Mighty Warrior

You were led into a relationship with Jesus where you no longer fit in anywhere.  What thrilled others left you scratching your head, wondering how they could be so easily satisfied.
You feel the evil and the blasphemy.  You are grieved to see God’s name and honor smeared both inside and outside the church.  You wondered “how long Lord?”  How long before I can take up the sword of the Lord and bring wrath down on demons?
You have wondered what is happening to you.  It seems that everything the enemy has is being thrown at you.  Many have pulled away from you—including those you have trusted for years—not understanding the path that you have chosen.
People made big promises to you that turned out to be a puff of smoke.  You were left empty at the very moment you believed a great breakthrough was coming.
God promised you something when you began this journey; but now it all seems like a cruel fantasy.  You have cried to the Lord “why have you awakened this hope in me if this will never come to pass.”  You dared not even tell your family and closest friends your true feelings.
Do you want to understand what is happening to you right now?  While you weren’t looking, God reached down and did important work inside you. God tested you in the furnace for holy reasons.
A great self-emptying is in progress.  Heaven is asking questions about you and the furnace is answering them.
-He is making you someone can be trusted with great influence and power.
-He is making you someone who has freely received and will freely give.
-He is making you someone who will be so focused and determined that you will never quit.
-He is making you someone who obeys only God—who only goes forth at the command of God—who gives all credit and glory to God.
Let not the darkness of this hour rush your preparation.  Fear not!  It will not be too late by the time of your breakthrough.
Is this the darkest it has ever been?  Does it seem it can get no worse?  Then beloved, consider the intensity of this attack as a sign that your breakthrough is at hand…the devil saves the worst for last, but God saves the best for last.
Isaiah 55: 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
12 “For you shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree,
And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree;
And it shall be to the Lord for a name,
For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”

 

 

A WEAPON CALLED CHRISTMAS

The leading newspaper in the nation has not mentioned Christmas in 10 years. Christmas is attacked by both God haters and religionists. It has fallen into great disfavor—accused of everything from paganism to materialism. It is socially unacceptable to celebrate Christmas.  It is 1843 England. Also known as the hungry 40’s.
A young and gifted writer is deeply restless and can’t sleep. He asks an assistant to meet him in the middle of the night, “take me to see the worst of London. Do not spare me anything.”
What he saw horrified him and left a mark in his soul that would haunt his novels for the rest of his life. Children, living like stray dogs scavenged through garbage in sub-zero temperatures.
Charles Dickens had to do something. So, he mustered his considerable weapon: he marshalled the English language and sent it into war against child abuse. Vast corruption must be exposed! This nation-destroying curse must be lifted!
He set ink to paper with the force of a volcanic eruption and the skillful cuts of a surgeon. The result was a pamphlet entitled An Appeal on Behalf of the Poor Man’s Child. Then something happened:
He never released the pamphlet. Historians are divided about why. Usually, it does not fall upon facts but on anti-Christian bias. Here is what really happened: He heard the voice of God. “If you release this pamphlet it will bring good for a season, but if you write the story, I am about to give you, it will bring good for all time.”
It would be a story where the main character is the most uncompelling, and unsympathetic character to any audience: an old man—a wealthy miser! Even his name is off-putting: Ebeneezer Scrooge.
With only weeks left before Christmas how could he finish it and get it published? Astonishingly it was published on December 19, 1843. Not only that, it was made into a script and opened in 2 theaters that Christmas day.
This story is not only credited with saving Christmas, it has been synonymous with Christmas ever since.  Outside the Bible, no written word about Christmas has been more influential and widespread in its power to evoke love for children and the poor.
Christmas has inspired the best music. Musical artist regardless of their fame are compelled to release a Christmas album. It has a power that no one can explain or predict. Opposing armies have stopped combat, met on neutral ground in the middle of a war to celebrate Christmas.
Here is Nephew Fred from A Christmas Carol: “I have always thought of Christmastime… as a good time: a kind forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.”
The supernatural power of Christmas is also seen in the creation of Silent Night. It was written because the organ broke and a song for a guitar was necessary.  Christmas again showed its power with Handel’s Messiah. Handel wrote it in 24 days. When he finished the Hallelujah Chorus, he said it was as if the roof came off his room and he saw the great God Himself.
Christmas is a weapon! It brings proof of the Deity of Christ by its inexplicable effect on the world. Even when it offends it is doing God’s work. Even Scrooge screamed, “then let me leave it alone!” But Christmas won’t let us leave it alone.
But the message about Scrooge transcends even Christmas. It is about God’s power to create a weapon to combat evil through anointed artforms.
It is because of Scrooge, that I find much of today’s formulaic Christian music unimaginative, predictable, and even snowflake like. Bono from U-2 called it “dishonest.” How dare I make such a criticism? Because we didn’t use to scare so easily. We wrote songs of sacrifice and commitment; towering themes filled majestic hymns.
Somewhere in the mid to late 20th Century the church developed an insecurity complex and began to “do things almost as good as the world does.” Not just in music, but in all art forms. We even have green rooms which is a nod to Hollywood.
A great exception is Black Gospel Music. It was so original the world had to copy it for Motown and R and B. Black Gospel was so powerful the world kept trying to steal talent out of the church. Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and many others began in church.
The spark of divine creativity does not rest on those who surmise what might sell or what won’t offend. It comes on those who would sacrifice all to obey God.
However, there is another reason creativity is in short supply: We don’t recognize the multiple opportunities of service outside the pulpit. Not everyone is a preacher—nor should they be! The gifts of God fit in business, art, media, healthcare, education and yes, politics.
Because God came upon a famous novelist like Charles Dickens, the devil was blindsided. What if you are supposed to create something no one has seen before?
Finally, the idea that we need to tone anything down to win souls is hogwash. Johnny Cash comes to mind. It is truly amazing the influence he carried. Bob Dylan, Elvis, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones revered him. Yet, he never muted his faith or his witness. God gave him a sound the world couldn’t resist.
A heart filled with love for God and hatred for evil, who is willing to be completely open to do something new is our greatest need today. God is searching to drop original miracles on someone like you.

