Stewardship Of Government Part 3
Apostolic Voice of Reformation
God's Spiritual GovernmentTeaching by Apostle Rina Bekker
5) The chain of government, truth, and Spirit must remain unbroken.God desires to establish a testimony of His presence in this dimension by our faith and also desires to establish a testimony of Himself in your heart by faith. God put the testimony of faith in the heart that faith may rule over us in place of sin.
To establish His testimony of faith, God first established all points of identification through Jesus Christ and set Him in these tokens: government, truth, and Spirit. By the links of this chain remaining unbroken your testimony reflects Jesus Christ. We behold Him in this unity and with one mind and one mouth glorify Him.
First link: GovernmentGod uses this link to provide the sanctified stewardship to oversee faith. When the stewardship is cast aside the sheep wander from the covenant of God as seen in 1 Kings 22:17, ďAnd he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd: and the Lord said, These have no master: let them return every man to his house in peace.Ē
Those who replace stewardship with ambition project their will into the pattern of the Lord. They ask God, ďWhat can I aspire to, to fulfill your will O God?Ē And when they get a glimpse of God fulfilling their aspiration they make others to hope that God would confirm the word of promise through them. Their faith carries the testimony of themselves and not God. These continue to wander in their imagination.
Donít break the link of stewardship to seek a faith independent of it, for Godís care is in it, Godís testimony is in it, and Godís clemency is in it.God is with the steward.
Second link: TruthGod uses this link to provide the church knowledge for faith. The steward directs faith into Christís covenant. This link provides the pattern faith follows to carry the testimony of Christ and not man. Donít break the link of truth by placing truth within your own logic, for logic is the weak link, reflecting your aspiration and principle.
Third link: SpiritThis link is the crowing factor of your faith. The ways of the Lord are in covenant of Jesus Christ, His righteousness, and His priesthood. The testimony of Jesus Christ is the spirit of prophecy, which has to do with the Spirit bringing to completion your cycles of growth. Through each cycle of growth you walk out of the fog to behold the face of the Lord. When you truly behold the face of the Lord you will never follow after other voices.
Donít break this link by setting a challenge for God to confirm the testimony of man in place of the testimony of Jesus Christ. Remember, the Spirit sets the pattern for the flesh to follow that He may reciprocate your peace and joy. Those that grieve the Spirit of God severe themselves from His work.
By each link of this chain believers build a relationship with God for He continues to communicate His grace. Grace is the true testimony of heaven by which we comprehend Christ, which light we carry as a torch before us. But when the tokens of Jesus Christ in His government, truth, and Spirit are despised, the torch no longer carries Godís light of grace and is a useless token-not profitable for faith. Itís like having a flashlight without a battery.
Jesus wants His church to be discerning: to discern the temperament of each kingdom, as Paul taught: ďBut strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.Ē
Remember, the flesh follows the spirit of the kingdom it is tethered to and the temperament of each kingdom is manifested: for the virtue of the kingdom is the tool you use. To the righteous, the virtue of their tool is Christ: Grace carries the image of Christ.
For faith to carry the image of Christ in equity faith needs both the knowledge of Godís truth and the nourishment of His grace, for grace carries equity for faith, faith carries equity for charity and that is where your temperament is--itís carried in that cycle. The cycle then works itself back to grace: Charity carries the equity of faith: faith carries the equity of grace: and grace carries the temperament of Godís kingdom.
The testimony of Jesus Christ is also in these tokens (The Chain of Godís Love)
First link: Equity of graceGod uses this link to communicate with you, to give you the light you are to walk by. This is how you are building a relationship with God. Grace is the testimony of heaven whereby we comprehend Christ. Grace carries the image of Christ. The grace of God needs nothing of the flesh to empower it or preserve it and does not need flattery to strengthen it. The grace of God carries its own strength. Grace gives equity for faith.
Second link: Equity of faithGod uses this link for the purpose of reciprocation, to provide a testimony of His presence in this dimension and to prove our choices. Whatever we choose is master over us as it is written, ďChoose you this day whom ye will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lordď (Joshua 24:15). You serve the one whose tools you use: you serve the master of the kingdom you are tethered to and carry his temperament, whether God (life) or Satan (death).
Death hides in human aspiration and principle to drive the soul to pursue the idols of the heart, to remake Jesus after the image of one _ s own intellect, education, and passions.
It is the nature of man to maintain the sovereignty of his own image and therefore the temperament of the kingdom of darkness, following the rhythm of nature, nurtures these things: to control, dominate, and destroy. Man will take ownership of everything he sees, working with the sovereignty of his own imagination to remake everything in his own image, and will destroy to maintain the sovereignty of his own image.
Believers who fall into this snare of the devil want their image to stand out as the face of God. And so, in this scenario, the aspiration carries the person instead of faith and the believer uses self as a testimony _ their faith carries a testimony of themselves in place of the testimony of God. When the aspiration carries faith it produces envy, strife, and division.
What we see taking place here is that oneís logic replaces reason for faith. People can comprehend truth by their own logic and fail from the grace of God. How is this possible? First, they mold their confidence with their ability to intellectually unfold the doctrine of Christ and faith follows the rhythm of their own logic. Second, flattery, which is false grace, enters into their passions and follows the thread of their imagination. Charity is a product or expression of their own hands and not the working of the Spirit.
Equity of faith is absent for they miss the reason of faith. When our reason falls into our own logic faith falls back into the rhythm of nature to confirm the illusions one has of oneself.
Reason remains with faith as the heart carries the testimony of grace and grace retains the image of Christ. Faith reciprocates that testimony and the cycle of life continues: grace unto grace, faith unto faith, charity unto charity. The equity of faith gives equity for charity. When faith carries the equity of charity we are not seeking our own.
