Leslie

Don’t be shocked, but there was a time when I pursued sin. However, now that I have ended my relationship with sin, and began pursuing Jesus, sin has been pursuing me, relentlessly. And it has showed up at some unexpected times and places. For example, yesterday, I was on a website that I frequent because it is a resource for me to copy and paste Scriptures whether I am writing a book or a social media post. I was shocked when I saw an advertisement for another company on the left side of the screen. It had two images, one of which was of a topless woman, obviously not a “Proverbs 31 woman” (Proverbs 31:21-22). It was surreal that I was on a Biblical website where another company was showing its products, one of which I did not want to see, and it had no place with something that was holy. It was literally like a person with a Bible who has such as photograph in it. Once I realized that what I was seeing was really there, I left the page and began rebuking the devil. Like I said, there was a time when I pursued sin, but since I began pursuing Jesus, sin has been pursuing me. The devil has a smorgasbord of sins on his menu and he will use anything in his efforts to ensnare us. We know the devil as the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 19:10). For some people it is easy for him to accuse them of sin, because they are living in it, but for others, he will falsify a case against them. For those who do not succumb to any of his many seductions, he will use entrapment.

allure

In fact, as I was getting inspired to write and share this post, I was reminded of a dream I had, one I came across in my journal yesterday. I woke up from the dream feeling as if what I had seen in the dream was the Lord telling me why He has been withholding something from me. I woke up feeling as if the Lord has been withholding something from me because I was not ready. The worse part was I felt as if the Lord could not trust me with it. Now, when the Lord says you’re not ready, you’re not ready, regardless of how well prepared you feel. But I kept wondering how it could be if the Lord could trust me with other similar things, then why not that? Another reason why it is also important to also analyze how dreams make you feel is that it made me feel as if I did not deserve the Lord’s best. However, I know that is not the case; the devil simply wanted me to unknowingly come into agreement with him, and he did it in a very underhanded way. Sometimes our humility gives the devil access into our lives. I felt like I was a mere servant of the Lord but the Bible says, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” ~ Romans 8:14 (KJV)

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

As we draw closer to the Lord, we have to ensure that we do not knowingly or unknowingly come into agreement with the devil. Jesus did few works in His hometown because of their unbelief (Matthew 13:54-58). Fear is basically faith in the devil and unbelief in the Lord. Fear also gives devils room to operate in our lives. Job was a righteous man, and the first two chapters of the Book of Job shed light on how the Lord lifted His hedge of protection from and the resulatant afflictions by the hands of the devil. But there was more to it than that based on when Job said, ‘For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.’ ~ Job 3:25-26 (KJV) What kind of fears have you been harboring or even ruminating on? Lest not forget, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) What have devils robbed you of because your fear is greater than your faith, to include feeling unworthy of what the Lord has in store for you?

God, The Love of My Life (2)

Before I close, you may think I went overboard by rebuking the devil for the image in the ad I saw. Well, sometimes you have to recognize the spirit behind certain events, and people. When the devil appeared to Eve, he spoke to her via a serpent, which is described as being more subtle than any other beast of the field (Genesis 3:1). In addition, the devil is described as the “prince of the power of the air”, which is a part of why such filth is broadcast via airwaves. Also, keep in mind what happened when Jesus spoke to His disciples about going to Jerusalem where He would be killed but would rise on the third day. On the surface, it may have seemed like a noble thing when Peter rebuked Him by saying, ‘Be it far from Thee, Lord: this shall not be unto Thee.’ ~ Matthew 16:22 (KJV) However, Jesus looked beneath the surface and He knew who was truly speaking. As a result, Jesus “…turned, and said unto Peter, ‘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) Again, Jesus looked at Peter but He rebuked the devil. So, “Lest satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” ~ 2 Corinthians 2:11 (KJV)

I close with the following:

“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, ‘Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.’ See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” ~ Ephesians 5:1-16 (KJV)

Again, “…have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” ~ Ephesians 5:11 (KJV) “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” ~ James 4:7 (KJV)

A Test of My Faith
Endure life’s fiery trials.
Are you a prophet in the cave/wilderness?

Prophetic Ministry: Rebuke

No one is above being corrected, whether privately or publicly rebuked directly by the Lord or indirectly via one of His messengers. However, before I proceed, the Lord usually handles issues privately before giving public rebukes. Examples of no one being “above the law” include:

• The Lord used prophets to rebuke kings (1 Samuel 13 & 15, 2 Samuel 12, Mark 6:17-18, etc.).

