HEAR

Posted August 20th, 2016 by admin

That thing you call your imagination—that’s your “radio receiver” (or wireless adapter for you younger folks) for God to speak to you!

I liken it to a whiteboard: lot’s of space for temporary, erasable words, ideas, pictures, memories and the like.

You have creative power, so you can “draw” what ever you want by using your carnal mind in thought.

But if you can quiet your mind, and let GOD draw on your whiteboard, then you can HEAR IN THE SPIRIT.

To do that:

  1. Say this:  “I bind every evil spirit that seeks to keep me from hearing from the one true God, Jehova, Jesus or the Holy Spirit.  All other spirits not from God are prohibited from speaking to me in my mind, desires, memories, or in any other way.”
  2. Say this: “I bless my spirit-man to take precedence over my fleshly carnal mind.  Mind, shut up.  Holy Spirit, take control so that I can hear from God.”
  3. Pray this: “God, speak to me.  Show me anything that is important to YOU.  Help me to hear your voice, to “see in the spirit”, and to discern your voice from my own or from the enemy.  Speak to me now”
  4. Do this:  Push every thought from your mind.  Let it go blank.  Wait, be OK if nothing happens.  This takes practice.  It’s usually 45 sec to 2 minutes before I ever get anything, because it takes time to get ready to receive.

For more of my journey of learning how to listen, click here or here.

Forgiveness

Posted July 19th, 2016 by admin

This is from an inmate named Anthony:

Forgiveness is one of the great principles of our Christian faith.
Faith will not work in an unforgiving heart.  The ultimate example of forgiving ones enemies comes from Jesus.  Jesus modeled this forgiveness as he hung on the cross when he forgave and prayed for the people who put him there (Luke 23:34).
Forgiveness is a cleansing that brings the power of harmony and agreement with God’s word.  Confess the sin of unforgiveness.
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32 NKJV).
Forgiveness comes first from God, knows no limits, and you can’t choose to forgive some people and not forgive others.
Forgiveness is where you experience true freedom because forgiveness breaks down walls of self-pride, self-centeredness, and selfishness.
Don’t let unforgiveness rob you of your joy.  Loving and forgiving your enemies is absolutely impossible without divine help from the Holy Spirit.  So when you ask for forgiveness, remember–Jesus is in the midst.

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Amen!!!
(by CRAZ)

Boys vs. Men

Posted July 19th, 2016 by admin

This was given to me by an inmate in my Jail Ministry class.  It is indicative of the attitude change among kingdom-minded inmates:

Boys vs. Men…
Boys ask questions…Men give answers.
Boys play house.  Men build Homes.
Boys shack up.  Men get married.
Boys make babies.  Men raise children.
A boy won’t raise his own children.  A Man will raise his and someone else’s!
Boys invent excuses for failure. Men produce strategies for success.
Boys look for someone to take care of them.  Men look for someone to take care of.
Boys seek popularity.  Men demand respect and know how to give it.

Sleep

Posted May 22nd, 2016 by admin

[from a letter from an imprisoned friend]”

  • Adam went to sleep and woke up married!
  • Jacob went to sleep and woke up married to the wrong woman!
  • Boaz went to sleep and woke up with a woman sleeping at his feet!

I went to sleep last week and woke up in Wilmington! (Thank the Lord a woman wasn’t involved!)”

The Cost of Love

Posted February 29th, 2016 by admin

I started a new project for a friend.
Please check out
KickStarter Cost of Love Project

I’d really appreciate you backing me in this project. You will love the book, and be helping me help others.

Thanks!

www.thecostoflove.us

Pop!

Posted February 26th, 2016 by admin

In Jail, we are seeing miracles.  I heard a teaching at by Steve Cioccolanti that mentioned miracles often being in the timing of an event, and so it was two weeks ago.

