Lenny's Meditations, August 21, 2001
When I wrote "Resurrection Now" (Link at end), I saw just a part of what God was revealing. He let me see only part of the picture. Now, as I have come a little further, I recognize that what I was thinking when I wrote that, was the resurrection from physical death, that Paul was talking about, but we have many resurrections. I realize that now. Every time I receive a revelation from God, I feel like I'm born again, like I'm starting life anew again, and that is a resurrection. One of the resurrections we had was a resurrection from sin and death. I am talking about spiritual death here; we were dead in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1), and we were resurrected from that death (Rom. 6:4-5). When Christ rose again, we rose with Him. That is a resurrection for us, and then each time that we see something new in God, it is a new resurrection for us. There is nothing more thrilling than receiving a revelation from God, and the next morning when I wake up, I feel like I'm brand new. "This is a brand new life again," I say to myself. There is a definite resurrection of the physical life; there's no question about that and I am expecting that to happen any moment. But, in looking at that, I have experienced many resurrections in the Spirit. Even when we receive a resurrection in our mortal body, just like Christ did, that is not going to be the last resurrection. That's how I feel. I'm still going to receive many revelations from God that will increase my life.
The Bible clearly says that the Spirit who raised Christ from the dead shall quicken our mortal bodies, shall cause the same thing in our mortal bodies, that He did for Christ (Rom. 8:11), and that's what I'm looking forward to, but in the meantime, I'm receiving other resurrections from God. I believe the resurrection Paul was talking about was the resurrection of that body that was crucified with Christ, and buried with Christ in water baptism. That body is going to rise again in newness of life, in newness of purpose, in spiritual life, complete spiritual life. I am not minimizing the resurrection that Paul is talking about. I'm expecting that momentarily in my own life. I just want to mention that in my life there has been more than one.
My imagination is taking off with me here, but I believe that everyone that we touch in a certain way, whoever they are, will come into a Resurrection Life, instantly, in this area where we're living now. God has shown me that tens of thousands of people are going to come into His kingdom. He said that the zeal of the Lord is going to do it (II Kings 19:31; Isa. 9:7; 37:32), and perhaps this is the way that He is going to do it, just like this, and for everyone who comes into it, the first thing they see and hear and feel is, "It is so clear." Spiritual truth becomes clear to them at that moment, no matter what they were like before that. There will be no more religious ways of coming to God. God will just do it, with His unconditional love and mercy. Everyone will be totally free from all sin and guilt and shame and religious duties and works. There will be a total freedom in God. We will see that there is total victory over the enemy. We will see that Christ has completely destroyed the works of the devil (Heb. 2:14; I John 3:8). In this place, there is complete joy, complete peace, complete rest, complete love and mercy and kindness flowing forth. There will be no more struggles to try to please God in our own strength. All that will be completely gone. We will be totally free in God and clearly see everything spiritual, and there will be no limits to what we can do for the Lord. The tree of knowledge of good and evil is totally absent in this place. It is all the Tree of Life. No one will be able to build a religion on this because it will be totally all God. The glory of the Lord will cover the earth like the waters cover the sea (Hab. 2:14). There will be no bubbles of sin whatsoever in this water. At this moment, it seems so clear to me because I am in the revelation as God is giving it to me. I feel it; I see it; I taste it; I hear it; I smell it in every area of my life. It is just like I am there already, and it could be true, I don't know. This is how it feels right now.
I Cor. 6: 19, says, "Don't you know that you are the temple of the Holy Spirit and that you are not your own?" Here it says that you totally are in God and that God is totally in charge of your lives. To me, this says that we don't have a will of our own, but we are God's, totally, given over to God completely, not that WE have given ourselves over, but He has taken over our lives and He wants to do through us. What He's showing me is, those of you who say that you have a will of your own, with that human will you cannot commit to God enough. There is not enough power in the human will to commit to God to a deep enough level to satisfy Him, so He wants to come in and take over your life completely so that you, through Him, can commit totally to God. This is the only way it can be done, and this is why He is saying, "you are the temple of the Holy Ghost and you are not your own." God wants you to see the next step for your lives. He wants to bring you in to full compliance with Himself; He wants to immerse you totally in the Holy Spirit. Just like Jesus had the fulness of the Spirit, He wants to give us the fulness of the Spirit. He wants to give us Resurrection Life, but there must be a commitment here to that, and the thing He's showing me here is, if you think that you have a will of your own, with what you think you have, are you willing to sacrifice that to God so that He can step in and totally take over and commit you to Himself so that He can give you the Resurrection Life?
As far as I know, this is something that the world has never experienced before, and it is something God is going to do now in the last days. Paul clearly says, "we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed" (I Cor. 15:51). This is what he's talking about, coming into the Resurrection Life and in the Resurrection Life, there is a total fulness of the Spirit of God. In this place, God has totally taken over so that we have no more sickness in our bodies, no more weakness in our bodies, no more frustration in our bodies, and it is totally clear what God wants to do in and through us. We will see our ministry; we will see how God wants to operate through each one of us in filling the body of Christ. In this place, we will be able to do exactly what Jesus did, and even more. This is what Jesus said, "You are going to be able to do the same thing I'm doing and even more" (John 14:12), and this is what He's talking about in this place. God is ready to do this now in our lives. He would not be giving me these revelations about Resurrection Life unless He is ready to do something. I feel very strongly that this is not a prophecy for something that is going to happen in the future, but it is for now!
God has caused these scriptures to come alive to me so that I can share them with others; so that we can walk into this Resurrection Life together. God is clearly saying, "If you think that you have a will of your own, are you willing to commit that to God and let Him show you what you have and what you don't have?" Are you going to give up any self effort in your life that is still there and totally trust God to operate in and through you fully, 24 hours a day? I know that God has all power in heaven and in earth (Matt. 28:18), and nothing can hinder Him from doing whatever He wants to do, but what I also want you to see is that the Christian self effort, Christian co-dependency, which becomes self effort, is a hindrance to the Christian himself. Not to God, but it is a hindrance to the Christian because He thinks He can do something to please God. It is impossible to please God with your own efforts, but this is the mind set in Christianity and this is what God wants to erase in each one of us so that He can come and fully show us His power, fully show us His wisdom, fully show us His unconditional love. Christianity, in its codependent self effort does not use unconditional love, but it uses conditional love to try to control situations and people. There is a place in God where we see clearly that it is all God's control, and there is nothing, nothing, nothing that we can do. Jesus said it. "In and of myself, I can do nothing. I do what the Father does; I say what the Father says" (John 5:19; 12:49; 14:10). It cannot be any clearer than that. Here is a person that has the fulness of the Spirit of God and He is making this statement.
All of us need to come to a place where we can freely say, "In and of myself, I can do nothing. I do what the Father does; I say what the Father says." In this place, where we see we have no more will of our own, but everything is dependent on the power of God and the wisdom of God and the love of God and the life of God. In this place, He will give us Resurrection Life, the life Jesus had after His resurrection. If the Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is in you, He will make alive your mortal body. This is what scripture says and this is what we're starting to come into now. The Holy Spirit is the most tender and the most unselfish being that there is. Part of the Trinity of God, He will not try to compete with anyone's self will. He could overpower anyone at any time, but in His tenderness, He will not do that. He wants to love you into being part of Him.
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