Dark heARTS  

I recently received an assignment regarding apostolic authority, with respect to combatting the dark arts. It was confirmation that my recent studies are in accordance with the Lord’s will. The studies are ongoing, but I am taking some time to share the following preliminary findings. I venture say this is not where you would expect me to start on such a topic. Today’s focus is on professing Christians who are either knowingly or unknowingly practicing the dark arts.

It is easy to say dark hearts practice the dark arts. However, the devil will lure those with broken, prideful, deceived, lonely, or any other heart malady into the dark arts. There are different levels and points of entry into the occult. Some people were dedicated into the occult as babies, or even before conception, but others got into the occult later in life. For example, those who were hurt and made a vow that no one would ever hurt them again. We know the Lord is close to the brokenhearted, but the devil will also try to exploit such an opportunity. If you have made such a vow, it is important to know that you cannot control who may try to hurt you. In addition, the moment you decide to take control of things, especially the actions of others, you have just extended an invitation to the devil for demonic assistance. Arguably, on its basic level, witchcraft is the employment of methods to control and/or manipulate others, to include by using Scriptures, but it can become demonic. You may initially try to do a seemingly noble thing by preventing people from hurting you. Yet, even that includes keeping them in subjection to your will instead of their own will, or, the Lord’s will for their lives. The preventative aspects tend to become retaliatory by trying to hurt those who hurt you, even though vengeance is the Lord’s. When you give the devil a foothold in your life he will turn it into a stronghold. That is a part of why it is so important to cast down vain imaginations (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Breakthrough: When Jesus Sets You Free
Breakthrough: When Jesus Sets You Free

Anytime you start working against another mentally capable adult’s free will, you are engaging in witchcraft. I say that again, anytime you start working against another mentally capable adult’s free will, you are engaging in witchcraft. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, one of the things He said was, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.’ ~ Matthew 6:10 (KJV) Jesus spoke of the Heavenly Father’s will being done. The Lord epitomized that in Gethsemane when He was grieved unto death prior to His crucifixion, and He asked the Heavenly Father to remove the cup from Him (Matthew 26:38-44). But Jesus relented by basically saying, not His will but the Father’s will be done. Many professing Christians are lording over the lives of others by imposing their will, regardless of what God thinks. Consequently, to some degree, they are engaging in the dark arts.

One of the ways professing Christians engage in the dark arts is via prayers, sometimes even seemingly Godly prayers. Do not think it strange when witches try to infiltrate a religious organization that they try to become intercessors, or, they use the intercessors. Many hardcore occultists know and use the Bible, sometimes to the shame of many Christians. A common, yet oftentimes overlooked, example of a “witchcraft” prayer is asking the Lord to restore a marriage, after all, God hates divorce (Malachi 2:16). With that being said, people may delve into prayer without first trying to determine the Lord’s will. Few can fathom the thought that the Lord may have had reasons for allowing the union to dissolve, with no intention of bringing them back together. Let us take some time to examine that statement.

Ahab was an evil king, but he became worse after marrying Jezebel (1 Kings 16:30-33). Do you think the Lord would have objected to Ahab putting her away if that was what it took to build a relationship with the Lord? Let me add this, Jezebel was seemingly the most influential but she was not the only woman in the king’s life, as evidenced by his 70 sons (2 Kings 10:1). Now back to the matter of Ahab possibly putting away or even divorcing Jezebel; yes, there is a difference. Take note of when Elijah prophesied about Ahab and Jezebel’s death. Ahab humbled himself before the Lord and repented, but Jezebel did not (1 Kings 21:17-29). Jezebel is the type to stick to his/her faith until the end (1 Kings 19:1-2). That is a part of why Jesus described some people as being sheep while the others are goats (Matthew 25:31-46). They are both God’s creations, they may look and sound alike, graze in the same pasture (church) under the same shepherd (pastor), but the Good Shepherd is coming to divide them.

King Solomon was in a similar situation to Ahab. Even though the Lord is against plural marriages, He allowed it in times past. So, Solomon’s 1,000 wives and concubines was not what caused him to lose favor with the Lord. On the contrary, it was the ones who led him to worship other gods (1 Kings 11). Solomon, the one the Lord chose to build His temple, also built places to worship other gods. The devil still tries to get Christians to marry his sons and daughters in an effort to destroy their relationship with, and work for, the Lord… While this is not an argument for divorce, it simply illustrates how those kings would have been better off putting away or divorcing their mates to save their relationship with the Lord. We see an example of that in the following:

“Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept very sore. And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, ‘We have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing. Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the Law.’” ~ Ezra 10:1-3 (KJV)

A Place Called Hell

Many people have made marriage into an idol. As a result, they will use you to help them pray to obtain, retain, or regain that idol; one the Lord never wanted them to have. So please, whenever you receive a prayer request, ensure you pray for the Lord’s will to be done instead of a person’s. Many people think they are praying to the Lord but they are conjuring impure spirits instead. There are some prayers the Lord will not listen to or answer (Jeremiah 7:16, 11:14, 14:11-12), which is where the devils come in. Also, please keep the following in mind:

“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)

Learn to recognize the idols in your own heart and the hearts of others. As a general guideline, whatever you think about or pursue more than the Lord, that is an idol. Do not consume your time with praying for the Lord to give you or someone else an idol. When the Lord allows you to have an idol, it is going to teach you a very harsh lesson.

