Spirit of Fear

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Fear and faith are opposites, intangibles, that project into the future. They have no power until we receive them, submit to them and act upon them. We cannot submit to both at the same time, only one can exercise authority in us at any given time. When faced with any crises, trials or hardships, both God and the devil are going to attempt to draw us in a direction; through our thoughts or through others.

The devils modus operandi is fear; a spirit of fear that comes to tempt us and lead us to take a course of action that gives him more authority in our life. When we are facing a very important decision or dealing with an event, the Spirit of fear will come; and if we yield to it, we will be afflicted with torment and worry; and if we yield more fully it can affect our health, lead us to make damaging decisions, even unto death.

The alternate is acting in faith. When we yield to faith in God,
– we gain a sense of empowerment through God (an acceptance that when we are weak, He is strong, leading us and in control);
– we allow the presence of God to enter into our hearts through our yielding to His leading; and
– we have peace. Peace is always a by product of the presence of God’s love.

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

The real and only battle we face is choosing which vision of the future we are going to yield and submit ourselves to. Will it be to that of the demon of fear or will it be to the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Truth is, what we choose to yield to is decided long before we face a crisis or a decision. We will yield to that spirit which we yield to in our daily, routine lives.

The more time we spend with God, the more likely we are to hear and yield to the Holy Spirit. The more time we listen to the evil of this world, to the media, to the spirit of this age, the more likely we will to yield to them in a time of crisis.

And once we yield to the spirit of fear, it will pursue and oppress us all the days of our life without relent. There is no mercy; we either get used to the torment, submit ourselves to mind numbing medication or alcohol or we turn to God. When we fully submit to God;

Isaiah 14:3 And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve,

But it takes faith to yield to God, and faith only comes from hearing the Word; either reading the written word or receiving a word of conviction from the Holy Spirit. Without this, it is impossible to act in faith, because it is contrary to the ways of this world in which we live.

If you find yourself in a place of affliction, trial and hardship, realize it is not the will of God. God’s plans is to bless us, give us abundant life… but we have to walk in faith and submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit to receive this.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Start each day reading the world of God; spend regular time in prayer and praise; cut out the evil of this world and you will start to hear from God. Slowly as a plant begins to grow after being watered, so your soul will become more open and receptive to the Lord as you water it with time in His presence. As you do, faith will begin to arise and you will start to think and make decisions of faith, which oppose the spirit of fear.

Be consistent, be persistent, fast and dedicate 1 day a week for a closer walk. You will be changed from within and fear will have no part of you life or your destiny.

Maturing in Christ

As a parent we recognize the various stages of life our children go through. First their is the newborn, totally dependent on us, then the young child, filled with passion and enthusiasm. After that comes the older child, a bit more externally focused but still keen to please parents.

Then out of the blue, as the child becomes a young adult with ideas and passions, the rebellious teenage years. As young adults they begin to settle down and find their purpose and passion in life. After that children and their most productive years. Thereafter middle age and grand-parenting and finally the later years with rest from labor and striving.

There is the same cycle as a Christian. We are born again, of Spirit, and filled with the revelation of a whole new dimension, new thought processes, new perspective and revelations. At first we know nothing but are caught up in the Spirit. Everything is new and exciting. We attend church regularly, partake of as many activities as we can, receiving blessing after blessing. Many Christians live for this feeling alone and fall away when the season of young love begins to pass. They never move on from self focus and being fed to wanting to do something for others. Their faith is stifled because it never translates into outward action.

Others press in and as their understanding increases they begin to share their experiences and to evangelize those around them. With faith in action, gifts start to mature and with that comes the discernment of things never noticed before in the church… the carnal, the unrighteous and even evil intent of those that linger within Christianity. There is the crusty and cynical older brethren (who have done it and seen it and invariably know it all), the so called prophet’s and prophetess’s (whose sole purpose seems to curse others, especially the church leadership, under the guise of discernment), the self promoting ‘movers and shakers’ whose intent is to get into position’s of influence and leadership through their natural wealth or skills and then those that just have evil intent to break down the church and others in some way.

It’s a dangerous season because the devil also starts to take notice of you and will move others against you or will attempt to use your immaturity and work through you, against others. (Never forget, making mistakes is part of maturing spiritually). If your church leaders are mature they will be able to channel your passion and emerging gifts and discernment, help you realize your calling and direct you forward, so as to be an asset to the church and the Body of Christ. If however, as is often the case, they rise up against you or take offense because of their own carnality, they will marginalize or rebuke you in some way which will cause pain.

At this point one can humble oneself and repent before the leadership or leave and find another fellowship that can hopefully harness for good that which God is doing in or revealing to you. Sadly most church leaders only recognize their own authority and ministry as God’s authority in the church and they suppress any other gifts or ministry, which is considered a threat. For this reason there are very few active prophets and apostles, few evangelists and fewer teachers and why church’s never move in real power.

Many will leave and wander from church to church become increasingly discontent, feeling they know more than church leaders. The offense is realized when they begin to speak against the church leaders, which is in fact cursing and in so doing become a tool of the devil (like a rebellious teenager, they exercise spiritual rebellion) Others will simply withdraw from contributing and become pew warmers. Many, many Christians don’t move on from this place; they just stop maturing and and that is where their faith remains. They never move on to the fullness of their calling in Christ. God is not really interested if you are correct at this time, He is interested in how you respond to the situation when others reject your discernment or gifting? The response should be humbling oneself, intercession for that leadership, finding small ways to impact lives outside of the church and maturing their gifts further. In due season God will raise up those that are humble and patient. If one can just hold on, be submissive in spite of the rebuke or offense, God can turn it out for good for all – even for the carnal leadership.

Beyond this is the stage of blessing and increase. Christians who have become humble, who do not take offense on behalf of the Cross, who do not judge others but are rather a blessing in the face adversity, have learnt to wait on the Lord to move instead of acting and expecting God to follow…. these are mature Christians who can receive favor, increase, authority and position without being corrupted, without lifting up the self.

There are so few current Church leaders, especially those within the latest response to God’s outpouring (the Charismatics) that have reached this station of authority by going through this ‘4 soils’ schooling of the Holy Spirit . They have short circuited this process in some way and the evidence is clear for all to see. The leadership is in many ways an offense to God.

Thankfully God has been preparing the leadership for the next revival that is coming soon. They have been refined, rejected and have wandered through the desert without purpose or direction. The time is coming soon for these leaders to rise out up out of obscurity and bring forth the greatest revival since the days of the apostles. Their only danger is that of pride. Pride that might come through such great manifestations of the Holy Spirit. I hope not.

And here’s hoping those that have led the previous responses to God’s outpouring will become intercessors for the work instead of judges and accusers as has always happened in the past.

