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Loud sounding gong? A Word on ‘harsh’ prophecies

Delivering a prophecy that seems harsh to our modern sensibilities doesn’t make you a loud-sounding gong without love, contrary to the absolute tripe being taught today.

There was once a prophet who said things like:

Generation of vipers! (Matt. 12:34)
Though you are exalted to heaven, you shall be brought down to hell. (Luke 10:15)
I will profess to them ‘Depart from me, ye who work iniquity, for I never knew you.’ (Matt. 7:23)

He also cursed a defenseless tree for not having fruit.

Who was this mean old ogre of a prophet?

JESUS.

Today’s teaching on how the prophetic must always be uplifiting would condemn JESUS as not having love.

The truth is that we often fail to understand what the Bible teaches because we read it the way it’s been erroneously preached to us. Prophecy is for edification, exhortation, and comfort, but this does not mean it will always be comfortable.

In the US Marine Corps, my Drill Sergeants edified me, getting me into the greatest shape I’ve ever been in. They exhorted with tremendous intensity. Their training is now a comfort when there’s an emergency or danger of any kind.

Some may argue that we’re still supposed to be gentle, but not all situations call for what we now regard as gentle.

Feel free to call me harsh.

The lake of fire is harsher than anything I could possibly say to you.

Am I your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

My simple approach to seeking God

Do you REALLY want to know God?

Proverbs 25:2 tells us:

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

There are things God will want you to seek and search out, and knowing Him is one of them. The carnal mind will balk at this idea, dismissing it as ‘religious,’ when the truth is that when you truly desire intimacy with God the hours you might spend in prayer, study of the word, and worship will fly by. They do not become a matter of ritualistic duty but rather they are driven by passion to know Him.

Now, it may not begin that way. Indeed, you may need t wean yourself off self-indulgent habits which render you ‘too busy’ to be so ‘religious.’ You may have to lock yourself in a room, remove the distractions and force yourself to pray at first because sometimes this beast we call the flesh can be wild and unwilling to be tamed, and very often God will leave up to you to die daily, not to prove anything to Him, but to reveal to YOU the true condition of your heart toward Him.

This process doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be this simple:

1. Set aside time to read the Bible daily. Take your time going through it, consider the words, weigh them in your heart and mind, reflect upon them, pray them back to the Lord.

2. Pray. It’s probably impossible to pray too much. Set aside specific time for prayer, but also pray when you’re driving, pray when you’re cooking, when you’re exercising, when you’re cutting the grass, changing the baby, cleaning the house, on your way to a meeting. Don’t ask for stuff. Communicate with God, ask Him questions about Him. Moses, after seeing the 10 plagues and watching the Red Sea part, still said ‘SHOW ME YOUR GLORY.’

3. Spend time in worship, with no agenda. Remember that the Lamb is worthy of more honor, love, and glory than we could ever bestow upon Him. He is WORTHY whether He answers you or not. The Lord of all creation is above every praise anyone could ever utter, and yet he longs for intimacy with us. Consider the magnitude of this when you worship.

Do you REALLY want a Prophetic Mentor?

Talking sense moment:

Some of the saints will say they want mentorship when the truth is that they are just hoping to establish a relationship with the prophet in order to be prophesied to on a regular basis. That’s not mentorship.

A real mentor in the Body, especially a prophet, if he’s worth his salt, is going to push you to SEEK GOD FOR YOURSELF. He will hold you accountable, question you in detail about your prayer life, your study of the word, and your conduct and character in the world at large.

A mentor may hold your hand in a crisis, but most of the time what you’ll get from a real prophetic mentor is the rebuke your pastor’s too scared to give you, the kick in the pants your daddy didn’t give you, and the accountability you’re able to run from everywhere else.

And if that mentor is a certain short, bald, broken-nosed prophet with a limp, he’s not going to dance around the issues with you, but is more likely to hit you in the face with the truth you need to hear every time you talk to him.

Why? Because otherwise, he’s not just wasting his time and yours, but he’s wasting God’s time.

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Gratification is not satisfaction

“And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.” (Isaiah 58:11)

The flesh craves gratification, while the spirit seeks satisfaction. The difference between the two can be hard to tell when we’re caught up in the day-to-day struggles of life. We get the car, the house, or the spouse we were after, but after a while, when the novelty wears off, many of us find ourselves yearning for more. Why?

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Old Testament vs New Testament prophets?

Some will say that the ‘Old Testament’ prophet was more predictive, or that New Testament Prophet is really just in place to confirm things God has already told you. However, the NT prophet isn’t always just in place to confirm. I’ve often told people things they had no clue were going to happen, usually with them insisting I was wrong until it came to pass. John, the writer of Revelation, wrote a whole book of predicting prophecies. The prophecy of Agabus in Acts 21 wasn’t a confirmation to the disciples; the narrative makes it clear that they didn’t know until then that Paul was headed for more trouble than usual at Jerusalem.

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Forgiveness is NOT an emotion

Forgiveness is not an emotion. It is a decision.

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A word on patience

Patience is not the ability to wait a long time; it is the ability to wait until the Appointed Time, and the wisdom to be productive until then.

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God does NOT clear the guilty

And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty ; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’ children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

–Exodus 34: 5-7

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There are no idle details in the Bible

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

–Isaiah 28:10

The written Word of God was established as a witness to mankind of God’s purpose, plan, and design, and as such, there is no part of it that is unimportant, trivial, or meaningless. Some may challenge this by reciting some passage or other that may not be readily understood by this or that person, or even passages which seem to merely record lineage, names, and seemingly minor events. However, passages containing family histories can contain some interesting, as well as revealing, facts.

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You become what you think

“As he thinks in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 27:3
When I was 15, I was about 5’3″ and just under 120 lbs. However, I was determined to become really strong, and because I had a lot of trouble gaining weight, I decided I would get stronger without getting any bigger.

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Turnover in the Kingdom: Fruit that doesn’t remain.

For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

–Hebrews 5:12-14

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The Real Power of Circumstance

And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was Jesus Of Nazareth The King Of The Jews. This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.
Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews. Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.
John 19:19-22

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A thought to take into the new year…

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
-2 Corinthians 5:17

Sometimes the real problems presented by the past are not its events and consequences, but rather what has happened to our perception of it, ourselves and God.

For many of us the issue at hand is not whether to move on, but rather to move out of the prisons that circumstance and the enemy have created for our minds.

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