NOW THAT

Truth is the new hate speech.  Light has become darkness, lies have become truth, villains have become heroes, and love is now hate.  What do we do, especially now that the teachings of Jesus Christ are being intricately and essentially banned in the United States?  This censorship is designed to weaken the nation, centralize control, and bring down America.  Many believe it is already too late.

What is even worse is that much modern preaching is setting believers up to crash and burn when they face persecution.  Instead of arming the church to push back on the onslaught of censorship, some sermons are actually weakening the resistance of Christians.

I do not often drop the God card.  I never claim to hear from the Holy Spirit unless I have heard from Him in a clear and undeniable way.  Today, I heard from Him!  My spirit jumped at what He revealed about the very hour we are living in.   To begin with, I felt deep hope and a high sense of urgency.

I believe that the Lord is telling me to say, “It is not too late—but there is work to do.” This was reinforced by the verse He gave me, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day;  the night is coming when no one can work.” (John 9:4)

Immediately after that, these next verses were branded into my soul:

Acts 14: 2 “But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren. 3 Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly with reliance upon the Lord, who was testifying to the word of His grace, granting that signs and wonders be done by their hands.”

I am going to offer four specific steps derived from these verses.  I believe that they hold a powerful key to understanding the moment we are in and the exact direction we must take.  Read it with great openness.  Let the lukewarm Christian take heed.  Let leaders and preachers give serious heed to these words of direction.  I do not believe they are my words.

1. Ask God to show you by the Holy Spirit what you are doing—and then abandon everything you are doing by your own power—no matter how ‘sacred’ it seems.  

Let us begin by repenting of our greatest mistake.  Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to run the Church and grow the Church.  He was sent to make us effective and relevant to the culture.

We are guilty of taking away His authority and running the church by our own wits, and by the methods of the world.  We have failed miserably.  Sadly, even failure has not stopped men from controlling the things of God.

In every generation hell belches out a new weapon of mass destruction.  But heaven is neither passive nor taken by surprise.  God creates a weapon of choice by the anointing.  Then He seeks for the person who will take up that weapon in the Name of Jesus and thrust it into the heart of darkness.

The American death-march does not surprise the Holy Spirit.  He already foresaw it, and He is driving us to our knees in prayer to seek His effective counter-attack.

It is all summed up in the words Samuel spoke to Saul: 1 Samuel 10: 6 “Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. 7 And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands, for God is with you.”

Waiting on God for power is the highest duty of a preacher.  Prayer must saturate us before we go forth. Those who believe that God must instantly honor our prayers are deluded by modern church entitlement.   We must seek—being utterly convinced that power is coming—but at the same time we must be fervently committed to wait as long as it takes.

This first step will cost you friends and church members, and it will impact your lifestyle.  But this is nothing compared to the disaster you will avoid.

2.Do not abuse prayer! In Numbers 22 it says, 18 “Then Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, ‘Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more. 19 Now therefore, please, you also stay here tonight, that I may know what more the Lord will say to me.’”

Balaam sounded noble, yet greed was in his heart.  He totally contradicted himself.  First he says, “Keep your money. God said, No.”  Then he asks the money people to spend the night to see if God might change His mind.

The classic reaction to my blogs on America’s disaster is, “All we need to do is pray.”  Nobody believes in the power of prayer more than I do.  However, there is a widespread abuse of prayer.  Prayer is being used as an excuse for delaying, remaining silent and escaping responsibility.

The key to the Lord’s Prayer is, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Prayer is going to give you direction.  But, if you pray until you get the direction you like, you have the spirit of Balaam.

This abuse of prayer even hit Moses.  He knew that he was supposed to lead the people through the Red Sea.  Yet he hesitated, and God got angry!  Exodus 14:15 “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!’”

Disobedience is a prime reason we have lost this generation.   Many were told what to do about the nation and simply ignored it.  True intercession will never become a substitute for soul-winning.

God has been offering wisdom, direction, and power during the entire Obama regime.  We are at the point of destruction because few leaders have listened and obeyed.

If God sees that you want no part of the warfare, that you refuse to touch the unlovely, and you simply do not want to deal with your local human tragedy, then He will skip over you and find someone else.  Mordecai warned Esther about remaining silent:  14 “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)

 3. Ignore the accusations of hate. When Christians address gay marriage, they often begin with a disclaimer: “I am not trying to be hateful.” Quit wasting time with misnomers. There is no widespread hatred of gays in the church. The hate is not coming from us; it is coming at us! The slander, smearing, obscene language, and death threats are spewing out of radical feminists, gay activists, and radical Islamists, not the Christians.

Simply speak the truth in love.  Do not apologize or condemn.  Offending people is unavoidable.  Save your energy, tell the truth, and leave the results in God’s hands.

