Cross of Wood
   
 
Night vision: Saturday, June 5, 1999
   
 
By Jeannette L. Vetter
 
Interpretation
 
By Lee Y. Martin, Ph. D.
   
 
Background
 

I had been asked by the Pastor of the India Evangelistic and Relief Fellowship to give a series of talks to his people during Jeannette's and my visit in May of 2000.For several months, I prayed about it asking what the Lord wanted me to talk on.The Holy Spirit kept impressing upon me without any doubt, that I was to teach about the Christian's authority on the earth over demonic powers. I was informed by the head pastor of the Fellowship that most visitors talk on evangelism or holiness, extremely important Biblical topics because without either of them no one will see the Lord [Romans 1:16; Hebrews 12:14]. I was not so led by the Spirit.

As I pondered over the topic wondering why this was the theme, and after development of the teaching as per the Scripture, I kept thinking about how dangerous this knowledge could be for a believer. Knowledge about the power Christians possess because of their position in Jesus can be abused to the point that a believer could place his own soul or even others who follow him in jeopardy by misusing it. In fact, I am convinced that this knowledge is the root cause of the problem in the last church Jesus spoke about in Revelation, the Laodicean church.

 

Revelation 3:18

18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
KJV

Gold tried in the Fire
 

 

 

Jesus gave no approval to the last church in Revelation's church synopsis. The dazzling Laodicean church along with the dead Sardis church were the only two He had nothing good to say about. Did you hear me? He had nothing good to say about them. He said they were bankrupt because they were so rich, increased with goods, and had need of nothing in the former case, and blinded by great acclaim as the "Holy" ruler of the Roman Empire in the other case. Bankruptcy seems inconsistent with the reality of wealth and fame. How can one be bankrupt and still be rich and celebrated? Jesus explained that they didn't know they were wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked. What a description! He counseled the people in Sardis to strengthen and hold fast to the little bit of sound doctrine they had and to repent concerning their amillenial position regarding Jesus' return - that the church was ruling as the Kingdom of God now and Jesus was not actually going to bodily return. He warned the Laodiceans "to buy of (Him) gold tried in the fire, that (they may) be rich; and white raiment, that (they may) be clothed, and that the shame of (their) nakedness does not appear; and (lastly, that they should) anoint (their) eyes with eyesalve, that (they may) see" [Revelation 3:18]. He cautioned them in the next verse to repent and that He was rebuking them because He loved them. Saints, this is the danger accompanying prosperity, which I was concerned about when I desired to inform you of the magnitude of your authority here on earth.

With authority comes power, and with power comes money. It is a well-known fact of life that whoever controls the purse strings or money in a nation, controls the people. In the distant past, kings controlled the money, but today banks control them. This is the reason kings and rulers of nations are at the mercy of the bankers. It takes money to pay armies and whoever controls the money can buy armies and has the decision-making power about who will head a nation. All of this goes on behind the scenes. Most people are not aware that bankers seized control of governments about a thousand years ago during the time of the Crusades in the Sardian church period. People don't know that the man in the Prime Minister's seat of a government is controlled not by voters but by bankers. He might be voted in, but if the bankers don't like him, he will be snubbed and they will not loan him the money to run his government and his army. In due time, he will be forced out for lack of funds. Therefore, we see that money brings power and with power comes the potential for abuse.

In the natural world, money obtains power, but in the spirit world, power attains wealth. Whoever is in authority on the earth is in position to overcome the yokes of bondage due to lack. You have recently learned through the Words of Scripture that Christians have authority over demons because Jesus bought it for them. Jesus ransomed men from bondage to satan with His blood [Acts 20:28] and redeemed them out of the slave-market of sin [Revelation 5:9]. You have seen that when Christians know about their authority, they can control their circumstances. The great problem facing Christians is that they still possess the genes of Adam and have an inherited sin nature plaguing them. This means that the flesh is even now very much active in the lives of people. The old Adamic nature, which the Bible calls "the flesh," must be dealt with continually. The Bible tells us that "they who are in the flesh cannot please God," and Paul reported, "...I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection; lest by any means, when I have preached to others, I might be found a castaway" [1 Corinthians 9:27]. If the illustrious Paul had to constantly mount guard over his flesh, what chances have we in escaping temptation? Hence, a godly believer is forever struggling to deny the flesh expression. That's why he said he had to die daily.