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Leah knew Jacob did not love her, yet she was willing to do what it took to get him and keep him (Genesis 29-30). Jacob was her idol and her crushed her. Please examine her reactions after she had given birth to Jacob’s first four sons:

“And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, ‘Surely the Lord hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.’

And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, ‘Because the Lord hath heard I was hated, He hath therefore given me this son also’: and she called his name Simeon.

And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, ‘Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons’: therefore was his name called Levi.

And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, ‘Now will I praise the Lord’: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.” ~ Genesis 32-35 (KJV)

If what I am about to say about Leah seems coldhearted, I am. I do not tolerate witchcraft, especially when used to destroy another person’s life in an effort to advance one’s own ungodly objectives. I also know there are Christians who are patiently waiting on their God-ordained spouse, like how Rachel waited for seven years, but then people used witchcraft to block or delay that union. Also, a part of exerting apostolic authority is letting the Holy Spirit of the Lord lead you instead of your emotions. Many people will beg Jesus to not send them to hell, but His decision may seem coldhearted because it will not be based on emotions. The Lord blessed Leah (with children). But, He never let her feelings cause Him to turn Jacob’s heart away from his beloved Rachel to her instead; God is just. Yet, some professing Christians are using witchcraft in an effort to turn another person’ heart, a violation of their free will. The Lord saw Leah’s afflictions, but He also saw how she got into that position. Again, God is just.

Leah said the right thing after giving birth to Judah, which seemingly indicated she had released Jacob from being the idol of her heart. However, Jacob was still an idol in her heart as evidenced by the following: “And Leah conceived again, and bare Jacob the sixth son. And Leah said, ‘God hath endued me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons’: and she called his name Zebulun.” ~ Genesis 30:19-20 (KJV) That demonstrates how people struggle once they have an idol in their heart, which is why some people struggle to move on after a relationship ends. Why would Leah try so hard to obtain the love of a man who was clearly in love with another woman, and she knew he hated her?

Jesus said, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.’ ~ Matthew 22:37 (KJV) It is impossible to love the Lord in such a manner when you have an idol in your heart, especially while using witchcraft to obtain, retain, or regain it. If you find yourself, or someone else, pursuing an idol in such a way, the door is wide open to engaging in the dark arts, and the practitioner will even use the Word of the Lord to justify it.

Humble Pie
The Lord exalts the humble.

Idolatry is one of the precursors for witchcraft. Apostolic authority will break your heart because it will crush your idol and possibly you. Apostolic authority is about examining the root instead of simply the fruit. Leah actually had the nerve at one point to accuse Rachel of stealing her husband (Genesis 30:15). On the surface, that seems as if it was the case because Jacob had married Leah first. However, upon further examination, the record shows Jacob had made a covenant with their father Laban to work for seven years to marry Rachel (Genesis 29:18). It was via witchcraft that Jacob married Leah first, or even at all. So, rather than being empathetic to someone like Leah, a rebuke is more appropriate. Sadly, many people use Leah as an example of thinking if they can get someone into a relationship, especially a marriage, that if/when the spell is broken, the relationship will last and they will have a fairy tale ending. But let me clear up some confusion, which is one of the signs of being under a witchcraft attack. Leah suffered as a result of her witchcraft, the confusion she sowed in Jacob’s life is something she reaped in her own life. When Jacob consummated the marriage, he thought he was making love to his beloved Rachel. Every time he had sex with Leah afterwards, she would be able to discern that Jacob’s actions towards her were not loving like the first time, when he thought she was Rachel. She also had to live with the fact that Jacob was giving Rachel the intimacy she had only gotten once. Then to add to Leah’s emotional confusion, Jacob kept having sex with her even though he did not love her, and he was not cleaving to her. Leah’s plight is a potent reminder to Christians to not engage in the dark arts, they may get what they want but not like what they got. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” ~ Galatians 6:7-8 (KJV) Another aspect of having apostolic authority is to confront and expose corruption, especially in the body of believers. Apostolic authority includes shining the Light in dark places, particularly in professing temples of the Holy Spirit (see 2 Corinthians 6:14-18).

One of the devices of the enemy is to form covenants with people, to include getting them into a demonically arranged union instead of a God-ordained one. Take note of how Laban and Leah used deception to get Jacob into a covenant, even though it violated the previous covenant. The devil will use ungodly means in an effort to ensnare you in a (seemingly) Godly covenant. It is important to discern whom a person truly made a covenant with, whether it is with God or the devil. Moreover, take a look at how the Lord may choose to honor His covenant, despite what you and/or the devil may have done. For example, the Lord promised Abraham and Sarah a child, but the birth of Ishmael, through Hagar, did not nullify the Lord’s promise. The Lord said He would bless Ishmael, but He was going to keep His covenant with the promised child, Isaac (Genesis 17). The apostle Paul summarized that quandary, and the Lord’s solution, in the following manner:

“For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise… Nevertheless what saith the scripture? ‘Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.’” ~ Galatians 4:22-23, 30 (KJV)

Never confuse a work of the flesh with the work of the Holy Spirit. More on the work of the flash later… God is just and the way He implements His justice may surprise many people (see Isaiah 55:8-11, John 8:1-11, etc.).

