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  Are you going through the motions, not really plugged into our Father's business, confined to the nature of man?
 
Whose Tidings Will You Hear?
By Apostle Eric vonAnderseck
 
God is speaking in prophetic dreams to the church to compare the wisdom of God to the wisdom of man. The wisdom of man is always small, confined to his own nature (aspiration, principle, and imagination). A believer not in covenant with God uses this three-fold cord to rope faith into a false confidence in God. This view of God is very small because it reflects as self image – truth is inverted. It is not the mountain view.
 
[Read prophetic dream posted by Apostle Diane Swarthout “The heart of God or the heart of man. Which one is greater?”: CLICK HERE. Quote from the dream: “I noticed particularly how one woman at a back desk was only going through the motions of working as there was no direct line coming in to her computer.”]
 
This dream symbolism provided by the Holy Spirit is significant as God is teaching the church how to discern their disconnectedness to Him. While being disconnected, that doesn’t stop a person from being busy, going through the motions of serving God.
 
There are many false prophets today speaking from the busyness of their own religious aspirations about Jesus, while being disconnected from the Father’s business. The expanse of God’s view (as He is teaching through this dream) is seen as the mountain view. God gives the mountain view to the steward of His government for the church to hear His voice. Whose tidings will you hear?
 
To dream with God one has to go beyond the restrictions of one’s imagination and right into the expanse of God’s heart. That’s why Jesus is our prototype—He leads the way. When lacking the direction given through the sanctified governmental steward, the church continues to restrict their dreams to the confines of their own nature and in-house fighting follows. This is one of the signs of being disconnected from God. When disconnected from God you’re given over to Satan’s trio of demonic influences (aspiration, principle and imagination). Seducing spirits work to engage man with his own nature, inspiring closure via competition and offense.
 
Jennifer LeClaire, editor of Charisma, complained about this very issue stating, “I've heard about believers getting offended over new relationships forming, being asked to sit out travel trips, or not being invited into a back room meeting.” While advocating the need for unity, LeClaire ignores the building blocks of unity God lays in the foundation of truth through which the Body is unified by embracing the same covenant knowledge, the record the Spirit confirms in the power of the anointing.
 
This childish behavior that is common in LeClaire’s camp and others in the absence of God’s three-fold cord (government, truth, and Spirit) is the result of the aspiration not being tamed, the principle of man allowed to govern as that law through which a person might have dominion over another, and the imagination allowed to dream for God.
 
The Voice of False Prophets Corrected
 
False prophets continue to prophesy about a problem as if they are directing the church towards God’s solution, but they are not. They are simply acknowledging that problems exist like a Johnny-come-lately. And just as the Kansas City prophets (among whom were Rick Joyner and Mike Bickle, Bob Jones, John Paul Jackson, Francis Frangipane, and others), false prophets fail to provide the remedy. What they introduced to the Body of Christ as a prophetic ministry was corrupt in its inception in the 1980’s and further deteriorated under the leadership of Bill Hamon during the 1990’s.
 
What we see taking place in the church under the guise of prophecy is not true direction or true prophecy. You cannot prophesy your way out of this or speak to this problem in a voice you’re pretending to be God’s voice. There is a need to listen to the steward of God’s house to embrace the foundation of truth for the ointment of God is in it.
 
The True Prophet’s Ministry
 
The true prophet’s ministry is seen in the ministry of John the Baptist and is identified by these three signs. John the Baptist…
 
1. Identified the condition
  • Religious aspiration: “O generation of vipers” Matthew 3:7
  • Faith by history rather than covenant: “Think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.” Matthew 3:9
2. Pointed to the stewardship
·          “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29
·         “And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.” John 1:32
·         “And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.” John 1:34
 
3. Embraced the change and prepared others for the change.
·          “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” Matthew 3:11
·         “And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” Matthew 3:10
 
John was not cynical, sarcastic, or judgmental when he spoke against religious aspiration. He prepared the church to accept the transition from Moses to Jesus, from the old covenant to the new covenant. The transition will be different and difficult.
 
-- John the Baptist addressed the condition of the church.
-- John the Baptist pointed to the remedy.
-- John the Baptist prepared the church to receive the stewardship.
-- John the Baptist mentioned the accompanying signs when the stewardship would manifest giving the people eyes to see.
--  John the Baptist, himself confirmed and embraced the new stewardship.
 
