Saturday, August 16, 2014

A disclaimer. I am simply a Prophet. You need to know the truth about this.

I am not a final authority on the Word of God.  I am constantly discovering depths that are new and fresh. It helps me measure what I see and hear.  The screen thru which all experiences are filtered.  The more of the Word I have in me, the better the screen. 

Yet sometimes the screen gets plugged up with worldly crud.  I have to clean that screen with washing words of regeneration.  Words that come from many places, but even that must be filtered carefully. 

I don't mind people wanting to question or argue my teachings or writings.  I wrote them, I better be able to defend them well. I don't make this stuff up. It is hammered out carefully, not by reading other people's books as much as taking what the Word says and carefully parsing out what was really meant by that saying. 

It helps that today we have many translations of the word of God from many sources.  I don't singularly trust them all, but they all carry some light.  Just depending on ONE is danger.  The amplified can give you depth, the NLT can give you perspective, the KJV will give you historical poetic importation, the NASB/NKJV takes that a step further, the NIV offers modern english, the ESV is practical, the Message is interesting if wild and the God's Word Translation is sometimes readable.

Then a good dictionary and concordance will help. The published commentaries are good..  and I will look at them but understand they are a perspective only.  Not much better than many of the heterodox books that litter the Christian Book Stores.  Just older.  I own a few that I may toss someday. Big OLD books that are NOT inspired of God at all. 

So, when you see a writing, it is not something made from whole cloth, it is rooted in a half century of personal digging and experience in the word of God.  Maybe not as readable as I wish.  I'm not nearly as glib a writer as many.  Maybe not as well footnoted as some, JESUS would be a prime footnote.  YET.. they are grounded deep and when filtered thru the screen with a prophet's gift they do carry whatever weight you decide to attach. 

This is not simply one man's opinion and my opinion is as good or bad as any others.  That would miss the point of what God imparts thru his Prophets.  Paul said it best, "Despise not prophecy"  or as the NLT puts it: 1 Thess 5:19 Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. 20Do not scoff at prophecies, 21but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. 22Stay away from every kind of evil.

Still a good plan.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Death, Sin and HELL

Cancer, Ebola, Pneumonia, War, Car Accidents, Heart Attacks, Shootings, Drug Overdose, out of whack medication and severe depression can all kill people.  One is not a more blessed way to die, they all end up the same, in the grave.  Death is the result of sin, originally.  Still is. 

When those things happen, how the person who died stood at that second, (as a bomb goes off in Jerusalem and people are killed instantly) where that person was in relation to Christ matters.. positionally.  Their sin state at that second or not makes no matter at all.  Jesus paid it all.. past present future or he didn't pay it at all.

What if a person lies, doesn't repent and the bomb goes off... Heaven or hell? Even if they had devoted their lives as a Christian but slipped up and then died in an instant would not God credit them of the Blood of Jesus?  Anger can cause people to sin in a moment.  Hanging them over the mouth of hell for that moment is not God.  Profound depression can cause people to sin for a moment, sometimes it ends up terminal..

NOW here's the question?  If a person IS a Christian, A believer, has tried but failed (as we all have) but sins and it cost his or her life.. a car accident (texting and driving), ate too much fat meat and died of a heart attack, stood up to the wrong guy and got shot... they are just as dead.  

I can't and won't judge a person's place in the spectrum of the Grace of God.  It's bigger than I might admit and maybe bigger than I would administer as a human.  I know it's sufficient.  It's enough.  AND I think if we understood His grace, his father's heart towards us we might not be so ready to kick people into hell.  But who am I... just your humble prophet.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Marks of a true prophet

I spend a lot of time among people who are prophets, prophetic and the company of prophets. I give grace to those still developing (including me). I will forgive presumption. I will not overlook trying to sell the free gift of grace God gave you. In truth of the hundreds of "prophets" I know, many personally, there are very very few who in my discernment are genuinely in the office of Prophet. I could name a few... but it's a pretty short list. Most are pretenders who use prophetic jargon to maintain their place on ministry platform.

This is not criticism, it has always been this way. You only need to read the Bible in the first 39 books. Lots of house prophets, court prophets, prophets for money, prophets who didn't have a clue. Jeremiah seemed to live there. I will not say anything, but if I don't come to your big prophetic conference, don't hate me.. I will when some real prophets show up.

A few clues that a real prophet is among you: A prophet prophesies.. not telling you your SS number nor what you had for breakfast, he/she will speak to you destiny, your worth, your purpose, your value, your challenges, answer your questions. If he/she is legit, it will be a bit disturbing. It shouldn't always just reinforce what you already know. The idea that a prophet always has to be an encouragement is wrong. 

