Sunday, September 19, 2020

Pastor Carolyn Sissom


Last week I mentioned a dream I had about the Id and the HUD.  I have been processing the meaning all week.


DREAM: “I was visiting a church.  A young pastor was preaching on the ‘Id and the HUD.’  The congregation consisted of young adults mid-20’s to mid-30’s.  They were very knowledgeable of the Bible and some spoke-up quoting verses from 2 Corinthians.  They used their head-knowledge of the scripture to affirm the pastor’s teaching.   I sat quietly but I was thinking, “I can teach you about the Holy Spirit and Jesus.  I know them personally and have a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit and Jesus.”  The dream ended before I could speak out with the congregation dispersing. 


Id: “(Psychoanalysis), psychoanal, the mass of primitive instincts and energies in the unconscious mind that, modified by the ego and the superego, underlies all psychic activity.”  In Christianity, we refer to this as the unredeemed soul i.e., flesh.


HUD:  This presented more of a challenge to interpret.  Yet it’s meaning is clearly stated.  “Government built urban development” a metaphor for “urban culture,” what is becoming the socialist culture of the 21st century and being affirmed in pulpits.


So, today we will preach and teach from 2 Corinthians revealing the Holy Spirit of God as LORD over our soul, our church, and our culture.


As Pentecostals, we know the Holy Spirit through His precious gifts to the Body of Christ.  We know the Holy Spirit through the fruit of the Spirit.


In 2 Corinthians, Paul presents the God Head to us as persons.  I have preached this book in the past presenting Paul as a warrior defending his apostleship and charging the Corinthian church to not be deceived by the False Apostles.


May the LORD grace me today to reveal the person of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and his Holy Spirit with whom Paul was intimate and as you and I have also been given that grace.


2 Co. 1-5: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.


1.       The Father and the Son are the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all tribulation.  Not only are we promised comfort, but we are promised consolation.

2.      Deliverance from the sentence of death.  It is God who delivered us from death, and does deliver us (1 Co. 1:9-19).


2 Co. 1: 18-22:  God is faithful.  Our word to you was not Yes and No…but in Him was Yes.  For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.  Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and give us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. 


3.      God is Faithful.

4.      His promises are Yes and Amen.

5.      His glory flows through us.

6.      He establishes us in Christ.

7.      God has anointed us.

8.      God has sealed us.

9.      God gives us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee to all His promises.

10.  God is our witness. (vs. 23). 



In chapter 2, Paul is facing discipline problems in the church.   In the Corinthian church, a brother in the fellowship committed a serious offense.  The Apostle outlined a course of discipline and the church followed through.  Fortunately, this resulted in the man’s repentance.


2: 6-11: Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many, so that contrariwise you ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, less perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with over much sorrow.  I beseech you that you would confirm your love toward him.  For this end did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether you are obedient in all things.  To whom you forgive anything, I forgive also…for your sake, I forgive in the person of Christ; less Satan should get an advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.


The devil has thwarted many moves of the Holy Spirit and split many churches due to offense, stubbornness and unforgiveness.  The person of the Holy Spirit not only forgives, but he forgets.  No one can set up a spiritual clique of the “never sinners” and shun the “sometime sinners.”  Everyone is accepted in the Body with love.  If we do not forgive, Satan will take advantage of us.


2:14-17:  Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.  For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.  To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life…For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God, but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speaking in the sight of God in Christ.

1.       God always leads us in triumph.

2.      The fragrance of His knowledge is released through us.

3.      Through Christ, we carry the aroma of life leading to life.

4.      We do not peddle the word of God.

5.      We speak in the sight of God in Christ.


I am still talking about a personal relationship with God the Father, Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit.  I am speaking of the three persons of the Holy Trinity who live in us and move through us because we are intimate with them.


2 Co. 3:3: You are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.


In my dream, the pastor and the congregation knew the Word written with ink, but they did not know the person of the Spirit of the living God.  They could quote the Word, but they did not know how to separate the flesh from the life in the Spirit.


2 Cor. 5:17: If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.


The Id nature, and power of sin, the old man, passes away.  Satan has access to the unredeemed soul (Id/ego/pride) of man.  Satan works through the flesh in men/women of disobedience.  But as Christians, we have the person of the Holy Spirit working in us reconciling us to Himself, not imputing our trespasses to us that we might become the righteousness of God.


