MOVING UP AND MOVING ON INTO THE SUPERNATURAL: 3 GREAT PROPHECIES FROM THE LATE KENNETH E. HAGIN

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“And it shall come to pass that men shall know and they shall see and they shall understand, but by so doing they must tune their spirits, tune into heaven, tune into the glory world, tune into the power and the ability and the revelation of the Father God. And so it is that then you shall do the works that He intended you should do. And the plan of God shall be consummated in these last days and the glory of God will be revealed unto man. The Church shall be enhanced, the saints shall be gladdened, sinners shall come to the Lord, the sick shall be healed, and the blessings shall be disbursed on every hand, and the glory of the Lord shall be seen by man.”

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“Seeing, seeing, seeing into the Spirit realm and then knowing that there are not only angels but there are demons and evil spirits all around about carrying on the work of their master, but angels are waiting for you to tell them what to do. The demons responding to their master Satan and doing what he tells them to do, but you and we are the body of Christ. Jesus is only the Head and the Head cannot do anything without the body. Why doesn’t Jesus rebuke the devil? Why does Jesus let the devil do these things? He can’t do anything about it. Your head cannot do a single thing without your body. All the prerogatives of the Head are carried out by the body. He’s waiting for you.”

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“Two worlds, two worlds, yes, there are two worlds – there’s the world of the natural and there’s the world of the spiritual – there’s the world of the natural and there’s the world of the supernatural. Man lives in both worlds. It is just one step out of the natural into the supernatural so step out of the natural into the supernatural, and begin to speak with your mouth that which the Spirit reveals unto you and you’ll find out that He’ll guide you into all truth, that He’ll show you things to come, that He’ll minister to your spirit and buoy you up in faith so that you’ll face the enemy and will not relent but will take your place and put him on the run. For it is written, ‘Resist the devil and he will flee from you.’ If you’ll resist him he’ll always flee. Well, someone said, ‘I resisted him and he didn’t go’. Well, then the Scripture is a lie, but no, God’s Word is truth and truth prevails. Amen.

So walk in the light of the Word and dwell in the realm of the supernatural. Walk in the light of the revealed Word and further revelation will come, and you’ll see and you’ll know that the blessings of God are yours and that which you need, to you shall be shown, and that which you see shall come to pass. And so ‘ere the manifestation of the Spirit in the greater and most glorious manifestations of working of miracles, of special faith, of gifts of healing – ‘ere and before they shall ever come to pass you will find you’ll have to enter in first to this realm for this is the entrance and the door into this realm of utterance and then the spirit of seeing, and the spirit of knowing shall be made manifest.”

Praise God!

FAITH FOR THOSE WHO NEED HEALING IN THEIR BODY

The story is told of Dr. Lillian Yeoman who conducted a faith and healing home with her sister. One woman was brought in on a stretcher with some kind of terminal disease given up to die. Dr. Yeoman’s routine was to have every patient go through the Bible and read all the healing scriptures. Then she would tell them to read the entire chapter of Deuteronomy 28 and confess v. 61.

“Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the Lord bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed” (Dt. 28:61). This scripture covers every case of sickness and every kind of disease.

In conjunction with that scripture she would tell them to confess this part of Gal. 3:13. “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law…” Each patient would take a little time and confess both of those scriptures in the morning, afternoon, and night.

This woman who had been given up to die did not even understand what she was confessing, but Dr. Yeoman told her not to bother about that but to just say it anyway. By the third day a commotion was heard upstairs where the patients were kept. This terminally ill woman was moving around in her room and ran down the stairs shouting her healing and deliverance. She was greatly rejoicing in her manifestation.

This woman was not a full gospel Christian. She didn’t understand healing. She was in Dr. Yeoman’s faith and healing home out of hopelessness and desperation. The word of God worked for her when she followed the instructions given to her.

The word of God is spirit and life. When you put it to work in your life you will see results.

 

THREE GREAT PROPHECIES FROM THE LATE JOHN OSTEEN

These prophetic utterances were given during Kenneth E. Hagin’s 1983 Campmeeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma when I was still a student there, but they are still so pertinent for today. The spirit of these prophecies also speaks of a certain consecration that these men of old possessed that is sadly lacking in much of the church world today. Many of today’s so called prophecies are man centered, emotion appeasing, and attract attention to man and not God. But these are freighted with the Holy Ghost and bring attention and glory to the Lord.

