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January 2006
01/03 Philippians 4:10-12 In order to make this real, you have to go after what you think you want until you can experience that you don't want it any more. What is evil, from God's perspective, is to sit and want something in your mind and never have the courage to go after it. The church will try to get you to act like you don't want it.
01/04 Philippians 4:11-19 In the kingdom of God, there can't be a want. There can't be a need for any situation you're in to be different because it is there from the hand of God.
01/05 Philippians 4:14-19
II Corinthians 2:14-17
01/06 I Corinthians 5:6- Transparency. Leaven. If you're still working it, that is the tell that you still have leaven.
01/09 II Kings 22 & 23 It was the greatest Passover because they willingly destroyed the idolatry that they had accepted. This is a parable of what happens in us. We have taken for granted all the value systems (idols) of the world and have adopted them and put God's name on them, like Israel did. Can you make your heart tender before the Lord, that repentance might be total?
01/10 II Kings 23:21-32
Isaiah 57:1-10
Isaiah 66:1-3
All the things that Israel was punished for are the things you do every day in your mind. You try to put God in a place that He isn't. You go any and every place other than waiting on God in total dependence. Then you wonder why things aren't going right. Just as any seed can't live unless if falls into the ground and dies, so the new creation cannot live until it falls into the ground and dies. You are the vessel for that seed.
01/11 Deuteronomy 12:1-5
Isaiah 28:1-13
The reason that the mystery of God is so incredibly simple, yet so mind-blowingly difficult, is because everything about the kingdom of God is massively different from the kingdom that you've grown up in.
01/12 There is no greater enemy of faith than the pillars, which are all your mind talk. They only create anxiety, separation, etc. and you don't have to pay attention to them any more. The incredible system of mind talk has to become abhorrent because you can't continue in it and still have the fear of God.
01/13 Romans 16:25-26
Romans 14:22-23
Genesis 32:24-30
You don't have to do anything except agree with what God says. You don't have to destroy the pillars. They are destroyed when they are marred. All you have to do is admit to God that they are all marred, and they're gone.
01/16 John 5:17-19 The pillars try to make you reasonable, so that you'll say the right thing at the right time, and think that things should be a certain way. All of the things you desire, that you think are the best, are just crap. Test and see if your opinion is even a vapor of smoke. The way gets ever narrower until there's only Him.
01/17 All of the self talk is your religion in you as the temple. The priests of that religion are the voices in your mind and they need your input. Repenting of the mind talk is taking a bulldozer and knocking a pillar down.
01/18 No more paying attention to the devices you've used your entire life. No more self-preservation, no more thought processes to try to figure things out, no more free-floating anxiety and fear. Just uninterrupted peace.
01/19 Romans 3:19
Mark 7:14-23
The purpose of the Bible is to show you that the worship service you routinely perform in your temple is not compatible with the laws of God. The temple of the Holy Spirit has become a den of thieves, a house of whoredoms. The holy service of God is accomplished by the only One that has kept the law - His Son, your real identity.
01/20 II Corinthians 6
II Corinthians 10:3-6
II Corinthians 13:5
Ephesians 6:10-12
There is no part of you, as the temple of the living God, that can be mended or fixed to make you acceptable to God. It's not about learning anything, it is walking in absolute dependence at every moment. If you don't have a readiness to revenge all disobedience, it's because you don't yet have the fear of God. You don't understand that every one of your thoughts are pounding the crown of thorns into His skull.
01/23 Isaiah 26:9-14
Jeremiah 1:4-15
Your thought processes are the enemy. When you empty yourself, all the thoughts and value systems crumble because you were the one giving them importance. Then that evil one will no longer have any influence over you as you walk in total dependence on God, seeing nothing but Him. When you see the finishedness, your warfare is over.
01/24 The main ingredient of your religious services is the self-talk. You can't understand or apprehend the mystery of godliness with your mind. You can only come to the end. It is God's good pleasure to give you all things freely. He is never going to let you think up crap and then bless it. You cannot continue with your religious service and expect to serve God.
01/25 Your mind has to keep you as the one in control, even if being in control has caused you to be miserable. That is why we must empty ourselves in the same way Christ did. Then we can be transfigured by the renewing of our minds.
01/26 Deuteronomy 18:9-11
Revelation 12:9-11
John 14:30
You have to know that you are seated with Him on the mercy seat in the heavenly places. Otherwise you will have to live by your own devices, thinking that God is going to help you do stuff.
01/27 Romans 8:1-10 The lies of your mind keep you from seeing that Christ is in you and you are in Him. We think ourselves so special that the work isn't finished, we're not there yet, and therefore we have to try harder. If any of the Gospel requires you to do something right, then you're lost. Now you are complete in Him. By one offering you've been perfected forever.
01/30 II Peter 2:15-22
II Peter 1:2-4
Your mind is only capable of conceiving things that pollute and are corruptible. You can't add God onto your life or come to God because you want a better life. The mystery of God can only be preached to those that have come to the end.
01/31 I Corinthians 15:35-50
Isaiah 66:1-14
You don't look for the will of God, you be the will of God! How do you be? You die. Now the only job is to abandon yourself. Walk away from the grave - that's what you testified to when you were baptized. You don't' have anything to worry about; just get the hell out of the way.
February 2006
02/01 II Timothy 3 If you know that Jesus Christ is in you, then the mind has to depart from the temple.
02/02 II Peter 1:1-4
02/03 Matthew 6:19-34 Ungodliness
02/06 I John 2:12-14
02/07 Matthew 24:15
II Thessalonians 2:1-4
Revelation 13 & 14
The abomination of desolation and the son of perdition.
