God has been working on me for years, probably since I was first saved; that I would do the works that Jesus did and greater. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto the Father.” John 4:12
Lately He has been showing me that there is a people that will truly be “Jesus” people. That will do the works that Jesus did and greater; a people that will walk in the fullness of the measure of the stature of Christ. “ till we all attain unto the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a fullgrown man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ”. Eph 4:13 A people, like Jesus, that will be the Way, the Truth and the Life. We will be the image of Jesus. He will be living so much through us that it will be like Paul said, “It is no longer I that liveth. “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me: and that life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith which is in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me. Gal 2:20.
All the trials and testings have been used to bring us to a place of knowing the “Name” of God. We cannot properly represent a God we do not know. When God wanted to reveal Himself to Moses, He did it by revealing to him His name. 5. And Jehovah descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of Jehovah. 6. And Jehovah passed by before him, and proclaimed, Jehovah, Jehovah, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness and truth, 7. keeping lovingkindness for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin; and that will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, upon the third and upon the fourth generation. 8. And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped. Ex 34: 5-6. Moses yielded himself immediately to Jehovah upon the revealing of His name. It’s in His name that we walk as sons of the Most High God. It’s in His name that we do the works that Jesus did and greater. It’s in His name we receive the revelations of who He is in our lives.
Look back at the many trials you have had to walk through. What are the revelations of God’s name that He revealed to you during each trial? The Lord my Redeemer, The Lord my Savior, The Lord my Healer, The Lord my Deliverer, The Lord my Provision, The Lord my Strength, The Lord my Peace, The Lord my Protector, The Lord my Justice, The Lord who is Faithful, The Lord who is Trustworthy, The Lord my Defense, The Lord my Friend, The Lord who is Love …. And the many, many more facets of the Lord and His name.
Each revelation we receive of His name, the closer we become to His image because that is one more area of our life that we can know fully embrace Him in.
What does this transformation mean to those of us desiring to be like Jesus? Psalm 17 tells us. 5. As for me, I shall behold thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with beholding thy form (likeness).
There are a few things I believe the Lord place on my heart that will accompany transformation. One, we will see our physical bodies healed. Two, we will see relationships restored. Three, we will see finances restored. Whatever has been stolen; children, flocks, business….will be restored. This restoration will be for the purpose of finishing our Kingdom purpose here. Just like Job, once we have been stripped we will be restored.
Interesting note: The Lord prompted me to look up the meaning of the name for Joplin, MO. After all the tornadoes and destruction that came through, I knew there was a greater meaning to this than just what was at the surface. I found out that Joplin comes from the name Job. Here is one definition of Job that I believe you will find interesting. This meaning comes from “The Name Book” by Dorothy Astoria.
Job: Inherent meaning: afflicted. Spiritual connotation: Delivered Scripture reference: Job 36:15 He delivereth the afflicted by their affliction, And openeth their ear in oppression. Another version says it like this: But by means of their suffering, He rescues those who suffer, For He gets their attention through adversity.
I would have to say this is what happened in Joplin, but greater than that, this is what I believe is happening world-wide and will continue to happen.
Another part of the transformation is that we will not walk in fear.
I John 4: 16-18 And we know and have believed the love which God hath in us. God is love; and he that abideth in love abideth in God, and God abideth in him. 17. Herein is love made perfect with us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, even so are we in this world. 18. There is no fear in love: but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath punishment; and he that feareth is not made perfect in love.
I don’t know about you, but often times in the past when reading this I just gave mental assent to it. I didn’t have the revelation of what the Lord was saying here. Jesus was the embodiment of perfected Love. If we are to be like Him, then we must fully abide in God’s love.
This is not emotional love or mushy love. This love is “power”. This love has substance. This love has the power to completely displace fear. Faith works by love. Gal 5:6. Love is the fuel for our faith to work.
Fear has torment. Think about this for a moment. Fear just isn’t fear by itself. Something always comes with fear, torment.
tor·ment( tôr“mµnt”) n. 1. Great physical pain or mental anguish. 2. A source of harassment, annoyance, or pain. 3. The torture inflicted on prisoners under interrogation. v. t American Heritage Dictionary
1. (n.) A sensation of physical or mental pain:
· suffering · agony · anguish · distress · hurt · misery · pain · sorrow · heartache tribulation · anxiety
Have you been suffering any of these things listed under torment? According to the scripture this is tied directly to fear. I know a lot of people do not want to hear this. The first thing out of our mouths is, “I’m not afraid”. Evidently God’s definition of Fear is different than our understanding of the definition. Fear is the opposite of Faith. Torment, according to this scripture is the opposite of Love. The perfect of Love of God is an empowering force that literally cast out fear. God showed me Love like a colloidal gel-like fluid force that will displace all fear.
So what does this mean? During the transformation we will be perfected in Love. That’s the only substance powerful enough to heal and transform our lives. If we are suffering pain or sickness in our bodies that should be revealing to us that we are not perfected in Love, why? Because fear has torment, sickness and disease are a form of torment. Anywhere we do not have God’s peace is and area we need Love to be perfected in.
Please don’t let condemnation try to jump on you here. Just rejoice in the revelation of the Truth and ask God to send His Love into those areas where you need fear cast out.
I fight physical battles and emotional battles just like everyone, so believe me I am first in line here.
This is what the Lord had me begin to do. I asked the Lord to reveal the areas in my life that I have fear. Any area where I do not have peace in my mind or body, then I asked Him to send His love into those areas and cast out the fear and torment. How do you know if this has worked? You should experience a change, a freedom, a healing in your body and circumstances. What if it didn’t work right away? Keep pressing into the Lord. Keep believing, keep letting the Lord reveal the areas in your life where His Love needs to fill you.
The purpose for having God’s love perfected in us is so that we will have boldness in the face of judgment. What does that mean? It means when all the catastrophes and storms hit we will not be moved because God lives in us and our confidence is in Him.
I look forward to seeing the Transformation each one of us!