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!

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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)

 

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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).

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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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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.

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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

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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

 

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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)

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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)

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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.

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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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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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Your Reputation 

There are two ways for you to ruin your reputation as a minister, do evil and/or associate with or vouch for those who are evil (false).

People will know you by your fruits, and what/who you tolerate. Your reputation plays a significant role in whether people, especially those who are seeking the Lord, will receive anything from you. Protect your gifts and calling from all sources of contamination. Jeremiah did not tolerate Hananiah (Jeremiah 28), and Paul did not tolerate the woman with the spirit of divination who was trying to associate herself with him and Silas (Acts 16:16-18). Also see Revelation 2:18-23 regarding the Lord’s heart of what people, particularly His ministers tolerate.

Never forget that we are to “…have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” ~ Ephesians 5:11 (KJV)

I close with the additional reminders:

o “…I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?” ~ 1 Corinthians 10:20-22 (KJV)

o “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I AM the Lord your God.” ~ Leviticus 19:31 (KJV)

o “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, ‘I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate’, saith the Lord, ‘and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters’, saith the Lord Almighty.” ~ 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (KJV)

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The Specialist

I usually get irritated when I hear ministers (usually pastors) speak out against prophets when they are clueless about what a person goes through in order to become a prophet, and more importantly, how the Lord uses His prophets. I served in the U.S. Army for many years. I can tell you about things I experienced in basic training for example, but I would limit my comments regarding what the other branches of service basic training are like because I have never been through them. I have seen documentaries and movies about basic training for the other branches of service, but that does not make me fully qualified to speak about them. Similarly, the Lord specifically designs how He transforms a person into one of His apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers (Ephesians 4:11). You may have heard me speak out against (errant) pastors, even though I am not a pastor, but that is a part of my job description in accordance with Jeremiah 23, Ezekiel 34, Matthew 23, etc. However, I limit my comments as directed because I do not want to overstep my boundaries.

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I recall being in the USO at an airport when I saw a deficiency on a young Marine’s uniform. I was not a Marine, so I would not have been able to spot a deficiency such as the improper placement of the accouterments on his uniform like a Marine Sergeant Major (SgtMaj) would. However, I saw that one of the clasps on his marksmanship badge was broken so I went over and quietly let him know. I did not do so from the point of view as a Soldier trying to make a Marine look bad. I also did not approach him like how a SgtMaj who does not want anything or anyone to be a poor reflection on the Marine Corps, to include a small dangling portion of a badge, may have. On the contrary, I treated him like a brother in arms who looked sharp but I wanted him to look his best by pointing out a deficiency he needed to correct. And by the way, I was not in uniform, yet I did not need to identify myself in order for the Marine to take corrective action. Similarly, there are things that the five types of ministers can point out to each other, in order to help them serve the Lord and His people to the fullest. But there are also limits, especially when a person’s deeds are not of the Holy Spirit.

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

An example of something I have heard pastors speak out against is “parking lot prophets”. I understand how they may be trying to protect their congregants, but I have never heard a pastor speak about receiving personal prophecy in private in the correct manner. Not every person who tries to deliver a prophetic message in private is a deceiver, a “parking lot prophet”. I can provide several Biblical examples of where the Lord sent a prophet to deliver a message in private. There are other cases where the recipient would have preferred if the message had been delivered in private, but I will only provide one for the sake of brevity. Take note of what happened when the Lord sent the prophet Ahijah to deliver the prophecy that Jeroboam was going to become king: “And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field.” ~ 1 Kings 11:29 (KJV) Many of today’s pastors would have discouraged Jeroboam from receiving that prophecy because Ahijah would be described as a “parking lot prophet”. Also note, in addition to being alone, they were in a field instead of a place of worship. But here is one of the reasons why the Lord had the prophet deliver the message in private: “Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam. And Jeroboam arose, and fled into Egypt, unto Shishak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon.” ~ 1 Kings 11:40 (KJV)

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

Prophets do not give prophecies in private as a way to escape accountability, false prophets do. You receiving a prophecy in public, to include a church, may bring out the devils in people you would not suspect. As was the case with Jerobaom, prophecies are a magnet for spiritual warfare. Lest not forget that it was Joseph’s brothers who wanted to kill him so that the Word of the Lord would not come to pass (Genesis 37). Joseph may have thought his family would be supportive of his God-given dreams that they would bow down to him. But even his father Jacob, a man who had several prophetic dreams from the Lord that came to pass, rebuked his son (Genesis 37:10). Too many pastors have used their limited knowledge of prophets, and prophetic ministry, to cause harm to true prophetic ministries. They applied Scriptures such when the apostle Paul wrote: “Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.” ~ 1 Corinthians 14:29 (KJV) That is a doctrine primarily for periods of prophetic utterances in a church service or other public settings. It does not mean every prophecy should be given in public. Don’t forget that some prophecies do not require the recipient to judge if it is a Word from the Lord or not. If the Lord sends a prophet to tell a person to stop committing adultery because He is going to unleash the devil on both transgressors, the adulterer would probably prefer to receive that message in private. In addition, the person would know the messenger was from God. I know people have used the Lord’s name in vain to deceive others, but pastors, please stop making it seem as if all prophets are false prophets. When you teach about what to look for in a false prophet at least take the time to study and then speak about how true prophets operate. I have heard that some pastors teach that John the Baptist was the last prophet, even though the Bible speaks about the prophet Agabus (Acts 21), and the apostle Paul established doctrine for how prophets should prophesy in church. A part of why I speak out against errant pastors is because of their ability to mislead God’s people, arguably more so than prophets, evangelists, and teachers.