We have been seeing a lot of success praying for folks with diabetes.  Three inmates have been healed, and two widows (in a different ministry), and because of the testimonies, an inmate asked if I would go pray for his dad, who had had both legs amputated as a result of diabetes.  I did go and pray for his dad, and we prayed for his diabetes to be healed, but he was also having issues with his arms, pain and lack of mobility that would not allow him to raise his arms above his head.  We prayed several times, and got full healing of the pain and full mobility restored, and I got it on video with my phone.

I took the video into jail, and asked the inmate if he would like me to show it to him in private, and he said, “No, show it to the whole class”

One of the other inmates had come in with a horrible tooth-ache, and he looked miserable.  I asked him what was going on, because he looked like he was about to scream or cry from the pain.  I told him, “Great, we’ll take care of that in a little bit” [gift of faith].  After watching the healing of the first guy’s father, I asked who would like to “take care of” the guy with the toothache.  The son of the man healed said he would do it, and put his hand next to (not touching) the man’s face.  The guy with the toothache was not moving, and was not moving his mouth, either.  With everyone (14 of us) watching, about 15 seconds into the prayer, “POP!” The guy grimaces as his abscess drained into his mouth.  He managed not to throw up and reported that his pain was now about 70% gone.  After one more quick prayer, 100% of his pain was gone.

Don’t despise the Toothpick.

Posted February 26th, 2016 by admin

Some convictions are fleeting, and some are tested by fire.  This one is tested and true.

Where does the title come from?  As ministers, we all have a “toolbox” from which we draw the spiritual weapon or “tool” that we need to get a job done.  Tools like encouragement, prayer, instruction, healing, deliverance, discipleship, helps, prophecy, empathy, etc….

I am a collector of truth.  If I find it, experience it and validate it, it goes in my toolbox.  It may be that there is a better tool for the job, but that never negates the power of the toothpick.  If you know me, you know that in my areas of ministry, there are times for confrontation, deliverance, healing, praying in the spirit, but there are also times for hugs, encouragement, and tools as simple as asking someone a question, so that the Lord can answer it for them.

I have witnessed over and over again, people in the midst of teaching great Biblical / Spiritual truth…  they just can’t seem to keep themselves from stepping on other ministers, other philosophies, other teachings.  We all like to see “signs that make us wonder”, and the outward miracles that show the supernatural manifestation of God.  But why do teachers (pastors, apostles and the like) need to constantly judge across the body and badmouth other folks’ methods of ministry?  Do they not realize that God is bigger than the method, the truth or the season that He has them in at that moment in time?

Thank you Lord for what I have learned about your spiritual gifts:

1 Corinthians 12

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

I recently attended a ministry school that focused on our identity as Sons of God.  It’s one of my favorite teachings and methods of walking men into their purpose and ability.  It seems that our identity as SONS of God and as the NEW MAN is the key to operating in all of the gifts in their proper time.  No, this is not some power trip for people who want more than the singel spiritual gift they were given (not a biblical concept in my opinion.)  This is the key to walking as Christ walked.

This is the “bigger hammer” that trumps the need for many of the smaller tools, if it can be properly used.  See, if someone can fully realize their son-ship and all the power and freedom that comes with it, and believe all that is ours as stated in Ephesians 1, then they won’t NEED encouragement, inner healing or deliverance.  The problem is, that for some reason, the “working out of our salvation” takes time, and in that time, there is a need for the smaller tools.

So if you are operating in “the anointing” of your particular ministry, please remember not to criticize and judge others’ ministries.  If you do, you instantly lose credibility with your audience, who may know more then you do about using a different tool than the one you are selling.

The Big Hammer of Son-ship comes out every time it is needed.  But sometimes, the body needs the band-aid of consolation, the pliers of correction, the scalpel of deliverance, the duct tape of faithful encouragement, the screw-driver of teaching, or the toothpick of a well-placed question (or post) that will get folks to listen to the voice of God.

