All Free to Do Our Part

(None are Exempt from Walking in our God’s Virtue)

Watchmen all over the world, we must put away the demonic stronghold of respect of person and status in the Body of Christ. We must look and listen beyond the world’s hype and see that our God’s Word is continually being fulfilled. We must remember, when believers know, understand, and submit to the original mind, perfect will, and steadfast intent of our God (His Word: Scripture and Jesus), HE synchronizes us with and by His Holy Spirit.

We share in our God’s virtues, as His Holy Spirit manifests the will and power of heaven in the earth and lives of humanity, according to our faith and obedience (Romans 8; 1 Corinthians 12:7). Our God’s perfect will is for all humanity (male and female; old and young; rich and poor) is for us to live, move, and have our being synchronized with Him and one another as One, displaying His Person, Word, character, authority, dominion, and power in the earth:

Genesis 1:26-27 (AMP) 26 Then God said, “Let Us (Father, Word, Holy Spirit) make man in Our image, according to Our likeness (not physical, but a spiritual personality and moral likeness); and let THEM have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, and over the entire earth, and over everything that creeps and crawls on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God HE created him; male and female HE created THEM.

Genesis 5:12 (KJV) This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made HE him; 2 Male and female created HE them; and blessed, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. Our God’s mind and intent when He created humanity in His own image and likeness, was to allow us (all and each of us) to reign together on earth, as He reigns in heaven (Genesis 1:26-30).

Our God charged humanity to take dominion over every other created thing, NOT ONE ANOTHER! This is His will (finished and revealed in Christ Jesus) and it IS manifesting in the earth.

EACH DOING OUR PART; GROWING UP TOGETHER IN
HIS UNFAILING VIRTUE OF LOVE

Ephesians 4:11-16 (NLT)
Verses 11-13 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the Body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.

Jesus Christ willed the ascension or five-fold ministry gifts to the Body of Christ, anointing ALL WHO BELIEVE with His virtues of grace, wisdom, ability… to build the mind, will and ways of our Heavenly Father (His kingdom) into the lives of believers. These gifts are spiritual tools used to mature the Body of Christ for service. The Body of Christ comes together, as all and each believer arises with understanding and does his or her part. No matter how it seems to the natural eye or ear, our God’s predetermined will IS taking place; as genuine believers in Jesus Christ shall see His will come to pass:

Verse 14-16 We will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the Head of His body, the Church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

It is the will of our God that each member of the Body of Christ (male and female; old and young; rich and poor) do our part by agreeing with His Word and allowing His Holy Spirit to administrate His virtue (power to do good and right) in our lives. Our God has made plain that in spiritual operations, there is NO favoritism, neither is there any superiority among men or angel. He alone is our Sovereign God. The mature in Him have grown to understand assignments and responsibilities (according to gift and His processing) and are sober in the estimation of themselves and others. HE HAS NOT EXCLUDED NOR EXEMPTED ANYONE!

WE ARE ALL SONS OF THE MOST HIGH GOD

John 1:11-12 (KJV) 11 He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. 12 But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.

Watchmen all over the world, we know that our true being and existence is spirit. We live in flesh bodies (male or female) to fulfill our purpose and assignment in this physical world; however, our true being is spirit. Our God’s only requirement to be one of His sons (regardless of person or status) is faith in Him and His work in Jesus THE Christ:

Galatians 3:28 (AMP) There is now no distinction in regard to salvation, neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you who believe are all one in Christ Jesus, no one can claim a spiritual superiority.

Watchmen all over the world, we must do our part to set all captives free, so that we all are able to do our part in the furtherance of our God’s kingdom in the earth and lives of humanity. Perhaps you live in a culture or nation that overtly or blatantly oppresses people (we know it is everywhere to some measure). We pray more grace and endurance upon their lives, along with every believer, as our God works and fights on our behalf. We thank our God that the revelation knowledge is being poured out that activating and releasing all of our God’s sons is key to building the Body and bringing Jesus Christ back.

WATCHMEN, BE LOOSED, IN JESUS NAME!

John 11:43-44 (AMP) 43 When He had said this, He shouted with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 Out came the man who had been dead, his hands and feet tightly wrapped in burial cloths (linen strips), and with a burial cloth wrapped around his face. Jesus said to them, “Unwrap him and release him.”

Luke 13:1617 (NLT) 16 This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?” 17 This shamed His enemies, but all the people rejoiced at the wonderful things He did.

Though a nation, culture or environment require anyone to think, speak, and move in a place outside our fullest potential, we pray that all be encouraged and do not ever forget we can take absolute dominion over darkness in the spirit realm (in the authority and power of the name of Jesus). Let us stand together and continue to faithfully command these walls and strongholds of satan to crumble and fall, and for its perpetrators be put to open shame and repentance. We call forth great favor and understanding to be poured out. We need every son of God fighting the good fight of faith.

We pray that our God shut down all success and progress until every ruler’s heart turn favorably towards with all (men, women, young, old, minorities, and the systematically disadvantaged). We pray that restitution be paid to the loved ones of those who died after laboring without wages. We pray the glass ceilings over those who are oppressed crash to the ground, into pieces that cannot be reconstructed.

FEMALE WATCHMEN, OUR GOD’S APPROVAL HAS
BEEN GIVEN, ARISE AND TAKE YOUR PORTION

Numbers 26:33; 27:28 (AMP) 33 Zelophehad the son of Hepher had no sons, but only daughters, and the names of Zelophehad’s daughters were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. 2 They stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders, and all the congregation at the doorway of the Tent of Meeting (tabernacle), saying, 3 “Our father died in the wilderness. He was not among those who assembled together against the Lord in the company of Korah, but he died for his own sin (as did all those who rebelled at Kadesh), and he had no sons. 4 Why should the name of our father be removed from his family because he had no son? Give to us a possession (land) among our father’s brothers.” 5 So Moses brought their case before the Lord. 6 Then the Lord said to Moses, 7 “The request of the daughters of Zelophehad is justified. You shall certainly give them a possession as an inheritance among their father’s brothers, and you shall transfer their father’s inheritance to them. 8 Further, you shall say to the Israelites, ‘If a man dies and has no son, you shall transfer his inheritance to his daughter.

Watchmen all over the world, we must know that our God has taken all ungodly constraints off all His people (without respect of person or status). He has ordained that all ungodly yokes and burdens destroyed and removed (whether physical or spirit). Let us stand together and demand chains to break and locks to melt, as doors and gates open to the manifested, anointed hand of our God at work in the cultures and nations of the world. We need all of God’s sons (male, female, rich, poor, young and old) at work, in His virtue of liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17)!

RESCUED TO DO OUR PART

Psalm 34:19 (NLT) The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.

It makes absolutely no difference why any of us are found in the fights and struggle we are in. It does not matter if our pain is self-inflicted. Our God loves us and has preordained that every believer prospers and be in health, as our souls (minds, wills, and emotions) prosper, that we lend and not borrow, that we are blessed in whatever state we find ourselves. We need only repent. This is not because of anything good in us; it is all about our God. His Word has forever established that we be rescued and restored, if we only believe.

