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Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, where with shall it be salted? It is
thence forth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under
foot of men. -- Matthew 5:13
Ye are the salt of the earth. Ye are the salt of the earth. You are the reason the earth has any flavor at all. You are the reason salvation remains. You are the reason the earth is preserved. You are the reason. You are the reason, because you carry the seasoning of the Holy Ghost. Tell somebody “I’m salty”
So significant was this word salt in the word of God it is mentioned some 41 times. The definition of salt is as follows: 1. a crystalline compound, sodium chloride, occurring as a mineral, a constituent of seawater, used for seasoning food, as a preservative 2. An element that gives liveliness, piquancy, or pungency.
As a seasoning salt adds flavor to the blandness of food. But in the spirit the flavor of the Holy Ghost adds flavor to the lives of the saints. It preserves us. The flavor of our salt should be use to bring in new disciples and keep flavor to those who have already tasted of the Lord and found him to be good. As salt we are a preservative, we are seasoning, we are the flavor of the earth.
In the natural salt has the ability to make things taste better. So is it in the spirit. The more you ingest the word of God, the more you praise God, and the more you develop your relationship of worship with God, the more richness in flavor you become. The more God can use you to sprinkle your seasoning on those who need to get a taste of Jesus. Tell somebody I’m salty.
Jesus charges the saints to salt the earth. To spread the seasoning of the word of God to all they came in contact with. Many of us have fallen down this assignment. We only want to share the flavor of God with those that already know him, i.e. other church folk. We don’t really move out of the four walls of the church so we continue to shake salt on each other. Transferring salty residue one to another, in this God is getting no glory.
The good news of the word of God must be made available to all men by the seasoned voices of the saints of God. This means watch what you say and how you say it. Colossians 4:6 – Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Remember you are the salt. But too much salt can leave a bad taste in the mouths of others. Too much can cause natural problems and too much can cause spiritual problems; don’t let the salt you sprinkle be the contaminated kind. Let God flavor you.
What good are you if you have lost your savor/flavor? How will others be salted if your salt has ceased to carry any flavor? How can I maintain my saltiness? How can I keep the flavor of God alive in me? The answer is a daily dosage of prayer; A daily dosage of the word; A daily dosage of praise; And a daily dosage of worship.
When you pray – You maintain communication with God. When you read his word—you maintain daily instruction from God When you praise him you maintain your adoration and thankfulness of God But when you worship- you maintain your love for him. You keep you flavor, by your worship. Lose your worship, Lose your joy Lose your worship, Lose your peace Lose your worship, Lose your connection with God Lose your worship, Expect calamity Lose your worship, Lose you flavor. Lose your flavor and you are good for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men.
Saints maintain your flavor. Don’t let the enemy, circumstances of this world, life’s situations keep you from being the salt you were created. And if you think you might be losing your flavor, get back on the altar and let the Lord give you another dosage of the Holy Ghost.
"Don't Lose Your Flavor!"
“The Nameless Woman-Don’t Be Afraid To
Move Into Your Future.”
:“And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? Son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:
For we will destroy this place, because of the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hat sent us to destroy it.
And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.
And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.
And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him; and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.
And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.
And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord:
Behold now, thy servant that found grace in thy sight, and thou has magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:
Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.
And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou has spoken,
Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou become thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.
Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven;
And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. - Genesis 19:12-26
Vs 26: But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
Want to talk about the character of a nameless woman. - “Lot’s Wife”
What was the significance of this nameless woman being mentioned in the bible? I challenge you to think that it was more than just the consequences of disobedience. Anybody who has attended a bible believing church has heard or read the story of Lot’s wife. You also know that she was punished for disobeying a commandment from the angels of God concerning leaving or moving from a city destined to be destroyed.
When the command was given to Lot for them to go and not look back. In that era women were subservient and really didn’t have any say about decisions made by their husbands. The only thing they could do was follow. Lot didn’t take the time to have a conversation with her about the plan; although, he went and had a conversation with his intended son-in-laws, but not his wife. She was expected to follow and obey without question or consideration.
Like many women today, Lot’s Wife was very comfortable where she was. She was the part of an elite family. Her husband had power and some authority. There was the relationship to Abraham that also gave that family some clout. She was an important figure in that family. Lot was able to do the many things he did because there was a Lot’s wife at home, tending to everything. As with so many women we encounter today.
They are home makers or business women who have taking on the responsibility of doing and caring and making sure that the home is properly prepared and ready not just for a husband, but for themselves and for guest. She built relationships with her neighbors. She shared gossip and stories with them as she tended her garden, prepared meals or simply rested under the stars after a long day of heavy, menial work. She had friends. She attended social gathering of the wife. She gave birth and reared children; all in this God forsaken city.
However Sodom, with all its imperfections and the wickedness of the men of the city, this was her home.
What would make her look back? Although a command was given, what would make her look back? There are many things that she could have been looking back for: She could have looked back at the life she would no longer have. She could have looked back at the only thing she had ever known. She could have looked back mourning for the friends that were swallowed up in God’s wrath who were no more.
She could have looked back to say goodbye to all the daily rituals and routines that marked her life and provided meaning for her existence. We may never know what was going through her mind when she looked back, but we do know that she was swiftly punished by the hand of God.
God provided a new future for her. Did she not trust him enough that he would restore everything she lost? As I was looking and studying this text, I realized that on so many occasions God has instructed people to move, or change the order in which they have been doing things or conducting business, but because of comfort and being comfortable in where we are we have not obeyed the voice of God.
Thank God he hasn’t decided to inflict swift judgment on us. Most of us would already be salt pillars.
We cannot be afraid of what lies ahead for us. If God is instructing you to set order in your homes, personal lives, work, family, spiritual walk with him, don’t be afraid of where that might lead you. You’re going to have to let some things go, some people go, you may even have to physically go, but don’t be afraid of the future God has for you.
God has already provided what you will need. He is waiting on you to flee the city. He’s waiting for you to flee the Sodom and Gomorrah of your life. He has been speaking to you for some time to get things in order because he is moving you to a new level in him and you have been dragging your feet, but today is the day.
Hear his voice and harden not your heart. He has calling you to flee your city of despair and move into your city of joy. Move from your city of despondency into your city of hope. Move from your city of depression and dejection into your city of grace, milk and honey. Move to your city of abundance. Don’t worry about what you have to leave behind. Rest in the assured and the insurance that God got everything covered.
This nameless woman could have had everything restored and renewed had she not disobeyed and not been afraid of her future.
Don’t become “Lot’s wife” and turn into walking and breathing salt, because you won’t move forward in the things of God for your life.