CLEANSE YOURSELF

“Thus saith the Lord, but the blessings shall be for those who’ve decided to cleanse themselves, for have I not said in my Word, ‘Cleanse yourself, cleanse yourself’. Yea, you can stay in the place of mediocrity or you can arise and cleanse yourself. Be far away from fornication, adultery, uncleanness and all of that which stains, and all of that which causes you to be dirty. Rise up, saith the Lord, and cleanse yourself; be a holy people unto the Lord, and because you’re willing to do this you’ll enter into to this great marching army and you’ll not be disqualified, but you’ll be blessed in all that you do, saith the Lord.”

HUMILITY

“Where are the people who care not who gets the credit? Where are the people who will not push on and try to get in the limelight? Where are the people who will just be so glad to stand in the shadows and pray for others? Where are the people who don’t care who gets the credit and the glory? Where are the people who want only Jesus to be magnified? Yea, those are the people that shall go forth in my power in this day, for if they don’t want the credit and don’t want to be in the limelight I’ll exalt them and bring them forth into places of great glory and power, because I want to trust my power to people but I cannot trust them if they want the glory. So arise, saith the Lord, and go not forward into the limelight, but back up and push others forward and love them and pray for them and your light shall shine and arise, and you shall be blessed, saith the Lord.”

THE POWER OF GOD

“And yea, you’ll have healing lines and you’ll have those who will have hands laid upon them and there will be special ministries manifested, saith the Lord. Oh, but the greatest miracles shall be thus and so, saith God. Even while you pray and praise and glorify my name tumors shall drop off of bodies and diseases shall depart and I shall be the healer and I shall fulfill that Word that says, ‘I the Lord will take sickness from the midst of you and all sickness shall flee away and no man shall be magnified, but the people shall shout, ‘Jesus, Jesus, He’s the healer!’ And I shall be glorified.”

MOVING UP IN THE SPIRIT (Part 3)

“Be not drunk with wine wherein is excess but be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18).

The apostle Paul told the Ephesian believers to not be drunk with wine but to be filled with the Spirit, or to be drunk with the Spirit instead. You can so filled with the Holy Spirit that you get drunk.

Smith Wigglesworth came to a place in his life where he could get drunk any time he wanted to, and then when he was around sinners who did not understand he could immediately get sober. What a life! In his younger years though, he was cantankerous and backslidden. There was even a season where he would frequent the bars and drink. Then he got baptized in the Holy Ghost and received his prayer language, and everything changed for him.

When Paul told the Ephesian believers to be filled with the Spirit he was not telling them to be baptized with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. They had already been initially baptized (Acts 19:1-6). Paul is now encouraging them to maintain a constant experience of staying filled with the Spirit. He is encouraging them to keep drinking. A person who drinks wine usually needs more than one drink to get drunk.

The will of the Lord is for His children to keep drinking of His Spirit. Some have just learned to drink better than others. All can learn and grow in maintaining the Spirit filled life. The Spirit-filled life is maintained through speaking or singing Spirit-inspired utterances whether it be in tongues or with your understanding.

My son is home from college and just this past weekend we went for a walk together and I rehearsed with him the importance of staying filled with the Holy Ghost. Then we prayed in tongues quietly as we walked in a semi-secluded area and I took him into speaking in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Because he’s been exposed to these things as a child and teenager he is keen spiritually, so he got it. On Sunday in a house meeting he sang out a spiritual song publicly. It blessed the few who were there and brought the meeting to another level.

In that same meeting the Lord ministered to a brother who was oppressed and instructed him to sing the Word and make melody in his heart instead of just reading it so he could stir up his joy and resist the oppression. For some people that may be a good place to start. The Scriptures also tell us to make a joyful noise unto the Lord. That alone could also help stir up others. But the best way to tap into this Spirit-filled life is to use your prayer language of new tongues to begin to fine tune your spirit to these things.

God’s New Testament plan and pattern is for believers to keep being filled with the Spirit.