   
 
The Way of The Cross
  These things explain how the Christian's authority could get in the way of spiritual growth and walking in the way of the cross. Jesus told us to take up our cross and follow Him. Where did He go? He went from place to place delivering people from oppression [Acts 10:38]. He also went to Calvary, to His death on a hill called Moriah where Abraham almost sacrificed his son at God's command.
  In the account of Abraham's test, God was pictorially teaching through the mode of behavioral action that anyone who desires to rule with Him in eternity, must be obedient and yield their wills to His because there is only one ruler in the universe and that is its creator who alone can keep things in proper working order. God tested Abraham to see if he would sacrifice his most prized possession, his son, in order to be obedient to His command.
The Sacrifice of Isaac Giambattista Pittoni 1720
 

Do you think we are going to escape a similar testing? Not on your life! Not when we consider that God put Himself to the test. He, too, had to be willing to sacrifice His most prized possession, His very own Son, in order to save men and to fulfill His divine plan of the ages.

When God chooses people to Sonship, they are not called to produce or create anything. They are called to participate in His life and decreed purposes. Unfortunately, oftentimes many Christians pursue works to obtain money to get out the gospel thinking they have been called to do so when in reality they are deceptively promoting purposes for personal aggrandizement. This is the self-deluded tactic of Laodiceans, which will condemn them in the final judgment. Jesus' teachings have been so twisted that it's hard to see the real Jesus anymore. The Bible tells us that God can make rocks rise up and speak on His behalf. He doesn't really need us. We are called to participate in God's rulership of His universe. And, we are at this time on probation to see if we will conform to His plan. Participation in God's rulership means that we cannot produce anything of our own ingenuity except energy of the flesh works that will be burned up in the judgment. "If the Lord doesn't build the house, they labor in vain who build it" according to the Palmist [127:1]. We must yield to the Holy Spirit who produces the works of God.

Acting out of one's own agenda apart from the Holy Spirit's leading, people get into trouble. Why are we hearing about so many lying signs and wonders at Christian gatherings, miracles such as, people roaring like lions, slithering like snakes, acting like drunkards, finding gold dust in people's hair or gold fillings in their teeth, and seeing what are called angel-feathers floating down from the sky. These are things that have no Biblical precedence. I believe it is because Christians are pursuing their own plans and devising their own doctrines to satisfy the lusts of the flesh. They want so desperately to see a move of God and walk in the supernatural that they have justified going beyond Scriptural precedence and have deviated from God's plan of the ages as specified in the Bible. Without Biblical precedence the way is clear for all kinds of deceptive wonders. Sensitivity to God's Holy Spirit comes only through knowledge of His Word. God is a spirit, but so is satan and his co-workers of evil angels. Discernment about who is influencing us is developed as we grow in knowledge of God as revealed in His Word. There is a very real danger that lying signs and wonders will produce stillborn babies, people who have not had a vital crisis experience in a new birth. Instead of lying wonders, we should strive to do the works that Jesus did, the miraculous signs He produced. He always made people whole and normal, not strange and acting weirdly.

It's very important that Christians see the whole picture of God's plan for mankind so that they can know how to use their authority over demons properly to do the will of God, not just lord it over satan for selfish gains. According to Scripture, God's will is for believers to go to the cross and die to themselves like Jesus died. Jesus placed Himself on the cross because He said so. He said no one could do anything to Him that He Himself did not permit.

 
John 10:17-18

17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

He abased and humbled Himself in going to the cross. The Scripture tells us in Philippians that he stripped Himself of His glory.

Philippians 2:5-8

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

 

We see that Jesus Himself laid aside the proper function of deity and took on the limitations of humanity, voluntarily becoming mortal so that He could die as a mere man. This is what it means when it says He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto the death of the cross. This is self-abasement and self-humiliation, for truly He was humiliated when He hung there naked on the cross. Not only was He dying for the sins of mankind, but He was also demonstrating to men the necessity of dying to self because Paul wrote by the Spirit that we need to let this same mind that was in Jesus be in us [2:5 above]. Has God changed? Does He want us to think differently in this new millenium? Is man at this point in time not supposed to go to the cross and die to Himself like Jesus? Since the Bible says that God changes not [Malachi 3:5], I think not. Why, then, are so many Christian organizations promoting "self-actualization"? Personally, I do not think they realize what they are doing.

