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Behold, I Send Unto You Prophets   5 comments

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Matthew 23: 27-31:  “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.   Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.   Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,   And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.   Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.”

Matthew 23:  34-35:  “Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:   That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.”

I have always been curious about this scripture:  “. . . because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous.”  And also this scripture:  “Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.”  That is quite a leap from someone who builds a tomb to someone who kills a prophet—especially when they are separated by hundreds of years.  How can a tomb-builder and a prophet-killer be related?

False Christians are overly concerned about external things like man-made organizations, rituals and the traditions of men.  A man-made building (e.g. tomb of a prophet) is not the temple of the Holy Ghost.  The human body is the temple of the Holy Ghost.  So if someone is unduly concerned about man-made things, then how can they truly be concerned about the things of God?  We are not here to serve two masters.

If we are about our Father’s business, we can only be full of the Light and Life of Christ.  If we are about external things, appearances, self-righteousness, we can only lead people toward spiritual death—and we would be just as guilty as those who killed the prophets.  We worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth.

Matthew 23: 37:  “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem [American churchianity], thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!”

A Prophet’s Eyes
A Disciple of Christ
Refusing to Hear
A Warning to America by Dimitru Duduman
Shiloh
The Spirit of a Prophet
Eagles over America
John MacArthur Rebuked by a Prophet

A Miraculous Bottle of Fanta   Leave a comment

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Today I wanted to visit the revival fellowship in Almere, but when I came there I remembered that they were gone on some kind of a retreat. A bit discouraged I walked to the malls in Almere, which was quite a long walk and I used the opportunity to pray (in tongues).

After spending some time shopping and looking for a birthday present for my mom, I went home and while buying the train ticket a man walked to me and asked me if I could buy him a Fanta. ‘yeah, why not’ and we walked to a nearby shop where I could buy a meal and a fanta for him. We sat down and started to talk about Jesus. Surprisingly, he was already telling me that the bible is in his head, and told me a story about Jesus hiding in a cave, with a spider web protecting him from unbelievers.

Anyway, I opened up my English bible and we continued talking about repentance and baptism. Eventually he told me that he was living on the streets because of huge debt and he was just about to get an apartment. He really had childlike faith, and when he was telling me about his asthma problems I told him I could pray and he will be healed, and he agreed on that one. We went outside the shop and I layed my hands on his shoulder, starting to pray: Commanding spirits to leave and restoration on lungs etc.

After praying he was all fired up and told me (‘WOW I FELT HEAT, ALL OVER MY LUNGS!!!’) that he felt warmth in his body, pointing on my body where it was burning. For me this was really a big thing, because it’s been a while ago that I experienced this on the streets. We went into the train station and I could bless him with some money. The funny thing is, that afterwards I could see him walking around, loudly singing songs to Jesus! And even telling others about what happened to him!! God is so good, and the lesson I learned is that God will send you opportunities, just pray for it, and be ready to act as a soldier, not counting giving as loss!

Praise be unto God! And the Lord Jesus Christ! This day I also had a prayer with a catholic man, who was in my opinion under heavy spiritual bondage, having some sickness in his lungs and blood. After prayer he felt things going on in his body. I believe he’s touched by GOD!

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7

A Voyage of Glory!

Huddle House, Hitchhikers and the Super 8 Motel   4 comments

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My dear friend Amanda is pregnant with her first child. I can’t quite imagine what it feels like to have a person growing inside of you- knowing that some day soon you will meet face to face a small creature that will radically transform every aspect of your life. For that first nine-ish months you are scooped up for this journey that involves lots of weird feelings and changes. I suspect the odds are in my favor that some day I will experience this aspect of adult life but now is not my time.

Since Amanda is newly pregnant and experiencing some of the “delights” of early motherhood- I decided to pay her and her husband, Dr. So and So, an impromptu visit to their little corner of Texas a couple of weeks back. I felt somewhat motherly, or attempted to be that great friend who sweeps in and cooks and cleans and restores hope for humanity… in reality I came to the conclusion that I can be motherly for a day or two but then I need a nap! It’s a good thing Amanda is the one pregnant and not me!

