Restoration Meditations

A word on prosperity

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (3 John 1:2)

It is God’s will for you to prosper! This doesn’t necessarily mean you will be rich, but it does mean that you will have more than enough. Now, there are some seasons in which we may endure hardship, and others may do so for a lifetime for the kingdom’s sake, but nevertheless, there should be some kind of success in your life, though this verse is greatly misunderstood.

We must remember that this was written by a fisherman in the 1st century AD in a world that hadn’t yet been overtaken by our postmodern, western sensibilities with regard to the meaning of prosperity. To prosper was to succeed at and flourish in what you were doing: to a fisherman, this meant catching enough fish to meet his needs and live comfortably. For a farmer, it meant good harvests. It didn’t necessarily mean the fisherman or famer would become rich. It DID mean they’d have more than enough.

Does God bless people? YES, and I certainly hope He blesses you greatly, both with finances and the good sense and wisdom to use His blessings to benefit the kingdom.

This said, let us address the last 5 words of this verse, ‘even as thy soul prospereth.’ The priority is for your soul to prosper. Are you growing? Are you becoming like Christ? Do you even know your kingdom mission, and are you presently able to undertake it? Your blessing is found in that Promised Land called Your Purpose, and with the blessing of God comes the responsibility of stewardship. God will no more entrust the immature saint with the stewardship of great blessings than a good parent would trust their five year old to drive a Lamborghini.

Even the greatest of God’s blessings in this life are but for a moment in the light of Eternity, but you are a Son forever, and this ought to be our priority: growth in our Sonship. Let God deal with you. Let Him mold you. Let Him grow you. No detail of your life escapes His intention, and no concern of yours is too great or small for His grace. Remember, the Blessing of Abraham is your birthright in Christ, and to Abraham He said, ‘You shall BE a blessing.’ Let God prosper your soul, and the rest MUST follow in due course.

Yes, it IS God will for you to be blessed. It is His will for you to have more than enough, but it is His higher priority for you to become more than enough.

The Illusions of Leadership

I was in worship, and in a moment of time the Lord showed me a vision depicting the spiritual state of much of the leadership in the contemporary church. Later, He said to me, ‘I am breaking the illusion.’

I stood on a cliff, high, but not at the top of a great mountain, and saw a vast plain before the sea. Far below was the leadership of the church, at ground level, with a scant few on small hills. They looked out to sea, and seemed unaware of the mountain at their backs. They had neither the courage to go into the deep, nor the awareness to climb the heights, but they stood there, some in smug satisfaction with where they stood.

The awful truth, hidden under many layers of pious phraseology, shallow theology, and a great many convincing but learned behaviors which can create an image of maturity, is that much of the leadership of the church has not matured, has not been delivered, and is not purified from many of the sinful influences of the world. Some of these influences are so pervasive, so subtle, that we are not only able to discern them for what they are, but we even embrace and defend them as inherent to our culture, character, temperament, or whatever ‘necessities’ we may conjure up to excuse ourselves from the inconvenient burdens of a guilty conscience.

God is again calling us to examine ourselves. We are often unable to adequately address the issues of our time and our culture because we are on the same level as the culture itself. We have not launched away from it into the depths, nor have we risen above it, and we are usually unaware that we are more submitted to culture than to Christ. There is a deeper repentance needed, so that we will realize where we have been, and that it is low. There is a further purification necessary to be able to address the culture from a heart uncluttered by that culture and unfettered by carnality.

Arise, repent, and be purified, so that you can become who God intended you to be. A lost and broken world awaits you.

Healing a Nation Requires Depth

Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me

Psalm 42:7

If you have ever been under a waterfall, you know for certain that you will surely get drenched. I’ve never stood under a waterfall, but I know a bit about waves. Many years ago, during a summer in California, I spent the day on the beach at Corona Del Mar. While I stood on the shore, a little boy started talking to me. I can’t remember what he had asked me, but I’ll never forget what happened next. As I stood there with my back to the ocean, that little boy’s eyes grew wide with fear as he backed away. Then I noticed that the sand at my feet seemed darked. It was only very slight, but there it was: the shadow of a huge wave that was cresting behind me.

I made the mistake of turning to see it, and the last thing I saw before I was driven to my knees was the massive curl of the wave above me. I was a powerlifter, freakishly strong, but even as I braced myself for the impact, I was completely powerless before the tremendous weight of the water as it clobbered me. When it passed, not only was I on my hands and knees, but I’d been driven sveral inches into the sand by the impact.