Recognizing False Doctrine

One can always tell when the Church has yielded to a false and demonic doctrine. There is invariably;

– the rejection of scripture in part or some significant way,
– the compromise in morality and
– the proclamation of it’s truth because the majority of people believe it.

The majority are always deceived, so let us rather focus on the decline in morality and distortion of doctrine that accompanies these deceptions.

Take for example the doctrine of God supposedly opening the door for Zionists to occupy modern day Israel. If we look past the controlled media and earnestly study that which has been taking place in the region, it becomes very clear, very quickly, that the Zionists have not only been the initiators of violence in almost every instance together with the death and displacement of Muslims, but they have also been directly responsible for the displacement and death of Christians as well.

Jews, Muslims and Christians previously lived in harmony in the land before Zionism gained authority. To this day Christians clergy are routinely spat on in public in Israel and evangelical Churches have been bombed by radical Jews. Somehow Christians overlook the glaringly obvious manifestations of evil, even to the ongoing rejection of Christ, by yielding to this false doctrine. Many Christians have become accustomed to seeing Muslims as the enemy rather than a lost people that need salvation. Zionist hatred of Muslims has filtered through to the Body of Christ without a thought for the evil that is being adopted.

Christians are choosing to be partial, respecters of people rather than Spirit led, discerning and compassionate. Of course we know the Jews will be restored at the end of this age (when they reject the demonic yoke of Zionism and embrace Christ) but they will be restored to the Body of Christ and the heavenly Jerusalem.
I wish Christians were all as Jesus was in:

Matthew 12:46-50 “Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

Jesus considered that even his own mother after the flesh was not worthy of any special station, except that which was based on her relationship with the Father. Yet now many hold the Jews after the flesh above Christians and even before the name and will of Jesus himself; suggesting that those after the old covenant which was rejected are somehow more beloved than those who are in Christ.

So often the distortions of scripture are obvious to all, yet someone blindness remains. Take the favorite scripture in this instance:

Genesis 13:15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

It’s interesting that this scripture is used as a confirmation that the Jews are entitled to the land in Palestine. Never mind that the promise was conditional on obedience to the Lord, of which they still resist to this day, but the Jews have spend 450 years less in Israel than they have out of it, since the promise was given. That alone makes the scriptural reference foolishness – except to the willfully deceived.

The reality is that the land was important because God’s temple was in Jerusalem and it was the place where God came down to meet with His people. When Jesus Christ fulfilled the old covenant and ushered in the new, that brought an end to the old covenant. Israel and Jerusalem after the natural became irrelevant in God’s eyes.

Galatians 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Jesus confirmed these changes in John 4:21-24; Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

And Paul reminds us of this change in Romans 2:28-29

For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

But the blind will lead the blind and to this day we have an entrenched Christian doctrine that opposes the Bible, the words of the prophets, Christ and the authors of the new testament. People are bound in spirit and cannot see the truth, seemingly more happy to see a million Muslim deaths in defense of the land in bondage to Satan and in defense of those that oppose the Cross. Who could believe that Spirit filled Christians could behave in such a manner and declare it to be the will of God.

So the question is…… what doctrines are you holding onto that force you to ignore or distort the scriptures. What teachings are you embracing because the ‘majority’ believe and what moral standards have you accepted that deny the fullness of the love of Christ and oppose the convictions of the Holy Spirit?

Evolution is blind faith

Summing up my philosophy on life:
I can boldly state that I take the side of religion in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfil many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the Christian community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because I have a prior commitment, a commitment to Christianity. It is not that the methods and institutions of Christianity somehow compel me to accept a spiritual explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that I am forced by my a priori adherence to spiritual causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce spiritual explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that spirituality is absolute, for I cannot allow the Foot of materialism in the door.

I reached this point after much study of the truths of the Bible as well as the study of the theory of evolution (TTE) and the comments made by those that religiously stand by this unscientific fantasy.

The theory of evolution was birthed out of the rejection of God and has nothing to do with science. Once God and creation are rejected, the mind becomes open to the most absurd reasoning and deceptive logic and this is no more evident than by the apostles of materialism. To escape the many conundrums real science increasingly poses this fake theory, the evangelists of the faith have to resort to an unending procession of deceptions to sustain their believers. Among the many blatant lies are these howlers:

1. The theory of evolution is scientific?
It used to be that something was considered scientific if it could be measured, observed and tested with consisted results. To accommodate TTE something can now be deemed science if; enough people believe it (flat earth mentality), it is on TV, or there is a systematic study of the subject with peer review. (usually by those of the same indoctrination). But in reality there is no evidence of nor has anyone has ever seen a creature evolving, evolution cannot be measured and no one can recreate it. Its also flatly contradicts accepted laws of science, the geological evidence and the chronometers of the earth.

2. Life spontaneously birth forth into existence and all life has since evolved from then.
This is statistically impossible on a number of fronts:
– there is not enough time in history nor molecules in the entire known universe to allow for this chance & spontaneous event to have occurred,
– Even the simplest single-cell organism is unimaginably complex, with scores of highly sophisticated parts, all performing important functions and being mutually interdependent from the start, making the spontaneous bursting forth and sustaining of life a grandiose step of blind faith of the highest order;
– To suggest that the first creature spontaneously burst forth into life and was able to life long enough to evolve the most basic of systems for survival and reproduction is sheer fantasy. Absorption,ingestion, digestion, locomotion, conversion to energy, cell growth and splitting, reproduction, any of dozens of basic systems required for the sustaining of life could never have been present in the first living creature.
– That creatures are supposed to evolve through mutation is beyond embarrassing.The odds of one mutation, never mind the millions of mutation required, advancing the process of evolvement to a higher life form, is beyond the realm of statistical probability, even for the blind extremists of the movement.

3. The fossil record confirms the theory of evolution.
In reality the fossil record gives no clue that any basic type of animal has ever changed into another basic type of animal and no undisputed chain of in-between forms has ever been discovered. Worse still, the awe inspiring gaps in the fossil record defy logic and the ‘wrong fossils’ in different strata and circular reasoning leave the believers of intelligent design in awe of the faith of the Darwinian zealots. Every now and again a ‘Coelacanth’ rocks the faithful, but the well oiled machine of misinformation and fake news quickly adds a new spin, a new theory or half truth to save the faith.

Were it not for the fact that the are thousands of well paid professional agent provocateurs who sole purpose it to indoctrinate the masses from the earliest of ages “millions of years ago”, this theory would have died a deserved death a long time ago. There are now too many hangers on, too many ‘scientific’ grants, too many publishing contracts and too many scholarly posts to fill, for this theory to ever be truly and scientifically reviewed, without the hysterical and militant avalanche of protests, threats and ridicule from those sucking at this teat of deception.

