Beloved Family… Now we’ve had a taste of how the Lord takes even our sudden reversals and apparent misfortunes and puts them to very good use. I hope that helps you to get a deeper grasp of the depth of meaning that’s contained in Scripture texts like the following:
“Now we know that ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD FOR THOSE WHO LOVE GOD, who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those whom He predestined, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified; and those whom He justified, He also glorified (i.e. reserved for resurrection).” (Romans 8:28-30 TLV, Emphasis added)
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect work (of making you tougher, wiser, and more skillful), so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (for in Yeshua, we’ve already won the War we’re in… and we wait for what is eternal to finally begin to appear here also, in the dimension of space and time).
“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all without hesitation and without reproach; and IT WILL BE GIVEN TO HIM! But let him ask in faith, without any doubting—for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord—he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:2-8 TLV, Amplification and emphasis added)
Even when we experience demonic attacks, misfortunes, and tragic setbacks, God is always right here with us, and in us… working everything out to align with His Plan… which is to achieve our eventual best and highest good. Every event contains within it a surprising revelation of just how close our God always is to us… and how deeply and faithfully He loves, guides and cares for His Covenant children. Even amid apparent disaster… His Lovingkindness, and Covenant faithfulness are working on our behalf. Selfless Love is God’s Eternal Nature! So He’s always the same, always doing Good, even in situations people would consider to be a ‘living Hell’! He’s always present, working all things out for everyone’s best and highest good! Not a speck of anything that is evil, dark, or malevolent can be found in Him! So our ‘faith tank’ needn’t develop any ‘leaks’. It must remain airtight!
It’s essential that we maintain a firm hold on all of this! Even when it seems as if we’re losing dismally… the actual Truth is this: WE’VE ALREADY WON… thanks to the ever-present Love Power, and Faithfulness of our God! He has enfolded us in His Word’s Eternal Lovingkindness! So it doesn’t matter what may or may not be going on around us in this fallen, demon-oppressed, time and space world. God is our Eternal Shield, and Provider, and Covenant Champion! By His Living Word He has already routed and defeated our demonic enemies, no matter how much they currently hate and strive to do us harm. In Eternity… which is the home to which we’re headed, they’ve already been thoroughly trounced and rendered helpless in God’s mind and will!
Our Father lifts and always sustains and raises His Son’s disciples to an altitude level that is far above and beyond anything our enemies could ever achieve! Even if they succeed in killing our Sin-corrupted mortal bodies on Earth… we still win! Our regenerated spirits abide in God’s Presence… enfolded by His Guarantee that we have a full share in the Resurrection Life of our Eternally-Triumphant Commander! His Life, abiding in our spirits… guarantees that in the fullness of God’s Plan and Timing, we also will receive perfect resurrected bodies like His. And we’ll be equipped to abide forever with God, Face to face, in everlasting Union with His Loving, Joyful, Abundant, Peaceful, and Restful Perfect Presence!
“Therefore, if (since) you have been raised up with Messiah, keep seeking the things above—where Messiah is, sitting at the right hand of God. Focus your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you have died (to Satan, Self, Death, and Worldliness), and your (eternal) Life is (until Yeshua returns to Earth) hidden with Messiah in God. When Messiah, who is your life, is revealed (in His Father’s good timing), then you also will be revealed with Him, (to all of Creation) in (His) Glory!” (Colossians 3:1-4 TLV, Amplification and emphasis added)
So, beloved, please understand that the Holy Spirit Guidance System with which we’ve been blessed, can keep us flying in tight formation to our targets, even when we face intense combat resistance. Holy Spirit keeps us in constant ‘personal contact’ with our indwelling Supreme Commander, who contains within Himself, the entire Fullness of God! So, when we’re all one with Yeshua… we’re one with each other, one with everything that is real, true, and good! This is why God’s Spirit draws all of our focus of attention upon our risen Lord. He must be our ALL in all things… our Eternal Life, Eternal Truth, and Eternal Way.
And this is why we must be weaned from looking to, or depending and relying upon, any person or thing that God has created. Yeshua is God… and only God is worthy of all of our focus, devotion, faith, hope, and undying trust! Nothing created and tangible will last much longer. In eternity, everything will be new and it will come directly from the hand of God! So keep looking to Him!