“No one placing their hand on the plow and looking at the things behind is worthy for the reign of god” (Luke 9:62)
I'm Ready To Withdraw"
Scripture: 2 Kings 12:7-9 and St.Mark 12:41-44
(7) Then king Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest, and the other priests, and said unto them, Why repair ye not the breaches of the house? Now therefore receive no more money of your acquaintance, but deliver it for the breaches of the house.
(8) And the priests consented to receive no more money of the people, neither to repair the breaches of the house.
(9) But Johoiada, the priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid of it, and set it beside the altar, on the right side as one cometh into the house of the Lord: and the priests that kept the door put therein all the money that was brought into the house of the Lord.
(10) And it was so, when they saw that there was much money in the chest, that the king's scribe and the high priest came up, and they put up in bags, and told the money that was found in the house of the Lord.
(41) And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
(42) And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
(43) And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
(44) For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living
Are you ready to withdraw from the Kingdom Treasury. We realize the importance of storing up Praise toward Christ- a daily spiritual diet of the word of God puts you in a better position with your request to him. The need to function with full potential is important for survival while here on earth. Key principals are in place, a call to live Holy is required for claiming Spiritual rewards from the Kingdom treasury.
We as kingdom heirs must be aware of the importance of Depositing and Withdrawing, along with the consequences you will face by not following GOD'S plan. By not truly worshiping him in Spirit and in truth you can damage yourself. Following people that seeks validation from man will cause you to stumble and fall- losing your entitlement to the treasury.
Churches are perishing, losing their rewards by following leaders that misconstrues what the bible says. The word of GOD is not to be used as leverage. The Bible is right all by itself....It should be instruction for our daily living.
There are “Natural and Spiritual” deposits and withdrawals.
Deposit means anything laid away or entrusted to another for safekeeping. So that means if I deposit something it is held till I get ready to withdraw it out. Paying taxes is an example and a form of deposit. Paying taxes is a calculation of your salary that is deposited into the government's treasury.
Pay taxes or paying tribute were a custom, and it was practiced in the bible days. Jesus participated while in the land of Capernaum, the bible records Jesus, demonstrating his wisdom on giving tribute. The Leaders tried to trap him by questioning Jesus on paying tribute to the Cesar. But Jesus knew their custom for he covered his debt and the debt of his disciple.
Protection of your deposit is important. A Treasury- is a building, room, chest, or other place for the preservation of treasure or valuable object. We often referred treasury as a hiding and secured place where no one could find it, there're many stories on treasures that was buried. By burying treasures it meant that someone had hidden, concealed and covered their valuables with earth.
Spiritually, we practice the same concept of hiding and covering up what we don't want God to see. The bible says, a good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil treasure brings forth evil- That means God sees the unseen. How? God looks at the inner qualities and not the outer parts of one physical anatomy.
We must deposit something greater, more consistent, and pleasing to God; securing our Prayers, Worship and Praise towards heaven. In order to live in the overflow of the promises of God we must store up deposits daily. You must learn how to decree blessings from God by saturating the atmosphere with praise; declaring the blessings of God and knowing that manifestation will happen.
Its’ yours if you want it. You will receive what's deposited if your deposit was sealed with a stamp of Devotion and Worship.
But Devotion alone isn't going to allow you a withdrawal from the Kingdom's treasury. God wants you to have a relationship with him, giving him your total Praise. The bible states that God inhabits the praises of his people. If your praise is not deposited correctly you will not reap a rewarding blessing.
You're only going to receive what you deposited. Small deposit of Praise will only get you a small increase. Your increase could be greater if you would establish a relationship with God. Your mind, body and Spirit must be in agreement when depositing praise to him. This allows you Spirit-man to push forth the worship key that will open up the kingdom's treasury. These treasures will have no choice but to fall abundantly and overtake you.
But there are times where the season of withdrawal could be wrong. When you're Spiritual immaturity, and you remove what you deposited to soon, your will fall to self-destruction, how?
By not allowing God to have his way- your touch leaves a stench of sin which allows circumstances to take place; cycles are repeated, causing you to lose the value of an abundance of wealth from the Lord's treasury.
The poor widow women knew the value of supporting the house of the Lord. By casting what she had she unlocked the Lord's treasury. She spoke no words nor made any motions but gave all she had.
Following the ordinance of God is a requirement for all Kingdom heirs- the manner of giving is govern by one's attitude for God loves a cheerful giver.
The sound of your giving isn't what pleases God- but the silence of a submissive heart and living a lifestyle that pleases him will speak words of faith-that will fill his ears.
Are you ready to withdraw your deposit from the kingdom treasury?
"I'm Determined to See the King"
Determination is the act of coming to a decision or of fixing or settling a purpose. In the text Esther 4:13-16During this king’s reign he promoted and demoted men at will. The King promoted a man named Haman over all of the nobles- this office made him the powerful official in the empire. The king had commanded all his officials to bow down before Haman showing respect whenever he passed by. But Mordecai refused and was question by others- Haman realized that Mordecai would not bow down and he was filled with rage. Haman wanted to kill Mordecai. In addition to wanted him dead Haman’s racism was so severe when he learned that Mordecai was a Jew he decided it wasn’t enough to kill Mordecai; he looked for a way to destroy all the Jews throughout the empire. Haman plotted a scheme and told the King about the disloyalty to his commands. So the King issued a decree that all would be destroyed if any race of people refuses to obey his law. The price was set for 10,000 large sacks of silver.Scriptures: Esther 4:1-3, 7-16
This story of Esther is not unfamiliar to many of us, but just in case there is someone who does not know—here is a brief synopsis of the story. Esther was an orphaned virgin who was adopted by her cousin Mordecai. During this time many young virgins were sought and brought into the presence of the king to be prepared for marriage to the king. These young women would undergo twelve months of beautification and stayed in the king’s harem. When a woman’s turn came to become the wife, the queen she was given anything she wanted to take with her from the harem to the king’s palace. Esther was part of this process and the king found favor with her and chose her.
This brings us to the reason we are talking about Esther’s determination. Esther was charged with saving her family and the race of Jewish people. Some would say she was planted in the king’s court for this reason alone.
(13. Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews. 14 For if thou altogether oldest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? 15 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, 16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.)
Esther had to become the one God would use to save the people. As like Esther many of us have been chosen to help others come out of a dark place so that we can live a life pleasing to God.
As the saints of God we must have an earnest and strong desire to do the things that pleases God. Many churches no longer operate using Spiritual direction. Just know that when you're directed spiritually your attitude is different, you align yourself with your destiny and God who is bound by his word responds to your need and grants your request. So many of us forget that we are the church and we lose our focus and our determination turns into desperation.
In this new age of Christendom we have developed a new concept. It is called the “I Want rule”. I want, what- I want, when- I want it; seeking OUR own best interest and not what God has in store.
