Book III



III.1 The Word
God is love. Eternal love
is both the source and substance of
the universe. Before he made
creation, there was only love.
1 Jn 4:16, 4:8
Gen 1:1, Psalm 89:12
Psalm 57:5, Psalm 113:4, Hebrews 7:26
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From the depths of love, a word
arises and the worlds appear.
To us, he gave authority
to dictate what we see and hear.
Jn 1:1-5
Gen 1:1-29
Psalm 8:4-6
Matthew 12:37
Those who let their thought and speech
revolve around their circumstance
trade their crown and scepter for
a chain of similar events.
Mark 7:20-23
Mark 4:24, Luke 8:18
2 Timothy 2:25-27
Luke 19:22
Freedom doesn’t come from work,
from pleasure or from discipline.
By our words we’re justified
and by our words we are condemned.
Romans 4:5 (work)
1 Timothy 5:6, 2 Timothy 3:4 (pleasure)
Matthew 9:13, Hebrews 10:1, Galatians 3:2-24, (sacrifice, discipline) Word search “the Law” in NT
Matthew 12:37
III.2 Mary
Mary brought the word of God
into human history.
She made his presence her abode,
and in deep humility
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John 1:14
John 15:7
Luke 1:48
heard, believed, and spoke his word:
“While yet a virgin I’ll conceive
the King whose reign will never end.”
She received what she believed:

Romans 4:20
Luke 1:30-38,
Luke 1:33
Luke 1:45
the Word was born as one of us.
No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
no heart has ever understood
the hidden power of this Word,

John 1:14
1 Corinthians 2:9
Job 36:26, Romans 11:33-36
John 1:3, Hebrews 1:2, Job 36:26, Romans 11:33-36
but if you’ve conjured up a world
of sickness, fear, and poverty,
understand that Jesus’ name
is the Word that sets you free.

Luke 6:45
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Acts 10:38, Isaiah 61:1-3/Luke 4:18
III.3 Jesus Anointed
Jesus walked in harmony
with the Spirit of the Lord,
his thoughts, desires, words, and deeds
worked together in accord;
John 8:28, John 12:49
John 14:31
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Matthew 6:22, James 1:4
he always spoke the truth in love;
he took no interest in sin;
the power and the love of God
flowed without restraint through him.
Ephesians 4:15, John 8:31-32, 1 Peter 4:11
1 John 2:5, , Hebrews 4:15
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John 3:34
Through the prophet,
God released the oil of joy upon his Son
and sent him forth to overthrow
the kingdom of the Evil One.
Matthew 3:13-17
Hebrews 1:9, Mark 1:11
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1 John 3:8
His anointed word and touch
healed the sick, set captives free,
cured the blind, revived the dead,
and broke the curse of poverty.
Acts 10:38 Word search “word” and “touch” in NT
Isaiah 61:1-3
Matthew 15:31 Word search “blind” in NT; Mark 5:42 Word search “dead” in NT
Matthew 11:5, Luke 7:22
III.4 Christ in Us
Jesus is as Jesus was,
and his anointing is the same.
Jesus Christ is known today
by the power of his name.
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Hebrews 13:8

Mark 16:17, Luke 9:48, John 14:12-14, 14:23-24
No force of hell can stand against
the power of his ministry.
Jesus in your mouth and heart
ends the devil’s tyranny.
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Matthew 16:18, Colossians 1:27, Ephesians 4:8,
Romans 10:7-10, Word search “mouth” and “heart”
1 John 5:4, Revelation 12:11
Those who call on Jesus’ name
take possession of a link
to joy and blessing far beyond
what anyone could ask or think.
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Ephesians 3:20, 1 Corinthians 2:9
The Lord would like to trade his name
with all he has and all he is
for your discussions with yourself
and your collection of ideas.