And since Yeshua’s other disciples are to be one with Him, the Holy Spirit is here to keep each of us connected to Him, and to our fellow crew members, and to every other crew and crew member that is part of our world-wide Attack Squadron! We are many… but in our Commander, we remain bonded to each other. And we can learn to think, act, react, and interact, as ONE! Remember the flocks of starlings and the schools of fish we discussed in Part I… how they move as one… continuously… flitting and darting, this way and that, at super speed! Not even one deviates from what all the others are doing in unison. They all maintain perfect tight formation, and remain totally locked into what the entire group is programmed to do, no matter what is happening! (See the link below) This amazing natural phenomenon is very similar to what Holy Spirit is here to equip us to do with and for each other, under Yeshua’s Headship, even when we’re under the intense pressures of spiritual combat! At such times, we must maintain formation integrity – one with God – and one with each other!
“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and flog you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings because of Me, as a witness to them and to the Gentiles. But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you should say, for it shall be given to you in that hour what you should say. For it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against their parents and have them put to death. And you will be hated by all because of My Name, but the one who endures to the end shall be saved!” (Matthew 10:16-22 TLV, Emphasis added)
“For just as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of the body—though many—are one body, so also is Messiah. For in one Ruach (Spirit) we were all immersed into one Body—whether Jewish or Greek, slave or free—and all were made to drink of one Ruach.” (1 Corinthians 12:12-13 TLV, Amplification and emphasis added)
“As a result, we are no longer to be like children, tossed around by the waves and blown all over by every wind of teaching, by the trickery of men with cunning in deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the Truth (our risen Lord) in love, we are to grow up in all ways into Messiah, who is the Head. From Him the whole Body is fitted and held together by every supporting ligament. The proper working of each individual part produces the Body’s growth, for building itself up in Love.” (Ephesians 4:14-16 TLV, Amplification and emphasis added)
A Wake Up Call to Today’s Fragmented Troops
At present beloved, enormous amounts of suspicion, enmity, resentment and strife continue to weaken and divide what is supposed to serve as the earthly ‘Body of Messiah’. For centuries innumerable conflicts, violent divisions, seething resentments, and even murderous hatred and carnage have been allowed to persist in our midst. And, tragically, that does the enemy’s work for him… yet most of us seem to be undisturbed by that. In fact, we seem to be perfectly content and at peace with this tragic and spiritually perilous situation! Our Lord hurts deeply when His members attack each other and neglect, despise and forsake each other. But we don’t seem to feel even a twinge of what He sees and feels! Nor are we disturbed to see this continue year after year. To us, it’s ‘normal’!
And that tells us better than anything else could, that this ‘Body’ has been deeply infiltrated with scattered pockets of mutinous selfishness, individualistic rebellion, treachery, manipulation, predatory agendas, and mutually-destructive practices throughout our units. So we remain divided, defenseless, spiritually blind and, therefore, easily conquered! And as long as we allow this wretched situation to remain, our Squadron will be a ‘hard luck’ unit… useless, counter-productive, and totally vulnerable to enemy attacks. The casualty rate will continue to be horrendous! And the testimony that such a disjointed, dysfunctional rabble will give to the unbelieving world will prompt onlookers to sneer, smirk, and assume that our God can’t be real, and that His Living Word made flesh is not worthy of anyone’s trust! Beloved, is this what it means to ‘follow the Lord’? How dare we continue to allow the enemy to divide and conquer us? No, beloved, we must repent of our demonic individualism. We must become ONE, no matter what it costs! When we remain united we are able stand firm and overcome. But when we allow ourselves to be divided, we’re in for the total trauma of becoming ‘casualties’!
I hope you took the time to see the movie I mentioned earlier, at the end of Part 2. If you didn’t see it yet, here’s another chance for you to do it:
If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll be able to see that the situation the featured squadron was in, at the start of the movie, is analogous to the present situation of our Lord’s earthly Body! The movie is about a World War II United States B-17 bomber squadron that was misfiring and failing to fulfill its assigned missions in 1942. Their casualty rate was staggering. They were part of a small group… an experiment… intended to see whether or not lower level daylight bombing over Nazi Germany was feasible. But their performance at first gave strong evidence that the experiment was unworkable. The squadron in this movie had earned a reputation of being , a ‘hard luck’ bunch of failures and losers.
