FAKE LOVE, FAKE RIGHTEOUSNESS DILUTING AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY

Why does it seem like much of America respects Islam’s evil agenda, and the LBGTQ agenda, but does not respect the Church’s righteousness? Could it be that we’ve not been righteous?

It is time to make a change.

There’s a false love that has crept into Western Christianity today that has made the Church limp. This false love has a way of subtly making us feel righteous, but it’s a synthetic righteousness. I’m speaking of this false concept of love as a sentiment of total acceptance, free of the ability to hate, which is one of the most popular rationales for which many believers are abandoning the truth and authority of the Scriptures in this hour.

I believe the Obama administration and their far leftist ideology were instrumental in pushing the envelope and creating such a militant aggression in our society today that is demanding people love and accept others, regardless of their actions. The focus of what many call love today is based on accommodating people’s ungodly and sinful lifestyles and idiosyncrasies, and frankly, even abominable behavior. This new sentiment is shaping public policy and being used as a standard of morality in evaluating people’s behavior. The riots and protests in our streets are evidence of this. Even many Christians are falling for it, and demonic doctrines and damnable heresies are spreading.

Undoubtedly our nation was already moving in this direction, but it was finally and totally turned upside down during the corrupt Obama administration, and I’m afraid this upside down effect, which calls good, evil and evil, good; light, darkness, and darkness, light; bitter, sweet, and sweet, bitter — has infiltrated the Church and profaned it. Professing Christians who voted for Obama, the great deceiver (his true colors are showing now and this is becoming much more obvious – see below), are among those who live in a false love and false righteousness and display so little godly discernment. This attitude is a fungus in the Church that calls for every pastor to train his people in true love and righteousness.

I knew an old time 85 yr. old Pentecostal preacher who made altar calls in his meetings for Christians who voted for Obama. What? Yes, no kidding! You can argue with his approach, but he was righteous for holding them accountable and making it an issue in the Church. Were people offended? Of course, some were, but some actually repented, and you can repent, too if you were duped into voting for him. Hey, when you’re 85 years old you can pretty much say anything you want. Ha!

Lack of accountability is a huge problem in our churches today, especially among preachers. It’s a problem because no one wants to confront difficult and sensitive issues for fear of being labeled a pious, holier-than-thou snob. We crave the approval of man and want people to like us (we’ve confused Jesus’ command to love with being liked). “Don’t judge them, just love them” seems to be the “Christian mantra” these days. The problem is, you can’t truly love anyone without exercising righteous judgement. Love as only a gesture of sentimentality and sympathy without righteous judgement is a false love — the very cancer that is killing the Church and making her lukewarm and good for nothing. This is not the way to become salt and light in our society.

The greatest tragedy has been that we’ve carried this attitude into our gospel message and preached for itching ears, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons.

It is obvious now that Obama’s true colors are showing more and more as word is he has established a shadow government, really a devil’s nest, if you will, two miles from the White House, to undermine the actions of Trump’s presidency (refer to my post-election Charisma article which now has proven to be a very accurate prophetic vision a minister shared with me: (Are We In More Danger With Obama Out of Office Than In). Nobody will say it because of so called respect for the office of the Presidency, but the rules changed under the Obama administration. Let’s call him what he is. He is a thug himself. I’m bracing myself now for the “you’re a ***##!!! racist” remarks, and the unsubscribing of some. Would you say the same thing about Jesus for calling king Herod a “fox” (Lk. 13:32)? Where is the respect for the office there? True prophets rebuke wicked kings. Does this offend your sensibilities, oh Christian?

Author Larry Alex Taunton shows us where real offense needs to manifest:

“I urge you to be offended instead by the way God’s name is blasphemed in our country every day; by the 54 million children murdered in the holocaust of abortion since 1973; by the sordid sexual agenda that is eroding the very fabric of Western civilization; by the fact that Christians are dying for their faith, largely at the hands of Muslims, at a rate of 100,000 per year; and, most of all, by the reality that these things are being ignored, trivialized, or celebrated. These are things that offend me deeply, and I hope they offend you, too. Righteous anger has a place within the Christian life. Tap into it. In the words of Ephesians 4:26, “Be angry and do not sin.”

Being offended and angered by this intolerable sort of wickedness is true righteousness. On the other hand, being offended by truth is fake righteousness and another subtle and more acceptable form of wickedness.

Here is a compelling scripture that exposes fake righteousness:

“Like a muddied fountain and a polluted spring is a righteous man who yields, falls down, and compromises his integrity before the wicked” (Pr. 25:26 – AMPC).

I will not compromise my integrity before the wicked. I will never respect any wicked president or king or authority. I will respect the office, but never the wickedness of the person.

I will never respect sin. I will never accommodate wickedness.

The Church has become a muddied fountain and a polluted spring because it has yielded to the pop culture of our day and this leftist worldly ideology that pressures us to approve and accept others, regardless of their actions. They want the Church to accommodate people’s ungodly and sinful lifestyles and idiosyncrasies, and even abominable behavior.

