9/19/2019 An Appeal for Personal Holiness

As Christians, our prayers are often directed toward seeing the manifest presence of God in our midst – during our services, at home, and in the workplace. That is all well and good, but are our prayers compromised when we refuse to walk in personal holiness, making light the Lord’s commands? I emphatically declare, “YES!” In John chapter fourteen, verse twenty-one, Jesus states, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (NKJV).   So many today want to focus on love, and indeed, it is the reason why God gave His only Son (John 3:16). That being said, the Lord’s standard of love is far higher than our own (Is. 55:8-9), and if we are going to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, mind, and strength, and then love our neighbors as ourselves (Matt. 22:34-40), it cannot happen outside of holiness. According to Christ, holiness is the proof of our love.

This is reinforced by Peter when he admonishes us as believers, “Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy for I am holy.’ And if you call on the Father who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (I Pt. 1:13-19). Our lifestyle is evidence of our love for the Lord; it is our testimony. We cannot claim love for the Lord without having a testimony that backs it up!

It is relatively easy to put on the façade of holiness in church on a Sunday morning, having a form of godliness but denying its power (2 Tim. 3:1-5). However, what of the countless hours spent in front of the television, where we invite death into our home by observing murders, adultery, and fornication of all kind? What of our attitudes when we don’t get our way? How many have compromised personal holiness for the sake of being “a witness,” all the while never realizing that holiness is not only proof of your love, it is your witness? This was the whole point of Christ’s death. It took a perfect witness’s blood to redeem us. Christ could have claimed to be God all He wanted, yet if He had sinned, it would have made His testimony invalid. Does your life invalidate your witness or confirm it? Jesus explained it this way, “If someone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and we will to him and make our home with him. Someone who doesn’t love Me doesn’t keep My words – and the word you are hearing is not My own but that of the Father who sent Me” (CJB).

This is the question we, as the church, must answer at this time. Are we to be a soiled bride who has prostituted herself to the world by aligning our lifestyle with it, or will we choose to become a bride without spot or wrinkle; a bride in whom the Lord delights (Eph. 5:25-27)? After all, we are to be crucified with Christ, not make ourselves transgressors by entering into what He died to destroy in us. Nor can we invalidate His grace which works in us to overcome sin (Gal. 2:18-21).

My fellow Christians, I appeal to you to live your life, holy unto the Lord. It is to those who keep His commands that Christ promises to reveal Himself. The promises of the Lord are to the church who will overcome (Rev. 2-3; Rev. 12:11). Our nation needs an awakening. The world needs to see the manifest presence of Christ in our lives. Will we bow in repentance and live holy lives that reflect God’s character and nature, as living stones offering to God what is acceptable (I Pt. 2:4-5)? Just as personal holiness is evidence of our love for the Lord, so, too, our corporate holiness corroborates our corporate love. Let your lifestyle attest to your love. Never fear…they will still know us by our love. It’s just that our love will look more like Jesus, and that is the best thing – to be transformed into the image of His likeness (Rom. 8:28-39)! Let’s give the world what they’ve been hungering for – a love that transcends their definitions; a love that nothing can divide or separate! A love that is proven by holiness and enjoys the manifest presence of God in every facet of our lives!

9/17/2019 Resurrection & Return of Prodigals & Dreams

My greatest miracles were performed around the tombs of the dead. Even though you sit in a place of mourning, I can resurrect what has been lost. Many of you have hopelessly prayed for children and grandchildren that have not just strayed but abandoned themselves to the power of death. Some have anguished over the lost dreams that I gave to you and have written them off, burying them in places only I can see. In your despair, My child, choose to believe. It matters not the stench associated with any of it; I ask for a confession of belief and then faith that grants Me access to all concerning your situation. I want to reveal My glory through your children and circumstances as much as you want to see true life restored. Even now, I am interceding before the Father for them and creating divine appointments. Yes, many prodigals have already heard the sound of My call and are awaiting release from their graveclothes; many dreams are being revived. Only believe! Luke 11:1-ff, verse 25-26, “I AM the Resurrection and the Life! Whoever puts his trust in Me will live, even if he dies; and everyone living and trusting in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” Verse 32-45, “When Miryam came to where Yeshua was and saw Him, she fell at His feet and said to Him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Yeshua saw her crying, and also the Judeans who came with her crying, He was deeply moved and also troubled. He said, ‘Where have you buried him?’ They said, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Yeshua cried; so the Judeans there said, ‘See how He loved him!’ But some of them said, ‘He opened the bind man’s eyes. Couldn’t He have kept this one from dying?’ Yeshua, again deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying in front of the entrance. Yeshua said, ‘Take the stone away!’ Marta, the sister of the dead man, said to Yeshua, ‘By now his body must smell, for it has been four days since he died!’ Yeshua said to her, ‘Didn’t I tell you that if you keep trusting, you will see the glory of God?’ So they removed the stone. Yeshua looked upward and said, ‘Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. I Myself know that You always hear Me, but I say this because of the crowd standing around, so that they may believe that You have sent Me.’ Having said this, He shouted, ‘El’azar! Come out!’ The man who had been dead came out, his hands and feet wrapped in strips of linen and his face covered with a cloth. Yeshua said to them, ‘Unwrap him, and let him go!’ At this, many of the Judeans who had come to visit Miryam, and had seen what Yeshua had done, trusted in Him.” CJB  