Some Christian leaders are changing the meaning of sin as stated in the Bible. One of them has written that sin is not really an affront against God and His commands, but rather, in simple terms, sin is not realizing that our self-esteem, our ego, our "selfhood," has been hurt in the process of our development. They say that because our psyche, which is our selfhood, is wounded, we cannot do the things we should be doing as men of honor and virtue. If we only change our perceptions of ourselves as worthy beings we will be able to successfully walk through life. In other words, not living up to our potential is sin. Whatever happened to the truth that "the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked who can know it" [Jeremiah 17:9]?

Precious ones, this is modern-day secular humanism and flies in the face of all the Bible teaches from the garden of Eden down to the present day.The entire time I was studying at the University to obtain mydoctor's degree, I was also studying the Bible as I was studying the works of men. Because I faithfully persisted in studying the Word of God, the Lord graciously showed me how the self-esteem factor was a product of man's attempt to promote himself to godhood and stay independent of the God who created him.

It is called in higher education at the university level "self-actualization" I sensed at that time something was wrong with that teaching. On the surface the fruit looks good, but inside there's a worm.

Worm in the apple
 

I was in the avant-garde of this innovative new technique to help men reach and develop their potential, to promote themselves, and to become a success in the devil's world. The greatest problem is that if men become self-actualized without Jesus, they will still go to hell. Without the shed blood of Jesus all the good works of men are worthless because attainment to the ultimate of human potential cannot save one's soul. This is a part of the doctrines of devils by which people are seduced that Paul speaks of when writing his first letter to Timothy [4:1]. Promoting self and not repentance from sin is a fly in the ointment of sound doctrine. The Bible clearly states: "Promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. ...God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another" [Psalm 75:6-7]. According to this, we should not be trying to promote ourselves by enhancing our self-concept. Rather, we should be striving to find out the will of God, humbling ourselves, and doing it.

Once we get into the family of God through repentance from sin, "the love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit" [Romans 5:5] is the great promoter of good self-concepts. God's love is the ultimate example. And, Jesus is the great equalizer. God's love sent His Son to the cross so we could fellowship with Him, and Jesus' love paid the price for all of us to share equally in God's Kingdom. The entire Bible teaches that "self" is man's problem. We cannot get into contact with God because self is in the way. The way of the cross is the only way we are going to get into contact with God. This means dying daily as Paul. Crucifying the flesh means dying to self, making yourself available to the will of God and not your own desires even if that means isolation in a prayer closet or invisibility in a menial task somewhere. The Holy Spirit has anointed whatever assignment you are given by God. "...Ye [that means every believer] have an unction [anointing] from the Holy One... (and) ... the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you..." [1 John 2:20,27].

Having caught sight of this problem of promoting "self" years ago, I wanted no part of it for it was out of sink with the Bible, and I asked the Lord's permission to step down from teaching these doctrines of devils in college. He told me to walk away from it. The strange fact is that as I was walking away, the church was beginning to incorporate these seducing themes into its Bible doctrines and has set itself up for a huge fall - the Day of the Lord is fast approaching, and God's judgment is not far off. The Laodicean last days' church has used her authority foolishly and is near to destruction. I don't want you to do this dear ones. The church as a whole has violated God's instruction to go to the cross and suffer with Jesus in the course of fulfilling God's plan for Sonship. Instead of "godliness with contentment is great gain," as 1 Timothy 6:6 teaches, you would think it reads "gain is godliness." Can you see how obtaining your wants with the authority you've been given, and lacking nothing, can be a problem for the believer? Prosperity teachers rarely if ever teach this portion of Scripture. The church has been building air castles and selfish empires with God's money. Proverbs 3:35 teaches that "the wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools." The church has been promoting herself as God's authorized ruler of earth before the set time, before the time for Jesus to come back and set up His kingdom Himself. At that time, He will rule it with redeemed men who don't have sin natures anymore. Because the church is not willing to wait on Jesus, she shall eat the fruit of fools and shame shall be her reward as Proverbs has accurately stated.