02/08 II Corinthians 5:14-15
02/09 Deuteronomy 18:9-12 Preparation for Passover, which is an exodus from time. You can experience an exodus from all of the vagaries of your mind so that you can be at peace, without concern for the next second. You'll know that the gift of God is eternal life.
02/10 Deuteronomy 18:9-12
Mark 8:34
Galatians 5:16-17
Whatever you want to do to be successful, you'll fall on your ass, because you've invited the Holy Spirit to be an enemy of your ideas.
02/13 Matthew 11:20-26 Prudence keeps you from seeing. Trying to figure things out causes a lot of your boredom.
02/14 I Corinthians 2:4-8
I Corinthians 1:18-29
God wants us to take the road that looks impossible. The road that looks easy is destruction.
02/15 Genesis 1:26
Genesis 2:15, 19
Even the most innocent thought processes are fornication, because you are going to your own mind for sustenance rather than living as a small child in dependence on Him.
02/16 Isaiah 40:12-31 Waiting on Him is the first predicate of faith.
02/17 Nobody wants to hear that his attempts to better himself, even spiritually, is the essence of what sin is. The only way you can understand Him is to be apprehended by Him. The only way to be apprehended by Him is when you are fully convinced that everything you know about is wrong.
02/20 Matthew 11:27
Psalm 49:1-5
02/21 John 16:1-15
02/22 Luke 22:24-32
Isaiah 11:1-6
Matthew 5:25
John 14:27-30
If you are right in your mind, you are still of the law and not of faith. There is no fear of the Lord if you think you're right. The purpose of life is that we'd be sifted as wheat, so that we don't resist what we think is evil, so that there is only faith.
02/23 Matthew 12:32-37
II Peter 3:10-14
02/24 Romans 7:5-7 The law has worked its purpose when it has revealed the totalness of your sinful nature. It's not that you try to keep the law, it's that He alone is the fulfillment of it. By your baptism you certified that your old identity as you is dead and buried.
02/27 Luke 4:1-13 Christ's temptations.
02/28 Proverbs 25:1-8
Isaiah 11:1-6
John 14:27-30
March 2006
03/01 Genesis 1:26-28 Truth has to be timeless. If you have a "truth" that you're holding onto, and it doesn't pass the test of time, then you're a liar. Test everything honestly, and see if it changes or denigrates with time. If it does, it isn't worth giving it any importance.
03/02 James 1:2-8
Isaiah 57:1-10
03/03 Genesis 3:1-6 The meaning of the fall. The human mind is programmed for your self-realization. It's only job is to cause you to constantly be alone and feel empty and hopeless.
03/06 Idolatry
03/07 II Corinthians 10:4-6 What it means to be redeemed. What it means to bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
03/08 Matthew 22:36-40
Matthew 6:22-34
What idolatry is.
03/09 Psalm 19:12-14 The great transgression. Hidden faults.
03/10 Strange worship.
03/13 Hebrews 13:5-6
03/14 Hebrews 2:8-15
Psalm 19:7-13
Isaiah 9:2-21
We have created a reality in which we don't have to face our separateness and aloneness. That is what the pillars and belief systems in our mind are really all about. Our death to self enables us to participate in the mystery that we are intimately connected to everyone that is born of Him.
03/15 You can't fix anything about you. Your efforts to be a good christian all fail. For some reason, the human being can hear the mystery of the Cross and still use it to keep himself alive and try to get fixed. Then the mystery of God is not reckoned not of grace but of debt.
03/16 I Corinthians 10:11-21 In every part of our life, we have the idea that there are options, therefore it keeps us in control. And we get righteousness whenever we think we've chosen the right option.
03/17 Romans 8:14-22
03/20 Exodus 12:1-11 Passover.
03/21 I Corinthians 1:18-28
03/22 Hebrews 3:1-4:7 You haven't entered into His rest if you don't believe He is sufficient. If you are not at rest, the reason is because you are fighting the Holy Spirit by trying to improve self or do something.
03/23 Isaiah 59:1-4 The Sabbath is another revelation of who Jesus Christ is. In the Law, there are 46 death penalty offenses pertaining to the Sabbath. We are guilty of each one of them. You have to come to the place where your own thinking becomes strange to you so that there is silence in the temple. Your iniquity is your self-concern.
03/24 Every journey you take in your mind is a violation of the Sabbath-day's journey. That is why we bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. Every though has to stand against "It is finished." The greatest enemy of mercy and grace is "how to." If I learn how to do something, I don't have to be dependent of God.
03/27 Revelation 12:7-11 God has made the wisdom of the world foolishness. The wisdom of the world is the wisdom of your mind, and it is beyond stupid.
03/28 Revelation 13:1-3
Revelation 17:1-9
II Thessalonians 2:1-4
Everyone who has ever lived has wondered after himself, the beast. All God wants from you is your emptiness.
03/29 Genesis 15:1-17 Abraham's horror of great darkness was seeing the grace of God that happened at Passover. The cutting of the covenant was the mystery of the cross. The only way to understand the fear of God and carry out your salvation in fear and trembling is to stand in awe of what the Father did.
03/30 Genesis 3:22-4:7
03/31 Daniel 5 Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found eternally lacking.
April 2006
04/03 John 9:1-5
John 12:27-36
04/04 Daniel 9:20-25
II Peter 3:8-15
04/05 I Corinthians 15:42-56
I Thessalonians 4:13-18
I Peter 4:5-7
The resurrection of the dead is sown in weakness.
04/06 Genesis 2:16-17
Genesis 3:1-4
Daniel 2:44-45
Psalm 72:11-17
Psalm 89:35-37
Isaiah 42:1-7
Micah 4:3-7
Isaiah 8:18-9:5
Preparing to celebrate Passover.
04/07 The 10 Plagues
04/10 Mark 14:43-52
Luke 24:1-35
04/11 I Peter 4:12-19
04/12 What happened at the crucifixion and the feast of First Fruits.
