Before I was fully awake, I had a vision of a mouth eating only the inside of an apple leaving the skin completely intact. Literally, this couldn’t be done, but it was so in the vision. Then I pictured my hand with a pen in it writing to Justin, a person to whom I had recently preached the gospel, and saw only the words: “Dear Justin….” Justin means “just” with its spiritual connotation being “righteous.” I believe that this vision has to do with revealing what is just and righteous from God’s perspective. I remembered that it was God Himself Who put the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden, and I thought of how everything was made by Him and for Him, including that tree. Hear it: After Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the forbidden tree, God said: “Man has become as one of us knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3: 22) Ah, there was good to come out of it in the end, represented by the mouth eating and taking in the “inner” understanding (substance.) God wants us to know His intent in all things.
God knew Adam and Eve had a propensity to sin and that in themselves, they had no power to keep themselves from sinning, but He was just in what He did, because He was giving them an opportunity to become just like Him. This far outweighed the curse (death) that would come through yielding to the temptation.
Understand that I am NOT saying, nor is this vision saying: “Go out and sin!” The skin represents the “flesh,” and when we come into “perfection” the power of the flesh will not be what it was. The true substance of all things (God’s purpose and intent) will be made known, represented by the inner part of the apple being taken into the mouth. Do we fully grasp that our mouths are going to change EVERYTHING??
Tell me: How could Abraham, the father of faith, take his son Issac to be sacrificed? If he had the law and lived by it, he never could have or would have done such a thing. I have no idea of where God is going to take us, or what you and I are going to do NEXT, but I know it’s going to be of the substance of faith and consequently be glorious.
I need to tell you that only a few days ago, I experienced an unexpected deliverance, and at the time was given a vision of many, many little thorns being removed from my body which symbolized hurting words that came from people I knew…. I didn’t realize until now that they were the result of “caring about what they thought!” It doesn’t matter at all what people think…. It’s what GOD thinks!!!!! How much of what we do and don’t do is because of this?: what we wear, what we buy, what we say, even what we think. Oh yes, all of us need deliverance because the world has affected us. ONLY when we are delivered from letting people’s thoughts and words matter can we do the will of God and come into perfection.
Isaiah walked naked and barefoot for three years (Isaiah 20: 3,) Hosea married an adulterous woman (Hosea 1: 2,) Ezekiel cooked bread over human dung (Ezekiel 4: 12,) John the Baptist wore a garment of camel’s hair and ate locusts and honey (Matthew 3: 4,) David danced girded with a linen ephod (2 Samuel 6: 14,)…. How about you? Would you be willing to do these things??? I believe you could only do them if you knew God’s voice, and if you didn’t care one bit about what people thought.
So I write now to you who are called to be the Justins of God’s kingdom: “Will you no longer care about appearances and about what people think?….Will you be the ones who know the difference between the outer apple and its inner meaning?
Ah, the question of all questions is: “Will YOU be one who is like God?”…. “WILL you?”