Working with God

WORKING WITH GOD    
by Pam Clark (pamclark@prophetic.net)

How many of us would like to go in there and fix all the problems – in Israel, in our government, in our churches, in our workplaces?  But while we may even be gifted, we can’t really fix them all, even if we have clues as to what should be done.  We have to wait on God and work WITH Him.

A person who is really gifted is not believing at the time that they are.  A person who is gifted in God is pulling on Him to find the solution.  And the ones who are wise will realize who is the Source and learn how to call upon Him again and again.  The Holy Spirit is our Helper.

If “we” focus on “our having” the gifts of the Spirit in a public way, and all our attention is focused on “us” “having” the gifts, probably we are going to miss some things because we are doing it to please the crowd.  Many want solutions to fix this or that but find that even with the right ideas, it doesn’t always work.

Something more is needed, and it is relationship WITH God.  There comes a place in our lives where we have to abandon ourselves from our world and go into His.  Some call this the divine exchange, where we give up our thinking to have His.  We give up our thoughts and control and let His reign.  And until there is a track record established, it can be pretty challenging!

But those growing pains are really worth it.  At first we have a hard time giving up our ideas, and then we have to learn how to deal with other people’s!  Peer pressure can be a strong force.  It’s why we must seek out the Godly for their prayers and influence on us.

Now God did not leave us in the dark.  In the past, He raised up Godly voices, and while He still does that, He also left us with a Book, that declares much that is His will and insight into this life we are in.  We cheat ourselves if we don’t read it and study it.  And even then, we need anointed people who can explain a lot of it to us, until we get on our own two feet, for the Scriptures have to be Spiritually discerned and even though it is “an open Book test,” we don’t always get it without really seeking for His will on things that apply to our lives.  Jesus is the Door to Life in God.

After a while, we will get that hearing His Voice, His impressions, His sense of guiding us, is the most important thing that we could have, but there is a process.  First we must submit to who He is and meditate on that a bit and then we go before Him with our questions and petitions.  He is not our bellhop, we can’t pay Him enough to respond;  He is our Lord and He is willing to share if we will show the proper honor and respect.

We learn that He is not condemning us, if we are seeking Him, but there is a evil set in motion by the Fall that we have to overcome.  And we are doing it!  We are learning more every day!
Many people in the Church are fascinated by the gift of the word of knowledge and some mistakenly believe that if they could get the inside track on that, they would really have something.  We are carnal, the thought crosses our minds.  But when we yield to the Life at work within us, if we are born again and walking by the Spirit, then we see that the treasures in us as individuals really do only come through Him.

Someone else could be gifted all day long but if our hearts are not set on receiving from Him, we will only get a partial benefit.   Again, Jesus is the Door, and the entrance of His Words brings life.  After we realize how wonderful His ministry is to us, we will begin to see that ministering to others is a bigger blessing too!   We will find that we can have a “double portion” by ministering the Truth to others.

But when we advance to that next level, we have to realize that it comes by doing it His way.  There are many who stall out because they set it up in a way that looks pleasing to man, and while the Lord is not opposed to man having a blessing, He is the Gate Keeper and He knows the Divine Order for the maximum benefits for everyone.  It is here where so many get snared.

But once we see the snare, we can overcome it.  The best way we can get over any snare is to minister TO the Lord.  When we bless Him and love on Him and worship Him and extol Him, our mind gets off of our ways and on to His and who He is.  When that happens, the anointing comes and it has a power and a blessing with it.  But it is the mature ones who lead in it.

All people make mistakes in the Kingdom.  That is why God sent Jesus to show us that man can access the divine powers and still live!   This is a big deal because when it’s handled wrong, there are consequences.  This is why learning humility is important.  Then we will have a teachable spirit.

God is not just looking for a few, He is looking for a large group of people and He calls them His Body and His City.  He wants a community that can walk in divine powers and overcome the enemy and thrive in Godly living.  He is not just about the natural, but also the supernatural, and we get to learn this.  It can be sobering as well as a whole lot of fun!  And often, it is literally life saving.

It’s not enough to know what the gifts are, but we also need to know how they work and how they work with each other.  That means that people have to learn how to get along and work with each other and recognize the gifts in each other.  Then when we get in that divine presence and our gifts rise to the surface, we will learn how to not only recognize them, and see them, but also learn how to flow in them together.  We have to cultivate them in the Spirit.  The power of God goes beyond the natural.

The most challenging part is to learn patience.  It’s so easy to be excited and some will go too fast and some will hold back – both of which can equally hinder.  This is why if we practice our gifts in the world and see how people respond, then when we get among the holy, we will have a better handle on them.  People will be real in the world.  Too often we get snared in the church.  We have to see this through God’s eyes and not man’s.

The gifts are the same in the Church and out of the church atmosphere, we just find a blessing when we get in the corporate faith anointing, but sometimes God will hold back so we will go out and reach the world as He has commissioned us to do.  When we do outreach and bring people in, it gives all the ministry giftings opportunity to be activated – those who are called to help (which is all of us) and those who need to receive.  When we hold back and willingly work to limit the anointing of God, we incur His displeasure and we will see that eventually manifest.

There will be many unhappy and heartbroken people, but the remedy is to seek Him and serve Him.  Man has no problems that God cannot fix.  Life is an unfolding Story, so we will always be learning and accommodating His Plans.  If we don’t, our lives will be shallow and dry and we will be tossed to and fro with every wind and wave of doctrine.