We did have soup, and I taught her the beginnings of knitting, and I took their sweet dog Emma Dee for a walk (or she took me for a walk), and we watched an old Hitchcock film. It felt productive.

After deciding to head home a day early so I could take my time on the journey, I stopped for a late lunch at the Huddle House. The Huddle House is a terrible wish-it-was-a Waffle House but I was hungry and the road ahead looked long so I stopped in.

As soon as I walked in I saw a man in a corner booth and immediately wondered what his story was and how he would choose to murder me given the golden opportunity.

I headed to the bathroom already feeling slightly guilty but checking to see if there were locks and proper escapes if he chose to follow me in and do away with me. (He didn’t, obviously).

On my way back into the restaurant I saw that he had a Bible verse on the back of his hoodie- not that this ensures anyone’s credibility but it incited a certain amount of conviction in me.

I sat down at my table and listened in as he quietly discussed his situation with his waitress. He used their phone to call the police- desperate for a ride to a nearby Catholic church where he hoped he might find shelter for the night and a hot meal.

I looked over several times taking in the sight of his belongings.

Backpack

Sleeping bag

Worn hands

Tired, blood-shot eyes.

A sense of compassion replaced conviction. What on earth was a lone-travelling girl supposed to do to help someone so obviously situated outside of her comfort zone and in need of a hand?

The only word pulsing through my mind was “Jesus”

Jesus.

He just wanted somewhere dry to lay his head and it looked as if his only hope was a thick pallet of concrete under the highway overpass.

I could not possibly relate to this need. Ever.

Every avenue of help ended with a laugh on the other end of the phone.

We were surrounded by hotels and motels and I thought that for sure the least that I could do was put him up in a hotel for the night so that he could have a shower and a safe place to rest.

Before I knew it he had walked out and I thought I had missed my opportunity.

Whew! Really dodged a bullet there, eh Jesus?!

However, I reluctantly agreed to do something if I saw him again. Knowing I would.

I payed for my lunch and headed out the door. Skeptic as the day is long, I checked all around my car and in the trunk to be sure a serial killer hadn’t stowed away and off I set.

I saw him as I approached the on ramp and pulled up beside him.

His sign read “Alexandria”.

It was forty miles away.

I rolled down the window and explained that I had seen him in the Huddle House and that I couldn’t let him get in the car because I have a Dad who would kill me if I ever picked up a hitchhiker.

Next thing I knew I had thrown all of my things in the back seat and opened the door for him.

Enter: Tim.

I told Tim that I was trusting the Lord to protect me and that I would prefer if he didn’t try to kill me. I find it best to be completely honest in all situations.

I had intentions of pulling off at the next exit and bringing Tim back to one of the hotels in Natchitoches but the exits never came. Before I knew it we were forty miles down the road.

Tim accompanied me all the way to Alexandria where I checked him into the ever luxurious Super 8 Motel. He asked me for nothing. Literally nothing.

We talked about Jesus. We talked about Tim’s little girl who he hasn’t seen in 14 years. We talked about where he’s been and where he’s going and how badly he wants a second chance in life… and a shower.

He was weird. He smelled funny. His eyes were tired and bloodshot. He talked as if no one had listened in a long time.

I told him how I envied the simplicity of his life- having everything he owned on his back- and urged him to embrace this rough time and to seek the holiness and restoration that God offers in all of our trials and stages of life.

Without saying it, Tim taught me that God is near when he seems far and that he can use even the most unlikely people in the most unlikely situations to reveal the precious love of Christ and a glimpse of the Kingdom.

Blessed are the meek, the poor in spirit, the persecuted, those who mourn, those who seek righteousness, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, the merciful.

The entire time I spent with Tim this song ran through my mind. It’s called “Jesus” and it’s by Shaun Groves.

“Where thou art. . .

Posted January 30, 2013 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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The name of the Lord   13 comments

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This is from the blog Daily Meditation:

Proverbs 18:10: The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.

How you see God is very important. He takes his time to introduce himself to those he deals with, because he does not want the issue of mistaken identity. That is why if the devil wants to fight you, his aim is to cause a misrepresentation of God in your heart.

With Eve, what happened was exactly that (Genesis 3:1-8). The devil started by asking her a question about what God said, but by the end of the day, he had convinced her that God is a liar, that God does not have their best in mind, that they would be better off, if they look out for themselves. You know where that got her!