So, to try to stop their dismal hemorrhaging from ruining the overall effort, the top commander of that experimental force made a sudden change in the leadership of this squadron. He assigned a brigadier general from his staff at headquarters to go to their base and take charge. That man inherited a tangled wounded mess. But he had to do whatever was necessary to clean it up. (And I see this as analogous to what our Messiah was sent to Earth to be and do in our midst… to make sure we could become His image and likeness!)
The disheartened airmen this general had to work with did not yet have a warrior mindset. So they had lost confidence, pride, and hope in what they were commissioned to do. To them, it was a disastrous waste of time, equipment, and lives. So they wallowed in self-pity, defeatism and resentment over the seemingly impossible responsibility that had been placed on their shoulders. They were short of equipment, and backup support. And as long as they kept failing to destroy their targets and kept suffering such terrible casualties and misfortunes, they saw no reason to continue the madness. And the U.S. government saw no reason to start spending more money, manpower and resources to maintain an effort that, to that point, had proven to be utterly futile!
The men were convinced they were being exploited and used as expendable guinea pigs, and that no one cared about what happened to them. This was the situation the new general walked into at the start of the movie. So, as soon as he arrived, he began to ‘clean house’ and pounce on every sloppy fault and failing he detected. He chewed out the deadbeats, slapped those who had a loser/victim mentality out of their self-pitying trances. He exposed every bit of selfishness and sloppiness that prompted individuals to lose focus and ‘cut corners’, ‘make excuses’, and settle for mediocrity. He punished any lack of concern for the squadron and their missions that he detected in any individual. And of course the men recoiled, grumbled, and resented this intruder and everything he stood for. They were miserable enough as it was, without being persecuted and abused by a total stranger from the outside who knew nothing of the hell they had been enduring. That was the situation… at first.
But regardless of the resistance he encountered, the commander didn’t back off. He was wise enough to use himself as a demonstration model for the men. He did his job with the dedication and thoroughness that they should have been displaying in performing their jobs. He refused to be deterred, discouraged, or persuaded to relent, despite the enormous resentment, contempt, and opposition he received from the men. The more they opposed him, the more he rode herd on them. And by maintaining his focus on his mission… and going with them on their missions, he experienced everything they all had to go through. And so the men watched him closely… observing what he would do, and how he did it. His life became a visible pattern, a template, for the level of excellence the crews were expected to achieve. And the more they saw him do his job faithfully, with such unbreakable military-level focus and determination, his standard of perfection was being demonstrated, and ‘downloaded’ into, their brains and minds.
He didn’t just tell them what to do, he showed them how to do it! His attitude and focused behavior became instruments for exposing their own grossly inferior levels of operating. And that set the high standard, in unmistakable terms, that everyone in the squadron had to attain, and maintain. The way he performed before them, was exactly how true warriors would have been performing and responding to all of the enemy opposition they had encountered during their earlier bombing runs! So he forced his men to watch him maintain his focus and personally demonstrate for them what maintaining military-level focus on ‘doing your job’, come hell or high water, looks, sounds, and feels like.
And, beloved… that kind of focus on our missions is exactly the laser-like focus and attention we Last Days disciples will need to place upon our indwelling Lord, and maintain no matter what may be happening! I realized that the general in the movie, was teaching His men to fight earthly battles, the way the Lord Himself taught His disciples to fight their demonic enemies in the spiritual realms! Yeshua and this general served as ‘template guides’ that their subordinates could follow. The ‘students’ were allowed to see and experience what it means to ‘keep your eyes on your assigned tasks’ and how to weather any and all ‘oppositional flack’ you encounter, and how to adapt to the carnage and chaotic conditions that always assail all participants in the midst of deadly wartime combat. So Yeshua’s disciples saw what it means for true warrior sons of God to love, serve, and obey their Father, to Perfection.
