ZADOK PUBLICATIONS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
August 1, 2013
The True Christian Heritage
Standing in front of a young DMV clerk, I was astonished at his final question, after eye testing and posing for those horrible mug shots used on driver's licenses. He asked, "Do you have any advice as to how a young person should live his life since you evidently have years of experience." Without a thought I replied, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding and He shall direct your paths (Prov.3:5, 6)." He was taken aback by the swiftness of the response, but did not register acceptance of the scriptural premise. A white haired gentleman at the next station interjected his advice, "Always speak the truth and be true to yourself." Both of us offered good advice, but from two different perspectives. Neither of us knew how serious the young man was in his inquiry.
Our information age has caused the world's population to rely heavily upon research and advice from unknown sources in order to steer one into safe harbor. Google has become a god. Our educational systems have abandoned their historical roles of introducing great literature (including the Bible), philosophy, history and cultivating personal initiative. Group thought, psychology, science (apart from God) and cultural studies dominate their curriculum. Their graduates are secular as opposed to Renaissance persons a century before. It would seem that any arena sans God (and Biblical principles) flourishes in corporate acceptance, while those who find themselves thinking like King David are scorned and maligned.
This, from the heart of one who would not touch God's anointed (Saul) nor battle Philistines (as well as other enemies such as Ammonites) without consulting the Lord God of Hosts. The most anointed of ancient Kings did not find himself intimidated by seeking the Hand of the Lord. He waited upon the Lord and sought His timing and His victories. Few modern national leaders would consider battle plans that included "Prayer and Fasting" while lying prostrate before the Lord.
Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.
2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3 For You have been a shelter for me,
A strong tower from the enemy.
4 I will abide in Your tabernacle forever;
I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.
5 For You, O God, have heard my vows;
You have given me the heritage of those who fear Your name.
Fewer still could boast of being comrade with those known for their fearing the Lord. David considered the "Heritage of those who fear Your Name," as the pinnacle of ranks. In line with those of Hebrews 11, David shared a place where no one in today's scene will find their photo.
When David declared, "From the end of the earth I will cry to You," he expressed the heart of many a missionary and certainly predated my own understanding of the comfort of the Presence of the Lord in all places on the earth. I too have sought out (in 53 countries) the guiding hand of the Lord and always found Him "right there." (En Punto is the testimony book for such.)
Isaiah penned a similar passage to that of the Psalmist, and though it is well quoted and better known in pulpit pulchritude, it is rarely embraced as "rules for living."
Consider this passage as an absolute in a world of relativity. It minces no words and accepts no
compromise. Fiatly, it states that on one's best day intellectually, using a Mensa mind and incorporating the assistance of the world's most perceptive electronic devices-man falls short of God's most infantile considerations. Isaiah's Biblical premise reduces the sources of man's highest reference to idiot's babble. It makes pulpit ramblings, with their accompanying plethora of books, DVDs' and other diatribel media, mere musings. With certainty, the routing of economic strategy and the global desires to return to Babel are shipwrecked before their voyage is begun. No Christian must look to any man for the solutions to the world problems.
6 Seek the LORD while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the LORD,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.
8 "For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD.
9 "For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
Examine verse seven, which is addressed to God's people: "Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts."
Note the word "return." In order to "return," one must have, at some point, departed. (The old adage, "you can't come back from where you've never been" is appropriate.) God is addressing spiritual people. Acceptance of the label "wicked" is a dose of medicine in itself to them. "Twisted" would be a good synonym. Wicked means twisted. To humble oneself before the Mighty God and say, "Lord, I am twisted in my ways. I have left your paths and I know it. I have followed worldly ways and found myself alone and disparate in my circumstances. I want to stop right here and now and confess, 'I need you to show me Your way.'"
The Lord's response to such a heart is with mercy and abundant pardon.
"Messed up thinking" can happen to anyone, and it can only be rectified by Isaiah's method. Such activity does not disparage who we are in Christ, it exalts Who He Is!
Pardon me, but too many ministries are hyper loaded in psychology and counseling techniques, incorporating social strategies, and have abandoned the simplicity of humbling oneself before the Lord of Hosts. Words of knowledge and revelation are great but cannot be but support tools assisting the soul's crying out to God and returning to the Lord with a contrite heart.
"Let the unrighteous 'forsake' his thoughts."
