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

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The Speckled Bird

 
[Thoughts in meditation – The message is in the Spirit.]
 
This verse is on my mind this morning:
 
Jeremiah 12:
9 Mine heritage is unto me as a speckled bird, the birds round about are against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to devour.
10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under… foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
11 They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth it to heart.
12 The spoilers are come upon all high places through the wilderness: for the sword of the LORD shall devour from the one end of the land even to the other end of the land: no flesh shall have peace.
 
The speckled bird…  
 
The nit pickers – who look for things to find wrong.  
 
Instead of building up, they tear down.  
 
People often go along with the crowd more than the Lord.
 
They get bothered or disturbed, so instead of going to the Lord about it, they attack.
 
They aren’t concerned about others, even if they act like it.
 
Nit pickers.  
 
They have an appearance, but deny the power.
 
They say what they think you want to hear and what sounds “good” to them, but they are insincere.
 
Selah. Sigh.
 
Earlier verses in this same passage:
 
5 If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?
6 For even thy brethren, and the house of thy father, even they have dealt treacherously with thee; yea, they have called a multitude after thee: believe them not, though they speak fair words unto thee.
7 I have forsaken mine house, I have left mine heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.
8 Mine heritage is unto me as a lion in the forest; it crieth out against me: therefore have I hated it.
 
Toughen up, believers!  
 
Strong words.  
 
People can cry for mercy over and over but if they never change… God can make a judgment.
 
Psalm 55:
18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.
19 God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.
 
And you know the definition of the word insanity – Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. 
 
 Does God have an opinion?  I think so!
 
Maybe more like a will!
 
“Come, let us reason together,”  He says!  
 
He can win your thoughts.
 
We never like to get out of our comfort zones.
 
But we need to get more uncomfortable there when it becomes a rut!
 
If you are not challenged by HIS Spirit, then you are not in His will! 
 
The flesh will resist, but the Spirit within will give Life.
 
 Know the evidence?  Know the fruit?

The Next Level

After the holidays are now basically over, I am on “re-group.”   I don’t think I have ever prayed for so many meetings so hard in my life!  But it’s a good thing and it was an assignment.  The Lord had asked, “Do you really care?” and I felt I had to prove I did!   I have assignments as an intercessor.

The Lord always wants to know if we really care.  If we love Him, we deny our flesh and keep His Commandments.  That is a full time job in this day and age as we are out in the world, making a difference, because we should be.  But sometimes we can get so caught up in the work, that we miss the Holy Spirit and what He is saying and doing and even ministering to us.

It is possible to get weary from well doing, and there are challenges and obstacles along the way.  But after a thrust of faith has been given and we know that our soul has extended itself in energies for God, we do need the balance of rest, but also of assessing the new place we are in because hopefully we have taken ground from the enemy! 

Not only that, sometimes there is what we call “backlash” from the resistance of having taken that territory.  We really are in a strategy mode for the Kingdom of God, and some of you who like games a lot really should start applying some of those strategies to the spiritual world, as you are instructed by the Lord.

Of course that first of all means you have to HEAR the Lord, and you have to get your own house in order (count the cost, as Jesus said) to move forward in God.  (You can miss a lot if you don’t make yourself willing in the day of battle.) 

In our early Christian days we are a lot on the “receive” end and we should be, but when that ministry is done, there should be new energies arising in you that have to be channelled for producing good Kingdom works – things like witnessing to people, helping people, praying for people, joining with people to accomplish varied good and necessary things!  The Bible says we were predestined for those good works!

That being said, we then need to learn how to mature in it.  And it’s not all drudgery works!  The more effective we get, the more we will see victories and some defeats.  But the biggest thing to remember as born again Christians is that those defeats are TEMPORARY!!!

As you get wiser and more sensitive, you will realize there is a channel or current of God flowing through you.  It’s your job to keep the stream open when trials and tribulations and circumstances block it up.  But besides tending your own soul, which you really must if you value it, you are going to get new assignments and understandings from God that you will need to apply to your life and then to others as is properly applicable.  We need the different ministry gifts to help us in this.

You must realize that the enemy wants to take you out.  Jesus told us that he (the enemy) comes to kill, steal and destroy, but that He came to bring life, and to overcome and even destroy the works of the enemy.  Personally I wish there never was a devil in the first place but there is a counter force to the goodness of God.  I could spend a long time crying about that, but God knows that counterforce reveals Him better.  If we LEARN how to cooperate with God and if we learn the strategies of Spiritual warfare, we can find that our “wounds” and “hits” become much more managable and even instructional.

We need to learn HOW to cooperate with the Living Spirit of God.  He says, “My sheep hear My Voice, and another’s they will not follow.”  So that means we do need to learn to discern.  But after learning to discern His Voice, we then need to learn how to OBEY His Voice!  – because sometimes that is easier said than done and we need His Spiritual resources to do it.

Many young Christians will try to accomplish Spiritual goals with worldly systems.  Now many of the successful sytems in the world have used Godly principles and succeeded.  And we really should have churches full of accomplishing business people.  Even Proverbs 31 will tell you that women are in the marketplace, supporting the causes of God and their family.  They are not leaders alone but they are active and wise and contributing.

