“Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.  It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly.  Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].  It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.  Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, it is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].  Love never fails….” 1Cor 13:4-8


There is no better armor for a woman seeking to intercede for her spouse, than the Lord’s love — His clothing, His armor, His enduement of power — clothing us in light.

Like a negligée it is transparent, see through even and yet it is effective!  The French word Negligee implies “neglected” as in the attire is less substantial than day attire as it is transparent and alluring…winsome even.

Like the negligee is worn by the spouse but her intent is to draw her husband…we draw our spouses before the Lord in prayer.

So the negligee armor is worn in prayer as the wife prays for her husband … in and with love for transformation!

The impact is to bring to bear change within the relational context, by being willing to be changed first herself by love.

I am asking the Lord to bring forth His plan for and upon my spouse, by being myself conformed to the Lord’s love, and by operating through His love.

It is at its heart, a reaffirmation of Gen 2:18 where God’s design for the woman was to become a help meet (suitable, adapted, complimentary) for him.  While I may lack these attributes in a natural realm, I believe in faith that God provides a bridgework for me to achieve these attributes in prayer … in love. And then to become the reality of this prayer walk in love, in truth.

It is time that wives no longer chafe against the notion of being a help meet to our husbands, but to actually see it in the fullness of what God has provided for…

Let me unfold this a bit….

When I am willing to be changed and conformed by the word of God myself – specifically love, then I can become a change agent, a catalyst for the Lord’s plans to come forward.  Like running a process in the presence of a catalyst changes things, so praying for my spouse where I endure long, am patient and kind, am not envious… etc… I am in fact the catalyst of the Lord’s love!

The prayer is for my conformance to love, that all the Lord desires for my husband: possibility, vision, plans, dreams etc. will have the appropriate support and nurturance to come forward.

There is a call on all of our lives, to become what the Lord is making us (Heb 13:21).

In many respects, me becoming the help meet that He has fashioned me to become … in love, answers and allows for and ushers in the deepest calling not only of my heart, but the very heart of my spouse as well.

This is the negligee armor.  A prayer of love that seems insufficient, gossamer in strength, but is actually mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds.

In its essence, it is a prayer of faith so trusting in God’s plan and protection that it says, I am willing Lord to be the vessel of your love, to manifest You in my marriage in thought, word, deed, attitude, intention and heart, that it is Your life and love that come forward and make all things possible.

There is nothing that the Lord can use more than a heart that is completely willing and trusting!

The return is not something that I have leveraged, or even managed to conceive myself.  It is instead saying, Lord I am willing to become Your petri dish of nurturing love, that within that milieu Your perfect will calls forth things that are not as if they already exist (Rom 4:17).




“For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith.” 1Jn 5:4 Amp

What is the life within you that is born of God?  Within your spirit, it is the life of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit that has rekindled life within your own spirit. So you have life anew within your spirit, and you have the Holy Spirit living within you as well.

Life has been established within you, in your spirit!

But there is a second part to this aspect of being “born of God.”

At salvation, life was reestablished in your spirit. But also, you were given a new nature … the nature of God, Jesus Christ, living in you.

Here is the difficulty.  You need power.  You need power to love, power to operate in a sound mind. You need power to die to your old fleshly ideas, motivations, opinions, perspectives. You need power, basically, to let go of that life – your old life, so that you can instead live the new life that has been given you.

Where does this life operate? It operates in your soul.  It is the mind of the soul together with the conscience of the rejuvenated spirit that God looks upon as the real you. (The conscience of your spirit and the mind of the soul form the Biblical heart which God looks upon.) And you are called to lean this entire human personality of your soul upon God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness ….(Heb 10:22 Amp).

But you can’t, really.  Not without the power of God.  This is the power that is given as the enduement at the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is power that is released upon you, so that you may no longer live the life of your own soulish flesh.

But rather, with this enduement of power from God, you are able to lay your old life down, and now live the life of Christ that was given to you at your salvation.

Without the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, you continue to live your old lives: struggling, frustrated, double-minded, without the victory promised.

Your mind can understand the promises, but it is helpless to work them out. (Rom 7:20-25) What is needed is your surrender: completely; your submission;  your belief in what that word says;  your personality, your soul, totally resting on the Lord.  In this manner, in this submission, His life is lived in you.  It becomes true: we live and move and have our being in Him.  And Him in us.