It’s time for all Christians to develop some real backbone and take a stand for truth and righteousness.  It’s time to put away this synthetic righteousness that constantly bows down to the wicked. It’s time to put away this false concept of love and walk in the love that speaks the truth. It’s time to stop conforming to our culture and actually impact it.

Repentance may be a good place to start.

If every evangelical Christian in this nation, which represents a whopping 26% of it, would be a non-conformist and walk in true love and true righteousness, it would shake the entire nation.

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INTRODUCTION TO THE REAL JESUS

First, THE REAL SALVATION, then THE REAL GOSPEL, followed by THE REAL SPIRIT OF REVIVAL, and now our newest upcoming release, THE REAL JESUS. Here’s why I’m excited about this new book.

The real identity of the Church is in proportion to her identity with the real Jesus. But too often the believer’s identity is with things pertaining to a form of Christianity based on doctrinal fads and theological biases, or a leader’s personality, shaped within a “Christian” subculture built on its’ own ideals, philosophies and traditions, combined with a particular brand or flavor of God created in our own image, and not with Christ Himself.

Here are some great quotes from the preface of the book:

“You thought I was altogether as thyself” – The Psalms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aren’t those powerful and compelling quotes?

THE CALL TO WRITE

The Lord spoke to me many years ago and said that by His grace He would use me to speak a word of love and restoration to His Church. In other words, I would have a small part in helping to restore the real spirit of Christianity in the Church today. This is the God given purpose in all  my writings. Actually, it is much of my thought process behind everything I do in ministry. This purpose keeps me focused on  my own assignment and from comparing it to what other good ministers may be doing in the body of Christ. The books I write are a major part of that purpose and what the Lord said was my life’s greatest work. This is why I continue to write. For me, it is not a craft; it’s a calling.

I’ve had to travel the road of self-publishing because traditional publishing companies continually turn down my books, using as their common reason, that the messages are not “felt needs”. That’s their nice way of saying, “these books do not scratch people’s itching ears and won’t sell.” And since I don’t have a household name in Christendom or a large platform they will usually bypass my submitted manuscripts. They want lots of up front money but expect me to do the bulk of the work of actually promoting the book.

I published my first book traditionally nearly 20 years ago and purchased 5,000 books at $3 each for a total of $15,000. I can’t believe I was able to raise that much money for it back then, except to say that the Lord put His favor on this project because of the importance of the message. Unfortunately, without a platform, I wasn’t able to sell them all, but still have several boxes of them left in storage. I understand the business side of it, so I’m not bitter at all, nor am I complaining. My beef is this: if you call yourself a Christian publishing company then it should be a ministry more than it is a business. The chief purpose of any Christian publishing ministry should be to publish the word of the Lord and not what sells. Just keeping it real folks…

THE REAL JESUS is another forthcoming book that I know “Christian” publishing companies wouldn’t take on in their politically-correct and sales motivated world. For one thing, parts of the book are too radical and will shine a light again on what is defiling much of the Western Church. This was also the reason my last book, Passing On The Move Of God To The Next Generation was rejected by another company that a friend of mine highly recommended. The Acquisitions Director told me that the book was too negative. They wanted a “how to” book, but that’s not my writing style. The book is a prophetic call to the Church, not a teaching manual. By the way, for two more weeks this book is FREE in exchange for the readers’ honest review. So get it now while it’s free. Just click the link above. It’s not just about a sale but it’s about getting the message out to a broader readership within the Church.

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I just finished your book “Passing the Move of God to the Next Generation” and I have to say, it is the best thing I’ve read in a very long time. I have the privilege of pastoring a great church and I have required all the elders, pastors and leaders to read the book. I was saved in early 1975 in a genuine move of God. I want everyone I know to experience what God did then, and I believe He wants to do again! I could go on and on, but I want to challenge everyone to read and share.”

If you’re interested in this theme of restoration please also check out out my other aforementioned REAL books here Bert’s Amazon Page, and be looking for the REAL JESUS to be released soon. I hope these books are a blessing to you, and that you will share them with others, and post reviews for them. Reviews especially help the work of self publishers appear on more searches.

Sorry if this sounds like self promotion and a bunch of rambling. That is not my intent at all. As always, if you’ve read this far, thanks for your time today and for your readership.  With love and appreciation for each of you, I am your servant brother in the Lord.

THE WEIGHT OF THIS ONE SMALL ACT SPEAKS VOLUMES

We were seated in the living room praying and worshipping with a few people this past weekend. While my eyes closed suddenly I felt the embrace of a dear sister who was asking me to forgive her for speaking sharply to me. Up until that moment, the worship was dragging, but when she did that, the presence of the Lord greatly increased as I fell to my knees in tears.

Here’s what the Lord said to me while I was on my knees:

“This one small and seemingly insignificant act carries the weight of the kingdom of heaven and its operations. This one small act exemplifies the most important thing that needs to happen in many of My churches in this hour. For you’ve written about the importance of the moving of My Spirit and of My power, and rightly so, but you need to write and speak of this one act of love and forgiveness. Love and forgiveness are lacking in My shepherds and in My people, and this lack is hindering My power.

