There are two ways for you to ruin your reputation as a minister, do evil and/or associate with or vouch for those who are evil (false).
People will know you by your fruits, and what/who you tolerate. Your reputation plays a significant role in whether people, especially those who are seeking the Lord, will receive anything from you. Protect your gifts and calling from all sources of contamination. Jeremiah did not tolerate Hananiah (Jeremiah 28), and Paul did not tolerate the woman with the spirit of divination who was trying to associate herself with him and Silas (Acts 16:16-18). Also see Revelation 2:18-23 regarding the Lord’s heart of what people, particularly His ministers tolerate.
Never forget that we are to “…have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” ~ Ephesians 5:11 (KJV)
I close with the additional reminders:
o “…I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?” ~ 1 Corinthians 10:20-22 (KJV)
o “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I AM the Lord your God.” ~ Leviticus 19:31 (KJV)
o “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, ‘I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate’, saith the Lord, ‘and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters’, saith the Lord Almighty.” ~ 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (KJV)
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Pontius Pilate was an unbeliever, yet he realized that Jesus was a righteous man, one whom the chief priests and elders delivered to him for crucifixion because of envy (Matthew 27:17-18). People who claimed they were serving God wanted to kill the Son of God because of their jealousy. Plus, they were bitter because He exposed their true colors that despite their righteous appearance, they were hypocrites, children of the devil (Matthew 23).
Unfortunately, sometimes unbelievers are more skilled at spotting hypocritical Christians, especially religious leaders. This is in part because the do not fall for things such as a person’s title, and they are not intimidated by threats, such as do not touch the Lord’s anointed. Another reason why they are not deceived is that a sinner can recognize another sinner, to include one hiding behind religion. Isn’t it ironic that when an errant minister is brought down that it usually happens because of a nonbeliever? Many Christians are such cowards that they even let ministers get away with criminal conduct, until law enforcement officials step in. Christians hide the pastor’s sins (to include criminal conduct) by remaining silent and even trying to silence those with the courage to speak out. By the way, do you know you have the authority to fire your pastor? One of the easiest ways is to renounce that individual’s authority over you and to walk away from his ministry. Whenever you leave a ministry, especially if you had to escape from rottenness, please ensure that you renounce that individual’s authority over you. If you don’t know the reasons, feel free to comment and ask why?
It is better to walk away, sever the connection from a minister and/or ministry, be uncovered (as they like to say) than to have a rotten covering, which is no covering at all. By the way, the devil is referred to as ‘…the anointed cherub that covereth…’ ~ Ezekiel 28:14 (KJV) Closely examine who is actually “covering” you and make the determination if you need to fire your pastor. Do not follow and serve anyone who is not following and serving Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 11:1). The name of the Lord is on many ministers lips even though their heart is far from Him. Whichever god a minister is serving is the god that you subjected yourself to…
I never expected this exhortation to go in this direction, or for it to be this long, but I am inspired to remind you to “…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” ~ Philippians 2:12 (KJV) Sometimes that means recognizing when other professing Christians, to include ministers, are working their way to hell and separating yourself from them is best for your salvation. Scripture tells us to “…have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the Light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is Light.” ~ Ephesians 5:11-13 (KJV) Some ministers are doing some evil things, as if God is blind. There is more to those dreams that some people are having about ministers and/or other professing Christians…
Ensure you do not share in anyone’s judgment, as is prescribed in the following:
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, ‘Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, ‘I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.’ Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning…’” ~ Revelation 18:4-9 (KJV)
No one is worth going to hell with or for. Some of what I have been inspired to convey may sound like rebellion to authority, and it is, but only to ungodly authority. There is also a separate case against authority figures whose period of authority over you has expired…
Your relationship with the Lord will put you at enmity with others, to include those who once called and even treated you as a friend. The Lord gave us the following warning. ‘…For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.’~ Luke 12:52-53 (KJV)
The same Lord who told us to honor our mother and father (Matthew 19:19) also told us, that in some cases, our relationship with Him will cause a rift in those and even other relationships. Which begs the question, “Who are you putting above the Lord in your life?” I submit that in some cases, that exalted one is a so-called spiritual parent, for which people disobey God to give him/her/them honor. Many people quote Malachi to induce fear to cause people to pay tithes and offerings, even though the Lord used the prophet to primarily rebuke the clergy at time. And yes, the Lord still uses prophets to rebuke the clergy, even though many prophets have become Jezebel’s eunuchs, or at least like them. One of the other things the Lord used the prophet to convey was, ‘A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a Father, where is Mine honour? And if I be a Master, where is My fear?’ saith the Lord of hosts unto you, ‘O priests, that despise My name. And ye say, ‘Wherein have we despised Thy name?’~ Malachi 1:6 (KJV) Have you been giving anyone more honor than God? If you say the Holy Spirit is your Comforter, why is He covering you, like a comforter? Are you trusting a person to do something that only the Lord can do?