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Many people have been deceived, to include via false prophecies, into thinking someone is his or her God-ordained spouse. One of the consequences is they will try to get or keep that person by any mean’s necessary, to include witchcraft. Never take a person’s words at face value. And that brings up a similar issue when Paul and Silas encountered the woman with a spirit of divination (Acts 16:16-19). Sadly, many prophetic people have either opened themselves up to familiar spirits, or, it was the source of their gift and calling to begin with. Do not let anyone pull on you to prophesy, to include you wanting to show off your gift. Those acts make room for devils to operate in your life, and you and others in your presence may not even realize it. What the spirit, through the woman, said about the men was correct. They were servants of the Most High God who were there to show them the way to salvation. It/she continued saying that for many days. However, despite telling the truth, Paul became grieved in his spirit and recognized the demon in her and cast it out. It may take some time, but having apostolic authority includes being able to recognize when dark is masquerading as light, and then confronting it. Do not be fooled by a person who prophesies accurately because they may do so with impure spirits and the wrong motives. The Lord still commanded the death of accurate false prophets, in part because of idolatry (Deuteronomy 13:1-5). I hope you have noticed a theme of idolatry throughout this discourse. Witchcraft is a form of idolatry, to include exalting the god of self.

An idol will have an evil altar dedicated to it, a point of embarkation/contact for witchcraft. For example, going to a person’s social media page and projecting evil thoughts towards them is a form of witchcraft, especially if there is a soul tie… Sometimes the evil altar is brought into the house of God when people decide to intercede against God’s will, and thereby conjure impure spirits to seemingly do a Godly thing. Judgment begins in the house of God. As a result, before addressing what dedicated occultist like Jezebel do, I had to address professing Christians who are in error and danger of hell fire. Having apostolic authority means confronting evil, especially in what should be temples of the Holy Spirit. Lest not forget:

 

  • “Now the WORKS OF THE FLESH are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,IDOLATRY, WITCHCRAFT, HATRED, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” ~ Galatians 5:19-21 (KJV) I see the Holy Spirit’s wisdom in listing these three side-by-side: “…idolatry, witchcraft, hatred…” Again, idolatry is a precursor of witchcraft and hatred and/or jealousy adds fuel to the fire. Remember, Leah was jealous of her sister Rachel.

 

  • “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and SORCERERS, and IDOLATERS, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” ~ Revelation 21:8 (KJV)

 

It is a shame what some professing Christians are doing while using the Lord’s name. That is a part of why Jesus said, Not every one that saith unto Me, ‘Lord, Lord’, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? And in Thy name have cast out devils? And in Thy name done many wonderful works?’ And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.’ ~ Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV)

Many Christians are engaging in the iniquity of witchcraft, and it is not very far off from what occultists are doing. Christians may not be sacrificing animals and intentionally conjuring impure spirits, but they have given themselves over to the devil by pursuing the idols of their hearts. One of the gateways is via prayers that are clearly against the Lord’s will, prayers that are focused on the lusts of their heart or another’s. When the devil sees that a person wants something badly enough, he will gladly help them (if possible), but it is going to cost them more than they are willing to pay. In the case of Leah, she got a husband but she did not get the love and was thereby treated like Jacob’s concubine. Joseph was Jacob’s twelfth child but eleventh son. Yet, Jacob treated Joseph like his firstborn, in part because he was the firstborn son of his beloved wife, Rachel (Genesis 30:22-24, 37, 48).

Also, keep in mind that David, a man after God’s own heart, succumbed to the lust of his eyes and flesh. Even though he had wives and concubines, he did what it took to get Bathsheba, simply to satisfy that lust (2 Samuel 11). For that moment, Bathsheba became an idol and it crushed him and his family. The following is an example of how no one is too anointed for the Lord to discipline, to include exposing the evil they do in the “dark”:

‘Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised Me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.’ Thus saith the Lord,’ Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. FOR THOU DIDST IT SECRETLY: BUT I WILL DO THIS THING BEFORE ALL ISRAEL, AND BEFORE THE SUN.’ And David said unto Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’ And Nathan said unto David, ‘The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. HOWBEIT, BECAUSE BY THIS DEED THOU HAST GIVEN GREAT OCCASION TO THE ENEMIES OF THE LORD TO BLASPHEME, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.’ ~ 2 Samuel 12:10-14 (KJV)

Holy Spirit Led
The gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit IAW 1 Corinthians 12 and Galatians 5:22-23.

I could have focused on the occultists, but like how Jesus cracked the whip in the temple of God, I too had to begin in the house of God. Too many people are professing to love the Lord yet giving His enemies reasons to blaspheme Him. It is a serious issue when there is not real delineation between the holy and the profane, such as people who engage in what I call “prophetic witchcraft” or “Christian witchcraft”. Things get even worse when some people are confronted about their sins do not humble themselves, like David. But rather, they will use their titles and/or position in an attempt to justify their evil deeds. Some even quote when David said, ‘Touch not Mine Anointed, and do My prophets no harm.’ ~ Psalm 105:15/1 Chronicles 16:22 (KJV) Yet, David, the Lord’s anointed king, did not use those words in an effort to justify himself in response to Nathan’s rebuke. Also, the king did not claim that only another king could correct him. A person is climbing up a very slippery slope when he/she refuses to take correction, particularly when retaliation is chosen over repentance. David’s predecessor, Saul, was notorious for falsely repenting. The Lord tolerated many of his evil deeds, for years after He rejected him (1 Samuel 13). But the moment Saul engaged in witchcraft, he was truly done (1 Samuel 28). If you have ventured into the dark arts, even if out of ignorance, repent before it is too late. The consequences are greater if you have read to this point but remain defiant in the pursuit of your idol.

