Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Babylon is in the Heart

The Trojan Horse

"There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man." Mark 7:15

When I first started seeking the Lord, I used to follow Dr. Frederick K.C. Price Sr. at  Crenshaw Christian Center (CCC).  His services were broadcast weekly on my local religious television channel.  When you are hungry for righteousness, you will almost go anywhere to be fed.

Then one day, Dr. Price began to speak about those in his church who were not tithing.  He chastised them and berated them in a way that shocked me.  He went on further to speak disparagingly about those who wrote checks to the ministry which bounced.  He stated that - if not for the fact that it was illegal - he would publicly post the names of every person who had given bad checks in an offering to his church.

You have been given time in a pulpit to speak to the things of God and your main concern is folks not giving you enough money?  Where was the compassion and Godly concern about the lives of these people?  Perhaps they were in financial struggles which was pulling them under.  Or maybe the church was setting an inordinate emphasis on "money" which compelled them to try and give more than they could.  I knew that it was not the spirit of the Lord inspiring these words and that was enough for me.  I never listened to any more "word of faith" or "prosperity doctrine" foolishness again.  As someone whom God had delivered out of the Roman Catholic Church, I could recognize that Babylonian spirit when I saw it.

Monday, September 19, 2011

At Your Feet

Desiring that "Good Part"

I remember when I first got the gift of speaking in tongues. I was at a women's retreat and it was during a time of praise & worship.  Everyone stood with hands upraised, singing praises to the Lord.

As we sang, the love of God impressed upon me so that I opened my mouth to whisper a private, "I love you Lord" to Jesus.  Yet what actually came out of my mouth sounded like gibberish to me.  No biggie.  I must have just tripped over my own tongue.

I opened my mouth to say it again, and again it came out sounding like gibberish...but this time I kept speaking and it sounded as if I was speaking another language!  Even while continuing to speak, I was momentarily startled.  What was this?  It took a moment for me to realize that I was speaking in tongues.

Once I realized this, I continued praising God, and it continued coming out in tongues.  I had never had such a personal and intimate experience with the Lord before.  I literally felt like I was standing before the throne of God, like Jesus was right before me.  I was overwhelmed by His majesty.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Watch out for the Spirit of Antichrist

The following is a message from Pastor Zac Poonen.

Watch out for the Spirit of Antichrist

And they worshipped the dragon, because he gave authority to the beast; and they worshipped the beast saying, ‘Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?’ (Rev 13:4)

The whole earth now worships Satan. This is what Satan has always wanted from the beginning. In Isaiah 14:14, we read that Lucifer wanted to be like God. God had already given Lucifer many wonderful gifts - wisdom, beauty, ability, and supernatural gifts. What more did he want? He wanted to be worshipped like God was. And that is how he became the devil. Whenever you desire the admiration of people, remember that you too have the same desire as Satan. To seek the honour of men is Satanic. Finally, we see here, that Satan does get the whole world to worship him. Of course, that is happening in a small measure even today. But it is going to be much more widespread.

They worshipped the Antichrist too. The worship of the Antichrist - the worship of men - is also becoming widespread today. They worshipped the Antichrist saying, “Who is like the beast?” Just like we worship God today saying, “Who is like unto Thee, Oh God,” people worship Satan and the Antichrist saying the same thing. People will not call the Antichrist, “The Antichrist”. No. They will call him by a respectable name.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Have You Been With Jesus?

Designer Christianity

"People say, 'I believe in God. I believe the Bible is a good book. And then I believe whatever I want.'"  USA Today, More Americans Tailoring Religion to Fit Their Needs

As I was driving this morning, I wondered how anyone looking around at the world can doubt that we are indeed in the last days. There is a general lack of morality fueled by a focus on "self" which is off of the scale. Demons openly walk the streets, sit in the cubicle next to you at work, check out your groceries at the store, and entertain you via music/movies/tv...while folks just go from day to day as if it were normal. Like a frog being slowly boiled in a pot of water, society has been driven into madness so that many cannot even recognize the insanity.  People are in the midst of insanity, thinking it is normal.

What's worse perhaps is that this insanity has invaded the church.  If there is one thing that time with this blog has shown me is that many claiming to be "Christian" are in actuality far from it.  The standard for their Christianity is their own minds (what they think, what they believe, what they like, etc.), when that standard should be Jesus Christ.  It is no wonder there are so many debates and arguments about doctrine & Scripture, for each is seeking his own way and not the ways of the Lord (Proverbs 1:31; Isaiah 53:6, 56:11; Ezekiel 22:31, 36:17).   Like the world, many in the church have become blind to its own madness; having a show of godliness, but denying the power thereof. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

More Love, More Power, More of You

The following article from the School of Christ was forwarded to me today and I am sharing it here.  For the past two years, this has been a particular message that God has placed upon my heart, and it is still relevant for me today.

Each day, God provides me with opportunities to die to myself (my ways, my thoughts, my hurts, my desires...).  Do I always take them?  Nope.  And I don't say that lightly, but it is just the plain honest truth.  We really do have to die daily, haven't we?  And when we don't it is to our own shame and detriment for the flesh will be most prominent in our lives, polluting our interactions with others and short-circuiting the power of God.

I pray that it is also encouraging to you.  May God continue to do His work in us, getting our eyes off of ourselves and our situations; having our eyes look singly upon Jesus.

In combination with the article below, you may also want to read the following: Me Runs Deep, Moved to Compassion, and Brokenness - the Key to Heavenly Life.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Slaves to Debt

"Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?" Romans 6:16

There is a movie entitled "The International".  While I have not seen it, it was playing on a TV where I was this week.  One particular scene caught my attention.

Apparently, the plot of the movie is about two people trying to prove that international banks are engaging in corrupt activities ranging from organized crime, government destabilization, and arms trading.  In this particular scene, the two investigators confront Umberto Calvini (an arms dealer and political candidate) about this relationship.

Although they are speaking about international banking in the movie, I felt they could have been speaking about Satan himself.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Sacrifice of Gentiles

There is a misconception in the world that there is some demilitarized zone when it comes to the things of God. People mistakenly believe that they can be "independent" or "neutral".  Such is not what the Scriptures say.
demilitarized zone:  any area, place, or circumstance in which conflicts or hostilities are held in abeyance.
The reality is that those who do not serve God - in Spirit and in Truth - ARE in fact already serving the devil (Romans 6:16).  There is no alternative.  You don't have to wear black & hexagrams, own a Satanic Bible, partake in murderous blood rituals, knowingly sell your soul, or chant "I love you Satan".  In fact, many of Satan's most ardent worshipers outwardly appear normal and very respectable, even going to or helping to lead the local church on the corner.

All one has to do in order to be a servant of Satan is to not be led by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14).  Not making a choice about God is the very act of making a choice.  Not engaging in the war simply makes one a casualty of war.  One is either working with Christ or scattering against Him.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

American Horror Story

A Time to Weep, A Time to Laugh

Have you ever seen or heard something that made you laugh and cry at the same time?  The following article was forwarded to me today and it evoked just that kind of response.

On one hand, I can truly relate to the author's frustration...and was glad to hear someone say it.  I laughed as I reminisced about the way that life "used to be" as boys were truly allowed to be boys.

On the other hand, the consequences of this truth is enough to make you want to weep for the loss of life and the striping of manhood which many young boys suffer.  I have seen firsthand the way society, schools, and the media attempts to emasculate boys.  Young boys are being molded into some version of a "Ken doll", and I for one am fed up with it.

A true American horror story is unfolding in many homes across the country as our young people are being brainwashed into believing that "gender" is neutral.