04/13 Revelation 2:1-3:22
Psalm 23
You overcometh by one thing only - believe that Jesus is the Christ.
That means your life is one of constant gratitude, servanthood, emptiness, and with no agendas.
The mystery of God is you're not in the picture any more.
04/14 II Corinthians 5:14
Romans 3:10-22
Romans 4:4-5
Galatians 2:16-20
Romans 5:7-10
04/17 Isaiah 28:1-13 The wine of Ephraim is pride and the crown of pride is self-realization. All tables are full of vomit and filthiness.
04/18 Matthew 13:1-23
04/19 Isaiah 6
Mark 4:11-13
Acts 28:25-27
If you haven't been shaken to the core, you haven't been undone. All the Holy Spirit is doing is causing you to become undone, until you can see what He is doing.
04/20 Hebrews 1:1-3 He sat down.
04/21 Amos 5:18-27 Only to the few is the day of Messiah a time for rejoicing. To the world, it is famine, darkness. God hates your feasts, your songs, and your sacrifices when they are self-worship in disguise.
04/24 Romans 12:1-2 Authenticity. After you present yourself as a living sacrifice, the testing of authenticity begins.
04/25 Job 23:1-10 Your true identity is like gold that is surrounded by quartz. The quartz needs to be removed. If you think your identity is the quartz, you will resist the process of authentication.
04/26 Tribulation is where we live, in time and space, in the valley of the shadow of death. We glory in tribulation. Did you ever say "Thank you God" when he made your life a mess?
04/27 1 Peter 4:12
John 8:31-39
Authenticity is huge. The only way it is revealed is through affliction.
04/28 Romans 3:9-22
Romans 4:1-5
It is not the circumstances that cause your reactions; it is your judgment of them. To think that your circumstances ought to be different then they are is the essence of sin. There is no authenticity. You are not who you think you are in your mind.
May 2006
05/01 Do you really know what you think you know? Has it been tested? Do you live the life you speak?
05/02 Matthew 13:5
2 Corinthians 4:3-
Having tested integrity. The only man that has passed the test of authenticity is Christ Jesus.
05/03 1 Corinthians 1:18- Preparing for Pentecost. Knowing that everything we do is towards self-improvement. Our double-mindedness is over anything that requires time.
05/04 Acts 2 Understanding what was fulfilled at Pentecost. Seeing all of the set times of God.
05/05
05/08 1 Thessalonians 4:1
2 Peter 3:1-4
Are you still looking for the evidence of his coming? In order to celebrate Pentecost you must accept that it is finished, no longer thinking that there are still things to be done.
05/09 The tearing of the Vail exposed the sham. The Ark of the Covenant is in the New Jerusalem.
05/10 Jeremiah 17:13
Matthew 3:1-5
A Jewish perspective on Pentecost and Baptism. The Mikveh.
05/11 Hebrews 8:5- Why do we continue with things that we know are futile? Before you can do as God desires, you must know what he does not desire. The act of naming things and what it causes.
05-12 Hebrews 9:24
2 Corinthians 5:13-17
Jesus was the last Adam. The human race died at the cross.
05/15 Mark 7:14
Romans 2:10
Colossian 1:4,23
What happened to the human race on Pentecost. A man is not defiled from without. What defiles a man comes from within.
05/16 1 Corinthians 2:7
Isaiah 40:10
The brain, the mind, and why humans cannot know the mind of God. You cannot bring anything of God into your own world.
05/17 Galatians 4:8
Hebrews 12:18-29
It's too late for your own self-realization. There is no halfway point to the New Jerusalem.
05/18 1 Timothy 6:11-16
Genesis 1:26
Only He who proceeded from the father can return to the father. What makes the manna bitter for you? Integrity is seeing the vanity so that you can come to the end of yourself.
05/19 Are you going through life letting things slide, making one compromise after another, believing what society is telling you? It's not about fixing anyone or anything; it's about the renewing of your mind. Can you stop trying to be and just be?
05/22 Ecclesiastes 1:1-15 Vanity means empty, futile, without meaning. It is you trying to fix yourself. You're not fixable.
05/23 Ecclesiastes 1:15-17, 2:1-17 The "if-only's" in your life, the search for knowledge and self-improvement, your love of your own ideas - it is all vanity.
05/24 Ecclesiastes 2:18-26,3:1 Push the envelope so you can see that there is no "there" there. Without the cross, all you can be is a better hypocrite. All you have to do to meet needs is to make yourself available. The rest is Gods business.
05/25 Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 What is it in your life that you think, should not be? You are tested against that which you possess.
05/26 Ecclesiastes 3:10-11 Repentance is the abandonment of self. It means to turn and leave you behind. Some rather commit suicide than repent.
05/29
05/30 Ecclesiastes 3:11 The name of God is eternity. It is written in the hearts of men. When you come to the end of yourself, Christ is there.
05/31 Ecclesiastes 3:11
Ezekiel 36:16
To be in the name of Jesus means that you can't add his name to yours. One of you has to go.
June 2006
06/01 Ecclesiastes 3:11
John 12:20-28
What it means to be in the name of Jesus. You cannot be in his name while you are still in your name. Unless the seed dies, it can bear no fruit. You can't bear fruit if you put labels on the seed that is you. Why do you continue to use the system that has failed you to justify your actions?
06/02 Ecclesiastes 3:11
Matthew 7:7
John 16:23
The name of Christ is not an instrument for your self-improvement.
06/05 Ecclesiastes 3:10-14
Deuteronomy 12:11-29
Isaiah 57:1-10
One type of idol is your idea that things ought to be different than they are.
06/06 Revelation 13:1-16,14,12
2 Thessalonians 2:1-4
The world is wondering after the beast. The number 666 is the number of man and the day of man. Do your works follow you or do your ideas lead you?
