Monday, June 30, 2014
Believer, let me first say this- don't allow an Antichrist spirit to cause you to fear. Since I wrote my recent book, Conquering the Antichrist Spirit, Discerning and Defeating the Seducer that Binds Believers Today (you may click on the book tab to hear more and order through our book store) I was alarmingly surprised as to how little people really understood this evil spirit. In fact, even more were afraid to discuss it as if it were a type of end-time mystical demon with unlimited powers. It's so true..many believers feel threatened by this spirit- but we shouldn't! Why not? Because the Word states that we have the mind of Christ. Read on- you're about to be empowered with revelation!
Are You Worn-Out?
God chose the prophet Daniel to reveal the hidden mysteries of the courts of heaven. In Daniel 7:9 it reveals how Daniel watched thrones put in place and how the Ancient of Days- God- set down to judge. Daniel watched as the Almighty judge of the universe took His seated position to judge the evil influence upon the earth- the Antichrist influence- Satan himself or any type of demonic opposition that set itself in a lofty position to wear out the saints of God.Yes- the enemy targets us to "wear us out. However, God has already judged this evil influence!There is no need to fear. But we need to know the plan of the enemy so that we can be on guard.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Believer- welcome again to my Blog site!
I feel that I need to get straight to the point because of the seriousness of this message. So, please allow me just talk to you really straight- The enemy wants to steal your blessings!
We are in a "season of seeing," and therefore our eyes are being opened more to the truths of God and hidden mysteries are being revealed. I have been blogging and writing various articles with fresh revelation needed for present breakthrough. One of the topics I feel needs to be brought to the forefront concerns the Midianite spirit that steals our harvest.
If you recall, it was the Midianites that continually stole the harvests of the Israelites. When we study Judges 6 we get an idea of how this evil spirit plots to steal our harvest and breakthroughs also. Please take some time and study this passage. Sadly, God's people were hiding in caves and other places in complete fear and terror of the Midianites! Are we the same? By this I mean are we in fear? Fearing God will not provide or protect us in these oppressive times?
Many times our enemy will wait until the time of harvest to implement strategies of devastation and lack. Just as the Midianite spirit stole from Gideon and his family- the same enemy devises a plan to eat up our assetts, blessings and various breakthroughs.
Maybe you can relate to things like this:
- Just before you get promotions they get stolen from you.
- Every summer there is not enough money to take a vacation as a family- even though you saved for the trip.
- Every year your money is spent for things unexpected and you experience lack.
- Every Christmas there is trauma, sickness or lack of needed finances to enjoy the holiday.
- Every time of harvest gets interrupted with tragedy and loss.
Monday, April 28, 2014
What do I mean by take over? Well, all of us have (at times) wavering faith. Many times it first appears with a fearful thought. At least, that has been my observation and personal experience. I have heard it said for years that fear is the opposite of faith. I've come to believe differently and have concluded that unbelief is the opposite of faith. We will discuss unbelief in a later post. as it deserves more individual attention. (So, stay with me and watch for my blogs- I intend to expose the stronghold of unbelief soon!) For now, precious believer, let's remain focused on steps to conquer fear.
The Opposite of Fear
A quick dictionary search states that some of the antonyms of fear are: assurance, boldness, self confidence, courage, fortitude and (of course!) fearlessness. I believe it is safe to say that when fear is present, we lack each of these. I know, for myself, whenever I am fearful I lack courage to move forward. I am the most fearful whenever I am moving into the "unknown." Maybe you can relate.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
We have a real enemy. In the Book of Revelation, John exposes him as an old serpent who deceives the whole world. (See Rev: 12:9). Isn't it interesting that this serpent spirit first gained entrance in the Garden of Eden? Why did he manifest as a snake? What is the significance between Satan and a serpent?
Manifestations of Serpent Spirits
There are different types of serpents just as there are different manifestations of evil spirits. When looking at serpent spirits, we have to study closely the way they operate to determine how to perform spiritual warfare to defeat them.
There are some snakes that are more venomous than others, just as there are some demonic spirits that are more powerful than other spirits.Certain snakes kill with venom- yet the python is different. The python is unique as it lies in wait for an opportune time to strike. Its bite is not fatal- but it's squeeze is! The python is set on seeking out one thing- our breath! It will first bite and then slowly wrap itself around its victim to squeeze the life out. Eventually it suffocates its prey and then the python has its meal!
The Symbols of the Holy Spirit
Breath, air, and wind are all symbolic of the Holy Spirit. Ultimately, the enemy is attempting to destroy the different manifestations of the Holy Spirit in your life. The python hates the breath of its prey- so does the demonic python spirit! The enemy seeks to squeeze the Holy Spirit completely out of us-our personal lives, our families, businesses and churches.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
How would you describe this season in your life? Hard? Challenging? Maybe even "difficult" at times? If you have been like me, you have experienced some "difficult" times lately. It has been prophesied that this year would be a year of breakthrough and open doors. Yet, many of us have felt as if our faith has wavered and at times not even sure that we can finish the race! Let me encourage you right now- The Lion of the Tribe of Judah is guarding your threshold and breakthrough! However, it is up to us to use our weapon of warfare to defeat the powers that attempt to oppose us!
Just recently The Elijah List posted one of my articles on "Crossing Over the Threshold of Open Doors." I encourage you to read it as I believe it will encourage you. However, for the sake of this particular blog- I wish to re-identify the spirit of python that opposes our breakthrough during this season.
Dream of a Python
Recently, I had a dream of a python snake that would wrap itself around believers as they attempted to go through open doors. Of course, this snake was a serpent spirit, used by Satan to hinder us.
This evil spirit would attempt to weaken it's victim by squeezing the life and breath out of it's body. This spirit caused much fear, anxiety and weakness (both spiritual and physical), as it would attempt to hold onto us and put the "squeeze" on us! The main attempt was to keep us from moving past our past and experiencing God's fullness.