“For the strife and division in my body is great. In one city or town many churches stand at ought against one another, and many pastors hold grudges and are offended at one another. One is jealous and competes with another; one is offended at the other and harbors unforgiveness in his heart; and so My body is divided and defiled.

“For this one small act is a demonstration of what needs to transpire among My people. Love and unity must prevail, for it is the bond of true maturity, and within it lies a greater manifestation of My power.”

If this aforementioned sister had not obeyed her heart to come to me and apologize we probably would’ve just continued to worship and override the diminishing presence of God in our midst. Perhaps we would’ve just excused it as tiredness among the people or a lack of anointing in the one leading worship, when the truth was that as soon as forgiveness was released the crescendo of the presence of God was evident to everyone. I’m not saying that the lack of the manifestation of God’s presence is always due to strife and unforgiveness, but often it is.

Think of what we miss when we have schisms in our churches. Not only is there a diminishing effect of the anointing of the Spirit, but our prayers are hindered through unforgiveness in many hearts.

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses” (Mt. 11:25-26).

Reconciliation between brothers is priority in the kingdom of heaven, and Jesus admonishes us to make things right.

Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift” (Mt. 5:23-24).

Cultivating a real sensitivity to the Lord begins by getting in touch with your own heart and with the love of God that has been shed abroad there by the Holy Ghost (Rom. 5:5).

Are you in touch with the true spiritual condition of your heart? Has pride blinded you? Can you see the beam in your own eye, or only the mote in your brother’s? Many are those who claim love for God but who have fallen so short of loving people. Be not deceived. Our measure of love for God is only as great as the measure of love we show our brothers and sisters.

If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loves God love his brother also” (1 Jn. 4:20-21).

“God is love and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him” (1 Jn. 4:16).

WHY I DECIDED TO GIVE MY BOOK AWAY FOR FREE

As my wife and I travel the country and minister in churches we see a disturbing trend. The average Pentecostal/Charismatic church, which is under 100 people in number, is dominated by middle aged people. By that, I mean, it is difficult to find large numbers of young people in most churches. By young, I mean late teens, 20s and even 30s. Teenagers may be found in larger numbers because their parents are there.

Now I can understand why young people are leaving denominational and mainline churches. Most of us did that. I understand why they are leaving religion. We did that, too. I also understand why there are more nones today than ever before (nones are those who do not identify with any religion or faith). This is the fallout of having a void of the reality of the presence and power of God in the Church. I am not discouraged by this, because to me, it spells a great  opportunity that we must seize.

Pentecostal and Charismatic churches should be taking advantage of this large void in young people. Many are filling that void with sin, carnal thrills, or acts of social justice, and just being nice and doing good to their neighbor. As much as we believe in social justice and doing good to our neighbor, it still falls so short of the focal point of the full gospel, which calls for us to demonstrate the supernatural power of God.

The born again, Spirit filled Church should be pouncing on this glorious opportunity to impact young people who hunger to see and experience the supernatural. After all, we have the Holy Ghost and fire! We have the power of God! We have the living Word! Young people should be flocking to our churches. But in most cases, they are not, except in perhaps those who are offering a seeker friendly version of the gospel that tones down on its demands and on the workings of the Holy Spirit and the power of God.

Here’s what I believe is the spiritual reason more young people are not being reached: we’re not real and radical in living out our faith. By radical, I don’t mean fanatical in the worldly sense; I don’t mean sensational in the emotional sense; I don’t mean extreme in the unbalanced sense; I mean radical as in living like Jesus lived outside the four walls of the church building, doing what Jesus did, moving in love, wisdom, and power.

This is the  consuming passion that has been a mainstay in my heart for many years  – to impact the next generation of believers with a raw and living faith that is attached to the demonstration of the Spirit and the power of God, and turn them into radical disciples. See my recent Charisma article for a prototype of this kind of disciple (Stephen). But first, we must impact the preachers and their pulpits. If we do not pass on the move of God and the things of the Spirit to the next generation it will be lost. And that is the very reason I wrote the book, Passing On The Move Of God To The Next Generation, and the very reason I’m offering it FREE for a season. All I ask in exchange is for an honest review from you. Reviews help promote the book so that it appears on more searches.

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I have not read any book, outside of scripture that has convicted me, brought me to repentance, and a determination not to disappoint my Lord Jesus Christ.” M.R.

“This book carries a powerful message that is desperately needed and urgent. The new preacher will need the wisdom and impartation of previous generations combined with the power and gospel presentation that has been lost in the midst of spiritual drought.” C.G.

“As with all of Bert’s books, this one too continues to show the true purpose of the Church, and how to get to that place of working in the power of the Holy Spirit. Do not read without your highlighter, Bible, and be ready to put into action.” A.C.

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ALL FOR JESUS AND TO GOD BE THE GLORY.