In his relationship with Abraham, he takes the time to tell him who he is. There was a time he told him I am God almighty (Genesis 17:1-19). At that time he wanted Abraham to start seeing him as the one who does the impossible, like having a child with your wife who is 90 years of age when.

When revealing himself to Moses when he was about to send him on the errand of setting the children of Israel free from bondage, he said he was the I am that I am (Exodus 3:13-22), which describes his eternal commitment to his promises and in that particular case, the promise he gave to their fathers to hand over the land of the Canaanites to them.

From the focus verse, we see the value in knowing and understanding the name of God, the psalmist says the name is a strong tower and through the name, salvation, is released (we are safe) (Proverbs 18:10). The names of God reveal the benefit that we derive from him. Since we cannot see him, we are introduced to him through his name and we get the right concepts about him from there. Without knowing his name we cannot relate with him but would merely grope in the dark.

The manifestation of the second person of the trinity, God the Word, is as the Lord Jesus Christ. The “Lord” describes his government; “Jesus” describes his sacrifice while “Christ” describes the power in his anointing.

He has said that no one comes to the father except through him (John 14:6); no one is saved except through his name- Jesus Christ (Acts 4:8-12), which stands for his act of sacrifice to save us and his position and power. What God can do is revealed in his name.  The name of God makes him distinct and establishes him as having no equal.

The name of the Lord is full of blessings for his people. It is the anchor for faith. And in the book of John we see Jesus referring to himself in a series of “I am”s

I am the bread of life (John 6:35)

As the bread of life he is the source of life. He is the Lord of life, so when he died it was the ultimate contradiction, how can you kill the Lord of life? Answer:  “It is to realise another seeming impossibility: how can the spiritually dead (you and me) come alive?” Actually what John reported was that, “in him was life (John 1:4),” outside of him there is death and decay, there is rust. A focus on him is a focus of life.

Everything was made by him (John 1:1-5), and he sustained everything with the Word of his power (Hebrews 1:3), even the atheist who does not believe in him has his physical life so sustained. Without his life you are spiritually dead, no matter the garb of religion or non-religious that you put on.

I am the light of the world (John 8:12)

Apart from him everyone is in spiritual darkness (regardless of how efficient the utility sector of your country is). His mission on earth was as light (John 9:1-5), without the light you are bound to not find your way. To move about without light is to soon fall into the pit.

I am the door of the sheep (John 10:7)

He is the access to God. No one come to the father except through him. His name is the means for getting anything from God. While Peter and John were at the temple and they healed a man who was lame from birth, they announced that it was through the name of Jesus that he was healed (Acts 3:1-10). The name is the door of healing, of salvation, of deliverance, to freedom and anything that holds us bound.

I am the good shepherd (John 10:14)

As a shepherd he is our guide. Without him we don’t know our way to God, for pasture and we are exposed to all manner of marauding animals in the journey of life. As the good shepherd he laid his life down for the sheep revealing how much he values us, more than  his own life (John 10:1-30). As the good shepherd we are able to recognise his voice, as he trains us to hear his voice.

I am the Son of God (John 10:36)

As the Son of God, through him we are able to enter into that same level of closeness and relationship with God (John 1:12), we become members of the household of God (Ephesians 2:12-19), we are no longer aliens but partakers of the promises of God in Jesus Christ.

I am the resurrection and life (John 11:25)

As the resurrection and life we have the promise of our own resurrection. It may not look like that now but the miracle of transformation will still happen to the believers in Jesus and that means the grave is not the  end of the story, there is time called rapture where though not all believers will die but all will be changed, our death-limited body to spiritual body (1Corinthians 15:35-57). John said it this way, “though we don’t know how we would look like when he appears (in his second coming) but we know we will be as he is, like him with his resurrected body, with all its supernatural features (1John 3:2).”

I am the way (John 14:6)

It needs reiterating that Jesus is the way. Because in the midst of very “good” people that we live with, we may get the idea that maybe God cannot be that “wicked” to throw everyone to hell. Don’t be deceived, the reason we are supposed to take evangelism serious is because of the wrath of God that is coming on those who do not obey Jesus Christ (Romans 2:8, 1Peter 4:17, 2Thessalonians 1:6-12) (not their own version of him, but the bible version of him).

