No Excuses  

A true predictive prophecy from the Lord does not need the recipient’s consent for it to come to pass. For example:

 

  • When Elisha told the Shunammite that the Lord was going to bless her with a son within a year “…she said, ‘Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid.’ And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.” ~ 2 Kings 4:16-17 (KJV)

 

  • Micaiah told king Ahab that the Lord had sent a lying spirit to deceive his prophets to encourage him to go to battle at Ramothgilead so he would die. The king agreed with his prophets and strongly disagreed with Micaiah, even to the point of putting the prophet in prison. However, despite Ahab’s most vehement resistance, the Word of the Lord prevailed when Ahab was shot to death, at Ramothgilead (1 Kings 22).

 

  • “Peter answered and said unto Him, ‘Though all men shall be offended because of Thee, yet will I never be offended.’ Jesus said unto him, ‘Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny Me thrice.’ Peter said unto Him, ‘Though I should die with Thee, yet will I not deny Thee.’ Likewise also said all the disciples.” ~ Matthew 26:33-35 (KJV) We know how things turned out for Peter shortly after the Lord’s arrest (Matthew 26:69-75).

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Also, please keep the following in mind regarding the Lord’s sovereignty and the power of His Words:

 

  • ‘For theLord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? And His hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?’ ~ Isaiah 14:27 (KJV)

 

  • ‘Hast thou not heard long ago, how I have done it; and of ancient times, that I have formed it? Now have I brought it to pass…’ ~ Isaiah 37:26 (KJV)

 

  • ‘For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.’ ~ Isaiah 55:10-11 (KJV)

 

  • ‘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. And if thou say in thine heart, ‘How shall we know the Word which theLord hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, IF THE THING FOLLOW NOT, NOR COME TO PASS, THAT IS THE THING WHICH THE LORD HATH NOT SPOKEN, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.’ ~ Deuteronomy 18:20-22 (KJV)

Prophecy

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“IDentifying YOUR God-Ordained Spouse, and the counterfeits”

Esau was hungry so he sold his birthright to his brother Jacob for some bread and a bowl of stew (Genesis 24:27-34). Sadly, many Christians are so hungry to get married that they have sold their souls to the devil in exchange for an idol, the possibility of getting married. In addition, like a double-edged sword, the devil has led many professing Christians into practicing witchcraft in an effort to get into, remain in, or rekindle a relationship with someone the Lord never intended. The frequent source of witchcraft is prayer that violates another person’s (free) will, and even God’s will. And to add to the mix, other (oftentimes) unsuspecting Christians come in agreement with the deceived individual to transmit witchcraft prayers. Like James said, “From whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” ~ James 4:1-3 (KJV) When you pray amiss, the devil will gladly answer, for a price.

The following videos have some helpful hints on identifying your God-ordained spouse, unmasking the devil’s counterfeits that attempt to sabotage your destiny, and how to avoid engaging in witchcraft and recognizing when others are using it against you.

Part 1: https://youtu.be/eISTMrktxcs

Part 2: https://youtu.be/g-hAFrZg9P4

Roaring Lion (1 Peter 5-8)

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Round 2: The Battle Continues...

The Opposition  

People may oppose you simply because they know what the Lord has in store for you, sometimes before you do.

  • Joseph had a wonderful dream from the Lord; one he decided to share with is brothers. But rather than celebrating with him, Joseph’s brothers intensified the spiritual warfare they had been waging against him. After sharing the revelation, “…his brethren said to him, ‘Shalt thou indeed reign over us? Or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us?’ And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.” ~ Genesis 37:8 (KJV) His brothers had hated him before because their father (Jacob) loved Joseph’s mother, Rachel, more than theirs (Leah, Bilhah, and Zilpah). In addition, Jacob also loved Joseph more than them (Genesis 37:3-4). But keep in mind that since Joseph’s dream was from the Lord, when the brothers began opposing his dream they had begun fighting against the Giver of the dream, God.

 

  • Gideon had already tested the spirit by using the fleece to ensure the Lord would use him to save Israel (Judges 6:36-40). But the Lord sent Gideon into theMidianite and Amalekite camp to hear a dream He had given the enemy and its interpretation. Consequently, the enemy knew they were about to fight a losing battle because the Lord had given the victory to Gideon and his men (Judges 7:9-14).

