ZADOK PUBLICATIONS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
July 1, 2013
Higher Realms of Authority
Introduction: I want to begin this month's study by looking into a passage in 2 Kings. The biblical account shows the frustration of the King of Syria in trying to do battle with Israel, because Elisha was telling Israel the battle plans of their enemy before they were executed. In a search for a traitor among his troops, he discovers that Israel's prophet is able to hear even his bedroom discussions and supernaturally knows his secrets. To stop the flow of this information, the Syrian monarch sent a large army to surround the city where the prophet resided. It is at this point we hear the dismay of Elisha's servant boy in seeing the contingent of soldiers and armor on the horizon.
Aside from the beneficence of Elisha toward those sent to harm him, the point of this passage for our study is three-fold. First, there is the declaration of faith, "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." Second, is the opening of the eyes of the servant in order to see into the Spirit realm. Third, is the will of the prophet brought to pass by the Almighty.
2 Kings 6:15-18
15 And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?"
16 So he answered, "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, "LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 18 So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, and said, "Strike this people, I pray, with blindness." And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.
Most of these three elements never are considerations in our thoughts or even deemed relevant to our life situations. We don't expect God to show up this way. We have assigned such occasions to the Old Testament or, in some cases, New Testament phenomena. We are skeptical of His power toward us and say, "Prophets may have had special treatment, but not us." Who says? Our eyes are as dimmed as the servant boy's. Our prayer should be, "Lord, open my eyes that I may see into the real reality."
The world has a force which seeks to determine "reality" and define our "circumstances." That force is the enemy of God and has fear and unbelief oozing out of every crack. We are led to believe there is no hope for a nation, no relief from the "clear and present danger." But God!
Elisha's servant boy had an eye opening experience that surely colored the rest of his days. Never again would he take surface situations as fact. He would look beyond and see the plan and the power of God. The lad learned to "step up into the God realm." So, must we!
Somehow, the church has relegated God to the human factor; He has been made in our image. His power has been challenged by science and technology. The Creator is seen as one reduced in resources and plundered by the "unexpected." Not so!
Lord, open our eyes!
It is time to expect angels and voices and heavenly intervention. It is time to declare what we want to happen and, like Elisha, expect it to be done. Is this too presumptive? Is it better to rehearse what is happening according to the media or confess what we desire over the landscape of our lives?
Elisha saw God send a great army which struck his enemies blind. But sometimes, Jehovah just sends a noise. Sometimes just a noise is enough. Let us review the passage:
When the lepers reviewed the handiwork of the Lord, they were amazed and consequently the turn of events verified what the prophet had spoken. Those were the days of the super supernatural. Why not again? Our prayers and confessions should affirm our belief in the overcoming power of God to marshal heaven in our behalf, but do they?
2 Kings 7:6-8
For the LORD had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses - the noise of a great army; so they said to one another, "Look, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us!" 7 Therefore they arose and fled at twilight, and left the camp intact - their tents, their horses, and their donkeys - and they fled for their lives. 8 And when these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, they went into one tent and ate and drank, and carried from it silver and gold and clothing, and went and hid them; then they came back and entered another tent, and carried some from there also, and went and hid it.
The wicked flee when no one pursues,
But the righteous are bold as a lion.
We must consider the higher reaches of Him who declares, "I am the most high." How can a populous, who says they are saints, be content elsewhere when God beckons them to sit in heavenly places? When Paul wrote, "He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places by Christ Jesus," did He mean for us to grovel under the hand of the oppressor?
Habakkuk declared, when all the worldly aspects of economy failed and national malfeasance had localized to his neighborhood, "He (God) will make me to walk in all my High Hills." Let us possess our high places!
Come Up Higher:
Tell me now; just how far is heaven from earth? Tell me how there is no answer to your problem. Explain to me why these, whose visages hang in the Hebrews 11 hall of fame, are different than you and me?
- Adam and Eve conversed with the Lord God Almighty every evening.
- Enoch walked with God and got on such a high place he just stayed.
- Noah spoke with the Lord and his deliverance came.
