The Cost of Clarity  

Interestingly, I had a meeting recently, followed by a chat with a small group afterwards. Then I saw something when I came home that has inspired me to share the following, which is based on the conversation and my subsequent observation.

One of the things I love to receive from the Lord is a warning because it can help to avert disaster. I prefer to correct something now than to pay the price later. But even a warning from the Lord is not always clearly communicated. In Numbers 12:6-8, the Lord said sometimes He communicates more clearly than others. You may have had experiences where you later discovered what the Lord was warning you about, and even though it was very serious, the warning was vague, even though you knew it was a warning. Well, I am here to tell you that clarity costs.

The Lord had very important messages to communicate to the pharaoh of Egypt (Genesis 41) and the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 2). However, those two dreams required someone to interpret them. Conversely, when Laban was trying to cheat Jacob of his wages, the Lord tipped the scales of justice in Jacob’s favor by clearly revealing which animals would reproduce (Genesis 31). Similarly, the Lord clearly communicated to king Abimelech (Genesis 20) and Joseph (Matthew 2) in dreams.

I won’t go into details, but the absolutely worst experience of my life was not without warnings from the Lord, but the warnings were not very clear to me at the time. It was like putting together a puzzle while wearing foggy glasses. But in retrospect, I can see the various ways the Lord was warning me, and also why I could not perceive things clearly at the time. I got in serious trouble, a hot mess, but the Lord graciously rescued me from that hell on earth. One of the reasons was because the warnings were not very clear (to me then) so my actions could be counted as out of ignorance rather than willful disobedience to the Lord. Again, clarity costs, especially when it results in willful disobedience (see 1 Kings 13). Quite frankly, at the time I thought the Lord was putting me through the most difficult test of my life, like when He told Abraham to sacrifice his only beloved son (Genesis 22). It was so difficult that I actually asked the Lord to kill me and send me to hell instead. Oh, another reason why the Lord was so gracious to me was because the devil wanted me dead; it was serious!

On The Run
Divorce the devil and his cohorts.

Prior to and even after my horrific experiences, which even though the Lord delivered me from still came with serious enduring consequences, the Lord has had me deliver warnings to people. But those warnings were given clearly, which means a person’s failure to comply means disobeying the Lord. Yet, I may give a person a strong warning at the time but the person still has the right to choose, and reap the consequences for his or her decisions. When Micaiah warned king Ahab that if he went to battle he was going to die, the king chose to ignore the prophet’s warning. In fact, he put the prophet in prison. But Micaiah simply let him clearly know that if he returned from battle then the Lord had not spoken through him (1 Kings 22:28). When you deliver a true message from the Lord, you never have to try to convince someone it was from the Lord. The message will either bear witness to the person’s spirit, or, the recipient will find out in the fullness of time. Sadly, sometimes a person forgets about the warning and then cries out to the Lord and asks, “Why me?” You don’t have to believe me, but the Lord does not give idle warnings.

Another type of warning is when a blessing from the Lord has conditions attached but He really wants to stress the conditions so the recipient does not mismanage or lose the blessing. An example of this is when the Lord clearly spoke to the newly appointed king Solomon about how He would bless the king, but he had to keep the Lord’s statues and commandments, like his father David (1 Kings 3:14). Sadly, we later see that even though he was blessed, Solomon violated the Lord’s commandment with respect to marriage. As a result, his foreign wives and concubines turned the king’s heart away from the Lord and into idolatry (1 Kings 11). I recall giving a similar message to someone. The Lord seemingly had me spend three times longer on the warnings regarding stewardship than the blessing itself. The recipient of that message may not have understood the underlying message behind the delivery, but I was painfully aware of the reason. Oftentimes, when the Lord gives you such a message, it means He knows you are on track to mess something up and He is trying to warn you in an effort to avert it. When Cain was angry with Abel, the Lord told him that sin was crouching at his door but he must rule over it. The rest of Genesis 4 tells the story of murder and the ensuing consequences. Cain complained about the punishment but he could not complain that the Lord had not warned him. If the Lord does not warn you of something, consider it as judgment against you. For example, Rebekah and her son Jacob conspired to deceive Isaac into giving Esau’s blessing to Jacob (Genesis 27). The deception worked, but there was a price to pay, beside Jacob having to flee. When Laban subsequently tried to deceive Jacob into marrying Leah, a woman he hated, the Lord was silent. Jacob was clueless about whom he had married until he woke up the following morning. Consequently, if you can honestly say that the Lord did not specifically warn you about something, you may want to find out why. In addition, lest not forget some of the enduring general warnings that are in the following Scriptures: Deuteronomy 32:35, Galatians 6:7-8, Obadiah 1:15, Psalm 7:14-16, Proverbs 6:27-31, etc.

