Life in the Spirit Ministries March of the Message Newsletter
I’ve been thinking and praying about you a lot. I know that this time of isolation has been hard on you all. My heart has especially gone out to those of you who are having to home school your children.
The expectation could be that we are all getting wonderful time with the Lord and we are blessed to get such time. While I know this is true on some level, I also know that being cooped up for months cannot be healthy and some of you are ready to kill your spouse. All kidding aside, I have felt some of you very deeply and want you to know that the Father has me praying for you in deep ways.
Personally, I have really missed you, your faces, your presence. In my office I have a huge poster of the Beatles walking across the street at Abbey Road. Here’s what I want to do: I would like all of you to email, text, or in some way send me a picture of you, your family or as individuals. I want to take that poster down and put your pictures up in its place. This way I can look at your photos and pray for you all. It will also help me to not go stark raving mad because I will be surrounded by people I love. If you would do that I would greatly appreciate it.
Another thing I would like to do is to risk setting up times where I meet with small groups of you at the church building. We would do all the necessary things to keep safe and it would only be with a few at a time. I could set aside time for those who live on property to meet and share. Another group would be the mothers I could meet with to give them a small break. From there we could figure out how I could eventually meet with everyone in the church and pray.
I am also working on setting up different ways and means to do so by means of Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime. If you have any ideas or expertise as to how to pull this off then let me know. These last avenues I mentioned could be for those of you who are not living here locally. I thought about trying to do this randomly with individuals but realized that catching people at home without notice might not be the best thing. Since we are all trapped at home all the time, we may not look our best at every given moment. Honestly, one of the main reasons for me to enter into these things is because I want to see your faces but, since hair parlors and other resources have been closed to us, that might not be a good idea. Good news! They should be open soon.
With that in mind let me say this: because we have many older people in our church and because I sense this from the Lord, I believe we should still wait concerning having services together. I read one article recently that told of a meat packing company that decided to have all its employees tested for the virus just to be safe. When they were done they found that 370 of them had the virus. They also discovered that none of them had any symptoms or evidence that they had contracted it. At the very beginning of this thing the Lord told me to “protect the sheep.”
As concerning your personal lives, I am not here to control that. If you feel it is safe for you to go out and treat life like normal then I won’t stop you. But it is the Spirit of the Crucified to put others before ourselves. John said, “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” (I John 3:14-17)
It is interesting concerning these verses. He states that the proof that a person has passed from death to life is that He operates in love toward the family of God. Notice, he is not talking about this being the proof of salvation but of passing from death to life. That speaks of leaving our self-centered life and living by Jesus’ self-giving life.
Then, in verse 15, he speaks of that state of not living by the life of Christ as being a “life-taker.” In other words, to please his own existence he would be willing to put someone else in jeopardy. Previously he used the example of Cain and Abel. Then he states that the way we can know that we are in tune with the eternal Life that is in us is to show love toward others in that we lay down our lives instead of making them lay down theirs. We do that because Jesus died so we could have His Life. But then he relates the next verse to us: “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” It would be easy to relegate the phrase “this world’s good” to pertain to just possessions. But if someone was young or asymptomatic concerting the virus they would have certain “goods.” They would have the ability to go anywhere they wanted or do anything they pleased without fear. They would probably know that others may not have the same “goods.” Therefore, if they “see his brother has need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”
Of course, all of this is not confined to this situation of the virus. It is not situational. Christ is not meant to be something situational in OUR LIVES. He is meant to BE our LIFE. The beauty of this situation is that we have been teaching and living this way for years. The Lamb already lives in us. As Galatians 5 informs us, by love at work in us we are now free to serve one another and to not use it for an occasion to the flesh.
Brothers and sisters. I miss you! I miss your face! I miss your presence and your person. Please continue to pray for the things mentioned here. Please pray for the people afflicted and the people laying down their lives to help those who have the virus. If you don’t mind, please continue to pray for my little sister. She found out she had a rare cancer and then the virus happened. She has been sheltering in place unable to get any medical help ever since. I love you guys. Stay safe so that we can meet together again in the timing of the Lord.
(The original audio file for this Word from the Lord is also included toward the bottom of this e-newsletter and is attached to this email. After the first 10 minutes of listening to the audio it becomes difficult to understand what is being said, but it may minister to your heart to hear how the Lord was moving as well as read what was shared, so it is included in the hopes that listening to it, maybe while also reading along, will be a help and a blessing.)
