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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.

Have you taken 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?

The truth about the ‘riots’

I placed the word ‘riots’ in quotes because they aren’t really riots, and law enforcement around the country is making a grave error in dealing with them as riots. Genuine, spontaenous riots are often ended with ordinary dispersal methods. Yet these rioters come back, equipped with respiratiors and leaf blowers to combat tear gas. They come equipped for a fight, not for a protest, and use military tactics.

I’ve said it before in broadcasts, and I’ll repeat it now: these are terrorists. They are being funded and trained by China, and this is a war. These are not protesters, but enemy combatants recruited from our own people who have for years been indoctrinated with Marxist ideology through our educational systems which were infiltrated by the 1960s.

So what then, do we as the church, do? We need to fast and pray, and repent as a people of the sins our our nation, and pray that key leadership realizes the real threat and acts accordingly.

A Word on Giving

Now regarding your question about the money being collected for God’s people in Jerusalem. You should follow the same procedure I gave to the churches in Galatia.. On the first day of each week, you should each put aside a portion of the money you have earned. Don’t wait until I get there and then try to collect it all at once.. When I come, I will write letters of recommendation for the messengers you choose to deliver your gift to Jerusalem. And if it seems appropriate for me to go along, they can travel with me.

1 Corinthians 16:1-4

If we understand this and other scriptures on the subject of giving, there are 6 essential components to Scriptural giving.

  • Thoughtful, and therefore intentional Paul instructed the churches to plan their giving. This prevented hastiness and the ensuing lack of order that poor planning creates, so that giving was orderly, and the funds were ready to be used appropriately. We ought to consider what our intention is in giving. What prayers, hopes, and motives accompany it? What needs are we addressing? Do we see it as an act of worship toward God as we support the work of His ministry?
  • Accountable We should also note that Paul also thought it best for the funds to be delivered by people from that church., which ensured that a full accounting could be made for the funds and how they were used. As a very wise man once said, a clean conscience has no fear of accountability.
  • Proportionate Paul tells the church to set aside a portion of the money they have earned, not all of it. While there may be times people can make a sacrifice, Biblical examples of such are always voluntary (Luke 21-1-4, e.g.). Therefore, we should comprehend that giving should be in proportion to our ability (Deut. 2:7, 2 Cor. 8:11, e.g.).
  • Prayerful If giving is part of our worship, then it ought to be approached prayerfully, that the Holy Spirit wold guide us, and that we remain mindful of needs we may be able to help meet. This is also to safeguard our motives in giving, that it be done with a pure heart. Remember, the sacrifice of the wicked is abomination to the Lord (Proverbs 15:8).
  • Cheerful Each person should do as he has decided in his heart — not reluctantly or out of compulsion, since God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work . (2 Cor. 9:7-8, CSB) This doesn’t mean we should try to be happy about our giving, but rather that we should give as we are able so that we can be cheerful about it. His yoke is easy, and His burden is light. In this Scripture we can see God’s graciousness to us even in our responsibility to give, that He doesn’t desire to lay heavy burdens upon us, but intends for us to have joy in giving as we grow in grace and ability.
  • Responsible Givers should be informed about the characteristics, motivations, capacity, aspirations and needs of the organisations they are giving to. They should consider the impact that their giving will have and the outcome it is meant to achieve, and pray that grace is given for the funds to be used wisely and well.

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What I do when I’m in need

And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

Luke 12:25

Whenever I find myself in serious need, or facing intense spiritual attack, instead of just engaging the enemy and rebuking, binding etc (which I do), I will purposefully pray for others for an extended period of time.

Why?

Very often intense attacks from the enemy are intended to not just hurt us, but to reduce our usefulness to the kingdom. When this happens, most of us unintentionally become so absorbed in our own problems that we become to some extent selfish or self-absorbed, even though our motive is often just trying to survive the attack.

However, even in that, we are deceived into abandoning our trust in God. Thus, I have found over the years that sometimes the best warfare is to forget my own problems and needs for a while and SERVE.

Do YOU have an urgent need today? Pick someone you know or know of. Pray for them. Fast for them. Encourage them. Be about your Father’s business, and trust Him to move on your behalf.

He will surely keep His promises.

A busy week for a Leftist Supreme Court, part 1

Many people are wondering exactly what is going on with the Supreme Court (SCOTUS). Trump appointed 2 judges who were presumably conservatives, and yet the latest ruling reveal that SCOTUS has taken a hard turn to the left, and this is eminently dangerous for the Republic, and a certain prophetic sign to the church of a fundamental shift in the culture.

The Title VII ruling.

The Law intended to protect people from discrimination base on immutable charcteristics like biological sex or race, has essentiallybeen re-written by SCOTUS to include the LGBTQ movement . This will inevitably be used to try to force churches to hire people of that persuasion, that is true enough, but we have missed a more sinister implication. The Q, which we are told stands for Queer, was originally a P for pedosexual.

