Mark 4:24 Says take heed to what you hear. Make an effort towards understanding. What effort we make to know and walk in the Word of God, what measures we take- the same will be rewarded back.
Words are seeds. Words have power. When we allow the WORD of LIFE to have a prominent place in our hearts then weed seeds, the enemies lies, have no room to grow.
We are a product of what we believe.
Faith comes not but by HEARING, and HEARING by the WORD of God. Romans 10:17.
What is planted in the soil of our hearts, and nurtured will come to fruition. It will come to its harvest! Life or death! What is sown in your heart? Faith? Doubt? Confusion? Who is your teacher? The Holy Spirit? Youtube? Conservative television? Liberal media? When the big lie comes it will gather its own. The decision for truth begins now! And starts by plunging into the pure unadulterated word of God.
What is in our heart will bear witness to its Father.
Jesus told the Pharisees that their Father was the Father of lies. His sheep know His voice, a stranger they will not follow. But if the voices of this world is all that one is listening to, then how can they know the Lord’s voice?
Movements have already mounted themselves up on the power of their delivery. Ready to spring into action on what is believed as right. Posed to act as soon as the signal is given. The heart is secretly conditioned to respond, when the liar beckons to that harvest pre-sown, and nurtured by the spirit of the power of the air. Light and darkness will continue contrasting itself into the divide prophesied by Isaiah saying: Arise and shine for the glory of the Lord is risen, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. Deep darkness covers the earth, and gross darkness the people, but my light will shine upon you ..
Even among the household of the saints, are some among them, that will charge into action on what they allowed to pre-condition them, for many years. Heaping to themselves teachers tickling their ears. Inundated with information in this Information Age. If seeking to know the WORD of God, is not our daily bread, we will have little power to resist a global movement that is contrary to the doctrine of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Mathew 10 will be fulfilled. Jesus said, “You think that I have come to bring peace, but I have come to bring a sword.” Households will be divided against themselves. Because the WORD is a sword, come to cut the flesh from spirit. God’s WORD has brought divisions since Emmanuel (God with us) has come. Not that Jesus sent the sword of His word to separate people from Him. But, so that works of the flesh will be separated from them, by the circumcision of the heart. Removing the flesh from the Spirit, for the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Consequently, those who resist Him, will allow the enemy’s lies to divide them from the household of God, splitting families. So what we have filled our hearts with in the hour we live in, will come to light. In this, what dominates the heart will be exposed. Inordinate passions are carrying many away.
The bible says people will believe they are working for God, persecuting His people. But they are fighting against the King of Glory. Christians (by title only) are fighting against Him right now.
In fact, the worst are still the religious leaders of our day. Making dependents rather than disciples. Raising weak congregations under the control and power of sorcery. They say, “What? I have no sorcerers in my flock! Ask your congregation how many are medicated? More importantly how many are on behavior stabilizing medications, because outrageous behavior is out of their control? How many addicted to pain killers? This is a scourge ravaging the homes and streets of America. An epidemic of seismic proportion. If we can’t claim our sanctuaries, how are we going to claim the world for Jesus?
How many are under the power of satanic control?
Horrified, pastors may want to try to change this condition over night. But it didn’t happen over night. The sorcery laden culture of this nation, in many places, has its own habitation nested among Christian assemblies. Under a jurisdiction of a powerless gospel, because God’s people did not obey the Lord’s requirement first, before they went to do the work of the ministry: He said, “Go and wait; until YOU are endued with power from on high!” After that they were to make disciples of all nations.” Which simply means to create followers that hold to the discipline of the doctrine of the Lord Jesus Christ. The good news! Good for setting people free of bondage! Leading them into the fullness of Christ, by casting out devils, speaking in unknown tongues, laying hands on the sick, and being immune to any deadly thing. Mark 16:15-17. Few reach fo that kind of power in their walk.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty!
Colossians 2:6-15 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the un circumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Too often the wind and fire of the Spirit of renewal is quenched by those who resist the Holy Spirit, often because they mistakenly believe they are the head of the church assigned to control the saints of God, they will not yield to the Spirit working in other people’s lives. If a word, gift, directive, or movement of God, doesn’t originate from them, then in their mind, it is invalid. Rather than adjusting to the move of the Spirit and accommodating HIM, in how He wants to work, and whom He uses, these who regard none other than themselves (and their own ambitions) resist HIM!
Jesus is the brain.
The body, and that includes the presbytery, (elders) is run by the brain. They are subject not only to obey the head, but operate as a part of the body. Not the whole of it, but to honor the functionality of it, as God designed. As all parts working as one. Jesus is the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and the government- resting upon HIS shoulders (the woven bands of muscle ligament and bone) which is the *presbyters working together, lifting the burden of the Lord, bringing alignment to the head. By and through, the mind of Christ leading. Teaching, with the shepherding graces of God. ‘The Body of Christ’ is called that for a reason.
