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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Prophecies Fulfilled by the Birth of Jesus

“Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble.” (Daniel 9:25)
Daniel wrote this prophecy, given by the angel Gabriel, in Babylonian exile in the 6th century B.C. while also studying prophecies already recorded by other Hebrew prophets like Jeremiah. (Daniel 9:2)
Gabriel also participated in its fulfillment when he announced to Miriam (Mary) that she was to give birth to the Holy One of Israel (Luke 1:26–33).
With the birth of Yeshua, the following Biblical prophesies were fulfilled:
Prophecy: Isaiah 7:14—Isaiah prophesied that a virgin or pure young woman will give birth to the Promised One.
Fulfilled: Luke 1:26–31
Prophecy: Isaiah 9:6—Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would come as a baby; Jesus is described by several names—“Wonderful, Counselor,” “The mighty God,” “The Father of Everlasting,” “The Prince of Peace.”
Fulfilled: Luke 2:1–20
Prophecy: Numbers 24:17—Balaam predicts that the Messiah will descend from the house of Jacob—“I see him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel. He will crush the foreheads of Moab, the skulls of all the people of Sheth.”
Fulfilled: Matthew 1:2–16
Prophecy: Isaiah 9:7—The Messiah shall be of the house of David. Yosef (Joseph) was of the line of David, as was Miriam (Mary).
Fulfilled: Luke 3:23–38 tracks Jesus's lineage on Joseph’s side; Matthew 1:1–16 tracks Mary side.
Prophecy: Micah 5:2—Micah prophesied that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem.
Fulfilled: Luke 2:4–7.
Prophecy: Genesis 49:10—He would be a member of the tribe of Judah—“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between His feet, until tribute comes to Him; and to Him shall be the obedience of the peoples.”
Fulfilled: Matthew 1:2.
Prophecy: Malachi 3:1—Jesus would enter the Temple. This is important because no one would be able to enter the Temple again after it was destroyed in AD 70, about 40 years after Jesus's death.
Fulfilled: Luke 2:25–27 tells us that Jesus was brought as an infant to the Temple to be consecrated, and Simeon is there waiting His arrival. And daily, Jesus taught at the Temple when He was in Jerusalem. (Luke 19:47)
Other Prophecies: Jesus would live a sinless life, die on a Roman execution stake, be raised from the dead, ascend into heaven, and sit at the right hand of God: Psalm 22:16; Psalm 16:10; Isaiah 53:10–11; Psalm 68:18; Psalm 110:1.
Fulfilled: 1 Peter 2:21–22; Luke 23:33; Acts 2:25–32; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 1:3.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) Praise God, He is here!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Windfall Blessings

I've been blessed and honored by Jim Croft in his asking me to write a book with him on Wlndfall Blessings, so I wanted to share just a couple of my own. Since I've been on FB I really haven't shared anything of my testimony and journey with the Lord and this just seems like an appropriate time.
In late December 2013, the Lord distinctly told me that I was to 'step out'. My immediate question was "into what?" For two years I had ministered deliverance and healing in S. Florida, mostly privately when I was asked to pray for people in their homes or hospital rooms or nursing homes or to minister house cleanings or deliverance in former Santeria worshipers homes, but I had no full time ministry. I had seen great miracles ranging from stage four pancreatic cancer vanishing overnight, proven by scan, to a woman waking from a three year long drug-induced coma, but I had no 'ministry' to speak of. I had also never accepted a dime for any of it and had even turned down checks that were offered to me - something I was admonished by Jim for doing when we finally got connected. I was working for a global technology company and doing fairly well at it - which made it more difficult to see the logic in God's command for me to leave all that and step out into, well, nothing. I argued with the Lord for two weeks before succumbing and submitting my letter of resignation, not knowing where I was to go or what I was to do. To make things worse, in my mind at least, I had just paid off some debt and was almost broke at the time, something I didn't share with many. Before resigning, I had the thought go through my head that if I asked my boss to fire me he would and at least then I'd have unemployment coming in. The Lord's answer came immediately - 'stepping out with a crutch isn't stepping out. I want you to depend solely on me" I started that week with five possible destinations across the country, which was whittled down to one by week's end - Tennessee. I set it up to stay with a friend so I'd have a rent-free roof over my head while I did whatever it was that I was supposed to do when I got there - and God obviously agreed, because I didn't get rebuked over that at least.
The Saturday before I left Miami, at Jim's home church in Boca Raton, I did share that I was leaving for Tennessee, to do what and for how long I didn't know. Two days before I was to leave S. Florida I got a call from a friend, fellow minister and co-worship leader in Jim's church asking me to have lunch with him the following day. I explained that I was busy packing, etc but he insisted so I agreed. We met at a Chinese restaurant 90 minutes north and toward the end of the meal he pulled out a checkbook. He explained that ever since I had made the announcement that I was leaving S Florida, the Lord had put it on his heart to 'seed my ministry.' As he was writing out the check, he explained how he asked the Lord for the amount - and ended up at $3,000, saying that the Lord 'wanted me to be comfortable'. My eyes filled with tears as I accepted. Another minister also called to plant seed before my leaving. I met with him on my way out of the state the next day. God was providing.
The entire time I was in Tennessee, money came in from several unsolicited sources. I never asked anyone for anything but when the few bills I had were coming due, a check would show up in the mail - just enough to get by. After spending 6 unfruitful (monetarily anyway) months in Tennessee I was asked to come back to S Florida to minister at three different gatherings in three different cities in three days. What I didn't realize at the time was that this was over Memorial weekend - if I had realized it I probably wouldn't have gone and would have missed out on an incredible faith-building experience. My airfare, room and board were taken care of - good thing because on the Friday that I was to preach the first session at a large home gathering, I had exactly $17.81 in my checking account. That Friday was supposed to be the biggest financial event of the weekend - with an approximated minimum of 50 people to be gathered. I had lined up the worship leader from IHOP KC, who was in town, and a prayer team of 7-8 from the area. Invitations were to be emailed from West Palm Beach from a woman with a virtual 'who's who list' of S Florida's faithful. As it turned out the Murphy's Law of ministering came into play - the woman who was supposed to send out this massive email invite forgot until the day of the meeting. Fifteen minutes before the service was to begin there were seven people gathered. I told my prayer team that I needed to be alone and went off by myself on the patio. I told the Lord that I surrendered it over to him. I was there, I wasn't going anywhere and finished by saying 'let's just minister'. All told, ten people showed up - equal to the number in my prayer and worship team. The 'service' lasted four hours, with worship lasting almost two hours of that. The Spirit of God was as thick as molasses as there were multiple healings and several set free from decades long bondage. It was a wonderful time ministering with the Lord.
The next night I filled in for Jim at his Boca Raton church while he was out west preaching. Given the previous night's experience and the fact that it was Memorial weekend, I wasn't expecting much at all financially from this night or from the remainder of the weekend - but when I arrived, 'dear Prudence' called me into the kitchen and handed me an envelope, saying that it was from the church but there'd be a separate offering taken. While I was in the men's room before the service I had to peek - $3,000. I was absolutely overcome. Everything I had expected about this weekend had blown up but through the experience of the previous night I had completely surrendered the entire thing to the Lord. I gave up on my own expectations and decided that whatever happened the Lord would take care of me - and He had performed a complete turnaround!
The next morning I ministered at a small church in S. Miami and half way through teaching, the Lord said "Stop, let's minister". I stopped and asked for anyone who needed prayer to come forward. The most amazing thing I've ever seen happened next. As I began to lay hands on people and pray for them, each one was getting slain in the Spirit. After 4 or 5 people, they started to drop at a distance of 6 feet away from me. At one point half the congregation was laid out on the floor as I stood in amazement at what the Lord was doing. There were healings and revelations, answers to questions that had been on minds for years, and deliverance.
This entire experience, being obedient to the voice of the Lord and surrendering everything to Him taught me that completely being dependent on Him would truly bring about completely unexpected blessings. Not just blessings but windfall blessings! Not just spiritual and physical but financial windfall blessings! When I first went to Tennessee I thought, "this is it! Full time ministry!" What I got was a lesson in humility, patience, faith, trust and most of all, expectancy! Expectancy on the promises of God.Through surrender and trust I had been tremendously blessed in every area in three short days. I flew back to Tennessee with over $4,500 in my pocket and a spirit of the wonder of God. This pattern has repeated itself over and over again and again. That's windfall, that's the nature and promise of God.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Don't Question Your Calling