God is moved by faith. God prefers our mind to operate with determination on what’s believed rather than what you see. Faith pleases God, he has already granted you the keys to an abundant life and is waiting on you to set your priorities, strategize your goals, and set your plan for a future that pleases God. Following his plan for us places us and keeps us in his will and purpose for our lives.
This world has treasures and benefits, and we seek them all to fulfill our desires. We don’t realize the consequences behind some of our desires. Fame and fortune has changed our focus, we’re not pushing forward to gain Kingdom rewards, but, our determination is for validation, validation from Kings without a Kingdom. The pit-falls of life leaves us empty, and afraid on what reality may say, determining whether we accept our fate or march forward fulfilling the call. The sound writer sang it best- I’M PRESSING ON THE UPWARD WAY NEW HEIGHTS I’M GAINING EVERYDAY, STILL PRAYING AS I’M ONWARD BOUND, LORD, PLANT MY FEET ON HIGHER GROUND.
Now accepting your fate doesn’t mean you shouldn’t set a standard for your life, or achieve any personal goals. You should present a plan to God and earnestly seek that purpose in which God has called you.
The bible says in Ecclesiastes 6:10: Everything has already been decided. It was known long ago what each person would be. So there’s no use arguing with God about your destiny. You level of determination must be a life that seeks the approval of God.
In the definition of “determine” the word direction is listed. A directional mind has power. A determine mind when applied- could block issues or create circumstances, circumstances that could attach to your plans to succeed.
We must not allow our mind to be compromise with fleshly thinking. A compromised mind is a mind that’s not renewed; no plan or goals set with the purpose in which Christ has called you- that’s when you fail. We must live a life that is fitted for the kingdom. A life called by God, a Holy life that’s ordained by him. When we see the king we have to be in a place where the king will be happy to see us. Our determination should be to fulfill the purpose given to us. The life we chose dictates whether we die or live. Our selection is weighed in by our determination. We must ask ourselves, what will I give up to see the King?
Esther had a determined mind. She didn’t rush into battle nor call for warriors to fight, she said go, go gather together all the Jews and fast for three days.
In our churches we need determine leaders; Leaders with a relationship with God; Leaders that realize the importance of planning and strategizing their visions. We don’t need any more controlling and insecure leaders that cause the people to perish and wander around in the wilderness.
When there's a call on your life you must have a prayer life. Your relationship With God will help you to achieve your goals. We must earnestly seek his face and not his hand. There’s a word that clearly define the word determine- it’s called Faith. With Faith you have power to move mountains; with Faith you can speak life and not death, and with Faith you have no worries for if you perish, you perish be determined to see the King.
"I Don't Look Like What I've Been Through"
1. O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3. Thou compasses my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. 4. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O lord, thou knowest it altogether. 5. Thou has beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 6. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. 7. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8. If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10. Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the light shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. 13. For thou hast possessed my reins: thou has covered me in my mother’s womb. 14. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. - Psalm 139
I want to tell you that you don’t look like what you’ve been through. I don’t know all of your struggles and all of your circumstances, but I can tell you that what I see before me is fearfully and wonderfully made by the Almighty God. Clap your hands and give him praise for that right there.
This 139th Psalm is a prayer for God to examine the heart and see its true devotion. It is David’s desire and trust in the awesomeness of God to ask him to examine him. Not only his life and what he has accomplished or did, but his soul. How many of us really want God to examine us in our soul. Would he be pleased at what he finds.
This is so profound to ask of God when you are fully aware that he already knows all things. He formed the in the womb. Like Jeremiah he fashioned you and put in you what he wanted. He knows your going and coming, ins and outs, up and downs. He knows when you wanted to give up, when you wanted to throw in the towel, when you wanted to smack somebody and cuss somebody else. He knows when you’re angry and even when you are angry with him; yet to have the confidence and faith in him to ask him to examine me.
Throughout this passage he talks about the wonder of God’s greatness. He talks about not being able to hide from God. There is no place or nothing that is hidden from God. No matter where you go or what you’ve done God knows all.
God put us together in the womb and ordained the span of our lives before we were born. He examines our inner man and determines that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.
I don’t look like what I’ve been through. Some of us have been through hell and high water. We’ve had things and people snatched out of our lives some needed and we suffered, and for some it aged us and caused us great grief, but we don’t look like that even happened to us.
Some have been hungry and without food, but we don’t look undernourished, or famished, because God didn’t see us that way. He saw us as his fearfully and wonderfully made creation. He would not let the enemy get any brownie points but letting everybody else see you in a messy way. He fixed your circumstances so you could rightly represent him.
Abused, vilified, disgusted, homeless, husbandless/wifeless, moneyless, sickness all the things that could cause me to look like I didn’t belong to God, he fixed me so that somebody would see what he sees.
When my soul suffered at the hands of the leadership of churches, he didn’t see me as the abused He saw me victorious.
You might view me one way, but put your spiritual eyes on and see me the way God sees me. I am the apple of his eye. His baby girl, His anointed His example of his greatness. I come to tell you today. Not only don’t you look like what you’ve been through, you don’t have to. God is a keeper, a sustainer, a provider, he is all you need.
We’ve been through the storm and rain, but I don’t look wet and beat down.
Suffered through hurt heartache and pain, but I don’t have the look of depression.
Why, because God, my deliverer….Did just that delivered me.
Why, because with all that I was going through, I didn’t give up. I remained faithful, I hung in there, I stuck it out, I continued to exalt his name, I continued to bless him in spite of what I was going through and today I don’t look like what I’ve been through.
What the devil meant for my evil…God turned it around for my Good.
Why because I blessed his name through all my adversity. I praised his name through trouble. I praised his name though pain. I don’t have to look like the devil had a field day with my life and my soul...because have a God. And you may not see it, and you may not know it, but he sees me perfect.
I want to encourage you, God sees you as his wonderful, special and blessed creation. Take time and give him praise for how he sees you and how you should see yourself.
"Who are you trying to impress?"
1.Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2. Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: 3. All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6. And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7. And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. 8. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 11. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. - Matthew 23:1-11
First impressions count for most things in life. We are living in a world that created its own golden rule--“How to Judge a Book by its Cover”. The translation to this statement: “the world looks at how attractive, and measures the strength of the outer appearance while disregarding the qualities within”. People are guilty of doing this every day, finding fault with someone after making an observation of their appearance.
In knowing the world’s opinion on judgment of others- it is pretty sad that the church has adopted similar values. A passage of scripture in the book of Matthew states, “Judge not lest ye be judged”- the church tends to shame fellow Christians when they exhibit poor behavior, morals and values, not recognizing their own faults. The bible is clear in Galatians 6:1 which states, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” The world’s doctrine has entered into the churches causing our leaders to label themselves more then what God called them to be. Elevating and creating titles and images of grandeurs to present themselves as more in the eyes of people. Having a form of Godliness, but deny the power of God. This trend has become a bad stench in the nostrils of God.
