Prophetic Updates

Is Christ endless in YOU?

And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

Hebrews 7:15-16

We often speak of the priesthood of every believer, and perhaps too often we are taught to pursue it by mere carnal commandments and vain religious pursuit that is merely an outward display of piety that diguises our inner life. Is Christ’s life ENDLESS in you? How far does his influence reach in our actions, decisions, emotions, and innermost thoughts and desires?

Oh God, that you would stamp eternity on my eyes and heart!

Throw out your race card

Go ye therefore, and teach ALL NATIONs…


One of the biggest lies you will ever believe in your life is that you are part of an ‘experience’ unique to your culture that no one outside that culture could ever understand or could ever be qualified to address. Jesus sent a bunch of Jewish guys to evangelize the world.

Paul went to the Greeks and Romans. Thomas went to India, and to this day, missionaries are sent by God to speak truth to people who don’t look like them.
You don’t have a black experience, a white experience, a Latin experience, an asian experience… What DO you have, then?

The ‘I got hoodwinked by satan’ experience, of which we have all been partakers. No matter what your culture, the root of every problem you face is SIN. There is good, and evil, the holy and the profane, the unclean and the clean. Everything we think is unique because of culture is just window dressing. Whether the poisoned ice cream you eat is vanilla, chocolate, or rocky road, it’s not the flavor that’s going to kill you, is it?

The cure is always the same. There is no remedy unique to your ‘experience.’
The answer is always Christ, and Him crucified.

Part of the hustle is fooling you into believing that your experience is SO unique, and this deception gives you a compelling excuse to reject any truth that isn’t validated by your particular race card. This keeps us confused, bound, divided, and easy to control by those who would capitalize on this bondage.

Are you ready to break free?

The Era of Zero Discernment

I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. (Matt. 10:16)

Something that has been recurring in my spirit lately has a sense of how so many in today’s church are lacking in discernment. We are, in many ways, suckers. I know this seems harsh, but bear with me.

It often happens in my social media feeds that numerous saints will post an article from The Babylon Bee and expound upon their outrage at what has been reported therein, not knowing that the Bee is a satire website, and fairly obviously so.

While we can also be fooled here and there, that this happens so often is an indicator that something is amiss, and it’s not the only indicator. Corporations lie to us, entire industries lie to us, governments and even spiritual leaders lie to us or otherwise deceive, and much of it goes entirely undetected. Demonic activity is often rampant in churches and families, also undetected.

In the last few years, over 100 pastors in the US have been arrested on pedophilia related charges. Some of these individuals went decades undetected, or were actively protected by their denominations and networks because of their ability to generate revenue. If indeed we are a discerning people, how are there so many of these vile people among us?

Some will argue that ‘wheat and tares grow together,’ but that’s is a flawed argument. Why? This is taken from Matthew 13:24-30, where, if we read it in its context, we will find the following facts:

  1. The man in the parable KNEW that the tares were tares.
  2. The tares did not destroy the wheat, or hinder its harvest, whereas the sexual abuse of children in the church often does lifelong harm.
  3. The tares will be rooted out and destroyed.

Thus we can understand that we should be able to tell the wheat from the tares, and we should be able to perceive things and people which are destructive to the harvest of souls.

What then, is the Spirit saying to the church? The Lord is calling us to repent of the blindness which many have had, willful or otherwise, and to ask that there would be a resurgence of the gift of Discernment of Spirits, so that we can put away evil from among us in accordance with 1 Corinthians 5.

Remember, little flock, it is never the will of God for us to remain ignorant to the schemes of the enemy (2 Corinthians 2:11), and He is certainly willing to open our spiritual eyes.

God bless you, and God keep you.

A word on NOT reopening your church

If you’re a preacher arguing against re-opening your church, one or more of these things is true:

  • You managed to get your ppl giving enough during a crisis to remain comfortable.
  • You’re a COWARD
  • You lost your anointing

This may seem harsh, but let’s examine situation in comparison to people in Scripture who had an anointing.

  • Gideon went from hiding to leading a war.
  • Saul became another man.
  • David killed a lion, a bear, and a giant while just a teenager.
  • The apostles preached with boldness in the face of imprisonment, torture and death by horrific execution.

A consistent characteristic of a genuine anointing is courage. Fearfulness is a sure sign of either having lost one’s anointing, or having never had it in the first place.