For those who think the members of the clergy are untouchable, never forget the following, especially for wayward ministers:
o Jesus said, ‘Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.’ ~ Matthew 18:15-17 (KJV)
o “Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.” ~ 1 Timothy 5:19-20 (KJV)
When you are doing the work of the Lord, you will experience persecution, to include from within by those who are seemingly your brothers and sisters in Christ, and worst of all, from the shepherds who should know and do better. When you serve Christ you can also expect to suffer like Him. Sometimes the persecution is worse from professing believers in Christ than from nonbelievers, as was the case with David. David found more peace living with the Philistines for 16 months than he did in Israel while king Saul spent years trying to kill him (1 Samuel 27). Some people are in Godly positions but they are of greater service the devil. But like Jesus said, ‘These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues [churches/ministries]: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor Me.’~ John 16:1-3 (KJV)
Watch out for the ‘leaven of the Pharisees’(hypocrisy) among professing Christians. They will try to crucify you in one way or another because of your relationship with and service to Christ Jesus. I close with the following Words from the Lord:
‘Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. And I say unto you My friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear Him, which after He hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear Him.’ ~ Luke 12:1-5 (KJV)
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One of the worst parts of prophetic ministry is issuing a warning, or warnings, to an individual or group who either will not listen or will not heed (listen and obey) the warning. And then, like Jeremiah, having to witness the individual or group suffer the consequences. For example, before king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon besieged Jerusalem, and later carted off the some of the Judeans who survived into 70 years of captivity, Jeremiah gave several warnings, to include, ‘I spake also to Zedekiah king of Judah according to all these Words, saying, ‘Bring your necks under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him and his people, and live. Why will ye die, thou and thy people, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, as the Lord hath spoken against the nation that will not serve the king of Babylon?’ ~ Jeremiah 27:12-13 (KJV)
There are some prophecies that you should not rejoice when they come to pass, but a Word from the Lord must come to pass (Deuteronomy 18:21-22). By the way, for “prophets” who want to use Jonah as an excuse for a failed prophecy, I invite them to look at the Word of the Lord to Nahum and Zephaniah regarding Nineveh…
In closing, despite the severity of the consequences, it is not the prophet’s assignment to make people heed the Word of the Lord, lest he or she venture into witchcraft. The Lord has sent many prophets on assignments to people He knew would not listen. For example:
‘And theLordhath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear.’ ~ Jeremiah 25:4 (KJV)
“And He said unto me, ‘Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with My Words unto them. For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel; Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee. But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.’” ~ Ezekiel 3:4-7 (KJV)
And lest not forget that many people would not listen to Jesus either…
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I usually get irritated when I hear ministers (usually pastors) speak out against prophets when they are clueless about what a person goes through in order to become a prophet, and more importantly, how the Lord uses His prophets. I served in the U.S. Army for many years. I can tell you about things I experienced in basic training for example, but I would limit my comments regarding what the other branches of service basic training are like because I have never been through them. I have seen documentaries and movies about basic training for the other branches of service, but that does not make me fully qualified to speak about them. Similarly, the Lord specifically designs how He transforms a person into one of His apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers (Ephesians 4:11). You may have heard me speak out against (errant) pastors, even though I am not a pastor, but that is a part of my job description in accordance with Jeremiah 23, Ezekiel 34, Matthew 23, etc. However, I limit my comments as directed because I do not want to overstep my boundaries.
