EXPERIENCE HIS PRESENCE AND
HIS POWER AS WE PRESS INTO
DEEPER REALMS OF HIS GLORY
DATE: SUNDAY EVENING, DEC 2ND, 2007
TIME: 6:30 PM
KEY NOTE SPEAKER
PASTOR CHARLES CARRIN
Pastor Carrin will minister to us in the power and in the anointing of the Holy Spirit. If you long to be filled with the Holy Spirit, if you desire the 'Fire of His Presence' in your own life, then get ready to receive power from on high.
Place: La Quinta Hotel
3701 N. University Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065
Directions: The La Quinta Hotel is located 1 1/2 blocks north of Sample Road on the east side of University Drive.
We invite you to come and experience His Glory, His Presence and His Power. Experience times of refreshing in the 'Presence of the Lord'. The Shekinah Glory Worship Team will lead us in extravagant worship to the throne of our God. We have been experiencing supernatural signs and wonders of angelic visitations and gold dust in our services as we have poured out our hearts in worship and prayer to the One alone who is worthy.
We see the Glory of the Lord arising upon His people. As we spend time in His Presence He is transforming us into His Image and His Likeness. As we behold Him, we are being changed from glory to glory.
"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."
2 Cor. 3:17-18
YOUR FAITH: ITS’ MIRACULOUS ORIGIN,
WORK, AND DESTINATION
By Charles Carrin
O for a faith that will not shrink, Tho’ pressed by every foe; That will not tremble on the brink Of any earthly woe. That will not murmur nor complain, Beneath the chastening rod; But in the hour of grief or pain Will lean upon its God. A faith that shines more bright and clear When tempests rage without, That when in danger knows no fear, In darkness feels no doubt. Lord, give us each such faith as this, And then what’er may come, We’ll taste, e’en here, the hallowed bliss Of our eternal home! William H. Bathurst, 1831
Faith is not native to our planet but is projected into our cosmos from the Great-Other-Realm. Therefore, the faith at work in you is not at an attitude or mental effort on your part. Nor is it merely your religious concept or ideology. Faith is a trans-earthly power. As gravity, centrifugal force, thermodynamics, etc., are powers native to our cosmos, so faith is native to the other realm and is only a visitor in our’s. Faith came to you because of your "hearing the word of God" , Romans 10:17, and God then having dealt to you "a measure of faith," Romans 12:3. Scripture makes it very plain that faith is a gift to you.
The Dictionary definition of faith is vastly insufficient. It identifies faith solely as religious persuasion, moral conviction, conscientious sentiment, credence, etc., but offers no comment about faith being a spiritual force. Wherever this concept has been accepted it has stripped Christianity of its inherent power. For that reason, much of what we call "faith" is nothing more than religious presumption and a poor imitation of the genuine. It is a deceptive counterfeit, rising from man’s soul--not his spirit--and remains powerless because it has no vital connection with the upper-domain of the Kingdom of God.
Nowhere is the distinction between religion and true spirituality more graphically displayed than in the difference between true faith and its artificial counterpart. Unfortunately, it is possible for believers to be seduced by a subtle imitation of faith. That seduction is supposition. Instead of hearing "what the Spirit is saying," Revelation 3:13, people are directed by the deceptive appearance of circumstances.
Supposition caused Paul's shipwreck, Acts 27:13, Mary and Joseph's three anxious days searching for the child Jesus in Jerusalem, Luke 23:44,45, and has brought frustration to millions of other conscientious believers. Churches are tragically caught in its trap.
Because of that, I wish to "coin" a Greek word, peiro, into an English application and join it with the word "faith". Peiro means "to pierce through" and originates from the word peran meaning "other side", "beyond," "farther," "over," "across." In Greek, the word for faith is pistis. The combination of the two words allows us to visualize faith’s purpose in penetrating our physical realm. This penetration is absolutely necessary if there is to be miraculous healing, spiritual gifting, deliverances, out-of-body transports, etc.
"Peiros-Faith" is a force that comes to our dimension from the other realm, passes through cooperative believers here, then, like an X-ray, penetrates and effects change in the circumstance it touches. Admittedly, the subject is beyond my explanation–but it is not beyond our exploration. I simply want to explore "faith" in its potential to interact both with our physical dimension of time and space while it maintains a complete, uninterrupted union with the Eternal Dimension where it originates. In other words, faith is a symphonizing of these separate dimensions. It is a force. A power.
Faith is a weapon in the hands of those who are vibrant and alive. Love, like gravity, is the force which grasps, bonds, holds to itself. Faith, working through love, penetrates, illuminates, radiates. Like sunlight restoring life to a plant kept too long in the dark, faith has the radiating power to change the spiritual environment around it and bring life.
You received faith when you were born again. You must release it through love. In twelve of the eighteen detailed instances of healing by Jesus, He pointed to the person’s faith as being a factor. Faith in them met with love in Him. We frequently read that He was "moved with compassion".
By its very nature, therefore, faith cannot merely lie on the surface of its intended target but must pierce the subject needing change. Both a sending and receiving are involved. Perhaps we can best illustrate that piercing with the male sperm penetrating and strategically joining itself into the female ovum. Only by the sperm’s pressing through the ovum-wall does conception take place. If the sperm remains on the outside nothing happens. In every instance of faith’s having impact and success, change results from the arrival of Kingdom of God dunamis into a terrestrial target. Without penetration of the intended subject there can be no change.