THE REASON SOME PEOPLE DON’T EXPERIENCE THE PRESENCE OF GOD (PART 2)

In our last post we said that insensitivity is the greatest reason why some people do not experience more of the presence of God. Insensitivity hinders receptivity and limits people from enjoying the Lord more. Hearts can grow callous and hard, and over a process of time, that hardness leads to insensitivity.

The devil is wicked and begins working in hearts at a very young age. For example, my wife Carolyn was abused as a little child. She was just five years old when her father left her mother – leaving Mom to work constantly in order to provide for her four children, with Carolyn being the youngest. Left to herself with two older wild hippie sisters leading her, Carolyn was now left uncovered giving the enemy ample opportunity to sow evil seeds into her heart and life. Over time her heart became hardened. It wasn’t until she was born again that her stony heart was removed and replaced with a new soft heart of flesh (Ez. 36:25-27).

But over time even as believers our hearts can grow hard and insensitive through pride, offenses, and painful experiences. Familiarity also has a way of desensitizing our hearts. It’s the reason we can sometimes treat outsiders and casual acquaintances better, and appreciate them more, than we do our own family members. It’s the reason Jesus was not received in His own home town as well as He was in many other places (Mk. 6:1-6).

There was a period in my own life when I had become hardened in my heart, but with me, as I shared in my last post, the culprit was religion and professional ministry. It is easy to lust after ministry and in the process lose your sensitivity to people. It is the worse kind of hypocrisy. During one long season of prayer and fasting the Spirit of God dealt strongly with me about my life and ministry. In essence, it was my wake up call, which saved my works in the Lord, and more importantly, transformed my heart. I had a mountain top experience that lasted a few weeks where I heard God’s voice speak many things to me. I recorded them all in a journal and actually published it years later (The Journal Of My Journal).

One of the things He said to me that was not included in this journal book was the following word:

“Give birth to tenderness. Give birth to weeping. Give birth to the compassion of Jesus. Go into the Holy of Holies. Stand in the place where the Son of Man has gone, and feel and be touched with the infirmities of man. Go in there, hard man, and be turned to tenderness. Give place to the things of My Spirit that you’ve been denied. Time and time again you’ve come, but you’ve never gone far enough. Worship Me now and love will transform you.”

This word came to me when I was reading and meditating on Jesus’ struggle in the garden of Gethsemane.

He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (Mt. 26:39).

When my eyes landed upon the underlined portion of this verse, “He went a little farther”, the Holy Spirit quickened it to me, and made me to see that I hadn’t gone far enough in my worship and surrender to the Lord. I had not stayed in His presence long enough for the deeper transformation to take root in my hardened heart. Whereas before it was law and duty pushing me deeper and farther, now it was the love and kindness of the Father calling me.

It is love that nourishes us as a tree’s roots nourish the tree. You can only be blessed as you know the Father’s love. It’s so much easier to be sensitive when you are touched and filled with His love. A lack of receiving the Father’s love is the reason that hurting people hurt people. It is the reason for insensitivity and a general hardness of heart. 

God’s love is first a fatherly love. Receiving His love is the first step toward growing into maturity in Christ. It doesn’t matter how hurt and hardened you’ve been; it’s  never God’s fault. Allow the Father’s love to seep into your heart today and heal your wounds, hurts, and disappointments. Allow Him to deal with you and speak to you as a Father would to his own beloved children, through His Word and by His Spirit. Let Him break up that hardness and restore your hope today.

As the father waited for the prodigal son (Lk. 15:20) and saw him a great way off, so He sees you even when you’re far from Him, and He waits for you to come home to the embrace of His love. After the father saw his son afar off, he ran, fell on his neck, and kissed him. How can anyone resist this amazing fatherly love and affections of His heart?

THE REASON SOME PEOPLE DON’T EXPERIENCE MORE OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD

Once upon a time a struggling missionary was having lunch with a wealthy Christian businessman. The businessman was caught up in all the deals he was doing and money he was making. The missionary was in dire straits financially, but never mentioned his needs, choosing instead to boast in the Lord and what He was doing in his life and ministry overseas. The businessman was insensitive to the needs of the missionary.

A group of successful pastors from large churches were fellowshipping together at a prayer retreat. One very discouraged and troubled pastor in their midst was contemplating quitting the ministry. Nothing seemed to be going right for him. His marriage, family, and finances had gone sour. Hope deferred makes the heart sick so he refrained from all the fun and festivities that the others were engaged in at this function. No one noticed him or paid attention to him. He went home and later quit the ministry and left his wife and family. The pastors were insensitive.

Jesus told a parable of the Good Samaritan, which sums up how insensitivity can be such a part of religion.

Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him,and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion” (Lk. 10:30-33).

Professional religionists, exemplified by the priest and the Levite were insensitive to this wounded man’s needs while the despised Samaritan was commended for his sensitivity and compassion shown to the man. This is a reminder of what we often witness in our social media and superficial world today. Believers theorize over doctrinal issues, vigorously defend their political position, entangle themselves in strife over such trivial matters while skipping over the weightier matters of the law, or should I say, the heart, such as justice, mercy, and true faith. We quibble over definitions and theories, but sometimes fall so short of genuine love and active faith – not that any of us do this intentionally or with malice but that is the state of an insensitive heart.  Isn’t it interesting in this parable how insensitivity is often connected to professional religion? Religion can harden the human spirit if it does not stay connected to the hidden and intimate places of the heart.