It is not that we see and understand what the Holy Spirit desires and we then on our own, in our natural power, arrange our thoughts, and opinions, our very will and emotions to accommodate His. For you cannot.  Because your own stuff is of the flesh. It cannot inherit the kingdom.  It cannot possess it.  But in death, His new life can animate you.

It is laying down your life, and taking up His life, receiving it, responding to it, waiting upon it … realizing, you cannot do it without Him!

This is the life then, where we are His witnesses.  This is the life that He has already provided for in His entire Body!  This is the life that is “born of God.”

It is already available.  It is already done. Do you have it?  His life flowing forth because of the Power given in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

It can be yours if you want it. Today. Just repent of trying to live it on your own, in your own control. In your own soul. Give it to Him and ask today.

It is this life, born of God, that can flow through us, that is victorious over the world which the Body so hungers to see. But it first requires us to let go, and let Him … LIVE in us!


“Do you not know that your very body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, …”  1Cor 6:19 Amp

“For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Rom 10:10 Amp

Much examination of the parallels between the layout of the first temples (and tabernacle) and the believer in Jesus Christ has already been accomplished, and that is not my focus here.

I want to establish in your immediate thinking the notion that there is an important similarity between God having three parts, the temple layout having three parts, and you as a believer having three parts.  It is not accidental.  It is very important!

Recall the first temple layout.  There was an outer court, a Holy Place, and the Holy of Holies.  You are a type of this layout.  Your Holy of Holies is where your spirit resides, and the Holy Spirit as well.  When you were first saved this is the place where the Holy Spirit came and awakened you, bringing new life to your spirit, and made a residence for Himself as well.  This is the place that allows you to relate to the spiritual realm, and to have fellowship with God.  It is the place that allows you to be God conscious.

In the temple, the Holy of Holies was the place where, once a year on the day of atonement, the High Priest would minister before the Lord.  The only light in that place was the Shekinah Glory of God. The Holy of Holies contained the ark of the covenant including the golden jar of manna, and the rod of Aaron, and also the two stone tablets of the Ten Commandments.  This Holy of Holies was separated from the outer division (Holy Place) by a massive curtain or veil.

So this Holy of Holies of the temple is comparable to your spirit, and the activities of the temple Holy of Holies give us great insight into the workings of our own spirit man.

However, most of the day to day business of the temple actually took place in the Holy Place.  That is where the priests entered in daily performance of their ritual acts of worship.  This Holy Place is like your own soul, where your will, intellect, and emotions reside. 

Our personal Holy Place is likewise a place of great business:  filled with much thinking, reasoning, desiring, estimating, and all the processing of our emotions and opinions. It is in this place, the soul of man, where the enemy first stirred up in Eve in the garden as he provoked her to much thinking and analysis, and ultimately to independence in thought and sin.  This place is where Eve received and entertained the enemy’s questions and doubt concerning the goodness of God.  It is the place where she decided for herself a course of action, and then enticed Adam to also eat. It is from here that she entered all of mankind into isolation from God and death to the spirit. It is here, in the soul of man – where sin found fertile ground, that a Savior was needed to overcome our rebellion and independence from God.

But a really important point, and one that must not be overlooked, is that before Eve ever acted on the apple – before she ever appraised its value or desirability, she first had to entertain doubt in her heart about the goodness of God.  It was in her heart that darkness of corruption was first introduced, because she entertained the devil’s thought that God was withholding good from them.  Because it is with the heart that we first believe, so Eve with her heart first erred in belief, and received Satan’s lie.

While the temple layout (its Holy of Holies, Holy Place, and Outer Court) and our layout as spirit, soul, and body are critical, I want to turn our attention to an equally critical area of the temple. It is an area rarely discussed in depth, yet a reference point for much of the teaching that Jesus accomplished in the temple.  That is the two pillars which framed the entrance to the temple area, and are known as Jachin and Boaz.  Just as these pillars framed the entrance to the temple, they also frame the entrance and become the supports for our discussion of God’s plan and the heart of man.

Hence, we will pick up the discussion of these two pillars, and their importance in the next chapter…


The Greatness of

His Plan:

Jachin, Boaz,


The Heart of Man

Spring 2017

I was preparing for the Spring Quarter of Sunday School at our church, Cottonwood Christian Fellowship. God had so gotten ahold of me concerning the topic of the believer’s heart.  Beyond it’s importance as your identity before the Lord, it is the place where belief resides in you. 

