Thursday, June 25, 2015

Heat and Pressure Produces Diamonds or Dust

It is well known that a diamond is just a lump of coal under heat and pressure for a long time. However if you take that same lump of coal and put it in heat or pressure wrongly you destroy it and end up with ash or dust. 

In the last week the Lord has been showing me His truth regarding all that surrounds the killing of 9 saints at the AME church in Charleston SC.  There is great GOOD that will come from the blood of those martyrs.  It is happening already.  Look past the insanity of a trapped devil as he screams and you can see it.

This has resulted in the exposure of how the lie machine works in the USA. There is an industry set up to fuel the fires of hatred when events like this happen.  Yet those on the ground in South Carolina were not phased by the hate machine.  The father of lies was driving a bus that has resulted in unwise action and reaction of all those who jumped on.  It is easy to see the result of those things.  Fury and storm are in the air.. but not in South Carolina. 

Remember who the enemy really is and how he works.  The devil has no new schemes.  He has always twisted truth, "Hath God Said".   He is always distorting Scripture and appearing to be religious (Jesus tempted of the Devil).  He is always motivating people to obey their flesh and murder (Cain and Able).  He uses lies and false accusations to motivate people to take mob action (Crucify Him).  He tries to change the natural law to accomplish his goals (When the music starts, bow down to the idol).  He puts people in religious positions accomplish his mission (Jesus speaking to the Pharisees in John 8 and in particular the verse 44)

You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

We must be aware that when we see things being torn down, destroyed, burned up, killed, stolen and lied about that it is all direct from the pit of hell.

The good news is the gates of Hell cannot prevail, will not prevail against the goodness of God.  There has been a change, an important change. A change that cannot be reversed.  The devil and his agents have been exposed.  There are innocent people who have become deceived.. and will have to repent. Some will be demoted for their unfaithfulness. It is darkness and light, shadow and the brightness of the SON.  The choice to believe and follow will be made.. there is no middle ground.  Compromise with sin, deception and delusion is death.

Good is coming from this terrible act.  People of nobility are seeing this change.  We will remember this time as that before and that after.  God always has a way of making what appears to be evil into good..  This time is no different except it's GOOD on steroids.

Jesus was unafraid to confront that which was gross deception on the part of the Pharisees in the John 8 account (see below). He still is, but now he uses His called ones on the earth to stand down the Pharisees of our day.  They are the ones calling for the stoning of the woman caught in adultery.  Jesus is coming against them once again thru you. 

He is saying to his prophets and apostles, NOW is the time to take a strong position against the works of the enemy.  Not just in prayer but with the word of Truth.  Jesus IS truth.  Take up your position and fight against the lies, the hate, the anger, the resentments, the deceptions and begin to do your Father's will.

Here's how I heard him say this:
"I have called many to stand strong in this day.  To take up the Sword of the Spirit and fight the battle that is raging.  Men's souls hang in the balance.  You were put here for such a time as this. 
I am redeeming the evil men do with My Good.  Do not let the lies that you hear and see become a stumbling block.  Mark those well who cause division among you and set them aside.  They are agents of the enemy of your soul, even if unaware. This battle is not lost, it has only begun but victory is already won. 
Put on that full armor and fight a good fight for it is not about flesh and blood but it is about the powers, principalities and perceptions that the devil is bringing.  People are not my enemies, I love them all, even the deceived ones. I will bring them to the truth.. but they can be won only by demonstration of My Truth and Power. 
Be careful what and who you believe in these days.  Ask me for a double portion of discernment to uncover evil done in the name of justice.  Those who crucified my Son thought they were doing justice.  They knew not what they were doing and I forgave them. 
Even those hardened by reporting the news of the day have been moved greatly by the power of My Spirit demonstrated in the people of Charleston.  Find out what I am doing in the earth and work with ME to accomplish MY purposes.  You are alive at a great time in History.. exposure of evil and magnification of GOOD."

Here's how JESUS dealt with the deceivers of his day.. should we do any less?  Will we become diamonds or dust?  What will the heat and pressure do you do?

