Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Laying the Ax to the Root

Luke 3 verse 2-9 while Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying:

“ The voice of one crying in the wilderness:

‘ Prepare the way of the LORD;
Make His paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled
And every mountain and hill brought low;
The crooked places shall be made straight
And the rough ways smooth;
And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

The baptism of repentance is laying the ax to the root for the remission of sin. What was John the Baptist saying? Most of us think of what he meant in the simplest form. I did for years. I simply thought it was to repent from sinful behavior so I could be forgiven. As I have been around a couple of blocks now I've found reason and purpose to why this has to happen in the life of every believer. In this passage of scripture he refers to the ax being laid to the root of trees. Mans existence is determined and defined by one of two trees. The Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. When Adam ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, he redefined the consciousness in which he would walk in. In a sense, he grafted himself into the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and was destined to bear the fruit of that tree. Since then men are born with the instinctive pull of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Scripture declares that God wants us to be Oaks of Righteousness. In this passage men are essentually being desrcibed as trees. Trees that don't bear good fruit shall be chopped down and cast into the fire. After we are born again we are grafted into the Vine. Christ Himself in whom we live and breathe and have our being! As the result of this change, we are able to bear good fruit. Yet why is it that we still can bear bad fruit? Selah. There are two trees in the garden.

From the Tree of Life we produce life. The Tree of life is rooted in God's Love. It can not be manipulated, it is incorruptible. To draw from the life of this tree, we must bow down and humble ourselves to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter Chapter 5 declares that God resist the proud and gives grace to the humble. He goes on to say that we must humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt us in due time. Grace from the Tree of Life is freely given to the humble for life and purpose.

Pride in man sets itself up to defy and oppose God. In turn God Himself makes Himself the enemy of that pride. It was pride that got Lucifer kicked out of Heaven. He was simply impressed with how great he was. He looked at himself and was well pleased! We all laughed at how 'The Fonz' from the old show "Happy Days" use to walk up to the mirror to comb his hair and saw that it was still perfect and go "hehhh" and put his comb back in his pocket as he strutted off proudly. As funny as it was on the show, it was that attitude that removed Lucifer from heaven. Don't get me wrong. God is leading us to get rid of this behavior and we must laugh at ourselves and each other as we seriously go through the process of change, but God is intent that we see this condition. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil feeds the pride of man. Men want knowledge. It puffs them up and sets them apart from others. That's where the serpents power was rooted, in this very tree. That's why whether a man is robbing a bank or starting a church, if he is flowing from the sap of this deadly tree, he is the enemy of God. Why? Because he is flowing from his knowledge of good and evil rather than from his relationship with a living God who speaks to and gives grace to his children.

God wants to lay the ax to the root of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in every mans garden. When John preached repentance for the remission of sins, this is what he was talking about. When the ax is laid to the root of the deadly tree, the effect of that tree no longer has power in our lives and we can overcome sin by abiding in the vine of the Tree of Life and manifest Christ to the earth. When a sickness or disease goes into remission, it means that the sickness no longer has any effect in our body. The potential remains but the effect is gone. When we lay the ax to the root of our pride and carnal nature, it no longer has power or effect in our being. The potential is there but the power or effect isn't. At this time we don't oppose ourselves and God with our heart condition.

Our ability to rise up in pride actually comes from partaking of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil instead of the Tree of Life. Humility partakes of the Tree of Life, pride partakes of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. When we rise up in pride, that tree again takes its place in the throne room of our hearts. Our pride essentially grafts us into the deadly trees influence. When we obtain knowledge whether it be good or bad from this tree, it is deadly. If we eat from the good we become self-righteous because we think we know whats evil. Our underlying motive is to improve our self and set ourselves apart. Total self-conscious motivation. It wasn't until Adam ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil that he determined being naked wasn't good and he determined it would be good to make an apron to cover his nakedness. In John 9:41 Jesus said to the Pharisees, If you were blind you would have no sin; but now you say, 'We see.' Therefore your sin remains.

Romans Chapter 5 says that Jesus made us righteous, what can I do to add to that? So my food for spiritual sustenance can not be a quest for the knowledge of good so that I can fix myself, I've been fixed by Christ. Jesus said in John Chapter 4 that His food was to do the will of Him who sent Him. Now from living and being in Christ or abiding in the vine, I will obtain revelation knowledge from Christ. It's all about the heart motive and our approach.

