You don’t have to be a charismatic to hear from the Lord. The book of Acts says this is the possession of all. So there is nothing special about those who hear His voice, other than the fact that they believe and that their faith is not so much ‘a faith’ as life in union with God. We hear a lot more when we live in the reality that Jesus won for us, when we ‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14,20. Living in this reality is the most productive kind of obedience because it arises from ‘rightly interpreting the word of truth.’
In Rick Joyner’s vision the torch is the manifest presence and the sword is the word and the manifest presence spoken as you. This ‘word’ is not just any word. It is the extension of Christ The Word, spoken by us when Christ is our life. This is not ‘Christianity’ as our life. It is the manifestation of Jesus in you by the Spirit. Just as Jesus was the expression of His Father so you are the expression of Jesus - if we are living from Him and not insulated from oneness by the law or by the apparatus of religion.
FULLNESS REVEALED AS THE CHURCH
In the new covenant, we are a unique expression of Jesus. Each of us. So Christ is in us. This is the incarnational reality in which we live. We bring and release the presence of God wherever we go because of this fact. But this incarnation is not just genuine and sincere human effort. It is Christ manifesting in you in the Spirit of Sonship. The new covenant is as different from the old Mosaic law-based covenant as an eagle is different from the egg from which it was hatched. The question is, do we want to live as an egg or an eagle? Stephen Crosby in explaining the new covenant as the foundation of the Kingdom Jesus began writes,
“The letter [to the disillusioned Hebrews] was written to try to explain to them that there is no going back. The previous covenant was over. Done. Finished. There is nothing to go back to.
The often-troublesome verses for so many that some think refer to "losing one's salvation," refer to Jews abandoning their hope in Christ and contemplating returning to Judaism.
It is about apostasy, not "losing one's salvation" over this or that behavioral issue. It is about the former covenant being over and there being no more remission of sin in any other religious system, Mosaic or otherwise. The new covenant is now the way, there is no other.”
Many live in the old covenant because they know no better. They see the Bible as a treatise on abstaining from evil and doing the good. Similarly, others live from the old covenant because the old covenant represents solid religion to them - you know what you have to do and you set about earning you acceptance with God.
Some stagnate in the old covenant by choice. Rather than accept the painful implication that if the old covenant is no more and only the new covenant is relevant, then there is no reason for their denomination to exist. For them the new covenant is a quicksand into which their identity and denominational beliefs could be swallowed, never to be seen again. To such people the new covenant represents the threat of the obliteration of the self. Nevertheless it is those who are willing to lose their lives who gain it. Then there are the negative effects. We might do well to consider that choosing to live in the old covenant instead of the new is a form of apostasy. This is the message of Hebrews.
The solution here is not a life of serial denial and neurotic avoidance. The truth always sets us free. The grand truth is, the new covenant enables the finding of the self, the resurrection of the church and the advance of the new creation Kingdom of God. (1)
(1) Crosby, Stephen. The New Testament Prophet: Understanding the Mind, Temperament, and Calling (Kindle Locations 684-689). . Kindle Edition.