Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Prophetic Meaning of the Destruction of History - Silent Pulpits

The devil is using media and deluded people turning our nation into the horror that Orwell predicted in 1984.

"Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day be day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except the endless present in which the party is always right."

George Orwell - From 1984

What is so discouraging is most spiritual leaders are silent in the face of this evil.  Some are even complicit.  Hate is driving them to the fringe.  God is not mocked.  He sees the hatred that drives them.

What they don't seem to realize is that this historical revisionism will be the force that eventually will silence them. They no longer be able to speak freely about the things of God in the future as they once did. Once they have torn down every civil symbol of the past the Bible is next.  It is already the case in many countries of the world.

God is calling on the true leaders to stand against this evil.  Those who have already entered into the apostasy of cultural relevance have already lost their spiritual standing.

Who among us is willing to reject the devils agenda and willing to pay the price like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego ?

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Satan wants you to live a weed free life

Jesus told a parable in Matthew 13:
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. 25 But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. 26 When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew.

27 “The farmer’s workers went to him and said, ‘Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?’

28 “‘An enemy has done this!’ the farmer exclaimed.

“‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked.

29 “‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.’”
 This story has been used to talk about sinners in the Church.  About how the devil plants evil in our lives.  Some apply an eschatological bent... weeds (lost people) burned up in fire.  And a few apply it to our lives and how good fruit is damaged by our sin nature.

It has been used for all kinds of things including political polemics. Let me offer another view of this and see if it makes sense.  I believe it does.

Our lives are designed by God to produce fruit, as a stalk of wheat produces the fruit of grain,  but there are weeds in our lives.  Difficulties. Attacks. Pain. Evil.  They try to crush the fruit out of us.  The trouble is they are part of growth. I will show that without weeds we are less able to become what God's best is for us.  The weed parable can help us understand.

Weeds in a wheat field serve a purpose.  Some stand and protect the wheat from strong winds.  Some cover the earth and keep it from washing away.  Some are places where insects feed and leave the precious fruit alone.  When animals come to graze and might eat the wheat if that's all there were, there are options and in that way the weeds provide protection.  Plus as the weeds die off.. they rot and provide nutrients for the next crop. 

 I am a horticultural expert (many say). I do not spend a lot killing some weeds in my lawn.  The diversity of plant life helps the grass prosper.  My neighbor is diligent about his grass.  Has a perfect lawn but works very hard to accomplish that task and spends a LOT of money.  His grass is not vigorous, it's pampered.  Every disease that come along he has to have it treated.  He spends money when God's plan would be let diversity help his grass grow strong.

 Wheat Grown in perfect conditions like a greenhouse is weak, spindly and prone to disease.  It's the same for human lives lived without weeds.  It produces people who cannot cope or adapt when things get rough.  They need lifelong support.

Think about those who come from deep poverty and work their way up.  They had weeds but overcame.  Think about the age of Blues.  That music came out of pain and suffering.  Without the pain there would have been no blues.  We don't have much new blues music any more.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote great theology in dire circumstances that eventually took his life.  If he had been stress free and in total peace we wouldn't have this today.

Daymon Johns is famous for his rags to riches story of poverty to prosperity.  Had there been no deprivation (weeds) there would have been no greatness. 

Yet today we in our culture do our best to protect people from the weeds of life.  Those who come from other countries come here thankful for the chance to make it.  They do because they have had weeds.  Look at the pampered generation we have raised.  Unable to make it on their own.  Not leaving home.  On government support.  Asking for more.  Looking for a handout.  They need some weeds in their lives to make it.  I don't know if they can or will ever see the way out of this mess without it. 

I see people who say, "If I could just get a good paying job I could make it".  There are good paying jobs but they are demanding because they are good paying.  This pampered generation can't make it.  They are weed free.  They can't take the pressure when it comes. 

We need weeds in our lives.  Just like Jesus speaks about in the parable, IF we pull up the weeds, we will crush the fruit God intended us to produce.  Give thanks for the weeds in your life.  They are forming your, making you stronger, wiser, more able, better.   I have been thru some hard things.. I won't rehearse them here.. but it's enough to say... we must walk it out and see God turn it all into our good.  He is a master of taking the tapestry of our life and creating beauty in our ashes. 

Don't let those you love live weed free either.  Make it hard.  Make it weedy.  Help them grow strong. 

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thess 5:18

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Will of Angels

The word of God is pretty silent on the ability of angels to act in free will.  There are some distorted scriptures that cause people to think they can love or hate.  That they have emotions as we do.  That they are somehow independent entities.  It's not so.

