Monday, July 8, 2019
January 23, 2019:
Today I was reading about Enoch walking with God to the point his faith was so pleasing to the Lord, the Bible says he was taken.
And I started asking God what would it take to have that kind of faith. And not long after, Holy Spirit began speaking to me about it. He told me that in order to take the next step, I would have to never ask a human being for a single thing ever again in my life. Instead, God told me to move men's hearts, through God, by prayer alone. This is going to be a radical shift for my life. But it's one that I've been seeking for a while now. God has already taken me up by ceasing my prayers of understanding and only praying in the Holy Ghost and interpreting them when needed. So I'm ready. I know the tests are coming. With higher levels come bigger devils, but God's got this.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
If I had to sum up what the epistle to the church at Rome is about,
I would point at two verses that serve as the “book-ends” of the
and state that the letter was written for the “obedience to the faith”.
in this blog post, I attempt to share the five-fold grace of God that
believers take part in when they obey the Lord.
step of any believer’s obedience. And it has the potential to be the
most difficult; but one of the most satisfying ways as well. I’ve
frequently admired Christians as they operate in this grace of
obedience. It’s a beautiful thing to see people live simplistically as
they go about their lives abiding in God, delighting themselves in
Him as He gives them their hearts’ desires. (Psalm 37:4)
2. From the Word of God – (Luke 11:28) It’s an amazing thing
when people take the scripture verbatim and go about carrying out
what it says.
There will always come times throughout the lives of believers
where we will need to obey the Lord thru the guidance and counsel
of other Christians who have insights on how we should go about
doing things. However, this form takes humility to confess we
don’t know as we ought and need help.
This has been my favorite way of obeying God for years. I just love
to hear personally from God. It has even gotten to the point where
the Lord has given more emphasis on other forms to bring me into
more maturity of obeying in other areas of this five-fold grace than
just hearing from Holy Spirit. But it’s still a favorite.
This one is similar to obeying from godly counsel. But it focuses on
being obedient to God by responding to the needs of others. Many
Christians throughout history have leaned heavily on this
point to become obedient to the faith. And it is in no wise less than
any of the others when it comes to being faithful to God.
In conclusion, what I would submit here is that throughout the life
of a Christian, we will follow thru with all of these principles in our
walk. And while believers may put more emphasis on some rather
than others in this five-fold grace, the more we engage with each
one of them, the more mature we will become in time.
This next post is going to serve as a reminder that one day I'm going to write a book on the topic of creative ways to allow the Spirit of God to manifest thru believers. The Bible says in Hebrews
10:24, "let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds."
Several months ago, we had the opportunity to go out to the streets to evangelize, and one of the ideas God gave me spontaneously to minister with were the following: There were 4 or 5 of us out witnessing. And we came upon one fellow who we asked if he wanted to feel the tangible, physical touch of God's Spirit. So we had him stand up. And then two men from our group stood on each side of him. I then told each person standing beside the man to lay hands on him and just think in their minds a part of the guy's body that they wanted God to touch. And without saying anything, I told them to wait. The first dude from out group went first. And after a few moments I asked the guy (who was having hands laid on him) if he could feel anything different going on with his body. And he said he was. And then I asked the brother who was laying hands on him what part of the dude's body was he wanting God to touch. And he said which part. Then I asked the guy again, where at on his body was he getting the touch. And it was the exact spot that the brother was thinking about. This exact same thing happened with the brother who was on the other side of him too. It was simple. But it was the first sign I had ever seen. And in retrospect, the reason why enjoyed that experience so much and like sharing it is the fact that the Lord used 3 different people beside myself to show His love and power to.
Now some people will stop and object to this sort of thing and ask what real good does it do. And while I agree, people do need to be born-again. And ministry shouldn't stop at this. But I will remind you of what Jesus said in John 14:11. He told people to believe and even if it were the works themselves that caused them to come to faith in Him then so be it. So what I submit is that this kind of Spirit on flesh ministry is profitable in at least two ways.
