Are You About Your Father’s Business?

ARE YOU ABOUT YOUR FATHER’S BUSINESS?
by Pam Clark (pamclark@prophetic.net)

Are you aware of the ebbs and flows in the Spiritual battle? They are definitely there. There has been a recent wave of a negative flow and many in the ministry have picked up on their awareness of it and even written about it. When they happen, you know you have to ride it out to some degree.

We learn that we have to do what Moses did when the Egyptians were coming after Israel to put them again under bondage: “Stand still and see the salvation of God!” Now there are two ways of standing still, in the Lord or in a place of shock and fear. Which do you think is better?

The warfare is very real and it does affect the whole globe, but the reality is that Jesus is taking the planet for the Kingdom of God. We just have to learn how to fight, with His rules, in His Army. “I’m just a little sinner for Jesus” won’t get you there.

There is way too much compromise in the Body of Christ and some of that is the result of false teaching. Jesus warned us about last days trouble, but He never expected us to cave in. Some really will give their lives unto the death, and some will die in the Lord, but there is the promise of the resurrection. But being in the Lord is more than going to a voter booth to make a decision. It starts off that way, but much more is required.

Many become afraid of the battle and so they go into a place of denial, often entertaining themselves with the world. But the ways of the world are getting more and more unGodly and will carry an evil price tag attached to it. If you faith has no meaning, do you really think there are benefits to it? Do you think you will get a reward?

Just because you are sitting in a church somewhere does not mean that you are being active or even in the Kingdom of God. You have to have an interactive relationship with Jesus. That involves two personalities, yours and His! His sheep hear His Voice, He says as the Good Shepherd. That means there is conversation and leadership.

If your leaders take you the wrong way, you don’t have to go there. We have had these militaristic type teachings that have gone to extremes of “obeying those in charge of you.” God set up an order for His people but His intentions are good and you should be able to discern that from reading your Bible. God never condones sin. And He is not trying to set you up in a religious order that puts them in higher place of rule in your life in the place of Him.

The Body is really starting to get a revelation of this and it is to our benefit. But we have to learn the Spirit to follow the Spirit. It will teach you to honor those in authority. And it’s not that hard, there is just a warfare over its teaching. The enemy doesn’t want you to know but many have paid a price for you to learn.

America is a great nation that many people admire, including its own citizens. But if the foundations are destroyed, another rule comes in and America is not America anymore. When people give the credit to another place, they will be surprised if not angry that “it doesn’t work that way anymore” and so their anger will rule often over the order. The foundations have then changed.

We need to find God’s defense in our lives and there is a battle to get there, but once the prize is won, we have to maintain it and also teach it to others, because the kingdoms of this world will become and are becoming the Kingdom of the Lord and of His Christ! But if we see evil ruling and reigning, do we bail out or do we seek God’s ways?

Everyone loves comfort and even some luxuries, but that is not the goal of a great Christian life, but a byproduct. Some people preach Jesus like that is the goal, but the reality is that Jesus will teach us how to navigate. Some days are good and some days are difficult but do we have His navigation in our lives or do we succomb and become overtaken, or do we find the path to His victories? We all have rough days.

If luxuries are the goal, we will become corrupt. The focus will turn to the flesh and the flesh is never satisfied. There is a character development going on in all our challenges, but if we don’t have the right understanding, our “vision” can take us somewhere else where we might get disappointed, even severely.

Remember the parable that Jesus taught of the king who made a great feast for his son and people didn’t want to attend because they had other things to do? His servants went out to the highways and byways to invite the more humble people in so the house might be full for the celebration, but even then, some did not want to do it right and had on another garment instead of the wedding garment (honor) and were thus thrown out.

This was a parable for these last days. The world is becoming more and more globally integrated, and that will not decrease but increase. There is no way to put a stop button on it. You can personally hide from it and you may have an assignment to be out of it, but you will still be affected by it, there is no escape from it. These are the last days and you have to learn to navigate them!

There is “a bent” or direction that we all have inside that makes us the unique person we are. Some people want to be different just to be different, but what they really want is attention and that can be good or bad. But God put eternity in our hearts and in that is a way to fulfill His best will for our lives and the whole Body of Christ. He has put interests and talents and spiritual gifts and we have to learn to direct them for the Kingdom of God. But we can’t do that if we don’t even know what the Kingdom of God is!

We may need attention for a little while but we need to learn to get on track for our Kingdom work. Are we about our Father’s business? It is His good pleasure to give us the Kingdom, but it does not come without relationship with Him. And to have that we have to come to know Him and the power of His might, and it really is quite fascinating!

Our ideas are not necessarily His ideas, and even though the world revolves around Him instead of us, we really can find a quality fulfillment. Things become clean and full of growth and accomplishments. Joy is there and peace too. This isn’t a wish like on a Christmas card, but a reality!

We have to remember that Christ means Anointing and the anointing is the power of God imparted to change things for the better. Jesus made the way and we get to follow His way, which is why we call Him “The Way.” He is also the Truth and the Life, as in forever life!