 

  • Saul knew the Lord had rejected him and was going to select someone to replace him (1 Samuel 13:14, 15:28). Even though no one told him that Samuel had anointed David as his replacement, Saul later discerned that David would be the one. As a result, Saul said to his eldest son Jonathan, ‘Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own confusion, and unto the confusion of thy mother’s nakedness? For as long as the son of Jesse [David] liveth upon the ground, thou shalt not be established, nor thy kingdom. Wherefore now send and fetch him unto me, for he shall surely die.’ ~ 1 Samuel 20:30-31 (KJV) Saul made several attempts on David’s life in an effort to stop the Lord’s promise from coming to pass, but the king’s efforts failed. One of the astounding parts of Saul’s actions was Samuel had told him he was in rebellion against the Lord (1 Samuel 15:23). Yet, rather than repenting and trying to repair his relationship with the Lord, Saul went into deeper rebellion against the Lord by trying to usurp His will for David’s destiny.

 

  • Jesus was a baby when king Herod found out about the birth of the King of kings and Lord of lords and then sought to kill the Lord (Matthew 2).

 

People who oppose you when you are in alignment with God’s will are ultimately opposing the Lord, and He will deal with their rebellion. By the way, the Lord may use the opposition to get you in position. Joseph’s brothers thought they had crushed Joseph’s dreams by selling him into slavery, but they sent him exactly where the Lord wanted him. It epitomized the fact that “There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.” ~ Proverbs 19:21 (KJV)

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Relationships: Marital Dreams 

If you have a dream about getting married (even to the man or woman you have long desired), please test the spirit behind the dream to ensure it was from the Lord (1 John 4:1). While the Lord could reveal a future spouse to a person in a dream, the devil tries to corrupt or counterfeit the things of the Lord. Whereas a dream about marriage from the Lord may indicate a future spouse, or you entering into a covenant with Him, a dream from a devil has similar implications. If the Lord reveals your future spouse to you in a dream, it means He will bring you and that person together in due time. But if the dream is from the devil, it is meant for you to form a covenant with an impure spirit that will try its best to sabotage any Godly relationship you could ever hope to be in. The dream is also insidious if it involves having sex or even lying in bed with someone, both also represent forming and even renewing a covenant. Yes, devils are that sneaky and they will even try to ensnare you with a handshake in a dream.

Roaring Lion (1 Peter 5-8)

Renounce anything in your dreams that is not of the Lord to break any covenants you may have unknowingly formed with a devil. In some cases, a person who desires you may be dabbling in the occult in an effort to mislead you into believing he or she is your God-ordained spouse. The person may also partner with devils to misrepresent you and your God-ordained spouse to each other. The goal of such misrepresentation is to cause you to reject each other in real life. That is a counterfeit of the Lord using a dream to show you a person’s true colors, to include uncovering deceit. One of the telling signs that a dream was from the enemy is if it misrepresents what you, or unbiased third parties, know is true about a person’s character. Or, if you get to know the person, you will be able to discern that it was a slanderous dream from a devil. Based on personal experiences, when the Lord shows me a person’s true colors, whether in a dream or another method, the person usually does something very shortly afterwards unmask themselves, thereby confirming the Word of the Lord (see 1 Kings 14). For some people, the revelation from the Lord is a very good thing, but for others, it is the beginning of the end; they are finished, or at least I am.

This post is brought to you by real life experiences, and, 2 Corinthians 2:11, which states, “Lest satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices (KJV).”

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Snatched  

The bald eagle is oftentimes used to represent the prophet because of its renowned vision. Sadly, the same eagle represents covetous and/or false prophets, who recognize another person’s blessings from a far and then try to snatch and keep it for themselves.

Bald eagles are birds of prey, thy hunt, yet will scavenge and even steal what other animals have killed. Similarly to how immature prophets can be hard to spot, and may get mislabeled, immature bald eagles lack the distinctive white head and tail feathers, which may make them look like vultures from afar. Regardless of your stage of prophetic maturity, ensure you do not look like a vulture, or worse, become one. Be the prophet (messenger) who prays for people instead of preys on them, one who feeds the Lord’s flock instead of feasts on them (Jeremiah 23, Ezekiel 34).

I close with the following reminders:

‘Thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that make My people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him. Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them. Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God.’ ~ Micah 3:5-7 (KJV)

Keep your feathers clean and your talons where they belong (see 1 Samuel 12:1-5).

Prophetic Accuracy (1 of 3)

 

Bonus Material: Some people have a legitimate prophetic calling from the Lord but they either went or were led astray somewhere along the way, many of whom never recover. But like Jesus said, ‘For many are called, but few are chosen.’ ~ Matthew 22:14 (KJV) Sadly, some are like king Saul because they were called, anointed, appointed, commissioned, sent, and then rejected (1 Samuel 15:23). And even worse, and still in the same mold as Saul, they have retained their title and position but have lost the Lord’s approval, either before or after venturing into witchcraft, which is an abomination to the Lord (1 Samuel 28, Exodus 22:18, Deuteronomy 18:9-12, etc.)

