Sometimes people aren’t as blessed as they want to be because it’s just not their season, but sometimes there are other reasons, including God’s refusal to bless us because we won’t steward his blessing well.
Sometimes people aren’t as blessed as they want to be because it’s just not their season, but sometimes there are other reasons, including God’s refusal to bless us because we won’t steward his blessing well.
Very often the loyalties we have come into conflict with what is right in God’s sight. In the previous chapter, a horrific sex crime was committed, and now the entire tribe of Bejamin rises up to defend those who committed it. Let’s discuss what this teaches us about our own loyalties and how they can easily lead us astray.
Sometimes the most dangerous place to be is among those who claim to be God’s people but are as far from Him as anyone outside of ‘church.’ In this chapter we see just how far one tribe had fallen from the righteousness of God, and the consequences it had on a casual and cavalier relationship.
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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“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” – John 7:38
Few in the modern world understand the signficance of what is being said here. While indeed Christ speak of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the phrase ‘living water’ had a meaning to the people of His time that we tend to miss.
‘Living water’ also refers to what some call structured water, which has
has measurably different characteristics including: molecular stability, a negative electrical charge, greater viscosity, molecular alignment, and an enhanced ability to absorb certain spectra of light. It is believed that when water molecules take on this organized molecular structure, it has a significant impact on health and that it appears to be necessary for life.
What is important here is that God’s intention is for what flows out from you to be ordered, structured, and expressly full of HIS life. Very often the saints are gifted, and very obviously and powerfully so, but lack structure and order in how their gifts are administered, and there’s good reason for this. In the above scripture, ‘believeth’ is the Greek pitseuw, which implies continuing belief.
It is not enough to merely believe, but we must CONTINUE to believe in Him. This provokes the questin, ‘just how far do you believe Him?’ Many of will believe God to an extent, or we commit our trust in certain areas and circumstances, and in many ways we hold back and hold out on God, choosing to trust in circumstances, systems, people, ourselves, and even abilities, and all of this misplaced trust is very often what ‘blocks’ the flow of the life of Christ in us.
This morning, I challenge you to BELIEVE in Him! Believe Him for your healing. Believe Him in your work, beieve everything He said, believe that His will for you is GOOD, believe His every promise is certain, believe that He is LORD of EVERY part of your life.
BELIEVE, and His living water will flow out of you like never before.
Recently TD Jakes, in an interview with Huffington Post, said that his position on the LGBT movement and its place in the church ‘has evolved, and is evolving.’ He went on to say that the church needs to shift toward acceptance of ‘gay christians.’ Now, considering that Scripture in 1 Corinthians 5 specifically tells us that unrepentant immorality has no place in the church at all, his position is heretical at best. Let’s talk about why.
A reminder to all true believers that your prayers have not been in vain… God hears the prayers of the righteous, so we should remember that it’s never a matter of IF He will answer, but WHEN!
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in a victory that we forget to move on to the responsibilities implied by it. What can we learn from the aftermath of Gideon’s victory that can be applied to today’s church? Let’s see why God expects a leader to lead beyond the victory.
What spiritual legacy will you leave behind when you’re gone?
In recent years, some ministry leaders have begun to teach that the church should look to occultism and new age movements as a source of hidden truth, or as ‘signposts’ to direct us in our spiritual growth. To anyone with a working knowledge of the Bible, this is a clear contradiction of what Jesus taught. In this video, we’ll discuss this in detail.
Leonard Ravenhill once said that the man who comes to God just looking for forgiveness is trifling with God. In today’s church, we’re often taught a grace that reduces God to little more than a genie, and His grace to mere forgiveness that comes with no call to commit ones life to the Lord. Let’s talk about this, and see what the Bible says about it.
If we remember that the Holy Spirit inspired Scripture, and that ALL of it is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteous, that we would be complete, thoroughly furnished to every good work, then we will understand that Christ did not just die for our sins, but He was also raised up for our justification AND that He is LORD.
Is it possible for God to be fed up with someone? Ask Judas, or ‘that woman Jezebel’ in Revelation 2:20.
A change is coming
a prophetic word concerning 2015 and beyond
As I’d said earlier, I have for a while now felt as though something is coming. I’d prayed about it, but received no further clarification, and had gone to bed when I heard ‘Isaiah 26.’ So I turned the light back on and opened my Bible.
Isaiah 26 gives us a song that will be sung by God’s people after the completion of the judgments spoken of in chapters 24 and 25. It testifies of God’s goodness to His people and His rightful severity toward the wicked.