We may argue that this situation is different, and to a certain degree that is eminently true:

Covid-19 has a fatality of 0.017% in the US, if we eliminate the bogus reporting of murders, suicides, and other causes of deaths deliberately misclassified as being from the virus. According to new numbers released by the CDC, it may be as low as 0.004%. But let’s go with that first number. What’s this mean in practical terms?

I’m 46 years old. According to the life insurance industry, my probablitity of dying of any cause before I turn 47 is about 2.4%. That’s 141.176 times my probability of dying from Covid-19, assuming I even get the virus. Below age 25, the fatality rate is 1 in 1.25 MILLION. Since it has also been confirmed by a recent study of 455 subjects that asymptomatic carriers of the virus ddid not infect ANY of them, the argument that healthy people will put others at risk appears rather absurd.

You can read about that study here.

Meanwhile, Wal-mart, with over 1,000,000 employees, has stayed open, and had no restrictions during the first month of this situation. During the first few weeks, they were experiencing Black Friday levels of customer traffic and sales, so their employees were exposed to tens of thousands of people a day. Yet somehow Wal-mart has seen a very low rate of infection. This would seem to suggest that it’s not as contagious as purported.

Thus we can see that this situation is greatly less perilous than preaching the gospel during a time when Roman emperors wrapped Christians in sheepskin, dipped them in oil, and used them as torches, fed them to lions, and more. From this perspective it would seem that being afraid of the corona virus after years of hosting ‘healing’ revivals and preaching the miraculous power of God is the very height of cowardice.

It’s particularly hypocritical, as well, given how so many leaders hid behind Romans 13 to justify closing their churches, but now stand against the Trump administration’s declaration of churches as essential. It’s also hypocritical in light of how many pastors touted Hebrews 10:25 to condemn those who wouldn’t attend church, but now are using feigned virtue as a mask for the fear causing them to ‘forsake the assembly.’

People are hurting, afraid, and anxious. Many are depressed and suicidal because of the deprivation of social interaction and fellowship. If there was ever a time when the churches ought to step up to be a safe place for them, it’s now.

What I have sensed in my spirit from the outset of this situation was that this virus was not as deadly as it was being made out to be, and that it was being used as a pretense to institute fundamental and authoritarian changes to society.

What then, should we do? If you’re afraid, stay home. However, don’t impose your fearfulness on the rest of us.

A word on Incels

An incel is someone, usually a man, who believes themselves to be involuntarily celibate. They are sad people who live unloved, don’t get married, never have a family, and die alone. They probably have a high suicide rate.

When I posted about this on Facebook, I found that some Christians actually found this funny. When asked exactly what about being unloved or suicidal is funny, they go silent.

Moreover, the way in which many of us find men’s emotional or mental health problems fair game for ridicule speaks volumes as to our carnality, as well as of the general spiritual state of we who call ourselves the church. In Canada, for example, the #1 cause of death for men between 20 and 45 is SUICIDE.

Worldwide, about 78% of all suicides are men.

And the church leadership is silent.

The Lord is calling the church to repentance over many things, including our severe neglect with regard to the spiritual and emotional well-being of men.

Calvary Chapel and Pedophilia?

Calvary Chapel, a network of 1700 churches, protected Bob Coy and 7 other pedophiles for years as they raped children.

Do you really think they had ONLY 8 pedophiles in the leadership? Who protects such people, helping them avoid prosecution?

How many people KNEW and said nothing?

Clue: How can two walk together, except they AGREE?

Beloved, we must all repent for our blindness and ask that the gift of discernment of spirits would be prevalent among us.

Judgment has fallen upon the churches, and even now, there is no repentance.

Awake, beloved of God. We don’t have to settle for this kind of leadership.

A word on Peace in these times

The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. – Isaiah 26:3

What does it mean to be steadfast? The dictionary gives its meaning a resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering. The peace of God is simply not for those who will not commit their lives to God.

Now, that may sound harsh, but it is really the inner rebellion of the carnal man which persuades us that being firm and unwavering is impossible, because if it is indeed impossible, then we have ‘permission’ to waver, it becomes acceptable to be disloyal. We tend to believe whatever is conducive to justifying how we have already decided to think or behave. That being said, saints of God, it’s not impossible to be unwavering. It’s not even difficult!

