Tuesday, November 29, 2011
This has to do with people who teach on church growth who have never grown a church, church planting who have never planted even one, on marriage and have failed several times, on morality with secret sin in their lives, on prosperity while living in lack, on Glory while faking it up, on Leadership while being weak kneed. Sorry to hurt your feelings, but if you can't live it out, perhaps pretending you are is wrong too. Be like Paul...not that I have already attained...but....
How about a little less theory and a little more practice. You are the only gospel most people will ever read. They may never come to your church, your conference, read your books or face-book posts. BUT they will watch your life. They will see you succeed or fail in front of all of us. What are you exhibiting in your life that unbelievers will want to follow? IS the Kingdom REALLY alive in you or are you just touting untested theories?
I am for practical lived out Christianity. Not what I see so much around me.
Let's get REAL about what we are preaching and teaching. The old sage about, "Those that CAN, DO. Those that can't Teach and Preach" is true here. Sometimes you should just remain quiet about what you believe until you have earned the right to stand before men and proclaim that your theology works. EARN THE RIGHT!!
I was recently given the book of Obadiah in a prophetic dream with an emphasis on verse 21, highlighting the soon emergence of "deliverers." These will be God's champions who carry His heart, nature and ability as messengers of His Kingdom. Obadiah 1:21 declares:
"The deliverers will ascend Mount Zion to judge the mountain of Esau, and the kingdom will be the LORD'S."
Heaven's declaration for this season is to deliver the poor and needy from their natural and spiritual afflictions. This directive is applicable to both natural needs of the poor and the distresses of the spiritually poor in heart. Furthermore, there will be a specific anointing that functions like a flame of fire to consume spiritual stubble that is identified according to the spirit of Esau. Mark 9:49-50 declares:
"For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."
Esau was born with a right to spiritual inheritance, but he did not esteem it. His brother Jacob, on the other hand, greatly esteemed his father's covenant relationship with God. Perhaps as Isaac shared incredible stories of God-encounters between himself and his father Abraham it provoked Jacob and burned within his heart with desire for the same. On the other hand, it seems those things did not awaken or mobilize Esau, who sold that right for a mere pot of beans.
Despite obvious character flaws, Jacob was desperate for God's covenant blessing, and that seemed to capture God's attention. Even so, the Lord did not leave Jacob to squander in his issues. Jacob later in life had a "Jabbok River" experience with the Lord and dealt with his deficiencies to produce righteousness. His name was changed from Jacob the "supplanter or holder of the heel" to Israel, "a prince with God."
Part of the impartation granted to us will be the spirit of deliverance to free many within the Church from the spirit of Esau and the afflictions that have hindered them. It seems that many Christians and churches have experienced a season of barrenness. Nevertheless, our response to these spiritual directives will produce fruitfulness and multiplication through covenant relationship.
Simplicity and Purity
Recently, I heard the Holy Spirit direct me to tell His people that His plan is not a "cafeteria plan." It is not our prerogative to go down the line picking and choosing what we select to spiritually consume. Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from His mouth. If the Lord speaks it and places it in His Word, it is His expectation that we believe it and appropriate that truth into our lives.
The Lord is going to prepare a table for us and it will consist of that which is good, beneficial and healthy to our spirit, soul, and body. When Daniel and his three friends were led into captivity, they refused the delicacies of Babylon.
Instead, they insisted upon the diet that was sanctified according to God's Word. It could be said that Daniel refused the intoxication of Babylon and chose the "simplicity and purity of devotion." Daniel made a foundational choice rooted in devotion to God, and personal consecration and an overall "spirit of excellence" that brought significant promotion in Daniel 6:3:
"Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm."
Like Daniel we are commissioned to choose carefully what we eat. We are to "taste the good word of God" revealed in the now-opened book being offered to the remnant company that we may eat it and prophesy once again the revelation of Jesus Christ to this Last Day generation.
It is a true saying, "We are what we eat!" If we consume the revelation of Jesus Christ we will become the same. That is how we become living epistles read of all men. Isaiah prophesied to our generation saying:
"'A Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,' declares the LORD. 'As for Me, this is My covenant with them,' says the LORD: 'My Spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of your offspring's offspring,' says the LORD, 'from now and forever'" (Isaiah 59:20-21).
We Wish to See Jesus
John's Gospel records one of the most revealing statements that captures the heart of this hungry generation. John 12:21 tells us that a delegation from the Greek community came to the disciples and said, "We wish to see Jesus."
I can think of no phrase that more completely expresses our yearning than this one. Fortunately, Psalm 42 teaches that, "Deep calls unto deep." If there is an intense yearning within us, then there must be something to respond to that aspiration or we would not possess it. That principle has also been proven true through science.
If our body is hungry for a certain nutrient, then that nutrient must be available or we would not crave it. Likewise, if there is a burning and unwavering desperation to see Jesus and walk with him like John, Paul and others throughout history, then the opportunity must be available or we would not burn in our hearts for it.
Like the Greeks described in John 12, this generation is declaring, "We wish to see Jesus!" The only way that can happen now is by virtue of His Spirit joined together as one with us in a holy union that produces the greater works generation. These will be deliverers that ascend Zion with heavenly access and the Latter Rain revelation.
The Open Portal
There is an abiding Glory that will be entrusted to mature Believers to initiate this next installment of Heaven's blueprint. Spiritual doors are open with the invitation to "come up here" to see what He will say.
A "portal" is simply another term for a spiritual door. In Johns Patmos Island visions he saw a door standing open in Heaven and heard God's voice proceeding from it. Spiritual access was granted to him and reflects our present invitation for this season. Revelation 4:1 says,
"After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in Heaven! And the first voice which I had heard addressing me like [the calling of] a war trumpet said, 'Come up here, and I will show you what must take place in the future.'"
The word "door" in this passage is the Greek term "thura" and is defined by Strong's dictionary as "a portal or entrance that allows an opening or closure and can be literal or figurative. It is translated door or gate." We are offered divine access to come up higher in God for a fresh revelation of His glory that will transform us and cause us to reflect His light. It is the light of righteousness! Like John, we are hearing His voice say, "Come up here."
When the righteous walk into this abiding glory it will cause them to be illuminated to fulfill Isaiah 60:1-5. It will literally produce a shining in them that will dispel realms of darkness, eradicate the spirit of Esau, and invite many into the true knowledge of Christ.
Our portal or divine access will be granted through the realization of the spiritual attributes imparted from the Revelation 10 "opened book." This spiritual door functions like a well. However, instead of it descending, it ascends into a Heavenly place from which we draw on supernatural resources.
The Bible tells us the Word (Logos) became flesh and dwelt among us. One day the Word went into the Jordan River in a baptism experience. When He emerged, the Bible declares the Heavens opened and the Spirit descended as the appearance of a dove with a voice booming out of Heaven, "This is My beloved Son (huios)."
The union of the Word and Spirit will produce a mature son every time. That is how the sons of the Kingdom will emerge in this last day generation as deliverers with true spiritual authority and the anointing to reveal the King and His Kingdom.
The Revelation of Jesus
Peter received a blessing from the Lord because he had a revelation of who He was. It is the revelation of Jesus Christ that is the rock upon which His Church (Ekklesia - "Called out ones") is built. With that revelation comes spiritual authority!
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in Heaven.
"I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in Heaven." Matthew 16:16-19
More and more, the Bride of Christ will begin to understand our authority in the realm of the earth. We must learn to decree and proclaim Heaven's expectation in the earth. It is by our agreement with the Lord that these things will begin to be revealed and established.
We have now entered the season of restoration that will ultimately see the Lord's dominion re-established in the earth, as it was originally given to Adam (see Acts 3:21). This will foster an accelerated process of progressive restoration over the next several years.