2 Co. 3:5:  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who made us sufficient as ministers of the New Covenant. Not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 


2 Co. 3:7-11:  If the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.  For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect because of the glory that excels.  For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.


6.      The glory of the Holy Spirit shines from us.

7.      The ministry of the Holy Spirit is the ministry of righteousness.

8.      The ministry of righteousness exceeds in much more glory.

9.      The Holy Spirit is now a permanent impartation of glory.


2 Co. 3: 15-18; To this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.  Nevertheless, when one turns to the LORD, the veil is taken away.  Now the LORD is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty.  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the LORD, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the LORD.


10.   We can see the LORD.  We can see His Glory.

11.   In the Spirit of the LORD, there is liberty.  The world didn’t give it, and the world can’t take it away.

12.  By the Holy Spirit, we are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory.


Paul received this revelation from the Third Heaven of the glory of Christ in a time of great persecution at risk of death.  We the church are now under terrible persecution by our government, but none of us have suffered to the point of being killed for our faith.  Yet, this plague bears the marks of the sentence of death.


2 Co. 4:3-4: Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God should shine on them.


13.   We are in spiritual warfare with the god of this age.  It is manifesting through socialism, Marxism, B.L,M., and cancel culture.  The gospel is veiled to these people because the only way anyone can see the glory of the gospel of Jesus Christ is through the person of the Holy Spirit. 


2 Co. 4:6:  For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.


It is because of God’s mercy that we have been entrusted with this New Covenant ministry.  We will not quit or faint with weariness.  Paul was hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed, persecuted, but not forsaken, struck down, but not destroyed.  


14.   We have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

15.  We have the spirit of faith.  I believed and therefore I spoke(Ps. 116:10).   We also believe and therefore speak (vs. 13).

16.  The Holy Spirit who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus and will present us with you. (vs. 14).

17.  We do not lose heart.

18.   Our light affliction is but for a moment.

19.  Our eyes are on that which is in the Spirit, that which is eternal.

20.  We have a building from God, eternal in the heavens.

21.  Our mortality can be swallowed up by life now as we are living in eternal things.

22.  God has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. (2 Co. 5:5)

23.  We walk by faith, not by sight.

24.  We are confident to be absent from the body is to be present with the LORD.  (2 Co. 5:8).


2 Co. 5:9-10:  We make it our aim, whether present or absent to be well pleasing to Him.  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 


25.   We are ambassadors for Christ.

26.  We who are workers together with him plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. (2. Co. 6:1).

27.  Now is the day of salvation (6:2).

28.  We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. (6:3).

29.  We commend ourselves as ministers of God…by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left… (6:4-7).

30.  I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty. (6:18).


2 Co. 7:1:  Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 


2 Co. 7:10:  Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.


31.  The grace of God will cause Saints to give liberally above their ability.  This grace will cause the Saints to abound in everything---in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in love.  (8:12) For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.  Make sure that you excel in grace-filled generosity.


2 Co. 9:6-10:  He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  Let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver.  God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.  Now may he who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.


32.   Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.


2 Co. 10:4-5: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.


The LORD has already given His Church the authority to cast down every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.  That includes Socialism, Communism, Marxism, B.L.M., Paganism, Hinduism, Taoism, Islam and every other religion in the world that leaves Jesus Christ out of its reckoning.  Church in America, take authority over this Satanic Cancel Culture, Global Warming, and New World Order.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, and the power of the Blood of Jesus Christ, you have been given authority over all of these evil strong men.


To all my critics, I happily identify with 2 Co. 10:10-12:  For his letters, they say, are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible…We dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves.  But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.


2 Co. 13:5:  Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith.  Test yourselves.  Do you knot know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?  Unless indeed you are disqualified. 


He closes this letter with the same authority by which He wrote it.


2 Co. 13;14:  The grace of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and the LOVE OF GOD, and the communion of the HOLY SPIRIT be with you all.  Amen. 


Carolyn Sissom, Pastor

Eastgate Ministries Church

Scripture from NKJV.   

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