IF ENOUGH OF US DO THIS WE CAN CHANGE THE NATION

Following 14 years of harsh imprisonment for his faith, Richard Wurmbrand was asked why we don’t have to deal with communism here in America. Much like the Lord Jesus often responded to curious inquirers, he was not direct in his answer, but spoke to the root of America’s issues.

“You don’t have communism here, but you have something far worse. You have materialism.”

The witness of even other religions makes this indictment very unsettling.

As an example, radical Islamic leaders do not consider the Church or the gospel as the greatest enemy to the spread of their religion. Christians are not the primary target of their Jihadist warfare ideology. Western worldliness is their most formidable foe. After all, they do refer to America as the great Satan with Europe a close second. But the unsettling thing is that Muslim clergy believe America is a Christian nation, and they see nothing in the Church that distinguishes us from the world.

These Muslim clergy cite our exportation of godlessness, immorality, pornography, perversion, our gross preoccupation with entertainment, worldly fashion, fleshly indulgences as proof of our materialistic lifestyle and worldliness. Although we know Islam is a false religion and we are all appalled at the unthinkable, murderous and heinous acts of terror its adherents commit in the name of their god, we must realize that their feelings of American Christianity are equally justifiable as our moral outrage of the rotten fruit of their religion.

When the religious Muslim world looks at our brand of Christianity, it sees a worthless religion that does not make a profound and marked difference in the lives of those who profess it. They hear our profession of Jesus and see our worldly lifestyles compared to theirs and conclude that their faith is superior to ours. Yet we know that their faith engenders bondage instead of liberty, death and destruction instead of life and peace, and fear and guilt rather than true fellowship with the living God. But how do we get past their view of our hypocrisy? Does it not concern you that their view of commitment to God and morality is more of a reflection of the Scriptures than ours is?

If they saw a greater allegiance to Jesus among Western believers they might consider otherwise, but as a whole, they are not seeing it. They refute all worldliness, but we embrace it. They even oppose other Muslims in their own camp who are worldly. In spite of all that is wrong with Islam, shouldn’t it disturb us that their allegiance to a lie is greater than our allegiance to the truth? Isn’t it chilling and afflicting to our souls that they die for their beliefs, but we in America can’t even live for ours?

MORE HEART SEARCHING QUESTIONS

Could it be that many American Christians have been greatly deceived and entrapped by the materialism/worldliness in our nation? Could it be that worldliness has infiltrated into the church to such a degree that it has rendered our witness to the world ineffective? Could it be that the materialistic environment many of us have been raised in has dulled our senses to its real influence over our lives? Have we been lured away from what is eternal and spiritual and given ourselves to the temporal and fleshly? Do we realize that there are tens of millions of professing Christians in our nation who make zero impact on the various spheres of their influence? Who never testify of their faith? Who don’t even practice their faith? Have we ever given thoughtful consideration that the lifestyle of millions — not thousands — but millions of professing believers in America is contrary to the Scriptures and commands of Jesus Christ and indistinguishable from the rest of society?

Let’s face it: Our foundation is faulty; therefore, our house cannot stand. We need such a purging in the Church today that calls itself by Christ’s name. We have become professional hearers. We don’t really believe the Bible and what Jesus said. Consider some of the first words Jesus spoke to the multitudes who sought to follow Him. His witness and that of the other apostles speaks clearly and emphatically against all worldliness, complacency, and compromise. Yet we continue on living contrary to what they said.

“If anyone will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matt. 16:24-26).

“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple … So likewise, any of you who does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:26, 33).

Christianity is a whole-hearted commitment to follow Christ. Many of us have forgotten that. We cannot live in the flesh and please God, but instead, through the empowering Spirit of God, we are to put to death the deeds of the body, bring it under subjection and crucify the flesh.

“For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if through the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live” (Rom. 8:13).

“But I bring and keep my body under subjection, lest when preaching to others I myself should be disqualified” (1 Cor. 9:27).

“Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts” (Gal. 5:24).

For the most part, except for a consecrated remnant, we are a materialistic and worldly Church because we don’t heed or understand the message of the cross. A few years ago, I heard a media consultant say that the reason for the lack of substance and weighty messages on Christian television today is because it doesn’t draw viewers. The average viewer only has an appetite to hear messages that tell them how wonderful they are, and how rich, happy, and blessed they can become. The bottom line with most television ministries is ratings and funds. How sad and tragic it will be for them when they give account to God at the judgment.

We must recover the true message and ministry of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, especially here in the West. Ministers must return to the altar and crucify works of the flesh. We don’t need a new message, a new manifestation, a new program, or another conference to tell us how to grow our churches and ministries. All we need to do is return to the old-fashioned gospel and obey the commands of it. God has demonstrated His great love for each of us in that while we were yet sinners He died for us. His Holy shed blood has cancelled out our death and given us new life.

There is now available an abundance of His empowering grace to obey all of His commands.

If enough of us do so it will change the nation.

For more on this theme refer to the following books: The Real Gospel, The Real Salvation and The Real Jesus, The Real Spirit Of Revival).

