Now that we know manifesting Christ is the premium In That Day event, what shall we say?Shall we brag if we can to it?(If we do, then we canít.)Shall we say we are doing it at any time?(If we do, then we canít.)Shall we say we control it?(If we do then we canít.)
In truth, we have no more control over manifesting Jesus as a slave has control over his master.Though we are mighty, we are weak.Though we are intelligent, we are dumb.Though we are capable, we are submissive to Godís Spirit.
So, having said all this, have we lost our minds?Are we bereft of common sense?Are we unable to live with the brotherhood of man?
Yet, of all men that ever walked the earth or ever will, who but Christ has our best interests?Who loves more?Whose mind is better prepared for mankindís good?Yeah, none but Christ.And as He comes and indwells us, we co-labor with the mind of Christ.
And each visitation imparts some measure of good; not all measure of Christís good, lest we be overwhelmed to our hurt, but some measure.In this we are at hazard to think too highly of our thoughts and even ourselves.
If a hammer is used by a carpenter of renown, shall the hammer boast?It is an honor for the hammer to be picked up from the tool box.But perhaps if the hammer, while in the tool box, had swelled its head boasting to the other tools, it would likely fly off the handle rather than hit the nail on the head!
And so then, using this heavenly tool box as an example, the mallet waits in patience as the whisk broom waits in patience.One large tool, the mallet, begins a demolition and remodel project even as the whisk broom waits to finish the clean up.
Which tool is more important?What about the oft-employed hammer, now on the masterís belt?Shall one tool be jealous of the other?Or shall each be well-wishing to the other?
And realize, each tool sacrifices a bit of itself to perform the larger task!The whisk broom loses some of its bristles with each clean up.The hammer abrades its face with pounding.The sawís teeth wear down or break or need re-sharpening.
So it is with each of us employed at times by Christ to be manifesting indwelt by Him for our heavenly Fatherís mysterious purposes.
And what are those purposes?Well, broadly speaking, they are to expand heaven, as the Lordís Prayer proscribes.
But what, then is heaven?Heaven, briefly stated, is truth: nothing more, nothing less; even as God is truth.Verily, verily few can comprehend such an heaven even as few can comprehend all truth in that the most difficult to digest truths are hard, bitter and somewhat shocking to countenances accustomed to generally accepted half-truths and brazen lies of the Devil.
In heaven, no lies are received; neither are they made.Thus earnest Catholics and evangelical charismatics and even Muslims, (such as there might be in heaven!) all will share one truth and one God.And those truths will be known and agreed to be that Christ is Godís Son, that baptism of water is good, as is baptism of the Spirit; and that many doctrines of many churches (and synagogues and temples and mosques) were wrong and of Satan; and that there is but one longlist of true doctrines of the Father.
Jesus spoke of these doctrines of His Father and they shocked the religious leaders of the day.As it was then, so it is now.
Lest I lose you, I shall not list here what doctrines of the Father I have apprehended to be at odds with the doctrines of popular Christianity!Blessed are they who are not offended in Christ, which is truth!
Suffice it to say:The more truth of God we apprehend, the more Christ can indwell us.And the reverse is also true; sadly this is true.
Now then, as a tool on the masterís belt, or in His carpenterís box, or in any other way at His employ; what can such an tool expect from his master beyond the honor of being chosen?To be manifestly employed by God for His mysterious purposes involves guarantees that are necessarily easy to grasp across the line into heaven and difficult to grasp this side of heaven.
By this I mean prosperity, riches and the easy life and carnal guarantees that riches provide are not the typical reward given to the masterís shovel, hammer and hand saw!Such tools become worn down as sacrificial testaments of the tools of the masterís trade.
Yet no good carpenter despises his tools!Rather, he loves them and cares for them!The shovel, he cleans and lets no mud or grime or concrete bespot!The hammer he also cleans and even replaces or repairs its loose or broken handle.The hand saw he sharpens, cleans and oils.
So each tool in its own way is cared for in love and even tenderness.If lost, the master finds!If stolen, the master retrieves!If used, the master puts in hand!If unready, the master makes ready.If dirty, cleaned.If too hot, cooled.If too cool, warmed.
And further, a carpenter uses tools in a surprising fashion!In a pinch, the hammer can sweep away debris!In a pinch, a shovel can be used to defend the carpenter!In a pinch, the hand saw can make music and bring joy in song!
Thus, the shovel, the hammer and the saw can help their master live and work in love.And such love is reward unto itself.Love is its own reward and none other is needed nor should be wanted.
But some might think: if I be a shovel for my LORD, then let me be an ornamental chrome shovel used for ground-breaking of great projects!Fine and so be it.Judge not lest ye be judged.
