Thursday, March 26, 2015

When God Does Romans 8:28

Life has twists and turns.  Disappointments.  Difficulty.  Danger.  Discouragement. 

We hit the wall and bounce off it.  We pick ourselves up and start back again, not knowing what will follow.

If you are Called of God and Love HIM you know what to do.. but it's hard.

When the worst possible things seem to happen and you tear your hair out, then it's time to Let God Be GOD.  He says he will take all things, not a few, not the easy ones, ALL THINGS and reweave them into the fabric He calls favor. 

Romans 8:28 says "We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God-those whom he has called according to his plans and purposes for your life".

Or the Amplified:
28 We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.

You are covered in his goodness as he takes things you didn't imagine could work out and as you walk doing what you know suddenly things come out not only for your good, but better than you ever thought they could.

I had one such today.  A customer and I ended up at odds.  My guy didn't show up at the shop. His phone was off.  I didn't know what to do.  I ended up going pulling the order and delivering it.  One the way I decided as long as I was out and about, I would take the shears and cut another order.

I did.  I needed to get out. It turned out overall to be a great day.  I got a lot done.

Once I settled into allowing things to work out for good.. they did.

Does it always go this way?  NO.  But it goes this way often enough to be worth doing.  Trusting in the plan is the issue.

Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not on your own understanding said Solomon.  It's still true.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

What it Really Means to ABIDE in Christ and Why so many Fail

We hear the verse "Abide in me".. and we get an image.  It's not bad, just not well understood.  Many people think it has to do with resting in Christ, that it's a static event.  It's not, it's an agricultural admonition.  Here's how we usually read this passage.  It's Right. But not complete if we do not understand the concept.

John 15:3"You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5"I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.…
 A more accurate rendering of this verse is:

Live in me, and I will live in you. A branch cannot produce any fruit by itself. It has to stay attached to the vine. In the same way, you cannot produce fruit unless you live in me.

In horticulture we attach grafts to living stems.  They host provides nutrition for the new shoot.  If somehow the branch disconnects itself from the vine, it will die.  It is impossible for a dead branch to bear fruit.  In winter it might look alive, it may look like all the others, but it's dead. Grapes is the idea here.  The hearers of this word understood it in that time. 

The fruit is the result of not only staying alive but forming fruit from latent buds that flower and grow into useful results because of living nutrition.  It is not just staying alive that is the mandate of the passage, it is the essential element of bearing fruit.. and that only happens as we stay attached to the living Vine Jesus.

So how does that happen.  In horticulture you nurture the place of connection.  If that is damaged the branch may die.  "I am divine and you are debranch" Keith Green sang.  It's still true.

Then in addition to keeping the connection, one must allow leaves and flowers to manifest as the sun and rain come on them.  It's essential if there is going to be any life.  That means more than resting, that means drawing on the Life of Christ in all his essence to allow you to bear fruit.

How do we do that?  It's not about church, it's about hearing and reading his word (not the same thing), it's about exercising the gifts of the Spirit of God, it's about nurturing and being nurtured.  There is much to do to become the man or woman of God HE intended you to be.  A fruit bearer.

Father is saying, "I created you before the foundation of the earth to accomplish my purposes in the earth.  If you will stay connected, I will empower you by My Spirit to do all that you are meant to be and do.  Do not fear, I will do it, and you will be immortal until my purpose in you is accomplished."

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A New Order is the Old Order

There is a change afoot.

People keep talking about a new world order.

I keep seeing a return to an old order. One tested. One established.  A return.

I am thankful for this new old order, we are long overdo.

Look at the LAST 12 months in world history.  There are wars and brutality beyond belief, but with it has come some overdo realizations about evil.  There have been elections and overturnings, but in those are the seeds of this order.

Father is up to something and those who thought they could bring in something NOT of HIM on the world scene are being pushed back.  Look at how irrelevant the new world order players are becoming.  Certainly we still have too much power in too few hands.. but nothing like it was.  Yes there is great power and wealth in corporate enterprises globally but that is being crushed.