Whatever happened?

Whatever happened to the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?  You don’t hear about it anymore.  Churches don’t pray with people to receive it anymore.  There’s a big reason why.
Preacher, if you stopped presenting the Baptism of the Holy Spirit to your people—Satan made you do it.  If there is no room in your service for people to receive this urgent gift—the enemy seized control of your agenda.  If your people don’t even know what it is—you will answer to God.
No matter how noble, persuasive, or convincing the argument, the decision to exclude the Baptism of the Holy Spirit from the life of the church, is a decision conceived in hell.

Omitting this Baptism was a masterstroke of Lucifer.

He knew this was the most destructive deception possible.  It created lukewarm Christians.  It single handedly wiped out a huge amount of our soul winning.  And, it opened the door to untold heresy.

Today we are swimming in more false teaching, false prophecy and false Christianity than ever before.  All across the internet ministries dabble in new age hybrids of Christian faith, exotic extremes, drunkenness and even perversion.   Turns out, the church is the other swamp that needs draining.

Noted Christian Apologist Ravi Zacharias said, “I had dinner with the most popular preacher on television.  He told me that he did not see much difference between Islam and Christianity.”

How can we hang the blame for such foolishness on neglecting the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?   Let’s examine the evidence.
Jesus said, “John 16:13  “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”
Jesus calls Him the Spirit of truth.  He imparts hunger for truth.  It is futile to layer truth on the unwilling soul.  False teaching abounds from the lack of hunger the Holy Spirit awakens.  Let’s go back to the root:

Don’t make a move without it!

Acts 1: 4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
The church has no witness without it.  Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

The Apostles considered it an extreme urgency for all who believed to be filled with the Holy Spirit. 

Acts 8: 14 “Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, 15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.”
-Acts 19: 1 “And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples 2 he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.”  4 Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.”

We have two extremes in the church:  Those who believe in nothing and those who believe in everything.

  Or to put it another way: We have those know nothing of what the Bible says and those who believe anything, anyone says about the Bible. Both are products of a lack of discernment and power.  It is only after you experience the real presence and power of God that you know what is fake.

Look at the discipleship result of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost:

Acts 2: 41 “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.”

One big reason that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is not preached today is because it is the natural enemy of church marketing.