Church leaders are seeking new territory, and seeking approval from man to validate them, not God. It’s not enough to be called with purpose while holding on to Gods promises, man seeks the extra, recognition. Some leaders overlook the wisdom of God—leaning on their own understanding; not waiting for God to appoint them to the next level of their ministry. Moving faster than God, this will only result in imminent failure. The Bible states “it was God who gave some to be Apostles, some to be Prophets, some to be Evangelist, some to be Pastor and Teachers”.
Growing up in the church we were trained to obey Father and Mother and respect our Elders. Within the church body protocol was set; membership followed the direction of the Pastor seeking his/or her spiritual guidance and council, and to never stray too far from the camp without being seen. The level of control exercised by leadership can become a hindrance to some, building insecurity; lack of confidence and self-doubting. All of these can be used by the enemy as good leverage to infiltrate the minds and manipulate the doctrine when trying to remove people from the kingdom and the new comers from the ways of Christ.
How many times you heard- “do what I say and not what I do?” Are you learning from your mistakes or are you covering them up not to be seen by man? God sees all and knows all. Now, something else is being added within the church, selfishness, what’s that? “I can have- but you can’t” or spiritually speaking “I’m anointed and you’re just playing church”. The blessing can only come through the preacher and no one else. Preachers are competing, “who has the largest Ministries” or “whose sermon is better; are they televise?” Our leaders are no longer following God’s design for their ministries. Our leaders who we have trusted to watch over our soul are compromising the doctrine of the Gospel, adding their personal views and confusing the people of God. How are you confusing the people of God? You are speaking the word, quoting the word but not living the word. Leaders are becoming the largest contributing force of hindrance to the body of Christ and the church growth by teaching their views and not the instructions given from the word of truth.
In the text Jesus was talking to the crowd and his disciples. He gave instruction on following the law given through Moses but warn them not to follow the ways of the teachers and Pharisees. A good leader will lead by example and never put his followers in harm way. Jesus never changed any laws or commands given by God the father but followed them, never modified or altered them but kept it in original content for the hearers, and be fulfilled by the doers. Christ wants his people to live a life befitting God’s kingdom. Your garments will only allow people to identify who you are supposed to be your actions will let them know for sure who you are not. Your garments don’t make you an effective leader- it just makes you a super hero.
"They're Not Playing My Song"
1. Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. 2. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counselors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. 3. Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counselors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 4. Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, 5. That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sack but, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: 6. And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. 7.Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshiped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. - Daniel 3:1-7
In church today our praise and worship has been traditional in how we gather in celebrating Christ. We make loud noises by clapping our hands, dancing, leaping and shouting. Down through the year’s churches would use different instruments like the “tambourine” made from skins of animals and the “wash board” that was used to wash clothing to expressing themselves towards God. Others would just listen to the sound of worship and allow the joyous presences of the Lord to enter. The powerful sound of anointed music would minister to our soul, and the atmosphere would change allowing God’s anointing to descend with strength, and power that could break through the strongest strongholds.
We were told stories as children how a song could soothes the savage beast. The bible records a King name Saul that was overtaken by an evil spirit, a spirit that was soothe by a musician name David. Praise and worship is a honor. It is also a dangerous task. Depending on how you approach and enter into the atmosphere of worship you can open God’s presence or a portal for enemy to enter. Timing is important in ministering a powerful song. You want the presences of God to manifest to his people, and the power of worship to repel the presence of the enemy. We need the superstars to be on T.V and not at the church during worship time. The church is a place for healing and safety, a place to gather together while lifting up Holy hands to God.
When a song of worship is played or song the atmosphere is saturated with the presence of God. When we worship a distinct sound is made allowing a spiritual connection to enter between the worshiper and God. The goal during worship is to create an atmosphere that is conducive to an undeniable relationship with God. The Worship Leader including the instrumentalist must select songs that does not disconnect or intercept the connection between the congregation and God. Songs that are selected with worldly melodies can distract the spiritual flow- allowing an unspiritual domain to enter, attacking and confusing God’s people.
The church must understand that “praise and worship” is not entertainment. Some church attendees just want to hear a song by the choir or to hear a familiar tune by the musicians. We must have devotion with him, profound dedication in worshiping Christ.
This King, Nebuchadnezzar wanted the people of Babylon to bow down and worship his golden image after the instruments had sounded. Nebuchadnezzar wasn’t concerned about God’s command in worshiping other gods but wanted self gratification. Gratification in the church has become a powerful tool for the enemy to use to separate the leaders from hearing and following God’s directions. Preachers are hearkening to what sounds good and not delivering what’s required for the people. As followers of Christ we must not respond to the sound of the world. I know that many people use many devices to get the people into the church or even to hear the word of God. But it is with that same drive to increase the church that we must increase our worship to and with God. The world sound should not be the same as the church sound. The world sings destruction; that song should not be the same song we hear as we adorn the altar of God. We must hear the sound of praise; We must hear the sound that glorifies and honors God. We need the sound that will cause us to bow down before him. We must sing the song for the one and only God-- The only one we should be gratifying!
A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. John 16:21
We have entered into the year 2012 and many have made resolutions, set realistic and unrealistic goals, made promises of change to their lifestyles and decided this would be the year that all will go well with them. Some of us left 2011 with ministry impregnated in us. We left with the promises of God still fresh in our minds and our spirits, yet not materialized or manifested. The time has changed, and the year began and we are still carrying the seed of the word in our womb. We are aware that men in the natural don’t get pregnant, however because we are spiritual beings having natural experiences, and because there is no gender identification in God, we can all be pregnant with the ministry, blessing and commandments of God our father.
During 2011 there were ministers that were impregnated with their ministries; there were entrepreneurs now impregnated with their business plans; there were couples who were impregnated with the gift of marriage and increases in their family structure; there were those who were impregnated with the gift of wisdom, and knowledge; and some who were overdue on their delivery. So many people and inseminations were given during the year of 2011. We are now in 2012. Those things we were impregnated with have been in the incubator of God’s anointing, of God’s word and of God’s power. They are growing and beginning to take on a life of their own inside of the men and women of God. Be assured that this will be the year of birth. Be assured that we will have to suffer through the agony of swollen feet and tired legs because we are pressing toward the mark of the high calling. We will have pressure on our bladder of common sense. We will have to go back and forth to the house of the Lord for regular prenatal checkups. We will have to be spiritually restored and refilled in order to carry this baby to full term. We will have to come to terms with suffering so hard, praying so hard, cutting off soul ties that have kept us bound to their desires; detaching ourselves from many; feeling lonely and sometimes misunderstood, but when the expectation comes...the suffering, the pain, the agony, will have all been worth it.