It reminds me of a time when I was caught in the web of it myself. Knowledge had puffed me up and the profession of ministry had made me insensitive. Sermonizing, ministry work, and theoretical discussions had trumped practical demonstrations of love. Thank God He woke me up and shook me from that damnable disease of hypocrisy. During an extended time of prayer and fasting I received this word from the Lord that changed my life.

“I do a work in you of pure religion. I do a work in you to place you among My captains. I do a work of love in you. I do a work of sensitivity to My heart in you.

Behold My heart as I was moved with compassion for the widow at Nain whose son had just died. Behold My heart as I picked up the little children and blessed them. Behold My heart as I called and healed the blind beggars.

I do a work in you to increase the fruit of your compassion. I do a work in you to increase true ministry. I do a work in you to make you more skillful in My anointing. As you’ve heard My servant say, ‘Truth and compassion equal skill in My anointing.’ I speak the truth, but I am moved with compassion.

Truth does not move Me.  Compassion moves Me. I am working both on your speaking and on your compassion, so that your life and your works would be found pure in Him who moves.”

That living word changed my heart and my life forever as I meditated on its message.

Some indicators of insensitivity are selfishness, murmuring and complaining, lack of appreciation and unthankfulness, subtle arrogance, a sense of entitlement, lack of courtesy, kindness, hospitality and empathy. Cultivating sensitivity begins by getting in touch with your own heart and the Spirit of God who has shed abroad God’s love there.

Sensitivity is putting yourself in the place of another, and doing unto others what you would have them do to you. This often requires sacrifice and being inconvenienced, but love feeds you and fuels you so that it doesn’t seem like a sacrifice. The true love of God really knows no sacrifice.

Whenever I walk in love I am fueled. Acts of kindness and compassion come back to me. I am watered and showered with the love of the Father. Even sinners who do not have the love of God shed abroad in their hearts by the Holy Ghost (Rom. 5:5) will often say, “it felt so good to help that person.” They are just basing their feelings on a natural love that all human beings have. How much more is this true for us who have the love of God in our hearts!

“God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him” (1 Jn. 4:16).

Abiding in love is abiding in God. Get that! If you want more of God’s presence in your life be more sensitive to His love. Believers can easily be misled into thinking that God’s presence is only manifested in Christian meetings, conferences, concerts, or worship services. I love and enjoy those corporate gatherings, too, but don’t be event oriented, and miss out on a daily walk with God that can be very fulfilling when you learn to love as He loves. This kind of walk begins with developing a sensitivity.

The reason some believers experience and enjoy the presence of God on a regular basis more than others is mainly due to their sensitivity. Sensitivity usually leads to receptivity. The more sensitive you are the more receptive you are to the Spirit of God and His love.

On the other hand, insensitivity is a product of selfishness or self-centeredness.

Selah.

SCHOOL OF THE SPIRIT: FOLLOWING THE ANOINTING IN PRAYER

Four years ago Carolyn and I started praying together on a more regular basis. A “seer” anointing full of wisdom and revelation began to manifest through her. I started recording our prayer sessions. Today I have compiled 400 pages of prayer notes from those sessions. We call these notes PRAYER JOTTINGS, or THE PRAYER JOTTER. Another book or two in the making for some day.

These prayer sessions are often teaching sessions when the Holy Spirit steps in as the great Teacher and illustrates a point He wants to make, often using personal examples and stories from our own lives and that of others to do it. He brings us to remembrance. That is one of His functions.

These times of prayer can also occasionally take on a more conversational tone as we will ask the Lord questions and He will take us to a place in the Spirit where answers and explanations come by revelation. You cannot work this up in the flesh or the mind, but you do your best to follow the anointing in prayer. You heart must be free of sin and pure before God, and you should endeavor to make ministering to the Lord and praying much in other tongues a major part of your prayer life. This will greatly aid in learning the anointing in prayer, but it takes time to cultivate this in your personal life. So be patient…

It’s difficult to explain spiritual things, but here is the way it works with us. Often in prayer an inspired thought will rise up from within our spirits and the Lord will intercept our thoughts with His higher thoughts. As we continue to follow that anointing He will bring forth wisdom and revelation concerning the subject at hand or what we are praying about. We do not control where we go in prayer; He does. Perhaps the best way to explain this is to give you an example.

Following is a rather lengthy example of this operation in a prayer session where the Spirit of God taught us and admonished us concerning our love walk, and the spiritual laws He has set in motion. The blanks are names of people and places that the Holy Spirit brought to our remembrance.  We left them are for privacy and protection.

There are so many spiritual laws that people violate. ________ closed the door to_________ with his bitterness of how he was treated, but __________ received a blessing financially and in other ways that came into the church because they kept their hearts right. And so it is with us here. 