The enemy is resisting life and so we must learn how to overcome that. This is the hard part because he uses fear and God tells us to be strong and courageous. And we can be when we know the Truth! Then when crazy things happen, we will know what to do – or know to stand still and truly see the salvation of God in our lives.

The enemy always wants to take advantage of our teachings with false teachers. He will even try to use our believer words against us like He did with Jesus (Mark 4). He will use “turn the other cheek” to bully us into what he wants. He will say we have to be nice and comply, but even if it is sin and God does not teach that! He will say that God will do all the work and we don’t have to do anything, but all that is lies! There is an interactive relationship that brings forth the Kingdom of God. To teach otherwise denies the Bible.

God is not a terrorist but He obviously expects us to learn how to deal with them. If a vicious dog comes to your house to harm you or your animals or belongings, you don’t put a bowl of food out and try to pet him. You will get hurt! Jesus said we have to bind the strongman first. In the spirit world, some spirits will not change, we need to understand that. But we can learn what will change and work to establish His Kingdom. It takes discernment and we learn that and teach it to others by being about our Father’s business.

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Be Properly Equipped

The Church is only as good as the people in it – even globally. So we need to be practical as well as Spiritual.  Many think God is going to do a “poof” transformation for good and while He will give us a taste of what we can walk into, He still expects our spirit man to mature in it.

God will give us wisdom, and advances because of agreement, but if we do not have – as a Body of individuals – a foundation that will hold through stress – we will not hold our position or keep on advancing significantly – until we do have that.

We can look for a leader, we can look for a meeting, we can look for a “Revival” even, and the good ones will be there, but God provided Jesus, not man to be your constant Source. Men will disappear and some men (or women) will fail in your eyes. But the Spirit of God does not change, so are you equipped???

We are the wax of a candle, Jesus is the wick, and the Father through the Holy Spirit lights the fire. Some of us will be burned up in our ascension to Him, used up to His Glory. But we will not be lost! Let’s ask, what is the fragrance of our wax? But remember that some light is better than none! It is the light that dispels the darkness.

Do you appreciate structure? Without it, without respect for it, there is no sustaining strength. God is building a GLOBAL group and He knows the “rubix cube formula” so to speak for all the needs to be met and for all the Glory to be seen. And there is sufficient available to all of us, if we learn how to access it.

If God allows a revival, but there is no equipping for the new or delivered, it will wane fast and just be talked about meetings of the past. ALL revival is borne of prayer. You may have a charismatic leader, but he or she did not get there except through prayer. The equipped cannot function without the fuel of prayers.

God answers the prayers of hearts, not the wishes of the mind. You can have a great building, a great speaker or three, or even more, great advertising, even a great media ministry, but if the anointing is not there, then you are just a good idea. I used to want someone else to pray for me – and we all need prayers – but if I don’t pray, then I don’t have the enabling encounters.

Some even pay others to pray but you know, the chances for mess ups are stronger I believe. The anointing comes through encounters with God. You have to experience His Presence and learn how to call on Him in the day of trouble with His Word. Head knowledge and human experience is not the same thing as Spiritual knowledge and personal encounters with His Presence.

All things DO work together for the good of those who are the called (Romans 8:28), but you can’t have one without the other – if you want to have a real move, that is. You can hold your own and maintain for a season, but if there is not Spiritual HUNGER, then there will not be Spiritual encounters. You will only get indoctrinations without them, and if they are false, they are targets for truth by The Truth!

If you don’t know the Bible definitions of quality life, you won’t build accurately. You won’t know what to defend or what to let go of. If you do not have vision beyond where you are and where your natural mind is, then there is no prophetic revelation with you. And we need to discern these visions!

God wants us to be natural AND Spiritual. People who miss that, are probably up to something! Just saying  “Be warmed and filled” and even trained are nothing without substance. God wants wholeness – spirit, soul and body! And He is good for it!  But if we don’t understand that or know how to apprehend it and if your gift is not contributing and working with other gifts, then we are ALL missing out.

We have to do our part and respect others. It’s a BIG creation that God wants us to be a part of. If the Church doesn’t think as big as the world does, they will continue to mock us.

A drunk man lost his wallet one night and was looking for it under a street lamp. A cop came up and asked him what was going on. He said he lost it down the street but he was looking under the street lamp because there was more light there. How much is the Body like that?

Sometimes we have to take care of the “little things” before we can take on the big! Wisdom is knowing how to apply your attention and your focus to make these advances. It is God’s good pleasure to give us His Kingdom, but we must apply ourselves through personal prayers and application.

Pam Clark
Wings on the Wind
www.pamclark.wordpress.com

The 9-9-11 Dream

I just had a dream that I think pertains to the “big picture” so to speak.  I don’t feel alarm from this dream, more that it was the Lord showing me what was going on.
 
