Feb 23 2018

Billy Graham

I’m reflecting on the life of Billy Graham today, and on all the great things he did to advance the Kingdom of God during his 99 years on the earth. It’s amazing, looking back at his life, how much one person can accomplish if they are focused on the mission given to them by God. He was definitely one who knew his calling, knew his identity, and focused his energy into pursuing the dream God had for his life. I love that he was able to impact Presidents, world leaders, and everyday people. He lived out so many qualities every believer should desire to have. He didn’t shy away from the truth of the gospel. He shared his love for Jesus everywhere he went. And he loved people well. I think we could all take a lesson from his life and apply it to our own. I came across a video yesterday about a prophecy given in 2012, by Mark Chironna and Benny Hinn, regarding what God was going to do in and through the church that is going to bring a 21st century manifestation of the Holy Spirit on the earth. It was declared that when Billy Graham died, the shift into this new season would occur. Get ready, I think we are moving into something new. You can take a look at the video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yMztNyZ9c4

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Feb 16 2018

Stay Woke!

Have you ever noticed how, at times, the Bible is very direct and blunt? Some scriptures seem friendlier than others, and some kind of punch you in the gut. One example that comes to mind is James 4:4, where we are told that being friends with the systems of the world makes us enemies with God. That’s kind of intense, and I can’t imagine using that scripture in a conversation without someone becoming offended. But it’s also very true. We have been called to live a lifestyle that influences the world, not the other way around. And we have to be willing to let scripture redirect our lives when we get off track, even if the truth is uncomfortable. I have noticed a recent trend of Christians pursuing teaching and methodologies from other religious belief systems, instead of looking to Jesus, or his word, for what they need. This is not only unwise, but also very dangerous. Satan was very crafty when he deceived Adam and Eve, and he uses the same tactics today. He will often mingle a little bit of truth with deception to trick believers. We never want to end up in a situation where we give the enemy influence in our lives, so we have to constantly be on guard for any kind of deception and ask Holy Spirit to give us the discernment to recognize when something should not be a part of our lives. As long as we keep our focus on God, anything that is not of him is more easily recognizable. The key is to stay in his presence. Sadly, there are many spiritually unhealthy practices that are common in our society. Some have already become regular practices of believers, and others are now making their way into the church. Many people use Yoga as a form of exercise, but they don’t realize that most of the poses are designed to offer worship to Hindu gods. Some believers have developed supernatural healing models based on Reiki energy healing, which is a Buddhist supernatural healing method. And then there is the Enneagram personality tests which were developed by mixing beliefs from a handful of Eastern religions and Christianity, and have a stated goal by the organizations current president of offering people several different paths to God. These are just a few examples of practices that look healthy and helpful on the surface, but have their roots in religions that directly contradict the word of God. We have to be careful here. Adding the word “Christian” to something or sprinkling in a little bit of truth doesn’t suddenly make that practice safe. Our very first allegiance has to be to our King. He is the one we look to for supernatural healing, he is the one and only path to the Father, and the one true God is the only one who deserves our worship. Any idea, and principle, and any practice that puts itself in the place of God should never play a role in our lives. If you have fallen into one of these traps, talk to Holy Spirit about it, he will show you the way out.

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8

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Feb 9 2018

Spiritual Tension

We live in this tension between physical and spiritual. We live on the earth, and at the same time, are connected to the spiritual realm. Navigating both at the same time can be confusing, especially if you have been given a gift of discernment or prophecy. Having the ability to see into, or sense what is happening, in the spirit realm, and then correlating that with what is happening in the physical realm can be unnerving at first. Knowing what to do, or how to respond, in those situations is definitely something that takes practice. We have to grow into our gifts and into our callings. And that growth typically doesn’t happen overnight. It is usually a process of development over time. I have experienced seasons of acceleration in my life where God caused gifts to grow exponentially in a really short amount of time. But I think that actually increased the tension because I had a lot to learn about what he had given to me. So, we live in this tension and we learn as we go. The great thing is that Holy Spirit is an amazing teacher, and since he is the one who gives these gifts to us, he is the best one to teach us how to use them effectively. Ask him to show you how to use what he has given to you. I often advise people to pray for a gift of discernment so that they are able to know what to be involved with and what to avoid. But I have come to realize that great discernment requires a measure of wisdom to know what to do with what has been revealed. Pray for wisdom to know when to speak and when to remain silent. We can all use a little more wisdom in our lives as we navigate this tension.

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Feb 2 2018

Outcasts are Coming!

I was watching a movie last week, and right in the middle of the film, Holy Spirit began to speak to me about what he is doing this year with a particular group of people. It’s kind of funny, but Holy Spirit talks to me a lot when I am in a movie theater. I’m not entirely sure why he choses that particular time, but it happens often enough that I have come to expect divine encounters while munching on popcorn in front of a large screen. Anyways, this move was filled with prophetic messages, even though I doubt the actors or directors were aware of it.