When God falls, church culture instantly changes.  Human promotion becomes obsolete.   An audience morphs into an army.  An insatiable hunger for the Word of God replaces sales pitches.
The preacher who withholds the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is guilty of treason—of withholding a priceless gift bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus—of holding back an edge of power that would keep the believer strong, alert, and able to win others.  It endows them with a prayer language that pierces all adversity.  How dare we hold this back!
The Pentecostal revival is the greatest Christian revival in history.  Beginning in the humble Azusa Street Mission, it has blazed for on for over 100 years, with over 650 million converts.  Only one thing explains it:  The Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

IT IS TIME

It is clear.  As madness spreads—and the church wrings its hands—it is time for the eagles to leave the turkey yard.  You know who you are.  There’s a fire inside you can’t put out.  You are ruined for church incorporated.
For too long, you’ve been told to be a good little birdie.  “Don’t ruffle any feathers.”  You can’t stomach the stale kernels they toss at you.  You must have fresh meat.  All around you, the turkeys peck at the ground.  All you can see is the clouds and skies where you belong.
Your home is in the glory.  Your place is alongside the heroes of faith that changed the course of nations.  Survival teaching sickens you.  The idea that tepid happiness is the goal enrages you.
You made the mistake of looking at old YouTube videos.  You saw Oral Roberts.  You saw Kathryn Kuhlman.  You saw Smith Wigglesworth.  You jumped up and screamed “where are the miracles today!?”
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You made the mistake of putting on old preaching tapes.  You heard men and women preaching fire!  They didn’t do monologues.  They pulled the pin out of Bible verses, and flung them to explode on the souls of their audience.  You heard people sobbing at altars.  You heard them linger until something real and lasting transformed them.
Then something really painful happened to you…you looked at your generation. You saw the national cancer of wickedness.  You saw the insane brain washing.  You saw the limp-wristed tactics of the church.
You became like David staring at the paralyzed army of Israel before Goliath.  WHY DOESN’T SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING!  It is too late for you.  The die is cast.  You’ve gone too far.  You know too much.  You better leave before you hurt someone.
“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles.”  Prayer is your escape from the prison yard of compromise and mediocrity. We’re not talking about the gobble-gobble prayers you heard in the yard—we’re talking about falling before God till you come forth as pure gold.
What are we talking about?  Prayer that heaven can’t resist and hell can’t stand.  Prayer that breaks the grip of ancient strongholds of demons.  Prayer that makes students begin to weep on campus and not know why.  Prayer that fills one with the Holy Spirit—removes fear, and installs unshakable courage to tell a generation the real Gospel—the mighty Gospel—the unapologetic, undeniable, unstoppable power of God.

Eagles dare while turkeys stare.  Eagles come out of prayer fully convinced of their destiny and goal.  Take hold of John 17:15 “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.”  That is your battle cry!  You don’t want out.  You know He will keep you from the evil one! You are ready to soar into any nest of evil and destroy the works of the devil.
Where eagles gather power is present.  Where eagles gather deep purposes are revealed.  Where eagles gather there’s no self-pity, no encounter session, and no hiding.  They are equipped, they are ignited, they are fitted for war.
Eagles must have a challenge.  They yearn for a cause that will summon up all of their strength, talent and time.  The want something that they can easily imagine doing the rest of their life.  It’s time for you to fly out of the turkey yard and never look back.

TO THE DISCOURAGED PASTOR

 

You held on to your integrity.  When the trendy shortcuts to having a big church were offered to you—the Holy Spirit told you to stay out. Somehow, you never had a stomach for big screens, skinny jeans, and fog machines. Silly you! You wanted to keep singing some of the old songs—songs about the Blood!

The devil tried to make you feel like a fool. You poured blood, sweat and tears into a community for years. Along comes a slick marketer who creates a buzz. Overnight, they get a crowd.  The enemy attacked you and said, “they are blessed, and you are not!”

Let me be so bold as to appropriate Psalm 73 to describe the emotions you faced:

Psalm 73:2 “But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; My steps had nearly slipped.3 For I was envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”  The evil one said, “if you had left out the negative verses like they do—if you’d finish in 12 minutes—if tell people to quit raising their hands—if you”…well you know the spiel.

Suddenly envy tries to grip you and these words from Psalm 73 fit your turmoil and temptation:

Psalm 73: 2 “But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; My steps had nearly slipped. 3 For I was envious of the boastful, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 For there are no pangs in their death, but their strength is firm. 5 They are not in trouble as other men, nor are they plagued like other men. 6 Therefore pride serves as their necklace; Violence covers them like a garment. 7 Their eyes bulge with abundance; They have more than heart could wish.”

But these are the words that apply most: “13 “surely, I have cleansed my heart in vain, And washed my hands in innocence. 14 For all day long I have been plagued, And chastened every morning.”  The devil said “what have you got to show for all your diligence and integrity? All your prayers, all your faithful preaching of the Word of God no longer works. You have stayed pure for no reason.”