The Lord is full of mercy and grace, but when He gives a clear warning, it means choosing to ignore it, and consequently Him, is an act of willful disobedience instead of ignorance. There have been times when I warned individuals about things and they persisted and I either kept quiet or interceded. But oftentimes, there is no intercession because the Lord gives us the free will to make choices, to include contrary to His will, and He allows us to reap the consequences of those decisions. I am passionate about delivering warnings from the Lord. One reason is because I have committed many sins in my life but I never knew how severe the consequences would be, even for seemingly minor infractions. The devil is constantly seeking to get or retain legal access into our lives and sin provides that gateway. There are times when people are reaping the consequences of certain actions from many years ago. Yet, they cannot make the correlation between current challenges and past sins. Engaging in sin is basically making a covenant with the devil. One of the numerous hypocrisies about the devil is that he will help you break a covenant with the Lord but he does not give up easily when you try breaking a covenant with him. The devil will try to hold you to every letter of the covenant you either knowingly or unknowingly made with him. Thank God that there is power in the name of Jesus, the only begotten Son who was sent to free us from the bondage of sin and death. ‘If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.’ ~ John 8:36 (KJV)

Thank the Lord for His love, which includes His mercy and grace. I close with the following reminder (instead of a warning) about God’s mercy and grace: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” ~ Romans 8:1-2 (KJV)

 

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

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“Spouse Material”

Wife Material 

Men,

Please, do not confuse a woman who comes into your life for a union that is God-ordained versus demonically arranged.

In the case of the former, things will simply work as she effortlessly fits into your life like Adam’s missing rib. In addition, the Lord will give you a quickening in your spirit to let you know that of all the women in the world, she is the “help meet” He has ordained for you (Genesis 2:18-25). Consequently, regardless of whether the Lord brings you to her, or she to you, the relationship will bear the following fruit: “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.” ~ Proverbs 18:22 (KJV)

In the case of the latter, you will discover that Proverbs 18:22 is not simply about finding a wife, but rather, a Godly wife, with whom you are equally yoked. In a demonically arranged union, the woman will be a thorn in your flesh, a rib that does not fit, because she is a messenger of satan, sent to ruin your life and your relationship with the Lord. For example, king Ahab was an evil king, but he got worse when he married Jezebel (1 Kings 16:28-33). The effects are even more pronounced for king Solomon, whom the Lord selected to build His temple, but because he married idolatrous women, his walk with the Lord was not upright because he practiced idolatry.

In summary, please do not confuse your “help meet”, your God-ordained (missing) rib, with the destroyer sent to serve as a thorn in your flesh. By the way, sometimes the thorn in your flesh is sent to prevent you from being with the one the Lord ordained for you (see Genesis 29-30).

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

 

Husband Material 

Ladies,

It is very important to discern between a fruitless man and a man the Lord has pruned to be a better fit for you, and to enhance his fruitfulness. A freshly sheared sheep is capable of producing wool, if given time and opportunity. But please ensure it is a sheep instead of a goat or you will be thoroughly disappointed.

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God, The Love of My Life (2)

Chess  

A narcissistic minister may act like a queen, king, rook, knight, or bishop but the person is simply the devil’s pawn.