To sum up the absurdity of it all, the pin up boy of this evolutionary cabal, Richard Dawkins, when faced with the increasingly obvious delusion of the doctrine could only bring himself to say that our origin stems from aliens. He simply couldn’t say God, in spite of the glaring truth. This is faith in the unknown, at all costs…. faith that surpasses any logic and any religion.

http://creation.com/dodging-living-fossils

44 Reasons Why Evolution Is Just A Fairy Tale For Adults


http://www.bible.ca/tracks/dino-human-coexistence-implications.htm

Proof that the Media is Biased Against ID

Fossils Destroy Human Evolution Story Again


http://www.icr.org/article/biggest-problems-for-evolution/

Overcoming Trial

Galatians 5:25; If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Romans 8:1; There is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

If you go into almost any Spirit filled church today and the speaker says “raise your hands if you need prayer”, the chances are a large majority of people will put their hands up. Many will have very pressing and serious needs that are not being met. Others will be discouraged, afflicted, financial oppressed, heartbroken, etc.

In many instances, the Body of Christ is worse off than those of this world.

The main reason for this is that Christians have forgotten they are in a spiritual battle. We are accused day and night before God because we are judged in this time, and not in that time to come. So every time we yield to the temptation of the flesh, we bring ourselves back under the law where we can come under legitimate attack and condemnation.

Galatians 5:16-24 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

What is the secret to walking in the Spirit? It is spending time with God in prayer and the Word. One thing is 100% certain and that is if a Christian is going through real hardship and damaging trial (not that which God allows to refine us to a higher level), we can be assure that their prayer life is not where it needs to be. If you are facing a such a trial now, you need to spend more time with God. How much is enough time? Are you praying an hour a day, 2hrs, 3hrs? Are you fasting? Have you taken leave from work and fasted and prayed unceasingly for a week or more for revelation or breakthrough?

Because if something is so afflicting and traumatic, it requires a supreme amount of intervention to get the breakthrough. You need to move something in the spiritual realm so the change can manifest in the natural. Every breakthrough has got to start with a spiritual victory. Natural efforts alone are doomed to failure. “shake heaven and the earth will move out of its place.”

Here are a few tips for breakthrough in prayer.

1. Always ask God to convict you what you are doing wrong? Sometimes bondages (those of our own or from our forefathers) are hard to discern because they are part of our character. In this regard a 3 day water / juice fast is very beneficial
2. Ask God what the cause of the trial is. Sometimes the symptom is far removed from the cause. Dealing with symptoms (such as sickness or loneliness) is a waste of time. Press in and pray until you start to receive conviction of the cause.
3. Getting revelation of sin / the cause of our distress must automatically lead to repentance and renouncing of related sin or behavior /actions/ thoughts.
4. Prevail in prayer and ask God to remove the effects of those past works, not only for yourself but for others that have been afflicted by this.
5. Ask God to establish a new way forward and give you the strength not to succumb to the same temptations again. (the devil will earnestly seek to re-establish his authority in this regard)
6. Stop complaining and talking about your troubles. It afflicts others and you are in fact prophesying and establishing the same affliction further into your future. Rather prophesy and declare the things you seek to happen and the changes you are trusting God for. After all, “God establishes the words of his servants”
7. Forgive others to the level you want God to forgive you. If you cannot pray blessing onto those that have harmed you, you are still in bondage and dare not expect anything from God. Prayer for those that have harmed you until you have the love of Christ for them. Only then have you really forgiven and being set free from your own bondage of un-forgiveness and bitterness. Anything else is delusion.

A prevailing issue for Christians is that we measure sin and determine who is more at fault in a matter. If you are suffering or afflicted, you need to deal with your own issues and not worry about the other person. If you are only 1% at fault, deal with that 1% and receive your breakthrough. Get yourself back in line with the Spirit and you will see breakthrough. If you get this right you will not need someone else to pray breakthrough into your life; you will be living in Spirit and establishing perpetual breakthrough.

The big questions are…..
Are you desperate enough and willing enough to sacrifice enough time and effort to hear directly from the Holy Spirit?
Are you humble enough to take stock of the state of your heart and make changes?
Will you persist no matter what you are feeling, thinking or being told by others?

Most of us aren’t and that’s why we need others to step in and pray for us. But is really is a very poor 2nd choice.

Spiritual Warfare

Ephesians 6:10-18

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
We are strong in the Lord, when we are weak in the flesh. When we choose to not act in the flesh we allow the Holy Spirit to manifest through us in wisdom, knowledge, healing, miracles, prophecy, discernment, tongues and interpretation of tongues through us – 1 Corin 12:7-11. When we yield and allow the Holy Spirit the authority to manifest through us, He overcomes the works of the devil.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
The devil has no power of his own, but he tempts us to act in the flesh or yield our authority to him so that he can resist the efforts of the Holy Spirit through us. We are the only resistance to the Holy Spirit; either through our yielding of authority to the devil or succumbing to temptation and acting in the flesh. This the only battle we need to focus on for the Holy Spirit to be victorious. The following scriptures of warfare in Ephesians 6 advise us how to facilitate this:

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Anything we do out of our own strength is a waste of time. Flesh cannot fight and overcome in the spiritual realm and real victories only come when when we achieve spiritual breakthrough. When God has authority through us he stirs us up to act and move something in the spiritual realm first, after which the breakthrough will manifest in the natural. Isaiah 13:13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place….

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Our role in this battle is to withstand and resist the devil

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,
To resist the devil we firstly need to be walking in truth. Truth comes through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth. In other words we need to be in fellowship with God through the Holy Spirit. When in fellowship we rightly hear His voice and are led of Him, walking in truth.

and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Righteousness means ‘being right with God’. If God is convicting us of sin or of action, we need to respond. If it is sin, we need to repent, renounce, turn from that which God convicts us of. If God is convicting us to act or say something we need to respond in faith. The Spirit of God may be bringing the spiritual victory but he does it through the Body of Christ. Often a simple act of obedience from us is all it takes to allow God to bring a breakthrough.

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
The motivation for our journey into battle is to share the gospel message of Jesus Christ; his dying for our sins so that we can have eternal life. We do not share the gospel so that we can build a ministry / get an income / gain authority / gain preeminence. To have any personal motivation makes us ineffective and a hindrance to the Spirit of God working effectively and powerfully through us. Assess carefully the motivation for any works for the Lord. Are we led of the Spirit or led of the flesh.