There is no two ways about it, it’s either the Way, or no way, it’s either the Way or the pit.  It doesn’t have anything to do with human sentiment at all; Jesus did not die on the cross for you to get away with ignoring his sacrifice and get all sentimental about issue (if God wanted to be sentimental, he would not have allowed his Son to die in the pain of the cross and be just watch). The writer to the Hebrews said that how can we escape if we neglect so great a salvation (Hebrews 2:1-3) how would we dodge the consequences? There is no other way and there is nothing you can do about that. You cannot get to God on your own terms; it has to be on his own terms.

I am the truth

It is written that the Law came through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:14-17). Many are seeking for truth in all manner of places, but only through Jesus do we have the authentic truth from God. The alternatives are deception, no matter how it is coined, how it is presented, how appealing it is (remember that the devil made the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil appeal to Eve).

I am the life 

As the life we owe him everything. We are to live for him, since he is the life. It is written those who believe in him we have eternal life (John 3:16), before he made that provision, we were all by nature children of wrath, but through him we made the transition from death into life, we become changed in a fundamental way, we became new creatures (2Corinthians 5:17).

I am the true vine (John 15:1)

He is the vine, we are the branches. We derive our sustenance, our identity and our productivity from him, all within the context of our unity with him. We experience his flow in us, the flow of his thought (1Corinthians 2:16), the flow of his life, the flow of his divine energy.

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Posted January 27, 2013 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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The Barbarian Way by Erwin Raphael McManus   Leave a comment

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The Barbarian Way
Unleash the Untamed Faith Within
By Erwin Raphael McManus

Pages 5-7: “Strangely enough, though, some who come to Jesus Christ seem to immediately and fully embrace this barbarian way. They live their lives with every step moving forward and with every fiber of their being fighting for the heart of their King. Jesus Christ has become the all-consuming passion of their lives. They are not about religion or position. They have little patience for institutions or bureaucracies. Their lack of respect for tradition or ritual makes them seem uncivilized to those who love religion. When asked if they are Christians, their answer might surprisingly be no, they are passionate followers of Jesus Christ. They see Christianity as a world religion, in many ways no different from any other religious system. Whether Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, or Christianity, they’re not about religion; they’re about advancing the revolution Jesus started two thousand years ago.

“This is the simplicity of the barbarian way. If you are a follower of Christ, then you are called to fight for the heart of your King. It is a life fueled by passion–a passion for God and a passion for people. The psalmist tells us to delight ourselves in the Lord, and He will give us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37: 4). When Christianity becomes just another religion, it focuses on what God requires. Just to keep people in line, we build our own Christian civilization and then demand that everyone who believes in Jesus become a good citizen.

“It’s hard to imagine that Jesus would endure the agony of the Cross just to keep us in line. Jesus began a revolution to secure our freedom. The new covenant that He established puts its trust not in the law, but in the transforming power of God’s Spirit living within us. The revolution of the human heart would fuel the life and vitality of this movement. We would delight in God, and He would give us the desires of our hearts. With our hearts burning for God, we would move forward with the freedom to pursue the passions burning within us.”

Page 13: “The barbarian way is about love, intimacy, passion, and sacrifice. Barbarians love to live and live to love. For them God is life, and their mission is to reconnect humanity to Him. Their passion is that each of us might live in intimate communion with Him who died for us. The barbarian way is a path of both spirit and truth. The soul of the barbarian is made alive by the presence of Jesus.

“As John the Baptist reminded us, the evidence that Jesus is the Christ is that He baptizes us in both Spirit and fire. Barbarians are guided by the wind of God and ignited by the fire of God. The way of the barbarian can be found only by listening to the voice of the Spirit. The barbarian way can be known only by those who have the heart of God. The steps of the barbarian are guided by the footprints of Jesus. Barbarians see the invisible and hear the inaudible because their souls are alive to God.”

