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“O, Father, Where Art Thou?”

“O, Father, where art thou?” We have all wondered it, especially during trials of our faith. Where is our spiritual Father—really? He is not where we just think He may be. He is not where the preacher thinks He is. He is not where we hope he is. He is not where we imagine Him to be. He is not where we feel He is. No. No. The answer to this question does not come from a feeling. Feelings will let you down. So, how can we really know where He is?

“O, Father, where art Thou?” We will find the answer to this question in God’s words that have been written down. He is where He said he is. The word says that the Father is in His Son. Christ said that the Father is inside the Son. In fact, Christ commands us, “Believe me that the Father is in Me.”

The Son of God is the head of the spiritual body of Christ, which is the church. We are “members in particular” of His body. He is the head; we are His body. Because the Father dwells inside the Son, and because we are a part of the Son’s spiritual body, the Father dwells inside of us, too. That is if we have received His Spirit within our hearts.

“O, Father, where art thou?” The Father lives within the hearts of His children. We need only look in the mirror to see the Father’s dwelling place. He is in His temple—you and me. I wrote a song right after my conversion to Christ some 50 years ago called “He’s Living Here.” He is living here, deep inside, and it’s so clear this love I can’t hide because with Christ my old man is crucified…

His sweet presence can only be enjoyed when the Spirit of Truth is in our hearts. For the Father is the Spirit of Truth. If we have error within us, we are blocked from the Father. Because He is Truth. 

How Our Father Communicates with and through Us

Hearing from our Father is through words that the Spirit of Truth speaks. These words are from the Word. The words from the Word comes to us through thoughts. Our thoughts come from primarily two sources–our Father and the adversary Satan, who oversees dispensing evil thoughts and confusion into the earth (see Job 1). Remember Satan’s lies in the garden of Eden? “Has God really said that? God didn’t mean that. God just does not want you to know the best things.”

Satan is the accuser of the brethren. He accuses through negative thoughts running through our minds. Consequently, not every thought is from God. How can we discern? How can we tell which thought is from God and which is from Satan? For the answer, we must go back to the written word of God, for His thoughts will coincide with His written word. So, let’s not be waiting for audible words spoken to us by God in order to receive His words to us. We waste time doing that. No doubt that is what the five foolish virgins were doing. They did not study the written word, and they wound up with no oil in their lamps (Matt. 25:1-13). Go to the written word; these are His thoughts which outlines His plan and purpose. By studying His written words, we will have a library of His thoughts that the Spirit within can draw from. But do not go down every rabbit hole that Churchianity provides. They are in error; I didn’t say it; He did.

Christ said, The words I speak, they are spirit, and they are life. Our thoughts, no matter how lovely they sound to us, must agree with the written word of God. Dreams and visions do not always come from God. That is why we must “study to show ourselves approved unto God.” That is why we are told to “bring into captivity every thought unto obedience to Christ.” It helps to have the Teacher, the Spirit of Truth, teach us.

“O, Father, where art Thou?” His word says that the Father, the Holy Spirit, resides in the Son, of which Christ is the head, and we are the Son’s body. The Father dwells in us if we have indeed His Spirit residing within our hearts. But the Spirit will not dwell in unclean temples filled with error. It will not happen. Why? Because His word says so.

Where is the Father, the invisible Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit? I leave you with this quote. We will let the Spirit in Paul answer: “There is one body, and one Spirit…one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all and in you all” (Eph. 4:4-6). Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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Down the Rabbit Hole to Know Christ–Being an Overcomer in Laodicea

How far down the rabbit hole are you willing to go to know your God and Savior? I mean to really know Him. Not just know about Him, but to know Him. Knowing Him is knowing what He knows. It is knowing Him that is from the beginning. It is not like knowing your best friend. Friends can betray you. He cannot. I am talking about you knowing Him so well that He invites you to sit beside Him on His throne, a viceroy and confidant of the King.

How can this grandiose vision ever be? Only those who overcome all things will know Him this intimately. And those overcomers that Christ speaks of will do what it takes. They will squeeze down that rabbit hole and go deeper in order to find what is necessary “to know Him and the power of His resurrection.” The ones that He has chosen are His elect; that is what “elect” means.

Am I one of the chosen ones, someone will ask. If you are, there will be an unquenchable thirst for the water from heaven. You will “dig deep and lay the foundation on a rock” (Luke 6:47-49). You will seek the truth, and you will find it, and you will study it out with a passion.

Only they will get a dinner invitation to dine with the Creator Himself. To know Him as He really is, to sit at His feet after dinner and ask Him a question that you have always wanted to know about life in His universe. That is possible for you and me. But we must overcome some things before that takes place. [It is a good sign if you are still reading.]

The overcomers. But overcome what? You have to go down a little deeper for this to crystalize. Going deeper is to sell all. To sell out. To count everything that you could gain in this world as “dung” that “you may win Christ.” The apostle Paul knew that his life prior to the happening on the road to Damascus amounted to nothing. Our old lives are a mere chasing the wind, a blink of vanity with an expiration date that looms larger the older we grow. All of our earthly works are but dust and rubble.

But we are destined for much greater things in Him. We are talking about a chance of being anointed. Who got anointed back in the biblical days? Kings. And the spiritual anointing oil that is used is the truth, the truth of who the Father/Son is.