God wants to activate us if we will learn how to reverence Him and see Him in others.  Too many still look for an “organization” to pull this off, and there are some great organizations doing great things, but none of them can sustain a move of God without God leading it.

We want to be careful of following people over God.  And even the supernatural has the bone structure of the natural built into it.  If we try to go beyond where we live in a way that does not bless others, we will go off track.  It may have a temporary high, but it will not have good fruit that remains.

When people drive you “crazy”, God will be there for you.  The deeper you go into God, the more prophetic you will become and that carries a burden, for the prophet is an intercessor between God and man and at the same time an intercessor between man and God.  It’s a difficult role, because we don’t enter His courts lightly, and people can also be hard to get along with or unappreciative.

Intercessors have “to get over” a lot of things but all ministers know it can be a thankless job at times.  However, your reward is with God and He will not allow abuse forever;  He will deal with it.  This is why we must get skilled in our intercessions!  The goal is much fruit!  And that calls for laying down our lives and serving Him and seeing Him more than we see ourselves.

God knits us and joins us in love!  If we fail to love, we won’t have a lot to show to God or to others.  Most parents know what it is like to be long suffering with their children, or you know if you have less than perfect family members (which may include you).  The Kingdom of God is built with shouts of “Grace!  Grace!” to it.  When the tension is released, we want to find the love, because we do have an enemy that would love to devour us, but our God is there to help and to save, as we seek Him.

And He will save to the uttermost, those hearts who cry fully unto Him.  Whether in this life or in the world to come, there is an Answer in Him.  When we learn how to do this on the earth, we will see a great wave of Revival because His ministry will be able to go forth with much understanding and discipline and effectiveness and it will be quite a joyous thing.  For as the Body comes into alignment and agreement for the King of Kings, we will see the majesty of it unfold to us.  And as long as we stay disciplined in it, we can enjoy it.

Don’t settle for the small stuff when you can have the big.  If you have been crying out to God, pay attention to the things He has been showing you and work with it, to get the application of it right.  Be willing to learn more and love more and keep your prayer life active.  Because only through the humility of prayer will anything be manifest in the Lord, unless it is rebuke.

Some things take a long time because of the need for real agreement in the Holy Spirit.  That agreement with faith, though, can do mighty things when it is released!  So work and labor to enter into His Rest and prepare the Way before Him, for He surely is coming!  And no one gets shortchanged.

 

Watchman, what do you see?

WATCHMAN, WHAT DO YOU SEE?
by Pam Clark (pamclark@prophetic.net)

 

 

“Watchman, what of the night?” Isaiah 21:11

 
In our church service today, one of the speakers/prophets quoted that verse, saying “Watchman, what do you see?” and she also mentioned that the Barbarians are at the door and we do need to repent. And we honored “Call to Fall” day where we spent five minutes on our knees in prayer to God.

 
But haven’t we heard all this before? I know I have, and inside (although being quiet on the outside) I am screaming! And this watchman is hearing that the Barbarians are very much still at the door! We don’t realize how close they are, and we are not prepared. Even many of the best of us will be taken by surprise, perhaps even me, the one who is declaring this.

 
Watchman, what do you SEE? And I see this arrogance, this false buffer we believe we have because we have done this before and nothing new seemed to happen. However, society gets worse and worse. Haven’t we been this way before? Don’t we know what to do?

 
Watchman, what do you see? And I see trouble coming with a grief that really will vex our souls. Do I want to see this? Trust me, I do not!!! And while everyone feels like they have done a good thing by praying, and I believe some did, I am also seeing an uncircumcised heart in the Body.

 
Now when the Lord called me out of the world into the Church, I was what was called “a party animal.” I loved a party, I loved to celebrate, and I thought I found all kinds of positive things to celebrate, but some of that celebrating was without the knowledge of God and so it didn’t really count for so much.

 
But in the pride of my soul, at that time, I thought it did. “I am a good person,” I would basically think. “People like me, I have friends, some even think I am the life of the party because I am so happy.” And they did. I liked people, and now today it seems sometimes like I don’t when I really do love them so much I am in travail for them and they don’t understand.

 
Ezekiel went through that. He was sitting around like everyone else in the crowd until he had a visitation from God and then he returned in the heat of his anger. After his visitation, he saw injustice! See, he was basically a good guy too, easy to get along with, agreeable, nice, but then he acquired a holy anger after a visitation from the Most High.

 
See, before God comes along, we are basically content for every man to do what is right in his own eyes. In my younger days, that was my great philosophy. I got the “great revelation” (and I thought it was at the time!) that people could do whatever they wanted as long as it didn’t hurt anyone else. It was really live for today and don’t worry about tomorrow and if you did mess up, “Oops! Okay, we’ll try harder next time.”

 
There was no conviction, no awareness of condemnation, and condemnation is pretty ugly anyway. God sets us free from that, but how did it get here in the first place? It was a pretty peaceful life for me. If someone did do something wrong, then society would surely take care of it. And it should be reasonable to the crime, of course. For me, gentle souls were nice and the norm, and the rough ones were on the outer edges, taking their risks. If others did it wrong, we would just tune them out and go on with our more righteous ways.

 
Oh yes, some of us still think that way! But what we don’t understand, or choose to fail to understand, is that God wants a peculiar people. It’s NOT anything goes, and all is well. Oh yes, some days are better than other days and how grateful we are for the good days we get – there really is A LOT to be thankful for. But something else, something more is also going on, and we don’t always want or choose to see it.