Maybe next time I will discuss how to discern when you are under witchcraft attack. I can tell you by experience, there have been times when the Holy Spirit allowed me to discern when people were praying against me. On the surface, the prayers seemed holy. However, there is a difference between prayers that cause the Lord to send an angel with the answer or guidance, as was the case with Daniel (Daniel 10), versus when devils try to enforce another person’s request. If you are not discerning, you could possibly make a decision, thinking the Lord had sent a storm after you, like Jonah, when it was actually devils pushing you into an ungodly situation.

The Mouth Speaks

With apostolic authority, there is a time to ask the Lord to forgive people because of their ignorance. Conversely, sometimes you have “To deliver such an one unto satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” ~ 1 Corinthians 5:5 (KJV) Paul wrote, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” ~ Ephesians 6:12 (KJV) Yet, look at the way he dealt with Elymas, the sorcerer (a false prophet), who resisted him and Barnabas by trying to prevent them from preaching the gospel to Sergius Paulus (Acts 13). But then again, Paul did not wrestle with Elymas; he basically knocked him out (“he layeth the smacketh downeth”). Those with apostolic authority, or are being groomed to receive it, do not tolerate wolves, whether in sheep’s or shepherd’s clothing. For as much as I spoke out about witchcraft in the pews, it comes from pulpits too. Which is similar to Balaam on the mountains, erecting altars above the Israelites, looking for a way to curse them (Numbers 22-23, Revelation 2:14). Those with apostolic authority will seek to destroy the works of darkness, to include those evil altars, instead of tolerating, or even worse, participating in it. I have said a lot and there is more I could say, but I close with the following:

  • “Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.” ~ Jude 11 (KJV)

 

  • “But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: AN HEART THEY HAVE EXERCISED WITH COVETOUS PRACTICES; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.” ~ 2 Peter 2:12-16 (KJV)

 

Do not gain the whole world (your idol) at the expense of forfeiting your soul. If you have gone astray, do not stay that way. Whatever you are doing, and regardless of when or where you are doing it, God is watching (Psalm 139).

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“Raised in the Wilderness: Rogue Reformers, Rallying the Remnant” is your guide to separating the prophetic from the pathetic.

P.S. See the following videos:

“IDentifying YOUR God-Ordained Spouse, and the counterfeits (Part 1 of 3)”: https://youtu.be/eISTMrktxcs

“IDentifying YOUR God-Ordained Spouse, and the counterfeits (Part 2 of 3)”: https://youtu.be/g-hAFrZg9P4

“IDentifying YOUR God-Ordained Spouse, and the counterfeits (Part 3 of 3)”: https://youtu.be/dVS3FkYEgVk

Witchcraft in Christianity: https://youtu.be/LipzCfedhZY

 Marriage: God-ordained vs. God-endorsed: https://youtu.be/Goc8vsaTWNw

The Sound of a Fallen Tree
A collection of poetry about heartbreak.

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“One-Strike Rule”    

Please, study the Scriptures to ensure no one deceives you, especially with blatant false prophecies, such as those who predict “the rapture” date. Many have tried and all have failed; yet people still keep believing and trusting in those false prophets, to include after their “prophecies” fail to come to pass.

Many prophets are deceived, which means they will deceive others because it is a case of the blind leading the blind. Some “prophets” are deceived because the Lord never called them, they don’t know the Word of God, or they know the Bible but they don’t know Jesus. Some prophets are outright liars who make things up for selfish reasons, without even being seduced by demons. Others fall prey to seducing spirits and they do not test the spirit (1 John 4:1) before making a proclamation in the name of the Lord. I have a “one-strike rule” when it comes to prophets, you miss it once or you intentionally try to mislead me and you are done. Some “prophets” won’t even get a chance with me, especially when the Holy Spirit exposes them beforehand. By the way, the devil has tried testing me on this, as if I am joking. But I don’t play games with prophetic ministry.

When it comes to rapture dates, it contradicts when Jesus said, ‘Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.’ ~ Matthew 25:13 (KJV) In addition, the following significant event is a precursor to the rapture:

“That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition [the antichrist]; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” ~ 2 Thessalonians 2:2-4 (KJV)

While there are many antichrists, the antichrist has not been revealed yet, at least not to the public. As a result, especially until then, let no one deceive you. Many people who are boldly contradicting the Word of God by making predictions about the rapture are under the following delusion:

“And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the Spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” ~ 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 (KJV)

There are some false prophets who are working with demonic powers, but most are simply phonies seeking attention. I have had to wrestle with many demons, to include in people, who tried to get me to do things that may have initially sounded good, but soon became apparent that I would have gone out of the Lord’s will. As a result, one of the things I have learned to do is keep my mouth shut, especially because I know how a false prophecy can ruin a person’s life, and possibly his or her relationship with the Lord. So many people have had to deal with the disappointment of looking up for the Lord to rescue them on a certain date from this fallen world. Yes, do what Jesus said and watch. However, rather than looking up in the sky, watch for people who need your help, those who need to hear the gospel of Christ so they too may be saved. Rather than looking up in the sky, “Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” ~ 2 Timothy 4:2-5 (KJV)

In closing, rather than focusing so much on your escape plan, “do the work of an evangelist” and distance yourself from those false prophets, and rebuke them if necessary. Do not allow anyone to deceive you more than once or you go from being a victim to an accomplice.