I was in a familiar old small town I used to live in – the kind where everyone knows everyone almost – and there was this long time community cafe downtown where all the local business folk would go, just like in a typical town, with the big glass windows.  The downstairs was the cafe and there were 2 stories on top of that.
 
I was with someone whom I feel represented the Holy Spirit as a friend, and as I walked by this old cafe building with some business offices on one side of it, I saw that the building was getting ready for demolition.  There was was a hill behind it and I asked if they were going to remove that too and they said “yes, to make it a level playing field.”
 
I looked at the building and saw that it was very dark brown, and made of wood and stones mixed together with mortar, and it was wearing out (the wood was rotting) and getting old and needed to be replaced.  I also saw that the top story of the building had been cut all the way around and it was turned a little bit, like it was about to be removed.  (I felt in the interpretation the Lord saying He was starting at the top of man’s structure.)
 
There was this big crane with a wrecking ball and it was getting positioned to come whack the building but as it lowered the ball, it hit this black lady walking down the street.  My Holy Spirit friend and I rushed over to her but she was going to be okay and we got her into a wheelchair to take her home.  (I felt like she was part of the new thing, representing something different, since so many of us here are white with the “white” mindset.  It’s just our demographics.  When I lived in Houston, we were very mixed.)
 
I fussed at the people in the office for not being more careful and I feel like now that this is the Lord telling me that revival will not be without incidents.  We took the lady on to her home nearby on 17th Street, which was by a university and their offices, and in the lobby of her apartment building, people brought out clothes for me, my Holy Spirit friend, and to the black lady as gifts, and we were told it was because they loved her.  My understanding is that 17 stands for Victory.  I feel the nearby school implies needed institution instructions (foundational teaching).
 
I feel this dream is telling me that change is coming and the old man-made (social) structures will be taken down and a new structure is coming with a level playing field.  The new and different to many of us will seem to get injured but really will be okay.  God will clothe us and we will be okay, even if we are restless and unsure.  He is starting at the top but those who rest in the Lord will be a part of the new thing.  (Part of the clothing I received was a new red and white pajama gown, which could symbolize rest.)
 
I feel the Church Body is only as good as the people in it.  We need to hear the Lord for what the people really need, be it instruction, clothing, and activities, helps, etc.  We need to use caution and wisdom, and not give up when we miss it.
 
God is not disappointed but He will do what He has to do for our best good. 
 
I always want us to remember Israel because I feel that those who bless her will prosper in the Lord, Spiritually and in the physical realm.  I feel that if we bless her Land, our land will be blessed, and that we need to do practical things as the Lord leads us for that Land to prosper. 
 
I feel that as a Church if we don’t, we only delay our blessings.  That is why I believe that a tithe of our tithe should go to Her.  I think it will preserve us in the difficult and challenging times and that it speaks to God prophetically that we believe Him and His Word is true.  For God, I feel this is affection to Him.
 
The cafe in the dream is the church community and the “offices” (office gifts) are on the side of it (paraclete).  It’s the place of “the mindset” that affects the whole community.  Leaders have to see what is going on with the people and help them Spiritually and practically, because the Church is only as good as its people in it.

And even now as I ponder this, I wonder if this represents our national government, with the two branches as “covering over us” (the top two stories) and the “hill” behind.
 
I hope there is something in this that blesses and ministers.
 
In His Shalom Peace,Blessings and Love,
 
Pam

 
Right after this dream, a friend of mine (who happens to be a black lady) sent me this article which I have posted here:  http://www.prophetic.net/Isaiah911.pdf and then another friend sent me a link to a Sid Roth show that is also covering the same thing!

Show Me The Glory

The other day when I was contending for some things in my own life, I heard myself say, much like in the movie Jerry McGuire’s client did, “SHOW ME THE GLORY!”

 In the movie Jerry McGuire was an agent and his client was a struggling football player who was not going to take less than a lot.  Really, I thought I was going to say it like the movie does, “Show me the money!”, but instead what came out was, “Show me the Glory!”   I knew that was a “God message thing.”  Smile….

 God is going to deal with the hearts of His Beloved People on money this year.  We have seen a lot of excesses and we have seen a lot done wrong and some are just working to “make it work.”  But we need to learn it and do it God’s way.  He has a Plan and He is well able;  we just need to learn how He wants it done.

I have a word for all my good minister friends and for all those who love God enough to give towards His Work.  Don’t take up offerings to “pay expenses.”  It sounds like YOU are supporting God!  We have come into a place of presumption that we have not even realized needs to be corrected.

Instead, take up offerings to push back the kingdom of darkness and bring forth the Light.  Put yourself in agreement with HIM!  Not with men and their works.  When you sow your faith like that, you please God.   Get your excitement up in the real thing!  Then the expenses will be met.  Then EVERYONE will feel and share in the investment into the Kingdom of GOD!  Not only that, a divine power comes upon that giving that makes it holy and anointed and God will deal with those who touch it.