We have not closed that door but we’ve kept it open and changed it a little bit. And because of it, it will open doors, and the moving of the Holy Spirit always causes a blessing.

God just showed us how offenses can block, but wait to see what opens up when He, the Holy Spirit of truth, is allowed to move and you follow Him in truth. So it never will bring a defeat or a failure when you follow Me.

And that’s why Carolyn’s spirit was lifted up on the phone talking about it – because it started in the Spirit and birthed in prayer. And so it shall produce.

 That’s why they must understand that the moving of the Spirit is not just for a blessing at hand, for a moment’s time, but it is a key to moving in a destiny and a divine way.

And so as you spoke this morning of the woman at the well, how the gifts of the Spirit opened up that whole realm into a city being touched, how is it not affected in the opposite way, if she got offended and shut that off – and how it would’ve kept her in sin and defeat and would’ve stopped a city from being touched.

So show this side, too – never close the door to a move of the Spirit and how your offense can stop a whole city from coming under the influence of the Holy Spirit.

Remembering now (Bert) as a new convert, Ms. Doody, your first boss, and how difficult she was to deal with, and how your temper would flare up with her, and how You would tell me to hug her, forgive her, and be  a blessing to her, and how hard that was on my flesh. But I did it, and it broke something, and I’ve never had problems with that kind of offense. I’ve never carried that because it was broken off of me early through simple obedience.

This has to do with liquid love and the move of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord deals with the heart all the time. If ________ would’ve let it go and said, “so what?” it may have saved him even from this adultery. But now his whole life is an embarrassment and a reproach, and it affected a whole church and a ministry.

It’s about setting them free to move with Him; it’s about understanding the laws of the Spirit – the grieving, the moving, and the flow, and how it is all out of the heart.

Guard your heart for out of it flow the issues of life (Pr. 4:23).

Satan came into Judas’ heart because he had been stealing from that treasury all that time, and he opened up a door for Satan to come and put that thing in his heart to betray his Master. He gave place to that spirit. It’s almost like when you yield to one, seven others come in.

Carolyn’s testing point was being offended in _______ long ago when_______ asked someone else to sing. 

Acts of obedience break the power of offense and unforgiveness. The example of Lester Sumrall and that deacon who wanted to shut his meeting down, and the Lord told him to go kiss him. Three times it happened before the deacon broke and all was reconciled.

Love is the language of the kingdom. It keeps the door open and the Holy Spirit moving in hearts, and it causes entire cities to be affected instead of being stuck in a rut of sin. 

What ____________ did affected a whole city, ministries, and had a worldwide negative affect – and many young men were disillusioned by it. He opened the door and then shut the door. And someone actually saw the arrow that was shot in his mouth as he received that offense and that lie that ________ was out to raise up his own ministry in making the________ independent, when the truth was that _______ had a great call already, and it would’ve just been a blessing to the whole body.

What arrows are you swallowing? What lies are you accepting?

How you choose to receive that lie, offense, and temptation – the way that you handle it by rejecting it and moving in love is how you continue to move in the Spirit.

And God also set you free, Bert in  __________ when you got offended there, too.

But it all was made right, and we came back here and had to make things right here, too.  

We’ve done that now and kept our hearts open and clean and we’ve moved with You, Lord. It’s never wrong to move with You.

We know we’re not perfect, Lord and we make mistakes, but we’ve always tried to follow you and walk in love. We never carry offenses even going out of our way to love people who’ve offended us.

Love builds bridges and always wins.

Even though it was uncomfortable to reach out in love to one who offended you, when it was over it felt good.

Thank you for love, thank you for love, thank you, Lord!

Hallelujah! It is always encouraging to hear from the Spirit of the Lord like this. You, too can cultivate this kind of prayer life and walk with the Lord. We meditate on these Spirit-inspired words for they cause our faith and love to be strengthened. This is what Jesus meant when He said: “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Mt. 4:4). It is the Spirit-inspired or rhema word from the Lord that really feeds us. It is what you receive personally from the Lord that fuels you with faith and fire.

Some find it difficult to believe in these higher dimensions of the communications of the Holy Spirit. He is not only the Comforter who leads us and guides us into all truth, but He also shows us things to come and gives us tremendous wisdom and revelation to walk it out. God has chosen my wife’s vessel to move in a prolific operation of this. Not everyone will move in exactly the same way, but everyone can be anointed to pray. One of  her God given assignments in life is to draw forth in prayer, provision of the wisdom of God, not only for our own lives and ministry, but for the body of Christ as well.

We have begun to produce short videos (Face To Face) to help train people to move in the Spirit in some of these things, hear from the Lord better, and enjoy a greater presence of God in their lives. This link shared is our third session. The first two are archived on our YouTube channel, Holy Fire Ministries. Feel free to subscribe so you don’t miss any upcoming training sessions. The Lord told us that the right training would lead to greater power in the lives of His true disciples – thus the reason for these videos.

Please take time to view these, and of course, this blog. It is one way we can give back to those who love us, follow us, support us, and pray for us.