Christ Tests Us

I am still talking about overcoming. Before Christ anoints us, He tests us to see if we are up for the task of ruling this earth. He mentions this overcoming in Rev. 3:21. “To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in His throne.” There it is. If you want to go all the way with Him, you have got to study out what to overcome. Don’t pass over what the Spirit is sharing with us now. This knowledge is rare; we won’t get it by passively listening to some words about Christ in a church house somewhere. If we want to “reign with Him,” we have got to get serious about His words. Stay with Him, and He will show us what to overcome.

Overcome what exactly? We must go back seven verses for the answer. This message is to those in Laodicea, which means “laity deceived.” This is our church age. Wholesale deception pervades the airwaves here in the 21st Century.

Christ is speaking to us Christians today. “I know your works” (v. 15). Your works. You are doing your works, not My works, which are done by My Spirit of truth. What you are doing in your worship of Me is lukewarm; it is neither cold nor hot. Why? Because it is your works, full of man’s wisdom. Your works are based in man’s interpretations and imaginations about how they think that I want to be worshipped. To worship Me, it must be in Spirit and in truth. No falsehoods present.  

He says that self-proclaimed followers of Christ are lukewarm, and He will spue them out of His mouth” (v. 16). If they do not take to heart this message of His, then they will be rejected by Him for higher service and the closer walk with Him that He desires for them. They won’t make it to the throne.

And why will He spue them out? “Because you say, I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing” (v. 17). He is talking about the spiritual here, not the material. We see the spiritual in the “lukewarm” statement. They are neither hot nor cold. He was not talking about the weather.

So in that same flow, Christ exposes the things that modern church goers do. They think that they are rich. They say that they already have the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit and that they already are born again and filled with the Spirit. They still sin, mind you, but they don’t want anything “new,” or “different.” Therefore, they say that they “have need of nothing.” They think that they already have all they need. They are unteachable. Most all denominations believe that they have the truth–nobody else. Question: Do we honestly think that we are baptized and filled with the Spirit of truth when we have so many erroneous errors guiding our worship. [I know that this is a sharp sword for some, but hang in there. He chastens those He loves.]

Christ exposes this prideful state of the church in our day. He says, “You don’t know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked” (v. 17). Christ speaks this with mercy, for He outlines next just how to repent of this lukewarmness and pride. He counsels us to buy of Him gold tried in the fire, white raiment, and eyesalve that we may see. Doing these three things is how we overcome.

Christ says this: “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent” (v. 19). When we buy something, it costs us something. We are to buy gold, white raiment, and eyesalve. To buy these three spiritual things, we must sell our old Christian traditions, our old conceptions of the Godhead, and the doctrines of men. These old leaven concepts are what we must overcome.

He is at the door of our hearts; He is knocking. He wants us to know Him. If we open the door, He will come in and have dinner with us (v. 20).

And here’s the next step. “To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne (v. 21). This is His promise to the overcomers. What would prohibit someone of pursuing this promise? Unbelief.

[Below  are some links to articles that further elucidates these points]

Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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Additions to Faith Insures Spiritual Growth

The Spirit of Christ through the apostle Peter has given us one of the “New Commandments” that Christ spoke about. When obeyed, it will insure our mature spiritual growth in God. Christ’s desire for us is that we bear much fruit. “Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, Christ said. The commandment that Peter is talking about is this: “Add to your faith” seven attributes of God’s very own “divine nature” (II Peter 1:4-7).

We will grow spiritually if we add them. But in Chapter Two he tells us why very few Christians obey this commandment. He warns us of the false teachings spewed by false prophets and false teachers whose doctrines wilt the young plantings of God. Instead of the latter rain from heaven watering young Christians, false concepts about God stunt their growth. You can see the effects on well-meaning church goers every Sunday morning, sitting there in the same pew that they have sat in for decades, still singing “Just As I Am,” stunted now, unable to grow to full spiritual maturity because of the drought of His word. The maturity that Christ and the apostles talk about is becoming just like Peter, James, John, and Paul. Church goers have been told that it is impossible. But “with God all things are possible.”

But Christ’s elect are scattered out there. Some will hear that faint sound of the ancient trumpet, and their heads will turn up to the sky from whence the call was made.

For God calls whomsoever He will. No man through his own willpower will become His elect, His chosen ones. He does the choosing. He places the hunger for truth in them. They don’t know at first how it all works. They just know that they need to find the truth. They need to get to the bottom of this thing called life-on-planet-earth. And somehow they finally realize that it was God all along who arranged all the serendipitous coincidences, all the failures and victories, and all of the, well, miraculous turning points in our lives.

In my case, the miracle was when Mortality was rearing its desperate head–my head, actually, which was going down for the seventh time. And there with me God had Larry Golden pull me out of that South China Sea undertow at Da Nang Beach in Vietnam. The LORD gives life, and the LORD takes away life. Blessed be His Name.

Such is the calling and election that God makes upon us. He has a plan and a timetable for everything. And He will put a hook in the jaw of those He is angling for, if that is what it takes. He has a purpose to reproduce Himself in us. He is omnipotent and will bring it to pass. He has created all things, and all things are in His repertoire. And He uses both “good things” and “bad things” to bring His plan and purpose to full fruition. Full fruit production is bearing “much fruit.”

Which takes us back full circle to the “additions to the faith.” They are virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and agape love. These attributes of the “divine nature” are powerful. They are like the finest fertilizer for God’s young plants.