Since thoughts are the starting line for action, they are the fountain which must be closed up and "left behind." Forsake means to "loosen," "leave desolate," "relinquish and refuse." Instead of the church rising up and declaring they are the righteousness of God in Christ, some might consider confessing their "unrighteous" state first and their great need to abandon their unholy considerations. The need for mercy and pardon has never been greater than today. The call for "forsaking ways and thoughts" has never been weaker!
Yet, when Jesus taught about the "self sufficient man," he concluded with this passage:
While discomfort comes at the relinquishing of man's devices, comfort returns in Hebrews 13.
33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.
His "Thoughts" and His "Ways" constitute the greatest need of this generation. We simply need the comfort of His help because the wreckage of lives and moral values strewn across the globe testify to this truth. With prayer and forsaking, we must come before Him, confess our failure to reach "the secret place," and seek His presence so as to be close enough to hear His thoughts and engage His ways. God is talking and most are not listening!
5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." 6 So we may boldly say:
"The LORD is my helper;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?"
HE SAID, "My ways are not your ways." These are His words, and He knows we need His ways. Can we be still and wait until we discover what He is willing to give to us? His ways, paths and wisdom contain what is best for us and they help us avoid the pitfalls we are unable to apprehend. ("Be still and know that I am God.")
David had a grip on this.
"Show and tell" is the method of God's instruction. His Word is one thing, but the Spirit's guidance is another. For Him to teach, there must be a ready listener-a teachable spirit. Look at David's contriteness. Observe his manner of approach and the humbleness he expressed in it. Do we not qualify as a stiff necked, arrogant people these days? Few dare fall into the altar and shudder before His presence. Few tremble at His Word and fear His Name. Are we not judged, like the ancients, as those who forgot their instructions in Deuteronomy?
4 Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.
6 Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your loving kindnesses, for they are from of old. 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness' sake, O LORD. 8 Good and upright is the LORD; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way. 9 The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way. 10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth, to such as keep His covenant and His testimonies. 11 For Your name's sake, O LORD, Pardon my iniquity, for it is great. 12 Who is the man that fears the LORD?
Him shall He teach in the way He chooses.
3 He himself shall dwell in prosperity,
And his descendants shall inherit the earth.
14 The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him,
And He will show them His covenant.
15 My eyes are ever toward the LORD,
For He shall pluck my feet out of the net.
Jesus used this latter passage to answer those who quizzed Him. As a covenant people, we need to renew our commitment to the ways and thoughts of the Lord. The Liberals have lied to the multitudes, and the religious leadership of today has joined them. They have approved much of what God has not, but no one rises to a point of order or demands accountability. That makes our thinking far afield from His.
You shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.
"And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for your good? 14 Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to the LORD your God, also the earth with all that is in it. 15 The LORD delighted only in your fathers, to love them; and He chose their descendants after them, you above all peoples, as it is this day. 16 Therefore circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer
We must escape this mentality. We must insist on a higher standard than what is presented to us in the name of acceptable behavior. We must rise above the sludge which is avalanching toward our children and grandchildren. God is calling His people higher and demanding they follow.
Jeremiah 7:8-11 (observing a nation sliding into ruin)
8 "Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit. 9 Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you do not know, 10 and then come and stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say, 'We are delivered to do all these abominations'? 11 Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it," says the LORD.
Recently, I was in the company of some faithful saints of the Lord, who walk on a different level than the average "pew-master." The conversation was filled with riveting accounts of exploits for the Lord. As I sat in their presence, I silently prayed for them and thanked My God for the privilege of sitting in their midst. The depth of their Bible knowledge, coupled with their experiencing of great reward for faithfulness, caused me to want to never leave their company.
3 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!
34 "For who has known the mind of the LORD?
Or who has become His counselor?"
35' Or who has first given to Him
And it shall be repaid to him?"
36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.
I can understand the communal days of the early church where this kind of fellowship was constant and glowing. Today's technology precludes a "closed in" or "solitary life" while talking and texting or "MP3-ing" as the world passes in a blur; we are robbed of our Emmaus's and removed from the company of the blessed. Our thoughts become as abbreviated as our texts.
Though wiser in information, we are weaker in our walk.
God, who created all things, does not approve of our modern patterns of rationale. Our theology is shallow. Our understanding of God's way of thinking and doing is hindered by our inability to blot out the sounds of the Century.
