THE COUNSEL OF THE UNGODLY IS CORRUPTING CHURCHES

There will be enough oil (Holy Spirit), grain (the living word of God, fresh manna), spiritual and numerical  growth/increase, provision, and protection for the churches who will hear and obey the counsel of the Lord in this hour. When the widow obeyed the word of Elisha to go around and collect empty vessels from her neighbors the oil was multiplied and sold to pay off her creditors (2 Kings 4:1-7). The key was the faith of the widow to obey the commandment of Elisha and go and gather empty vessels. This account is a story of financial provision coming from obedience, but it can also be applied spiritually as well.

Fresh oil will follow the obedience to the counsel of the Lord. Water will be turned to wine when we do what Jesus says (Jn. 2:5).  The increase of the oil of the Holy Spirit revives people and causes them to become eternally minded and they become an asset to the church and the work of God. Revived workers is one of the greatest needs of the Church in this hour.

In a great house there are both vessels of gold and silver, and of wood and clay, some to honor and some to dishonor (1 Tim. 2:20). The honorable vessels who qualify for more oil are those who are empty of themselves. The dishonorable vessels are those who are carnal, full of pride, the wisdom of men, and self sufficiency. There will be little to no oil for them.

Spiritually speaking, we know oil represents the Holy Spirit. In the parable of the 10 virgins they were commanded to go out and buy oil (Mt. 25:1-13). Oil is purchased with money, and money to buy oil represents your life. There must be a surrendering of your life (Lk. 14:26) and an emptying of yourself, so that you can be filled. Frankly, many in the body of Christ and even pastors are full of themselves. Humility is required to receive the grace that produces the oil of the Holy Spirit in your life (Jam. 4:6). And the measure of the Holy Spirit you will receive is in proportion to your hearing and obeying the Lord’s counsel. 

Having just enough oil is not enough for the midnight hour and the coming storm. The foolish virgins found that out the hard way. They were unprepared for the coming of the Bridegroom. In addition to oil in our lamps, we need a vessel as the wise virgins possessed for the supply of extra oil.

“They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps” (Mt. 25:3-4 – KJV).

The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil (Mt. 25:3-4).

Too many Christians have just enough or not enough oil. They do just enough or not enough to get by in their relationship with God. They don’t seek God. They don’t read their Bible much. They don’t think about God much. They don’t talk to God much. They may do their religious duty and attend church on Sundays, but they don’t seek God much during the week. They never fast. They never pray in tongues. They do just enough or not quite enough, but their hearts are cold, and they have no fire. Oil is the fuel for the fire. Oil is what keeps our spiritual motors running well. Make sure you buy extra oil by surrendering your life to the Lord, staying close to Him, and living in obedience to what He tells you to do, both through the written Word and the spoken Word.

Sometimes pastors and ministers are to blame for the lack of the supply of oil in the people. Many sheep are not being fed the living word. Many are drying up because there is no flow of the Holy Spirit. Many churches have compromised the Word and are limiting the operations and manifestations of the Holy Spirit. People are bored in church, and at times, pastors are bored themselves. They’re bored in their call and lukewarm in their preaching. The ministry has become a job and a means of income for many of them, and they do whatever is necessary to keep the money coming in. There is a better way, but it will cost pastors and churches much to change, especially  those who have compromised and built on a wrong foundation. In urgent times we often need a crucifixion before a resurrection can come.

I see the Lord providing great protection, spiritual and financial increase, and multiplication to the praying and uncompromising Church of today. The majority of that increase will come to numerically small churches because their foundation has not been set in stone and can be more easily reset. Conversely, numerically large churches have a foundation and systems built into them that are much more difficult to be broken up, reset, and changed in order to accommodate the true counsel of the Lord.

Here’s an example of the false counsel that is being prescribed to many pastors today:

Pastors talk to their congregations about connecting with visitors and engaging in community. They go to conferences and they hear things like, “unless your visitors make several friends in the first few months of coming to your church, they will leave.” So they make every effort to create community in their churches by building cafes and coffee houses and setting up lounges for people to connect socially. There’s nothing wrong with any of those things, but what is your motive? If it’s just to have more people to grow your church, to pay for buildings, and expand your programs, then you have been corrupted by worldly methods. That is not a gospel motivated church.

True community is created with people who love God’s ways and want to be true disciples. It is Christ followers with burning kindred spirits who bond in true community. Can you imagine Peter and John or any of the early apostles sitting down and strategizing about how to keep the 3,000 new converts that came into the church at Pentecost from leaving? Yet this is what many of these church conferences teach you. They had just experienced a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit and Peter’s message was so freighted with the Spirit of God that it produced genuine repentance and conversion as people began seeking God with all their being. That is how the Church is supposed to grow.

There is great temptation out there for pastors who see their churches dwindling to compromise their values and use worldly means to try and grow their churches or keep the people from leaving. There is no Scriptural standard for drawing more people into the local church, or for building a bigger audience, in order to keep the funds coming in to maintain buildings and expand programs. These motives are tainted with man’s wisdom that runs the church like a for-profit business.

Here is the word of the Lord: When pastors and ministers restore the pattern of Acts 6:4 in their churches and ministries today they will see a restoration of the protection and multiplication of the work of God. 

When we obey the counsel of the Lord there is protection, financial provision, and spiritual multiplication for the Church. When the disciples obeyed Jesus’ instructions to launch out into the deep there was a great catch (Lk. 4). After His resurrection He gave them similar instructions again, but this time it was to cast their net on the other side. Once again, there was a great catch (Jn. 21). Hearing and obeying is all that is required. It’s one of the great secrets that runs through the entire Bible, but today men don’t pray much, and they don’t listen to the counsel of the Lord.

