Holy Spirit

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?

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?

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?

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?

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.

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)

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.

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.

The Dirt on Church Hurt


 

I have heard so many leaders talk about people getting hurt in the church, but nearly all the discussion was limited to blaming the people who were hurt, ridiculing them, or making weak arguments as to why they just need to come back to the local church. Let’s have a real talk about why ‘church hurt’ happens and what we can 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?

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.

Judges 1 – The Pursuit of YOUR Calling


Judges 1 tells us alot about God’s relationship with His people and the pursuit of His calling for your life.

Hebrews 4: Enter into HIS Rest!


Just as God rested from His works on the sabbath, we have been given rest from the works of sin, self-will, and all of the damage and drama life has thrown at us. It’s time to really lay it all down at the cross.

Sex, Marriage and Practical Sanctification


Sex was never meant for men and women: it was made for husbands and wives. In this chapter of 1 Corinthians, Paul addresses marriage and sexuality in the light of practical sanctification. Let’s talk about what god has to say about the institution He created.

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.

Why Joseph Prince is going to Hell


I know. That sounds harsh. But Jesus told those who refused to believe Hi that they would die in their sins, eve though they were of the seed of Abraham, men He’d come to save. So, des a man truly believe Christ if he contraicts Jesus outright? In Revelation 2:17, Jesus makes it clear that the Holy Spirit can and does convict believers of sin, and does point out their faults, so Joseph Prince is teaching a lie…

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.

1 Corinthians 3 – Practical Sanctification


Paul continues to address issues of spiritual immaturity and his desire for them to move on from the basic principles of the faith. Let’s talk about spiritual maturity!

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!

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!

Are YOU Trifling with God?


Leonard Ravenhill once said that the man who comes to God just looking for forgiveness is trifling with God. In today’s church, we’re often taught a grace that reduces God to little more than a genie, and His grace to mere forgiveness that comes with no call to commit ones life to the Lord. Let’s talk about this, and see what the Bible says about it.

If we remember that the Holy Spirit inspired Scripture, and that ALL of it is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteous, that we would be complete, thoroughly furnished to every good work, then we will understand that Christ did not just die for our sins, but He was also raised up for our justification AND that He is LORD.

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?

How to Prophesy, Part 2

So often many of us want to prophesy, but don’t understand that God reveals his secrets according to specific criteria, including but not limited to:
1. Those who need to Know
2. Those who serve Him
3. Those who can be trusted with secrets

The prophetic a tool to build the church, and a weapon against the enemy, but it is NOT  a toy. If you really want to prophesy, learn to respect the things of God, keep your life clean, and make yourself useful to the Kingdom.

Prophecy Junkies?

God never intended for you to be chasing after a prophetic word every day. This insatiable addiction to prophecy I’ve seen in churches and in Facebook groups is not from God, and it renders people highly susceptible to seduction by the familiar spirits that some ‘prophets’ move in.
To some extent this happens because the leadership of the segment of the church which believes in the prophetic has created a dependency which gives the prophet an idolatrous place in the life of the believer.
Feeling discouraged and need a boost? In 1 Samuel 30, when David and his men returned to Ziklag to find that the enemy had burned their homes and taken their families captive, his men started talking about stoning him, because they clearly blamed him for being away from home when the enemies came. He didn’t go looking for a prophet to comfort or encourage him:
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. (1 Sam. 30:6)
Later in the chapter, he DOES inquire of the Lord for himself, not for encouragement, but for direction. He then takes his men and goes after the enemy. The recover EVERYTHING, and take additional spoils. David then uses his share of the spoils to send gifts to the leaders of Israel in the towns and cities David frequented.
What can we learn from this? The answer to your need for encouragement isn’t always in some prophet, but often in your own mouth, and when you ACT on the word of the Lord, God will position you not just for restoration, but for promotion, IF we ACT, and then use the fruit of our action to bless OTHERS.
When David sent those gifts, it wasn’t just about their inherent value. It also made a statement: I’m your king, I fight our enemies, and when I do, I do it for YOU, too… that even when David was fighting for his family and the families of his men, he still thought of the rest of Israel and its leaders. This communicated to them that they could trust David to think of them, even when handling his own personal business.
Are you called to leadership? Stop chasing prophecies, and ACT on the prophetic words you’ve been given already. God and his prophets will still have more to say.

Is ALL prophecy inspired by God?

I said 1 Tim. 3:16, but it should have been 2nd Timothy 3:16. oops!

That scripture tells us that all SCRIPTURE is inspired by God. It doesn’t say all prophecy, and for good reason! Throughout the Bible, we’re told about prophets who prophesied by Baal, by their imagination, from their own heart, or who prophesied outright lies. Thus not all prophecy is inspired by God, and therefore anyone claiming that their prophecies are on par with Scripture is NOT to be trusted…

 

 

Should the Church ‘reclaim’ occult practices?

  Sorry for not shaving 🙂

Some very popular ministries are now saying that we should ‘reclaim’ occult practices like astral projection and having spirit guides because they ‘belong’ to the church.

In John 16:13, Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would lead us into all truth. No additional spirits are neede to guide us.

In Deuteronomy 18: 9-13, God expressly tells his people not to take up the customs of the people in Canaan because He was driving them out for doing those things that the occult and new age movements embrace…

 

 

How to Prophesy

I shot this little video while my wife was grocery shopping. Sorry for my shaky hand. 🙂
With so many schools charging thousands of dollars teaching people to guess or to try to prophesy, I have a burden on my heart to see people really learn to hear from God.

Prophecy should never be a matter of trial and error. Indeed, the Bible shows us that the opposite of the Spirit of Truth is the Spirit of Error! So, why should we allow error to be part of our ministering?

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