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THE SPIRIT OF REPENTANCE IS THE KEY TO TURNING THE CHURCH AND THE NATION

I have a friend named Jim in my home town that I shared the gospel with several years ago. At first he was confused about Christianity to such a degree that he wasn’t even sure who Jesus was. He is highly intellectual and couldn’t see how God could make Jesus the only way to salvation. He would reason, “How could God allow good human beings who have another religion to perish and go to hell?” I talked to him several times and eventually asked him to read the gospel of John so that he could see that the loopholes he was trying to find in the person of Jesus Christ and the gospel just aren’t there. 

Finally, the light came on and he began to understand that there was no other way to God except through Jesus. Still, he struggled with the need to change his lifestyle saying things like, “Nothing is broken in my life. Nothing needs fixing.”  He believed that the guiding principle of his life to do good to others was enough. In other words, although he now believed that Jesus was the Son of God, that He shed His blood for his sins, that He was raised from the dead, he was not yet convicted of his sins. What if I had told Jim: “Don’t worry about your sins, Jim. Jesus paid for it all. Just receive God’s payment and confess Jesus, and you’ll be saved.” That is the common gospel you hear in the marketplace of Christianity today. It is a travesty and the root of where the axe needs to be laid. 

I’ll tell you what would’ve happened if I preached this version of the gospel to Jim. By ministering a false comfort to him and rushing him to a decision to pray a prayer of salvation when conviction wasn’t working, deception would’ve been birthed in his life. He would’ve believed he was saved without really being saved. This is what has been done with multitudes of sinners everywhere, and that is the key reason why such a small percentage of them continue to walk with the Lord and bear fruit after supposedly receiving Jesus. We think we can bypass the cross and use other methods to bring people to salvation, and in so doing we become guilty of preaching another gospel and leaving so many in deception.  

The more I talked to Jim the more I began to locate the root of his problem. He felt he would be unhappy with a different lifestyle than the one he had. His lifestyle included regular Friday or Saturday night parties at his house where he and his friends would drink booze and carry on until the wee hours of the morning. That’s what the Holy Spirit was pressing and putting his finger on. So now there was conviction, but Jim was resisting the Holy Spirit in the process. It was all an issue of repentance and surrender.

DESTRUCTIVE MINDSET: SERVING GOD IS NO FUN

There is a destructive mindset in carnal professing Christians today that is at the root of this great deception and keeps them from going “all in” for Jesus.

They believe that there can be no real enjoyment in life if they stop sinning and pursuing happiness and carnal pleasures. They honestly believe that life would be a killjoy if they repented. These people do not seem to realize that the person who has truly repented has no desire to sin, and that the grace of God changes a person’s desires and empowers him to live for Christ. It is an inward transformation. That’s the miracle of salvation. Once truly saved, serving Jesus becomes a great joy to the earnest believer.

I dare to say that if the desire to sin is still in the heart of a professing Christian then he has not yet tasted of the real salvation. New life has not yet begun. Regeneration has not taken place.

Listen to the voice of one of the great revivalists of the past:

“Christianity does not make the believer unhappy by keeping him away from the sinful things he loved because the believer has changed his opinion on those things.” —Charles G. Finney

Finney defined repentance as a change of the ultimate preference or choice of the soul and of action. He taught that repentance is a change of will, feeling and of life in respect toward God. Finney believed that true repentance involves more of the person’s will and conscience than his natural feelings. Feelings are involuntary and have no moral character except what they derive from the action and the will. He would admonish sinners to submit and commit their entire being to God at once, obey their conscience and the feelings would soon follow (for more on this theme refer to the following books: The Real Gospel, The Real Salvation and The Real Jesus).

The spirit of repentance is the missing ingredient in much of the American church and in our society that will save us and restore the glory of the Lord in our lives, our churches, and in our land.

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FALSE CONVERTS AND WORLDLY “CHRISTIANS” BIGGEST PROBLEM IN AMERICA

In the mid-90’s I received this Spirit-inspired utterance. I believe the fulness of this word is for right now.

“America will come upon hard times. Many hearts will open, and the gospel will penetrate into the cities of America. Revival will sweep the land even as it is being judged. Young men who will be trained and ready will be as special forces, and they will run with fire in their feet and in their hearts. They will be free of care and family ties and at a moment’s notice will respond to the Spirit’s call and go. When the enemy unleashes his onslaught on the cities of America these shall be ready. They will be sent to the battle equipped as troops for the trenches where victories are won. Unconventional wisdom and special skill shall be given them for conquest, and they will go armed to suffer for their Lord and Commander in Chief.

“These special forces shall be men that have no desire for their own glory, but only seek the glory of Him who sends them. They are men with no hidden agendas or secret plans, but only to advance the kingdom.”

Praise the Lord!

Think about how different America has become in just the last 10-15 years ago. Go back even further to the mid-90s when I received this word. As a nation we have reached the boiling point. Something has to give.

The country is divided. The Church in many ways is divided.

For years now, the Democrats have been moving farther left — more pro-abortion, more pro-LGBT activism, more anti-Israel, more anti-Bible, more radically socialist. Even professing Christians have been caught up in this leftist ideology. On what basis can God-fearing Christians be a modern democrat or even vote for them? In my humble opinion, they are the biggest problem in our nation. That is the reason I say that the Church is divided. Just before he went to be with the Lord the late prophecy teacher Hilton Sutton administered altar calls for Christians who voted for Obama. Yes, no joke, he called them to repentance.

