I have introduced the Father over and over throughout the past few years as though he was a guest in our Spiritual world. The one who created the heaven and the earth is rarely seen hanging out with the creation he created, as the hill to the greater ones dwelling seem ever so hard to ascend up to the top. And there is where lies the problem, many do indeed look forward to a victorious time with the Father, but somewhere along the hill up, we stop ascending up to the Father, and we begin to try to climb our way up to the Father. There will be many that ask, isn’t ascending and climbing somewhat the same? When I read how Jesus ascended up on high, I got no indication that he was doing any, or somewhat climbing: Ephesians 4:8, “Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. It’s no way Jesus can be climbing in the sense that we think of as climbing: he is leading captivity captive; and therefore, he will have no time to be climbing his way up to heaven. Plus captivity might get away if Jesus had to do all that climbing. No, I believe that captivity was all bound up, and Jesus just strolled on up into heaven leading the way as his prisoners followed. I also read where it says that Jesus was given gifts unto men. Now, I don’t know about you, but if I am climbing in the sense of working, pulling, and struggling my way up a hill, I am not going to be given out any gifts unto men. What Jesus is doing as he ascends sounds more like a victory parade than it does a struggle; and that’s what climbing is, it’s a struggle. I was looking in my old trusty know it all book called the Bible, and when I read what God had done for Elijah in ascending him up to heaven, I already knew that Jesus, the Son of God, back from the most significant victory ever for mankind, would not be doing any climbing. Let’s take a read at this account of Elisha’s ascension into heaven: 2 Kings 2:11, “And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. So if Elisha is going to have a chariot of fire, and horses of fire in his procession, and then go up in a whirlwind, then it’s no telling by what did Jesus ascend up into heaven.
Now why did I spend a little time talking about the ascension process? Well, as I mentioned at the beginning of the first paragraph, the ascension to the Father is where the problem lies that keeps so many members from hanging out much more with the Father in victory formation. And if one is going to build a relationship with the Father, one must be able to correctly ascend unto him as oppose to trying to climb their own way up to him: one can not climb unto the Father, but one can ascend unto the Father under kingdom power. Those of you who are like myself, we know how to walk correctly in the Word to bring to pass that which we hope for. If you are really going to walk correctly in the Word, you will start out by not walking at all of your own accord. You will start your walk out by keeping the particular Word in which you are standing on, and believing the Lord for, near and dear to your five senses. I know, some of you thought that I was going to say near and dear to your heart, didn’t you? lol. No silly, faith cometh by hearing ( a sense), and hearing by the Word of God. Now that is a good point for me to jump on for a minute: we do get in trouble during the faith process when we do operate from our heart. Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” We do not walk by hope, as it is an off and on stimulus to the heart: we must walk by faith at all times whether the heart is made sick or if it is by chance today a tree of life. Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God; and faith does not cometh by pumping, and pumping by hope to the heart. So how do you not start walking in the Word by your own accord? So my wife will ask me, what did you decide to do about a particular situation? If I don’t yet know what to do, and the space for the answer is coming around soon, I will say that I will know shortly. You all know that you hear and see a thing much better once it gets up on you, and I have no doubt that if I can not hear the faith to move before the time comes to move, my faith within me will know when the faith to move is come, and it will just draw me forward into the way that I should go. Jesus was not moved by the hope of his friends and many others for four days when Lazarus was sick to the death. Jesus could not be moved by hope, for it is faith that comes with the Word to do, that comes to move you. And the faith that comes when you hear the Word is more of the alert for you to take your faith, and go do what you need to do now. When Jesus heard the Word that the fourth day had come since Lazarus had died, the faith to move Jesus to raise Lazarus from the dead came because now the Will of the Father can be done. This is Jesus not being moved to start walking in the Word to raise Lazarus from the dead until he was drawn by the Word he heard: fourth day. If Jesus were to have moved on day two, it would have been by hope, and not by faith; and if the truth were to really be known, if Jesus had moved to raised Lazarus on day two, it would not have been by hope, but by disobedience because Jesus has the fulness of the Godhead, and he would have known better anyway. And we know Jesus is not going to be disobedient to the Will of the Father, and that is the relationship with the Father in which we all want. Oh, what was so important about the fourth day? The law said that after three days the spirit leaves the body, and that only a miracle will bring someone back to life. So Jesus was waiting to hear the fourth day had come so that the people would know that he was from God once he raised Lazarus.
Jesus has a relationship with Father. This same intimacy is available to those who know Jesus, and ask Him to reveal Father to them. There will be more on ascending to the Father, and not climbing to the Father in tomorrow’s post: New Relationship ll.
The Father Still Does Love To Do The Body Good.