FATHER GOD
We are grateful that Your Word is being fulfilled continually and the oppressed are walking into Your perfect liberty. We thank You the Body of Christ is indeed coming together, and we are growing together in Your Truth and Love. Once again, Your Word and Holy Spirit are using unusual methods to do things impossible for mere humans.

Thank You for Your enduring strength empowering us,until we see Your hand of deliverance, until Your angel walks us out of every trap and cage, until the necessary miracle manifests. Thank You for allowing us to see Kairos commune with Kronos.
You are our Great God.

Father we thank You for gathering and uniting Your people from every walk of life, culture, and nation. We thank You for linking our faith, gathering our tears, and giving us the authority and power in the name of Jesus. You have well equipped us to pull down strongholds. Nothing contrary to Your will shall stand before us. We stand sending Your Word and consuming fire to every fairy tale and lie that we have heard about You, Jesus, and Your Holy Spirit. We thank You for breathing upon us afresh, so that we see You as You truly are.

We stand together (in the power of agreement) and send Your dunamis, yoke destroying, burden removing power/virtue into and against these wicked systems, until Your people can no longer be oppressed, or mistreated. Thank You that the revelation comes to these systems, that they WILL NOT see their promised land or walk into their large places until such oppression and abuse is uprooted. We declare to them, “Loose God’s sons and let them go! In, Jesus name!”

We stand together as one in the Holy Spirit, declaring and decreeing Your heart and mind. Therefore, Father, be it unto us, as we believe and have spoken.

In Jesus name, we pray. Amen and it is so!

THINGS WE MUST KNOW AND DO

I am speaking to a particular people with this post. If you are among them, this is not a new idea. No, our God has been dealing with you about this for a while. He has been giving you instruction and revelation preparing you for the change, the transition, the cross and resurrection that is to come.

Our God is calling us into our place in Him, the place of our destinies. Some of us, our God is calling into marriage, some to change employment, some to make major decisions and purchases, or to sow major seed, some to walk into ministry, and the like. Whether or not you are among these people, I come to remind God’s people of the things we must know as our God walks us through these transitions.

WE MUST ALLOW JESUS TO MENTOR US!

Hebrews 12:2-3 (NLT) Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

We must keep our Great Example and Living Tutorial, Jesus Christ before us, focusing on His mind and methods. He shows us how to make the impossible, possible. We must believe, as He knew that all creation works to manifest our Heavenly Father’s promises, when we believe and act upon His “Rhema.”

Please did not “try” to achieve anything because it sounds good. We must tune out all fear and doubt; get before our God and ask Him for His mind, will, and perspective for our own lives and all we steward. HE WILL SPEAK TO US (Isaiah 30:21; Jeremiah 33:3; Psalm 91:5; James 1:5)! Once we receive His instruction, we must move out on His Word, just as our forefather Abraham (Hebrews 11:8-11). Our Heavenly Father has promised to order our steps, and lead us “line upon line and percept upon percept.” Our God has promised revelation/enlightenment as we go (Psalm 119:133; 37:23; Proverbs 4:18).

Throughout His physical, earthly ministry, Jesus (the human), made statements that revealed He was fully convinced of the character, Love, Word, power, and authority of our Heavenly Father, and He was granted His Holy Spirit without measure (John 3:34). He warned us of the struggles against flesh and demonic forces, as our Heavenly Father planned and fulfilled their complete defeat. We must keep His Word and ways as the guide for our lives, so that our lives will manifest the victory over flesh and demonic forces, just as He shows us in Scripture. We must wear humility towards our Heavenly Father as our spiritual skin! This is worshipping our God in spirit and truth (John 4:24)!

WE MUST KNOW HE UNDERSTANDS THE JOURNEY,
AND IS WITH US ALL THE WAY!

Hebrews 4:15 (NLT) This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin.

We must know that our Lord, Savior, Master, and King Jesus Christ has experienced everything we experience spiritually/physically. In order to overcome, we must use His methods of faith in our Heavenly Father’s character, Love, Word, power, and authority (Hebrews 12:2). Jesus’ knowledge of our plight qualifies Him to sit at the right hand of our Heavenly Father, making effective intercession possible; we must trust our God and refuse to fear.

Hebrews 13:5 (AMP) Let your character (your moral essence, your inner nature) be free from the love of money (shun greed; be financially ethical), being content with what you have. For He has said, “I will never (under any circumstances) desert you, nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless. Nor will I forsake, or let you down, or relax My hold on you. Assuredly not!”

One of satan tactics is to divide, separate, and conquer. No matter how lonely, how misunderstood he tries to make us “feel,” we must remind him of our God’s promises. We must give him some “It is written!” We must know that others who are called of our God, are struggling to protect their faith in our God, just as we are; we must use the knowledge of our God, His Word and Holy Spirit, and trust Him to redirect our steps, when and if we get off course.

HEAVEN HAS OUR BACKS!

Psalm 34:19 (KJV) “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.”

Exodus 14:13-14 (KJV) “And Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.’”

Romans 8:28 (AMP) We know, with great confidence, that God (who is deeply concerned about us) causes all things to work together, (as a plan), for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.

We must know that Jesus Christ, our Heavenly Father, the Scripture, and His heavenly host have our backs as we walk into His predestined will for our lives. No matter how it looks or feels we must get our refreshing from our God’s Presence and Word, knowing no matter what, our God will make all things beneficial to our lives.

EACH STEP IS A PREPARATION FOR THE NEXT STEP

Genesis 1:28 (NLT )Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

John 14:6-7 (AMP) Jesus said to him, “I am the only Way to God, and the real Truth, and the real Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. If you had really known Me, you would also have known My Father. From now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”

Our God is progressive. He works with us, (as He did with Jesus), helping us fulfill His charge to be fruitful, multiply, and govern the earth, according to His will and ways. We must recognize Jesus Christ, fulfilled this charge and left us “the way, the Truth, and the life” to follow back to the life our Heavenly Father intended for us. Every step Jesus took, every event and situation, (when faced and addressed with our Heavenly Father’s perspective), led Jesus to the fulfilling of His will, and humanity complete dominion over all darkness through Him! We must watch Jesus!

WE SUFFER SO OTHERS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE
Though this change is for you, it is for the service of many others. Some of us must walk through situations and circumstances (with victory already assured), so that we are fully convinced of our dominion through Jesus Christ. Some of us must bear and overcome particular crosses, so that we can assist others, as they do the same.

JESUS IS LORD TO THE GLORY OF GOD, OUR HEAVENLY FATHER!
We must understand that our lives are to reflect the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is indeed our Heavenly Father’s Word made human. Humanities’ dominion has been reestablished through Him; our Heavenly Father has made Him, human Lord of all. In Him, we are fruitful, multiply, and take dominion over the works of the hands of our Heavenly Father.

We need the fellowship of other saints. We need mentors and counselors, yes. We must never, ever forget; however, that our Heavenly Father, His Word (Scripture/Jesus), and His presence in us and the earth (His Holy Spirit) are our FIRST mentors. We follow all others, as they follow our God!

MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
Our Lord has impressed upon my heart that it is time to give myself totally to the work of the ministry. Like the Apostle Paul, I use my skills and training to provide for myself as I minister the Gospel. Over the past few years, (yes, years) our God has reminded me of the following Scriptures continually:

Acts 6:2 (AMP) So the Twelve called the disciples together and said, “It is not appropriate for us to neglect (teaching) the word of God in order to serve tables and manage the distribution of food.

1 Corinthians 9:14 (NLT) In the same way, the Lord ordered that those who preach the Good News (the Gospel) should be supported by those who benefit from it.

Though I understand what our God has been saying to me, I FAILED to develop the faith I needed to act on it. Faith unused and unattended are missed spiritual opportunities to manifest our God’s Will in our lives and the earth (I have repented.) If we all hold the things our God has shared, we will all “cross over to the other side.” We will see our God’s Word fulfilled in our lives, and walk in His glory!

WE ALL MUST OBEY GOD
There is greater truth and revelation to be revealed. Greater levels of prophetic and apostolic anointing are available to take teaching and deliverance to greater productivity, and furtherance of the kingdom of our God. There is much work to be done (in prayer, fasting, and any other service our God reveals). We know deep in our spirits that there is so much more our God wants us to do, and we must be about His business.

Our God has allowed our faith, prayers, decrees, and declarations to shake the kingdom of darkness. I have commanded the treasures stolen from our family lineages to be released in Jesus name. We have work to do. Our Heavenly Father gives us wealth to further His covenant in the earth, not to build bigger dynasties. He gives us wealth to take care of His people, and win souls to His kingdoms. He gives us wealth to tear down the works of darkness, and free up His people to serve Him and others.

We know our God will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory, by Christ Jesus, our Lord!

FATHER GOD,
Thank You so much for the grace to do all You have set before us. Help us to be vigilant in our faith and prayer for one another as we step out in faith. Make us more sensitive to Your Word and Your precious Holy Spirit. We desire to do Your will.

Breathe on us again, open our understanding even the more to Your Word. We ask that You take over our lives, completely and perpetually. We desire to be vessels, continuous ready for Your use. Increase the anointing on our lives so that we flow freely in Your Holy Spirit, doing Your will in the earth. Teach us to walk among humanity, using Your wisdom and revelation knowledge to win souls, heal all who are oppressed of the devil.

Anoint us to be excellent stewards of all You place in our hands. Thank You for keeping Your hands on our lives as we enter into great wealth of knowledge, understanding, wisdom, power, authority, grace, favor… yes, even finances. Help us to represent You properly in the earth.

We trust You have heard the cries of our hearts, because we have repented, turned from wickedness, and trust You to keep Your Word. Do all that is in Your heart. Help us to see You at work. We love You so dearly. Thank You for loving us first. We trust, obey, and wait on You. In Jesus name, we pray. AMEN, AMEN, AMEN!

Dangerous Traditions

(Spiritual Common Sense)

We know the role of God’s watchmen is to sound the alarm, to fight the good fight of faith, in behalf of God’s people, and of course, for ourselves. We know our God anoints us to expose and destroy the works and plans of the enemy of His Kingdom, and that by the power and authority of His Word and Holy Spirit. Our God has a way of stripping off the glam and glitter and getting to the root of the problem. He wants to expose another subtle working of satan:

One day, as I washed my dinner dishes, the Holy Spirit took my mind back to earlier experiences in church, as His presence was made known. I remember the times when His presence (the Morally Excellent Spirit of Love and Conviction) was so strong that men, women, boys, and girls wept shamelessly in His presence. I remember I once melted from my seat and crawled to the altar of His Love, knowing He was gracious and merciful, that He was more than willing to help me be the person He designed me to be.

I heard my spirit man ask our God why the Body of Christ (as a whole) is not experiencing this measure of anointing today. I heard Him say, “I have not changed.” I realized “we” have. I prayed and released my cares to our God regarding the matter and went to bed, knowing He would further enlighten me.

The next morning, after my personal quiet time and Forerunner prayer with our Lord, I sensed a heaviness in my heart. Examining my thoughts, concerns, situations, and surroundings I realized this heaviness had a particular purpose. I turned to watch a broadcast of a fellow minister of the Gospel and found myself even more grieved than before. I asked the Lord what was going on in my spirit man; He reminded me of my experience the night before. Then I heard His Word from the Apostle Paul:

Brethren, when I came to you, I came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God (1 Corinthians 2:1‐5) .

I was floored when our God revealed why my soul was disturbed. Truth is, I have grown weary of good preaching and teaching alone; where are the works of God that confirm our faith? Our God has not changed, and He is not a respecter of persons. What He did for Jesus, the Apostle Paul and others, He is more than willing to do for us.

Another Tradition
Then I heard our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ:

Mark 7:9; 13 (KJV) 7 He said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. 13 Making the Word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

The truth is, to a great measure today’s church has made good preaching and teaching, the end all of its “services”.  As a result, God’s people’s faith lies more in the oratorical skills of the speaker, to include their physical appearance, familial and educational background, socio‐economic status, their ability to enunciate, exegeses, prophesy, and dramatize the Scripture. Humans confirming the validity of the minister by these statuses and capabilities; HOW CONTRARY THIS FOOLISHNESS IS TO THE MIND OF OUR GOD!

Our God Alone Validates
Our God validates and backs His Word and delegated authorities with HIS AUTHORITY AND POWER. WE MINISTER BY THE GRACE OF OUR GOD, ACCORDING TO OUR FAITH IN HIM and He responds with power and demonstration of His Holy Spirit, confirming what was spoken!

What is at the Root of all this?
Why are we not seeing our God back His Word and ministers? The Scripture tells us it is because of the LACK OF FAITH!

What causes us to have a lack of faith?

• The failure of Christian leaders to teach the True Gospel of Jesus The Christ, in all its Truth, love, suffering, authority, power, and complete victory.

• Our lack of study and application of God’s Word. Our failure to accept our Heavenly Father God for who He says He is, according to the witness of His Word (Jesus/Scripture) and His Holy Spirit.

• Our self‐reliance, independence and self‐trust

• Our lack of sincere surrender or submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and our God’s Word as the Sovereign Truth 

• Our failure to renounce sin (call sin, sin; repent; ask for God’s help to overcome the sin nature that wars against our born again spirit)

• Our practiced disobedience (the backslidden make excuses for sin; captured believers weep and seek deliverance from sin)

• Our prayerlessness (genuinely spending time in our God’s presence strengthens our faith and convicts us of all contrariness in our lives)

• Our failure to resist fear, doubt, pride, selfish, envy, hatred and every other negative, sin conceived emotion

• Our having mental condescension to the Word of God, without genuinely choosing to believe

• Our lack of genuine gratitude for all our God has done (evidence that we have walked away from, or never knew our God)

• Our dishonor of God by disobedience to His known will (our God does not make clones; we must know Him for ourselves)

• Our failure to receive conviction and correction

• Our failure to repent

• Our believing and magnifying problems and satan above the Truth, Love, power, and authority of our God

• Our loving the world, resulting in our thinking, speaking, and behaving like the world

• Our belief of erroneous doctrine (teaching and beliefs), because of our failure to judge all things by the Word, character, Person, and Spirit of our God.