I recall being in the USO at an airport when I saw a deficiency on a young Marine’s uniform. I was not a Marine, so I would not have been able to spot a deficiency such as the improper placement of the accouterments on his uniform like a Marine Sergeant Major (SgtMaj) would. However, I saw that one of the clasps on his marksmanship badge was broken so I went over and quietly let him know. I did not do so from the point of view as a Soldier trying to make a Marine look bad. I also did not approach him like how a SgtMaj who does not want anything or anyone to be a poor reflection on the Marine Corps, to include a small dangling portion of a badge, may have. On the contrary, I treated him like a brother in arms who looked sharp but I wanted him to look his best by pointing out a deficiency he needed to correct. And by the way, I was not in uniform, yet I did not need to identify myself in order for the Marine to take corrective action. Similarly, there are things that the five types of ministers can point out to each other, in order to help them serve the Lord and His people to the fullest. But there are also limits, especially when a person’s deeds are not of the Holy Spirit.
An example of something I have heard pastors speak out against is “parking lot prophets”. I understand how they may be trying to protect their congregants, but I have never heard a pastor speak about receiving personal prophecy in private in the correct manner. Not every person who tries to deliver a prophetic message in private is a deceiver, a “parking lot prophet”. I can provide several Biblical examples of where the Lord sent a prophet to deliver a message in private. There are other cases where the recipient would have preferred if the message had been delivered in private, but I will only provide one for the sake of brevity. Take note of what happened when the Lord sent the prophet Ahijah to deliver the prophecy that Jeroboam was going to become king: “And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field.” ~ 1 Kings 11:29 (KJV) Many of today’s pastors would have discouraged Jeroboam from receiving that prophecy because Ahijah would be described as a “parking lot prophet”. Also note, in addition to being alone, they were in a field instead of a place of worship. But here is one of the reasons why the Lord had the prophet deliver the message in private: “Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam. And Jeroboam arose, and fled into Egypt, unto Shishak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon.” ~ 1 Kings 11:40 (KJV)
Prophets do not give prophecies in private as a way to escape accountability, false prophets do. You receiving a prophecy in public, to include a church, may bring out the devils in people you would not suspect. As was the case with Jerobaom, prophecies are a magnet for spiritual warfare. Lest not forget that it was Joseph’s brothers who wanted to kill him so that the Word of the Lord would not come to pass (Genesis 37). Joseph may have thought his family would be supportive of his God-given dreams that they would bow down to him. But even his father Jacob, a man who had several prophetic dreams from the Lord that came to pass, rebuked his son (Genesis 37:10). Too many pastors have used their limited knowledge of prophets, and prophetic ministry, to cause harm to true prophetic ministries. They applied Scriptures such when the apostle Paul wrote: “Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.” ~ 1 Corinthians 14:29 (KJV) That is a doctrine primarily for periods of prophetic utterances in a church service or other public settings. It does not mean every prophecy should be given in public. Don’t forget that some prophecies do not require the recipient to judge if it is a Word from the Lord or not. If the Lord sends a prophet to tell a person to stop committing adultery because He is going to unleash the devil on both transgressors, the adulterer would probably prefer to receive that message in private. In addition, the person would know the messenger was from God. I know people have used the Lord’s name in vain to deceive others, but pastors, please stop making it seem as if all prophets are false prophets. When you teach about what to look for in a false prophet at least take the time to study and then speak about how true prophets operate. I have heard that some pastors teach that John the Baptist was the last prophet, even though the Bible speaks about the prophet Agabus (Acts 21), and the apostle Paul established doctrine for how prophets should prophesy in church. A part of why I speak out against errant pastors is because of their ability to mislead God’s people, arguably more so than prophets, evangelists, and teachers.