Let them who are predestined for ornamenting Godís beauty with beauty; then be beautified!Let no tool of God war with another.Let the latrine shovel neither hate (nor covet the job of) the ornamental shovel hanging on a commemorative wall!Who can say what rewards await either?
Godís love and truth encompasses and encourages us all.Whether we are a feather duster or a jack-hammer, let good will and blessings flow from one to another.
Yet even for me, who should know better, it is difficult to apprehend Godís love for me as I seem to be a tool of His that has been subject to much mistreatment.Perhaps I have been mistreated, or perhaps I have not.How can I, with carnal self-interest, judge such a thing properly?Indeed, I cannot.
However, by looking at my life with heavenís eyes, I notice I am in good health and am at peace in the midst of tribulation.So I am well rewarded with love from my Master.Even if I was ill and had no peace, I would need to consider myself well rewarded.
If I can do this at least some of the time, I am rich.As are you, beloved and loyal tools of Christ, our manifested-in-us Savior and Lord and King.
Lest any be confused, I am not saying that I am God nor any other person who manifests Christ is God.God is God, and He is God alone; that is, He is God alone in His triune being:Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
He created us, He created time, and He can do with us what He chooses in His time, in that day which now is, the day of His visitation, not in singular spectacular fashion, but selectively, hidden from carnal eyes, in all whom He deigns to be, in what time He deigns to be, in a somewhat hidden but nevertheless most peculiar and spectacular fashion, which is: Saith the Lord,Behold, I come quickly.
By Robert Winkler Burke Book #5 of In That Day Teachings
Copyright 1/15/09 www.inthatdayteachings.com
Regarding the word NATURE:
Name is the Nature Ė An old country saying says, ďDonít give a dog a bad name.ĒWhy?Because the name is the nature.Rex, if so named, might be a kingly dog.Wiggles, if so named, might be a dog that wiggles overmuch.In John 16:24 Jesus says, In my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
So much of televangelism has it dead wrong, because they say: ask for that pink Cadillac, or any selfish desire and God will deliver automatically; but God doesnít reward selfishness.
Ask for My nature and in My nature, and Our Father will give whatever you ask of My nature.In other words ask Our Father for you to be more like Me and He will give your nature more of My nature Ė but not more than you can handle in maturity Ė until your joy overflows.Solomon asked for My wisdom Ė part of My nature Ė and not selfish things that are not part of My nature, nor should ever be yours.This is how a prayer in My name is received by Our Father.And this is also how I, and My nature, return quickly in you, in that day, which is now.Ė Jesus Christ of Nazareth
(From In That Day Teachings, Book 1: Declarations)
6/22/09 Ė From letter from Billye Brim, regarding a prophecy from Kenneth Copeland:
This is the time that has been prophesied about.And at stake here is not only your welfare in the land, but also My move in the end times of a ďgreat awakening,Ē said the Lord.
And it is that ďawakeningĒ that will save this land and others like it.For it is the time of the Coming of the Lord.And you will rise up and you will be My Name.And you will be My power.And I will manifest Myself through you.
And many shall come and say, ďSurely He is the God of all good.Ē
(Redacted in Spirit from the John Ford and John Wayne film, ďThey Were Expendable,Ē a story of early WWII, when US Army and Navy forces were left to fight alone in the Philippines; whereuponGeneral Douglas MacArthur made his departing promise.The movie ďsalutes all who expended themselves during some of the warís bleakest hours,Ē and how through the process of self-sacrifice, they manifested great love.)
(Wherein we learn there is no directrope between giving good and getting good.)
One day there was a man who drove fast and got many speeding tickets.In fact, he got so many tickets, the judge warned him if he continued to speed and get tickets, he would lose his license and be put in jail.
The man then went to his pastor and asked what he could do?The pastor told him to give ten percent of his income to the church to stop such troubles and get in favor with God.So the man gave ten percent of his income.
The next week, he got a speeding ticket. He went back to the pastor and complained.
The pastor said to double his tithe, which the man did.
The next week, he got another speeding ticket. He went back to the pastor and complained again!
The pastor said to quadruple his tithe, which the man did.
The next week the man got another speeding ticket and the judge took away his license and put him in jail.
In jail the pastor visited him. The pastor told him his problem was that he needed to give a love offering on top of the quadruple tithe.
The man said, "No, I think when I get out of jail, I will stop speeding."
So it is with prosperity promises from gifts to the church to get good in return. If you want to prosper in business, do something in business that will make you prosper. Don't rely on a gift to the church, rely on doing something in business that will make you prosper. It is bad business to connect giving and getting with an imaginary rope.
Outside Independence Hall when the Constitutional Convention of 1787 ended, Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, "A republic, if you can keep it."