In the text above we are like the woman who travails. We will suffer the pain of the labor. We will go through the near death experiences. We will just about lose our minds waiting for this great expectation of the birth of God’s gift through us, but be assured that your wait will not be in vain. Expect the greatness of God. Expect the promises of God. Expect the over shadowing blessings of God. Expect the favor of God. Expect your business ideas to blossom. Expect your ministry to take flight. Expect your family to grow in grace, knowledge and truth of God. And expect the enemy to be mad. He will be mad because you have achieved what he has been trying to kill in you before the beginning of your life. The enemy will be mad because you have overcome apprehension. The enemy will be mad because you are praising and worshiping God with vigor, unashamedly. Just know that the warring angels that have been assigned and dispatched to you can only work when you put voice to the word of God. Speak the word so that the angels of God can move on your behalf. One swipe of his wing and the devil has lost.
Be confident in knowing that the joy of the birth of your blessing outweighs the pain of the travail. Keep expecting your delivery is soon to come!
What Are You Expecting?
"Don't Forget The Baby"
18. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 20. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23. Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:18-23
Soon we will celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. The Bible teaches us that a women named Mary, a virgin, (virgin means a person who has never had sexual intercourse), was the one selected to carry the baby that would grow into a man; Have the government on his shoulders; Be called Wonderful Counselor; Mighty God; Everlasting Father; and the Prince of Peace.
Pregnancy comes naturally when a man and a woman shares sexual relations with each other. A child is conceived and the process of pregnancy begins. During the time of conception and continuously through child birth the process is one of extreme emotionalism. It is wonderful and painful, fluids are lost, fleshly tissues are torn and the body is left naturally week and the mind mentally and emotionally exhausted.Many steps are taking before a child enters this world. Preparing their room, stocking up on formula and buying pampers are just a few of the items a baby would need.
During this Christmas season as with many others, some parents will tell their child, "If you're not good- Santa won't bring you any gifts." In years past this would cause a great positive behavioral change in the child because they were expecting old Saint Nick to drop by their house putting toys under the Christmas tree. For years parents would dispel the myth of Santa clause and parents not maliciously gave power to fairy-tales, bribing their child by promising rewards for doing what's requested of them. The problem occurs when the child gets older and will now only do well or exhibit good behavior if some reward is giving.
Tell your neighbor: "A Lie holds power- but the truth can set you free..."
Some of us will exchange gifts symbolizing our love and compassion towards each another. The world has adopted a lifestyle in which the system is to "receive" rather than to "give"; selfishness- looking out for oneself and no one else. But God cared more about us in that he gave to us the greatest gift – Himself.
Society’s celebration of this day –the day the Messiah came upon the earth—has turned it into a 50% off sale; a buy one get one free event; while watching cartoon-characters float down the street. Instead of rebuilding faith in the true meaning of this season; and/or living a life of the righteous; declaring healing and preparing souls for sanctification; we are shopping. We get caught up in the commercialism of Christmas and not the blessing of the gift given to us on that day.
When sin entered the world God ordained a plan, a plan for his son to reunite his people to him through a baby called JESUS. As with anything that God ordains the devil has a plan as well. And way back then the enemy sought to kill this baby. There were some that didn't want the baby to live. Just like today there are men and women killing children before they can ever establish themselves, receive their inheritance and realize their purpose. At time men and women kill them naturally, emotionally, and spiritually. In the text a king name Herod in Jerusalem had heard that a child was born in Bethlehem, and was troubled, he requested for his Chief Priest and Scribes to find this baby that the prophets called Emmanuel. He set a plan in motion to destroy the baby. He set a plan in motion to kill a promise. He set a plan in motion to change the course and the purpose of this great birth. King Herod didn’t know that what he tried to do only solidified and validated that the blessing and plan of God to reunite his people would be fulfilled. God’s plan was to redeem us back to himself. The enemy’s plan is to destroy any and all things that would cause you to realize your destiny in God. The enemy will say anything to get close to you; anything to STEAL, anything to KILL and anything to DESTROY YOU! This is especially the case when God has placed a calling on your life. The devil begins to ride you, get in your car and promise to buy you things of this world, before you begin to see the purpose of God in your life. And for this cause God’s ordained Leaders and parent we must never give up. We engage in warfare on your behalf. We pray and don’t compromise our anointing with the enemy on your behalf. We feed souls by the Word of God. And we don’t forget the purpose of this great gift. We don’t forget the baby. We hold fast to what the gift of the baby represents in our lives today. We won’t forget why the baby came. We honor the blessing of his birth and realize that without the birth of this baby we would still be lost.
People of God…Don’t Forget the Baby!
"Thank You Lord..."
O give thanks unto the Lord for he is good:...Psalms 118:1a
God we thank you today for all that you have done. You are so good. And as simple as this statement may be...we really want to say thank you. WE realize today that we never could have made it without you and we are grateful. Thank you for calling us, choosing us, redeeming us and loving us enough to give of yourself to ensure our salvation. There is none like you. Today WE give you praise. Today WE honor you. Today WE know that you are a mighty good God. Today WE love you. Today WE say thank you LORD! Be Blessed!
"The Process of Recovery"
11. And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12. And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 14. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into is fields to feed swine. 16. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and not man gave unto him. 17. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18. I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19. And ma no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21. And the son said unto him Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23. And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat and be merry: 24. For this is my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lots, and is found. And they began to be merry. 25. Now the elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. 26. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 27. And he said unto him, They brother is come; and they father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. 28. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated him. 29. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30. But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 31. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. 32. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again and was lost, and is found. --Luke 15:11-32
Everything in life comes with a process. A baby must crawl before it can walk; a seed must be planted before a tree can grow; you must sin before you know there is salvation. Each stage of life and each life experience is part of your process or testimony or as many of us view it as just life. In life there are times of great distress, trouble and uncertainties. There are also good times, peace, enjoyment and growth. In the text we learn the importance of money management; growth and development; realizing your errors; taking action to correct your mistakes, repentance, recovery; haters and the witnesses to your breakthrough. Those that knew you when. And the How you like me now.
Looking at this young man’s life he had everything he could have wanted…Daddy’s rich, servants, land and a lot of the amenities we only wish to enjoy. What he didn’t have was patience. He couldn’t wait to get of age and get what he considered belonged to him. History repeats itself for many people who are of the Mcdonald’s age we want it now; Fast food, and fast money, but we’ve taken no time to consider or plan the most accurate way to develop what we have or what’s coming to us. But this parable is all about getting back to where you belong.