We witness today that none of the above patterns are mentioned by those who embrace the Hamon type prophecy models. When God first made known that transition and change was coming from the 6th Week (darkness of the church) to the Second 8th Week (restoration of the new covenant), the prophets of the 1980’s and 90’s murmured along with the rest of the believers about the lack of spiritual growth and unity they saw in the church, crying out, “Where did the fire go? Where is holiness? Where is the anointing? Why are people leaving the church?”    
 
Many ministers felt the compulsion to write books on these issues and some claimed the prophets calling in doing so. But the conditions they were citing were “self-evident” to all. After having digested these books, believers were no closer to the remedy God was sending. Their hearts were not prepared. Those who claimed to be prophets did not prepare the hearts of the people for the difficult transition to apostolic stewardship and the restoration of the foundation of truth. They gave the people more of the same old rhetoric.
 
The church at the turn of the 21st century settled on its doctrinal lees and prophecy was mostly driven into apocalyptic themes, personal prophecy (psycho-phecy), prophetic prayer, prophetic singing, and setting guidelines to judge prophecy on the scale of the flesh.
 
While it is true that many churches avoided these themes, they did so for the wrong reasons stating that God does not reveal Himself – when in fact He does. Or it was stated that prophecy is not for today—when it is the priesthood of the believer. Or it was stated that prophecy should be about foretelling true events, not knowing the difference between level one prophecy (priesthood prophecy) drawn from the foundation of truth within, that all may prophesy one by one, and level two prophecy (the gift of the Spirit) given as a gift as the Spirit wills.
 
“For ye may ALL prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.” (1 Corinthians 14:31)
 
“For to ONE is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit… to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit… to another prophecy…” (1 Corinthians 12:8-10)
 
The church, not prepared for the transition, is not prepared to serve God at the altar of Christ with spiritual sacrifices to testify (prophesy) of Jesus Christ. Ministers are playing the “role” of prophet simply because they know that the Bible says they are real and they want so badly to walk in the fulness of all that God has.
 
Forty years ago, speaking of church reformation at the peak of the charismatic movement, was viewed as anathema. Books were written addressing the struggles and conditions of the spiritual state, but NONE had the remedy. The false prophets debated the condition and debated the direction the church should take. This is the same kind of transgression we witness in the opposition of Korah, Dathan and Abiram and On towards Moses’ stewardship.
 
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” (Isaiah 52:7)
 
The Natural Man is Inclined to Shield his Vulnerability
 
We will take a look at why the natural mans feels vulnerable and the shields the natural man builds as a veneer to protect himself and how three powers (aspiration, principle, and imagination) are drawn upon.
I want to make sure we understand what a shield is. I’ll quote from the glossary I’ve put together to help believers understand the new covenant terms as God gave it to His apostles to teach the church how to serve God, know God, love God, and discern the works of the devil from the works of righteousness.
 
Shield: “The natural inclination of man is to shield his vulnerability (nakedness). The soul is vulnerable because it knows it is naked. Because the fruits of iniquity are present in the soul, the natural man fights against this current of imperfection. The conscience, aware of its own imperfections, wants to shield its own nakedness. The natural inclination of man is to mask his nakedness with aspiration.  
 
“Adam's inclination was to cloak his nakedness with a leaf separated from the vine but God provides robes of righteousness which remove nakedness from our souls by filling us with the fruit of His True Vine, Jesus Christ.
 
“A shield portrays an image of ourselves that we use to mold self importance and in which we take confidence. Whether sports, money, spouse, home, career, education, intelligence, emotion, the arts or sciences, poetry, the skills of one’s signature, the nuances of the moral code, all these are taken and pounded into beautiful shiny shields.
 
A shield portrays the aspiration (self image) and principle (law by which we judge) drawn by the brush strokes of our imagination. We learned to use our shield for strength.  We are assured of our self worth through the shield, therefore our boast and ego lies within it. The shield becomes the idol that the apostle John warned of when he wrote, ‘Little children keep yourself from idols.’ 1 John 5:21
 
“Seducing spirits working through the aspiration, principle, and imagination to confirm the shield as the witness of the soul, thus bringing the soul into bondage. That is why believers are to learn the 12 essential elements of the gospel (foundation of truth) to thus measure faith against Jesus Christ, that He might be their shield.
 