 
We LIKE being the masters of our own ships, setting our own sails. Don’t they teach that to us in the schools that we can be ANYTHING we want to be and do ANYTHING we want to do? And we buy into that freedom song, only to sometimes have the rude awakening later, that it really ain’t so. Some seem to slide by longer than others, but this life is not exactly “anything goes, no problem!”

 
And success is a beautiful thing, but what is it for? Is it for doing our own thing, or for caring about others? I think we would say, “Oh, I know the answer to that! I knew that already,” but do we live what are told to live? Do we really, as we watch society getting worse and worse? And the answer to that question today is: NO, we do not!

 
“Oh yikes! Another doom and gloom prophet,” but that is not really so! This is a cry for us being whom GOD wants us to be. And this may be harder for me than it is for you! But none the less, I am the one or one of the ones He chose to cry this out!

 
Today we have hard hearts and we think we don’t. We say we care, as we toss a few coins to a worthy cause, but our heart is not fully following. We are too busy going our own way. Oh, yes we were given a good upbringing, some of us, in this great Christian nation we say is so wonderful, but again, it’s going downhill. As our pastor preached in his message, it is God who has taken away the understanding of our leaders.

 
Job 12:24 – He takes away the understanding of the chiefs of the people of the earth, And makes them wander in a pathless wilderness.

 
And so if God is doing that, and many believe He is, WHY is He doing that? Why is He blinding them, and thus us? Why are we wandering to and fro and looking for justice in so many places? It is because we are not seeing HIM! We have taken things for granted, but yet we think we are sure.

 
We go through the motions, we THINK we are good people, we really believe that, but God says we are falling short!!!

 
“Haven’t we been this way before?” we say in our hearts. “Don’t we know how to handle this thing?” but yet we are surprised and appalled at what happens in other countries that soon could be at our doorsteps, or maybe already is.

 
While we were blind and going our own way, the enemy crept in through the gate and slipped by the guardsmen. Life is a party and like one person shared, the table is spread, the Marriage Supper has come, and what is being served is skewered Lamb!

 
But aren’t we the “special ones”, the “chosen ones”? Aren’t “we” God’s favorites? Isn’t that why all this “favor” has come to us? Let’s confess up some more! Ouch!!! Our words have power, they conjure! Oh God, help us!!!

 
Some of you are really feeling this as I write and are crying out, “What! What! What must I do???”

 
He answers from Joel chapter 2: 12 “Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.”

 
What are we fasting and weeping for? The answer is a circumcized or tender heart. We need to remove the foreskin or callousness we have that is making us insensitive. And what if we don’t? God will do it for us. For Pharoah and his kingdom, God took away the first born sons. Only then would he let Israel go. (He thought he owned them, but God said No.)

 
The fear of the Lord is knowing something can happen and you can be grateful it didn’t happen to you, but when it does happen to someone, you need the appropriate response. Some day some things will happen to you and you will be grateful for the Body of Christ, because they are wonderful people and ministers, but if that hardness creeps into the Church and takes over, God will have to purge His Church. Who has eyes to see???

 
Will it be the one who knows everything already, or will it be those who call on His Name? Will it be the mockers and the talkers or will it be those who really weep? Believe it or not, I was told that in the older days some of the women who attended the prayer meetings would bring onions in their handkercheif so it would provoke their tears. I don’t think that is what God has in mind!!!

 
Not only do we share in the wounding, but we also are to share in the blessing, and when we get too big to share, we are too big for God in His eyes. Yes, we need wisdom and skill in handling life and we are all students or disciples. But this hardness of heart is a big issue and it is leading to A LOT of sin in our nation! We might point to the other nations but in whose hands is the Book of Life that we call The Holy Bible? In what nations are the houses of prayer? What if God gives us double that was too much trouble for us?

 
Yes there are snakes and scorpions out there, but we are to take our power and authority over them in the power of our Lord Jesus Christ! In I Samuel 4:9 you read: “Be strong and conduct yourselves like men, you Philistines, that you do not become servants of the Hebrews, as they have been to you. Conduct yourselves like men, and fight!”

 
This was the enemy resisting the Israelites. They respected themselves enough to not want to be taken over, because they didn’t know the Love of God that was meant for them. But if they can stand against a small people, what can we do if the Lord is on our side? If we don’t take what is lawfully and rightfully ours through the work of the Cross, and if we just give that blessing to our enemies to trample underfoot, do we deserve a blessing that we don’t really care about?

 
Remember Esau who gave up his divine birthright for a pot of stew! Later when he wanted it back, with tears he could not get it. It’s a fearful thing to offend God. We must be stewards over our own souls and influence those around us. For we are our brother’s keeper and one day we will stand before Him accountable.

 

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To Do or To Be?

TO DO OR TO BE?
by Pam Clark (pamclark@prophetic.net)

 

You can DO missions or you can BE missions. You can DO the Gospel or you can BE the Gospel.  The difference is that you take on “a role” if you DO them.  You step in and out of something.  If you “BE” (or are)  something, you take on the whole person and then what you deal with is personal, and many, I find, don’t like to go there.   People hide in there and it can make church seem treacherous.

 
When you work at “being” something, you will make mistakes, but, you are putting it out there for it to be tested and that is how growth happens. You also make yourself vulnerable.  BEING the Gospel put Jesus on the Cross.  But you CAN learn how to do this in the Lord!