Abundant grace to each of you. May our glorious Bridegroom totally and completely satisfy you.

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THE ORGANIC NATURE OF THE CHURCH – Part 2

In our last blog we stated that in Acts 2:47 the Lord added to the church daily because the early Church was truly functioning as a living organism, drawing its life from within, whereas the Church today tends to draw from without. Then we put forth a powerful truth that organic principles utilize a minimum amount of energy and yet produce maximum results (fruit).

“All by itself the soil produces grain…” (Mk 4:28). All by itself … I repeat… all by itself … a living organism produces fruit from the soil, which in this case represents the heart of man.

As another example of a living organism producing fruit from within itself, take our physical bodies. Our physical bodies do not struggle to grow. As long as it has breath, rest, exercise, food, and drink it thrives. The same could be said of trees, crops, and plants. As long as the soil in which they’re planted receives sufficient nutrients from the sun and the rain these living organisms will thrive. It’s the same way with the born again spirit of man. As long as it gets fed with the proper nutrients of the Word and the Spirit, and has the privilege of fellowship with God and other believers it will grow (Acts 2:42).

My younger brother whom I referred to earlier led a local Catholic man to the Lord a few years ago and also in being filled with the Holy Ghost. I’ve spoken to this brother many times, and he is on fire for God. With little provoking and prodding from us he is testifying to his family and friends of what Jesus has done in his life. All who knew him before know that he is a changed man. He is devouring the Word of God regularly and prays continually. Because he works the night shift he is not able to attend a church yet. The only real fellowship and encouragement he has right now is mainly from a few older believers like me. Yet this convert is growing spiritually by leaps and bounds and continues to testify of the good news of Jesus without shame and timidity. All his growth has come from within the soil of his heart. That is organic!

No church or person is telling this brother that he has to read the Word, pray, and witness to others. It is the desire and joy of his life. He has received a new nature. And he is nurturing that new nature and being renewed daily through fellowship with God. It is the miracle of what new life produces.

Old Testament thinking makes you produce apart from that new life and nature. Old Testament thinking is based on the law which was given to spiritually dead people to govern their flesh, and it works from the outside in, but New Testament thinking moves from the outside, the flesh, to the heart and the new nature within that we receive by grace. The law hardens the human spirit because it does not deal with the hidden places of the heart, but grace is an inward transformation that softens our heart. 

“I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

All fruit is a result of fellowship. That’s where true life flows from. If we tend to the Vine (Jesus) then the branch takes care of itself and produces fruit automatically.

The reason for our attempts in seeking to produce a quality of life in the Church from the outside in is simply due to the absence of the Spirit of God in our lives and our inability to receive from Him, negligence in feeding the new nature within us, and a general insensitivity in us to follow His leading. Again, stemming from an Old Testament temple mentality, we separate our corporate gatherings, church services, functions, and programs from our daily spiritual life. Our daily lives is where the reality of a walk with God is tested and cultivated.

Cultivating an awareness of His presence and the reality that you are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and that He is always with you will increase your spiritual sensitivity and receptivity and cause you to enjoy His life more on a regular, daily basis. In other words, learning to cultivate the ability to live from within, following your heart, following where the life of God is leading you is the key to maintaining freshness and fruit in your walk with God. That is how the organic nature of the kingdom of God works.

THE CHURCH TOO OCCUPIED WITH NUMBERS INSTEAD OF NATURE

The nature of the kingdom of God is that it grows from within, from the inside out and not from the outside in. It grows from the new nature that we receive when we’re born again by the Spirit of God. The Old Testament temple mentality was set up to control you externally through rules and regulations in contrast to being ruled from within through love and the Spirit of truth in the New Testament. Many of Jesus’ parables expounded on the nature and operations of the kingdom of God emphasizing its organic nature.

For example, He taught in the parable of the sower, noting that without understanding that parable, you cannot understand other parables (Mk 4:13). In other words, within that parable lay the key to understanding other parables. The key to this parable is not only in the incorruptible seed of the Word of God being sown, but it is in the soil’s ability to receive that seed. The soil represents the heart of man. The true spiritual condition of any local church body, or ministry depends on the health of the hearts of the people.

From 1987-1996 my wife and I were part of a team of missionaries that established interdenominational Bible training centers in West Africa. Since then, as the ministry has passed through different hands in that region, there has been a diminishing of the spiritual life and fire that were strong birthmarks of its early beginnings. The real spiritual barometer that gauges the life of the work is in the hearts of the leaders and what they are imparting to the students. Currently there are efforts being put forth to restore the ministry there to its former glory. Our caution, though, must be to avoid the temptation of financing outward structures whether they are buildings, better office space, vehicles, and equipment without taking care of the diminishing spiritual life that caused the decline in the first place.

Again, there is a mentality out there in ministry and church life that thinks if we make the outward more attractive then the inward will take care of itself. If we have a nicer building, more money, better equipment, etc. then God will send the fruit of revival. But the New Testament and the history of revivals have usually started with humble beginnings, and from people whose hearts were simply hungry and thirsty for more of God. God is not pleased when we glory in the flesh and in external things and putting our dependency on those things to produce fruit.