Holy Spirit began to show me that this is the year when outcasts will be brought to the forefront and recognized for their value to society. There are different groups of people of have been rejected and outcast from society simply because they are different, and they have been deeply wounded as a result. This is the year that God will begin to restore them to their proper place, and in the process, bring an abundance of healing to their lives. It won’t look like what we expect, and some of it will even seem counter to Biblical values on the surface. But people must be brought into the light before the healing can begin. I expect that we will see this play out in a variety of ways. We see, and minister to, so many broken people every week who fall into this category, so I am excited to see how God orchestrates these changes.

The movie, if you are wondering, and I know you are, is The Greatest Showman. Go see it for yourself; maybe you will pick up on the same message.

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Jan 12 2018

Full Spectrum Dominance

There is a term we used in the military to describe a major goal in any wartime offensive, we called it full spectrum dominance. The idea is that, in order to be completely effective when waging a war, we need to dominate every portion of the battle. Our Army troops need to acquire and maintain control of all portions of the battlefield. Our Navy needs to dominate any unfriendly ships at sea, establish control of all shipping lanes, and ensure no other warships can shoot missiles at our ground troops. The Air Force needs to establish complete dominance in the air, so no other aircraft is able to cause any problems. This full spectrum dominance allows us to operate as needed within the battle space without anyone hindering our operations. It’s a term I haven’t thought of since I retired from the military, but it recently popped into my head, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. I feel like God wants to remind us about the importance of seeing the fullness of his kingdom established on the earth. It’s great to see people physically healed, but that’s just one piece. We also need to see their minds set free from any lies they have believed, and their souls set free from demonic attack. We need to see kingdom influence in people’s finances. We need to see cities and nations transformed. We need full spectrum dominance of God’s kingdom on earth in every aspect of life. This is what it looks like for the kingdoms of this world to become the kingdoms of our Lord (Rev. 11:15). This is why we can’t become complacent. We have to continuously go before the Lord and ask him for more. I can’t stop after a back is healed, I have to press in for more, so I can see devastating diseases eliminated. I can’t stop when one person gets a job, I have to press in for more until unemployment no longer exists. This is the reality we need to grab hold of. We haven’t seen the fullness of his kingdom yet, but I believe it is available to every one of us, if we are willing to sacrifice anything and everything to see it happen. I have made it my life’s goal to see his kingdom firmly established on the earth because I don’t think there is anything more important. If you haven’t done so already, I suggest you consider making this a goal of your life as well.

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Jan 5 2018

Revolutionaries

Revolutions are not born from comfortable situations. They are born from people realizing that a major change is needed. The funny thing is that the needed change is typically only recognized by a relatively small group of people, and everyone else tends to think they are crazy. When Martin Luther nailed his thesis to the church door, so many years ago, he was pretty much alone, but he recognized a needed shift in theological thinking and practice. Most people thought he was crazy, or worse, a heretic, but he didn’t let this phase him from pushing what he believed to be the needed course correction for the church. We see some similarities in other major revolutionary moments of history, as the most unlikely of victories have been won by underdogs fighting for what the believed to be right. I tend to think that Jesus has called us to be revolutionary thinkers. I don’t think he wants us to get stuck in routine models of ministry. I think he wants us to continually break the mold, and do something so outside of the box that it destroys the thoughts of anything not built on the foundation of his kingdom. His kingdom has to be bigger than the four walls of a church, it has to encompass every part of society, and to do that, we need to be revolutionary thinkers. But being a revolutionary thinker comes with a cost. People don’t always understand you, or what you are doing. But that’s OK, you’ll be in good company. Jesus was a revolutionary. His disciples were revolutionaries. If you want to change the world, you need to be willing to look a little foolish. The question is, are we willing to put everything on the line to serve the one who gave up everything for us? Are we willing to take the simplicity of his gospel into every area of life, and bring about revolutionary changes? The answer may sound like a difficult one to make, but it is actually quite easy, just say yes!

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Dec 29 2017

The end and the beginning

As this year draws to an end, I have been reflecting on what God has done these past 12 months, and I’m looking forward to what he has planned for next year. One thing I have discovered in the past few years is that God has a perfect timing for everything. Most of us often arrive at the end of a year wondering why we didn’t accomplish certain things, and resolving to make it happen in the upcoming year. Sometimes it’s a simple case of procrastination, but other times it’s a matter of waiting for the right time. If you are holding onto a stack of prophetic words, like we are, you may even wonder why another year has passed without seeing those words fulfilled. I have thought about that from time to time, but I realized at some point that God’s timing is so incredibly important. I realized that there are people I would have never met if some of the promises materialized earlier. I realized there are lives we were able to impact, that we may have never impacted if prophesies came true in the instant they were given. It doesn’t always make sense in the moment, but when we take a look back, we can often see some of the why behind the waiting. So we continue to wait with expectation and anticipation for what God will do next, and we wait with the realization that his timing is always perfect, even if it makes no sense to us in the moment. Let’s approach this new year with renewed hope for the lives being impacted in greater ways, freedom for those in captivity, and the kingdom of God coming to earth like never before!

