luke 13:20-21)

The different phrasing was used because Matthew was writing to the Hebrews who had a concept of heaven, and Luke was writing to the Greeks who had a concept of god.

These are not two separate kingdoms, and the devil most certainly does not have control or authority over our Father’s kingdom. Jesus stripped the devil of any authority over us, that we had given the enemy through sin, and He placed us in Himself (in Christ) where He is seated in heavenly places now at the right hand of the Father of glory, with the earth as His footstool and the enemy under our feet. We are the righteousness of God “in Christ“.

And this parable is not talking about bad yeast either. Jesus was talking about good baker’s yeast, the yeast of the Father’s glory that raised the bread of life, that raises the dead to life in Christ, and that multiplies any batch of dough it is worked into.

Watch some videos on making bread with good baker’s yeast; it will give the proper imaging of this parable.

Compare it with what is bad yeast. Jesus said, “Beware of yeast of the Pharisees”. This is bad yeast which is doctrine that cannot produce life, and it cannot multiply in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus did not say, beware of the yeast of heaven. We want that kind of yeast!

Blessings to everyone! Have a beautiful day!

Seek the Glory of God… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , on August 24, 2021 by paulthepoke

When we seek first His Kingdom as Jesus commanded, it causes us to wear this wedding garment of Christ’s glory on us every day. As the light of the world, we don’t have to worry about how our earthly needs will be provided. They will just come to us effortlessly. God sends them without us even asking. But when we ask, He gives us abundantly more than we ask for! We seek Him and His glory (John 5:44, Proverbs 25:2) in humility, and He provides all of our needs. When we are clothed in Christ it transforms the atmosphere to instantly bring His favor and wisdom.

“Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday. (Isaiah 58:8-10)

Perfect peace is a primary indicator that we have the wedding garment of Christ on and dressed for the wedding! Joy unspeakable is another indicator, and perfect love that drives out all fear.

Holy Father, let your kingdom come and your will be done on earth and in our lives exactly as it is already in heaven!

We are the light of the world and we will not be hidden as Jesus said! Activate your glory within every person who reads this and show them how beautiful they are. Remind them that they are anchored behind the veil in Your glory! They are not anchored to the earth in sin and worldly passions. No one can take them out of Jesus and Your hand and nothing can separate them from Your love! Thank You Papa! In Jesus mighty name, yes and amen. 🙏❤️

Jesus died to reconcile you to the Father. Jesus finished His old covenant work on the cross, and He began His new covenant work as He sat down at the right hand of the Father, made a place for us and seated us there with Him, and then poured out the Spirit of our Father’s glory within us. So, this is the perspective of the church today as the Father releases His glory in the earth through us.

So be it Papa and let it be so!

The Word, The Spirit, and The Glory… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2021 by paulthepoke

The author of a book I’m reading by David G. Bloesh “Holy Scripture” stated that “truth must be transmitted to humanity through the grace and power of Jesus Christ by means of the awakening of the Holy Spirit.” An awakening of the glory within us (if Christ is in us) is indeed what we need!

Some theologies are dependent upon science to confirm the Scriptures, or dependent upon the futility of human reasoning, which is devoid of the Spirit of God, to confirm them. But Scripture actually teaches there is nothing in man in his fallen nature that can know God or even recognize Him anywhere. While reasoning can certainly aid us if our spiritual eyes have been opened, without “eyes that see”, we are blind to the truth of Scripture. Human reasoning alone will make laws out of everything. It can arrive at a conclusion, but it will be a wrong one. It will bind and not loose.

It is the Father of glory who enlightens our eyes, but it is not apart from Scripture. He always confirms a revelation with the Word.

Ephesians 1:17-18 “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saint.”

While we should be able to see God everywhere, all of creation has been subjected to futility due to the bondage of corruption, so we cannot. Even though “the heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1), still man cannot recognize his Creator without direct intervention from God who opens the eyes and minds of the blind. The heart of man without the oneness of the glory of God is deceitful and desperately wicked. He cannot do good and he is utterly blind. Scripture is only black and white ink to him, but God could open His eyes as He is reading.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:19)

The Spirit of God is one with His Word and one with His Glory, the essence of the Trinity. The written word that we call Scripture is the framework of the living Word. While Scripture is not without error, the living Word is without error, and the Lord watches over His own Word to perform it. He works with His written Word. Truth is like a stream of pure glory running through the Word that cannot be broken, but it is invisible until He reveals it to us. He illuminates it to us as we read. If any part of the written Word is not from Him, then it will not be illumined by Him, so we do not have to worry about it.

“Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.” (Jeremiah 1:12, ESV)

As we read, we might find ourselves saying, “Wow! I never saw that before! That’s amazing Lord!” His presence accompanies revelation of the Word and perfect peace is present. It radiates on us in that moment.

There is no mistaking the presence of God once we encounter Him. Any revelation from Him will always be backed by Scripture. Otherwise, it is only us trying to make sense of something. Scripture apart from the Spirit does nothing for us, except bind us with a law. We walk away and forget immediately what manner of man we were (James 1:24).

But the Holy Spirit of glory reveals truth through His written Word as if He were just now giving it. It does not matter if it was written thousands of years ago; the Spirit of God is eternal; He is timeless; He exists outside of time. He is past, present, and future all at once and then some. The same Holy Spirit who inspired the Scriptures, also gives light to our eyes so we can know Him and be known by Him with even the same strength that Jesus knows Him.

Many times, I receive revelation from the Holy Spirit while not reading the Word and not listening to a preacher, but I have the Word hidden in my heart, and Scriptures come to my mind along with the revelation, so it is still being confirmed by the Word.

When we partake of communion, the body of Jesus is representative of not only His body broken for us, but also of His Word. We eat it and live forever. His Word is our home. We sup with Him and He with us. We even become the Word ourselves because we are becoming all that Christ is. His Word and His Spirit and His Glory are ONE. They all work together to give us the wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.

Blessings to everyone!

Clothed Better Than a Lily… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2021 by paulthepoke

“Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:27-33)

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Our amazing and glorious Father in heaven made this beautiful Lily to demonstrate how He clothed us, His children, even more in His own glory the moment He placed Christ in us (the hope of glory) and then activated Him to shine on us as radiating light coming out of us and lighting up the entire realm that He has assigned to each of us to live and operate in on this earth.

“Wake up O sleeper, arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you!” (Ephesians 5:14)

“Awake My glory! Awake psaltery and harp! I will awaken the dawn!” (Psalm 57:8)

It’s not enough to only have Christ in us, a hope of glory, but He is also meant to shine on us! He is our Lord of glory! He is our eternal clothing. We wear Him!

“Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” (Romans 13:14)

Put on the wedding garment of Christ! (Matthew 22:11-12)

Joseph’s coat of many colors (Genesis 37:31-33)

The garment of praise (Isaiah 61:3)

The robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10)

The wedding garment of Christ (Matthew 22-11-12)

The armor of light (Romans 13:12)

The light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16)

Put on Christ (Romans 13:14)

These and many more images all mean the same thing: The active state of the Father’s glory shining on us! This is what God is doing in the earth right now—helping the Bride put on her wedding garment, which is made of the same Material (glory) that the Bridegoom’s wedding garment is made of (Jesus is the head and we are His body—one in Him, undivided). We are seated in Him in heavenly places right now already reconciled to the Father and already glorified—past tense (Romans 8:29-30).

All throughout the Bible our Father has given us images of the clothing He created for us to wear since the moment He first thought of us! And this clothing is far more beautiful and perfect than all of His lilies in the field! Jesus said even Solomon, an old covenant king wasn’t arrayed as one of these lilies!

We are new covenant children of God! The new covenant is a better covenant based on better promises. And the clothing that we wear is the Father Himself. The material is like nothing we have ever seen before because it is His very own glory! Christ in us, the hope of glory, and Christ on us, we wear that glory!

In the old covenant, saints could only have God’s glory on them but not in them permanently.

In the new covenant that Jesus died and rose and ascended to the right hand of the Father to give us, we have God’s glory in us AND on us! Transformed from the inside out into light-bearers!

We are “guardians of His glory” as a good friend of mine so eloquently put it. We are carriers of Father’s glory! Literally nothing can touch God’s anointed! We walk into a dark room or atmosphere and immediately demons run without effort on our part. Because they see Christ!

The same glory that Jesus received and had with the Father before the world was, He gave to us! (John 17:5,22-23) Wow just think of the implications of who we actually are!

The same glory that instantly killed Uzzah for touching it illegally is the same glory that Jesus placed within every believer who calls on His name (and yet we don’t die!) and invites into his-her life as Lord and Savior! This is how pure and holy and sanctified and justified and glorified we the church actually are!

When we truly know who we are in Christ, all of that becomes a living reality. We are seated in heavenly places in Christ at the right hand of the Father now, not someday after we all die. Right now as we live!

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