1. Hebrews 10:24 - It causes us to consider how to spur one another on unto love and good works
2. John 14:11 - It gives the evidence for belief that God is and is able to do what He said He will do.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
In my previous post, yesterday, I spoke out against the mega-church model and explained how they are not God's original intent for fellowships. Today, I'm taking the next step and speaking out against other things you find in churches that I don't believe are of God either.
I think many of us who have been going to worship at churches for a good length of time in the 21st century have encountered this style of church and it's the lights, glitz, and glamour fellowship. And in large, the displays put on by these events are not much different than concerts or entertainment extravaganzas shown by the world. But what I would submit in this blog post is that they are unnecessary and tacky. In fact, I believe there are a large number of millennial's growing to agree with me. They are getting sick of theatrics and want something authentic. And as long as leaders are using gimmicks to draw crowds, then there will always be faulty premises which will inevitably lead to messed up ends.
The fake elements of worship churches are going to great (and expensive) lengths to create are merely counterfeits of what could truly happen if a people came together to worship and lift up the name of Jesus. Consider the following two examples:
The fog machine: These machines emit smoke which I've been told mimic prayers. And combined with different kinds of aroma makers, these are supposed to resemble what the Bible calls the incense of the saints.
Light shows: These serve no purpose other than contributing to headaches parishioners get when sitting under their influence for long periods of time. (Other than what I've already mentioned) I honestly don't know why leaders choose to incorporate different lights in their services. But I know one thing: The majority of times when I've been in a church and experienced the supernatural, whether it was angels or other activity of Heaven coming to earth, it wasn't in places where light shows were being demonstrated.
Again, these are just two examples of errors the church has been engaging in for years now. The Bible says that we have an enemy that masquerades as an angel of light. And the Bible says that he will even use lying signs, powers, and wonders to deceive people.
In conclusion, what I want to submit is this: Leaders need to stop operating their churches like circuses and giving the devil footholds to counterfeit the things of God. People are asking and looking for the real deal. And if all you have to offer are things like a bunch of lights, fog machines, etc..Then what are you doing for the kingdom of God? Amen.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
On the night of June 24, 2019, God started (what will last 2 years) of time being spent renewing my mind in regards to things that have been warped in the church for years. He told me (if I sought Him) that He would give me one insight a night that will go toward bringing back His original design for the church. The first insight He gave me, I've made public in this post. And in the spirit of Matthew 10:27, I will continue to post things He reveals to me in this blog for the duration of the two years it takes to finish. All further entries in these matters will have the same title except they will be numbered in the order they are given.
The first thing I would submit is this: We're doing church wrong. God never intended a local church to be a mega-church or even a congregation of hundreds. Although this practice is prevalent across the globe, this mistake is seen the worst in western churches; especially in America. And the main reason why it's perpetuated the most is because of money! Why do those who plant churches find it necessary to build great buildings to hold services in when this wasn't the way it was in days long gone? The errors of the mega-church go far beyond leaders collecting money from the hundreds and thousands of people that visit their churches every week. Other implications that arise from large congregations are as follows: (I will post examples and give solutions)
It fosters "consumer Christianity". There's no reason why hundreds of believers should sit at one time under any preaching of the Word. This is a result of Hebrews 5:12, and symptomatic of the western church as a whole. Instead, what should be taking place in the ministry is more believers serving rather than sitting in pews. I'm not suggesting that Christians should never spend time in corporate worship or getting exhortation. But look closely at the majority of churches. When the agenda revolves around the status quo of people coming, giving, maybe singing a few songs, listening to a preacher, and then leaving..Many things are missing.
Now some may interject and say, "Of course, we know the ideal goals in ministry, but how are those things accomplished?" The answer to that starts with the leadership ministering the Word of God. There are many preachers only saying the things others want to hear. In other words it's 2 Timothy 4:3 being played out across the board. And what happens is this: When your ministers never say anything hard then the culture of your church becomes conducent to lukewarmness. I'm not suggesting that preachers need to preach with mean spirits. But what I am saying is that there needs to be times when the counsel of the Word gives place for the Lord to purge His people. An example of this can be seen in the gospel of John 6:66 where many disciples decided to no longer follow Jesus and fell away.