And here we are, leading God’s people when we ourselves have not truly been ovewhelmed and overpowered by the sovereign grace of God. We preach about it, we expound it so well within our neat and tidy theological frameworks, but is it evident in our lives? Have we truly been stripped of the sovereignty of our self will, are we truly so drenched in His grace that everything we touch gets wet?

The reason church leaders have been largely unable to heal the deeper wounds of our culture is that they lack the inner spiritual depth to even properly diagnose the root causes thereof. A further consequence of this lack of depth is a lack of the authentic love for God, His people, and the nation to even be trusted the kind genuine apostolic authority needed to break the spiritual strongholds that have made these issues so prevalent even within the churches themselves.

The Lord has had my focus on the issue of depth the last few days, and He has been highlighting to my that this lack of depth is pervasive throught church leadership. Not surprisingly, we reproduce our depth, or lack thereof in others.

I ask not how far you’re willing to go in God, as we are usually quick to make pious declarations of this, and usually it’s a combination of well-meant wishful thinking and presumptuous virtue-signalling rarely backed in our actions. Neither am I asking you to do more, or even to do anything at all.

Rather I ask, how far has God gone in you? How far are you willing to be swept away by His sovereignty, that He would mold you into precisely what He intended you to be?

Can you really surrender it all?

Replace it with prayer

The disciples spent 3 years with the greatest preacher to ever walk the earth, and yet they never said ‘Teach us to preach.’ They said, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’
As Leonard Ravenhill often said, no man is greater than his prayer life. So often we have replaced prayer with branding, clever marketing, programs, 6 point sermons, well-meant witnessing methods, with worry, fear, gossip,complaining, and all the silent agonies of a guilty conscience.

The gospels have no stories of Jesus praying for the sick. He simply healed them. Why? Because He had already been praying. He had a life of prayer so intimate that the life of God could flow through Him ata moment’s notice whenever it was needed.

My challenge to you today is a simple one:

  • Replace worry with prayer.
    Replace fear with prayer.
  • Replace guilt with prayer.
  • Replace gossip with prayer.
  • Replace your ideas with prayer.

The very will of God is present with you by way of the indwelling Holy Spirit, so never mind whether He’s willing to answer.

His WILL is with you.

It lives INSIDE you.

Pray.

Everything was already answered at Calvary.Pray.

#priorities

The truth about Police killings

With all this virtue singalling and grandstanding over the hotbutton issue of racial injustice, I’ve found myself praying and meditating on this subject, while at the same time researching to see if the data supports the narrative that we are being force-fed through the usual media channels.

From the outset of the present manufactured crisis (yes, it is manufactured), I had sensed falsehood embedded in what we were being sold as prima facie evidence of a pervasive sort of injustice of which only one group was the victim, with the rest of society being to blame for it, and part of society being asked to endlessly deliver sometimes literally groveling apologies ranging from kneeling to washing or even kissing the feet of the presumed victims of the aforesaid injustice.

Alas, the truth is that the idea of a pervasive injustice in the form of some kind of systemtic racism in law enforcement is, in our present time at least, patently false. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 tells us to examine all thins and retain that which is good. Therefore, it behooves us to examine, at least briefly, the data on this issue to see whether what is being said is actually true before we can discuss the apology that is needed for us to heal as a society.

When asked how many black people are killed by police every year, many people sympathic to the cause give answers ranging from the hundreds to as many as 20,000. Yes, 20,000. Yet how many unarmed black people were killed by police last year?

9.

Yes, 9. Of these, some had ambushed a police officer and were in the process of trying to take his gun when they were killed, which leaves only a few incidents in which we could reasonably argue that the police may have been in the wrong. However, even assuming that all 9 were unlawful, that’s 9 out of millions of interactions with police. Therefore, this phenomenon is extremely rare. So we must understand that the narrative is completely false.

Now, how many unarmed white people were killed by police last year? 19, a little more than twice the number for blacks. We may argue that there are 5 times as many white Americans, but we must also bear in mind that blacks have 10 times the interactions with police as suspects as whites do.

So, if you are a suspect 10 times less often, but are killed twice as often, this means that:

When they are interacting with police as suspects, whites are twenty times as likely to be killed as blacks. So we must understand that the narrative is not merely false, but outrageously so. If anything, it would seem there is a far deadlier trend for whites.

That having been said, with regard to deadly interactions with police there is no ‘white privilege.’