Interestingly, as in life, under certain circumstances in chess, a bishop may be referred to as a “good bishop” or “bad bishop”. In the case of the latter, the bishop is called a “tall pawn”. Similarly, a narcissistic minister is puffed up with pride and thinks more highly of him or herself than one should, especially a minister of Christ.

Chess grandmaster, Mihai Suba, is quoted as saying, “Bad bishops protect good pawns.” How many times have we seen that unfold in the catholic church? I am not biased because it has happened in protestant churches too. But as it relates to narcissism, a narcissistic minister (bad bishop) will protect his or her pawns (flying monkeys). Just in case you are not familiar with the term, a “flying monkey” refers to anyone who is unaware of the narcissist’s true identity but supports and defends the narcissist. Or, the person may be fully aware of the narcissist’s evil ways, and whether via fear or admiration of the narcissist, the person will still take the narcissist’s side. Sadly, one of the ways a narcissist gains people’s trust is by using “flying monkeys”. They vouch for the narcissist and/or serve as a diversion from truly discerning the narcissist’s character.

And that brings up another issue. In the game of chess, a pawn can get promoted, to include becoming the most powerful chess piece on the board, a queen. However, despite outward appearances, that person will still be a pawn at heart. A minister with a lofty title or position who is actually a pawn at heart will succumb to pride. Please take note of when the apostle Paul wrote:

“This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.” ~ 1 Timothy 3:1-6 (KJV)

It is easy for a discerning person to spot a minister who is truly a novice. A person can be in ministry for 10 years and yet be a novice in comparison someone who has only been in ministry for a year, simply because of maturity. In addition, the devil loves to promote people who are woefully unqualified, they may have spiritual gifts but little in the way of good character. A promotion from the devil is simply a way to gain or retain a pawn’s loyalty. In the case of chess, the highest promotion is to become a queen, which is reminiscent of one of the devil’s pawns in the Bible, Jezebel, who became Ahab’s wife and queen over Israel (1 Kings 16:30-31). The devil has many Jezebels pretending to be ministers of Christ…

A narcissistic minister is delusional may carry him or herself like the knight, which is represented by a sculpture of a horse on the game board. However, while a narcissistic minister may think he or she is like a knight on horseback, most people can see that the individual is more like the false prophet Balaam on his donkey (Numbers 22).

On a few final notes, when you recognize that a minister is a narcissist, leave that ministry because it needs to be “game over!” Unlike in the game of chess where a player will realize that he or she has no more moves based on the rules of the game and will concede defeat, a narcissist will try to make rules for his or her benefit. Even when utterly defeated, a narcissist may refuse to admit it and continue as if he or she had won, or cry foul as if he or she was victimized. To this day, I have never seen a false prophet who has repented, not even when confronted with irrefutable evidence. But then again, evidence is for your sanity and to warn others instead of to get a narcissist to admit guilt and repent. Don’t play games with a narcissist, to include those who are among the clergy. The clergy is a nest for narcissists because many people won’t challenge or disobey the clergy because it may seem like challenging or disobeying God. How many times have we seen misconduct among clergy yet congregants rally around them as if they did nothing wrong? That is particularly sickening when a minister for example abuses a congregant and the minister stays in the pulpit while the survivor of the abuse is ostracized and cast out. And people pretend as if the minister did nothing wrong. Those ministers and congregants won’t like it when they appear before the Christ they profess to serve.

I leave you with one of the many warnings in the Bible with respect to copycat clergy; many professing ministers are not serving Christ Jesus:

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” ~ 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 (KJV)

Character
Some ministers are narcissists who try to cloak their evil ways in Christ.

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Marriage: Warning Signs  

You may want to warm up your “cold feet” before walking down the aisle because the Lord may be trying to tell you something. When entering into a pool with cold water, it is better to jump in than to dip your toes in to check the temperature first, lest the temperature deter you. Unfortunately, the “jumping in” philosophy when it comes to getting married may backfire because you really need a very accurate picture of what you are about to get into. While it may be easy to jump into a relationship, you may be shocked what you find once you’re in the relationship, and how hard it may be to get out of it. Or in other words, if the thought of getting married takes you back to your childhood when you had to take bitter medicine by quickly swallowing it before you (theoretically) started tasting it, that sounds more like a prison sentence than a marriage. It is certainly not a good sign if you get to the point where the minister is saying the vows for you to repeat and you start wondering who is the best divorce attorney to handle your case.