CHURCH FULL OF FALSE CONVERTS

“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Lk. 6:46)

I believe many of our churches today are full of false converts or they are just miserably backslid.

You want to know what the greatest opposition to the truth is in these last days? Forget about these university professors, atheistic leftists, false religionists, and skeptics and so forth. The greatest liability in the Church of today are those inside the church. The passive, lukewarm “Christian” who remains in his neutral closet and never engages others in evangelism and in being a living witness for Christ is the leaven that leavens the entire lump.

In a recent George Barna survey 25 percent of those who lay claim to a born-again experience do not even adhere to the basic and elementary tenets of the Christian faith. It is that particular group that are like a cancer in the church. A significant change in them would mean a significant change in our nation, too.

The curse of our nation is the presentation of the “free gift” dimension of the gospel without the Lordship factor and the surrender and submission component. It’s the gospel on our own terms. This contemporary gospel is a huge factor in the moral erosion of our culture, especially as it relates to social issues. Among the number of non-evangelical professing “born-again” Christians, only slightly more than 50 percent identify as social conservatives, and even that number is suspect, based on recent elections. Additionally, on the abortion issue, 37 percent are not pro-life, and 27 percent advocate gay rights. Remember, these are the people who claim to be born again and who say they are good people and never hurt anyone. The absence of a true moral compass in their lives is glaring. The salt has lost its savor. The light they claim to have is great darkness.

Although there is a godly, committed remnant that is alive and well in our nation, imagine if just this 25 percent group were presented and practiced a gospel that included a solid commitment to Christ and biblical values, how much more faith would be interjected into the American culture? Visualize how different of a nation America would be.

WHY AM I CRYING TEARS OF PAIN AND THEN TEARS OF JOY?

My daddy was a fighter. His heart surgeon said he was one tough cookie at 81 years old when he had triple bypass open heart surgery. When he weakened and grew frail in the latter stages of his life I came face to face with the mortality of every man, even the strongest and toughest among us. It hurt me to see him suffer and eventually succumb to heart failure. The older he got the more tender I became toward him and toward the mortal state of every human being.

Then as I look around the world and see the human carnage, the suffering, the endless sickness, diseases, and pains of so many, and the tragic circumstances some are born into or find themselves in, I realize how cursed this world is. In my younger days I was not as sensitized to it all because when you’re young you… well, you’re young. Youth is a time to dream, not identify with nightmares. And yet there are so many youth who are born into such severe hardship who cannot dream.

I have some young friends who are missionaries in Kolkata (Calcutta) that are spending their lives to help the neediest of the needy. I’ve not yet been to Kolkata…it’s on my bucket list, though, but I understand it’s common as in many cities of the world to step over people living on the street in cardboard boxes, but worse yet, is passing by others literally sitting in pools of their own urine, waiting to die. You can walk over corpses lying on the sidewalk in the middle of the day, having died from starvation and exposure with no one bothering to pick them up. How utterly heartbreaking to see humans made in the image of God reduced to such base objects of horror.

And you think you have problems because your boss didn’t give you a pay raise that you thought you deserved, or your girlfriend dumped you for another guy, or you’re pouting because God didn’t come through for you in some materialistic fashion? Many Westerners are so spoiled and Christians are not exempt as even our own character can be so unchristian at times.

How God’s heart must also break over the petty, self-centered-entitled-narcissism so prevalent here in the West and in His people, who should know better. Must every little trivial disappointment over not getting what you wanted out of life send you over the edge into manic depression? Many of us are living in prosperity compared to most of the world and we still complain. Please get another life.

Go volunteer at the nearest homeless shelter. Go visit a children’s cancer hospital and look straight into the stark faces of those dying children, or just walk around and familiarize yourself with the unending hurt in the hearts of their moms and dads. Go help at a hospice and be touched with the desperation of the dying dead. Perhaps the Lord will use you to offer hope and life in their final hour. What a great way to forget about yourself because you’re not living your American dream life, or you’re wallowing in self-pity because someone spoke harshly to you or did you wrong.

Oh dear Christian, please get over your victim mentality that is so inbred within our culture and develop a stable soul. Life is not all about you. Your frame of reference is inordinately crooked.

DEEP IDENTIFICATION: A BIG STEP TOWARD MATURITY

Here’s a big step toward maturity and receiving a revelation of the heart of God. Go find someone hurting more than you and you’ll stop whining. Go find someone sick and you’ll be healed. Go minister to someone dying and you’ll start living. Lift up the broken and you’ll be fixed. That’s the Jesus way.

When Jesus received the tragic news of his cousin’s head being cut off He departed for some alone time, but when His day was interrupted by needy people He continued to minister to them (Mk. 14:13-21). Oh, for such a giving heart! Truly He was a man of many sorrows and acquainted with grief. He taught us by example that in identifying with the hurting and suffering of this world we, too could clearly manifest the Father’s will.

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2).

“We then who are strong ought to bear with the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves” (Rom. 15:1).