9/16/2019 Repent and Return!

Once more, I am urgently calling out My people to repent. I tire of the gods you have set up before Me. They must come down! You attempt to use My grace against Me, justifying your sin. You try to cover it with good deeds and rituals that mean nothing to Me coming from an impure heart. My blood alone justifies! Don’t you know you are to be the temple of the Holy Ghost; holy as I am holy? Still, you continue in your ways, daily choosing what is profane over what is holy, not only in your own homes but in Mine, some joined by those whom I called to lead My sheep! Repent and return! I am the long-suffering God who forgives, looking to fill the righteous with good things and revealing Myself to the pure in heart. My heart is for you! However, I will not force your hand. I am the God who holds time in His hands, and time is short. Today is the day of salvation. Either you bow repentant before Me, embracing life or stand proudly against Me, choosing death.  2 Kings 23:6-7, regarding Josiah’s actions against false gods in God’s house, “He took the asherah from the house of ADONAI to Vadi Kidron outside Jerusalem and burned it in Vadi Kidron, stamped the ashes to powder and threw the powder onto the burial-ground for the common people. He smashed the houses of the cult prostitutes that were in the house of ADONAI, where the women also wove garments for the asherah.” CJB 2 Cor. 5:20-6:2, “Therefore we are ambassadors of the Messiah; in effect, God is making His appeal through us. What we do is appeal on behalf of the Messiah, ‘Be reconciled to God! God made this sinless man to be a sin offering on our behalf, so that in union with Him we might fully share in God’s righteousness.’ As God’s fellow-workers we also urge you not to receive His grace and then do nothing with it. For He says, ‘At the acceptable time I heard you; In the day of salvation I helped you.’” CJB Job 12:10, “In His hand is the life of every living thing and the spirit of every human being.” CJB

9/12/2019 Operate from Power

Firmly I heard the Lord say that many are operating from a position of past pain rather than from a place of present power in Him. God desires to heal your pain and see you walk in victory. Don’t resist this process but embrace it. God’s tender love and kindness are at work in you, so that you can walk as an overcomer. Abide in Him and triumph through Him. The ache may remain for a while, but, through your God you shall do valiantly! Eph. 2:4-7, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” NKJV Ps. 60:12, “Through God we will do valiantly, For it is He who shall tread down our enemies.” NKJV

9/11/19 “I’m Calling You Out!”

I am calling out those who claim to be called by My Name – you who seek My focused attention, but will not give Me your ear; you who want Me to move in response to your tears, held in the bottle of heaven, but purposefully turn away from Mine, allowing them to fall unobserved or write them off as insignificant. I am calling you out! I desire those who seek Me wholeheartedly, those who will stand in the gap. I sicken of those who speak right things with their mouths, but their hearts are turned far from Me. I desire hearts that reflect My own; those who will fast, choosing to have their hearts torn on behalf of those lost and weep with Me for the unsaved who have become of no consequence to My church, more concerned with the opinions of men rather than their souls. I am calling for you to turn and take notice of your God and your fellow man! I am calling for repentance from self-centeredness and a preoccupation with things that have no eternal value. I am calling for more than a Sunday morning sacrifice. I am calling for a life-long total surrender and a laying down of excuses. I will hear them no more. I am calling you into right relationship with Me. Joel 2:12-14, “’Yet even now,’ says ADONAI, ‘turn to Me with all your heart with fasting, weeping, and lamenting.’ Tear your heart, not your garments; and turn to ADONAI your God. For He is merciful and compassionate, slow to anger, rich in grace, and willing to change His mind about disaster. Who knows? He may turn, change His mind and leave a blessing behind Him, [enough for] grain offerings and drink offerings to present to ADONAI your God.” CJB Matt. 15:7-9, “Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” NKJV Ps. 17:15, “As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.” NKJV

9/10/19 Food for Thought: Where Do You Go?