In scripture Jesus said that He of himself could do nothing. He said that He only does what he sees the Father do and says what He hears the Father say. His desire was to follow and obey the One who sent Him. The result of Jesus life on the earth was that He never ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and He was the Tree of Life to all who would receive Him. God wants to manifest fruit from the Tree of Life through us and all creation groans for the manifestation of the son's of God to occur.

If we find ourselves opposed, quickly check your heart and humble yourself under the mighty hand of God to determine if it is God that opposes you or the enemy. The enemy you can move out of the way. God is another matter, you can't move Him unless you are willing to humble yourself so that His grace will abound to you and not against you. This is not to say that opposition can't come in many forms. Because of the fallen nature in the earth, bad things happen from various people and places. The enemy comes as a roaring lion, but even if he was taken from the earth their are plenty of others who would be left to do works of evil. The good news in all of this is that Romans 8:28 declares that all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose. We must trust the sovereignty of God as we grow in Him.

I'll bring more later!

Ken Mullis

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Two Trees

I have been spending some time with the Lord recently. Most of that time spent has been a circumcision of my own pride and ego that had left me formless and void. What I'm going to say has been birthed in me through this experience.

I've been a Christian since December 10, 1982. I've been a singer/songwriter, and worship leader since 1985. I have drifted back and forth between different streams of ministries only to find myself frustrated and longing for clarity. Through this process I've been able to keep some of the revelation I've obtained and I've had to discard some. I know that scripture says to the pure all things are pure and to the defiled, even their hearts and consciouses are defiled. That being said, some of my frustration and the way I perceived some revelation in the past was probably tainted at times by my own heart condition. Nevertheless, God has been making some things very, very clear to me at this time and I believe I've not only been given a mandate to declare what He has shown me, but I'm also to dive into this direction as part of my own walk in Him.

Here it is. Mark this day in your calender because it is the beginning of the greatest dispensation of God's Spirit in history that the Church has ever walked in. God is circumcising the corporate heart of His body in the earth. It is the beginning of wisdom because the fear of the Lord will be working at a much higher level corporately. It is the revelation of two trees. It is the difference between those who are grafted into the Tree of Life and those who are grafted into the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Those who do things because they love and those who function out of their knowledge of good and evil. It is the difference between the helpless and those who say they know. It is the difference between those who say they only do and say what they see and hear their Father saying and doing, and those who have defined, by their own reason, to have determined good and evil. It is the year of distinction and separation between the humble and the prideful.

In the next ten to twenty years you will see this revelation of the two trees become clearer than the faith message and other revelations that have preceded it through history. It will also bring more distinction and clarity to every revelation we have ever heard in the past. It will be seen as the very foundation of our faith because it will cause Christ to be formed in man at an accelerated rate never seen before in times past. The reason for this, is that it is Christ revealed as the Tree of Life. We are grafted into Him! Those who hear will begin to lay the axe to the root of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil which achieves it's power in man through their own pride and arrogance. When this happens the power of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil will no longer have power in them and they will understand what John the Baptist meant when he declared to repent for the remission of sins.

Through this process the true Apostles will emerge with clarity and it will be rapid. The restoration will be broad and clear. They will also walk from this place of clarity between the two trees exposing and establishing the people of God in His love. The love of God will be seen as never before because the Tree of Life is deeply rooted in His love. This will be the defining factor of the Apostolic office. When this office rises up this revelation will be it's banner and we will see the beginning of unity throughout all those who will be unified. Men will no longer judge others spirituality by their own consciousness of good and evil, but by the voice of God. Men will see and judge things differently than in past times.

This will be a huge surge in the process of restoration. You will begin to see God raising this revelation all over the earth from all kinds of ministries. God is opposing the proud in His body to bring them to this revelation and those who are His are laying the axe to the root of the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. Many ministries will be judged harshly and wrong throughout this process but even that will bring about this revelation even faster. The fact is God is allowing the opposition that is bringing the revelation forth.

Our part is to embrace this process though it may be painful to some. When we find ourselves opposed we must search our hearts quickly and deeply to determine whether or not our own pride could be in direct opposition with God or not. God will show everyone who is willing to accept this possibility. To each one it may come in a different form. Do not judge harshly what you may hear about others or by what you see others do because it could be part of a divine process and you could be in danger of unrighteous judgement. Men will not be judged as much for what they are doing, but why they are doing what they do! God will define mens hearts.

This is a glorious day in the earth.

Ken Mullis

I have to mention two books that are truly forerunners to what you have just read: "There Were Two Trees in the Garden" by: Rick Joyner and "Surrender God's Key to Success" by: Arthur Burt.