Cell phones and I-pads serve us, but they become voices that must be attended-they place demands upon our time and schedule.
(CG Bevington in his book, Remarkable Miracles, recalled spending days in the woods in a hollow log, meditating upon the Lord until the voices stopped. He said it often took days before the interruptions of life's voices ceased. )
Consider "pathways (which are characterized as faint narrow trails that are full of rocks, briars, and impediments of steepness, uncertain curves and endless objects blocking far vision)." Consider "highways" with graded levels, smooth and even travel surfaces, marked intersections and cautioned approaches. Highways are faster venues and tend to save time and energy. Why stagger and stumble when one can move with ease and arrive less fatigued? David knew about the advantages of the Highway of Holiness.
Because My people have forgotten Me,
They have burned incense to worthless idols.
And they have caused themselves to stumble in their ways,
From the ancient paths,
To walk in pathways and not on a highway,
David understood the nature of God's ways and thoughts. His writings reflected his deep regard for God's thoughts versus his own. He knew that to apprehend Yahweh's way of thinking and doing required righteousness and holiness to a degree beyond the formulas of Judaism. David sought to go beyond the requirements of religion to the place of friendship with the Most High. God shares His mind and heart with those who are determined to know Him.
The broader view, the richer texture, the comprehensive grasp, the power of creation, the elevation of in-depth appreciation, these are but a few of the elements found in the prism of His mind. We are not invited to sit upon His Throne to act as imbecilic as some do among the ranks of those deemed "elitists" by government and church. We are invited there to learn of His ways and to share His thoughts. As primary in content as some of the conversation may be, it is from those who share those moments who create the greatest books, have the grandest revelation and testify with those of the gospel, "we can but speak of that which we have seen and heard." These are they who fulfill Revelation 12's mandates for the overcomers: The Blood of the Lamb, the word of their testimony and they loved not their lives unto the death. That's His way.
5 O LORD, how great are Your works!
Your thoughts are very deep.
6 A senseless man does not know,
Nor does a fool understand this.
7 When the wicked spring up like grass,
And when all the workers of iniquity flourish,
It is that they may be destroyed forever.
(Ah, the places "in Him" for which we are to tabernacle will be heaven indeed! "In my Father's House are many tabernacles and I go to prepare a place for you.")
Meanwhile, we have a 2000 year old mandate:
Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
That the mountain of the LORD's house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills;
And peoples shall flow to it.
2 Many nations shall come and say,
"Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
To the house of the God of Jacob;
He will teach us His ways,
And we shall walk in His paths."
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
Until Next Month,
Dr. C. R. Oliver, PhD
From the Mailbag:
Angela S, from S. Carolina:
(Upon completing a course on Sons of Zadok with a small group, she had this to say:)
This book is SO awesome!!!!! Some of it confirms what I have felt God was saying, especially the revealing of the true sons of these last days regarding signs and wonders. I am in the process of cleaning the many so-called "Christian" books, cd's and dvd's from my collection. Money has been wasted on buying them to begin with-and I am so glad to be rid of them.
Julie, P., Vancouver, BC, Canada
I had a thought come to me last night while reading Solomon's Secret.. Just as seed after seed were sown into you, birthed in you concerning the books the Lord has placed within your belly, each book has been pure seeds planted by the Lord, as though seeds grew and matured, each book came forth from the Lord placing His desires within your heart ... it is the planting of the Lord's hands, His desires placed within the very being of His servants. I thought this to be so beautiful to me as this came forth last night into my mind, God bless you.
Becky G, San Leone, Texas (Commenting on the July l, 2013 newsletter:
One of the most timely and awesome news letters. Thank you for allowing the Holy Spirit of the Living God to move and speak through you .
Kim F., UK
Have been thinking about you a lot over the last few days; you do remember.......you are one of the reasons I'm here in Philippines right now......as it was through your book "Sons of Zadok" this leadership seminar, "Glorious Sons of God" was inspired.......and is still going strong, blessing multitudes, 11 years after it was first taught. When these pastors and leaders experience an Encounter with Father's Love and receive healed hearts, their families, their churches, ( ha, themselves!) go on to bring the pure Glorious Gospel, without the bondage of man's religious garbage, to their own people. This is evangelism as it should be...through a healed up Body of Christ! It is all about the local churches winning the Lost, and letting Jesus build HIS own Church. Amen
Ryan M, Pennsylvania
My wife and I just began pastoring a small church in Chambersburg, PA, Touch of Faith, and I "discovered" your ministry. Last night, I ordered your book/commentary on the Song of Solomon (because my mentor taught MUCH from it prior to his passing over a year ago).