True ministers need to learn how to channel this Godly energy. (Selah!)  This means it will require a lot of prayer and humility.  You learn it from God and not from business school, although there are good helps in business school.  The two should join righteously.  But the ministry of the anointing is different.  This will bring forth the “Divine Push” that WE Christians really need.

 God is fine, and will be fine and has been fine. He is not in crisis.  We are the ones who need the Life connect.  Join to gain it!  This is a very serious concept.  Remember Uzzah who tried to “help” God?  He died.  But when we get in proper order and protocol, and everyone in their place of effectiveness and service (with grace and hopes for more!), we get it right and move forward into the Blessing.

When you give, give to what you WANT to SEE, what you KNOW and discern is real Kingdom.   Many have lost heart because of what they have not wanted to see, so they quit giving because it seemed so in vain!  The “promises” and the “giving and sowing” seemed so far apart and growing farther still!  The Church felt and seemed less and less potent, but those who know the God of the past just knew He had not changed.

Even I had to be corrected on this.  I just got sad and unhappy with a lot of things.  It seemed so de-personalized from me and I felt I was worshipping men and programs in the name of God.  It didn’t “feel” right!

But God is asking, “Will you join ME in seeing the Kingdom come?”   I mean, I had been praying “Thy Kingdom come.”  He asked me what kind of world/kingdom did I want to SEE.  And He said “Give to THAT.”

 I felt so strongly that many of the churches and movements were missing it in critical ways because of the world’s mocking and the feeling of indifference to so many real needs.  So many were falling away.  I had even prophesied that God was tearing down this old church order because it was just not working like it should.

But we ARE commanded to assemble ourselves together and for many it was becoming the “house to house” church again.  God is not opposed to “assembly”,  but He is opposed to wrong assembly.  He is opposed to fleecing the flock and double standards.  The leaven of the lust for so many things is pervasive and the lines have become unclear – in the Church.  We are due for this correction!

 When I just felt like I didn’t want to give and that I could decide best for myself, I really felt bad about it.  I thought I was a “bad person” for feeling like that and it was a struggle to submit to the teaching I knew.  But I just did not feel that I could trust the precious thing in my soul to others.  I know a lot of people feel that way and I know that it is more than just a bad economy that has people not giving.

If you give nothing, you stop the Kingdom of God.  You give the devil room to advance.  Think about WHY you give and WHAT you give to.  God honors FAITH.  Faith means you BELIEVE in Him.  I knew I could not lose that, but I was feeling like I “wanted” to.  I was mature enough to catch on to it.

God wants the heart-connect.  He doesn’t want our faith in other people or preachers or programs, He wants OUR faith in us IN Him!  Then that will manifest in true life expression.  THAT is what He wants.

 So if you believe in HIM, then give to HIM in the ways you believe in.  When you sow, you connect to it.  There needs to be a drive behind your finances and incomes.  Dueteronomy 8:18 says, “God gives US the power to create wealth to establish His Covenant.”   We need to get a clear understanding of that.  It’s not “Let’s make a deal with God!”  God is not dealing like that, even if we get a right principle here and there and seem affirmed.

 The power is in you to win with God.  Your  ~VISION~   MUST CONNECT with your giving!  The Covenant He has is WITH YOU!!!

 If you just haphazardly throw money in certain directions, it is going to come haphazardly back to you and it may be intercepted.  If the devil has his way, then it will be.  There is going to be warfare, but that’s okay.

You just have to press through until you make it a stronghold.  It so can happen!  Then when we get our personal stronghold and then get collective with that, we have a power source and a power force to overcome the kingdom of darkness.  Every connected part is significant.

Get the right SPIRIT.  God is the Father of our spirits.  He is not training our personna’s first, He is training our spirits and He will correct us!  We walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh.  He says we are to love Him: heart, mind, soul and strength.  There is a lot to that but notice that the heart comes first and that this is the first Commandment.

When we say something do we really mean it?  Jesus said we will not be heard by Him with our rote words.  He is looking into our hearts.  I love what I heard musician Misty Edwards share recently about the “the sacred space” that we all have.  It is a place that God has designed for Him alone.  No one else can share it.  He made it that way.  And it’s inside every single person, not just a few.  Just close your eyes and you can see what might be cluttering it but you know the space is without question His.  He can make this known!  It’s the place of our prayers and it’s the place where He will even talk back to us, if we prepare the place for that.

Now take that “sacred space” and connect with God.  Join Him.  Don’t support Him, He does not need supporting.  JOIN Him in the work HE is doing and support that.  GIVE to push back the forces of darkness and to advance the Kingdom of Light.  It causes you to find your place in Him and when you do, you will find joy in that, and the joy is also your strength (Selah!).

You are to grow and mature in Him, so you are not stuck in one place.  You just are where you are at the moment and what you do can make that change for the better and greater!  So give with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and then He will SHOW YOU THE GLORY!

Praise the Lord.