John 8:32
"You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33 “But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?”
34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. 37 Yes, I realize that you are descendants of Abraham. And yet some of you are trying to kill me because there’s no room in your hearts for my message. 38 I am telling you what I saw when I was with my Father. But you are following the advice of your father.”
39 “Our father is Abraham!” they declared.
“No,” Jesus replied, “for if you were really the children of Abraham, you would follow his example.[h] 40 Instead, you are trying to kill me because I told you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham never did such a thing. 41 No, you are imitating your real father.”
They replied, “We aren’t illegitimate children! God himself is our true Father.”
42 Jesus told them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, because I have come to you from God. I am not here on my own, but he sent me. 43 Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It’s because you can’t even hear me! 44 For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 So when I tell the truth, you just naturally don’t believe me! 46 Which of you can truthfully accuse me of sin? And since I am telling you the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God.”
48 The people retorted, “You Samaritan devil! Didn’t we say all along that you were possessed by a demon?”
49 “No,” Jesus said, “I have no demon in me. For I honor my Father—and you dishonor me. 50 And though I have no wish to glorify myself, God is going to glorify me. He is the true judge. 51 I tell you the truth, anyone who obeys my teaching will never die!”
52 The people said, “Now we know you are possessed by a demon. Even Abraham and the prophets died, but you say, ‘Anyone who obeys my teaching will never die!’ 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”
54 Jesus answered, “If I want glory for myself, it doesn’t count. But it is my Father who will glorify me. You say, ‘He is our God,’[i] 55 but you don’t even know him. I know him. If I said otherwise, I would be as great a liar as you! But I do know him and obey him. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced as he looked forward to my coming. He saw it and was glad.”
57 The people said, “You aren’t even fifty years old. How can you say you have seen Abraham?[j]
58 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I am![k] 59 At that point they picked up stones to throw at him. But Jesus was hidden from them and left the Temple.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Prophets of False Hope or Prophets of Truth

I am always astonished how most prophets on the circuit are good news only prophets.  Like nothing bad or difficult will ever happen.. OF course there are the ones who forecast end of the world, rapture, tribulation, etc.  That's sort of good / bad news.  That is the exception.

When a person comes to me for a word, and it is clear to me that the information I must give them will not be positive.. it's hard for me to do.  I have had to do it too many times.  In tears. 

What is a prophet to do? 

What makes it worse is when other big name prophets speak words over the same situation and they speak a positive word, a word of prosperity, of deliverance, of escape, of life.  It's hopeful, it looks ahead.  It's just not true.  It's empty.

There is a commercial for financial planning that is reflective of this you have probably seen on TV.  A professor puts life events of the last few years by people on the left side of a board. They are balanced about 50 50 positive and negative experiences.  Then these same people put on the board what they expect for the future.  Nearly all positive.  No sickness.  No one dies.  No financial pressures.

That's how we see life and we hope a prophet will reinforce our positive view.  We love hope.

Yet, a prophet must be faithful to the vision.  Give bad news when it comes.  Let people prepare themselves for the things on the horizon.  It is how the prophets in the old and new testament acted.  Not today.

I am not calling anyone a false prophet...  I could but I won't.  But there are some big name high profile prophets on platforms around the world who are empty promise machines.  Candy cane.  Sugar coated.  It is sad.

Truth is defined as that which lines up with reality.  If you prophecy something and it never happens, or can't happen or won't happen... that's not reality and that's not truth.  Prophets must be willing to tell the truth. even if it's bad news.

I will say one thing more... if you are called as a prophet and you only bring good news... check yourself.

For Pastor Friends of mine: IF I see you are having one of your motivational speaker prophets on your platform.. I won't bother coming.  I'm too much about the real and not the fake.

Friday, June 19, 2015

What The Lord Said About the Killings at the AME church

This will not be long, this is simply the answer I got when I asked the Lord WHY? 

Certainly there are racist issues, there are hate issues, there are mental illness issues.  All that is easy to blame and look to as a cause.  But, here's what I heard the Lord say:

"It is sin and the lies of the enemy of your soul that creates murder.  When Cain killed Able, the first murder recorded, it was out of the same spirit.  The father of lies is also the killer, robber and destroyer.  This is not My will, the death of these saints, but I will show myself mighty and bring good from this.  Healing will take place.  Truth will reign, for I am the God of truth.   Faint not in the face of this, for I see every sparrow that falls.. and I see this.  I will redeem.  The spirits are being uncovered and when you can well recognize them, you will be prepared to do battle with them. Your battle is NOT against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities on a mission to kill you and others, to destroy, to rob you of destiny and to divide you so their conquest can prevail.  Battle not with people but with principalities.  Your victory is already won.. you now walk it out."