• The Lord used prophets to rebuke priests (Jeremiah 23, Ezekiel 34, Matthew 3, Malachi, etc.).

• The Lord used prophets to rebuke other prophets (1 Kings 13, Jeremiah 28, etc.).

• The apostle Paul publicly rebuked the apostle Peter for his hypocrisy, even though Paul could have been deemed junior because he was not one of the original 12 apostles who served with Jesus (Galatians 2).

• Jesus rebuked the clergy on several occasions, most notably in Matthew 23. The Lord also rebuked Aaron (prophet and high priest) and Miriam (prophetess) for speaking out against Moses because of his interracial marriage (Numbers 12).

“Open rebuke is better than secret love.” ~ Proverbs 27:5 (KJV) Every rebuke listed in the Bible, even if they were given in private, are now open rebukes because they are a matter of public record.

Before you rebuke anyone, especially openly, ensure the Holy Spirit is leading you to do so. Many people have given rebukes based on their own volition instead of the leading of the Holy Spirit, thereby committing the sin of witchcraft, especially when the rebuke is meant to manipulate and intimidate versus correct. Moreover, even when the Lord directs you to rebuke others, it may not be well received and you may get rebuked in return. As previously stated, some rebukes are works of the flesh as opposed to promptings from the Holy Spirit. You do not want to be like Peter who made the mistake of rebuking Jesus, under the unction of the wrong spirit. That was why Jesus “…turned, and said unto Peter, ‘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) On the other hand, if you get rebuked for following the Holy Spirit’s direction, especially by someone who considers him or herself senior to you, do not get into a battle because you have done your job. Your effort to correct that individual will then become a part of the person’s judgment. Like Jeremiah warned, ‘And the Lord hath sent unto you all His servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear.’ ~ Jeremiah 25:4 (KJV) A part of why the Lord forgave David of his transgressions (2 Samuel 11) was because the king humbled himself and took the correction from Nathan, the Lord’s messenger, and repented rather than trying to justify his sinful actions or silencing the prophet (2 Samuel 12). By the way, silencing the prophet also includes putting him to death for speaking out against the king. Lest not forget that King Ahab put the prophet Micaiah in prison because he did not like the message the prophet delivered (1 Kings 22). In addition, during the reign of king Jehoiakim of Judah, Jeremiah was almost put to death for delivering the Word of the Lord. In the same chapter, Urijah prophesied against Judah and then fled to Egypt once his life once threatened. Nonetheless, the king sent his men to Egypt to bring Urijah back to Judah where they killed him (Jeremiah 26). It is a bad move to try to silence the Lord’s prophets when they are doing the work of the Lord.

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

Another reason to ensure the Holy Spirit is directing you to rebuke another person is because “Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.” ~ 1 Timothy 5:19-20 (KJV) That does not mean elders are immune from being rebuked, to include publicly. Elders, sometimes you get rebuked because the messenger has the Father, Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit to bear witness against you. Keep in mind what the Lord revealed to Ezekiel in a vision regarding what people were doing in the Lord’s house (Ezekiel 8). You cannot hide anything from the Lord (see Psalm 139 and 2 Kings 6:8-12). Your “secret sins” may be a secret to others (such as your congregation or spouse) but they are not a secret to the Lord. So, if you are in error, repent before the Lord exposes your deeds. Woe unto the (married and single) “shepherds” who are having sexual relationships with the Lord “sheep”! Stop fondling the Lord’s sheep and feed them instead!

Humble Pie
The Lord exalts the humble.

It is better to humbly receive a rebuke and repent rather than remain unrepentant and face the consequences, which may include eventually getting judged by the Lord. If you do not respect (fear) the messenger, at least respect the One who sent him or her. Keep in mind that Jesus said, ‘…there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. And I say unto you My friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear Him, which after He hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear Him.’ ~ Luke 12:2-5 (KJV)

Do not lose your fear for the Lord. “For we know Him that hath said, ‘Vengeance belongeth unto Me, I will recompense’, saith the Lord. And again, ‘The Lord shall judge His people.’ It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” ~ Hebrews 10:30-31 (KJV)

