Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Word of the Lord for 2015

As I do every year, I lean in to hear what the Lord is Saying for the year to come.  Sometimes it is detailed.  Sometimes in riddles.  He gives us what we need to hear.  He prepares us thru the prophetic. Our hearts are more ready for a word at junctions and pivot points like the turn of a year.

A few years ago the Lord told me that 2015 would be a turn around year for the Body of Christ and the USA.  Yet there is a global backdrop that needs to be understood.

Here are global bullet points the Lord gave me.

  • Russia: Hard times repression, but no return.  Stirred but not shaken.  Genie in the bottle is out, and won't go back.  No revolution = no return.  Nationalism more like Early Germany.  Blaming others for the depressed state.  Gives vent.  Danger is only if they lose all hope.
  • China Stumbles..  Global economic reset hurts china.  Client states will not do well with it.  Yuan wanes.  Jesus is winning over atheism. 
  • Islam is exposed naked and ashamed.  Isolated yet when cornered more dangerous - for a while.  In war winning battles losing war.  Islam will fall.  Jesus will reign in the hearts and minds of men and women in the middle east.
  • Korea perceived strength is weak.  A paper tiger in the north but still a tiger none the less.  Reaching exhaustion. South must prepare for next.  It's not war.. It's impact.
  • Cuba.. all the noise and fury yet nothing really changes for the better.  Just a drift.  The problems there are from government not from former embargoes.  Communism exposed.. again.
  • Europe - the EU was a consolidation and is now fragmenting... in currency.  Return of the D-Mark.
  • Africa cannot find its way as a continent.  Like a huge dark auditorium with 50 small and a few large various wild animals stumbling about looking for light.  The true struggle has yet to be engaged.  It must be their victory. It cannot come from outside.  The corruption will crush any reform.  They must be left to work this out or they will stay a slave state as a continent.
  • South America.  Suddenly it's 1970.  Like nothing ever changed.  Reset is coming.  It will start at the corners, Venezuela and Argentina.  Pain will be great.  Some nations will avoid direct pain, but there will be no hiding place as it happens.  It will destabilize for a while. 
  • India - Pakistan et al.. Darkness and Light in a Fight for the souls of the nation.  Light will win but darkness never retreats without a fight.  Not this year.. but don't give up.  Victory will come.
  • The USA in the year to come... Political storm and fury.  Lies and Deceit.  Yet In cooperating with the new congress and senate he begins to form his legacy and he becomes as good as many hoped.  By the end of 2015 essentially his term is over.  Yet there is a great testing to come.  A crisis not yet seen.  His leadership will be tested one last time. 

Exposure and Light shines on a culture that knows not God nor Man in favor.  A porcupine culture.  Corrupt.  Broken.  Selfish.  Easily misled.  Made up of lost souls.. some of whom think they know Jesus.. but don't know Him ………really. 

Economic Reset in the USA and in the world will result in the rich becoming even richer and the poor even poorer.  There is a smaller middle ground.  Those who are poor cannot find their way in the world they hoped to inherit. Skills were never developed when they should have been.  The lies the poor are told increase their poverty.  Their victimization is increased and as they accept the role they lose control. No victim can rule.  Not even themselves.  The focus on victimization increases their despair even more.

In the economy, as things change, people are becoming dependent even more on others and on the supernatural provision of God.  Government will fail.  Institutions will fail. 

Oil, energy, agriculture, industry will be good in the USA but globally, there will be difficulty.  Expect a 3rd quarter stumble as interest rates increase and consumption backs off.

The war between the Church and the Body of Christ
There has been a long simmering feud between Christians who no longer find a place in the church but are a vital part of the greater body of Christ.  God is responding to this distrust.  He is moving outside the four walls of the church at a greater pace than ever before.  Huge moves of God are taking place, even globally, but little of it is taking place in the Church.  Holy Spirit is invading earth in spite of the fact that He is not welcome in most churches today.

God is doing new things in many places where no one thought we would ever see Him again. In the media, movies made by secular groups are preaching the truth of God's word.  In spite of their efforts to distort.. He cries aloud thru them.