The earth will continue to experience great turmoil as this spiritual conflict rages. There will be many earthquakes, volcanoes, viruses and diseases, disruptions in the seas and other forms of natural calamity. God's people must learn to take authority over these.
Obtaining Heaven's Blueprints
Throughout the prior years, the Church has attempted to formulate strategies, plans and agendas to accomplish God's plan on the earth. The intent has not been evil, for the most part, but simply to utilize our natural thinking to facilitate Heaven's plan.
Our challenge now is to receive our strategies, plans and agendas directly from Heaven's treasury room that harbors supernatural wisdom and knowledge hidden in Christ. There is an open door being granted to the Colossians 2 treasury room that contains everything we need to achieve our mandate! Paul prayed,
"that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:2-3).
The most encouraging aspect of this pledge is the experiential nature by which it is achieved. Though we clearly have the mandate to win the lost, heal the sick and deliver the oppressed, our most important directive is to know the Lord intimately.
Moses was not content with God's promise, he insisted on His presence and the revelation of His glory. In 2003, I was graced to go through a spiritual door and visit the "treasury room" of Colossians 2. This is a brief synopsis of that experience as written in Books of Destiny:
"When my eyes opened to this vibrant spiritual realm, I discovered that I was standing in a treasury room of Heaven. Intuitively, I knew that I had been given access to a chamber containing objects of such incredible value that it would be impossible fully to understand their worth. It looked very similar to a great king's treasury vault.
"However, the objects of unfathomable value in this room were not golden goblets or precious jewels. Rather they were scrolls, parchments, ancient books, and records. These contained the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden in Christ Jesus. It must have been what Paul was envisioning when he penned:
"'That is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.' Colossians 2:2-3
"The large room was filled to capacity with incredible artifacts, including paintings and architectural blueprints, even documents containing the secrets of the universe.
"The prophet Daniel prophetically identified this generation and described it as the "end of time" (Daniel 12:4). He foresaw and recognized a time when spiritual knowledge would increase and great mysteries of the Kingdom would be revealed. Many loyal saints are now calling upon the Lord to show great and mighty things. We desire to appreciate fully the end-time mysteries of the Kingdom.
"This is the counsel of the Lord:
"'Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.' Jeremiah 33:3
"We are clearly instructed to call upon the Lord with the expectation of being heard. When we do, we will be given the ability to receive precise, clear understanding from Him. We will perceive and embody prominent and awesome mysteries of His Kingdom that are presently unknown. Then the blueprint of Heaven for this long-awaited day will be unveiled."
The Lord has opened a Heavenly door like the one revealed to John on the island of Patmos, and Daniel while in Babylonian captivity. It is divine access being granted to the righteous who have heeded the messages of preparation over the past season.
Daniel saw God as the Ancient of Days and said,
"I kept looking until thrones were set up, and the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow and the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, its wheels were a burning fire. A river of fire was flowing and coming out from before Him; thousands upon thousands were attending Him, and myriads upon myriads were standing before Him; the court sat, and the books were opened" (Daniel 7:9-10).
Likewise, John beheld the Lord as the Just Judge and recorded,
"Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands; and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash. His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire" (Revelation 1:12-14).
This will be the day of divine justice. There will be a reconciliation of the injustices that have been committed against God's people throughout Church history. Likewise, this balancing of the books will also transpire in our individual lives as we prophesy in agreement with this mystery. The things that we thought would take us under will actually be the mechanism that takes us over into God's promise.
This will be a reflection of God's glory. God's goodness will begin to empower His people for this next phase of His blueprint. The righteous will begin to shine in the midst of darkness in ways we have never before seen in this generation. The upright will radiate with such purity that it will be a reflection of the Lord's nature.
According to Your Faith
The Lord had an appointment to walk with Adam in the cool of the day. Unfortunately, Adam was separated from God's presence because of disobedience. However, the way has now been opened for us to return to the place of intimate fellowship and personal walk with the Lord. He is calling us to that place for this generation. Amos 3:3 declares:
"Do two men walk together unless they have made an appointment?"
We have an appointment with the Lord Jesus in our generation. It is now time for God's people to respond to our prophetic destiny with Him. We are being called to walk with Him in this "evening time" generation. The Lord is touching us, granting eyes to see and ears to hear and live in this realm with Him.
Then He touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith let it be to you." Matthew 9:29
This is a picture of where we are in history. A tremendous revelatory anointing was demonstrated in our nation from 1946 until 1965; those wells of revelation and healing are about to be uncapped. The "sons of Zion" will begin to access those wells of living water in the days ahead and function as deliverers to this generation.
Paul Keith Davis
Paul Keith Davis has written numerous articles appearing in various Christian publications, including the MorningStar Journal, Charisma and Church Growth International. He has also written four books including "Thrones of Our Soul," "Engaging The Revelatory Realm of Heaven," and "Books of Destiny," all dealing with prophetic mandates placed upon the end-time generation. His newest book, "Angels That Gather," provides a Biblical outline for the harvest and insight to help access our end of the age inheritance. Paul Keith and Wanda, reside in Orange Beach, Alabama. Together they have five children and five grandchildren.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Samuel was only twelve years old and although he was a devout child, he did not yet recognize the voice of the Lord. So God came to Samuel’s bedside and called to him audibly. At first Samuel thought Eli was speaking; he did not know he was being trained to discern voices—to hear directly from God!
God was not speaking to the priest, Eli, who had grown deaf to His voice! In fact, it seems that only one prophet was hearing from God—the unnamed man who warned Eli that God was about to cut him off (1 Samuel 2:27-36).
Hearing from God takes more than quiet time alone. It takes more than simply saying, “Speak, Lord, for your servant hears!” No, there is not a formula for hearing God; there are not ten steps to follow. Before you can hear God, He has to be talking to you—and He talks to those who have prepared their hearts to hear!
Samuel had no deep theological knowledge of God when the Lord first spoke to him. But he had a tender, pure, devoted heart that was open to the Lord. So, what do you think God taught Samuel first after speaking to him?
The Lord told Samuel, “I’m going to judge Eli because he knew his sons were wicked, but he did nothing to restrain them! They should have been stripped of their robes and told, ‘You can’t go near the holy place!’ Now, Samuel, I want to show you My hatred for sin in My house. I want to show you what it’s going to take to hear My voice and walk with Me” (see 3:11-14).
It is no wonder the Bible says Samuel spoke such sure words—he had heard the voice of the Lord! He spent much time shut in with Him, praying, seeking Him, and God spoke clearly to him at all times.
There are people right now who have been trained to know God’s voice. These praying saints pour out their hearts to Him—and in turn He pours out to them!
They are as shipwrecked as Paul was on the Island of Malta. They are as snakebitten as he was when standing near the fire. The only difference is Paul didn't let the snake bite and shipwreck sideline him. Read the story: Acts28:1-10
The difference is for them the bite took and they ended up staying on the island for the rest of their lives. The call died.
It died there blaming the sailors, the snake, the people on the island and the bad winds that brought them there. They became useless to the kingdom.
It makes me sad. I know God would open the door if they would just walk thru.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Zombies, walking around believing you are successful because you have 2 cars, and a mortgage and can meet the demands for more things imposed upon your lives by the marketroids of the advertising gods.
Your kids have nice clothes with brand name labels, and you know some people who know some people...
Why then do you feel so empty and weary at the end of each day? Why do you have no energy to play, to laugh to dream?
"Oh, but I am living the good life! I am living the dream," you say, while your heart is locked a million miles away...
And you give yourself away, to people who don't care, who pay no mind that you're there... you give yourself away, in exchange for things that won't last, for all this world shall pass.
And then at last, your soul shall be required, maybe before you retire...and then what will you find as you leave all this world behind?
As you stand before Heaven's door... will you hear; "depart from ME evermore- I did not know you?" Or will you hear; "enter into the joy of your Lord, and all the Best that Heaven affords?"