There were several verses which stood out to me in particular.
With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
Let favour be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the Lord. (v 9-10)
I found it odd that this would stand out as strongly as it did, because the overall feeling I had about what was coming was not bad. I’d felt quite peaceful, in fact. Isaiah 26 seems to also explain this to some extent in verses 3-4:
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:
While this definitely seemed to apply to the calm I’ve been feeling in the Spirit, and I felt as though something good was on the way, I also felt as though something terrible was on the horizon, as well, though it did not and does not trouble me. It was then that I began to hear some phrases and felt a need to pray into this some more to know what was going on.
Now, do not take these things as being ‘negative,’ or ‘doom and gloom.’ There is good coming, but these things must be addressed before we get to the good stuff. So please read on.
This was the first thing I heard at that point. The very religious systems in which God’s people have been functioning are troubled by sin which pervades them. The institutional church system has for some time now chosen to ignore God’s instruction concerning how to deal with sin within the church, and this tendency has spread to where it is now part of the many traditions of men which rule the church today.
‘My people have abandoned my instruction.’ As an institution, much of the church’s persistence in seeking to please men has transitioned its state from error to apostasy.
This apostasy has been some time in the making, and runs so deep that many of us no longer know the true gospel, and many sit in churches, unsaved, and still others sit in the churches so deceived about the identity and character of God that they live in rebellion against Him. Their error is so thorough that many of them dismiss correction as ‘judgmental,’ ‘reliigious,’ or ‘legalistic,’ because they have trusted their leaders who taught them to disregard the Word.
However, deception is a cooperative act. We are usually only deceived when there’s something we want or think we want involved. Much of the deception in the church has been made possible by our own carnal tendency to want to remain as we are. So much of the watered-down gospel being taught gives us ‘permission’ to misbehave, and so many of us are willing to believe it simply because it agrees with what the flesh and our own corrupt nature want.
There is so much going on in the world about which the leaders of the church remain silent. Just one example is the vast global networks of child sexual exploitation that extend even into the governmental agencies which are supposed to protect children. In America alone, 800,000 children disappear each year, and the church is, for the most part silent. This silence is both disturbing and revealing. There is much more that could be said, but let it suffice for now to say that more than a few ‘church’ leaders are directly involved in this and other abominations.
Judgment is coming.
The financial fiascoes of 2008 and 2009 were just the beginning. As Isaiah 26:4 says, we will need to ‘Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength’
The next phrase I heard after this was ‘quiet calamity,’ and the Lord showed me that there will be a continued shifting of doctrines to more closely match the Luciferian agenda. This has already been taking place, and has until recently been gradual. Now that much of its groundwork is done in terms of causing God’s people to disregard the sovereignty of His Word, it will accelerate with little protest in many mainstream circles. There will be increased demonic activity among ministries.
There will also be obvious calamities. I don’t feel led to go into detail about this, but rather I feel as though the Lord will carry His people through them. We’re going to need to really trust Him.
A remnant awakening.
Now, for the good stuff. There is a release coming to the faithful among us. It’s not so much that things will become easy, but rather that the appointed time approaches for many of us.
Many among us seem to have been rejected, shut down, shut out, abandoned, or perpetually in an uphill battle for mere survival. These things, however, are going to be overturned.
God is calling many of you to awaken!
Dictionary.com gives this definition for general quarters:
A condition of readiness for combat on a warship, during which crew members remain at their battle stations and have guns and ammunition ready for immediate loading.
Your favor is coming, your increase is coming, your release into God’s purpose is coming, but every good thing that is on its way is coming to equip and sustain you for the battles which are both imminent and arising. This is not merely a call for each one of us to be ready for spiritual warfare, but rather a call to our specific positions within the kingdom as a whole. So many of us, especially those of us in the work of the ministry have been doing battle in the small units which we’ve been a part of, and have never moved beyond small group tactics in our warfare. We have lacked cohesive, unified strategy, and God is calling for many of us to come together not for mere cooperation, but for real unity.
Many ministries have been languishing under attack by the enemy without making much headway, but this, too is being overturned. God will be raising up new apostolic voices who will provide vision and direction for His people that will overcome and overwhelm the enemy. Beware, however, those who claim apostolic authority and seek to impose their ‘covering’ upon you without inspiring you to follow their leadership and without providing any clear vision.
The genuine apostolic leadership which God is raising up will be characterized by humility, fidelity to and revelation in the Word, and real authority to deal with the forces of the enemy.
Your favor is in your faithfulness.