Return to the original pattern and you will see the original results they saw in the gospels and in the book of Acts. Fervent effectual prayer will produce the power of God, which in turn will bring provision, protection, and a multiplication to the Church.

To be continued…

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PROTECTION AND MULTIPLICATION COMING TO THE TRUE CHURCH

There will be a Divine protection and a multiplication for churches who are following the pattern that Jesus and the apostles laid down in the beginning. The pattern is Acts 6:4: “but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”

Churches who truly become houses of prayer will receive words of wisdom that will result in great protection and provision for the Church and the people of God. Just as the Christ child was protected through warnings and direction given to Joseph and the wise men in dreams (there are least 5 dreams given in Mt. 1 and 2), even so shall it be for the true churches in this hour who’ve stood in the counsel of God and refused to compromise.

Not only will there be Divine protection but there will also be Divine multiplication as we see in the early Church.

“Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith” (Acts 6:7).

“And as the three in the fiery furnace came out, so will those who stand in the counsel of God come out, in spite of the adversity, the opposition, and the bewitching (Gal. 3:3) that is going on in the Church today. There will be a great increase of spiritual activity to those who have made their churches houses of true prayer. There will be financial increase and greater provision for pastors who’ve refused to compromise and give place to man’s wisdom and who have placed all their confidence in the power of God. The true churches will be known by these foundations: Prayer and obedience to God’s counsel, following the leading of the Holy Spirit, and a Christ centered gospel (building their churches on the Rock of Jesus Christ). This is the foundation that will manifest the glory of God and not be shaken during the coming storm.” (Holy Spirit inspired utterance).

You must return to the pattern of the Son and the early apostles who knew they could do nothing in and of themselves. They sought God and as long as they sought God they prospered.

He (king Uzziah) sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God; and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper” (2 Chron. 26:5). 

PURITY, PRAYER, AND POWER

Judgment will also increase on the churches who refuse to judge themselves. For judgment must begin in the house of God (1 Pt. 4:17). The house of God must be cleansed, for purity is a prerequisite for the passing over of judgment. In the same way Jesus cleansed the temple, even so there will be another cleansing at the end of the Church age as there was at the beginning. Much of the cleansing in this hour has to do with the use and abuse of money. Churches have become dens of thieves. Ministers have lost the anointing because they’ve become money-minded. Too many church decisions are based on money and motives have been tainted by the greed for filthy lucre. This is a severe judgment and must be so for the glory to reappear as it did at the beginning. If the glory increased now, many would be condemned and even die in judgment as Ananias and Sapphira did at the beginning (Acts 5). Remember that their judgment was over money. But God is patient, merciful, and long suffering. If you want the glory of God judge yourself.

“For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world” (1 Cor. 11:31-32).

Once there is a cleansing in the Church then it must lead to effectual, fervent prayer. Jesus said that His house will be called a house of prayer. The Spirit of God said this to us recently: If the body of Christ would press into the “Could you not watch and pray with Me for one hour?” they’d see the book of Acts. Prayer always precedes the power. It releases Divine activity. It puts angels to work. It brings the provision of God. It births miracles, signs and wonders, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  It deals with the enemies of the Church and seals her with Divine protection. It brings the glory of God into manifestation. Oh, what we miss when we don’t enter into the closet of true prayer and Holy Ghost communion!

Paul prayed for the Church to know the “exceeding greatness of His power” (Eph. 1:19). This great power will come into manifestation through purity and prayer. We’ve only seen a small measure of that power. When it comes into full manifestation the Church will once again have the attention of the world.

Notice again how purity leads to prayer, and then the power:

“Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]” (James 5:16 – Amp).

The Spirit of God instructed my wife and I to admonish the pray-ers to pray fervently and effectually for the power of God to be made available in the Church today. Without it the Church will continue to decline in her witness and effectiveness.

To be continued…

 

 

IS THE AMERICANIZATION OF JESUS VEILING OUR EYES FROM TRULY KNOWING HIM?

“It is quite an education when I consider the degree of anger and hostility I get from “Christians” when I simply point out the ethics that Jesus taught, you know, ‘red letter’ stuff, like, love your enemies, do good to them who spitefully use you, etc. People will dodge, dance, resist, resent, fight, attack, slander, and any number of other lovely “Christian” behaviors for the right to cling to retributive justice and other unbiblical and ungodly beliefs, especially when Jesus’ ethics challenge their own. Once when dealing with an elder’s wife on an issue, I pointed to what Jesus said (in context, properly exegeted), in her own “red letter” Bible, that was contrary to what she was believing, clinging to, and fighting me about. Her exact words to me: ‘My Jesus is not like that.’ Precisely, that is the problem.” Dr. Stephen Crosby

The Church presents Christ as the therapist, the banker, the philosopher, the friend, the hippie, the social activist, the look-the-other-way zero-accountability spiritual figure.

Why are the majority of people in the West so confused or deceived about who Jesus really is? Why do they seem to have so little depth or spiritual substance in their lives? Why can’t these people’s Christianity go beyond, “Jesus said, ‘do not judge’?” Is it not in large part due to the distorted message of Him that our pulpits, our preachers, and our churches are presenting? Is it not for the lack of example we’ve had in many Christian leaders? Similarly, the reason for much of today’s current moral and cultural malaise stems from the Church’s distorted message of the Christ.