The choice is yours, you choose it day by day...to WHO will you give yourself away?
The same choice was given long ago as MYs chosen people before two mountains stood. Life and death, blessing and cursing... good and bad... seems so simple and yet they stood, wavering on which way they should...
Choose Life , Choose ME that was my plea... it is the same I give to thee. Choose life, Choose ME, I hold all the keys to your destiny. Give yourself away to only ME, for I've already given My heart to thee!
Will you sing this song to me?
Saturday, November 26, 2011
No more show. Names will be brought to ruin.
Many who are pretenders, who have used words loosely, who have not been faithful, who prophesy for lucre will be exposed. Those using mental exercise instead of discernment will be brought down.
Many who have at one time made a name for themselves as platform prophets on tour will be set down or brought up to new levels. It all has to do with the purity of the call. God will not be mocked. Many have taken the name of the Lord in vain.
That is the word of the Lord.
On a personal note: As I heard this warning from the Throne, I begged, Lord keep me pure. Don't let your Holy Spirit depart from me. When I hear a word of warning like this I always imagine it's about me FIRST. So many trusted prophets I KNOW are not included in this. I do know this, you are about to hear and see God's hand of discipline and adjustment on the prophetic in the next several months.
The gift is not me, (or you), we are the gift wrapping, the box. The gift is inside. Thinking you deserve praise for being the box is warped thinking.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
All happy people are grateful. Ungrateful people cannot be happy. We tend to think that being unhappy leads people to complain, but it's truer to say that complaining leads to people becoming unhappy.
Ungratefulness stays the hand of God in our lives, Thankfulness releases the blessings of God in our lives. It's not just a good idea:
The people of Israel lost perspective and became unthankful Judges 6
When they cried out to the Lord because of Midian, 8 the Lord sent a prophet to the Israelites. He said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of slavery in Egypt. 9 I rescued you from the Egyptians and from all who oppressed you. I drove out your enemies and gave you their land. 10 I told you, ‘I am the Lord your God. You must not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you now live.’ But you have not listened to me.”
BUT GOD.. delivered them all from the hands of their enemies. You can read about it.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. ... Psalm 46
In the last 24 hours my Buick blew up, and I don't have a car anymore. My sister just broke her leg in several places and is now in a wheelchair and a friend has very bad cancer discovered.
YET...there is a river...that makes GLAD--the HOLY habitation of our GOD...that's YOU, ME
Thank You Jesus
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
There is an epidemic of pessimism, anxiety and hopelessness that has erupted in the United States and beyond. This is par for the course for any sociological system that is not built upon being thankful to our Creator. Romans 1:21 teaches that being unthankful is the cornerstone sin of all other sins, with a trajectory that leads to covetousness, worshipping creatures more than God, all sexual sins including homosexuality, and pride, gossip and all kinds of malice that eventually lead to full-scale rebellion against God (Romans 1:21-33)!
Read the Whole Thing
The Grave Consequences of Being Unthankful
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
As I was walking out of the store yesterday I heard a loud truck horn. I thought that a huge semitrailer truck was coming down the street but when I turned to look, I noticed that this blasting horn sound was coming from a small SUV truck. Then I realized that the man put that loud horn in his small truck. I remembered the time when I was a teenager, and my friend put one of those horn's in his small sports car. As I looked back at this small truck the Lord said; Don't judge anything or anyone from what you perceive or see in the natural.
The Lord says, I have created men and women and I have called, anointed and appointed those to be My mouthpieces for this time and season. This is the day that I am taking those who seem to be small and insignificant in the eyes of the world and raising them up to become My representatives, those who will trumpet My Voice, resound the words that I give them, and release my glory to a dry and thirsty land. They will speak as My voice with a mighty roar that will shake the nations. They will trumpet My voice and prophesy My word. They are those who know their authority and they have been chosen to change atmospheres. They are able to relate to all walks of life, because many of them have been delivered from a life of hardship. They will bring hope to the destitute, bring comfort to the lonely, heal the brokenhearted and ignite the flame again to those that have given up on their dreams.
Don't judge them by their outward appearance. Those that may seem small in the eyes of men will come forth with My anointing upon them and they will become as another man or woman. Don't despise those that have come out of the pit. Welcome those that I have delivered, transformed, and set free because I desire to use them mightily. I will raise up those whom I choose. Those that have been released from chains will be given the keys to unlock the chains of others.
They will do no more than what was assigned to them, neither will they be less than who they were called to be because their hearts will be aligned with My will. I will raise up those that are the least of them and make them mouthpieces resonating My word to the ends of the earth. They will know their assignment and minister in the authority that I have given them. So be watchful and pray for them as this divine shift transforms into a magnificent reality says the Lord.
1 Samuel 10:6
Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.
1 Corinthians 1:27
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
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.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Hebrews 11:1 --faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.Faith creates concreteness in things we KNOW for SURE and firms our hopes. There are essentials of the Faith that we all agree with or we miss God.
I Know for SURE:
- That Jesus Loves me this I know...for the Bible tells me so
- That my Redeemer lives
- That He paid the FULL price for my sins, I can do nothing in myself to atone for my sin
- That He will come again in glory
- That He ever lives to do me good for HIS name's sake
- That Sin Distances me from GOD but doesn't condemn me to hell as a Christian
- That God is a Spirit, and Jesus is God in Flesh and that Holy Spirit is His presence in me
- That He is ever faithful, never turns His back on me, never rejects me, always calls to me
- That nothing can ever separate me from Him, not height, depth nor any thing
- That I will dwell with Him in eternity when my time ends
What I DON'T know for sure.....(and neither does anyone else). These non essentials of the faith are those that cause great division. Tools of the devil:
- IF there is a rapture or not
- IF we go directly to heaven or hell when we die, or sleep, or face a judgment first
- IF we know what heaven or hell is really like, we have clues, that's all
- IF we will go thru the tribulation
- IF there even is going to be a tribulation
- IF the mark of the beast is an actual mark or something else (like our flesh)
- IF the Anti Christ is a spirit, a man, many men, many women or what he or she is or isn't
- IF Jesus showed up in 70AD at the fall of Jerusalem. I wasn't there and neither were you.
- IF the Beast is the pope, or Islam, or something not yet known
- IF Mary is special or not, or just another lost sinner needing a savior
- IF Jesus really is manifested in communion or not
- IF Jesus will come with an army of saints on a white horse
- IF The Kingdom of GOD is now, soon, never or eventually
- IF the news of our day reveals a soon coming Lord, or if we just have more news
- IF the signs of the times are indicators or if they always were
- IF everyone should speak in tongues. Or IF tongues even are for today
There are many more non essentials. Yet books are written, ministries are built and divisions created over such foolishness. This has been going on since the first century. Paul had young Timothy placed over the Church in Ephesus. The problem was, there were lots of people who had absolute certitude about all kinds of myths, mysteries, old wives tales, speculations and just foolishness. Read how often Paul warned against this spirit.
1 Timothy: 3-5
-----command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. 5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk (argumentation). 7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about that they so confidently affirm (certitude).
I Timothy 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
1 Timothy 6:4-5 They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5 and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
We are little different today. The divisions are still there. Some ministers make their mark by capitalizing on these divisions. Paul advised people to avoid them, mark them well and not to listen to them.
Romans 16:17 --watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.
1 Timothy 4:7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales
2 Timothy 2:16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some.
2 Timothy 2:23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
The difficulty in dealing with the things hoped for, the things about which we are not certain is I can make an opposite case of whatever you believe using Bible Bullets to beat you over the head. And so can you. Our discourse will descend to scholarly pedantry.
2 Timothy 4:3 the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
ONE THING I know with absolute certitude. People are dying without Jesus, on this side of the veil and the other. The world must know. It isn't helped when we manifest division.