“And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spoke the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31).

These early Christians were already baptized in the Holy Spirit in Acts 2, but notice here they were filled again in a prayer meeting. When they prayed together the power of God came into manifestation and shook the place where they were gathered. Christians sometimes get excited when they shake or fall under the power of God, but wait until the house or building shakes.

I believe as the coming of the Lord draws nearer these kind of miracle manifestations will come into fullness. God wants to restore the fullness of His gifts and power, and signs and wonders that leave people in awe of God. And it’s going to happen through a Spirit-filled people.

Here is a prophecy spoken by the late Kenneth E. Hagin:

“So walk in the light of the Word and dwell in the realm of the supernatural. Walk in the light of the revealed Word and further revelation will come, and you’ll see and you’ll know that the blessings of God are yours and that which you need, to you shall be shown, and that which you see shall come to pass. And so before the manifestation of the Spirit in the greater and most glorious manifestations of working of miracles, of special faith, and of gifts of healing – before they shall ever come to pass you will find you’ll have to enter in first to this realm of utterance and then the spirit of seeing, and the spirit of knowing shall be made manifest.”

Let us no longer draw back but let us enter in.

MOVING UP IN THE SPIRIT (Part 2)

The apostle Paul encouraged early believers to stay filled with the Spirit.

“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Eph. 5:17-19).

The wise person understands the will of the Lord. Wise believers know that the will of the Lord is to be full of the Spirit as a drunk man would be full of wine. This is God’s highest purpose in the New Testament. When one is full of the Spirit his heart moves in prayer; he is moved for lost souls; he is holy and consecrated. He’s full of whatever God is full  of. He’s full of love; he’s full of praise and thanksgiving; and he’s full of power.

These Ephesian believers were already initially filled or baptized with the Holy Spirit. The baptism of the Holy Spirit was part of the essentials of first century Christian life. Unlike today it was not an option but a vital necessity in every single church. Since then the devil has diluted this essential and clouded it with so much controversy. The Church as a whole will never fully do the works of Jesus until they are filled with the Spirit and maintain that infilling.

The Holy Spirit is the life of the Church. Being filled with the Spirit and staying filled with the Spirit produces a fresh anointing. The psalmist of old said, “I shall be anointed with fresh oil” (Ps. 92:10). Without the free flowing move of the Holy Spirit the Church dries up and becomes full of dead formalism.

Here’s an interesting verse:

“Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour” (Ec. 10:1).

Here is the Farias translation: “Dead formalism kills the anointing and stinks up the place.”

There’s too much dead formalism in the Church today and it produces a stinking savour instead of a fresh anointing. Even so called full gospel churches can lose their fresh oil if they don’t stay full of the Spirit. To be anointed with fresh oil means the oil can become old and stale which requires a replenishing. It means the psalmist was once anointed with oil but it’s not fresh any more.

Maintaining a continual infilling of the Holy Ghost and a fresh anointing is the pattern for living in God’s plan under the new covenant. It is a top priority in the kingdom of God. And it starts with each individual believer receiving the initial baptism of the Holy Spirit, and speaking forth inspired utterances in tongues and in their understanding, and then maintaining that infilling by continuing on in these things.

The baptism of the Holy Ghost with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues should not be a one time experience but a continual stream that should never dry up in one’s life. We cannot afford to live on one time experiences of the past.

D.L. Moody once said, “People living on past experiences are living on stale manna.”

There is fresh oil available to you and me every single day if we will stay long enough in the presence of God until we are filled.

Here is a twin scripture to Eph. 5:18-19:

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Col. 3:16).

Back in the early days of Christianity they did not have a written Bible yet. The word of Christ was either the word the apostles passed down to the Christians and/or the word that the Holy Ghost would give them at the moment. Here Paul is encouraging these believers to allow the word to dwell in them richly. In other words, he is telling them to be full of the word. Being full of the word and full of the Spirit will produce a fresh anointing in one’s life.

Notice also that this is not just something that is done privately in your own individual life, but it can be done publicly as a means of teaching and admonishing “one another”.

The Lord is endeavoring to get His Church to understand these things so that His power and glory will be in greater manifestation in this final hour.