The image of Jesus for many professing Christians has been shaped by the society around them. Unless you have an intimate relationship with the Holy One and His Word, the image you have of Him will be distorted. It will resemble the pop culture you live in and what the people of that culture worship. In the West, self is god. Corruptible man is worshipped. Humanism rules. And this is what we see in much of today’s Church.

If a professing believer does not want to give up his carnal, sinful lifestyle and adhere to the Lord’s ways, he can just create an image of God that makes room for his sinful lifestyle. It is a very subtle deception that comforts and consoles him in his carnality and sin by saying things like, “God knows my heart,” or “God understands my struggles.” These types of comments, however, are usually made as a way of defending his lifestyle and justifying his carnal appetites. Is the Jesus you serve a product of your own desires patterned after this world, or is He the true presence of the Living Word of God in your life?

For example, divorce is now a rampant part of our Western culture, and the divorce rate in the church is nearly equal to that in the world. Many professing Christians find an unscriptural excuse to leave their spouses, and, in contradiction to the will of God, they forsake the vows they once made. And now that our culture is deteriorating to levels of sexual anarchy, professing Christians are claiming that one can also be gay and be a Christian. This is what happens when professing Christians flow with the spirit of the world. The image of God in them changes.

Emil Durkheim, the classic father of sociology, wrote extensively about totemism. Totemism is derived from the word “totem,” which is a natural object or an animate being, such as an animal or bird, assumed to be the emblem of a clan, family, or group. It can be an object or a natural phenomenon that a family considers itself to be closely related to; a totem serves as a distinctive mark of that group or family. Totemism is the belief in the kinship of groups or individuals having a common totem and the rituals, taboos, and practices associated with such a belief.

Durkheim described totemism as the human tendency to form a conception of God in our own image. He said that oftentimes human beings, whether they are jungle tribes or sophisticated city dwellers, will take the values and traditions that they admire most about themselves and project them onto a totem. Eventually, they stand in awe of that totem and end up worshipping an incarnation of the things they love about themselves. This is what people do with the image of God. We create an image of a god whom we can relate to and who cares about the same things we care about.

During the days of Moses, Israel was living in an environment that worshipped images of animals and creeping things, and so a golden calf was fashioned from the people’s gold and worshipped (Ex. 32). “Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man — and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things” (Rom. 1:22-23). Their culture influenced and shaped their image of God. If you don’t stay in God’s presence and in God’s Word, being a doer of it, the same thing could happen to you.

Beware of idolatry and changing the image of an incorruptible God into corruptible man.

In the West, worshipping golden images of animals and insects is not as prominent. As I stated, we worship something more subtle: self.

The fewer preconceptions we bring from the outside to the reading of the gospels, the more clearly we shall see Him as He really is. It is all too easy to believe in a Jesus who is largely a construction of our own imagination — an inoffensive Person whom no one could dislike or disapprove of, and certainly whom no one would ever crucify.

But the Jesus we meet in the gospels is far from being an inoffensive person. On the contrary, He caused offense quite frequently. Even His loyal followers found Him to be offensive at times, even disconcerting. He upset all established notions of religious propriety.

An inaccurate, distorted, and unbiblical view of Jesus is a big reason why many pastors fail to confront sin in the Church and speak of the evils in our society.

When asked why pastors don’t speak out against the evils in our nation and government, one influential pastor said, “I think one reason is a lot of Christian leaders have the wrong idea about Jesus. They see Jesus as this little, wimpy guy who walked around plucking daisies and eating birdseed and saying nice things, but never doing anything controversial.

“The fact is, Jesus did confront his culture with truth — and he ended up being crucified because of it. I believe it’s time for pastors to say, ‘You know, I don’t care about controversy, I don’t care whether I’m going to lose church members, I don’t care about building a big church. I’m going to stand for truth, regardless of what happens.’”

At times, the greatest love we can demonstrate is in rebuke. Conversely, at times, the greatest cruelty we can demonstrate is in never confronting sin or evil.

“Nothing can be more cruel than the tenderness that consigns another to their sin. Nothing can be more compassionate than the severe rebuke that calls a brother back from the path of sin.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Jesus said what He meant and meant what He said. If you read His words assuming otherwise, then you are not encountering the real Jesus.

This is an excerpt from the fourth book of a compelling tetralogy called The Real Jesus. The other three books are The Real Salvation, The Real Spirit of Revival, and The Real Gospel. These books expose the falsehood that has creeped into the Church today and defiled it. They will help purify your walk with the Lord and increase your love for the truth.

FROM MY HEART: THIS IS WHY I WRITE

In the last five years when I finally decided to obey the Lord’s commission to write more diligently, thousands of books have gone out to the body of Christ across North America and some to other nations. Without the steep expense and help of a traditional publishing company, without a mass marketing effort, without a large ministry platform, or an influential ministry backing us, the Lord has moved on the hearts of many to get copies of our books. At times when a person has purchased one of our books they’ve been inclined to purchase more because there is a word from God in it that ministers powerfully to them. We are grateful for that and give God all the glory.

I never felt qualified or worthy to write such books, nor do I necessarily consider myself a good writer, but during a difficult time when the enemy of our souls was seeking to discourage and discredit our calling, and I was contemplating leaving the ministry, the Lord spoke to me about my writing being a priority. He said one of the reasons nothing seemed to be working was because I had not placed enough priority on this aspect of ministry, which was God’s plan for me. I know some people write for enjoyment or simply because it is a craft, and they have a creative ability to do it, but with me it is a calling. It is not just about sales, but it’s about getting the word of the Lord out to the body of Christ.