Even the stranglehold that oil empires globally had on the USA is gone.  Russia is wounded, still dangerous, but understood. 

There is a new order and it looks much like the old order.

  Joel 2:25-26
I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.

 Acts 3:19-21
Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.

Job 42:10
And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

Revelation 21:1-5
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

"Behold I do a new thing, and it's called restoration".

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

God is about to put some Ministries based on Falsehood to Death

We know the story of Ananias and Sapphira

Ananias and Sapphira
Acts 5:1-11 (NLT)
5 But there was a certain man named Ananias who, with his wife, Sapphira, sold some property. 2 He brought part of the money to the apostles, claiming it was the full amount. With his wife’s consent, he kept the rest.
3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself. 4 The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!”
5 As soon as Ananias heard these words, he fell to the floor and died. Everyone who heard about it was terrified. 6 Then some young men got up, wrapped him in a sheet, and took him out and buried him.
7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 Peter asked her, “Was this the price you and your husband received for your land?”
“Yes,” she replied, “that was the price.”
9 And Peter said, “How could the two of you even think of conspiring to test the Spirit of the Lord like this? The young men who buried your husband are just outside the door, and they will carry you out, too.”
10 Instantly, she fell to the floor and died. When the young men came in and saw that she was dead, they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 Great fear gripped the entire church and everyone else who heard what had happened.
The result (if you know the rest of the story) is that the church grew even more rapidly. That is about to happen again.  It all starts with the fear of the Lord. 

God honors Truth.  The Holy Spirit is CALLED the Spirit of Truth.  There is a direct relationship in health of ministries between those who preach and teach truth and those trapped by a lie.  I know this from the Spirit of God tonight.  God will not sanction any ministry to grow or prosper that even considers lies, myths, falsehoods or even half truths.  When any ministry accepts as fact that which is untrue, it puts a stopper in the bottle. Nothing in, nothing out. To bless such would be Father doing something opposite of his Holy nature.  You only have to look around you and you quickly see sincere ministers trying as hard as they can but accepting false reports as true.  They are dead ministries walking.

Accepting falsehoods as truth (and worse spreading such) is taking the name of the Lord in vain, (HOLY SPIRIT, the Spirit of Truth)  when that happens and it will bring to a quick halt any anointing, any blessing, any potential for breakthru.   If a minister of the Gospel asks God to bless his ministry and grow it and yet is trapped by lies, in chains of untruth, committed to myths there is no way the Holy Ghost will bless that church or ministry..and in fact as in the case of Ananias and Sapphira, HE WILL KILL IT.

People are hungry for truth, God honors truth with success.  Ministries that preach truth grow.  Ministries that harbor falsehood and lies are locked up.  They will never prosper.  They are already dead.. like Ananias and Sapphira.
This will take true repentance to get away from. This will take turning around.  I hear the Spirit of God saying, "I will not bless or tolerate my precious ones being lied to for another year".  You must be concerned if you are in ministry. Examine everything you believe to test if it is a lie, a rumor, a falsehood or a widely believed untruth.   They are all the same.  Lies put you in chains.

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers.

Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds;

1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

Scripture warns against spreading rumors and those who engage in gossip. Proverbs 20:19 says, “A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.” Words are powerful. They can build up or destroy (Proverbs 18:21). James 3:2–12 instructs us to control our words, stating in verse 5: “Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.” Spreading “harmless” rumors, then, can cause great destruction. God desires that we use our words to praise Him (Psalm 34:1), to speak wisdom (Proverbs 10:13), and to encourage and edify each other (1 Thessalonians 5:11; Ephesians 4:29).  Spreading rumors is so repulsive in the Lord’s sight that He made a prohibition against it in the Law He gave to the Israelites (Leviticus 19:16). First Timothy 5:13 sternly warns against using idle time to spread slander. And Proverbs 17:4 implies that those who eagerly listen to gossip have low character.