Even with cultural influences for evil and distortion like the news channels and TV in general, God is shining his light on what is not working.  He is shaming them all the time.  While trying to walk a cultural middle ground, they trip and fall.  People no longer believe all that is said or done.  Yes the gullible do, but the discerning are becoming aware of the corruption of these flawed values.  The alternative media wins over the lies from the old ways.  Lies and liars will be exposed.  Light will come out of nowhere.  Lies and fabrications will cause many to doubt that which government and bureaucracies say.  Global warming has become a lie that didn't hold.  It was exposed by light.  More will come in 2015.  Doubt in authority will grow in 2015.  This is a mixed blessing.

These changes as God shines his Light on the darkness is creating an increasingly conservative new generation who cannot stomach the old wine.  This is good news for the ever expanding Kingdom of God and for the burgeoning body of Christ.  It will not be great news for churches who cannot see this and who will fail to be there as it come to pass.  Some will find a way to connect with what God is doing.  Most will not.  A rapid vital organic spiritual increase will show itself greater in 2015.

Hunger has been stirred.

 The pangs are real.  The middle ground of compromise is going away.

His hands, feet, mouth and heart are busy building up the new reality.   The old reality is passing away.  Those who can see and embrace what is happening will prosper spiritually in this day. It will be disconcerting to set aside what is comfortable.  Those who cling to the old wine will falter.  Light and exposure will ferret out the ordinary and usher in the supernatural. 

There will be health scares again and again.  There is a whole industry built on the foundation of keeping people frightened.  Fear NOT HE says.  Dependence on broken systems and policies will cause many to turn to the great physician.  Healing power will of necessity be released.  The rug has been pulled out of dependence on mammon and his medicine.  Faith works and in the year to come will be proven again and again.  The fear of death which is the basis of the health scares will be broken and people find eternal life and confidence.

There will be increasing pressure from the deceivers of the Saints.
They will use old tools in new ways.  Riches and their pursuit will trip up many.  Deception born of ignorance will increase as young people leave uneducated defrauded by a system that was supposed to give them a foundation.  Gullibility to myths and reasoning will trap many in the snare of a fowler.  Chains of victimization will be clamped around the ankles of those so deceived.  It is a time for those who know their God to look deeply at what they think they believe.  He (the devil) wants to keep them under his feet in submission.  He can only do this thru deception and lies.  Only truth can chisel off the chains that bind.  Truth sets people free.  The largest sea of impoverished victimized people come from a single deception accepted which grows into a web of thousands of blatant lies.  Give NO PLACE to the enemy.  Be on your guard.

Great floods of darkness will come in these deceptions, but the Lord is lifting a standard of truth against the enemy's flood.  Many eyes will open, scales falling off...yet, those trapped by them will suffer intentional blindness.  The very elect, those called by his name on the earth (maybe not in heaven) will choose intentional blindness over truth in the year to come and find themselves worse off at the end of 2015 because of it.

Bad leadership has caused the USA to groan.  Corrupt leaders in Government, Business, media, entertainment have a demonic assignment to deceives the saints of God.  The lost are already deceived.  An example would be the movie God's and Kings (Moses and the exodus) as truth.  People have become accustomed to believing what they see on screens.  Hand held and Big Screen.

The Great Civil War Before Us
We are still in battle, not yet war.  Skirmishes.  Between the Establishment and the Rebels.  Those who would control and those who want to take control away. 
This is in the Economy, Government,  Media, Education, Churches and the new wave coming in all those areas.  The old establishment will not yield easily.  The wave to come is more powerful than you can imagine. 

The Global Reset

It will most hurt third world countries and developing nations worst.  Rich getting richer, poor getting poorer, even globally.  Attempts to help will be weak and fruitless.  While the USA will chug along OK as will some of Europe, Australia, Japan, New Zealand (developed countries) deeps recession and despair will be widespread.  Some will result in wars, but mostly just pathos of need.. Much need.

2015 is the year of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.
This division, wealth inequality will lead to demagoguery.  When you hear the words “income inequality”, you will know the voice of the deceiver has been raised.  The poor will be with us …..always.  Wealth inequality only serves as a stepping stone for more to enter into wealth.  When all are the same, everyone is poor few can emerge.  It is a sad delusion when man thinks he can heal this inequality by policy and not opportunity. It only serves to enrich a few bureaucrats at the top, the elitists, and impoverish the rest.

Here is what the Lord Says you can expect personally in 2015:

"My Kingdom is growing. Be part of it. I will never abandon you.  I will cleanse you. I will wash you.  I will make you new again and again.  Yet to do this I must chasten you.  I love you too much to allow you to drift very far.  The world I have prepared for you here, your temporal destiny, is better than you are now living.  I have much more for you.  More than you can ask or think.  My world for you is secure, safe, confident.   In it you are loved, destined for more, directed clear eyed by Me. 