All the proceeds from the sales of our books go right back into publishing and paying ministry expenses. We have always lived by faith, and have no retirement, no social security, and barely enough medical insurance to cover basic needs. We may never come close to having a best seller, but several years ago when I complained to the Lord saying that no one would buy my books, He simply spoke these words: “I have a people.” That statement alone gave me the faith to write and to trust the Lord with the results.

TESTIMONIES OF READERS

Most reviews that we’ve received for our books are very positive with compelling comments about how enlightening and even life changing our books have been to our readers. It is always encouraging to read such comments, and it makes my literary work worthwhile. Here is one glowing review from an overseas reader:

“I love your books. I have learned so much from them, so many truths and so many questions answered, and am now able to discern between the truth and the deceptions of the world.

I have only read a few books so far but intend to get them all eventually. I have so many passages highlighted in ‘The Real Salvation’ and have several phrases written down from the weekly blog I receive via email. I love to review them all from time to time. When the real truth and the word of God unfolds before you its impossible to resist.

Not all of us are eloquent, so we need great writers to inspire us and feed us spiritually. I think these modern day epistles/works will travel far and bring a million+ souls to Salvation.

As you have probably gathered I hold you responsible for bringing me closer to the good Lord ! Again thank you for that, and please continue with beautiful words and the Holy Fire!” – C. M.

Here’s another one:

“I have read and re-read each of your books, Bert. I share them with everyone I meet, and I think I have reviewed all of them on Amazon. Your deposit in my life has been huge. Every reading I have, I feel like the Holy Spirit is speaking to me. They are so anointed.” M.R.

Well, needless to say, these types of testimonies greatly encourage me to continue to write as the Lord anoints me. For what is a writer without a reader?

FIVE REASONS TO READ MORE

Here are five reasons I recently read by Frank Viola of why reading books will make you a more effective and influential Jesus-follower:
1. The church has been with us for 2,000 years. God hasn’t just started shedding light on His Word in our generation. There is a gold mine of insight found in books written by His servants over thousands of years. So we can learn enormously from their experience, insight, and knowledge.

2. The Lord has placed ministry gifts in His church from the beginning up until now. So it’s both foolish and unscriptural to think that any of us can tap into all the riches of Christ by ourselves.

3. Reading makes you a better thinker. It feeds your spirit, sharpens your mind, cuts new grooves in your brain, and opens you up to new ideas, concepts, and perspectives. Not to mention it strengthens and broadens your vocabulary, making you a better communicator.

4. Reading broadens your understanding, and spiritual books can throw tremendous light on your understanding of Scripture.

5. Reading helps us to know the Lord better, especially books written specifically by those who are (and were) ahead of us in our spiritual journey.
All of these reasons are why I read books and why I write them for others.

Keep in mind that the specific kinds of books one reads is a vital piece of the puzzle. A.W. Tozer bemoaned the fact that the popular books of his day were fluff. He wrote:

“I was browsing a used bookstore recently, looking over some of the books that are popular today. I must confess I have never bought a book because it was popular. Sometimes the popular book is the most shallow, at least in my experience … I blush today to think about the religious author that is now being handed out to our poor kids. I pray daily that the spirit of seriousness might fall upon the church once again to such an extent that we will have an insatiable appetite for not only the deep things of God, but for God Himself. When a person nourishes his soul on the high and lofty thoughts of God, he loses his appetite for the watered-down modern-day religion.”
If Tozer were living now, he’d be stunned to discover that the problem he described has been raised to the 50th power.

Thank you to each person who has ever purchased any of our books. I hope they were a blessing to you, and that you’ll consider posting a review as reviews help promote the books and encourage others to get a copy. All our books are available on paperback and kindle. (Amazon Books)

Thank you for helping the work of unknown writers, and thank you for letting me share a piece of my heart and a part of my calling with you today. To God be the glory.

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NUGGET QUOTES FROM MY NEW UPCOMING BOOK, THE REAL JESUS

“You thought I was altogether as thyself”The Psalms

“It seems to me that, if we get one look at Christ in His love and beauty, this world and its pleasures will look very small to us.” ~D.L. Moody~

“Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly. We insist upon trying to modify Him and to bring Him nearer to our own image.” ~A.W. Tozer~

“When we see Jesus as He is, glorious and worthy of our deepest loyalties and affections, deserving of our total focus and supreme attention; we will catch fire inwardly and burn with holy fear, and a holy hunger for the Word will grip our hearts, and we will proclaim Him as He is.” ~Anonymous~

“There is a God we want, and there is a God who is… and they are not the same God.” ~Patrick Morley~

“As a child, I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene. No one can read the gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.” ~Albert Einstein~ Saturday Evening Post, Oct. 26, 1929

“The wicked have fashioned a god who will not hold them accountable.” ~Carter Conlon~

“It is a painful process to discover that one has invested not in Jesus, but in one’s theology about Jesus.” ~Anonymous~

“Too many Christians want a manageable, domesticated Jesus who makes no demands on their time, money, words, social life, and sexuality. In the midst of this great and growing deception, God is looking for uncompromising believers who are committed to proclaiming the truth of the gospel and not the counterfeit Jesus of Western Culture.” ~Anonymous~

“Too many of us have constructed a “god in a box,” a god whose job is merely to pander to our needs, desires, and ambitions.” ~Anonymous~

“We offer a motivational, pep-talk, feel-good, self-help, personal- empowerment Jesus rather than the Jesus of the Scriptures, and, in doing so, we damn our hearers rather than deliver them.” ~Dr. Michael L. Brown~

