Saturday, February 25, 2012

Exposing Hearts



"I am longing for interaction with you, My people in Charismatic churches!
You call to Me for power: for miracles, for signs and for wonders—
and you look for 'principles' of how to 'lay hold' of them from Me!
You believe that you know 'My will' in situations where you want miracles,
so you do not seek My heart because you don't think it's necessary!
And if you ask, you will not listen to Me unless I say 'yes' to you;
you 'believe for' what you want instead of asking what I want!

"You have buried My heart in the tomb of your teachings!
You don't want Me to tell you something you don't want to hear,
so instead you teach your 'principles' as if they are laws set in stone!
You shut away My heart and tell Me only to encourage your ways
and keep the show of power going in your churches!
And now, because you have tried to keep My heart buried,
you cannot discern the great spiritual confusion in your midst!

"You cannot see that it is you who are trapped in a tomb!
You are trapped by your fear of being disappointed
and by needing signs and wonders to be certain of My love for you!
You cannot hear My unconditional love for you
because you believe in My love conditionally upon receiving your miracles!
Fear in your hearts and refusing My heart allows malicious spirits to come in,
wearing you out and tossing you here and there in confusion to get 'more.'

"Behold, I am sending prophets into your midst to call you back to My heart!
They will not come with the signs of power that you desire so much,
but through them I will expose the cover of your 'principles'
by bearing My heart to you in weakness and vulnerability—
just as My Son bore My heart to you on the Cross.
And just as My heart—My Son—was abused and rejected,
My servants will also be abused and rejected."

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Art: "Safe With Me"

Friday, February 24, 2012

Even To Bitter Fields?



"My child,

"Will you receive the cup of My love that I give you?
Will you accept My heart for My beloved children—
even for 'older brothers' who dislike hearing of My grace?

"At times you have been uncomfortable
because I have sent you to share My heart with them,
and you have felt that you should only be celebrating with Me.

"But I am He who loves all of My children,
even those who claim to serve Me but turn away from My grace.
I am He who goes out to them to plead with them to return.

"And I am He who calls you: Will you come with Me?
Will you drink this cup, even if it seems bitter?
Will you speak My heart of love to them?"

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Art: "Father’s Call"

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

In Place of Christ

"In Place of Christ"

"The time has come!
The rebellion has arisen!
The falling away has already begun!

"My Son has been replaced in the assemblies of many who claim to follow Him!
Many now determine their righteousness by their love for Israel!
The law of My Son—'Love one another as I have loved you'—is being forsaken!
'Loving Israel' and contending for her old inheritance are in place of
contending for My Son's inheritance in all nations!

"Wake up, you who have taken off your clothing!"

“Behold, I come like a thief!
Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him,
so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.”
- Revelation 16:15


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Art: "In God's Temple"

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Only Safe Place



"Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season;
correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.
Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them
a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship,
do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry."

- 2 Timothy 4:2-5


"I am unsealing prophecy that has been sealed until now.
I am giving understanding to those considered small among the churches.

"Wake up, My people!
Your enemies are not who you think they are,
and spiritual danger is not where you think it is!

"Make sure of your foundation—
what is your 'rock'?
My Son is the only one who is righteous,
and His command of agape love
is the only way the world should know you.

"Do not be drawn away from the testimony of Jesus and My commands!
Do not let the fear of the wickedness of the world move you from the Rock!"

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Art: "Preach the Gospel!"

Sunday, February 19, 2012

"As I Walked"

"As I Walked"

"Be as I was in the world:
I did not seek the praises, acknowledgement, or recognition
of the kingdoms of the earth or their rulers.
I became nothing—serving instead of being served.

"I have called My servants to walk as I did:
in humility, not seeking that which I did not.
I do not want My servants to get for Me the praises,
the acknowledgement or recognition of the kingdoms of the earth.

"I have called you to love each another—even your enemies—as I loved you.
Do not claim to be part of My kingdom if you use means I did not,
and do not profess to be My servants if you do not walk in love as I walked.
Do not try to win crowns for Me that I refused to take for Myself!"

*****

Art: "I Keep You With Me"

Saturday, February 18, 2012

"So That You May See"

"So That You May See"

"My children, many of you are seeking 'the prophetic',
'the supernatural', and miraculous 'signs and wonders',
not realizing that you are seeking to discern by sight.
Seeing signs, miracles and wonders seems more 'real' to you
than knowing Me by faith and knowing Me in the Spirit.