Paul oversaw the stoning of Stephen and was chief persecutor of Christians throughout Jerusalem and surrounding areas. His personal mission was to eradicate Christianity from the face of the earth, yet Jesus hand selected him as the messenger of the Gospel in Arabia, Turkey, Greece, Damascus, Judea, Syria and the Roman territories as well as author to a third of the New Testament. Imagine the initial shock to the other Apostles upon hearing this same person preaching with power. If God has called you, don't question it based on your past, stand on it based on what God has shown you of your future!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Revelation 9:21

More people die today from drug overdose than by guns or car accidents combined and abortion murders millions of innocents every year.
“and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.” ~ Revelation 9:21
The word ‘murder’ (G5408) here is wanton (deliberate and unprovoked, usually associated with promiscuity) slaughter in large numbers. The Greek word translated as ‘sorceries’ is pharmakeia (G5331, 5332), which is the taking or administration of drugs or poisoning, and where we get the English word pharmacy.

Repossession Nonsense (Jim Croft)

Whenever the topic of deliverance comes up, someone spouts about repossession backlash.  The worry is that the evil entity expelled has high probability of return with 7 others more wicked than itself.  If that was common as hyped, hapless victims would be  worse-off rather than better for daring to seek ministry.  

Some deliverance ministers suggests intense spiritual rituals to prevent re-infestation.  The benefits of prayer, praise, and Bible reading mutate into uselessness when frantically employed like superstition’s rabbit foot and payments to gypsies to ward-off alleged impending curses.    
If true of Kingdom deliverance ministry, it’s a far cry from the abundant life that Christ promised.  If retaliatory re-invasions are routine, it would indicate that Jesus put the woman with the spirit of crippling infirmity at risks for re-affliction of the old paralysis + 7 worse  sicknesses.  Mary Magdalene would’ve been targeted to get back her 7 + 49 more; and it would’ve created repossession open season on the demoniac tomb-dweller to be overrun by his initial legion and to become the barracks for 7 additional legions.  

Many deliverance buffs would claim that most everybody on the planet needs deliverance from demons.  Whatever the case, less than 1% actually experience expulsion ministry.  Yet, in spite of hosting a demon or 2; most of the world’s citizens are able to bear the harassments and torments well enough to  lead reasonably productive lives.  That in the equation dictates that deliverance with inevitable repossession attempts that require endless rituals to advert, would complicate rather than liberate their lives.  Many sensible people who could benefit from deliverance would say: “It’s better to live with the demon that I know than to risk attracting 7 worse that I don’t know.”

My take is that the repossession notion was concocted by enthusiasts taking verses 24-26 of LK 11:14-26 out of context.  Careful examination reveals that Jesus was talking about 2 distinct types of deliverance from evil spirits.  His with the finger of God and that of the Pharisees sons of whom some were Jewish exorcists.  His Kingdom ministry that later became Christian was based on the Word’s governmental  authority and Jesus’ name.   This had nothing in common with the traveling Jewish exorcists who casted out demons.  They conjured out spirits with the incantations and talisman of Beelzebub the Lord of demons/Satan.  
A Kingdom divided against itself cannot stand.  Jesus’s Kingdom ministry was permanent and gathered new citizens for the Kingdom.  That of the exorcists was designed to be temporary as a ploy to infest victims with more demonic distresses than they initially suffered.  

