Sunday, November 29, 2015

Who is this? The question that leads to ultimate truth..

I was reading the Bible account of Jesus calming the storm.  After the Disciples saw this they asked: What manner of man is this that even the wind and the waves obey him.

If you ever saw the movie Butch Casiddy and the Sundance Kid you will recognize the line: "Who are those guys"?  They were constantly in pursuit of the Kid and Butch.

In the word of God there are several accounts old and new testament of people asking, "Who"

Pilate asked "Are YOU?"
Peter proclaimed to Jesus question "Who do people say I am? Peter answered right.  You are the Christ, the Son of God.
The Pharisees asked him who he was.  He answered, before Abraham, I am.
Satan supposed to him, "IF you are the Son of God..."
John's disciples questioned if he really was.  "Or do we look for another.
Even in the Old Testament there are occasions where the question "Who is this coming up out of the Wilderness".

The question is and has always been, WHO IS THIS?  or WHO ARE YOU?  To his disciples, IS HE Who he says he is?

It is still true today.  The question "Who is Jesus".  Once you settle that, the rest is easy.. but if you struggle with it.. you can never be set free by the truth of the Gospel.

I know this is not profoundly prophetic.. but it helps to know.  

He is TRULY GOD... and we knew him..

Friday, November 20, 2015

"Judgement and Death Coming to America" --- OR?

Since the bombings there have been dire warnings. People talking of death, terror, judgement.  Some even blame the current climate of fear on the people of the USA.

Well I have good / bad news for you.

God is going to straighten things.  Judgement requires that what is crooked be made straight.  That what is out of alignment be made correct. 

That means some old systems, assumptions and ideas will be removed as the right judgement is brought into play.  When a brick wall is being built, there is a need to constantly judge the straightness of it.  To make certain things are lined up or the wall will collapse.  That requires judgement. If it's out of line, it must be done over, adjusted, made right.

As this happens in the USA some things will need to be set aside.  I don't know all of them, but corruption and incompetence come to mind.  We have a nation being governed by people of low judgment.  They will resist this change, but it must come.  There will have to be a shaking that brings it to pass.

Death must also come.  There are things we have accepted for a long time in our culture that must be put to death.  Porn, Addiction, infidelity, fatherless children, mistreatment of the poor and other practices that are simply wrong and must die a quick death. The axe must be put to the necks of evil.

Yes we have outside terror, but that is not much more than a symptom our our lack of judgement and things still alive that should be killed off.  I am in favor of seeing things change.

I hear the Lord say,

"I will do a brand new thing.  The judgement for evil reigning is an awakening to righteousness.  It will not be instant, you may not even see it move.. but fear not.. I am the God that persists when others seem to think it's over.  Oh it will be over some day.. but not for a long time and not until I say it's over.  So have no fear.. judgement will come to make things right and death to those things that you have tolerated in your life too long, they will have to be executed.  It's bright from my point of view.. come up here. You are already seated in heavenly places.. get a better view".

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Confusing Mandates and Refugees

The last several weeks and since the bombing in Paris there has been a lot of activity in the spirit realm regarding safety, refugees, terrorism and who is my neighbor?

If one were to go strictly to the old testament for instruction it would be pretty rough.  Yes, there are the levitical laws regarding the sojourner, but those laws were of people passing thru, not settling down.  In fact the idea of keeping separate as God defined when the children of Israel entered the promised land was pretty harsh.  They killed them all.. or were supposed to.

King Solomon drifted badly because of his willingness to allow other Gods to enter his realm.  It destroyed the nation ultimately as Idol worship took hold.

Islam is another god.  It is as foreign as Baal and fully as false and dangerous.

We see there is the need to create borders, nationally and personally.  The ancient borders were important  "When you arrive in the land the LORD your God is giving you as your special possession, you must never steal anyone's land by moving the boundary markers your ancestors set up to mark their property. Deut 19:14

Yet some people who entered to live among the Israelites while serving other gods DID move the borders.  It matters who you serve.  They were not regulated by the same moral or ethical code people who are sons and daughters of God are.

Then there is the question, "Who is my Neighbor" asked of Jesus.  We know the story well.  The good Samaritan.

He found a man wounded by the road.
He ministered to him oil and wine.
He took him to a safe place on his own steed and payed for the care of the man in recovery.
It is fair to assume that once the man was whole he returned to his own home.

The Good Samaritan didn't take him home to live next door.  He cared, did what Jesus is asking us to do.. but there are boundaries.