We’re going to move into a place of spirituality we haven’t been before, but the way you’re going to get there is to learn to speak or sing in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, and commune with God in your spirit. Praying or speaking in tongues helps you get over into that realm.

I’ve also found through experience that often light, revelation, and direction will come after a time of speaking in psalms, hymns, or spiritual songs or after extended seasons of praying in other tongues.

Stay tuned for more…

 

HOW TO MOVE UP IN THE SPIRIT

Someone asked the elder Kenneth E. Hagin when he was at the end of his years if he had any regrets. He responded by saying he wish he had taught more on the importance of speaking and singing in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Eph. 5:19) (Col. 3:16).

Why is this so important? Why is this so necessary?

God’s plan under the new covenant is for His people to be continually filled with the Spirit. Speaking or singing divinely inspired utterances, whether it be with your own understanding or in tongues, is the primary way we stay filled. These psalms, hymns, and songs are not rehearsed or recited from a song book, but they are given by the Spirit. The general pattern throughout the scriptures is that when believers were filled with the Holy Spirit they spoke either in tongues and/or with their own understanding.

At Pentecost in Acts 2:1-4 they were filled with the Holy Spirit and BEGAN TO SPEAK.

At Cornelius’ house in Acts 10:44-46 the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Gentiles for they heard them SPEAK with tongues and magnify God.

At Ephesus in Acts 19:1-6 when Paul laid hands on believers the Holy Ghost came on them and they SPAKE with tongues and prophesied.

Notice Eph. 5:18-19: “And do  not be drunk with wine wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit, SPEAKING to yourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”

These Ephesians were believers who had already received the initial infilling of the Holy Ghost, and Paul is reminding them to maintain that infilling. The Greek literally reads “be being filled with the Spirit” implying continual action. Paul is encouraging these Christians to maintain a continual experience of being filled with the Spirit by speaking forth in supernatural utterances. This is one form of New Testament worship. You can get so filled with the Spirit that you are drunk. What a blessing!

The way that these utterances come is usually after a time of praying in tongues and fine-tuning your spirit. For me, I will usually sense a phrase or a word or two that arises in my spirit. Then as I sense the unction of the Holy Spirit I will speak or sometimes sing out the rest of it by faith. Beyond the initial phrase or a couple of words I do not know what I am going to say. Without the anointing of the Holy Spirit I would stumble and be lost. It takes faith. When I speak what I have by faith the rest of it comes by the spirit of prophecy.

Here are some examples of Spirit-inspired psalms from my own life:

FULL AND FREE – (When you stay full, you stay free)

And so the Lord has chosen this foolish way to be the delight of those who know Him,

To uplift His children and to fill them to overflowing until the very blessing of Heaven,

Clean and clear, holy and right, be showered upon them.

And so what you’ve known as a trickle of living water shall become a cup,

And what you’ve known as a cup shall become a bucket-full,

And what you’ve known as a bucket-full shall become a stream,

Yea, even streams of living water flowing inside thee,

To reside in thee and make thee fat and flourishing,

Until those streams even become like mighty rushing rivers

Flowing strong to make you full and free,

Just the way the Lord of glory intended it to be.

For He is glory and His kingdom is glorious,

And so ought not His own children be full of His own likeness and glory?

Ought not His children be full of His own beauty and holiness?

And ought not they be free from every weight and sin?

Glowing without and full within,

Blossoming as a rose in the desert,

Ripe with life as God knows it,

Yea, this is the way to be full,

Yea, this is the way to be free,

Speaking and singing to yourself

With psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs,

Making melody in your heart to the Lord.

Here is a second psalm:

CLEAN AND CLEAR – (When you stay clean, you stay clear)

A clean and clear blessing of God is available to anyone born of Him,

This blessing is a surge of power that comes down from the Father above,

From whom comes every good and perfect gift.

Yea, this is the gift with a lift,

It is sent to build up and edify your inner man, to strengthen and to charge,

And make you glad in the Lord,

To enrich your spiritual life, and to comfort you and encourage you in times of trial and test,

To bless you with the joy of the Lord, and lay thine own plans to rest.