Deep identification and a sort of co-suffering is necessary to have a real impact on the needy in this world. Perhaps age is a big equation in this also as I’m finding that the older you get, naturally the more opportunities you have to witness the sufferings and death of others, even that of your own family and friends. Not only did I witness that in my daddy now in heaven, but I am going through another season with my Momma as well. She now has limited mobility, recent emotional issues, and requires 24 hour care. She lives with my brother and sister in law, with occasional care-taking relief from me several times a year and many visits as I am able. Even when I’m on the road I carry her in my heart being familiar with her sufferings. I also have a number of other relatives and friends who are in great seasons of their own trials, and it brings me to a greater place of sensitivity, compassion, and prayer. I find myself crying more easily and laughing more readily as I’m appreciating life’s simple joys more, too.

The recent joy of helping a struggling pastor and his wife not to quit brought me to tears of joy when they testified that our visit turned their entire church around and renewed their desire for ministry again. I wept with gratitude that God would use my wife and I this way. What a joy to have a part in making a life altering and church changing supply to a people. It’s happened several times over the last few years and it never gets old. When you help and encourage someone there is an intimate identification with Jesus that fuels your heart with His unfailing compassions. It’s a small part of the fellowship of His sufferings that conform you to His death.

We love pastors who lay down their lives every day for others. We all need to be encouraged for there was a time when my wife and I were on the verge of quitting the ministry too. There is a simple joy in helping bear the burdens of others. Only those who’ve learned to live and move and have their beings in the Lord can understand this.

Other more earthly simple joys like enjoying a beautiful sunset, sitting under a tree on a hot summer’s night talking to an intimate friend, listening to the birds at the breaking of the dawn, and a host of others are not quite enjoyed the same way when you’re young. But seeing the beauty and tenderness of God in it all and how His upholding hand can be seen on every living thing trumps it all. Jesus exemplified the very heartbeat of God the Father and His selfless nature, for He was the brightness of His glory and the express image of His Person (Heb. 1:3).

Have you ever wondered where did Jesus got the fuel to live such a selfless life? Yes, He was God but He was also a man subject to the same temptations and weaknesses we have. One of the keys to His life was His great desire to please the Father. His fuel for pleasing the Father was both the love He received from the Father and the joy derived from His obedience to Him. He grew up into that stature and we should be growing this way, too–further and further from self and up into the glorious nature of the fulness of the love of God.

Oh how I love Him…

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IT’S TIME FOR WIMPY CHRISTIANS TO BECOME COURAGEOUS

No Christian in this country is under the threat of death or imprisonment for preaching the gospel. No one’s life is in danger. No one is being beaten, flogged, or hardly even threatened. No one is suffering for the sake of the Name of Jesus in the same way the early disciples did. Why then is there such a passive posture and a cowardice in the Church when it comes to standing for truth, righteousness, and morality in our culture? Why are there so few who are rocking the boat of our sinful, wicked, immoral culture?

Jeremiah said it this way:

If you have run with the footmen, and they have 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).

America is still virtually a land of peace, but Christians are slumbering and weary with the weights and cares of the world. What would happen if overnight we were raided by radical terrorists who demanded we deny Jesus and join their religion and cause or be executed? What if there was a foreign invasion or military coup from insiders and our government was suddenly taken over, and a new antichrist government was established–and all our freedoms were taken away? It’s unlikely at this point, but what if?

C’mon folks, let’s be real. Our brand of Christianity here in the West is soft, weak, anemic, and nearly good for nothing.

We resemble the church of Laodicea who boasted in their supposed blessedness and wealth when Jesus called them wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.

Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked…” (Rev. 3:17)

Many Christians are terrified to stand against the sins of our culture and just tell others it is wrong. In fact, some professing Christians will actually celebrate those sins with the world. They will march in gay pride parades because they say God is love. They will rally for women’s rights to abortion because after all, it’s their bodies. They will say that fornication, adultery and every form of sexual immorality is none of our business, and that we shouldn’t judge and yada, yada, yada…

Adding to their moral cowardice and complete ignorance of Biblical standards, these passive Christians will defend their personal Jesus and tell them He loves them and understands them. How despicably immoral that is in itself! How grossly deceived they are! How spineless and yellow-bellied these professing Christians have become! They’ve been conformed to the culture and a Jesus they’ve created in their own image (The Real Jesus), instead of being conformed to the Biblical Christ. This makes them twice a child of hell than the sinners who commit such sins.

I am not saying that our primary responsibility as Christians is to attack the sins of our culture, but where in our society are Christians standing against sin and immorality? The world holds up their poster child of sin and we applaud them or remain silent. Where is the opposition? Where is the resistance and defense of the truth? Where is the stand for righteousness and morality?

I am also not saying that our refusal to denounce sin is our greatest problem, but how long will morality and truth continue to give way to an ungodly and evil agenda in our nation? Our faith is either being kicked to the curb, placed in the corners and fringes of society, or just being denied by so many who remain passive and neutral. We’ve allowed our faith to be cut off from normal life and relegated to our church sanctuaries. In a word, we’ve been silenced in the public arena. We are a large consensus of Christians who are actually helping our culture build an atheistic society. And we use the secularism in our culture to be secular ourselves. They have influenced us far more than we have influenced them.

There is very little evidence of Christianity in our American culture, and it’s our fault. It is time to heed the Lord’s admonition to Joshua.