And just as Yeshua did for His disciples, this general showed his flight crews what faithfulness to their squadron (John 13), and to their duties, and to their common cause (John 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17) requires… regardless of the personal cost any one of them might be required to pay. By the way they lived their own lives, Yeshua and this general embodied and demonstrated.the qualities they had to instill in each of their subordinates. Great leaders don’t just give orders; they serve as models. They are the living standard of excellence that their subordinates can see, test, and subconsciously begin to follow and reproduce!
“I can do nothing on My own. Just as I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, for I do not seek My own will, but the will of the One who sent Me!” (John 5:30 TLV, Emphasis added)
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so also you must love one another.” (John 13:34 TLV, Emphasis added)
“All Authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, immersing them in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Ruach ha-Kodesh, TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE (you, as you demonstrate) ALL THAT I HAVE COMMANDED (and demonstrated before) YOU!” (Matthew 28:18b-20a TLV, Amplification and emphasis added.)
The general finally succeeded in retraining his men and turning them into leaders in their own right. His concentration, courage, determination and excellent performance became theirs also. Everyone began to do his job, the way they saw him do his job. And by following the template he became for them, they developed in themselves, his qualities and characteristics… under extremely perilous and stressful wartime conditions.
Great leaders teach by the ‘Watch me do it… now you do it’ method. This general forced his men to watch him repeatedly practice the basics of wartime flying, over and over, paying strict attention to even the tiniest details and regulations, and overlooking nothing. He allowed no one to make excuses for failure. By applying stern discipline upon himself… He became the example that served to expose the selfish sloppiness of those around him. The way he did his job… kept rubbing their noses in the slovenly ways in which they had previously regarded their duties and responsibilities. And they became acutely aware of the huge difference between his level of operation, and theirs. So very soon, they were able to spot the gross inadequacies in their performance levels and realize how much they had allowed mediocrity and a loser mentality to become their ‘casket-like’ comfort zone. And once they knew the truth, the truth set them free from the bondage of thinking that settling for mediocrity and defeat was an acceptable choice. So beloved, consider this: Isn’t this also what God’s Living Word made flesh came to Earth to reveal to us?
Over the course of the movie, despite their initial resentment and reluctance, the subordinates began to respond to the general’s unbreakable focus and determination to ‘get everything right’. And gradually, everyone’s performance level improved tremendously. They began to respect and love their general, and work with him as a team. And, eventually, just as Yeshua’s disciples did in the book of Acts, they too transformed into a superior first rate unit that began to inflict so much damage on their assigned targets, that they gained the special attention of the enemy! The opposing leaders began to request that men, planes and equipment from other sectors of the war, be moved to the sectors they knew this squadron would be attacking. And that was the highest compliment they could have received!
The bomber crews of this squadron developed a new, wonderful esprit de corps, and a winning attitude, and a spirit of camaraderie and devotion to their leader. It was so beautiful and enviable… that even members of the ground support staff, clerks, cooks, mechanics, and even the chaplain stowed away on some of the planes, so they too could be part of one of their squadron’s missions!
In other words, the entire squadron, from top to bottom, caught fire and became unified in every sense of the term. One with their head, and one with each other… they all began to think, choose, live, talk and act as one person! Which is exactly what our Lord’s New Covenant disciples are supposed to become… ‘One New Man in Messiah’ (Cf. John 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17; 1 Corinthians 12 & 13; Ephesians 2; and the entire book of Acts).
“But you will receive Power when the Ruach ha-Kodesh (Holy Spirit) has come upon you; and (He will empower you and) you will be My (Resurrection) witnesses in Jerusalem, and through all Judah, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth!” (Acts 1:8 TLV, Amplification and emphasis added)
The casualty rate lowered significantly, because the crews now remained totally focused during their missions… focused on their targets, focused on staying properly aligned, and focused on doing their jobs perfectly. They maintained tight formation integrity to insure that the squadron maintained maximum defensive firepower against the many counter-attacking enemy fighters. And they knew how to adapt to the sudden shocking hits and casualties they were taking without being deterred. They remained intent on maintaining maximum level efficiency and doing whatever it took to accomplish their missions. And they did it regardless of personal cost to themselves… Just the way Stephen and the other martyrs have done throughout the ages. So the squadron became extremely precious to every man that contributed to its overall excellence. They all grew to love their squadron because of the care, attention and devotion that each man was putting into it for the common good. They realized how much they needed and depended on each other, and how important and vital to the overall success of the unit, each individual’s part actually always is!