We are at a critical crossroads if allowing our mercy and compassion outrun our wisdom and discernment.  This is a broken group of people, they are on the side of the road, robbed by Isis and others, they are not of the same religion we are.  We must take them to a safe place, help bind up their wounds and finance that recovery..   and help make a safe place for them to return to.

This is as much trying to sew new cloth onto old clothes.. this will most certainly tear.

Wisdom must be primary, compassion and mercy must be subject to wisdom and understanding.

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.  Proverbs 4:7

Friday, November 13, 2015

Why we have Murder on the Streets of America - it's a CURSE

People who try to rationalize their sin, rebellion, disobedience and hidden evil often will point to passages in the Bible that talk about being no longer under the curse of the law, redeemed from it. That's true.  We are.  We are not eternally condemned to hell for our sins.  The blood of Jesus covers that. We no longer are stoned for lots of sins .. like adultery.  That's another religious system that does that.

While positionally we are exempt from the curse, set for heaven, forgiven, we can still place ourselves in the way of a temporal curse practically speaking.

If we spend like madmen we end up broke and we are cursed with poverty.  Same if we refuse to work.

If we believe lies and myths we are cursed by deception and it's fruit.  We lived defeated or at least more in defeat than we would be if we lived in truth.

If we abuse drugs and alcohol we are cursed with lost time, lost potentials, lost brain cells, and if we decide to drive while in this condition, maybe loss of freedom.

If we violate the commands against adultery we are cursed with bad relationships.

If we steal or murder we may be cursed in a jail cell.

All activities that cause us to drift from where God's best is for us, is a curse and we bring it on ourselves.

All this can happen, and we suffer the result of our disobedience here on earth, yet we can be ready and clean before God as we enter heaven.  He only sees Jesus when He looks at us.  We are hidden in HIM.  

Jesus came and died to redeem us from the curse of sin. He did not come to lift consequences from our actions here on earth, we will not suffer in eternity, but ask anyone dying of a disease brought on by unwise behavior if they feel cursed.  Sickness is not a blessing.

There is however a more pervasive curse, a culture, a society, a nation can be cursed when people do not stand against evil.  Worse than that, there are those who by their sanction of certain leaders endorse the evil and end up under a temporal curse.  I see this and so do you.

There was a time in ancient Israel when a horrible thing took place.

A pagan god was erected. It was made of bronze. It was actually a furnace/statue. Once per year the furnace was heated until it was red hot. People would bring little babies and lay them in the arms of the red hot god statue Molech where the screaming baby was burned alive. This horror was done so the people of Israel would experience prosperity in the coming year.

What made this even more horrid is after this evil they would go to the Temple of God to thank God for the Prosperity to come. Somehow one supposedly offset another. Playing both sides of the street. They used the Temple worship to firm up their prosperity for the year to come that they believed they achieved by their infant children being burned alive.  They profaned the temple of God.

The same thing is happening all across the USA. People support, endorse and encourage national leaders and governments who embrace organizations and systems that kill unborn children and butcher them for profit. They support these evil people because of the prosperity they believe will come in the form of social programs from those hands. Now we have generations of entitled people who would riot at the thought of their government check being cut off,  the "Prosperity" they traded their soul for.

Yet after supporting evil people in power they will go to the Temple, (the church) to shout, jump, pray and sing which they believe will offset the evil they are sanctioning. Just like they did in Israel.. Yet babies are being killed in their name.. It's the spirit of the false demon god MOLECH.  They profane the temple of God.

 God condemns this abomination practiced today in the USA.

Leviticus 20:1-27
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Say to the people of Israel, Any one of the people of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. I myself will set my face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given one of his children to Molech, to make my sanctuary unclean and to profane my holy name. And if the people of the land do at all close their eyes to that man when he gives one of his children to Molech, and do not put him to death, then I will set my face against that man and against his clan and will cut them off from among their people, him and all who follow him in whoring after Molech. ...
Notice he asks his people to deal with those who do such things.. "The people of the land shall stone him with stones". He is particularly angry about how they come into the temple afterward and profane his name by giving thanks for prosperity after using a live baby as a living burnt offering.  "To make my sanctuary unclean and to profane my holy name".

The last sentence is the one I want you to look at twice.  He says that IF people tolerate this, and don't deal with it, "If the people of the land do at all close their eyes to that man" HE will set His face Against them and Cut them off.   "I will set my face against that man and against his clan and will cut them off from among their people, him and all who follow him in whoring after Molech. ..." So we have people being gunned down in the streets of the city I live in, Chicago.  9 year old children.  It's a curse.  They have been cut off.. and so are their children, cut off from life.