As I understand it, this interaction of "peiros" faith—that is "faith" from the "other side–the beyond–the farther–the over–the across" is a coming-together with the material substance of our dimension. This is miraculous and has a parallel the day of the Resurrection when Jesus’ physical body passed through the physical wall of the room without having physical effect upon either. Such a feat is not possible in our dimension of length, breadth, depth; it is only possible if there is a "piercing through" this dimension with peiros-power that by-passes and supersedes the limitations of our material realm.
As Christians, we accept the reality of this "beyond" dimension without difficulty. But hear a scientist, Dr. Lisa Randall, 44 year-old female theoretical physicist, author, and Harvard University Professor who says: "The Universe has higher, hidden, infinitely larger dimensions so vast that our’s in comparison is nothing more than a 3-D sinkhole." While some physicists probably reject her ideas, the greatest living physicist of all, Dr. Stephen Hawkins, is actively pursuing her concepts. Am I saying that the "dimensions" of which Dr. Randall speaks is Heaven and the origin of faith? I don’t know. "The world by wisdom knows not God." But I want to listen carefully to what she says.
Paul, the greatest faith-writer of the New Testament reveals his dependence on the "peiros" aspect of penetrating-faith in preaching when he said, "Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and also took Titus with me. And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles ..." Galatians 2:1-2.
What does he mean by the expression "I went up"? Paul’s trip to Jerusalem was a physical one; his trip into "revelation" was not. While preaching he experienced an out-of-body passage into the other dimension. II Corinthians 12:2-5. Paul simply meant that he exited the physical realm and entered the non-physical. He had a "peiros" transport to the "other side"–of the beyond–the farther–the over–the across" dimension. Preaching from such a position brought phenomenal penetration of faith-power both to Paul and to his hearers. In this capacity, I speak of a level of consciousness for which we have no parallel.
True faith, borne of love and compassion, manifests itself as a "Divine Expectation", demanding that the imperfections of our flawed, earthly realm conform to the Divine perfection of the Kingdom-realm from which it comes. "Faith works by love." Love is the identifying distinctive of Kingdom power. Where the empowering and motivation is loveless, it is not faith, it is not Kingdom, it is not God. Hope and faith are not the same. Both are to be cherished and loved but only faith expects. When hope begins to expect it ceases to be hope and becomes faith.
Why is faith essential in salvation and how does it work? "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast ..." Ephesians 2:8-10. In salvation, grace and faith are inseparable spiritual-companions, both come to us from the "peros" realm; neither are native to our cosmos and because they do not share our inferior nature are able to perform, perfect, and impose, their own "peros" nature into our’s. Grace makes it possible for us to receive faith; similarly, faith makes it possible for us to step into saving grace. In salvation, peros faith must first penetrate us then continue its journey out of us--"believing in the heart" followed by "confessing with the mouth". There must be both the "sound" received (into the heart) and the "echo" returned (out of the mouth). Romans 10:10.
Grace--as the companion to faith--follows that "echo", the Holy Spirit transferring His regenerating-power into man while transforming his nature from sin and uncleanness to the imputed righteousness of Christ. In all this eternal activity of faith, grace, regeneration, the Holy Spirit remains the active Agent. Faith and grace cannot operate alone, each is dependent on the other, both dependent on the Holy Spirit. We might liken the transition to the sunrise; first, the faint glow of dawn, then the sun on the horizon, continuing to the brightness of high noon. John Newton described the process best:
"‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
---And grace my fears relieved,
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believed!"
Faith is both a fruit of the Spirit and a gift of the Spirit. Of all the fruits and gifts, it alone has that honored distinction of belonging to both expressions of the Holy Spirit in the believer. Galatians 5: 22,23, I Corinthians 12:8-10. What we are being told in these Scriptures is that faithfulness in a man's character as a "fruit of the Spirit" must be present if faith as a "gift of the Spirit" is to work. That forever settles the issue: An unfaithful man can never become a man of faith. Let me repeat that: An unfaithful man can never become a man of faith. Can we prove that? Yes. "Faith works by love". If love, as the primary fruit of the Spirit is absent there is nothing to motivate or release the power of true faith.
Attempts to operate faith artificially (without love) are like trying to start a car with the wrong key. It simply will not work. We can shout, praise, sing, clap our hands, get excited, and throw all kinds of religious confetti into the air, but when the noise has ceased and the confetti fallen, faith will still be unmoved. It will wait on love.
HOW DOES ONE EXPERIENCE "PEIROS-FAITH"?
The Father’s "agape" love must be projected into you from the "other dimension" and become the controlling companion of your faith. Faith will work automatically once true love has been released in you. Without it, you remain as a religious "sounding brass and tinkling cymbal". But Scripture makes it very clear that frequently there can be a distinct, identifiable moment in which the "door of faith" is opened to you.
We read of events on the day of the Resurrection: Luke 24:31,32, "Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. And they said to one another, 'Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?'" Later, we read, "Then Jesus said to them, 'These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.’ And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures."Luke 24:44,45.
Present yourself to anointed believers to lay-hands and pray for you. Receive. Or, you may choose to present yourself privately to the Lord in complete submission and ask Him to "open your door of faith". Jesus said, "Everyone who asks receives." It is God’s will that you experience faith and that you understand both its’ wonderful origin and its destination.
Lord, give us each such faith as this, And then what’er may come, We’ll taste, e’en here, the hallowed bliss Of our eternal home!