Page 15: “A barbarian invasion is taking place even right now. They are coming from the four corners of the earth and they are numbered among the unlikely. From the moment Jesus walked among us the invasion began. And just as with those who crossed paths with Him here on earth, those who are most religious will be most offended and indignant. Barbarians are not welcome among the civilized and are feared among the domesticated. The way of Jesus is far too savage for their sensibilities. The sacrifice of God’s Son, the way of the Cross, the call to die to ourselves, all lack the dignity of a refined faith.”

Pages 21-22: “Several things about John [the Baptist] stand out right away. He was an unusual dresser with strange eating habits. Just in case you’re uncertain, wearing clothes made of camel’s hair was not the height of fashion, even during the time of Jesus. We are told he ate locusts and wild honey. I suppose the wild honey was to help get the locusts down.

“He was clearly not a fan of the established religious leaders. His nickname for the Pharisees and Sadducees, who were the pinnacle of the religious elite, was ‘brood of vipers.’ Nope, that was not a term of endearment. And I think it’s important to note that his fire-and-brimstone message was entirely directed toward the religious, not the irreligious. He was a barbarian in the midst of civilization. And frankly the civilization made him sick. He had no patience for domesticated religionists who were drowning in their own self-righteousness.

“Oh, by the way, he had no formal education, no degrees. His occupation was prophet, and his mailing address was the wilderness. To say the very least, he was not the person whom anyone was expecting to prepare the way for the Messiah. John was the voice that proclaimed the coming of the Christ, and through his encounters with Jesus, we can rediscover the barbarian call.”

Pages 32-33: “So what is this good news? The refined and civilized version goes something like this: Jesus died and rose from the dead so that you can live a life of endless comfort, security, and indulgence. But really this is a bit too developed. Usually it’s more like this: if you’ll simply confess that you’re a sinner and believe in Jesus, you’ll be saved from the torment of eternal hellfire, then go to heaven when you die. Either case results in our domestication. One holds out for life to begin in eternity, and the other makes a mockery out of life.

“The call of Jesus is far more barbaric than either of these. It is a call to live in this world as citizens of an entirely different kingdom. In its primitive state the good news could never be separated from the invitation of Jesus to ‘come, follow Me.’ He never lied about the danger or cost associated with becoming His follower. He told them up front, ‘I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves’ (Matthew 10: 16).”

Page 53: “If you don’t like the idea of being an innovator, that’s fine. Just do whatever Jesus calls you to do the moment it is clear to you. Do not procrastinate; do not hesitate; do not deviate from whatever course of action He calls you to. But I want to warn you, the closer you walk with Christ, the greater the faith required. The more you trust Him, the more you’ll risk on His behalf. The more you love Him, the more you will love others. If you genuinely embrace His sacrifice, you will joyfully embrace a sacrificial life. Your expectations of Jesus will change as your intimacy with Him deepens. When you begin to follow passionately after Jesus, you will inadvertently find yourself innovating. After all, Jesus is transforming lives, writing history, creating the future, and unleashing the kingdom of God. If you plan to keep step with Jesus the Pioneer, you better expect some changes.”

Page 58: “Although John was confused about Jesus, Jesus was not confused about John. Jesus knew that everyone else was confused about John. John lacked religious pedigree, yet he clearly spoke with spiritual power. At the same time he didn’t look anything like a priest or a teacher of the law. To put it bluntly, John was just plain weird. Not what you would expect when you were looking for a spiritual leader. John’s faith was raw and untamed. There was nothing civilized about him.

“And Jesus seemed to be either mocking or rebuking them for expecting to find someone different. If you were looking for a reed swayed by the wind (someone easily molded by the expectations of the civilized) or a man dressed in fine clothes (someone who lives to impress the political or religious elite), you were looking in the wrong place. But if you went out to see a prophet, John was your man. And he was more than a prophet. He was the one whom God chose to prepare the way for the coming of His Son. Of all the men born of women–and that pretty much covers everybody but Adam–John was the greatest. Jesus, by the way, was born of God. The assumption was that for such a job, God would choose someone with polish and refinement.”

Page 59: “Jesus lived in a time when Judaism had been domesticated, institutionalized, and civilized; it was only a hollow shell of what God intended. John didn’t fit into the organized religion of his time because God didn’t fit either. Jesus Himself, the Messiah of Israel, remained an outsider even to his death.”