 
You can learn “the system” or you can learn “The Lord.” We sometimes call it “works” versus “Spirit.” If works were good enough, and in some places they are, then everything is based on works and you long to hear the “well done.”

 
But the Spirit heals and the Spirit makes alive, and the Spirit does the supernatural and so then – in the Church – we have conflict!  No one wants to be judged by others. And the Bible works to teach us to judge ourselves, so that we won’t be judged.  But it’s not easy!

 
We have to learn to forgive others, and ourselves!  Some even get into church wars over the denominational doctrines.  Then they get so busy competing with that, that they miss the world  they are to reach, and don’t realize that no one is respecting them like they are respecting themselves!  They have missed Jesus altogether, even though they claim His Name.

 
They will say,  “We are saved and everyone else is not unless they see it like we do.” And they will put His Name on that and find followers.  It’s very sad when you see it.

 
On the other side, when we get “in the Spirit,”  we can make idols out of people who are obviously not God. But they manifest some glory, and people make idols out of them, only to get angry at them when they see their flesh.

 
What it comes down to, really, is a changed life. Sometimes you need the healing and supernatural to survive!  But “the encounter” is what changes you.  The encounter changes YOU, you don’t change to adjust to it and come up with a new works plan. The encounter will give you a works plan, because you are changed and you have a fresh vision!

 
Is He with you in the plans? I have seen this more than once in my life, and that is when a Visitation occurs, you have a room full of different people. Why? Because the people are changed when the anointing comes and they have to learn who each other is all over again.  Instead of the natural gifts on the surface, the Spiritual gifts come up, and they have a power.  So there is a new and different interaction.

 
A mechanic suddenly becomes a song writer. A teacher suddenly has the anointing to preach and evangelize. The president of the company suddenly has a heart for the poor and needy.  But the momentum can’t be sustained without the abiding anointing.

 
If we go into works mode, then we go in the strength of the flesh, but if we go in Spirit mode, we go in the mighty power of the Lord.  We have to cultivate that in our our spirits.   We can sometimes go into works mode because of our encounter or someone else’s, but if we missed Him, we missed it all!

 
It’s like the preachers who win the world and lose their families. The kids want nothing to do with the Lord because they saw works only.  But even worse are those who turn against the Lord because of what they saw.   It is going to take God to help us and we have to seek Him for it.
Now the outpouring of the charismatic wave in the Spirit had a very unique thing that went on. The Presence of God drew people from MANY DIFFERENT denominations.  They gathered for weeks and even years at a time together “in one place together” – for Him.  And when His Presence lifted, then many of them went back to their denominational backgrounds.

 
But some hung in there together in more independent churches.  Remember how the “non-denominationals” practically became a “denomination” of its almost?   The works churches used to scorn them for not having their act together in a system, I do remember!  There was even a section in the yellow pages for “Non-Denominational” churches, and is there maybe still.  What is that? For a while we knew, but now it could be anything, LOL.  People wanted to break away from the restrictions of form into more life, because the restrictions of traditions crowded in.

 
But here is the quesiton – does Jesus love me?   Or do I have to perform a certain way to be loved?

 
We have our right wing group that really supports the family.  So many have found that you have to be a family to get into that group and have some acceptance. (Did you know that 50% of the population is single?)

 
But a whole lot of people realized there was a cut off in the Spirit for them there and because they were not a family like “everyone else,”  or their families had problems and were not the “ideal” family, they felt rejection.  They put up with the church for a while and then many left.  The core group, because it is based on a good principle, has hung in there, but when “the Love” left, so did a lot of the people.

 
Many started their own type support groups, and they were scorned by the churches, and some of that was based on wrong doctrines, but many of those people went looking for Love in some of the wrong places because the Church didn’t have the time or the right resources for them.  God is not lacking, man is the needy one!

 
Because we do have a standard of the Word of God – and interpreting that can be controversial – but when the Anointing is on the Word, it can change the hardest heart, and heal many wounds.  The Presence of God is there to heal them.

 
When the Anointing is on the Word, things are less about works and more about His Spirit.  A Person is now there to be interacted with.   The Anointing has a power of its/His own and even a Personality.

 
But we have to know the difference between something anointed and the Spirit.  It’s tricky, I know! But Jesus said to judge by the fruit that is being  produced.   Peace is a part of that, and look at the news today! There seems to be anything but peace and little of the other fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

 
And the next Miss America will say, “And I want world peace!” Okay that was just a funny I had to throw in there.   The beauty queens lead the way, right?  No, I’m kidding, you know they don’t.  Preachers do, because God designed it that way through the foolishness of preaching (I Corinthians 1:21), but there are responsibilities and abilities for everyone!   He leaves out no one!

 
There has to be more than just beauty, but there is NO beauty like God’s beauty!  And sometimes we have to figure out what God is not, to find out Who He is.   We need to develop appreciation, but SEE HIM as Someone DIFFERENT than who we are.   And until we do, we will be forever warring in the flesh.  Let’s seek Him and find His Spirit working with the Word.  Then signs and wonders will follow!

 
“And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.”  Mark 16:20

 
The real and lasting change will be through His Spirit.

 

 

 

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Are You Considering Sin?

ARE YOU CONSIDERING SIN?
by Pam Clark (pamclark@prophetic.net)

As stated in the Bible, there are three main categories of sin – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.  All others, and there are myriads, fall under these categories.  It is not so important to get the category of every one of them right as it is to discern it.