 
The Cross Is Central To Everything
 

Someone has said, "It's not hard to live the Christian life, it's impossible." They were right. Unless God works in us to will, first of all, and then to do His good pleasure, we are not able to do it. This is because the soul has taken authority over the spirit ever since the fall of Adam. In order to get the spirit back into control of our lives, we must crucify the flesh daily. The spirit and the flesh cannot rule together for each one lusts to be in control [Galatians 5:17]. We must consciously yield our bodies and give our spirit authority to rule the flesh each day. This is a daily choice. This is the way of the cross. The tree Jesus died on was the tree of life. This tree depicts the way of the cross also, the selfless life that has been dedicated to God dies daily. I have heard preachers say we are not to stay at the cross. We must move on up to the throne room of God and stay there. This is where the Laodicean church has made a costly mistake. I agree that we are ruling and reigning with Christ even now while sitting with Him in the heavenlies, but beloved, the cross is central to everything. It is only here at the cross that we can fulfill the intention of God in making us into the image of Jesus. That image means thrusting ourselves on the cross through self-abasement. Going to the cross daily reflects our humbleness to do the work of a servant with joy.

You people here in this Indian fellowship are beautiful examples of what God has in mind in this regard. You radiate Jesus as you work together selflessly helping one another get the gospel of Jesus out to dying people. You lift people out of the literal and psychological mud, cleaning them up with your charity. Hundreds of many precious orphaned children have found shelter under your wings. You have given relief to the needy when the storms of life have ravaged their homes. Your school children, the most precious possession of a nation, have been readied for a life of worth in God's kingdom. And, hundreds of street children have been given a helping hand in your child development centers. The reason I want you to know about the authority you have in the devil's world is so that you can continue your work here without fear, so that you can know how to deliver people from bondage to satan and how to bind him and his demons from hindering your work. This knowledge is not imparted so that you can collect riches for yourselves nor is it to make life easier. It often does make life easier, but that is not God's ultimate goal for you because the Bible indicates that many believers may have to sacrifice and be deprived of some things in order to save men's souls. It is not a sin to have wealth, but the Bible is clear about the fact that riches can blind the eyes toward spiritual things and make the ownership of wealth a deadly commodity. It is very important that Christians understand this so that they do not use their authority unwisely.

 
Vision About The Cross of Wood
  Last year about this time God gave Jeannette a night vision about a cross of wood. This particular night vision was a very moving one, but I did not receive an interpretation for it from the Holy Spirit at the time although it is a simple and direct message from God. A couple of days before we left to come over here, I was awakened from sleep and the Spirit reminded me of the vision and straight away gave me its interpretation. The Spirit informed me that the reason I received no revelation on it last year was because the vision was for our mission trip to India. He wants you to have it as a buffer to protect you. Precious ones, He wants you protected from corruption, and from misusing the authority you have inherited from Jesus. Not only is this vision and its interpretation for you, my dear sisters and brothers, but it belongs to the church everywhere. So, when we get back to the states, Jeannette and I will include it with the other 21-endtime messages on our Internet website called White Stones Ministries. This vision is perhaps a "key" stone in the wall that the stone-visions are building for the protection of God's people who are pulling out of the corrupt Laodicean church. Here is the vision as told to me and written down by Jeannette. It is about a cross of wood. Jeannette is speaking.
 
The Cross of Wood Wision

Night vision: Saturday, June 5, 1999

by Jeannette L. Vetter

My Beloved Savior that I love!  
 

When the vision opened, I was standing by a cross talking to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. God was above me as He spoke to me. I looked at Him and noticed that He had on a white garment with a sash around the middle. His hair was radiant with a golden aura. His body frame was proportioned to the size of a man about 6 feet, and His body was toned to that of one who had walked great distances. I had a huge chisel -- it looked more like a spike -- and a mallet in my hand. I heard him speak in a stern tone and I knew He was teaching me. He said, "Jeannette, go carve your name on the cross." I raised my chisel and mallet and placed myself on the cross. I did not need to stand on a ladder to carve my name in the cross. As I was carving, my hands conformed to the cross as if the arms of the cross were my hands and arms.