Brother, Sister:  Don’t empty your toolbox every time you are given a bigger tool.  And remember to support and encourage those who faithfully and skillfully wield the toothpick!

 

Discerning the body

Posted December 2nd, 2015 by admin

“So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup.
For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself.” – 1 Cor 11:27-29

What does it mean to “examine yourself” and to “honor the body”?

According to Strong’s Concordance:

examine = to recognize as genuine after examination, to approve,

yourself = himself, herself, itself, themselves

… and I admit, I am cherry-picking….

honor = to determine, give judgment, decide a dispute

body = a (large or small) number of men closely united into one society, or family as it were; a social, ethical, mystical body as in the NT of the church

Is it possible then, that before communion, the body of Christ is instructed to be in unity?  Without division, without lack of honor, discerning, judging, and correcting the wrongs therein?  If so, there are many among us (a group concept) who are without power or in a slumber.  (sick and dead are the translations most often used.)

Many would insist that these verses are for personal instruction about our personal affairs, I say (as usual), “yes, and yes.”

Today, I believe that Holy Spirit is saying to me that when I am part of a body, I have a mandate to examine, discern and correct the divisions among us, to insure that I have a healthy, vibrant alert, oriented and effective body.

Creation of Family

Posted September 3rd, 2015 by admin

I have been getting what feels like a revelation of truth over the past few months.  I started this post a while ago, and the pieces are coming together.

1 Cor 15  paints a picture of what this world is all about.  It’s about God the father and Jesus the word, co-laboring to create a bride for Jesus the Son.  The goal is family.  Quite simply, we were created to be the bride [I think this is a word for family] of Christ, but we go through a purification process where choice means love, and those who do not choose Him–and even the sin in each one of us–must first be destroyed before the Son can present his radiant bride to the father, and be assimilated with us into God himself.  The story picks up here at the end of the process:

 24 Then the end will come, when He [Jesus] hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For He [Jesus] must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 …… 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to Him [Father God] who put everything under Him [Jesus], so that God may be all in all. [the end game being “God is one”–imagine that, the Jews have it right!]

Here we see the the flesh is merely the “seed” of the spirit.37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 39 Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. [Why can’t evolutionists see this?] 40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly [in the sky] bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. 41 The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor. [so there must be some correlation with all types of physical bodies to one in the spirit realm… we go back to the axiom that states “that which we see in the physical realm is merely a representation of what exists in the spiritual realm”.]

42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body….

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. [if this applies to the moon, does it apply to the chair you are sitting in?]45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”[f]; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven.48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we[g] bear the image of the heavenly man. [once we are “born again”]

The plan for expansion of the Kingdom is super cool.  Of course our Bible is focused on us as people, because that is what matters to us.  With the mention of the stars, sun and moon, and seeds in the ground, it would be foolish to think that every physical object doesn’t have a spiritual counterpart… how else could rocks cry out our gush with water, or remember, hear or witness Joshua 24:27?

I think of Heaven as a place where everything is alive (living stones) and everything is in it’s most perfect form (spirit) with no sin, corruption or decay in the mix, because there will be no mix, it will all just be what it was originally intended to be… the expansion of Gods Kingdom!

Other related thoughts for other posts:

  • Flesh before Spirit
  • How can we all (human church) be the single bride of Christ?
  • Building Blocks (back up with scripture)

 

 

3s

Posted May 27th, 2015 by admin

Past, present, future; three primary colors, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, a cord of 3 strands, water, ice, vapor; vanilla, chocolate and strawberry…

There is a certain completeness about 3.  The reason it came up this week, is that in teaching about the Holy Spirit in jail, I found myself explaining that there are three kinds of tongues, three kinds of baptism, three kinds of prophesy, and I can only imagine what else I will discover when I dig into scripture for the deeper truths.  It makes me realize that many people think things are one way.  Sometimes we get the “devil’s advocate”, the “other side of the coin” or the opposing view.  But how often do we look for that third bit of truth?