"But I have hidden Myself and My majesty from your sight
so that you can know My heart,
which I revealed to you on the Cross.
I want you to seek My agape love—
the love with which I first loved you while you were My enemies.

"I have hidden Myself from your sight because I love you,
and I want to share My heart with you—
the love which carried the Cross for you.
Will you seek My heart?
Or will you keep trying to take My hands away?"

*****

Art Link: "God Who Hides"

Friday, February 17, 2012

"Stay In My Heart!"

"Stay In My Heart!"

"All that you need is the Cross!
Everything I have for you is the Cross!
My heart for you is the Cross!
Do not add to the Cross,
and do not look for blessings anywhere else.
Stay in My arms;
stay in the Cross!"

*****

Art: "From His Heart"

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Spirit of "Jezebel"

"Thoughts About Jezebel" and "On Jezebel & Thyatira"
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Thoughts About Jezebel
By Cherry Brandstater

Since the first time I heard the term “A Jezebel Spirit” it made me uneasy. I had no idea what it meant. I was told that it was a controlling, manipulative person. Whenever it was applied it was always in reference to a woman who was not in step with the will and wishes of leaders who wanted their own way to prevail. It just didn’t sit well with me.

As I observed the charismatic movement that I had come to love over the years it became evident to me that even though the ones using the phrase added the caveat that it could refer to a male as well as a female, it almost never was directed toward the males. Unfortunately, the church is no more kind than the world is when it comes to characterizing a woman who is decisive and capable as controlling, opinionated and manipulative while a man with the same characteristics is considered to be discerning and possessing the quality of leadership. There was something wrong here. I actually had a hard time grasping the whole concept of the “Jezebel spirit.”

So who was the Jezebel that this spirit is supposed to have inhabited. It turns out that there are two Jezebels in the Bible. Surprise, surprise. The first one to appear is in the Old Testament. Ahab, king of Israel married her. She was a heathen woman from Sidon. Here is what Ahab was like (even before he married Jezebel),
“Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of the LORD than any of those before him. He not only considered it trivial to commit the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, but he also married Jezebel daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and began to serve Baal and worship him. He set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal that he built in Samaria. Ahab also made an Asherah pole and did more to provoke the LORD, the God of Israel, to anger than did all the kings of Israel before him.”

1 Kings 16:30-33 (NIV)
Doesn’t really sound like Jezebel was dragging him around by the nose into evil, does it? They were co-regents. Both had power. Both were evil. Ahab led the people into the worship of false gods, even to the point of sacrificing children. He led the way in bringing in the heathen religions of the region and Jezebel worked right alongside him to wipe out the worship of the true God by destroying the prophets. They were a team with one purpose. So is the traditional “Jezebel spirit” interpretation valid? I think not.

The second Jezebel is found in Revelation:
“Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling.”

Revelation 2:20-21 (NIV)
If we take this apart to find the implications we see that this Jezebel calls herself a prophet. In other words, God did not send her. God did not call her a prophet. She called herself a prophet. That is wrong. It is sin and it is common. But the sin that is being called out here is that of the church of Thyatira. They were tolerating the false prophetic without correction. The church allowed her to continue to preach and to teach as if she were hearing from God.

The false prophetic led the church into sexual immorality (where have we seen this?), and into all the practices of the false religions around them – spiritual adultery. I believe that this is the Jezebel spirit for which the church is called to be alert in these days and not be taken in by every person who claims to be prophetic.

Paul said that when one prophesies ALL are to carefully weigh what is said. All too often we have abdicated our responsibility to do so because the one speaking has a following as a prophetic voice. We have twisted the words in Chronicles, “Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm" (1 Chronicles 16:22).
"Spiritually Abused"
We have construed them to mean that we do not have a responsibility to weigh what they say against scripture. They become untouchable and anything they say must be from God. This is a dangerous precedent that does not get good marks in the word of God.
This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.”

Jeremiah 23:16 (NIV)
It’s especially hard to weigh a word carefully when it is what we were hoping to hear.

If there were false prophets then, surely there are prophets today who speak from their own minds and not from God's. It IS our responsibility and privilege to trust the Holy Spirit to guide us as we “weigh carefully” what anyone puts forth as a word from the Lord whether they are our next door neighbor or someone with a well-respected “prophetic” ministry. The word of God under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit will be our surest guide.
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On Jezebel & Thyatira
By Ramone Romero

Usually "Jezebel" is seen today as a sort of self-proclaimed prophet or teacher who tries to draw people away from established church leaders to themselves instead. While that often happens in churches, it does not fit the original "Jezebel" in scripture.