God’s Kingdom is built without compromises.  Sometimes that is hard for us to see.  Sometimes we don’t even want to see it.  But it’s still the truth and try as we will to do things another way, we are only going this far and no further till we get it right.  It’s so great once we catch on to that to learn that He has supernatural ways to lead and guide us and show us these great things.  But we must become disciplined in the right ways of God.

What we learn as we move forward is that we don’t understand everything going on, but we do develop more faith and trust in His Voice.  The Lord is developing our spirits and not only our minds.  A right countenance goes a long way, along with right thoughts.  And when you are in a war, that can be an art you will find important to learn!

So what am I saying here.  Once you get on the right foundations, you can make great progress in your spiritual life.  But after you make an advancement, you need to take the time to process where you are.  Once you arrive in “new territory” you will also find that there are new opportunities but you can get distracted by those if you are not assessing what just happened.  The great news is that God is working with you on all this.  I am just saying, Don’t miss that!

The enemy is also looking to take his ground back if he can.  If we don’t assess our situations, we may miss a counter-move that we should have seen or discerned.  If  the Word is leading you, you have a lot of clues that you already need.  A lot of Christians have come to realize that “a lot of warfare” can mean that there is something really good that we are contending for in our assignment. 

God will speak to us and when He does, He is not looking for our counsel.  He does not mind a submissive spirit talking to Him, but sometimes He just wants us to obey.  When we learn how to do that, it’s great to see later what He was doing and we really do develop a lot of trust in Him that way!

Once we arrive in our “next level”, we need to learn it and discern it until He says otherwise.  He is looking for our hearts to connect with His Heart for the next big move, which could be sooner, or later.  He has a big picture in mind!  Remember when He assigned terroritories to the children of Israel, it was not just “four days later” and they had it all done.  No, they had to “take the land” and then build the land.  Even still, they are working on that!

When one territory had a problem, then the others were supposed to help.  It was Family!  We need to learn how to do the order of Family from a Kingdom perspective.  If children, rather than wise men, rule a family, then when trouble comes, we are not prepared. There is a big world going on outside the four walls of our houses.   Even if we work to get off the grid for our electric, and dig wells for our water supply, we are still dependent on each other and God has made it to be so that way.

But when we get in the order of Kingdom dynamics, we find that we are much more on the effective offensive and not the defensive.  And where we go can become a Garden of Eden for those areas!  If we develop our Spiritual tools and gifts, we have resources!  And if we develop our worship, we have inspiration and hope – which are very necessary.

So take your advancements in the proper ways, but then be sure to rest, assess, and discern.  Jesus said “I do the works I see My Father do.”  Keep the connection of God’s Love for you flowing in your channel.  Don’t take things for granted but be humble and teachable, because God has many more great things that we will not only want, but need.

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.”

A Prophetic Word for America – 12/7/10

 This morning I had such a burden for America.  Of course it is the same burden I have been carrying but it seemed to intensify.

As I began to try to share it, people said, “Oh yes, we have heard that, we are in a shaking and a shaking is coming,” and even I have prophetically said that, but this had a different feel to it.  We have been praying back judgment and asking for mercy instead for a long time.  And God has honored those prayers.

But today I felt that a more sure word was coming forth, and to be honest, much of this I did not want to hear so I was resisting it.  But I felt the Lord was saying that there are many in a presumptive grace that He was going to deal with.  Many would even be dying.  Not a few, but many.

Even as I was sharing some of this that I was sensing earlier, someone wrote me and asked me what specifically was God showing me.  I replied that the burden I was carrying was for the hearts of the leaders because they are the ones that weep between the porch and the altar (Joel 2).  They are the ones that God goes through to execute His justice and His judgments.

Many today are not in a place to intercede before God.  In a time of crisis, they would have to work on themselves quite a bit before they could go before God for the people.  They would have to come in the right protocols before Him (with humility and contriteness being a major part of that), they would have to bring the right offering before Him and then when that was right, He would hear their prayers.

We don’t just lollygag and sashay ourselves into His Temple, saying “Pop, I need you to do this for me.”  That is presumption!  There is a such a thing as favor with God but there is also the respectful fear of the Lord!  He is a mighty King and He can act like it and will, just to remind us.  We really do not want to be on His wrath side.  It is a fearful thing to fall iinto the hands of the Living God.  We can have a friendship that is not a presumption.

Some people’s tribulations are because it is sometimes not as much what they did wrong as what other people have done wrong, and they have fallen victim to that.  There is an order of God that is not just a 1,2,3 list,  but is a multi-dimensional order of life that has vibrant effects.

When you let children play with knives or guns, tragic things may take place.  A child without training and a learner’s permit can be a disaster behind the wheel of a car, not only to himself but to innocent others also.   When we are frivolous in the Courts of God with His Words and with His imparted Spirit to us, we can get on dangerous ground.  When there is no fear of the Lord, only judgments can follow.