I once heard a pastor announce behind the pulpit that he was the head of the church, and that what he says goes! When a pastor, bishop or elder, declares himself as the head of the church and postures himself over the people as their head, than that is a clear indication that a man is head over that church! If no one sees the problem with that, then they are in error. The pastor and the people have made themself an idol, and they are dutifully following him. Ironically, the word pastor is more associated with the position of a deacon, then it is a Bishop. In the Strong’s Concordance the etymology for the word deacon mentions the word pastor as a description type to certain duties of deacons. While the word pastor, is only mentioned once, and refered to as “with uncertain origins.” So it is disastrous to the development of the Body of Christ, when the only authority given charge has no clear definition to his job description. A pastor by definition is not to be an overseer. An overseer is a bishop. Elders are encouraged to “shepherd the flock” as stated in 1 Peter, but deacons are there to serve, attend, and assist. So a Pastor is a servant, that attends and assists. But, He is not an overseer. Bishops are “lead elders” apt to teach, and are appointed by an Apostolic anointing. Deacons are chosen by the presbytery. In a congregation of believers there are Bishops, Elders, Deacons, disciples, and followers of Christ. This makes up the pasture of HIS flock. Bishops, Elders, and Deacons, assist in the shepherding of the flock. Overseeing, counseling, and attending their needs. But, sheep are sheep, they have among them ewes, ewes with lambs, and even rams. They themselves expand their flock, naturally. Do you see the picture? Many have been getting this wrong in the institutionalized church.
Jesus is jealous for His own! He has declared, “I am coming for what is mine!” The Lord Jesus Christ is not pleased that HIS name has been used to funnel in millions of dollars for the care of brick and mortar, left empty most the time, at the expense of hooves, fleece, and hides.
If any of HIS are there, God will deal with it. He will shake them up and out of that mess, and mercifully take what is His. For I assure you, the lamp stand in such a place will not abide. The Lord seeks and saves those who are lost, He will kick around the empty shells of form and formality, to find His living breathing ones, and pull them out. Still, the cry of the Spirit is COME! Come out from among her my people, lest you suffer in her punishments! Let us answer, by leaving Babylon. Let us answer by making Christ the HEAD of the Church! For years the Exodus has been blamed on the Exodees. A mote has been built around the infallibility of theses blind guides for they have shut out, chased off, and persecuted anointings rising up among them. Their congregation, consequently, has an effeminate nature; leading personalities have been weeded out! Disciples never really graduate, and the youth are the most active in the congregation because they are inexperienced, they are younger and pose no threat.
Jesus Is The Head of The Church!
Jesus does the thinking! The presence of the power of God flows through every part of the body at once systematically, as it does in the physical body, when the brain sends a signal to it. The shoulders bear up the core and aligns the body with the head and the whole person mobilizes at the brain’s commands! But guess what? This happens when the body sends up signals through the senses of what the body is in need of. Better than the analogy of the body is this- God knows what we have need of before we even ask!
Isaiah 9:6-7 to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from now on even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this
How activated and knowledgable each part is of its own function, reflects how effective the word of God is being preached, in any given church. Another description of this is called equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. Study Ephesians the 4th chapter. If they can’t function as one in our meetings how are they going to function in any other work? If there be only one functioning part, the body is incapacitated. Even a football team knows how to act as one body. An NFL member knows his conduct and team spirit is important on and off the field. He knows his position like the back of his hand! His coach and team mates honor him as a part of the whole that does what he does. That includes making decisions when he has to adjust when things don’t always go as planned. The coach and team mates trust him as a trained team player, doing his part!
The natural world is smarter, in their natural wisdom, than many houses of God that dare to say they are the church.
Where is the power?
Very few preachers, themselves, can even rebuke a little cold virus. Let alone keep their flock growing in victorious living. Knowing who they are in Christ, and the authority they have! Not neglecting the great salvation Christ wrought for us at the cross. Many are still being taught basic fundamentals of Christianity, forever drinking milk. But never being taught how to go beyond the washing of the blood (that all must have), for the remission of sins, and into the meat of our destiny, beyond the laying on of hands and baptisms and into the power of the resurrection life. Churches shouldn’t be closing down because of the flu season. They should be chasing that devil out of town, and any other epidemic, pandemic, or stronghold seeking to take over. We are the the representation of Christ in the earth! The works he did we shall do also, and greater works shall we do, because Jesus has gone to the Father and He has sent His Holy Spirit! The word of God says to pray for the city that you live in that you may LIVE there in and PROSPER! Jeremiah 29:7 Timothy 2:1-2.