Pages 60-61: “Jesus was making clear that being a disciple was never intended to be the equivalent of being molded into a stereotype. Jesus and John were considered barbarians, even though they expressed themselves in different ways. But at the core they were the same. They lived and moved in the mystical. That is, they had a unique and transcendent connection to the Creator of the universe. Guided by the voice of God, they cared little how others perceived that. What was invisible to others was clear to them. Their lives could not be explained apart from God.

“While He walked among us, Jesus tried to explain this to us. He told us–as if we should understand without difficulty–that He spoke only what He heard the Father saying and did only what He saw the Father doing. He called His disciples to make this their pattern for living.”

Page 64: “Yet if we learn anything about God through John, it is that God has no problem with spiritual eccentrics. The point, of course, is not that God makes us mentally or emotionally imbalanced, but that He makes us passionately and spiritually unbalanced. God steers us in the direction of His kingdom, His purpose, His passions. His desire is not to conform us, but to transform us. Not to make us compliant, but to make us creative. His intent is never to domesticate us, but to liberate us.”

Pages 78-79: “The civilized build shelters and invite God to stay with them; barbarians move with God wherever He chooses to go. The civilized Christian has a routine; the barbarian disciple has a mission. The civilized believer knows the letter of the law; the barbarian disciple lives the spirit of the law. The religiously civilized love tradition; the barbarian spirit loves challenges. The civilized are satisfied with ritual; barbarians live and thrive in the mystical. For the civilized disciple, religion provides stability and certainty; for the barbarian, a life in God is one of risk and mystery.”

Page 82: “If you are a follower of Christ and you have allowed yourself to be domesticated, you have lost the power of who you are and who God intends for you to be. You were not created to be normal. God’s desire for you is not compliance and conformity. You have been baptized by Spirit and fire. Asleep within you is a barbarian, a savage to all who love the prim and proper. You must go to the primal place and enter the presence of the Most High God, for there you will be changed by His presence. Let Him unleash the untamed faith within you.

“At pentecost God unleashed His Spirit upon all who would declare Jesus their hope. In that moment a new tribe was born–a Spirit tribe. To all who would believe in His Son, the Lord God declares, ‘I will be their God, and they will be My people.’ This tribe would bear the evidence of His Spirit. They would be God-taught, God-moved, and God-inspired.”

Page 93: “From the moment we become citizens of the kingdom of God, we become aliens and strangers in a world that chooses to live absent of God. From the first step taken to follow Jesus, we are out of step with the rest of the world. Once your life is in sync with the story of God, you become out of sync with any story that attempts to ignore or eliminate God. You are a stranger to them, an alien among them, a nomadic wanderer who, while refusing to be rooted in this life, seems to somehow enjoy this life most.”

Pages 108-109: “There is a barbarian revolt taking place, and its command center is the kingdom of God. Everywhere the kingdom of God advances, there is a violent engagement against a dark kingdom. To be born of God is to be made a citizen in the kingdom of God, and the kingdom of God is at war. Do not confuse this kingdom with Paradise. Salvation is not reentry into a Paradise Lost; it is enlistment in the mission of God.

“Jesus is telling us in no uncertain terms that there is a battle raging. This is perhaps the most important reason why we must choose the barbarian way and resist any temptation to become civilized. Domesticated Christians are far too willing to abdicate for the soul of the world. Civility focuses our energy on all the wrong places. We spend our lives emphasizing our personal development and spiritual well-being. We build churches that become nothing more than hiding places for the faithful while pretending that our actions are for the good of the world. Or we choose political and secular vehicles to try to advance our cultural values, strangely attempting to make unbelieving people act like civilized believers.

“In contrast Jesus calls us to a different way. He tells us this is a battle of kingdoms. He insists that if we are His followers, we must not live in a world defined only by the material. We cannot limit our sights to what is flesh and blood. We should know better than that. To see from a kingdom perspective is to know that there is a conflict of invisible kingdoms and that people’s lives are forever changed by what happens in the unseen. We are called to be warriors of light in dark places. We are mystical warriors who use weapons not of this world.”

