Leadership

Social Media Ministries are causing a Panic!

 
Popular preachers like Jonas Clark have been for some time writing articles about how social media ministries are somehow renegades and not real ministries if they are not part of the institutional church system. In one recent article, Clark seems to suggest that those who minister via social media without being connected to a local church, or without immediate local accountability, have a ‘jezebel’ spirit. In this video, we examine this logic and see if it really makes sense.

Does God disapprove of those who minister primarily or only via social media?

Does a minister have to be a member of a local church or accountable to local church authority?

Does having local church membership prove the validity, authenticity, and soundness of a ministry?

Some Biblical leaders who were not a part of the religious system of their time include Amos, John the Baptist, and Jesus.

In the case of Jesus, the religious establishment had him crucified! Let’s talk.

Things are not always what they seem

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.

Why Joseph Prince is going to Hell


I know. That sounds harsh. But Jesus told those who refused to believe Hi that they would die in their sins, eve though they were of the seed of Abraham, men He’d come to save. So, des a man truly believe Christ if he contraicts Jesus outright? In Revelation 2:17, Jesus makes it clear that the Holy Spirit can and does convict believers of sin, and does point out their faults, so Joseph Prince is teaching a lie…

1 Corinthians 4 – Practical Sanctification and Spiritual Fatherhood


Paul finds himself having to defend his stewardship of the gospel to makes his point as to why the Corinthians ought to take heed to what he’s saying… and throughout this chapter we come to understand the role of apostolic authority and the responsibility of leadership in the process of sanctification and maturity.

Judges 21 – When Being Right goes WRONG

It often happens that we begin with right motives, or we’re right about something, but then our pursuit of what’s right gets sidetracked by anger, pride, presumption and so many other things. In This chapter of Judges we can see how the other tribes of Israel went too far in dealing with the tribe of Benjamin’s defense of some men who’d committed a vile act. What can we learn about walking in God’s grace from their error?

Judges 20 – Misplaced Loyalties


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.

The Shift has begun – take a stand while you can.


So, the Pope has said that Jesus Christ failed at the cross. Let that sink in for a moment. Then remember that the Roman Catholic Church teaches that:
1. The Pope is infallible
2. The Pope is the incarnation of Christ
3. Anything the Pope says supercedes anything God has ever said or ever will say.
4. The Pope has more authority than God

Blasphemous enough for you yet?
Now, let’s talk.

Judges 17 – Have YOU Lost Your Religion?


One of the problems Israel had during the time of the judges was that they would pursue religion THEIR way and not God’s way, and the truth is that we tend to do the same thing now. Let’s talk about this tendency and how to correct it.

Useful Idiots


Let’s face it. Samson made bad decisions, and God used him in spite of his bad judgment and lack of reverence for what God had given him. Similarly, many of us are stuck on stupid in a lot of ways, and like Samson we end up thinking we’re doing well because God has used us…


Here we continue our study of Samson as a powerful example of what it is to be a useful idiot within the Kingdom. That may seem harsh, but close observatios of Samson’s decisions reveals some serious defects of character which we can readily see in today’s church.

When I was a kid, I thought Samson was SO cool, but as a man I think he’s a jerk! Samson was so arrogant and irresponsible that God had to use his mess to get him to actually USE what God put in him. Let’s talk about how we can avoid being a useful idiot in the kingdom.

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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The Living Water

“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.

BELIEVE!

TD Jakes – Time is Running Out!

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.

Judges 8 – The Responsibilities of Victory


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.

Should the Gospel Reach or Convict?


So many people today believe that we should do whatever it takes to engage people, even if it means not preaching the gospel itself. One preacher even went so far as to say we need to stop talking about Jesus! Let’s talk about what the BIBLE says about God, the gospel, and how it’s supposed to be preached.

Your Spiritual Legacy


What spiritual legacy will you leave behind when you’re gone?

The Occult as Signposts? Are you Serious??


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.

A fast for the Church in North America

Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the Lord, Alas for the day! for the day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come. (Joel 1:14-15)

I was talking to a prophet I know about how something seems unsettled in the spirit when I heard ‘Sanctify a fast.’

Now, I will lay on none of you any burden, but rather call those who are able and willing to commit to fasting until 3PM tomorrow and to pray as you are led for God’s people here in North America.

We have out-sinned Sodom, and the church does not grieve. The church has outdone Rehoboam in its self-will driven worship… Lord have mercy.

Are Grace and Law REALLY opposites?


So often I hear people say things like ‘we’re under grace, not law,’ and usually this is when they’re excusing behavior they know to be wrong. Part of the problem is that many of us just don’t know what grace really is, and therefore have a distorted perception of what law is and how it relates to us under the New Covenant of Jesus Christ. In this Youtube video, we’ll take a look at what the Bible has to say about law and grace and whether they really are opposed to one another.