I love you too much to allow you to wallow as the tail and not the head.   Yet many of you are not yet ready to be the head so I must allow you to remain as the tail until you are prepared to be positioned for headship.

I must wash away all that is not of ME.  I must Cleanse all that is YOU out of YOU.  There must not be any strongholds between you and me that keep you from the full knowledge of ME.  You must be clear eyed to be the head.  When you are ready I can trust you with what I called you long ago to do.  Great wealth, influence and authority are yours.. but you must first be fully MINE.

My love for you is patient and kind, YET my dealings with you must be painful for the moment to be effective.  You must break free from mindsets and strongholds that keep you from being ready to sit in the places of authority I prepared for you.

I cannot bring you up until you are brought to full submission to my purposes in you.   Those purposes may not be what you think they are.  As you do the good works I have called you to, I will cleanse and purify your hearts until I can trust you with great wealth, power, riches, authority and influence in the earth.  It has always been my purpose in you.  You hold the key to the timing. Don't resent the delay.  Many have entered in quickly.  You can too... but first set aside all that is between you and ME."

Thus saith the Lord for 2015 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Word for the Year 2015 by Larry Ecker, a Prophet

2 Chronicles 7:14

This is the word for this year. If My people do not repent, do not turn from what they are doing, their land will not, can not be healed.

Healing begins from within. The world was based upon My word, not the word based upon the world. Therefore is it not from within (the church), that healing must first begin? How therfore do you expect the outer (the world), to become healed? You want to see less hunger, less killing, less sexual sin, less idolatry,less pain? Then first heal from within, then the healing will move outward.

You have heard judgement begins in My house; as well healing of the land also begins from within with My church, My people. I Am going to pour out more abundance to those who repent, who heal, this coming season. Do not be mistaken, your adversary also will be pouring out an abundance. Do you think he will sit back with no repercussion? Do you not think he would have done so already knowing his defeat by My Son? Do not be deceived, your adversary is roaming as a lion ready to devour.

But do not be dismayed, if healing begins from within, it shall manifest outside. If healing does not begin inside, that which is already happening shall progress and escalate. Without healing, My protection is reduced, removed. Heed these words. Do them for the time is at hand, the fields are ripening. Though harvest has begun, it pales in comparison to that which is before you and coming.


Monday, December 22, 2014

"Our God is a dancing God! He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy! Zephaniah 3:17" Let the Great Dance Party Begin!

He joys over you with singing and dancing - He's more excited about you than you are about Him even on your best day of whooping and hollering. You can't whoop enough.

Ten Rites of Passage We Must Complete Before Receiving God-Given Influence and Authority -- Joseph Mattera

By “rites of passage” I am referring to a person’s transition from one status or phase to another. In the church we have various ceremonies that mark different phases of spiritual and biological maturity like baptism, first communion, confirmation, etc. However, in the context of this article, a rite of passage is more of a test that is part of a process God uses to bring believers into another stage of maturity, before assigning them to another level of kingdom service.

Biblically, we see great leaders who have gone through different stages of their lives which prepared them for something greater than what they were called to do. For example: the patriarch Joseph, one of the sons of Jacob, had various tests and experiences before he was made second in charge to the Pharaoh in Egypt; Moses was in the wilderness for 40 years before God called him to be the deliverer of Israel; King Saul persecuted David, who hid in the wilderness for many years before God elevated him to be the king of Israel; even Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days being tested by Satan before He began His public ministry; Jesus also had to endure agony in the Garden of Gethsemane before He was ready to go to the cross and be raised from the dead.

The following are some rites of passage (ROP) I have observed as a believer for almost four decades.

1. The ROP regarding dependence upon God instead of man.

The higher the calling you have, the greater the tests and more intense ROP you will have to go through. As we look at the most effective leaders in the Bible, they all had one thing in common: their utter dependency upon God to fulfill their callings. The more you grow into your higher calling, the more fragility there is, along with so many moving parts that you have to trust God to bring everything together every day so you can survive. This is the only kind of person He can release to the highest levels of spiritual leadership.