Exodus 33:

17  So the LORD said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.”
18  And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.”
19  Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”

Knowing “Our Times”

If you are not hurting financially for money, well, God bless you, but many people are.  Some people truly have financial wisdom and I thank God they do.  But many in the Body are feeling lack and compared to times prior, I can relate to that too.

Many preachers talk about the wrath of God and getting right with God and there are very few that are not preaching “Give” with all their hearts and souls, it seems.  Sometimes you just need a break from it!

But then you go to the world and everywhere you go there is a “Sale!”  and a “Deal”.  Some expenses for things that you must have are going up, and there are news reports “predicting” prices going up, too.  Many are getting evicted from their homes, and people who should have handled our money in the financial institutions, well, they have not.

Prophetically, like many others, I have gone to God over this.  Not just once, but  a number of times.  There are pressures not just on me but on many in the Body.  Now it’s one thing to miss our ice cream after a meal and other little perks like a new car every 2-7 years that we are probably used to, but some of it seems to be hitting closer to home in our lifestyles than that.

The other night watching GodTV, I heard Mike Jacobs interview a man who understood a lot of things about where our society is, especially as it relates to the global market, and I was impressed to hear LOGICAL REASONS for some of this.  One is the fact that the spending years of the baby boom generation has passed.

On a graph, the line went up, then suddenly dropped down because the numbers of people in that age range of those buying homes and other things that relate to that time in their life, sharply declined.  Today, those who are in the age range to buy homes are called the Baby Bust generation, and their demographics are in much smaller numbers.  This is expected to last until 2012-2015.

Then, the Baby Boomer grandchildren will see the bar on the graph go up again for spending, because, as he said, when the population is on an increase, more prosperity is seen.  He also mentioned it will not be as great as the Baby Boomer generation saw it because 54 million children were aborted and so the numbers are down.  Try to avoid the spirit of condemnation on that reality, but understand it.  God is on the side of life.

He went on further to say that the economy surge we saw from the Baby Boomers is like a balloon that inflated and then suddenly burst.  It is not something you can blow up again, the dynamics are just not there for it.  So people who before could count on resources in certain areas to come rolling in, can no longer do that because the dynamics for business with a generation that is retiring and not spending is not as strong now because of the numbers.

Now that is not to mention the people who have not done things right and added corruption into the mix, causing pain and theft for others.  Certainly that is felt more now, too.  As a Body, corruption has always been something that we have had to fight and stand against.  In this fallen world still, not everyone does it right!

But discovering this information, and I am no financial genius by a long shot, really came as a word from God to me.  Ministries who have been used to the extra income are also not finding it, and so the logical response when it gets cut off too, is to scream loud, put pressures on because their bills are behind, and some will even condemn the Body in places when it is not their fault!  I feel led to write about this!

Of course we as Christians want to belike those who lived as the Jews did in the land of Goshen, the ones dramatically different and full of prosperity.  And some businesses will do better in certain “times” than in other “times.”   Hospitals and graveyards do more business when there is a plague, or are there for in those retirement ages.

At least the good news from these actuary tables is that there will be a logical rebound in 2012 -2015, not taking into consideration any other social and spiritual factors.  Some want to define those factors sometimes in ways that are not true reality.  But I think if we take this information for what it is, it can be a key in how we plan the future days.

There is something about prosperity and luxuries that is so comfortable.  It seems so easy to move into, and so hard to come out of.  I think one reason for that is that we were created to prosper.  But we must learn the ways to do it correctly or we get hurt by what is not right. 

But we also must be practical and understand that the “times” are what they are right now.  If you were counting on a great increase because of “the numbers” from the past, it just may not be there logically speaking.  If you go preach in a poor country, you are probably not going to get wealthy from the offerings, unless God does a miracle for those people financially and the people congenially understand the concept of giving and receiving in the correct Spiritual context.

We Baby Boomers can thank God for the blessed and prosperous times that we have had.  Every mark is a part of the look of the sculpture God is designing.  He has not left, and it’s not that He doesn’t care, these are just the factors of our society and world.  There will be exceptions with different ones, but if you are coal mining and the coal on the land runs out, you are going to have to look for other resources or new land with more coal in it.

There is something to be said for the Spiritual aspects of this too.  Under the prophet Samuel and King Saul, Israel was struggling for Godly leadership.  Then King David came on the scene and his life and ministry was about taking out the giants and wicked rulers that surrounded and persecuted them.  He turned the hearts of the people to worship and the nation began to prosper in many ways.

By the time his son King Solomon took the throne of Israel, there was a lot more prosperity, safety and population.  What many would call expensive in other times, like gold and silver and special spices, was more commonplace.  But after King Solomon’s days, corruption came in again and prosperity left and the people were scattered.  I think our generation can understand this concept of the times better than most.

The good news is that God still has a people.  And those who know their God will be blessed!  They may go through trials but they have promises, potential and grace and favor.  God always has a remnant.  Sometimes they have to find each other to work together, sometimes they have to fight devils together to get things accomplished.  And the enemies of the Lord are just still here, but we have an overcoming God with rewards to give for doing it His way.