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Faith is the elixir of the Christian walk. But faith comes through spiritual maturity and spiritual maturity comes through the making of our testimony which comes through yielding to God, which is possible as we get to know Him (through prayer and the Word). So if you want the shield of faith to be in place, spend time with God in the Word and in prayer. Your will get to discern His voice which will allow you to be led on a journey of faith, which will establish a testimony, which will in turn allow you to act in faith in the future. In this way we overcome the works of the devil. Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony;

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the
Let us not grow weary in this battle ‘for the end of our faith is the hope of salvation’. We are shaping the eternal destiny of others as we resist the devil and we should always bear this in mind as we labor in love. 2 Timothy 2 :10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
The word of God is the written word, but Christ was also the Word made manifest. If God brings a word to remembrance or gives us a spoken word, we need to respond and act / speak it out in faith. We are made in the image of God and God spoke things into existence. We therefore can establish the will of God by speaking out the things he convicts us to say – be this in prayer, intercession, prophecy or proclamation. God establishes the words of his servants. Isaiah 44:26 That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers;

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Don’t pray in the flesh which is ineffective and without direction. If you are looking for breakthrough through prayer, hold no hardness in your heart towards anyone and forgive those that have harmed you. (If you have any bitterness in your heart towards any person, begin to intercede for them until you only have love for them. Once you have this, you are in a place to have powerful prayers). Thereafter draw close to God, shed all fear and anxiousness and pray as the Spirit leads, prevailing until the victory is established. James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Sometimes fasting is required to fully led of the Lord in the matter at hand.

By grace

Are you a Christian that knows this is the season of Grace?

The time for judgement will come, but right now we are in a season of grace through and by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

That means we do not judge anyone in the natural. Not gay people, not Muslims, not leaders of our country, not people of other political parties. We should judge no one. And they reason is… it is impossible to effectively intercede for, bless, be a witness and bring to Christ those that we judge. And when we judge we have become the accuser instead of the intercessor. We have allowed judgment to replace a little piece of grace within our soul. We have denied the Holy Spirit full authority and have rather given the accuser a foothold to subvert our thinking, our words, our actions.

And when the devil has a foothold, we suddenly find ourselves being a little more judgmental and critical in other areas; of those we work with or our family and perhaps even of our Lord and Savior. We move from a place of blessing and strength to a place of slavery and defeat.

There is no effective witness nor ministry where there is judgment of the unbeliever.

Mathew 7:1-2 Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

Condemners, accusers and judges are the fake Christians of this age; modern day Pharisees. When you see them and hear them talk, don’t walk away from them. RUN FROM THEM! They will pollute your soul and bring you into bondage, making you ineffective for the Kingdom of heaven.

The key to being effective for the Lord is serving, giving, fasting and intercession. And when we are faithful enough in these endeavors God will open a door to witness and bring the offenders to Christ. That is the only option, the only solution. That is grace manifest through us.

Faith Without Works is Dead

James 2:17-18 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

What is God stirring you up to do at this very moment in time? What are you doing for the Kingdom of God? If you are doing nothing for the Lord, you need to ask yourself are you really under the authority of the Holy Spirit? Are you really in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ?

The Spirit of God gives each one of us gifts to empower us in the spiritual realm, fruit to manifest the goodness of Christ and a ministry to establish his Kingdom in some way. That is just the way it is… The Holy Spirit will continually move each one of us to pray for, minister to or help others, daily. And if not, we deceive ourselves by thinking we are Christians.

We are then like the servant in Matthew 25 who hid his talent when he was too afraid to respond to the leading of the Lord.

Matthew 25:26-30 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Each day there are people departing to hell for all eternity and we are the antidote. We, the Church, are the only solution God has in place to stop this separation from abundant life. Yet some of us are worried that we might be rejected, that somebody might take offense, or that we are too busy…! There is no excuse; we are all called to do some works by the Holy Spirit. It may be the simplest of things; an act of kindness, a support to others, a powerful ministry or persistent, daily prayer… but our faith, if it is indeed alive, will be demanding something of us daily.

If you don’t have a sense of what to do, then you are too far away from the Lord to hear Him. Give up the social media, the television, the making of money and doing of business, the shopping and the pursuit of happiness. Spend some time in fasting, prayer and in the Word. Eventually it will come ever so clearly. God will move you and in so doing you will find your real purpose in life; your true happiness.

Don’t quench the Spirit by rejecting His advances. Don’t resist acting out in faith.

Inner Healing

Have you ever found yourself in a cycle of failure, disappointment, suffering, rejection or abuse? Chances are you need inner healing. The saying “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me” is the biggest lie ever spoken. The psychiatry wards are not filled with people who have been physically beaten, but by people who have been verbally tormented, abused and cursed and medicine are more often than not prescribed for mental conditions.

God spoke everything into existence and acted on the spoken words of His prophets. In the New Testament the Word took on flesh and the power of God was made manifest through Jesus Christ. And God says if we can control our tongues we are a perfect man. This is because our words are the evidence of the state of our hearts and what we speak is ultimately what we become. Because words have power.

The power of words is increased dramatically when there is authority behind those words. A parent speaking to a child, a spouse to a partner, a teacher to a student, a boss to an employee, a Spirit led Christian to a demon, a person cursing them-self… When there is authority and power, things begin to change and come in line according to the spoken word.

If anyone, especially those that have legitimate authority to do so, curses you,(speaks evil about you, prophesies a negative future for you, or condemns you) there will be an impact on your future. If you openly state something negative about yourself, your capabilities, your future, you have established your destiny in some way.

If your parents, grand parents or even great grandparents have made vows, uttered curses or yielded to demonic/spiritual authorities, their actions will have an impact on your life.

If you have been to a spiritualist, shaman, clairvoyant, witch doctor or other spiritual practitioner, you have allowed your destiny to be redirected.

If a doctor, psychiatrist or other practitioner has pronounced a curse upon you, you have allowed your destiny to be altered.And if you are taking mind altering drugs, your perception is being clouded and you may be opening yourself up to demonic interference.

If you have experienced trauma, rape, violence or other highly stressful situations, you may have received spiritual impartation and bondage in the process.

If you have yielded to eastern philosophies, exercises and sports,which all have a root in spiritual and occultic practices, you have allowed a spiritual yoke to be placed upon your neck and your destiny.

If you listen to dark and violent music and mouth the words as you sing, you are cursing your destiny.

If you have joined a secret society or group, made oaths and vows, you have cursed and altered your destiny.

If you have had sex outside of marriage you have received spiritual impartation from your partner. Not only is there a spiritual yoke connecting the two of you, but every spiritual authority running through his /her bloodline now has legitimate access to your life.

Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us

What is the solution for recovery?