Remember, He said, ‘My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matt. 11:30) Commitment is a DECISION! God, through the Holy Spirit will work in you to do His good pleasure, if you truly and simply decide to trust Him (Phil. 2:13).

Will YOU dare to trust God today?

You ARE free

“Then you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

Consider that this says ‘make’ as opposed to ‘set.’ To be set free implies a change of circumstance, of an outward condition, whereas to be made free implies a change of identity. In Christ, we have not merely been given a change in our spiritual circumstance, but there has been a fundamental change in who we are.

Even in the natural world, a free man has rights and privileges inherent to his existence. In Christ, we have gone from being the slaves of sin, to being the Sons of God.

If we are Son, we are beloved.
If we are Sons, we are heirs.
If we are Sons, we are destined to become like Him.

Doubt and defeat are the hallmarks of our old lives. Let us remember today that the new creature in Christ has a new nature, and that nature is one of victory and liberty.

Mysterious figure at the G7

I can’t vouch for this YouTube channel, but I felt it was pertinent to share this video because of the individual who stands up at the end of the table. There is a door to his left and closer to the camera, and it doesn’t even come up to his shoulder. Doors are 6’8″ tall, so this would make this individual over 8 feet tall.

I will be praying about who this might have been, as I have some suspicions. I will post an update when I know more. Meanwhile, pray concerning who this was, because while his height is certainly extraordinary, his apparent ability to vanish into this air is even more so.

I do feel the video is authentic

Prophetic reminder on motives

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination,How much more when he brings it with evil intent! (Proverbs 21:27)

There was a businessman who used to say ‘People always have two reasons for what they do: the real reason, and one that sounds good.’ Now, perhaps he was a bit cynical, yet this holds true for most people, and I have found in ministry this is nearly always true. Yet the Bible tells us that when our motive isn’t right, even our sacrifice is an abomination. The word used in the Hebrew is ‘towébah’, which is the same word used to describe idolatry, perversion, and bestiality.

Thus we should understand that ulterior motives are a serious sin, and can contaminate even seemingly good things that we are doing. Saints, it’s time to re-evaluate our motives.

We’re not just going to be judged on what we did, but WHY we did it.

Master Prophets?

I ‘m not impressed by ‘master prophets,’ and neither is God.

Moses parted the Red Sea.

Joshua stopped the sun.

Jesus defeated death itself.

Yet none of them ever called themselves ‘Master Prophet,’ ‘Major Prophet,’ or any of the absurdly arrogant titles being thrown around now.

Prophets, the world does not need you to have some lofty title. What the world needs from you is a real word from God that actually comes to pass.

#selah

A word on your future success

As I prepare to sell my house and move on with my life, I’ve been making plans. Plans for life, business, and ministry have all been on my mind, and the Lord had me thinking of the details necessary to achieve my mission.

As I pondered all of this, another thought crossed my mind: many of us want to prosper financially but have no real vision for what we’d do if we did.

Yes, God blessed Israel when He brought them into what preachers like to call the land of more than enough, but did you notice that what He blessed them with was production capacity? That’s right, they still had to put that land to work. They still had to decide what they were going to do with all that capacity.

Before God brought them there, He walked them through a long season of preparation for it, and when they got there, they had to fight for it. We are walking through a very difficult time.

  • What are you doing with it to ensure you are surrendering to God’s process?
  • What are you doing with what God has already given you?
  • What are your plans for when He does give you what you’re asking for, and are those plans right in His sight?

The answers to those questions will reveal a great deal.

God’s loving provision

I, the LORD, am your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

Psalm 81:10

Consider the imagery.

The baby bird hears its parent coming, and tilts back its head, opening its mouth wide, trusting that they will be filled.

They expect satisfaction.

God is better parent than any bird. He did not beget you into His kingdom to neglect you. You are His responsibility, so expect His goodness and His provision today, and every day.

It’s time to fast and pray

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…

Joel 1:14

This situation with the Coronavirus is a malicious DECEPTION, and many even among church leadership have fallen for it. Even much of the church is paralyzed by fear, and this is not of God. Much of what you’re being told by the media is entirely false. This is part of a diabolical plot to force a premature emergence of the New World Order.

I beseech you, brethren, by the mercies of God, insofar as you are able, to join us in a 7 day fast concerning the Anti-Christ spirit driving the false narrative of this ‘pandemic,’ and which has released a principality of fear that has gripped so many, even among the Church.