Yes, God does grant unmerited favor, and yet there is favor that can only be granted when we can be trusted with it. It is time to grow up and put away every childish and petty thing which has rendered us incapable of being trusted with vision.
For some of us, it’s time to lay aside the tendency to be so easily offended. Some of you need to go eat some crow, mend some fences, and bake some humble pie. Others need to realize that forgiveness is not an emotion – it’s a decision! Where God wants to take you, you can’t be burdened with petty grievances and offenses. So many of the things we get offended by or hold grudges over won’t matter in eternity, and many of them don’t even matter now. It is time for some of us to admit that thee is a certain degree of emotional, carnal satisfaction in holding a grudge. Saints of God, this is beneath you, and it denies you the riches of the kingdom.
Others among us need to renew their commitment to God’s purpose and let go of personal agendas. For many of you, your self-interest is the greatest hindrance to your blessing and release. I challenge you today to take your self-interest, ambition, desire for respect and admiration and every other carnal objective to the altar and let God burn it. God can do more with the ashes than you could ever do with a life that is not yielded.
The greater works are not separate from the lesser ones.
While I was waiting for clarification on what God was showing me, I listened to an old sermon by Leonard Ravenhill, and at one point he mentioned how people in ministry were always talking about how the church would do greater works and he commented ‘I’d like to see some of the lesser ones first.’ So many in the church who do believe in the supernatural works of God have for some time now been too fascinated by ‘signs and wonders,’ while at the same time rejecting the inner work of the Spirit, and this is evident in the rampant sin which continues in the midst of the contrived ‘revivals’ which have had no real impact on the communities in which they occur.
Can YOU be trusted with the glory?
An honest answer to this question will reveal the extent to which you life will manifest God’s power. For most of us, our pursuit of God has been squandered on our ow immediate needs, wants, desires, and ambitions, and we have by this tendency to be selfish so often rendered ourselves incapable of being trusted with what God desires to commit to our hands.
If we will repent of our selfishness, childishness, carnality and rebellion, and pursue God with a whole heart committed to HIS way, we will experience some major shifts with regard to our situation, or vision, and the extent of our kingdom participation.
If we are faithful, we will see not just His goodness, but His bounty. I am not saying that God is going to make us rich or prosperous on the world’s terms, but that He will supply our need in ways we have not seen up to this point. He is looking to prepare you to properly steward His supply not just for your own exclusive benefit, but rather for the good of His people.
Many ministries and businesses which have struggled will begin to flourish and become productive. Some of you are going to be called to specific patterns of consecration to receive strategy and clarity of vision. This is going to lead to far more productive effort without being so busy with things that don’t matter or aren’t conducive to His purpose.
For some of you, this is going to mean putting away the drama, the ego, the oversensitivity, and selfish ambition. For those who heed this, God is going to bring a hush upon the noise in your life and show you how to get more done being still before Him than you ever could with all your anxious busy-ness.
Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord. Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. (Isaiah 54:1-3)
Prepare for your increase!
Are you praying for financial increase? Start stewarding what you have now with better faithfulness. Are you in lack? Eliminate wastefulness and things which are not necessary. Yes, God can bring you into abundance, but thrift and wisdom now will prepare you to put that abundance to far better use.
Are you called to preach? Prepare your sermons. Preach them to yourself if you have to, but preach them. While you do this, LIVE your sermons. Lay before the Lord and ask Him to bring you through the process of being the first partaker of the word he puts in you.
Are you called to missions? Pray for the regions God has placed on your heart. Intercede, fast, and weep for the souls God has appointed to you. Seek Him daily for guidance on where you need to go, who you need to go to, and why.
Are you called to prophesy? Learn to be still, to be silent, and to listen to the Lord with an attentive heart. I heard ‘Go hide thyself,’ and then looked it up and found myself once again in Isaiah 26:
Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast (Isaiah 26:20)
There is an exodus underway. So many have stewarded the prophetic so poorly that they have rendered it to be little more than a horoscope or a psychic reading, and there are many among the flock which now operate in divination by familiar spirits and not the Spirit of God.
God is calling His remnant away from the prophets who would have you dependent upon them for a word when God called you to live by faith. God’s judgment is coming upon the prophets who have misused the gift and office, and upon those who have flocked to them because their desire for a word has been far greater than their desire to seek God for themselves. Take heed! There is a lying spirit that is coming upon many prophets that is going to ensnare many. If you have been chasing prophecies, repent!
