Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Joy is your Weapon

We don't understand Joy... We think it means happy.  We think it means self fulfilled.  We don't get it.

Joy is a gift. It comes from God. It is part of the fruit filled to overflow spiritual man.  Galatians 5:22

In danger, pain, toil, difficulty, debt, fear, tribulation, the singular weapon you have that defeats all the efforts of the Devil is JOY.  Full Joy means Full Defeat.. John 15:11

Not laughing, Joy means that despite all.... it's worth it.  Peter was hung on a cross upside down and crucified and had JOY.  Paul lost his head with JOY.  Not that they enjoyed it or loved the pain, the knew, it was worth it.  Romans 12:12

Jesus endured the cross because of the JOY set before him.  Hebrews 12:2

Joy is the weapon that wielded against pain and suffering allows for victory in darkness.

We have lost our joy when we lose our perspective, our hope.  2 Corinthians 1:24

The Bible says that the JOY of the lord is our Strength... that word strength can be translated weapon of warfare. "do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

The devil doesn't know how to deal with Joy in a born again believer in the midst of a battle.  He tries to discourage but to no avail.

Let's be a devil discourager and find JOY in the Battle.  James 1:2

The Joy of the LORD is you WEAPON.,.. this is a call to arms

I heard this from a prophet friend of mine last night... and I just wrote it out 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Return NOT to the FORMER .....

There is a pattern again and again in scripture that warns against returning to past things, situations, traditions, practices and activities.  It warns against living in the past either in glorifying those things nor in regret.

It continually tells us to forget, press on, turn aside, forsake.

There is a danger according to the word of God in living in the past.

I see it.  There are many who ponder things that happened and miss what IS happening.

The same is true for the quality of our relationship to the Father.  It is not ever going to be like it was in 1959, 1967, 1973, 1977, 1981, 1986, 1995, 1999,  2008 or even last week.  He is a new every morning God.  I posted all these dates because all of them have something to do with memories of my own.  You would have a different list.  I can think of great things God did in those years for ME.  You can assemble your own list.

Yet I am a new creation, or more accurately a constantly changing new creation.  One who is in the process of constantly becoming "Made New".

So when I find myself in a place, situation, relationship, fellowship or circumstance that is modeled over one of the ancienct paridigms.. I am uncomfortable, I no longer fit.  I am an outcast, cast out of my former self.

It's as it should be.  At least that's what the word says... forgetting what lies behind... press toward the HIGH CALLING OF GOD

Philippians 3:8  Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ

Romans 12:1-2  I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Isaiah 43:25 “I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.

 2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Isaiah 43:18-19  “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Philippians 3:13-14  Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Monday, April 14, 2014

When Jezebel Leads Worship Dies

IF Israel Houghton, Matt Redman, Kai Jobe and David Crowder tried to join some Church's worship team they would be run off the platform by Jezebel.  The desire for the Microphone over all else is a disease.  People get validation from the platform, not from God.  I have seen this with my own eyes.. the least capable,  least qualified and least anointed are gatekeeping the anointed and able from being on the team.  You will have lousy worship in churches when there is Jezebel directed leadership.   I get physically ill when I see this happen.

 Vincenzo said...
Jezebel is a demon of the mundane. No innovation or deeper revelation of God. She works with Python to squeeze the life out of anything new before it begins. She keeps things as they are for her own benefit. The sick and dysfunctional structures stay in place. The status quo.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mary DIDN'T Know

Usually at Christmas.. but often at this time of year you will hear the song, "Mary did you know". Sometimes when I hear the deification of Mary among some it grieves me. She was more mortal and human than most. When we sing this song we are placing a burden on a woman who SHOULD have known.. but missed it. She was in the Upper Room at Pentecost and not until she received the fullness of the Spirit of God was she fully awake spiritually. Once the scales fell from HER eyes, she was able to see with more clarity then she did before. That's the result of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Think of what Mary had seen and heard before the day of Pentecost. She had an angelic visitation that told her of the child to be born and HIS purpose. She had a confirmation from Elizabeth. At the birth of the Boy.. Shepherds, Angels, Wise Men all gave testimony to who this child was and IS.
Then the flight to Egypt. And return. Jesus in the Temple. Miracle at the Wedding feast. And then his ministry. She was among those who followed Him, at least later. Yet we see she and His brothers come to him and question Who HE was.

With all that. With the revelation that should have been Hers... (if she had been connected spiritually by the Baptism in the Spirit) she should have been comforting the disciples and the other two Mary's at the foot of the cross.

She had heard Him say, heard what was about to come. Yes it was painful.. so was bearing HIM in birth. Now a new Kingdom was being established. In pain yet in glory.