1. Fast 1 day on water.
2. End of day spend an hour asking God to bring to mind every decision,word and action that has contributed to your current suffering.(write it down)
3. Ask God to reveal everything you you have said and done to others that you need forgiveness for (write it down)
4. Ask God to reveal every person and word that has been spoken against you and to you and every action that has been carried out against you that has contributed to your current suffering(write it down)

5. Confess your sins, renounce them and ask God for forgiveness for everything that He reveals to you. This includes the ungodly responses you have when people committed evil against you. (yes even if you were 1% at fault – God is interested in your 100% recovery)
6. Forgive those that have harmed you.(you know when you have truly forgiven them when you can pray for their well-being and salvation without resentment – until then you have not forgiven them) You cannot have a single normal relationship if you have any bitterness in your heart to any person.
7. Pray for restoration and wisdom in future decisions.

If at first you don’t see total success, increase to 3 days / repeat weekly until there is complete recovery.
Then give thanks and share your testimony.

Christians and Pork

In Leviticus 11 and other scriptures, the Jews are instructed not to eat swine (pork).

Believe it or not this still stands true for Spirit led Christians today. Do not eat pork otherwise you will be unclean before God!

OK before the would-be teachers, prophets and wannabee apostles have a fit, let me explain…

Jesus said in Matthew 5:17-20 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

We are called to heed these laws, for in so doing we stand strong in our faith and stand under the covering of Christ. But since we are Spirit filled Christians we operate within a different realm; the spiritual realm.

Jesus offended many of his followers by saying “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6:51. Eating the flesh of Jesus was Christ saying consume all I stand for in a spiritual sense. Let your souls consume my words and teachings and let them become part of you, manifesting daily in your lives, just as the natural food we eat is absorbed and becomes part of our flesh.

In a similar sense we are instructed not to eat pork. Swine flesh is doctrine and teachings from those that have their doctrine from everything and anything. When you hear a preacher or teacher using doctrines from non biblical sources, when you hear Christian musicians with music that have secular roots, when you see Christian leaders succumbing to and teaching about the riches and pleasures of this world….. and you still choose to sit under their teaching and ministries, you are eating swines flesh, contrary to the law.

Do not then complain when God’s hand is then restrained in your life and those you are praying for. Swine (carnal leaders) get their food(doctrine) from anywhere and everywhere. They mix in the teachings of this world, they steal from other beliefs, they compromise, they titillate and warm the ears of listeners, they are comedians and chasers of mammon, they glory in the flesh and they refuse to allow the Spirit of God the opportunity to convict listeners for fear of losing their congregation, their income, their position and possessions. In so doing they preach an adulterated word.

John 16:7-8 “Nevertheless I (Jesus) tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” How often do swine teach on the righteousness of Christ, of sin and of the judgement to come?

Christians need to return to the world and prayer.. daily heartfelt fellowship and prayer, without which we are no longer in Christ. How can we be Spirit led, if we no longer have fellowship with the Holy Ghost. We may believe in Christ, we may confess Christ, but we are not led of him. Every Christian that is going through hardship, trial, uncertainty and lack is almost certainly low on prayer and low on the Word of God. Sacrifice a day for prayer and fasting and see your worries disappear. You might even receive conviction to come out from under that compromised teaching and find a fellowship that is offering the flesh and blood of Christ.

Charismatic Corruption

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The Charismatic movement has been the perhaps the most ungodly response to an outpouring of The Holy Ghost since the days of Pentecost. Never in the history of the Spirit filled church has there been such deviance from the Will of God.

I wonder how many great men and women of God have turned from serving the Lord because of the evil and excess of this modern day “Spirit of Ahaz?” How many Christians have turned from the Spirit filled life to a life a religion, how many people have suffered in the Church through false doctrine, to what extent has the worldview of Christianity been damaged and how much of the World and its heathen doctrines have been absorbed into Church culture by this compromised movement.

I still listen to messages by those in this movement, primarily because it is still the current work of God. I still attend a Charismatic church from time to time because we are advised to continue our fellowship. But the deception and distortion of the faith is so prevailing and so damaging through this denomination, that one has to be continually alert to discern and reject the deviations.

I list here a few of the truly damaging doctrines that have so greatly compromised the Body of Christ:

1. Baptism. Baptism into Christ is not a show of your faith to the world. If so why would the jailer and his family do so in the middle of the night? Act 16:33. Baptism achieves 3 things:
a. Removal of sin of the flesh. If we are moving to living a life in Spirit as opposed to our previous life by the flesh, we need to wash away all the sin we have lived in previously which has the power to impact our future life.
b. Baptism into Christ removes the authority of the sinful nature. Colossians equates it to circumcision, the removal of the ‘body of the sins of the flesh” Colossians 2:11-14.
c. We die to the old law of judgment. Man is under the law until death. When we are baptised into Christ, we ‘die’ with him and effectively come out of the water under a new law – the law of Grace. Romans 6. Thereafter we permitted to enter into the presence of God because our new standing.
Unless we are born of water and of Spirit we cannot enter the Kingdom of God (John 3:3-6) and He that believes and is baptized shall be saved. (Mark 16:16) Ignore the heathen commentary that attempts to discredit or subvert these verses. They are confirmed as accurate and true by this one fact: Unless a man was circumcised under the Old Covenant he could not be part of the nation of Israel. Under the New Covenant Baptism is the manifestation of this edict and no man or woman can enter into the presence of God unless he has ‘put off sin and put on Christ.’

A fake teaching exists to say that if you believe only you are saved. Belief in the book of Acts was always accompanied by the response of receiving and been baptism into Christ. That is how the covenant is put into effect. Throughout the book of Acts, people who accepted the message of Christ were immediately baptised to become part of the covenant they had accepted. Faith without works is dead and so too is the confession of faith.

And baptism is a decision only you can make. Your parents or priest cannot bring you under the new covenant. Christening as a child is neither sound doctrine nor is it effective. If you have accepted Christ into your life and have not been baptised, do so today. Find a Spirit filled believer to baptize you, confessing your sin and asking God to cleanse. Let others lay hands on you asking God to fill you with His Holy Ghost.