They hold many promises for those who want to grow. “For if these things be in you and abound, they make you that you shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ [Yahshua]” (II Peter 1:5-8). With these seven added, you will be full of fruit. With them you will “make your calling and election sure.” With these seven added, “You shall never fall.” With them added, “an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom” of Christ, our “Everlasting Father” (II Peter 1:10-11; Isaiah 9:6). Such promises are breathtaking!

Those that have an ear to hear, let them hear what the Spirit is saying (Matt. 11: 15; 13:9; Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22). In other words, God gives understanding to whomever He desires to give it. He opens the ears of the spiritually deaf. If He is doing that for us, then we need to hear and listen closely to what the Spirit of God is saying through Peter about the additions to the faith. Those with an ear to hear will understand.        Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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The Need for the Additions to the Faith

When the Spirit of Christ says through Peter, “Add to your faith” certain attributes, He is not saying that we must add them in order to be saved. Personal salvation is not the issue, though it is the first important step on our spiritual quest. The additions are the key to our spiritual growth after salvation. They are the key that unlocks the door to our spiritual perfection.

Like Jeremiah, Yahweh has known us by name before our earthly mothers brought us out into the light of day. We add these heavenly attributes of God’s “divine nature” because we are called and chosen by Him to do just that. Our names are written down in the book of life before the worlds were ever spoken into existence by our God and Savior Yahshua, the Son of God.

Consequently, we have no choice in the matter. My readers are a rare group of humans who have seen through the plastic façade of churchianity and have “come out of her.” He has predestined a vanguard who will be the first fruits that will show their brethren the way to the glory land. They have been “called according to His purpose [the reproduction of Himself—Love].”

“For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified” (Rom. 8:28-30). He knew us before we were born into mortality. He gave us our destiny to be like the Son before we came here. Because of our pre-destiny, He called us; He “got our attention” that He is real. He showed us the phoniness of human society and culture and began to teach us His way. He saved us out of the quagmire of sin by justifying us. And in His mind, He has already glorified us. For He declares the end from the beginning.

All I can do is shake my head and go, “Wow!” For the Spirit is speaking to me as I write this down. What a precious privilege—to join the ranks of our brethren like David, Jacob, Daniel, Paul, John, and so many more. Their fame lives on because they answered His call upon their lives, just like we are doing. He is working the same way today as He did two, three, and four thousand years ago. He said, “I change not.” There is not one single scripture that says the miracles ceased being performed by His followers 1,900 years ago.

Our Lives Now Are His Doing

It is His ball game now since our surrender to Christ. When we really believe Romans 6:6, we enter into His rest. How do we enter into rest? When we die with Christ on the cross and are raised up from the dead with Him, we have ceased doing our own works for our old self. It is because our old man Adam is dead. And so we begin our Sabbath rest when we cease working for our old selves. This is what brings the love, joy, and peace and the other fruit of the Spirit. This is what casts out fear. There is nothing to be afraid of now. What are they going to do, send me to Vietnam? Once our old ego dies with Christ, what are they going to do? Kill our body? “Death has no more dominion over us.”

So we wait on the Spirit of truth to lead us into all truth. And He shows us that we are to grow spiritually, that we are to finally mature by bringing forth “much fruit.” And then the Spirit through Peter tells us that in order to bear “much fruit,” we need to “add to your faith” seven additions, seven facets of His divine nature. These seven things are crucial in order to come to full maturity/perfection. With them we will be able “to make our calling and election sure.” What calling? God has called us “to be conformed to the image of His Son.” In other words {Oh, words that will get you thrown out of churches} to be like the Son of God!

“Nobody can be like Jesus! That’s blasphemy!”

“Well, if you won’t let me be like Jesus, will you let me be like Peter, John, and Paul? They performed miracles like Christ. They bore much fruit.”

Bearing Much Fruit

To become a mature Christian, we have to add these seven attributes of His divine nature. If these seven things are pulsating and abounding in us, then they will enable us to bear much fruit   of the Spirit, never to be barren of love, joy, and peace (II Peter 1:8).

Those Christians who do not add them to the faith will be blind to the vision of our true destiny, for they will have forgotten that they were purged from their old sins (v. 9-10). Old sins are like blighted branches that are lopped off at the cross. Belief/faith in His resurrection gets them started in Christ, but they need the additions. If they don’t add them, then blindness overtakes them. They will get stagnant, which stops spiritual growth.

Such is the state of most church houses. Every gathering in them is a cookie cutter copy of the last meeting. Because no new light is being shared, the manna becomes stale and spoils, and most of the clergy and laity languish in the stalls of forgetfulness.

It is sad really. I still want to reach out and touch them like I have endeavored to do, but they say that they are “increased with goods and have need of nothing” (Rev. 3:18). I am learning to not be dismayed nor frustrated. For one who speaks God’s message is honored, but not “in his own country and in his own house.” (Mt. 13: 57). This explains why we can’t get any respect from those in our own home. [Perhaps you have experienced this. Please share in a comment].

The Need to Add to the Faith

Finally, those foreordained and predestined will feel the need to add the seven additions to the faith. God will reveal the need to them. No man with man’s wisdom will do it. “It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy” (Rom. 9:16). But those who are called and chosen will soldier on to complete the quest. That quest is “to be conformed to the image of His Son.” The gainsayers will tell them that it can’t be done, that they are crazy for thinking such a thing. But the elect will hear His voice. The others will just hear a rumble off in the distance, shrug their shoulders, and ask for seconds on the apple pie.

Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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Ask God–Don’t Command Him–And Then Believe and Receive

You may be saying, “Look, I ask God all the time. I even say the word “ask” in my prayers.”

I know what you are saying. I did the same thing until I realized that I was not asking. I was announcing to God that I was asking Him for something. I was saying, “God, I am asking You to  heal my brother William.” You notice that there was no question mark at the end because there was no asking a question. It was a statement, announcing what I wanted God to do.

I should have said, “God, would you please heal Brother William? Would you touch him and comfort him? Would you make him whole? I ask in your name Yahshua, which means Yah is the Savior. Thank you.” In this communication, I used three questions that ask God for His healing power. I noticed that as I wrote these questions just now, my heart became softer.

Compare that to the announcement which told God what I wanted Him to do. But God already knows everything. He knows our needs before we ask. He doesn’t need for us to apprise Him of the situation; He knows. He would like to see humility grow in us, and it will, when we ask Him for help in time of need. He is near to the humble.

Besides, God likes a challenge. He relishes an opportunity to dramatically show His love to His people. And He really likes the holy boldness that asking-Him-questions portrays. He likes that faith because it is the same faith that ushers forth out of His heart. God tries our hearts and proves and examines our inner thoughts. He does this to bring us to great righteous changes within us. And He then tells us to see if He will keep His word toward us: “Prove me now herewith, saith the LORD (Yahweh) of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Prov. 17:3; Mal. 3:10). God likes a challenge; He rises to the occasion. He will come through—for the sake of His name.

In the end, we shall see that asking Him a question is that humility-producing element that puts our hearts in the right place with His heart. It gets us in sync with Him and His plan.

Asking God questions in our prayers, when done humbly, puts the ball in His court. He is bound by His word when He said, “Ask, and it shall be given.” And, “You shall pray for the sick, and they shall recover.” If we ask for a fish, He will not give us a stone. It all begins with a humble spirit that asks the great Healer of mankind, “Father, would you please heal him?”

And lastly, He ties it all up with this reminder. “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11:24). It’s all about the faith.     Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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Virtue Is Moral Strength and Power—Where Does It Come From?

God has given you and me power and authority over Satan. I know. I know. You’ve heard this all before, heard it through powerless, well-meaning lips. Nevertheless, you and I are the recipients of power from God to change this world.

Because we have taken our old sinful self to the cross and have received a new heart from our Father, He has given us “the faith of the Son of God.” And now He commands us to add virtue to that faith. We have received His faith, which is Him believing in His own word. And virtue is that moral strength, vigor and power of God’s divine nature, now given to us to add to faith (II Peter 1: 1-10).

And through His virtue in us He has given us the power to share with others the goodness of our King. We now have power to liberate those who remain captives of carnality, to those still struggling with sin in their lives. Through His Spirit within, we have power to help the brokenhearted through their trials. He has given us now the strength and power to free those who are bound like prisoners in dungeons of despair;. He has sent us “to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called the trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified” (Isa. 61: 1-3).

But before divine power will flow through us to achieve all these things, evil must first strike. Why? You cannot be a savior if there is no one that needs saving. You cannot be a healer if there is no one who needs to be healed. Before a resurrection miracle, there must be a death. The ultimate show of moral strength and power is resurrecting someone. That can only happen through the death of the one to be raised up.

Christ said it best. “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” I scratched my head for 45 years on those enigmatic words. Translated: Every day has its own ration of “evil” for us to overcome or deal with. Let’s not add to it.

Adding Virtue

That is why those chosen for this auspicious calling will add the seven additions to the “faith once delivered to the saints.” They have no choice really. “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”

But this power is not given to Tommy Thomson or Larry Lansing or any other human being. This power is given to Christ in Tommy, Larry, you, and me. For it is “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” And it is glorious when the anointed Spirit in us flows through our bodies, surging through and into the soul in need, thus proving Yahweh’s love and mercy.

But how is this power exercised in us? How does God work miracles through us? First things first. It starts out by understanding and then walking in the early apostles’ teachings. They had the power and authority from God, and they left us a roadmap to intense spiritual growth.

That roadmap is the teachings of Christ passed on to the early apostles. Luke called them “the apostles’ doctrine,” the teachings of the apostles. Christ’s doctrine became the “apostles’ doctrine.” Some people today are averse to the word “doctrine,” but it only means “teachings.” The early apostles “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine.” The fruit of that brought “many wonders and signs…done by the apostles” (Acts 2: 42-43). Power was given to the apostles because they were faithful to the teachings of Christ. And His teachings became theirs. And His power became theirs, also.

If you are seeing what I am saying, then “blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.” If you have seen through the shallowness of churchianity and long and hunger for the true living waters, then perhaps He has chosen you to “bear much fruit” and to walk with the patriarchs, prophets and the apostles, along with the King Himself.

Realizing all this brings a moment of gravity and humility. “For to whom much is given, much is required.” Think about it.  Of all the billions living on this planet, the Creator has chosen us to reveal His secrets and mysteries to. And the secret and mystery is this: “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” The Spirit of Christ in you and me! This is where the virtue power comes from.

The following is very important. The amount of the Spirit in us depends on how much understanding and knowledge we have about the Father’s ways and means. We must  know Him as the instigator of all things in this life—both good and bad—for our perfection. When we know Him as our “Prince of peace” and our “Prince of pain,” our Savior and the Supplier of our sufferings, then we will be closer in “knowing Him and the power of His resurrection.

Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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Adding the Knowledge of Good and Evil, Part Two

Once we get this knowledge of good and evil and believe this knowledge, then we will be entering the mind of Christ—or rather His mind will be entering us.

We must understand that God has ordained both “good” and “bad” things to happen in our lives in order to fulfill His will. And His will is the force that executes His plan to fulfill His purpose of reproducing Himself.

“No, God Wouldn’t Do That!”

Some may say, “No way. God would never afflict an innocent person.” This is an understandable position, but spoken in man’s wisdom.

To prove that God will bring afflictions upon us, let me relate a story that happened to the prophet Moses. Moses is eighty years old. He has been shepherding flocks for forty years after being expelled from Egypt. He has been waiting and waiting upon God. He has been seeking God because he has finally found Him in the burning bush on Mt. Horeb. God tells Moses that He plans to deliver His people Israel from Egyptian oppression, and He plans to use him.

But Moses says, “They will not believe me, nor hearken to my voice, for they will say, the LORD has not appeared to thee.”

To prove to Moses that the Egyptians will listen, God asked Moses, “What is that in your hand?”

“A rod.” Now rods have been used for many years as a shepherd’s tool for good, to fend off wild beasts and to generally help both the flock and the shepherd. But Yahweh tells Moses, “Cast it on the ground.” He did, and it changed into a serpent, a symbol for evil. When Moses picked it up by its tail, it changed back into a rod (Ex. 3-4).

We get an incredible picture of our Creator in all His sovereignty. God makes little distinction between the “good” rod and the “bad” serpent. They are merely two sides of the same coin. I say one coin because if He needs “heads” to come up, He gets it. And if He needs “tails” to enter the picture, tails turns up. The rod symbolizes the “good” things that happen to us, and the serpent represents the “bad” things that befall us. God uses both to mold and shape us.

God is showing us through this miracle of the rod turning into a serpent a glimpse into His mind. It is like having a tree with good and evil fruit spread out on the branches above us. We walk “under” this tree and God, as it were, causes to fall the fruit we need in order to grow. Sufferings come; many are caused by our faults; some are not.  Sometimes a rod or staff is needed for our support and comfort, and sometimes the serpent bites or scares us like when “Moses fled from before it” (Ex. 4: 3).

But Moses did not flee the next time the rod became a serpent. He was not afraid of the evil any longer. He knew that the serpent/devil was merely doing his job in the grand scheme of things [1].

The Excuses of Moses Answered by Yahweh

After the rod/serpent miracle, Moses makes an excuse as to why he is not the man for the job. “I am not eloquent…I am slow of speech and of a slow tongue.” Moses was implying that God had made a mistake in choosing him because of his stammer.

To which Yahweh profoundly replied, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the dumb, or deaf or the seeing, or the blind? Have not I Yahweh.” God tells us that He makes the dumb, deaf and blind.

It is like when the disciples asked the Son of God concerning the blind people in their midst. “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” And Christ responded, “Neither, but that the works of God should be made manifest in him” (John 9: 3). And then He healed his blindness. God made the man blind to give His sons opportunity to work miracles and heal them. Let me repeat that. God made the innocent man blind.

This is rare knowledge that needs to be added to virtue, which is moral goodness,  strength, and power. Some would accuse God of being cruel and immoral for making the man blind. They accuse Him because they do not understand that both “good” and “bad” issue forth from the Father. We will only see it His way when we believe this knowledge about God using both good and evil to accomplish His will.

The Father’s sons and daughters will judge it properly. And that judgement is this: The devil and his minions have a job to do. Their recalcitrance is written and choreographed by the Director and Author of our play. As the antagonist is needed to bring out the best of the protagonist, so the devil is serving God’s interests by their resistance to us.

It is said, No pain, no gain. So it is in the spiritual realm. The evil spirits cause much pain by becoming our opposing adversaries. It is like a football game. We are on offense, and they are on defense. God, our coach, has given us the right training and the necessary pep talk and the right plays to beat the devil and his minions. God finally wants us to—just run the plays! If we do, we win.

Better put: Because you and I are part of God’s elect, we not only will win, but we have already won in His sight. This is the faith of the Son of God. You and I “have obtained like precious faith.” His faith now resides in our hearts, and we are adding knowledge to it–the knowledge of good and evil.

Kenneth Wayne Hancock

[1] http://www.sonplace.com/sonplacing/sp_chp3.htm p. 49

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The Symbiotic Relationship of God and Mankind

Life is a growing and a maturing. Just look out your window at the living things. They are growing into maturity that they might reproduce themselves. We not only are growing physically, but also mentally and spiritually. And we are created in His image and likeness. So why is the thought that God grows so unbelievable?

Yahweh, translated “the LORD,” grew into His perfect maturity when He manifested Himself in the Son. Some will take offense, so let me explain. “God is Love,” agape love. The universal law of love states: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15: 13). In order to fulfill this law, the Father would have to lay down His life for others. But the Father is an immortal Spirit and cannot die.  He could not fulfill this law and thereby express the greatest love while in His first spiritual estate.

So in His brilliant plan, He would pour out His Spirit into a specially prepared mortal man who would then submit to the death of the cross to save down fallen mankind, who were before prepared for this purpose. In a word, the sacrifice of Christ, the Son of God, would fulfill the greatest love explained in the above quote.

