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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.

Examine what you believe

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Test all things, and hold firmly that which is good. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Awake! Awake!

1 Thessalonians 5:21

Today the Lord impressed upon me the importance of knowing whether what we believe is true. I heard:

What if the things you’re really angry about aren’t even true?

Indeed, there are many narratives presented to us in today’s world which are either mostly true but laced with lies, or even entirely false, but so cleverly presented in such a way so as to inspire intense emotion so that we neglect to follow Biblical protocol and verify whether what is being told us is true at all.

Today, I challenge you to study, to research, to search things out in prayer before you invest too much emotion in them, for we live in perilous times, and there are powers at work that seek to enslave us all.

When something is being presented to you that appears to be an important issue, ask yourself:

  • Is there proof?
  • What are the facts?
  • What is the evidence?
  • Are my emotions affecting how I view the facts?

Examine everything with a Biblcal worldview, because Christ paid too much for us to walk through life misdirected and deceived.

In His service,

Brother Sam

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.

Slow down

As prophets we often make the mistake of constantly looking for the next revelation, when God wasn’t through with the last one. I’ve learned over the years that there are times when the Lord wants me to take my time ‘replaying’ a vision until I have really understood it, and usually there are details I missed the first time.Slow down.

Listen, observe, and pray into what God shows you.

Destiny is in the details.

This is a season of exposure

Pastors are waiting for the pandemic to end so they can go back to healing the sick
I laughed when I saw this meme, but as I have prayed and pondered the present worldwide 'pandemic,' my heart grew heavy. One of the many things this situation has exposed has been the utter powerlessness of church leadership as a whole.

Early in February, before all the lockdowns began, I also saw that a ministry had cancelled a healing revival because of Covid-19. The ministry and minister, whose name I won’t mention right now, was presumably so confident of how God would use them to heal the sick that they had scheduled a healing revival. Yet when a real disease emerged in the headlines, they cancelled their meetings. If indeed they are gifted in healing, why would this virus, with a very low fatality rate, be too much for them?

The ugly truth is that so much of what passes for healing ministry in today’s church is fraudulent, and even some of those who are at times used in healing are intimidated by media-inspired hysteria. NO matter which way we slice it, this exposes the majority of Christian leadership as powerless cowards.

I know, that seems harsh, but let’s remember John G. lake, who had the doctors place a sample of the Bubonic Plague in his hand. It sizzled as the power of God consumed it. Time would fail us to mention the many real healing ministries in which the preachers was utterly fearless in the face of even the most deadly diseases. One of the characteristics of a genuine anointing is courage.

We can argue that not everyone has such a ministry. However, we have the same God! The same Holy Spirit was given to us. What then do we do?

It is time we repent of our own ways, and yield to the leading and Lordship of Christ through the Holy Spirit, and ask Him to cleanse us of the fear that has come upon so many because we have trusted the words of men over that of God.

Whose report will you believe?

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 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?

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.

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?

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?

Why we don’t need to ask for an Open Heaven

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Gal. 2:20)
 
I never need to ask for an open heaven because the Veil of the Temple was torn when Christ died. I am The temple of the Living God, and heaven is already open for me, not because I asked, nor because I somehow deserved it, but because the Blood of Jesus has made it so.
 
Nor do I live by my own faith. God forbid, for my own faith would fail many times over before I could finish my journey. Indeed, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me. This is why I can do all things in Christ. He promised that HIS grace would be enough, and it is.
 
He loved YOU.
He gave Himself for YOU.
He put His Spirit in YOU.
 
Every prayer you could ever set before the Father has already been answered at Calvary.

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?

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.

Does tithing connect you to your covenant?

Preachers, so many of you are going to go to hell for scaring people into mandatory income tithing with threats of curses.
 
Tithing under the law was expressly commanded to Israel as 1/10 of the agricultural production of the land. This is why God calls it ‘the tithe of the land.’ It was never based on income or wages. Only those who owned land and livestock tithed. There were plenty of non-farmers living at that time, including bankers, jewelers, weavers, stoneworkers, and carpenters. Our Savior was a carpenter.
 
Another interesting detail the preaches love to leave out is that the tithe was given to the priests only twice every seven years. In the 7th year, there was no crop production, so the only tithe was of animals. In the other 4 years the people were commanded to eat the tithe crops, or to sell them and then spend the money ON THEMSELVES. (See Deut 14:26)
 
We are to give generously, give cheerfully, but let no man manipulate you into works of the Law that were never commanded anywhere in the New Testament, nor is there any evidence in the first 600+ years of church history of any church body teaching mandatory income tithing. The tradition of income tithing began in 680 AD when the Roman government instituted it as a tax for their state-controlled church.
 
The New Testament writings do not teach it.
 
The early apostles and church fathers did not teach it. Not one of the thousands of primary source historical documents we have from those who lead the church in all those centuries gives us any evidence at all that the church ever taught it up until the paganized Roman church forced it on everyone in the empire.
 