2. The ROP regarding learning courage in the face of fear.

One thing I learned many years ago was that obedience to the will of God meant that I had to leave a predictable life and live a life of risk based on faith. You live on the edge so much in so many areas that it sometimes takes courage just to get out of bed in the morning. God cultivates courage during an intense ROP in our lives to prepare us for the next kingdom assignment.

3. The ROP regarding obscurity.

One of the greatest ROP is being willing to obey God without the accolades of men. God cannot thrust us into the public eye if we cannot first serve him faithfully in obscurity.

4. The ROP regarding adversarial circumstances.

One of the most common ROP is during times of testing where everything in our lives is under attack. I have had seasons in my life lasting more than several years at a time in which I experienced major pushback and conflict in every area of my personal life and ministry.

I knew this was my ROP because it always came right before God wanted to bring me into another level of my divine assignment.

5. The ROP regarding financial lack.

Sometimes there is no immediate provision for a divine vision. God uses these times to test our hearts to see if we want to do something for Him based on financial gain or for His glory. He also wants to know if we will continue to move forward in obedience even if we do not see a long-term financial solution. For example: the children of Israel were required to continue to obey God even when they did not know where there next meal was coming from when they were in the wilderness for 40 years.

6. The ROP regarding silence from heaven.

There are times of testing in which there are long periods when we do not continue to receive clear words of affirmation or confirmation regarding a calling from God that He gave us a long time ago. It is always much easier to keep on going when we receive ongoing prophetic encouragement and/or divine endorsements through others, but maturity and preparation is often cultivated more inside of us when the heavens are silent for a period of time and we have to live completely by faith.

7. The ROP regarding loving those who hurt and abuse us.

One of the hardest ROP is during periods of time when there are many relational conflicts and misunderstandings from those closest to you. This is a very important ROP that involves learning how to love unconditionally through the insults, abuse, neglect and persecution. If God can trust us to walk in forgiveness and love the unlovely unconditionally, then he can trust us to demonstrate His heart to others in higher levels of leadership, no matter what the circumstance or response.

8. The ROP regarding faithfulness during the mundane.

It is probably much easier to demonstrate faithfulness to God when there are big events, a crisis, and/or great movement replete with incessant action. I believe more people fall into unfaithfulness when things get boring and mundane. This is a key ROP that teaches the believer to cultivate the joy of the Lord during slow, boring days and seasons in their lives. (For example: consider Moses being 40 years in the wilderness of Midian which prepared Him for the last 40 years of his life that was replete with non-stop action as he became the deliverer of Israel.)

9. The ROP regarding finding contentment only in God.

Ultimately, the greatest ROP is to learn to get ultimate satisfaction in honoring and worshipping Him. Every person and everything we have or accomplish in this life will soon pass away, and God will often work to strip out of our hearts every secondary thing we depend upon for happiness and fulfillment. God releases his highest calling to those who delight themselves in Him.

10. The ROP regarding prioritizing our mission and focus.

One of the greatest ROP for accomplished leaders is the ability to say no to good opportunities and open doors. God will often test us to see what we will say no to, before he brings better opportunities He wants us to say yes to.

About the author / Joseph Mattera

Joseph Mattera has been in full-time church ministry since 1980 and is currently the Presiding Bishop of Christ Covenant Coalition and Overseeing Bishop of Resurrection Church in New York. He is also serving as the United States Ambassador for the International Coalition of Apostles, and as one of the founding presiding bishops of the International Communion of Evangelical Churches.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

On the Spirit of Poverty in this season.

It's a deeply rooted spirit. It has little to do with money. It has everything to do with who you are, your heart, your temperament, your personal baggage, the strongholds in your life, the lies you have bought into, the people you surround yourself with, the influences you allow in and your innate stinginess or generosity. You can be a billionaire and have a spirit of poverty. You can be homeless on the street and have a spirit of poverty. BUT the most telling sign of a spirit of poverty is the unwillingness to be generous to others with EVERYTHING you have. Money, Time, Credit, Sunshine, Love, Compassion, Patience and a host of other attributes those who live in abundance of heart have by accident.

Show me a poor person (like Ebeneezer Scrooge or like the person living hand to mouth in a tenement somewhere), it's the same spirit. And at this time of Christmas, it's time to break the back of the spirit of poverty. It's not about the offerings, tithes, seed or giving you give to your church. That's one of the strongholds. It's much much bigger than that. A by product might be that you give to a ministry, but if it comes because you believe there is a big payoff later.. you kid yourself.