Things to pray for:

  • 1That the truth would be revealed
  • That the perpetrators of this diabolical scheme would be exposed and brought to justice.
  • That national leaders would break away from the darkness presently ruling them.
  • That the people of God would REPENT of not merely their sins, but of their ways, their habits, their opinions, their pride and vanity and turn to God with their entire heart and be made whole in Him.
  • That God would shut the mouths of the church leaders who are feeding into the false narrative, or otherwise using the present crisis in an opportunistic way to serve their own interest.
  • That the old guard leaders would get out of the way, or be removed by God. Many have been fired by God, and they know it, but they continue to try to cling to their influence.
  • That the new generation of apostolic leaders would come out of the obscurity they’ve been hidden in and take up their mantles.

A war has been fought against us in secret for decades, and has now come into the open. Is there not a cause?

Who will take up the call to defeat this insidious plot of the Enemy?

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?

It’s not just about you.

But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. (1 Corinthians 9:27)
 
Paul made sure to exert careful discipline in his own life so that he could never become a scandal to those who followed him. Understand this, little flock: your walk is never just about you. Just as your courage in your daily warfare may inspire others, so also might your cowardice cause others to succumb to the enemy’s wiles.
 
Today, I beseech you, brethren to stand firm in the face of whatever warfare comes your way.
 
Stand for Christ.
 
Stand for yourselves.
 
Stand for your families.
 
 
Stand for the brethren.
 
Stand for the souls who quietly watch you to see who your God really is.
 
Stand.

It’s time to be gathered!

Exposing the False Prophet

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Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:

And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. (Jeremiah 3:14-15)
 
God did not save you for you to be confused, abused, and misused! Surrender fully to Him and He will bring you into the place where you belong, and to the kind of leadership your calling requires.
 
Many of you have sat under leadership which was immature, incompetent, or even abusive, but God is calling you into a new season. He DOES have shepherds according to HIS heart who will nourish your soul for His purpose.
 
Lay aside the hurt, the drama, the baggage and the blame, lay it at the feet of the cross and re-commit yourself.
 
The Blood of Christ knows no shame, frustration or defeat.
 
The true shepherds are calling. It’s time to be gathered and fed.

Cutting off all contact with the false prophet.

Cutting off all contact with the false prophet. This is absolutely crucial to your restoration if you have been victimized by a false prophet. Many saints make the mistake of keeping in touch with a false prophet, or continuing to watch/listen to their ministry programming, and this is a grave mistake because in so doing they are exposing themselves to the false anointing of that prophet and the spirits that accompany it.

Now, some will advocate forgiveness, and it is commendable to forgive. However, this doesn’t mean we should continue to expose ourselves to something unwholesome. If the prophet is continuing in operating in error, we can forgive without granting that person access to us. You could forgive someone for stealing your car, but that doesn’t mean you throw them the keys afterward, especially if you know they’re still stealing cars! Remember, we are to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11), and 1 Corinthians 5 does instruct us to shun those who claim to be brethren but who refuse to turn from sin.

Mentoring Emerging prophets

Some prophets ‘turn to the Dark Side,’ so to speak because of a lack of specific Mentoring for their calling. The emerging prophet needs sound discipleship and oversight, as well as safe and accountable environment in which to exercise his gift. Over the years, I’ve mentored quite a few prophets who felt frustrated in their church because they’d hear from God but were actively discouraged from using their gift, or because they weren’t learning how to handle the revelations they were receiving. Still others found themselves overwhelmed with demonic attacks for which they received little or no real support. Pastors, the devil wants your prophets! It is best that you give prayerful consideration to how you might safeguard them from the specific threats they face.

Now, what you do with regard to this may vary, depending on any specific guidance that the Holy Spirit may give you for your particular flock. Nevertheless, here are some things you can do with emerging prophets:

  1. A weekly prayer gathering for the prophets with mature leadership to oversee it.

  1. Specific time set aside for the prophets to exercise their gifts outside of the regular service times, with prophecies being judged and constructive feedback being given.

  1. Prayer assignments for the prophets.

  1. Prophetic assignments.

  2. Specific Bible study assignments to further their personal development.

  1. A dedicated team of intercessors to pray for the prophets.

  2. Thorough training on the gift and office

Remember, as a leader, it’s your job to defend the flock, and a big part of that is by ensuring that your emerging prophets are not seduced by the enemy.

