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While The Church Slept

But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way

Matthew 13:25

We are facing an existential crisis for bother the church and America as a nation, a time in which a violent Marxist ideology has arisen, complete with financial and logistical support from enemies abroad, and the full complicity of the mainstream media. How then, did this happen so suddenly?

The truth is that it didn’t happen suddenly. Like the tares, they were sowed early in the modern era, and it is now too late to merely uproot them, but we will rather face them in harvest. We can better understand this if we know just what tares are. They are not just any weed, but rather they are bearded darnel, a weed that so closely resembles wheat that they can go undetected until the ear of the wheat appears, and uprooting them will also uproot the wheat.

They also contain a strong soporific poison. That is, it can cause a “drunkenness” of a sort: staggering, impaired speech, trembling, vision defects, and stupefaction, and can even prove fatal. However, it may not even be this rye grass itself which produces the poison, but a fungus which infects it. Similarly, we as a church and as a nation have many individuals who have been ‘infected’ with ideologies, beliefs, or even doctrine which have caused us to spiritually slumber or be stupefied. Indeed, we have been asleep.

Why do I say this? While this violent ideology and other toxic elements have infiltrated our nation and even much of the church, on a national level we busied ourselves with enticing doctrines of self-help and and a self-absorbed prosperity that robbed us of the godly priorities of the genuine Christian faith. While God can and does prosper us, mere worldly prosperity ought not to have been such a priority to the near-exclusion of the essential doctrines of the wrath of God, His sovereign grace, and the call to repentance and surrender to the Lordship of Christ.

Essentially, what happened was that for several decades our priorities have been largely so self-absorbed that we exalted success over sacrifice, prosperity over piety, and self-worth over self-denial. As a result, we failed to make disciples of men as we might have otherwise done, and have greatly fallen short in our equipping of the disciples that we did bring into the fold, resulting in a church population of which 90% admits to being either carnal or a babe, according to studies done by the Barna Group.

Since the Scriptures tell us that those who are carnal cannot inherit the kingdom of God (Gal. 5:21), and a baby can hardly be entrusted with any serious responsibility, this means we as a church in America are mostly either on our way to hell or incapable of fulfilling our purpose.

What, then, do we do? We must seek God, ask Him to reveal our hearts to us, to uncover even the most subtle of sin in our lives, that we may repent to our very core and be purified so that we can pursue unhindered the purpose of God for our lives.

The Spirit and the Bride say, Come.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Don’t let anyone take your crown!

Romans 8 – Free from the Law of Sin and Death!

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. (Romans 8:1-2)

What does it really mean to have been made free from the Law of sin and death? What does this imply for us as believers? Should our life consist of continual defeat and sin, or continual victory? Let’s discuss how Jesus Christ made victory possible, probably, even inevitable to those who surrender their life to God through Him.

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…

I said this the other day on Facebook, and someone asked what deliverance was.

Deliverance is when you’re truly free: when what had you bound has no power over you, when it does not move you and cannot tempt you.

How then, do we get free and stay free? yes, someone can come and cast the devil but unless we deal with the root causes of bondage, we will just end up worse than before (Luke 11:24-26). We do have some measure of responsibility in staying free. I don’t believe this has to be complicated.

The short answer on staying free is… not necessarily in this order…

1. When tempted, pray, and pray hard.
2. Separate yourself from the source of temptation.
3. Stay in the word
4. When tempted, and prayer seems hard, go into worship.
5. Fast.
6. verbally renounce the thing tempting you
7. Deal with the underlying tendencies, circumstances, and experiences which left you susceptible.
8. Take responsibility for your own role in becoming bound.

This isn’t so much about trying to do it in your own strength but rather about running straight to God when temptation comes.

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?

Should we judge others?

If a pedophile wanted you to hire him to watch your children, would you hire him? Of course not. In deciding against it, you’ve judged him, and rightly so. Did Jesus really want us to never judge anyone, ever? Let’s take a quick look at what Matthew 7:1 was really about, and whether we really should judge people.

Shot just outside of Toronto in Brampton, Ontario while my wife was shopping. 🙂

For the inaugural podcast of The RIFT Online Church, the Lord led me to Ezekiel 37 in regard to the coming move of God that so many of us have been waiting for.

There are many of you living in what looks like defeat and reproach, but God is overturning it to bring you into your intended purpose.

Authority isn’t rocket science…

I once worked in a place in which the employees felt the upper mechanical area on the top floor was haunted. One employee even claimed to have seen something up there. I went up there soon after and heard my name called.

So I told it to leave, and the staff never reported seeing anything up there again.

Authority isn’t rocket science. It just requires submission…

Gratification is not satisfaction

“And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.” (Isaiah 58:11)

The flesh craves gratification, while the spirit seeks satisfaction. The difference between the two can be hard to tell when we’re caught up in the day-to-day struggles of life. We get the car, the house, or the spouse we were after, but after a while, when the novelty wears off, many of us find ourselves yearning for more. Why?

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There are no idle details in the Word of God

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

–Isaiah 28:10

The written Word of God was established as a witness to mankind of God’s purpose, plan, and design, and as such, there is no part of it that is unimportant, trivial, or meaningless. Some may challenge this by reciting some passage or other that may not be readily understood by this or that person, or even passages which seem to merely record lineage, names, and seemingly minor events. However, passages containing family histories can contain some interesting, as well as revealing, facts.

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