- Abraham entertained Melchizedek and the blessing came.
- Job searched for reasons in the darkness of his oppression and wound up in a
deliverance meeting with the Most High.
- Elijah stood on a mount and called for fire to come down and fire did.
- Elisha raised a lad from the dead and defied death's grip.
- Isaiah saw the heavens open and the glory of God when King Uzziah died.
- Ezekiel saw two visions: first, the heavens opened and the creatures of God were visible.
In a second vision, he saw the new Temple and the New Jerusalem.
- John, the Revelator, went into the presence of God on the Sabbath and saw things that are
yet to be done.
Our hearts need to burn within us like those on the Emmaus Road --for the Lord is in our presence. The Bible says He is never far from us. He is speaking revelation and light to us and it is His initiative. We must be more open to these higher aspects of our faith than we currently display. We need to repent of selling God short, of limiting His power and determining His boundaries in our lives. It is time we experienced a refreshing renewal of just who He is!
Paul's Damascus Road confrontation marked him forever.
The heavenly vision showed him how close heaven is to earth. He confesses, in 2 Corinthians 12, that the huge amount of revelation that came to him began with his understanding of that proximity. After all, when the Philippian earthquake shook down prison walls, he knew it was not his singing ability--but his confidence in the closeness of his God.
Simon's visit by the angel in prison and the doors that opened by themselves was a "boldness booster" for the man of faith. After all, he had already been challenged on the Sea of Galilee to think higher, walk higher, yeah to walk on water. His experiences with the Most High affected his ministry. He remembered pulling up the fish overload with straining nets and knew heaven is never far away from his need. When the sheet lowered, he was aware that revelation was taking place on his spiritual plate. Listen, how many experiences will it take for us to come into the super supernatural?
Jesus' miracles poured out from a mind linked with God's power and ability. He knew He could change anything. He told us, "greater miracles will you do." When are we going to realize we can change anything too? Paul said we have the mind of Christ. John 14 is about being linked to Jesus in the same way He is linked with God, the Father. (My prayer is for forgiveness. My prayer is a confession that I have lived beneath the level that His grace has provided.)
Azotus events are not just for Philip. A higher level of physics was ordered for him! Did it affect his ministry or boost his ego as the first to fly-no, he knew of Elijah's whirlwind chariot
and Jesus' departure on a cloud. God will call into effect a higher order of physics when we need it. Look at Joshua's sun standing still. It is Him who orders this universe, not the climatologist or the EPA.
Jacob could tell us a thing or two about the super supernatural. There is similarity between Jacob's wrestling angel and Daniel's angel wrestling with the dark spirits over Babylon. Both angels were on duty to man. Both angels contended for a human. Both angels knew their place was to carry out the will of God. When the Bible says in James that we have ministering angels to assist us-they may be called upon without impunity.
Our considerations about God's willingness to aid us must be lifted. We must learn to trust less on our reasoning and more on the closeness of heaven's provision for us. Ravens are still available. Cruses of oil are still available. The prophet's hand is still within reach. Loaves and fishes are still in the hands of God's servants. Gold is still in the belly of the catch. The healing waters are near for Naaman's need. "Rise up and walk" can still be voiced. There is still enough mud to apply to blinded eyes. The voice of many waters has not been silenced. The mulberry tree can still rustle. The shout of saints can still bring down Jericho walls! Heaven is near!
Yes, it is true; His ways and thoughts are higher than ours, but they are not un-transferable to us. Have we not experienced those about us who understand the rich things of the Lord and enter conversation deeper than others? Is it not a delight to our inner person to convey some of the treasures that have been given to us and hear from them those things the Spirit has imparted? Well, the Lord waits for us to come up, to tread some areas hidden from most but available to His saints. He desires to bring us into His counsel and allow fellowship with those who exceed our grandest mind.
It is time for a Holy Ghost review of the force field of Revelation. It is time for a refreshing vision found in the Song of Solomon where King Jesus comes in pillars of smoke riding on a palanquin with mighty warriors carrying Him. O, it is time to renew our faith and declare, "He is our King, and He cannot fail."