For those who do repent, the Lord is going to lead you out into a place of abundant revelation and prophetic clarity that you have never experienced before.
A proliferation of the miraculous is coming.
God is going to use His remnant in the working of miracles, but most of it will not be for general public consumption. This also comes down to whether we can be trusted with the influence that the miraculous brings.
Saints of the Most High God, the Lord is calling us to a closer walk, to true accountability, and to rightful stewardship, but also to repentance from every tendency, habit, and character flaw that we have refuse to let go of up to this point. Who among you will weep between the porch and the altar? Who will take up the sackcloth and ashes? Who will cry aloud and spare not?
Saints of God, a release is coming. Will you be ready to receive it?
The OT Law NEVER defined the tithe as 1/10 of income. In fact, it was expressly defined as being 1/10 of the crops and livestock produced that year. We are not under the Law, and even if we were, the tithe was NEVER income.
You may have noticed that preachers who promote the tithing heresy will read from Malachi, which never DEFINES the tithe, and then they go on to give their own definition while ignoring how the BIBLE defined it.
When confronted with this, most of you tithe pimps will claim that it was an agrarian society back then with a barter economy and no money. That’s an outright LIE. In Genesis 23:16, 500+ years BEFORE the Law, we are told by the BIBLE that Abraham bought the cave of Machpelah for MONEY.
Thus we must understand that income tithing as it is taught today is a doctrine and commandment of men.
The rationalization that ministry costs money does not justify LYING to God’s people and telling them that they will be cursed if they do not obey a command which God never gave to us even under the Law.
So give freely, but don’t let anyone tell you that you HAVE to tithe.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:16)
What do you really believe about God?
An honest answer to that question will tell you a great deal about where your faith is and it will also reveal the ‘why’ behind so much of your life and how you’ve handled it.For many of us, our perception of God becomes distorted or even corrupted by negative experiences because somewhere along the line we began to believe that faith means believing that God has to give us whatever we want.
Everything about the life of the believer comes through and by Christ, and so we must understand that if Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), God is only obligated to finish what He started. For so many of us, resolving a crisis of faith must begin with recognizing where we have exercised faith and where we have simply walked in presumption.
Once you can recognize the difference, frustration, confusion, despair, and every other thing that comes with a troubled faith walk must flee.
Are YOU willing today to own up to where you didn’t believe, but just presumed?
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry. (Habakkuk 2:3)
What to do with a prophetic word:
God never intended for us to chase after prophecies, and no, you don’t ‘need’ a word for every situation you’re in. The Bible says that the just shall live by FAITH, not by prophecy. I’ve got some heavy situations going on right now, and I DON’T want a word about it. I’ve decided I’m going to trust that God didn’t lie to me, that he hasn’t forgotten me, and that my appointed time will come. There’s a time and place for a word, and there’s a time for FAITH which produces works (see James 2).
What then, should you do with a prophetic word? Assuming you’ve tested it and it really was a word from God…
1. Wait for it to come to pass (Hab. 2:3)
2. Speak it back to God
3. Pray concerning it
4. Take action in accordance with the word
5. Ask yourself, ‘What do I need to be doing to position myself to receive what God promised?’ This is NOT in the sense of earning it, but rather in the sense of being ready to handle the responsibility of stewarding the blessing.
6. Ask God the same question.
7. Do what is necessary from #5 and 6.
8. Study scripture related to what God told you.
9. Keep your life CLEAN. The angels don’t cry ‘love, love, love.’ They cry ‘holy, holy, holy.’
So often many of us want to prophesy, but don’t understand that God reveals his secrets according to specific criteria, including but not limited to:
1. Those who need to Know
2. Those who serve Him
3. Those who can be trusted with secrets
The prophetic a tool to build the church, and a weapon against the enemy, but it is NOT a toy. If you really want to prophesy, learn to respect the things of God, keep your life clean, and make yourself useful to the Kingdom.
Leaders, it’s foolishness to complain about people not wanting to ‘sit under’ your leadership when your church is full of people whose life has no genuine direction outside of whatever role you’ve assigned them in furthering YOUR personal agenda of ministerial ambition. God may send some to specifically help with your vision, but most people will be sent to receive guidance for theirs. Until you can recognize that God’s ‘big picture’ is bigger than yours, don’t expect your church to grow much spiritually or numerically.
Your pain does not determine your position! Just because it hurts now, just because it may look like it’s all said and done, just because God didn’t answer the last 237 times you asked him to deliver you, doesn’t mean anything other than your appointed time has not yet come.