Step One: begins when you come to yourself as the bible says about this young man he came to himself. You have to first admit God I have a problem. You have to admit there is trouble in your life. You have to admit…Lord how did I get here. Lord this is not where you want me to be. This is not what you called and predestined my life to be. Lord what am I doing down here in the muck and mild with the swine. Why am I living beneath what you promised me? When reality starts to set in you begin to ask the question Lord. What is my problem?
Step Two begin to take action to correct your mistake. After you come to yourself you have to prepare to fix what you have wronged or pulled out of sequence. Taking Action requires movement. You have to do something in order to get something
Step Three is the biggest and the easiest. Repent. Say Sorry. Tell God and some of the people you wronged, that you are sorry. Not that fake apology, like you don’t know you did something, but be precise. “Father I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and I’m no longer worthy”… I don’t deserve to be blessed based on what I have done. But I thank you for giving me the opportunity to repent and say sorry. Forgiveness on the part of God or a father doesn’t take long. The moment you asked for it—It’s done. Have you asked your father to forgive you? If not, what you waiting on?
Step Four restoration and recovery…Bring out the best of everything for the one who has said sorry. Let’s celebrate the return of one soul. Earlier in this text we see that the angels in heaven rejoice over one soul that repenteth. So this father rejoiced over his son so does God your father rejoice over you.
Step Five Be aware of your haters that don’t want to see your recover.
Step Six witnesses to your recovery. The servants; the people you grew up with; those your were in the muck and mild with; those who knew you when, and can see God’s greatness on you now.
But the bible says: In I Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, and settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Step One: - Come to Yourself
Step Two: - Take Action To Correct Your Mistakes
Step Three: - Repentance
Step Four: - Recovery
Step Five: - Haters
Step Six – Witness to Your Recovery
Get on the Process of Recovery.
"Be careful how you use his name"
16. Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 17. Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman. 18. Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it: 19. And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them. 20. And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land. 21. But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. 22. Therefore say unto the house of Israel, thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. 23. And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.--Ezekiel 36: 16-23
When we are born- we are naturally giving a first and last name. Your name will follow you for a lifetime identifying who you are and what kindred you're affiliated with. Often time's sons are named after their father and daughters are named after their mother allowing the generations to remember the life of their parents. Your FIRST name identities- you and establish you as being a particular person- calling you individually and personally; but your LAST name signifies the relationship between you and your progenitor.
When a man and woman are united together in matrimony it’s customary for the Minister to introduce both parties as one person announcing them with the first and last name of the man which signifies a new family structure. They are introduced to a body of witnesses- and after the formalities have been completed the officiant would announce the wife’s new last name clearly identifying her relation with her husband. The bible says- When a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and become one flesh. (Note: Be careful who you give your name to—What or Who is attached to your name?)
We allowed this world to call us by the names that are not destine for us; but by names that imprison us- keeping us bond with worldly chains. Derogatory words like, “Nigger”, “Monkey”, “Jigger Boo”, were terms used by White Americans to identify African Americans to the nation in the early 1800's. Now in 2011 those same names are being used not only by White America but by African Americans against ourselves. These terms are used to identify us as being rebels; outcast, and then developing a system to keep us from growing. The Bible says we are called, a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a Holy nation, a people that belong to God- so why do people call us out of our name if we are called and destine for Royalty? Let’s take a closer look at why names have such significance for our lives.
Nick names are now being used in this new generation of parenting. Some young mothers are using nick names to express love for their child- the Bible records that Hannah named her son Samuel because she asked of him of the Lord. Samuel was named because his mother felt the pain of not having a child; not having the gifting of motherhood and the stress of being the one in the camp without a child. Rachel died giving birth but named her son Benoni, (son of my affliction). His name was later changed by his Father so that he would not have the stigma attached to his life as a person of affliction. And there are many others you can research. Children were named based on the feelings or circumstances of the parents; sometimes not considering what naming that child might mean for that child.
Some parents select their child's name while fantasizing of a life not destine for them. Parents need to stop marking their children- identifying them with names like "boo boo"- calling our young women "peaches or candy"- referring our young man as "Big Mike or Anaconda". Stop calling your children stupid or crazy- pulling them down to destruction and killing their spirit before they have a chance to develop their potential.
We must name our children names fitting the kingdom. If our father is a king and his father was a king that means I am heir of my father's kingdom. Our heritage follows us throughout our lifetime. Unfortunately, there are times in our lives when we shouldn't carry on in our family name and we need to get a name change. We must stop generational curses that may lead to our death and destruction that are attached to a name.
In this text we find the anger of God kindled at the children of Israel who were living in the land that was giving to them by God profaning the name of God. The profaning of God’s name was identified as the uncleanliness of a woman. The seriousness of living a righteous life is very important. We must REPENT for every sinful action committed before God. The bible says- we shall not take the Lord name in vain; stop swearing- people of God it's time to clean- up your language; STOP using GOD'S name for the base of your personal gain.... God is tired.
God is tired of his people misusing his name. We must never take GOD'S name lightly- we call his name for everything but to talk to him. We ask God to deliver us from our fiery trials- to remove us from pain and strife, but when he does; our unfaithfulness to our promises puts us right back where we started- for we hinder ourselves.
How can you say "God said it" if your ears are shut? God is about to "mute" you just as Gabriel said to Zechariah ", you will be silent and unable to speak. "Preachers you’ve had enough time. Trumpet blowers—you’re on your last breath. White wash hypocrites—your garments are not Holy—it’s just a costume. Stop using the name that has all power when you don’t want to really experience its power. Stop wasting God’s time by calling his name when you’re not ready to hear him. Use his name wisely, in reverence, and adoration. His name is the most important name you will ever call. Don’t call it in vain.
"You must Know The Difference"
(9) But there was a certain man, called Simon, which before time in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: (10) To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. (11) And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. (12) But when they believed Philip preaching the things conceding the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. (13) Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Phillip, and wondered, behold the miracles and signs which were done. -- Acts 8:9-13
There is an amusement park in New York named “Convey Island”. It’s a place of fun, games, family time and food. For many families it is a great inexpensive getaway that cost no more than a train ride, a ham and cheese sandwich and enough money for a bag of cotton candy. Some years ago, not sure if it is still a practice today, but pastors would take their baptism candidates to the beach shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Convey Island, and baptize them in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. People came from miles around just to visit this place.
Not only was Convey Island a fun place, it was also a place where people would go and seek out fortune tellers and soothsayers to tell them their deepest secrets and desires in the hopes that they can answer questions about their past, give direction for their present life and hope for their future. Soothsayers or Fortune Tellers are people who believe they can make predictions about the future. And for a price these people would ask you a series of questions concerning your life—looking for particular factors that suggest what you would likely be or do in the future—Making statements, reading palms and lines in your hands, rubbing a crystal ball and naming general characteristics that are specific to most people making a determination based on the information you provided. For example: “A bill is coming to you in the mail—you’re going to need money to pay your bill”—(You think). For some people this was just a fun stop at the amusement park for others it was part of their life and they really listened to the advice and words of these people and governed their lives by what was said to them. They failed to go to their manufacturer, their creator, their builder, the rock of salvation God to get the answers to the questions of their lives.