My name began to bleed blood, and the flow continued as I fashioned each letter upon the cross. The size of the cross became massive when I started with the first letter of my name "J" forcing me to get upon it. As I carved the "e" of my name, I saw the crossbeam in three dimensions. I saw myself working upon the cross, and yet I was a part of the cross being worked on at the same time. The ends of the crossbeam had sizable grooves, huge jagged points like a branch of a tree that had broken off in a storm. The knotted trunk of the cross was huge and the bark was rough and aged. I continued with the rest of the letters of my name and each letter first started with drops of blood. Then as I finished, the drops of each letter flowed together. When I had completed carving my name, it flowed with a great flood of blood.

I was intensely involved in the task God had asked me to do when He called my name to get my attention. I looked up and He said, "Jeannette, go to the steel cross and carve your name." I came down from the massive wooden cross upon which I had climbed and saw that my name was still bleeding from it. I loved that cross and felt a part of it. I hesitated before coming down because I felt so much a part of it, but God was waiting and standing by my side after I had climbed down. I knew I must be quiet in order to listen to what He would tell me to do, and ready my feet to run swiftly when He tells me something.

As He and I walked over to the steel cross, I kept looking back at the wooden cross, which I dearly loved. I noticed that this steel cross was a small 2 by 4 beam with no crossbar. I looked at it and said, "God, I can't carve my name in this cross. My hands have no tools for this kind of work. The paint is peeling off; there is rust on the welded parts; and it is cold." I sat down not knowing what to do. I was perplexed. I didn't like this at all, and God had asked me to do this work for which I had no tools. As I was sitting down, I gazed out to look where I wanted to be, which was upon that wooden cross. I was full of tears, not knowing what to do. The wooden cross was still flowing with blood. I wanted to obey God, but uncertain about His orders. God had spoken to me in a commanding voice and the echo of it rumbled through me. While I was pondering upon the situation, He spoke these words to me, "Jeannette, your name was always from the beginning upon the wooden cross." After He said this, I was swept up in the spirit to face the wooden cross and this scripture came to mind, "Your name is "...written in the Lamb's book of Life" [Revelation 21:27]. At His words, my name was burned into the cross.

 

The Interpretation

By Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D.,©1999

   
 
Here is the interpretation that the Holy Spirit gave to me.
 

Jeannette saw Jesus standing in the garments described by John in the first chapter of the book of Revelation. He was standing in the garments described in Revelation 1:13 above a cross like the one on which He died. In the vision, Jeannette represents true believers everywhere whom Jesus bought with His life. Keep in mind that means you and I dear saints. He is the redeemer of men, and as their commander, He gives them orders. Like Jeannette, true believers are lovers of God and are constantly ready to follow His orders. Jeannette was forced to get up on the cross when it became a huge one as she began her work. This implies that our Father wants His people to actually get on their crosses to do the work He commands. Enlargement of the cross as work progresses tells us that it will be big enough to support any and every need that we have.

His command to Jeannette is a beautiful picture of God's will for every saved person. He wants each child of His not just to take up his cross but get on it and begin the process of purification. Why does He want us on the cross? He wants us to become one with Jesus in dying to self. Isn't that what Jesus did? Didn't He say not my will, but thine be done? He died to His own self-will, and He wants us to do likewise. How do I know that? Because in the vision, the blood kept flowing. When she started the work, she noticed that with each blow upon the wood, blood oozed out, and as the name is carved, the blood flows more freely until a virtual river of blood gushes forth. This is progressive purification through dying to the flesh.

Dying to the flesh is a difficult thing to do. It goes without saying that obvious sin needs to be put under the blood of Jesus. This is only the beginning of bloodletting. The difficult part is taking to the cross the actions of people who have offended us and nailing the offenses to it. Underlying offendedness is pride. Understanding this, our flesh screams at having to admit we are at fault, not the other person who hurt us. It is wrong to hold resentment towards whoever has affronted us. Holding a grudge is unforgiveness, which is a sin and will hinder our prayers from being answered. Use of the "blank check" promises in prayer is tied to this sin. Note that Jesus placed the need to forgive immediately after the promise in Mark.

