Holy Ghost

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?

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’s MIGHTIEST Prophet? Really?

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!

1 Corinthians 6 – Practical Sanctification: You’re free to be HIS!


When the saints try to say áll things are lawful,’and thereby try to give themselves permission to do as they please, I know they don’t understand the Bible. However, I blame the preachers for this, because as a group we’ve done a really bad job of explaining liberty in Christ.  Let’s talk.

1 Corinthians 4 – Practical Sanctification and Spiritual Fatherhood


Paul finds himself having to defend his stewardship of the gospel to makes his point as to why the Corinthians ought to take heed to what he’s saying… and throughout this chapter we come to understand the role of apostolic authority and the responsibility of leadership in the process of sanctification and maturity.

A lot of people now teach that you can prophesy whenever you feel like it, but what does the Bible say about prophesying?

What does 1 Cor. 14:31 really mean? Ít says,

“For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be exhorted;”

It was about taking turns. Now, consider this further in the light of 2 Peter 1:21, which says:

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.

Now ask yourself whether the Holy Ghost has changed his mind about how he operates…

Do YOU want to be full of the Holy Ghost?

“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.” (1 Peter 1:21)

Are you really filled with the Holy Ghost? I’m not asking if, some time ago, you spoke in tongues or still do. I speak not of the tendency by which we seek to experience the ‘thrill’ of God in our lives, evidenced by our emphasis even in how we describe him as Holy GHOST or Holy SPIRIT, rather than HOLY Spirit. In truth we want the experience of the SPIRIT, but we reject his holiness.

Don’t tell me that you’re full of the HOLY Ghost and you’re still mean, petty, dishonest, bad-tempered, greedy, selfish and so on. We have made sanctification into a process really only because we do not want to SURRENDER the self-absorbed and selfish nature with which we were born.

Little children, the world cannot be changed by unchanged men!

Dear children, the lost cannot be delivered by those who have not delivered themselves up to the cross!

Beloved children, two cannot walk together unless they agree. Knowing this, how can we walk with God when we don’t even agree on the direction we’re going?

Jesus said that if any man would follow Him, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and come after him. Something you must understand about that statement is that in those days if you saw a man carrying a cross, no matter if you knew NOTHING else about him, you KNEW for SURE that he WASN’T COMING BACK.

When will you dare to abandon the man you’ve been and the man you are? When will you dare to be emptied of YOU to be full of HIM?