“Many are convinced they are faithful Bible believers but, in fact, worship a different Jesus — one contracted from a “revelation” they supposedly received from the latest “Christian” cultural fad or their favorite celebrity superstar preacher — an idolatrous, fantasy, and fictitious Jesus constructed subjectively in their own minds and built upon the sentiment of American values. Sooner or later we are going to have to come to grips with the Person and ethics of Jesus Christ and get serious about who He really is.” ~Dr. Stephen Crosby~

“Sadly, I think many in the community of believers cling to an Americanized gospel which equates what is biblically true and reliable with being part and parcel of various right-wing political agendas. Actually, Christianity itself in the US and many other nations has been interpreted (and by virtue of this) rewritten to gel with sentiments and ideas that actually run contrary to what the Messiah taught and advocated (Torah-based Judaism), e.g., unbridled capitalism and the greed it is predicated on and the corruption it engenders and promotes. I dare say if Yeshua HaMashiach physically visited most American churches, He would not recognize what was being taught and advocated as being remotely like what He articulated and lived.” ~Dr. Anthony G. Payne~

The fourth book of an unplannned tetralogy:  Get your copy today. Available in paperback or kindle. If you enjoy our blog and our articles you will surely enjoy this compelling work. I hope it provokes you to a greater love and jealousy for Jesus.  

The Real Jesus

 

 

MAN KEEPS PUTTING UP RESTRICTIONS BUT I WANT TO MOVE

I was watching a YouTube video recently with the late Kenneth E. Hagin sharing his calling about how God told him to preach and carry the message of faith to the Church several decades ago. Through many hardships he obeyed that call and eventually prospered in it. Because of His obedience to God’s mandate for his ministry, millions of people have been blessed by his life, example, and message. He preached and taught on many other topics, but faith in God’s Word was his primary message for much of his life.

One time someone asked him how it was that he just seemed to spring up out of nowhere and thrust on to the national and international scene. In other words, what was the secret to his success. Very humbly he replied: “All I’ve ever done is obey the written Word of God and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in my life.”

Listen to that simple wisdom. If we do the same, we will also fulfill God’s plan and purpose for our lives. Finding God’s plan and purpose for your life should be a priority.

WHAT THE LORD TOLD US: THE MOVE – THE MESSAGE – THE MINISTRY

About four years ago while on an overseas ministry trip to Colombia, SA the Spirit of God spoke to us in a similar fashion in prayer concerning His plan and purpose for the next phase of our own lives and ministry. He said for us it was no longer just about traveling with a message like we had for years, but that now the MOVE of God was to be first, then the MESSAGE, and then the MINISTRY. I asked the Lord what He meant by the MOVE, and He said it meant we are to stay filled with His Word and Spirit, and in prayer receive God’s wisdom for the places and people He sends us to. He told us that we are to look for His MOVE everywhere we go, and to wait on Him for  what He wants to highlight and manifest during our ministration in the specific places He sends us to.

Here is how the Lord explained it to our hearts:

“It is My Holy Spirit that makes everything new, fresh, and alive again. The revival and excitement has waned in many places and in many churches. My leaders and My people must once again allow the Holy Spirit to bring new life and freshness, or things will continue to become hard. This hardness affects marriages, families, work, and ministry. The Holy Spirit must be your life. He must be the life of My Church and My people. Man keeps putting up restrictions, but I want to move.

My people must experience the joy of their salvation. The excitement for hearing the Word, and meeting together, and worship, and winning souls must be restored. They must yield to Him again so that fresh life can return. The button of people’s hearts must be touched.

In the Spirit your weapons are not carnal. There is no greater power than the Spirit of truth. Restrictions on the Holy Spirit always starts with men and then the enemy comes in and creates strongholds. The moving of My Spirit is the only thing that deals with strongholds (it’s not by might or power, but by the Spirit of the Lord). The devil has used pretty things and entrapments that have taken men another way.

Remember what I’ve done in the nations. Remember how liberty and power came to ________.

A door is opened in the Spirit when you follow the Holy Spirit. When you move in the Spirit then life and glory are allowed to come in. There’s been a weariness in My body. Even My servant ______ was prompted to tell the so called faith churches the great need of the Holy Spirit – churches who knew the Word but were lacking the fullness of My Spirit. Familiar spirits and falsehood result from the lack of the life and liberty of My Spirit. My apostle Paul was a learned man but yet put no confidence in his own wisdom (1 Cor. 2:4-5).

Your obedience to move with the Holy Spirit will open up a demonstration for a protection for pastors and the people. There will be a bearing witness for all who know My Spirit and they will be one. There are strongholds in men’s minds, but the demonstration of My Spirit will open up men’s minds to receive.

Walk in your authority as My ambassadors and stand with WHO has sent you, refusing to bow down to men or devils. You must fight for who you are now in the Spirit and not be concerned about whether you fit in or not. I will connect you with the people who need what you carry.

The nations need the move of the Spirit taught and demonstrated. First the MOVE, then the MESSAGE, and then the MINISTRY.” 

That’s quite a word, and quite a responsibility to carry. The success of it is in the obedience of it and staying strong in the Word and prayer (Acts 6:4), and yielding to the Holy Spirit. By God’s grace, we are endeavoring to do our part and cooperate with the Holy Spirit the best we know how.

Of course, we cannot manufacture any of this on our own. It happens by the will of the Spirit and according to the faith and expectation of God’s people. We’ve received many wonderful reports and testimonies from pastors, and people God has sent us to in these past four years. Reports range from undeniable healings, to powerful infillings of the Holy Ghost, to answers to prayer, to wisdom and direction given to a church, a city, and even a nation YouTube .