 To be clear, they love us because Father loves us.  They don't love out of their own volition.  They care for us. They are ministering angels. Scripture:  Therefore, angels are only servants--spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.  Hebrews 1:14

If they minister, then in what way?  Do they wake up (if they sleep, they don't) and say, I wonder if I should punish old Gene today?  I'm pretty upset with him.  No they have a mandate and an assignment: 
Psalm 91:11
For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways.

They even  ministered to Jesus:   Matthew 4:11
Then the devil left Him, and angels came and ministered to Him.

The idea of a Guardian Angel in singularity, is the stuff of bad New Age theology.  There is no scriptural basis for this.  Yet it has crept into our christian understanding.  Some claim to have seen their guardian angel. I can't doubt they have seen an angel and that it was doing the mission of God in watching over them but there are multitudes of them.  Infinite.  As God is infinite.  

Another Crisis of understanding angels is that they like you and me.  They aren't.  They can assume the shape and look as Lot's visitors did.  But they are best described
Hebrews 1:7 
Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire.” 

The ones Elisha's servant go to see were like chariots of fire.  Doing the will of God, Ministering, but not out of their own volition.

We are told that we will JUDGE angels.  Don't you realize that we will judge angels? So you should surely be able to resolve ordinary disputes in this life. 1 Corinthians 6:3

2 Peter 2:11 Whereas angels, though greater in might and power, do not pronounce a blasphemous judgment against them before the Lord. 

We must understand that they do what God tells them to do according to His word and here's the kicker, according to our faith and our words of faith.  When a mountain has to be moved or a tree cast into the sea.. how does that happen?  When we speak words and action of doubt and unbelief, does God intervene with OUR free will?  Or do the angels designated just stand quietly waiting for some level of faith so they can respond to the will of God in our lives.  They only can do what God says and what we are able to have faith for.  Sometimes in emergencies He will send them to respond to our fear, difficulty and need.  It's how that works but it is better to respond to our faith believing.

Now for a left turn.  Wives are told by Paul to cover their heads.  1 Corinthians 11:10 That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.   Now if you read it in context: 
A man should not wear anything on his head when worshiping, for man is made in God’s image and reflects God’s glory. And woman reflects man’s glory. For the first man didn’t come from woman, but the first woman came from man. And man was not made for woman, but woman was made for man. 10 For this reason, and because the angels are watching, a woman should wear a covering on her head to show she is under authority.

Why is that important?  Because the Angels understand authority and order.  They understand the need to  reflect God's Glory.  They are wired to be in full dedicated submission (Including will) to God.  They can best minister when they see that in the family.  (I'll get hate mail for this, but it's true).  God best responds to unity and order and he does it thru the perfect unity and order of the Angel Armies who worship HIM and serve man in his behalf.

One last thing:  Jesus is over all.. The visible manifestation of the Father.  Father is a spirit.  No man has seen Him.
Who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to Him. 
1 Peter 3:22  

The HIM is Jesus.  IF an angel had the temerity to deviete for one second from the authory and power in Jesus, it would be chaos.. and it's not.  

About the 1/3rd of the angels who followed Lucifer in rebellion.  I am not going to discuss that here.  There are demons, but I will submit to you there always were.  I used to believe the dragon tail sweep story.  I know the Isahia and Ezekial passages well and have taught them.  Yet.. as I grow in grace I am beginning to understand evil and it's basis.   Yes there is rebellion and chaos in the realm of the demonic.   How and why, let's not assign characteristics to those entities they do not deserve.  They are evil spirits, just as God's Angels are ministering spirits.  Did God create evil?  I don't know.  And might I say, neither do any of us.

I know this doesn't answer the whole question.. but we have to use out Gift of Discernment in reading the word of God for what it is and not having new aged stuff creep in.  


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Good Enough Church

I know people burned out on church.  They would love to find the perfect church.  They have the heart  longing for the Glassy Sea.  Standing before Jesus on the throne.  Crying Holy Holy Holy.  Bowing down.  Worship and wisdom poured out in revelation.  That's what we all want.. me included.

That revelation of what it will be like will cause many to walk away from church dissatisfied.  I know, I have done it.  It's just not the Glassy Sea.  Nothing but the glassy sea is.

I have been part of GREAT churches in my 40+ years as a christian.  I have also been part of some duds.  I won't call names.. it's not important.

The longing for that day when we in white robes cry holy along side millions and millions causes people to go to conferences, conventions, travel across the country to experience the latest outpouring.  It's all good.. then we come back to the first bapticostal church of the divine.  And it goes flat.  We don't know why our church can't be like "That".  It can't because it isn't the glassy sea.  For a moment in time at that conference we got a glimpse but then..

It all roots in unrealistic expectation.  Expectation V Reality =  disappointment.