Then people you’ve known for years turned on you. Like the Israelites who begged for a king—prominent people in your congregation told you they want the bells and whistles of modern church marketing.  “We want to be like all the other churches.” When you wouldn’t change, they left and took their tithe with them.

It all became too much.  You and your family’s heart were broken. Still you did not say your feelings out loud. Verse 15 says “If I had said, “I will speak thus,” Behold, I would have been untrue to the generation of Your children.” You thought about the young pastors coming up. They can’t hear us saying the Word of God no longer works!

It has all become too painful! How you can try so hard for so little result while those who cheapen the message boom. Here is the Word of the Lord beloved pastor: 16 “When I thought how to understand this, It was too painful for me—17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end. 18 Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.”

Hold on man and woman of God! America is changing! A nightmare of anxiety and emptiness is changing appetites!  When a nation gorges on sin they begin to yearn for purity and cleansing.  Nothing can protect the sin sick soul from disgust, nausea, and the unholy hangover.

A convicted heart can reach the point where a slick church concert, outfitted with lights and fog, or a canned motivational spiel, can repulse them, just as much as the sin they are trying to escape.

A soul soaked in the sludge of our time, can yearn to collapse at a simple wooden altar, sob deep tears of remorse, and welcome the warm hand of a true pastor on their shoulder.

In fact, at this moment, heaven is releasing power for miracles, words of prophetic might, and great resources to do the work of God.  Those who have kept their integrity–and  labored in obscurity not seeing results—will receive great power and multiplication.

Americans will want to come in from the storm. They won’t feel safe in a shallow church. In a hurricane you don’t rush to the flimsy building. Many man-made worship centers will collapse like a house of cards. They are the slippery place that God said. They will be too easily damaged by the coming storm.

Daniel refused to change…even when they threatened his life. When magicians and false seers were all the rage—Daniel held his convictions. Then King Nebuchadnezzar has a nightmare and loses his appetite for half-baked entertainment.  Now he desperately needs an answer…and so will America.

The most attractive force on earth is about to flood your church building: THE PRESENCE OF GOD! It not only attracts better than entertainment…it does something infinitely more valuable—it brings people in for the right reason! They will be disciples! They will not be fickle looky-looks…the kind that leave as soon as they find something more interesting.

The same preaching that the devil mocks today will be the right preaching in the coming hour! Don’t change! The way you pray, the way you love people, the way you raise holy hands and worship the Lord now…everything they make fun of now will be perfect for the coming harvest!

Hold on! Hold tight to every promise God gave you! Tell the devil he is a liar! Confess to your people, “God has His hour of power and it is even at the door!”

 

 

I AM NOT A PROPHET

I am not a prophet. I am something else. God ordered me to warn the American churches of an impending disaster—to rebuke rampant immorality: abandoning the Word of God, and political hypocrisy. God ordered me to expose the tyranny of the left and wake up as many drowsy Christians as possible.

Ironically, few criticized me when I preached against gang violence, poverty, heroin and crystal meth. But they attack me for exposing the worst gang and the most addictive narcotic: leftist socialism.

But I am not a prophet! Amos said, “I am not really one of the prophets. I do not come from a family of prophets. I am just a herdsman and fruit picker. But the Lord took me from caring for the flocks and told me, ‘Go and prophesy to my people Israel.”-Amos 7:14

I was just minding my own business winning souls. Leading addicts, gang bangers, and students to Jesus is my life. Only my wife and a few very near to me know the price I’ve paid. I have lost friends. I have been banned from some churches. And no wonder!

This blog put a spotlight on a hideous, hidden condition. Churches were tacitly approving abortion, same sex marriage, and many other leftist democrat views in order to hold on to their members.

When you consider the content of the blog it is a miracle that it has spread to millions of readers. It preaches a message that few ever get in church anymore. It breaks every axiom of social media. Instead of using video—a far more effective means of attracting an audience—I was limited to the written word. There is no natural way to explain it’s expanding influence except God. However, it is here to warn!

If I am not a prophet, then what is my office gift? I am an Evangelist! That is all I want to do is see mass revival with signs and wonders. I have never stopped winning souls! I will never stop winning souls!

Someone else was supposed to take this mantle to prophesy that weighs so heavy on me. The Lord revealed to me that someone was unwilling to lose their reputation to stand in the gap for America. I was not God’s first choice for this! Now I must issue a fresh warning.