Prophetic Word and Exhortation Speaker: RT Nusbaum
This word is a transcription from a service at the Bolivar church property for New Creation Fellowship shared many years ago when NCF was a fledgling church just beginning. The Lord was giving a warning for the latter times of this church…
This is not just some little sermon. I believe I am speaking prophetically. There is something coming and God is still giving us a little time here. In those that are His and vessels through whom His Son can come forth, He is going to look and He is going to say, “That is my Son, in whom I am well pleased.” He will say that to the angels, “That is my Son down there in them! I’m pleased.” You better believe it. The decision rests in the will of man. Are we, am I, are you going to go all the way? Are you going to be a vessel of the revelation of Christ? Of the Christ who must be revealed? Are you going to do that? Do you want to be used? Do you want to be pleasing? Do you want to know you are right down in the middle of the will of God? You have to come to a Revelation of Christ. You have got to seek it. One brother shared, “God did not impart this when He laid His hands on us. We are going to have to seek the Lord. We are going to have to want Him more than anything. We are going to have to get into the Word. We are going to have to really seek Him.” I said, “That’s right brother. Jesus said, ‘Seek and ye shall find. Not sit and ye shall find.’”
It is not the osmosis of Jesus Christ. It is not going to happen just by sitting here. This is meant to be an environment of the Word, conducive to driving us to the Word of God and to the Lord and to say, “God, I want to know You!” After you hear something it ought to be, “Oh God, I want to know You! I don’t want to just come back and hear another one, and another, and another.” Because there is coming a time, there is coming a famine, there is coming some hard times in the United States of America, and if those are not ready when the time comes, it will be like the ten virgins. Oh yeah, they’re His and everything, but they missed the timing of God! The coming of the Lord! And that is what the revelation of Christ is about. The coming of the Lord – by revelation. It didn’t say those virgins were lost, but oh they missed out on the open door of what God has got prepared.
God has got some wonderful, wonderful things. Your eye hasn’t seen it, your ear hasn’t even heard it, what God has prepared for them that love Him. But what does the next verse say? “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 1:9-10). Hallelujah! Don’t you love Him? Don’t you want to be part of what God is doing? Well you are, I am, we are, but I’m saying all this to say: let’s commit more! Amen? Let’s commit more. Let’s give up more of our fleshly desires. Let’s give up more of the things that are pulling us down and holding us back. Let’s give up more financially if we have to. I know this is a giving church. I know the people, the partners that are giving. There are some partners that are helping me so much; but do you know what I have to say? Let’s give more. Not just to me, let’s give it to Christ. Let’s give it to the revelation of Christ. Let’s spread this gospel. So when it is all over with, when we stand before Him, we can say, “Hallelujah, I know when we were down there, I did what I could.”
One day we don’t want to have to say to the Lord, “I could have done more,” living in shame of, “My goodness, I spent all my time gathering in, instead of trying to spread. Trying to self-gain instead of spreading.”
God has called us. I can’t answer for every other church, but God has called us. Do you know that? We are called. And we are chosen. Now that may mean one thing to you and another to me. The lamb was chosen out of the flock – to be sacrificed. A whole flock of sheep and God says, “You right there.” The priest picks it up and the lamb goes, “Oh look, I’m chosen! I am special!”
We have been chosen to lay down our lives.
God opened our ears. He is opening our eyes. What can we do? We can but live as living sacrifices. It is a reasonable service. We heard His call. We have heard it. We are doing it. We are going to do more, until the Word is fulfilled. This gospel of the Kingdom shall go into all the earth for a witness. Then shall come the end.
Let’s stand together. Let’s just focus our love and attention on Him right now.
Lord Jesus, we love You with all the heart we have, and we admit it is nowhere near what we want. But we come to You. We want You to fill our heart. Lord, the Word says, “Let Christ dwell in your heart by faith.” God, we are not seeking faith. We want You, Your Son, to dwell in our heart by faith. We seek Your Son. And we seek an expansion. An increase of Christ. First of all within us, because when our cup runneth over, when there is an increase within us, then it runs over, and others are partakers. We become those carriers of the rivers of Living Water.