To be released from the spirit of poverty takes an encounter with all the Ghosts of your life that haunt you. It is the result of a worldview and mindset that the devil delights in you having. IF you really want freedom from poverty and it's spirit, you start with YOU. IF you have no skin in the game, you can't be set free from poverty.

Read this Bible story and think about it.. Poverty starts with dependance on other peoples money, giving, generosity and free stuff. Rich people are as bad with this as poor, but to get out of the spirit of poverty mindset they must revise thinking:

David Builds an Altar unto the Lord
1 Samuel 24:18-25
On that day Gad went to David and said to him, “Go up and build an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.” 19So David went up, as the Lord had commanded through Gad. 20When Araunah looked and saw the king and his officials coming toward him, he went out and bowed down before the king with his face to the ground.

21Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?”

“To buy your threshing floor,” David answered, “so I can build an altar to the Lord, that the plague on the people may be stopped.”

22Araunah said to David, “Let my lord the king take whatever he wishes and offer it up. Here are oxen for the burnt offering, and here are threshing sledges and ox yokes for the wood. 23Your Majesty, Araunahd gives all this to the king.” Araunah also said to him, “May the Lord your God accept you.”

24But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”

So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekelse of silver for them. 25David built an altar to the Lord there and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then the Lord answered his prayer in behalf of the land, and the plague on Israel was stopped.

Here is the question, would the plague have been stopped if David had taken the gift and offered it to the Lord?? I think not.. But you need to think about the plague of the spirit of poverty you face and ask yourself the question. Do I have skin in the game?

Friday, December 19, 2014

What Race is a New Creation person?

As perhaps an unintentional Prophetic Act, I often find myself bodily right in the center of people who's skin color is not like mine.  Certainly I fit better in a prophetic and apostolic Church like Crusaders where most of the members are black.  But it's more than that. It's where I eat, it's where I shop sometimes, it's where I stay in  motels when I travel.  I default.  I have learned a lot from this.  I am well aware of how others react to those around me and to me.  I see white privilege.  I get it. Yet, I cannot do anything to change it.  Outrage will only confuse the situation.  There is a biblical understanding required.

Something happens when I encounter people, who don't know me, who immediately recognize me in the spirit.  I look at them, and in a tenth of a second they know, I know.  It's just not being friendly, it's spiritual radar.  Like minded.  Like precious faith. Spirit to Spirit.  The Bible talks of this:

Romans 8:12-17 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
 In that when we know as we are known of one another all identity based on externals fades away.  We are one.  Unified.  We carry the banner of our race, NEW CREATION.  It is more important than our fleshly identification.  It is our identity in Christ that becomes dominant. 

This can (and does) happen in a restaurant, in a mall, in an encounter anywhere.   Soon like in the matrix, I have become aware that there are only TWO RACES on the planet.  Old Flesh Uncreated and New Creations.  

Once we begin to see ourselves in our true identity, most of what else seemed to matter.. doesn't.  If it does.... you might want to check your spiritual passport for RACE.  That might be the problem.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

It's Time to rebuild the Spoiled House

President Lincoln once said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand".  He was alluding to the scriptures in Matthew, Luke and Mark that Jesus spoke. They are at the end of this word.

Divide and Conquer is the devils motto.  Division weakens a marriage, a relationship, a city, state, country.  A church. A business.

Di Vision means there are two visions.  Only one can be right.  Yet we now live in a day and time when DI VISION is the rule, not the exception.  Tolerance, compromise and justice are the cry of the day.

Jesus prayed for unity.  John 17:22-23  He hated Divorce.  Paul the Apostle plead for unity.  Ephesians 4:1-6    Philippians 2:1-11

During the Exodus that Moses led, there was disunity and God punished it by the earth opening up and swallowing those who spread disunity.  He will again. 

I don't think many who read this will disagree so far.  Yet, among those who do, many will decry the lack of unity based on the idea that I must agree with THEM.  That we must find middle ground.  Compromise.  Sadly, there is no compromise.  God doesn't make a deal with the devil.  We as believers should not.

There is a disunity in our nation that is deeper and more evil than I have seen in my many years on the earth.  There is no singularity of purpose.  There is a great divide.  There is no middle ground.

It has been going on for a while, since the 60s.  I remember well the years after World War Two.  I grew up then.  There was not much disunity.  We were "one nation under God".  We aren't that any more.  There are wedges that the Devil has brought upon the nation, the church, friends and families that have divided us deeply.  I see the enemy's hand in this clearly and as a prophet must expose it.

