I’m speechless, but not

This morning, I can identify with Jonah – a man who refused to leave his home and go to warn the Ninevites to turn against their wicked ways and repent to the one true God.

Even though I don’t know what it was like to be Jonah, I can understand why he would not want to go. Something deep inside him said that it wasn’t worth it, because these people would not listen. These people had their own truth. They thought that they knew who the true god was. It took a man being vomited out of the belly of a fish (their god) for them to take heed.

Is there really anybody out there left that seeks for the truth even if it changes their mind about what they previously believed? Who here truly sees God – his character, his ways, his words. Whose heart is soft enough to accept the real truth and experience the love of God in Christ Jesus? Is there anyone left?

I’ve also recently been reminded about the account of Lot and the signifance it has for us today. What if he had ignored the angels? Obviously, his family loved Sodom, but what we want and love is not necessarily good for us. Lots wife turned into a pillar of salt for looking back. This is all a representation of how important it is to be aware of our sin and to turn from it.

No doubt. We are living not only with the spirit of the anti-Christ but also with the spirit of the Pharaseas. We live in a day when it is offensive to warn someone of danger or deceit.

People want to believe what they believe even if it could be a lie. What they believe is also what they think will keep them in comfort.

Following God can be difficult at tims, but it can also be very easy. But, my friends, despite a virus and the threat of war, we are living in a new spiritual age. In this age, we wage war in the spirit like never before. What we once only battled in the spirit is now being manifested in the physical.

There was a time when people could agree to disagree. Now people try to shut your mouth as if you are not allowed to speak from your own heart, yet they are.

In this age, people don’t want to know the truth about God, because they don’t want to be aware of their own sin. They are comfortable with their gods, but what they do not realize is that one day their god will demand more than they want to give. Satan never demands little. Satan never gives mercy, especially grace, but he will cause you to believe it.

Satan is an imitator of God who seeks his own revenge toward the One True God by snatching up his creation – mankind. Satan hates God, because he wants to be God.

To my fellow followers of Christ, be prayerful about what you do being sure not to greave the Holy Spirit. Don’t break the law when it’s given to you. Be discerning of false teachers and prophets. Don’t fall for anything that goes against God’s Word in its entirety. Many are using God’s Word to justify their actions. Set yourself on the course to understand the WHOLE WORD OF GOD. Not any one verse is meant to be alone in its meaning. Their will be other parts of Scripture that will confirm the true meaning. Nothing should be taken out of context.

Be sure to ready yourself to give an account for the reason why you believe what you believe, and set yourself up to be blameless before God.

And above all else, pray for your fellow followers of Jesus Christ.

Go forth and be blessed, my friend.

My Hiding Place

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.

Psalm 32:7 (NIV)

Have you had enough of the evil that surrounds you? We encounter it, but often times we fail to see what is really going on. I’m sure that you have heard it before, but I seem to hear less of it from man these days:

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)

Our struggle is NOT with flesh and blood, but we keep acting out in our flesh.

Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please HIM, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.

2 Corinthians 5:6-9(NIV)

If we act out in our flesh, we are away from the Lord. If our goal is to please Him, it won’t matter if our souls are with him or in this failing body. We must live by faith and not by sight. This is not only about whether we believe but also how we follow Christ.

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine powers to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (NIV)

I have to tell you something. Don’t be surprised by what you see around you. If you are trying to fight a battle for your freedoms, you are too late. For many years, God has given us signs of changing times. The battle you are waging is a battle that should have been fought many years ago – about 12 years ago. So many were busy living in the flesh and not living in the spirit. You will not win your battles in the flesh. You must go to the Lord, petition Him, and learn how to do battle in the spirit realm with the spiritual gifts that God has given you. The battle plans changed while you lived “in peace”. If you believe that protesting man will get you your freedoms, you are mistaken. Who has the power here?? You don’t have the power to make deceived men change their course – only God can do that! And it is only through God that YOU have the power, through the Holy Spirit, to demolish strongholds. This is the giant we are facing – STRONGHOLDS. And you learn what to do about it but petitioning God to, first, show you the Truth, and second, teaching you to demolish strongholds, first in your own life, and second in the lives of those around you.

Let me repeat myself here:

You will not win this battle in the flesh but through faith in God and the power He has given you to demolish strongholds.

It is only in the refuge of the Almighty that this can take place. If you refuse to go to His hiding place, you won’t be sheltered from the storm long enough to gain strength to withstand it.

You are here in this time and called as a light for the battered and wounded. You must be strengthened and learn what God has planned for you. You will not be affective if you don’t do this.

I will end with one of the most important things, because without this, none of the other will take place.

Be careful not to be deceived by man.

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

1 John 4:1-3 (NIV)

There are people in this world for which God has given me an uneasy spirit – one particular person that you would never would have guessed. Be careful not to be deceived.

And above all else, petition God to be holy and blameless in His sight. (Ephesians 1:4 NIV)

Go forth and be blessed my friend.