Character
“For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.” ~ 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 (NIV)

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Minister to the People

Traditional Church vs. Social Media Ministries

It is hypocritical when ministers in traditional churches marginalize ministers with ministries that are primarily based on social media platforms. I won’t even discuss the fact that many traditional churches also have social media outreach, or, that social media based ministries usually have lower operating budget requirements so the ministers are usually more focused on preaching the gospel instead of reaching for people’s money. And lest not forget that before social media, there was televangelism… If you are still reading this, great, I hope you make it through to the end.

The hypocrisy I am inspired to highlight is how the apostle Paul is definitely credited with either personally writing or dictating 13 of the 27 Books of what we call the New Testament. Much of Paul’s writings serve as the foundation to establish doctrine that governs how churches should be run. Among the 13 Books (which are epistles or letters) that Paul wrote, 4 are referred to as the “Prison Epistles”. Paul’s letters to the church at Ephesus, Philippi, Colossae, and his personal letter to Philemon, were all written while Paul was in prison. I have heard several ministers with “brick and mortar” churches refer to ministers with social media ministries with derogatory terms such as “Facebook prophets”. Based on that logic, they are marginalizing the apostle Paul’s ministry, even though they preach from his “Prison Epistles”, because he could be considered a “prison apostle”. However, Paul’s calling was not diminished by his location or circumstances. Paul was still an apostle of Christ whether he was preaching in a synagogue or one of the church homes, or in prison.

Paul initially preached to the Jews, but when they rejected the gospel of Christ Jesus, he turned to preaching to the Gentiles (Acts 13:46). By the way, the rejection actually redirected the apostle towards fulfilling his calling from the Lord (Acts 9:15). Similarly, there are many minsters whose ministries are primarily based on social media because they were shut down and/or put out of traditional churches, but the Lord would not allow anyone to silence their voices. The Lord places His ministers where they can reach His intended audience, just like how the prophet Daniel was taken into exile, away from the temple, and positioned to minister to king Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 2). But back to Paul, can you imagine if there were an apostle today who was in prison and was using Facebook to spread the gospel of Jesus, the Christ?

Sadly, many controlling ministers, who have long told congregants to not even visit other churches, are now telling congregants to stay off social media. Yet, that brings up another example of ministerial hypocrisy. How can ministers of traditional churches tell people to stay off social media, but their church has a social media presence? Jesus gave a warning about being aware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy (Luke 12:1). The Pharisees generally added to the Word of God by ‘…teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.’ ~ Jesus (Matthew 15:9 KJV) The Lord also spoke about the leaven of the Sadducees. They excluded or ignored (supernatural) things from the Word of God that contradicted their personal beliefs (Acts 23:8). Some ministers speak out against “Facebook prophets” because they don’t believe prophets exist nowadays. And some ministers who believe there are prophets today, say the Lord would not have His prophets sending out messages on social media. Oh really?! But here is an excerpt of a prophetic letter from a very well known prophet in the Bible. By the way, a letter back then could be construed as an email, text, or Facebook post today:

“Now these are the Words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders which were carried away captives, and to the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon… ‘Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon; Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them; take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished.’” ~ Jeremiah 29:1, 4-6 (KJV)

Have you ever noticed that much of the record of Jesus’s ministry took place outside of the temple and synagogues, yet most of His persecution came from within the religious establishment? And, please, do not mistake this for an attack against the traditional church and a defense for all social media ministries. There are many ministries, both traditional and on social media, that should get shut down, especially those ran by ministers the Lord never called or sent and their doctrine shows it. I won’t even get started on the ministers of traditional churches who have television ministries, many of whom constantly solicit funds while claiming if they did not get a certain amount by a specified date that they would have to shut their television ministries down. The apostle Paul did not belong in prison, but many traditional and social media “ministers” do.

In closing, lest not forget, “My brethren, be not many masters [teachers], knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.” ~ James 3:1 (KJV) Repent, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?” ~ 1 Peter 4:17-18 (KJV)

 

 

The Fall  

The roots of some marital issues run all the way back to the beginning of time. For “Unto the woman He [God] said, ‘I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.’” ~ Genesis 3:16 (KJV) Sometimes that desire is for a woman to rule over a man, which poses a problem to the Lord’s specified order. Please heed the following in order to receive the Lord’s protection over and blessings on your relationship, particularly marriage:

“Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and He is the Saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.” ~ Ephesians 5:21-33 (KJV)

The Lord is a God of order so do not expect Him to “bless your mess”. However, with everything that has been said about a wife submitting to her husband, men, to whom much is given, much is required. Your God-given authority comes with responsibilities and consequences. Never forget that “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” ~ 1 Peter 3:7 (KJV)

So wives, if the Lord is not answering your prayers, is there a submission issue between you and your husband? Are you trying to usurp your husband’s authority? Similarly, men, if the Lord is not answering your prayers, are you abusing your authority and failing to honor your wife?

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