So why do we enjoy the rumor mill? Proverbs 26:22 gives one good reason: “The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.”  Truth will make us uncomfortable.  It will go down OK but then be upsetting.

I know many people in ministry struggling today and will struggle till the day they die (or their church closes up) simply because they cannot discern the truth from a rumor.  God is not honored by rumor and untruth.  Lying to the Holy Ghost is a serious offense.  Harboring an untruth is profanity.

"You must not pass along false rumors".  Exodus 23:1

God Meant it then, and he still does..  Do you want to see your ministry grow?  Begin renouncing falsehood and start preaching truth, even if it's painful, even if it is unpopular.  God Honors Truth-telling and condemns falsehood.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Sin of Entitlement Christianity

I have not met many men or women of God who I hold up as outstanding examples of what it means to be an extraordinary leader of men.  There are a few.  Too few.  There are too many excess driven pretenders that spite the Kingdom of God by their appetites.  

I see many who are in the public eye in ministry for worse.  Many for really worse.  They are become a stumbling block for believers and unbelievers alike.  Their appetites for fame, fortune and fantasy belie who they really are in Christ.  They are rendered useless for the kingdom and they propagate deceit among the weak.

Let me be clear.  None of the great men and women of God I have known ever agreed to live in poverty and want.  They were wise enough to live in abundance not extravagance.  The abundant life is not one that calls attention to itself in it's excess.  These worthy leaders I know personally are wise in the way they deal with material things. So before you think this word is about keeping the servants of God who watch over our souls poor, it's not.  On the other hand, it is a call to wisdom when there seems to be so little on display in the Church World.

It is grown out of hand because of the prosperity teachings that the Word of Faith movement first brought.  I am a word of faith man.  I grew up Charles Capps, Kenneth Hagin and Ken Copeland.  Been to meetings where all of them ministered.  They all began in pure faith.   Yet there came little foxes that have caused many to go shipwreck.  Before he died, Kenneth Hagin warned about this excess we see. They justify themselves in their error by trying to say that it is God's Will for them to live in lavish extravagance simply because they work hard in the Kingdom and are effective.  WHO GAVE THEM THIS EFFECTIVENESS?  From where did that come?  How much did they pay the giver for it?  How much should they charge for it?  Does freely given freely give have any meaning any more?

What follows are observations of real men of God I knew or know personally.  Men who do the work of the kingdom without fanfare, praise or excess.  There are others beyond these, but these stand out strong.

The opposite of these men is most often exhibited when I pull up to a church and see a sign by the door saying "Reserved for senior pastor", or elders, or deacons or some such.  Most of these guys wouldn't be worthy to untie the shoelaces of the real men of God I have known.   But they telegraph a message to the congregation (and visitors), "we are all equal at the foot of the cross but here on earth some are more equal than others". Now if the Senior Pastor is 80 years old and impaired.. OK.  But if he is 40, WALK BROTHER!

The real men of God I know say, "the most holy parking places in the lot are the ones way at the back so the visitors can park up front".  That's what Pastor Dan Rothwell did and said.  That's what Pastor Robert Schmidgall said and did.  They led churches of thousands and influenced people who still are activated for God.  Part of that was the selflessness they exhibited in service.

Then there are the fistfights that break out in some churches over the "Holy Chairs" at the front.  I once was told to sit in one of them when visiting a church in Michigan and was confronted by a deacon who didn't know why I thought I should be allowed to sit there because they were reserved for the "special people".  He was about to evict me from my chair, and I was ready to go, when the Pastor stopped him and said, "I asked prophet Gene to sit there".  

Some churches even have people's names on the chairs.  Some are absolutely fanatic about always sitting in THEIR PLACE which you better not ever violate.  I once saw a woman go to someone (a new visitor) who accidentally sat in her chair and told her to move.  Amazing.  This is not at all like my remembrance of attending church with Reinhard Bonnke in Germany.   He was traveling all over the globe preaching to millions but he always sat at the middle back of the church.  Behind me many times.  People knew who he was.  He is in person the most humble man you can imagine.  It's why I will never sit in the front of a church.  You will nearly always find me 6-10 rows back.  Don't like sitting in the far back, can't hear, but I avoid front seat fistfights.  I'll let the more "holy" sit there.