With Kingdom/Christian deliverance; whomever, the Son sets free is free indeed. (Jn 8:36)  Righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost are the evidence of the Kingdom; not preoccupation with fears of re-infestation. (Rom 14:17)

Casting out spirits in the NT is synonymous with being healed of demons. (LK 8:2)  Jesus healed all oppressed by the Devil. (Acts 10:38). Before scaring people about high risks of repossession, think about this:  How many examples do you find in the NT where those ministered to by Christ or Churchmen had previous disease and/or demon reentry with 7 other spirits/conditions that were far worse?  Well, there’s the truth!  No, not one instance of repossession, right?

When it comes to Christian deliverance ministry, hyper-sensitive admonitions about repossession are nonsense.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Mark 8:34

"Jesus called the crowd together with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me]." ~ Mark 8:34 (AMP)
To be a true follower of Christ is conditional. First, we must deny ourselves - and then take up the cross and follow Him. To deny oneself means emptying yourself of yourself - pride, ambitions, agenda, ego. It is impossible to follow Jesus, to be a true disciple, without first denying and emptying your “self”. A hard lesson that most never learn. The way to discipleship is narrow.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Romans 1:6

For years, Christians have grown increasingly ashamed of the Gospel, accepting as ok that which the word explicitly describes as evil. Homosexuality, the existence of hell for the eternal punishment of nonbelievers and even heaven have all been altered to fit fleshly whims. Entire denominations have become ashamed of the Gospel and altered their beliefs. Christians with nonbelieving relatives have bent the Gospel to conform to saving even the most egregious of unrepentant sinners. Christians have opted to have their ears tickled (2Tim 4:4) by ashamed pastors who speak fables in place of the truth - but the word of God stands eternal and shall not be moved!
Jesus, the living Word, the truth and the *only* way is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and will not be conformed to our whims! It is us that must conform to Him - and that truth is unchanging no matter how uncomfortable we become. Jesus defined our love for Him by us keeping His word - and also defined those that do not love Him by doing the opposite (John 14:23-24)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Faith, Growth and Love

The more we reach, the more God gives us. The more He gives us, the more obedient we become. The more obedient we become, the more we are tested. The more we are tested, the more we grow. The more we grow, the more we see God's awesome grace and power. The more we see God's awesome grace and power, the more we step out. The more we step out, the more our faith increases. The more our faith increases, the more of God's glory we see. The more of God's glory we see, the more we know the heart of God. The more we know the heart of God, the more we understand love. The more we understand love, the closer we come to Jesus. The closer we come to Jesus, the more we realize love. The more we realize love, the more we rely on Him. The more we rely on Him, the closer we get to seeing the face of God.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Emulating Destination

I was blessed as a child to have parents that were free from work during summer months to travel. As a result I visited every state in the U.S. except for a handful by the age of 14. Traveling gave me an appreciation and fascination of history, especially that of the old west. As a 7 or 8 year old, I remember the first time we went to Tombstone Arizona and the great anticipation of being in the same place where the famous ‘Gunfight at the OK Corral’ played out in 1881 – shooting imaginary ‘bad guys’ out the window of our Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser on the way there. I imagined myself as Wyatt Earp, slinging lead left and right, and being the only one coming out unscathed. In my mind I WAS Wyatt Earp. When we visited Springfield, Missouri I saw myself as Wild Bill Hickok, the “prince of the pistoleers”, making the incredible shot from 75 yards with a cap and ball Navy colt in the shootout with Davis Tutt. In my mind I WAS Wild Bill Hickok, the prince of the pistoleers. When we went to Montana and visited the sight of Custer’s Last Stand, I imagined being in the 7th cavalry in that moment when the realization hit home that they weren’t getting out alive. In my mind, I was there as it unfolded. As we traveled, I knew exactly where we were going – and everywhere we went, I emulated the character of the place, the people and surroundings of the anticipated destination and brought it to life in my thoughts, actions and speech. As we traveled through the land I couldn’t wait to get ‘there’ but in the meantime I was playing it out as if it were happening NOW.
As Christians, we should approach our heavenly destination in this same way. We should be emulating the environment of our anticipated destination, bringing the place and character to life while we’re traveling through. The anticipation of heaven should fill us with childlike excitement to the point of heaven being here with us, NOW! Our thoughts, actions and speech should emulate the character of Jesus, with all of His power and authority active in us, NOW! We should imagine the environment of heaven, where there is no sickness, psychological disorders, no pride, or anything less than Jesus and speak it to life on earth, NOW! When storms arise, we should speak the calm that Jesus chastised His disciples for not doing themselves. Jesus should be our only example in everything we do, think and say NOW! Jesus taught us to pray by declaring “Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven!” In every situation and in every environment we encounter we should be speaking, commanding the outcome with the authority that Christ has given us. We should be emulating our destination – NOW!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Muslim Conversion Testimonies

As some know, I have been doing some ghost writing for converted Muslims in the Middle East that are published in a monthly Newsletter. The August edition was particularly striking as it contained testimonies from Muslims who were saved not by someone witnessing to them or even by reading a Bible - but by direct visitation from Christ. This is happening all over the Middle East and is simply, wonderfully miraculous. Not to give detail as these folks live in threat of their lives, but one testimony was from an underground home church leader who started in January with seven and has grown to 45 - and every single one was saved by way of personal visitation from Jesus. Another involved an entire family saved when Jesus appeared to them in the desert while they were escaping. For those that think for a moment that Jesus doesn't show himself personally to His chosen, these testimonies would blow your mind. 
I say Praise God!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Peace Between Muslim and Jew?