“No one consciously creates a shield for their aspiration and principle to rule, it is subtly created over a period of time as iniquity is crafted within and we have found something about ourselves that we believe is unique and worthy. God heals the soul of this inclination through growth cycles where He addresses these habits of the mind, to circumcise them and to create in the soul the virtues of Christ.” [end quote from s8w Glossary]

Aspiration, The Silent Killer
 
As the Spirit of the Lord has pointed out, human aspiration is a powerful drug. And this is why the Lord addresses it so sternly and identifies it as the “Jezebel Yoke”. I want us to understand more about it, so I’ll quote a bit from the lesson “Aspiration: The Jezebel Yoke”. To read the entire lesson CLICK HERE.
 
“Most are seasoned all their life to believe that pride is at the heart of all evil and they try to guard the heart against pride. When you hear a sermon about pride you immediately identify with different aspects of the inclination of man to attend to his own honor. Now that you have learned the 5 facets of the flesh you can actually identify which facet of the flesh Satan is drawing upon to tempt you to place confidence in the flesh. For example, the drive of the soul to set order for one’s own increase (facet #1), or the drive of the soul to make all things orbit around our principle that we may rule over others (facet #5).
 
“You can see outward pride coming a mile away. But as believers put on their warfare gear to win the victory over pride they are breathing in the fumes of aspiration. Aspiration is the silent killer. Aspiration is as lethal colorless, odorless gas that cannot be detected until it is too late. But don’t worry, it’s presence can be discerned if you have the right equipment. That is why God gives us truth. You don’t need the gifts of the Spirit to discern the presence of aspiration. Truth is meant to be your discernment. The anointing is identified as the “anointing of truth” because the Holy Spirit works with the record of Christ (the blueprint of truth) to confirm Him.
 
Aspiration Works With the Same Things the Moral Code Draws From
 
“Did you know. . .Human aspiration draws from the same things the moral code draws from:
 
1. Tradition                 2. Culture                   3. Gender                   4. Experience
5. Age                          6. Environment          7. Education              8. Association
9. Social bearing      10. Religion
 
“Each play a role in determining how you will utilize the powers of the flesh to gain a position in the world for peace and security. The cultural traditions in which you were brought up, your social bearing, experience, age, gender, the people you associated with, your education, religion, and environment all play a part in how you aspire to fulfill the design of your soul.
 
“When we say “gain a position in the world” we are not speaking against the need to find employment to take care of yourself. We are talking about the appetite of the soul. The aspiration, as the giant hands of a lobster, is reaching out to find the things that will fill the appetite of the soul. The problem is, we were created by God for God and the appetite of the soul cannot be filled by the flesh. It can only be filled by God and God provided Jesus Christ in His covenant to provide us a door for this fellowship with Him.  
 
“Let’s try to understand aspiration further by using another example. Imagine human aspiration interviewing for a position in a company where thousands of applicants are lined up for the same job. The first thing we learn from this analogy is that the aspiration needs to be the “top dog” and competes against others to gain recognition. This is the natural inclination of man, to compete, to look better than someone else in the eyes of the person we are talking to. That is what aspiration is and what it does.
 
At Times We Can Find Ourselves in the Most Stupid Positions on Account of Envy
 
“This is the natural inclination of man, to compete, to look better than someone else in the eyes of the person we are talking to is common to man. The Bible calls this emulation, but can you see the aspiration at work? Aspiration is the invisible puppet strings Satan is manipulating. Emulation, envy, and strife are the results of aspiration. Remember. . .The witness you seek is the likeness you will reciprocate.” [end lesson quote]
 
Learn more about the bait of Satan in human aspiration. Learn the path believers take when they are disconnected from truth. CLICK HERE to learn how…
  • The clarity of aspiration is confused with the equity of grace
  • Believers try to counter aspirations emotionally
Remember that the charity of the antichrist spirit is centered on self-worth being void of the anointing, but the charity of faith bears the image of Christ honoring God. The basket of His bread being the fruits of heaven carries the fullness of Christ as the true Tree of Life.
 
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[Eric vonAnderseck serves the Body of Christ as a confirmed Apostle in the government of God. He is the founder of Second 8th Week Ministries & founder of the Network of Apostles Today. He is the IDCCST® Christian Education Curriculum author and author of over 100 ground breaking books and articles spearing heading the return of the apostolic calling and anointing to the church.
 
Apostle Eric ministers extensively nationally and internationally. He is the pioneer of the new apostolic age and recognized as the leading authority in the fields of church growth and spiritual warfare and the leading voice in the transition of the church into the apostolic age and reformation.]
 
 
Mountain image Credit: Mark Stevens @Flickr (edited)



 

Last Revised: 2016-06-18

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