Mark 11:24-25

24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, [is this not a blank check?] when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses [and don't expect your prayer to be answered].

 

The psyche has taken a blow when we must acknowledge we are wrong as well as the other person. At this point, the flesh begins to die and blood dribbles out. It seems natural to want retaliation, but God has said "Vengeance is mine, I will repay" [Romans 12:19]. We should not even hope that God will defend us by taking vengeance, by allowing something bad to come upon an offender. This mental attitude is sinful and it too must be taken to the cross, for we have to admit that our sin nature is working to hope for another's hurt. The unnatural thing to do is to pray that God will bless the offender. Now we are really causing the blood to flow. Having hammered the offence of pride into the cross and praying for those who despitefully use you and persecute you [Matthew 5:44], we come upon a need to cut deeper into our sin nature. This is where the flood of blood gushes forth. We must release the offenders from their sinful behavior toward us. You say, how can I do this when only God can forgive sin?

The Spirit tells us through the apostle John in his synoptic gospel that we are to ask God to release others from their sinful acts towards us.

John 20:22-23

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

 

The above does not mean that we can forgive people of their sins because only God can do that. What it informs us is that we are to release others from their sinful behavior towards us. Isn't that what Jesus did on the cross and what Stephen did at his stoning? They prayed that God would forgive their persecutors and not lay the sin to their account because the tormentors did not know what they were doing. In effect, we are asking God to wipe this sin from off the book of records in heaven. The Holy Spirit instigates this ability because Jesus had just given the Spirit to the believers in verse 22. Placing this command immediately afterward, He implied that this is the way of the cross, which He walk. When people do things that hurt or offend us, they really don't know what they are doing. If they are unbelievers, they are ignorant of spiritual things, and if they are believers, they are still feeding on pabulum and are yet carnal [cp. 1 Corinthians 3:1ff]. Regardless of which category they fall in, following Jesus means getting up on the cross and letting the blood gush out of our flesh. Truly, the life of the flesh is in the blood, and one can only follow Jesus by way of the cross.

Each blow of the hammer on the chisel stands for a test or trial all believers experience throughout their lives. The Bible says that all people, unbelievers as well as believers, have testings.
1 Corinthians 10:13

13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

We see from what Paul wrote that tests are common to all men, but believers have God's supernatural help to escape the trial. Let me ask you a question. If God didn't want us to escape, why did He say He would make a way to escape? Folks, this is a promise you can claim and make your own. Paul said that "many are the afflictions of the righteous, BUT THE LORD DELIVERS HIM OUT OF THEM ALL." Paul took this from one of David's Psalms [34:19], and the Spirit wrote it through David who used it as well as Paul. David lived a victorious life using the promises of God even though he had many tests and trials. He was delivered out of every one of them. The verse doesn't say that God will delivers us out of most of them. It says all of them. Is this not a tremendous promise? If you don't use this Word of God as a shield from demonic attacks, God cannot bring it to pass in your life. God can only use what you use. You yourself must use the sword of God, which is His Word, with which to fight the devil. He has given it to you as a weapon, use it.

 
There's Power In Jesus's Name
 

A person and his name are one. They cannot be separated. If someone's name is engraved on something, that thing belongs to the person. Chiseling one's name in wood signifies that it belongs to him. It stands for the believer's placement on it. Engraving one's name is making the holder of that name one with the cross of Jesus. Jesus wants us to become one with Him. He said I am in you, and you are in me. He said, He was the holder and the dispenser of eternal life, and without Him we could do nothing.