2 Timothy 4:5 keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
No matter how much you think you know today, when you add 30 or 40 years to that, you will know less than you do now. You will regret the certitude you may have today. You will repent of it. Keep the main thing the main thing.
After almost 4 decades of serving God, I know Far Less than I did when I was 30 years old.
So will you.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Professor Simon Johnson, a former chief economist at the IMF, rattled nerves earlier this week by warning the world is "looking straight into the face of a great depression".
The grim data is coming thick and fast. Japan's machinery orders fell 8.2pc in September as the post-Fukushima rebound lost steam and the delayed effects of the super-strong yen began to bite. Export orders have been declining for eight months. "Outright contraction is possible in the quarters ahead," said Mark Cliffe from ING.
Exports in dropped 27pc in September, the sharpest fall in two years. Korea's exports have showed sharply, caused by a 20pc slide in shipments to Europe. Manufacturing has been contracting for the past three months.
Christine Lagarde, the IMF's chief, warned in that "there are dark clouds gathering in the global economy. Countries need to prepare for any storm that might reach their shores". She said "adverse feedback loops" are at work as financial stress and economic woes feed on each other.
China's carefully managed soft landing has turned uncomfortably hard, with ripple effects through the commodity markets. Spot iron-ore prices have dropped 30pc since July to $126 a tonne. Copper prices have fallen 20pc since August.
Barclays Capital said the risks of contagion to China has become serious. The bank is monitoring the country's "key high frequency data" for early warning signs of the sort of sudden crash in metals demand seen during the Lehman crisis...
"The credit spigot has been turned off in the US," said Chris Whelan from Institutional Risk Analytics...
Fiscal and monetary stimulus has disguised the underlying sickness in the debt-laden economies of the West over the past two years. This heavy make-up has at last faded away, exposing the awful visage beneath.
It is a delicate moment. The risk of a synchronised slump in Europe, the US and East Asia is bad enough. What is chilling is to face such a possibility with the monetary pedal already pushed to the floor in the US, and .
Worse yet is to do so with Europe spiralling into institutional self-destruction...
Paul boldly stated, “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Corinthians 2:4). The Greek here means “with proof.” Paul was saying, “I preach the gospel with proof. God and the Holy Spirit are backing me up with signs and wonders!” Hebrews 2:4 says that God did confirm Paul’s message with signs and wonders: “God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will.”
The New Testament believers had one prayer: “That signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus” (Acts 4:30). These apostles went everywhere fully preaching the gospel.
“Many wonders and signs were done through the apostles” (Acts 2:43). “And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. . . . And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women” (Acts 5: 12, 14).
Here is one of the most conclusive of all verses—proving that a fully preached gospel must include signs and wonders: “They stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands” (Acts 14:3). This verse says that the apostles ministered boldly for a long time, preaching grace and repentance, and then God granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
God’s last-day church will go “out and [preach] everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs” (Mark 16:20). That is what God envisions for us.
The miracles of this last-day church will be genuine, indisputable, undeniable,and yet they will not be well known. Instead, they will issue forth from the hands of ordinary, holy, separated saints who know God and are intimate with Jesus.
These believers will emerge from the secret closet of prayer—a small, prepared army full of faith, with no other desire than to do the will of God and glorify Him. They will be fearless and powerful in prayer. They will open entire nations for the gospel and God will confirm His Word by their mighty deeds!
Friday, November 18, 2011
During that time, Bishop Pearson said the Lord had warned him of a judgment coming on America. That an important sports figure would be indited of a crime and it would stain all of professional sports. That the Lord was tearing down a high place of worship of false idols.
I had no idea of what that meant. I did know it mattered. I kept it hidden in my heart. Then in June of 1994 the murder of Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson occurred. O J Simpson was accused. It was a time of great division. To this day there are people of strong opinions about all this. That was part of the Judgment.
Yet that time of judgment brought important reorientation regarding the hero worship that was rampant in America. It still reverberates. The O J Simpson event has modified our perspective on "Sports Heroes"
I have often wondered if this event was the one prophesied by John Hinkle so many years before in 1992. If you despise prophecy you will think this was all coincidence, And you would be the fool who says in his heart, "There is no God".
TODAY --- Our false idols have once again been established on the thrones of people's lives. The high places have been rebuilt. You can be a passive observer of sports 24-7 on 30 different Television channels. It has consumed our nation once again.
The high priests of college football are paid salary monstrosity without as much as a whimper from those who worship them. Abuse and derailment of otherwise good young men and women on the altar of college sports, not far from Molek, has been winked at by people with a vested interest.
Lives devoted to empty pursuits of sports are now becoming the norm. These open sacrifices are part of our culture. Like willing virgins of old who were indoctrinated into believing that there was an eternal reward for being thrown alive into a volcano, those who subject themselves to this abomination are innocent deceived victims. Very little different from the young suicide bomber who for a cause straps a bomb vest to himself and is willingly destroyed.
God is now judging the evil this has become in the land. The Penn State scandal has opened a door that has the fingerprints of Father all over it. Allegations and accusations are coming faster and faster. Exposure of sin and corruption. The high places must once again be torn down. The altars destroyed, not remodeled. The Dagons are being thrown to the ground.
Certainly not every coach, not every player, not every system is corrupted. That does not take away from the fact they are a high place. A place of false worship. Our treatment of the high priests of the false religion, coaches and teams has been judged and the handwriting on the wall is clear. Sin is in the camp. Christians have touched the unclean thing.
The worship of sports has replaced the Worship of the True and Living God. Many of those who bring their offering to those pagan altars are those who would insist they are devoted to the things of God in their lives.
Double-mindedness. Spiritual Schizophrenia.
As Father tears these things out of your hands, remember, his judgments are never fair, but they are always just. When you find yourself wondering if its fair to rob this school or that of it's program, remember fairness is not a Godly Principle. Justice, Mercy, Love, Compassion, Patience, Generosity and Righteousness are the hallmarks of God's hand.
"It's not fair" is a human paradigm...and it's not Godly.
God is judging the false religion in our land. Watch him move.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Matthew24:10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. New King James
Matthew 24:10 And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. 11 And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. 12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. New Living TranslationJesus is talking about how persecutions will come. How much hatred will occur. Betrayal. Apostasy. False leaders.
There will be a time soon when we will see this. It's already at the door. Satan is using the spirit of offense to create deep divisions. When it comes, there will be deep hurts. The hurt, the offended will lash out at anyone. That will amplify the offense.
I can't publish what I see coming. It is the kind of thing that will cause riots. Collapse. Disaster.
It will come because of the spirit of offense is in the land. Last May the Spirit of Riot and Lawlessness was released. That is the precursor of what is coming.
The only way it can be avoided is if HIS PEOPLE, those called by HIS NAME will vow right now to not take offense when it comes down. That no matter what happens, they pledge to remain in love.
Take the pledge today. That you will NOT take offense...betray....hate..... or believe what the false prophets tell you, even if they have "Reverend" as a title.
Evil days are coming.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
She said what ever:
- Weakens your reasoning.
- Impairs your tenderness of conscience.
- Obscures your sense of God
- Takes away your relish for spiritual things
In short: Anything that empowers the flesh over the spirit, that to you becomes sin, however good it is in itself.
"Nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus" (Galatians 1:17).
The apostle Paul clearly understood the call Jesus placed on his life at his conversion. He did not have to consult other men about this calling. But before he was released to begin his own mission, He went to Arabia for three years. Why did Paul have to go to Arabia for three years before he ever met another disciple of Jesus Christ?
The Scripture does not tell us plainly why Paul spent three years in Arabia. However, based upon many examples of God placing special callings on people's lives, we know it often requires a time of separation between the old life and the new life. No doubt, Paul had plenty of time to consider what had taken place in his life and time to develop an intimate knowledge and relationship with the newfound Savior. His life was about to change dramatically.