“Be strong and courageous (Jos. 1:6)… Be strong and very courageous (v. 7). This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (v. 9)” 

          

Because of our lack of backbone and courage American Christianity is falling off the cliff. We are going the way of the dinosaur if Christians do not become stronger and more courageous in their faith and convictions. We are living in a very pagan culture right now in our nation. Things are so much worse than they seem. The vices, the bondages, and vile filth in our culture is expanding at an overwhelming pace. The Church is to be the conscience of the nation but our conscience is seared right now.

Our brand of Christianity is lame. It is seen as a nice religion of nice people. There is a wholesome fanaticism that is missing. There is a life and a vibrancy that is lacking. We are too passive and too wimpy. If we want to change our culture we must come out of our closet of fear and intimidation. We can be loving and fearless and courageous at the same time.

Honestly, we have no need to be fearful and intimidated. As I said, no one is being threatened with their life. No one is being killed for their faith. So what are we afraid of? The rejection of men? Who cares! Is that really going to matter in the end? There are plenty of others who will applaud you and wax courageously because of your example to stand for truth, righteousness, and morality, and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. And God will give you wisdom and grace to love even our enemies.

Let the change begin with you. A little courage will go a long way. And if enough of us wax strong in the Lord and stand tall and courageous we will in time see the change our hearts are longing for.

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THE CHURCH IS STRONG BUT CAN’T GET OUT OF BED

The reality of a word from the Lord came to my wife in a dream just two nights ago. Contained within this dream is a vital word for the body of Christ in this hour–both corrective and encouraging that will bring hope to many.

In the dream my wife was in bed and couldn’t get out of bed. The same condition was true for the pastors and church we were ministering to. They also couldn’t get out of bed. My wife noted that both her and them possessed overwhelming strength and only needed to get up.

A large segment of the Charismatic/Pentecostal Church is slumbering right now–under-utilized, under-achieving in the Spirit, not living up to its potential, power, and effectiveness. But there’s a new birthing coming, not according to the old order or planting, but now there is a new God-birthing that wIll flow from the inward parts of the belly (man’s spirit).

In the dream Carolyn was pregnant and the doctors wanted to perform a C-section and cut her open, but someone said she did not have to give birth the old way as before. Instead she could give birth the God way from the inward parts of the belly, signifying in the Spirit. At that moment beginning from her navel there was an expansion of her belly that blossomed out.

Interpretation: We have super strength in the Spirit but have to only wake up and get up.

SECOND PART OF DREAM

The dream then moved to a church service where I was preaching. A group of people sitting in the back of the building were not engaged in what was being preached, but instead were thinking and talking about the outing in a park that had been planned afterwards. They wanted to play, have social time, and were given to entertainment. Their minds were not on the Lord and what He was saying and doing in the service.

This speaks of the general condition of many in the Church in this hour. The minds of people are swirling with activity like tuning into different channels every 2 seconds looking for another thrill. It’s the nature of the carnal mind which leads to death, while the spiritual mind leads to life and peace (Rom. 8:6).

This is the reason Paul wrote:

“Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light” (Eph. 5:14).

This verse was written to believers. Apparently as indicated by the verses before (1-13) these believers were walking in immorality, covetousness, idolatry and such, and Paul was admonishing them not to walk in darkness and in spiritual deadness but in the light. Later on he tells them to “be filled with the Spirit” (v. 18-19) and to “be strong in the Lord” (Eph. 6:10).

IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP AND GET OUT OF BED

It is time to get out of bed and engage in the Lord’s work and agenda. This engaging begins with our communion with God by living a life of praise and thanksgiving, and singing/speaking Spirit-Inspired songs from the heart. The infilling we receive will affect the heart and our lives, and will lead to healthy marriages (Eph. 5:22-33), healthy parent-child relationships (Ephesians. 6:1-4), and healthy employer-employee relationships (Eph. 6:5-9). We’ve underestimated the impact of a Spirit-filled life according to Ephesians 5:18-19.

The revival my heart is longing to see is not one that can be captured on social media but one that is lived out in the daily lives of believers, symbolized by a consecration to the will of God resulting in a life of prayer, fasting, giving and in godly relationships, marriages and families. There is a divine dissatisfaction working in the hearts of God’s true people in this day that are no longer content with the performance and production of professional and sensational ministry, often led by self-appointed prophets screaming to be heard and bombarding us with yet another headline of a carnally motivated and fleshly embellished prophecy.  Social media oozes with such and it actually entertains people and feeds their emotions with yet another ear-tickling yak-and-quack. This has created a vacuum in the hearts of genuine believers for authentic Christianity. This has escalated and is leading us into a current move among the body of Christ for relationship-based Christianity, love, discipleship, and the caring one for another.

What good is it to shout, holler, clap, and dance on Sunday morning if our daily lives, relationships, marriages, and children are a mess? What good does it do to participate in Christian conferences and events and listen to the latest greatest teaching or revelation or prophecy if we don’t possess a daily life of communion with God in both Word and Spirit.

Let’s stop fooling ourselves. Let’s wake up and get out of bed and put on the strength of the Lord and start living according to the potential and effectiveness that we possess inwardly in Christ.