(Comment: though Ryan went on in a more personal note, it is to be pointed out that all of those who have known about this ministry have been led to it by the Spirit, just as Ryan. They number in the thousands, and we just praise the Lord and give Him glory for every one of them. Our love to you brother!)
From Kevin and Joy Stoltenburg:
This ministry has supported the efforts of Kevin and Joy Stoltenburg to provide audio and video technology to missionaries in foreign locations for several years. Some of the equipment provided is in short supply and has been reduced in price. For example:
Projectors for $170 they only have 35 left
If you would like to participate in the purchase of this much needed equipment you may contact the Stoltenburgs:
Laptops are $190
Hard Drives are $80
This month, we feature the ministry of our dear brother in Christ, Kim Freeborn, from Bath, England. The picture on the left portrays the warmth and camaraderie associated with Kim (center) and Passion for Souls International. Myanmar (Burma) is a rich soil that Rev. Freeborn has repeatedly tilled until the results of this meeting crescendoed into praise for deliverance and revelation. Pastors and church leaders attend his Glorious Sons seminars. Their lives are changed because many attend with a lot of spiritual and emotional baggage. You will see from these testimonies the work of the Spirit in lifting unforgiveness, anger, emotional hurts (many dating back to childhood) and many satanic bindings that have robbed them of their joy and position in Christ.
Testimony from Burma:
I'm a senior pastor. On (seminar day 1) God gave me a rhema word; the 3rd day God spoke, (and asked me) "are you a Zadok priest or an Eli priest?" We are always do, do, do. doing. People were so surprised when Pastor Kim shared he took days of rest from ministry. We have always been struggling, toiling just like the elder son in the field in Lk 15, but working in the ministry is (should be) to experience our inheritance!
A servant has to ask for his wages every month, but as sons we don't have to ask for anything ..... for everything the Father has, we have.
And now, what Satan has stolen (through the ages) since Adam, now for my family, my church, we will receive everything (paid back and with much, much more!)
We cannot go anywhere without the Holy Spirit but through Christ, I can do anything. I am a minister and when Pastor Kim prayed for me today ( I received a revelation that Father really loves me.) I used to pray and pray a lot. Then one day God reminded me I was losing my first love. I think back to all the times when I (made do with) counterfeit love ..... but (right here) I have found (the Father's) real love.
I'm so happy to come for these 3 whole days to this seminar. I learned a lesson about Father and Son. God spoke so clearly to me about them. (Luke 15) To fly again like eagles.
I am so encouraged I can soar again like the eagle!
Someone called me and said to come to this conference. I suffered from (constant) headaches, but now I am totally healed!
This is a seminar of promotion for me. I am NOT a servant ... I am a SON!
Comment: Above is the candid testimony of just one pastor. It is impossible to know how many others were touched in similar ways ... Kim has a forceful ministry of restoration and deliverance-healing. Pastors all over the world need his message.
From the Philippines:
Thank you for your prayers and faith which made this last mission to Philippines so productive, joyful ... and indeed fun as we saw lives changed forever, leaders restored, re-envisioned and returned home to families and churches with new life in the power of the Holy Spirit.
In Luzon, 60 leaders came to the Pastors' Training Center from all over this part of the nation, some travelling for 18 hours on hot buses ... that is how determined they were to be at this seminar ..and they were not disappointed either. As some came from poor areas, not only did we feed and accommodate them, but also refunded their travelling expenses. One pastor put it this way, "this seminar has completely changed my life after 8 years in ministry .. just these 3 days, I am a new person today!
Next, in Surigao, working with my missionary friend Philip Johnston from Bohol, we saw 150 leaders crammed into a room that would normally hold around 100 for weddings, with 'some' a/c and just one WC! Yet, wonderfully the Lord did his special work in transforming broken and wounded hearts. One man said, "I have prayed for 20 years to hear what has been presented in this encounter seminar." He left full of joy, rejoicing.
