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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?

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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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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.