Here is a glowing testimony of what the Lord did in one church:

 “In early 2016 we were introduced to Bert Farias’ books and couldn’t read them fast enough because they really spoke to our hearts. Being pastors, we handed them out to our church leaders, primarily (at that time) Prayer: The Language of the Spirit and The Real Spirit of Revival.  An immediate hunger for a move of God was sparked in them and our monthly church prayer went to weekly prayer. Our people have read nearly all of his books since then. (Bert’s Books

We were blessed to be able to bring Bert & Carolyn here in September 2016 and they left a deposit in our church that has only grown and still continues today. Our pray-ers pray in a new place in the Spirit, people are in the Word like never before, with many operating in new giftings and boldness. At the meetings, one 72-old woman received new knees and now shovels snow and hauls wood!! 

And the healings continue…a man healed while in Mexico of a large blood clot in his leg (then he got on the plane and flew home!!!), one woman healed of advanced asthma/COPD, a man healed of chronic pain and totally off Vicodin and morphine.  

Something changed in the spirit realm when Bert & Carolyn came. Our pray-ers can’t wait to get to prayer now. They are all operating at a different level and truly have an “exaggerated expectation” as Bert spoke over us. The presence of the Holy Spirit is so strong during worship, our pastor teaches with a new anointing, and we are so anticipating Bert & Carolyn’s return in May!”

Pastors Randy & Sue LeBlanc, NorthPointe Church, Bend, Oregon

Praise God! Well, that testimony encouraged us greatly in our calling to continue to obey God, especially after enduring a season of hardship and doubtful reasonings. We are very grateful and give God all the glory. We know it is the Lord working with us, and we can do nothing without Him. Many thanks to the faithful core of friends and followers who love us, pray for us, and support us.

Carolyn and I travel and minister in large and small churches, in homes, and occasionally in conferences overseas. We also host and participate in Holy Ghost Forums with other Ephesians 4:11 ministry gifts (Sample). If you desire the wisdom of God for your church and spiritual body, and are hungry for the move of the Holy Spirit, feel free to contact us to host a ministry time or forum in your church or area. 

 

PROPHETIC UTTERANCE: MOSES AND JOSHUA

“For Joshua heard the commandments I gave to My servant Moses, yes, and he listened, but he also put himself in a place where he was able to see and hear what I was doing. And that’s why I have shown you this over and over and over again because it does not come through just hearing about My moves and manifestations. It doesn’t just come from hearing of historic moves and what I’ve done through men and women of old. It comes through being in a place where I am and where those that know Me are moving with Me.

And so, this is what you bring forth, and you share and you sow. For even as it was with you, and how I showed you and brought you to a man of God who moved with My Spirit, and how you were activated in the Spirit….yes, even as you, Carolyn, saw and experienced and came into a greater working of tongues and interpretation, and even the interpretation you stepped into was because you were put in a place where I was present and where I was moving.

And so you must show and demonstrate, and that is why it is important for you to go to these places and move in the Spirit, because they might not even understand, even as you yourself did not understand right away, but yes, you recognized Me and yes, you knew the Spirit was upon him whom I had shown you— yes, you saw it on him, and you immediately bore witness that I was with him.

And so it is when you move in the Spirit in these places I’ve called you to — they will recognize and understand that I am with you, and they, too will be activated in the gifts.

And so it was such, and so it has been, that even My servant _________ you are bringing here to move and to show in a greater demonstration of that which you have even known — so he is coming to stir up the gifts of those in this place and those that minister by My grace.

For they shall be activated, oh yes, and even as you have heard of the reports coming now back from _______________ of the things that I am doing and moving because you were there, and as you demonstrated who I was with you, they were activated into those things that I have called them into now.

So your example is in My Word with Joshua and Moses and how he saw Me in the midst of My servant Moses, so is it to be in these forums and in these ordained places that I’m taking you.

They will see and recognize the Spirit of God in and among you.”

The Spirit of God is referring to our upcoming Holy Ghost Forum in Salem, NH when He mentions His servant. Details and registration are here on our website: holy-fire.org 

We hope you can make plans to attend, especially those in the New England region. This is a very strategic and sacred gathering led by a seasoned panel of ministers where the Holy Ghost will have full reign. 

 

LET’S GO TO HELL: THE REAL EASTER STORY

Many Christians who celebrate Passover and the death of Christ have no idea or understanding of the depths of what they are celebrating. Some only see the events surrounding Christ’s death, burial, resurrection, and ascension through a historical perspective. To them, these aspects are only a creed, a dogma and a story whose realities are dimmed by a lack of revelation.

There are some awe-inspiring truths surrounding the death of Jesus Christ. In a real sense Jesus went through the same awful experience that a sinner must go through who dies without God. He became sin and was forsaken by God. When He died He did not ascend to heaven into the presence of the Father, but He descended into hades.

On the cross He told one of the criminals who was crucified beside Him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43). In Old Testament times paradise was known as Abraham’s bosom, which was situated in the heart of the earth. It was below, not above.

Every Old Testament partriarch, prophet and king testified to this. “For I shall go down into the grave (hades) to my son in mourning” (Gen. 37:35). It was only after the resurrection and the establishment of the New Covenant in Christ’s blood that Paradise was transferred or translocated to the third heaven. “And I know such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows—how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter” (2 Cor. 12:3-4).

When Jesus died, His spirit left His body and descended into the heart of the earth. The Bible says He also preached to the spirits in prison. “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waitedin the days of Noah … “ (1 Pet. 3:18-20).

So first, Jesus told the criminal on the cross that he would be with him in paradise, and then here, it says that Jesus preached to the disobedient spirits in prison. In other words, it is pretty clear that Jesus Christ appeared and ministered in both compartments of hades.