The Lord of Harvest will gather His own unto himself. Based on what is growing from the field of our hearts- the deceiver may have already passed by that field and have recruited many to his work. Because their source has never been the WORD. Even though they know the bible front to back. Even though they quote it, another has come in while they have slumbered, and have sown weed seeds. While Christians stumble around in their walk with God, in their refusal to stay in His Word, and obey it- weed seeds are rising, choking out the word, and more alarming- blinding them from what is right before their eyes. We have no idea when the day will come when many will find themselves not prepared. Not prepared to believe God for miraculous provision, direction, and divine intervention. Not prepared to test the spirits, to know whether they are from God, because of what lies they have nourished. As wisdom is known by her children, so the fool his folly.
We have those Christians that are strong, out spoken, loyal, patriots that are in the same condition. Seeding their hearts full of controversy, following after American idols, and icons, they say, “Hey I’m all about God and country.” But God is the red white and blue to them, their meetings are more about politics and conservative radio, and conspiracy theories; worshiping Jesus is forgotten.
The same goes for those on the opposite side that has made the government their God.
Who takes care of them right now? Is God their provider? When their country blesses them, they are blessed, justifies them then they are justified, when the government makes them strong they are strong. Jesus said I’m the ROCK in a weary land, I’m the ROCK that will make you stand! Trust not in the Chariots of Egypt!
Lord told me one time that He could do no great works in a place, because the folks were all on disability checks, and didn’t want to lose their disability. I asked the Lord why then do these people ask for prayer and come for meetings? He said it was just their form. There is a form of Godliness they are accustomed to, meeting requirements that they believe is an insurance policy for them, fire insurance. For some they are bound by their infirmity and it has become their god, their provision. Some are gluttons for attention, indulgent, they want an ear to listen to them, but they in turn won’t listen; so full of that spirit they are used by satan to tie folks up in conversations, pre-occupied with self.
Snaring gullible sheep, taken captive by those who refuse to be set free, and trust in God. We need to be stronger than that by not shrinking back! Let them know they can be loosed from their captivity every time they open their mouth to glorify it! Jesus gave his body to be beaten with many stripes, for by His stripes we were healed! Let us not serve death, but let us serve Him, the Living Word! It’s that simple. This is how bad this culture of dependence has become for all people who will not believe. The enemy uses those that have no intention to serve God, some call themselves Christians, to tie up workers of ministry, wasting precious time, life, and resources. Living out foolish living, talking about mindless, worthless things.
The fire of the power and presence of almighty God is able to burn out the brambles and weeds of this satanic nesting found in every church controlled of men and not God. If only pastors would take their hands off the controls and let God. He loves us so much that when HE is in charge HE disciplines with fiery love! It is the only thing that gets rid of the overgrowth and brambles we have neglected in our lives.
Decades of forestry management has proven one thing. Putting out natural fires only reserves the dead and the dry for an unmanagable inferno later on.
Let the weeds burn, and the brambles blaze, Jesus said, ” I come to bring a fire and would that it already be kindled!” Well it is kindled and always burning somewhere. We need the full Gospel, we need the fire. Rather, we’ve just had faux burnings. They put a banner on the building saying Revival Meetings Tonight! So we know there is going to be some loud preaching and prayer that night. It will be a controlled ignition of a controlled flame. It will burn from 7:00 to 8:45 pm. Miraculously it will have burned out just in time to get the kids home to bed on a school night.
Soon a fire of judgment will burn. If we don’t get our hands off it, and really let God! There are materials that won’t burn. The fire just passes through, but where there is neglect, where there is a pile of wood, hay, and stubble, it is going to get hot! That fire is going to linger. What should burn will, its dry, it has no life in it. Jesus said,
“If they do these things now when the tree is green, what will it be when the green tree becomes dry?”
All this ends with fire for all of us. Let us yield to the baptism of fire! For that fire refines!
The baptism of fire, is a cleansing agent to refine. When Jesus does what He said He was going to do, no saint should be surprised. These unscheduled burns, these heaven ignited fires, precision lightning strikes, are not going to be predictable. In the west we call them wild fires. They can burn so hot, they become tornadic, creating their own winds. Why? Years of mis-managed controlled burns. And the dousing out of wild ones.
God help us in America and especially the bible belt. While the West has burned natural, devastating fires, the bible belt will have its own burning. Generations of faux movements and scheduled revivals are going to have rude awakenings, if they do not wake up, and meet the Lord of glory on His terms. Secret sins among those living double lives, so entrenched in the community, that children, and even children’s children have gown up thinking nothing about fornication on Friday and Saturday night, and the Church worship team, on Sunday. But your sins will find you out, the bible says.