Peace Between Muslim and Jew?
The Hadiths of Islam are a collection of deeds and sayings attributed to Muhammad and are just as important to the Muslim as the Quran in daily life. One of the most popular Hadiths deals with killing Jews and explains exactly why there will *never* be a 'natural' peace between Muslims and Jews. In this Hadith, Muhammad prophesies that the day of judgment will not come until the Muslims fight and destroy the Jews, saying that Jews will hide behind rocks and trees and that the rocks and trees will cry out to Muslims to come kill the Jew:
"The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (the Boxthorn tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews."
Hadith references:
(related by al-Bukhari and Muslim).Sahih Muslim, 41:6985, see also Sahih Muslim, 41:6981, Sahih Muslim, 41:6982, Sahih Muslim, 41:6983, Sahih Muslim, 41:6984, Sahih al-Bukhari, 4:56:791,(Sahih al-Bukhari, 4:52:177)
If Islam is the sworn enemy of the Jew, it is also the sworn enemy of the one true God. Ezekiel 38 addresses the end times war between Israel and Islamic nations - but the outcome is the exact opposite to what Muhammad envisioned.
The only way for peace is through Jesus Christ. I've been ghost writing testimonies of converted Muslims that are published in a monthly newsletter of a ministry very active in Muslim nations. Today in the Middle East Jesus is personally appearing to Muslims in great numbers and more and more are coming to the truth found only in Jesus. Keep Muslims in your prayers and pray for the coming peace of Jerusalem.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

How Islam Caused the Collapse of Classical Civilization

This video map represents Islamic wars from 632-1920 AD. Click to play and then go full screen to view details.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Fear Not!

Scripture instructs us over and over not to fear. In Isaiah 51:12-13, God both admonishes us and encourages on this subject.
He begins by stating that He is the one who comforts us and then - "Who are you that you are afraid of man?" He goes on to remind us that is was He who "stretched out the heavens And laid the foundations of the earth", it was He who created everything.
The significance of this passage cannot be understated. When we fear the things of this world - everything related to 'man' - we place those things above God! We usurp the power of the creator of the universe that is alive inside us and replace it with flesh.
One of the biggest issues facing the body of Christ has today is not realizing the authority we carry - the absolute power of the creator. As a result we freak out at every little thing and are 'tossed about, to and fro'. The next time you even begin to fear ask yourself the question that God poses here - who are you to fear?

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Repentance - Why 2 Chronicles 7:14 Doesn't Work

2 Chronicles 7:14 has been used for decades as a prayer model for the repentance and spiritual healing of a nation with zero effect. Ever wonder why?
"and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
First, as always, we must look at the context, which in this case is easy. In verse 13, God lays out three separate hypothetical situations given in the form of "if":
"IF I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or IF I command the locust to devour the land, or IF I send pestilence among My people"
So, first, we are dealing with hypotheticals. Second, notice that each of these hypotheticals deal strictly with the physical, not spiritual matters.
The Partial Answer: This scripture is always used in dealing with spiritual issues, not physical - AND the entirety of these verses deal with hypotheticals and not actual events...and how can we expect to get real answers to prayer about a non-real issue? But even this doesn't get to the actual heart of the matter...
The Full Answer: You cannot repent for any other sin except your own. If that were true, you could repent for your brother's sins and he'd be forgiven and saved, but you can't. Matthew 6:15 deals with this - the key words being "you" and "your".
Both Daniel and Nehemiah 'confessed' the sins of the nation - Neh 1:5-7 and Dan 9:1-19 - but at no time did they attempt to repent for those sins because they understood that it can't be done.
The Bottom Line: We can only repent for what we ourselves have done - what we ourselves are personally responsible for. We can pray that the Holy Spirit would convict others to do the same, but we cannot take responsibility for the sins of others, either past or present, and reconcile them to the Lord. 

In addition to this, as noted by Jim Croft of Derek Prince Ministries, "There is another reason: the promise pertained to the Jewish people while Solomon's Temple was functional. After Babylonian captivity and the destruction of that Temple a second was built under Ezra's leadership. Afterward, there's no evidence that the Jews presumed that national repentance would invoke the healing of their land. There's no further mention of the 2 Chronicles 7:14 concept for the next 500 years and into the NT era. There was high spiritual fervor and massive waves of national repentance through the ministries of John the Baptist, Jesus, and the Apostles. Yet the land was not healed and no prayers requesting such are found in the annuls of the NT. Just the opposite happened. The 2nd Temple was razed to the ground and 600K Jews were slaughtered with half that many deported into slavery. Out of context verse applications endanger good-faithed saints of disillusionment." Amen.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Women in Ministry