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Heaven is a Zero Tolerance Zone

The Bible sometimes uses the sea or oceans as a metaphor for humanity, nations, peoples.  The beast rises up out of the sea... a people.

As I thought about the sea this came to mind:  IF somehow you could take all the water in the world and distill it completely holding it in a pure vessel it would be Clean.  Perfect.  Holy.

But if you took one drop of poison, filth, dirt, anything.. and dropped it in this perfect pool no matter how big, even one drop would make the whole imperfect.  Unclean. Unholy.

That's what heaven is.  Perfect.  Holy.  Clean.  Not one drop of sin or uncleanness can exist in the presence of a Holy God.  It is like that pool of distilled water.  Clear and clean. 

If God were to allow even one unclean sin to somehow survive into heaven it would pollute the whole as certainly as one drop pollutes the whole of the distilled water metaphor.

That's why Jesus came.  Why he died. Why he cleanses us from all unrighteousness.  Why his sin sacrifice is complete or none of us could enter heaven. We don't get to heaven by the skin of our teeth.  We don't slip in.  We come into the Holy of Holies pure and clean.  Not by anything we did or didn't do, but by the fullness of the grace of God in Jesus.

When we do, we can walk boldly in our salvation.  We do the same here, sure we still mess up, we still are in trouble a lot, we still need the blood of Jesus but we are saved here, now and when we step from time into eternity, like the perfectly distilled water we step into heaven pure, Holy, sinless, clean.

I spent time yesterday just thanking God for Jesus and his sacrifice.  Sometimes I need to remember that my flesh is unclean, but my spirit is alive and holy... and will be forevermore.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sometimes Feeding Smells

I work in Horticulture.  I am in good company as the Prophet Amos also made his living the same way. I am familiar with the various methods to feed hungry plants.  Some are clean and sterile, but some are actually odoriferous. They smell. Jesus told the story of a gardener who's master told to take out a fig tree.. he begged him to let him fertilize it one more year.. That if he did perhaps the tree would bear fruit.

Luke 13: 7"And he said to the vineyard-keeper, 'Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. Cut it down! Why does it even use up the ground?' 8"And he answered and said to him, 'Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer; 9and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down.'"

That was with real fertilizer.  Manure.  Donkey and camel poop.  It would have been smelly, not something we eat.  But we eat the fruit it enables.  The fruit is the goal, not the manure. Feeding is critical..

This is how the Lord feeds us. He does it thru his word. The word is described as both sweet and bitter.  Sometimes it reveals things to us we didn't want to see. 

There is another way, thru correction from others. God will use another person to speak into our lives and give us instruction we need to hear.  That is how He does it many times.  Certainly His word would have the same effect, but we may not be eating it or may not be getting the right portion or mixture.  We might even resent it at the time.. It's just fertilizer.

The other way is thru circumstance.  I know it's popular to say, God doesn't send difficulty or sickness to teach us things.  That is true.  He is the giver of every good and perfect gift. Disease isn't perfect or good.

Yet when we are required by life to go thru hard things, sometimes very hard things, we come out more fruit ready than going in.  It is why an older man or woman with gray hair and wrinkles sometimes will have a sweet spirit and bear much fruit by it.  They have endured the smelly and dirty of life's fertilizer.

So when hard things come, and they will, count it all joy, for in due season if you faint not, you will harvest a wonderful crop, a tremendous fruitful product.  In the season of difficulty it won't seem pleasant, but the result will be. 

Embrace the reality of Hebrews 12:11  No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

When life stinks, it's just the smell of you being fed for fruitfulness.

Monday, June 8, 2015

ONLY ONE will ultimately shine

I saw this representation of people's search for meaning in life.  There are many quests but only one answer.  Ultimately there will be ONE that will stand above all others. I looked carefully at this and came to realize that Only JESUS in the end will persist.  All the rest will fade away in the grave.