Notes: Prophets, the Lord is not going to use you to rebuke anyone if you are living in sin, especially the same sin. Jesus said, ‘…Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.’ ~ Luke 12:1 (KJV) By the way, never get so loyal to a “pastor” that you become disloyal and/or ineffective to the Lord, don’t lose your saltiness (Matthew 5:13). Nathan the prophet and Gad the seer both worked for king David. However, their ultimate allegiance was to the Lord, which was why they obeyed Him and rebuked the king and declared the Lord’s judgment against him when he was in error (2 Samuel 12, 1 Chronicles 21). Whose prophet are you? Do not eat at Jezebel’s table (1 Kings 18). “Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.” ~ 1 Corinthians 10:21 (KJV)

Holy Spirit Led

Idle Warnings

The Lord does not give idle warnings. As a result, when the Lord takes His time to give you a warning, take your time to believe Him and prepare yourself for what will most likely come so it will go well with and for you. By the way, that includes paying attention to, and writing down the conditions associated with a prophecy.

Prior to Cain murdering Abel, “…the Lord said unto Cain, ‘Why art thou wroth? And why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.’” ~ Genesis 4:6-7 (KJV) Cain heard the Lord’s warning but he did not respond appropriately to it. Similarly, this was how Peter handled a warning from the Lord:

“…The Lord said, ‘Simon, Simon, behold, satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.’ And he said unto Him, ‘Lord, I am ready to go with Thee, both into prison, and to death.And He said, ‘I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest Me.’” ~ Luke 22:31-34 (KJV)

The Spirit of Truth

The Lord is never wrong. As a result, Peter found out the hard way that he should have taken the Lord’s warning more seriously. Today, we have the Holy Spirit to guide us, and like Jesus said, ‘Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come.’ ~ John 16:13 (KJV) The Lord told the wise men, and later Joseph, of king Herod’s plans to kill Jesus shortly after His birth. It went well for them because they took the Lord’s warnings seriously and immediately took evasive actions (Matthew 2). So please, do not ignore the Lord when He takes the time to warn you; He does not give idle warnings. It may deter the enemy from attacking you if he sees you alert and wearing the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18).

Now for a warning regarding conditions associated with a prophecy. By the way, the Lord gives conditions associated with a prophecy at the time of the prophecy, not after. When the Lord spoke to Solomon in a dream, He gave the new king wisdom, riches, and honor. But the Lord also gave Solomon the following condition: ‘And IF thou wilt walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.’ ~ 1 Kings 3:14 (KJV) Sometimes the Lord’s warning comes in the form of the word “if”, which is also a condition for a prophecy. One of the things king Solomon should have adhered to regarding the Lord’s commandments was when He said, ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments.’ ~ Exodus 20:3-6 (KJV)

Solomon did not heed the Lord’s warnings, which is why he was the cause for the kingdom being split in two, Israel in the north and Judah in the south. Despite the Ten Commandments, and the Lord’s personal warning to Solomon, “…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. Then did Solomon build an high place for chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods. And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the Lord commanded. Wherefore the Lord said unto Solomon, ‘Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father’s sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son. Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David My servant’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake which I have chosen.’” ~ 1 Kings 11:1-13 (KJV)

Some warnings from the Lord may strike you as being very odd; especially because they pertain to something you could never envision yourself ever doing. For example, Peter could never envision himself denying his beloved Savior. Warnings from the Lord vary but they should never be overlooked. Again, the Lord does not give idle warnings. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Thank the Lord for revealing the enemy’s plans before they pose a threat.

Red Flags

 

Are you a prophet in the cave/wilderness?

The Sheepdogs

Many people say there are no prophets of God today, in part because believers have the Holy Spirit. While the latter part of the previous statement is correct, the former is not. One of the many reasons why prophets of the Lord are needed is because the devil’s prophets are busy leading people away from Christ. This is evident by the number of Christians who are supporting things God hates. If that applies to you, and you do not repent, woe unto you when you stand before Christ on the day of your judgment (see Matthew 7:21-23).

When Jonah preached against Nineveh, he simply said, ‘Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.’ ~ Jonah 3:4 (KJV) Note how Jonah delivered the Word of the Lord but he did not use the Lord’s name. However, the Ninevites took him seriously enough to humble themselves and repent. So, whether a prophet is serving the Lord or the devil, the prophet will not always use the name of the god he or she is representing when delivering a message. Many “prophets” of the devil are leading people astray to do or support sinful acts all in the name of love.