2. Submitting to the ways of this world. Perhaps one of the most damaging doctrines of this corrupted movement. In this regard it is not too hard to recognize the following worldly doctrines;

a. Music – the devil has almost totally subverted this act of glorifying God. Praise and worship is to God and about God. It is not to each other, it is not for our benefit. We may be blessed in glorifying God, but that is a by-product, not the purpose of praise and worship.
There are so many people ‘anointed’ to be praise and worship leaders. Anointed in their own minds perhaps. Those that may be called by God for this are few and far between if there are any at all. If they truly were called they certainly would not follow the music pattern of this world, they wouldn’t be making merchandise out of their calling and they would make themselves the focus of the ministry.
This is a fake ministry filled with those that seek pre-eminence, glory and are filled with pride. In the absence of true God centred praise and worship we have settled for the works of the flesh and this is an offence before the Lord.

b. Building natural kingdoms as opposed to spiritual – When you see a Church with large buildings and multiple sites know this; they have neglected their spiritual gifting and ministry and exchanged it for a natural empire. Leaders are meant to empower other to go out and do the work of the Lord, not enslave them under their own ministries to serve them and build up their status and power.

c. Professions of this world – The church has opened the door to every false doctrine this world has to offer through a wide range of professions that seek to replace the ministries of the faith. From teachers who promote false and damaging theories, psychiatrists whose doctrines were founded by demon possessed people, doctors who peddle pharmaceuticals to lawyers who subvert true justice, the church has opened arms to them all. No wonder so many children are turned from the faith of their parents. For every manifestation of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12) there is a counterfeit working to usurp the truth.

d. Government – Democracy and ‘equality’ have found their way into the faith to the detriment of the Church. Jesus did not take a vote and not everyone has the equal calling, gifts or ministries. And last I checked the order was still God, Christ, man and then woman. Somehow women have been told they need to compete with men, when in reality they have so many gifts men don’t have. They are being denied their own callings, strengths and gifts because the world is calling them to assert leadership and headship over men .This will never be a blessing to anyone and women will lose their femininity and joy in the process.

e. Respecter of persons. Just the like the world, the church has increasingly aligned itself to those that are successful by this world’s standards. Wealth, power and fame are highly esteemed whereas as those that were great in the eyes of Christ; the poor, the humble, the meek are considered failures and ‘out of God’s will.’ There’s hardly a Church that does not aspire to fill its leadership positions with those that have accumulated natural wealth and power. The very things they seek in ‘leaders’ are the cause of their spiritual weakness and no one can perceive it.

3. Mammon – suffice to say God is not interested in money, nor the things of this world. “Give unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God.” Any church leaders asking for money is an offence before God. If God moves you to give money, then give, because there is need. Just know the tithe is not about money and any preacher stating such is a fake or does not understand sound doctrine.
The worst impact of this love of money doctrine has been the condemnation of the Church in the eyes of the world. Many people have been cut off from the Church because of this apparent greed and excess.

4. Judgement of Others. One of the greatest sins of the Church has been the partial judgement of those that are in particular sin. And the worst of these is the judgement of homosexuals.

How is it that the church is tolerant of divorce, sex before marriage, adultery and other sexual sin, yet will vehemently oppose homosexuality? You hypocrites! In desperation God is moving the leaders of the nations to change the laws so that Christians have to minister to homosexual people. Yet they will dig their heels in harder and resist even the Lord.

Get over your hypocrisy. If you are compelled to marry homosexuals, obey the law and offer them a 10 week marriage course. It may be the only opportunity they get to hear the gospel their whole lives.

A study into Sodom and Gomorrah will reveal the chief sin was pride and yet how easily we embrace those filled with pride and arrogance. The vast majority of those drawn into the homosexual community faced parental rejection or unbalanced roles of parents from an early age, were sexually abused as children or did not fit the prescribed box society placed upon them.(often being very sensitive, imaginative or creative) Many are a product of their upbringing and suffered terribly along the way. It’s time to address and minister to this community with love and compassion and without judgement.

6 Evangelical Deceptions

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6 Deceptions of the Evangelical Church

  1. Tithing – there is no mention of the tithing of money in the Bible. Jesus said give to Caesar that which is Caesar’s and to God that which is God’s. God gave the Jews the land of Palestine and the first fruits increase of that land was for the ministry.

Under the new covenant we have been given spiritual blessing & land and the only thing of value to God is that which He has deposited in us spiritually; spiritual fruit, spiritual gifts, ministries. Do something for the Kingdom of God and you have given your tithe. Of course we can help those in ministry to survive by giving them money, but it should never be to build a natural empire after the pattern of this world.

 

  1. Israel – God has not returned Zionists to the land of Palestine. Real Jews have rejected the covenant of God and will never be returned by God to a Covenant which has been done away with through Christ. They will be reconciled to God through Christ and the New Covenant. The Zionists in Israel are predominantly Ashkenazi Jews, people that adopted the faith for economic and political reasons. They are not even Semitic. They have replaced the Jewish language with Yiddish, the 7 lamp candlestick with a Satanic emblem falsely called the star of David, the Torah for Cabbalistic witchcraft and dispossess and kill women and children for a political ideology that is oppressive and racist; everything Christ came to do away with. The real Jews as a faith will return to God at the end of this dispensation, but this has nothing to do with what is going on in Palestine at this time. Sadly the Church seems intent on supporting all manner of evil in Palestine because “God has returned the Jews.”

 

  1. Importing the World – Somewhere along the way the Church disconnected from God and lost the power of the Holy Spirit. Without the power of the Holy Spirit, the church started to shrink and become irrelevant. The solution was to do that which the world is doing, but within the church. From the music, to the global corporate structures, to the natural assets, to programs, to presentations; everything within the Church has been replaced by that which is of this fallen world. There are few Spirit led works, but many works of the flesh. Musicians, psychiatrists, lawyers, accountants, doctors and every professional you can think of are in demand for leadership and direction, but the meek, humble, righteous and faithful have no place. The Apostles and Prophets have been replaced by Pharisees and lawyers.

 

  1. Me Culture – The church has developed a selfish ‘me culture’. From the praise and worship being about ‘how God makes me feel’ (and is not about how great God is) to the perpetual need to always receive instead of give; the church has lost its servant heart . ‘What can God do for me’ has replaced ‘what can I do for the Kingdom of God or someone else’. Self focus and self interest means little opportunity for us to draw close to God, little opportunity for the Spirit to lead. Where is the prayer, where is the time in the Word of God, where is the fasting? The Church is in affliction and bondage because it refuses to exercise the only self focus it should be exercising – “Lord reveal my sin to me.” Repentance always precedes restoration.

 

  1. Fake salvations – We are not saved simply by saying I believe in Jesus. This confession in the New Testament was always accompanied by an act of faith, an act of obedience; that of water baptism into Christ. The new covenant is to be born again, both of water and of Spirit. Firstly when we believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, our soul receives this truth via the Spirit of God. We are ‘born again’; meaning our spiritual connection with God is re-established through our faith and we can receive directly from God again.

When we are water baptized into Christ our sins are transferred to Christ and without our sin, we can once again enter into the presence of God without accusation. By being ‘buried’ with Christian baptism we die to the old law and come out of the waters of baptism under the new law of grace. We live life according to the Spirit and not the flesh.

When we are baptized with the Holy Spirit we are filled with the Spirit of God which empowers us with the presence of God to resist and overcome the works and temptations of the devil.