Then there is the lifestyles of the rich and holy that brings a stench up before God and a stumbling block for any unbeliever or a new believer of weak faith.  You see it all around.  Multi Million dollar homes, Bentleys and Limos, Private Jet Planes and $5000 suits.  Preachers of LA.  Excesses on Christian TV Networks.

How is this justified? Of course you remember when Jesus insisted on someone coming to pour $50,000 worth of oil on his feet?  Right?  Oh you don't?  Believe it or not that is one of the lame justifications for excess.  To be clear I don't believe Jesus was as poor as my Catholic friends make him out to be, He did own a home apparently, He had support, There was money, There was a treasurer.  But it was only for needs, not greeds.  There was no entitlement in Jesus.  He said, "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."  Matthew 11:28-30  

Then there is the "Christian Entourage" effect.  This is amazing.  I believe a man who is mobbed by many in public ministry needs to have the capacity to be sheltered from the press of people when it is there.  The sin is when that is carried to illogical and obvious excess.  The heart of God is saddened by the king and queen like treatment some so called men of God allow and encourage.    It starts by the glass of Gatorade in a chalice with a cover, or if someone has to work as an Armor bearer bringing his or her Bible to the podium at just the right time for the man of God.  Or the preacher who cannot carry his own bag to the car or airplane.

There was a time burned in my memory when Apostle John Eckhardt who has a church of thousands and a global network of ten thousand, who goes where no big shot preachers ever go, who is in danger sometimes while ministering in 64 nations around the world, that has many million dollar best selling books, that John Eckhardt who early one morning was all alone pulling his bag to get on a plane at Midway Airport to fly to his next assignment.  No pretense.  No Entourage.  Just a servant of the most high SERVING.  Yes if he can get an upgrade to a better he does.. but he flies just like I do.. in a seat, with people around him.  No bubble for him.  Humility without entitlement is why I admire him.  He could easily fall into the trap of big shot Christianity.. but he doesn't and his ministry is a thousand times more effective than all the pretenders who believe the myth of excess under the guise of Word of Faith Prosperity.

Somehow we have to put this back where it came from, the pit of hell. It was pretty clever of the devil to do this to the body of Christ. Use their flesh and the deceitfulness of riches to strip away any impact we might have otherwise had on the earth.  The Kingdom is declined, not advanced by our excess.

The real question I ask today is this, With the recent dust up over Creflo Dollar's 65 million dollar jet, was the Kingdom advanced or retarded?  Is his impact on marginal believers increased or decreased.  Is there any stumbling block in his actions?  Paul talked about this.  He talked about it in the context of Food and Drink.  Yet today he would talk in terms of all of our consumptions.. and excess.

Paul the Apostle said this, " 1 Corinthians 8:8-10 -- food will not commend us to God; we are neither the worse if we do not eat, nor the better if we do eat. But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if someone sees you, who have knowledge, dining in an idol's temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be strengthened to eat things sacrificed to idols?…"

To the Romans he said, " Romans 14:20-23  -- Don’t tear apart the work of God over what you eat. Remember, all foods are acceptable, but it is wrong to eat something if it makes another person stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else if it might cause another believer to stumble. You may believe there’s nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right. But if you have doubts about whether or not you should eat something, you are sinning if you go ahead and do it. For you are not following your convictions. If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.

I can't tell you what is or isn't.  I can say that many who are living without regard for how it appears to those weak in faith have hardened their hearts and no longer hear from the Holy Ghost.. for if they did they would be convicted for their choices.

That's just how it works.   If you are convicted by this, it's not me, it's what the word of Holy Spirit does.  If you are not convicted by this and some of this hit home.. you have a problem only YOU can solve if you have ears to hear.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Immoderation in Ministry is a Black Mark on the Bride of Christ

So much of the past several decades prosperity teaching has caused many to drift into a life lacking moderation.  It is a slippery slope.  We see it more and more.