Prophetically I know God is going to do gatherings and outpourings.  I know He is especially going to do that in Israel.  But He will do it according to His precepts and prophesied plans.  I don’t want the Body to be discouraged or feel condemned when some of this is not their fault.

Let’s also not be duped by false realities given.  We are in an economic downturn for a short season.  Let’s be practical and not burdensome to others.  We have as many Christians as we have evangelized and raised up properly.  How well have we done on that?

We have to get it right, the wrong will not be blessed by Him.  BUT, the promises are great, and the plans are glorious!  Let’s be practical while we are seeking and doing His will.  The power of His Love is upon it.

Don’t Fall For Idiot Prophets

Idiot prophets are either false prophets or they missed it, big time. And it’s not that we can’t each make mistakes, if we are honest, we know we can. But the difference is in what we do with our mistakes. Do we apply the Romans 8:28 principle and let God turn those mistakes for good, or do we deny their existence and declare what is wrong to be right? I guess it depends on who is on the throne of your life!

Prophets are called to confront sin. It’s really not the favorite part of their job description for the obvious reasons, but it’s something they must learn how to get good at, no matter what the outcome. And we all should have a little bit of the prophetic in us, even if it is just in raising our kids to know right from wrong!

There is no easy way for them to learn everything they need to know, but it is something they can prepare for. As God told Jeremiah, if you can’t run with the footman (the children), what are you going to do when the horsemen (or experts) come?

Oh yes, it’s hard, and there is pain, but we must toughen up! We have to know how God is judging us. When we get skilled at it, people will fear you. Some people live for that fear in others, but that is another example of the idiot prophet. It is what makes real prophets lonely people.

People might think I am harsh to call people idiot prophets, but my point is the truth that tough skin must identify with the obvious. Tough skin can travel. People respect the wise who are on to them. And many prophets have been given the gift of discerning motives which is not always a fun gift to have.

It’s great when you are doing deliverance and people can get set free, but when you encounter evil, you have to learn how to call on God because He does things a certain way. And some things He lets play out before He judges harshly. I like it better when He nips it in the bud (Isaiah 18:5). Correction is often better than punishment if you get what I mean there.

God is not into condemning people but He does condemn sin. And some don’t want to accept that, especially in this day and time we live in. Believe me, prophets are active, seeking His Face, because so much in this nation is not right. But we are not dealing with just the rebellious but also the totally ignorant. There is a difference. And there is also the “Big Picture” plan of God which means some things are just going to happen.

When you see God being misrepresented, especially when it seems to be for evil purposes, you know some have taken on God for a battle and He will answer back – in His timing! You just don’t want to be in the wrong place when He comes swinging, even while doing intercession, because you don’t want in on the wallop!

Some need training and some have wrong training and clean up is hard work. And anybody knows that no one human has all the answers. But some try to come across that way and when you test them, it bothers you when they come up lacking for all their proud words.

God really does speak. And when He speaks, yes, there is the still small Voice, but that Voice can also be pretty loud. You know when there is a dry place, that eventually water will come to fill that place. It’s just the nature of God to take dominion. But some flash floods work destruction too.

We have all missed it and come short of the GLORY of God and to see it, we must be humble in His Presence. Like the V-8 commercial on television, “Bonk! I should have seen and done that!” Because what we see and experience IS so amazing in God, our current circumstances pale in comparison!

Prophets can seem like a set apart breed, but they are very human. And when the human side is seen and respected, it is very appreciated. But there is also a heavenly burden on the prophet that cannot be denied. Many are into drama more than they are into sales. And Scripture says, “He who wins souls is wise.” Let’s win them.

It’s not really an option for those who are in the Kingdom of God. You are either on His side or you are not! Our lives should reflect our faith. We should see some activating good in everyone who calls themself a Christian. There are too many impostors!

The ones who are into drama aren’t really into people having freedom as much as they are wanting a following who will follow them for their collective power. Ministers who lead people into self discovery with God, are the ones who are truly powerful. They can multiply exponentially. They become enemies for those who want to control other people and gain their power the wrong way. And to control other people, they will usually use the tactics of fear (fearing the future) or shame (manipulating others by guilt) or false promise.

We all want the wonderful promises but if people are not taught well how to walk with God, the promise becomes hope deferred which makes the heart bitter and angry. Patience is a virtue and a fruit, but there is a false side of it too that has a negative result. The best thing to know about patience is that God is patient with us! More than we could ever dream, but passiveness is not the same thing as patience!

Jesus took our shame but people have to learn how to process that. And we have to know and believe the Word and be around positive believers to overcome fear. But they can’t do all the work for you, because we all carry our own load in working out our salvation. We can’t have idols or be idols for others.

It is very tempting to idolize prophets. Especially those who are gifted at forecasting. Selfish people want words for themselves and that selfishness can be a strong drive. But our true Christian power comes when we can break the selfishness in our own souls and take on His burden for life and others and create positive life (no sin but clean) zones while winning those souls. It is really the essence of the Christian life. It’s the fruit of self control in the Spirit.