(Note: This list is not all inclusive, and I have been guilty of them all. Thank our God for repentance and His faithfulness!)

NOW is the time for God’s ministers (all over the world) to take responsibility for our foolishness and open our hearts before our God. We must ask Him to show us all that is in us, that keeps us from walking in HIS confirming power and authority. NOW is the time to align our HEARTS AND MINDS with the HEART AND MIND OF OUR GOD, so that HIS CONFIRMATION (miracles, signs, and wonders of mass salvation, conversion, restoration, healing, deliverance, provision, and every other good thing that is part of the believer’s inheritance) can manifest in our ministries and in the lives of those we SERVE.

Pray Watchmen Pray
Watchmen, let us pray that the Holy Spirit of conviction fill the hearts of our God’s servants all over the world, that we cast our crowns at the feet of our Savior and weep, if not for ourselves for our brothers and sisters, and the unsaved who have been robbed by the slight of humanity and the cunning of satan. May our God forgive us for being satisfied with so little. May the kingdom of darkness woefully rue the day they planted this seed of iniquity among our God’s people.

Father God,
Our hearts cry out to You; MAKE US REAL! We free Your hand. Do all that is in Your heart. Just as You declared so long ago, judgment must begin at the household of faith. Correct us quickly Father. Thank You for second, third, fourth and fifth chances to get it right. Let Your servants know it is never too late to repent and get back in the fight that is already fully won, by Jesus The Christ, our Savior, Lord, King, and Messiah.

You said Your eyes search to and fro, looking for someone to show Yourself strong in behalf of. Father, we are here; we are repentant, and we are calling on Your name. We are saying with our whole hearts, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in our lives and in the earth.” Do all that is in Your heart today and every day.

Thank You for Your faithfulness to preparing the Body of Christ for the return of our Savior, Lord, and King, the Messiah Jesus The Christ. Thank You for saving souls and raising up the Remnant, who will once again fully take up Your cause, with the confirmation of Your power and authority. Thank You for raising up men, women, boys, and girls, full of Your faith and Your Holy Spirit, who will do the greater works declared by Jesus Christ, our Lord. Your Word does not return to You void; we are watching and waiting.

We love and appreciate You. Even so, come Lord Jesus! We believe, we receive as we pray, knowing You are faithful to Your Word and to us.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen, amen, and amen.

The Testing of our Faith is Part of the Process

Spiritual Common Sense

Each genuine believer must be delivered from contrariness to God, which operates in our own hearts, first and foremost. We must ask ourselves if we will choose to believe our God, and willingly seek His opinion, insight, and instruction, no matter the situation. The testing of our faith (what we genuinely believe) is necessary, if we are to move from faith to faith, and glory to glory in our transformation into the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28-29).

WHY DOES OUR GOD ALLOW OUR FAITH TO BE TRIED AND TESTED?

Deuteronomy 8:2 (NLT) Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands.

Our God does not “test” us Himself; rather He does not rescue us, but allows us to “take ourselves” or “be drawn into situations” so that we can see what is in our own hearts. He already knows if we will honor His will and way. He is not sadistic, or masochistic. No, His intent is that we prosper and be in health, even as our souls proper (3 John 1:2). We must first; however, recognize and acknowledge sin and rebellion in our own hearts, before we can genuinely repent. Genuine repentance then opens our lives up for our God’s intervention and blessing.

Psalm 66:10-12 (NASB) For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins. You made men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water, yet You brought us out into a place of abundance.

Zechariah 13:9 (NASB) “And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ And they will say, ‘The LORD is my God.'”

THE CONSUMING FIRE OF OUR GOD IS A BLESSING TO US
Watchmen, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test you, (that is, to test the quality of your faith), as though something strange or unusual were happening to you. Remember that you are sharing Christ’s sufferings and keep on rejoicing, so that when His glory (filled with His radiance and splendor) is revealed, you may rejoice with great joy (1 Peter 4:12-13 AMP).

Yes, we are to walk through testing, and live each day as if Christ could return in all His glory. As the fire of our God’s love, protection, and correction changes our lives, we must also remember that His glory will first be revealed in us, His Body, the Church. We must remember the value and results of the trying, testing, and molding of our faith:

James 1:2-4 (NASB) Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. Let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect (mature) and complete (whole), lacking in nothing (having faith that manifests your needs).

NEVER FORGET THAT WE ARE HIS BELOVED CHILDREN
As our God’s Word and Holy Spirit teach us, life, the world and darkness come to test what we believe, to see if we genuinely believe with our hearts (Mark 4:14-20). Passing the tests equips us with new/deeper revelation of our Heavenly Father, the mind of Christ, and the power of His Holy Spirit. This is part of the process of spiritual maturity and promotion. Our God wants us to trust Him, His Word, and ways, as He grooms and grows us up, as He restores our lives to HIS original intent.

Our God’s Love, companionship, and training equip us to operate in the power and authority of His Word and Holy Spirit. The guidance of His character, Word and Holy Spirit, (as They walk us through the traps of life, the world, and darkness), provides the understanding and sound spiritual judgment needed to tear down the kingdom of darkness, as we build the Kingdom of our God.

FEAR NOT, IT IS PART OF THE PROCESS
The Word to God’s Watchmen all over the world today is a resounding, “Fear not!” There is no need to fear if our God is leading. How do we get our God in the driver’s seat of our lives?

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.

James 1:5 (KJV) If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

We must get and keep our God involved in our affairs. Purpose to never leave His presence, or escape His watchful eye. Expect, without wavering, His answers, and guidance.

JESUS IS OUR HEAVENLY FATHER’S BELOVED FIRSTBORN SON,
WE MUST HEAR HIM (Luke 21)
The following is a reminder of the things Jesus Christ said during His time on earth; the Holy Spirit would put us in remembrance so that we do not faint and lose heart; so that we continue steadfast and immovable in our faith towards our Heavenly Father, His Word (Scripture/Jesus), and His Holy Spirit. No man knows the hour that the Son of man shall return. We can; however, be prepared and properly informed.

Luke 21:8 And He said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
Jesus knew that false prophets and teachers would be at work in the “church.” It is our job to believe our God is greater and stronger and that His Word does not return void and empty, as we pray, decree, and declare His will in the earth.

Luke 21:9-11 When ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: Great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

Are we genuinely surprised when we see or hear the news from around the nations? Did not our God speak through His Son warning humanity of the things to come? We must not be moved by what we hear, see, or feel; we must purpose in our hearts to be moved by the character, Word, power, and authority of our God alone.

Luke 21:12-15 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. It shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

We must purpose in our hearts never to be afraid of the faces of any, but trust and follow our God’s lead in all things. He will speak through us if we allow Him to do so, and He knows just what to say. He speaks the language of the hearer (Acts 2:6).

Luke 21:16-17 Ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. Ye shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake.