And Father, we have to acknowledge You, that we haven’t seen You like maybe even we think. Because where Your Life is truly there, it is a Life of pouring out, and of ministry, and blessing of others. So Lord, we ask You right now: we want to know Him. We want to show Him. We do not want to be “deeper life” people that know Him. We want to be vessels that know Him and show Him.
Father, I just believe my sisters and brothers here tonight, that we together, truly within our being, we want to see this gospel spread around the world. So Lord, we have stumbled and fumbled and messed up in a lot of ways. Forgive us of that. But Lord, show us creative ways to get the Word out. Show us, Lord, creative ways to be involved with our hands, with our hearts, with our finances, with everything. Show us ways, God. Give us Your ways, because it is within us, it is within us to serve You and to spread the Gospel. The knowledge of Jesus, the knowledge of the Lord, the Light, the Day dawn and the Day Star shining in their heart, like Peter said. Hallelujah. Father, He is already there, but the Day dawn and the Day Star shining in their heart, and that they might receive the grace that is to come to them at the revelation of Christ, as Peter said. That is greater than what he saw on the on the Mount! Greater than the transfiguration! The revelation of Christ. He declared it. Paul declared it. We declare it! We are those fathers in this time period, in this lifetime, who are dedicated to the same revelation of Christ they were. Your Pauls and Your Peters, Lord. It is no difference. The only difference is the container name, but the truth is its still Christ within us, and the dedication is the same.
Father, we ask You to bring forth Your Son in us, to us, through us. Thank You, Lord Jesus. We love You. We believe in You. We are committed to You, Jesus. Yes, we are. We are committed to You, Lord. We are. So we thank You for the privilege of what You have shared with us already, Lord, that which is of You that we do know. We do not begrudge anything; we just press on to know You, Lord. We ask You to grant the Spirit of God to be our teacher, to be our guide.
Hallelujah Lord! You are worthy, Lord. You alone are worthy. Blessed be Your Holy name. Lord, we worship You with all of our heart. We honor You. We lift You up. We humble ourselves before You, that You might be glorified. Hallelujah Lord.
Maybe God is moving on you. Maybe you are desiring more of an increase of Christ, or more of an increase of His Life out of you. You know the power of one putting a thousand to flight, but two ten thousand. You know the power of prayer because when we pray together, we release that. So we can come to Him tonight. He is there on His throne, He is pleased. He wants that. The Father wants His Son to come forth. He wants this. Maybe if you feel that way, maybe you should come down to the altar. We will just seek the Lord together tonight. Hallelujah Lord. Hallelujah Lord.
Let Him work, let Him work…just seek the Lord, just seek the Lord…
We are vessels, we are containers. We are not it, God. We want the Light, we want the Treasure to come forth. Lord, not us! Not that which is of us. God, my Father, we seek Your Will. We seek Your Will. Your Will. Lord, we do not know how to do it, but with our hearts we do come before You. You said, if we just humble ourselves. We humble ourselves as much as we can. We don’t focus, Lord, on that which is not humble. We focus, if there is just a spark, we focus on that spark, and we say, “God see the spark. See the desire. See that.” What little, only see that, but God, bring forth Your Son. Let Your life overshadow the vessel, Lord. Let Your life overshadow the vessel, God. Let Jesus be lifted up in us, Lord, and then not just individually but then corporately, God! Corporately, that we can truly be the church! Hallelujah Lord. The Habitation of God.
Oh God! Hallelujah! Father! Father, let the life of Jesus come. Forgive us, Lord, forgive us our self-centeredness, our self-seeking. Forgive us of all of our self-seeking, Lord. Forgive us, Lord, of giving ourselves to things that are not profitable. God, even when we have gone the first mile, we are still unprofitable. Teach us to go the second mile. Teach us the life within us that is the Second Mile. That reaches beyond ourselves, Lord. In the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus. Only Jesus. Only Jesus. Only the Lord.
Holy Spirit, move upon us. Holy Spirit, You are the only one who can teach Christ the way we need to know Him. There is no man that can teach us what You can teach us. Teach us Christ. Begin to renew this mind. Begin to break down the bars of the carnal mind. Lord God, we are so self-centered. Holy Spirit, break through our carnal understanding! Break through our self-centeredness, our laziness, our lack of commitment, our lack of self-giving! Holy Spirit, reveal Him who will willingly, gladly lay down His Life, who will not complain in laying down His Life, who does it joyfully and even says, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” Only that Nature. That is the Nature we want, that is the Life we want.