This is good news to the Christian and laughable to the atheist.  I won't argue.  Yet there will come a day when HE is revealed, when the sky rolls up as a scroll, when who HE is becomes so magnificent that all other lights in the sky are dimmed by His glory.  When all creation bows at his feet.. and all these efforts to find meaning are wrapped up in HIM.

All creation will come into proper perspective. There will be no more day nor night.  Everything you ever wondered about will be clear.  There will be no need for questions any more.

Jesus will be shown to be above all and creator of all heaven and earth.

I know if you are reading this you know it's true.  This is not in the sweet bye and bye.  It is in the here and now.. yet you will see it when you step from time into eternity.  It will all make sense.

All seeking for any meaning outside of the Risen Christ will become laughable.

For this reason as the nations rage, the Lord Laughs.

Find REST in him.

Dream of Unity

Last night in that halfway between asleep and awake I had a dream, vision, thought... I don't know.  It was of a group of people.  Christians.  In a church.  The whole of the group was alive with wildfire.  It would have made very religious people uncomfortable. Passion was central. Love flowed.

Then there was a time in the meeting when the desire to bless others came over the group.  It was so rapid and intense that people were overcome with the moment. Tears, Hugs, Joy, Laughter.  People ran to love on others.

The atmosphere was charged with such a spirit of unity that it was hard to imagine more.  The idea that if we all worked together as ONE nothing is impossible.  There is truth in that.

The pastor of a large church I knew made a comment after several men in their 30s who were successful, prosperous, energetic, sound doctrine and passionate had come into the fellowship.  He said, "With the men we have today we can do ANYTHING".  Great things did happen.  Those were wonderful days while unity reigned.  Of course the devil is a divider.  He makes certain that the dream and vision never happens.  He wants to keep believers segregated by race creed and color.  It makes sure that unity's power is never realized.  It would threaten hell.

 I don't know the price in comprise that unity requires.  I'm not sure it's worth it. The real unity is love one another as I have loved you.  It's a command.

There can be ungodly unity.  We see it spring up.  ISIS.  NAZI. Demonic unity.

The Lord is against artificial unity.

Genesis 11:5 the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower the people were building. “Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them! Come, let’s go down and confuse the people with different languages. Then they won’t be able to understand each other.”

In God we can do anything.. In unity.  Striving for Godly Unity is a challenge we all face. Love is the key.. not hate.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

A Vision Must See Thru a LOT!

If you have vision for business, ministry, prophecy, family, a mate, health or finance there is an obstacle.  Your eyes.  You see things as they are in the natural.  You have to see PAST the natural to see things as God sees them. 

I have been reading some posts by Apostle LaJun M Cole Sr of Perfected Love International Fellowship in Tampa Florida.  I know this man and believe he has struck a vein of GOLD in this series of Posts.  I don't often say that, but when someone does, I tell them and I identify it.  I'm a spiritual assayer .. that's what prophets do.  I look for gold.

Here's a series of his posts:

  • What Moses only saw as a rod God saw as the authority to open the Red Sea!!! You already have the answer to your problem!!!! Open the eyes of someone's understanding Lord!!!
  • God is changing your vision. From 2 miles away the eagle sees a solution to its problem. The eagle was hungry and the fish was under the water and to the natural eye it wasn't visible but God enabled the eagle to see what others can't.
  • God is giving you the ability to see what others can't. What some may see as a plain river you will see as source of substance!!! God is changing your vision receive it.
  • What one lady saw as just a pot of oil the prophet saw as enough money to pay all her bills!!! Change your perspective. What's in your house?
  • Instead of looking at your situation up close take a step back and look at it from a "Bird's Eye View". It's never as small or as finite as it may look. Your possibilities are limitless. Remember you are seated with Christ in Heavenly Places!!!!
  • What you see as dirt God saw as the father of all mankind!!!
  • What Adam thought was just a rib was what God saw as the mother of all mankind.

I reposted this because I believe there is a person or so who may be as encouraged by this sound word as I was.  I don't live life always over the clouds.. I struggle with the same things everyone does. 