So often, when God places a call on one of His children, it requires a separation between the old life and the new life. There is a time of being away from the old in order to prepare the heart for what is coming. It can be a painful and difficult separation. Joseph was separated from his family. Jacob was sent to live with his uncle Laban. Moses was sent to the desert.
Perhaps God has placed you in your own desert period. Perhaps you cannot make sense of the situation in which you find yourself. If you press into God during this time, He will reveal the purposes He has for you. The key is pressing into Him. Seek Him with a whole heart and He will be found. God may have a special calling and message He is building in your life right now. Trust in His love for you that He will fully complete the work He has started in you.
Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
As I arrived at Detroit’s Ford Field to participate in TheCall—a summons to prayer, fasting, repentance and sacrificial worship that began at 6 p.m. Friday and ran for 24 hours—I passed a nearby park where protesters set up an “Occupy Detroit” camp.
As we parked the car, we could see about 35 men, most of them black, singing “God Loves Everyone” to the tune of “We Shall Overcome” and marching with a police escort toward Ford Field.
I didn't wait to hear what they may have said or talk with any of them. I was too eager to join the prayer service inside. In fact, despite the national headlines over the Wall Street protests, no one inside seemed to notice the occupiers were there. The crowd of about 30,000 that gathered at Ford Field had a different purpose: praying for America.
TheCall Detroit feels more intense and more anointed than the gatherings I attended on the mall in Washington, D.C., in 2000 and in Nashville on 7-7-07. On Friday night, most of the lower bowl was fairly full in the home of the Detroit Lions.
TheCall was one of many prayer rallies held on 11-11-11. From a platform at Ford Field in Detroit—decorated with huge banners adorned with TheCall logo, featuring young people intently worshipping the Lord and the words “No cost. Just sacrifice.”—event leaders pointed to prayer gatherings in London, Mexico and Egypt.
Much like TheCall events in other cities, worship was central. Some music was worshipful and slow like “Show me Your Face, Lord.” Other music was worshipful and loud. Young people standing in front of the brightly lit stage danced and worshippers raised their hands in adoration of the Lord.
Interspersed by a wide variety of music, prayers were offered for Native Americans, Canadians and Mexicans. But the strongest focus was on America—getting this nation turned around.
The central figure on stage was Lou Engle, whose vision founded TheCall. “The DNA is changing in America,” he shouted in his raspy voice that is so recognizable. “People are hungering for God.”
On stage Engle was surrounded by pastors from Detroit, like Andre Butler of Word of Faith in Southfield, as well as national leaders like Mike Bickle of International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Mo., and author Francis Frangipane. Many took turns offering fiery prayers asking God's forgiveness of our national sins.
Cindy Jacobs, co-founder of Generals International who earlier had issued a prophetic word about this being a turning point for America, prayed that Canadians would forgive Americans for invading Canada in the War of 1812.
Prayers continued to alternate with music in the early hours of TheCall. Rather than sermons, leaders offered comments about abortion or racism or turning Detroit around spiritually. Engle said he believed a new “sound of worship” would come out of Detroit, the same city famous for producing the “Motown” sound.
I decided only a few days before I went that the Lord wanted me to drop everything and attend. I'm glad I was obedient.
Sunday Services can be a good time to do this. This can be when we are able to step back and watch him move as we respond to his presence. There are so many things that make some Church Services Extraordinary: When we WORSHIP for long enough to touch heaven, When we dance, run, shout, march (been a long time since we had a Jericho March), Laugh out loud, sometimes cry, prophesy, declare, cast out demons, minister deliverance, fall down, jump up, minister healing and in general refuse to be ordinary...just extraordinarily supernatural.
How did we ever get into the rut of 3 songs, a sermon (not too long now), announcements, a written or (ROTE) prayer, an offering and off you go --- all in under 55 minutes? No wonder our churches are emptying out.
Let's GET REAL!
It's time to start ENJOYING Church
Monday, November 14, 2011
An advanced arsenal of heaven’s weaponry is ready for the body of Christ to bring about this new season of victory. This armory is not about well-tried methods or techniques, but unique one-time-use battle strategies. The enemy will be as unprepared and disarmed, as he was in the Jericho battle. The walls fell as soldiers obeyed God in faith and used previously untested methods of warfare.
The weapons are not based on man’s wisdom, skills, experience, track record, method or techniques, but on the specific and absolute obedience to the commander of the army of heaven and his direction.
We are transitioning from the predominance of organized religion to apostolic anointed leadership - From Saul to David.
Hearing and obeying the Holy Spirit will bring victory over the darkness, where man’s methods and strategies have failed.
Some may ask the question; “What are the weapons and new ways that we will use in the future?”
Well that’s the old way of thinking – and it’s missing the point; each weapon is given by God to tackle a battle. These are not techniques or methods to be applied, but heaven sent strategies and actions that come as commands from heaven.
Prior to the time of the Kings – government by man with or without God – Israel was led by God called prophetic judges. Before the creation of the temple – Israel followed heaven sent fire and smoke. While King’s appointed generals over their armies, the Joshua’s and judges met with the Lord and His angels, before heading into battle under a divine battle plan.
Some victories will come about by special individual initiatives that God anoints, through those ones and twos that are walking in faith with Him. These will bring victories that will be outside any natural expectation of realistic possibilities. This will be like two putting ten thousand to flight.
While others will involve sections of the body of Christ moving together under anointed leaders given to fulfill a specific task.
Prophetic keys will release and unlock what has long remained closed. Unlocking the doors, breaking the dams, unstopping the wells that the enemy has erected. Nothing is impossible when the key to the door that no man can shut is used, by one chosen and walking in obedience to God. Receiving the specific keys for the next door in the timing of God’s purpose will enable the saints to walk into impossible situations with the right formula for the hour.
There are many keys. Some that will open up new levels of divine healing power, which will result in unprecedented healings taking place outside the usual contexts. Some will pioneer specific healing anointing that will be recognized as totally effective over certain diseases without great faith being exercised by the recipients. These healings will be signs to unbelievers and encouragement to the flock of God of the reality the power Living God. Groups of healers will descend and stir up towns and cities with Acts of the Apostles impact.
Evangelists will move in new models on the streets, not as preachers on platforms, but as carriers of the spirit of repentance and salvation. Personal evangelists will find words spoken forth from their mouths that will resonate with the unbeliever causing a readiness to receive salvation without deliberation or delay. Prayer will bathe these efforts and wells of generations long ago will be like bowls tipped over poured out intercession.
Tried prophets will speak forth the steps God is calling the church into; opening up the exciting Christian life that will capture our imagination and hearts uniting both the new generation and old.
Worship leaders will find a deeper release to lead others before God’s throne by obeying the Holy Spirit and moving as He directs. They will bow before the Holy One of heaven and invite His presence to fill the place. Music and song with take back stage. Man’s effort will bow to the heavenly sound as the worship on earth transforms the atmosphere to the tunes from heaven.
Saints who have waited on the fulfillment of words that have long been matured and held in reserve are ready to see these hidden vessels uncorked.
The feast is ready the heavenly food is prepared a table is set before us it is time now for the dreams to become reality.
This champagne will bring the release untapped individual callings as long-held prophetic promises from God are stepped into. Those who have held on patiently need to shift gear out of idle neutrality in readiness to move forward into battle. Rather than sitting patiently now is the time to sit on the edge of the seat, or pace up and down praying in expectation of the manifestation of the inheritance. Not by human effort, but in catching the timing of heaven, preparation continues hidden as underground storage, and co-operation with God.
Some will be given a long awaited word that the time to be released into ministry has come.
Prophetic keys – One of the vital keys is the key to wardrobe
One of the keys being released is the key to the wardrobe of heavenly garments.