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.
The trumpet of God never sounds "Retreat." It is time we examined our beliefs about the One who is about to enter earth's air on a White Horse. It is time to establish that there are no boundaries or places where His power is off limits. "I Am" is present tense! He is!
Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples!
Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
2 For the LORD Most High is awesome;
He is a great King over all the earth.
3 He will subdue the peoples under us,
And the nations under our feet.
4 He will choose our inheritance for us,
The excellence of Jacob whom He loves.
5 God has gone up with a shout,
The LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
7 For God is the King of all the earth;
Sing praises with understanding.
8 God reigns over the nations;
God sits on His holy throne.
9 The princes of the people have gathered together,
The people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
He is greatly exalted.
Until Next Month,
Dr. C. R. Oliver, PhD
WORDS OF LIFE
"And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting,
a cripple from his mother's womb, who had never walked"
This is the common condition of the common man. In things relating to the Spirit we are all weak and without strength; "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly" (Romans 5.6). Without strength, crippled from our mother's womb and without the innate ability to walk right and be right. It is in that condition that the God of all Glory comes and speaks strength, life and a new ability to "rise up and walk"! By HIS virtue and power we are made alive to rise up out of the shadows and the miry places to walk in newness of life. As the prophet of old says ...
"The Lord God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer's feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills"
He comes that we might begin to live and walk upon the high places; to see in the realms of the Spirit such wonders of HIS Grace that we are "changed from glory to glory". His purpose is not merely that we can walk and live in righteousness; HIS purpose is to bring us to the place where we speak the same WORD OF LIFE into those around us and that we become fishers of men and a powerful expression of HIM whom we love and worship. This same crippled man at Lystra heard Paul speak ... .
"This man heard Paul speaking.
Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed,
said with a loud voice,
"Stand up straight on your feet!"
And he leaped and walked ..."
What do men hear when we speak? What faith is communicated from the core of our lives? Have we settled for a life conditioned to the status quo or do we look into the ever living word and hear the voice of the Son calling for a deeper and fuller expression of who HE IS? If the things we communicate do not stir the heart of another, if they do not cause a greater longing to know HIM and walk with HIM, then our lives need repentance and change. Powerless words come from powerless lives. Paul prayed for Philemon ... .
"That the communication of thy faith
may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing
which is in you in Christ Jesus"
God's real purpose is to bring us to the place of being able to COMMUNICATE our faith into the lives of those around us. To see men and women who are crippled, lost and without strength, hear and rise up and walk anew. We are not talking about the doctrines and the teachings of men. We are speaking of a living faith that makes others live; a faith streaming from our heart that communicates a hunger, a love and an intensity to know and please HIM.
"If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said,
out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water"
JOHN 7:37 - 38
"Believest thou this?"
Celebrating the life of a dear friend and partner in ministry: Missionary Jim Courier:
Jim Courier (October 29, 1949-June 14, 2013) has changed addresses and moved to Heaven, but he has not ceased being "Jim." He and Evangelina were more than friends; they were "loved ones" who shared our lives in the fellowship of the flame. Their missionary ministry to Mexico is visible in the changed lives scattered across that nation. Jim was a giver, never a "taker." He was the kind of man who would search out ways to assist and help make the way smooth for those he knew. His presence seemed to "stay" with the people he knew-certainly with OEA and Zadok Publications. Many Spanish copies of Sons of Zadok were distributed to pastors and leaders in Latin America through his efforts. Many projector units were placed in capable hands throughout S. America as he "traveled among the Spanish speaking communities." He was always a vital part of our work and the work of several other missionary groups (See Gospel Outreach Tribute to Jim HERE).
In March, 2013, Jim and Evangelina attended what would be his last earthly board meeting for our evangelistic association. The Board Members and their families send now their love and assurances to his wife and Family. Jim will be missed and we are diminished by his absence.
