Speed Bumps

I’ve yet to meet a person that does not want to be successful. People want to prosper in every area of their life. They want healthy kids, a strong marriage, financial stability, family, friends, and fun. People want God Involved in their lives, they want to hear His voice, and know His will as well as so many other things. This is why people go to conferences, counseling, church, school, trainings, because they want to succeed in life. This is how God made us, He made us to be producers, productive, and successful at what we do.

The challenge, as people, we face is we get tripped up on the road to success. We start, we’re excited, we have dreams, we see a bright future, but then the challenge comes. Challenges are par for the course, but when a challenge comes we don’t feel able to solve it, overcome it, conquer it, so many quit at the base of what I call a speed bump. You see challenges are like speed bumps they are built in the process in order to slow you down. If you speed over a speed bump you will bottom out your vehicle; cause your passengers to come out of their seat; and may cause damage to your vehicle as well as shock your passengers.

In life challenges are like speed bumps, slow down until the whole vehicle gets over the bump, gets through the challenge, but don’t stop moving. Speed bumps can be annoying if your in a hurry, but they are designed as a safety measure not a thorn in your flesh. Next time you face a marriage challenge, financial difficulty, a problem with your child or a job related issue, remember it’s only a speed bump, slow down, go over it and before you know it you’ll be cruising down the road successfully again.

James 1:2-5 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

It’s Time To Build

When we dress self in the garments of a prince, we seek to be served rather than serve. We have promoted people to princes before they learned to be servants. We have puffed people up rather than built them up, therefore when a storm arises they quickly collapse at the first gust of wind.

We are entering a building season as the body of Christ. There are major renovations that must be done, it will be an extreme makeover. This is necessary and when it’s complete we will rejoice together at God’s handiwork. There will be those who resist, but the majority will submit to the process for the foremen and women God is going to assign to help lead have been through the process already. The renovations in their life will be noticeable as soon as God reveals them.

God is a builder not a destroyer. Wisdom builds, God is wisdom. Love builds, God is love. Grace is a builder, God is grace. We are entering a major building project and not only is it needed, most people want it. The days of puffing up and propping up are over, we are now going to see the body of Christ built up.

Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

Prophets Of God

Prophets are like town criers, they stand in the presence of the King and then come out and announce to the people what the King said. Prophets of God only speak what God said, they don’t add their interpretation; their agenda; their desires or the people’s desires into what God said. Prophets of God are only the mouthpiece, they are not the voice. Therefore, they don’t seek credit for being accurate; they don’t seek payment for what God said through them; they don’t seek affirmation; or a title. Prophets of God are humbled by the reality God tells them things and trusts them to share it with His people accurately. Prophets of God desire more than anything for everyone to hear the voice of God, so when they speak it just becomes a confirmation or an echo of what you heard. The only reason prophets of God hear clearly is because they listen consistently. Everyone can NT prophesy (edify, exhort, encourage), but not everyone is a prophet of God, because not everyone is willing to be a town crier that only announces what the King is saying in now time. Henceforth, why Paul said in Ephesians 4:12 “And He gave some to be prophets…”

Can You See It?

Maturity is going to become popular.

Leadership is going to have integrity again.

Controlling others is going to be replaced with self-control.

Hearing God is going to produce obedience.

Souls are going to be restored.

Bodies are going to be healed.

People are going to be truly born again.

Fire is going to purge away sin.

Love is going to melt hearts.

Trust is going to be identifiable.

Joy is going to be contagious.

Peace is going to be the result of rest.

Confidence is going to replace cocky.

Humility is going to be attractive.

Honor is going to be our culture.

All because righteousness is going to exalt the nation again!

Temple Talk

Throughout Israel’s history, the temple, the city Jerusalem, and Mount Zion were symbolic images of their God in their midst. These landmarks were not idols they worshipped but places they looked to as images of their God. Psalm 48:1-3 says, “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, His holy mountain. Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion in the far north, The city of the great King. God, in her palaces, Has made Himself known as a stronghold.”