“God was manifest in the flesh” (I Tim. 3: 16). “God was in Christ…” (II Cor. 5: 19). Christ said that it was the Father in him that was doing all the miracles. And Christ has given us this new commandment: “Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me…” (Jn 14: 11).

Symbiosis

The Father Yahweh is Love. He completed the first leg of His own everlasting life cycle, by demonstrating the greatest and most perfect/mature love in the history of the Creator and the Created. The Immortal One had to create a mortal being—the human being—in order to be able to show that He is the greatest Love through the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. It was through Christ “laying down His life” for others that proved God is the greatest Love.

So death is an instrumental part of the Creator’s plan. For the Creator Yahweh cannot be the Creator without the Created. And in like manner, neither can Yahweh fully become the Savior without someone who needs saving. And that someone that needs to be saved cannot exist without sin entering into his heart. The evilness of sin must be a reality in fallen man in order for God to have someone to save and thereby show His great love and mercy to us. And make no mistake; Yahweh, and only Yahweh is the savior.

That is what His Spirit spoke through the prophets Isaiah and Hosea. “I, even I, am Yahweh; and beside me there is no savior…” (Isa. 43: 11; 45: 21; Hos. 13: 4). Christ’s words confirm this. “The word which you hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me…The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwells in me, he does the works…” The Father does the miracle of salvation (John 14: 10, 24).

How important is believing this true knowledge about the Father and the Son? Christ answers: “He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do…” He has just promised us that if we believe on Him according to the above, then the Father in us will perform the same miracles that He did through Christ and His apostles and prophets. Furthermore, He states that “whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14: 12-13). Asking in His name. His Hebrew name. {I am going to put this in capital letters because it is so important} CHRIST’S HEBREW NAME MEANS “YAHWEH IS THE SAVIOR!” Christ came in His Father’s name Yah. “Yahshua” is the same name as the patriarch Joshua. {I wrote a whole book about this entitled Yah Is Savior: The Road to Immortality. Free copies are still available with free shipping. Details here: https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/donate/}.

The symbiotic relationship of God and mankind is thus: God needs man to fulfill His own destiny as the glorious wise and loving Creator and Savior. And man certainly needs God to escape a certain trip to dark oblivion. We need Him more than He needs us, but nevertheless, He does need us to fulfill His plan and purpose of reproducing Himself, agape Love.

The Plan in Making Adam Weak

Our omniscient Creator moved on this by creating Adam and Eve weak—on purpose. It was not an experiment in the Garden of Eden that accidently ran amuck. No. He who knows the number of hairs on our heads, and He who sewed together our sinews, and spun and wove the exquisite optic nerves into our brains—no, He did not make a mistake. It was all planned. And “it was very good” (Gen. 1: 31).

In Adam God did not build a robot-like tower of strength. He could have, but that kind of creation would not serve His purpose of revealing Himself as the Savior. In His infinite wisdom and fore thought, He chose us long before He ever created the worlds. And He chose us to be with Him, with His purpose in mind.

And through this grace, He secured our destiny, before ordaining our steps here on earth. For this reason: We are to be earmarked to be used by Him for His purposes. When we surrender completely to Him, then He will have our backs. Many try to manipulate the Creator, trying to get Him to do their bidding. But that never works out well. Just look at the unanswered prayers that we all have flung heavenward. Just look how the plans of well-intentioned men “have come to naught.”

But He has His hand on us, long before our entrance as infants into this world. He has “predestinated us” for this purpose: that we could be placed as His spiritual offspring through Christ, who is the saving Son and who is the Creator/Father. That is not a misprint. Everyone will quote the following passage as a distinct prophecy of the coming Son of God. But somehow this part of the quote just doesn’t click. I know that you have read it.  “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…and His name shall be called…The everlasting Father…” (Isa. 9: 6).

Once we understand and believe why we were created in the first place, then we will realize that this present life upon this planet is all about God—Agape Love—reproducing Himself. And it can only happen through God saving a human being who sits humbled in the chains of sin.

We were made for God. God created us humans as His future dwelling place. In His eyes it is already a done deal. God sees us already sitting next to Him on His throne. After all, He created us to be overcomers. He has faith in His plan, purpose, and His word that explains all this. And, oh, yes. He has faith in us, His creation. The faith that the Bible keeps referring to is God’s faith and belief in His own genius and power to make it all happen. When we believe what and how He believes, then we are walking in faith. It is not our feeble little belief system. It is the faith of the Son of God, the Creator.

The few overcomers, the elect, the remnant, will answer the call. Because He fashioned us to do this. For in the end, we will see that it is all Him. He is the One, so merciful, so kind, so loving, that He would choose us to sit with Him on His throne. This is how He said it, “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne…” (Rev. 3:21).

Many are called to this honor, but only a few are chosen. It is like seed being sown in a field. Some will come up and some won’t. May we all who read these words come up and rise up to be what He wants us to be.    Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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Angels Are Under Our Authority Part 2

In His plan and purpose, God gave us authority over all angels. Christ has given us power to cast out evil spirits and to heal (Mark 3: 15). But how is this power implemented? How do we receive the power to do these things?

When we realize that Satan is a spirit that ministers to us, then we will see that we are over him and the other fallen angels. We need to realize that we are supposed to cast him out of people! Lucifer knows God’s plan; he was there at the round table when God was letting His angels in on what He would accomplish with earth and those special earthlings, Adam and his offspring.