The last thing I would cite as a problem with the mega church is the fact that it's evidence of a ministry not properly discipling and deploying its people. One of the biggest mistakes I've seen is a church rallying around a person's personality and it being a one man show. Granted, a preacher may be charismatic, but when all you have are multitudes of people coming to listen and give some kind of intellectual or emotional ascent to what's going on, then there will be no sustainable growth or significant outreach from that ministry. Instead, what I would submit is that churches (when they get to a certain maturity and number) should decide to form another local assembly. I realize some ministries are better at this than others, but we're a long way off from saying no the mega church. And again, while money is the main reason why we don't see more of this. It doesn't stop there. Other reasons why leaders latch on to the mega church model are pride and power. But there is coming a day when they will have to answer to God for these things. Amen.
Sunday, June 23, 2019
1.) Secure your salvation.
You must know you are God’s child thru what Jesus called
being born-again. If this isn’t your foundation, then all of
what follows in this writing does not apply to you. What I
like to do is ask people to pause and reflect on what God
has done to bring salvation and their response to Him. If at
the end of this writing you find that you don’t have the
correct response to this all too crucial question, then it’s my
prayer that you will make Christ the Lord of your life from
this day forward.
2.) Settle sin accounts quickly.
The price has already been paid by the blood of Jesus.
But ask Him to examine you regularly. (Psalm 139:23-24)
And if there’s any trespass or sin that you haven't already
confessed, do so immediately and completely. (1 John 1:9)
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psalm
“The LORD is far from the wicked: but he hears the prayer of the
righteous” (Proverbs 15:29).
“He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer
shall be abomination” (Proverbs 28:9).
3.) Study the Word of God.
Take time to pour over the scriptures. Personalize verses.
Put yourself in the place of pronouns and read God’s word as
if it’s personally addressed to you. Meditate on it. Search
out different verses in the original languages that it was
written in whether it’s Hebrew or Greek. There’s a depth
and richness to studying this way that often times our
English misses out on.
"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)
"And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." (2 Timothy 3:15)
4.) Supplicate ourselves in prayer.
In other words, spend time in communication with the Lord.
And remember: Prayer is a dialogue; not a monologue. God
wants to talk to you too. So pour out your heart to Him.
Bring before Him your needs and petitions. Be grateful and
offer Him thanksgiving. Then shut up and wait for Him to
speak to you back.
5.) Sing songs of praise.
You don’t need to be in a service with a worship team
leading to do this. You can engage in worship while driving,
taking a shower, or any other thing you can think of.
"Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the
Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord."
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and
admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and
hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts
to God.” (Colossians 3:16)
6.) Speak in other tongues.
This is a personal prayer language given to believers by
God and should not be underestimated. The Bible says that
we do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself
intercedes for us through wordless groans. And it is by praying in
the Holy Spirit that we find edification for ourselves. (1 Corinthians
Now many people will stop and say that nobody should pray in
tongues unless there is someone to interpret. In such cases where
the speaker is in front of a congregation and looking to
communicate; this is true. But I’m referring to when a believer is
communing with God by himself. In those instances Paul made it
clear that they are permitted to speak in tongues all they want.
7.) Surround ourselves with like-minded believers.
stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet
together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and
all the more as you see the Day drawing near."
But to give a word of caution: Surrounding ourselves with
like-minded believers is the key. Watch out for people who
don’t believe in all the gifts of the Spirit. Love them and
witness to them. But don’t allow yourself to be quenched by
their unbelief or ignorance. Also remember: The common
denominator that all Christians in the body of Christ share is
Jesus and His kingdom. There are too many groups and
programs that mainly fellowship around the struggles and
sins of its members. This isn’t biblical. Yes, the Bible does
have things to say about accountability and confessing sins
to one another. But if that’s all a group of people are doing
then you need to leave. As Christians we must rally around
our victory in Christ rather than staying in a defeatist
mindset that doesn’t foster true growth and maturity.
8.) Share the Lord Jesus Christ with others.