What the mature believer must do is find his place at the throne in private.  Then affiliate him or herself with a church that is GOOD ENOUGH.  Understand, compared to what you think you saw, you will always have to settle for less than the glassy sea.  It's just the way it will be until you are there for real. 

So what does the Good Enough church need to be to be good enough.
  • Encouraging
  • Uplifting
  • Free in Worship.
  • Koinonia type fellowship (Like minded believers)
  • Allow for some level of participation beyond keeping a seat warm, clap on cue, stand, sit and make sure the offering plate doesn't miss you.
  • This must be a place where you have some level of give and take.  Sit down and shut up doesn't fly.

If the dogma, structure, stricture or hierarchy is too strong.. it's not good enough.   If I come away feeling beat up, condemned, wounded, rejected or in bondage, not good enough.   If it's about one man, one person, one central figure other than Jesus, not good enough. 

Remember the glassy sea.  That's what we all long for and as long as we are on this earth compared to that, no church will ever measure up.  We need to find good enough and be there. 

God needs to use others to encourage you, lift you up, be in fellowship with, participate and be involved.  Hard to do in your living room or with a conference mentality.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Do we Even Grasp HOLY?

Last week in teaching I heard Apostle say something that hasn't left my spirit. He asked the question, what is HOLY? I mention this because there is a tendency to throw the word around too easily. Holy Man, Holy Land, Holy See, Holy Place, Holy Water, Holy Roman Church and of course, the HOLY BIBLE. 

Make no mistake, under the old covenant there were Holy things, places and considerations. The Holy of Holies.  The Holy City. "My" Holy Mountain, The Ark of the Covenant was Holy and the temple was called the Holy Place. 

But we must rightly divide the word of God from Old Covenant to New Covenant.  We are the Holy People of God (A chosen generation).  God alone is Holy.  We are to be Holy as he is Holy.  Places are no longer holy. 

The question remains, in the new covenant are there any Holy Places?  Holy Things?  I don't want to beat up people that hold things and places in high esteem, but the question is, do and should new covenant people believe in Holy Places?

Is Jerusalem or even the "Holy Land" HOLY?  Is the Vatican Holy?  Are many of the cathedrals and places of remembrance in Israel Holy?  I saw a picture of where Jesus supposedly gave the sermon on the mount.  It appears that people treat it as Holy.  So what is or who is holy?

What if the place where Jesus was Crucified was bulldozed and a McDonald's was erected on that spot would you be offended?  If yes, you believe in Holy Places.  I would be against it.. but it's not because it's Holy.  I value history.  I hate the fact that the spirit of ISIS has invaded people in this nation so they tear down historical statues around the south.  I hate that historic places ISIS has destroyed are no longer there for people to see as tourists. I might even like to go to Israel.  It's not on my bucket list right now, but maybe. 

I just want to be sure we measure ourselves as to what is or is not "Holy".  I know people who have a crucifix given them that they treat as holy.  I did for a while.  I get it.

What makes something Holy?  The presence of God.  The Holy of Holies was Holy because God was there present.  You and I are Holy because we are filled with his presnece. 

A place can be Holy, but God will not share his Holiness with any place.  In that way Sacramento or Columbus  are a Holy as Jerusalem.  OR NOT.

When President Trump went to the wailing wall the other day, photoes were taken.  It was a good sight for me to see.. but he doesn't have to put paper in a wall to get God's attention or find a holy place to do it.  There actually is a cottage industry where you can write a prayer and someone for a fee will place it in the wailing wall.  I remember a good friend of mine after visiting ORU in Tulsa saying "I know we could pray better if we just had a Prayer Tower".  He was going to another Bible College. Of course he told me this story knowing how error filled it was.

Maybe it's time for New Covenant Christians to start to grasp what or who is Holy.  You are.  God is.  When He invades you in a visitation, it's Holy.  I have been in Holy.  I know Holy.  I also know when it isn't.  There are many times in a Church Service where the least thing in my mind is anything Holy at all.  It should be but isn't.  People will flock to the Holy.. always have.  Unfortunately it's pretty rare.  The manifesting presence of God will cast a Holy Cloud over a place and you know it.  No one can Gin it up.  No one can manufacture it.  It comes because God moves on a place and is welcomed.  I have a good pastor friend who will be teaching in a Prison in Louisiana this week.  There will be others with him.  Some will be Holy.. most not.  This is sad. 

The world is Hungry for the genuine Holy.. and we offer them a memorial of some long ago time in symbol.  Now Holy is the key.  NOW. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Growing in the Prophetic may NOT be what you think

I have been involved in Prophetic Ministry for over two decades.  Seen the good bad and ugly.  Some of it is better than other.  One trend I have seen among those who minister prophetically is the machine gun prophecy.  That if I talk fast and loud with great emphasis I am more prophetic. 