Fivefold Ministry

I am also dumbfounded by how many pastors preach the errant doctrine of having a “spiritual covering”. Some pastors do it out of ignorance, others want to protect people, but some simply want to gather people to themselves for tithing purposes (another false doctrine commonly taught in churches – see Leviticus 27:30-33, Deuteronomy 14:22-29, etc. for the truth). Many ministers want to serve as a “spiritual covering” for others even though that is a function of the Holy Spirit (John 16:7-14). In addition, many ministers who want to serve as a “spiritual covering” (god) for others need covering themselves. Just look at ministers who have succumbed to greed, lust, perversion, etc. Some of those fallen ministers had identified another minister as his or her “spiritual father or mother”, yet that “spiritual parent” was powerless to prevent the other minister’s downfall. Some people would criticize me for not submitting to authority, ignorant of the fact that I simply refuse to bow to baal. I have heard many ministers cite Paul’s reference to Timothy as his son in the faith (1 Timothy 1:2, 2 Timothy 1:2, etc.) for having spiritual sons and daughters. But they seemingly overlook that the same apostle also referred to the same Timothy as a brother (2 Corinthians 1:1, Philemon 1:1).

Spiritual Covering

Many ministers who are serving as a “spiritual covering” for others are wrestling with the same sins the people they are “covering” are struggling with. If you have ever experience sleep paralysis, which is actually a demonic attack, say or think about the human who is your spiritual covering and see what happens. Then call on or think about the name of Jesus and see what happens. The same demon that attacks you probably just left your spiritual covering’s house and he or she is busy watching a pornographic video or engaging in some other sin, most likely oblivious to what you are experiencing. Let’s just say it is hard for your spiritual covering to cast out a demon he or she is in a partnership with. Also, keep in mind how the Lord exposed the idolatry people were practicing in the temple to his prophet Ezekiel (Ezekiel 8). There is still a lot of idolatry in many so-called houses of God. Many ministers fell because people saw that the minister was about to fall and felt intimated and could not approach the minister as a brother or sister in Christ. Other people worship their pastor and believe that the pastor can say or do no wrong; they even defend the pastor’s errant ways. There is no better “spiritual covering” than the Holy Spirit, and He dwells in the clergy and the laity (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Prophets do not point people to ministers, to include themselves; they point people to Jesus, which is also one of the functions of the Holy Spirit.

Humble Pie
The Lord exalts the humble.

 

Pastors, and other ministers, look in the mirror and examine yourselves regarding if you have been speaking on things you are not qualified to speak on. Doctors can read x-rays yet they rely on the expertise of a radiologist. Each ministry gift in Ephesians 4:11 has an area of expertise; the functions of an evangelist are different from those of a teacher, yet they are co-laborers in and for Christ. True pastors aim to protect the children of God, and so do true prophets. Pastors are referred to as shepherds, and prophets are the watchmen who look out for the sheep, and the shepherds. I also refer to prophets as being the Good Shepherd’s “sheepdogs”, so please stop treating them as if they are wolves or expect them to act like sheep. Instead, shepherds, learn to work with the sheepdogs. A sheepdog is not going to turn on a shepherd unless the shepherd is hurting the flock or the sheepdog. Arguably, no one is against a false prophet more than a true prophet… The Good Shepherd uses sheepdogs because He knows that some shepherds are hirelings, wolves in shepherd’s clothing, so He uses His sheepdogs to root them out. The Lord’s instructions to some of His sheepdogs are similar to the following instructions that He gave to Jeremiah:

‘Behold, I have put My Words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant… And I will utter My judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken Me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands. Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them. For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings…, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I AM with thee’, saith the Lord, ‘to deliver thee.’ ~ Jeremiah 1:9-10, 16-19 (KJV)

Minister to the People
Minister to the People

Prophets, if you have been bowing down to “your pastor”, worshipping baal, it is time to get off your knees. If necessary, how can the Lord use you to rebuke someone who has you on a leash? Nathan worked for king David, and he respected the king, but we know what happened in 2 Samuel 12. Do not become like king Ahab’s prophets, instead, be a vessel of the Lord like Micaiah (1 Kings 22). Too many prophets have become like spiritual eunuchs in churches.

For more information regarding why the Lord grooms prophets to have such disposition, see “Raised in the Wilderness: Rogue Reformers, Rallying the Remnant”. Now available at: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/raised-in-the-wilderness-kollin-l-taylor/1126188605?ean=2940157248727

Raised in the Wilderness: Rogue Reformers, Rallying the Remnant
Raised in the Wilderness: Rogue Reformers, Rallying the Remnant

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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