Page 116: “The suffering of Christ glorifies God because it elevates love. Compelled by love, God would go where He knew suffering was certain. Love always moves to sacrifice, which is exactly where He calls us to go. We shouldn’t be surprised, then, that to follow Christ is to abandon the luxury of safety and security. If we are to be like Him, we must always risk for love. We are invited to follow Him with reckless abandon. The call of God is more than a leap of faith; it is a life of faith. Even when it seems beyond our abilities, we should not be surprised when God tells us to jump.”

Page 121-122: “Just yesterday a husband and wife told me that they raised their first son to be a gentleman, and now as a man he does not walk with Christ. They went on to say, ‘We have a second son, and we’re going to raise him as a barbarian.’ They understood firsthand the painful difference between a civilized Christian and the barbarian way of Jesus.

“How many stories do we need of children who grow up in church being forced to act like Christians rather than being won to the heart of God? Both are an effort to shape the character of our children. The first is an external force; the latter an internal force. The civilized Christian does what is right out of fear; the barbarian does what is right out of love. The Christian civilization is held together by rules and rituals; the barbarian revolt is fueled by the passion of God and guided by the mission of God. If our children are going to walk away from Christ, we need to raise them in such a way that they understand that to walk away from Jesus is to walk away from a life of faith, risk, and adventure and to choose a life that is boring, mundane, and ordinary.”

Pages 126-127: “When we are born again, we are dropped not into a maternity ward, but into a war zone. Our birthplace is less mother’s womb and more battlefield earth. Maybe the first word we hear should not be ‘welcome,’ but ‘jump.’ There is no trial run, no practice life.

“When you enter the kingdom of God, there is no safe zone or waiting room. There really isn’t even a boot camp. It’s on-the-job, on-the-field training. You get to take your first steps of new life in the middle of the battlefield. The Scriptures are quite clear about this. You are in the middle of a war. Yet the war is not against flesh and blood; the war is not against people.”

Page 128: “It is true that the enemy will essentially leave you alone if you are domesticated. He will not waste his energy destroying a civilized religion. If anything, he uses his energy to promote such activity. Religion can be one of the surest places to keep us from God. When our faith becomes refined, it is no longer dangerous to the dark kingdom.

“Barbarians, on the other hand, are not to be trusted. They respect no borders that are established by powers or principalities. They have but one King, one Lord, and one mission. They are insolent enough to crash the gates of hell. For the sake of others, they are willing to risk their own lives and thrust themselves into the midst of peril.”

Page 133: “I’m not saying that we should all go around naked, but I am saying that we need to find the courage and freedom to be ourselves. We need to let ourselves become the unique individuals that God created us to be. We need to stop trying to be what everyone else wants us to be and stop worrying about what everyone else thinks. Civilized people measure one another by their robes and signet rings. The barbarians measure only heart and actions. Barbarians live as if they are naked before God and naked before men. They have nothing to hide; they do not waste their energy pretending to be someone they’re not. It was Nathaniel, whom Jesus saw while he was alone under a fig tree, that He described as a man without guile. God sees straight through to the heart and looks for those in whom there is nothing false. The barbarian hides nothing from God, and his tribe battles naked and unashamed.”

Pages 140-141: “Jesus leads us into the heart of the dark kingdom, into the soul of what is most evil. He takes us where mankind has chosen to live. He calls us to where the darkness has made those who wander there desperate for light. He leads us as warriors of light to risk our lives for the deliverance of others. Again, our own weapons are love, hope, and faith, and they are our only defense. Yet we above all know that they and only they liberate us and fulfill the deepest longings of our souls.

“If you choose to live your life in this way, if you make the insane decision to live your life for the sake or others, if you choose to follow the One whose barbarian path led Him to the brutality of the Cross, and if you embrace His invitation to take up your own cross and follow Him, then it has begun. If you dare allow God to unlock your primal spirit, He will unleash the raw and untamed faith within. Then you will know you have chosen the barbarian way out of civilization.”

Mosaic
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Rivers of Living Water   2 comments

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Dreams from the LORD 2011-2012
31 July 2012

Last night I had a dream where I was camping out in a tent. It was an orange tent that was open on both ends—it did not have a floor (I used to have a two-man tent, but it was enclosed on all sides and had a floor). Then Jimmy Swaggart (a well-known American evangelist—especially in the 1980s) showed up. There was someone with him—it may have been his son. He needed some water. I had some water, so I gave it to him. Then I showed him a gas station up the road. I think he went to the gas station to get some more water.