Darkness hates light, even when it exists in one of our loved ones. We must remember it is not truly us, but the God in us, who is the Light. The hatred and contradiction of humanity did not change Jesus’ mode of operation. He continued to listen to the voice of our Heavenly Father and followed the guidance of His Holy Spirit. We must do the same.

Luke 21:18-19 There shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls.

We must remember, when we leave all to our God’s care and guidance, He alone has the final say. When He says yes, no one can contradict Him. We must lay our lives on the altar of His love, trusting Him to keep His Word, causing all things to work together for our good. We are patience; we endure without fear, without doubt.

WE MUST REMEMBER OUR GOD’S PROMISES
James 1:12 (NASB) Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

Living life in abundance is living in the faith, glory, power, and authority of our God. Our faith must be tested.

REMEMBER THE NATURE OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER
We will walk through life, the world, and darkness filled with confidence in our God. We will not fear the testing of the genuineness of our faith, knowing that our God’s Love, Joy, Peace, Goodness, Gentleness, Longsuffering, Faithfulness, Meekness, and Self-control, will see us through until the end of the matter. We know the end of the matter is that “WE WIN!

HEAVENLY FATHER,
We love You. We trust You. We set our faces like flint to do Your will. We understand the testing of our faith is necessary. We are mature enough to recognize and know that testing is good for us. We are grateful that even though we fail a test, You are right there instructing us anew.

Thank You for the nuggets of gold that we have gained through our tests and struggles. Thank You for Your plans for our lives, and that You are walking us into them. We are grateful that You have the final say in our lives.

We open wide doors, windows, and gaps for You to enter in. We ask that You do all that is in Your heart. We thank You in advance for all that we are learning. We thank You in advance for the understanding, wisdom, and revelation knowledge we receive. Thank You for greater levels of power and authority that comes with it all.

We trust Your character, Word (Scripture/Jesus), and Your Holy Spirit to continue to lead, guide, direct, keep and provide for us. We thank You for making us more and more like Jesus, and therefore, like Yourself. Again, do all that is in Your heart, today and everyday. In Jesus name we pray. Amen and thank You.

Take Heed: The Danger of Misrepresenting Our Potter

More Spiritual Common Sense

Jeremiah 18:3-4 (KJV) Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. The vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

We understand that the potter in this Scripture refers to our Creator, our God. We understand the earth is His, along with every human living in it (Psalm 24:1). We understand the land, the waters, all vegetation, all animals, fowl, and every water creature is subject to His Sovereignty, to do with as He wills. He alone IS and HAS the knowledge, understanding, wisdom, power, and legal authority needed to determine the purpose and destiny of His creations.

Our Heavenly Father invested all power and authority in Jesus Christ, whom He deputized to use His investment to exemplify His wisdom and might in the earth, expose darkness and conquer, overthrow, and totally defeat evil. His desire is that we follow Christ’s pattern and do the same.

We are to express the image of our Father, as His manifested sons
Our Heavenly Father’s intent is to renew our minds (thinking, believing, and choosing), and transform our lives (from faith to faith and glory to glory) into the image and likeness of His Son (the human/Word Jesus), who is JUST LIKE HIM (Romans 12:1-3; Romans 1:16-17; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Hebrews 1:3)!

Our God has entrusted to and invested the same power, authority, wisdom, and might in all who receive AND believe in His Son.  When we commit to doing His will, His way, with His heart, His Word and Holy Spirit transform us and we become like Him (John 1:12).  He equips us to do the works Jesus did. Jesus our Lord and Chief Intercessor (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25) says the following:

John 14:12 (KJV) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father

If our God, The Master Potter, is our Father, where is His Honor?
Just as Jesus asked, “Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? (Luke 6:46; KJV),” our God inquires, “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a Father, where is My honor? If I am a Master, where is the reverent fear and respect due Me? (Malachi 1:6a; Amp)”

We will never produce the character of our God, if we operate in self-will. We must ask, as did the Psalmist, that our God create clean hearts and renew right spirits in us. We must ask Him to purge all contrariness to His will from our lives so that we can allow Him to produce His nature in us (2 Peter 1:4).

Exhibiting the nature of our God and His Christ

Proverbs 4:23 (AMP) Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.

How important is it to guard our hearts from negative emotions and self-will in our walk as Christians! Our God’s desire is our restoration to reflect His character, image, and likeness in the earth. Self-will opens the door to the operation of the flesh. Some of us confuse self-will with self-control. Meditation on God’s Word with His Holy Spirit dispels the darkness that seeks to hide the difference.

(1) We do not live in self-will (busily pursuing our own thoughts and desires without regard for our Heavenly Father’s knowledge, understanding, plans, purposes, input, guidance, power, and authority). Human moral character (righteousness) is as filthy rags, compared to our God’s (Isaiah 64:6), and our human ways and thoughts are as different from our God’s as the heavens are high above our heads (Isaiah 55:8-9). No one is capable of fulfilling the will of our God without the government and guidance of our Heavenly Father’s Word (Scripture/Jesus) and His Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:10).

(2) We do live in godly self-control, meaning, we allow our Heavenly Father’s Word (Scripture/Jesus) to be the standard for our lives, and His Holy Spirit to permeate and govern our human spirit. Our God; therefore equips and empowers us to take righteous, God-guided control of our souls (mind, will, and emotions), and bodies. We do all things through Christ (our Heavenly Father’s Anointed Word), which give us the strength to endure, overcome, and conquer our flesh nature, with all its contrariness to the will and ways of our God (Philippians 4:13).

Understanding the difference between godly self-control and self-will keeps us from misrepresenting the heart of our Heavenly Father, the Master Potter. Understanding the difference between godly self-control and self-will aids us in producing His character, His way. Godly self-control is one of the fruit (evidence) that the Holy Spirit, the very presence of our God is living and at work within us (Galatians 5:22-23).

Consider Moses
Moses, though he spoke with our God face to face (Numbers 12:8), allowed his frustration with his “church family” to cause him to operate in self-will rather than godly self-control.

Numbers 20:7-12 (AMP) 7 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 8 “Take the rod; and you and your brother Aaron assemble the congregation and speak to the rock in front of them, so that it will pour out its water. In this way you shall bring water for them out of the rock and let the congregation and their livestock drink fresh water.”

9 So Moses took the rod from before the Lord, just as He had commanded him; 10 and Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly before the rock. Moses said to them, “Listen now, you rebels; must we bring you water out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses raised his hand in anger and with his rod he struck the rock twice (instead of speaking to the rock as the Lord had commanded). And the water poured out abundantly, and the congregation and their livestock drank fresh water.

12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you have not believed (trusted) Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, you therefore shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”

Moses’ failure to represent the heart, mind, will, and ways of our God cost him the opportunity to enter into the Promised Land with the others. Perhaps this is the lesson that moved the Apostle Paul to say, “Be angry, but sin not (Ephesians 4:26). Moses (as God’s representative) failed to properly represent our Heavenly Father before His people. He allowed his fleshy fallen nature to dominate, as he rebelled against God, and responded to the situation in self-will, rather than exercising godly self-control and responding according the “known” will of God.