I get flow. I get the idea that God fills our mouth.  Sometimes however in machine gun prophecy it's just empty words.

There is also a place for consideration.  The way that God delivers a message to his prophets and thru his prophets.  That is almost never rapid fire, loud or simple flow.  It is the capacity to hear from the Throne and deliver the world of the Lord.

An immature or undeveloped prophet often mistakes intensity for the prophetic.  You can be intensely wrong not hearing from God at all.  Most often it is these people who have been placed without wisdom.  They will often pull the God Trump.  GOD TOLD ME.   If it doesn't affect others, I let them say God told me this that or the other thing and let it go at that.  Deluded prophetic may be both or neither.

Most great prophets I have known take time to hear from God.  They many times journal what God is saying.  They measure it against scripture. They test the spirits behind the word given.  The devil knows how to distort the prophetic word and does so often. 

He knows that if he can rile prophets up out of their emotions they can discredit themselves by blurting out what they think they are hearing..  it's not God.

The biggest danger a prophet faces (and I am NOT excluded from this) is the bias we bring to the prophetic, particularly when it has to do with culture, politics, religion and the news of the day.  I am never willing to bring a word when I have been a consumer of news or opinion on a grand scale.  I need to have my mind renewed and clear.  Then when that is the case I can bring what the Lord is saying.  One must have ears to hear.

It isn't easy but it is essential.  We must have our hearts and minds be the heart and mind of Christ.  The measure of true prophetic is the love shown in 1 Corinthians 13.  If there is anger or rancor, there is not the prophetic.  True mature prophetic only says what God says.  Nothing more or less.  It is a matter of being directly in the flow of God.

When I think of Great Prophets I have known or heard, few of them are machine gun prophets.  They measure the words they use and do so in the fear of the Lord.  They know that what they are about to say is going to be tested, first by the Holy Spirit, secondly by other prophets and thirdly by leadership.  A prophet must have leaders who can say to them in Love, "My dear Prophet, I regret to tell you that you are full of crap again".  I use the word crap is in lieu of what they really mean. 

There have been many prophetic voices who are no longer with us who spoke in quiet terms, measured, well strained by the word of God and without. Bob Jones, Kim Clement (who spoke rapidly, but also who used more words than required sometimes). 

So if you are a prophetic voice in the kingdom, use your voice for the benefit of the purposes of the Kingdom.  You matter.  Your reputation is nothing.  Find yourself accountable to others who will judge your words and sometimes call you out. 

Or you are a dangerous loose cannon.. immature and in need of growth.  Sit down for a while.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Face to Face with a Religious Demon - The Fat One

I wrote previously of the tall skinny demon I had a confrontation with. 

About the same time I had another confrontation with another demon of religion.  It was about this time of year.  Religious demons manifest most during the Lenten Easter season.  Never do for Christmas.  I guess the demons hate the idea of a full propitiation for sin.  But that's another topic.

It was late at night.  Suddenly before me a short fat man appeared.  He wasn't just overweight, he was a fatty.  In front of him was a huge table of food. He was eating as fast as he could. Shooing away anyone with whom he might have shared.  He was actually angry at those who thought they should find a place at the table.  He was dressed in a monk's cloak.  Hood and all.  When it seemed he could not eat more he accelerated.

Then the table turned to things, money, recognition, land all kinds of things that we see in the world as examples of riches.  He was a greedy for that as ever before.  He guarded and hoarded all these things for himself.  He was not just stingy or miserly, he was aggressive in grabbing all he could.  ALL IN THE NAME OF GOD.  Taking the name of the Lord in Vain is not unusual for a demon.  They come as an angel of light but are devils to the core.

I did not speak to him, but when I looked for even a moment at the hoarded bounty he had, he glared at me and as such warned me off.

After I had enough of this, I spoke the name of Jesus and commanded him to go.  He did.

Here's what that showed me.  Religions demons are the opposite of Godliness.  They are not willing to help anyone unless it is for glory or honor, then only as long as it feeds that hunger.  They are all consuming.  Nothing is outside the demon's desire for more.  All for me,  none for you is the mantra of the demon.

We expect this from the world, but the world even sees this is wrong.  It rejects the idea of unfettered greed. 

Among the demonized religious it has become accepted that this kind of greed is normal.  We see them build hungry hoarding ministries and short of the monks robe (some are robed) we know they really that demon.

I won't name names, but when you see unsatiated Hunger for:
  • Money
  • Land
  • Empire
  • Ministry Size
  • Members
  • Honor
  • Title
  • Riches
  • Status

  • and YES FOOD

There are ministers in the pulpit that manifest this demon.. and they need deliverance.