It is God's desire for his people to be prosperous.  To have more than enough.  To be able to give away much as the Holy Ghost prompts.  It's his pattern.. we are the hands, eyes, ears and POCKETBOOK of the Father here on earth.

Where it becomes a problem is when it becomes immoderate.  Over the top.  Particularly in ministry.  You are in the keen eye of the saints.  You are a testimony to the world.  You are a model to be followed.  Because of all this, when excess in appetites become obvious and visible it is not only unwise but a stumbling block. 

We see this in the news.  We see it on TV.  It is parodied in movies and sitcoms.  The greedy minister is almost legendary.

Television is a wasteland of such:  Look at the preachers of LA, the preachers of Detroit some of whom live in houses that are beyond belief.  Then there was the recent dust up over a jet proposed to be purchased by a ministry for 65 million dollars.  And there is a ten million dollar home just built by the pastor of a large ministry in Texas.  None of these are wrong in and of themselves, it's when the saints begin to imitate these people.

These things are immodest.  They lack wisdom.  They are bad models.  They are flesh over spirit victories in lives that should be driven by the Spirit of God.   The devil didn't do it, their carnal flesh did. Many have gone astray because of these unfettered appetites. These kinds of things stain what is supposed to be the spotless Bride of Christ.
  •     People buy things they cannot afford to have the "Look" of prosperity
  •     Some drive cars so ostentatious that there is a question mark when people see it
  •     Some build mansions so large that people ask why
  •     Some buy Jet Airplanes worth many times what any ministry requires.  No one man is that important.  Not in the Kingdom.  If you read Final Quest you see such an example.

There are many scriptural admonitions about these things.

 Proverbs 25:16   If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.
 Proverbs 23:20-21  Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.
 Titus 2:7   Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,
1 Corinthians 6:12   “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.
Proverbs 31:4-5  It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to take strong drink, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted.

Wait, you might say, they are Men of God or Women of God and they aren't getting drunk.. right?

Once you give into fleshly carnal desires, the flesh wants more and more and more.  First a bit of wine, then stronger.  First entertaining a flirt and then falling into adultery or worse.  That is why so many people in ministry end up shipwreck.  They never learned to control their flesh.  Not in booze and broads and but they fed their flesh with excess.. immoderate in all things, they opened the door to worse.

I know for some this seems harsh. It's not.  I understand nice things. I like them too.  BUT I spend MY MONEY on them. I don't look for others to feed my lusts of the flesh or wrap me up in the deceitfulness of riches.

Stars of music and entertainment, big businessmen and people that just inherit a ton of money can do this.  They are not accountable.  They are not models and once again it is THEIR MONEY.    When a man or woman of God do this it opens a door to greed that will not easily be shut.  It also creates a spiritual arms race.  IF so and so can have a Bentley, I can too. 

We all agree with Bible verses that follow regarding women.  They were warned, 

1 Timothy 2:9-10
Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.
1 Peter 3:3-4
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.
 Proverbs 11:22
Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.

I have heard some pretty harsh preaching on this.. BUT do those same admonitions apply to a man and in particular a minister of the Gospel?   I submit they do.. MEN can be horribly vain, they just express it with houses, cars and extravagance.

In fact the Word of God  warns emphatically against allowing worldly appetites to overtake a person.

 1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.
 Matthew 5:27-28
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
 1 Peter 5:5-6
Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,
1 Corinthians 12:22-24
On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it,
 Titus 2:11-12
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.

As I read these passages I am struck how a lack of modesty, or an immoderate life is considered ungodly.  Even looking at a woman is adultery?

The Bible Finally says.. this.. we are to be models, representatives, living testaments, ambassadors.  Someone that a believer can say to his son or daughter "When you grow up, strive to be just like THEM"

Philippians 3:17
Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.
1 Thessalonians 1:6
You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.