Her name meant "not exalted", and throughout her life she did not seek her own exaltation or disciples, but rather she fought (and abused God's people) so that her husband (Ahab) and her children (future kings of Israel) would be exalted and honored by the people. She wedded herself to Ahab and served him. Instead of trying to get what she herself wanted, she used her abusive ways to try to get for Ahab the things that his heart coveted.

Jezebel seemed to have been particularly irritated at the prophets of God because she wanted them to be in submission to the king (for example, her son repeatedly demanded that Elijah come before him according to his own timing instead of Elijah's or God's). She wanted "God" and all of His children in submission to the top leadership.
"Building Darkness"
So in Revelation, when Christ said that "Jezebel" was tolerated at the church in Thyatira, we shouldn't assume that "Jezebel" was a prophet or teacher who was trying to gather people away from leadership to themselves or their own teachings. The exact opposite was true with the Biblical "Jezebel"—she wanted people to submit to leadership more than to God! "Jezebel" in Thyatira was a person or spirit that promised deep revelations and spiritual secrets ("food") if people submitted to the abuse and misuse of the church's authorities.

The bottom line of "her teachings" is to serve the idols of your heart. Jezebel appeals to the heart's fleshy desire for greatness and exaltation, promising "deep secrets" that will help you get what your heart desires (in God's name, of course!). But the authority that Christ gives is different, not based on the fleshy desire for "more." Christ's way of authority is simply love and service. The greatest is to be the least, not a "benefactor" who lords it over people. Love thinks not of itself.

It's all about Jesus and His love. Making it about anything else makes God seem far away, so that you have to "know this" or "submit to that" in order to "get to" Him or get to some "increase in authority." Subtly it replaces God with idols and distracts from loving one another. In contrast, Christ said that He put no extra burdens on His people; the gospel and His command to love as He loved us are enough. Anything else is added weight.

Christ wants His spiritual children to be able to recognize true spiritual authority for themselves, instead of being forced to submit to it. He will teach His own true authroity to those those who have not accepted "her" abusive ways and profited in fruit ('children') from "Jezebel." His authority does not make sense in the ways of the world, but that is the way of the Cross.

Read more about the biblical "Jezebel"

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See also: "Jezebel's Secrets"

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Uncovered

"Uncovered"

"But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light,
we have fellowship with one another,
and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.
If we claim to be without sin,
we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us."

- 1 John 1:7-8


"Look! I am coming!
I am coming and every hidden thing shall be uncovered;
every heart shall be laid bare.
Every belief shall be shaken,
and every 'truth' shall be brought into the light.

"Be clothed! Be covered by My righteousness!
Let go of every 'fig leaf' and excuse,
and find your salvation only in My undeserved grace.
I am your only qualification!
No other justification is necessary.

"Be free! Holding onto your own vindication
only keeps you in fear of being shamed.
But I died to take away your shame—
so do not be afraid to admit your sins,
because I bore them for you on the Cross!

"Will you leave your righteousness on the Cross,
or will you cling to it in the hope of covering yourself?"

*****

Art: "Trusting In Being Right"

Saturday, February 11, 2012

'For Better Or For Worse'

'For Better Or For Worse'

"My heart is broken! My heart is broken!
Who will want the pieces of My broken heart?
Who would ask to know the cries and pains of My heart?

"My people ask Me for the joy of My heart,
but leave Me alone when I speak of being lonely in the church.
I am popular when I speak about the outside world,
but when I tell My people about themselves
they do not want to listen to Me.

"Who will weep with Me for My people?
Who will mourn with Me?
Who will trust that My burden is light
even though it seems heavy at first?
Who will stay with Me through the night of weeping
and come to the joy in the morning?

"Who is interested in knowing My whole heart?"

*****

Art link:
"Picking Up The Pieces"

Thursday, February 09, 2012

"Look At My Torn Heart!"

"Look At My Torn Heart!"

"And I will pour out on the house of David
and the inhabitants of Jerusalem
a spirit of grace and supplication.
They will look on Me,
the One they have pierced,
and they will mourn for Him
as one mourns for an only child,
and grieve bitterly for Him
as one grieves for a firstborn son."
(Zechariah 12:10)


"Ask Me to know My broken heart for My Son!
Ask Me to know My love for My Son!
Ask and I will pour out My heart to you,
and though you will mourn with Me,
My tears will wash yours away
and will cleanse you and make you radiant."

*****

Art: "Understanding"

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Called to the Desert

"Called to the Desert"

"I have led you to the 'desert' for reasons you cannot yet understand,
and to bring greater fruit than could come if you were anywhere else.

