• The Three Rs of Rebellion

    When one speaks of religion - outward conformity & external works to please men over inward conversion & transformation to Christ - I am dead set against it. However, when some speak of hating "religion", they are not expressing a heartfelt desire to be in relationship with Jesus Christ. Rather, they are speaking of a desire to be free from Rules, Responsibility, and Reproof.

  • I'm A King's Kid!

    All around the world, people are claiming their right to God's inheritance. "I am a King's Kid! I am blessed and not cursed! I am the head and not the tail!" Yet, they are merely exalting themselves. Not having sought the genuine authority & anointing of the Lord, they are moving out in their own power to make of themselves some great one before the people.

  • Breaches

    If you would attack the breaches in your own soul with as much vigor and tenacity as you attack the perceived breaches in the souls of others, then not only would you be delivered, you would be able to bring deliverance to those whom you think need it so badly.

  • But A Sword

    The same God who said that He is the Prince of Peace said that He came not to bring peace, but a sword. The same Savior who said to honor your mother & your father said that He has come to set at odds a man from his parents. God's priority is not to bring or keep families together. This doesn't mean that God doesn't care about our families. I am saying that God's objective is to bring people into HIS family.

  • Fellowship vs. Followship

    One of the affects of spiritual sodomy is people having unhealthy, inordinate, unGodly, enslaving soul ties to those they deem to be leaders in the church. A lot of this stems from a failure to understand not only who the church is, but who the head of the church is. The only person the Christian is exhorted to follow at all times and in all things is Jesus Christ.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Broken Ribs

In Don't Forget Deborah - Part 3 (The Beauty of Submission), I wrote the following:
When God was creating woman, He took one of Adam's ribs in order to form her. This small point is not insignificant. Again, God does everything for a reason.

The ribs provide one main function: protection for the heart and the lungs. Both the heart and lungs are critical to the life of the body, yet the nature of their work requires that these organs be soft, delicate, and pliable (and thereby in need of protection).

The heart keeps blood flowing, ensuring that life reaches other parts of the body. It also provides a place of refreshing where the blood can get re-oxygenated or revived in order to continue its work. As such, the heart needs to be sensitive and flexible enough to the respond to the body's electrical impulses regarding contraction in order to keep the blood pumping. It is strong and is one of the largest muscles in the human body. It is an involuntary muscle meaning we do not have to consciously tell the heart to beat. It is created to anticipate the needs of the body and does so automatically.

The lungs are the place where gas exchange occurs within the human body; it collects the oxygen needed to give energy to the blood and expels toxins such as carbon dioxide. Similar to the heart, the lungs must be elastic enough to inflate/deflate as needed to support the inhaling and exhaling of air. Again, the lungs are involuntary muscles and expand/contract without willful thought by nature of their design.

The heart and lungs work around the clock, processing on average 8,000 - 9,000 liters of blood and air respectively a day. When they don't work properly, it impacts the whole body's ability to function as it should.

Understanding the functional purpose that these delicate organs serve and how vital their work is to the health of the body, it is clear to see why God - in His infinite wisdom - encased the heart and lungs under the protection of the ribs.
However, what happens when the ribs are broken?  I mentioned in a recent comment that God has been emphasizing obedience lately.  A number of women have even written this month to ask what it means to obey their husbands. Further, I have seen other women claiming to be obedient to God, but rejecting patriarchal authority and going off in rebellion against Him.  They are in fact in "obedient" to a perverse demon spirit, even while claiming to be serving the Lord.

Take time to listen to this message.  The calling of women is so evident in Scripture that you would have to want to be blind not to see it.  Only those who enjoy rebellion and do not want to be cleansed from sin will turn a deaf ear.  If there is any resistance in your soul to this, then that is the very thing which God is trying to deal with in you.

It is past time to get this right.  We need to examine ourselves to see who - and whose - we truly are.  We must lay bare our hearts before God and be desperate enough for deliverance that we are willing to deal with those things that God despises.  It is time for women to once again become life in the church by joyfully understanding and embracing who we are designed by God to be.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Joy of the Lord

"[[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!" Psalm 21:1

My family has been dealing with a situation for which we have been asking God for wisdom and guidance.  This week, we have been meeting with "experts" at a center, seeking to understand the scope of what we are dealing with and options for addressing it.