06/07 Ecclesiastes 3:15 Our rebellion is the reason time still exists. We must look at life with the perspective of eternity.
06/08 Ecclesiastes 3:10-15 The universe is antagonism to the mystery of God. You cannot continue with Christ in His test if you are following your own path.
06/09 Ecclesiastes 3:16
Matthew 23-33
Iniquity is self-seeking. Cain wanted to work the earth for his salvation; Able sacrificed the lamb. Do you know that there is nothing left to do, or do you still think you can work it? You must believe only on Him whom God has sent.
06/12 Ecclesiastes 3:16
Matthew 23:32-39
2 Chronicles 24:17
We constantly create a theology that keeps us alive. We flee, with every opportunity, the revelation of Christ because that means our death. To know the cross is to know that you slew able and you crucified Christ.
06/13 Ecclesiastes 3:16-17
Romans 8:14
When you try to do good, evil is there with you. Sincerity and good intentions don't help. Modern Christianity is trying to get around this curse. Free will is an illusion.
06/14 Ecclesiastes 3:18-
Jude 1:10
2 Peter 2:12
1 Peter 3:18
The nature of the beast. All that is done by his nature is vanity.
06/15 Ecclesiastes 3:18-
Psalms 49:10-18
John 5:31-39
Self-realization - One way you know that you are into self-seeking is when you think that suffering is strange.
06/16 Ecclesiastes 3:19-22 After the fall, man became a beast. Jesus did not come to fix the beast but to begin a new creature. Even the religious beast knows only self-seeking.
06/19 Ecclesiastes 4:1-3
Matthew 18-1-6
The Kingdom of God requires the humility of the little child. If anyone brings one of these to self-seeking, it is better they were drowned in the sea.
06/20 Ecclesiastes 4:4
Hebrews 5:5-16, 7:1-6
To be in the will of God, moment by moment, is the meaning of emptying.
06/21 Ecclesiastes 4:8
2 Corinthians 3:15-18, 44:1-3, 2:14
It's about him, Christ, not about you.
06/22 Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
1 Samuel 15:1-33
If it's not as simple as Christ in you, you have more to do than you can ever imagine. Anything you do is the sacrifice of fools.
06/23 Ecclesiastes 4:13 The purpose of suffering is correction. Accepting correction brings comfort.
06/26 Ecclesiastes 4:13
2 Peter 1:16-20
Luke 24:13-31,44
Scripture is not matter for your opinion. The book of the law, the writings and, the profits, were given because of our rebellion. Everything in the universe is trying to pull you off the mercy seat.
06/27 Ecclesiastes 4:13-14
2 Corinthians5:18-21, 6:1-2
1 Corinthians 4
Philippians 3:7-19
Until we learn to rest in our admonishment, the correction will continue. This is what it means to glory in our affliction.
06/29 Ecclesiastes 5:1
Deuteronomy 6:1-9
Deuteronomy 11:13-21
Numbers 15:37
The night has come, and the reason it is lasting so long is our rebellion.
06/30 Ecclesiastes 5:1-3 Ecclesiastes needs to sink in. Repentance is impossible unless you see that all is vanity.
July 2006
07/03 Ecclesiastes 5:4-6 There are no vows in the kingdom of God because you live in total dependence. In the kingdom of God it is on or off, light or dark, spirit or flesh. There is no gray area or twilight.
07/05 Ecclesiastes 5:3-7
Psalms 49:16-18
1 Timothy 6:3
Romans 5:8
The essence of sin is self-realization. You can't be in His name and in your name at the same time.
07/06 Ecclesiastes 5:7
Zephaniah 1:12-18,2:1-3
To fear God is to anticipate His judgment at your next breath.
07/07 Ecclesiastes 5:7
Revelation 12:7
2 Peter 2:1-18
The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.
07/10 Ecclesiastes 5:8-11
Jeremiah 20:7
Isaiah 52:13-15,53:1-12
You're a fool if you want to be a teacher of others. If you believe, you will speak. Christ does not conform to your imagination.
07/11 Ecclesiastes 5:12-20
Psalms 127
Isaiah 29:6-8
Psalms 73:1-9
When you take joy in your portion, you are content with all things as they are. The gift of joy is not of this world but from God. If you are aware of doing something for God, you're not. You cannot be if you are trying to be.
07/12 Ecclesiastes 6:1
2 Corinthians 2:14-17
Acts 8:14
Romans 12
2 Corinthians 4-7
Are you using the devices of cheats to get something for yourself?
07/13 Ecclesiastes 6:2-7
Philippians 3:7-19
Everybody wants a 'how to' but that is the antithesis of faith. See the vanity of your efforts. If you are still trying, Christ will have to take the back seat until you rest and sit down.
07/14 Ecclesiastes 6:7-9
Colossians 1:13-27
John 11:1-14
Are you still trying to fill the cavity inside you? It can't be done. You can't read the Bible in honesty and still think it is good news for man.
07/17 Ecclesiastes 6:7-9
Psalms 2
There is no hope. We are not created to get it right. We were never created to be good. Can you say, "God, there is no hope. I am yours without condition"?
07/18 Ecclesiastes 6:8-9
Philippians 4:8-11
1 Timothy 6:1-6
Chasing great ideas vs. seeing what God has placed before you. Thinking that you must strive in order to gain. Molten images and graven images.
07/19 Ecclesiastes 6:9-10
Job 9:29
1 Timothy 3:16
You can't speak it unless you've lived it; you can't live it until you've repented of everything else. Aren't you tired of acting?
07/20 Ecclesiastes 6:10
Job 9:25-35
Isaiah 45:8
All the stupid things that we have used to define ourselves... The only one who can define us is God.