4: We must make way for signs and wonders and supernatural acts of God like never before.   Jesus knows they are the only way we will get our message across in this toxic atmosphere. The miracles of Jesus not only continue today, they will accelerate more and more.  The phrase, “speaking boldly with reliance upon the Lord, who was testifying to the word of His grace, granting that signs and wonders be done by their hands” (Acts 14:3) speaks loud and clear to our time.

History teaches us something important: When the Word of God is summarily rejected and immorality has spiked, the Holy Spirit has more than met the challenge with increased power to preach, and towering miracles to confirm the message.

Finally, all four of these actions are summed up in the reality that we are at war.  We did not pick this fight but, with God, we are going to finish it!

 

 

 

It’s time to tell you the most important thing I have learned since my injury

 

Every day since my injury I have written an original blog.  It’s one way I make the devil pay for attacking me.  This the is one I have been waiting to post.  But there’s a catch.
The catch is not a lot of people read about this subject.  This should not surprise us. Since this is the most powerful way to stop Lucifer, he is trying to bury its very existence.  So, if no one wants to hear it, then what made me go ahead and write it?  You did.

I have been profoundly moved and encouraged by the growing hunger for the deep things of God in our readers.  So what is the most important thing?

To get our answer we must first reach a conclusion about America.  Arthur Matthew said, “The central influences of life are being taken over by men from the bottom levels of society in contrast to earlier generations. God’s authority in society is mediated from the top in the punishing of evil and the rewarding of good.  But when control is taken over by the men at the bottom, we may be sure that the devil is in it.”

Satan is behind the marches, the media bias, the deepening immorality.  The men from the bottom of levels have seized this moment to erase Judeo-Christian values.  All of it—taking the guns, destroying marriage, voter fraud, abortion, open borders, are just ploys to bring America under the control of demonic power.

Yes, I am a political conservative.  I comment on all those subjects. But I know that ultimately, I must deliver a direct blow to Satan and his minions, by the power of the Holy Spirit, or I will never see America set free.  The crisis is the church doesn’t know how to do this.
We wrestle not with flesh and blood but with principalities and powers.  Sadly, the church hardly wrestles at all.  You know that most Christians around you have no clue how to oppose or pray down the powers that control our culture.  I hope you want to learn how—because that my friend is the most important thing I have learned.

Many have come to rely on this blog for different reasons.  I am convinced that the greatest service this blog can provide is only now beginning to appear.

It came as I was angry and frustrated spending so much time on my back.  I felt helpless to doing anything important—I needed to get back in the battle.  The Holy Spirit said I could do the most important thing I have ever done—right here in this room.

I could remove demonic barriers.  I could disrupt evil plans from my room.  But strongholds and barriers are not removed by God’s omnipotence until the believer takes the initiative and stands his ground in the heavenly places to engage the powers of evil that are causing our national perversion—the forces that are causing all the misery in our culture. 

Those who can take their stand between heaven and hell and pray—not like we are praying now, but praying with the full realization of the Cross, and the victory Jesus won there.
Arthur Matthew describes it this way:  “they take their position in Christ in the heavenlies and wrestle with and withstand the powers of evil that are manipulating the willing puppets on the streets.”

The kind of resistance that drives Satan back—that cuts off the supply of his puppets here on earth—brings into confusion those who would do us harm, cannot be done arrogantly.

Listen to more of Matthews:
Such resistance against supernatural powers is not done boastfully or presumptuously, but humbly as befits those who realize that they have no might in themselves and t they owe everything to the grace and power of God. The exercise is not a call for self-advertisement as some would make it. It is the ordained function of those who are in Christ and, I think we should add, of those who are filled with the Spirit. God does not commission men not filled with the Spirit to fight his battles. Paul was filled with the Holy Spirit when he confronted Elymas the sorcerer and exposed the devil’s attack and defeated him (Acts 13:9). It is not to be passed over that the command to be filled with the Spirit comes in the context of the Christian’s walk on earth and his warfare in the heavenlies.

I am learning to cut off the devil’s power through prayer—prayer in a new and living way for America.  I believe that this is what you crave and together we can unleash this great power of prevailing prayer right now.