Yea, a clean and clear blessing is available to anyone born of God,

It’s up to you to make it flow,

Stir it up and make it go.

The Bible says to stir up the gift of God that is within you (2 Tim. 1:6). As you begin to pray in tongues at length you will sense words rising up within you. Speak out what you have and you’ll step over into the spirit of prophecy. You can also sing in tongues and sing out the interpretation if you’d like. As you exercise yourself in these things you will be edified and built up in the Spirit, and you’ll begin to move up to a higher level spiritually.

More to come…stay tuned.

THE WISDOM OF GOD ON STAYING IN THE SPIRIT

So many of God’s people are not enjoying a Spirit-filled walk with the Lord. I plan on doing more preaching and writing along these lines. This is high priority on heaven’s list for every saint. It is God’s plan for every New Testament believer.

The following is a psalm succeeded by a prophetic utterance which flowed forth to teach us about the flow of the Spirit. It speaks to us of the rest of God.

VACATION

I’m on a vacation
It’s time for some rest and relaxation
Abiding in the Vine
Where peace and rest is mine
It’s vacation time

I’m on a vacation
It’s time for some rest and relaxation
I’m going to a land
That God has made for man
Abiding in the Lord

I’m on a vacation
It’s time for some rest and relaxation
The land that I possess
Is one so full of rest
Abiding in the Lord

Vacation time is all the time
Where spiritual rest is mine
This is God’s plan for every man
To abide in this great land
In the peace and rest of God

Here is the prophetic utterance which followed the above psalm:

STAYING IN THE FLOW

“Do all you can to keep yourself in this flow. Cut off every hindrance that would stop you from staying in this flow. Cut off anything that would offend this flow. Work out your salvation in the natural things so that you may remain in the Spirit. Do not let the natural pull you down.

“Work to remain in this flow full time so that you can receive My full time benefits. In the work of the kingdom many of My children only receive part time benefits because they’re only in My flow part time. And yet there are others of My children who receive little to no benefits because they are never in the flow.

“And yet it is My plan for man to be blessed fully and without measure joy unspeakable and full of glory. Learn to abide in Me and My rest. Labor to enter and stay in that rest, and then you shall surely have My very best.

“Do not bear burdens or weights that I’ve not called you to bear. Those of this world and of the lower nature are not for thee. Do not let them attach themselves to your tender spirit. Do not…do not become heavy with care and concern. Do not feed your mind nor your mouth with things not fit for thee. Let your sanctification be in Me. I will bear those burdens not made for thee.”

One of the greatest scriptures that will aid us in walking in the peace and rest of God is 1 Pet. 5:7 and Phil. 4:6-8.

“casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

May the great Holy Ghost bring increased enrichment to your spiritual life.

THE POWERS OF THE AGE TO COME: A HOLY SPIRIT INSPIRED UTTERANCE

“So many of My people follow the wisdom of men in a man, a personality, who do not move in the Spirit and the powers of the age to come because there are few who minister in this My standard. And so the absence of ministers of the true Spirit has created a void for My people to follow ministers of the flesh who move only in the wisdom of men.

But how will they follow My wisdom and power in a man and how will they follow the powers of the age to come unless they sniff the scent of it, and taste the edibleness of it, and see it, and bear witness to it? For it is not just in a healing or a prophecy that My Spirit manifests Himself; for is it not written of My Son that His works were so many that volumes of books could not contain them? And have you not heard of your fathers and generals I gave you of the wonder and diversity of My works and My powers that were witnessed in days of old and generations gone by?

But how will My people begin to desire these powers and believe Me for these powers except they be manifest? For it is when these powers are on display and they are manifest that then those who taste them and bear witness of them will begin to desire for more, pray for more, and believe for more. And there will be a great stirring of hunger, desire, and of faith and expectation from which I will respond.

But who will pave the way except those who’ve heard of these things, and who know these things, and who’ve been trained in a measure in these areas? And how will these powers of the age to come be brought forth except it be through prayer that gives birth to these things? And how will My ministers step out in these things unless they move out in faith? For even as you’ve heard of My servant who started that school and who taught you – was it not to separate the flesh churches from the Spirit churches? Was not My established purpose to divide and distinguish ministers of My power and My Spirit from those of the flesh, and to impart the knowledge and the understanding, the faith, and the boldness to step out and step forth into these things?

