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.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Burden of the Prophetic Rebuke

Of all the things I find difficult in the prophetic realm is when from time to time God calls on me to confront or rebuke someone. I do it seldom.  Those who are simply prophetic but not in the office are not called to do so.  Yet when someone is place in a governing position, it becomes a duty, a call of the office. It's not easy nor pleasurable.

It has happened seldom, yet more often than I would like.  When I have had to do so, I always do it with as much love as I can muster.  I try to not destroy the relationship.  I might be the only voice left in their circle who has earned the right to say, "My dear sir (or mam) I regret to tell you that you are full of poop again".  Even Billy Graham had Grady Nutt.  He had the right to say exactly that.  He didn't destroy the relationship in his rebuke.

Too few senior leaders have such people in their circle. They think they are their own prophets.  They think they hear from God, "why do I need another person to hear for me".  The truth is, as a Prophet, I NEED to hear from other prophets.  I have several I trust to tell me the truth.  The most dangerous spiritual leader on the planet is the one whose life verse is 1 Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

They use that verse as a reason why they Don't NEED a prophet in their lives.  Lone wolf.  Naked. Vulnerable.  Ready to be picked off by satan.

Worse for many of these are leaders of other ministries who they might ask to speak into their lives.  Men or women who have an axe (ministry) to grind.  Who have no benefit in speaking a hard truth.  In fact many times they are most vulnerable because they are in the same place (encouraging themselves).  

What is needed is a prophet who has nothing to gain nor lose by telling you the truth.

I won't give you a list.  There have been some painful events.  Telling a spiritual leader that he was about to die when all kinds of other prophets told him he would live and not die.  Telling a known apostle that an error he made was about to cost him his ministry.. and he lost it in 6 months.  Warning an apostle of gross error that would cost him everything.. and it did.  I have warned a few national leaders by mail and thru those who I knew inside the ministry.  I don't know if it mattered.. but obedience is better than sacrifice.

Here's the truth, God loves his sheep more than he cares about protecting his shepherds.  If a man or woman of God is out of order, God will send his spokesman to warn them.  If they won't take the warning or worse if they have surrounded themselves with a cocoon of protection such that Nathan can't get face to face... then the error will kill them off.  Maybe not dead, but removed.

His people are precious to HIM.  He will not long stand for them to be abused.  It's the hardest think I ever have to do, but if I am disobedient he will pull the anointing from me.   That's must not be.