07/21 Ecclesiastes 6:11-12,7:1
1 Corinthians 13
The rich acquire the good oil. The good name is available to all. When you are born, you are designated to death; when you die, you are designated to life.
07/24 Ecclesiastes 7:1-2
1 Corinthians 15:41-45
Death leads to life. The revelation of Christ in you is not just naming him, it is living him.
07/25 Ecclesiastes 7:1-4
Hebrews 4:1-16
2 Thessalonians 1:7
Man can never be at rest. He will always have things to do, places to go, schedules to meet.
07/26 Ecclesiastes 7:4-7 God loved Jacob because he came to the end of himself and confessed what he really was. The mystery of God is that every relationship is with Him. Your relationship with God is established only through his son, Jesus Christ, in you.
07/27 Ecclesiastes 7:7 Bribes. Exposing idolatry.
07/28 Ecclesiastes 7:7-8 The end of a thing is better than the beginning because it is at the end that you see the vanity. The purpose of oppression and affliction is to reveal your true nature. You abhor the false self that you have created.
07/31 Ecclesiastes 7:7
Psalms 48:1-2
John 8:31-41
August 2006
08/01 Eccl. 7:10-12Psa. 48:1-2
Psa. 50:1-2
Psa. 80:1-3
Prov. 21:19-22
Life has nothing to do with you except as a broken vessel. You are here for God's purpose, not your own. You cannot love God until you stop loving everything else.
08/02 Ecclesiastes 7:13
Ecclesiastes 1:12-15
You can tell where you are in your spiritual journey by how you respond to stimuli. You are either at peace or you are not at peace.
08/03 Ecclesiastes 7:14-15
Job 13
Only when you are tested will you know whether you are in Him or you are in yourself. Adversity, therefore, is not a thing from which to flee. Prosperity and adversity are all the same from God's perspective.
08/04 Ecclesiastes 7:13-16
I Peter 4:12-13
Ecclesiastes 7:17
08/07 Ecclesiastes 7:17-18
08/08 Ecclesiastes 7:16-18 Seeking God vs. seeking power for you. Being awake vs. living in your dreams. Living in our thoughts and imaginations is fornication because it is going somewhere other than God for sustenance. God wants us to live in the now.
08/09 Ecclesiastes 7:19
Matthew 5
The Stronghold, the Place of the Most High, the Mercy Seat. The Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Turning the other cheek. Nobody wants to hear that they are hopeless, unfixable, and that their plans mean nothing. You have to know this in order to hear the Gospel. Our only hope is in the Son of God.
08/10 Ecclesiastes 7:19-21
Psalms 143:1-5
Micah 7:1-6
His righteousness and us "being right" are completely different things. The only way to achieve righteousness is through your death.
08/11 Ecclesiastes 7:19
Job 9:2-4
Genesis 1:1
Ezekiel 28:12
Romans 7:9-8:1
Ten words of creation. You contend with God when you think you are doing right. When you justify yourself, you place yourself in antagonism with God, and the mystery of God is sealed from you.
08/14 Ecclesiastes 7:19 Suffering's role in wisdom. The difference between chastisement and punishment.
08/15 Ecclesiastes 7:19
II Timothy 2:11-13
Acts 14:15-23
Hebrews 12:3-17
Original sin is self-realization. All sin flows from that.
08/16 Ecclesiastes 7:20
Romans 3:9-20
Galatians 2:16
No one is righteous.
08/17 Ecclesiastes 7:20
Ezekiel 8:3-14
Psalms 139:1-17
It is not faith alone, but the trial of our faith, that is essential. A Picture of your mind.
08/18 Ecclesiastes 7:20
Romans 12
James 1:12
1 Peter 1
The trial of your faith is your salvation. Trials and testing are for the purpose of approval. It's the way God works, and it's not a thing to be avoided.
08/21 Ecclesiastes 7:21-22
2 Corinthians 13:5-8
John 1:1-13
Colossians 1
The only enemy left is your mind.
08/22 Ecclesiastes 7:20-23
I Corinthians 13:1-13
Ecclesiastes 7:23-24
I Kings 4:21-32
Wisdom reveals the end of everything. Discipleship is not learning stuff, it is unlearning everything. The mystery of the red heifer.
08/23 1 Corinthians 10:7
Isaiah 28
The blood and the water. Our sustenance comes from nowhere else but God.
08/24 Matthew 13:34
Psalms 78:1-2
Romans 16:25
1 Corinthians 2
Ephesians 3
Colossians 1:12
The Gospel. The Holy Spirit. Faith.
08/25 Exodus 25:40
Hebrews 8:1-5
Psalms 111:1-4
Psalms 119:17-40
Things in the Old Testament are types, patterns, shadows of heavenly truths. They are all revelations of the one revelation. When God "remembered" it means that He took appropriate action at the appropriate time.
08/28 Ecclesiastes 7:24-25
Job 28:1-28
I Timothy 6:13-16
Romans 11:32-36, 12:1-
Romans 8:26-39
08/29 Ecclesiastes 7:26
Revelation 12:7-9
The Whore of Babylon is cause and effect. She has "deceived the whole world." She is worse than death.
08/30 Ecclesiastes 7:26
Genesis 38:11-30
Romans 9:5-29
Esau is a type of the flesh. Until you see that you have been worshiping the wrong God, there is no hope.
08/31 Ecclesiastes 7:26
Genesis 39:1-9
Num. 25:1-9
I Corinthians 10:1-11
Numbers 25:10-18
John 19:31-37
Types of the whore of Babylon in the Old Testament. The sacred spear of Phineas. The finished work of Christ. Freedom and rest.
September 2006
09/01 Ecclesiastes 7:26
Proverbs 5:1-6
Ecclesiastes 7:27-29
Proverbs 29:27
You were made subject to vanity.