I’ve been thinking about when Jesus walked the earth how vastly different His responses were from our own. Take, for instance, the Pharisees and temple guards who argued over Christ’s teachings. They were all full of opinions, very few for, most against, Him. Rather than seek God, they chose to abandon all discourse regarding the person of Christ and went home. They gave up and just walked away! Their problem would keep for another day. But Jesus. Ah, there’s that Name! Jesus removed Himself from the people and went up to the Mount of Olives. He went to a place where He wept, He prayed, and His anointing was invigorated to minister to those who saw Him as the problem.

Where do you go when the questions keep coming and the continual onslaught of trials show no indication of letting up? Do you go home, or do you go up to the mountain? Too often our weariness leads us to where we are most comfortable, but if we will but ascend to the hill of the Lord, we will find our strength restored, and we are once more empowered as Christ was to step into all required of us. For the religious, the problems remain come morning. Home is just a brief respite from their trouble. However, the mountain was Christ’s place of victory, and it can be ours, as well! It’s where His challenges disappeared in the light of renewed purpose. It is on the mountain where we, too, are assured that our greatest trials are transformed into triumphs, even as it was and will be for Christ. The mountain is a place of promise!

No one ever said getting there was easy. Walking up a rocky incline when it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders isn’t preferable to a soft bed where self reigns supreme. However, the battle is fought and won on the mountain as we prostrate ourselves before the One who is always faithful, the Great I AM! Trouble always tempts you to keep it around, but victory is seized when you decide to confront it in prayer! Be like Jesus – ascend the mountain, even at your most weary. Be like Jesus, and be victorious!  John 7:53-8:1, “Then they all left, each one to his own home. But Yeshua went to the Mount of Olives.” CJB Matt. 6:34, “Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” NKJV

9/9/2019 Spiritual Fault Lines

Many feel off-balance and disoriented. My children, spiritual fault lines are about to erupt, and I would not have you unaware. Do not put your confidence in men, but as the sons of Issachar, know the signs of the times. The shaking has only just begun, and it is accompanied by great fear – either of godly fear and reverence and awe of Me which leads to repentance and holiness or a terror that only My love can cast out. Have I not told you from the beginning that you must learn how to stand? Reorient yourself according to My Word and remain on the Rock, your firm foundation. In this shaking all will be affected, beginning with My church. Exposure will take place, and what glorifies Me will be lifted up, while pretension and arrogance fall to the ground. From east to west this will take place, manifested in the weather patterns, gross political upheaval, and a spirit of anarchy – the beginning of which you already see. Apostasy will abound, but My church, characterized by humility and holiness, will step forth unified and empowered, with purpose and authority. All that is happening must occur before My coming. Keep looking up and stand in the strength of My might! Matt. 24:6-13, “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass; but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My Name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this Gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” NKJV Eph. 6:10-11, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” NKJV

9/6/2019 Explore the Depths of Me

I am calling My people to search out the deep things of Me. Many are content to splash in the shallow end of religion, while I am calling you out to the deep place of intimate relationship. These are depths that can only be reached in conjunction with My Spirit, who searches them out. It calls for unconditional surrender and reliance upon Me. As you yield more of self and begin to see through the eyes of the Spirit; as you being to hear and heed the voice of the Spirit, riding the current of truth He reveals in My Word, you will find that you have been gently wooed out into the deep end. This place I have prepared for you – where My presence envelopes you and you are no longer inhibited by the cares and concerns of this world, having learned to bask in My light and dive for the treasures of My heart. This intimacy cannot be attained while your feet are planted firmly in the flesh. Determine to live according to My Spirit, learning to discern My heart and mind in all things. I Cor. 2:9-16, “’No eye has seen, no ear has heard and no one’s heart has imagined all the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.’ It is to us, however, that God has revealed these things. How? Through the Spirit. For the Spirit probes all things, even the profoundest depths of God. For who knows the inner workings of a person except the person’s own spirit inside him? So too no one knows the inner workings of God except God’s Spirit. Now we have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit of God, so that we might understand the things God has freely given to us. These are the things we are talking about when we avoid the manner of speaking that human wisdom would dictate and instead use a manner of speaking taught by the Spirit, by which we explain things of the Spirit to people who have the Spirit. Now the natural man does not receive the things from the Spirit of God – to him they are nonsense! Moreover, he is unable to grasp them, because they are evaluated through the Spirit. But the person who has the Spirit can evaluate everything, while no one is in a position to evaluate him. ‘For who has known the mind of ADONAI? Who will counsel him?’ But we have the mind of the Messiah!” CJB Dan. 2:20-22, “Blessed be the name of God from eternity past to eternity future! For wisdom and power are His alone; He brings the changes of seasons and times; He installs and deposes kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those with discernment. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what lies in the darkness; and light dwells with Him.” CJB