The devil was good at attacking two pure people – Adam and Eve – and sadly, he is still good at corrupting today.  Our diligence has to be that we are aware it can happen, that it displeases God, and have the faith that once and for all, the enemy’s defeat will one day be fully accomplished in our lives, but we have to choose Him.

We have all been raised in the weakness of this fallen world and some things have just been set up to trip us up, if at all possible.  We know that when frustrations mount, or that when we are extremely tired, or when someone successfully sabotages something, that the enemy sees these as opportune times.  The Bible even talks about the devil leaving Jesus “till a more opportune time.”

Yes, there are these seemingly designed set ups for attacks and even in wars, we call them ambushes.  They are real and they are out there.  But some sins are done because of unexpected pressures and some are done with the full intent to commit them.

When it comes to repentance, this does make a difference.  Some are not tempted if the adverse circumstances for them are not there.  Most likely they would totally avoid the snares of sin if the circumstances were favorable to them in a reasonable manner.

And that really is the work of many in a service to the Lord, and that is to prevent adverse circumstances from becoming ambushes.  We are grateful to those people, who often themselves had something bad happen and now they want to help others not experience that out of the goodness of their hearts.

It’s a sign or token of redemption and faith.  But then there is another aspect of the intentional sin.  It is something that is considered, pondered upon, thought about and there is the choice of willful intent to partake in the matter.  Oh the excuses that man can come up are innumerable and even the devil will gladly help them come up with justifications, but the God who knows and weighs the hearts knows and sees and discerns it as intentional.

When a people choose to have revival – a visitation of God because they ask Him for it – it is done by an intentional seeking.  They go out of their way with sincere hearts find His will,  to repent for their sins and invite and make room for His Presence in their lives.  Even then, God often will wait to see how strong their real intent is.  Because God has an order, He looks to see if they will comply to the order and the spontaneity of His ways.

When people respond by seeking the will of God with a posture of true repentance, many things you didn’t even realize were a problem, or the problem, comes to light and gets corrected.  There is also the joy of restored relationships and joyful anticipation of working together and finding accomplishments with others for a common cause in trust.

Many in workplaces today work out of obedience for the little reward of a paycheck, but too often  their true lives and hearts are not into that job and it is just a ways and means to get other things that they really want done.  It causes a split in their personalities and life becomes a discipline more than a pleasant experience.

We admire the survivors of adverse circumstances, but how much better might it be if we could all work for a happy goal and enjoy those around us as we do.  And many people do strive for just that and see it as a blessing.  But when many don’t, it becomes a problem of discontent and unrest, and then others seek out methods of “crowd control” to manage the froward people, some even to the point of possibly killing them off.

Conspiracy theories abound and some just love to stir them up.  But some are very real and it’s a symptom of lives out of sync with the will of God.  And things out of the will of God are going to have problems and as the Bible says, the wages, the rewards, of sin is death!  Some breathe, but are dead inside.  They are entertained but not satisfied.  We want to reach those people and give them the light of life!

Many are looking for leaders to “just handle things” or to “just fix things” but leaders alone can’t do it.  For the world today to change for the better, it is going to take large groups of people with a common and sincere heart.  It’s going to take a unity of purpose.  And then God will bless that if it is for His foreordained purposes.

When we realize the purposes of God are good, and that He is indeed a Master Mind who created it all, and that His intentions for us are for our fulfillments in Him, we gain a true and enduring hope when we understand the purposes and scope of why He sent His Son Jesus to die for us and take us into the redeemed life.

First of all, we need it to have life!  Secondly, it’s sure death without Him.  And thirdly it is important to understand that all this is based on choice if we want to contend  for things with it.  Some lives are ruined because they are herded like cattle and have little ability of resistance.  When we engage the power of God with the understanding of His good will, it’s a win-win situation with far reaching ramifications!

If we persist in our own ways, making willful intentions to serve our own lusts and desires that work against the goodness of life, we not only defeat ourselves but those around us.  God weighs the hearts and will give us the fruit of our ways.  Sometimes the smallest things can affect major circumstances!

The rewards or paychecks of sin are not always “later” – often the negative process starts and the results are not that far away.  We must understand that there are two world systems at work.  One is the Kingdom of God and the other is that of the fallen world.  So choosing, you can be a master of either one, but you have to decide which one your heart is lining up with, because it speaks of your destiny.  Death has many facets, most of which we do want to avoid!

Many people, without the knowledge of God, excel in the world system.  When we see those people, we sigh and often say, “Oh if only they would serve the Lord, how awesome that would be” because we believe they would use those same skills for Him.  But if you have been around a while, you will notice that the fame of one world does not transfer over that easily or that often into the other.

Often if you choose to “transfer” to the other side, either way, you are wrecked inside.  The whole thought process and system of checks and balances are different.  The building process for internal power and strength is different.  This is why there will be much deception in the future days because there will be a bait and switch and if you don’t know your God, you will fall for the “promo.”

About 20 years ago I had a friend in a city I used to live in from church and he was a kind of burly type man, sweet and gentle but also quite manly in appearance.  He seemed to know a lot about the Lord, and it turns out that he used to work with a major repentance ministry.

I found him interesting because he knew a lot of people and had some strong thoughts but he never could keep all of his thoughts together.  To “get” him you would have to be very patient and get the pieces and then try to put them together yourself.  Honestly, it became frustrating.