09/05 Ecclesiastes 7:27-29
Proverbs 23:1-7
Romans 10:1-8
Repentance. Belief. Everything in the Old Testament is a pattern or a model. The message has not changed, but now Christ is the real thing. The fall has blinded our minds, and all we can see is self-seeking. But God has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
09/06 Eccl. 8:1
Exodus 34:27-35
II Cor. 3:5-18
Matt. 17:1-5
Acts 7:49-60
II Cor. 4:1-6
Shining faces. Blinded by the fall - all we can see is self-seeking.
09/07 Ecclesiastes 8:1-2
John 12:20-25
Acts 28
John 3
The world is set up to indulge the false self that you created.
09/08 Matt. 4:12-16
Matt. 6:22-23
Matt. 27:43-46
Luke 1:67-80
John 1:1-12
John 3:19
The meaning of light and dark. The darkness is really the word for twilight, the gray area. Wisdom is to escape the twilight.
09/11 Eccl. 8:3
Eccl. 10:4
Ezek. 8:5-12
Heb. 11:40-12:8
Prov. 3:5-13
If you think that the Lord has forsaken you, you will have to take a position because you don't know that He is sovereign. You will flee from the chastisement of the Lord.
09/12 Prov. 11
Deut. 28:15-68
The Curses. To understand the curses is to understand that fear is the beginning of wisdom. But you desperately want to believe in a theology of success. You want to believe that the love of God is centered on you.
09/13 Eccl. 8:3
Psa. 91:14-16
Psa. 23:1-4
Eccl. 8:3-5
I Tim. 3:16
We are accustomed to the natural. We don't see that it is all a seduction. Instead, we call it wise and prudent.
09/14 Eccl. 8:4
Matt. 3:17
Matt. 17:5
John 12:27-29
I Pet. 3:14-15
What it means to be manifested in the flesh but justified in the spirit.
09/15 Ecclesiastes 8:5-8
Hebrews 9:28,10:1
Jeremiah 20:7-10
Jeremiah 15:1-4
Ezek. 12:21-28
Manifest in the flesh, justified in the spirit, never justified in the flesh. When you are in the spirit, with no concern with self, nothing evil can stick to you. The apostles had no agenda, schedule or program. They went where they were commanded and they met needs.
09/18 Ecclesiastes 8:9-11
Psalm 10:1-7
Romans 13:1-7
Psalm 50:7-21
Isaiah 26:7-14
From God's perspective, there are no victims. When you forgive all of the circumstances of your life, you see that it all had to happen exactly as it did in order for you to be where you are now.
09/19 Ecclesiastes 8:11
Isaiah 52:9-53:7
Isaiah 28:1-13
Ephesians 4:13-15
The Gospel. You can take nothing with you into the marriage supper of the lamb.
09/20 Ecclesiastes 8:12-9:1 When you finally come to the place where you are sick and fed up with yourself, that is the place where you are apprehended by the mystery of God.
09/21 Ecclesiastes 8:16
Ecclesiastes 9:1
Romans 10:4-10
09/22 Ecclesiastes 9:1-3
2 Peter 3:1-5
Numbers 13:26-14:9
We can't know anything of the Kingdom through our senses or by natural means. Our minds, by nature, make us Pharisees.
09/25 Ecclesiastes 9:1-5
I Kings 22:33-35
Genesis 2:15-17
Ezekiel 18:24-34
The giants are whatever issues are before you that prevent you from entering the Promised Land. You desperately want to define God with your mind in order him favorable to you and to justify your own ideas.
09/26 Ecclesiastes 9:6-7
Numbers 15:17-29
Leviticus 15:1-16
Genesis 22:1-19
The Bread Offering. The Drink Offering. Your mind has never been your friend.
09/27 Ecclesiastes 9:7
I Corinthians 11:23-27
John 8:52-56
Psalms 118:18-24
Hebrews 11:8-16
Hebrews 12:18-23
Galatians 4:19-26
Ezekiel 39:7-8
Jeremiah 46:10
Amos 5:18-27
Communion. The day of the Lord.
09/28 Ecclesiastes 9:7
Daniel 9:20-27
Matthew 3:1-17
Luke 10:25-37
Malachi 4:2
Revelation 10:5-7
The state of supplication, the end of your self, the only state honored by God.
09/29 Ecclesiastes 9:8
Matthew 22:10-13
Revelation 22:10-12
Revelation 19
2 Peter 3:10-15
Your garment. To reckon that you are crucified with Christ and to let him be your life.
October 2006
10/02 Ecclesiastes 9:8
Matthew 21:33-46
Isaiah 65:1-19
The best we can be is a vessel.
10/03 Ecclesiastes 9:8
Matthew 24:36-56
Matthew 25:1-13
Matthew 5:14-16
Ointment and oil are symbols of the power of the Spirit. The oil, which is the anointing, symbolizes the authority of Christ.
10/04 Ecclesiastes 9:9-15 Blessed doesn't mean that you get what you think you ought to get. The thoughts of men continue to masquerade as wisdom. You'll have to lie in order to try to justify your own belief system. Eccl. 6:1 2Cor. 2:14-17
10/05 Ecclesiastes 9:14-15 Sorry, we messed up the recording today.