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Loyalty

I have heard many prophetic ministers liken the president of the United States, Donald Trump, to king Cyrus of the Bible (the king of Persia). I do not dispute that, but I stand by the video message I released several months ago comparing the president to king Nebuchadnezzar. Many Christians claim that it doesn’t matter who is the head of their country because Christ is still King. Sadly, many of those Christians do not treat Christ as King when they overlook a leader’s bad (ungodly) behavior. Some Christians even have a reverence for former president Obama that borders on worship, despite the ungodly things he advanced during his administration.

Before Joshua conquered Jericho, he had an encounter with an angel whom he asked which side he was on, theirs or the enemy’s. The angel simply said no, then he stated that he was the captain of the host of the Lord (Joshua 5:13-15). The angel’s response basically meant that even though he was there to help the Israelites, his loyalty was to the Lord. Let that sink in for a bit…

I am not an angel, but similarly, I am not on any political party’s side; I am on the Lord’s side. A part of why I was inspired to compare the president to Nebuchadnezzar is because the king built a golden idol that he wanted people to worship (Daniel 3). Christians, and especially prophets, be careful that president Trump does not become a golden idol that you bow down to. Yes, many people are against the president, and not for the reasons they profess, but in supporting the president, ensure you do not excuse or even defend his bad behavior. If you call yourself a Christian but have to tell lies to defend the president, I urge you to check yourself and your relationship with the Lord. Daniel, a true prophet of the Lord, worked for king Nebuchadnezzar but his ultimate loyalty was for the Lord. As a result, despite the peril to his own life, the prophet told the king to repent lest his pride result in his downfall (Daniel 4). Daniel also worked for king Cyrus, and just as how he did not worship Nebuchadnezzar, he did not worship Cyrus, he simply showed the kings respect commensurate with their positions. During the reign of king Darius, the Median, the prophet was put in the lion’s den for refusing to obey the royal decree to petition the king instead of the Lord (Daniel 6). Time and time again, Daniel showed that regardless of whom his boss was, the Lord was His God and he was not going to compromise his relationship with his God for anyone.

Prophets, do not become like the (400) prophets of Ahab who told the king exactly what he wanted to hear, which resulted in the king’s demise (1 Kings 22). Micaiah was the only prophet to warn the king to repent of his plans lest he perish; the prophet was willing to stand alone and tell the truth. The prophet Nathan served David as an advisor, but that did not stop the prophet from rebuking the king for his transgressions (1 Samuel 11-12). Prophets, whichever sphere the Lord has called you to serve Him in (church, government, business, etc.), never forget that your ultimate loyalty should be towards the Lord. Too many prophets and prophetic ministers have publicly spoken out against people who are persecuting the president yet are silent about the president’s behavior.

There is also a part of the video message where I encouraged people to pray for the president, and there was a specific reason for that. Again, I now implore you to pray for the president, or the leader of your country, in part because it is the Christian thing to do. If you view your country’s leader as your enemy, remember that Jesus told us to love our enemies and to pray for them (Matthew 5:44). And by prayer it does not mean witchcraft prayers for them to fail. Lest not forget that the Babylonian king did not fear or worship God, but in the end he said ‘Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and His ways judgment: and those that walk in pride He is able to abase.’ ~ Daniel 4:37 (KJV)

In addition, I close with the following reminders:

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” ~ 1 Timothy 2:1-5 (KJV)

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.” ~ Romans 13:1-7 (KJV)

The king of Babylon did not even believe in the Lord when the Lord referred to him as His servant: ‘I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto Me. And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him. And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son’s son, until the very time of his land come: and then many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of him. And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation will I punish’, saith the Lord, ‘with the sword, and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand. Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, ‘Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon’: For they prophesy a lie unto you, to remove you far from your land; and that I should drive you out, and ye should perish. But the nations that bring their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him, those will I let remain still in their own land’, saith the Lord; ‘and they shall till it, and dwell therein.’ ~ Jeremiah 27:5-11 (KJV)

Many people are opposing the president in ways that will have consequences the devil will love and people will hate. It is never good when evil powers are put in a position to make order out of chaos. Before you take your protest to the “streets”, take it to the Lord in prayer. If you say Jesus is Lord, do not allow any other affiliations to interfere with His lordship over your life.