This is where the rubber meets the road. Jesus gave the great
commission. (Matthew 28:16-20) And if we are serious about our faith
commission. (Matthew 28:16-20) And if we are serious about our faith
and carrying out these principles, then going out to minister
will be the natural overflowing response after we’ve
encouraged ourselves in the faith. I have serious doubts
about people who lock themselves up inside somewhere and
spend their entire time doing what they call meditating or
other so called spiritual precepts and never evangelizing
other people. Something is missing here. It’s like something
that someone said to me years ago about witnessing: “How
can I not tell other people about this amazing God that did
so much for me? I couldn’t keep it to myself if I wanted to!”
Friend, is this your testimony? Do you know for a 100%
certainty that you have eternal life? The Spirit of God is
telling you at this exact moment to examine yourself to see if
you are in the faith. I’m not asking you what you said or did
by spiritual exercise in your life prior to this point. But at
this exact second, what are you relying on for salvation?
The Bible says that there is only one correct answer to this
question. I would encourage you to read this quick link to make
sure you have the right response to what God has done
for you thru Jesus Christ.
sure you have the right response to what God has done
for you thru Jesus Christ.
And after reading, if you realize that you’re trying by other
means to attain eternal life; It’s my prayer that you will
make the decision to come to God His way and not yours.
In Jesus’ name, be blessed. Amen.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ spent the last night before He was betrayed and arrested in a garden in Jerusalem called Gethsemane. It's a place you can visit this day in the land of Israel. It is a garden of ancient 1000 year old olive trees. Jesus knew it was the time for the Father's plan to be completed.
Gethsemane means "oil press." Oil comes forth from the harvested olives when intense pressure is put upon them - the more pressure, the more oil.
He asked his disciples to pray with Him, but they kept getting overtaken by a spirit of slumber. As Jesus prayed with such intensity and passion, blood began to come forth mixed with His sweat. He was going through the greatest struggle of His life. He said: "Father - nevertheless - not My will be done, but Your will be done."
Jesus wrestled in prayer in that dark place that night all alone and made the decision He would not back down, but would go ahead with the plan of the Father. The Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world would now become an earthly reality. He made the decision to go to the cross.
Jesus learned obedience through all He suffered and therefore qualified to become the Captain or Author of our salvation. He was anointed in His earthly life by the Spirit of God.
But now, the passion and pressure of what He would go through would afterwards release an anointing that would be available to all of us who believe - the oil of joy. The oil of joy I believe is the anointing of sonship.
The first Adam lost our inheritance in a garden. The last Adam would regain it in a garden. Everything was settled that night in the garden. Jesus' will was in complete alignment with the will of the Father. Heaven and earth are at attention to see how it would all unfold.
Gethsemane is the garden of the "oil press." It is the place of intense pressure that will bring forth a priceless anointing as our wills come into alignment with His. It is the place where we will not compromise in the pressure, but cry out to God with passion in the midst of it because we know what it is about to produce.
Sonship is a free gift from the Father through Christ that gives us access to heaven. Mature sonship is where we begin to access and walk in that inheritance while still here on earth. It is an anointing of sonship - the oil of joy that sets you "above your companions" (Hebrews 1:9).
Peter writes: "Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange was happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed for the Spirit of Glory rests on you." 1 Peter 4:12-14
Paul writes: "But we have this treasure (His glory) in jars of clay to show that His all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed......."
"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all." 2 Corinthians 4:7,8 and 17
Gethsemene's extreme pressure is producing a harvest of righteousness and peace - it is bringing forth an extreme and very precious anointing - the oil of joy - the anointing of sonship. With that anointing you can change the world and bless the nations.
It is the extreme pressure of Gethsemane that will reveal more and more of the glories of our sonship in Christ - the manifestation of the sons of God - the sons of glory.
If you have been going through a Gethsemane "oil press" time in your life, take heart - there is something so priceless and precious in you that the Father wants released in and through your life.
All you must say is - "nevertheless, not my will be done Father, but your will be done." A harvest of righteousness and shalom (peace and prosperity) is about to come to you as the "oil of joy" - the oil and anointing of sonship is released.