Fur may fly over this one, but so be it.
The debate regarding women in ministry roles is always heated and most often the one scripture quoted as the mantra by those that say that women have no place in ministry is 1 Timothy 2:12, which states "But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet" Unfortunately, this scripture is abused by misinterpretation, lack of biblical knowledge and the history of the specific situation it addressed.
Firstly, we must take the scripture in its specific context, which was a personal letter written by Paul to Timothy regarding a very specific situation in the church at Ephesus and it is in that specific context that Paul’s restriction was given. In that context, this passage contains a restraining order issued to curb the activities of a small group of women who were teaching a false doctrine in Ephesus. This is reflected in Paul’s discussion of false doctrines and teachings found in 1 Timothy 1. The rise of women in Ephesus was the result of false teaching that was, ironically, started by men and 1 Timothy 2 was written to address this issue. These women were usurping and misappropriating authority to the point of domineering. This is made evident by the original Greek word 'authentein', which has been horribly translated as "authority" when it actually means 'an abuse of authority'. This 'transgression' is referred to in 1 Timothy 2:14 where Paul uses the analogy of Eve being deceived. Thus the relegation of women to the role of learners, who must be quiet and submissive to a male authority structure, represents a local rather than a universal rule - and was a temporary restraining order at that.
There is no direct command or mandate from God here and absolutely nothing to suggest that Paul was establishing any long-term church policy. If this were so, there would be mention of this in the rest of Paul’s writings as well as elsewhere in the Bible in the teachings of Jesus for that matter - and there is none. To the contrary, when one considers the whole of Paul's writings and his complete outspoken support of the leadership of women, we can only conclude that 1 Timothy 2 was a direct response to Timothy about a very specific issue within a specific church, namely Ephesus. Paul's support of women in leadership roles is evident in a number of other churches, including Philippi, Thessalonica, Cenchrae, and Rome.
For those that say 'nay' to women ministers, I would suggest asking oneself, "if women not being allowed in leadership roles is a mandate from God, why has God consistently used women in leadership roles throughout the history of the church?" Women like Phoebe, Priscilla, Chloe, Euodia and Syntyche who were on Pauls ministry team. Women like Junia, the female Apostle of Romans 16:7, who Paul describes as outstanding among the Apostles. Women like Catherine Booth, who God used mightily in England in the 1800's, or missionary Mary Slessor, who God used to spread the gospel in Nigeria, or Kathryn Kuhlman, who God used incredibly to bring a healing revival in the United States in the 1970s, or current women Prophets and Apostles like Bonnie Chavda, who brings amazing clarity to the word and heart of God with miracles, signs and wonders or Heidi Baker, who's ministry has seen countless miraculous healings and raisings of the dead in Africa over the past thirty years.
From both a historical and scriptural view, the only logical conclusion one can reach is that any teaching or doctrine that restricts women from leadership contradicts the complete teaching of scripture and is, in itself, heretical. Amen.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Proverbs 19:20-21

How believers react when corrected with the word of God speaks volumes about their base character.
"Listen to counsel and accept discipline (instruction, correction),That you may be wise the rest of your days." ~ Proverbs 19:20

Monday, July 17, 2017

Faith Without Works is Dead

When we walk by faith and not by sight (2 Cor 5:7), the invisible becomes visible (Heb 11:1) and we can focus on the things not seen, the eternal things of God (2 Cor 4:18). Faith enables us to call heaven down to earth, the manifestation of God's Glory.
Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God, while James 2:17 tells us that faith without works (exercising faith) is dead faith. God's obviously not interested in dead faith, which means that merely 'having' faith means nothing to Him without demonstrating that we have it. We demonstrate that we have faith by exercising it (doing works).
In order to please God we must exercise faith in doing the work of God while on earth. To exercise faith means putting it into action - doing something. Go do something today.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

How The Jews Helped Discover America

If you were asked what happened in 1492 as part of American history, you'd most likely say "Columbus sailed the ocean blue" (according to the well-known poem) or that Columbus discovered America...and you'd be mostly correct. But if asked who financed Columbus journey, you'd probably say Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain...and there you'd be only partially correct. The historical fact of the matter is that the Jewish population of Spain was largely responsible for the discovery of America...something you probably won't read in your history books. On March 31, 1492 the Catholic monarchs of Spain, Ferdinand and Isabella, issue a decree, called the Alhambra decree, ordering all Jews to either convert to Catholicism or leave the country. This was done out of fear that the Jews would convince other Jews that had converted to Catholicism to return to Judaism. As a result, some 200,000 Jews converted but up to 100,000 did not and were forced to flee. What ensued was massacre in the streets as wealthy Jews were literally slaughtered, suspected of hiding money and other riches on their person. At one point, it was said that Jews were swallowing diamonds and other gems, in an attempt to smuggle them out, and were literally gutted on the streets of Madrid by robbers. Some of the surviving Jews got together and gave a large amount of money to Columbus to find them a new home where they wouldn't be persecuted...and the rest is history.
America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. Columbus voyage was not only funded by Ferdinand and Isabella, as the history books will tell you, but primarily by Europeans looking for religious freedoms, including the Jews of Spain, who were in large part responsible for the journey. Jews are still God's chosen people - because God is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19) - and this is exactly why America has been the most blessed nation on earth - because it was founded, in part, for establishing a new home for the people of God. Today the number of Jews in the U.S. is rivaled only slightly by the number of Jews in Israel. As scripture tells us in Genesis 12:3, "those who bless you, I will bless, and those who curse you I will curse".
By the way, there was no such person as 'Christopher Columbus' at all. His real name was Cristóvão Colón. He also wasn't Italian but was born in Portugal. This is common knowledge among Latinos who are taught this truth in grade school...another lie taught as absolute truth in the American educational system - and originally perpetrated by the ruling Catholics of the day. That being said, there is a lot of evidence that indicates that Cristóvão Colón was himself a Sephardic Jew. In fact, when he addressed personal letters he placed a small cross in the center of the letterhead, and the Hebrew letters Bet and Hay, short for Baruch HaShem, “Blessed is God” on the upper left, very odd indeed for an Italian Catholic... ברוך השם

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Church Leadership and Homosexuality

"Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment." James 3:1
I believe that when church leadership is silent on issues such as homosexuality, the Lord will find them guilty of aiding and abetting an abomination to God - and they will most definitely stand before Jesus and answer for the crime of keeping silent. The latest data on where the church and Christians stand on this issue is staggering and truly deplorable...and the fault is entirely on the shoulders of the one in the pulpit!
When are pastors going to say 'I don't care about being controversial! I don't care if half my church walks out! I don't care if I lose my tax-free status because I violated the provisions of some 501c3! I'm going to speak the truth in the word of God because that is my sworn allegiance and assignment before God almighty!'
When is the church going to stand?!? Where is the fear of God over the fear of man?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Psalm 37:4

"Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4

The original Hebrew for the word 'Delight' literally means 'to be pliable or malleable'. While there are other choices, including the word "delight" given in most translations, the key for using 'malleable' here comes in verse 5:
"Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it."
If we allow 'our way' to become God's way, by allowing Him to mold us, by being 'malleable', and trusting in Him, He will give us the desires of our heart.
The Hebrew word for 'desires' here is actually "petitions", or requests. We petition the Lord in prayer. So, if we allow ourselves to be molded into what God wants us to be, we will have greater success in having our prayers answered in the affirmative.
All of God's blessings are conditional, even salvation, the condition of which is repenting of sin and accepting Christ as Lord and savior. Here, the condition to having more prayers answered positively is allowing God to mold us and use us according to His will and purpose, not ours.
Be malleable, blessed!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dealing with Narcissists

At the heart of every Jezebel is a narcissistic personality - and if you think that narcissism is on the rise, you're right, especially among millennials and it's getting worse all the time. A study of 37,000 college students (disclosed in the book, "The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement") indicated that narcissism has risen at an incredible rate since 2000 - more than any other time in psychiatric history. It should be noted that narcissism has been labeled by the American Psychiatric Association as an incurable mental disorder. Narcissism is more than just being extremely self centered or possessing a superiority complex, it's a clinical mental illness in which the afflicted thinks only in terms of themselves, period. They are incapable of feeling remorse, love or any of the deeper emotions that 'normal' humans feel. This is important because when a narcissist gets 'saved', or at least thinks they're saved, they remain mentally unstable and their narcissistic personality still manifests. Although they will praise Jesus from the rooftops they'll be looking out of the corner of their eye to see who is watching them - because it's all about them. When a narcissist becomes a 'Christian' we refer to this as the 'Jezebel spirit', but it really is just the narcissist doing what they do best - being a narcissist. There is no true conversion because a narcissist can never ever admit that they are anything less than perfect, therefore eliminating the need for repentance. No repentance, no salvation. The rise in Jezebels directly correlates with the drastic rise in narcissism.
From my own personal experience, I can say that only God can heal this malady. The issue is that the vast majority of Jezebels (or narcissists in general) will not seek help because to do so would mean admitting that they're messed up, something that goes directly against the very core of the narcissist. Instead they will claim to be superior, promoting themselves as prophets or apostles - or a deliverance minister who slays 25 mile tall territorial fallen angels in the second heaven, as recently observed on FB. In fact, FB is infested with these spiritual parasites who bank on ignorance in the body of Christ - because they have no other audience and there's plenty of ignorance to capitalize on.
So, the question becomes, how do you deal with a narcissist? There are many suggestions out there including in the book mentioned above. My answer is very simple: don't. You can't change a narcissist by trying to reason with them, giving in to their self-centered ways or loving them into change. It will exhaust you mentally, physically and spiritually. You can't minister to them, except on the extremely rare occasion when they do submit to deliverance. The best all round solution if you find yourself involved with a narcissist - is run away and sever all communication with them...period.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Is There Any Wonder Why?

The Bible never instructs us to 'read' it. It instructs us to study it to show ourselves approved. There are plenty of folks who can quote scripture without having the slightest idea of what it is saying. Memorizing scripture is pointless unless, through study, the words come alive and God speaks to you! This is what 'hearing the (written) word of God' is all about and is the foundation of faith - according to scripture. A natural hunger for the word of God has become my measuring stick of true salvation because it is completely natural to absolutely crave the word of Him who has saved you.
That being said, a recent study by the Barna Group shows that 95% of confessing Christians never even read a line of scripture between Sundays. Is it any wonder why the majority of the body are powerless, ill-equipped infants in the word, prayer life and relationship with our loving Father? Is it any wonder why the majority of 'believers' lack faith and trust in God? Is it any wonder why the church by and large, doesn't see miracles? Is it any wonder why sin and repentance isn't being preached in pulpits? Is it any wonder why these things, which should be every day occurrences, have been replaced with a watered down, weak, feel-good false gospel? Is it any wonder why church leaders can see abomination to God being made the law of the land and remain silent? Is it any wonder why face-before-God vertical worship has been replaced by rock concerts as 'worship'? Is it any wonder why the weakened church isn't reaching the lost young people in our communities? Is it any wonder why we have reached an all-time low in morals in this country? Is it any wonder why there are millions of people that call themselves 'Christians' with zero evidence of fruit and no change from the old man to the new, who are like the wind, blown here and there with every false doctrine that comes down the pike?
The word says that the way is narrow and that he who endures to the end will be saved. Is there any wonder why?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Confronting Powerless Christianity

You may think these words were written by a minister, a prophet or an evangelist...
"Today, in many of our churches, it's all about making people feel good about themselves, all about the coming breakthrough (probably financial), all about fulfilling our personal dreams. But what about the biblical gospel? What about the fact that one day we'll have to give account to God for our lives? What about the judgment that will come on the whole world? What about the reality that "the wages of sin is death" (Rom. 6:23)? What about the fact that Jesus saves us from our sins so that we will live the rest of our lives for Him? I'm all for preaching hope and encouragement and love, but that is not the whole message. What happened to the rest of God's holy Word?"
...but they were not. They were written by secular rapper, Kendrick Lamar. If an unsaved, worldly musician can make this kind of observation about today's church, is it any wonder why we're not reaching millennials, why there is no power in the pulpits? The church, by and large, has stopped preaching truth and is tickling ears with a weak, watered down gospel that stimulates no one to the fear of God. We have traded the preaching of repentance of sin and God's judgment for fear of hurt feelings over the truth and therefore there are millions of walking dead who believe they have been saved by a feel good, watered down, Christ-less gospel of mamby-pamby Christianity. What have we done!