For those who say they have the Holy Spirit and don’t need to a prophet to hear from the Lord, good for you, but you may want to reconsider. Many people have the Holy Spirit but they do not listen to Him. That is particularly evident when a person has been living in sin without even giving a thought to repenting and getting things right with the Lord. In addition, David was a prophet. He wrote Psalm 22, which describes some of the things Jesus would say and endure during His crucifixion (Matthew 27). Yet, even though David was anointed, and he heard from the Lord himself, the Lord used prophets to speak to David, to include using Nathan the prophet (2 Samuel 12) and Gad the seer (1 Chronicles 21) to rebuke and proclaim judgment against the king.

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As previously stated, the devil has his bevy prophets so the Lord has His prophets also. Similarly to on Mount Carmel with the prophet Elijah against the 450 prophets of baal, the Lord still uses His prophets to point people, to include Holy Spirit filled believers, to the true and living God. Like Elijah said to the Israelites on Mount Carmel, I say unto you, ‘How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow Him: but if baal, then follow him.’ ~ 1 Kings 18:21 (KJV) Many Christians are professing Jesus while serving other gods, even though Jesus said, ‘No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon [money].’ ~ Matthew 6:24 (KJV) So, on this day, choose which god you will serve. Lest not forget that God said, ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God…’ ~ Exodus 20:3-5 (KJV)

God, The Love of My Life (2)

 

"Labor Pains"

Parental Rights

Typically, parents want what is best for their children. However, despite their wisdom, they should never try to lord over their children’s lives, particularly when it means usurping the Lord’s will for that child (to include adult offspring). Many parents have ruined their children’s lives by preventing them from fulfilling their Godly calling because of their selfish desires. The following provide Scriptural examples of how parents either helped or hurt their children:
 
• Bethuel had plans for his daughter Rebekah, but that changed when Abraham’s servant showed up and wanted to take her back to marry Isaac. When Bethuel realized the sudden turn of events was from the Lord, he immediately consented but wanted to spend ten more days saying goodbye to his daughter. Yet, even in that time in history, Rebekah’s family consulted with her and accepted her decision to leave immediately. It is amazing that her family consulted with their daughter to at least get her opinion, and then they respected it. In addition, they did not resort to manipulation (witchcraft) in an effort to get her to stay and delay her destiny (Genesis 24).
 
• Laban made his daughter Leah’s life very bitter by deceiving Jacob into marrying her. As a result, Leah ended up in a plural marriage with a man who hated her. And to add insult to injury, Leah got a front row seat to witness her husband loving another woman, all because of her father’s selfish interference (Genesis 29).
 
• A concubine ran away from her husband and went to her father’s house. When her husband went to get her, her father kept delaying their departure. The husband had had enough after five days so he took his concubine and left. Sadly, the delayed departure resulted in the woman getting abused and killed at the hands of others. In addition, the event sparked a war between the Israelites and the Benjaminites, which resulted in 40,000 Israelites getting killed (Judges 19-20).
 
• Shaphat and his wife probably had plans for Elisha to take over the family’s farm. However, when Elijah showed up to fulfill the Lord’s command to anoint Elisha as a prophet, Shaphat did not hold on to his son. In fact, Elisha kissed his parents goodbye. In addition, Elisha killed the yoke of oxen he had been using to plow the field when Elijah showed up to change his life. Elisha killing the yoke of oxen was symbolic of him closing the door on his past, to include his parents, because his calling involved doing incredible works in the name of the Lord instead (1 Kings 19:16-21). It was more important for Elisha to do his Heavenly Father’s will as opposed to his earthly father’s will, which for many professing Christian parents today is unacceptable. Prophetically, Elisha’s obedience to God’s will is symbolic of when Jesus said to His disciples, ‘My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work.’ ~ John 4:34 (KJV)
 
• Hannah, who had been barren, petitioned the Lord for a son, whom she promised to give to the Lord as soon as she weaned him. The Lord granted her petition and blessed her with a son named Samuel. Hannah could have held onto the child, but she took Samuel to the temple to serve the Lord as soon as she weaned him, just as she had promised the Lord. The Lord rewarded her faithfulness by blessing her with five more children. Samuel grew up and became a prophet and the last judge over Israel (1 Samuel 1-7). If you asked the Lord for a child, and made a vow to commit that child to serving the Lord, the Lord has done His part but have you done yours? By the way, Hannah, who had been barren, could have held on to Samuel and he probably would have been her only child. However, because Hannah did not interfere with Samuel’s destiny, the Lord blessed her with five more children. If you only knew what interfering with your child’s destiny is costing you.
 
