Monday, November 11, 2013

The New Move Of God Isn’t Coming…It’s Here!

I don’t know how many of you pay attention to or are students of Prophetic Words. But being a Prophet it is something I pay very close attention to. Not just my own but also those of other national and local Prophets that I respect or am in relationship with. This does a couple of things:

·        It gives you a sense of what God is speaking all over as you compare prophetic words.

o   I liken this to some of the principles of Hermeneutics.

§  One Principle is called the complete mention principle – where you take all the Scriptures that deal with a particular subject as a whole to get the full implication of what the Bible says on that subject.

§  Another Principle is called the comparative mention principle – where you compare and contrast two Scriptures that deal with the same subject to see how they are the same and/or different.

o   We can and should do the same thing with Prophetic Words that come from various sources that deal with the same subject matter. Look at them as a whole and compare and contrast them against one another.

·        Secondly as you compare what others are speaking with what you are speaking it lets you know that you are in the flow with what the Spirit of God is saying through other vessels.


We always need to remember that none of us has complete prophetic revelation or gets it all. “For we know in part and we prophesy in part.” 1 Corinthians 13:9 NASB We all get a piece of what God is revealing…and when we put all the pieces together…we know what God is saying in total.


Having studied Prophetic Words over the last several years, they were full of verbiage like: “We are on the verge of a new move of God” or “We are on the precipice of the next wave that God is about to release”. But over the last several months that Prophetic Language has changed. Now God has been declaring that: “We have crossed over into the new move of God” or “The new move of God is no longer coming…it is here”.


That right there should make you shout! But of course one of the ways we judge the Prophetic, besides does it line up with Scripture, or does it bring edification, exhortation and/or comfort, or does it bear witness with your spirit is…does it come to pass.


Let me recount for you some things that I have experienced over the last few months that let me know that indeed we have crossed over and we are in it now!


The first Sunday of March of this year the Lord gave me a prophetic word that: “We had crossed into a season of seeing, hearing and knowing”. Now for background sake I must make you aware that I have always been predominantly a Nabi Prophet, meaning the prophetic word just bubbled up out of my spirit. I had little if any Seer gifting or anointing.


That afternoon while at a ministry board meeting for a dear friend, while in prayer I stared up at the ceiling of her living room and was watching a full color movie. I explained to her everything that I was seeing and she said the fire of God was on her from head to toe as I explained what I saw. Up until that time…I had never operated this way, but that morning I prophesied a new season of seeing, hearing and knowing, and it manifested in my life immediately…and has been growing since.


She has confirmed to me that the things which saw and declared to her she is now beginning to walk in. Fast forward to about six weeks ago, I was again at a board meeting for this same ministry. Part of this lady’s calling is clinical Christian counseling and deliverance. At this second board meeting I prophesied to her that in the very near future she was going to have to choose between her education and training and the river that was flowing in her spirit. Exactly two weekends later she had to make that choice and thank God she followed the river in her spirit and not her education and training and God wrought mighty deliverance.


The end of September a lady came into the service that had never been in our local church before. Unbeknown to me or anyone else she could not hear out of one of her ears…she only had ringing in the ear. While I was preaching…her ear popped open! I didn’t pray for her, I didn’t touch her, but God did and she could now hear out of that ear. That same service I laid hands on almost everyone in the church during ministry time and a lady who had been having severe back and leg pain for months had all the pain instantly vanish. So much so that she was able to move furniture pain free.


The end of October at a recent Apostolic & Prophetic Summit that my Mom and I were privileged to minister at, I ministered to a man by the laying on of hands as my Mom declared a suddenly in his life for healing in his back. He came up to me later to tell me he had been in excruciating pain for years because of two disintegrated discs in his back…but he was now pain free.


Folks this is just a sample of what is taking place. I want to encourage you that the new move of God is not coming…It Is Here!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Status Quo Christianity

I have been forever ruined for just the same old, same old of normal Christianity. I have fed on the books of Tommy Tenney and Ruth Ward Heflin. Both authors’ theme is along the same line, stressing a message I believe the Spirit of God is stressing to the body of Christ today. I highly recommend these authors. Reading these books has done two things for me: First, they have given me a greater desire to experience more of God, and, Second, they have given me HOLY DISDAIN for status quo Christianity.