Yes, under all of this far left activism is the agenda to normalize and legalize pedophilia. If you think this could never happen, bear in mind that the justices of SCOTUS are well aware of the real meaning of the Q, and at least one Justice (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) has advocated for the age of sexual consent to be lowered to 12*. the Chief Justice, John Roberts, is on the flight logs for #EpsteinIsland, which means he was a guest (and almost certainly a customer) of the notorious child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. That’s what the direct evidence shows. What am I seeing prophetically?

That Roberts is a peodphile, and the left has full control of him. Gorsuch and Kavanaugh hace learned, from the Kavanaugh hearings, that any deviation from the demands of the left will result in their families being targeted. We are in a spiritual and ideological war which has been raging for decades while our evangelical leaders distracted us with promises of worldly prosperity.

The horrifying truth is that pedophilia is very common among the elite, as are other abominations such as the harvesting of adrenochrome through the ritual torture of children.**

What then, are we to do? Repent of our own ways and pray for divine intervention, while we also become more involved in the process, that we work to raise up godly leaders so that righteousness can exalt a nation.

*Bias in the US Code, Report for the US Commission on Civil Rights, 1977.

**Adrenochrome iis a chemical compound with the molecular formula C 9 H 9 NO 3 produced by the oxidation of adrenaline ( epinephrine ). The derivative carbazochrome is a hemostatic medication. Despite a similarity in chemical names, it is unrelated to chrome or chromium . In vivo, adrenochrome is synthesized by the oxidation of epinephrine. This is achieved by torturing individuals until their bloodstream is flooded with adrenaline. These individuals are most often children.

The Drama in Seattle

When you are are strong, appear weak.

The Art of War

With the sheer number of posts and videos online about the contuing occupation of Capitol Hill in Seattle, I began to wonder why there has been very little real prophetic insight as to what is really going on, and why it”s being permitted. There are many true statements with regard to the Mayor and Governor’s complicity being tied to the Leftist agenda and the upcoming election, but there is something much more sinister lurking beneath the surface.

When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.

Proverbs 29:2

It is clear that there is a lot of groaning going on in the CHAZ, now being called CHOP (Capitol Hill Organized Protest) to avoid sedition and treason charges. Many of us have been laughing at these Antifa and BLM people and their ineptitude at everything from self-care to gardening, but when I looked at this in this spirit I heard The Art of War quote above.

While we laugh at CHAZ, CHOP, or whatever they may be calling themselves today, the movement that spawned that situation has been planning better organized, better funded, and better armed occupations of cities. We are being deliberately misled to believe that Antifa and BLM are comprised of entitled, idiotic young people who live in their parents’basement. Some of them are, but they clearly also have more sophisticated assets in play as well, and they are planning further acts of terror.

The saints need to be fasting and praying against this, or truly perilous times will be upon us for the long term.

The Hope of Glory?

To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Col. 1:27)

This hope is never meant to be a maybe. In the Biblical context , hope is very different from how we view it now. The word used in the Greek is elpece (Strong’s Gr. 1680), which is a confidence, an expectation. This not a mere chance or probability, but rather it is something which is certain.

The life of Christ was meant to flow through you. This certain expectation of God’s glory in you was not meant to be hidden under layers of personality and culture, buried beneath our vain attempts to fit in with the world around us, no! Indeed, it is not even merely our expectation, but rather creation itself awaits its manifestation in you.

What then shall we do, little flock? Today I dare you to absolutely expect His life to show itself in you and through you. It takes no more faith than it does to believe anything else He’s told us.

You already believe He washed away your sins.

You already believe He indwells you through the Holy Spirit.

You may as well believe that He can and will make good on His promise to glorify Himself through you.

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.

God’s verdict on your life

Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (Romans 8:30)
 
What does it mean to have predestinated? It means to have a predetermined outcome or destination. It means God, in His infinite wisdom, in the counsels of eternity long before He laid the foundations of the world, had already made up His mind about you. Think about this for a moment.
 
There are those who will try to convince you that you need to plead your cause in the courts of heaven for your deliverance, your healing, your provision, or whatever other thing you have need of, but the Bible very clearly says God’s verdict was already set before you were ever born. How can YOU personally know this for sure?
 
Did God call you? If so, He predestinated you. If He called you, he justified you. To be justified is to have already been acquitted, to have already been vindicated in ‘the courts of heaven’ if you want to call it that.
 
The verdict already reads ‘JUSTIFIED.’
The verdict already reads PROVIDED FOR.
The verdict already reads HEALED.
The verdict already reads SET FREE.
The verdict already reads LOVED.
 
It also reads GLORIFIED. Some measure of God’s glory, which He does not give to another (Isaiah 42:8), has been appointed to YOU because Christ lives in you.
 