Let the peace of the Lord guide you. Do not venture into hell thinking you will find peace when you get there. Hell is hell, and if people knew how horrible hell was no one would want to go there. I pray that you end up in a marriage where if the two of you could do it all over again, you would still choose to marry each other. I pray that you end up in a marriage instead of a relationship that is living hell. Hell was prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41), so I suspect that people who go there get a sense that they are in a place they were never meant to go or stay. I pray to Jesus that you feel the same way about your marriage. Before you walk down the aisle, do not ignore the warning signs…

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

Bonus Materials:

“Hoovering” 

A narcissist is like a vacuum cleaner; he or she may look clean on the outside yet will suck you into a very messy relationship.

 

Victor’s Crown 

Trophies are for sports instead of relationships. So, don’t go seeking someone to be your “trophy” husband or wife because the thrill of victory will soon become the agony of defeat. And please, do not let jealousy be the driving force for you to pursue someone or you may end up winning the “competition” without actually loving or wanting the prize, you simply wanted to win, or even worse, ensure someone else lost. Which means, like a sports fisherman, the person you caught (and possibly released) simply for pleasure or competition is what someone else would have truly cherished.

Love is not a game.

 

Social Aloe Ministries: “Glorifying God. Exposing the devil.”

 

 

 

 

The Saboteur    

When you have a dream about a person, in addition to inquiring about the source of the dream, you need the Lord to let you know if the dream was about the person, what the person represents, or both. If the dream was symbolic, examine the person’s real life functions and character. For example, dreaming of a mail carrier is symbolic of a messenger, either heavenly or demonic. A person who is evil in real life will represent evil in your dreams. Yet, conversely, a person you trust in real life could be a messenger of satan in your dreams, a “person” being used in your dream to gain your trust… Dreaming of a beloved deceased relative or friend is not a good thing, especially if touching is involved because it means coming into agreement… If you have a dream about spending time with, or you are married to, someone who typically makes decisions that sabotage his or herself, such as being a poor steward of (financial) resources, the enemy is trying to attack and drain your resources. This was only a snippet to remind you to take your dreams seriously, to pray for the interpretation to the revelation, and to advance the Lord’s plans for your life while killing the devil’s plans (see John 10:10). I am trying not to go too in depth, but I must also say, please be careful about dreams where a person’s character is misrepresented. If you do not know the person well enough in real life, be careful about hasty judgment. The enemy can cause you to miss a great opportunity by making a good person seem evil in a dream; he will sow weeds in an attempt to block your harvest/blessings (e.g. Matthew 13:24-25). Based on personal experiences, it does not take long for a person’s actions in real life to validate or invalidate what you saw in a dream.

On Trial A Test of My Faith_1 

Bonus: It is time to pray fervently (spiritual warfare) if you have a dream where you are trying to move forward (to something wonderful), but it is like an invisible force is trying to hold you back. In fact, you may be able to freely go in any direction except for the correct direction. Be aware, the Lord is showing you that the enemy is opposing you, or planning to oppose you, in a similar manner in real life (see 1 Thessalonians 2:18 and Genesis 31:1-13). It is particularly noteworthy if you have dreams with such a theme on a recurring basis. Don’t be surprised if you keep having difficulties advancing in life, to include incredible opportunities that suddenly and seemingly inexplicably fall apart.

 

Additional Reference: Luke 8:1-15

Anatomy of a Heartbreak: When SAMson met Delilah
A narrative of recovering from heartbreak and reaching Jesus in the process.