The people of God will be able to take on new robes (roles) as God bestows his mantles upon them and then switch into another, like colors changing as they are reflected.
No more limitation to apparent specific gift identity.
The wardrobe releases garments of grace to be part of the feast of the bridegroom enjoying intimacy with the King of Kings and walking in Kingdom authority. Knowing our identity and equipping in Him brings effectiveness in ministry.
Many mantles given to past generations were never picked. There are callings and much revelation that has been released long ago that have yet to be fully taken up by individuals who were first called to pioneer these ministries.
11 But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 'Friend,' he asked, 'how did you get in here without wedding clothes?' The man was speechless.
New King James Version (NKJV)
For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, And was clad with zeal as a cloak.
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Sunday, November 13, 2011
Age and wisdom do not always equate to one another, but they often do. Rehoboam was the son of Solomon. It appears that Solomon had become heavy-handed in his employment practices by placing an overbearing burden on the workers. This was causing a problem with the northern tribes. It was the equivalent to a threat of a labor strike. Jeroboam was like the head of the labor union. In fact, he had fled from Solomon because of the abuse he perceived was happening. When Rehoboam was selected as the new king, he too was facing opposition to his practices.
"Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you." Rehoboam answered, "Come back to me in three days." So the people went away (2 Chron 10:4-5).
So, Rehoboam asked for advice from the older men who had been a part of Solomon's reign and then he asked for advice from his younger contemporaries. The elders advised Rehoboam to not be too concerned. They told him that if he did, they would be loyal workers the rest of their days. He chose not to take this advice. The younger advisors told him to tighten the reigns more. This turned out to be bad advice. As a result, the northern tribes rebelled, and the kingdom was permanently divided.
Today there is a tendency to discount input from older people. However, God has placed wisdom in older people that the young can learn a great deal from. Do not despise input from those who may be considerably older than you. God has placed a level of wisdom in them that can help you avoid major mistakes.
Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Ephesians 5:5 You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.We have all been in pain over the recent Penn State situation. If you read or hear what is being said the question that keeps coming up is, "Why when they saw this evil or heard about this evil didn't they do something"? Now the punishment is coming for all who saw no evil spoke no evil. They are sucked into the whirlwind they sowed by their silence. Innocents are being punished, yet the guilty are using influence and money to avoid accountability. Those who are partners in this is everyone who takes part in this at any level, players, coaches, college administrators, team boosters, ticket buyers, NCAA, Big 10-12, ESPN, TV Sponsorships. They are partners at one level or another in contributing to this evil. NOW they must step back and clean out the temple of the money changers who caused this. Don't be deceived, the main goal is not the Continuation of College sports, it's the MONEY. The root of this evil as well.
6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don’t participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.
10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. 12 It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. 13 But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, 14 for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said,
“Awake, O sleeper,15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
rise up from the dead,
and Christ will give you light.”
There are consequences for inaction. Ask Joe Paterno. He didn't DO anything, yet he was a part of this and now he is punished...legacy gone. Many of our churches will preach on this Sunday. Not against FOOTBALL..against the monster it has become. There are lessons for the Church, for politics, Even before today's game there was a time of prayer with both teams. I'm sure it was touching, even healing. YET, it's not the right response. If this goes on without all the passive players removed from any level of influence there will be no reformation. Reformation is needed.
Without too much cynicism, the prayer before the game in the shadow of still unrevealed evil is the moral equivalent to a story I heard from Apostle John Eckhardt. He was preaching a conference in Nigeria. He was staying in a nasty hotel. There were prostitutes soliciting right outside his room. They proposed a "business deal". Apostle said, "I'm a preacher of the Gospel of Jesus". They said, Oh, that's OK, we'll come in and pray with you. Of course they weren't allowed.
A guy I was counseling in his troubled marriage used the same logic of "Prayer Makes Sin OK". He had a girlfriend. He was a "Christian". He said his wife and he didn't get along. He told me how compatible and loving his girlfriend was. That she was the kind of Christian he wished his wife was. That before he would "Sleep: with his "Christian" girlfriend they would pray together. Right before they jumped in the sack to commit adultery. That is profound deception.
I'm afraid those who cooked up the prayer moment before and after the Nebraska Penn State game today were equally as deceived. Prayer without repentance and reconciliation is pointless.
If I had a son or daughter at Penn State, I would LOVE to see him or her get the message that the Apostle Paul writes about. Have no part...at all in acts of darkness.
It's time for College Football to straighten out. Never mind the Outrageous salaries paid to the coaches (Nick Saban).
When this all happened I had a personal experience that drew directly from this event at Penn State.
On Wednesday I needed to use a large tractor for a task. I don't own the tractor. The landlord does. When I went to use it, it was gone. One of the tenants, a relative of the landlord had sold it. Fenced it basically. This was a $5000 tractor at least, and I'm sure he got less than a thousand. Just like a fence. The man who sold it has a track record of being a bit less than honest. In fact he has a streak. I had seen him sell of small things that he didn't own. I didn't say anything, but I asked. I always got an evasive answer. A lie.
But this situation on Wednesday in the Light of the Penn State Scandal was a turning point. I knew I had to say something. I had to go to the landlord and tell him that a tractor had been stolen from him and sold.
When I confronted the "Thief" he ran. He tried to hide. He made all kinds of excuses. He became defensive. No repentance. I can only hope he will come to repentance.
Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins. James 5:20I was willing to sacrifice any relationship we ever had to do the right thing. I know this will sever what we had. That is the choice of the WORD of God. Take NO PART in works of evil.
There is a secular iteration the Ephesians 5 passage.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)
One must not remain silent in the face of obvious Evil and neither should any of us. These are evil times. There are evil people. When you are confronted with EVIL you have a choice. Speak out or become one of the monkey trio - see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
We are accountable as watchmen and watch-women on the wall to cry out. Even as the son of Zadock did in 2 Samuel 18 when he brought the bad news of the Death of Absalom to King David. We must speak up without being a talebearer. We must confront evil OR allow evil to reign.
For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, And for Jerusalem's sake I will not keep quiet, Until her righteousness goes forth like brightness, And her salvation like a torch that is burning. Isaiah 62:1
Friday, November 11, 2011
Jonathon was a twenty-five year old son of a pastor who was working in his local Christian bookstore. He started seminary but was unable to finish because of a lack of finances. He was OK with working in the store, but felt it was second-best. In fact, sometimes he felt he had "missed his calling."
Then one day a young woman wondered into the store. She was distressed. She was not a believer. Her husband had just left her and she did not know where to turn. She was walking through the mall when she noticed the store. She decided to walk in, not knowing why.
"Hello, may I help you?" said Jonathon. "Well... I don't know. I saw your sign and just came in." Right then, she began to cry. She told Jonathon about her plight, not knowing why she would do such a thing with a perfect stranger. Jonathon listened and began to talk with her. Before the conversation was over, Jonathon had prayed with the woman and led her to faith in Christ.
That night Jonathon pondered what had happened that day. He realized he had personally led a woman into eternity by being available in his workplace. He felt a new sense of purpose behind what he thought was simply a job to put food on the table until he could get to his real ministry. He confessed to the Lord his wrong view of his work. For the first time, he realized it was ministry too.
We have incorrectly elevated the roll of the vocational Christian worker to be more holy and committed than the person who is serving in other arenas. Yet the call to any workplace is as important as any other calling. God has to have His people in every sphere of life. Otherwise, many would never come to know Him because they would be separated from society.
Wherever you are called, serve the Lord in that place. Let Him demonstrate His power through your life so that others might experience Him through you today.
Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
During our Head of the Year Celebration, the Spirit of the Lord began to speak about containers and I began to prophesy: "This will be known as the year of the CONTAINER. You will either be contained or you will shout with Me and break out of your containment. Your house can become your captor or your house can become My glory. This is the time for structures that contain and stop the flow of My plan to be broken, so allow the shout of the King to rise up through your mouth. When you release that shout, walls and confinements will break."
