The Body of Christ is looking for the next great “Move of God.”
Pardon me if this sounds crass… I have a “movement” every day… but it requires the proper nutrients to be fed into my body, in order for that movement to happen!
Perhaps we should re-assess why there are no real, lasting “movements” in the Body of Christ these days. Could it be that we are not getting the required food that causes the desired movement?
Yeshua is the Bread of Life
I am the Bread of Life!
So that kinda narrows it down, doesn’t it? If Yeshua is that Bread, and that Bread gives “Life,” what more could we need than Jesus/Yeshua?
Well, this has been taught for many, many years in churches around the world, and yet there is STILL no “great move of God.” Sure, there may be a few hiccups in our reality, where the Spirit of God breaks through for a brief moment in time, and lives are changed, but there’s nothing that really lasts… nothing that takes the world by storm.
Why do you think that is?
The Yeshua-Spirit-Life Connection
There is a direct connection between the Words of Yeshua, the Spirit of God and the LIFE that is brought by His Words.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God …. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.“
So, if we’ve been preaching those life-giving Words of Yeshua, why do we not see the “Life” that they are supposed to produce? Remember, I’m talking about the kind of Life that produces an “earth-shaking, continual move of God” sense.
I’m not going to profess to know the most comprehensive answer, but, at this point in my life, I strongly, STRONGLY believe that it has to do with what has been handed to us.
The WAY that we have been taught to interpret and perceive the Word of God has produced a mindset within us that actually thwarts the purposes of God.
The Dispensational Mindset
Most people will not just come out and say this, but we have been taught that the “mean God of the Old Testament” had one way of doing things, Yeshua came to teach something completely different, and Paul helped to change things even further.
Obviously, that is paraphrased, and there is probably more to it, but it is what most christians have been taught and, as a result, believe.
This line of thinking is a well-accepted but erroneous way of interpreting the Bible stemming from a dispensational mindset that has been passed down to us from our fathers.
Dispensationalism is a biblical interpretation developed by the writings of John Nelson Darby (in the early 1800’s) and propagated by the Scofield Reference Bible. In essence, what dispensationalism does is make our unchanging God, as well as His standard for mankind… change.
This mindset has been passed down in various forms by a multitude of denominations, along with a slightly lesser number of interpretations. Doing much more harm than good, dispensationalism has caused division, error and confusion in the Body of Christ.
For more information on dispensationalism, watch the video at the bottom of this post, entitled “The Error of Dispensationalism.” It is highly recommend that you grab a cup of coffee, a pen and some paper as you watch the video, because, not only is it about an hour long, it is FILLED with a lot of good study material… you’ll definitely be taking notes.
You may or may not want to watch the video first, before continuing on. I’ll leave it up to you.
I used to interpret the Bible through a dispensational lens.
Because I did this, my theology was filled with “disconnects” and “inconsistencies” that I accepted for several reasons:
- I wasn’t encouraged to study the Word for myself and come to my own conclusions;
- If those in church authority preached it, it was perceived as virtually infallible; and
- Everyone else believed it, and dissent was looked upon as causing division.
In essence, I was trained to think and behave this way. And after this realization hit me, I became aware that I was definitely NOT alone. We’ve all been trained, in one way or another, to bypass our God-given logic and accept deviations in our theology simply because someone in ecclesiastical authority said that we should.
Don’t get me wrong, although there are those who fit this definition, most pastors are not iron-fisted dictators who demand complete subservience. More often than not, it’s our man-made church culture, coupled with our own basic human nature, that does the training.
It is in our basic human nature to congregate around and identify with figures who we find to be the most agreeable to our spiritual worldview. Because we have given ourselves over to this system, it should be easy to see the reason why we have over 40,000 christian denominations today.
Make no mistake about it, the modern-day church system is a well-oiled machine… and, as much as I would like to head down that rabbit trail, I must refrain. For now, just be aware that, as long as you go along with the church crowd, you won’t have any problems. But if you dare to start thinking for yourself, be prepared for all kinds of “warfare.”
Anyhow… back to the dispensational mindset.
Some Truths I will not Budge On
Because the christian majority has adopted (or at least been heavily influenced by) the dispensational mindset, we have developed a belief system that flies in the face of the following scriptural truths.
God Doesn’t Change
For I am the LORD, I do not change;
Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.
Yeshua Doesn’t Change
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Yeshua is the exact representation of God.
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power.
I and My Father are one.
Yeshua didn’t deviate from God’s message. He spoke the Father’s Words.
For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure.
Well, what about Paul?
Many of us claim to believe the points above, but when we add Paul’s teachings into the mix, we tend to “add to” or “take away from” the Words of Christ, as well as the Old Testament.
This is not intentional… and this is NOT because Paul’s teachings go against Yeshua’s Words.
The same man who wrote:
For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
is the SAME MAN who wrote:
Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.
So which is it? Look church, we need to be able to give an answer.
There are MANY and VARIED doctrines and teachings that surround Paul’s epistles and how they relate to the rest of the Word. I have a firm conviction that Paul’s teachings MUST line up with and agree with the rest of the Word of God – including the truths emphasized above.