 

 

Offence 

It is better to offend people, and provoke them to repentance by turning from their sinful ways and seeking Christ Jesus, than to feed their pride and anesthetize them on their way to hell. God is love (1 John 4:8), the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth (John 16:13), so Jesus lovingly [even though it may not have seemed that way] told people the truth and it offended them to the point where they wanted Him dead, for example:

  • Jesus said to the Pharisees, ‘O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.’ ~ Matthew 12:34
  • ‘But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.’ ~ Matthew 23:13-15 (KJV) The rest of Jesus’s commentary to the religious leaders of the time followed the same theme. By the way, Jesus’s Words in Matthew 23 apply to many “religious leaders” today.
  • “And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the Sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day. The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day? And when He had said these things, all His adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.” ~ Luke 13:14-17 (KJV) Note, Jesus, the Son of God, had “adversaries”, people who wanted to kill Him and His ministry.

When was the last time you offended people by telling them the truth (out of love) because you do not want them to go to hell? Yes, Jesus is the judge who determines who gets sent to hell, but the Bible makes it clear what kind of unrepentant sins are damnable. For example, ‘But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.’ ~ Revelation 21:8 (KJV)

One of the signs of being filled with and led by the Holy Spirit is to do as Jesus did shortly after His baptism when He “…began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” ~ Matthew 4:17 (KJV) Oftentimes, people will get offended and angry with you simply because you told them the truth. On that note, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” ~ Galatians 4:16 (KJV)

“When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples murmured at it, He said unto them, Doth this offend you?” ~ John 6:61 (KJV) Sadly, sometimes those who are most offended by the truth are those who proclaim to preach it. But as Jesus said, ‘Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? And in Thy name have cast out devils? And in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.’ ~ Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV)

I would share this message with the pope just as easily as I would with one of my neighbors; most of my unbelieving neighbors are in better standing with the Lord than the pope (Matthew 23:13-15). The following Words from the Lord apply to so many professing Christians today: ‘If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.’ ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)

This exhortation may have rubbed you the wrong way but feel-good messages are for the lusts of the soul, “be-good” messages are for the spirit. Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 

 

Transformation

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” ~ Romans 12:1-2 (KJV)

Daniel lived in Babylon but he did not allow Babylon to live in him (Daniel 1). The Babylonians changed his name but they could not change his character, to include his love for the Lord.

“And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes; children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.

And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.

Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego. But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, ‘I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? Then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.’

Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, ‘Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.’

So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days. And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat. Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.” ~ Daniel 1:3-16 (KJV)

Daniel’s compatriots, Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach), Azariah (Abednego) also demonstrated the same resolve to not conform to their environment, to include their refusal to worship the golden idol, and were willing to die for their beliefs (Daniel 3). I did not know this post was going to take this turn but I am going where the Spirit of the Lord takes me (Jeremiah 1:17). Many Christians today worship “golden idols” because they do not want to seem intolerant by standing with the Lord’s views on certain issues and proclaiming His truth. As a result, instead of transforming the world they conform to it. I have the following messages for those Christians who do not want to seem intolerant by standing with the Lord:

  • “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” ~ James 4:4 (KJV)
  • “For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” ~ John 12:43 (KJV)
  • ‘He that is not with Me is against Me; and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth abroad.’ ~ Jesus (Matthew 12:30 KJV)

Change the world and do not let the world change you. By the way, many people may not realize that the reason Daniel was around the eunuchs, and his “chain of command” was through the prince of the eunuchs was because the Babylonians had castrated Daniel and turned him into a eunuch. Daniel was not able to have physical children but he is like a father to many generations of seers (visionary prophets), dreamer of dreams, dream interpreters, etc. Nowadays, many people claim they have a “Daniel anointing”, and that’s great, however, do they have his character? Are they still worldly or has the Spirit of the Lord transformed them? Are their gifts accompanied by sound Biblical doctrine? [Many people have spiritual gifts yet cannot rightly divide Scripture.] Do they have a heart that is inclined to the Lord; do they yearn for Him? Remember, Daniel refused to stop worshipping the Lord for a month and was thrown in lion’s den (Daniel 6).

I mentioned the issue of Christians seeming intolerant… We have to soften our edges at times to extend Godly love to others, like Christ did (and does) for us, and avoid being judgmental so that we love others even when we don’t love their sins (John 8:1-12). Daniel served as an example of how Christ would be. Jesus remained free of sin despite the times that He spent with the sinners (Matthew 9:10). Daniel maintained his holiness and remained a prophet of the Lord, even while overseeing the divination section of the king’s court:

‘There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the King Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers; Forasmuch as an excellent Spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.’ ~ Daniel 5:11-12 (KJV)

But let me close with the following warning. Many people get themselves in positions where they think they are going to convert others and they end up falling into sin. No one is worth going to hell for, so learn to recognize when you are putting your salvation at risk (1 Corinthians 15:33, Philippians 2:12, etc.). Do not allow your love for others to cause you to compromise your love for the Lord, and also to make you oblivious to sins, transgressions, and iniquities. Would you believe and trust someone who professes his or her love for you yet refuses to tell you the truth?

Err on the side of caution when working on the enemy’s strongholds because he will try to get you in a compromising position:

“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)

Promise. Process… Provision.

When the Lord makes a promise, before He gives you the provision, He usually takes you through a process. “The process” can be a very frustrating test of patience and faith that may cause you to say, “Did God really say…?” Or, “How much longer my Lord?” For example:

Abraham: The Lord promised Abraham a son but He did not fulfill that promise until 25 years later (Genesis 12-21). And during the 24-year process, Abraham went through a few family disputes, to include having a child with a woman who was not his wife, losing his wife to another man (twice), and circumcision. However, the Lord, as usual, was faithful to His promise, after Abraham endured “the process”.