I have shared several times since then about the need to watch our ports and the containers coming into our nation. Wednesday, November 2, 2011 news reports began to emerge regarding the safety of containers processed in Vietnam. FoxNews reported:
Multiple international shipping agencies are conducting a comprehensive review of refrigerated containers processed at a Vietnam port, the Pacific Maritime Association said in a statement, after some units exploded, reportedly killing two mechanics in Vietnam and one in Brazil... The Coast Guard said it is working closely with shippers and port officials around the nation to identify any potentially faulty containers, isolate them, and ensure they are rendered safe. – by Edmund DeMarche
In this watchman season, continue to pray for the containers that come into our ports, and that anything unsafe or hostile to this nation would be exposed and rendered harmless.
Worship and Harvest: An Apostolic Perspective
We have entered a new worship season in the earth. I call this "The Season of Harvest Songs!" This is an apostolic season.
An apostolic season is where we receive our call and are sent into the fields that have been prepared for harvest. We have a mentality of celebration, work, war, and triumph all expressed through worship. The harvest is a picture of God's judgment. Jesus used this as a metaphor to make us realize that there will come a time when He gathers those who believe.
The harvest has already begun. It began when Jesus first came and now is maturing rapidly. Yet there is a "tug-of-war" in heavenly places over who will control the harvest and bring the resources into the storehouse. Luke 10:2 says, "Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." (NKJV)
Worshipping in Spirit and Truth is necessary to enter the war in the earth realm for a Kingdom Harvest. There are many fields and all are being prepared for the harvesters, the WORSHIPPERS, to enter. Storehouses are being prepared. The final theater of war will be the War of Harvest. Harvest time is when we are at the end of a season, the crops have matured, and there must be a gathering.
Revelation 14:15-16 says, "And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, 'Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.' So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped."
The Weight of His Glory
In God's Unfolding Battle Plan (Regal Books, 2007), I share the following: We face a multitude of wars in various dimensions and from every front. In the next 20 years, all nations will reconcile around Israel, while some will arise to become dominant on the world scene. The United States of America will attempt to find its voice new and fresh but will not be heard as loudly as in the past. Mammon will be the greatest influencing force of rule in the world. Bloodlines will continue to conflict with other bloodlines simply because nations are comprised of people with unredeemed blood. The carnal mind will continue, as always, to be in enmity with God and resist His knowledge. Antichrist will continue to have a plan to rule the earth. However, the earth – again, as always – will still be the Lord's and the fullness thereof!
Because the Earth is the Lord's and He has a plan of fullness, He has a plan of Harvest. Harvest is a process. The grain must be cut with a sickle. What has been cut is then gathered into sheaves and taken to the threshing floor where tools or animals are used for the threshing. The grain is winnowed and tossed into the air, where the wind separates and blows away the chaff from the heavier kernels of the harvest.
The last phase of harvest is the storage finale. This occurs when the kernels are shaken in a sieve so that the harvest can be stored. The war dynamic of harvest is maturing at this time over this point of the process. We are in a shaking process. What can be shaken will be shaken. The Lord is shaking away the iniquities in our lives, corporate gatherings, cities and nations that would make us less "marketable."
The key to our harvest is the weight of His glory. In the winnowing stage, the weightier kernels do not blow away. In the season ahead there will be many issues that cause us to be tossed to and fro. Without the weight of His glory resting upon us, we will be blown away and not complete the harvesting process that God has released into the earth. We can only receive this key to harvest if we learn to worship in Spirit and Truth.
We Are the Harvesters
Not only are we being harvested, but we are the harvesters for the future! Dr. Robert Heidler, the incredible teacher that I serve with, recently wrote me the following: "Two nights ago I had a dream. In the dream Linda had been out shopping and came home with a cardboard box. In the box was a rattlesnake. She said, 'The Lord told me if we would bring this rattlesnake into our house and keep it there for three weeks that we would enter into a season of endless harvest.' So we did. We put the poisonous snake in the garage and kept the door closed to make sure it couldn't get in to the main house. We were very careful how we went into the garage because we knew we had a rattlesnake in the house. I awakened and remembered that when we were commissioned and sent, we were given authority over serpents and scorpions.
The problem is the Church has been so frightened of the world that we won't let ourselves get anywhere near its contamination. But if we will put aside our fear and bring the world into our homes, not to become 'of it' but to convert and sanctify all the culture for God's purposes, we will see that we do have authority over the power of the enemy."
I heard the Lord say: "Some of you are resisting bringing the enemy under your feet. That's what is keeping your next level of portion from being unlocked. The harvest is yours. Do not fear the enemy when I give you the enemy. Ask Me for your desire on your enemy. If you'll ask Me for your desire on your enemies, what I will do is bring that enemy in and within three weeks everything that the enemy has held up, confiscated, or taken from you, I will give you. The storehouse the enemy was guarding, you will now own the key!
"There is a time that harvest comes! Even if your harvest season was once captured, in My plan and in My season I can cause a harvest season to come back around again. Open your eyes. Open your eyes of faith. Open your eyes of expectation! I am a God that is able to bring harvest back to you. If you are willing to seek Me, if you are willing to set your face like flint, I can bring the windows of Heaven back over you so what you've lost, what has been walled up and stored away from your use in one season, can be released now! You can see the harvest come in and secured for this day.
"Worship Me in Spirit and Truth and I can cause cities and cultures that knew Me not to be transformed in a day. Hear My songs of Heaven. New songs break old cycles. Harvest songs are being released. Sing with Heaven and I will send hosts to assist you in the Harvest."
Newsletter dated November 9, 2011:
I believe it's very important that the Body of Christ understand that we are in a monumental time of shifting. I believe if we shift spiritually and grab hold of the keys of revelation that the Spirit of God has for us today, we will be victorious as we move forward in this season ahead. Here are seven keys to advancing:
1. New Synchronized Moves in a New Administration! Dream!
As the Body of Christ, we have entered a season of new vision. With new vision comes new administration. How will we "add and cooperate" with the ministry of Holy Spirit in the future? We are going through many changes here at Glory of Zion International and with the Global Spheres Center. I felt before the Lord allowed us to move us into our new offices there would be changes He wanted to accomplish.
I had a dream last night. In the dream, Rose Flieger, the administrator for our Schools, and I were learning synchronized swimming. They were new, complicated moves. We were in a group of five people and the instructor was teaching us how to move before we went into our next season of demonstration. Rose decided she did not want to learn new moves. When she did that, the swimming pool filled with sewage. What is the Lord saying to us in this? Don't refuse what He is trying to teach you, or else the living water you have been swimming in will become sewage.
2. Creating an Environment for Miracles!
I believe that the Lord is asking us to create an environment for miracles. What does that mean? Most people get frustrated because they have a difficult situation, ask God for a miracle, and then do not see what they were asking for manifested. We are seeing miracles begin to happen. In the past, I have seen miracles manifest, but I believe that we are going to a new level. We are creating an environment for miracles. The Body of Christ must not only take a turn toward healing, but press in for the release of miracles!
We have entered into a season where the gift of miracles will be activated in the Body in a new way. Ask the Lord, "What is a miracle?" We must see a faith activation! The Issachar anointing and miracles work together! Worship and praise lead us into miracles! The Mashach (anointing for miracles) is here today! The more Glory in a place, the more miracles can be conceived. This is why no miracles could be activated and seen in Nazareth! We want to break the Nazareth Syndrome and enter into miracles!
3. Overcoming Religious and Familiar Spirits!
This is a season to overcome religious and familiar spirits. What are religious spirits and how do they work? They are deceptive forces that have labored to stop the progress of the Church throughout the ages. Religion should not be a bad thing if we adhere to the literal meaning, which is to consider "divine" things. Religion has three meanings in the Word of God: outward religious service, the feeling of absolute dependence, and the observance of moral law as a divine institution.