As I launched into this study, I was provoked on so many levels, and expanded in my own understanding.  One place in particular:  the understanding that your heart trumps even your mind in importance.  In fact, it is the heart more than the mind that determines if corruption is in you (by way of the old man nature) – but it will be manifested in your thinking, and your posture and perspective concerning everything.  Everything will be colored by this!

But then the Lord began to stretch my understanding, and He opened before me a panoramic perspective that became an immensely broad place.  It is that understanding that I hope to share here… concerning the heart of man and God’s provision and plan for us all!

Be blessed, be provoked, be transformed – as He leads!


“He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high,…” Heb 1:3 Amp


If I were to ask you the time, where would you look? Would you refer to your phone, the clock on the wall, or would you look to the world clock which is the time-setter for all other time-keeping devices?  Better yet, would you look to the One Who is the Creator of time, while even outside of time Himself?

This is where Adam and Eve were before the fall. When they wanted to know something, they looked to God.  Watchman Nee explains it this way:

Before Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit their right and wrong were in God’s hand. If they did not live before God they knew nothing at all, for their right and wrong actually were in God. By taking the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they found a source of right and wrong in other than God Himself.”  (pg. 21, Spiritual Authority, Watchman Nee.)

Before the fall if you asked Adam and Eve what time it was, they would have asked God. Afterwards, they could only try and figure it out themselves…

This is important for us to understand. The enemy, Satan, introduced into all of mankind self and independence from God: in other words, lawlessness and rebellion.  

Yes he brought mankind into sin.  Forever after the default setting of man would be under sin … until the Cross of Christ paid for that sin.

But also, he introduced into the heart of man, like a silent creeping poison, unregistered, unnoticed, the principle of lawlessness.

After the fall, every time man wanted to know the time … he would look to his own devices.  His watch, his sundial, his self-sufficiency. He didn’t need God anymore to tell him the time. He could do it himself….

This lawlessness meant that not only would man not ask God the time, he would actually dispute God about what time it really was.  The created suddenly knows better than the Creator about what time it is.

So Christ not only had to deal with the sin issue, but He had to somehow overcome the lawlessness that had been introduced forever into the heart of mankind. Legally, it had been welcomed into the heart, so Jesus couldn’t just kick it out. It had legal authority to reside there. Until, that is, Jesus purchased us….

What Jesus provided at the Cross, is not only miraculous, amazing, undeserved, incalculable, eternal, beyond comprehension!  But it is ours, freely, if we will accept it!

As Jesus came into the world, He brought with Himself a new antidote to lawlessness. He brought the capacity to obey. Never before had the divine attributes of obedience been hand carried from the Heavenly realms to earth. But with a Baby Christ-Child, it came.

In Hebrews 10:5 and 7 it says:

Hence, when He [Christ] entered into the world, He said, Sacrifices and offerings You have not desired, but instead You have made ready a body for Me [to offer];

Then I said, Behold, here I am, coming to do Your will, O God – [to fulfill] what is written of Me in the volume of the Book.” Amp

Like never before His coming, now there was the ability to obey what God said.  Now, not only could we let go of our own notion of what time it is… we could in humility acknowledge our need to know the time, face the fact we couldn’t even find the clock, but the also submit to God believing that He not only knew the time but was more than willing to give us the time!

Just like God created the universe out of the barrenness, He now through Christ created a capacity for our hearts to let go of lawlessness and to embrace obedience, thereby also embracing Him … the One Who is the emblem of Obedience!

Now like never before, we had a choice!  Our innermost being, our heart and our soul could now operate according to obedience.  We could let go of our old man compulsion to be a recorder of the time, and actually receive from God a life to understand the significance of time!

Interesting point in all this is Watchman Nee’s take on where things are headed:

Lawlessness is disobeying God’s authority; and this is sin. Sinning is a matter of conduct but lawlessness is a matter of heart attitude.  This present age is characterized by lawlessness. The world is full of the sin of lawlessness, and soon the son of lawlessness shall appear. Authority in the world is being increasingly undermined until at the end all authorities will be overthrown and lawlessness shall rule.” (pg. 16, Spiritual Authority, Watchman Nee)

Of course we know, through the word of God in Thessalonians that this Man of Lawlessness will not be able to come until the Body of Christ is taken up in the rapture of the Church. But then it will occur, that authorities will be overturned and lawlessness will be unleashed on the earth.