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Harvest is Coming!

Word - The Harvest is Coming!

First I want to say that I have no claims to the office of Prophet. In fact I don't even consider myself to be 'prophetic' as I have no regular anointing in this area. I was called by way of personal visitation by Christ as an Evangelist/Teacher and that's what I am.
That being said, In May of 2012 I was woken at 4AM and given a word that 'something big was coming', which was echoed by many starting a few months later. The word came with the year 2015 and had nothing to do with the blood moons that seemed to be the focus of so many at the time. The word was specifically for church leaders and about a great shaking in the body that would cause great division, a call to repentance and a need to get back to basics in teaching and equipping the body for what was coming. I saw rioting in the streets and fires of protest and destruction burning. At the time I asked the Lord to give this to someone else, someone who could actually do something with it as I had no influence. His answer was to promote me, five days later, to a position at work where all I did was communicate with pastors all day, every day. As a result, that word was spread to over 10,000 churches globally with 3,000 receiving it in one day as a result of God putting me in the right place at the right time - an international pastors conference in Miami attended by over 3,000 pastors. The word came to fruition in June of 2015 with the adoption of same sex marriage as law of the land. Sadly, there was no mass crying out from church leadership, no Christian march on Washington, no screaming from the pulpits. For the most part, the church was asleep and remains so, taking the demonic in stride. The result has been entire denominations altering their doctrines to not only accommodate the demonic but going so far as ordaining and posting outspoken gay 'pastors' on a global scale.
At the time and up until about 2 months ago, I thought well, that was that...and then came another word. I was again woken at 4AM with the words "It's not over". The Lord's message this time is that the demonic roots that had been allowed to take hold would continue to grow and turn violent, with leadership in threat of their lives. The message also said that there was a great revival ahead the likes of which have not been seen since the Jesus People movement in the 60's and 70's and even that will pale in comparison. Also, there was going to be a shaking or sifting within the church - ungodly leadership was going to be exposed.
We're seeing two of these things being played out now. The demonically driven left has not only not given up but the spirit of insanity seems to be gathering steam, with more protests in the street against anything representing right or saneness...and talk of things getting more violent. What is right has seemingly been permanently labelled as wrong by many and what is wrong has been accepted as right...and *still* church leadership is silent for the most part. But the unrighteous church leadership is being exposed, with one of the most recent being Chris Hill of The Potter's House megachurch in Denver, exposed to having an affair with a married parishioner and not being in the least interested in reconciling with his wife, blatant disobedience. God is cleaning house. The entire globe is in seeming chaos - but I know and the Lord wants the body to know that we are on the brink of tremendous revival and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on a grand scale. The harvest is coming! Amen.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Seek First The Kingdom

Matthew 6:33 instructs us to seek *first* the kingdom of God and "all these things" will be given to us. But what are the things?
The details to what Jesus is referring to begins in verse 25 - your life, your clothing, your food, your every need! Every day Christians worry about the events of their life, how they're going to pay rent or buy food and clothing. Their first knee jerk reaction is to panic and when they can't solve the problem *then* they pray. It should be the other way in God and seek Him first, not as some fall back position! It hurts God when He hears His children say "Well, all we can do now is pray" All we can do? When we say things like this it diminishes everything God has done for us! All we can do?
These verses speak very specifically to our needs and how God provides for us - IF we exercise faith! If God provides for the birds of the field, how much more will He provide for His children, His disciples, His servants? Romans 8:28 tells us that He works ALL things for good for those that love Him and are called according to His purpose! I challenge every believer to trust in God and see what He does. God is not a man that He should lie! Work your faith and watch miracles unfold in your life as God proves His word!

Authority in Christ

Jesus didn't save you to back down, He saved you to smack down!
John 3:35: "The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand."
Luke 10:19: "Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you."
Everything the Father has is invested in the Son and everything of the Son is given to us by the Holy Spirit.
Realize your authority!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

God Has a Purpose for You!

When Moses lead the Israelites out of Egypt to the promised land, the people found the going tough, with challenge after challenge, even though God was providing their every need and protecting them as they went. They actually wanted to turn back and return to slavery in Egypt rather than face the challenge. They lacked faith to accept that the promised land was filled with everything that God had purposed for them - they were so completely focused on the visible circumstances in front of them that they just wanted it to end.
There are so many Christians today living like Israelites, wandering aimlessly in circles with no direction, no vision of the purpose or promise that God has for them. When challenges come up, they focus entirely on the visible circumstances and run back to some less painful and familiar place. They actually feel abandoned by God and get angry with Him, when it was they who abandoned their faith in Him.
Stop living in the wilderness! Take hold of the purpose God has in your life and focus on the promise! Stop eating manna when God has milk and honey right in front of you! Take faith in God and seize your mission! God has a purpose for you!