The point is there is power available to us to overcome. Through Jesus Christ, and no matter what our condition is we can have joy and victory no matter what challenges we have in life. Love does not let people believe their lies. All we can do is speak the truth in love and rebuke that spirit off them.
After a while that thing starts to thin out, when the authority and power to walk and stand in victory is taught. When the power of our words are taught. Those devils start lifting off, or the people possessed by them just leave because what is being preached messes up their doctrine of defeat. Or their love for a luke warm gospel. Eventually, a power packed congregation, or fellowship, emerges. A power packed meeting will have signs. The doctrine of the Lord Jesus Christ needs to make a come back! I remember, living among saints who would bombard heaven for all to be healed and delivered. Healings and deliverances happened in our meetings until there was hardly a thing to pray about. Bound up folks who couldn’t pray or worship God, were prayed through. We began to see many saved and come to the Lord.
The Sword of The Spirit, And Dividing Rod Of Separations.
For those seeking the Lord, there will be seasons of separations. The Lord, by His Spirit is working a work among His people and now is a time that these things shall move at a feverish speed. Time already feels like it is flying by. More and more “responses” to the word of God will seemingly upset the apple cart but just know the SWORD of the Spirit is working divine separations. Not necessarily for eternity but for promotion of growth and discipline. The Father desires all be saved. He can graft us back in, as easy as he can raise up stones in our place to become Abraham’s sons. But, we can’t play games any more, there will be consequences for the stubborn of heart. Woe to him who is often reproved, the bible says, he shall be suddenly cut off and that with out remedy!
Ya’ll think your all right but you are not.
People don’t understand how their countenance can betray the fact that an evil spirit has them in bondage. Perfectly, normal looking people, taking on catatonic facial expressions, while the power of God is moving through prayer ministry, or the word. I’ve seen female faces turn into male. I’ve seen facial twisting. and drooling, and not while in a deliverance session! That is from those just listening to the word. I’ve seen a 6′ 2″ tall sodomite bound by a spirit of witchcraft, controlling other inmates, beg prison guards to let him out of the chapel, because he couldn’t stand the power of God manifesting.
When we would do warfare against that spirit in the chapel, they would start lining up at the door. After the ones that wanted out left, the power of God would always fall, setting at liberty those controlled by them. Healings, salvations, deliverances. One time the Holy Spirit chased off half the members of a prison gang, starting trouble. The other half stayed and listened, two stepped up, and received Christ. Always take the full gospel into your meetings, let the body of Christ be the body. The head will always BE THERE! And where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty!
Many times people say they have their problems because God is teaching them something. The only answer to why one is sick, for example, in the bible, is for God to display His power to heal them. No other answer is given to that direct question. When people say it is because of sin, they need to remember that Jesus forgave sin, in order to display his power and “wills” to do both. Forgive and heal. Once healed though the Lord warns, “Go and sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you!” The outcome was always healing. Except when doubt and unbelief prevailed in a city. They responded to what they were seeded with. Jesus could do no great works in some places because of their doubt and unbelief. Their teachers in the synagogue taught them, seeded their hearts with so much traditionalism it made the WORD of God, who came in the flesh and dwelt among them have no effect. When Jesus comes again will he find faith in the earth?
It is up to us to be caretakers of the garden of our hearts. A yearning for all God has for us is the motivator.
People believe that they will respond to the Lord of Glory, when He comes. They believe that they will gather with Jesus when He comes. When He came the first time a whole nation of people looking for their Messiah missed Him. Only a handful of saints compared to the world population even saw Him, come and go. What is seeded in our hearts, what we have been conditioned to believe, will either have us ready, or so weeded up in our hearts, and minds, it will all be over before we have time to scramble our lamps and oil together. Don’t think so?
Look at the parable of the ten virgins. Five foolish, and five wise. Five left in a panic, because they were not ready. Suddenly seeing what they lacked, but there was no time to do anything about it. They didn’t have enough to see themselves through the night. They knew enough though, that He came and went. Great regret will take hold of many who will lose what they could have had! For they were numbered with those of the wedding party. Pray that the weeds planted in your heart hidden and known will have an encounter with the fire of the Holy Spirit. Let it burn up every false and lying thing. You might lose a faux position in your faux little world, but what is ashes to the wind? Let God perfect you!
A few weeks ago the Lord showed me that ponies were meant to be horses. That they are a landrace. which is a species of a plant or animal altered from its original form as a product of their environment. God is pulling horses out of the ponies. They will be arrayed for battle. A pony can’t make the cut. They are for children and petting Zoos. Time is running out! Now is time to press in, for any day now a chain of circumstances can find us in the balance, found wanting!
... Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing you are dull of hearing. For when for the time you ought to be teachers, you have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.