Some may argue that these statements ignore or trivialize the outrage or pain of the black community. To that I will say it’s unjust to demand that I validate violent outrage over a problem that doesn’t actually exist in anywhere near the proportion claimed.

Restoration instead of Recrimination

We are now so morally and emotionally bankrupt as a society that we allowed ourselves to be conditioned to believe that the absence of dysfunction is privilege.
This is a strategy of the enemy to breed envy on one side, and resentment on the other, when we should have loved one another to build a better future together.
We can easily get caught up in this dynamic, and a clear example of it is the interactions in which one person says ‘Black lives matter,’ and the other person responds ‘All lives matter,’ as if this should be an argument instead of a conversation.
While that movement has been distorted by people with wicked, divisive motives, there is nothing wrong with the statement ‘Black lives matter.’ Within that statement is the cry of a piece of our society that is hurting, that may perhaps be articulated as ‘I’m hurting. Why doesn’t it matter to YOU?’
We can argue whether it matters to some of us or most of us, but the truth is we as people in general have a tendency to listen to RESPOND, and not to UNDERSTAND, so while some of us care, we haven’t always understood, because we haven’t loved one another to try to understand. This is true on all sides.
The answers, complex though they may be, must begin with REPENTANCE, and a genuine submission to the Lordship of Christ, that our hearts may be purified and we are thereby made better able to forgive one another and engage in restoration rather than recriminations.
Where we go one, we go all.

Is it really privilege?

I can choose to resent someone else for having a good childhood and loving parents if I see that as some form of privilege.

I can also recognize that I was raised by monsters and no one else should feel guilty that they weren’t.

Much of what we are being conditioned to believe is privilege are the way things would and should be if one or more involved parties were not dynfunctional, ignorant, misguided, evil, stupid, or some combination thereof.

Regardless of what’s happened to me, it’s still my responsibility to get my house in order.

A New Apostolic Era has Begun

GET READY!

A new season is upon you, one in which the genuine apostolic mantle will be manifested, and you will begin to realize that you’ve been reading the Bible the way it’s been preached to you.

And it was preached to you wrong.

ON PURPOSE.

Get out of the way, old guard.

The Lord has taken His flock from you, and He will turn it over to shepherds after HIS heart, who LOVE his flock, and who never forget that it is HIS.

Many who were called to leadership, but were rejected by the church, have been in obscurity, preparing, being seasoned and tempered, and now they will begin to emerge.

They won’t be who you expected.
They won’t have the look or personality you’re used to.

They will, however, have a conspicuous anointing that will burn with the fire of God.

They will have the power, the presence, and the priorities of HIS kingdom.

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!

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.

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.

Pick up your cross

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)

What does it really mean to take up your cross?

At the time Jesus said this, if you saw a man carrying a cross out of town, you knew one thing for certain: he wasn’t coming back. Likewise, if we are to take up our cross, the man you were, the man you would be without Christ, that man your flesh wants you to be, must DIE.

This is not an option. It is not some ‘level’ of maturity or of special status in the kingdom, but rather it is the minimum requirement to follow Christ.. and it is good.

There are two kinds of people: those who are dead in sin, and those who are dead to sin. Which will you be today?

Faith vs. Presumption

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?

He gave YOU His word

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)
 
So many of us look to prophets and prophecy for guidance, or we think this verse is strictly about Scripture as a guide. While both views certainly could be applied to an understanding of this statement by the Psalmist, let us consider something I suspect is perhaps a more pertinent view.
 
This Psalm, like so many others, presents someone’s personal relationship with God, their personal worship of Him, and God’s intimate, personal dealings with the Psalmist. The author uses the word daba, which is also used in Psalm 107:20, which says ‘He sent his word and healed them, and delivered them.’
 
This isn’t just about a prophetic word, or how Scripture can guide us, but it is also about God’s personal word to us: His answer, His statement, His covenant to us. When we want someone to extend some trust to us, we often say ‘I give you my word,’ and this is taken as a solemn pledge that what were as saying is absolutely true and that we will perform whatever it is that we have promised.
 
God gave YOU his word. That He can be relied upon, that we can trust Him to fulfill what He has already said, gives us a certainty on our path. I can carry on in the face of difficulties, pain, threats, and all manner of opposition because He gave me His word.
 
Consider again what God has promised YOU.
 
He whose word set the stars in the heavens gave you His word.
 
So shake off your doubts, and keep on walking.
 

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.

God made you a SON!