Think of how Jesus began His earthly ministry. He chose 12 men and called them to spend time with Him. Look what happened! Revival spread everywhere. Without buildings, without equipment, without fancy promotional techniques or gimmicks, without devising new programs and methods to reach people, without a lot of structure, and rules and regulations to govern them externally, they experienced constant revival. “But that was Jesus!” you say. But aren’t we called to walk as He walked (1 John 2:6), and do the works and greater works than He did (John 14:12)? Isn’t He the pattern? Isn’t that what the early Church did after Jesus left the earth? Isn’t that why the Holy Spirit was sent to us?

The Lord wants us to understand that the nature of the Church and of the kingdom of God is organic. The new nature and the life of God in the spirit of man is what make the Church a living organism and not so much an organization. You cannot manufacture an organism or breathe life into it, whether it is a tree, a plant, or the human body. Fruit cannot be manufactured. It is a by-product of being alive. Life begins on the inside, and continues to grow from the inside, not the outside. That’s why we must constantly watch over our hearts and feed and nurture the new nature in us, and follow the flow of the life-giving Spirit, and not a dead program.

In Acts 2:47 the Lord added to the church daily because the early Church was truly functioning as a living organism, drawing its life from within. It seems to me that the work grew and multiplied almost effortlessly without the strength of the arm of flesh or the wisdom of man. Here is a powerful truth:

Organic principles utilize a minimum amount of energy and yet produce maximum results (fruit).

“All by itself the soil produces grain…” (Mk 4:28). All by itself … I repeat… all by itself, a living organism produces fruit from the soil, which in this case represents the heart of man.

How different this is from so much of church life today! How many times have you heard pastors and church leaders try to get people to pray, witness, read their Bible, get involved in some church program, or outreach, yet to no avail. Or, a new program is started and there is spiritual life and fire in it for awhile, but soon it becomes burdened with layers of rules and regulations and top heavy structure until the life that was in it dies, or moves on.

Jesus did not go out among sinners because of some structured program, policy, or law that told Him He had to do it. He did not spend time with sinners to earn wages from the Father. He did not pray so He could please the Father and make it to heaven. He did all these things because it was His nature. The spiritual life within Him produced these actions and the fruit of them. Let’s return to the simplicity of living our Christianity from the inside out.

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FROM MY HEART: OFF TO A FLYING START

It is good to receive encouragement. Yesterday while we were filming programs for our Arabic Broadcast the sister of my translator told Carolyn that she could not leave the studio. She said “your husband has all my attention, and I understand everything he says. It is difficult to leave.”

What an answer to our prayers! I asked everyone to pray for an anointing that arrests people and calls them to attention, and that is exactly what she was testifying to. Praise God! Our prayers are being answered. God loves the Arabic people. Ishmael is not forgotten, for the Lord said He would bless them.

God has put such a love in my heart for the Arabic speaking people. Having met my translator and then working with him, then meeting his sister, has put flesh on the bones of this love. This broadcast is not only reaching Muslims and former Muslims who are now young converts, but also many with Egyptian Coptic and Roman Catholic backgrounds. They don’t have access to very good Scriptural and anointed teaching as much of it is still filled with denominational distinctives and traditions. I believe that is the reason my translator’s sister was glued to the set the entire time I was preaching/teaching. The anointed Word was captivating her. This gave me a good barometer for the millions of people that are viewing the broadcast and listening to the living Word.

Today we are filming another six – 30 minute programs, and then tomorrow we will try to finish with 4-6 more. This will allow them to edit three months worth of programming for a once per week showing. This is so exciting!

As I stated, using both my translator and his sister as a barometer, there is a real feeding that will happen through our program. Young lambs will be nurtured, sheep will be fed, and sinners will come to a real revelation of Jesus Christ. This is very fulfilling to my heart. They will be enlightened, taste of the heavenly gift of Jesus, become partakers of the Holy Spirit, taste the good word of God and the powers of the age to come (Heb. 6:4-5). I was so thrilled yesterday after completing four sets that it was difficult to unwind once it was over. “He who waters is watered also.” I can imagine what the next two days will be like.

People have asked me if they can watch the programs. Most cannot unless they have access to this Arabic satellite network (Al Fady TV). This station has 4 satellites that reaches into the Arabic speaking people who live in England, Europe, Middle East, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. on the Roku boxes. Unless you have a Roku box you will not be able to view it. However, we will be posting all the programs on our YouTube channel, so be sure to subscribe to it, and you will be able to view all the broadcasts.

A great big thank you again to everyone who has supported us in this grand endeavor of preaching the gospel and teaching the living Word to millions of people. Thank you for your love, prayers, and financial support. Although enough funds came in to start filming, the goal is to be on several times a week instead of just once a week, so we definitely need more partners and one time gifts. We appreciate every investment and seed sown toward this amazing opportunity. God bless each of you.