Just as the White House represents the authority of America; the Kremlin represents the authority of Russia; or how Buckingham Palace represents the authority of England; So was the temple in Jerusalem. But when Jesus prophesied the destruction of the earthly temple as a symbol of authority, this was hard for the Israelites to grasp. To this day they’ve struggled with no physical symbol of power to point to. God wanted them as people to be the new symbol of God’s power, the new image people pointed to and saw God in the midst of them both individually and corporately. Paul told the, Christ in you is the hope of glory. God was no longer in a building but in a people.

The leaders in the church have said, God is in the house, come to the church building to meet God, revival is in a building, come and see. The words of Stephen and Isaiah are now for us as they were for Israel. “David found favor in God’s sight, and asked that he might find a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. But it was Solomon who built a house for Him. However, the Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands; as the prophet says: HEAVEN IS MY THRONE, AND EARTH IS THE FOOTSTOOL OF MY FEET; WHAT KIND OF HOUSE WILL YOU BUILD FOR ME?’ says the Lord, OR WHAT PLACE IS THERE FOR MY REPOSE? WAS IT NOT MY HAND WHICH MADE ALL THESE THINGS?’” God doesn’t dwell in buildings made by man, He dwells in you, He dwells in me.

We must understand we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Wherever you are today, God is in you. He is near to you, He is for you, He wants to speak through you, do miracles through you, bless others through you. You are the temple, you represent God. I hope you enjoyed gathering with others who are the temple, yesterday as you corporately worshipped, prayed and heard truth, but you are still the temple at work, school, shopping, having coffee, raising kids or on vacation. You are the temple of the Holy Spirit. May people see God when they see you, His temple!

The King Is Among Us

I’m praying Psalm 47 this morning and the phrase, THE KING IS AMONG US, is ringing in my spirit. I kept saying it over and over, THE KING IS AMONG US. We don’t need to wait for the month when the king is in the field, for THE KING IS AMONG US. The Holy Spirit then said to me, it’s a song, so I look up the words THE KING IS AMONG US. Little did I know Elevation Worship does this song. Here are the lyrics…

“The King Is Among Us”

All our fathers saw
In the days of old
Would you do it again
Do it again
All the stories told
All the miracles
Would you do it again
Do it again

You said “Consecrate yourselves to me
And you will see amazing things”

We need Your revival
Holy Spirit fire
Burning ever brighter
In our souls
Kings and kingdoms falling
Hear your people calling
King of Kings we need a miracle

There’s a time to sow
And a time to reap
Would you do it again
Do it again
There’s a time to heal
And a time to build
Would you do it again
Do it again

You said “Consecrate yourselves to me
And you will see amazing things”

We need Your revival
Holy Spirit fire
Burning ever brighter
In our souls
Kings and kingdoms falling
Hear your people calling
King of Kings we need a miracle

The King is among us
And His glory surrounds us
And His fire is falling as we sing
The Savior is for us
And His love is victorious
And revival is rising in His name

This song may not be new to you, but it’s the words God blew on this morning for me and I believe it’s a song for us right now. THE KING IS AMONG US! Have a great Sunday friends.

New Theology

The Lord is breaking the theology of death and destruction off His church and bringing them into a theology of life and abundance. This change will be difficult for some to make because they were trained in the theology of death and destruction. Jesus said it this way, “No one, after drinking old wine wishes for new; for he says, ‘The old is good enough!” (Luke 5:39). But those who can make the change will find untold blessings and opportunities arise. This theological change is imperative for the new era.

When Jesus was headed toward Jerusalem with His disciples, a village would not receive them, so two disciples said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” (Luke 9:54). The theology of death and destruction is obvious here, but may not be as obvious to those who believe wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, famines, fire, you name it is the precursor to a “rapture” of certain people so others are “left behind” to suffer. Jesus would say to all with a theology of death and destruction, the same thing He said to those two disciples, “But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what kind of spirit you are of.” (Luke 9:55).

Jesus doesn’t rebuke, correct or seek to transform us to hurt us, embarrass us or shame us, but to reveal to us what we’ve been taught that is not allowed to come into the new era, the new day. He also doesn’t just tell us what is out of alignment, He shares the way to think to be in alignment. “For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went on to another village.” (Luke 9:56). This is the theology of life that is going to permeate Christian literature, sermons, movies, and every other form of communication. The kingdom of God is a kingdom of life and abundance not death and destruction. Welcome to the new day. Welcome to life abundantly!