The outstanding results achieved by the experimental missions accomplished by squadrons like this one convinced the government that what these ‘guinea pigs’ were doing was worth adopting and amplifying. So the government allocated enormous increases in funding, and went all out to increase the number of planes and new crews and support personnel to supply and expand this bombing effort and provide it with whatever it would require. And they eventually destroyed the enemy’s national infrastructure which forced their leaders to accept the terms of unconditional surrender that the Allies had earned the right to impose.
This movie was a tribute to the real men and women who actually gave, and continue to give their all… for the sake of others. Such people display the level of love that only well-trained warriors develop. And the movie also exemplified the exact same set of qualities and level of devotion that the Lord’s warrior disciples of the past had to develop in the service of our risen Master and Commander. And just as they proved faithful in their day, so must we Last Days disciples take the torch they handed to us. And we must become willing to do what it takes to carry that torch all the way across the End Times Finish Line! So… If our risen Lord were to physically assemble us and give us a pre-mission ‘Last Days briefing’, I believe He would say something like this…
Self-Life Civilians In Yeshua’s Army Must Transform Into Combat-Ready Warriors
“Self-life civilian-type ‘believers’ can never approach the warrior-level of pure love and excellence that I require of you. Only well trained warriors can do it, because they know we’re in a do-or-die war that we all have to fight! Only true warriors develop what it takes to be able to give that awesome selfless gift of offering their lives for the sake of the Kingdom and the values and principles, and the people they are committed to defend.
“So always remember this: I am Father’s Word made flesh! I rose from the dead! I’m your Supreme Commander… the ‘Lion of Judah’! And I chose and called each of you to follow Me and live as one with Me! Just as I poured out My life so that you could live, so must you pour out your Self-life lives, so that I can live… in you… and through you! Gear your souls to transform into My image and likeness! You can only fulfill your God-given identity, purpose and commission by learning to think, act, and react as one with Me! Release and reveal My Presence into this world, as I live and work in and through you. Allow Me to be and do what only I can be and do, in your name, just the way I did it for my disciples of the first century! They did what they had to do… and now they enjoy My Victory, Glory and Reward… Eternally!
“I’m here to teach, train and discipline you in a way very similar to what you saw that general in the movie do for his subordinates. Outstanding Warrior Commanders and subordinate leaders LEAD their troops. They don’t stand in the rear and order them to do what they themselves will not do. No, they lead their troops from the front of the column… in plain sight. They don’t tell others to do the job. They personally show their troops what to do, by doing the thing right in front of them! That’s what I did for My first century disciples! And this is what I’m here to do now. I am here to become one with you, and to make you to be one with Me! You are My glove… I AM your Hand. I am always within you so that we can always live and work as one, doing everything together I’m not sending you to go out and fight… I’m leading you into the thick of it Myself, so that you can allow Me to act from within you! So don’t be afraid. I’m always with you, being your Covering and your Triumph!
“Throughout the four Gospel accounts, I personally demonstrated and modeled this New Covenant disciple lifestyle that all of you are called to embrace and embody. And, after I ascended to My Father, I sent Holy Spirit’s life-transforming Presence to abide and work in you, just the way He had been working in Me before My death and Resurrection! Now, He makes it possible for My Resurrection Presence to become real and fully alive in you so that I can continue to lead you into the Final Invasion and destruction of all enemy infrastructures and emplacements.