9/5/2019 Set As a Seal

I have formed you as clay in the potter’s hand, removed what marred you, and fashioned a new creation. I have set My seal upon you and fired you to bring forth a worthy vessel. You are a vessel made according to My specifications for My purposes – You belong to Me. My seal is deeply ingrained within you, authenticating that which you profess. My Spirit guarantees your position and inheritance. Do not allow the enemy to convince you otherwise or grieve My Spirit by refusing to trust Me. Let your faith arise, and rest in all that I have done, as one hidden by Me. Live according to your purpose, allowing all that I have placed in you to be used for My glory. You are a cherished; you are precious; you are one-of-a-kind. Eph. 1:13-14, “In Him you trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” NKJV Eph. 4:30-32, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Song of Songs 8:6, “Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is as strong as death, jealousy as cruel as the grave; its flames are flames of fire, a most vehement flame.” NKJV

9/4/2019 Return to Holiness

The Lord is holy. The Lord has called us to be holy like Him (I Pt. 1:15-16). Holiness comes from intimacy, and intimacy is developed in the holy place (Ps. 24:3-4, John 14:21). One cannot be claimed without the other. There seems to be a troubling recurrence with the Body of Christ that claims to be so intimately connected to the Lord that there is a revealed grace that allows us to walk unholy before Him and yet live. I want to go on the record as saying that is nonsense and a purposeful misinterpretation of Scripture meant to allow the flesh to have its way (Rom. 8). God’s mercy at the cross was accompanied by grace that empowers us to overcome sin (Rom. 6:15-16)! This includes every sin from lies and gossip to sexual misconduct and murder. Well, judgment starts in the house of God (1 Pt. 4:17). Before Paul ever listed the qualifications of ministers for Timothy (1 Tim. 3:1-7), Malachi was rebuking priests who had not kept covenant with the Lord, making a mockery of His temple. In Malachi chapter two, verses five through seven, he spells out exactly what the Lord’s ministers were supposed to be doing but neglecting.

  • Be conduits of life and peace
  • Walk in fear of the Lord
  • Awe the Name of the Lord
  • Speak the true Gospel
  • Be honest
  • Walk in peace and righteousness
  • Turn people from sin
  • Safeguard knowledge
  • We should be the ones people seek out for wisdom
  • Be the messenger of the Lord

This list holds today, and God still expects it of those who declare and proclaim the message of the kingdom. I issued this same warning back in February of this year specifically to people that hold ministerial positions. God is cleaning house, and it is imperative that ministers seek His face, repenting of their failure to be the shepherds He demands for His flock, and that all who claim Christ walk worthy of Him (Col. 1:10). There is a changing of the guard that is taking place within the church, and those that choose the path of holiness are going to be elevated into greater areas of responsibility. Those who refuse to do so, He will expose and remove from their place. Because they dishonor God, He will allow dishonor to fall on them. God declares that He will curse them and spread dung on their faces because they refused to hear and wouldn’t take to heart His commandment – not exactly a pleasant picture (Mal. 2:1-4). Those the Lord loves, He chastens, and He does so that we may be partakers of His holiness and yield the fruit of righteousness (Heb. 12:1-11). Fellow ministers and Christians, I implore you as co-laborers in Christ, let us repent and walk in fear of Him with peace and righteousness, awing His Name, being an example to the believers in all things, and being careful to take heed lest we fall (I Tim. 4:12, I Cor. 10:6-12). Let us return to the Lord our God, that He will return to us (Zech. 1:2-6).