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FROM MY HEART: MY GREATEST DESIRE ON MY 60TH BIRTHDAY

I’ll be 60 at the end of this month. It’s hard to believe. Where has time gone? It seems like yesterday I was a young single man in Bible school. The fire of God and zeal for the Lord that was in my heart then still remains, only in a different way.

The trials and seasons of a man’s life have a way of maturating wisdom, patience, and love in him if he’ll stay close to Jesus. I don’t have many regrets in my life, but one thing I wish I learned earlier was to love better. But love is a fruit and it doesn’t grow overnight.

For example, whenever I’d try speaking to a God mocker or a scoffer who was throwing insults at me I’d say something like, “We’ll see how tough you are when you stand before God and He tells you to depart from Him and casts you into hell.” Unless really prompted by the Spirit to do so, I would never say that to a God mocker today. Instead, I’d feel so sorry for him and see him in a totally different light.

The love that has been in me since my new birth is stronger and more developed now (Rom. 5:5), and I still have a long way to go. I see this same work done in John the beloved as he went from a son of thunder who wanted to call fire down from heaven (Lk. 9:54) to a great apostle of love who writes his final letters to the saints so tenderly (1,2,3 John). I, too was a son of thunder, and did not know what spirit I was of. Ha!

When I was a very young convert one of the first impressions I had from the Spirit of God was this, which I wrote in the first person:

“Like the apostle John and his brother James I use to be a son of thunder until the Lord my God tucked me under His wing, nursed me, cared for me, and patched up my wounds. Then He sent me from the nest into all the world and I became a lovebird, sharing that great love with others wherewith the Lord my God loved me first.” I wrote it down and dated it: (12/8/82).

I used to love to preach more than I loved people, but everyone has a starting point. I’d preach without hardly taking a breath, so it seemed, and sometimes I didn’t have as many words as I did fire. I was described by someone as a fire hydrant, but instead of water gushing forth, fire would come out. I burned many people until the Lord began to teach me and lead into a greater love. Today the intensity of the fire of God is still there, but the love for people has grown. Thank God.

As I celebrate my 60th birthday on July 28, which also happens to be my wedding anniversary to Carolyn, my greatest aim and goal in my remaining years is not to have a bigger ministry or greater influence, or to even write more books, but it is to love others better with the love of God and to see them though God’s eyes. When you go that route it is difficult to miss God in your life because your motives will then  always be pure.

The real love of God has two outstanding characteristics. It is quick to repent and quick to forgive. Boy, if you ever cultivate those two traits in your walk with God, you will cut off a major access point to the devil in your life. He will not be able to easily steal, kill, and destroy you.

I know one thing that has helped me immeasurably throughout my marriage has been that I refuse to let the sun go down on my wrath (Eph. 5:26). I refuse to go to bed angry or in strife with my wife. In the MEV translation the second part of that verse reads this way: “Don’t go to bed angry.” Marriage is the strongest bond of agreement and you would be unwise to choke that bond by allowing strife into your marriage. As one older man of God used to say, “I’ve passed up wonderful opportunities to stay in strife with my wife.” Be the bigger man and apologize and make it right before going to bed.

This counsel will save your marriage, your life, your health, and secure your eternal reward. God’s protection, favor, and prosperity will be upon your children and children’s children all the days of your life.

A man of love will stand in the gap for others who have sinned and ask God to forgive them and give them life (1 Jn. 5:16), instead of wishing them ill-will or judgement. Love covers a multitude of sins.

Love is the greatest of all Christian attributes and love always wins. So if you want to offer me a gift for  my 60th birthday, pray Phil. 1:9-11 and Eph. 3:14-21 for me. I will be very grateful.

 

 

 

 

SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS: THE BITTER FRUIT OF THE LAW

When is the last time you walked into a room full of people and all you thought about was them? How can I be a blessing to them, how can I make their day, how can I bring encouragement and joy to their heart? How deep can a man go into selflessness where he is no longer concerned about himself, thinking of himself—thinking of ways to get ahead, to put himself in the best possible light in all conversations and appearances, to look good, to impress others and to project an image of himself that belies who he really is? Did Jesus ever live a day with that sort of mindset?

Why do men do this? Could this selfishness and self-focus be the larger part of what Jesus came to free us from?

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me. For I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-30).

Is not self-consciousness the largest part of the bitter fruit of what the law produces? And is not cultivating a God-consciousness and beholding the glory of the Lord, as in a mirror, with your heart, the solution toward this sort of radical transformation Jesus came to bring (2 Cor. 3:16-18)? Is this not the bigger part of what it means to grow up into Him and mature? Is not coming to Him and learning of Him what produces selflessness in our lives and a blessed rest where we quit striving to be someone, to achieve something, to be great as the world counts greatness?

TRUE DISCIPLES OF JESUS ARE KNOWN BY LOVE

Many churches are known for many different things. Some are known for prophecy or their charismatic gifts, some for benevolence, some for their good singing or great preaching, etc. but how many are known for their love, not in word but in deed (1 Jn. 3:18)?

Here’s where much of the body of Christ is at today.

“For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a gluttonous man, a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is justified by her children” (Matt. 11:18-19).