James 1:26-27 defines religion from the Christian point of view: "If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world."
Religion is linked with worship. Religion, when pure, is powerful. However, religion is also defined as an organized system of doctrine with an approved pattern of behavior. Behavior has to demonstrate a proper form of worship. This is where we move from pure and undefiled religion to ritual. Demons of doctrines take something that should be pure, and develop dark, spiritual forces, robbing individuals of their freedom to worship a Holy God, leaving them, instead, with only rules and regulations.
I have always been a creative thinker and an expressive worshipper. I have been known throughout the Body of Christ as a modern-day Prophet that expresses the heart and mind of God. I have always had to maneuver past spirits of religion that would resist the gift of God. Demons hate revelation from God. They resist those gifts in the Body that bring revelatory freedom to the members of the Body. Religion attempts to stone the revelation of apostles and prophets because this revealed Word establishes God's foundation in the Church for this age. First Corinthians 12:28 sets an order of governmental gifts in the Church for victory in the world. That order is "first apostles, second prophets." Religious spirits defy God's order.
Religious spirits can also just deny change! That can make individuals get so routinized, or in a "rut," that they do not want to shift into today's methods for victory. The carnal mind is in enmity with God. Therefore, religious spirits attempt to block strategic thinking for the future. Our mind and process of thought aid the Spirit of God to produce change in the earth.
The Lord's disciples had to have revelation of who He was, who they were, and who their enemy was. This is still relevant today. The Pharisees had a choice to either deny the divine nature of God or realign with the expression of His Son. They either had to keep rules in place that prevented any behavioral change in worship, or begin to worship in Spirit and Truth. Most failed in making the choice that could have changed their lives, their families, and their society. Therefore, in Matthew 16 we find Jesus taking the keys from the scribes and Pharisees of that day and giving them to the future leaders who would defy religion and lead the Church into its future.
4. Going Beyond the Footmen!
Anne Tate came to me this morning and shared the following: When dressing for work, I felt the Lord was asking me to wear my running horse necklace. Jeremiah 12:5 immediately came to mind: "If you have raced with men on foot and they have tired you out, then how can you compete with horses? And if [you take to flight] in a land of peace where you feel secure, then what will you do [when you tread the tangled maze of jungle haunted by lions] in the swelling and flooding of the Jordan?" (AMP)
The Lord is communicating to us that we are past the place and the time of our enemies being footmen. Our enemies are different in this new season and will require new things of us. In the last season we contended with enemies that were organized and ordered with a certain similarity. However, this season our enemies have the ability to give the illusion of flight and carry the reality of solid weight. Running horses look like they are flying. They occupy a place higher than men.
In this season we are not contending with forces that we can physically overpower. It is a physical impossibility for us, as men, to run with horses or compete with them in a race. Just so, it is not possible for us to pick our own path through tangled situations that threaten to overwhelm us circumstantially and devour us. In the season we have just entered, to overcome we will have to learn to gain authority over the wild things that infest our new territory by seeing from a new perspective over them and riding everything that can be captured and submitted for the purposes of God.
5. A New Big Wave Ahead! Can You Ride the Wave?
There is a new wave of God's Spirit coming. This wave is bigger than any that we have known. Carol Boren shared the following: I had a dream where Bill and I were in a boat and all of a sudden a huge wave, like a wall of water, rose up. The boat began to go straight up the wave. Bill was holding tightly to something so he would not fall out of the boat. He kept thinking that we would get to the top of this wave and then come slamming down. He looked at me and I was just calmly sitting in the seat of the boat taking it all in and enjoying the thrill and wonder of what was happening. Then suddenly we were back in calm water. He looked at me and I said, "You shouldn't have been so freaked out. I knew this was the Lord doing this!"
What God is saying: Many will be frightened by the swell of the Spirit of God that is coming. However, the Lord says, "Stay in the Boat and Ride the Next Wave of My Spirit!"
6. The Last Push into Victory!
There is breakthrough and then there is ultimate victory! Remember, David overcame the Philistines, but they regrouped and came against him again. The Lord said, "Here is a new strategy, 'Come from behind! But wait until you hear the sound in the tops of the mulberry trees!'" After many years of war with the Philistines, he finally took the Mother Bridle City in 2 Samuel 8. Don't stop until you overcome all!
Many of us have warred to enter, occupy and experience the fullness of our promise. We have warred against unrighteous structures that resist the righteousness of God and us, His people. The time has come to pursue and finish off our enemies so they can no longer raise their hand against us. This is what Gideon did in order to destroy the ravaging grip of the Midianites over them.
7. A New Power to Overcome! Stay Steadfast in Who You Are!
There is a new power being released. The Body is becoming less gullible and learning to discern in new ways! We have a power greater than the world structure that attempts to mold and conform us! Heidi DeHart shared the following dream: I worked in some kind of corporate job. I was working on a project for a specific company. I got a letter asking for private information about that company. When I looked closely at the letter, I realized it was a forgery, so I didn't send the information the forgers wanted.
That night, I was sleeping in my parent's house. It didn't look like their house, but it was. I was awakened by two men breaking into my room. One was armed with a sniper type rifle, the other wasn't armed. As soon as I saw them in my room, I began yelling loudly for my parents, telling them there were men in my room. They came in, but just stood there. I felt safer because I wasn't alone.
The unarmed man began to talk with me. He was not threatening; just trying to convince me that I was too "conservative" for the job position I was doing. By conservative, he meant "Christian." He wanted me to move into a different position because I wouldn't compromise the privacy of the company I was working with.
I said to him, "But this is America! Our freedom of belief is protected here!" He chuckled, and said something like, "That's what you think, but that's not really true." Occasionally, the man with the rifle would shoot me with a green laser. It didn't hurt, but it made me feel numb all over, and I'd sort of fall asleep and wake back up again. I think it was supposed to make me easier to convince.
While he was talking, I realized that the night was full of activity. People's lawns were being peeled back, and huge shipping containers were being dumped into holes under the lawns, and then the grass put back so that everything looked the same in the morning. It was a huge government conspiracy-type event, where everything was happening while the people slept, and it all looked normal in the morning.
The unarmed man kept trying to convince me, but I refused to agree to his plan. I began to explain to him that he was going to have a hard time convincing people when the Kingdom of God was inside of them. It was not a mindset and an attempt to change our identity.
I said to him, "Look, you're going to have trouble changing people's minds, and here is why: God is in Heaven. People and satan are here on Earth. God sent Jesus down to Earth, and Jesus is called 'Emmanuel,' which means 'God with us.'"
Suddenly my left hand moved like a magnet and the palm connected to the side of his left hand. I heard a sound like a triangle being rung over and over again, and power came from inside of me, down my arm and hand, and into him. All I could say was, "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!" and then I woke up.
Use these seven keys to unlock your future ahead!
Chuck D. Pierce
Glory of Zion International Ministries
Dr. Charles D. "Chuck" Pierce has been used by God to intercede and mobilize prayer throughout the world. He is an ordained minister and serves as President of Glory of Zion International Ministries in Denton, Texas. This ministry facilitates the vision of other apostolic ministries worldwide. Chuck is known for his accurate prophetic gifting which helps direct nations, cities, churches and individuals in understanding the times and seasons we live in. He also serves as President of Global Spheres, Inc., an apostolic ministry for apostolic, prophetic and intercessory leaders. Peter and Doris Wagner complete the leadership team of this new apostolic wineskin.
He has a degree in Business from Texas A&M, Master's work in Cognitive Systems from the University of North Texas, and a D. Min. from the Wagner Leadership Institute. He has co-authored eleven books and authored five books. Chuck, his wife Pam and six children live in Denton, Texas.