Covenant of David and Jonathan: 1Samuel 18:3-4
Covenant of Abraham: Gen 15:6, 17:1-2
New Covenant: Hebrews 8:10, 8:7-12 / Jeremiah 31:33, 31:31-34
2 Chronicles 7:14, Matthew 16:24
III.5 New Covenant
Jesus set his mastery
over life and death aside;
without resistance, like a lamb,
he let himself be crucified.
Matthew 26:53, John 10:17-18
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John 1:29, 36, Revelation 5:6
John 13:1, 15:13
He paid the total price for sin —
the suffering, the guilt, the shame,
the fear of death, and death itself.
You’re dead to sin in Jesus’ name.
1 Peter 2:24
Isaiah 52:13-15, 53:1-12
Hebrews 2:14-16
Romans 6:2-4, Colossians 2:11-12
Passing through the ugly door
of Jesus’ death, you come upon
his love; the work is done. You have
eternal life. Your sin is gone.
Isaiah 53:3
John 15:13, 19:30
John 3:14-17, Romans 6:22-23
Isaiah 44:22, 52:3, Colossians 1:13-15, Hebrews 9:12
In him, the evil and the good
that all of us combined have done
is but a particle of dust
in the furnace of the sun.
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Isaiah 1:18
Job 35:6
1 Timothy 6:16
III.6 His Passion
Set your heart and fix your thought
on the name of Jesus Christ;
take full possession of the gifts
he paid for with his sacrifice.
Hebrews 3:1-2, 12:2
2 Chronicles 16:9, Acts 20:28
Ephesians 1:13, John 3:15
Word search “eternal life”
He took the pressure of the world
when he sweated blood in prayer;
the name of Jesus, Prince of Peace,
ends depression and despair.
Luke 22:44
Isaiah 61:3
II.6b-II.7d are a meditation on the principle
expressed in Isaiah 53:5 (Isaiah 52:13-15 – 53:1-12)
He took the curse of poverty,
rejection, ridicule and shame;
wealth and honor seek you out
when you’re set on Jesus’ name.
Matthew 27:28
Luke 22:63-65, Luke 23:11-39
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Psalm 112:3, 7, 91:15, Isaiah 49:5
He took the thorns, the blows, the nails —
the brunt of Satan’s violence;
Jesus’ name protects you from
disease, attacks and accidents.
John 19:1, Matthew 27:26-44
John 10:10
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Psalm 91:3, 1-14
III.7 His Death
He cried to God with all his might,
but died before the answer came;
the answer comes before you ask
when you abide in Jesus’ name.

Mark 15:37, Luke 23:46
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Isaiah 65:24
He was crushed to death beneath
the burden of our wickedness.
In him there is no pressure —
no motivation to oppress.
Isaiah 53:4-6
John 3:16
Isaiah 53:10
Luke 4:18
The veil to God’s Most Holy Place
was torn apart when Jesus died;
his name reveals the secret place
where all desires are satisfied.
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Matthew 27:50-51, Luke 23:45
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Psalm 16:11, 91:1-16, 110:1, 145:16
They laid his body in a tomb
and sealed the entrance with a stone.
In him, your case is closed. The world
and the flesh leave you alone.

Matthew 27:60
Romans 7:6, Colossians 2:14
Romans 7:4, 6:4, 6:1-23
1 John 5:18
III.8 Victory
Judging others, or yourself,
denies the name of Jesus Christ
and proves to heaven, earth, and hell
you don’t accept his sacrifice.
Luke 6:37
Romans 2:1-4
Hebrews 6:6, 4-8 (fall away = not living in mercy and love)
Before he shed a drop of blood, he said,
“I’ll give my life for you.
Three days later I will rise.”
From then on, all he had to do
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Matthew 20:18, Mark 9:31, Luke 9:22,
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was walk in love — no matter what
people said or did to him.
Only those who walk in love
can live beyond the reach of sin,

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Ephesians 3:16-19
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Mat 5:44-48

in the presence of the Lord,
can speak the word that overcomes
the flesh, can know the joy that breaks
the scepter of the Evil One.
1 John 3:6, Ps 91:1-2
1 John 5:4
John 13:1, 1Corinthians 13:1-13, , John 13:34
Nehemiah 8:10, 1John 4:16-21
III.9 Resurrection
Jesus’ rising from the dead
crushed his final Enemy.
At the sound of Jesus’ name,
even death must bow the knee.
Mark 16:6, Luke 24:6
1 Corinthians 15:26
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Philippians 2:9-11
He took the keys from Satan’s hand
and opened every prison door.
Jesus’ name reveals the truth:
we’re not in bondage anymore.
Revelation 1:18
Isaiah 61:1/Luke 4:18-19
John 8:31-32 (the truth)
Colossians 1:13, Galatians 5:1, 1 Peter 2:9
Satan had to wear the chains
in Jesus’ victory parade.
In Jesus’ name, the devil’s shame
and utter folly are displayed.
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Colossians 2:13-15
1 Corinthians 2:8
He took his seat at God’s right hand
and put his feet on Satan’s head.
Jesus Christ is Lord and judge
of both the living and the dead.