He/she must also be able to confront, sometimes directly, sometimes obscurely. You won't forget what a prophet says. It's not a teaching, it's seeing things as God sees them. He speaks from the throne. The prophet is simply a messenger. A carrier pigeon. 

When I see some prophet taking 3 offerings from a place where people can't afford it something is wrong. I won't name them, but there are some alleged prophets who are abusive. It's not my place to call them out UNLESS they are damaging to the Sheep. 

God cares more about his sheep than his shepherds. He will take out, expose, dethrone, defrock or even destroy the shepherd (including prophets) who damage the people of God. A powerful meeting may not mean a prophet was among you It might mean that he/she knows how to put on a powerful meeting. 

Most of the time the REAL prophets are seldom invited to bring a word... it strikes fear in the hearts of leaders. I have had more than ONE senior pastor say to me, "You scare the hell out of me". That makes me know I am on track. I should scare HELL out of them and Heaven into them. That's the call of the prophet.. to be a troubler of Israel.. and then point out to the Ahab of the house that HE is the real trouble. (and so is his wife Jezebel) Hope that helps.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

REPOST.. Regarding the Suicide of Robin Williams

Several years ago I wrote this in response to the suicide of  the daughter of a friend of our's.  Her mom needed some answers.  Perhaps this will give you perspective.  This has nothing whatever to do with IF Robin Williams was or was not a Christian.  I am not speaking to that.  It has more to do with the father heart of God and his response to one who commits the last ultimate sin of suicide.

From July 2, 2010

When a Person dies with Unconfessed Sin... Heaven or Hell?


If we can understand the Father heart of God, we can understand how he deals with our sin. Even the very last sin we ever commit. Without it we deal with sin by human understanding

We cannot get the sin out of our lives. It's there. It's part of our flesh. It's something we will do battle with until our last breath. We can do nothing about it. John the Apostle said it best to BELIEVERS. "IF we say we have no sin we are deceived and without truth in us." I didn't say that. Read chapter one of First John. It's all there. So sin is ever with us. We confess it and Jesus forgives. That much everyone can agree on.

So, what of the unconfessed sin? One where a person never had a chance to confess? One where in a moment of failure and weakness a person has just sinned, then an atom bomb goes off. Heaven or HELL? What is his or her future? I mean the sin wasn't confessed.

Does God then say, "Well, I know you were my son, confessed Jesus as your savior, was faithful for all those years and then, you messed up; you just didn't get that confession in on time." HELL awaits. That would make Father God a vindictive IRS agent.

How foolish to think such a thing. Let's see if we can understand.

Salvation is a gift of Grace. It's unmerited favor. You didn't earn it because of anything you did, you can't lose it by being stupid in something you did. Ephesians 2:8-9 This is not a license to sin, just step away from the fear in your life from religious condemnation: Romans 8:1

IF you didn't earn it by being good, you can't lose it by being bad.

OH, it may be possible to claw your way to hell after being saved, but it requires more will than I have ever known anyone to have. Once you have received a glimpse of Glory you will not go back. Even if you fall into temporary delusions that end your life.

If you have children, they are precious to you. They are the focus of your preservation. You will do anything you know how to do to bring them to maturity. And you aren't very good at it since you are mortal and not God. But you do what you must. You give and give and even if they seemingly walk away from you, you keep calling them home.

IF one of those children rebels, gets into a bad place, does very bad things, they are still your child. You still love them. You still want the best for them. You will still will receive them into your home. Even if they take you for granted. They might even seem to reject you, but when they find themselves in terrible trouble they will speak your name, particularly if you are a mom. Remember, this is how WE deal with and care for our natural children. And we are sinful humans.

How much MORE will our Heavenly Father deal with us even more graciously when we fall and fail. Even when we do in the worst ways. He doesn't reject us because of our sin. IF He did he would be saying to us, "The price paid on the cross was not sufficient". Really? Of course the price was sufficient. One drop of Jesus blood would have been enough to wash away every sin ever committed. But He sent a FLOOD to push back anything the enemy raises against us. "For he will come like a raging flood tide driven by the breath of the LORD". Isaiah 59:19b

Now to the hard question. If a person takes their own life in a moment of despair and pain or if they are murdered on the street while engaged in something evil or if their life ends early in an auto accident while drunk, in other words they die in a moment of failure, do they go to heaven or hell? I know what tradition says: Let's see what Jesus said about tradition, "You make word of God of No Effect because of your traditions". Mark 7:13

IF a person is a son or daughter of the Father, a free gift he gave, a covenant he keeps, then is there any sin that can separate (Romans 8:38-39) or pluck them out of the hand of God (John 10:28)?

Nothing.

Or we would all be lost because we sin daily.

That is the REAL answer to the hard question people ask in these times.

Can one lose their salvation? I suppose it is possible to renounce any trust or faith in Jesus blood and His sacrifice at the cross. But, that would presuppose that they knew it at one time. And if you did know it, wouldn't that be very difficult? Or even impossible?