If Father were to address his people today, I believe this is what he would say to those in this deception:

"My Kingdom is a prosperous, safe, glorious place. YET by your retained sin you have robbed your posterity thru murder on the streets. You are become impoverished because you are not right before me. Your enthusiastic action in my church is a disguise for the darkness of your heart.

Repent of your dead works. Examine your hearts. You are cursed with a curse even though I sent Jesus to redeem you from the curse of the law. Your lawless acts of tolerating Molech worship keeps you from what I intended for you. Not reaching the destiny I had for you is a curse in itself.

Repent of your dead works. I speak to all My called ones, help those who hear your voice to come to grips with what this tolerance of evil has brought. There is a curse you live under when a worldview that is killing babies and as a result killing your children on the streets is considered normal. Accepting this and not acting against these things means my face is against you. 

You are cut off. Murder on the streets will continue until the murder in your heart stops."

Let he who has ears to hear, HEAR what the spirit of the Lord is saying..

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Naked Christians

Christians of all denominations have been taught the wisdom of putting on the full armor of God and outlined in Ephesians 6:10-17

I have taught on this passage and tried to help people to grasp the meaning that it would have held for first century Christians.

But today as Pastor Jordan taught referenced this passage I got revelation.  The reason so many people live in such defeat is because while they THINK they are putting on the full armor of God, they are actually going into battle naked as a jaybird with only a sword in their hand that they really don't know how to wield.

Let's take a look from the amplified and a few other translations at what comprises the Armor and see if you actually are wearing these items of armor or are you naked.

having tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist;
How many Christians go into the daily battle with compromised integrity and unsound morals.  This means not cheating, not lying, not lusting, doing a full days work.  How many try to game the system by slacking off.  They do not put on the band of truth.  They can't.

having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart)

The idea of an upright blameless heart that demonstrates righteousness, that is practical righteousness, doing the right thing no matter what.  No short cuts, No messing around.  Being straight up at all times is something that many Christians cannot claim..  they are naked from the waist up.

Strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news]  the peace that comes from the Good News 

Some people are full of bad news.  They suffer slings and arrows and never get true peace.  Yes they know they have peace with God but it doesn't manifest in their lives.  They live under threat and in turmoil.  They are always in the prayer line without victory.  They are not prepared for battle.  Naked.

Lift up the [protective] shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil oneto stop the fiery darts of the devil.
To have a shield of faith you need faith and trust in God over all.  Over the Devil. Over the things that test our faith.  You know discouragement and death come. They are tragic.  Money troubles with no way out seemingly.  YET.. Faith is a shield if you wield it.  Many say the have a shield of faith.. but let one or two darts hit them and BOOM they wilt in the battle NAKED.

And take the helmet of salvation, Put on salvation as your helmet

You would think that this one will be easy.  People know if they are saved. RIGHT?  YET do they act that way. Do doubts come in. Doubts because the feel they failed God.  They repent and then go back and do it all again.  Thy are positionally saved but practical atheists.  Or at least agnostics.  You gotta know and live saved.. just believing you are but not showing forth the glory of your salvation is NAKED. You know that every gang banger killed on street is preached into heaven.. and they didn't make it.  They were living a lie.

the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

Now here is the ONE place where Christians seem to think they have it.. except they think it's a big black book.  The believed that it is a sword that they hit the devil over the head with.  NO.. Read Psalm 119 in total to understand the word of God active and powerful as any two edged sword. You gotta be able to do this without a reference book.  No soldier goes into battle and carries a "How to Fight" book.  No he is trained, he is ready, he knows how to use his weapon, he knows the strategies. Why Christians think they are ready for warfare when they barely know the word of God to strike down the enemy like Jesus did in the desert.  You must be able to say, "Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee".

After all this Paul encourages people to pray.  Prayer is appropriate once you are fully dressed and ready for war.  The Key to that Readiness is in the beginning of this passage:

Be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might.  

How much is Boundless Might? Is it enough?  You need power, He offers it as you link arms in the spirit with Him.  

The vision of the naked warrior came in 2 seconds after the passage was read.  We need to get dressed.. it's not good to try to fight naked.

Sometimes a prophetic word is a vision.  Don't be this guy.

Friday, November 6, 2015

While You Were Sleeping

I heard this from the Lord, I hope it blesses you as it did me:

"While you were asleep I saw you.  Once you were asleep dead in sin, but I fought for you, I died for you, I rescued you.  Sometimes I see you take your eyes off me, start to drift and yet even while sleepwalking you are still Mine. No one can snatch you out of my hand. 