1 Corinthians 11:1  And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.

So if we are going to imitate Christ so others follow us.. does that look like the world of excess you see in so much of the western Church?  AND we wonder why the culture is deaf to our message.  They can't stand the stink.  

God is saying to those who are Immoderate: 

  Haggai 1:4 “Why are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruins? 5 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Look at what’s happening to you! 6 You have planted much but harvest little. You eat but are not satisfied. You drink but are still thirsty. You put on clothes but cannot keep warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes!

The house of the Lord is in Ruins in the USA..

 Jeremiah 22:14
‘I will build a magnificent palace
    with huge rooms and many windows.
I will panel it throughout with fragrant cedar
    and paint it a lovely red.’
15 But a beautiful cedar palace does not make a great king!
    Your father, Josiah, also had plenty to eat and drink.
But he was just and right in all his dealings.
    That is why God blessed him.
16 He gave justice and help to the poor and needy,
    and everything went well for him.
Isn’t that what it means to know me?”
    says the Lord.

 There is judgement against those who have fed the flesh with worldly things and appetites:

  Amos 6:4
How terrible for you who sprawl on ivory beds
    and lounge on your couches,
eating the meat of tender lambs from the flock
    and of choice calves fattened in the stall.
5 You sing trivial songs to the sound of the harp
    and fancy yourselves to be great musicians like David.
6 You drink wine by the bowlful
    and perfume yourselves with fragrant lotions.
    You care nothing about the ruin of your nation.

Judgement begins in the house of the Lord, and that Judgement is now..  Repent of your folly.  Live Holy, Separate from the world and without greed and avarice.  The eyes of the Lord are upon you..

How shall we then live?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Robert Blackburn "When The Dark One Hides" . . .

 A Friend of about my age tells this story from his past.  He is talking about light and dark, exposure and discernment.  This thing is real.. I just posted that it is happening on a national scale.. this is what that looks like.

Some years back now, I was invited to visit a smaller church in a rural community for a revival service. There were about a hundred people there. The service had already started and the people were standing and singing. I stepped in close to the back on the right side, next to the aisle. I was kinda glancing around at the group to see who all was there; like we would normally do. Everything appeared normal.

About three rows from the front, on the left side, next to the aisle, stood a man of about average build; probably middle aged. All of a sudden, he appeared to turn and look back at me; but, his head rotated in almost a 180 degree angle. What stared at me, was the head and face of a wolf; the eyes were black. That thing spoke to me, and said; "I know who you are. I am not afraid of you. I am protected here." The service went on as usual, but I could sense that there was no move of the Spirit there; it was like it all was flat somehow. I left sometime later, after the preaching had begun.

Why am I telling this; the Spirit has a message. Jesus saw demons in so many people; they cried out when He came around; He cast them out. He sent the disciples out, and they did the same thing. The apostles continued the same spiritual practice; and so did we, in the early days of the church here. So, ask yourself, why did we stop seeing them in our services as we once did. Did Christ say, the time would come when it was no longer of any necessity. Over time, something changed. Did the enemy stop coming to church anymore. No, he started hiding in among us. How could he do that.

When we suppress the manifestation of all of the gifts of the Spirit in their totality, and do not allow the ministries that God set in the Church, to function fully as He meant, we suppress discernment. The scripture says, that those who are full of the Spirit, can discern both good, and bad. But they grow in that, by using this discernment and STAYING full of the Spirit. Praying in the Spirit, fasting and studying God's Word and intently following the leading of the Holy Ghost, produces a true Spiritual awareness in us.

Why do we think, that God put the gift of discerning of spirits, in the church to begin with. The dark ones learned, that they could do more damage and prevent a move of the Spirit, by remaining silent; doing their work under cover. A watered down spiritual ability, and all of the other works of men that we see today, causes spiritual blindness, and a sense of lull and ease. There is a rude awakening coming. Satan's time is short. The church will see again, what the early church saw. Darkness, no longer fears exposure.