You don’t get to set the terms of your deliverance

A lot of people now teach that you can prophesy whenever you feel like it, but what does the Bible say about prophesying?

What does 1 Cor. 14:31 really mean? Ít says,

“For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be exhorted;”

It was about taking turns. Now, consider this further in the light of 2 Peter 1:21, which says:

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Now ask yourself whether the Holy Ghost has changed his mind about how he operates…

What are YOU watching?

I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O Lord, will I sing.
I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.
A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person. (Psalm 101:1-5)

I was considering what to post today and the Lord said to me, Psalm 101. The Psalmist here sings of both mercy and judgment, because they are inseparable. Often I hear people say that mercy triumphed over judgment at the cross, and this is a grave error. The truth is that God’s judgement was SATISFIED at the cross. Yet, even with Christ having satisfied God’s judgment, we who name Him as Lord are not free from judgment when we persist in sin.

The second verse has the Psalmist declaring that he will behave himself wisely, and that he would walk with a perfect heart, but today so often we excuse ourselves so readily by saying ‘nobody’s perfect,’ just so we can give ourselves permission to continue in habits of character and behavior that we know to be sinful. If the Psalmist, long before the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, could do this, it must surely be attainable for us.

Yet, despite the immeasurable bounties of the grace and empowerment of God through the Holy Spirit, many of us will continue to argue in favor of a sinful imperfection that is more of a habit than an incurable condition. We then go on to permit things in our lives that contaminate our minds and hearts, which makes sin so much easier to dabble in, and then our assertion that entire sanctification is impossible begins to seem to be proven to be true, when it is not.

One of these sources of contamination is what we choose to set before our eyes. As the Psalmist said, we ought to set no wicked thing before our eyes, yet so many of us are hooked on entertainment media in which adultery is portrayed as love, and the story-lines are written in such a way as to get the viewer or reader to identify and sympathize with the immoral protagonists. Brethren, we ought not to be so easily ensnared. This Psalm makes it clear that we ought to hate the work of them that turn aside… it never says that it matters whether the ones turning aside are fictional.

Yes, saints, in being a devoted fan of Scandal and other such entertainment, we sin against God. What are you setting before your eyes today?

‪#‎selah‬

I said this the other day on Facebook, and someone asked what deliverance was.

Deliverance is when you’re truly free: when what had you bound has no power over you, when it does not move you and cannot tempt you.

How then, do we get free and stay free? yes, someone can come and cast the devil but unless we deal with the root causes of bondage, we will just end up worse than before (Luke 11:24-26). We do have some measure of responsibility in staying free. I don’t believe this has to be complicated.

The short answer on staying free is… not necessarily in this order…

1. When tempted, pray, and pray hard.
2. Separate yourself from the source of temptation.
3. Stay in the word
4. When tempted, and prayer seems hard, go into worship.
5. Fast.
6. verbally renounce the thing tempting you
7. Deal with the underlying tendencies, circumstances, and experiences which left you susceptible.
8. Take responsibility for your own role in becoming bound.

This isn’t so much about trying to do it in your own strength but rather about running straight to God when temptation comes.

The ‘Secret’ to 100% Prophetic Accuracy


Prophetic accuracy isn’t rocket science, and contrary to what’s commonly taught today, 100% accuracy is not just possible, but it ought to be the norm. How then, can we ensure that we hear clearly from God so that we always deliver a timely, accurate word?

 

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The Prophet and the Gift of Prophecy

Someone asked me recently about the difference between the prophet and the gift of prophecy, so I put together this little video.

Both receive revelation from God, but the Bible clearly shows us that there are some notable differences between the prophet and the gift of prophecy, including:

The Prophet is ordained in the womb; the gift of prophecy is received after becoming a believer.

The Prophet can function in the gift without being  believer; the gift of prophecy is strictly for believers.

The Prophet, once set in the office can be ‘tuned in’ all the time, while someone with gift of prophecy receives revelation only when the gift is active.

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Can YOU keep a secret?

Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. (Amos 3:7)

If you really want to hear from God more clearly and more often, something you must understand is that you need to be trustworthy. How much can God really trust you with? Many prophets fail to realize that not everything God will show you is meant to be disclosed to everyone, and this leads to hearing less from Gd because you just can’t keep a secret.

Another detail we ought to notice here is that He reveals His secret to his SERVANTS the prophets. How do YOU serve? How useful are you? A private doesn’t know as many secrets as a general does, because he doesn’t NEED to know. Many of us want to know the deep mysteries of the kingdom, but do little or nothing of use for the kingdom.

This doesn’t mean you have to do great things, but it does mean that God doesn’t share a whole lot of his secrets with idle, lazy, or irresponsible people. Don’t expect to prophesy to the nations if you can’t even be bothered to pray for an hour a day, and don’t expect for the hearts of men to be revealed to you if in your own heart you don’t really care about others.

I challenge you today to become more trustworthy, and to find ways to serve the kingdom.