But there must first come a moving into prayer. There must first come a high esteem for that holy place of communion with Me. Into that room and closet must you first enter, and then there will be a moving up into that realm where I am and where you see and know. It is then that these things shall be birthed. The many distractions must be put aside just as those who’ve followed ministers of the flesh, as they witness the real, will cast aside earthly wisdom and go after Me and the ministry of the Spirit.

To know that the powers of the age to come and My greater glory that has not yet been witnessed by this generation, can only come forth in greater manifestation through prayer, is to esteem that place above all others. To those who do I will show Myself strong and their labor of prayer and their delight in My communion will surely bring forth their heart’s desire for the powers of the age to come and for My glory to be in greater display and manifestation.

So there has to be a moving into and then a moving up so that there can be a moving on. For little progress has been made in the realm of the Spirit where the wisdom of men has ruled and prevailed. But now it is high time for those who’ve been taught and trained and moved in some of these things to move into a greater fulness now for the hour is late and the need is so great.”

WIMPS AND PIMPS IN THE PULPIT: SPEAK UP OR SHIP OUT

Ok, here it goes. This is an urgent appeal to unmute spineless yellow-bellied preachers. Can I say it any plainer? Stay with me and I will.

Today I come as an advocate to those who would like to say certain things to their leader or their pastor, or a host of television preachers, but do not have a platform to say it from, or they fear being misunderstood.

Our nation is under siege. The Supreme Court will rule on gay marriage very soon. If gay marriage becomes a “constitutional right” and then federal law, which many anticipate, it will change the entire landscape of Christianity in America and will stifle every godly 501C-3 organization, if we let it. The real test of muteness will begin then.

How did we get this far? And how will we fare from here? The prophet Jeremiah said it best.

“If you have run with the footmen, and they wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, in which you trusted, they wearied you, then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?” (Jer. 12:5)

Evil advances when godly men say nothing and do nothing. That is how we’ve come this far. Not enough pulpits have spoken with fire. Now what will we do if we enter into the floodplain?

I’m grateful for the many godly leaders, ministers, and pastors across this land, but there are still far too many who are riding the fence, being politically correct, playing the part of coexisting cowards, and refusing to speak up on vital issues facing the Church and the nation in this hour.

This is a word for the man pleasing preacher or pastor who cares more about man’s applause than God’s approval. This is a tough loving rebuke for those who are more concerned about their personal popularity and ratings than the power of God and revival.

I do not apologize for speaking bluntly and with candor. If you can’t take it then you may be a wimp.

The dictionary describes a wimp as a weak, ineffectual, and timid person. We have too many of them in our nation’s pulpits.

If you claim to be a preacher and can’t stand up for righteousness and speak truth in the midst of such a wicked and perverse generation you are a wimp.

If you are a pastor and can be easily intimidated into compromise by a controlling elder in your church or a wealthy sponsor of your ministry then you are a wimp.

If you have surrounded yourself with “yes” men in your organization who court your favor by continually affirming how great you are without ever offering another perspective to any of your decisions, then you are an egotistical wimp.

If your voice can be muted in such a day of gross evil, perversion, and injustice you are a big wimp.

The real Church doesn’t need you. You are a yellow-bellied, lily-livered liability and not an asset. You are aiding the enemy. Our nation’s moral crisis calls for preachers now with great courage and conviction. Urgent times require urgent preaching.

There was a day in England when Catherine Booth went from church to church in search of burning words. Her observation had been that there weren’t any preachers with fire in their belly. Today it is no different. Many no longer even believe in preaching, but now hold to a conversational style of sermonizing and motivational pep talks. You are a wimp.

Preaching will never be done away with. Preaching is God’s plan, not man’s. Quit following the pew and follow God.

And for those of you professing evangelicals who believe you can practice homosexuality and follow Jesus at the same time, shame on you! Big shame on you! Preach the Word! You are fighting against God and not man. Put away your limp-wristed humanism and develop some backbone. Woe unto you who call good evil and evil good!