Believer- listen up- the enemy does not want you to believe God for your breakthrough. He desires to weaken your faith by creating circumstances in you life that are completely opposite of what God has promised you. Allow me to assure you of this important point- your land of promise, your open door, awaits your arrival and crossing over, but the enemy does not like the fact that you are at a threshold of great, great breakthrough.
More on The Python Spirit
In Greek, the term used for divination and witchcraft is "python." It is connected to a word meaning "to twist." A python is a large and muscular snake that will "twist" itself around its prey and kill it by squeezing or constricting until it suffocates. This spirit squeezes life out of hope, breakthroughs, finances, passion, and lives. It 'constricts' us to the point that we are unable to move forward into our future. As it constricts us, we will feel many restraints which attempt to contain us in old patterns.
How to Battle the Python
Of course, we need to bind this spirit and make him loose his ungodly hold upon us. But there's more. In my last blog post I discussed "passion." Well, the spirit of python will also squeeze out every bit of passion you have for the Lord! If you have lost passion, maybe you're battling a python spirit! And when python is defeated our passion for God returns. Is it any wonder that python wants to keep us from going through God's open doors? Think about it- abundance awaits us on the other side of the threshold. That means we also have MORE power over the enemy when we cross over.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees. But what is a normal spiritual temperature? And, do we desire to just remain "normal" in our walk with the Lord? Allow me to ask you a question: What's your spiritual thermometer registering? Could you give testimony that you are passionately pursuing His presence? I have to admit, I've been so busy with "stuff," that I don't seem to stop enough to just rest in His presence. Yet, I am completely knowledgeable concerning this fact: if I don't spend time with God, my passion falters. And passion, my precious friend, is what keeps us spiritually sharpened!
Return to Our First Love
Have you ever been in love? If you have, then you remember the passion. Passion and love just go together. It's really that simple. However, when it comes to whether or not we have lost passion for God, we must first consider whether or not we have truly placed our love for Him as our first priority. Maybe it's time to return to our first love.
So how do we get off track in our passion? Let me be blunt- are we in love with the satisfaction we feel when we succeed in our godly assignments or are we pursuing those godly assignments because we love Him? The two motivations are worlds apart.
Let me share something from my own personal experience. I have realized that I lose passion for God whenever I am worn out! Yes, it's possible to experience "burn out" as we are actively responding to His call. Whether we are ministers in the marketplace or ministers in a church pulpit- we all have a godly assignment to fulfill. The fuel that will keep our tanks full is-bottom line-passion.
And passion is derived from love.
The Church in Ephesus
In Rev. 2:1-4 we read where Jesus addresses the church in Ephesus. He acknowledges the fact that they had been very busy....laboring...(v.2) and yet in the midst of all their religious activity they had forsaken their first love. (Meaning their passion for God was gone!). As we continue to read we find that it was very important to God that they repent and change. Repentance does not mean that we make things right with God because He is angry with us! Nor is He waiting with a big stick to smack us because we are bad! No way! Repentance basically means "change the way you think." And, repentance is not all about "turning away" from something as much as it is to "torn toward" something.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Discouraged because you aren't experiencing the supernatural? Take a minute and picture yourself praying for someone who is lame and suddenly he/she begins leaping and jumping! Let's think of another scenario. Imagine yourself receiving a phone call from a child asking for you to pray for "Mommy" who was just diagnosed with cancer. You begin to pray..."Lord, heal this child's mother. I pray for you to touch her body and I curse cancer to its roots and command all cancer to leave her body." You hang up the phone with great faith, believing that God is answering your prayer.
One week later you receive another phone call from "Mommy." She is weeping as she speaks. "Thank you so much for praying for me!" she said, "The doctor did another sonogram and the cancerous tumor is completely gone! My daughter told me that she phoned you and that you prayed for a miracle. Thank you! Thank you so much!"
Courage for the Supernatural
Believer, let's review what Jesus commissioned us to do. He has commissioned believers to heal the sick, cast out devils, raise the dead and to preach the gospel. (see Matthew 10:7). Problem is- do we have the courage to step out with faith and pray for others and witness the supernatural? I believe courage will arise whenever we truly understand the importance of signs and wonders. Power comes when we trust in the power of God and not the wisdom of man. I have written several blogs that discuss the fact that doctrines of man and the traditions of man rob us of demonstrating God's power on earth.(Read some of my previous blogs for more on those subjects).
Things beyond our understanding and our control are released through our obedience. Knowing our commission from heaven will empower us with greater faith. God has given us all we need to step out in faith and demonstrate His raw power on this earth. He has designed the Church to be a living expression of Heaven. We are wired to have a continuous flow of supernatural action. Every believer has the privilege of being a part of someone's miracle or someone's impossibility.
My Mother's Miracle
Over twenty-five years ago my mother received a diagnosis of lung cancer. The doctors said that 1/3 of both lungs would need to be removed and then she would need several treatments of chemotherapy. Mother said "I am not going to have chemotherapy!" My sister and I both agreed and said "And no, you are not going to need surgery either!" The doctors sent mother home for a few days and scheduled her for another biopsy before her surgery. When she went home my sister and I prayed that the Lord would uproot the cancerous tumor in her lungs. We prayed for a divine touch from the Lord. It wasn't a long, religious-type of prayer- it was a prayer of simple, child-like faith. A few days later my mother went back to the hospital for a lung biopsy. During the biopsy my mother coughed up the entire cancerous tumor! And, even more amazingly, the doctor said that fresh pink skin immediately covered the damaged skin where the tumor once was! The doctor was amazed. He said "I have witnessed a miracle. The tumor in her lung is completely uprooted!"