I am also dumbfounded by how many pastors preach the errant doctrine of having a “spiritual covering”. Some pastors do it out of ignorance, others want to protect people, but some simply want to gather people to themselves for tithing purposes (another false doctrine commonly taught in churches – see Leviticus 27:30-33, Deuteronomy 14:22-29, etc. for the truth). Many ministers want to serve as a “spiritual covering” for others even though that is a function of the Holy Spirit (John 16:7-14). In addition, many ministers who want to serve as a “spiritual covering” (god) for others need covering themselves. Just look at ministers who have succumbed to greed, lust, perversion, etc. Some of those fallen ministers had identified another minister as his or her “spiritual father or mother”, yet that “spiritual parent” was powerless to prevent the other minister’s downfall. Some people would criticize me for not submitting to authority, ignorant of the fact that I simply refuse to bow to baal. I have heard many ministers cite Paul’s reference to Timothy as his son in the faith (1 Timothy 1:2, 2 Timothy 1:2, etc.) for having spiritual sons and daughters. But they seemingly overlook that the same apostle also referred to the same Timothy as a brother (2 Corinthians 1:1, Philemon 1:1).
Many ministers who are serving as a “spiritual covering” for others are wrestling with the same sins the people they are “covering” are struggling with. If you have ever experience sleep paralysis, which is actually a demonic attack, say or think about the human who is your spiritual covering and see what happens. Then call on or think about the name of Jesus and see what happens. The same demon that attacks you probably just left your spiritual covering’s house and he or she is busy watching a pornographic video or engaging in some other sin, most likely oblivious to what you are experiencing. Let’s just say it is hard for your spiritual covering to cast out a demon he or she is in a partnership with. Also, keep in mind how the Lord exposed the idolatry people were practicing in the temple to his prophet Ezekiel (Ezekiel 8). There is still a lot of idolatry in many so-called houses of God. Many ministers fell because people saw that the minister was about to fall and felt intimated and could not approach the minister as a brother or sister in Christ. Other people worship their pastor and believe that the pastor can say or do no wrong; they even defend the pastor’s errant ways. There is no better “spiritual covering” than the Holy Spirit, and He dwells in the clergy and the laity (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Prophets do not point people to ministers, to include themselves; they point people to Jesus, which is also one of the functions of the Holy Spirit.
Pastors, and other ministers, look in the mirror and examine yourselves regarding if you have been speaking on things you are not qualified to speak on. Doctors can read x-rays yet they rely on the expertise of a radiologist. Each ministry gift in Ephesians 4:11 has an area of expertise; the functions of an evangelist are different from those of a teacher, yet they are co-laborers in and for Christ. True pastors aim to protect the children of God, and so do true prophets. Pastors are referred to as shepherds, and prophets are the watchmen who look out for the sheep, and the shepherds. I also refer to prophets as being the Good Shepherd’s “sheepdogs”, so please stop treating them as if they are wolves or expect them to act like sheep. Instead, shepherds, learn to work with the sheepdogs. A sheepdog is not going to turn on a shepherd unless the shepherd is hurting the flock or the sheepdog. Arguably, no one is against a false prophet more than a true prophet… The Good Shepherd uses sheepdogs because He knows that some shepherds are hirelings, wolves in shepherd’s clothing, so He uses His sheepdogs to root them out. The Lord’s instructions to some of His sheepdogs are similar to the following instructions that He gave to Jeremiah:
‘Behold, I have put My Words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant… And I will utter My judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken Me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands. Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them. For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings…, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I AM with thee’, saith the Lord, ‘to deliver thee.’ ~ Jeremiah 1:9-10, 16-19 (KJV)
Prophets, if you have been bowing down to “your pastor”, worshipping baal, it is time to get off your knees. If necessary, how can the Lord use you to rebuke someone who has you on a leash? Nathan worked for king David, and he respected the king, but we know what happened in 2 Samuel 12. Do not become like king Ahab’s prophets, instead, be a vessel of the Lord like Micaiah (1 Kings 22). Too many prophets have become like spiritual eunuchs in churches.