I just was encouraged to stop looking just at the natural and start looking at the potential in the supernatural.

Thank you Apostle Cole.  There's Gold in them thar hills.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Doing Battle for your Prophetic Destiny

Today is D-Day, the day that thousands died as they stormed Omaha Beach in France against the Nazi machine, I thought about that time.

There were prophets in that day. Smith Wigglesworth would have been one such. There is no record of what if anything he said before the engagement at Omaha Beach Normandy. 

There are many prophetic utterances made over Generals, Armies, Military, Nations, Kings and People groups.  God is not silent concerning them.  He declares the end from the beginning. 

I think of that when I consider the many prophetic words spoken over my life. The words I have spoken over others.  They are all true, they are all in motion, but the thing that brings them to pass is our persistence, our endurance, our willingness to be where we need to be as the word comes to pass. 

The old adage, "God can't steer a parked car" comes to mind.  Yet I think there are many who have received a powerful word and yet expect it to happen with no diligence, effort or work to do battle for the fulfillment on their part.  That somehow Abracadabra it is supposed to manifest from nothing.

That is the sure fire way to find defeat in the purposes God has placed in you.  Sitting back and waiting.  It's not like that.  We are given a word that victory will be ours, yet the enemy is there, he is mighty, we are seemingly weak, but GOD with the power of his word says to us, go forth, do battle and succeed. 

In the days of old, Armies would never go to battle without a word from the Lord... "Shall we go up against them today?"  When the word of the Lord came saying YES, you Shall prevail.  Go up.  That was enough, but the battle still was engaged.  Men died on both sides.  Widows were made.  Children left without fathers.  But victory came.  Read Judges 20.  It's brutal.  Yet it is how wars are won. 

We have lost much of that understanding. God doesn't love war. Neither do I.  God does love victory.  Even the victory of the cross took blood.  Blood of the Martyrs was a witness to a lost generation.  It still is. 

Father spoke and says, "I have gone before you, but you must walk to the place destined for you.  Take up your bed of leisure and WALK".

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Angel Visitation

I had a long time friend of mine relate a story of a visitation from an angel.  He was quite stunned by it. He read a great deal of meaning into the event.  I don't think as believers we really understand angels and angelic visitations well.  Too many movies, myths and TV shows have messed up our theology. 

Here are truths from scripture we can grasp to understand how angelic appearances take place, why and what it means.  This is not a comprehensive treatise, just a prophetic look at the role of angels:

  • They are all around us at all times.
  • They are ministering spirits.
  • They take many forms and can look like humans in every way (Angels unaware)
  • The devil can come as an angel of light, but it won't take long to figure that out.
  • Angels live in Heaven's dimension and move back and forth between there and time easily.  They are not UP THERE, they are here.. present, just unseen.
  • Angels have no will of their own, they laid that down when Lucifer fell.  They only do the will of the Father and they respond to the words of faith from the mouth of a believer.  They also respond to words of doubt and unbelief.. they remain inert.
  • They can be rescuing angels. Part of our salvation.
  • They can be warring angels. Doing battle when we cannot.
  • They can be message bearers (not as often as you think)  Mary's announcement of Jesus birth
  • They can cause you to be set free as you walk in faith.  Peter set free from jail
  • People after they die do NOT become angels.  They are like Jesus, and Jesus isn't an angel.
  • They are awe inspiring when you see them, but they are also confidence building. Elisha's servant after his eyes were opened
  • You will be at some point given the task to measure the angels.. a judgement.  That will be of the fallen ones.  
  • Angels make announcements of great events.. hearing them speak causes a fear to come over you (Shepherds, or Mary)

There are many more, but all of these are scriptural descriptions and characteristics of angels for us to grasp.  Note I did NOT address the question, "what did the angel look like?" They look like you always thought they would.. but if I see the same one.. it might be different.  They appear.  They walk thru the cloud that is the veil between time and eternity and back again. As Jesus did when He ascended.  Or when He came back again.  Or as He does from time to time in appearances to this day.  He moves seamlessly from eternity into time and back again.

Have confidence in God, He is the Lord of the Angel Armies... it just might not be as you think.   You can see them if you want to.. don't beg.. just look. They are all around.  I have seen them.. you can too.