I wonder what kind of revelation came on her as the Spirit of God started putting the jigsaw puzzle of her life together. We don't hear much about her in the Book of Acts. She didn't do much else that we know of. There's no mention of her death in scripture. In a male centered culture that wouldn't be unusual.

The reality is, you today, live in a greater revelation than even Mary ever had. You see the Kingdom. You see it growing. You see people once again saying Hosanna. The King is no longer coming...HE CAME...

And we can now live in that Kingdom with the revelation of who HE really is... Hosanna. Mary didn't know, but you DO!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

What did Jesus really mean when HE issued the Great Commission?:

 When HE said Go YE Therefore and MAKE Disciples...  was that the end game?  Was that it?  Just make?  HIS direct disciples got the instructions and have tried to pass it down and now so did we....????  Yet I don't see the net result in most places.  I don't see the DNA of Jesus disciple making in Christendom today.  I see preaching.  I see teaching. I see empire building but not what I see Jesus do.  IF the DNA of Jesus is intact and unpolluted in our current expression of of who HE is... then it would look different.

I have a bit of a different take...
Jesus commands disciples to make disciples.  Then what?  IF they are discipled well they will MAKE disciples who look like the disciples who discipled them.. and then on and on and on.  It would be a spread of a spiritual DNA that thru discipleship.

That  kind of discipleship would not be leader-centric.  It would be infectious.  Those who are discipled by the leader would go out and become just like him.  The focus of Jesus DNA is the enlargement of the Kingdom  by this infective DNA. 

Yesterday I offered a word of encouragement to a man I honor who is doing just this.  The work he is doing in creating disciples has the DNA of Jesus all over it.  It's inclusive, it's expansive, many sons and daughters are coming from the work, spreading out, doing the works of the master, people are being released to expand the kingdom.  It's a miraculous event.

I have been watching this carefully and a couple years ago prophesied that things would not expand in this ministry many times faster than before. It's now happening.  What the future will hold is hard to grasp... I only know this... this looks like Jesus..... This is what he intended.  Disciples made to make disciples that make disciples and on it goes.  It's not enough for disciples to just know the word and live life well.. they become disciples to create new disciples.

This is the DNA of Jesus... it's alive and well, spreading like wildfire, and until some institutional hierarchy called the Church decides to cork it off with clergy and laity brick walls... the Kingdom WILL expand....

In this COME LORD JESUS!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"If the Gifts of the Spirit are suppressed, the gift of discerning of spirits is suppressed also." . .Robert Blackburn

 One of the greatest reasons many have sought to keep the gifts of the Spirit from operating fully is, a selfish motive. God did not give everyone the same gifts; they are distributed out within the Body, as the Spirit wills. Too many people, were actually ill, because someone had something they did not have. Another fear of these gifts, was simply, detection. The Spirit sees everything in us; and it cannot be refuted, that the Spirit gave some the ability to see many of the same things He sees.

We cannot know the things of the Spirit of God, within ourselves. To the natural man, these things are considered foolish, or even unnecessary. Why can't we in ourselves know what is of God? Because, as the Word says, they are spiritually discerned. One might ask, why did the scripture warn us about wolves in sheep's clothing. The truth is, they don't look like wolves; they look like sheep; you can't tell, looking on your own. When we are filled with the Spirit, we have a spiritual ability to discern, both good and bad. We can sense when something is not just right, or even false. I think that if we have been told to focus on only what someone in authority says, we lay aside our ability to know things ourselves; in the Spirit.

Not everyone is spiritual; not everyone is called, not everyone is chosen, and not everyone is what they appear to be. Somebody has to know the difference; and that's what many oppose; someone knows. We might have forgotten something; no one is to glory in themselves; no one is to take glory that is meant for God only, and give it to themselves, or to anyone else, for that matter. What likely turned some off about discerning of spirits, is it became clear, that the Spirit had gifted certain people to actually see the spirit of people and what their true attitude and purpose were. Those who were operating out of envy, strive and self-promotion, would be detected. We couldn't have that.

Repressing what the Spirit wants to do among us, makes us weak and very argumentive. To suggest that some who have somehow been placed in authority, may not belong there, is extremely offensive to those who think no one could possibly know the difference. I don't feel led at this time, that we should talk about what should be done with the knowledge of what the Spirit sees; just that we know, that somebody, is not seeing things they should be seeing. In truth, many did see. The Spirit did not stop passing out gifts in the Body, just because many did not want them there. Sadly, too many who did obtain certain gifts like this, were pushed out or silenced.

I say this in the fear of the Lord. We will either have all of the Gifts of the Spirit operating in their fullness, or we may find ourselves without any. It might sound to some of us, that the Spirit was picking and choosing, as to who had certain gifts, and who did not. The truth is, that is exactly what He was doing, and continues to do. It's all, done by the same Spirit.