Isa. 59:16 Isa. 1:2-9 Rev. 11:8 Psa. 41:1-2 Matt. 25:31-46 Ezek. 36:26-31 Isa. 50:10-11 Isa. 57:10 II Cor. 11:2-3
10/06 Ecclesiastes 9:16 We all despised him and esteemed him not. Isa. 53:1-3 Matt. 13:3-23
10/09 Ecclesiastes 9:18 When you are walking in the spirit, even the smallest weight is unbearable. True repentance is to rest completely in Christ, refusing the burden of any weight on you. The moment you think something is going on with you, you've lost. Rom. 9:10-22 Heb. 11:33-12:17
10/10 Ecclesiastes 10:1-3 To say there is something wrong with you is folly. What things cause you to return to your own understanding? We always want to turn towards greener pastures and away from the desert. Gen. 13:1-11 Num. 9:15-23
10/11 Ecclesiastes 10:2-4 We deny the sovereignty of God when we murmur and complain about our circumstances. He is the author and finisher of all, even the things we don't like. Prov. 18:1-2 Eccl. 10:3-4 I Cor. 12:1-3 Heb. 2:5-9
10/12 Ecclesiastes 10:4-5 Zechariah's death and the seething blood in the temple. Psa. 48:1-5 Esther 2:21 Esther 6:11-12 Matt. 23:30-36 II Chron. 24:20-21
10/13 Ecclesiastes 10:5-6 Jer. 39:1-3 Lam. 2:9-10 Eph. 6:10-12 II Cor. 10:3-6
10/16 Ecclesiastes 10:7-8 It's not your job to protect yourself. God will move heaven and earth to protect Christ in you. Seek to save your life and you will lose it. Exod. 1:8,22 Exod, 14:27-29 Esther 3:11-13 Psa. 7:9-15 Amos 5:18-19
10/17 Ecclesiastes 10:8 Breaking the hedge and going beyond the bounds of our habitation. You have to see that you've invented yourself, but you've been crucified with Him on the cross. Psa. 48:1-2 Matt. 6:24-34
10/18 There is nothing left for us to accomplish because it is finished on the cross. Acts 17:16-30 Isa. 57:10 Isa. 50:7-11 Isa. 26:1-14
10/19 Ecclesiastes 10:8-10 You are the house of God. His residency begins when you vacate it. Lev. 26:14-20 II Chron. 7:11-15 Isa. 31:9 Rev. 11:8
10/20 Ecclesiastes 10:11 Our self is married to the law and bound by it. Rom. 7:1-25
10/23 Ecclesiastes 10:12-14 Ezra 1:1-5 Ezra 4 Deuteronomy 3:20-26 Romans 3:10-20
10/24 Ecclesiastes 10:12-14 The false prophet. Attempting to use the mystery of God for personal gain.
Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Jeremiah 14:8-15
10/25 Ecclesiastes 10:14 What it means to say "Peace, peace, where there is no peace"?
Jeremiah 14:7-16 Jeremiah 23:1-22
10/26 Ecclesiastes 10:15 You can't get there from here. The fool knows not how to get to the city.
Hebrews 11:8-11 Galatians 4:21-26 Hebrews 3:1-4:16
10/27 Ecclesiastes 10:16-17 A true Jew does not need the praise of men.
Isaiah 5:1-24 and 3:1 Micah 2:1-2
10/30 Ecclesiastes 10:17 There are none noble after the flesh. The body of Christ is your only sustenance. You breathe in him, you breathe out you.
Isaiah 55:1-2
10/31 Ecclesiastes 10:17 The mystery of God has nothing to do with satisfying your desires.
Proverbs 9:1-6 John 6:25-36 Matthew 11:7-17 Isaiah 55:1-2
November 2006
11/01 Ecclesiastes 10:17 The blood of Christ redeems us; the body of Christ sustains us. There is life in Christ alone.
11/02 Ecclesiastes 10:17 Even though we are starving, we eat that which is empty. Without the sustenance of the body of Christ, there is no life in you.
John 6:31-70 Romans 5:6-10 Luke 24:13-31
11/03 Ecclesiastes 10:17 When the belly drives you, dust is your food. Until you are fed up with dust, you won't eat of the body of Christ.
Matthew 23:13-33   Genesis 3:9-14   Isaiah 65:13-25   1 Corinthians 11:23-34
11/06 Ecclesiastes 10:17 Who told you that you were naked, that you were lacking? Starving for the bread of life yet still compelled to work for it.   Proverbs 9:1-6   Isaiah 55:1-3   Song of Solomon 4:16-5:1   Philippians 3:16-19   Isaiah 40:6-23   Genesis 3:14
11/07 Ecclesiastes 10:17 The wine of self-seeking is sweet to the religious person.   Isaiah 28:1-13   Hosea 9:1-14   Hosea 10:12-14   Proverbs 18:1-2
11/08 Ecclesiastes 10:18 Concern for you and yours brings no satisfaction or sense of worth. You work, struggle and hunger, but God blows on your efforts and causes them to wither. He will continue to blow it all away until you see the rest that is in Jesus Christ.   Haggai 1:1-15
11/09 Ecclesiastes 10:18 The cross vs. the "I" motive. You can't be of the world and on the mercy seat at the same time. You'll be building your own house with bricks of your own ideas.   Haggai 1:9-15   Haggai 2:6-9
11/10 Ecclesiastes 10:18 The law is no longer written in the stone but in your heart by Christ Jesus. The earthly Ark of the Covenant is no longer to be remembered. We are seated on the mercy seat in the heavenly places.   Jeremiah 7:1-7   Jeremiah 3:6-17   Isaiah 65:1-17
11/13 Ecclesiastes 10:18 See that you have to die. The opposite of love is not hate, but slothfulness. Slothfulness in faith cannot be fixed by activity.   Isaiah 22:1-14   Ezekiel 24:1-14   II Corinthians 2:14-17
11/14 Ecclesiastes 10:19-20 "Who told you, you were naked?" In other words, Who told you that you need something more?   1 Corinthians 12:1-6
11/15 Ecclesiastes 10:20 If you don't see His perfection in all, you curse God. You curse the Lord whenever you deny his sovereignty.   1 Corinthians 12:3   James 4:10-12   Numbers 21:1-9
11/16 Ecclesiastes 10:20 When you see Him in all, everything becomes true bread for you. Israel sent spies into the land and did not believe what God said. The giants in the land, the big issues in your life, serve to reveal the mystery of God. Instead you seek to escape.   Exodus 3:7-9   Numbers 13:26-33   Numbers 14:1-9   Hebrews 2:1-9
11/17 Ecclesiastes 10:20 When you don't see God in all, you slander Him. When you see anything else but Christ in all things and in all situations, you are cursing the King. Do you rather send spies to know for yourself or do you simply go by faith?   Deuteronomy 1:19-23   Nehemiah 9:10-17
11/20 The result of "cursing the King" (slandering God) is leprosy of the forehead.