Listen to this scathing statement from the lips of Glen Beck:

“The American Revolution, the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement came and were won from the pulpits first. The pulpits should be on fire, but our pulpits are barely an ember! It’s shameful what is happening!”

We not only have far too many wimps in our pulpits, but we also have an abundance of pimps who merchandize and market everything from God’s presence to any of His blessings using every kind of trend, fad, and cheap gospel gimmick.

The dictionary defines a pimp as a person, especially a man, who solicits customers for a prostitute or a brothel, usually in return for a share of the earnings.

Pastors, if you treat your congregation like customers then you are a pimp.

If you are more interested in attendance, buildings, and cash then you are for spiritually preparing your people for the crisis facing our nation and the desperate times we are living in then you are a pimp.

If you coerce your flock into giving a love gift or a seed in exchange for a 100- fold return you are a pimp.

If you connive the people into thinking that somehow your ministry is the source of the flow of the blessings of God in their lives you are a pimp.

Every pimp has to gain the trust of his prostitutes. They do this through deception. They don’t care about their prostitutes in the same way that these pimping preachers don’t care about you.

Don’t let pimping preachers make a mockery out of you and deceive you into giving with wrong motivations. The root of their hollow preaching is their greed and love of money and their lust for power and influence. They don’t give a rip what God thinks.

Think about it. Where else but in America can a TV minister be convicted of various kinds of scams – from financial embezzlement to tax evasion to infidelity or immoral behavior, only to be right back on TV in the pulpit pimping their audience and promoting their best-selling spiritual junk food books and racking in the big bucks. And the saddest part of it all is that their insensible adoring fans continue to support them holding up their God-card of “thou shalt not judge” their favorite superstar. What a sham!

Today’s Christianity markets everything from “Christian lingerie” to “Christian Exercise videos” to “Anointed Healing Water from the River Jordan” – all for personal gain.

And for those of you holier-than-thou professing evangelicals who complain against American policy that has taken God out of our classrooms and institutions, you cannot speak with any authority because you are guilty of banning the Holy Spirit from speaking and moving in power in your churches, meetings, and classrooms. You suffocate the supernatural with your programs and you expect to be a spokesman for God against Antichrist institutions. Please!!! If you are going to judge righteously the first requirement Jesus laid down was for you to remove the plank out of your own eye before attempting to remove the speck in someone else’s eye (Mt. 7:1-5).

Pure burning hearts produce flaming tongues, and that is the only kind of preaching that will save America right now.

This quote from Evangelist Mario Murillo says it all.

“If American preaching returns to the Bible and our sermons are thundered from burning hearts full of the Holy Spirit we have more than a good chance to save America. If preaching stays as is, there is no chance…period. Pastors are dispensing new age goobly gook when they should have been training the people in biblical morality. This is one big reason that 6 million Christians voted for their pocketbooks instead their convictions.”

Do our nation a favor, preachers. Get some fire in your belly and preach with some holy conviction.

It may be our last line of hope.

PASSING THE WORD AND THE SPIRIT TO THE NEXT GENERATION

We have many self-appointed prophets, mystics, and sensationalists in the church world today. They seem to always be looking for something new – a new word; a new experience; a new phenomenon. And so, those who listen to them and follow them are easily fooled. They don’t have a strong foundation in the Word of God and are not familiar with the anointing that teaches them and leads them into all truth. They don’t know how to build on revealed truth and mix the old and the new together.

A few years ago one church member arrogantly said to me, “Hagin is dead (speaking of the late Kenneth E. Hagin) and the word of faith is dead. God is doing a new thing.”

I walked away shaking my head, appalled at the ignorance of this person.

First of all, the word of faith (Rom. 10:8) is the word of God and that will never die.

Secondly, when the Lord restores a truth to the body of Christ you don’t throw that truth away once another truth is revealed. That’s stupid.

What many call the “word of faith” in its purest form was just a restoration of the integrity of the word of God and exercising our faith in it. Were there extremes in this move and teaching? There will always be extremes.

There will always be dirty bath water, but you don’t throw out the baby with it.

Thirdly, without faith we can’t please God (Heb. 11:6). So to ignorantly say that the “word of faith” is dead is like saying faith is dead or worse yet, the word of God is dead.