Hebrews 1:3, Psalm 110:1
Acts 10:42, 1 Peter 4:5
Romans 14:9, Revelation 20:11-15
III.10 Holy Spirit
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord
comes on us in Jesus’ name
and clothes our spirits in the fire
that lit the world when Jesus came.
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John 14:26, Acts 2:3
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Mark 9:49, Luke 12:49
He burns away our ignorance
with knowledge that can not be taught;
he burns away our fear and shame
with love and joy beyond all thought.
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Galatians 1:11-12, Matthew 3:10
1 John 4:18
Romans 2:4 (love, mercy), Hebrews 1:9 (joy)
As your worldly reference points
vanish in the fire, you find
the laws and promises of God
written in your heart and mind.
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Hebrews 12:29
John 8:31-32
Hebrews 8:10, 7-13 (New Covenant) / Jeremiah 31:33, Isaiah 59:20-21
Once we’ve been refined with fire
by the Spirit of the Lord,
our thoughts, desires, words, and deeds
work together in accord.
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Matthew 3:12, Acts 2:1-4
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John 17:11
III.11 Prayer
In heaven, Jesus takes the scroll
from him who sits upon the throne
and breaks the seven sacred seals
on things the world has never known.

Revelation 5:7
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Revelation 5:1-16:21…
On earth, we pray in Jesus’ name
with words that he alone can teach;
in him, the answer is so close
that we don’t even need to reach.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10, Matthew 6:10 (his will)
1 John 5:14, 1 Corinthians 2:13
Revelation 8:3-4, Matthew 3:2 (heaven near)
Once you’ve heard and understood
what God has promised he would do,
the passing problems of the world
have no power over you.
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1 John 5:14, , 2 Corinthians 1:20
Mark 11:24-25
John 16:23
Whether nothing happens or
all hell breaks loose, you pass the test,
standing on the word of God
until the answer manifests.

Habakkuk 3:18, 16-19
Revelation 8:5, 8:6-11:19
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III.12 Judgment
He knew his physical return
might be delayed for many years,
so he left his name with us
to take away our pain and tears.
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Matthew 24:36-41, Luke 12:45 (long delay)
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Revelation 7:17, 21:4, 2 Corinthians 1:20, Psalm 30:5
In Jesus’ name, you stand alone
and give account for all your deeds
to a judge who sees all things,
a judge who cannot be deceived.

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John 5:22, Romans 2:6
Romans 2:1-7, Hebrews 4:12-14
Only those who drink his blood,
his love, the power of his name,
are able to endure the gaze
that burns away their sin and shame.
Matthew 26:28, John 6:53
John 6:54-56
Malachi 3:2-3, Acts 2:17-21
Let all your motives be exposed
and all your sins be brought to light —
knowing that the blood he shed
makes you righteous in his sight.
1 John 1:9
Colossians 1:14
Colossians 1:9-18
1 John 4:17
III.13 Eternal Covenant
Changeless when the worlds are seen,
present when the worlds are gone,
eternal is the covenant
between the Father and the Son.

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Hebrews 13:20, 9:12
Revelation 13:8
Creation changes ceaselessly;
The word of God remains the same.
God is ours and we are his
by covenant in Jesus’ name.
Isaiah 51:6, Hebrews 1:10-11
Hebrews 1:12, 13:8
Hebrews 8:10 / Jeremiah 31:33
Matthew 26:28, Revelation 13:8, Hebrews 7:21
God confirmed it with an oath
sealed in blood that does not fade.
His love for you can not be changed
by anything his hand has made:
Luke 22:20
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Malachi 3:6, Psalm 32:10
Isaiah 54:10 Search “unfailing love”
Love for envy, fear, and strife;
prosperity for lack and debt;
health for weakness and disease;
grace for struggle, toil, and sweat.
Hebrews 8:10, 7-13 (New Covenant) / Jeremiah 31:33
James 1:17
Isaiah 61:3
Isaiah 53:5
III.14 Thanksgiving
Our Father keeps a storehouse
full of priceless treasures, old and new.
Giving thanks in Jesus’ name
opens up the door for you.
Matthew 13:52
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Luke 4:18 (recovery of sight)
Psalm 69:29-36, Psalm 100:4-5
As the sound of thanksgiving
opens up the heart and mind,
you see a better place to live
and leave the worldly life behind.
Psalm 100:4-5
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Hebrews 11:16, Psalm 102:26, Revelation 4:11
Matthew 13:44, 45-46 (hidden treasure)
Thank you, Jesus, for my life,
for the work you’ve given me,
for air to breathe and food to eat,
for teachers, friends, and family,
Psalm 8:1-2
Psalm 18:3
for calling me to walk with you,
in your presence, far above
the things of earth. You’ve made my life
an endless banquet of your love.
John 8:12, Romans 8:14, 2 Corinthians 6:16
Ezekiel 37:27
Matthew 5:3, 10 (owners of the kingdom)
Ephesians 2:6-7(far above), Revelation 4:9-11 (overwhelmed)
III.15 Praise
No human mind can grasp the scope
of your creativity.
Subatomic particles …
oceans … planets … galaxies …
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Psalm 92:4-5, 104:1-33, Romans 11:33
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entire creations rise and fall
with the sound of your command.
As Jesus you appear on earth
to redeem a fallen man;
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Psalm 33:6
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Romans 5:6, Matthew 20:27-28
beyond all names you are the Way
without beginning, without end,
the Truth that words cannot express,
the Life on whom all life depends.
Judges 13:18, Genesis 32:29, Ephesians 1:21, Philippians 2:9
John 14:6
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Your blood erases all my sin;
your love destroys my fear of death;
your holiness suspends my thought;
your beauty takes away my breath.
Revelation 5:6-14, Ephesians 1:7
1 John 4:18, John 13:1, Hebrews 2:14-15
Psalm 29:2, Isaiah 29:23
Isaiah 61:3 (beauty for ashes), Psalm 27:4, 50:2,
III.16 Worship
As I gaze into your eyes,
something calls me from afar —
a memory of things unknown
from the depths of who you are.
John 4:23, Daniel 10:6, Revelation 1:14, 19:12
Job 36:26
Romans 11:33, Psalm 42:7
As you whisper in my ear,
the more I hear, the more I see
beyond my feelings, thoughts, and words,
into your soundless majesty.
Matthew 10:27
Isaiah 64:4
1 Corinthians 2:9-10
(soundless = unfathomable) Jeremiah 33:3, Ephesians 3:8-9
Jesus, pour the fragrant oil
of joy on the consuming fire
you kindled deep within my heart.
Reveal me as your heart’s desire,
Exodus 30:22-29
Jn 17:20-21
Luke 12:49, Matthew 3:12, Luke 3:17, Hebrews 12:28-29, Isaiah 33:13-17, Revelation 1:14
Song of Solomon 4:9
your holy Bride who sits with you
above creation, on your throne,
radiating perfect love and joy,
with eyes for you alone.
Rev 19:7
Revelation 3:21, Psalm 21:6-7
Psalm 16:11, Word search “joy,” “love”
Song of Solomon 5:8, Colossians 3:22, Matthew 6:22, Revelation 22:17