False Prophets are Vindictive

Because false prophets are so often emotionally immature, unbalanced, or even unhinged, they do tend to engage in spiteful, vindictive behavior when crossed, if they are in a position to do so. I once knew a prophet who was asked to speak at a prominent Chicago megachurch, a prospect which excited him very much. They gave him the mid-week service, which is often done to test out a new speaker. He preached his heart out, and the church loved it. This prompted, what seemed to him at that moment, a spontaneous act of generosity by the prophet who led that church:

He told the audience that he was taking a special offering ‘just for the man of God,’ and spent a few minutes exhorting the audience to really bless the guest speaker. They did. This pastor said he was inwardly praising God, because there was soon a large pile of money on the stage, and he had bills due. It may have been $10,000 or more. Before the offering was even complete, two deacons escorted the guest speaker to the pastor’s office.

The apostle (and prophet) who led that church soon met him at the office. He opened his Bible, and took out a pre-written check for $1000 and handed it to him. He kept the rest of the offering. When the guest speaker was invited again the following Sunday, this deceptive charade happened again, exactly the same way. The guest speaker didn’t protest, but recounted the story in book chapter titled ‘Deceit.’ He never mentioned the leader’s name, or even the city in which it happened.

However, the leader of that megachurch, who is widely and highly regarded not just as a prophet, but as an authority on all things prophetic, read the book and of course recognized the story. He immediately blackballed the guest speaker, who then suddenly found his speaking calendar quite empty. Not long after, this preacher met with that megachurch leader to apologize for slandering him.

Now, some of you may agree that writing about what happened was slander, but the dictionary tells us otherwise:

slan·der

[ˈslandər]

NOUN

law

the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation.

Therefore, what the guest preacher had done in his book was not slander, for two reasons. First, it was true. Second, in print, it’s called libel. You may now understand that the reason such stories are not often made public is that, even when names have not been named, the perpetrators of such vile deceit will retailiate vindictively. Given how Scripture repeatedly exhorts us to be merciful, to administer correction in love, and to restore those who stumble in meekness (Galatians 6:1), I believe we can safely conclude that vindictiveness is not the fruit of the Spirit, and should alert us to deeper underlying issues at work.

Flattery and the false prophet

Once a false prophet has secured a means whereby they may begin to gain influence, and often before this, they will make use of flattery to build rapport with key individuals.

A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin. (Proverbs 26:28)

False prophets usually hate the people they are seeking to manipulate, and no matter how harmless their flattery might be, the Bible says it works ruin. A compliment is sincere and unselfish admiration or appreciation, whereas flattery is insincere, and done with the intention of selfish gain. The flatterer wants something. Just by engaging in flatter, this person is sinning (Psalm 5:9, 78:36, Proverbs 29:5, e.g.). We are in fact warned not to involve ourselves with those who use flattery! (Proverbs 20:19)

False prophets, particularly in the early stages of acquiring influence, tend to lavish praise on people, seeming to be impressed by even things which may really be quite ordinary. Let’s face it, most of us like a good compliment, and since many who occupy positions of influence or leadership in churches and other faith communities also harbor secret (or not so secret) insecurities, the false prophet can easily gain their confidence by appearing to be an admirer or even a fan. This vulnerability to seduction is made worse by a tendency of insecure leaders to surround themselves with people who feed their ego and do not challenge their ideas or decisions. In contrast to this, Scripture tells us:

Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. (Proverbs 15:22)

Someone who always agrees with you is not a counsellor; that’s a yes-man. Yes men are a comfort to insecurities, but they are hardly constructive. While many, and maybe even most, yes-men mean well because they are ‘fans’ of their leader, the false prophet who becomes a yes-man does so in order to leverage the leader’s insecurities to his own advantage.

Other false prophets operating within a local body may engage in other kinds of manipulation, but most often some form of flattery will be involved. What we must bear in mind is that manipulative behavior of any sort in a prophet is a clear indicator that something is very wrong, and it’s a grave mistake not to deal with it immediately.

Why you don’t get the prophecies you hoped for

Why Prophets are wrong so often


 

Have you ever wondered why it is that so many prophets are so wrong, so much of the time? Over the years I have found that there are several major reasons why this is so.