We see the signs of this increasing lawlessness in every sector of society: from Government down to the individual scorning correction, championing their rights to be lawless!

Lawlessness is on the rise, but for us today, it is important to see the truth.

So I ask you, “What time is it?” Will you automatically look to yourself and your devices? Or will you look to God for the answer?

You may think in this moment, “I have a watch, I can tell time.” But that is different from the men of Issachar, who had understanding of the times to know what Israel should do (1Chr 12:32).

We live in a moment when we have the capacity and provision, in Christ, to again live as if all of our right and wrong is found in the Lord. Where like Jesus, our hearts are one with Him and the echo of our heart is, “Here I am coming to do Your will O God — and to fulfill what is written of us in the volume of the Book!” (Heb 10:7, Ps 139:16)

Will we look to ourselves after all, believing in error we can, and thus should?

Or will we humble ourselves before God, confessing our pride and independence is nothing short of the legacy of the fall?

Saints, what time do you have?





“And Simon answered, ‘Pray for me [beseech the Lord, both of you]’’, that nothing of what you have said may befall me!”  Acts 8:23

Have you ever considered the freedom you have been given by God as dangerous?  Have you ever regarded your freedom to perceive or think, to have a personal perspective, or to hold attitudes of your heart as a liability?

I want you to consider that. For it is possible for you to have experienced salvation, and yet to continue to exercise a heart that resists conviction, and continues to operate on attitudes of your old nature.  It is the presence of such old attitudes that can not only bear dangerous, evil fruit, but ultimately can usher you into eternal condemnation.

Consider the life of Simon from the Book of Acts Chapter Eight.  Simon was a magician of great skill and success. But when he encountered the power of God operating in His servant Philip, Simon became a believer.

And when he watched the signs and wonders Philip operated in, Simon coveted this ability as a new money making strategy. It was as if he was saved from the natural realm as a magician, but now thought he should be a supernatural magician.

Simon was seeing the free gift of God, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, as a money making endeavor. His heart was not right before God. And as it is with the heart that you believe, his believing was thus also like his heart… corrupt.

The Apostle Peter gave Simon a scathing rebuke in response to his request to purchase and thus receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit:

Destruction overtake your money and you because you imagined you could obtain the [free] gift of God with money! You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is all wrong in God’s sight [it is not straightforward or right or true before God]. So repent of this depravity and wickedness of yours and pray to the Lord that, if possible, this contriving thought and purpose of your heart may be removed and disregarded and forgiven you.”  Acts 8:20-22 Amp

Now, before you jump the gun and sympathize with Simon, hear this clearly!  This was a warning from the Holy Spirit, delivered by Peter with the intention of rescuing Simon from his old heart way of thinking.  It was for Simon’s benefit and not harm that it was delivered. It was a serious wake-up call from the Lord, that Simon’s old way of perceiving was not gonna cut it anymore.  And if there was to be any hope for Simon, it would be through his repentance!

A great rendering of the meaning of repentance can be found in Acts 2:38 (Amplified version of course):

“…repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it)….”

To accept the will of God in your inner selves actually means to accept God’s will in your soul.  It means to have surrendered your right to hold an opinion that differs from Gods.  It means the giving over of your right to yourself, and coming along side God and agreeing with Him.  You are letting the opinion and will and purpose of God rule in your thinking and being.  At that moment you are trusting and obeying God.  You are leaning your entire personality on Him!  That is actually the exercise of faith!

So what is the danger here?  What is the jeopardy that you potentially face in living in God’s freedom?  It is to accept God’s atoning sacrifice on the Cross to save you, but to deny Him the full right to be Lord over you and to allow His Kingdom to then rule in your hearts and mind.

You have the choice continually before you at every turn to resist and refuse God’s leading.  When He shows you the truth of your heart and how you have been petty, uncharitable, selfish, evil and murderous even in your thinking …, He also is giving you the chance to repent and carry His thoughts and opinions and His life therefore, instead of your own.