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(Sudden) Change of Heart  

If you are single, you meet someone of interest and you take a liking to each other, but things seemingly start to fizzle before getting started, ask the Lord what is happening. This is particularly suspect if one or both of you seemingly inexplicably lost interest. Also, take note if people start telling you negative things about the person, even though they do not know him or her and cannot substantiate their allegations. Your index of suspicion should be even higher if people start speaking negatively about you to the individual, and you know that what they are saying about you is not true. However, you are in a precarious position and unable to deliver the facts because people have poisoned the well against you so to speak, even to the point where the person you are interested in won’t listen to what you have to say. Things get even worse when those who know the facts, and can shed light on the cloak of deception, don’t speak up and try to “clear the air” with the truth. Someone is serving “Haterade”.

When Jesus told the Parable of the Sower (Luke 8:4-15), He mentioned that the farmer sowed seeds but only a fourth of them grew to maturity and produced fruit. The Lord said, ‘A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold.’ And when He had said these things, He cried, ‘He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.’ ~ Luke 8:5-8 (KJV)

So, what are the elements that are working against your blessings, to either snatch them away, ensure they never take root, or choke the life out of them shortly after they have taken root? In the case of the latter, that is like the sudden change of heart you and/or the other person may have experienced in a matter. It was growing and then suddenly stopped, and most likely died.

Sometimes even your closest confidant may end up becoming your worst enemy on the way to fulfilling your destiny, a messenger of satan, if you are not discerning. Keep in mind that in Matthew 16 the Lord commended Peter for speaking on the Heavenly Father’s behalf. However, the Lord later rebuked the devil who was speaking through Peter. It is written, “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.” ~ Proverbs 11:14 (KJV) Yet, especially as demonstrated with Peter, you want to ensure you are getting Godly counsel, and that the counselors are speaking on behalf of the Lord. Take note of what Jesus said when He rebuked the devil who was using Peter to try to stop Him from fulfilling His destiny. ‘Get thee behind Me, satan: thou art an offence unto Me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.’ ~ Matthew 16:23 (KJV) You may have to rebuke someone you care about and/or look up to because that person is representing the devil’s interests instead of the Lord’s.

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Please note that there are ways to determine if the devil interfered with your blessings. For example, if you later approach those who were in opposition of the desire of your heart, and they cannot offer a plausible explanation for “their” point of view at the time, or even worse, they have no recollection of what you are referring to. It may even be worse if they now have great things to say about the person they once slandered, yet never shared the revelation with you. Another way is if you get to see the person’s true colors for yourself, and it breaks the fog of deception.

Can you imagine the shock on Peter’s face when the Lord looked at him but said satan? Yet, at that point in time, Jesus’s beloved apostle was a messenger of satan… I leave you with this very important reminder from Peter and the other apostles, which is something that contributed to numerous Israelites dying in the wilderness without entering into the Promised Land, ‘We ought to obey God rather than men.’ ~ Acts 5:29 (KJV) When you listen to people instead of God, you may end up calling the person of interest, “the one who got away”. It is bitter sweet to hear of an elderly couple that had been separated for years, lived lives with other people, but their hearts were never at rest until they reconnected with their one true love. Oftentimes, when you hear their stories, someone had interfered with their relationship, and sometimes that person was a parent.

Additional Reading: Genesis 24 & 29

 

Social Aloe Ministries: “Glorifying God. Exposing the devil.”

 

 

Unhitched

Be mindful of the devil using seemingly trustworthy people, especially those from your inner circle, to cause you to sin (rebel) against God. A sin is a violation of God’s commandment (1 John 3:4). Sin started when Eve led Adam to violate the Lord’s commandment to not eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The Lord gave Adam the commandment, in part because Adam spent a portion of his life doing the work of the Lord prior to Eve’s creation (Genesis 2:17). It is obvious that Adam told Eve about the Lord’s commandment based on her interaction with the devil (Genesis 3:1-5). However, nothing really happened until Adam ate the fruit after she had eaten it and shared the harvest with him (Genesis 3:6-7). I am not implying that Adam and/or Eve went to hell, but let what happened with them serve as an example that no one is worth going to hell for, no one.