Dr. C.R. Oliver, Pres; Stephen Oliver, Vice Pres.; Betty A Oliver, Secty-Treasurer; Victoria Anderson, Philip Gayle, Glenn Manning, Tommy Pitt (Board Members) Oliver Evangelistic Association International.
From the Mailbag:
Tammy C (email)
Hello, just wanted to say; I've been searching nearly fifty years for truth, and the true Children of God. What say you? I feel as though I'm an orphan looking for my true family, but I am no saint. To the contrary, God has carried me all the way and I've often asked why. Sometimes I feel like Peter must have after Jesus was crucified and he knew he had denied him, but was forgiven. How I long to have someone to talk to who understands things that no one else does. I heard you on true news talking about the song. I heard with my ear, how your voice changed when you spoke of Him. And yes, I love him too
(Comment: Tammy, your email about the loneliness of the Christian walk is why we feature Tozer on our web page. I am grateful to hear there are those taking advantage of the limited media we have available on that site at www.zadokpublications.com. Song of Solomon is one of my favorite scriptures and indeed you caught the essence of my Love for Him through this work.
Thanks for noticing and writing about it. Yes, we all attest to much of what you comment on and pray for the coming together of those special folks in the Lord.)
John P, Jacksonville, Fla.
Dear Dr. Oliver,
Blessings! My name is John P and I am a missionary in Bolivia, South America. You probably do not remember talking with me about ten years ago, when my wife Starr and I still lived in Jacksonville, Florida. Anyway, at that time I called you by telephone and we talked for some ten to fifteen minutes. At that time I had just recently heard about Zadok Publications.
In 2004 Starr and I were sent out by our church in Jacksonville, Florida to La Paz, Bolivia to oversee a Bible School and pastor a church there. More recently we moved to Sucre, Bolivia where we are now serving the Lord.
Recently, several books by Clayt Sonmore have come into our possession. My wife and I have been devouring them. We just arrived back in the U.S. two nights ago for a visit here. I feel it is urgent to be able to communicate with Brother Sonmore, if at all possible. I understand that you are a good friend of his and so I felt to write you this e-mail to see if you could give me any contact information that may be available
(Comment: Yes, Bro. P, I am a good friend to 89 yr old Clayt, who is quite fit and living with family in Colorado. However, recently he has not been responding to phone calls and inquiries.
Indeed his materials are classics and reflect the revelation he has from the Lord. I am sending you what information I have but it is limited to ministry personnel like yourself. )
From Kevin and Joy Stoltenburg:
Here are 3 more possible groups that I am working on getting set up. So please keep them in your prayers that the funding will come in and I can get everything to them this month.
Two groups in France only needing the Hard Drives for both groups needing only $160.
The other group I am working on is going to Sri Lanka, this group will need a hard drive, projector and laptop. Cost to set up is only $600.
Comment: Oliver Evangelistic Association (OEA)supplies projector group for South India. Having met an Indian missionary at Elim Conference this spring, we finally have supplied his need for an evangelistic aid --- this is one of several we have supplied over the years. Such equipment allows the church group or missionary team to break across language barriers and show media that will lead the audience to a response to Christ. Untold thousands are touched by these pictures and writings with a range from street evangelism to in house pastor's conference materials. Thanks Kevin for keeping the work going.
From Larry & Marla Johnson:
Wow what a time we have been having this year! We said that we were not going to draw back, cut down, slow down or hold back and we have had so much fun serving God! We have hosted several teams, gone up to minister in our feeding centers, scouted out new church construction projects, dedicated churches and done pastors conferences in Honduras, Chiquimula and Cobán. Not to mention the bible school and daily operations of the feeding centers! Whew! We have been keeping the roads hot getting around to do all these things.
We just got back from the Alta Verapaz region where we ministered in several churches and found 2 new villages for church plants! We also did a pastors conference for our Cobàn pastors and leaders. You can read all about it and see pics on our new blog. The link is below.
Larry and Marla Johnson
To see Blog: http://flamesoffireministry.wordpress.com/
To see Web Site: http://www.guatemalamission.org/
Ministry contact information!
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The Woodlands, Texas 77393
On The Web: ZadokPublications.com