~ Be Blessed and be a Blessing!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Grieving the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 4:30 instructs us not to grieve the Holy Spirit...but what exactly does this mean? The first consideration is understanding that the Holy Spirit is a person. Jesus, confirms this in John 16:6-8 when He repeatedly refers to the Holy Spirit as "he" and "him". So when we think of grieving the Holy Spirit, we need to approach the idea from a human perspective in order to understand what we can do to offend the Holy Spirit. Since the Holy Spirit is a person, ask yourself how you get offended by others, what do other people do to you to make you sad or distressed? Ignoring or not making you feel unwelcome, talking negatively about you or just completely misunderstanding you are all things that can grieve you and the same applies to the Holy Spirit.
Imagine how he must feel in the vast majority of today's churches, who make him feel unwelcome, or worse speak poorly of him when he decides to show up anyway because they don't understand the way he moves, speaks or expresses himself. All these things grieves the Holy Spirit but it goes much deeper than that.
The Holy Spirit is God, the part of God who moved before Jesus spoke everything into existence, including you. He considers all of humanity to be his children. If you're a parent, does it grieve you to have two of your children fighting, calling each other names or worse? This is exactly what is referred to in the verses before and after Ephesians 4:30. In verse 29 Paul encourages us to "Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear." Again in verse 31 "Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice."
The Holy Spirit is a personage of God so unselfish he only wants the best for his children including sharing his power with them (us) - but when we argue and fight with each other it grieves him. When we don't welcome him into the church, it grieves him. When we ignore the homeless man on the street it grieves him. Verse 32 sums up how we should treat each other as well as the Holy Spirit - "Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you." Be blessed and be a blessing.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Growth is a Process

If you're going through stuff, praise God! If you seem to face trial after trial, praise God! God wants all of you to rely on Him and trust in Him for everything! Sometimes we must be broken before we truly surrender to the will of God in our lives. Sometimes we must be broken to fully trust Him to provide. We are changed through the process of trials, so praise Him in the storm! God has plans for you but He needs you malleable, trainable and mold-able so that HE can shape you into His tool for His purpose. You want to see God use you? Surrender! You want to see miracles in your life? Surrender!
Brokenness yields to surrender. Surrender yields to humbleness. Humbleness yields to faith! Faith yields to obedience and obedience yields to blessing! Growth is a process. You can't clothe yourself with compassion, kindness and humility until you have stripped yourself of everything counter to these ideals. Let yourself go and let God!

Friday, March 31, 2017

God In Us

Christians have the Holy Spirit in us - but if we have the Holy Spirit in us, we also have the Father and Son alive in us as well. They're all God. But...notice the "IF" condition to this...IF we love Jesus AND show our love by keeping His commands, THEN we will have Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit alive in us. If not, not.
One cannot expect to be disobedient and have the blessing of the Godhead alive and active in them. Be obedient, be blessed - and realize the authority you are to carry.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Realize Your Position, Realize Your Authority

“And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” ~ Ephesians 2:6
Realize your place and realize your authority! We are in Christ, in heaven and He in us. Our purpose on earth is to bring heaven to earth - "as it is in heaven". Realize who you are, where you are and the authority you carry and absolutely no earthly weapon formed against you shall prosper!
Emotional and psychological stresses - don't exist in heaven! Poverty in spirit - doesn't exist in heaven! Sickness and "dis-ease" - don't exist in heaven! Claim your authority in the name of Jesus for you are a Royal priesthood of the order of Melchizedek! Amen.

King Solomon's Wisdom

It is said that King Solomon was the wisest man that ever lived. In Ecclesiastes 2, Solomon reflects on all the many ways he had tried to accomplish fulfillment as a person - physical pleasures, drink, personal achievements, gaining great wealth and fame, aesthetic and artistic pleasures - all centered around himself. For being such a 'wise man', Solomon certainly seemed to be a hedonistic, vain fool early on. Like so many people today he sought fulfillment in all the wrong places and for all the wrong motivations. There are 63 first person references in this chapter including , I, me, myself and my, proving that Solomon was sure hung up on himself. If this sounds familiar it should. Today we live in a global society that is vainly "I" centered. It's all about me!
After making some incredibly deep observations about man ("Wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness", verse 13) Solomon comes to realize that everything he had accomplished and experienced yielded no lasting fulfillment at all and, finally in verse 24 states part of his solution - "There is nothing better for a man that to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen is from the hand of God. For who can eat and...


The Seven Spirits of Deuteronomy Seven - and The One that Comprises Them All

What could be worse than the seven demonic spirits of Deuteronomy 7? To have them all rolled up together in one clever, attractive package. The seven 'nations' or spirits mentioned in Deuteronomy 7:1 are:

Hitittes – descendants of Heth, the second son of Canaan (Genesis 10:15) who lived in Hebron in the West Bank, south of Jerusalem – what is today the second largest area for terrorists.  A terrorist (“Sons of Terror”). 
·        Deception resulting in extreme manifestations of fear and terror (fear, dread, depression); subliminal torments (paranoia’s).
·        Left handed (underhanded) deceit who’s end game is death of the victim – see Judges chapter 3 (Ehud and Eglon)

Girgashites - "clay dwellers" -  earthliness, thickheaded stubbornness dealing in unbelief in what cannot be seen resulting in faithlessness.;
·       promotes a focus on earthly, temporal, things, and...

Remembering St. Patrick

St. Patrick (Pātricius, according to his own writings) was a 5th century Bishop and missionary, known as "the Apostle of Ireland", although he wasn't Irish himself, but most likely Scottish. His father was a deacon and his grandfather a priest. At the age of 16, and an unbeliever, Patrick was captured and enslaved for six years by a group of Irish pirates, working as a shepherd. It was during this time that he called upon the Lord and was told by God that he would soon return home. After accepting Christ, he escaped slavery and, after various struggles, made it home. After a few years of study, he had a vision that led him back to Ireland as a missionary, preaching to the very people that had enslaved him years before and baptizing thousands, converting the poor and wealthy alike, including sons of Irish kings. He never accepted payment or gifts for his work which put him outside the 'norm'. With no legal protection, he was often received with ridicule and insult. He was arrested, beaten, and awaited execution on several occasions but persisted in his mission of spreading the Gospel. After 40 years of living in poverty, teaching, traveling and working tirelessly, Patrick died on March 17, 461 in Saul, where he had built his first church.
I find it ironic that 'the drunkerd's holiday' should be named after such a holy man of God and...

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