"Look to Me! Look to Me!
Find your fulfillment in Me,
instead of in producing fruit for Me.

"Do not turn aside from My call to go through the desert;
in your desperation for relief from dryness,
do not chase after mirages or puddles of water.

"I will lead you to streams of living water if you trust Me.
You cannot see the way this will happen, for many 'mountains' block your view.
But I will take you through the mountains.

"Trust Me and lean on Me."

*****

Art link: "Trust Me"

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

'Born This Way'



"Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind."
(from John 9)


"I am the One who loves you fully.
I love you just as you are,
and I love you so much that I ask you to let Me heal you.
I love you too much to leave you hurt, wounded, conflicted and confused.

"I know you say that you 'know who you are,'
but I am your Father:
I knew you before you were born,
and I am He who formed you in the womb.

"My child, you were born into a fallen creation,
and all of creation groans for redemption.
You, too, are groaning for redemption,
though maybe you don't acknowledge it.

"I am He who redeems,
and I am He who makes you into a new creation.
I will heal your heart and make it new.
Will you trust Me with your heart?"

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To the Church:

"But who has judged the hearts of homosexuals
and wounded them more than any other people?
It is you, My church!

"Have you cared about their hearts
or only about changing them to produce good behavior?
Why do so few of them turn to Me for comfort?
Isn't it because they cannot see My love in you
in you who care about them only to change them?

"Did you receive My love by becoming righteous?
Was it your transformation, purification and perfection
that caused Me to love and accept you?

"I am He who identified with transgressors,
and I am He who commands you:
Love one another as I have loved you."

Birth Pains

"Birth Pains"

"A harvest is coming!
I am sending My children to those who will love them and care for them.
I am sending My children to those who will carry their burdens.

"I am sending you a harvest, My people,
but not as you have envisioned it:
I am sending you the broken, the wounded, the outcast and the poor.

"I am sending you spiritual children,
and they will come to you through the pains of labor—
what seems to be unbearable pain will lead to birth.

"Be encouraged, My people!
I will redeem all of your tears,
and you will hold My children in your arms!"

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Art link:
"Hear My Prayer"

Monday, February 06, 2012

"I Am Your House"

"I Am Your House"

"You are safe in Me.
I am your refuge.
I am your new home.

"You have been told that you were running away from Me
if you did not 'belong to a church,' pay tithe, or 'submit to authority.'
And if you questioned your spiritual parents,
you were told to stop, to conform, and just be good little boys and girls.
You were told that you were orphans without their parenting,
but I tell you that you are Mine.

"You belong to Me.
You are members of My house.
You are My children forever."

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Art: "At God's Home"

Saturday, February 04, 2012

'Don’t Hurt the Flesh!'

"Don’t Hurt the Flesh!"

"Words! Words! My people cannot hear My words
because of all the 'prophetic' words spoken in the flesh!
Many of My people have become so accustomed to the sound of the flesh
that the sound of My voice is unpleasant to them!
They learn to judge by how 'positive' a word sounds to them!

"I do not speak to tickle your ears.
I do not tell you of things to come
in order to put you in awe of 'the prophetic.'
I give prophecy to tell you of My Son!
I speak words to urge you to put your faith in the Word—My Son!

"The spirit of prophesy is the testimony of My Son,
not the testimony of 'the prophetic' or 'the power of prophesy.'
Woe to those who speak in My name when I have not spoken!
Woe to those who will not allow My Word to wash them!
Woe to those who protect their flesh from Me!"

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Art: "The Daily Dirt"

Friday, February 03, 2012

In Want

"In Want"

"I am waiting for sympathy in My house!
I am begging for My people to stop and listen to Me,
know the burden of My heart
and offer to meet the needs I share.

"Many of My people think that they already know what I want.
Many believe that I want their things
some time, some money, some actions,
or some other 'change' they can spare.

"But I am not asking for your things—
I am asking for you!
Give Me your heart!
And give Me your ear,
so I may share My heart with you."

*****

Art: "Waiting For Sympathy"

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Buying and Selling

"Buying and Selling"

"As it was in the days of Martin Luther, so it is today:
Indulgences are being sold in the church—
My divine favor, protection and prosperity are purchasable
by giving votes to politcal parties, platforms and politicians!

"Who will stand up and protest that the gospel of My Son
has been traded for political power and prosperity?
Who will cry out to My people about their bondage
so that they might become free in Me?"

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Art link: "Re-Formation"