  • They don’t wait for clarity.
  • They misunderstand and misconstrue what God is showing them.
  • They can’t tell between divine revelation, their own imagination, and demonic revelation.
  • They prophesy by unclean spirits.
  • They lie outright.

Were you SENT?

‘I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.’ (Jeremiah 23:21)

It is never enough to be gifted, or anointed. To be effective, the prophet must be SENT by God after having heard from Him. We may notice in this chapter of Jeremiah that God never disputes that these prophets prophesied.

However, God does say that they prophesied by Baal (v. 13), they committed adultery and walked in lies (v. 14), and their vision was from their own heart, and not from God (v.16).

In our time, many of us have been taught that the prophets can prophesy whenever they want, but the truth is that the prophet must be SENT. Otherwise there is the very real danger that the prophet’s words have a source of inspiration other than God.

In this particular chapter of Jeremiah, we see that the prophets encouraged those who refused to depart from sin, and today we see a very similar patter in how so often ministries insist that prophecy MUST always positive and encouraging.

What are your motives in prophesying?

Why do you seek out prophets and prophecy?

Are you walking in truth while wanting to be the mouthpiece of God?

God’s MIGHTIEST Prophet? Really?

Moved by the Holy Ghost

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

The Love of Christ contrains us…

For if we be beside ourselves, it is for God; if we be soberminded, it is for your cause .For the love of Christ constraineth us, because we thus judge that if One died for all, then all were dead; and that He died for all, that those who live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him who died for them and rose again. (2 Cor 5:13-15)

You cannot lead God’s people effectively if you don’t love them. Here Paul tell us not only that the love of Christ compels him to serve God’s people, but WHY it compels him.

They were all dead in sins and trespasses, and were now alive in Christ. Imagine for a moment if a dearly loved family member suddenly died, but then was brought back to life. How would you respond? How would you relate to them? Would you go on as if nothing happened, or would you want to make the most of your time with them because you got them back from the dead? Would you believe that they’d been returned to you for no particular reason or purpose at all?

Most likely you’d believe there had to be some purpose in it, and likewise, God has been purposeful in redeeming His people. Leaders, these people were brought from death to life! It is therefore of utmost importance that, as a leader, you do what you can to be sure that they can live unto Him who died for them and rose again. What can you do to help them in the journey to their God-ordained destiny?

God never resurrects something for it to be useless and without purpose. Remember this today, that there are no idle details in your life.

Little flock, you were dead, but now you live. Get busy living.

Should we practice prophesying?

Practice prophecy thread!

Just kidding. No one ever needs to practice prophesying.

Why?

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. (2 Peter 1:21)

If you really could genuinely prophesy whenever you want, you could heal, work miracles, and cast out demons whenever you wanted, too.

There are quite a few reasons why so many who teach on the prophetic promote ‘practicing.’ The first and most obvious is that very often we may genuinely perceive something prophetically, and getting people to speak what they see or otherwise perceive is an easy way to get some kind of ‘results’ out of your teaching. However. not everything we perceive is intended to be disclosed.

Even the secular world understands this. Certain information is classified, and is not for public disclosure, and releasing it without authorization can have severe penalties. In Deuteronomy 18:20, the word says:

But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.

There was a death penalty not just for a prophecy that wasn’t real, but for ANYTHING spoken in God’s name that He had not expressly commanded. Thus we must understand that for something to be real prophecy, God has to have expressly directed you to say it.

This brings us to the usual claims of ‘practicers’ that they are being led by the Holy Spirit. If indeed you are being led by the Holy Spirit, why then do you not rely on that leading for guidance? When then are you in 34 Facebook groups looking for a word when you could be following His direction into your destiny?

Prophecy has its place. It has a role, but we were never meant to live by it. Many of you are seeking prophetic words when all this time God has been giving you direction all around you, but you haven’t paid attention. You’ve overlooked His guidance because you didn’t trust Him to guide you in the first place.

Let him who has an ear hear what the Spirit is saying to the church: The just shall live by faith.

Is the seer different from the prophet?

So many people now say that the prophet and the seer are two different things, but what does the Bible have to say about this? 1 Samuel 9 seems t settle this issue once and for all. Let’s talk!

Mastering the Art of Prophetic Disclosure

It’s not enough to have heard or otherwise perceived something prophetically. We must also know when to diclose what God has revealed, to whom it is to be disclosed, and how that disclosure is to take place.