Exodus 4:1-8   Numbers 12:1-15   Isaiah 44:6-18
11/21 Ecclesiastes 10:20 "Curse not the king..." includes gossip and slander. Tale bearing and murder are equal offenses. Forgiveness is not an option and it must be of the heart. If you are still trying to find truth, you won't.
Isaiah 65:23-25
11/22 Ecclesiastes 10:20 Forgiveness has nothing to do with circumstances or your own idea of righteousness. Forgiveness has only to do with your relationship with God.
Mark 11:25-26   Matthew 18:35
11/27 Ecclesiastes 11:1 Meeting the needs of the poor... The poor are still among us in order to reveal our selfishness.
Deuteronomy 15:7-11   Proverbs 19:1
11/28 Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 There are no victims, no excuses. Your heritage, childhood, history and circumstances cannot justify you.
Ezekiel 18:1-7   Isaiah 57:1-10   Ezekiel 22:8-9   Isaiah 58:1-8
11/29 Ecclesiastes 11:1 You're either casting your bread on the waters or eating it on the mountain. Giving is not an investment. There can't be any expectations.
Romans 2:28-29   Luke 18:9-14
11/30 Ecclesiastes 11:1 You have created your own identity. If you are still defining yourself, you are eating on the mountain. Giving and being are part of the same package.
2 Corinthians 9:1-15
December 2006
12/01 Ecclesiastes 11:1 Eating on the mountain is all about performance-based acceptance. Then the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. Neither what you do nor what is done to you can justify you. You want to praise God only after he delivers you from your circumstances.
Romans 4:1-5
12/04 Ecclesiastes 11:2 Seven is the Sabbath rest. Eight is the resurrection.
1 Kings 18:41-46
12/05 Ecclesiastes 11:2 Getting to seven is getting to the rest. The final goal is eight, which is eternity and the mercy seat.
12/06 Ecclesiastes 11:3 Rain is the symbol of God's revelation. As a disciple you cannot plan what you will say or do. If you want what the world wants, you are not acting in the wisdom of God.
Malachi 3:11-12   2 Corinthians 4:7-12   1 Corinthians 4:10-13   Isaiah 5:1-7   Deuteronomy 11:13-14
12/07 Ecclesiastes 11:3 The prophets spoke of man's vanity and man hated them. The same happens today.
I Kings 16:31-17:1   I Kings 18:41-46   2 Chronicles 6:21-30, 7:11-15
12/08 Ecclesiastes 11:4-5 The seven things concealed from man. The reign of Messiah.
2 Peter 3:1-18
12/11 Ecclesiastes 11:4-5 The faithful live "Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus"
12/12 Ecclesiastes 11:5 Can we really know what is good for us? Can we know the heart of another?
Deuteronomy 1:17-18   Isaiah 61:1-2   Isaiah   63:1-5   Psalms 139   Psalms 23
12/13 Ecclesiastes 11:6 Repentance is constant, a way of life, like breathing.
James 1:22
12/14 Ecclesiastes 11:7 We don't get to the land of milk and honey by following the appetite of our belly.
Psalms 19:1-11   Exodus 3:7-8   Revelation 10:8-11   Jeremiah 11:1-5   Ezekiel 1:28-3:1-3
12/15 Ecclesiastes 11:7 To the Hebrew mind, scripture is here and now. The darkness is also here now -- thus, we need His light.
Genesis 1:1-3
12/18 Ecclesiastes 11:8-9 God said: Let there be light. It is in the here and now. The gospel of men is about restraints, so that you are not permitted to experience vanity.
Revelation 12:7-11
12/19 Ecclesiastes 11:9 Modern theology will tell you that you have a "Get out of jail free" card. We love the "Christ loves me" part but we ignore the "I am crucified with Christ."
Romans 3:5-9   Numbers 15:37-40   Galatians 2:20
12/20 Ecclesiastes 11:9 Sorry, we messed up. No recording today.
Matthew 21:33-46   Romans 5:10, 5:19-6:5
12/21 Ecclesiastes 11:9-10 Sanctification is divorcing the flesh. It's not a thing that only saints do. It is not something you attain by chasing after it. You just be. It is what you are designed for.
John 17:1-17
12/22 Ecclesiastes 11:9-10 The judgment of God is perfect and final, and there are no appeals. The flesh is no more to be tested because now there is only the resurrection.
2 Corinthians 13:1-7
12/27 Ecclesiastes 11:10
Ecclesiastes 12:1-5
There is neither merit nor guilt. The day of Messiah.
Isaiah 66:1-4
12/28 Ecclesiastes 12:4-5 Our nature is to be like locusts, insatiable and all consuming. Our only other choice is to know Christ in us.
1 Corinthians 15:52-53   Proverbs 6:6-11   Job 12:7-12   1 John 4:1-6
12/29 Ecclesiastes 12:5 Only that which came from heaven will return to heaven. All will return to their appointed place. We are mortal, dead. Thus it all comes down to this: Jesus Christ in you.
1 Timothy 6:3-16