Sometimes an “I do” turns into “What did I do?” because the other person’s true colors came shining through.
A revelation may come as a pleasant surprise or a rude awakening. Likewise, there are also times when “suppressed evidence” chances nothing, but then there are times when it changes everything. When it comes to a relationship, the suppression of evidence may constitute fraud, which may cause the victim to file a motion to terminate the relationship, immediately. It is hard to trust someone who would withhold inculpatory evidence in an effort to get or keep someone. A relationship built on deceit is one that is rapidly heading towards its demise; sometimes the bottom falls out quickly and suddenly. Most people don’t like being lied to; it is a “deal-breaker”. A person who truly loves you will love all of you. As a result, you won’t have to hide anything, to include potentially incriminatory information that would have or may have deterred others. Conversely, if that person loves you, he or she won’t hide something important from you either. For example, the wedding night (after exchanging wedding vows) is not a good time for a man to find out that the woman he married was born a man.
You may be familiar with the following: “Love is patient,love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,it is not easily angered,it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evilbut rejoices with the truth.It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)
Now, with respect to this post, please pay attention the fifth verse, which states, “[Love] …does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking…”
There comes a time when denial meets an insurmountable obstacle called reality.
If you are single, one of the ways you get to find out how people in your life feel about you is based on whom they would or would not try to set you up with.
It’s a telling sign when a person’s words and deeds do not align.
Social Aloe Ministries: “Glorifying God. Exposing the devil.”
This is an example of how low the devil will go to prevent, disrupt, or destroy your God-ordained relationship. “IDentifying YOUR God-Ordained Spouse, and the counterfeits (Part 3 of 3)”: https://youtu.be/dVS3FkYEgVk
It is one thing to forgive, but forgetting is a much different battle, yet they are like conjoined twins. Jesus told us to forgive but He never told us to forget (Matthew 18:21-22). The Lord also basically said those who are forgiven of much tend to love more than those who are forgiven of little (Luke 7). By the way, He said those Words to Peter among others, and little did Peter know how much he would need Christ’s forgiveness after denying Him thrice. In addition, there is the important warning from the Lord to forgive others or the Heavenly Father will not forgive us (Matthew 6:14-15).
While it is possible to separate forgiving from forgetting, it is important to not let holding on to memories cause you to hold on to unforgiveness, which could result in a cancer called bitterness. I purposely used the word cancer because I have seen someone with cancer and the root of the issue was unforgiveness that led to bitterness. One of the tests to see if you have forgiven someone is if you can pray for him or her, even if the person is unrepentant, and more importantly, pray that the Lord blesses the individual. For as Jesus also said, ‘Ye have heard that it hath been said, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.’ But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.’ ~ Matthew 5:43-44 (KJV)
A person’s repentance or even admission of guilt is not a condition for you to forgive those who transgressed against you. The Lord demonstrated this because even though David was going to suffer the consequences of his sins, the Lord had forgiven David before he had asked for His forgiveness (2 Samuel 12:13). Also, being unrepentant is not a reason for you to mistreat them. However, don’t forget who they are based on the true colors they have shown you, or especially if they Lord has revealed their true nature to you. It can be like having a venomous “pet snake”, if you keep it in your house, keep it in a locked container and never trust it, regardless of how well you treat it. By the way, I know some people make it hard to forget what they have done because they repeating their errant actions. Sometimes you forgot what they did but they do one thing that reminds you of every other thing they have done. They sabotage themselves…
One of the many incredible things about Jesus was how He treated Judas, even though He knew Judas was going to betray Him. The Lord made him an apostle and gave him full apostleship. The Lord sent Judas on a missionary trip with another apostle and gave them equal power over unclean spirits (Mark 6:7). Jesus also knew Judas was a thief, yet He “entrusted” him with His ministry funds, which Judas would steal from (John 12:4-6). Jesus kept Judas around because he was going to betray Him, so unless you also want to be betrayed, I don’t recommend that you keep a “Judas” around like that. Jesus was not caught of guard when Judas finally did what he had shown the propensity to do. See people for who they are and don’t forget it until you see evidence of repentance.