Because of the yawning sickness in the American church that was demonstrated in the mid term elections. Because millions of so-called Christians voted for the Democrat Party. Because they sat in churches. Heard murky messages…and in many cases were even urged by pastors—hired guns bought and paid for by the likes of George Soros—to vote for leftists—they are bringing the judgement of God. They are the proverbial wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Those false ministers—who form covenants with darkness—who are muzzled by politics—who can’t condemn abortion, the destruction of marriage, Islam and the anti-God violence, face special danger—they have grieved the Holy Spirit.

The ideas and values that created America are almost gone. That makes the carnal church special villains in the eyes of God. Ananias and Saphira were not destroyed simply because of their crime—it was also because of when they were committed it. They did it in a strategic time when many miracles were taking place.

Amos was not a prophet per se but he was recruited to expose the rogue altars that corrupt priests had built to replace the central altar. They introduced superstitions that were outside the word of God.  Amos told them “tear them down or God will!”

Amos 3:13 says, “Hear and testify against the house of Jacob,” Says the Lord God, the God of hosts, 14 “That in the day I punish Israel for their transgressions, I will also visit destruction on the altars of Bethel; And the horns of the altar shall be cut off And fall to the ground. 15 I will destroy the winter house along with the summer house; The houses of ivory shall perish, And the great houses shall have an end, Says the Lord.”  Can this mean that lavish centers of worship can suddenly go missing?  Can we afford to assume they cannot?

Two years after Amos prophesied, an earthquake destroyed everything Amos targeted.

But Isaiah said, “tell the righteous it shall be well with them.”  This is the hour for the remnant who love God and seek His face to feel comfort.  You will be spared.

In fact, at this moment, heaven is releasing power for miracles, words of prophetic might, and great resources to do the work of God.  Those who have kept their integrity–and perhaps labored in obscurity not seeing results—will receive great power and multiplication.

For the rest there remains an ominous warning: In your carnality, you are one the greatest threats to freedom.  You are aiding and abetting the destruction of a great miracle—the miracle of liberty that came from our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.

If the church will not rise up and speak…God will turn even nature against us to spare America.  Matthew Henry said something chilling in his commentary on Amos: “If men will not destroy idolatrous altars, God will, and those with them that had them in veneration.”

Someday soon, all I say will be confirmed. I will be released from this prophetic mandate. I am not a prophet. I am an Evangelist.

THE LEFT POLITICIZES EVERYTHING

Samantha Bee appeared out of nowhere—just like the wicked witch. Her mission was to politicize the Wizard of Oz. She began by saying the Wizard of Oz is a story of a family separated. Then he likened it to Donald Trump’s immigration policy. She proceeded to promote her program Full Frontal—a title that, of course, is a term for nudity in film—during a program for children. Who knows, perhaps parents had to explain the meaning to children watching the children’s classic. And why should they have to?
However, that is small compared to the rest of her commercial.  The title of her special—which you should avoid like nuclear waste—is Christmas I.C.E.  TBS should be ashamed of running this putrid and misleading commercial.
The toxic creativity in the title is impressive. Begin by culturally appropriating Christmas. Go from there to a double entendre of the word ice. It makes you think of ice shows and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
However, I promise you, that’s where the creativity ends. You can watch her act, but whether you are liberal or conservative you will find she is not funny, not creative, not truthful, and most damning to an audience—she is boring.

It is all by design. You need to understand the left. They want to politicize everything. They believe that their version of the truth should be rammed down everyone’s throat.  I.E. having drag queens read to children in libraries. They ooze with Trump derangement syndrome to the degree that anything available must be commandeered to condemn and destroy Donald Trump.
All Thanksgiving Day long you witnessed left wing seizure of a once innocent and wonderful family holiday. You used to be able to watch the Macy’s parade without nods to sexual equality. You could watch football without spoiled brat millionaires kneeling in protest of the National Anthem…and you could watch the Wizard of Oz.
The elite leftists took a day that should have been free of all things political and made it about all things political. America…I got to ask you, when will you finally be fed up with the left’s mission to drain the color and enjoyment of everyday life, let alone sacred holidays.
It is time for sane Americans to flex their muscle the way the left does. We need to punish the companies that foment this garbage. I am not defending the theology of the Wizard of Oz. I am saying that to tens of millions of Americans it is a family classic that should have been enjoyed without the extra, unwelcomed witch.