So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. (Galatians 4:7, ESV)

So often we get caught up in gifts, callings, ministries, and so much more, and we start to think that our gift or our ministry is our identity. When me mistake our calling for our identity, we call into the trap of working in that calling as a way of relating to or pleasing God. However, the truth is that no matter what your calling, that is your JOB, not your identity.

Whether I am a doctor, a plumber, a carpenter, or even a criminal, I would still be my father’s son. Likewise, your identity in the kingdom isn’t apostle, prophet, evangelist, etc., but it is SON. You might be a prophet for life, but you are a SON for eternity!

If you are a son, then you are no one’s slave. You are the heir! The promises of God are YOURS because He loves you. His favor is YOURS because He loves you. Everything Christ has, and everything Christ is, is YOURS, because you are a SON!

Shall we then neglect our calling? God forbid. Rather, our kingdom activity should be the fruit of our identity.

Do you want clarity in your calling?
Do you need direction for your ministry?
Do you need a breakthrough?

These things are already yours in Christ, because He made you a SON!

Therefore, let us focus on being the Sons of God.

When I was a little boy, I rarely asked my father for anything, and this puzzled him. The truth was that it didn’t occur to me to ask him for things for two reasons: I trusted him, and it was enough for me to simply be around him.

As a grown man, my father told me of all his children I’d honored him the most, and had been the greatest blessing to him.

Do you want to honor God, and be a blessing in His kingdom? Spend time with Him simply for the sake of fellowship. You may be surprised just how much He will reveal to you when you seek His face and not His hand.

Every answer to prayer, every breakthrough, every healing, every deliverance was already accomplished at Calvary. Allow God to grow you as a son, and these other things will be added to you.

Committment leads to peace

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?

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?

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.

You may be the only hope some people experience

The suicide rate in America has risen so much that average life expectancy has declined for the first time in 8 decades. The answer still remains Christ, and Him crucified.

Remember today to be the light wherever you go.

Remember today to watch and pray for those who are hurting.

Remember today that people kill themselves because they lack hope, but the Hope of Glory lives in YOU.

Prophetic word: Like the garden of the Lord

I heard ‘like the garden of the Lord,’ and this brought me to Isaiah 51:3:

Indeed, the LORD will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places. And her wilderness He will make like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in her, Thanksgiving and sound of a melody.

Someone today needs to know that even the waste places of your life, the barren and the empty, the wasted years and the seasons of loss will be made fuitful. Your sorrow and shame will be turned over to joy and praise.
You are neither forgotten nor forsaken. You WILL see the goodness of the Lord i the land of the living.

Do you know YOUR mission?

The mission of the church was never to merely build impressive buildings in which we can gather together for an entertaining time of shallow ‘worship,’ and preaching that is more motivational than it is foundational.
 
Leaders, will you dare see beyond your own motives, past your own goals, and even beyond your well-meaning but limited present perception of the vision God gave you?
 
I challenge you this day to turn down your plate, get on your face, and clear your calendar to seek God like never before.
 
Can you become desperate for a depth of fellowship with God rarely seen in this world, one that will transform our lives, family, and ministries into the unshakable, undeniable, incorruptible, sick-healing, demon-vanquishing, blind eye opening, miracle-working, dead raising light of the world that it could be if we could only just get delivered from US?

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.

Walking in the FAVOR of God

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Many of us have been taught to believe that God’s favor is something to be earned, and this is a grave error that damages our relationship with God. While there are things which we may do which will result in God’s blessing, His favor is already ours, having been earned by Jesus Christ at Calvary. In this Youtube video, we examine WHAT the favor of God is, how the Bible defines it, and how it can manifest in your life.

Don’t choose style over substance

All too often we who are in leadership make the fatal error of placing style before substance. It’s good to want to communicate well, and to present your message and conduct yourself with excellence, but sometimes we put far more emphasis on how we package what we have to offer than on what we’re offering. Often this is a symptom of a lack of depth in our relationship with God.
You don’t need to look like Apostle Knowitall or sound like Bishop Big Shot. When you’ve been in the presence of God, you don’t need to sound or look or act like anyone else, because a genuine experience in a consistent practice of the presence of God and a relentless pursuit of unbroken fellowship with Him will pervade what you say with the authority and majesty of God.

Why God REFUSES to bless you


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.

Let’s talk.

Sometimes God’s ‘Yes’ is quiet.


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Not everything God does will necessarily be dramatic, prominent, or loud, and sometimes the most profound work done in us happens during His quiet and even His silence…

 

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!