Don’t be fooled, despite how well Jesus treated Judas, which would serve as an indictment against him on the day of his judgment, Jesus never forgot who Judas truly was. The Lord did not publicly ostracize him, but Jesus let Judas know that He knew who the apostle truly was. For example:
When many of Jesus’ disciples turned away from Him stopped following Him, “Then said Jesus unto the twelve, ‘Will ye also go away?’ Then Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the Words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that Thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus answered them, ‘Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?’ He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray Him, being one of the twelve.” ~ John 6:67-71 (KJV) Jesus did not call Judas a man of God, like what goes on in many churches today, but rather, He told the truth about him. We oftentimes think of Romans 2:4, regarding the goodness of God leading to repentance, without realizing that abusing God’s goodness also leads to a hellish eternal life sentence (Revelation 21:8).
During “the last supper”, even though Jesus did not call Judas out by name, He let the disciples know one of them would betray Him. Somehow, the disciples were oblivious to the fact that it would be Judas, even after all the time they had been together, and when Judas left the upper room that night. Maybe the apostles were too good at forgetting, to include when Jesus answered, ‘He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it.’ And when He had dipped the sop, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.” ~ John 13:26 (KJV) I cannot overstate it, do not let the Lord show you someone who means you no good, and then forget about it. The other apostles even made the following errant assumption when Judas left the room: “…Some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, ‘Buy those things that we have need of against the feast’; or, that he should give something to the poor.” ~ John 13:29 (KJV) Be careful about trying to cast a devil as a saint. Jesus is full of love, as demonstrated through His mercy and grace, but He still said, ‘The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of Him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! Good were it for that man if he had never been born.’ ~ Mark 14:21 (KJV)
When you hold on to the memory of a person, ensure you don’t hold on to bitterness. Forgiveness does not require the person to repent, but I say trust requires repentance. Judas did not change his ways (repent), so at the opportune time, he did what any snake would do, and that is strike. Judas was an apostle, but Jesus referred to him as a devil, so don’t be alarmed when I call him (or any other errant or false minister) a snake. I have had to tell people that they were practicing witchcraft, and those who realized and repented were restored, but those who continued are now called witches. I forgive very easily, and there are some things I have chosen to forget, but there are those cases where it is important that I hold on to the bad memories without being bitter. But it is all done to stay out of a “snake’s” striking distance. One of the reasons why I sometimes choose to forget about things some people have done is because the Lord said:
‘For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.’ ~ Hebrews 8:12 (KJV)
‘I, even I, AM He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.’ ~ Isaiah 43:25 (KJV)
“Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retaineth not His anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” ~ Micah 7:18-19 (KJV)
There is more I could say, but I will hand the “microphone” over to the Lord, who said, ‘For I say unto you, ‘That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.’ Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, ‘Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment’: But I say unto you, ‘That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, ‘Raca’, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, ‘Thou fool’, shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. [Some people will end up in jail or prison because they refuse to let go, to forgive.] Verily I say unto thee, ‘Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.’ ~ Matthew 5:20-26 (KJV)
Some movies were made for the big screen (cinema) and later adapted for television. Conversely, other movies were made directly for television. Similarly, many marriages end up in divorce court, some of which were made to end in divorce because they were ill-advised and doomed from the start.
Please note that a movie does not change its genre after it starts, and most likely, the genre of your relationship won’t change if you get married. Like a movie, the genre of your relationship will have an impact on its quality and fate. For example:
Action/Adventure – you and your spouse live a life filled with adventure, and you enjoy life’s twists and turns. You married your best friend.