In the first verse we are introduced to "sorcery" as it was introduce to the people of Samaria. Sorcery is the art, and practice, of witchcraft spells used on others by a person who exercises supernatural powers through the aid of evil spirits; black magic or witchery. Everyone great and small in Samaria believed in Simon and called him "the great one-the power of God". As with the people of Samaria, the same is true with so many people today. We believe so strongly in the pastors, prophets, ministers and people of authority and often we talk too much. We give ourselves away telling all our affairs- writing novels and memoirs of our past and our lives; exchanging views; asking others, "What do you think about this?” or “How should I handle that?” Never asking God or seeking God’s great counsel. We fill out credit card applications, surrendering our life history giving the world ammunition to use against us. We must learn the difference between voluntary and involuntary information. In most instances we need to live our lives with others on a need to know basis"- that means mind your business!
In some instances we’ve done exactly what the Samaritans did. We put all our faith and trust in our Pastors, Prophets, Preachers and Teachers and given servants too much power and authority. Many times clergy gets it wrong. They get it wrong because they have lost sight of their callings and have really started to believe the hype about themselves. And they have forgotten what the word minister/servant means. The word Minister means to serve- as ministers of the Gospel it is our duty to serve the people of God; to instruct them, help lead them utilizing all spiritual resources and gifting that the spirit of God has ordained. When we lose focus that power does not come from a name or from a title we damage people. Power comes from God! When we start to allow people to believe that a man holds the mysteries of the kingdom- or a man can snap his fingers and miracles can be carried out- then my friend you have been bewitched and you have been conquered.
The Word of God declares that HE will pour out his spirit on all flesh- young men shall see vision and old men shall dream dreams; male and female servants, HE will pour HIS spirit and they shall prophesy. God doesn't have a respective person- he doesn't have a favorite, we all are entitle to his promises, but our disobedience blocks us from receiving the full totality of our gifting. Don't be like Simon- a foolish man that believed he had supernatural powers. How long you think you can last speaking against the Power of the Holy Spirit?; Claiming power you were never giving; making a show of his name- God is tired! And his word through the Prophet Ezekiel warns: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and haven't seen anything! Pastors, Prophets, Preachers and Teachers should be sure not to damage the people that you were chosen and called to serve. Speak what God gives you to say and not that of your own mind. Teach your people to know the difference. Teach them not to follow every word of a visiting prophet. Teach them to know the voice of God by studying his word. As Simon believed and was changed after witnessing the true Power of the Holy Ghost—so shall the people we minister to if we maintain the power of the Holy Ghost in us. Make sure you know the difference!
Spiritual Warfare Series
Under the influence of the Holy Ghost we present these anointed words of wisdom, practical principles, and strategies of real-time warfare. We pray that you will be blessed by what you read, fortified for the journey and victorious in your walk with God. Be Blessed!
"God Said To Recover All...Don't
When going out on the battle field remember to LOCK-UP the camp, for the enemy is trying to steel your inheritance. Lock up your stuff Zion for a robber is loose! Lock your doors and close all open windows for he's searching for a open vessel to enter. He's trying to untie your tassels before you can sound the alarm. Shepherds and watchers remember the sheep while on the field.
I heard your cries and answered; saw your tears and I dried them. Have you not ears to hear when I speak? Eyes to see when I lifted my hands against your enemies? Hear this Zion- Promotion in doubt!!! You have listened to everyone but me. You will remain a faithful soldier following orders from the captain of the army. You will walk ...the same path yet again, repeating your steps- tripping over your feet until you hearken to my words. But if you keep my commands then I will elevate you to a mighty warrior and send you out to destroy the camps of your enemies- nothing shall stop my favor. And I will restore all that was lost. You will recover ALL. Not only will you receive the spoils of war, but the extra benefit that comes from winning.
Why are you mad? You will lose- Many will come and question your strategies and actions taken on the battle field. This is not the time or the place for reasoning; stop fighting for things YOU can't change and finish the process! If the lesson isn't learned the first time we will repeat the course. Battles are long at times, they com...e when going through storms; they form when we are fighting against blockages, blockages that hinders our inheritance- HATERS sees what God is doing and is trying to stop us, how? Speaking nonsense; showing us worldly desires; what man wants and not following what God has. Stop listening to every one that claims "God said"! bring glory to themselves and not the King of Glory. The enemy is trying to change your direction by their words; words uttered to your love ones, church family and co workers- he (the enemy) will use anyone that's willing. Don't expose your next course of action for the enemy has a counterattack. Someone is speaking to him and giving him lintel. Stay focus, wait and don't move- God will handle them.
"Prepare For Ambush..."
I hear it moving but I can't see; I hear the wind blowing but can't see the branches moving; I hear a heart beating; I hear the archers drawing their bow's. What is it? The enemy changing colors like a Chameleon. A Chameleon not only afraid of what they see- they're afraid of what YOU may SEE, fear- keep watching cause they're watching you. How can you see a Chameleon (enemy) if they camouflage themselves with their surroundings? - look them (the enemy) in their eyes their eyes don't change.
Along the battle field you WILL encounter sheep grazing across the field; sound of the bush rubbing against their white coats- be aware for they're not sheep! They're wolfs in sheep clothing. The enemy is using a different tactic- the art of reasoning; manipulating you to believe the battle is over, don't lower your shield soldier. Their voice has a tingling sound; symbols thrashing with great power but lacking anointing- Guard your hearing.
"Watch Your Diet..."
I hunger for.....
Spiritual nourishment MUST be a part of our diet. As soldiers we need the Word of God constantly- we must be careful of what we eat while on the battle field. We can't wait for someone to feed us we MUST feed ourselves. We must remember our beginning stages- as young sheep in Christ we drank milk to coat our stomachs; now we're eating solid food fully seasoned with the power of God.
Don't allow the enemy to bamboozal you; filling your stomachs with locus locus, spooning you poison. STOP eating (not Naturally but Spiritual) from everyone. Leaders are cooking with dirty hands, look under their nails! Whitewashed! Shepherds are scattering the sheep and prophets following their own spirit.