Satan heard God say to him something like this: “And I am sending you down to earth to confuse, befuddle, and hurt the humans. Eventually some of them will learn by their pain and suffering to cry out to Me. They will then learn of My purpose for them and your purpose, too, which is this: to cause suffering and then to be cast out of My people. You are their sparring partner. Some of them will work you over and conquer you after they get the revelation on this.

Power comes when we believe that Christ was given a better name than the angels. Therefore, the angels cannot fulfill the Messiah’s calling and election. Their name contains no destiny that prophesies salvation. Their name does not herald them to be saviors. Nowhere does any angel have a name depicting them “laying down their lives” to save others. God never requires angels to lay down their lives and thus show the greatest love—just like the Son of God did. But God asks us to do just that: to present our bodies a “living sacrifice.” The Messiah’s name is more excellent than the angels’ names, for they cannot sacrifice themselves because they are spirits, not mortal flesh. Speaking of the angels, He says, “Are they not all spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”

The angels are the servants of the sons and daughters of God. Their calling is to minister and help us become what God has called us to do. The Father has reserved a seat on His throne for us His offspring, His princes and princesses. He never promised that honor to any angel. Their job is to help us overcome and get to the throne (Heb. 1: 4-5). Our destiny is so glorious in Christ that the angels desire to look into it (I Pet. 1: 12).

The angels marvel at our calling and election to be members of the Son Company, that we are members of the body of Christ Himself. They know that our inheritance in God’s plan contains a greater destiny than their destiny. The angels know that they are the servants; we are the sons and daughters of the King.

For the angels have never heard their Creator say to them, “You are my Son, or, I will be your Father and you shall be my Son. Rather, the Creator says to the angels, All of you are to worship the Son.

Get this, brothers and sisters: You and I are members of the body of Christ, the Son of God. We are a part of the Son! We may be a spiritual toe, but we are a part of the Son. And God has given the angels this directive: Worship the Son! And when they worship the Son of God, they are aware that we are a part of the body of the Son. They love and adore us and want to help us fulfill God’s plan. They serve us. They minister to us. They exist to help us, their Creator’s heirs! The angels are messengers; they are spirits, ministering spirits, “sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation” (Heb. 1: 14). They are created to serve us; they are to be our aides. They exist to help us, the heirs of God—to help us fulfill our destiny: to be the manifested sons and daughters of God.

The angels are messengers; we with the Spirit within are the message. Because the Spirit lives within us, we now are the Word, the Message, made flesh in and through Christ. For it is all Him as He flows His goodness down and through us. The angels are servants of the King. We are the second man, “the Lord from heaven.” God considers us to be members of the body of Christ. And as such, He has given us the authority to cast out evil spirits and heal the sick. We must now remember that all angels are spirits.

Speaking of angels, He said, “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (Heb. 1: 14). All angels, therefore, are spirits that serve us, the “heirs of salvation.” “All” angels would include the evil spirits as well as the good. That includes Lucifer as well as Gabriel.

Our Relationship with the Angels

As we have seen, the apostle Paul mentions our relationship with the angels several times in his letter to the Hebrews:

  • The Son is “made so much better than the angels” (1: 4).
  • The Son has “obtained a more excellent name than they” (1: 4).
  • The Father never has called the angels His sons (1: 5).
  • In fact, the angels are to worship the Son (1: 6).
  • The angels are spirits that serve the Father and the Son (1: 7).
  • The Son is the King on His throne (1:8). He is referred to as “God.” “Thy throne, O God.”
  • God has never told the angels to sit on His right hand. Why? He answers the question with this question: “Are they not ministering spirits” sent to serve and minister to the sons of God? (Heb. 1: 14).
  • If we take heed to the messages (2: 2) of the angels, how much more should we take heed to the King’s word to us?
  • The “subjection of the world to come” is not a host of angelic beings being the master race over us; it is rather that man, the second man, will be the ruler with Christ as joint heirs of all things.
  • It also says that even though we are made mortal at present and are “a little lower than the angels” in that regard, God has given to us a glorious destiny with all things under his authority. God has “put all things under His feet.” That’s man’s feet.

Let’s stop here just a moment. God has put “all things” under the Son’s feet. “All things” include the angels themselves; they are our servants. We are not their servants. Let’s get it straight. “All things” include those invisible things including the angels. And that would mean the angels on the good side and those on the bad side of the ledger. All of the angels—good and bad—have been put in subjection unto us. Yahweh has given us authority over “all things,” and that would include the angel Lucifer, whose name was changed to Satan. This is the reason that the word says, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4: 7). We have authority over Satan–authority to “boss him around.” He is an evil spirit, but God has given us power over him to cast out the evil spirit, which is the first step in the healing process. Christ would cast out the evil spirits and then touch and heal the sick one.

Some may be asking, “Where are you going with all this, Wayneman?” To tap into the power that God has given us, we must not only know the above, but believe it 100%. Christ is the Author and Finisher of our belief system. Christ is the Word, the Author. When we believe just like the Author of the Book of Life does, then we share in His authority. We have been accepted into His body. It is Him living through us that yields authority and power.

The Point Most Difficult to Comprehend

God in His infinite wisdom has given permission to one of His archangels to be the minister of pain and suffering, both mental and physical. Lucifer and the fallen angels have been given a mandate to exact pain upon God’s people in belief that they will rise up and overcome the wicked adversary–like Job.