The dictionary defines status quo as: the existing condition or state of affairs. I believe that is what we have in the Church today. The same existing condition just exists. We seem to be satisfied with the status quo. Everyone believes that there is going to be a great last day move of God’s Spirit in the earth before the Lord can return. Most believers even want to see it and pray for it to come. Yet what puzzles me is we expect to do the same things we have always done and somehow expect to get different results. The truth is if we only do what we have always done we will continue in status quo Christianity. God deliver us from the status quo!


Don’t misunderstand me; I am a firm believer in the timing of God as well as the SOVRIENTY OF GOD, (a doctrine many in the Body of Christ seem to have forgotten.) However I also believe we have a part to play. I still believe that God responds to the hunger in the hearts of His people. I believe if we want to experience more than we are experiencing right now we must do something beyond the status quo that we have been doing. A friend of mine once put it this way: “We have too much safe Christianity today; we need to get Radical in our Christianity.” I wholeheartedly agree.


The admonition of the Word is very clear: “Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new…” Isaiah 43:18 & 19a NASB I can’t help but think if God is going to do something NEW, perhaps maybe we should too. He told us to forget about the way we have always done it. I don’t think it would be too much of a stretch to say, FORGET ABOUT STATUS QUO CHRISTIANITY BECAUSE I WANT TO DO SOMETHING NEW! I believe it is time for us to adopt the philosophy of the Apostle Paul: “No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” Philippians 4:13 NLT Paul said he focused all his energy on forgetting the past. It is time for us to forget the past and the way we used to do things. As long as we keep doing what we have always done, I doubt that we will see the new thing that God desires to do.


In one of my favorite parts of Tommy Tenney’s book, “God’s Favorite House” he described a scenario that unfortunately I am all too familiar with. “Frankly, I think we have lost our ability to honor God in our churches. We sing our praise songs with enthusiasm for a little while, but as soon as some of the more radical people in the congregation begin to press into genuine worship, we start glancing at our watches. We might as well say what is in our hearts, ‘Okay, God, we sure would like it if you would come, but if you don’t do it pretty soon, we know how to go on without you. We have a schedule to keep, you know.’” (Page 50, bottom of page) How sad you must be thinking. However, I have come across this mentality all too many times in the last several years.


We have been doing the status quo and going on without God. We have had His omnipresence, but not His manifest presence. There is a price to pay for His manifest presence and the status quo isn’t it! I don’t want to go on without God (His manifest presence) anymore. Jesus said: “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. Matthew 5:6 The Message Have you worked up a good appetite for God? In the New American Standard Bible, it goes on to say that those who do will be satisfied. How satisfied are you? I am not satisfied with the status quo anymore! I want more! Jesus said I could be satisfied, and I intend on doing just that. It is time our appetites for God increase.


A phrase that I have adopted of late is “Divine Dissatisfaction”. I believe that is what God wants and expects from us. I believe by His Spirit He is releasing something in the hearts of His people that is crying: “There must be something more! I am not satisfied with just this! There has to be more!” One of my favorite modern worship songs by Jonathan Stockstill called: “Chasing After You” carries this thought:


There must be more now Father
There must be more now Spirit
There must be more now Jesus
Rain down Rain down


Not that we are ungrateful for what He has done and is doing, but rather thankful for what He has done and is doing, all the while realizing that there is still so much more that He has for us and not being satisfied until we see it. When we want more of God as bad as the man in the dessert wants the next drink of water then we are ready for more.


Change never comes until people believe there is a need for change. An alcoholic never seeks to get clean until he realizes that he has a problem. I know that the Church in general has had a problem; we have been stuck in status quo Christianity. I hope this blog helps you realize the paralyzing effects of status quo Christianity and gives you enough of a righteous indignation to do something about it. Let’s put status quo Christianity on the cross, develop a greater appetite for God, and walk in His manifest presence.