In addition, what did Moses mean by “must WE bring you water?” Self-will always, always carries an element of pride and self-righteousness. Moses nor Aaron were capable of releasing water from a rock, absent of the power and authority of our God, who gave them simple instruction to follow. Even though our God was misrepresented by Moses, His compassion and mercy released the water, causing it to flow. Though disrespected, our God met the needs of His people. Thank God other people’s failures do not have to shipwreck our lives. Our God will provide and keep His promises.

Spiritual Common Sense
Think about it, a sensible human father would not deny his child an absolute need, such as water or food. Our God is our Good Father, and promises to meet our needs according to our faith (Philippians 4:19):

Luke 11:11-13 (KJV) 11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?

Moses actions could lead God’s people to think God was angry with them for asking for water (an absolute necessity for human life). Such action from a person who says they act and speak in behalf of our God could shipwreck their faith or alter their image and understanding of our God’s heart and nature; therefore hindering their ability to have an intimate relationship with and trust towards our God.

Spiritual Common Sense
Our God is not a respecter of persons (Romans 2:12). If He did not spare Moses for misrepresenting Him, He will not spare us either when we rebel, particularly when our rebellion affects the faith life of others (Matthew 18:6-7). If you are guilty of misrepresenting God, repent and ask Him to show you if you need to seek someone out and make it right.

Take heed to this warning, so that together, we can properly represent our God to those around us, as we work with Him to propagate His will in the earth.

FATHER GOD, OUR GOD
We thank You for all You are, and all You do and have done. Our sincere desire is to walk out the Truth of Your Word before You. We trust You; do all that is in Your heart. Speak to us; give us the grace to receive the changes that are yet to come. Thank You that Your Word and Holy Spirit are transforming our lives. Help us Father, to be quick to do Your will in our lives.

Thank You for teaching us the difference between self-will and self-control. Thank You for working with us, enabling us to represent You properly in the earth. We yield to you. Do all that is in Your heart today and everyday.

In Jesus name we pray, amen, amen and amen.

Exposing the Lack of Spiritual Common Sense in the church

Spiritual Common Sense (prudence) delivers us from spiritual foolishness, the doctrine of humans and devils, and deception. We need spiritual common sense.

After a few “interesting” experiences, my spirit man asked our God if there were such thing as spiritual common sense, in light of the full counsel of His character, Word, will, power, and authority. His answer was a resounding yes.

Our God has graced me to walk among believers from many denominations, (with many variations of doctrine).  He equipped me to do so without fear because He has established my heart in the following Truths:

(1) Jesus Christ the Word of our Heavenly Father made human

(2) He is His Only Begotten Son who took on the sin of the world, paying the penalty of the falling short of the assigned Glory of our God (the image, likeness, reflection of the Heavenly Father in the earth) by humanity

(3) He, (the First Fruit of all to be restored to our Heavenly Father’s original intent) was resurrected with all power and authority

(4) He seats at the right hand of the Father, in authority, interceding for all humanity AND

(5) He IS coming back, and we all will stand before Him to receive just judgment and reward.

Without prejudice, I know all genuine followers of Jesus Christ are my faith family, no matter what “piece or pieces” of doctrine are used to separate us from one another. Our Heavenly Father has taught me to be willing to allow Him to settle all such matters on the Day of Judgment.

Exposing the Lack of Spiritual Common Sense in the church
The Lord impressed upon me long ago, “I will offend the mind to get to the heart.” I personally do not intend to offend anyone with the things I will share; however, I do intend to speak the Truth and righteous judgment of our God, as He reveals it. Therefore, I share a few of my experiences, and release our God’s revealed mind regarding them into the spirit realm.

Because we know our God’s Word (His Truth) does not return to Him void or unproductive, we praise Him in advance that the blind will see Jesus Christ as never before, the deaf will hear HIS voice, and the lame will walk into the perfect/mature will of God. We praise Him that those who have been held captive in spiritual foolishness are released in Jesus name! Hallelujah!

A Not So Recent Experience
While visiting a denominational church, when I heard a sister say to the Bible Study class, (I paraphrase), “We are trying so hard not to be like other Christians and denominations that we have become all-inclusive and irrelevant.” Upon hearing this, 2 Corinthians 10:12 (NLT) dropped into my heart:

Oh, don’t worry; we wouldn’t dare say that we are as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant!

I wondered if this very insightful woman knew she alluded to the reality that she was serving in what can only be described as a cult.  Merriam Webster (2015) defines cult as “a system of religious veneration (worship/practices) and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object.” The nature and mentality of a Pharisee became clear, as I pondered her statement. The truth of the matter is the real figure or object of their worship, practices, and devotion is their belief that they are right above all others. God calls it unwise in the King James Version. Unwise meaning LACKING WISDOM OR GOOD SENSE, foolish, or imprudent (no spiritual common sense).

Truth be told; denominations are developed because of a differing interpretation, belief, or practice. A “we are right and they are wrong” lies at the core of every recognized, self-governing branch of Christianity (denomination). Even so, we are ONE FAMILY IN CHRIST. We must stop this spiritual foolishness, and come together on the foundational Truth, which is the grace (Loving Help) of our Heavenly Father and the shed blood of Jesus Christ alone secured our salvation.

We obtain this precious salvation by faith, because of the extended grace of God! Everything else is God’s instruction for our establishment, growth, and productivity; which includes water baptism, gifts, and speaking in tongues. We must stop the spiritual madness! We must come together in the love of our God, and be who and what HE has ordained us to be, ONE IN CHRIST JESUS.

The Foolishness of Fighting over Differences shows a gross lack of spiritual common sense.

In natural families of the children of darkness, no one looks exactly alike (unless they are identical twins). They do not generally dress alike, eat, rest, or play alike. Nor do they all think or live alike, yet they can come together for a common goal (like the tower of Babel), work together, and genuinely enjoy one another without desecrating their right to believe and live as they choose.

How much more should this be true of the children of God? Particularly when we are being governed by the same God? Imagine if you will, that every act of evangelism was aimed at genuinely sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to win a soul from hell, rather that working to fill the seats in our particular sanctuaries.

Imagine, what would happen if we prayed for and stood by the souls we win, while encouraging them and teaching them to hear from God for themselves so the Holy Spirit can “properly” plant and grow them up in their preordained assignment in the Body of Christ? What would happen if we stop making proselytes and clones and allowed God to be God? How effective would we be if we stop thinking we know more than God?

The Attitude of One with Spiritual Common Sense

Philippians 3:8-11 (KJV) Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

The operation of our God’s faith, focus, crucifixion, and resurrection are all a part of the spiritual maturing process, and are necessary to embrace this mindset of spiritual common sense. 

The Apostle Paul Makes it Plain
(1) We have need of FAITH towards our God.
If we do not decide (with a final decision) to take God as HIS Word about who He is, who He has made us, and what He is willing and able to do, we will always be subject to the doctrine of men and devils.

(2) We have need of FOCUS towards our God’s character, Word (Scripture/Jesus), power, and authority.
If we do not decide (with a final decision) to keep our eyes, hearts, minds focused on and open to the mentoring of Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father’s Holy Spirit, we will always be subject to walk contrary to His way and will.