If this dream is from the Lord, then what is the significance of the orange tent? I have never had an orange tent. If you are camping out, I would think that you would want a tent that blends in well with the scenery. Maybe the orange tent means that I don’t blend in well with the scenery, that I am not conformed to the world. The fact that my tent was open on both ends and did not have a floor, means that I am very mobile (I hitchhike a lot), I do not have a certain dwelling place and that I am a pilgrim on this earth.

Hebrews 11: 38: “They wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.”

The water that I gave to Jimmy Swaggart is the life of Jesus that flows out of me feeding those who are thirsty for spiritual life/depth. I believe that Jimmy Swaggart represents evangelists and Christians in general.

John 7: 37-38: “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”

When Jimmy Swaggart goes up the road to the gas station to get some more water, I believe this means that he is going to the source (the Lord) for more revelation knowledge.

Locusts and Wild Honey
Oswald Chambers

Mother Teresa of Calcutta: False Christian   6 comments

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Dreams from the LORD 2007-2010
29 August 2007

On the 25th of August, I hitchhiked from Kooskia to Boise. I got dropped off in Boise and got something to eat at a McDonald’s restaurant. I read this newspaper article, while I was eating, and it was about Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The article said that during a crisis in her faith, she prayed to the Pope in 1958. She prayed to the Pope? You gotta be kidding me! Only a heathen moron would pray to the flogging Pope! Since I had first heard about Mother Teresa’s work in Calcutta, I had always scanned news articles to see if she ever talked about Jesus. She never did. Maybe she repented of her sin on her deathbed and asked Christ into her life, but I solemnly assure you: if she had the same nonfaith that she had in 1958 when she passed from this life, she is most definitely burning in hell.

Helping orphans or poor people in Calcutta or any other work will not appease God’s wrath–only the Blood of Jesus will. What horrible arrogance and pride to think that your work or effort can save you from hell. And Mother Teresa got a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979–she definitely made peace with the world system–the world absolutely loved her–but did she ever make peace with God through His son Jesus Christ? Again, maybe she got saved on her deathbed. I was never impressed with her life. Now, if she got saved (by grace through faith; not by works lest any man should boast), and later, when she could perceive the Lord’s voice speak to her spirit, and the Lord told her to go to Calcutta to help the poor–well then, that would be absolutely beautiful! That would be called a good work because the Lord told her to do it. The will of man always precedes a work; the will of God always precedes a good work. You can always judge a tree by its fruit.

I remember many years ago–it might have been in 1986 or 1987–this TV news program was interviewing Jimmy Swaggart (a well-known TV evangelist in the 1980s) and they asked him about Mother Teresa. He said that Mother Teresa’s working with the poor in Calcutta would not save her from hell. Let me tell you: the world let out a howl when he said that. How dare Jimmy Swaggart speak about Mother Teresa like that–the world was in love with Mother Teresa (but, of course, the world hates Jesus Christ with a perfect hatred). But Jimmy Swaggart spoke the truth: our works cannot save us; we are saved by grace through faith.

When Mother Teresa fed those poor people in Calcutta, did she give them the Bread from Heaven, that is, the Lord Jesus Christ (and I am not talking about that little cracker that some priest gives out during a so-called communion ritual at a church service)? (I am in constant communion with my Heavenly Father–it is a spiritual communion–it’s not eating crackers in some dead church) Or did she give them the food that perishes? Give people the Gospel first and then give them food for their bellies. Seek the Kingdom of Heaven first and everything else shall be added unto you. When we abide in Christ, we are broken bread and poured out wine (a sacrificial life–like Christ’s death on the Cross and his sacrificial ministry as he walked the earth) to those around us. If we abide in Christ, we can only bear much fruit to feed those hungry hearts that the Lord has placed in our path. If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ, you are spiritually dead and you can only give people stale bread and swamp water. Abide in Christ and people will be drawn toward you and then you can give them the Bread from Heaven.

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Hebrews 13: 13: “Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.”

I John 4: 5-6: “They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”

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