When the threats of curses do not, work, many preachers then resort to two doctrines to support mandatory income tithing:
 
The first is that Abraham tithed to Melchizedek, and this means we ought to tithe. This is very poor theology, since Abraham did this only ONCE, he did so VOLUNTARILY and NOT by commandment, and it was from property taken in a war. It is extremely poor theology to use a one-time voluntary act to teach people they must tithe from their income.
 
The second lie that is relied upon is the false promise that tithing connects you to your covenant.
 
This is BLASPHEMY. Why?
 
2 Corinthians 5:5 tells us:
 
Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.
 
A pledge is a deposit. The KJV says the ‘earnest of the Spirit.’ When I first made an offer on my house, I was required to submit with that offer $500 as an earnest money deposit. That deposit is credited toward the purchase of the house, and is called the ‘earnest money,’ because it is the evidence, the proof, that I was in earnest – serious and committed – about buying the house. It was the sign that I was serious about going through with the purchase.
 
Similarly, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is God’s deposit on our life, the promise that He will complete what He has begun.
 
THAT is what connects you to your covenant written in the Blood of Christ, not your money.

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.

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.

What IS Legalism, Really?

 

I hear so many people use the term ‘legalism’ pretty loosely, and usually it’s when they’re talking about something they don’t like in the Bible. Let’s discuss what it really is.

What to do when a prophetic word FAILS to come to pass


 

Over the years I’ve run into many people who were disappointed, disillusioned, discouraged and disgusted because of how so many prophecies fail to come to pass in the church. So often when this is addressed, if it’s addressed at all, they are given excuses or are blamed for the prophetic word’s failure. But is it always the receiver’s fault?

Let’s talk about why prophetic words fail and what to do about it.

What to do when a Prophetic Word FAILS to come to pass


 

 
It often happens that a prophet delivers a word which fails to come to pass, and the recipient of the word is either blamed for not having enough faith, or for not meeting the ‘conditions’ of the prophecy, even if those conditions were never stated. So then, what are we in the church to do when this happens?

Why NO WEAPON formed against you shall prosper


 

 
Many of us are familiar with Isaiah 54:17 but we often don’t know what it really means. Let’s talk about how God set you up to WIN!

Delusions, Confusion and Prophetic Collusion


 

There’s a whole lot of crazy stuff that goes on in prophetic ministry. The other day I had some prophet telling me that their nonsensical ‘prophecy’ was ‘the teacheth of the Holy Spirit,’ and further informed me that God had said so… let’s talk.

Don’t let anyone take your crown!

Romans 9 – The Sovereign Grace of God in Christ

Grace isn’t just forgiveness and forbearance, it is the divine influence which is intended to bring the Lordship of God into our life. You don’t have to live in defeat, because Christ provided not only forgiveness, but the power to become the sons of God. Let’s talk.

 

Romans 7 – The MYTH of the Dual Nature

For so long, many of us in the church have been taught that we have a dual nature, and that we just can’t stop sinning. Usually, Romans 7 is cited as the ‘proof’ of this, when, in fact, Romans 7 describes live WITHOUT JESUS CHRIST. How do we know this? Romans 8 goes on to tell us that we’ve been freed from the law of sin and death described in Romans 7. Let’s talk!

My simple approach to seeking God

Do you REALLY want to know God?

Proverbs 25:2 tells us:

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

There are things God will want you to seek and search out, and knowing Him is one of them. The carnal mind will balk at this idea, dismissing it as ‘religious,’ when the truth is that when you truly desire intimacy with God the hours you might spend in prayer, study of the word, and worship will fly by. They do not become a matter of ritualistic duty but rather they are driven by passion to know Him.

Now, it may not begin that way. Indeed, you may need t wean yourself off self-indulgent habits which render you ‘too busy’ to be so ‘religious.’ You may have to lock yourself in a room, remove the distractions and force yourself to pray at first because sometimes this beast we call the flesh can be wild and unwilling to be tamed, and very often God will leave up to you to die daily, not to prove anything to Him, but to reveal to YOU the true condition of your heart toward Him.

This process doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be this simple:

1. Set aside time to read the Bible daily. Take your time going through it, consider the words, weigh them in your heart and mind, reflect upon them, pray them back to the Lord.

2. Pray. It’s probably impossible to pray too much. Set aside specific time for prayer, but also pray when you’re driving, pray when you’re cooking, when you’re exercising, when you’re cutting the grass, changing the baby, cleaning the house, on your way to a meeting. Don’t ask for stuff. Communicate with God, ask Him questions about Him. Moses, after seeing the 10 plagues and watching the Red Sea part, still said ‘SHOW ME YOUR GLORY.’

3. Spend time in worship, with no agenda. Remember that the Lamb is worthy of more honor, love, and glory than we could ever bestow upon Him. He is WORTHY whether He answers you or not. The Lord of all creation is above every praise anyone could ever utter, and yet he longs for intimacy with us. Consider the magnitude of this when you worship.