Sometimes when you are in your bed I whisper good things to you in the night hour.  You wake and hear.. it is MY voice telling you how much I love you.  When you are stirring to take on the day, I give you words of faith and hope.

When you walk thru the challenges of the day even when it's hard, I never leave or forsake you.  I am right there.. close as your next breath.  You are asleep in your dimension from being able to see me, yet I am there.  If you could see what I see, the angels encamped all around you, doing battle for your well being and protection, you would be wide awake and expecting good in every event.

At the end of the day, as you lay your head down for a few hours, I take the mind I gave you and cleanse it by the words I have hidden there, My Holy Spirit brings them to remembrance and washes you in them.  I make all things new, all things fresh, all things better.  Do not fear, I am right here, holding your hand.. even while you sleep."

Proverbs 6:21Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them around your neck. 22When you walk about, they will guide you; When you sleep, they will watch over you; And when you awake, they will talk to you. 23For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light;

 Psalm 121:4
"He who watches over you will not slumber. The Lord will keep you from all harm -- he will watch over your life." Psalm 121:3b, 7

Psalm3:5I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustains me. 6I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me round about

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

I shall not be shaken

I have been hearing about how things are all new, all fresh, all shaken up.  How a storm of God is on the earth (in a good way).

Some things will be shaken that the world will not understand.  Some other things will not be.  The question is what about me.. you... our friends and family.  Will they be shaken?  What will shake them.

It is a hard question.  IF you find yourself between two opinions and the world starts to move under you, shaking will happen.  If you are firmly planted on the rock, you might know the world is shaking, but you won't be shaken.

So what of those who are shaken up at every turn, every event, every moon, every star sign, every war, every rumor of war, every technology change, every supposed sign of the end.  People can and do live in fear of these things.  They comport their lives to them. They are shaken.  Look at all the blood moon foolishness of a couple months ago.  Where did that go?

Now we are moving into a new season.  The holidays are here.  Things will drift back into a normality.. UNTIL some other event comes that shakes everybody.

The word of God is pretty clear on this. It should not be our portion to be shaken by everything.  Not by every wind of doctrine.  Not by events.  Not by signs in the sky or in the stars.  When we find ourselves submitted to these fears and shakings we demonstrate that we are doubleminded. On one hand we say we Love and Trust the Father..except for the shaking around us.  When God says "I will shake everything that can be shaken" he doesnt' mean you.

Psalm 16:7-11(amplified) says:

I will bless the Lord who has counseled me;
Indeed, my heart (mind) instructs me in the night.
I have set the Lord continually before me;
Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my glory [my innermost self] rejoices;
My body too will dwell [confidently] in safety,
For You will not abandon me to Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead),
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay. 
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
Here's what I hear the Lord Saying:
"As you keep your eyes on me, as you focus on who I am and not your circumstance, I will be strong for you.. your right hand of power to overcome all the world and it's tribulation.  Even when things look black, dark and discouraging, I am light.  I alone can bring you out and thru.  Don't look to the left or the right, don't fear the fowler for I have freed you from his hand, stay on the path of light and keep you mind stayed on ME.  As you do, the world make shake rattle and roll but you will not be moved.  Get back up on the is higher than you are and stand strong and steady.  The shaking is not for you.  You will not be shaken".

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Our Optimistic Father

Last Sunday I was struck by the power of Optimism.  I can be pessimistic and critical. I need no practice in that.  Yet as I considered the word of God and the revelation of the Father in Jesus I see the power Optimism has.

A few thoughts from the word:
  • While we were yet sinners He died for us, that takes some vision and optimism.
  • Love never gives up, hopes all things, never loses faith, endures all things
  • Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.
  • I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future..
  • His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth."

In fact as I pondered the word of God in this regard I began to see a stream of truth, God is very high on YOU.  Your problem isn't God.  He offers hope, a good future and an expected end.  Even if you read the Old Testament there appears to be harsh judgement things, but there is always an optimistic result.  Victories won, people restored, blessings commanded.

The world sees the things of God as mean and condemning.   Yet, as I get to know Him more and more I see him as Father of LIGHT!! 

He spoke to me today, maybe to you thru this as well:

"My son you have many things that drag you down, many concerns, many discouragements, YET I have not changed, I won't fail you, I won't ever leave or forsake you.  You are always on my mind.  The days ARE evil but in ME you find redemption of them.  Your days will manifest better and better as you draw closer to me.  I will bring you HOPE and JOY.  Your countenance will brighten.  You will look better.  There is no darkness in me at all.. only light, truth, joy, peace and optimism.  Find it and keep it.  Your future is so bright that even sunglasses can't shade it."