I know parents usually have wisdom, and they can help guide their offspring on the right path, but parents have to learn how and when to let go and trust the Lord. By the way, this applies to an offspring’s chosen profession, and spouse. Sometimes parents do not like the person the Lord has ordained as their offspring’s spouse… Sadly, many parents claim to have let their offspring go, yet are praying to the Lord for Him to make their offspring’s ventures to fail so he or she will return and do what the parents want that offspring to do. That is a form of witchcraft and parents will have to give an account to the Lord for it. When the man with two sons fulfilled the younger son’s request to give him his inheritance, the father complied. The young man moved out and squandered his inheritance, without his father having to pray witchcraft prayers to force his son back home. Yes, the young man hit rock bottom and decided to return to his father’s home, and his father was happy that he returned (Luke 15:11-32). Yet, that father strikes me as the type of man who would have been happy for his son if he had never returned because he was successfully fulfilling his calling in life. One of the things the father demonstrated is that his love for his son was unwavering; the son did not have to do his father’s will to earn or retain his father’s love. Sadly, many young people are afraid to pursue what the Lord has placed in their heart to do because they know their parents would basically disown them.
 
If you have been praying for a loved one to fail, stop! Again, that is a form of witchcraft (manipulation). You may think you are praying to the Lord when in fact you are giving devils access to your offspring to fulfill your desires. That is equivalent to dedicating your infant to a devil and the child grows up wondering why he or she has been suffering throughout life, to include failed ventures. Devils enjoy stopping people from reaching their God-ordained destiny. If a devil stopped you from reaching your God-ordained destiny, do not allow or be the reason why the same happens to your child. Please keep that in mind before you even think about praying against your offspring for your will instead of God’s will to be done. In addition, Jesus said, ‘Ye have heard that it hath been said, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.’ But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.’ ~ Matthew 5:43-44 (KJV) How do you think the Lord will respond to you for basically cursing someone you profess to love since He directed you to bless your enemies? Many parents who have been petitioning the Lord in an effort to control their children’s destiny are in trouble with the Lord themselves. Woe unto those parents who did not fulfill their calling from the Lord, so the Lord blessed them with a child who would do the Lord’s will, but the parents are trying to block that also.
 
Let me stop before I really get started. However, before I go, we will all have to give an account to the Lord for our individual actions, and that include those who obeyed their parents instead of God. If your parents won’t willingly let you go, like Hannah, so you can fulfill the Lord’s purpose for your life, you may have to simply kiss them goodbye, like Elisha, in order to fulfill your Godly purpose. If your parents decide to pray against you doing the Lord’s will, they will have to answer to the Lord. Again, we will all have to give an account of ourselves to the Lord, and He said, ‘Yet say ye, ‘Why? Doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father?’ When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all My statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live. The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.’ ~ Ezekiel 18:19-20 (KJV)
 
God, The Love of My Life (2)
P.S. Obey God! You may be in a bit of a quandary because you want to do the Lord’s will for your life but your parents are opposing it. And, after all, Jesus said we should honor our parents. But the Lord also said, ‘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.’ ~ Matthew 10:34-38 (KJV)
 
Humble Pie

Good God

Do not become embittered if or when you see the Lord blessing your enemy (or someone who hurt you), especially if you are still suffering. You may have even asked, “Why do the wicked prosper?” Please keep the following in mind:

  • Jesus said, ‘Ye have heard that it hath been said, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.’ But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.’ ~ Matthew 5:43-45 (KJV)

 

  • “If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: for thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.” ~ Proverbs 25:21-22 (KJV)

The goodness of God is meant to lead to repentance (Romans 2:4); God’s goodness is not a reward for bad behavior (as it may sometimes appear). A person who does evil and receives a blessing from the Lord afterwards is sadly mistaken if he or she misconstrues it as the Lord’s approval of his or her actions. Woe unto those who repay God’s good with evil!

 

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

If you have suffered at the hands of another who is wicked and prospering, keep in mind that earthly wealth pales in comparison to heavenly treasures. Moreover, as the Lord said, ‘Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.’ ~ Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV)

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

Desires of Your Heart

There are times when people believe they received a revelation from the Lord but when they acted upon it, the outcome was ungodly. One of the first questions to ask when such things unfold is whether the person had truly heard from the Lord. Yet, based on the outcome, you may not be able to concur with the individual that he or she had truly heard from the Lord. After all, God cannot lie (Titus 1:2, Numbers 23:19, Hebrews 6:18). But what if I told you that the individual might have in fact heard from the Lord, despite the disastrous results, which may have even made it seem as if the Lord had lied? I may have just stirred up a hornet’s nest in terms of your theology so please bear with me while I unwrap this package.