Obviously today many want in on that blessing of power without paying or praying the price. And this is why prophets are important. They are human and can seem bizarre at times but you have to learn how to read them in the Christian context. True prophets want you to encounter your world with faith. Then life doesn’t just happen to you but you happen to life in cooperation with God!

One reason prophets are hidden at times is because they are battling life out on their own turf. Their words have to prove true! We all know there are a lot of cheap talk prophets out there. And it’s about much more than finding gimmick ways to produce funds.

The Bible says in I Chronicles 20:20: “… Believe in His prophets and you will prosper.” There is a burden on the prophet and every other true minister that the people prosper – spirit, soul and body. Sometimes that does mean that we take on abuse, sometimes it means we take on principles we either forgot or didn’t know, or needed to be corrected in a way where we didn’t realize we were going off track.

Being a prophet can sound exciting but they don’t get to choose the path. The path is laid before them, even if they are pioneers and are clearing the trails for others to discover. There are forces that oppose the Christian life until we come to the completion or literal fulfillment of it. Hindering prophets out of jealousy or even experimentation can be counter-productive. Some experimentation will happen in discovery but those who persist in “playing” with it will go into the area of sin.

Some call themselves “judgment prophets” and in its worst context, they declare false or skewed judgments outside of the Love and declared Word of God. We aren’t in Old Testament times, but New Testament or New Covenant times, our Covenant in the Body now being with and through Jesus. The job description of prophet and the other five fold is listed in Ephesians 4: 11-16. It is a work of ministry, not just declaration.

It does not mean that prophets don’t discern and learn and hear of things to come anymore, there is just an accountablity that MUST accompany it! They should be able to work with the other five fold and vice versa, but not in idolotry or dishonesty. The prophetic gift causes a balance for the other ministry. They don’t work apart!

Many are fascinated with the foretelling more than the forth telling. Sometimes people want the power of knowing the future but they really and truly don’t want that without balance. And if they fake it, there is a price they will pay, as the lie will be exposed. God doesn’t just play around. When non-pastors try to pastor, it’s a dangerous place for them.

But if you will hear the prophetic voice in all its different forms that it can manifest in, and if you see and discern that they want these words and messages for your good, you will also discern what the angels were saying when Jesus was born, that God sent Jesus for His peace on earth and His good will toward men, not their destruction.

When you realize that you can gain what the prophets who go ahead have learned, and minister reciprocally with your gifts – however that way works in your obedience to God – then you will realize that attaining where the prophet is now ENABLES them to go ahead even further for you! And today there is a company of prophets, not just one or two.

Many times prophets do suffer pain in their journey, but when the Body ministers to them – like I said, not to idolize them or condemn them – but to allow them to move forward in God for themselves – and there will be those quiet seasons for them too, just like when you or your pastor needs a vacation – then we all progress. We need the fruit of the Holy Spirit’s patience as well as our own diligence to work on our world that affects our daily Christian life with all the big picture in mind of God’s Plan.

We need to realize winning souls is winning the “whole” person, meaning not just fire insurance but a full life. When we put God first, then working out our salvation (our wholeness) will find God’s help and blessing on it! And that’s a good life!

The Faltering Prosperity of the Church

Prophetically speaking, I really believe that one of the reasons for the economic downturn is that people are not giving in the right places. When God’s people sow into dead works, God’s economy for them stumbles and falters. When people give with faith into the activities of God, they become co-laborers with Him and feel His joy and excitement and receive His blessing. He has not changed.

More and more strong appeals are going out for finances today, even from those you believed were pretty solid. When the Church leadership fails to feel the pain of the people, they breed zombies and not ambassadors. Zombies are followers with little opinions. They can pretty much be told what to do and they give the right response that their leader wants to hear, which makes the leader feel affirmed. But it’s not effective in the Kingdom of God.

Jesus said that a hireling runs when his flock is in trouble. A true shepherd gives his life for his sheep. When people are hurting and the preacher preaches down to them, they feel a sense of failure. If they have sacrificially given, and now encounter problems, then their self-worth becomes acquainted with their dollars and not their lives.

Not finding Christ there, they turn away. And of course this begins a downward spiral. Church leaders are intercessors for the people – if they are true. They speak to their potential in Christ. If the leader goes looking for the next financial investor, the spirit of Babylon has crept in and made a stronghold. But Babylon is destined for failure, and that leaven can destroy the whole lump or group.

The funds will fail and then everyone looks to see if the leader takes and follows his or her own advice! If they are hirelings, they will just jump from one ship to another. If they are mistaken, then they will repent and turn back to God.

This really is a very serious issue as finances are a means for exchange. How that is done makes a big difference. Satan was thrown out of heaven for merchadizing. So often in the corporate world you find people asking for your spiritual power. They want you to BELIEVE in their cause because they realize there is a power there. Problem is that if it is not God’s cause then it is defiled.