Our words and actions often fail to justify that we are the children of God. We argue, we fuss and we constantly engage in doctrinal disputes. Many seem to be consistently looking to pick a fight, to grumble and complain about things, and to never be satisfied unless their own opinions and points of view are heard. Our strife and division are our most frequent and consistent witness to the world. But listen to what Jesus said:

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35).

How did Jesus love us? He denied Himself totally and completely to reconcile us to God. He brought to us the highest life by a firm committal to His death on the cross. His deepest motivation was to go as low as He could go to lift us up as high as we could go—the lowest death producing the highest life. He endured this death because we were His joy.

“Let us look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:2).

Should not this be our aim—to be like Him? To be conformed to His image? To love as He loved? How else will the world know that we are indeed Jesus’ disciples?

CAN’T LOVE UNLESS WE KNOW WE’RE LOVED

But it is the revelation that we are loved by Him that will ultimately produce the beginning of this transformation in our lives. We must constantly be receiving His love in order to release His love. The greatest glory we can experience on the earth is to know how loved we are by God. When we live loved, we will manifest His love to others.

When you truly commune with God you lose what you don’t need, and gain what you need in His presence. You lose those burdensome, weary, burned out physical and emotional feelings that come from constant striving, and you gain real rest in your soul that comes from His grace and knowing His love. This Scripture blesses me immensely and gives me a glimpse into real freedom:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly” (Matt. 11:28, MSG).

Some Christians pray and worship regularly, read the Bible faithfully, attend church consistently and constantly show God how much they love Him, but still have no peace and mental freedom. What’s the problem?

The revelatory truth of how much they are loved by God has not yet gripped them. They see themselves through their own weaknesses and shortcomings instead of through the eyes of the love of Christ. Their pursuit of God is from a position of somehow trying to earn His love instead of from position of already being loved.

This is one of the greatest prayers that we can pray for ourselves and for one another:

“That He would give you, according to the riches of His glory, power to be strengthened by His Spirit in the inner man, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:16-19).

The fullness of God is to know His love which is beyond our intellectual capacity and knowledge. To be filled with the revelation of God’s love is to be filled with all His fulness. There is nothing greater. As believers, we’ve got to move past identifying ourselves with anyone or anything—whether they be our failures, our greatest achievements/accomplishments, man’s acceptance and approval, what we do or don’t do, our jobs/careers, churches, ministries, finances and so on. and move into a full-fledged identity with His love.

The heart that knows he is loved by God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ ceases to look elsewhere for love, peace and satisfaction. His delight is in the Lord. He has found his dwelling place and his rest in Him. When you receive a revelation of His deep love for you, it will put such a delight and contentment in your soul. It is then that you will truly live free and full.

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THE MOST PRECIOUS WORK GOD DOES IN A MAN’S HEART

Ephesians 1 and Ephesians 3 contain two Spirit-inspired prayers for all saints. The essence of these prayers are for us to have a spirit of wisdom and revelation–some refer to this as “the spirit of seeing and knowing”, and secondly, for us to be filled with the fulness of the love of Christ.

Consider the impact and transformation in our lives when we are walking in the manifestation of what these prayers comprise. What more do we need when we have spiritual accuracy in our lives that comes from the spirit of wisdom and revelation that allows us to see as the Father sees? Add to that the breadth, length, depth, and height of His love which passes knowledge that we might walk in the fulness of that love. Wisdom, revelation, and love are our biggest needs.

When this work is truly done in us, our Christian walk is no longer mechanical, but it flows from within our transformed hearts. To be rooted and grounded in Christ’s love means we receive our own nourishment from it, just as a tree receives nourishment from being rooted and grounded in rich soil. When we are nourished by Christ’s love we are satisfied. It’s nutrients feed us and fuel us constantly.

Jesus was nourished and fueled daily by the Father’s love. He lived and ministered from this position.

“For the Father loves the Son…” (Jn. 3:35, 5:20).

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you…” (Jn. 15:9).

The only way we can love others is to first know how loved we are by God.

“We love Him because He first loved us” (1 Jn. 4:19).

Love is the fuel and the oxygen of life in God. We will have less and less of a need to receive the love and approval of others when we are nourished by the Father’s love. If you are not receiving His love, you will find it difficult to release His love. It’s that simple.

Before God is the Creator or the Almighty Ruler, He is Father. It’s when we see that, even in creating and ruling, He does so as a kind and loving Father, that we are moved to such joy and delight at the thought of being His children. The God who is love (1Jn.4:8) is a Father who sent  His Son, so we could all, in turn, be sons. To be the Father means to love, it means to give life, it means to beget the Son, and to share His Son and now His Spirit with us all. In eternity past, before anything else was, God was loving, giving life, and delighting in His Son. This is what filled the heart of Jesus and is the reason He delighted in doing the Father’s will.

“My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work” (Jn.4:34).

“I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart” (Ps.40:8).

The Father’s love is always primary, but the Son reciprocates with that love that manifests in obedience.

The Father’s eternal love for the Son excites the Son’s responsive eternal love for the Father, and His eternal love flows freely to His disciples and now to His Church. By this, one may see how the Christian life is to be lived. Without this exchange and free flow of love, there is no joy and delight in the heart and in our service.