If I hear a doctrine or teaching that adds to or takes away from the rest of God’s Word, I toss it.
Note: I haven’t got it all figured out yet! It’s just that, so far, what I’ve learned has made MUCH MORE SENSE than anything agreeing with Dispensationalism.
Paul followed the teachings of Yeshua.
Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
Well, did Christ disobey His Father’s Law? People twist Scripture to make you THINK that He did.
First, let us establish the definition of sin. What is sin?
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
OK, so disobedience to God’s Law is sin. Simple enough!
The Question of the Hour – Did Christ sin?
This should be easy… No, He did not! If Christ sinned, He would not be our pure and spotless lamb.
And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
People who teach that Christ came to “do away with” the Law of God have obviously not considered any of the prophecies or teachings ABOUT Christ in the Old Testament. If Christ came to do away with the Law, or even TAUGHT against the Law of God, it would have earned Him the title “false prophet” and (signs and wonders, or no signs and wonders) He would have been stoned. (see Deuteronomy 13:1-5)
What’s more, HE told US to imitate Him in obeying His Father’s commandments!
A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.
Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.
Context is always key.
So why is it taught from our pulpits that Christ somehow usurped His Father’s Word and came up with some new religion called “Christianity?”
A lot of it has to do with Dispensationalism and other false teaching that has been handed down to (and accepted by) us throughout the ages. Most of the time, this was not intentional… people were merely repeating what they had been taught, just like we do today.
But the bottom line is, church, we need to be studying the Word for ourselves. Not according to some study plan laid out by your favorite scholar… not studying along with your favorite teaching CD.
Just you, a bible, and the Holy Spirit. Oh, and read more than just your favorite verses…. remember:
- When you stop focusing on one specific, cherry-picked scripture and start reading passages at a time, it will change your perspective.
- When you start reading entire epistles, instead of man-made subsections, it will cause you to question what you’ve been taught.
- When you read the Word of God within it’s historical and cultural context, it will revolutionize your Walk with the Most High.
The other day, I read the following quote:
If you don’t know your past, you won’t know your future. If you forget about your past and you don’t know where you came from, you won’t know where you’re going. (Source)
That statement is SO TRUE for today. If you continue to look at scripture from the current mindset (void of any historical, cultural or scriptural context), you WILL continue to walk in deception, simply because it feels good to do so.
The Foolishness of Dispensationalism
The Dispensationalist will tell you that a changing God enforced the Law for 4,000 years, only to change His mind and say “Ah! Who needs it?” for 2,000 years. Then, when He establishes His Kingdom at the End of the Age, we will obey His Law… only it won’t be the same Law, it will be some hyper-spiritual, ambiguous “law of love.”
Such teaching nullifies some of our most basic beliefs and renders christianity powerless… without a solid foundation. And you’re seeing the fruit of it today.
Let’s just face it people… the modern day church is falling apart, our “leaders” are conforming to a one-world mindset, more concerned with entertaining their congregants than teaching the Word, and this “Great Move of God” seems to be more and more distant with each passing day.
Ah … but the Great Move of God has started!
Escaping the Delusion
There are those from every denomination, every non-denomination and every home church that are refusing to live in the delusion any longer! The Words of the True Prophet Jeremiah come to mind:
O LORD, my strength and my fortress,
My refuge in the day of affliction,
The Gentiles shall come to You
From the ends of the earth and say,
“Surely our fathers have inherited lies,
Worthlessness and unprofitable things.”
Our Fathers HAVE inherited lies, and so have we!
Our God does not change, Yeshua does not change and the Word of God is consistent throughout. There is a stability… a consistency… a uniformity … a “sameness”… present throughout the Word that is NOT subject to our own personal biases, but which has NOT been passed down to us.
You don’t have to stay in the modern day church very long to see this.
Any teaching, any interpretation, any “prophecy” that disagrees with the uniformity of the Word is NOT from the Spirit of God.
When we can view and interpret the Words of Yeshua within this context, perhaps the “Fullness” of the Bread of Life, and the Movement that we’ve all been waiting for, will actually become more of a reality.
Will a man make gods for himself,
Which are not gods?
Therefore behold, I will this once cause them to know,
I will cause them to know
My hand and My might;
And they shall know that My name is the LORD.
Idolizing man-made doctrines will stop the Move of God in your life
Indeed, we have made idols and “gods” out of the teachers and doctrines passed down to our generation, and as a result, we do not know His Hand, His Might or His Name – not in the way He intended. If we want to know His Hand, Might and Name, we must begin with acknowledging that the lies inherited from our fathers REALLY WERE “LIES” – worthless and unprofitable.
Otherwise, our long-awaited “Great Move of God” will remain a wish.
Oh YHWH, may we know your Hand and your Might and your Name. We forsake our idols and renounce any allegiance to them. May your Kingdom come quickly, my King.
BTW: I thought I should note this. Dispensationalism is not the ONLY lie handed down by our fathers. It’s just the one that came to mind while I was writing this.
Further reading… “Why Revival Really Tarries”