Stopping School Shootings

This the blog that dragged me kicking and screaming to my laptop. I emphatically yet respectfully protested to the Holy Spirit.  I knew this blog would cost me more than any other.  Here goes…
Stopping school shootings will be the most divisive issue of 2018.  Write it down.  It threatens to become a debate that will plunge America into an even darker time.  It will expose our penchant for half-cures.
These words, from the song For what it’s worth by Buffalo Springfield is prophetic to right now: “There’s battle lines being drawn, Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong.”
Gridlock will keep us from a cure.  Politicians will scream at each other. Celebrities will shed crocodile tears on late night shows.  Millions will be poured into maintaining falsehood.  What you will not see is truth and honesty about this horrible subject.  Most will simply want to appear to care.
PARKLAND, FL – FEBRUARY 14: People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school that reportedly killed and injured multiple people on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Numerous law enforcement officials continue to investigate the scene. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The tired voices will drag out the usual suspects.  It is amazing how truth survives in our group think nation.  Questions still break in to disturb our presumptions.  Here they are:
WE NEED TOUGHER GUN LAWS!  If that is so, why is Chicago—with the strictest gun laws in America—a killing field?
 A bigger question:  We aren’t we enforcing the laws we have already.  How will a new law help?  Every mass shooting involved a law that was not enforced or a killer who fell through the cracks by schools, who just wanted to make them some else’s problem, or agencies like the FBI, that ignored warnings.
In a chilling development, The New York Post reported this:  “Before Nikolas Cruz carried out his mass killing at a Florida high school this week, police responded to his home 39 times over a seven-year period, according to disturbing new documents.”
It’s not fair to pin this completely on them but one thing must be asked:  If you can’t, or won’t, enforce the laws already on the books why do you think is will do any good to add more?
The fact that this is all they can come up with, shows they are not after solutions—but are simply blathering the mantra of their agenda.  Here comes more agenda…
WE CAN’T JUDGE PEOPLE:  A mindless culture is endangering all of us.  This is the culprit: silence in the face of obvious derangement. 
This boy was identified as a menace several times.  But no action was taken. Why? It is because we have created a society that accepts all behavior and there’s a tyranny to judge anyone.
When people in San Bernardino noticed neighbors carrying vast armaments into their house and chanting in Arabic, they said nothing.  They admitted they didn’t want to be labeled racist.  The next day, they killed 14 people and seriously injured 22.
Neighbors in Mesquite, Nevada noticed even heavier weaponry loading into a house with all the windows blacked out. They never told police.  Not long afterward, Stephan Paddock, opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, leaving 58 people dead and 851 injured.

Famed professor Jordan Peterson related something that happened in a University classroom.  A six-foot blonde man stood before the class and said he was in fact, a five-year-old black girl.  The teacher asked if any student thought it was weird.  Not one spoke up.  In a secret poll 22 of them admitted it was weird but were terrified to speak out.
IT’S WHITE SUPREMACY!  Another mantra is white supremacy.  It only took minutes for a writer to claim Nikolas Cruz was part of a white supremacist group.  It went everywhere.  But alas it is fake news. “Leon County law enforcement sources told the Tallahassee Democrat that they could not find information linking Cruz, 19, to the Republic of Florida Militia, as first reported by the group’s self-proclaimed leader Jordan Jereb.”
Do you see them retracting that report?  Of course not, it does advance the narrative.  The drumbeat of racism is required to delay the truth.  It pays bills and distracts from our real problem.
GET THE GUNS!  We have a glaring double standard: Every leftist politician has body guards who carry guns.  Every courthouse has them.  Every bank has them.  But for our children, it is a sacred cow not to have them.  Madness.
Depression and mental illness is pandemic.  Why?  We load the nation down with pills. Why?  This has only made things worse.  The root cause of is too terrible to consider.  The machine that cranks out a Nikolas Cruz operates with impunity.  Here it comes…wait for it.
We are guilty of destroying the family.  We created a swamp for children to demonize themselves.  In our zeal to make everyone right, everything legal, we cursed ourselves with appetites we were not prepared to face.  We loosed a monster.
We are a nation of take out.  The beast won’t let us sit down to a home cooked meal. But we don’t just take out our food.  We take out prayer and believe it makes us better.  We take out father figures and expect it makes us wiser.  We take out church—and even some churches take out church—and think it will help find ourselves. We take out marriage and magically expect it to improve life for children.
By shaking our fist at God, we have created a society so miserable, so lonely, so fearful that they are despairing of life and losing natural inhibitions. We have torn down the natural hedges against violence and debauchery.
We won’t admit the existence of evil.  Nikolas Crus is evil.  He willfully gave into the undertow of evil.  Satan filled his heart, but he asked for it. He told authorities that voices in his head told him how to carry out the shooting.  Many boys writhe in worse circumstances, and don’t kill people.
If a society refuses to admit evil how will they stop it in the future?  As the saying goes, the greatest trick Satan ever pulled was to convince people he didn’t exist.
He doesn’t exist because, admitting he exists,  invariably leads to an admission about God, right and wrong and repentance.  We are wicked and full of sin but would rather mask it under impotent laws, crank science and political correctness.
What a moment for the church!  We have words of life for this horrendous moment.  We have pulpits that can go back to the Bible and thunder truth.  We have the awesome power of prayer.  We can tell the masses the truth.  We can be like Peter in Acts 2:40 “ He went on in this vein for a long time, urging them over and over, “Get out while you can; get out of this sick and stupid culture!” That is exactly what I am going to do.