I have known good, even great men of God who struggle with their emotions up and down who find themselves at the end of themselves and in a moment of failure end it in a suicide. That last sin was unconfessed. Based on what we have seen I'm not God, but I know His Fathers heart. He would call to them. And they to Him. And He brings them HOME to stay. Just like a prodigal who stumbles home smelling of a pigpen. Father doesn't reject, he runs.

Looking into the Father Heart of God we can have even the Hard questions answered.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Dynamic Duo... Force Shield of Prayer and Prophetic Preaching

If you watch much Sci Fi you will soon come across the implementation of some kind of force field.  It's universal.  An easy device.  We all wish we had a force field.  We do.. but we don't use it.

Yet today we have a situation where the enemy is shooting darts and winning. Fear, Anarchy, Lawlessness, Cultural Collapse and Evil victorious.

The first response for many Christians is prayer.  That's good but the Father reminds us that WE are a part of the answer to every prayer we pray.  Prayer without action is useless. 

The enemy knows this and uses prophetic preaching to activate evil action among his followers.  The glib motivating words of misleaders has led us to this point.  To get us out of this mess will require that the true called and anointed of God speak boldly and prophetically to the people of God.

Most will not.  It would mean a loss of members. It would mean a loss of income. It would mean cultural discrediting.  You would be called all kinds of names.. in front of your face and behind your back. 

There is no law against calling evil EVIL and good GOOD. None.  Yet we allow the enemy to constantly call good evil and evil good and not say a word.

Pray but take action.   That will require you to speak boldly. Speak without consideration of the consequence.  Soft and couched words have no power even if you pray 24 hours a day.

Start speaking up, you are the called force field.  Prayer support will be there as you do.  One without the other is useless and worthless.

NOW START SPEAKING OUT!!


Sunday, August 10, 2014

JESUS - Not worth losing your head over.. or

I am haunted by the persecution, murder and violence being carried out by Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria.  These are evil anti Christ spirit demonically possessed people.  The hang, crucify, shoot and behead anyone who differs from them..   And the most peculiar are Christians.  They suffer most.  They are being killed for the confessions of Faith.

To a secular humanist they would say, "Why not convert, adapt, survive,   I mean is this really what it's all about?  This is nothing to lose your head over." 

We were warned of the long deep cycles of violence that would come from the anti Christ spirit.  They happened before and are happening again.

Revelation 20:4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands.

The question is of those who DID lose their head over the Testimony about Jesus... those in Iraq and Syria.  Those in Nigeria.  Those in Sudan.  Was it worth losing their heads?  I may be reading this passage wrongly.. or not, but they may sit in judgement of our anemic testimony as western Christians.  We will to to our churches today, sing a few tunes, hear a lecture, give our money and drink a little coffee but in the end we will have done nothing.  We surely didn't lose our heads.

We are safe secure and the cloud of witnesses judge our devotion.. or lack of.  I will tell you as a prophet, the call of God is going to carry a greater price than you think.  It will cost you everything.
  In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples. Luke 14:33

Now is it worth it?  I wonder how many of those persecuted in Iraq have wondered about the rapture... And been disappointed by bad teaching.

Matthew10:21"Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 22"You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved. 23"But whenever they persecute you in one city, flee to the next; for truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes.…
The Son of Man came.  He conquered.  He established His Kingdom. He has subjects.  They are proving to be loyal unto death.  Now how about us?  Are we?   I ask the question even for myself.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Anti Maxim

Whenever we read a great truth, a great saying, a great promise in the Bible and apply it to our lives, it is a Maxim worth living to. There is also equal and opposite maxims.. Anti-Maxims. They are as valid and as powerful. We can not thinking live to them as well.

One came to mind this morning. Know (receive) the truth and the truth shall set your free.

The anti-maxim is Know (receive) a lie and the lie will put you in chains.

Then there is this well quoted passage:
Proverbs 4:5
Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get[a] wisdom.
Though it cost all you have,[b] get understanding.
8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.
9 She will give you a garland to grace your head
and present you with a glorious crown.”

When you consider the anti maxim in this it's brutal stuff

Avoid wisdom or understanding. Remain willingly ignorant
Reject any wisdom anyone tries to impart. You know better.
Forsake wisdom and you will be vulnerable to all attacks of the enemy, you will have no one to look out for you.
In the end wisdom is too costly, don't bother, don't even try to understand. It's too hard.
Make fun of those who try to help you become wise, if you do it will debase you,
Eschew wisdom and you will end up dishonored. Shame will grace your head and you will stand in the courts of losers uncrowned with anything but filth.

YET people live exactly like the anti maxim and wonder why their lives are such a mess.