Do you realize that angels are messengers of His Word and ministry and when those things are  abused, those angels have a right to report to God?  I don’t say that to make you afraid but to impart to you the importance of the respect for the things and Household of God.

God is more long suffering than any man but when He makes a determination, the point He chooses to make can be quite dramatic!  It could be something that we will respect for a long time to come!  Remember when Uzzah tried to “help God out”  in carrying the Ark?  He got zapped to death and King David was greatly upset over that.  But God was demonstrating protocols – the right and wrongs of them.  Later when the blessing was seen at Obed Edom’s, David realized that he had to get over his offense and ignorance and cooperate with the program of the Lord.

I saw God’s judgments coming and many weeping, shaken.  And God was saying that “I Am going to get My House in order, because it is very out of order.”   And while I was weeping at the judgments, I was also relieved with the correction.  Some have been broken and discouraged over the disarray of His Church and Body, and many have lost heart.  There are many ministers who used to be in ministry who have dropped out, but the gift and the calling is still there for it is given without repentance on God’s part – we just need to come into order.

He gave me a vision of a family getting ready for dinner and the parents placing the portions on the table.  There were certain portions of potatoes, and vegetables, and meat, and gravy, and bread.  The Lord said “My true ministers know how to give proper portions to the family.  All the portions are important but the right variety and the right amount is very important for good health and proper nutrition.  The proper nutrients are needed for good health and right thinking.

We have been living too much on “dessert” and we have neglected if not rejected the other proper needed portions in the House of God in good balance.  Children only raised on dessert become sickly in their bodies, and they become skewed in their thinking.  It can cause the immune system to not function as it needs to for protecting the body.  When we minister to poverty, we give them portions that are good for them so their health will return and they can think through things for themselves and not just depend upon others for provision.

The Lord said the shaking that is to come is to realign the Church back to proper order.  Because we have prayed for it, it will come.  If we had not, we would just suffer the results.  I saw a thick layer of unhealthy fat coming off.  It was the result of all the “dessert” given to people promising them “the good life.”  In that “good life” there was no responsibility imposed, instead it was a licentious spirit of lustful self will.  That of course would result in the Body turning on each other.

It is time for the spirits of competition and greed and lust and vying for power to be exorcized out of the Church.  I also got a vision of the Church in its different smaller groups of members and there was the “elite” class.  When hungry and hurting people would come in, they would be told to “Go over there, your portion is over there.”  They were not included in the main group but made to feel set apart as those who did not “measure up.”

He also showed me weaker people like the elderly and homeless and abused and victimized people coming in looking for hope and their place in the Church but not being able to find it.  If they were lucky, they got a “designated” ministry “help” but if not, then they found more help and love outside of the Church, even though their hearts were aching to know Jesus andto  be assimilated into His true Body.  So they quit going and suffered alone in their silence.  The Lord said they were only seeking their place and He has one for them, where His Spirit can truly manifest in their portion.

The Lord said He was going to deal with that because people were after “the good life” and did not realize how much the world had infiltrated them as a deadly leaven.  He said He was going to judge it and it would be painful, but that it would be a mercy to those who really did want Him.

Then the Lord showed me Israel and the importance of our unity with them.  We are the two sticks to be joined as one!  Many nations look to America in respect and gratitude for what we have done for them over the years.  The Lord said that He took great pleasure in Abraham and He wanted that same pleasure from his seed today.  He said that America and Israel were to be cooperative spirits, having the same goals and visions – visions that He gave them!

We are not to worship the leaders but we are to pray for them and ask God to give them His Vision and goals and then cooperate with them in that.  Every person would have a part to play and a gift to bring – a gift that He had given them to bring and express.  The Vision that God gives is big – do not discard it or take it lightly!

As the Lord gets us lean again, He is looking to see the work of the ministry take place.  He is looking for the ministry to the WHOLE body in all of its dimensions.  Life has many dimensions and they all work with one another to make a greater multi-faced effect that carries a force with it.  People will either be drawn to it or repelled by it. 

Today the leeches and parasites are feeding off of the Body and it needs its immune system to repel the wasters.  There are warriors and there are tender nurturers and they all are important and must work together.  There are the laborers and the artists and all must rest and work and contribute in healthful ways.  They all must RESPECT each other and the gifts God has brought to the table and they must be in their right proper portion.  When we fail to respect one another and the gifts God brings, even though we partake of it, we disrespect God.

It’s easy to take things for granted, but an awakening is coming.  There is a remnant that is crying out and God has heard their cries.  They must not lose heart, they must get back in their place, they must work and be about their Father’s business.  It is a mandate.

We have seen many revivals but not all of the revivals have been built on the right foundation so some of it has gone off center and then toppled or played out.  The Lord says if we will build on the right foundation, then He will bring His Glory in and we can dwell in it.  We will be able to come in and out of His House and reach the lost and bring them in, if they are so willing.  We will be fulfilled in our callings and the world can be won for Him.  He is the King.  It is His Kingdom.

It’s a good thing.  It’s a good message, it is Good News!  It is the Word and Life of the Lord.

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!