So, how then do we see this glory? We find the answer in the first verses of Romans 8:
 
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
 
The simplest surrender to the Holy Spirit will set you free from the law of sin and death, and once free, you are not only free for His use, but free to be able to see His glory in your life.

Mastering the art of Prophetic Disclosure

Is it enough for the prophet to speak what he sees or otherwise perceives, or is there really a proper way to disclose what god has revealed?

Are YOU being subjected to PROPHETIC WITCHCRAFT?

Will God show Mercy to a FALSE PROPHET? In the Bible, He NEVER does.


I was setting up the studio for the next downloadable version of Prophetic Impact, when I started think of how God dealt with false prophets in the Biblical record. I began to review them in my mind, and found that He NEVER had mercy on ANY of them. The closest we get is a false prophetess in Revelation 2 who was given a chance to repent, but wouldn’t turn away from her sin.

Prophets, both true and false, this should be frightening.

God has heard YOU!


A reminder to all true believers that your prayers have not been in vain… God hears the prayers of the righteous, so we should remember that it’s never a matter of IF He will answer, but WHEN!

A word concerning the Supreme Court Decision on so-called Gay Marriage


No matter which way you slice it, Jesus Christ only ever defined marriage as being the union of male and female, as God made it in the very beginning of mankind. America has come to this point not simply because they refused to repent, but because the Church refuses to repent.
I think this is the first time in years that I’ve delivered a prophetic message that brought me to tears.

 

There’s a purpose in your struggle


This is the recording of our LIVE discipleship training which occurs every Thursday. As part of our series on the Book of Judges, we take a close look at Judges Chapter 3 to gain an understanding of the reasons why we struggle, and our responsibilities in the covenant of grace in Jesus Christ.

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?

14th 5 star review for 7 Keys to Prophetic Maturity!

We’re pleased to announce that our best-selling book, 7 Keys to Prophetic Maturityhas just garnered its 14th 5 star review. We’re grateful 7 Keys to Prophetic Maturity - Download today!for all the people who’ve been blessed by this book, and look forward to its being translated into several other languages for the ministries we support in India.

We are also excited about the next book in the series, 7 Keys to Prophetic Protocol, which is due to be out later this month. A detailed study of how to properly administer the prophetic, it is already being hailed as a ground-breaking work.
“The underlying premise of genuine prophecy is that God has not only revealed something, but also that He has expressly directed the prophet (or other person) to disclose what He has revealed. Indeed, the very definition of prophecy in a scripturally sound context is divine communication. Absent of a divine mandate for disclosure, prophetic revelation is inevitably subjected to self-will, which is never an acceptable substitute for the leading of the Holy Spirit.”
-from 7 Keys to Prophetic Protocol

Does the enemy know you?

“And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are who?” (Acts 19:15)

I once knew a man who was dealing with a demon inside a woman. When he mentioned a certain man of God, the demon began to scream, “NO, NOT HIM!”

I don’t know about you, but I’m fed up with limp-wristed saints and leaders who are scared of demons when they ought to be scared of you.

Does the enemy even know you?

It’s not always demonic bondage.

Many people are not ‘bound,’ they’re simply unwilling to turn from their sin. While they are bound as a consequence of their sin, very often people who appear to be trapped in a cycle of sinful behavior are not always stuck in their sin because of a demonic bondage. In some cases, the unclean spirits in their lives are just along for the ride, and while they may be exerting some influence, the individual’s own decision to continue to enjoy doing the wrong thing is the heart of the matter.

I found this too be true in my younger days. I didn’t ‘struggle’ with fornication as much as I jumped into it with gleeful abandon. I couldn’t blame the devil, the flesh, or the cute girl down the street. It was never a mistake, but rather a choice. Likewise, for many people out there the key to the deliverance they seem to need lies in their own ability to make a decision as to whom they will serve: God, or their own tainted will. There are cases in which deliverance from demonic strongholds is necessary, but the truth for most of us is that we just need to make up our own minds.

What will you decide today?

Should deliverance be a wrestling match?

If an attempt at spiritual deliverance turns into a wrestling match, there’s a lack of authority somewhere. Now, this may seem like a harsh criticism of the methods and character of many who move in this type of ministry. However, we ought to consider the Biblical models which are available. What does the Bible show us when it comes to the ministry of casting out unclean spirits?

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Are you making these leadership mistakes?

One way in which the church has too closely mirrored the world is in its leadership paradigms. However, while some elements in the business world have begun to recognize certain truths about leadership, the church continues to commit some grave errors in its organizational leadership. One of these truths is that effective teamwork and leadership succeed far more than authoritarian management.

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Imminent Ministry Relaunch

The ministry, as well as the site is undergoing some necessary changes. The website was hacked a while back, and we lost all of our posts, updates, etc. Please bear with us as we rebuild the site from scratch.