Here are the major fault lines of disunity.

  • Secularization of our culture, media, business, and pushing believers behind closed doors
  • The War on Women or Men?  We are being divide along gender lines
  • Islamic Intolerance and influence in our nation growing
  • Homosexual Normalization in the military and marriage
  • Racial Division intensified, see brown and martin and the race bait protests
  • Inequality between takers and makers, have and have not, wealth and poverty
  • Atheist Evangelism (take everything of God out of the public square
  • Life as a Value (abortion and euthanasia)
  • Family Destruction divorce and unmarried mothers is now the norm
  • The Intentional Dis Education of our Children in public education

Certainly some of these things existed 50 years ago, but the divide is now deeper, much deeper.  It would be easy to blame bad leaders.  I certainly have been critical of President Obama in supporting many of  these divisive (dis-unifying) policies like abortion on demand, racial division, greater economic disparity, homosex marriage and military and public education at the expense of real education.   The truth is he is a symptom more than a cause.

We are a nation divided.  As I listed these things, you may say, it has always been this way.  No it hasn't.  It isn't in many places.  Our supposed tolerance in our nation has created this division in the name of justice, tolerance and compromise.  There is no justice in division.  One side must prevail or there will be division.  In the military a person who acts outside of the unity of a unit is considered dangerous and is expelled, or tried for treason and shot.  An army cannot do battle without unity.

I would ask you to carefully think about how far from the plumb line of Unity that Jesus Prayed for we are. As Believers FIRST.  We should be Kingdom, and a Kingdom divided cannot stand.  Jesus words:

Matthew 12:25
And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

Luke 11:17
But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.

Mark 3:22And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils. 23And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? 24And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. 27No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.

Our house is spoiled, Home, School, Media, Church, City, Nation, World.  YOU as a believer didn't do it, but you were supposed to be the strong man, the one that the devil feared. He no longer fears.  It's time to rebuild the House, in Unity, not compromise.

You can't foment violence and disunity in the name of tolerance and justice and build the Kingdom at the same time.  It doesn't work that way.. and you only have to see what Jesus said to know.

Time to take back the ground the devil has stolen.  Let's rebuild the House of Unity.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Devil's Kryptonite

Last night Apostle John Eckhardt said something that has stuck with me.  He said, "Prophets are the Devil's Kryptonite".  

I have considered why that is more true than I think at first blush one might think.

Kryptonite as you may recall from Superman movies was the only substance that could weaken or disable the man of Steel.  Nothing anyone else could do had the same effect.  Not bullets, not bombs, not belligerence.  Just Kryptonite.

WHY, because he was vulnerable to it's effect.

Why then is the Gift of the Prophet and Prophecy Kryptonite?

Which of the Five Fold Gifts are the most damaging to the Devil.

Evangelists. They certainly do damage, pulling people from the fire.  But they are still exposed.  Deception can creep in.  There are secular evangelists as well.  They pull people.. sometime to perdition.  Too many Evangelist are lone wolves.  Huge altar calls leaving new born lambs vulnerable to wolves.  Just what the devil ordered.

Pastors.  It's a good thing to be a shepherd of the flock.  Protecting.  Watching over their souls.  Yet it is a defensive action.  It is saying be careful.  Walk this way.  Yet the Devil's empire isn't much threatened by sheep in the sheepfold hiding behind closed doors.  Little Flock.. not much damage there.

Teachers. We need to have people well informed... yet the Devil knows how to teach God's word as well.  And he does it all the time.  He tried to teach Jesus in the wilderness.  He's still at it.  When you hear politicians and public people using Bible Bullets to make a point you know that teaching is being polluted.  It is good to have good teaching, but it doesn't change much.  Teaching in the last 4 decades as the major emphasis of the Body of Christ has rendered the Church weak.  You can't teach people to victory.. they must see it for themselves. 

Apostles.  This is a powerful gift and makes inroads into enemy territory for the Kingdom of God.  Setting up new outposts. Equipping warriors.  Yet as instrumental as this gift is, the Apostolic in it's zeal to plow ahead can miss the little foxes that will come behind and tear apart these exploits.  It's a powerful weapon against the enemy, but not Kryptonite.