Our first day at this center, a stranger approached me and started a conversation.  In part she said, "This place is so anointed.  The Lord has definitely led you to the right place."  I said thank you and we parted ways.  I then prayed in my heart to the Lord, "Lord, if that was supposed to be some kind of confirmation for me that we are to follow the advice of these people, then I am sorry but you are going to have to make it more clear than that.  That just didn't do it for me."

The next day, another stranger came up to me and started speaking.  In part, she said, "This place is just wonderful.  I can't speak more highly of it.  With the Lord's help, you will find all that you need here."  Again, I responded, "Thank you."  However, yet again, something was missing.  While comforting, reassuring, and encouraging, the words these women spoke just did not resonate with my spirit.  They were nice platitudes, but did not have the power that words from the Lord usually have.

You see, everybody has a "word from the Lord" these days, but they are not all from the Lord.  We must seek to be in tune with God at all times in order to know what is of Him and what is not.  A word is not from God just because it makes us feel good or tells us nice things we want to hear.  The enemy himself can even transform himself into an angel of light in order to lead you astray (II Corinthians 11:14).  A real word from the Lord will slam into our souls, confront our perceptions, and bring about a major change and assurance within us.

I began to question the Lord more urgently.  "Lord, Friday is the day we get the feedback from these experts and their recommendations, yet I feel no closer to knowing what we should do."

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Praise Him

No matter what, praise Him.

Praise Him from thelatterdays on GodTube.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Dis-Spelling Dark Forces

A young Christian contacted me about some spiritual battles they are facing.  They try to pray and cannot.  When they try to focus on the Lord, images of Satan come to mind.  Temptations of the flesh are increasing, confusion is torturing the mind, and they are even doubting the things God has shown them regarding their own salvation.

When the urges of the flesh pick up or demonic attacks increase, it is certainly time for a fast.  Indeed, if we adopt a "fasting" lifestyle, it will help to keep such things at bay.  When we humble ourselves, God draws nigh to us.  So if we want to hear God's voice more clearly, we must sharpen our ears to hear.  How do we do that? Beating down the soul by withholding from it what it craves.

"But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom." Psalm 35:13

If we do not afflict our souls through self-denial, then Satan will most certainly afflict our spirits through fleshly overindulgence.  Satan can only appeal to our soul or to the flesh, however, when our spirits are stronger than both, Satan can gain no advantage.  Such is important for us being able to stand strong in the faith.

"But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." I Corinthians 9:27

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Jesus Was and Is Eternally God

"He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.  And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." Revelation 22:11-12

One thing has certainly become clear as time moves on in these last days, and such is that the "narrow way" is becoming increasingly more narrow.   The text above doesn't just speak of people continuing in the same vein in which they currently are.  The word "still" is speaking of a progression; a furthering of degree or increase.  For example, "Let those who are unjust be even more unjust".  Why does God say this?  Because He is revealing the intents of the heart. 

You might have been able to fellowship before amongst people with whom you have only had minor doctrinal differences.  However, now those slight disagreements have somehow become insurmountable fissures as the depths of these differences are revealed.  God is forcing everyone to choose a side.  Be either hot or code, but lukewarm is getting spewed out of His mouth (Revelation 3:16).  He is cleaning up His Church and preparing His Bride for His return.

And as people begin to choose, you had better know where you stand.  You cannot believe in something just because another person says it is truth.  You must have the fortitude & discipline to study the word of God for yourselves and the ears to hear the Holy Spirit as He reveals its meaning to you.  Otherwise, deception will be so great that, if it were possible, even the elect will be deceived (Matthew 24:24).  You must know that you know who you know so that you can stand firm.

That stated, I wanted to take time to address a doctrine to which some have ascribed proclaiming that Jesus Christ is a created being.  Such a position is not supported by the Scriptures, and I would like to review why.   As we examine the Scriptures, we will see that:
  • Jesus existed with the Father prior to His incarnation
  • Jesus is the Creator of all things and nothing was created outside of His creative work
  • Jesus is both fully God and fully man
  • Jesus has the same divine nature as the Father, making Him equally God
  • Jesus' role in the Godhead does not impune His divine nature
  • Being firstborn denotes Jesus' preeminence, not His creation
  • Melchizedek is a type or figure for Christ