I took it to the Lord as I wanted to enjoy this man’s company, just as a friend, and then one day he confessed to me that he had sinned and committed homosexuality in his recent past.  I was not only shocked, but brokenhearted over it, because I could then see what happened.  He really was like a shattered mirror.  The pieces were there but they didn’t connect anymore and so he was fighting the distortion, as were those around him.  It broke my heart.

That shatteredness led to his mistrust of everything and everyone because it wasn’t like before and he couldn’t get his internal foundation right for building.  Now this is an extreme case but also typical of how sin works.  We all have little pieces that we put together as we grow into maturity and the enemy who hates the cause of God is just seeking how he might destroy that because of the power it has to be used against him.  So he wants to stop it and will work at it.  There is a war going on in the heavens!

With genuine repentance God can put his life back together but it will not be an overnight thing.  He will have to find the glue of Heaven and declare God over every broken piece to put that back together again.  And he probably will be a much stronger person for it, but it’s a painful thing to go through.  I’ve seen it in women, too, and with other types of sin.

Apostle Paul talks about growing up in the sincere faith because once we were babes, but we can gain maturity and strength.  Some people are sheltered, some start off in a good place and are able to maintain it.  It’s an awesome gift.  But there are millions called too, who have every right to partake but they have to struggle more to get there, but as Jesus says, “He who is forgiven much loves much.”

The whole goal is to find your ministry in Christ (the anointing).  There is power in the anointing to change the world and the things around you.  Those who were sheltered have to be on guard just as much as those who came up “street wise.”   They need the blessings of each other, because wisdom often comes through challenging experiences.

God often calls the “least likely” because He likes to get the glory for what He can do.  Are you considering sin?  Don’t do it!  Life is hard enough, and the enemy is targeting you anyway without you making it worse.  It can wreck your whole life that consists of time and it can also steal your eternal rewards.  Everyone likes cash, but righteousness is your spending money in Heaven and it works on earth, too, in prayers.

Have you failed already?  Know that the true Body of Christ and God Himself is on your side for you to win this thing.  Yes, things may take some time and hard efforts but everything you do for Him, will bring you benefits.  When you turn from sin, your example speaks loudly to others and Heaven also has a child has come Home and rejoices.  There are eternal consequences.  There is no peace like God’s peace.

God will get great glory on the earth – it has been promised!  When the holy spark starts the next  Revival Wave, you want to be in the right place at the right time.  You don’t want to spend all your time on the logistics of trying to get there.

Pray as Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is Heaven.”   It’s not about brownie points – that is the world.  Jesus says you are either for Him or against Him and that is how He is looking at it.  Be on the winning side.

 

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The Year of the Horses – by Pam Clark

The “Year” of the Horses
by Pam Clark

 

The word “year” there can really mean “a season,” but what a glorious season it will be!

The Lord gave me a message this morning that He is kindling the fire of the prophets. Prophets are strange creatures anyway because while they are like everyone else, they are also not like everyone else in that another force is active in their lives, an unseen force, and it is one they have to deal with and it gives them an extra “sense” as some call it.

Not all know what to do with this, but it has to be trained to come under the leading of the Spirit. Otherwise they are just “weird” people. What affects prophets is that God is wanting to deal with not just them but others and they have to learn the right way to go about it.

Some get very ego centric – wanting it to be all about them or to revolve all around them – but servants will be glad for the breaks they get that allows them to regroup and refresh so they can go at it and work once again with more clarity. There is a cycle, like a wave. These waves can come at different times as God develops His ministry people, but coming soon is a “common wave” where as a group, the prophets are stirred up together.

 

From this “wave” will be a voice/Voice that will send forth a strong message and people will have to deal with it. Those who want to resist God will resist Him still, but those who want to go forward in Him will work to hear this for themselves in a way that will benefit the common cause of Christianity which is knowing Him more. This revelation will activate the Spiritual gifts and people will go forward in those, and God will be pleased, and then later offer “course corrections” as needed.

The extra “sense” is an extra sensitivity, not always wanted, but once assimilated properly is seen as a gift. Just because someone can paint well or sculpt well or do some other skill well, makes them remarkable, but not different than other people. They are still human but have something that they can offer other people.

And it can be packaged in different ways and be a blessing to other people, but the true gifts point to Jesus Christ. For those who are hungry in heart, the truth will not be denied them, no matter what their circumstances are. For all, some must strive harder than others for certain things but other things will come easy. God is just and fair.

When the Spirit of God moves across the land (the people), there will be a response and a stirring. Some will want to make it “about them,” but those who are truly “in Him” will know their servant hearts. They will learn to be wise, yet gifted.
The “giftedness” is really the anointing. And there is an anointing to make all things work and function. But there are times that God will call an alert, or a focus, of something/s He wants to say.

In the Ark of the Covenant, there was wood overlaid with gold. This is symbolic of how the anointing works. There is a covering that makes it glorious. If you strip it of its glory, it is just wood.

We learn how to handle the things of God, and when we do, the fear of the Lord can come into the land or return to it. A prophet is an intercessor between God and man, sometimes pleading to the people for God, and sometimes pleading to God for the people! That is why it is said that not all intercessors are prophets, but all prophets are intercessors.

What I am going to say next will bother some people, but I know its truth. Some people are prophetic, but are not prophets. Those who are prophetic will like the prophetic, will have a sense for it and even understand a lot of it. They will love to serve it and bless it and they will be blessed by it. But an office called prophet has an assignment – and it’s not something they always wish they had as it is often challenging and difficult, but it has a purpose in the Kingdom. And they are just servants, not to be idolized or worshipped. So there is a challenge because of that.