Third link: Equity of charityGod uses this link to provide the temperament of His kingdom in the soul, seen in the fruits of the Spirit. When faith reciprocates the image of Christ in His grace, charity carries the testimony of Christ in power. The resulting powers is the temperance of growth, which has to do with meekness, gentleness, goodness, and faith, bringing it full cycle. The soul enters into rest for God fulfills His promise in Himself.
The spirit of prophecy reflects the completion of this cycle, testifying to the image of God by the equity of faith.
God uses the Chain of His Love to keep us tethered to Him. His presence removes faith from the journey to settle the soul in His fulness. Through this whole process of salvation you are beholding the face of Christ in His mercy.
If the people refuse to see the face of the Lord in His mercy they are assigned by God to see His face in His wrath as the Bible declares: ďAnd [the people] said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the LambĒ (Rev.6:16).
If the chain is broken from grace to charity the breach is in faith. Grace is given in equity and faith must be reciprocated in equity.
A broken link is what drives faith into crisis for it is a departure from God. Notice that God calls this departure ďan evil heart of unbeliefĒ: ďTake heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living GodĒ (Heb.3:12).
An evil heart of unbelief departs from the testimony of God by replacing the link of faith with the link of logic. When the link of logic stands for faith, the iron link of faith is broken. And because logic has replaced faith, the link of stewardship is replaced with aspiration.
Therefore, logic is the weak link as we see in the example of Korah who strove against Moses. God uses Korah as an example of one who opposes and contradicts, who no longer is in submission to His government (Num.16:1-3: 2 Peter 2:10).
Korah wanted to carry the stewardship in himself and expected God to honor his drive. Korahís mind set carried his own logic. He felt Moses was slow and unlearned whereas he had the skills, experience, and leadership qualities to get the job done. And so he came forth to rival Moses, but his separation from Mosesí steward was unauthorized and God did not confirm it.
Korah made the mistake of viewing everything in the light of his own aspiration and principle: how he envisioned the passage of the children of Israel through the wilderness, the drive he had to fulfill the vision, and his desire to be Godís mouth piece, to bring the people to Godís promise. Korah wanted to replace Moses as Godís steward.
If Korah had seen his end he may have taken pause and humbled himself before the Lord. But a seducing spirit is concealed in oneís logic and carries a conviction in the equity of logic rather than faith, and this is all one sees: a confirmation of oneís own imagination.
The influence of seducing spirits is seen in how one justifies envy, slander, and strife. And thus is manifested the temperament of the kingdom one is tethered to. This image is not God.
The design of the stewardship is for oversight. Yet God knew the nature of man and how people would press for truth on their own terms, with no oversight as Adam did, as the children of Israel did. The children of Israel were under Korahís spell and were not free after all, and Adam was under Satanís spell and he was not free either.
The water marks of apostasy is observed when the church despises government. As we see in Jesusí parable:
Luke 19:12-14, "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to REIGN over us."
The flesh follows the spirit of the kingdom it is tethered to and the temperament of each kingdom is manifested: for the virtue of the kingdom is the tool you use. To the righteous, the virtue of their tool is Christ: Grace carries the image of Christ. But to the wicked (those who have an evil heart of unbelief), the virtue of their tool is their logic: Logic carries their own image.
The evil heart of unbelief carries the testimony of man as the image of Christ, which is a provocation to God. The link of logic is one _ s aspiration and principle, which is the idol or image of one _ s own heart. The face of man is manifested in this idol and not the face of Christ.
When the link of faith is broken by logic, logic flows into charity _ you become the master of charity instead of charity mastering you. Furthermore, when the equity of faith is missing, you wander in your aspiration and utilize the tool of charity for aspiration to maintain your right to rule.
Charity now carries your testimony rather than the testimony of Christ. And instead of feeding the spirit in you, it ends up feeding the aspiration and principle. This is known as a defiled priesthood. Charity is dead: for God does not accept the sacrifices of your lips when the link of faith is broken.
What did we learn: First, an evil heart of unbelief departs from the testimony of God by replacing the link of faith with the link of logic. When the link of logic stands for faith, the iron link of faith is broken. And because logic has replaced faith the link of stewardship is replaced with aspiration.
Second, when the tokens of Jesus Christ in His government, truth, and Spirit are despised, the torch of truth no longer carries Godís light of grace and is a useless tokenónot profitable for faith. ItĎs like having a flashlight without a battery.
6): God tests faith through each dissolution.God tests faith by the dissolution of one thing for another. There were many points of dissolution from Moses to Jesus:
- From the temple of stone to the man, Jesus Christ.
- From the observation of the physical things to spiritual things.
- From the tithe of portions to the tithe of the fulness of Christ.
- From the Sabbath of the day to the Sabbath Man.
- The preaching of the gospel is not beginning in Jerusalem, it is beginning at the ends of the world.
- The preaching of the gospel is not beginning with the Jews, it is beginning with the Gentiles.
- Apostolic Governance is not beginning with the 12, it is beginning with one man and one man will appoint others called of God to assist him.
The church wants to set a standard for their own discernment and will continue to struggle against the wind of the Spirit. By the dissolution God tests faith to see what kingdom it is tethered to. Those who do not follow the wind of the Spirit break the link of government to set a course for themselves, thinking truth will be their compass. This unbelieving heart has not seen the face of the Lord.
What did we learn: The Hour of Temptation is upon the church while Jesus is separating the Wheat from the Chaff. God tests faith by the dissolution of one thing for another.
"The reflection of Christ is seen in the faithful for they behold Him in the pattern but the faithless ones only see that which reflects their likeness and confirm the flesh despising the Spirit."
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