John 15:5,7-8

5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

He is the vine and we are the branches. If the branch dwells in the vine it will bring forth much fruit. The fruit, dear hearts, is answered prayer. The "HEREIN" in verse 8 is referring to asking what you will and it being done. The Father is glorified when we ask and believe He will do it. This is faith in His Word in operation. Without faith we cannot please the Father [Hebrews 11:6]. Getting what we ask for bears much fruit and shows that we are true disciples of Jesus. He is the Word of God as well as the vine. Hence, if you memorize and meditate in the verses showing you your authority about which you have recently learned, then Jesus is abiding in you because He is the Word. Revelation says, "...his name is the Word of God" [19:13]. So speaking forth the Scriptures promising you protection is using the name of Jesus. If you don't know any, find them and speak them forth every day all day long. We have learned elsewhere that every knee shall bow to the name of Jesus. Speak the Word and use the name of Jesus so that the demons will back off and bow down. You may not be able to see them do it in the natural, but by faith stand there and visualize it in your spirit because it is happening in the spirit realm. Start acting like a conqueror and you will become one. "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he" [Proverbs 23:7].

Who told Jeannette to do this work of carving? It was our Lord. And why did He want her to carve her name there? Because as we hammer the blows, we die to self. Carving is a form of shaping, and note that we must do the chiseling for ourselves. Each day we have a choice of whether we are going to die to self and live for God or cater to our own wants. The true meaning of taking up one's cross to follow Jesus is not just bearing a burden one might have such as a disease or deformity of some kind, or a need not being met. It means death to self. It's the ultimate sacrifice, for the blood kept surging out as each blow fell until the work of chiseling was fully finished. At the end of the work, Jeannette's name was burned into the cross symbolizing the believer had actually become one with Jesus at the resurrection.

God uses death by way of the cross for the purpose of revealing to us our real selves. The real you is exposed at every test and trial. Every temptation that God permits us to have is intended to awaken us to how awful our sin natures are. When we go to the cross and lay down our lives - our wills, our emotions, and our minds --, we are allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal to us the things that are displeasing to our Father. We are permitting the Spirit to chisel them out of us. If we harden our hearts and grieve the Holy Spirit by giving in to the sin nature's impulses, we will never be able to fellowship with a holy God. When Adam sinned in the garden, he broke fellowship with God, and we have been trying to gain it back ever since. The only way to restore fellowship is the way of the cross, of dying to self and letting God be the ruler of our lives like He intended from the beginning before Adam fell. We will never be able to produce fruit for God or be given heavenly power until we pass this point of dying to self.

Sinful impulses such as bitterness, anger, fear, worry, envy, covetousness, and so on are revealed at the cross through bloodletting. Bloodletting is sin-letting. As we admit their presence and let go of them, releasing them and letting them out of our consciousness [Hebrews 10:2,22], the blood from our cross flows out and those sins become dead to us. Bloodletting will kill a person. If you lose enough blood, you will die. Folks, that's exactly what our Lord wants from us - a dead person. When Jesus died and went into the tomb, He took us with Him, and our Father wants us to reckon ourselves dead with Him, dead to the old nature, to the things it produces, and alive unto Christ and His nature, the love nature. Our Father wants us to walk in newness of life with Jesus. Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it will not produce anything. The working of death produces the life of Christ. This is what Paul means when he says "For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter" [Romans 8:36]. The more we die to self each day, the more fruit we can produce. As we die to self, we live unto God who is our life now, and we are poured out on the behalf of others. This is the purpose of life, which most Christians never ever understand. I know, because it was a long time until I understood the meaning of this Scripture in Romans. Nonetheless, understanding it is one thing, living it is another.

Using your authority for selfish gain is not living the divine life. Receiving is not the key to life, it is giving. When the emphasis of preaching is on bringing people to the cross to receive eternal life with all its benefits without discussing dying, we have missed the whole point of following Jesus. The prosperity gospel is a stumbling block to many people. It is symbolized in the vision by the steel cross.
The Steel Cross
 

Gold and silver are metals and so is steel. It is hard, cold, and impassionate. There is no bleeding here. Because Jeannette loved the rugged wooden cross, she represented true believers who are seeking the deeper things of the spirit. True believers want to live in God's presence all the time. But, we can't live in God's presence without dying.