Father, forgive us of our grumblings. Forgive us of our lack of spiritual insight. Forgive us, Father. Oh God, let Jesus be the Life. Jesus, only You are the Life. Jesus, only You are worthy. Father, we repent of everything in our heart that’s not of You, that’s blocking You, that’s blocking You, blocking YOU! That’s blocking You, Father. Father, I hate it, I hate the world! I don’t love the word! I hate the relationships that You told me to hate, Lord! To hate that which would hold me back, to hate the world! I hate it because it keeps me from the fullness of Your life. I hate it, Lord. I love You.
Oh Father, in the name of Jesus, minister Your life. Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus. In the name of Jesus, Father, that we might be vessels. That there be but One Life. No fighting, no war going on. Only One Life. Hallelujah. That would be the Life of Your Son. Hallelujah. Let everything else be shook because of You, Christ. It cannot stand in the face of Christ. It must acknowledge the Christ that is within. Oh Lord, we fall short, we try to do what only You can do. Through our vessel we try. But it is not the power of the vessel. The excellency of the power is of You. The treasure is not of us. God, we acknowledge that. You’re not just our helper, You came to be our life. Father, we’re powerless because… because it has not been Christ. Father, we want him to come forth. We want him, we want him. Father, no man, none of us, can stand in the face of Your glory. None of us. We stand in the face of our own self-righteousness. We stand in the face of our own works. But none of us can stand in the glory of Jesus. When You appeared, Lord, to Abraham, he fell on his face. When You appeared to John in the Book of Revelation, he fell as though dead, because our life is just dead apart from seeing You, and in Light of You.
Oh Father, not I but Christ. Not I, Lord. Not I, but Christ. Thank You, Lord. Have Your way Lord. Your will be done. Your will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Let us live as eternal beings. Let us live, God. Let us use up that which is not eternal, let it be used up for that which is eternal. God, let it be used up for that which is eternal, instead of preserved… Lord, allowing destitution to come to that which is spiritual, while we seek to preserve that which is temporal. Suffering the loss of our spiritual life while we seek to preserve the temporal. Father, forgive us. Help us, Lord. Help Christ come forth. Help Your Son come forth. Allow Jesus to come forth. He alone is worthy. Father, we do hunger after You. You said blessed are they that hunger and thirst, for they shall be filled.
God, we believe Your word now. We believe Your Word. We release our faith in You. We trust in You, Lord. We look to You. We thank You for what You are doing. We thank You for what You have done. We thank You for the lives that have been touched. Now Father, we just thank You for what will come forth. Hallelujah Lord. Hallelujah. We love You Lord. We praise You now. Hallelujah.
We thank You that You gathered us together. The enemy scattered, but You gathered. You gathered! All of us, every one of us can remember when we were added. That word “added,” Lord, You “added to the church.” You added to this church. You added! We were added by You! We remember that day, and now we also remember the day when the enemy tried to divide, to separate. But Your purpose is to bring forth, not just Christ to me, not just Christ in me coming out, but Christ in the Church. So Father, we commit ourselves not just to You, we commit ourselves with purpose, which is committing to one another.
Father, we do believe, and we say with our mouth, Your Son will be seen in the earth through the Church. He will Be! It is written! If nowhere else, and we know there are other places, but if nowhere else, we are those that believe that, and we will say it. And we will confess it and we believe it. We have faith in it, Lord. And Lord, with all of us together, the times we have stumbled, yet we continued. We have and we will, by Your grace, Lord. Thank You, Lord. Thank You for all that You have done, Lord. Because You have shook us, and You have exposed us, and You have shown us what is of Jesus, and it is with rejoicing. You have shown us what is not, which we also rejoice in because it drives us to You to say, “Oh God, it is not Jesus. It is not Him in that area, and we want it to be.”
Father, as Your body we are being knit together. Not just knit to “be together.” Father, we are not Your purpose, but the truth of the gospel is, for Whom this purpose works. So we find something higher to dedicate ourselves to. We find something that unifies us that is so far above, they are the things that are divine. We focus on the desire for You to be known in the whole earth. The possibility that we could be a part of that, we thank You even for the possibility, just the thought of the possibility of that just makes us thankful, Lord. We know, Lord, that You will go beyond even possibilities into reality more and more.***