The truth is that many have forsaken the strong foundational teaching that our forefathers laid down for us.

Martin Luther was instrumental in restoring the truth of salvation by faith and not by works. Puritan preachers like John Wesley and later Charles Finney helped to establish the Church in holiness. At the turn of the 19th century the baptism of the Holy Spirit was restored through the Azusa Street revival. In the 1940’s and 50’s there was a great healing revival that restored the reality and ministry of healings and miracles. Each truth was to be laid on top of the other.

During the 1960’s and into the 80’s there was a wave of strong teaching where tremendous truths on faith, prayer and the authority of the believer among many others were touted from our nation’s pulpits.

Understanding on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the ministry gifts increased. In my opinion we reached a peak in the 1980’s and some things were aborted or miscarried.

In the 1990’s we witnessed the Toronto Blessing and the Brownsville Revival. There was holy laughter and holy fire. Both revivals or outpourings were controversial with manifestations of the Holy Spirit that many doubted. But always, the wise ones would learn to throw away the dirty bath water and keep the baby. God was showing us that He wanted us to let His Spirit move.

We should be building on each of these truths. Instead we have churches yet today who are still living in Martin Luther’s day with salvation-only messages. We have electricity today that lights every home, but they are still living in the day of candlelight. We have Pentecostals who have left their heritage of the power of the Holy Ghost. And thus we have too many coming up in the young generation today who are weak in the Word and know so little of the Spirit and His power and workings.

If we don’t pass these truths and this light on to the next generation these things will die. There must be a mingling of the generations.

TWO DREAMS

My wife Carolyn was given two dreams. One was of two rooms with teachers and students in them. The dividers were then open as teachers and students were mingling. Then the dividers were shut.

A seasoned minister who represented the older guard was obeying God in transferring responsibilities to the younger. He let go and said he had other things God wanted him to do.

But there were challenges in the transfer. There was an unbending in the mature and a lack of knowledge in the young ones. The Lord said that the Holy Spirit is the equalizer. There must be a transference of the Spirit from one generation to the next, for it is the Spirit that brings life, and not the traditions of men.

The mature refused to bend to new songs, new colors, new decorations etc., but the young thought all they needed was the flash and the glitter, but they neglected the power of the Spirit.

The Lord said that the young generation have no business telling the older to keep the Holy Spirit out. Rather, what is called the sight and sound generation must learn the Spirit and transfer it on to the next generation.

Each generation needs to keep imparting spiritual things into their children.

SECOND DREAM

The second dream was of another elder who was turning things over to the next generation, but they were given more to entertainment and didn’t have a proper foundation. In the dream the younger was trying to fit things into a house without a proper foundation. When things don’t fit you can’t force them in. A table wouldn’t fit in the house, but the young people pushed it to try and fit it, and the house started to fall.

The Lord showed us that our own son was not called to a traditional ministry. He has to reach his generation a different way because they won’t listen the traditional way. The commission remains the same, though, but it will be a different operation.

The life is in moving with the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is the One who give life to the Word. He makes everything new, fresh, and alive again. Relationships and marriages are affected by the joy and liberty of Holy Ghost meetings. It even changes atmospheres in homes. Things come into order in people’s hearts and lives. We must esteem these things.

The apostle Paul wrote one entire chapter to bring correction to the confusion and the disorder that was happening in the Corinthian church during their Holy Ghost meetings (1 Cor. 14). He didn’t throw out the baby with the dirty bath water. He taught them. It was all for the purpose of edification. The Lord wants us to excel in the edification of His body.

By revelation the Lord showed us that carnal pastors are minimizing the grace of God because they’re more concerned about self-image and how it looks and how it’s perceived. We can’t put young people in charge who are more concerned about image over the demonstration of the Spirit. That is the danger and the warning from the Lord.

Ananias and Sapphira were stopped in their tracks because of the love of appearance (Acts 5). Self-worth and self-esteem keeps out the life of God and minimizes His grace.

It is time to return to our foundations so that we will not build in vain. It is time for those who are strong in the Word and who know the Spirit of God to pass these things on to the younger generation.