When the Lord gives you a directive, and you share it with someone who then tries to get you to violate it, you have a decision to make. A person who tries to get you to violate what the Lord told you obviously does not take your salvation and relationship with the Lord seriously (e.g. 1 Kings 13). In one of the worse case scenarios, that person is trying to become your god. In some cases, your feelings for and relationship with the person may complicate you decision. But here is what Jesus said to help you simplify that decision:

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I AM come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after Me, is not worthy of Me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it.’ ~ Matthew 10:34-39 (KJV)

Sometimes you have to use the sword the Lord mentioned and cut some people off, and possibly keep them permanently out of your life, especially out of your relationship with Christ. Your greatest foe may be in your household, to include the one with whom you share a bed. This is a regrettable part of the narrative of king Solomon’s life, and relationship with the Lord:

“But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites: of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, ‘Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods’: Solomon clave unto these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. 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. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father.” ~ 1 Kings 11:1-6 (KJV)

A Test of My Faith
Endure life’s fiery trials.

Woefully, many people are making excuses for not doing the things the Lord has called them to do. They may feel justified because their reason(s) may be quite valid. But that won’t be the case when they give an account to the Lord on the day of their judgment. Before that day comes for you, if you are making excuses regarding not fulfilling your calling from the Lord, please keep the following in mind:

“And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto Him, ‘Lord, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest.’

“And Jesus said unto him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head.’

“And He said unto another, ‘Follow Me.’ But he said, ‘Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.’

Jesus said unto him, ‘Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.’

And another also said, ‘Lord, I will follow Thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.’

And Jesus said unto him, ‘No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.’” ~ Luke 9:57-62 (KJV)

That is in stark contrast to His disciples who became apostles, such as the following example: “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And He saith unto them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ And they straightway left their nets, and followed Him.” ~ Matthew 4:18-20 (KJV) The apostles did not hesitate or make excuses. By the way, Peter did that even though he was married (Matthew 8:14).

Centuries prior to that, the Israelites had a good reason to not go into the Promised Land when the Lord told them to go and possess it. Yet that same reason became the Lord’s justification to keep that generation out of the Promised Land; they perished in the wilderness. Do not be among the generation that perishes in the “wilderness” because you disqualified yourself from reaping the Lord’s promise, thereby causing Him to use a more faithful generation to give your promise to instead. Who has the single greatest influence on your life? What or whom are you holding unto that is preventing you from wholeheartedly holding unto the Lord? Remember, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” ~ Romans 8:14 (KJV)

Are you a prophet in the cave/wilderness?
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Haircut: A Crown of Glory   

I do not like making assumptions, not even when I am very confident of the outcome. Plus, sometimes I have to wait for the Lord’s clearance to release certain things, even something as simple as follows.

I had been waiting for about six months to communicate something but the timing was not right, until I personally witnessed the outcome today. I could not even do it last week, simply because certain things had not unfolded yet. You may be wondering what in the world am I referring to, or you may have stopped reading by now. Well, you may have read what I was inspired to write last fall (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere). It was about how the changing colors of the deciduous tree leaves meant they were inching closer to death. It is similar to fireworks that sizzle but then fizzle. I soon noticed that many of the colorful leaves turned brown and then fell to the ground. However, I also noticed that some trees had not seemingly lost a leaf, even though the leaves were dead as indicated by their lifeless brown color. That begged the question, “Would those dead leaves, if they could hold on until spring, regain life and their luster?” I held on to the belief that the answer was no, but I did not want to make assumptions, just in case something miraculous happened. I would not get the definitive answer until about now, when the trees are waking up so to speak. After, patiently waiting for the definitive answer, I concluded today that the answer is “No!” And by the way, I had to go to two different locations, in two different cities, before I could get the answer and approval to release this message and the findings.

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

 

Even though the leaves held on throughout the fall, winter, and this late into spring, they were dead. Their season was over a long time ago, whether they realized it or not. Here are a few observations, to include based on taking a closer look at a tree that had a lot of brown leaves last week:

 

  • None of the dead (brown) leaves came back to life.