(3) We have need to CRUCIFY our flesh
If we do not decide (with a final decision) to die to, deny the flesh (anything in our lives contrary to God) it’s craving of the eyes, the craving of the flesh and the pride of life, we will always be tossed about, pulled and struck down by the temptations satan sends our way

(4) Our God will RESURRECT us in and with His glory and power, as He did Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith.

Again the Apostle Paul Speaks:

1 Corinthians 2: 1-5 (KJV) I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

People of God all over the world, it is time for us to stop leaning to our own understanding, to acknowledge our God in all our ways and allow Him to direct our paths. It is time to stop opening the door to satan and his divisive devices (i.e. pride, negative emotions, ignorance…), and depend fully on the Suffering, Crucified, and Risen Christ our Lord, our Heavenly Father, His Word (Scripture), and the confirmation of His Holy Spirit. It is time to seek after and ask our God for HIS SPIRITUAL COMMON SENSE!

Leaders, we will give an account!

James 3:1 (KJV) My brethren, be not many masters (teachers/instructors), knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

As leaders in the Body of Christ, we teach and instruct IN word and deed. Our God has never asked us, nor has He approved our making disciples unto our church, denominations, or ourselves. We have been instructed by the Holy Spirit to make disciples (believers, followers, supporters, imitators, devotees, pupils) unto Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith.

Woe be unto us if we make gods of human beings, possessions, and temporal things, and teach others to do the same (Romans 1:28-31).

Woe be unto us if we continue to compare ourselves with one another, and judge one another outside of our God’s righteous judgment, as if our God (HIMSELF) has not predestined each of us to walk in our assignments according to His own perfect will (2 Corinthians 10:12; Romans 8:29).

Woe be unto us if we fuel foolish and ill-informed controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, because they are unprofitable and useless (Titus 3:9).

Woe be unto us if we make gods of what we think or choose to believe is right, particular if what we think or choose to believe is proven erroneous by the full counsel of our God, according to His character, Word (Scripture/Jesus), power, and authority (1 Corinthians 3:19).

Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit of our Heavenly Father, let us stand together from the four corners of the world as God’s watchmen, having one mind and one voice, and decree and declare to the hearts of those who lead in the Body of Christ, “Prepare for the visitation of our Lord. We decree and declare that the Glory of the Lord visits you as He did Saul before his conversion to Christianity. Even though he was passionate, dogmatic, educated and well trained in his religious beliefs and practices, HE WAS WRONG. We praise our God that this same Jesus appears to you to rescue you from err, and after you are converted, strengthen your brothers and sisters in the faith and Truth of God, our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ!”

FATHER GOD
We thank You for being all that You are to us; You are the great I AM! You are Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. Every good thing is contained in and flows from You. Forgive us for misrepresenting You in the earth. Thank You for teaching us, even the more, of things that have been hidden from the ages, and that we are stronger and wiser as a result. You will complete the work of Your will, in and through us.

We thank You for making us one by Your Holy Spirit. Forgive us when we ignorantly choose paths that foolishly divide and creates confusion among Your people. You are not the author of the confusion; rather You are his Master. Thank You for breathing on us, for opening our understanding, for increasing our spiritual common sense, our prudence even the more. Thank You for teaching us how to wage spiritual warfare with magnified levels of authority.

We thank You for the understanding of satan’s complete defeat at Calvary in Jesus Christ. We thank You that his house has been completely spoiled and conquered. Thank You for empowering us to pull his already dilapidated kingdom thoroughly down. Thank You for teaching us to enforce and oversee the complete demolition of every bit of “False Evidence Appearing Real” as we lay waste to his pseudo kingdom among humanity.

Thank You for the spiritual common sense to trust and honor You. Thank You for the spiritual common sense to believe You are who You say You are, we are who You have made us, and You are willing and well able to do all You have promised. We thank You for rewarding us as we sincerely and consistently seek to know You, Your character, Word (Scripture/Jesus), power, and authority (Holy Spirit).

Do all that is in Your heart, this day and every day, in Jesus’ powerful and matchless name we pray. Our hearts are fully confident that we have what we ask for, because it is Your will. We therefore say “Thank You!” Amen, amen, and amen!

MOVING THE CHEESE” APART FROM GOD IS FLESHY AND DEMONIC!

In 1998, an author by name of Spencer Johnson wrote the book, Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life, a marvelous book that addresses fear, complacency, pride, slothfulness, denial, irresponsibility, blaming, along with other attitudes and emotions that hinder us in the quest for the fulfillment of our goals and destinies. It offers suggestions to overcome these attitudes and emotions, so that we are able to enjoy or endure the journey and processes along the way.

For me, the process of “moving the cheese” in ministry took a particular appearance. I imagine a hamster on a wheel with a bit of cheese just out of its reach, as it runs and runs, day in and day out, until it wearies and stops trying or just dies in the process. I have seen and experienced demonically influenced “moving of the cheese” in ministry. My heart goes out to all who have been faithful in ministry, doing all your leaders instructed, only to continually arrive at the place of reward and discover they have moved the goal and the fulfillment of their promise, and added more to do before the reward is given.

Our God is God, and He can do whatever He desires (because He alone knows what is best for us). We must know; however, tormenting a faithful soul with empty promises is not of His character, nature, or heart (2 John 1:2)!

My Own Experience
As a member of a particular church, I served, taught, and ministered in many capacities and areas, proving a faithful minister for more than a five-year period. I recall attending a two-year ministerial training class wherein students were told by our leaders that licensure would follow. At the end of the two-year period, the leaders informed the class that an additional six months service in an area of the ministry was required for licensure. They moved the cheese!

Many in the class were shocked seeing that they had attended the church for years, and served in many areas of ministry during their membership. One young man spoke up indicating he had attended the church for ten years and had served in many areas (proving faithful) for the entire time. (He has been in minister’s training for seven years!) I recall we looked at one another and realized no one in the group would be licensed and the goal (cheese) would continue to be moved.

It was after this encounter that we discovered:
No one, who was NOT famous, well to do, or well-connected had been licensed or ordained in several years, and those that were, were licensed incognito! Such dealings are offensive to our God who has no respect of person (Acts 10:34).

Proverbs 20:23 (NLT) The Lord detests double standards; He is not pleased by dishonest scales.

Ultimately, I forgave them and decided my time had not been wasted. I knew God called me, not man, and if He was going to use me, I would have to depend on Him to do so. I make it sound simple; however, my flesh had to be crucified and my attitude dealt with by God. I was angry and woefully discouraged initially. Having trusted and served our leaders who taught us to be humble, honest and forthright, I never imagined they would deal with us dishonestly and underhandedly. They moved the cheese, and had done so for years!