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The first of the Lord’s Ten Commandments is, ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.’ ~ Exodus 20:3 (KJV) The Lord despises idolatry. Sometimes the idols in our lives are not readily apparent because they are idols in and of the heart instead of graven images. It is very important to know the entire Bible in order to get a more complete picture of whom the Lord is, and how He thinks. Sometimes one of the worst things the Lord can give you is the carnal versus the spiritual desires of your heart. You have to be cognizant that not every desire of your heart is from the Lord. You have probably heard the following: “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” ~ Psalm 37:4 (KJV) David is the author of that psalm, and the perfect candidate for us to use to dissect the two types of desires that can be in the heart. When the Lord had Samuel anoint David as Israel’s next king, he received a spiritual (God-given) desire in his heart to be king, even though he was not ready to take over from king Saul at that moment (1 Samuel 16). That was a good desire in his heart. We see the evidence of that based on how David would not dishonor the Lord as he waited for the Lord to fulfill His promise to make David king. Many people with a carnal desire would have killed Saul just to replace him as king, but David was seemingly not in a rush to replace Saul. Conversely, years later, David, the man who was after the Lord’s heart, set his eyes on Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba, and there was nothing honorable about how David pursued that carnal desire of his heart (2 Samuel 11). David had other wives, and concubines, yet he allowed Bathsheba to become an idol in his heart. Again, it is very important to distinguish between the spiritual and carnal desires of your heart. In addition, be careful that you do not allow even the God-given desires of your heart to become an idol. If you do, you may end up doing the wrong things in order to obtain the promises of the Lord. It may have seemed as if Sarah’s suggestion to have Abraham conceive a child with Hagar was a good idea, especially based on how long they had been waiting for the Lord to fulfill His promise to bless them with a child, but the carnal decision failed to fulfill a spiritual promise (Genesis 17-21, Galatians 3:22-31). In addition, it has created issues that have persisted to this day.

You may find this hard to believe, but sometimes the worst thing the Lord can do for you is to give you the (carnal) desires of your heart. Many people have suffered serious consequences because the Lord gave them exactly what they (oftentimes relentlessly) asked Him for. I avoid making assertions with Scripture to back them up, and what I have said is no exception, so here goes. Do you recall how the Israelites complained about how they were tired of eating manna, and they began lusting to eat meat, even to the point where they were willing to go back into the bondage in Egypt that the Lord had delivered them from? Well, the Lord was not please with the (carnal) desires of their hearts so He said, ‘Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days; but even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised the Lord which is among you, and have wept before Him, saying, ‘Why came we forth out of Egypt?’ ~ Numbers 11:19-20 (KJV) Ensure the desires of your heart do not put you at enmity with the Lord, especially if what you desire would mean sacrificing your relationship with Him. Furthermore, it is definitely idolatrous if a desire pushes you to the point where you would willingly go back into something the Lord has delivered you from. If you have never witnessed it, you do not want to end up in a situation where you are pursuing something the Lord does not want you to have, even if you believe it would be the fulfillment of a promise to you.

So, why do people legitimately receive an answer from the Lord but end up getting deceived? Well, sometimes people petition the Lord for something that is actually an idol in their heart. In addition, the idol is so deeply entrenched that the person does not want to hear the truth from the Lord. As a result, He gives the individual an answer in accordance with the desires of his or her heart as opposed to His will for the person. Again, that is another assertion that needs a Scriptural anchor so here we go:

We see an example of the Lord answering a person in accordance with the desires of his or her heart with Ahab, the king of Israel. Ahab asked Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, to go with him into battle against Ramothgilead. When Ahab inquired of his 400 prophets, they all told him to go because the Lord will give them the victory. But, Jehoshaphat had reservations about their prophecy and he wanted to inquire of a prophet of the Lord. As a result, they sent for the prophet Micaiah. However, Ahab’s emissary implored Micaiah to prophesy just like the others had, which was a sign that Ahab was not interested in hearing the truth, but rather, he wanted confirmation of his heart’s desire. Yet, even though Micaiah, an honorable prophet of the Lord, said he would only speak what the Lord tells him to say, the following unfolded:

“So he came to the king. And the king said unto him, ‘Micaiah, shall we go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall we forbear?’ And he answered him, ‘Go, and prosper: for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.’ And the king said unto him, ‘How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the Lord?’” ~ 1 Kings 22:15-16 (KJV)

Without going too in depth, it seems unthinkable that the prophet of the Lord would speak deceptive words to the kings. However, the prophet later told the kings the truth. He said the other prophets had been deceived because king Ahab was being led to his death. Yet, even after receiving the truth, king Ahab persecuted the prophet for being honest, and went into battle anyhow. The king did not want to hear the truth. On the contrary, Ahab wanted someone to tell him what he wanted to hear, that he was going to get his heart’s desire. But king Ahab received more than he bargained for when he went into battle and was carted off the field with an arrow lodged in his body. Ahab perished, just as Micaiah had told him. Never let the pursuit of the desires of your heart become an idol, especially to the point where you harden your heart to the truth. It is written: “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 2:10-12 (KJV)

Again, it is important to know the entire Bible so you can get to know the Lord even better. In addition to everything presented thus far, here are a few Words that came directly from the Lord regarding how some people get deceived:

‘Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them? Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, ‘Thus saith the Lord God; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the Lord will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols; that I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from Me through their idols.’ Therefore say unto the house of Israel, ‘Thus saith the Lord God; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations. For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from Me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to enquire of him concerning Me; I the Lord will answer him by Myself: And I will set My face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of My people; and ye shall know that I AM the Lord. And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the Lord have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out My hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of My people Israel. And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him.’ ~ Ezekiel 14:3-10 (KJV)

I know that sometimes ministers convey general messages without considering how it could negatively impact others; even a great message has the potential to lead or mislead. The last thing I want to do in conveying this message is to cause confusion or raise unwarranted doubts if you are waiting on a bona fide promise from the Lord to fulfill a desire of your heart that He gave you. I know how the devil uses even Godly things in an effort to cause people to give up on the Lord. If the Lord is using this message to communicate something to you, then great, but please do not assume this is the Word of the Lord for you if that is not the case. Test the spirits (1 John 4:1) in order to ensure you are hearing from the Holy Spirit as opposed to an impure spirit, or even your soul. I do not want the devil to misuse this message to take you off the path the Lord has you on that is in accordance with His will for your life. If there is confusion, pray and ask the Lord for clarity.

Now we can reexamine the examples from David and apply them to your life. When David received the desire to be king, he was out in the wilderness tending to his sheep. Being the king probably never entered into David’s mind a day in his life. But then the Lord called him out and made him a promise. David did not seek the Lord to make Him king; it was the Lord who sought David. All David sought was the Lord, and the Lord in turn selected David when He needed a man who as after His own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). Furthermore, as Jesus later said, ‘…seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.’ ~ Matthew 6:33 (KJV) On the other hand, we can deduce that David’s desire for Bathsheba occurred because he saw her bathing. In addition, based on the fact that she was married, we know the Lord did not point her out as being his future wife. I can tell you that if the Lord is going to point someone out to you as the person He has chosen for you to marry, He is going to show you that person’s inner beauty as opposed to their nakedness like when David saw Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11:2). By the way, since I have started going down this path, if you are single and you see the spiritual beauty of another person, it does not mean that individual is your God-ordained spouse. One of the signs that the person is not your God-ordained spouse is if you both have a love for the Lord, you recognize the Godly qualities in the person, but there is no other form of attraction between you. You may both love God yet not like each other. You may even love the Lord, but on different levels, which would make you incompatible. For example, it is very different to marry a fellow believer than it is to marry another believer who is a minister. Being unequally yoked is not simply a matter of a believer and a non-believer in a relationship (2 Corinthians 6:14). As we are told, do not plow with an ox and a donkey together (Deuteronomy 22:10). I am going to stop before I venture too deeply into the realm of relationships. However, I do not want you to get deceived, or even worse, to stay deceived.

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I have seen the Lord put a desire in a person’s heart and it was a beautiful thing when He fulfilled that (spiritual) desire. But I have also seen the opposite and how it altered the course of many people’s lives. I hope you truly get what I mean when I say many people have been though painful situations where they found out that Christ is the Resurrection, Redeemer, and Savior. However, the journey would have been less traumatic if He had simply been their Lord, to include the Lord of their heart.

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