Jeannette and true believers have no desire to work with the steel cross. In fact, she found she could not interact with it because she did not have the right tools. True believers will be aware of the limitations of a steel cross, of a false gospel. The equipment needed for work on this cross was the gospel of a user-friendly church. No dying is necessary. In fact, sin, and death and dying won't even be mentioned in some congregations today because it's too negative. People go to these churches for the purpose of sharpening one's outlook on things, to obtain a spiritual slant on life. These churches will never bring people to the new birth because they are appealing to the flesh by feeding it, when it needs to die. They appeal to the carnal nature of people who want to be entertained and soothed by soft preaching. Hard sayings are out and a bloody cross is too brutal and horrific to contemplete. The cross of the "new churches" tell people to come and get something while the old rugged cross says come and leave something. The new cross is self-centered, ambitious, and fun-loving. The old cross is bloody and painful, but it is the only way to a holy, righteous God who wants a family of children who are not going to violate the new creation He is planning for them.

 
A Carved Name On A Cross Assures One Of An Engraved Name In The Lamb's Book
 
 
Carve Your Name On A Cross!
Lamb's Book of Life
 

The Lord told Jeannette that her name had been on the wooden cross from the beginning. This indicates that true believers who are chosen for Sonship have had their names written in the book of life since before the foundation of the world. Can we know if our names are there? Yes we can. Does the blood stained cross offend you? Do you cringe when you hear about the blood? Do you object to singing songs about the blood and dying to self? Do you feel awkward speaking the name of Jesus? If you do, then you may not saved and may need to come to the cross for salvation. The Bible says that without the shedding of blood is no remission of sins [Hebrews 9:22]. Anyone who wants to see God and live with Him will not hesitate to talk and sing about the blood, for our Savior who redeemed us is coming back to earth to rule with His saints wearing a blood stained garment.

Revelation 19:11-13

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

I invite you to come to the cross. The only way to move out of the arena of self and into God is by crucifying self. The cross is the place where self ends and God begins. If you're coming to the cross for any reason except to get rid of self, then you are going to miss God. God will do wonders for you, but He wants you to come to Him seeking His fellowship first. He wants people to come and admit they are sinners and start cleansing themselves of sin. Benefits will follow, but one reason you may not be receiving your miracle from the Lord may be because you are seeking it for selfish gains or you are still moving in unforgiveness holding grudges. Check up on your motivation and see if what you are seeking is for your own selfish ends rather than opening up the way of life into God.

God loves you and wants all of you. He proved that when Jesus came to die for your sins. Jesus gave His all, now He wants you to give your all. When you put first things first like seeking the Kingdom of Heaven, all other things will be added unto you [Matthew 6:33]. In due time all things will be yours. God is not trying to keep anything from you. Like any lover, He just wants to know that you want Him for Who He is and not just for what He can do for you.

When you are willing to lay your all on the altar of sacrifice as Abraham did, God will probably not take it, just like He refused to let Abraham sacrifice his son. But, if praise demands a sacrifice, then, beloved praise Him by letting go of your idol. Sometimes, some people won't let their bitterness toward another go. They treasure holding a grudge. Other people are comfortable envying or hating someone. These are idols if you can't lay them down. Do you have unforgiveness toward someone in your heart? If you do, come let the blood of Christ purge it from you. It could be the thing that is holding you back from receiving God's best in your life. As a child of God, we all inherit all things equally. So, you don't have to be concerned about not receiving your fair share. God's treasure house is filled to the brim, and if you need something He doesn't have, He'll make it for you. The Father wants to know that you have made the choice not to live independently of Him anymore. He wants you at home with Him, not out in the world independently planning your own way to heaven. No one will live to himself or herself in heaven. Everyone will have all the things he needs or wants. Choose now to let go whatever is keeping you away from the cross. You will have no real peace until fellowship with God is restored.

Trust God and don't hold anything back. Pour out your all to Jesus. Let Him fill up your spirit with His love. Love is the answer to all things. It could be that anything received before our sin natures are thoroughly purged might cause us to backslide and lose our salvation. Hence, God may be waiting on you to get up on your cross. We don't know. God does. So trust God and seek His face and His will. We know it is His will that we pour out ourselves on behalf of others. Ask God to help you learn to die daily. Give of yourself to serve others as Jesus did, for this is the meaning of life and the way of the cross. I exhort you to fully participate in the life of Christ by allowing the cross to burn out the old sin nature. Come and give your all to God today.

We are praying that God will make this real to you.

Praying for you!

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