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WORDS OF THE LATTER RAIN

Volume 3, Issue 1, January 2010

1/25/2010

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Lessons of Power From The Cloud of Glory (Principles of Purity - Part One)

Ken Nix

Monday, 1/25/2010

By  David Nix

On Wednesday, December 30, 2009 I received instruction that I was to begin a monthly feature article using the parables of power. I am to write words of guidance and instruction but I am not to quote directly from the parables or copy them. I was told that the title I am to use is the one you see above, “Lessons of Power from the Cloud of Glory.” I was promised that I would be given 120 parables of power that would be beyond what has been given to everyone. I was instructed that I can not share the words of the 120 parables of power until instructed, and that they are not to be copied and distributed. They are being given to me to help me to grow in the light and for me to use to help you. We have been blessed, and some of the principles given have been previously shared.  The parables come as a result of the power of the cloud of glory.  Anyone who has read past issues of the Words of the Latter Rain has read that I enter the cloud of glory to receive the amazing words in many of the messages given. There are readers of this newsletter who are not active members of the End Time Assembly of God, so I feel led to briefly explain what the cloud of glory is. I am quoting in part from what I wrote in The Latter Rain, Book II on pages 39-41.

 

We know from the word of God that the fiery cloud led the people of Israel in their wilderness journey. God spoke to them from the cloud, it descended upon Mt. Sinai and upon the tabernacle, and it dwelt above the mercy seat between the two Cherubs. God appeared to Ezekiel in a cloud (Ezekiel 1:4, 28), at the transfiguration of Jesus (Matthew 17:1-9). In Acts 1:9 we read that Jesus was taken up and a cloud received him, and we are told in Revelation 1:7 that Jesus will return with clouds and every eye shall see him. It is important to understand that the cloud was not a normal cloud, it was spiritual, and what is known as a spiritual phenomenon, and it remained with them for forty years. The cloud was spirit, and was of the spiritual realm and not the physical realm. The cloud served as a meeting place, or a connection between the human spirit and God. The cloud is the doorway to eternity, and the doorway to the spiritual realm. We are a spirit within a physical temple. The spirit of man is of God for our origin is of him. The cloud enables the spirit of man to transcend space and time and communicate and commune with God. Time, as we understand it, does not exist within the cloud.”

 

The first two lessons will be about purity. There are words in this issue about the power of being in the presence of the Lord. We must walk in the light of heaven, and to remain in the light, we must be pure. There is power and boldness in purity, for purity is the power of righteousness and without purity we can not live righteously. We must be as Job and eschew evil (Job 1:1, 8) and do nothing to give power to the darkness. Purity is needed in our daily walk, for without purity the light of heaven will not fully manifest within our life. We choose to believe and we choose to doubt, we also choose purity, as we conversely choose sin, for all sin is committed by choice. I, like others, in the past felt that being pure meant I would have to give up all sin, evil and darkness. Purity is not about giving up that which is impure, purity is light and purity is about growing in the light. There are levels of life for we are flesh, spirit and breath, but there are not levels of purity, either we are pure or we are not. We can not be pure in part and impure in part. There is great power in purity. One benefit in purity would be seen in our prayers. Jesus never sinned; therefore he never had to say a prayer of repentance. Imagine the freedom we would have if we never had to speak words seeking forgiveness for our sins. There is power when the pure and clean vessel remains pure and clean for it frees us to focus upon the ways of light.

 

Purity begins with obedience for purity is a fruit of obedience and gives power to obedience. This is a law of light; if we desire to be pure, we must begin with obedience. If we have sin that we have not repented of, we are to seek forgiveness and restoration by the power of the blood of Jesus, but once clean we are to be pure. Jesus said in John 5:14, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more.”  Once sin is removed, we are to walk in the obedience of love and obey the Lord. Purity requires obedience for purity is a fruit of obedience. How can a clean vessel stay clean? We stay clean and pure by obedience, for obedience is the path of purity. Sin is disobedience and sin removes purity, as is clearly seen in I John 3: 2-4, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure. Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”

What else can we do besides obedience to help us remain pure? We can fast, for fasting strengthens the power of purity. When we fast, we deny the desire of the flesh for food and this helps bring our flesh into subjection to the spirit. Without prayer and focus, a fast is simply dieting. We need to fast for purity, so let purity be the focus of our fast and make a commitment and allow no impurity within our heart during the day(s) of our fast. Praise will strengthen the power of purity for praise brings heavenly light and fills us with light. Sin is much harder to commit when we are living a life of praise. The law of light given is that praise brings light. Why do we need heavenly light to strengthen us in our desire to be pure? There are endless benefits to light, but one that should be understood is that sin is of the spirit and not the flesh so we need the presence of light to give power to our spirit within. When temptation comes, and the whisperer speaks into our ear, and we feel weak, we are to use the power of praise for it is the power to bring heavenly light. Prayer gives power to purity for prayers of light bring light and give power to light. Light gives power to light and purity is light. We are to pray often and we are to pray when we feel temptation upon us. Once we break the pattern of sin in our lives, we will learn that the bondage of sin can be broken forever. I pray, and ask you to join me in praying, that the bonds of sin in all of our lives be broken and forever gone. Purity is the power of light for heavenly light is pure.

 

I shall end the first lesson on purity with words about the cost of sin. There is a price for all sin, and we know from their word that the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23) But another cost of sin is impurity. We must not look to the cost of sin with the eyes of the flesh, for sin is of the spirit and sin removes us from the light of heaven and takes us from the presence of light that is within and without. The cost of sin is far greater than we know for the cost of sin is being impure. To be pure we must put away sin for sin makes us unclean and impure. All sin must be immediately repented of in true repentance for in a state of impurity we lose joy and peace and walk in regret and sadness. We know that there is no true joy, no true happiness and no true peace outside the light of heaven, and sin removes us from the light of their presence. The cost of sin is in losing purity, and in losing purity we lose the fullness of their wonderful presence.

 

 

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