Prophets have the one thing that the other four need to do what they do.  Fearless Truth.  Discernment.  Boldness. Without the fear of man.  Willingness to sacrifice all for the victory.  The devil lives on deception, lies, fear and timidity.  He loves preachers who are trying to build a ministry but not build people.  Who will do anything to get the church to grow.  Who fear members leaving (and their tithe).  TRUTH is the kryptonite that disables the devil.  When the bony finger of the prophet says "You Lie" the Pastor might say, "now now, not so harsh", the teacher might try to find examples in the bible, the Evangelist can't make an altar call from it and the Apostle wonders how he can launch from this.

It's the exposure of the schemes of the enemy that are the kryptonite. He hates light.

The other four offices are in need of having prophetic kryptonite in their ministries.  Except they won't.  Many pastors (leaders of churches) do not want any prophets around.  They are happy to live in ignorance.  Feel safer without having some prophet say.. (Like Jesus) "Why are you tolerating that Jezebel in your church?"

IF your little Israel can't be troubled with truth, you live a lie. 

You need some Kryptonite.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

From Apostle John Eckhardt.. On Prophets

 In prophets, we see many sides to God’s heart. Compassion, hatred of sin and unrighteousness, holiness, grief, encouragement, power, joy, zeal etc.

The prophet carries within them the heart of the Father. They feel what the Father feels at different times. This can be a difficult thing for prophets to learn to handle.

The prophet can feel as if they are on an emotional roller coaster. Don't fret and don't be confused. You are special. Your carry within your heart the heartbeat of God. David was a man after God's own heart

The prophet is concerned about God's agenda, God's purposes, God's plans. This is the priority of the prophet, and not the agenda of man. The prophet knows that only the plans and purposes of the LORD will stand, and anything else is a waste of time. Prophets don't like to waste time on things that are not ordained by God.

Prophets love the presence of God. God's presence is the oxygen they breath. They hate it when the presence of God is not in the church. They cant abide programs without presence. They cant stay in places that have become an Ichabod.

They don't have a problem being in long services when the presence of God is there. David, a prophet, loved God's presence. His prophecies came out of being in God's presence.

This is the priority of the prophet, and not the agenda of man. The prophet knows that only the plans and purposes of the LORD will stand, and anything else is a waste of time. Prophets don't like to waste time on things that are not ordained by God.

Prophets are the Early Warning System.

An early warning system is a condition, system, or series of procedures indicating a potential development or impending problem; A network of sensing devices, such as satellites or radar, for detecting an enemy attack in time to take defensive or counteroffensive measures. Prophets can see trouble coming before it arrives.

Prophets Have Sharp Discernment. (Radar)

This is a strong point in prophets. They discern. This is sometimes hard to handle because they are sensitive to the spirit realm. "Discernment in the Greek language means judicial estimation, discern, disputation. It comes from a word meaning to separate thoroughly, withdraw, oppose, discriminate, decide, hesitate, contend, make to differ, doubt, judge, be partial, stagger, and waver. (Sandy Warner).

"When the discerner is confronted with something that appears good on the outside, but isn't, it becomes a stumbling block to his spirit. His flesh sees good signs, but his spirit is disputing, opposing, hesitating, contending, differing, doubting, staggering, and wavering against the outward appearance.

Discernment is an internal war as one grapples to line up what they perceive, with Who God is, and what is being offered."

(Excerpts of Sandy Warner's book "Discernment-Separating the Holy from the Profane".)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Prophesy Truth even when it hurts

Senior leaders must be willing to answer the call to be prophets for the day.

We need more prophetic voices in our churches.  But too many who are able to tell you that you are going to write a book, money is coming your way, God is going to give you a better job or you will come into great things soon have a real hard time telling people the truth, even if it's not popular, even if it's painful.  Like the Prophet Jonah, it's better to run away and be eaten by a fish than tell people something that might help them be delivered of deception.

The pastor who helped form me spiritually nearly 40 years ago, Dan Rothwell, was always prepared to give a balanced read to his congregation when national events took place.  They were solid, balanced and based on the truth.

Senior leadership is called to break the chains of lies that bind the people for which they are responsible. If they fail to do so, God will remove them.  This is not a new word, it is much like the word given a few years ago when lies became the sound of the day.

Like Jonah, finding truth will cost you, will make you uncomfortable, will cause you anger and you will struggle with it.  Yet if you buy into the lies and don't confront, you will be condemned to remain rabble.