  1. Democracy – does not belong in the Church or the family. The weakest are always in the majority and a church that is led by what the majority say is irrelevant to God. God leads through the head, the appointed and the anointed. Successful companies do not survive through democracy, families are not successful through democracy, and Jesus did no lead by democracy. At some stage men need to start to be men, start being leaders and start being accountable before God for that which is under their authority.

Your wife is not your boss! That’s what the world wants you to believe. God says the order is God, Jesus, man and then woman.

Men are required to get the revelation and direct the destiny of the Church and the family. If they don’t have the heart for this responsibility woman and wives will take leadership and the family or ministry will be led in fear and not faith. The reason why man is in servant authority is because he has been given the capacity to put God before the welfare of the family, which in reality is putting the family first. Woman act with the wellbeing of the family first and in so doing put God second, which is to the detriment of the family or the church.

The Consequences of Sin

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1 Samuel 15:23-24 “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king. And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.”

This is not God being difficult or mean, its simply that our destiny is set on a different path when we reject the Holy Spirit and yield to another authority. When we choose sin, God is cut off and His plan rejected for that area of our life. A blindness comes in and our perceptions, our thinking and our actions are altered. This often leads to excuse for actions or being led further down the same path with devastating consequences. Worst of all we may never be able to receive the conviction of our errors.

In rejecting God’s word because of his fear of others, Saul would never again be in a place to be led of God. His decision had changed his destiny and that of all his offspring forever.

The culture of backsliding in the Church of the west is endemic and this is mostly due to false teaching and poor doctrine. Christians don’t understand the consequences of rejecting the leading of the Holy Spirit, which under the new covenant is sin. Forgiveness may come, but the consequences of rebellion can last a lifetime.

Consider that single act of rebellion by Eve and all the suffering it has caused in the world to understand the potential consequences of your next action. Do you know that the temptation you choose to give into today, will change your destiny forever and impact your children and their children? They will be faced with the same temptation that you are and will most likely follow the path you are setting before them today.

Its not just the consequences of the action, but it is the amount of effort that is required to bring about restoration thereafter. Each time we err we take a step down into a pit of bondage that we must one day climb out of if we are to have restoration in our lives. Each time we stumble, each day we delay, we fall deeper into that pit of destruction, further away from the voice and leading of God. There is no static place; we are either coming into restoration or moving further into bondage, making it harder to recover.

Today, don’t take that first step of compromise, don’t give in to the pressure from others. Stand fast in that which you know is right. And if you have fallen, don’t delay the decision for restoration. Tomorrow will be harder; today is the day of restoration, today is the day of healing.

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Spirit of Mammon

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As a Christian have you ever questioned the teaching of giving 10% of your income or tithing your money to the church? You might be surprised to know that there is no such instruction in the Bible to give 10% of your money to anyone. In fact this teaching could rightly be classified under “doctrines of devils.”

Under the covenant of the Old Testament God gave the Hebrews the natural land of Palestine and the land produced crops and other means to generate and live a particular way of life. The first increase of that land, the ‘tithe’, was always for the priesthood and the work of the temple. The Jews however could not keep the Old Covenant and when Christ came to replace the old with a new covenant, the natural land of Palestine and the natural temple were also superseded.

They are not totally irrelevant in that they do still have a spiritual revelation and application for the Spirit led believer, but they are irrelevant in the sense that they no longer have a literal application for Christians under the new covenant.

Under this new covenant our inheritance is not the land of Palestine but it is a heavenly land; the soil is our hearts in which the seeds of the Holy Spirit are sown and which, through obedience and faithfulness, bring forth spiritual gifts, the fruit of the Spirit and a ministries. To offer our tithe is to offer the first and best of that spiritual increase God has sown and established in our lives, for the work of the Lord. If we have received the gift of prophecy, or if we bear the fruit of love, we should put our first and best efforts to use these for increase of the Kingdom of God. This and this alone is the tithe.

The only thing of value we can give to the Kingdom of God is that which God has given us first; our spiritual increase. Matthew 22:21 Then saith he (Jesus) unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.

In this dispensation there is longer a select group for the priesthood, but as believers we are all part of the priesthood.1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; Each one of us is giving an increase to serve God and increase the kingdom in some way. If we do not exercise this gift and give back to increase the Kingdom of God, we have effectively withheld our tithe.

John 15:5-6 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.

God however often convicts us to give money to others in need and this is a freewill offering and can be anything from a few cents to all that we have depending on what God convicts us to give. There is no prescribed 10% and God will certainly not expect us to go into debt to make such an offering. And we should never give money out of a desire or expectation that God will respond by giving more back to us. In doing this we effectively make mammon the motivation for giving and we therefore come under the spirit of mammon. This is directly contrary to giving according to the conviction of the Spirit of God.

This is the way we give: A need is revealed to us and we give according to what God convicts us to give. Unfortunately many wealthy people are not close enough to God to receive conviction to give or they are under bondage to the spirit of mammon and are blinded in this area.

Our giving should not be in a deceitful manner (for any gain or authority) nor for a show unto others. We should also understand that the value God sees in our giving is directly proportional to how much we have in relationship to how much we give. So the poor woman who offered the least was in God’s eyes the biggest giver. Mark 12:41-43 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.And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.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.

If our giving is to those that we are receiving spiritual food from this is also good in the eyes of God; natural for spiritual.1 Corinthians 9:11-14. If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

The deviation in doctrine comes in when we are encouraged to give 10% of our income as a tithe which ultimately leads to the building a natural empire. This has been a great problem in the Church from the earliest of days and many Spirit filled Christians have been tempted to build a natural empire at the expense of the true work of the Lord. It is not possible to build in the natural and the spiritual at the same time and it is not possible to focus on the spiritual and the natural kingdoms at the same time. The more you have of one, the less you have of the other. The natural kingdom may bring an increase in numbers, but it will never bring spiritual depth.

Not only is this offensive to God, but it has caused much condemnation from those from outside of the Church. In reality this doctrine is simply the non-sanctified desires of the carnal man at work; seeking greater eminence and position, bigger ministries and greater personal wealth. Out of this deceitful doctrine comes another great distortion within the Body of Christ; churches putting themselves in authority over other churches through their increased wealth, position and natural power. Invariably other churches begin seeking a spiritual covering from these more powerful and ‘successful’ than themselves, which is effectively a covering other than that of Christ. They submit themselves and their fellowships to other men.

Isaiah 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin.

Spiritual Immaturity

Isaiah 3:12 As for my people, children are their oppressors and women rule of them. O My people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of they paths.

One of the biggest problems with the Christian church in this day and age is lack of spiritual maturity. And where there is spiritual immaturity there is always lack of discernment and increased reliance on natural senses and logic.