 

  • New leaves had sprouted in the past week, some of which were mere buds. The tree’s nutrients could only feed the leaves that were alive. Do not waste your time trying to feed the dead.

 

  • After seemingly delaying the inevitable, fairly fresh brown leaves had fallen to the ground, the place they should have been months ago. They had lost their power to hold on to what once sustained them. Eventually, everything takes or ends up in its rightful place.

 

  • Some of the dead leaves had fallen because of the weather, such as having been beaten off by heavy rain or ripped off by strong winds. Upon closer examination, some of the few dead leaves that clung to the tree were broken at the petiole, virtually completely severing the blade from the stem. Even though dead, the situation was so dire that if an ant crawled beyond the break, its weight would totally and permanently amputate the blade from the tree’s stem. Some things do get easier with the passage of time, especially when you get stronger while they get weaker.

 

  • Other dead blades were intact, but their end was near. The emerging buds were doing what the earlier buds had done to other clingy dead leaves. The new buds were slowly pushing the dead (stubborn) leaves out of the way. When it is your time to shine, you may need to push some remnants from the past out of your way. What was theirs is now rightfully yours and they can’t stop you. Sometimes the old and new cannot coexist, which is best for the new to flourish. Consequently, “what was” has to make room for “what is” or “what will be”.

 

  • I saw other trees that still had a few brown leaves, but no buds. In some cases, the leaves were dead and so were their branches and/or twigs. Unfortunately, if those dead branches are not removed, it could eventually kill the tree. Other dead leaves were holding on simply because the twigs were late budders. Either way, there are times when you need to prune certain things from your life, especially if they are delaying your blessings from the Lord (Genesis 13). There are times when the Lord will get personally involved in removing those obstacles (1 Samuel 31).
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The Lord exalts the humble.

Yes, I had to wait all this time to share the above. In fact, the Lord did not give me most of the revelations, the fullness thereof, and the peace to share this, until after I had visited the second site. Things are not always as simple as they seem, especially when the Lord is involved, which is why there is more. There are times when you know the Lord has something in store for you but you have to wait for His timing. Sometimes He removes what stands in your way of flourishing during your season, to include forcefully (Genesis 20). The Lord may allow you to occupy your “Promised Land” and systematically unseat the obstacles with the passage of time. In addition, you may feel fully clothed so to speak, but He strips you clean of the dead things you are holding on to, or what may be trying to hold on to you. During winter, a deciduous tree with dead (brown) leaves may look more appealing than those with no leaves at all. However, healthy trees do not hold on to dead things during a season of new growth. In closing, the part of a tree with the leaves is called the crown. Leave last season’s crown behind, even if you have to forcefully evict it or cut it off. That crown has lost its useful purpose, place, potential and pull. Like Jesus said,Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.’~ Matthew 5:13(KJV) The Lord also clearly stated that‘…God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.’~ Matthew 22:32 (KJV)

On a final note, which is something I have been waiting for years to release, like Moses said to the newly freed Israelites, ‘Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.’ ~ Exodus 14:13-14 (KJV)

 

References: Jeremiah 18, Ezekiel 37

 

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The One

There is only one version of the truth, and that is the truth without a version or revision. Similarly, there are many antichrists but there is only one Christ Jesus (1 John 2:18, John 3:16). Never revise the truth to exclude the portions that contradict your narrative. The Bible includes Jacob’s deception, king Saul’s rebellion, David’s adultery, etc. If my life story was in the Bible, you would see a man who, in one way or another, violated all 10 of the Lord’s Commandments (Exodus 20:3-17). However, I am a recipient of God’s love as demonstrated through His mercy and grace. I can relate to when Paul said, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” ~ 1 Timothy 1:15-17 (KJV)

God changed me, but He does not change, and neither does the truth. Please keep the following in mind:

  • “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” ~ Hebrews 13:8 (KJV)
  • ‘For I AM the Lord, I change not…’ ~ Malachi 3:6 (KJV)

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