Comedy – you may not have married a comedian but your life is filled with joy. You can laugh with and even at each other. You married your best friend.
Crime – if it doesn’t end in divorce, your marriage will end in disaster, with possibly many emergency room visits before then.
Drama – you may end up working as late as possible to avoid going home to the chaos that will unfold, unless you can somehow avoid stepping on one of the many eggshells (landmines) at home.
Fantasy – you are wearing a ring but either you and/or your spouse’s thoughts are consumed with another, or others. You may think you are in a relationship but you are actually by yourself and living with a roommate.
Horror – the person you said “I do” to is not actually the one you married. And now you keep hearing, “Get out!”
Romance – you would marry your spouse all over again. It seems as if the fire keeps burning stronger with every passing year. You married your best friend.
Science Fiction – you and just about everyone else keep wondering how in the world you married that person. Internally, there is no effective communication because you are like from different planets from different galaxies. Any love you may have had has long since disappeared into a black hole.
Tragedy – you know your marriage was a mistake at best, and it is now painfully evident that it won’t end well. Everything about it is simply, tragic.
Western – you would much rather be a Lone Ranger, without Tonto, because of all the fighting. The police calls your house “The O.K. Corral” because they know of the wild “shootouts” that occur there. The two of you need marital counseling from Doc Holliday or one or both of you will need a tombstone, very soon.
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One of the many lessons I learned during Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training (many years ago) was that only a doctor could pronounce someone dead. As an EMT, I could report a patient as having no signs of life but the emergency room physician would have to pronounce the person dead. In addition, the medical examiner would determine a more definitive time and cause of death. However, as an EMT, me saying a patient had no signs of life did not mean the patient was not officially dead, especially when multiple facts substantiated it.
I said all of that to lay the foundation for the following. You don’t need a love doctor to formally pronounce a relationship dead, especially when it has no signs of life. Additionally, in a relationship, either person can declare it dead. Some people have a warped view that a relationship is not over until he or she says it’s over, as if that person is the relationship’s love doctor. Let me be the love coroner by giving you some feedback on the cause of death of that relationship. If you believe a relationship is not over until you say so, you have the kind of mentality that is one of, if not the contributing factor to the death of the relationship. It is a sign that you viewed the other person as a possession instead of a partner. One of the things a coroner looks for is conjunctival petechiae (bloodshot eyes), which, when foul play is involved, indicates potential death by asphyxiation. Sometimes it is easy to tell that one person almost choked to death in a relationship because leaving has given the person a chance to start breathing again. It is an awful sight to see a relationship suffocating the life out of someone.
A person does not need to be a love doctor to see when a relationship is dead. Oftentimes, a key indicator is because only one person is fighting to save the relationship, as if administering CPR or using an Automated External Defibrillator. One of the implications of a doctor pronouncing a person dead is that it signifies the end of all attempts to resuscitate the person, or to keep the patient on life support. When the doctor “calls it”, all treatment stops. Many relationships are legally dead but they only look somewhat alive because they are on life support. For those of you who are Christians, stop asking the Lord to resurrect a dead relationship, especially one you had no business being in at all. When the Lord “calls it, leave it alone because it is dead. Have you ever noticed that towards the end of Jesus’s life we hear about Mary but not Joseph? We can assume that when Joseph died Jesus let him remain dead, to rest in peace, despite what Mary may have wanted. You will have no peace if you do not let a dead relationship rest in peace. Jesus did not raise everyone from the dead. We also see that based on His response to the man who wanted to go bury his father before following the Lord. You may think some of my comments have been insensitive, but keep in mind that Jesus told the potential disciple, ‘Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.’ ~ Luke 9:60 (KJV) Similarly, some people are not doing the working of the Lord because they are trying to maintain or resurrect a dead relationship instead.