There were spiritual leaders in Jesus day who joined the cries, "Crucify Him".  They joined the rabble.  They no longer were breaking chains, they were participating in binding the people to a dogma of deceit.

The last several weeks I can tell you with authority that many senior leaders have become part of the rabble rather than chain breakers.  They no longer hear or discern truth.  Like Jonah, they have run from truth.   Even when the lies are blatant, when the lies are from the pit of hell. They joined the rabble and cried "Crucify".   

Why?  They fear man more than God.  They want to avoid being stoned.  They want to be accepted by man more than honored by God.  They want to be popular rather than truthful.  They have lost the gift of discernment and their are consciousness seared from seeing reality.

God will not allow His shepherds to long stay on His platform without repentance and turning from the lies.  He will remove them or cause their influence to be reduced, masked or hidden.  Many call of God leaders now are in the shadows because a covering angel has come to protect the people of God.  The misleaders are now rendered useless.  Exposure of sin has become the threat of the hour.

I never watch the show, but I am familiar with the Maury Povich line "That was a Lie".  We need to have leaders stand before their congregations and tell the truth.. even if it hurts.  "That was a Lie".  If truth is discarded, the way is made for lies to invade even more.  It is like playing with a Ouija board, it opens the door to supernatural invasion of deception.  That is why I am fighting it so hard. I may be a lone prophet, but God has called the true Prophets of God to call out the lies,  It's past time.

Of course this is about confronting the myths surrounding the murder of Michael Brown.  After Trayvon Martin I prophesied that next time the deception would be even deeper.  Because the lack of courage on the platform, the current deception is greater. 

Yet the lies go unchallenged, when they should be called out.  Of course that will take risk. It might mean losing a few members (and their tithe).   You might be stoned.  IF you had courage you would attack the deception.  You are being weighed in the balance and if you are found wanting will be removed.  Repent from dead works.

There are things that must be confronted that are lies floating around right now.  If you do, it will break the chains from your people.  Do you love them enough to tell them the truth?

  • Mike Brown held up his hands and said, "Don't Shoot".  That is a lie
  • Mike Brown was shot in the back.  That is a lie
  • Mike Brown was a harmless child.  That is a lie
  • Mike Brown never touched Darren Wilson's gun.  That is a lie
  • Darren Wilson shot Mike Brown 12 times.  He did shoot his gun, but he's a lousy shot.  
  • Darren Wilson was paid a half million dollars by ABC for his interview.  That is a lie
  • Darren Wilson is going to retire on full pension from the police force.  That is a lie.
  • Mike Brown didn't rob the store we see on video... An amazing lie.
  • The cops set fires that burned Ferguson.  That is a lie.
  • Mike Brown never touched Darren Wilson.  That is a lie
  • Mike Brown was shot from 150 feet away.  That is a lie (and would take a pretty good shot to do so)

There are truths that are not convenient to the lies:
  • Once Mike Brown was shot he kept coming, there is a 21 foot trail of blood to show it.
  • Mike Brown is the real victim here, his mother and her boyfriend (not stepfather) weren't even raising him.  Grandma was.  So all the outrage and "they killed my baby" does not line up with reality.
  • People who told the truth to the grand jury were warned not to do so. The rabble tried very hard to intimidate them. 
  • The Grand Jury was not hand picked.  It had been assembled long ago (January of 2014) to hear such things.  9 white 3 black.  About the mix of St Louis County.  From Voter Rolls.  IF you aren't a voter you weren't called.  They have nothing to gain nor lose by bringing a false verdict.  When I heard a leader make an irrational statement like "Indict the Grand Jury" it was out of line.  

So who wins when lies are propagated, when the rabble riots, when the division is deepened, when people become accusers.  The answer is easy, SATAN. This is all a scheme of satan.  Father of Lies.  Creating enmity between people.  Accusing the brethren. Sadly he succeeded and those assigned to protect the flock led them to slaughter.

To be clear, none of the lies have to do with the racial tensions, they are simply lies created by the enemy to discredit those who should know truth but choose a lie instead.  Yes there is racism,  and it must be dealt with, but not by lies.  That solves nothing.

The Bible calls this behavior out.

2 Thessalonians2:10and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. 11For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, 12in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.
Those who are about to be judged most severely are those who decided to believe the lie.  What do you think Father will do with such?

I read the book of Revelations.  It's not good news for liars.