Some people who are prophets are not necessarily in with the “in crowd.” They live a life of their own because of what is working on them, yet they will be given enough freedom in the spirit to still be human as who they are. We really can take this to all the gift ministries, but God will do the unusual at times through His prophets.

Mostly because He wants to get peoples’ attention. But they can’t start taking over for God. I harp on this because it’s so important to learn. Prophets are not God’s “side buddies.” They are His friends, but do not have a special ranking over other ministries or people. But “friends” is a pretty great place to be, and you can be one of His, no matter your calling.
You can go from servant to friend, but you must start humble, like a servant. That is a teachable spirit, and one who can deny self to please another. But when God sees a kindred spirit, He will lift them up. But then the process starts all over again in the new realm.

But back to what the Lord was showing me, He is kindling a fire, and when the prophets get stirred up together, a move of God is coming on! God showed me a vision of a baby prophet this morning. (It was a dream.) She was a young girl and she was discerning something that others didn’t see. When you are a kid like that, you think everyone sees the same things you do. She was kind of shy, but that is often the kind that God kindles a fire or a force in. Because when they do speak, it comes across as different or unusual and it will get people’s attention.

Sometimes they get rebuked. That’s no fun, it’s spiritual warfare. The “other side” does not like it. But they are learning in God. He has to teach us how to respond. I think many prophets go through that.

But the bells on the horses say “Holiness to the Lord!” You can discern that!

It’s sometimes easier to stay alone close to God, but you also have to get along with people. You have to be challenged for character development.

I don’t know everything on this, but I do know that office gifts hold function. They are like the priests in the Temple, they do service. Someone can be more active in Spiritual life and not hold an office but be closer in with the Lord. The offices can perform duties – like performing marriages or administering rites. It’s part of the government of Heaven, just like we have a government on earth. Not all government is operating well, but it’s still the government. It’s there for our good.

But some are impostors. God confirms His Word with signs and wonders following. But you have to know the Word. It is the Word that the Holy Spirit will bring to mind to show you about a matter.

I had a dream, but I do not hold that dream above the Word of God. People can have great dreams but we are not subject to dreams – that we have or that others have about us. They are helps, and tools, and God will give revelation through them but it all must balance with His Word. The Spirit will endorse His Word.

That is teaching mode I went into there, but I am hearing the thundering hoofbeats of horses! A mighty army is coming, it is the Army of the Lord! Peace, Shalom. When you are where you are supposed to be, you will be okay. If you resist, it will pass you by. If you rebel, you will be lost. If you are indifferent, you will be ignored.

But if you ride, you will go with the Lord! We had the year of the camels, I am prophesying the year of the horses! That means we run with the Lord. Remember what God say to Jeremiah?

Jeremiah 12:5 “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, Then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, In which you trusted, they wearied you, Then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?”
The horsemen (and women) are coming! It means strong prophetic declarations are coming. Group declarations. It will change things. The true word will be endorsed by the Lord.

Because of the apostasy, the backslidings, many may not understand what you say because they have not been taught. Always be patient because once they learn, they may want to ride with you! God is calling forth a people and a nation, and they will ride and  reign with Him!

 

 

The Challenge of Faith

THE CHALLENGE OF FAITH
by Pam Clark (pamclark@prophetic.net)

 
God has challenged me (again) with this verse: John 9: 2-5 And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

 
Now if you are going to take that as a passage, you realize there is a lot connected with this! Read the whole chapter. Jesus used this man as a set up to confront not only the Pharisees, but the man himself, challenging his faith one on one.

 
This lets me know that God has plans in our lives that are not just all about us but about Him claiming a witness, even of confrontation with others for the sake of the faith! It’s not even always pleasant!

 
Too often our society judges our “Christianity” by how “well” we are doing! And that may not be God’s agenda at all… God used this “man born blind” to do a big work! Even the song lyrics we sing in “Amazing Grace” saying “I once was blind, but now I see,” come from this event.

 
God wants us to see His Spirit, I believe, a lot more than I think we do. There is a grace that we fail to recognize sometimes, and that is for the seemingly “not perfect.” There is a greatness and there is a meekness that we really can’t divorce.

 
We need to have the humility of Job when he declared, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the Name of the Lord.” When we divorce the greatness and the meekness (or humility which is not humiliation) we can set ourselves up for a humiliation but in repentance, God can even redeem that.

 
The world is hooked on the greatness, even to the point of lying about things in a big way. That is really the spirit of Babylon “the great.” But that Babylon falls. They have great wealth and power and even adoration, but it all implodes. We need to know the things that make for the Kingdom of God that stands, that Kingdom that cannot be shaken.

 
God can be glorified in big ways through natural nature and through man. The honor is in the eye and heart of the beholder. We are all impressed with a first class act, and we should be. It is the glory of a thing done well. But God still uses the blind beggars to do His works!
John 9:35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”

 
God can (and will) challenge our faith! This was AFTER the miracle. Is God only interested in a parade? Possibly not (and I love pageantry!). But this man was also used to challenge his parents!

 
Verses 19-23: And they asked them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.” His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

 
We have all been intimidated, but Jesus is making a point here – what is the basis for your faith? The Pharisees and the man’s parents had trouble seeing the goodness and the witness of the Spirit. The innocent will just declare what they see. And I will say that learning God’s Spirit is also something we have to (and get to) learn! And it is a good thing to teach our children.