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‘Therefore, behold, I AM against the prophets’, saith the Lord, ‘that steal My Words every one from his neighbour.’ ~ Jeremiah 23:30 (KJV)
There is a difference between stealing a prophecy from someone and being inspired to prophesy based on being in contact with him or her. Prior to being king, Saul crossed paths with a company of prophets and began prophesying, which made people wonder if Saul was also among the prophets (1 Samuel 10:10-12). A similar thing happened when Saul sent three sets of messengers to pursue David, all of whom prophesied when they came in contact with the prophets. King Saul later personally ventured out and began prophesying (again) when he came across those prophets (1 Samuel 19:18-24). A part of me saying that is, if you are a prophet/seer, or, you are prophetic, be very careful whom you come in contact with, and those who come in contact with you. One lying spirit misled king Ahab’s 400 prophets (1 Kings 22:21-23).
There are times when one person is prophesying and it is like one Word lights a fire that causes another to start prophesying in a similar manner. But that is not stealing a Word. The apostle Paul wrote:
“Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” ~ 1 Corinthians 14:29-33 (KJV)
Again, there are times when a person is observing while others are prophesying and the individual will get the unction (from the Holy Spirit) to prophesy also. Conversely, you may be a prophet, and others are prophesying, and even though you may be in right standing with the Lord, He may not have anything to say to or through you, or share anything with you for you to disclose, which means you should remain quiet. You can be the one to judge the prophecies that are going forth in accordance with 1 Corinthians 14:29-33.
Sadly, there are prophets, to include false prophets, who the Lord is not communicating with so they steal other people’s prophecies to seem relevant, and in right standing with the Lord. I generally cringe when I hear people claiming to release a prophetic word for the month, seemingly every month. Assuming the Lord has been giving them a “word for the month”, every month, what happens if after their followers have been receiving those words every month, and have come to expect those words, a time comes when the Lord does not give those messengers a word for the month? I can tell you that both of my professional Facebook pages have things scheduled to automatically post almost every day for the next six months. And that was after I moved up six months of posts to go for about every 30 minutes instead of every day. I wiped the slate clean so to speak and did not plan on posting anything else unless the Lord specifically directed me to. I did not go on strike, but I wanted to ensure I had not been flying on autopilot so to speak. The Lord told me something all right that sent me back to work J. The point is I don’t put myself in a position where I have to produce anything to appease anyone but the Lord. I actually work hard to keep quiet but I cannot escape getting inspired.
Tragically, prophets have been caught pilfering information from others, to include people who are not prophets of the Lord. There have also been cases where a prophet released a prophecy that did not come to pass, and then the prophet revealed, or claimed, he or she received the prophecy from someone else instead of directly from the Lord. Yet, the prophet declared the message as if it came directly to him or her from the Lord. It is an awful practice to repeat something you did not hear directly from the Lord. Can you imagine Jeremiah repeating one of Hananiah’s false prophecies as if he had heard it directly from the Lord? Actually, I cannot even begin to imagine that because the Lord gave Jeremiah more than enough to say and write, some of which is in the Book of Jeremiah, which includes prophesying judgment against the false prophet Hananiah (Jeremiah 28). Another important lesson we can learn from Micaiah is to not go along with what other prophets have to say (1 Kings 22). It is better to say nothing at all and be right, or declare the Word of the Lord (from the Lord), than to parrot a message from an errant or false prophet and go down in flames with that prophet. And I do mean in flames because false prophets will get sent to the lake of fire for lying and practicing witchcraft (Matthew 7:21-23, Revelation 21:8).
A prophet of the Lord does not have to steal Words from his or her neighbor. The prophet knows how to be quiet when necessary, even for long periods of time. But in many prophetic ministries today, that becomes challenging for prophets who are on the preaching and/or prophesying circuit where there is pressure to produce (perform), even when the fruits are not necessarily from the Lord. A prophet’s ability to remain silent, even for prolonged periods, is in part because prophets do more than prophesy, or at least they should. I close this exhortation with the following reminder of some of the seemingly unheralded, yet very important functions of being a prophet:
“And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; and she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.” ~ Luke 2:36-37 (KJV)
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