Anointing Needed

One of the desires that many in the body of Christ have is to be anointed. Some people want to be anointed to preach, others want to be anointed for miracles, some want the anointing of power, and others want to be anointed to get wealth. There’s a lot of talk in the charismatic church about mantles And how people desire the mantle of this person that died or that prophet that once was. When we step back and listen to the things that we say as a charismatic church, much of it is for personal gain, rather than for the glory of God.

The desire to be anointed is not a wrong desire, however knowing how to be anointed, is what most people don’t understand. Remember when the disciples wanted to know who was the greatest? Jesus didn’t rebuke them for wanting to be great, he explained to them how to become the greatest. Jesus said if you want to be great become the servant of all. So the idea of what you want is not necessarily wrong, but knowing how to obtain it is where most of us have no clue.

Reading Psalm 45 this morning and praying into this the Lord began to show me an anointing that very few people ask for, but every one of us should desire. Not only is this anointing identified but it shows us how to obtain it listen to Psalm 45:7 “You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;

Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of joy above Your fellows.” anointed with the oil of joy.” The way to become anointed with the oil of joy according to the Psalmist is to love righteousness and hate wickedness. Joy is not something you can purchase, it is something that comes from consistently loving righteousness and hating every form of wickedness. I believe what we need to be anointed with above all others is the oil of joy. May you desire this anointing for it is identifiable, to both believers and unbelievers alike because it is so rare on most peoples lives.

It’s Fallen

The Babylonian system is fueled by the flesh of men. Flesh never says enough, it’s like the leech in Proverbs 30:15 that cries give, give. The flesh loves the idea of more. As Babylon falls many in the flesh are going to struggle because their confidence is in their flesh, their life is built upon flesh. Every area of Society has established itself in a codependent relationship called a flesh fest with Babylon. This includes the church.

As the Babylonian system comes crashing down, the flesh is going to freak out for all the flesh knows is Babylon. But what people don’t know is that in the shadow of Babylon, the Lord was building His kingdom. As this looming Babylonian system falls all will see the kingdom God has been building. A kingdom of light will shine in the dark dust of Babylon‘s collapse and people will run to the light for safety, but what they’ll find is rest for their soul.

Babylon is falling and there will be casualties of war, for some will not rise out of the ashes of Babylon. However, most will shake the dust of Babylon off and run straight into the kingdom of God that has been being built in Babylon’s shadow. Everything is about to change for the better as the system of Babylon comes down and the kingdom of God manifests on earth as it is in heaven. For those that have ears to hear. It’s not the end, it’s only the beginning.

Revelation 18:1-3 “After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “ Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird. For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.”

What Do You See?

Have you ever considered that how you perceive a situation tells you how you see? You knowing how you see is important because if the way you see things is off, you can make adjustments to how you see.

In Luke 9 there is a crowd of people who were listening to Jesus outside of town and it was dinner time. The disciples and Jesus recognized the need but they had two different perspectives on the situation. The disciples saw a waste place and a lack of food; Jesus saw spiritually hungry people and an abundance of fish and bread.

Two very different perspectives. The disciples saw lack and Jesus saw abundance. Abundance has nothing to do with amount, it has everything to do with perspective. When you can see abundance and know you have access to it, you will neither be intimidated by or impressed by little or a lot. This freedom is priceless. Next time you observe something pay attention to your perspective and adjust accordingly.

Luke 9:12-17 “Now the day [e]was ending, and the twelve came up and said to Him, “Dismiss the crowd, so that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging and get something to eat; because here, we are in a secluded place.” But He said to them, “You give them something to eat!” But they said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless perhaps we go and buy food for all these people.” (For there were about five thousand men.) But He said to His disciples, “Have them recline to eat in groups of about fifty each.” They did so, and had them all recline. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and, looking up to heaven, He blessed them and broke them, and gave them to the disciples again and again, to serve the crowd. And they all ate and were satisfied; and the broken pieces which they had left over were picked up, twelve baskets full.”