STOP! Your giving the enemy power; your giving the enemy ammunition. The enemy has studied you and forming weapons. Be patience- by not waiting for God you allowing the enemy to move in closer. Stop blaming and giving the enemy credit for what YOU did wrong. He watching you; every step; listening to your prayers and assigning inexperi...enced imps to wear you down. Inexperienced imps? Immature followers that are assigned to watch and hear. Barriers are forming and soldiers will be placed in strongholds. Are you surrendering? Did God not tell David to pursue, overtake and recover all? The enemy wants you to feel abandon by allowing the pressure of the battle to overwhelm you.
Have you not prayed asking God for a blessing? Have you not cried asking God for a break through? God has given YOU power over your enemies; given YOU authority to speak over your situation, BUT you blame the enemy for YOUR misfortune? You delayed your blessings not the enemy- your wandering (wilderness) is because of your disobedience; you made him (enemy) strong by attaching him to your problems. You're walking in a circle. This fight (battle) is different- you're not just fighting with the enemy you're fighting with yourself. Who do you think is going to win?
Today you must examine your opponent carefully while on the battle field- he has studied you and has seen you emotional. Its wok- you're a man. Pull it together for I have chosen you. Your weapon of choice will be God's Words. Weakness is NOT a option.
Why are you slowing down soldier? There are other soldiers on the battle field. Some are lost wandering looking for help or/ and guidance. You may have to administer first aid (minister) to them- do it quickly and waste no time for the enemy is on your back. The enemy will use diversions to trick you into believing someone needs help; giving them time to gain ground- stay focus.
The word of God will encourage you while on the battle field. We quote scriptures with power; showing our authority as we march proclaiming victory over our enemies. Some recite words of the prophet Isaiah, "No weapon formed against you shall prosper". After interacting with the enemy we must then have process time to evaluate the ba...ttle. Reason of Process (ROP) is important and must commence after the battle ends. Every action; every injures and every weapon used must be reviewed and learned. The enemy will use the same weapon believing he will have better success in defeating you the second time around. We must know and learn the trickery and devices of the enemy. Some may ask, how long will my battle last for? There will always be battles as long wars exist; by you staying saved and sanctified you are calling the devil a lier.
"The Silence of War..."
What's the one thing you don't want to hear while on the battle field? Answer- silence
Does a silent battle mean God has abandon you? Or does it mean that God has removed his favor and purpose over your life? A battle is a struggle that can either make you strong or hold you captive. Silence is a tactic the enemy may use to keep you guessing- watching you as you prepare your next move. We must learn every battle formation including moments of silence. Never tell your next course of action while on the the battle field. Don't allow the enemy to steal and sabotage your blessings by talking too much. The secret is out!
"The Seasons of War..."
As we make our way through this difficult terrain of the battle, we MUST be prepared for the enemy's sneak attacks. Our armor can protect us from the enemy's devices, BUT what about the weather?
Seasons change, (storms/trails) and famine (drought) may occur impacting us while going through the battle. Your body must be conditionally fit and ready for a long journey- a daily diet of the WORD can build a strong resistance to the elements that you will encounter on the battle field. When the weather changes the atmosphere is different, your foundation can be loosen by doubt and fear. The heaviness of a storm may change your course leaving you vulnerable to the enemy's attack. Although, we have our armor that protects us from the weaponry of the enemy- our eyes are not protected; our ears are left open. The enemy can uses these entry points by allowing you to see the severity of the storms and convincing you that there is no hope or way of escape. A trap is set for you to fail and doubt God!! How can I fight what I can see? S. O. S. Need back up. This is when trust, faith and hope in our unfailing God is our visual we should rely on.
"The Pain of War The Power or Praise..."
The PAIN we endure while on the battle field--We allow ourselves to be captured by not moving quick enough after hearing the battle cry. What's taking you so long? Have you not been trained for battle? We rejoice for winning previous battles but the enemy has studied our battle techniques. He knows that the the cares; the worldly desires and fleshly ways- loving our mess only allowed us to become casualties of war or a Prisoners of Worship (POW).
We must ask ourselves why? Why are we crying? We love what we do; we love the way it feels and the attention it brings. However, we hate to be beaten, punished and disciplined. We don't want to pay the price for our sanctification. We only want to surrender to Christ when it's convenient for us; prostituting God for a quick hit- feeling good for the moment and putting on a show for the troops. How would you learn victory if you never were defeated? As a member of God's army you are equip with artillery that the enemy can't overcome, prevent or capture- the weapon of PRAISE. Are you willing to praise your way out?
"We Have Already Won..."
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. – Isaiah 41:10
Although, we are assured to have won the war we must be diligent in conquering the battles. We as people of God will always encounter battles on various battlefields.
What are the battlefields you ask? Your mind, your environment, your family, your occupation, your relationship; anything that can draw your attention away from God and his plan and purpose for your life.
While in battle it is not important to win because we have already won. It is important however, to recover from the possible wounds. You will be wounded if not physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. There will be something that you have to recover from. You will come out with battle scars as a result of the fight. We must learn from our wounds. First allow them to heal. Keep them clean and free of debris and residue from the falling principalities and spiritual wickedness in high places that you as a member of the army of God have just defeated.
"And David enquired at the Lord, saying, Shall i pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all. - 1 Samuel 30:8
While on the battle field there are many preventive measures we (believers) must understand before confronting the enemy. These measures are important and you must be aware of all the enemy’s tactics.
1. Prayer-- Your prayer life is of the utmost importance. We must seek God’s council and allow him to fortify us with His wisdom and His love.
2. Intel –Know your opponent – the enemy may use immature weaponry against you; foolishly…and devise tactics that can make you weary and faint, allowing them the opportunity to prepare for a greater secondary attack. If you are aware of the enemy’s devises you can better prepare yourself for the battle.
3. Counter attack –A counter attack may not be necessary. When we destroy strongholds it must be DESTROYED. Overtaking and recovering may be a part of the enemy’s plan. Decoys are used to distract us allowing them to get closer and closer to their goal of defeating us.
When we take these measures and pray in/with the anointing the yoke is destroyed, enemy defeated, and we move on to the next level in this great journey with God.
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked." - Ephesians 6:16
I’ve learned that my praise and my prayer life have changed the course of ALL darts and/or arrows that the enemy has projected towards me. Many times the darts/arrows are not aimed directly at you - but for someone who is attached to you. Have you ever asked why? Why has the enemy taken aim at me and mine? The answer—you are so strong... that the enemy can’t defeat you in a head to head attack- but if he can get in the children; the church members; the co-worker; the administration, he can break you down slowly.
However, when God moves you to a higher place in him--all darts/arrows must fall down. Some of us claim to be “dart or arrow proof”, we’ve had the Holy Ghost so long that we think we don’t need to be renewed. But we must consistently fortify ourselves in the Word of God. We must realize that when the enemy is desperate he shoots wildly into the air with faith--believing he will hit his target; But for him it doesn’t matter who he hits everything around his intended target may be killed in the process.