Joseph: The Lord gave Joseph two incredible dreams with a promise for a bright future (Genesis 37). However, Joseph’s brothers almost killed him but sold him into slavery instead, and after being falsely accused, Joseph ended up in prison. Then, finally, after 13 years in captivity and many lessons on humility, the Lord fulfilled His promises to Joseph (Genesis 41-50).

David: David’s family did not even consider him as candidate to become Israel’s second king when the Lord sent Samuel to anoint one of Jesse’s sons (1 Samuel 16). David gained fame shortly afterwards when he killed Goliath (1 Samuel 17) and then married King Saul’s daughter Michal. However, just when it seemed as if David was inching his way towards the throne, King Saul tried to kill him (several times), he lived in exile with the Philistines, and his men almost killed him when their families were abducted (1 Samuel 30). But yet again, despite the chaos, the Lord sorted it all out and fulfilled His promise to David. David’s story exemplifies what it means to be called, anointed, and appointed. No one can fulfill their role until the Lord formally appoints them, and like Jesus said, ‘For many are called, but few are chosen.’ ~ Matthew 22:14 (KJV)

Many people expect the Lord to rapidly deploy them into their ministry like He did Moses (Exodus 3-4); you know, herding “sheep” one day and then rebuking “pharaoh” and parting the “Red Sea” shortly afterwards. Most people fail to realize that Moses went through an 80-year process. The Lord also hid Moses three times during those years, for three months as an infant (Exodus 2:2), for 40 years in pharaoh’s palace [some of you know what it’s like to be hidden in plain sight], and then another 40 years in Midian (Exodus 2).

The Lord called me in a manner similar to Samuel, and when you read his story, you will notice that the Lord did not give him a title or even instructions, but from that point forward, Samuel’s relationship with the Lord changed (1 Samuel 3). It wasn’t until years later where the title Seer was attached to Samuel’s name (1 Samuel 9:9). Other people have had experiences where the Lord called them and informed them of which office He wants them to serve in accordance with Ephesians 4:11, similarly to when He called Jeremiah and said, ‘Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.’ ~ Jeremiah 1:5 (KJV) People’s reactions to being called vary, and may even be comical because it may seem as if the Lord made a mistake. Jeremiah told the Lord he was just a child (Jeremiah 1:6). Moses was perplexed that the Lord would choose him to speak to pharaoh on His behalf because he was not eloquent and he was “slow of speech” (Exodus 4:10). Moses did what a lot of people do, either through their speech or actions, by telling the Lord to choose someone else. I did not tell the Lord to choose someone else, but I was shocked, like this next person who shocked everyone when he became a Christian. I hope you already know who I am about to mention. There was a man, a Pharisee among the Pharisees, who was busy persecuting Christians until he had an encounter with Jesus that changed his life (Acts 9). The conversion of Saul of Tarsus to the Apostle Paul was not instantaneous, nor did it occur after he regained his sight and was baptized three days later (Acts 9:8-18). The apostle outlined his transformation in Galatians 1:15-24 when he said:

But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother. Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not. Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia; and was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ: But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed. And they glorified God in me.

If the Lord promised you something He will fulfill that promise, but in His time instead of yours (Numbers 23:19, Deuteronomy 18:22, 1 Samuel 15:29, Titus 1:2, etc.). However, pay attention to any conditions the Lord may have attached to the promise, like He did with King Solomon (2 Chronicles 7). It may seem as if the Lord called you, you accepted His calling and were eager to do what He called you to do, and then nothing happens. Or I should say it seems as if everything happens except for what He called you to do. He may have called you to be a prophet but no one will listen to you, or when the Lord allows you to prophesy to people, they receive it, things come to pass, but they seemingly forget that the Lord used you to tell them what was going to happen. Whatever it is, “the process” takes time. It is also important to note that “the process”, especially when it comes to a calling, is continuous. Again, Jesus said, ‘For many are called, but few are chosen.’ ~ Matthew 22:14 (KJV) Yet, among the chosen, some may not make it to maturity. I once heard a prophet say that he started his ministry at around the same time as around 29 other prophets, but only 3 had ministries that stood the test of time; most had succumbed to greed and/or corruption. There is a difference between a prophet and a mature prophet. Balaam was a prophet who never reached maturity and he even resorted to divination (via impure spirits). As a result, this is what is written in the New Testament about the Old Testament prophet [By the way, do not let the title “prophet” deceive you, it simply means that he had a legitimate calling from the Lord, before he lost his way. He retained the title but lost his favor with the Lord.]:

“And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet. These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.” ~ 2 Peter 2:13-17 (KJV)

“Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.” ~ Jude 1:11 (KJV)

Again, between the promise and the provision is “the process”. The Lord humbles before He exalts. The Lord will keep you hidden, to include in plain sight, but there will be no mistaking when He unveils you. When you are hidden, you have to tell people who you are, and they probably won’t believe you. But once the Lord unveils you, He will tell people who you are so you won’t have to, or it will confirm what they already perceived. The same principle applies to those who become errant or false prophets; the Lord will announce them as such too.