 
But there is a famine when so few understand it that there is little or no agreement. Today strife and contention is fed – a lot more than the Spirit of God is fed – and it is going to raise up a monster. But the fires of God will deal with it.

 
I would say prophetically to prepare to be intimidated because so much of our natural world system is involved in our daily lives and it is at emnity with God. But we are to be the salt (preservative) and light, and Jesus’ light – in us – is still in the world! Therefore we must do His works while we can – and His followers will.

 

 

 

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How God Operates

HOW GOD OPERATES
by Pam Clark  (pamclark@prophetic.net)

Now these are the words of Jesus in Mark 9:

38 John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone using your name to cast out demons, but we told him to stop because he wasn’t in our group.”
39 “Don’t stop him!” Jesus said. “No one who performs a miracle in my name will soon be able to speak evil of me.
40 Anyone who is not against us is for us.
41 If anyone gives you even a cup of water because you belong to the Messiah, I tell you the truth, that person will surely be rewarded.

Many in ministry have been catering to the “Me, Me, Me first!  Me Now!”  spirit.  And that is the way of babes, but true ministry takes you beyond that, because babies should just be babies for a short time!

Like some of you, I get weary of ministry that constantly berates you.  I don’t think that is the Spirit of Jesus or the Holy Spirit.  We know there are parents and leaders and ministers who will use terror or intimidation to rule others.  They are ruling by fear.  But if it is not necessary, it really is good not to be that way.  There is a difference between conviction and intimidation for the goal of humiliation.  God wants humility, not the destruction of humiliation.

But we also have to understand that when laws and lifestyles are laid down for the first time, many times there will be an impending or intimidating or sometimes even shocking manifestation.   God wants your attention!  Many leaders and advertisers have caught on to this and use it in their style – for good or not.

For many, God has our attention right now, and we need to hear what He is saying.  As humans we are not perfect as He is, but we should be trying – working at getting it the way He wants it, and we have to learn and live to figure that out!  (Sometimes I get concerned when I see only young people in groups and few older ones, who should have the wisdom from taking the hard knocks in life, especially with a Godly history.  I know the more mature helped me along, and  I am grateful.)

The “Me first” stage of life believes that everything is waiting to cater to them NOW.   They want the benefits now – and who doesn’t want good things?  We all do, whatever our flavor preferences are, but there is more to life than just “right now.”  However, if we fail to see the goodness of God in the land of the living – for us – then we will become jaded or bitter or frustrated, and many will turn away.  I say all that because I want us to understand the Spirit of the verses above. 

Ministers who just want high turn over with new faces all the time will continue to cater to the “me firsts” and their impulsive ways.  They can only be short lived if we do not get the meaning of life.  But there are enough Christians who really got born again who want to go on in life development in Him that are willing to learn the greater things of truth.  They will not disappoint if we learn them right!

If you go further in that chapter of the verses above, Jesus will give you the other side of the story.  But let’s hear the first side first!  He is saying that following Him has rewards and benefits.  This is not just a “good old boys” club, as far as He is concerned, and there are many of those in the world and even the church, sad to say.  But before you go accusing, let’s hear what Jesus really wants us to know.

He want to bless us!  He wants us to know that there is a reward for getting it right.  Now He had taught His disciples how to cast out demons and that was pretty impressive.  And because it was impressive, the boys now had a thing going on!  (We get that way, don’t we?) 

It did get attention and of course others wanted the benefit, because we all like good and powerful beneficial things, so they were working at it.  We can’t help it, we do like thrills, but we need to see the greater thing and that is THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

Jesus had to correct His disciples by saying that the other guys were getting the Spirit of this thing right – even if they didn’t have all the facts and knowledge yet.  Deliverance (and healing) is not for the sake of a show – it is a manifestation of the Kingdom.  Greater life is beyond that.

We all see Heaven as this wonderful place and we all want to go there – except not right now!  And the reason is because we think we might miss out on something good still here.  The Lord wants us to know there is a work going on here and Heaven will be gained, in greater and greater measures, and the Kingdom of Heaven (or Life) can be brought here to earth!  But there is a process and we have to learn it.

When God was working with the young Israelites, He did a lot of thundering and fire and even warned the people of impending death if they didn’t get this thing right.  Was He trying to intimidate them by fear?  No, He was letting them know that a good thing was going on and not to mess it up because it was a matter of life and death for all the world!

They didn’t quite get that, but it very much was what was going on.  God was taking chaos and setting it straight.  He was putting in order things that did not really prosper.  If you live in only the short term on some things, you will do the seeming expedient for the moment many times, but we need to see that there is a bigger picture going on and God knows that cute little babies grow up!  Even ugly little babies grow up! 

But what happens from there can be good, because He is the Messiah, Deliverer, Healer and Master and He wants our fellowship in quality relationship!  We were created for fellowship with the Divine, and we must come into His Order for that to manifest and prosper.

We need to understand in these above verses that Jesus is saying that if even a little bit in your heart you want what is good and right, He can work with that, and He will reward it!  Maybe your reward does not come this very instant, but God has you in mind and  that reward and blessing is in the works!

You really don’t want this life to be all there is, as good as it can be sometimes.  We want more!   We are always seeking for that eternal youth and life and happiness, but in Christ, it is there! 

We are shedding off the old as we take on the new.  The new grows inside and has benefits in this life and beyond.  And the new is good – if you want it!  And God will get the glory for it.   It’s a life time experience that goes into forever.  We will get new bodies and a new world.  But it starts in the now.

 

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