“The Ruach of Adonai Elohim is on Me, because Adonai has anointed Me to proclaim Good News to the poor. He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound, to proclaim the year of Adonai’s favor and the day of our God’s vengeance, to comfort all who mourn to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of Adonai, that He may be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:1-3 TLV)
“Beloved… you can live the Spirit-empowered lifestyle that I demonstrated in the Gospels, by allowing Me to do what I did in the past, through you, in the present. Die to being radically independent agents with ‘lives of your own’! I’m your Life now; you need no other! Forsake the insanity of falling for Satan’s slander against God, who says He can’t be trusted! I AM Father’s Living Word! So place yourselves under My Absolute Authority… Let Me abide and act from within you. It’s through you that I become flesh on Earth once more. And it’s through Me, that you have a full share in My Eternal Victory and Absolute Triumph over demonic Rebellion Evil, Sin, Death, and Destruction!
“So draw continually from Me, draw everything you need. Release My Presence and Fire Power into all of your situations and circumstances! Make sure My Life is always free to operate through you… I AM your Objective and Target! I AM the Full Armor of God! Identify with Me. ‘Wear Me’! I AM the explosive ‘PAYLOAD’ you carry in you at all times. Release Me when you’re directly over every ‘target.’
“(Because I live in you) You are the Light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on a lampstand so it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men so they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven!” (Matthew 5:14-16 TLV, Amplification added)
“I will teach you to let Me do whatever it takes to make sure you release your New Covenant Payload directly onto your assigned targets. Remember: I AM one with you, and you are one with Me! We belong to each other! And, no matter what happens in this life, I’ll never leave or forsake you. My Mission is your mission! So stay focused on Me, and on the total fulfillment of My Heavenly Father’s will, plan, and strategy.
“Your spirits are already part of My Eternal Kingdom. Now make sure your minds, wills, and affections also remain one with Me! Stop obsessing over what is going on here on Earth… focus on dropping the Enormous Load of Blessing that Heaven has put into you, on our targets. I’m your Fire Power. Release Me to hit whatever lies below us.
“Since you have been raised up with Messiah, keep seeking the things above—where Messiah is, sitting at the right hand of God. Focus your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you have died, and your Life is hidden with Messiah in God. When Messiah, who is your Life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him, in Glory!” (Colossians 3:1-4 TLV, Emphasis added)
“I AM your Payload! Release My Presence and the Fruit of My Perfect Finished Works onto this fallen world before it is all consumed by the coming Final Fire. Release My Grace upon it so I can save as many demon-infested humans as possible! I AM your infinitely ‘Perfect ‘Payload’ that you must release on every target that My Spirit assigns to you!
“Never take your own revenge, loved ones, but give room for God’s wrath—for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine; I will repay,” says Adonai. Rather, “If your (human) enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink. For by doing so you will heap coals of fire upon his head.” DO NOT BE OVERCOME BY EVIL, BUT OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD!” (Romans 12:19-21 TLV)
“Just as the Father has loved Me, I also have loved you. Abide in My love! If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and your joy may be full.
“This is My commandment, that you love one another just as I have loved you. NO ONE HAS GREATER LOVE THAN THIS: THAT HE LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS. YOU ARE MY FRIENDS IF YOU DO WHAT I COMMAND YOU!
“I am no longer calling you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing. Now I have called you friends, because everything I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I selected you so that you would go and produce fruit, and your fruit would remain. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in My Name.
“These things I command you, so that you may love one another.” (John 15:9-17 TLV, Emphasis added)
“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for apart from Me, you can do nothing! If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away like a branch and is dried up. Such branches are picked up and thrown into the fire and burned.
“If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you! In this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so PROVE to be My disciples.” (John 15:5-8 TLV, Emphasis added)
“I revealed Myself to Joshua and told him who I really am (Joshua 5). I sent him and the Israelites into territory that had been completely infested by the powers of Darkness. The Israelites carried My Presence with them onto ‘The Target’, and at My command, the signal was given for them to release Me, the Word of God, upon the enemy. And I destroyed the objective and liberated that portion of the land that I had previously reserved for My people. Now you are commissioned to carry on and finish that mission which was launched so long ago. Take My Presence with you, wherever you go… and do what they did!
So… that’s all then… It’s time for take-off. Go to your battle stations… AND LET’S GET THIS DONE… AND REMEMBER: THIS IS ALWAYS OUR OBJECTIVE”:
“… Our Father in Heaven, sanctified be Your Name. Your Kingdom come, YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN!”