False Profits

There are some “in the Church” and perhaps outside, who would like to separate Jesus and the Gospel, because they would like “another”, that is, one more acceptable and likeable that doesn’t require “repentance and forgiveness of sins”, one that doesn’t cause separation between family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, the younger generation and peoples of the world with other beliefs.  They prefer a Jesus and a Gospel that brings peace and not a sword, one that everyone would have to like, one that is all inclusive and welcoming in such a way that doesn’t require anything from anyone accept an irresistible and popular acceptance.

Why?  Because than there would be no rejection, persecution, and cost to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Their hope is that the numbers would increase in both people and payments to the more likeable church.  And so who does this profit?

Hence, they want to present a different Jesus and a different Gospel than the one that appeared and was made known and was preached before. They want to change or eliminate the demanding and challenging Words of Christ by their own presumed authority, perhaps out of felt necessity, in the name of a love that is separated from the truth. They are false prophets seeking false profits.  What will they exchange for souls?

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Do Not Fear the Sword

I have not come to bring peace but a sword, but if you are afraid of the sword, what will you do when My house burns?  Will you fan the flames then?  So, I tell you, be strong and courageous and do not fear the sword.  Otherwise you will have no peace.

 

 

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Electric and Royal

As our house gathering continued to worship and pray to the Lord over and through the topic of Pentecost and being “clothed with power from on high” to publicly bear witness to Christ, a friend of mine had a vision of a sword coming down from Heaven with lightning bolts attached to the handle and a golden tip on the end of the blade.

We knew this sword represented the Word of God, which is also the sword of the Spirit, with the lightning bolts representing the awesome “electrifying” power of Christ, also projected in His future mighty return.  The golden tip on the sword represented the “royal command” to preach the Gospel, even now, in and with the power of the Holy Spirit given to us to do so.   As Peter said, “He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that He is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.” -Acts 2:42.  And as Paul spoke, “Woe to me if I do not preach.” -1 Cor 9:16

When those called to bear public witness to Christ refuse to do so, they disobey the royal command and become a “blown fuse” in the Household of God, cutting off the surge of power from God that the Lord designed to flow through the House and out into the world.   While some might say, “we are afraid that the surge of incoming power without a fuse might burn down the house”, what they don’t understand is that God Himself can modulate His own power as needed and that the surge of power He supplies is designed to leave the House in order to advance the Kingdom of God.

When one acts like a “fuse” by refusing the Lord’s royal command and resisting the Holy Spirit, they blow the opportunity to see God’s Kingdom come in electrifying power.

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Things Above

Last Friday, as I closely observed the dark stormy breaking waves and heavy rain-filled winds of Long Island Sound heading in towards the land, I was struck by the visual and associated perception of the dark powers and unrelenting earthly forces of evil at work in the world today that are both perplexing and overwhelming, and which is all most people can usually see because it consumes our natural vision.

Meanwhile overhead, when I looked up to the sky, I was surprised by the large movement of wind-blown lighter clouds heading in the exact opposite direction, seemingly revealing something else going on in the heavenly realm  that God was directing, but unbeknownst to the peoples and forces below who would be very surprised when its fulfillment timely appeared in the earth.  A small window-like opening in a wall of distance clouds revealed the presence of the sun and another simultaneous reality.

I was mesmerized, encouraged, thirsty to perceive what God was planning, wanting to know and even be part of it, trusting in His sovereignty and good purpose, even His past given victory. I was grateful for the perception of One greater with a greater plan and power than the one below, and was reminded that I should always seek the things above.

Later on Sunday, when sharing in the Scriptures about the pending Feast of Pentecost, the Lord showed how the people of Jerusalem, even the religious and those who recently murdered the Holy and Righteous One, were overwhelmingly surprised and perplexed by what God had planned all along. They expected just another usual Feast Day as if nothing had happened or would happen. The only ones who were waiting in expectation were the ones who Jesus told.

God is moving! If you not ready for what is coming next and what may have started already, then seek the things above!

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Choose Life or Death

“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live” – Deut 30:19

The nation is at a cross-road, and even the Church to some extent because it is divided, in relation to the intensification of the battle between good and evil, light and darkness, life and death, as it pertains to abortion, which is infanticide, even before the babies are born.  Where the nation sides, and which side prevails, will determine not only the life or death of millions of more babies, but the life and death of this nation as we know it.  The two are inseparable!   We will either choose life or death, as a nation.

The pivotal determinant of the outcome is the Church.  If the Church will not unite and advance on this issue to tear down and overthrow the forces of wickedness supplying, supporting, and sustaining the abortion industry, it will simply not occur. Not only that, but the heinous profitable murdering of the innocent will expand, and as their blood cries out to God, the land will be cursed and the nation, as we know it, destroyed.

There is no turning back.  There can be no let up.  There can be no middle ground. The time is now. Decisions have to be made. The battle can be won and will be won if the Church unites and chooses life.  Indecision will cost the lives of millions more babies and the death of a nation. The blood bleeds, but will the river run dry?

“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live” – says the Lord.

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A Sword of Incision

While meeting at an “interdenominational network” of pastors this morning, with whom I’ve been having fellowship with for the past five years, the Word of the Lord came to me while we were praying and worshiping the Lord, in the lower room of the building, and He said,

When I said “I have not come to bring peace but a sword” I did not just mean a sword the will cut into relationships, such as husbands and wives, parents and children, friends and neighbors, but a sword that also cuts into a man between his soul and spirit, for discernment and decision making; a sword that convicts a man of my will that he might also do it. And my will, whether I meet with you in an upper room like I did with the apostles, or in a lower room like I am with you now, is not for you to hide behind closed doors, but to go out and make My Salvation known to all peoples and to declare My Glory to all nations, the Glory of the One and Only-Begotten Son of God.

…And of course I could not stop shaking for a while. Let him who has ears hear.

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A Flying Firepot

So as I was worshiping on the Lord’s Day, last Sunday in the back of the church, a vision came to me….

I saw a black firepot with flames burning out the top, flying in all directions across the face of the earth, wherever the Spirit of the Lord took it, and then it came towards me, and there was in the pot were burning coals, and I asked the Lord what this meant…

And He said, “Wherever you step and wherever you stand I will place burning coals before you under your feet so that wherever you step and wherever you stand will be holy ground, when you go where my Spirit leads.”

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