Another pastor told us he was a 'pastor's kid' and hated his dad .. who preached the love of God in church, but then gave him no love at home, for he was 'far too busy working for the church'. (how many times we have heard this!) Through the first day of seminar he cried and cried, hating himself for the way he was. Then that night, as he watched the moon rising, he asked the Holy Spirit to heal his heart. Next day, he found his victory, testified to the mighty change in his life ... that he was going home to forgive his dad and be friends with him. What a joy for you and us to be the 'delivery boys' and see the Father so beautiful restoring his life. Just imagine what that man's church is going to be like from now on.
Finally, in Bais City Negros, home of Pastor Sales who so magnificently put together these two last seminars for us, 160 leaders came, some from the mountain village with amazing testimonies of the supernatural supply of finance in order to travel.
One of these pastoras told us, "you have equipped us from God's Word to take the Father's Love back to our villages where there are so many broken, abandoned and hurting people ... why did we not see this truth before .. it has always been there in the Word, yet only now do we understand our Sonship, our inheritance in Christ. Thank you for coming all this way for us" She is thanking YOU. You provided the means, the 2,720 meals sourced, cooked and served. You were there with us.
NB At the start of each seminar, we invite the delegates to 'pray a dangerous prayer' with us, " Holy Spirit, I give you permission to dig in the garden of my heart; to reveal and help me pull out anything there which is hindering me from receiving the fullness of the Father's Love".
Yangon, Burma Seminar
Brother Kim lives by faith for his resources to make these journeys. There is no sponsoring group with budgets and financial back up. Yet, his plans include the following ministry trips:
01 - 08 September
Speaker at first Shalom-Konferenz, Auf Schloss, Ortenburg, Germany
Conference dates: 5-7th September
Contact by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact by phone: +49 (0) 8532-927 1212 (English/Deutsch spoken)
October 10-18 India
Leaders' Seminars, one in City of Karur, one in Trichy
October 19 - 28 Sri Lanka
Leaders' Seminar in Negombo, other TBC
22 Nov - 07 Dec Myanmar (Burma)
2 Leaders' Seminars in Yangon and one in PinOolwin
Rev Kim Freeborn
Passion for Souls International
PFSI, PO Box 2912, Bath, BA2 1YX, UK
Cell: +44 (0) 7779 710821
Office: +44 (0) 1225 316753
DR. OLIVER'S BOOKS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE KINDLE ON AMAZON.COM!
Because of high demand from our ebook readers, all of Dr. Oliver's books are being added to the Amazon.com Kindle online store.
In addition, several of the monthly newsletters have been combined and expanded into a new ebook, Double Grace.
Here is an excerpt from the Forward:
This book contains explosive knowledge about Grace. Readers will find themselves engrossed in the vastness of God's Grace explored in its pages. Also, those who complete the study will be equipped to define and defend their views on the subject.
Double Grace is available from Amazon.com HERE.
There is currently an attack on Grace. There is a concerted assault on the use and meaning of Grace in religious circles around the world. It is a devilish attempt to cloud the mind of Christians and contradict the word of God. The method of attack is to redefine Grace and to misapply it in almost every aspect of its original intent and application.
Those who oppose this assault movement have defined it as "hyper grace." Hyper grace relies upon forgiveness without repentance and offers a "free pass" for sin. It approximates the indulgence sales of the Middle Ages perpetrated by a corrupt Catholic Church. It offers its recipients pacification for themselves in the arena of responsibility. In essence, it declares that all sin has been abolished by the work of Christ and therefore Christians have no need to repent of sin or stand for correction. License is given for self pursuits into worldliness that contravenes biblical teachings.
This study acts as a defense of the true doctrine of Grace. It refines one's understanding of the nature of Grace upon entering the human heart and its intent to bring the person from where they are in their spiritual life to the 'stature of Christ.' True Grace restores; it acts much like the grace extended to the Prodigal son. Grace is interactive, in that it constantly connects one to the will of the Father. Grace is not static, like something received once for all. Grace is dynamic, in that it follows the prescription of the Holy Spirit.
Scriptures forming the true doctrine of Grace span both OT and NT and are linked inexorably with the teachings of Jesus and Paul. The golden thread of Grace can be seen in all spiritual transactions, because fallen man must rely upon it for life and salvation. It sustains the believer and carries him or her away from impurity across to purity and ultimately deliverance.
As this is the most exciting of subjects, the reader will do well to drink deep from the wellspring of this survey. Those who have coursed its pages in advance have declared them to be life changing.
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