And yet we still wonder. Why all of the human suffering, the wasting of flesh through disease. Why all the leaking of blood through the slaughter of war? Why all the whimpers of fear, neglect and hunger? Why all the human pain from the pommelings of the night? Why all the suffering? Why does unwarranted evil stalk us?

God seems to be saying in still, measured tones, “They will not come to Me until evil overtakes them. They will not draw near until disaster strikes. It is then that they will cry to Me. And then I will bend low and touch their chastened cheek with ointment and give them sips of mercy’s water, and embrace their pain with an eternal balm that heals from the inside out. And as they cry to Me in their discomfort, I will hear and come down and show them a love divine. And then they will know that I love them and was always by their side—through the good times and through the bad. But first, the sufferings must come, now for a season.

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Angels Are Under Our Authority–Part 1

The concept of angels has fascinated human beings for millennia. Man’s imagination is fertile ground for every conceivable manifestation of them. Angels come in every shape and size, from stylized little cupids hovering like hummingbirds to mysterious figures cloaked in the shadows of night or glistening with the rays of the sun.

Some Christians today even believe that these heavenly beings are to be feared and obeyed and held in worshipful pose. But what is the truth about angels? What are they scripturally, and what is our relationship with them really about?

Knowledge about them is revealed when we see how the angels interact with the Son of God. By exploring the springs of His authority, we may imbibe draughts of understanding concerning angels. We find this knowledge in the first chapter of Hebrews.

Authority = Power

As we have seen above, “authority” and “power” are translated from the same Greek word. Christ has promised to give power to His disciples, His disciplined ones. We read in the gospels about once flawed fisherman healing the sick and raising the dead. And these same men, moved by the Spirit of God, proclaim that we can do these things, too.

We are talking about power given to us from on high—power to be His witnesses that He is God, power to cast out evil spirits, power to heal, even power to raise the dead. The elect will be granted authority to do these things. And we will learn that it is the authority that He gives us that brings the power to do the mighty works. For He has promised the overcomers that we would do “greater works” than what He had done. Christ said, “He who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father” (John 14: 12).

Let us examine “authority”—what it is and where it comes from. Analyzing the first chapter of Hebrews shines much light on the subject. Back before Christ came, the great Yahweh spoke to mankind through the prophets. But during the last twenty centuries, He has spoken to us by His Son. Very important, for the Son is heir of all things, and it was by the Son that the world was created (v. 1-2).

The Son of God was invested by the Father with several wonderful attributes. The Son is “the brightness of His glory.” He is “the express image of His person.” The Son upholds “all things by the word of His power.” All this was fulfilled by Him “when He had by Himself purged our sins,” He “sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (v. 3).

It was after He had “purged our sins” that all of these accolades were confirmed. It was at the cross through His death, burial, and resurrection that He proved that He is the greatest love.  “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15: 13).

In the next verse the apostle tells us that the Son was made “so much better than the angels.” And why was the Son made so much better than the angels? Because of His name. Because of His destiny pre-written and distilled in His name. The Son was made “so much better than the angels,” for He has “obtained a more excellent name than they.” The Son’s name is Yahshua which means: “Yahweh is the Savior” or Yah saves. It was by His laying down His life for others that He became the Savior and showed Himself to be agape love incarnate, thus fulfilling the meaning of His name (v. 4).

There’s Power in His Name

The Hebrew name for the Savior, Yahshua, is extremely important for many obvious reasons, especially when it comes to receiving power to be His witnesses {Be sure to order my book Yah Is Savior: The Road to Immortality. It is free with free shipping. Details at the end of this article}.

After Pentecost Peter and John were asked how they had healed the lame man “at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful.” Peter praised Christ and said that “His name through faith in His name has made this man strong…” (Acts 3: 6, 16). Christ’s name through belief in His name is the key to the power [“faith” and “belief” are both translated from the same Greek word].

The power to heal came through the Savior’s name by believing in the meaning of His name—His Hebrew name, Yahshua. Christians are stymied in their spiritual growth because they either do not know about Christ having a Hebrew name, or they don’t believe it. And it is this unbelief that is short-circuiting them from ever becoming like Peter, Paul, James, and John. If we want to walk like them, we must believe what they believed.

Christ was given at birth the same Hebrew name as the patriarch Joshua, which means “savior.” “Yahshua” means “Yah is Savior” or “Yah is Salvation.” The angel told Joseph in a dream, “Thou shalt call His name JESUS (Yahshua in Hebrew) for He shall save His people from their sins” (Mat. 1: 21 KJV). The center column reference of the World Bible Publishers edition says “Savior.” They know.

So Peter and John knew of the power of not only knowing His name, but also knowing and believing the meaning of His name. Yahweh is the Savior. That is what Christ’s name means. The early apostles knew that Yah had come in the human form of Christ. The prophets declared it. “I am Yahweh (the LORD) and beside me there is no savior” (Isa. 43: 11). Peter and John knew that the great Creator Yahweh was walking around in human form. They knew that His Hebrew name contained this information, and they believed it. And that was the source of their power. Read many more scriptures declaring this (https://www.blueletterbible.org/search/search.cfm?Criteria=saviour&t=KJV&ss=1#s=s_primary_0_1).

The apostles knew. They knew that Christ had a “more excellent name” than the angels, which gave them power over the angels—all angels—the “good” and the “bad” ones.

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