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)
“…The gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” ~ Romans 11:29 (KJV) Consequently, “the process” is designed to ensure your character will be able to support your gifts and calling, to keep you humble. If you ever want to know why the Lord entrusted Moses with so much, the answer lies in Numbers 12:3 which states: “Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.” If you want more from the Lord, be prepared for “the process”. Jesus gave us insight about how painful the process can be, based on what the Lord entrusts you with, when He said, ‘…For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required…’ ~ Luke 12:48 (KJV) By the way, there is also a price to pay when a person receives a lot from the Lord, His standards increase. When you read Numbers 12:1-8, you see how close Moses was to the Lord, but it was also that relationship and Moses seemingly minor infraction that resulted in the Lord preventing him and his brother Aaron from entering into the Promised Land (Numbers 20:1-13). But the cost of serving the Lord is a discussion for another time, perhaps. In the meantime, please be careful because you may get called, anointed, and appointed, yet your ministry ends on “Mount Nebo” instead of in the “Promised Land” (Deuteronomy 34). I close with the following powerful reminder from the Lord:

‘Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. For Mine own sake, even for Mine own sake, will I do it: for how should My name be polluted? And I will not give My glory unto another.’ ~ Isaiah 48:10-11 (KJV)

 

 

 

Influential 

The Lord gave men the authority (headship) in relationships but He gave women the ability to influence them, similarly to how an engine powers a ship but it is the rudder that influences its direction. Some of the Bible’s most influential women include: Eve, Sarah, Jezebel, Delilah, Abigail, and Esther. Mary even influenced Jesus at the wedding at Cana. You don’t need authority when you have influence.

Notes: There is a difference between influencing and controlling; you never have to try to control what you can influence. Love influences, it does not control.

References: Genesis 2-3, 16; 1 Kings 11:4, 16:30-31; Judges 16, Esther; 1 Samuel 25; Ephesians 5:20-33; John 2

 

The following serve as good and bad examples of how women can influence even the most powerful of men:

“For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.” ~ 1 Kings 11:4 (KJV)

“And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord above all that were before him. And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.” ~ 1 Kings 16:30-31 (KJV)

“Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, ‘Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.’” ~ Esther 4:15-16 (KJV)

And when Abigail saw David, she hasted, and lighted off the ass [donkey], and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, And fell at his feet, and said, ‘Upon me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be: and let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak in thine audience, and hear the words of thine handmaid. Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send. Now therefore, my lord, as the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the Lord hath withholden thee from coming to shed blood, and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal. And now this blessing which thine handmaid hath brought unto my lord, let it even be given unto the young men that follow my lord. I pray thee, forgive the trespass of thine handmaid: for the Lord will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord fighteth the battles of the Lord, and evil hath not been found in thee all thy days. Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the Lord thy God; and the souls of thine enemies, them shall he sling out, as out of the middle of a sling. And it shall come to pass, when the Lord shall have done to my lord according to all the good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler over Israel; That this shall be no grief unto thee, nor offence of heart unto my lord, either that thou hast shed blood causeless, or that my lord hath avenged himself: but when the Lord shall have dealt well with my lord, then remember thine handmaid.’

And David said to Abigail, ‘Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand. For in very deed, as the Lord God of Israel liveth, which hath kept me back from hurting thee, except thou hadst hasted and come to meet me, surely there had not been left unto Nabal by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.’” ~ 1 Samuel 25:23-34 (KJV)

Life Support

And lest not forget Biblical marital order:

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 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 5:20-33 (KJV)

Relationships
The Lord sustains what He ordains.

 

 

 

The Lamb of God (6, 3, 40, Forever)

John saw Jesus and said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.’ ~ John 1:29 (KJV)

‘The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve Me, let him follow Me; and where I AM, there shall also My servant be: if any man serve Me, him will My Father honour.’ ~ John 12:23-26 (KJV)

“And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, ‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.’ And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, ‘Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.’” ~ Revelation 5:11-13 (KJV)

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” ~ Philippians 2:9-11 (KJV)

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain…” Jesus Christ is Lord!

 

The Way(2) 

 

P.S. Enjoy the “Revelation Song” by Kari Jobe: https://youtu.be/rGgX_oqdib4

Untether at Gilgal 

Shortly after a baby is born, the umbilical cord is cut. The umbilical cord was the vital link between the fetus and its mother; it provided vital nutrients to and removed waste from the fetus. And for a few weeks after birth, the remnant of the umbilical cord remains on the infant until it falls off and forms the navel, a reminder of what was but will no longer be.

Do not try to remain tethered to your past if you want to maximize your future potential. What fed you then may end up holding you back now. Some parts of your history are just that, your history, because they do not have a place in your destiny. Cut the “umbilical cord” that has you tethered to your past sins by repenting. You may have to cut some people out of your life too, especially those who will keep reminding you of things the Lord has chosen to forget. ‘I, even I, AM He who blots out your transgressions, for My own sake, and remembers your sins no more.’ ~ Isaiah 43:25 (NIV)

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 3:12-14 (NIV)

‘Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I AM doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I AM making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.’ ~ Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV) You have to leave “Egypt” behind so you can enter into the “Promised Land”.

 

P.S. Gilgal is a painful but necessary stop so the Lord can roll ‘away the reproach of Egypt from you’ (Joshua 5).

 

 

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