The Doors Darkness Uses
Over the years, I have discovered such things happen because of fear. Leaders whose actions divided other’s ministries sometimes carry the fear that others might do the same to theirs. Sin and Saul-like pride causes some leaders to fear that a David may come up among their ranks. Many faithful men and women of God have remained planted in soil that was not conducive to their growth and fulfillment of their destinies. **I speak of individuals who are faithful to serve God, with the attitude and heart of Jesus Christ**

Some members of the Body of Christ, though saved, are carnal, manipulative, rebellious, full of pride, and zealous without knowledge. For any of us who operate in these mentalities and resist change (genuine repentance), our All-knowing God allows our own willfulness to open doors of frustration that lead to disqualification, until we come to the end of ourselves and the hard, stiff-necked, resistant carnal shell that covers the genuine seed of righteousness is broken. Then He allows us to find the full, new, and abundant supply of cheese, because He knows we will be good stewards and follow His lead.

Spiritual Common Sense lets us know,
moving the cheese, apart from God, is fleshy and demonic!
The truth that these leaders lied is bad enough; the thought they would waste a human being’s “time” (a precious resource that cannot be restored without God), while using them to fulfill their “vision” is frightening.

The Scripture tells us our fruit identifies our tree (Luke 6:44). The Scripture also says the workman is worthy of his hire (1 Timothy 5:18). Many of these students were working and bearing the fruit of the call to ministry and should have received proper training and opportunity. Jesus did these things with His disciples; therefore, even though these leaders and others may feel justified, they are in err!

First, Jesus would not have lied and used the people (deception/witchcraft/manipulation). He would have been honest with EACH student; He would have honestly given EACH student the requirements AND methods to reach the goals, AND then fulfilled their promise, once EACH student arrived (John 21:15-19).

Secondly, Jesus would not have secretly “given” the promise to the attractive, noble, famous, or the rich (according to the flesh). The Scripture plainly states our God uses those who are rejected by humanity’s standard to get His great work done, so no man can legitimately boast, for any reason (1 Corinthians 1:25-29).

The Apostle Paul follows Jesus The Christ’s lead
The Apostle Paul instructs believers in Corinth to follow him, as he followed Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1). He obviously utilized Jesus’ example as he succession planned with Timothy, Titus and others.

Jesus choose the Twelve to mentor (up close and personal). He trained and released them (in the care of the Heavenly Father) to do the work of the ministry and further the kingdom of God. Jesus spoke Truth, as He taught the disciples, the seventy, and the multitudes, under the direction of our Heavenly Father, without respect of person, and withholding only that which could not be borne by the hearers (John 16:12). Anything less is not of God.

A Word of Caution
My personal experience does not represent reality for all. There are situations where “moving the cheese” is necessary and justifiable in the eyes of God, but He will unction us to be forthright when doing so. However, if you find yourself in a situation where goals (with rewards) have been set before you, and the goals continue to change as you honor God and reach them, it is time to seek the mind of our God.

It is not God’s will for any of us to go around and around in circles without ever reaching our promised land. (When I say “us”, I speak of a person who is obedient to do God’s will with the right attitude.) We may be gifted, anointed, and appointed, but it means little if we do not have the mind of our Christ:

Philippians 2:6-10 (KJV) 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Our God, who provided the lighted path to our cheese through His character, His Word (Scripture/Jesus), His Holy Spirit) has promised:

1 Peter 5:6-7 (KJV) Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.

Our God loves us too much to torment or toy with us! When He allows struggle and pain, it is for the crucifixion of the flesh, which always precedes the resurrection of His sons, so that others will see and seek Him out.

Psalm 84:11 (AMP) For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord bestows grace, and favor, and honor; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.

We must trust and believe that our God will not forget our right heart and labor of love towards Him. His promises have already been spoken and His Word does not return void to Him or to those who believe on Him.

Spiritual Common Sense
Our God is not trying to hold us back:

3 John 1:2 (AMP) Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health (physically), just as I know your soul prospers spiritually.

It is the will of our God that we prosper holistically and enjoy good health to the measure that our souls (mind, will, and emotions) grow in the knowledge of our God and His Son, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:2-8; 3 John 1:2). It does not make spiritual common sense for God to commission someone to minister the Gospel, and then make him/her jump through unnecessary “natural” hoops, in order to fulfill a supernatural call.

Our God knows what He is doing , and He is the Wise Investor; He always gets His dividends, even if He has to transfer the talents (anointing) to someone who will make good use of their gifting/call (Matthew 25:14-30). I have not known an individual with a genuine call of God, who did not suffer some form of discomfort until the answer to God was yes. It is shameful that after they accept the call, people (leaders) who should help and train you, toy with their lives instead. Our God is not pleased with unjust weight of such activity in ministry (Proverbs 20:23).

Is Your Cheese being moved?
If this happening to you, please seek the mind of God; ask Him to show you anything in you that is hindering your progress. You could be locked in a holding pattern until you humble yourself to follow His mind and will, rather than your own. Trust Him to show you. Then be humble and fearless enough to allow HIM (the Master Potter) to remold you as needed.

If you have allowed God to examine you and He declares you faithful in your service in a ministry and this is happening to you repeatedly, it is time to ask HIM if your season has ended, or if you are in the right soil. Trust Him to show you. Then be humble and fearless enough to allow HIM (the Master Potter) to remold or replant you if and as needed.

IF YOU ARE READING THIS AND KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN GUILTY OF ALLOWING DARKNESS TO USE YOU TO HINDER, SHIPWRECK, OR DELAY THE SPIRITUAL PROGRESS OF ANOTHER, PLEASE REPENT, DO NOT TAKE THIS SIN INTO JUDGMENT (I Timothy 5:24).

Matthew 23:13 (AMP) “But woe, judgment is coming to you, self-righteous scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven in front of people; for you do not enter yourselves, nor do you allow those who are in the process of entering to do so.

There is much work to do in the kingdom. Remember, if we confess our sin, our God is faithful and just to forgive us and CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUS. HE will change us if we believe and allow Him to do so.

HEAVENLY FATHER,
We love You and appreciate Your patience and longsuffering. We repent for allowing ourselves to be used of satan to hinder, shipwreck, or delay the spiritual progress of those around us. Forgive us for attempting to use Your grace to cover sinful attitudes and ways. We want to be used of You.

We lay our lives on the altar of Your love, asking that You breathe on us afresh. Open our understanding, even the more, of Your Truth, Your ways, Your heart, mind, and will. Thank You for teaching us prudence, your spiritual common sense. Speak Father; move Father. Your servants are watching and waiting.

Thank You for transforming us into Your beloved friends. Thank You for teaching us until You are able to tell us show us what You are doing. We are ready to lay down our lives for You. We are ready and willing to do whatsoever You command. You chose us; You ordained us that we should go and bring forth fruit, and our fruit remain. We are ready and willing.

Thank You for teaching us Your spiritual common sense so that we do not speak and ask amiss. Thank You for working with and in us, until we reach the spiritual maturity wherein we ask You “whatsoever” in Jesus name, and You give us what we ask for. We thank You for the help of Your Holy Spirit to love You, ourselves, and others.

You have declared us to be the planted of the Lord. As we humble ourselves to do Your will, thank You for planting us in our larges places, far away from the “moving of our cheese”, to the place that we can stretch out and grow to our fullest potential in You.

Do all that is in Your heart, today and everyday, in Jesus name we pray. We believe we receive; therefore, we say, “Amen, amen, and amen.”