Book III has sixty-four (4x4x4) verses, sixteen sections of four verses each.
Each section covers a new topic from Jesus’ life and ministry; his passion gets two sections. (Tip: If you want to get above the world and stay there, think about Jesus’ death.)
It took four years to write Book III and another fifteen years to develop the skill and knowledge to finish it.

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Spirit of Fire is an original work that came out of meditation on the truth behind the words of scripture — after decades of study and practice. (It is not a paraphrase of the Bible.) So, the connection between text and reference may not always be obvious.

Answers to the questions may be found in the text.
(Questions in parentheses may not be answered but are worth pondering.)

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“Abide in me” is the same as “live in my presence.”
In him is the fulfillment of every promise of God (2 Corinthians 1:20).

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Christ (Greek “Khristos”) and Messiah (Hebrew “Mashiach”) both mean “Anointed” or “anointing.” In ancient Israel, people were anointed to act as king, prophet or priest. Jesus is all three.
The anointing is a special power that is on him to do his work. Jesus himself announced what he was anointed to do, quoting the prophet Isaiah:
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and recovery of sight for the blind — to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor…”
This power, this anointing, comes on you as you consider Jesus or his anointing; this is the purpose of this book. (It’s called “the anointing” because it often feels something like fresh oil pouring over you.)
Exchange of names and possessions is one of the essential elements of the blood covenant. See the essay on “Covenant.”

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Because of Jesus’ death, in him we are free from our human destiny to live the life described in Romans 8:1-17 and Ephesians 2:4-7. (In ourselves we are as helpless as ever.)
Thinking deeply about Jesus’ death separates you from your human destiny. You live in him in your everyday experience instead of in whatever society is dishing out.
Don’t believe it? Keep thinking about Jesus’ death and watch what happens.

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Mat 5:44-45, not an accident of birth, is why Jesus is known as the Son of God to this day.
Love never fails. 1 Cor 13:8

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" data-showheader="" data-anchor="#tippy_tip20_8679_anchor" >Most of the Book of Revelation comes after the Lamb breaks the seals on the scroll he received from the Father’s hand.
His word is is will — and vice versa
Praying in Jesus’ name is not like making a wish list for Santa Claus. When we come into his presence there may be a lot of wrong ideas and expectations to be burned off before our for deep true heart desires are uncovered and fulfilled.

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The connection between his blood and his love: If I know that his blood makes me acceptable before God (righteous) then I am free from condemnation. It’s my own sense of condemnation that forces me to judge others; when I’m free from condemnation by meditating on the power of his blood, I leave all judgment of others to God, whose judgment is based on truth (unlike my human judgments, which are based on appearances). With all judgment out of the picture there’s nothing left but to love everyone equally, regardless of their behavior. This is Jesus’ love.

Impossible to live like this? Not if you’re willing, at any cost, to disregard the bogus demands of peer pressure.


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