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THIS AGE WILL END AND CHRIST SHALL SOON RETURN

In 2005 the Lord told me to begin to speak and write more on lost themes and discarded/understated truths in the body of Christ. These blogs are a small part of that assignment.

We are giving a synopsis of the various accounts and testimonies of the 1920s outpouring in China among the orphaned children of the Adullam Rescue Home (these things were chronicled in a book called, Visions Beyond The Veil by H.A. Baker)  Heaven, hell, angels and demons, the end of the Age and the return of the Lord were central themes to all the visions the children experienced during this fascinating outpouring. 

A great focus of the visions and prophecies the children of Adullam received were concerning the end of this age, the rule of the Antichrist, the great tribulation, the harvest outpouring, and the return of  the Lord. These children were not schooled in theology and knew nothing of these things, thus they were constantly questioned and cross questioned about what they saw and heard. They had no knowledge of the Bible and yet everything they witnessed in vision form and prophesied was exactly according to the Scriptures.

The Bible teaches that this present age will end in the greatest tribulation and time of trouble man has ever known, immediately followed by the return of the Lord who will destroy the wicked and reward the righteous (Mt. 24:29-31). When the darkness is at its worst we will see the greatest harvest.

PROPHECIES AND VISIONS

The Adullam children prophesied continually of a time of war, famine, pestilence, and great tribulation in conjunction with increased persecution of God’s people with promised protection. At times during intense persecution saints were caught away bodily to a place of safety as Philip was in Acts 8. There was also miraculous provision of food similar to the manna God manifested in the wilderness during times of scarcity and hunger. The saints received strength and boldness to testify fearlessly, and some were given power to preach in tongues of languages of unevangelized tribes. In some cases when the gospel was rejected fire would come from heaven to destroy the wicked place as Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. There was such preaching power in their words that their enemies were smitten by plagues or death.

The children also received numerous visions of the Antichrist accompanied by prophecy. They saw him marshaling his forces toward the final war of this age. During his reign the saints were standing strong in spite of hardship and danger. This was a time of the unleashing of the powers of Satan, having great wrath knowing his time was short (Rev. 12:12). No one but Spirit filled saints could stand and endure such Satanic onslaughts of power and manifestations.

Visions of the war on the earth were seen. Children saw battleships destroyed by bombs from airplanes, and sinking into their watery grave. Armies were gathered from all around the earth as poison gas was released (could this be chemical/nuclear warfare?) and deadly instruments slew their victims in countless numbers. Eventually there were multitudes of dead bodies that could not be buried and were left to decay as manure on the earth (Jer. 25:31-33).

   

THE RETURN OF THE LORD AND DAY OF HIS WRATH

In the midst of all this tribulation and trouble Christ suddenly returned. The sun became dark and the moon red like blood. The stars fell from heaven. The heavens were rolled up like a scroll. A great earthquake swallowed people up. Multitudes were running everywhere in fear and confusion. Men fled from their shops leaving behind their goods and valuables without a second thought. Families rushed out of their homes in the same way. All humans became one in purpose–to flee from the wrath of the returning eternal Judge and seek a place of refuge. Some fled to the mountains, some leaped into the rivers and perished, and some even slew themselves with their own weapons.

“For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” (Rev. 6:17)

Think these things not strange for they are all recorded in the Bible (Rev. 6). The amazing fact is that these children did not know such things were in the Bible. And very often they would act out and speak out the things they were seeing and hearing.

THE GREAT SUPPER OF GOD

For example, when they saw all the dead bodies and the birds and scavengers of the earth eating their carcasses in the great supper of God (Rev. 19:17-18), the others could hear their remarks and see their movements. One would say, “Look at that eagle eating that rich fellow. See it picking his fancy clothes from his body. Look at that! It has taken a piece of his flesh and flown away.”

Another said, “Oh, look over there; a vulture and a crow both eating at that man. He has the most courage. He just picks away, gorging himself, never taking time to look up, but the crow is afraid; he takes a bit and looks around to see if he is in danger. ‘Ai ya’, do you see that? Look at the birds standing on that well dressed fellow and digging into him.”

These abhorring scenes repelled the children and made them turn their backs from it all. This once again signified the authenticity of these visions and what they were seeing. This shows us that the esteemed materialism of this passing world and the rich and mighty rulers/leaders of all Christ-rejecting enterprises and religions of this world will be brought to nothing. How sobering! How fearful to realize that all peoples and nations who forget the living God shall be turned into hell.

God chose to reveal all these end-of-the-age events to little, innocent, and simple children. They were shown by God and angels that the consummation of the present world with its human systems of education and its boasted organization and wealth will be “the great supper of God,” where the flesh of the dead will be more of a prize than will be the elevated splendor of this culture that is now the pride of the living.

The children saw the Lord and His angels bind the Antichrist hand and foot before casting him alive into hell (Rev. 19:20). There were also visions of the devil taken alive to the mouth of the pit where a lid was lifted up to cast him into a well-like, deep, black abyss. The lid was shut, and the Lord locked it with a great key (Rev. 20:1-3).

These things are real, dear friends, and God chose the most unlikely people, little children to bear witness of these invisible realities nearly a century ago. The time is drawing very near to the culmination of these events. God loves us and desires that none perish. Let us become eternally minded, live soberly, be watchful and prayerful, and made ready.

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