You may have been cast down, but you were called up high. You might not look like much, but the hope of glory lives in you. Your life story might be one of seeming defeat, drudgery, despair and doom, but it falls to me to tell you today that it’s not over until you overcome!
Preachers, stop assuming that folks who are going through something or aren’t being blessed are in their circumstance because they did something wrong or they didn’t forgive or they sinned in some way that no one else has or some other such nonsense. For some this may be true, but too often you are putting people in bondage by basically telling them that while God didn’t punish the people who wronged them, he’s punishing them. The inevitable result of this, when the person HAS forgiven or has been living right, is that it can cause them to either resent God or to second guess whether they’ve forgiven and the resulting guilt you’ve laid on them will cause them to develop incorrect perceptions which then become firmly held beliefs. These beliefs then replace truth and poison both their relationship with God and with people.
The truth is that too often, preachers, you mistake someone’s pain for PUNISHMENT when it’s really the PROCESS of a PROMISE. Ruth had lost everything, but God was going to bring her to Bethlehem because there was a KING in her, and she was necessary to the PROCESS of bringing about THE PROMISE made to Abraham that all nations of the earth would be blessed.
Take care who you presume to be under some kind of punishment by God. They could just be on the long, hard road to their Bethlehem.
What’s closer to the truth is that it is now politically ‘safer’ for an entity such as World Vision to support homosexuality, and so they’ve gone public with what was likely to have been the position of its core leadership anyway. That may sound cynical to some of you, but we live in a day when many religious leaders are openly taking positions so diametrically opposed to the clearly stated laws of God that it’s hard to imagine that such positions were recently decided upon. Thus far in my experience such things are more indicative of long-held beliefs that were kept quiet for fear of the loss of support. David didn’t just suddenly kill a man to cover up Bathsheba’s pregnancy. If he’d honored the Law in the first place, he wouldn’t have slept with her, and prior to that he’d refused to follow the Law when he failed to punish his own daughter’s rapist. Thus we see that David’s seeming sudden departure from the Law was part of a pattern of lawlessness that had been emerging for some time, and so it is with most of us.
I urge all of you who stand for righteousness to find other avenues to support missionary work. Indeed, support your local missionaries directly, so that most of the money doesn’t go toward paying the organizations who take your money then make the missionaries raise their own support anyway… We can do better.
Prophets, have you no shame? Why do you continue to attempt to decree declare and propheLIE words that God did not give you? The word of the Lord for this season is not about breakthrough, it’s not about dominion, but rather it is a call for his people to REPENT for their adultery with the ways of the world.
While you’re telling people they’re going to get what they want, the heart of God aches for his people to draw near to him in a fellowship untainted by the cultural idolatry that has seeped into nearly every area of Christian life.
Prophets, have you been telling people that THIS is the year of breakthrough for decades while the only people getting a ‘breakthrough’ are you, by way of the larger offerings excited (and gullible) people give?
Come on, folks. Wise up. You’re still broke, year after year listening to these charlatans. Keep your money and do something useful with it. When Isaac sowed in a time of famine, he sowed into HIS OWN BUSINESS, not into some preacher’s pocket. That’s where YOUR hundred fold increase is, in the stewardship of your own house, not in someone else’s. It’s good to give, and God will bless you for it, but please use better judgment in your giving.
You can keep your religious entertainment, and you better hope my business objectives are never met, because if they are, I will plant churches in all your cities and snatch God’s people away from your grasp. How long will they stay in your pimping center when the real deal becomes available to them?
I’m not calling you to repentance, because most of you are past that. I’m just letting you know that you’re running out of time.
Those who will most strongly try to convince you that your vision is impossible are often the ones who are most certain you’ll achieve it. After all, if the religious leaders of Jesus’ time had thought his teaching was inconsequential, why would they have gone to the trouble of arresting him?
Other people’s opinions of you are none of your business. If you have to cut some people off, so be it. If your vision is worth attempting, then it’s worth eliminating distractions, disruptions, and discouraging voices so that you can commit your focus to seeing it through. There may be times when you’ll have to walk alone, and time when you’ll have to discontinue some friendships, but unless you are fully committed to your vision, you’ll never bring it to pass. Make a decision today to silence the voices that would try to dissuade you, and pursue the vision God gave you with everything you’ve got!
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. – James 2:26
Your daily commitment to the pursuit of what God gave you to do is the work that evidences your faith. Likewise, in both life and business, a genuine belief that you can accomplish your goals is never absent of clear, decisive effort in the direction of those objectives.