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Dec 15 2017

New Awakenings

We have been in some interesting seasons of the church these past few years. It seems a lot has been shaken away, as God postures us for the next season, a season that I think is going to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to the earth in amazing ways. Earlier this week, the Lord began to speak to me about how many people are now being awakened to their destinies. I don’t think this is isolated to those who are already believers, but that non-believers are also going to be caught up in this awakening, and it is going to put them in a position to be used by God just as much as long time believers, if not more. People need to be awakened in the church, and outside of the church, to the reality of their true identity, and we will get to watch that transition unfold. I also sense that we are moving into a time where demonic activity is going to be more overt as a result of believers carrying a greater measure of God’s presence. I think we are going to see more activity like what Paul and Silas encountered in Acts 16, and the authority we have been given is going to cause the enemy to be silenced, and bring freedom to the oppressed. We have seen plenty of crazy demonic manifestations over the past few years, and have witnessed a recent increase when we minister in Southeast D.C. So, let all of this be an encouragement to you this week. God is releasing something new, and it has the enemy so scared that their activity is becoming more overt. This is a good thing, because it makes them an easier target! Pay attention to what God is speaking to you this month. He may be shifting you into something different, or inviting you to go to a higher place in him. Either way, it’s going to be a lot of fun!

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Dec 8 2017

Promises

How important is a promise? Does it matter who made the promise? What if God made you a promise? How important would that promise be? I suspect that almost anyone would agree that a promise from God carries more weight than a promise from any person. And since God is the only one in the universe able to ensure that 100% of his promises come true, that would make his promises the most important ones that anyone can receive. We all make promises, but we are not always able to keep those promises, and actually make them happen. With God, this is different, if he made a promise, it has to happen. There are no other alternatives. There is nothing that can keep him from bringing it into our reality. If God said it, it has to happen. Any other possibility would challenge his omnipotence and sovereignty. If God has made you a promise, you can be assured that it will become a reality. It may not happen along the timeline you hope for, but it will happen. And it will happen exactly when God intended it to when he spoke the promise. There is nothing you can do to stop it. There is nothing anyone else can do to stop it. Ezekiel 12:25 tells us that everything God speaks will be performed, and Jeremiah 1:12 tells us that God watches over the words that he speaks to make sure they are performed. He doesn’t just make the promise, he keeps track of it, and monitors it, to make sure it is performed in the proper time. If you are holding onto a promise (or promises), keep holding on. We can take comfort in our waiting seasons by knowing that there are many promises in the Bible that still haven’t occurred. One great example from current news is the promise God made to Abraham about the promised land. This still isn’t fully complete. And there are many other prophesies in the Old and New Testaments that have not yet occurred. But they will all happen, just like every promise he made to you, in the proper time. If God said it, it has to happen. There is no other possibility. Rest in the assurance that his promises are guaranteed.

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Dec 1 2017

Count the cost

“I need to count the cost;” That’s a phrase in Christianity that I hear sometimes when someone is trying to decide whether or not they should step into a ministry position or make a change in their lives that requires some form of sacrifice. It’s this idea that we need to know what serving Christ will cost us before we decide to make the choice. I get it. We have a need to know what we are getting ourselves into. But, really, it’s the wrong perspective. The cost is irrelevant. All that is relevant is what God has directed us to do. If God says go, we need to go. There may be a high cost involved, but we need to be willing to give up anything and everything to pursue what he has for us, to go where he sends us, and to do what he has created us to do. Giving up everything to serve him isn’t an easy task, but over time, it should become clear to us that nothing else matters in comparison to what God wants us to accomplish for his purpose during our lives. Jesus gave up everything to come to earth, teach us the principles of his kingdom, show us how to represent him, and most importantly, to die for the sins of the world. He gave up everything for us. So, what cost is there really to count? God has created each one of us with a purpose that can transform a part of the world to look like his kingdom. Jesus taught us to pray for the kingdom to come to earth. It is so important to him that his kingdom be established on earth that he made it part of the model prayer. My perspective on this is a little different from most people, and maybe that is because we have already given up everything to see the world around us impacted by his kingdom. The expansion of his kingdom is far too important to be concerned about what it will cost me, and Jesus is far too good to let me fail. He won’t let you fail either. Don’t worry about the cost. Just say yes. He is more than able to take care of everything else.

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