The law and ways of the Lord are clean. God doesn’t just ask for your soul, He asks for your heart. But the way He treats your heart is with freedom. He is not trying to “run your program” but is trying to get you to respond with a heartfelt response. Cold or hot is better than lukewarm to Him.

He wants the interchange of true personality. He is not bypassing your brain. It is just going through your heart. He wants that because there is joy and productivity in finding what works for both. God is very creative. When our spouses or children do things that may not be extravagant to the world but it speaks to your heart, you are touched and they are endeared to you. They have not sold their soul but multiplied it by giving it away in Love. Love is a safe place.

There are rules to the Universe that give it its order but in the middle of all that is a lot of space for creativity and interactivity. Without borders, nothing can be understood, but with borders, different aspects can be noted and highlighted and enjoyed. Then the substance is not feared but respected. So it should be in our relationships.

When we give because we care, there is passion and power that goes with it. It is an expression of the soul that produces more, not like an extraction from the soul that ultimately produces a death type experience. Mindless heartless giving is a dead work in God’s eyes.

Businesses offer services or goods. In exchange for their efforts they get reciprocal payments. When businesses or governments ask for more than that, they are offering a religion. They have set up a pastor/leader who gives you advice for living and a plan but they are the source and not God. It becomes a cult or movement where the rules become well defined. And the more people get into it, because of the diversity, the more rules that are needed to make it become its order. It’s a trap.

Only God can give true Spiritual benefits. When the Church sees church as a business, they have already failed. It has then become limited. There are good business ideas and strategies but if prayer does not lead through the heart, the system is infected. They have started working out of the intellect more than the spirit of the heart.

The Kingdom of God is within you. It is truly real and it truly offers you something in return that is much greater. It is not a commodity. When your soul is rich it manifests in other areas as well. God will supply the needs you have to do His Kingdom work. It’s His good pleasure!

When we feel financially deprived, the problem is usually because our soul has taken a wrong turn. When you are in your soul’s destiny, rich or poor, you are satisfied. Sometimes money is a distraction – the lack or the abundance of it. It’s a clue that we need to re-assess the values we have for life.

We can be influenced by others and sometimes we make bad decisions or wrong choices. The good thing with our faith is that we have a God who can overcome our problems. When we receive declarations that say we are limited in our opportunities, we have started to live the Lie. Our God is unlimited!

When the spirit of religion creeps into a church, it can appear to do God a favor but as He says, it’s whitewash. White wash is colored water, it is cheap paint because it does not really cover well and washes off in a short amount of time. Slicksters know that and prepare for the next story. But enlightened people through the truth of the Word of God begin to see through and seek for better. And it’s out there! We just have to seek until we find it. Genuine seeking efforts are not in vain. That faith speaks!

The bottom line is to know that your soul can be satisfied. There is an order of events that is going to take place but when we focus only on the tribulation and not on the life, we get a warped view of what God is all about. When we channel flip, we find murder stories on station and go to the Christian station only to see more death and dirth predicted or lamented. It gets depressing! We need the overcoming Gospel. It sets us apart.

Those who know their God will do exploits! And exploits are not about how much sorrow can you hold, but how much life can you find. Godly Christians will find life in what seems the most unlikely of places to the carnal mind. But we have something more – we have the Holy Spirit who overcomes even death and proved it by raising Jesus from the dead.

He IS the Resurrection and the Life that affects all life! When churches miss that focus, then the Church gets fearful, despondent, despairing, grumpy and angry. They will turn away to something else that gives them more life or sedation, but without the Savior, even that will ultimately fail them.

Our only hope is in Jesus the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One. The Anointing is the power from Heaven that is a life force. It joins and anoints a living Heaven to a fallen dead Earth and overcomes it with its Life. It destroys the works of the devil. Hallelujah!

The ministers weep between the porch and the altar. The porch is where people come to find help and leadership. The altar is where the sacrifice of the soul is made to God. The priests or ministers are those who intercede and who know how to approach God with understanding and wisdom and the right protocol for entreating. It’s about honor and respect and knowledge of the Holy. He really is a Personality!

The devastation of the Body and the Church in a time of crisis can be overcome by getting back to the basics. Most children have their basic needs provided while they learn how to navigate. But why do parents want children? They have to invest a lot in them for quite a while before they ever get any kind of quality return. Parents want children to reflect and solidify who they are, to know the joy of seeing their life replicated and enhanced, and for the loving relationship of genuine affection.

In God’s mind and ours, it truly is and should be a beautiful thought. We are created in God’s image which means there is more than just the natural but the Spiritual revelation too. Love can beget more love and multiply through the humility of being naked and transparent. Family is family because we know them through the junk!

God loves us. He wants to love us. We just need to make ourselves loveable in return to get and mulitiply the blessings. Have faith in God! He does it right and He blesses abundantly – inside and out! When the joy of the Body returns in faith, so does the prosperity. Be careful of your end time philosphy. It can affect your business.