If you will recall the account Jesus told in Luke 16 of the rich man and Lazarus, He spoke of those two compartments that were separated by a great gulf. Jesus was the first human being who was able to cross over into both of them. While there He seized the keys of hades and death. Oh glory to God!

“I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death” (Rev. 1:18).

This verse is the reason Christ was able to go from one compartment of hades to the other. He could commune with the righteous where Abraham, Lazarus, and the Old Testament saints were, and He could cross over to the other compartment where the rich man and the disobedient spirits were. He overcame Satan and stripped him of his authority and took back the keys of hades and death. This is why I shout!

After three days when Jesus Christ finally ascended He led captivity captive. In other words, He didn’t ascend alone. He took the captives who were in the righteous compartment of hades and ascended up with them into the presence of God in the third heaven where paradise now was.

Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men. (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things)” (Eph. 4:8-10).

But before ascending into the immediate presence of God He made a stop on the earth and displayed His marvelous wisdom and grace. He not only announced His resurrection and ascension to Mary (John 20:17), commissioning her to go and tell His other disciples the great and joyful news, but many other Old Testament saints also arose with Him and came out of their graves. Then they went into Jerusalem and appeared to many. Hallelujah!

“Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many” (Matt. 27:51-53).

This is spectacular! The whole story must be told. Now at death all believers ascend immediately into the presence of God. Hell and death have been defeated! We are free!

In the light of Christ’s invisible journey, perhaps now these words of Paul will have deeper meaning:

“So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor 15:54-55).

As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, let us remember the reality of these events. And that is why I don’t look for the Easter bunny and hunt for Easter eggs.

Christ has risen!

ARE YOU SPIRITUALLY DEFICIENT AND DEPLETED?

I’ve been pretty busy lately – whether it be traveling and preaching, writing articles, finishing another book, recording and filming for our Arabic broadcast, planning for our upcoming Holy Ghost Forum, corresponding with partners, friends, pastors and churches, running errands, working on other projects, etc. that I recently started sensing an uneasiness in my spirit. One day I realized I was getting spiritually deficient. Rarely have I been in this position throughout the many years of ministry. For me, it’s a dangerous place, and the uneasiness served as a warning. I will not live and minister from a position of spiritual depletion. Neither should any minister.

Years ago I was looking at the traveling and preaching itinerary of a minister colleague. He was going everywhere – to cities, to nations, and doing conferences, while overseeing a large ministry. I knew his marriage needed help. His wife wasn’t happy. She was being neglected. But their ministry had become a machine that needed to be kept running. Gradually, as I’ve observed such ministries over the years, I notice a decrease in the true anointing of the Spirit, and a greater focus on money. Eventually I see the tail wagging the dog instead of the dog wagging the tail as ministry becomes the means for paying for all their projects, some of which the Lord never directed them to do. If men don’t keep their egos sanctified they push and push to maintain the machine they created. This is the reason ministers must stay in constant prayer and in a sanctified state.

“but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4).

One minister said he’d rather burn out than rust out. I don’t believe you need to do either one. You can either work hard or work smart. You can trust the Lord or trust in your own efforts. You can work with the wisdom of man or with the wisdom of God. I refuse to live on what some people call “the edge” – always looking to do more, build more, accomplish more, and run around half the time like a chicken with its head cut off. One day when you finally wake up, look around, and evaluate everything, you will realize the futility of it all and that you spent more time laboring in the works of man than in the works of God. I’m all for laboring in the Lord and getting the gospel out, but God has a plan, a way, and a time and season to do it. And His yoke and burden won’t kill you, for it is easy and light.

As a personal example, for years I’d raise funds to go on mission trips. And I still believe in going on mission trips. But often I’d come home spiritually drained, physically tired, mentally exhausted, with no offerings from my labors in these poorer countries. I told the Lord that I wasn’t going to beat the bushes any more to raise funds to do His work. If He didn’t move on hearts to give, then I wouldn’t go. We don’t oversee a local church where we can draw on funds to travel at any time and anywhere a door opens. From now on He’d have to pay for whatever He was authoring. I’ve been in a rest ever since making that decision. I’m glad to report that He’s been faithful to His own plan and purpose, not ours.

Two things are necessary when you’re feeling depleted spiritually, whether in ministry, or in business, or just life.

1. First, rest and relaxation is a necessary part of replenishing your soul and body. Your soul and your body need rest. I don’t get any rest when I spend excessive amounts of time on my phone, or computer, or with lots of people. To get proper rest, I need to go to the mountains, the woods, a river or lake, back in nature somewhere, away from the hustle and bustle of life. I don’t need to travel long distances to do this. I can go for long walks in nature and get that. Do whatever gives your soul rest.

2. Secondly, play. Play is any sort of recreation or fun activity that releases your mind from the rut and routine of the daily grind. For me, I like to watch ball games. Being from Boston I have opportunities to watch my sports teams compete. On the other hand, I have to be careful sports don’t become a distraction in my life, where my spiritual life suffers.

Ministers and parents that have young children are some of the most spiritually, physically, and emotionally depleted people I know of. Consider getting a baby sitter once in awhile and go out alone with your spouse. Let Grandma have the kids and go away for a whole weekend. If she or a good friend can take them for an entire week, go on vacation with your spouse without the kids.

3. Thirdly, and most importantly, waiting on the Lord through prayer and the Word replenishes your spirit. Feeding your spirit on the Word and drinking from the presence of God is of the highest priority. A strong spirit is what sustains your soul and body. More than rest and recreation for your soul and body, you need to learn to train your spirit to enter into the joy and inward leisure of the Lord. Be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18)! That is one of the greatest Biblical commands. Your soul and body respond to the life that fills your spirit.