The church is now led by the spiritually immature and the weak and their actions are currently sowing great evil for the future. I liken these people to Edmund in The Chronicles of Narnia, desperate to appease the flesh having no concept of the real matters at hand nor the consequences that must follow.

Take for example the matter of the Bible. For centuries the KJV has been good enough to incite revivals and hold the church together. Then came a season of compromise and weakness in the Church which allowed immature Christians to rise up, gain and exercise authority. From this season many false doctrines were birthed including a proliferation of new, patented Bibles and new ways to read and analyse the Bible. Of course all these beliefs, changes and ‘innovations’ never add value to the Body because they were birthed out of pride and natural intellect. Their only contribution with hindsight is to sow division, bring the word into disrepute, to contest the validity of the scriptures and to deny the accuracy of the Word. False claims arose as to who wrote which books, which manuscript came first or what should be left out or not, but all are without scientific backing and they did not profit one bit. Meanwhile many souls have been lost as the devil routinely invokes the many ‘conflicting versions of the Bible’ accusation, suggesting the Bible is compromised, the work of man and therefore cannot be the Word of God, nor inspired by God. And if the Bible is not true or accurate, what of the rest of the Christian faith?

So with one of act of arrogance and pride, many souls are lost today and in the future. The Edmunds of this day and age thought they knew better, produced a new version, and we ended up with something that added nothing of value. This is true of so many things that now prevail and have authority within the church. To name but a few:
– the introduction of carnal music in place of spirit led praise and worship; appeasing the flesh and opposed to glorying God
– the false teachings of the tithing of money
– natural courses and secular type education used to ordain and appoint leaders as opposed to appointing leaders through the leading of the Spirit
– the use of psychology, psychiatry and pharmaceuticals into the Church
– the enforcement of democracy and equality within the Church. God has an order that is opposite to the ways of this world
– the endless supply of ministries, books, videos and social media making merchandise out of the gospel
– the building of natural empires as opposed to spiritual treasure

The immature have hijacked the church for their own glory, power and wealth. Hardly anyone can discern these errors and the rest no longer care. Meanwhile every carnal act, every immature decision, has ongoing consequences for the Body of Christ as well as the unsaved.

Christian Activists need to rise up and begin to contest these false teachers, doctrines and ministries wherever hold sway over the Body of Christ. Paul was not afraid to rebuke Peter for his carnal actions and we should all get our voice back to change that which is contrary to the gospel. After all the most zealous for God have been doing it for 2000 years.

When Christian leaders err

Christianity in the west is in a time similar to that of King Ahaz. Ahaz chose to give lip service to the commandments of the Lord and invariably followed the blueprint that the secular world was espousing. The gods of Syria seemed more successful so Ahaz decided to reject God’s ways and choose the Syrian way. He ‘cut up the vessels of the house of God and shut the door of the house of the Lord and made alters in every corner of Jerusalem”.

Never once did he think he possibly might be contrary to God in all these decisions; after all he was the King of Judah. Its the arrogance that creeps in when leaders lose their dependency on God and become self driven. They don’t want to wait on the Lord, they want success now and they determine success by the standards of this world and not by God’s standards. Pretty soon their ‘success’ is the success that the world recognizes. The fact that they are no longer a success in God’s eyes no longer bothers them as they have a new blueprint for success. And no one dare question or rebuke them for their carnality. They are now Lord and no man or God should dare question their actions or decisions. They are the anointed.

That’s the Church in the west in this age; its full of Ahaz’s. Puffed up by their high visibility, their wealth and status they have unwittingly closed the door of the house of the Lord to all that follow them and they cannot see it. The praise and worship in their house resembles that of the ungodly, their ministries are man made programs of little spiritual value, their works are directed towards gathering mammon, overseeing natural assets and their is little time for establishing spiritual maturity in followers or saving of souls. Of course there are many followers as their ears are tantalized with positive messages, encouragements and false promises. That they offer no lasting impact or spiritual growth is irrelevant. Each week they are drawn back simply to survive (and part with their money) and hardly any mature or produce fruits of their own. They become slaves to man, instead of servants of the Lord.

Paul rebuked Peter at the first sign of compromise towards the gospel, yet in this day and age there is hardly a leader willing to give a rebuke to leaders that err, never mind one that could receive a rebuke and get correction. Thank God revival is coming soon.

The coming revival through Christian Activists

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A Christian Activist is an agent a change; a member of the Body of Christ working from within the faith to return the Body back to the original path. Revival is coming, but not through the established churches. Its coming through individuals , through Christian Activists. What are the signs of a Christian Activist;

  1. Activists are non respecter of persons. Christian activist treats all people equally from the greatest to the smallest. Position, wealth and power, if anything are a sign of spiritual weakness; the evidence of a life following after the treasures of this world, rather than the treasures of the world to come.
  2. Activists are doers of the Word and not only professors of the Faith. Their lives manifest the message of the Bible instead of being a rod of accusation and judgement towards others. They judge only those within the faith and are a beacon of hope and light to those that are without. Activists are not afraid to expose and challenge false doctrine and ungodliness within the Body of Christ.
  3. Activists do not compromise the gospel nor themselves for the sake of fame, fortune or ministry. There is no building of ministries or income through the use of the gospel, no need for secular doctrines and programs. Making merchandise out of the gospel is not an option.
  4. The only footprint activists leave on this earth are imbedded in the hearts of mankind. There are no buildings, monuments, denominations ministries or titles worth having. All are forsaken for the spiritual increase of humanity.
  5. Christian Activists to not take ownership of what God is doing through them. There are no patents, trademarks, licensing selling or buying of that which God has freely given and done through them.
  6. Christians Activists do not take offense on behalf of God nor do they fight in the natural on His behalf. Rather their weapons are spiritual, mighty to change, powerful to establish the Kingdom of God in this world, knowing that love overcomes all things.
  7. Christian Activists do no make themselves leaders of other, but servants. They do not gather masses for their own enrichment, but they continually empower others to draw close to God, to be effectively used by God, for the glory of Christ and the increase of his kingdom.
  8. Christian Activists are committed to fasting, prayer, reading the the Word and ministering to others. There is always a spiritual goal they are working towards, a goal that sees family, neighbours, colleagues, friends and strangers coming to Jesus Christ.
  9. Christian Activists are not bound by man made boundaries; by denominations and doctrine. Nor are they swayed by race, gender, age, belief or religion. They are open to the Spirit of God for all people, for every opportunity that is presented.
  10. Christian Activists live righteous lives; lives without compromise; lives that bring glory to their heavenly Father. All action, all speech, all works are aligned with the message of Jesus Christ.