COMING OUT OF THE WILDERNESS

     There's an old saying which holds a lot of truth; "it takes one to know one". So in order to know Jesus the Son of God we must be a Son of God  "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed".(St. Jn. 8:36) The point being we were made free by the only begotten Son of God, who had grown from childhood, passed every test as a servant and now is raising up other Sons to bask in freedom and follow His Spirit as mature Sons of God ! A Son producing Sons with one purpose in mind; "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God".(Rom. 8:14)

     Let's examine a particular "type and shadow" seemingly insignificant to us in this new day. In the OT the priest wore a breastplate with twelve stones attached, one for each of the elect Sons of Israel. However, the breastplate had a second function, it doubled as a pouch which contained God's Oracle called the "Urim and Thummim". "And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim: and they shall be upon Aaron's heart..."(Exo.28:30) Notice the emphasis on the heart ! The Urim and Thummim were mystical in the sense they were used to obtain yes or no answers from the knowledge of God , and vitally needed to know if to attack the enemies of Israel or to stand down. Called the breastplate of judgment the Urim and Thummim maintained righteous judgment within the camp. Sometimes called "revelation and truth", other times called "lights and perfections".

     Here's my comparison; The Urim and Thummim led the Children of Israel through the wilderness and were always kept near Aaron's heart. You and I as Sons of God are also led through the wilderness by the fulfillment of the Urim and Thummim with the pocket being our very own heart. For the true Sons of God the Holy Ghost in the midst of our being is now our leader and guide in a supernatural transformed "breastplate of righteousness". PRAISE HIS NAME ! "If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God;..." (I Pet.4:11)  We are now God's elect Sons if so be the Spirit of God dwells within. Likewise God still uses the wilderness to perfect and mature His Chosen.

     In our case it is not a natural desert, even though it is very dry. Our wilderness consisted of "Babylon's Confusion" fueled by the strange and pagan voices of those that said they had truth but did not. It began with our call to separate from the popular crowds. This in turn began our search for truth, and here's the revelation; God's Remnant can always be recognized by their love for truth which the denominations will not even consider and usually turn it into the righteous being persecuted. Our wilderness consisted of listening for hints of truth here or there and then running from church to church just to find they didn't have it. We purchased and read all the popular books just to find they didn't have it. We played cassette after cassette just to find they didn't have it. We asked the elders just to find they had no answers. We went to conferences and conventions just to find they didn't have it.

     Thank God for the day we discovered the "urim and thummim" . The Word riding high upon the Spirit uncloaked the falseness and sent us into the battle of spiritual wickedness in high places. Our questions got answers, not by elders but by child-like faith in the anointing of the Spirit. The child-like faith then turned to trust in a Father - Son relationship and an internal-guidance system which developed into the "voice of the Lord" that brought something we had never had spiritual discernment to know the difference between flesh and Spirit ! 

     Those who choose a religious belief system remain under the bondage of that system. Doctrines of men dominate their every day life. The words of the Apostle become very relevant here: "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ".( Col. 2:8) Philosophy is defined as the study of the fundamental principles of a certain belief system. Religion twists and wrestles the fundamentals until they do away with the main purpose of nurturing and being personally taught by the ANOINTING of the Holy Ghost. Truth is replaced by philosophy, and the sad fact is that philosophy allows no room for its captives to develop their own inner voice of truth.True freedom of religion comes with the ability to hear the voice of God, life experiences become spiritual awakenings, spiritual dreams keep us excited, spiritual songs give personal ministry, even nature itself becomes our teacher transforming the wilderness into a fruitful promise land ! THANK YOU JESUS

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