Rest, play, pray are what you do to replenish your spirit, soul, and body.

 

PRAYER, THE ACTIVATION OF MINISTRY GIFTS, AND WHAT EQUIPPING THE SAINTS REALLY MEANS

There we were in an outdoor courtyard in Holland, Europe standing with two giants of the faith. They suggested we pray together, and as soon as we began, the hand of the Lord came mightily upon Carolyn. She wailed and travailed in heavy intercession and then received revelation from the Spirit of God.

Here’s the revelation:

The spirit of prayer came upon Carolyn strongly because Ephesians 4:11 ministry gifts were present. Since then Carolyn has observed that the activation of the spirit of prayer in her is affected by those she prays with. When true pray-ers gather with ministry gifts to pray, there is a greater power and revelation released upon both the pray-ers and the ministry gifts. This was the effect on Finney when he prayed with Nash. At times there would be one or two other seasoned people of prayer who would also join Nash. The importance of  associations like this cannot be underestimated for it is dynamic in its workings.

PASTORS

Pastors need to have a working understanding of this operation. If not, their seasoned pray-ers could become frustrated. It can be grievous to open a door of utterance through prayer and not see the fruit of it because pastors don’t step over that threshold.  Do you know why? Because they don’t pray themselves, and they don’t pray with the pray-ers.

Pastors should be the ones training their people to pray. Train them to understand the anointing and the manifestation of the Spirit of God in prayer, and then also in your corporate gatherings. Once they are trained, you will find that your load will be much lighter because they will help you carry the work of God in prayer. Be wise and recognize the pray-ers and the young ministry gifts that may already be budding in your midst. Pray with them and teach them to pray.

JESUS TAUGHT HIS DISCIPLES TO PRAY

Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” (Lk. 11:1)

This is an amazing verse. It seems that the disciples were present, or in close proximity, when Jesus was praying, because when He finished praying, they asked Him to teach them to pray. This reminds me of my Bible school days when the late Kenneth E. Hagin, a father in the faith, would pray on the platform in one of his meetings or seminars. Sometimes a spirit of prayer would come on him, and he would begin to intercede, or move into conversational prayer with the Lord. As a young Bible school student, I’d be in my seat listening ever so closely with such a hunger in my heart to know God like he did and learn to pray like he prayed. Pastors and ministers, please listen carefully to me: Teaching people to pray by precept and example is the greatest thing we could ever do in ministry.

PRAY-ERS

Now here is a word of warning for praying people. You need to know that there’s no place for pride and arrogance in trying to manipulate your pastor into what you think he should do or what you think should happen. This is a form of witchcraft and will kill the anointing and what God wants to do. Stay in your place of prayer and keep the anointing strong through your humility. And don’t ever criticize your pastor, or anyone you’re praying for, for that matter, because you will nullify the effects of your prayers.

MY WIFE AND I

My wife is a woman of prayer, but we also pray together regularly. Her prayers activate the grace of God in me. Wisdom and revelation are given to me in our prayer times together. I am not threatened by the authority she carries in prayer. Knowing that we are to help one another and are stronger together, we are both secure in our places. I humorously refer to her as my mother Nash (although I’m serious).

This place of agreement is the place of power. Even if other things are awry in a church and just not quite right, if you have the power of God in manifestation through prayer, it will take care of a thousand concerns. God has a way of taking care of things when we pray, and there is a divine protection that is made available and flows from the operations of true prayer.

THE REAL EQUIPPING OF THE SAINTS STARTS WITH PRAYER

There are churches in this hour that have a great grace on them to be exceedingly fruitful and multiply, and that means that there are pray-ers and ministry gifts already in place there working together in prayer and in the corporate anointing.

Have you ever come forth from a corporate assembly when the power and presence of God were in such manifestation that it ignited you and affected you for days and weeks after? That’s where the true equipping happens – in the Spirit.

I’m reminded of the many people that have been ignited and equipped in some of our meetings over the years. One that comes to mind is of a young woman who could not stop weeping during the message being preached. Divine utterances were coming through me with such force  that she began to travail in the Spirit. She was carrying a love for lost souls in her heart and was stirred from the anointing that was present and the prophetic utterances coming forth for the church. All these things were set on fire in prayer beforehand when my wife and I prayed together about these meetings. This is what happens when prayer is connected to a ministry gift.

There is training that must be done in these things. The release of the impartations from the Spirit of God can be so powerful that it doesn’t leave when people walk out the door. The effect of the utterances and the manifestation of the Spirit of God continues to work in that meeting place and in the hearts of the people.

I remember in past years leaving Spirit-charged meetings and weeping or rejoicing all the way home because a work had been done in me. An impartation of grace and deposits of truth were made in my heart. That is the real equipping. Equipping doesn’t happen through general knowledge, soulish babble, and motivational speeches, but through the operations of the Spirit of God.

Oh beloved, may we learn that praying ministers and praying saints make for powerful churches and ministries that can change the course of history.

The Journal Of A Journey To His Holiness and Prayer: The Language Of The Spirit are two books that are revolutionizing the prayer lives of believers. We highly recommend these two books to help stir and ignite a hunger for God.

“It is obvious from the very first pages that this book was written from a “place in the Spirit”. There’s such an abundance of truth filling the pages that I am consuming this book. I definitely will be reading it again and again! The prayer life that the Father has been calling me to is being transformed already.” – Amazon Customer