Prophecy is for Edification, Exhortation and Comfort…


So what does this REALLY mean? So many prophets today teach that this means prophecy must ALWAYS be comforting and encouraging. Are they right? What does the BIBLE say about this?
Did New Testament prophets in the Bible always prophesy encouraging and comforting things, including Jesus, Paul and John the Revelator?
Let’s find out.

 

I decree and declare! Oh, Really?


These days a lot of prophets have been busy in social media and elsewhere, telling folks that they have the authority to speak int someone’s life, and that God will make their word come to pass. Usually this belief comes with ‘decrees’ and ‘declarations’ in which they assert that if you type ‘amen’ or click that like button, you will receive whatever blessing they happen to be pronouncing on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc.

Let’s examine this claim in the light of scripture. What does the Bible have to say about this?

A word of warning to the Prophets

“Because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:21)

prophet-jeremiahI’ve observed over the years an insidious trend in prophetic ministry whereby many prophets have come to believe that they can decree or declare something, and God will just make it come to pass. While there may be times when God may inspire us to decree something, doing so out of our own will is a tremendously arrogant presumption. As we can see from the above Scripture, prophecy does not come by the will of man, so simply declaring what you want is NOT prophecy.

Now, I know some will argue that they are doing so by the Holy Ghost, but I find this doubtful at best, because the Spirit of God was given to man that GOD’s will would be done in our life, not our own will. I have also observed that such ‘prophets’ usually show other signs of immaturity and carnality, because ultimately they are still selfish.

One of the significant dangers of this sort of presumption in a prophet (or anyone else for that matter) is that their decrees and declarations will nearly always fail to come to pass, and this will have a tendency to cause chaos and disappointment in the lives of those to whom they ‘minister.’ Recently a saint came to me about a word that was given to them that did not come to pass. I prayed about it, and found that some prophet had made one of these presumptuous ‘decrees’ but had not actually heard ANYTHING from God on the matter.

It was concerning something that was of great importance to this saint, who was very young in the Lord, having just been marvelously saved with a beautiful testimony. But now this new saint was being tormented by this ‘word,’ because of the fear, doubt, and unbelief it had stirred in her life.

Prophets, this kind of presumption is dangerous and very displeasing to God. His people, great and small, are PRECIOUS to Him.

It’s time to stop the nonsense. For some of you, this is the last warning you will receive, and for others, your consequences are already set in motion and will not be turned back.

Is the Prophet ‘better’ than the teacher?

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

The very first reason why God inspired apostles and prophets to write scripture is DOCTRINE, also known as teaching.

Thus we must understand prophetic is not ‘better’ or more important than teaching Yes, the Apostles and Prophets are the foundation of the church, but remember this: they are sent to preach the gospel and to TEACH people the ways of God. Think about this for a moment.

To even be a prophet, at some point someone had to TEACH you how to speak. Someone taught you to write, to communicate, and so on. How would you recognize the word of the Lord if you’d never learned to speak?

When a prophet comes with a warning, for example, like Jonah did, the people who heard the warning LEARNED that God was displeased, and that judgment was coming if they did not repent. Thus very often the prophet teaches, even if he’s not expressly a teacher.

Remember also that Jesus taught more than he preached, and in the end preaching teaches, because it often introduces new information to those hearing it. Thus teaching is inseparable from the apostolic and prophetic office.

Now, let’s also understand something about someone who is a teacher, but neither apostle nor prophet nor evangelist nor pastor. They are not ‘lesser’ than the others. Do not despise the teacher, and learn not to look at the prophetic office some somehow more desireable. Yes, we ought to desire to prophesy, but when Paul said this in 1 Corinthians 14:39, he taught this in the context of pursuing the gifts in the context of exercising the love of God, which is never selfish, and too often when we look to the prophetic as more desirable not because of its kingdom function and purpose, but because of our ego and the vain desire for recognition.

I challenge you today to examine yourself and your perspective of the prophetic.

How is YOUR Life marked?

From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. (Galatians 6:17)

In the culture of Paul’s day, there was a way for a mistreated permanent slave to be freed from his master. The slave would escape, and flee to the temple. Once there, he would wake the priest. The priest then gave him a choice. He could wait for his master to catch him (and beat or mutilate him for escaping), or he could choose a god and be branded with that God’s mark.

Slave's hands were brandedThe priest would then brand the man’s hand, instep and nape of the neck. Now the man became the property of the god whose mark he bore, and his old master could NEVER take possession of him again. The former master now had no power, no authority, because the slave was now the slave of his god.

Who do YOU belong to? Does Christ REALLY own ALL of you, or just part of you? Does he own your thoughts, your habits, your aspirations, your dreams, your spare time? Christ did not die just to ave you from sin, but also to save you for HIMSELF.

Slaves branded to the service of a god were OBVIOUSLY the possession of that god, because they were marked. How is YOUR life marked?