This is actually where we miscalculate.  We think that we are still allowed to indulge, and live by, and harbor our own way of thinking and believing, even though we have been saved.  But this is itself wrong.

Scripture says in 1Cor 6:19-20 that you are no longer your own. You have been bought with a price (that means redeemed – bought back by Christ’s sacrifice).  So you are admonished to honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.

In other words, you give glory to God when in your natural body you show yourself to be ruled by His supernatural thinking and His life!  You have thus lost your lower life, and have found your higher life (God’s life) in you!

God is not going to be mocked in this, nor will He be fooled be mere pretentions…. That is, you cannot “call Him Lord and yet not do what He says.”(Mt 7:21)

When you profess Christ as your Savior, but persist in old ways and patterns of thinking from your old man nature that is still allowed to rule in your life, you risk your very eternity before God.  When you say God is your savior and believe you are working for Him even, but you harbor malice, hatred, or un-forgiveness in your heart concerning the way you have been treated … you are in grave danger. 

When you say you are a believer, but still persist in making decisions based on your flesh that bring you into sin … you are in danger, and you are calling into question the very truth of your salvation.

Romans 6:16 is at once a lovely and terrifying verse for the truth it contains:

Do you not know that if you continually surrender yourselves to anyone to do his will, you are slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness (right doing and right standing with God)?”

Simon was diagnosed by the Holy Spirit as being a slave to sin when he was told:

For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in a bond forged by iniquity (to fetter souls).” Acts 8:23 Amp

Simon, hearing this, beseeched them to pray for him that nothing of what they said would befall him.

But unless Simon, himself, repented and was willing to change his mind and receive God’s will in his inner man, he would continue on a destiny of destruction – even though he had confessed Jesus as Savior!

The need for all of us is the same….

We all need to be vigilant in coming before the Lord, allowing Him to search our hearts and minds, to reveal any wicked way in us (Ps 139:23-24) … but don’t then ignore what He points out!

Rather confess and repent, once again so that your hearts will become straightforward and right and true before God.


“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.” Prov 3:5 Amp

“For the Lord shall be your confidence, firm and strong, and shall keep your foot from being caught [in a trap or some hidden danger].” Prov 3:26 Amp

“The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand [the side not carrying a shield].” Ps 121:5 Amp



According to Wikipedia, a constellation is a group of stars that are considered to form imaginary outlines or meaningful patterns on the celestial sphere.

In like manner, what if the things that our heart most values and cares about could form such a meaningful pattern? Could it make sense to us? What would it look like? Our family album? Our pet? Our car? Sad smile

What if what holds the greatest devotion for my heart also carries a charge – like light? With the Lord being that which possesses the most light, and the things of this world the least light ….  Is the constellation of my heart filled with light? Or not?

This notion has an interesting “spin off” for me in my celestial understanding as it involves the Lord as my Keeper.

I can believe the Lord is my Keeper, and I can believe that I am trusting in Him and keeping my focus on Him. I can believe that He guards my way, and by faith I can rest every detail of my life, and even all of my personality, on Him.

Or… I can think that I am believing all of that, but I keep an ever watchful eye on my own walk, my own steps, and even the terrain before me.  In that case, even though I think I am trusting in the Lord … I am really trusting in myself and my ability to walk carefully. (I am speaking to myself here.)

Thus the light of my heart constellation glows with the level of myself and its own inherent light. My eyes are focused on me ….

What the Lord desires is that we truly cast all our cares on Him … for He is our Keeper. Then, my eyes remain trained upon Him with all my heart and all my mind in confident trust. He is able to keep all that is committed to Him.

Kinda like Peter when he was walking on water: He committed it all in faith unto the Lord – but then he stopped as the waves gained his attention.  But in the moment, or minutes, before Peter began to sink I believe the constellation of Peter’s heart shone with the very glory of God’s light – because for that brief moment, God was everything to him!

We have that same opportunity as Peter! In the moments of your life where God is everything, and your focus is entirely trained upon Him — you also shine with the Light of the Son!

And now, we just need to do it again, and again, and again! To connect the dots, and persist! It can happen! The Way is already made. But it is done, not as we examine our steps and moderate our way ourselves.

It is done when we put all our confidence and trust in the One Who is our Keeper, believing He holds us – as we continually commit our way and ourselves to Him!