I am always impressed by evil masterminds who want to take over the world in books and movies when they plot and plant and wait and develop and in 40 years have created the machine and evil manpower to (they hope) make their plan work.
The patience, the foresight, the design, the recruitment, all of it seems to be impossibly out of reach in reality, but people really do make it work. The slow changes made by evil influences on the culture of the United States have been almost unnoticeable as they have advanced. When you look back 30 years, it is astonishing to see what depth and distance has been gained against the Kingdom by patient ungodly forces.
Put the dynamic to work in your life. Do you want to be able to play piano, or speak Arabic, or cook better than Wolfgang Puck? Imagine that you really are going to live a long time. Add up 10 minutes a day for 10 years. You don’t have to be able to devote 10 hours a day to a project of improving your skills in order to actually improve your skills.
Decide to gain some skill that you wish you had already gained. DECIDE.
Then, find a course that you really can take at your own pace. Make that pace be 10 minutes a day. Do not quit. 10 minutes a day for 10 years and you should be able to design rockets! In 5 years, you should be able to play guitar, or paint what you imagine, or build websites, or bake crème brûlée that makes people cry.
Decide today. In 5 years, show me what you can do!
Unity is raw power. It doesn’t resist being used for good or for evil. Electricity isn’t particular about how you use it either.
Unity empowers people who are like each other with greater strength than they have individually. Unity that includes agreement with an unclean spirit gives that spirit power. Then, the spirit can draw more people into the agreement, and they can keep adding strength until they together give the unclean spirit power to rule over a town or a city or a nation.
The power that is gained when similar people unite is greater than the sum of their strengths. It is multiplied, not just added. It is supernatural, so it affects the realm of the spirit, too.
The greatest power unity can offer, though, is when dissimilar people unite. When enough people of different races unite in an area, they can displace racism’s power if they want to confront it. When people of different religions unite they can overpower truth if they want to confront it.
Of the types of dissimilarities that can unite, the most powerful combination is when believers who have different Spiritual gifts, and different ministries from similar gifts, unite.
When pastors trust prophets, and evangelists trust pastors, and so forth, and bless each others’ perspectives and gifts, they can colonize the earth with the power and culture of heaven. They can overpower darkness if they want to confront it.
I just buried the body of the fiercest dog yet born.
My favorite dog ever.
Yin and Yang are structures ancient Chinese philosophy offered to explain or identify balance. Yin is dark and passive. Yang is bright and aggressive. Yin is female, Yang is male.
Generally, they are presented as balancing or completing each other, not competing. Represented as a circle with a white drop opposing a black drop, there is a black dot in the white drop, and vice versa. The balance includes the concept that there is a little of the opposite thing in everything, which is not true.
Balance in the Kingdom of God is frequently manifest in mysteries. Things that are basic truths in the Kingdom are senseless to the world. Some don’t even make sense to us on days.
The destroyer is sometimes sent to be my trainer. The lion and the bear were sent to prepare David for Goliath. Some education in God’s plan just teaches us how to learn or listen.
Waiting for assignments to make sense or look successful can be a costly mistake. Not being quickly obedient could have cost Nehemiah or Gideon the nation.
A murder worked salvation in the earth. The holiest Spirit in all of creation wants fellowship with us. Leaders must be servants. My passion to serve the King by sparing lives from hell is balanced by my patience to see His will done His way no matter how long it takes.
Pray that you will learn to hear and trust His voice. Balance in the Kingdom is obedience.
In chapter 6 of his letter to the believers in Ephesus, Paul commended them to make war properly with their enemies, by first knowing who the enemies were, and then knowing how to arm themselves with the mighty power of God Himself.
You know the armor parts – helmet, shield, breastplate & the rest. Verse 18, however, is also part of the instruction: “Pray in the Spirit…”
Paul used the phrase, “walk in the Spirit” several times in his letters. It makes sense: do what you do under the influence and leadership of the Holy Spirit. “Pray in the Spirit” means the same thing, only with regard to prayer, not walking.
The only influential Scripture that can help explain it is the similar phrase related to walking. Nothing in Ephesians 6 indicates anything different from that meaning. So, to impose on “pray in the Spirit” the idea that it means, “pray in tongues,” or “pray with your spirit” is inappropriate.
Paul wrote that we can speak, pray and sing with our spirit or with our understanding (1 Corinthians 14:15). I could be praying in English and be praying what the Spirit guides me to pray, and I am praying in the Spirit. I could be praying in tongues, not knowing what I am praying, but being led by the Spirit to pray what sounds come out of my spirit, and be praying in the Spirit. I could be praying with my mind or my spirit, in English or in tongues, and be so carnally minded that I am not at all praying in Him.
Galatians 5:16-6:1 (doing things in the Spirit)
Brace up for the shortest word ever out of Douglas Thomas (Mr Amplified Version of everything ).
Wherever you are having the most trouble in your life – the most discouragement, the greatest fear or worst disappointment, Yahweh is at work.
There, He wants to heal you or free you or change you or empower you. You have to be born again to see the Kingdom. Then you have to look.
He loves it when you ask for clues and help, too. Look around. Ask.
It is a very valuable blessing to see things that you say or do bear fruit in others’ lives. As you bear the fruit of the Spirit to anoint your work, people flourish at times because they were with Him in you.
There are other times though, when, because you have been bearing fruit well, the Keeper of the King’s Garden prunes you. Suddenly you cannot even bear leaves, and limbs are gone, so you are quite fruitless as far as blessing others is concerned.
It is a short step to become fruitless with regard to the Holy Spirit, too. Especially if someone (human, and/or demon) is accusing you of having done something wrong. Job’s friends didn’t even consider that he might be receiving an opportunity from Yahweh to give Him glory by facing a trial well. If you stop bearing the fruit of the Spirit, that is not because He pruned you.
Like everything else that happens, when you don’t feel fruitful, ask the Spirit of Jesus what He is doing. Ask Him how to co-operate with Him in a way that makes His work easier and faster. You need more fruit of Him than usual. More faith. More agape. More goodness.
When we learn to value what He values and disregard what He ignores, we will find it productive to respond to trials and tests and challenges with the fruit of Him that is joy. Joy will lead us to patience. When we have given patience full freedom to do her work in us, we will be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Count on it.
Learning to make good decisions happens in a process that includes learning to discern the direction and instruction of the Spirit of God (including what He speaks through other believers), learning to reject the noise your flesh never stops making, learning to reject the deception that unclean spirits never stop attempting (including what they speak through other believers ), and – most important of all – learning from mistakes you make in each of those areas.
This is also true of people you are mentoring. So plan to bear much Spirit fruit, clean up many messes, and offer much courage.
And pray a lot.
The references here are chapter and verse from the revelation of Jesus that John experienced:
One day, Jesus will sit on a throne for judgement of humanity. The awe of His might and glory as He sits for the first time as a Judge will be so terror inspiring that heaven and earth will try to get away (20:11). Every human will be judged for what they did in the earth (20:12,13). That is the first judgement.
The second judgement is according to the Book of Life (20:12-15). After every human is judged regarding their work and behavior while alive, their names are searched for in the Book of Life. If it isn’t found there, they are thrown in the lake of fire, where the beast, the false prophet, Lucifer, death and the grave have been thrown already.
These decisions are made based on two categories of participation in the Lord’s work in the earth: the Church and the Kingdom. Family members’ names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Obedience to the co-mission given to each individual by the King is the point of judgement regarding works and behavior.
So – get people saved by faith in Jesus’ sacrifice, and teach them to obey Him and become His disciples.
Religion is a product of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
In order to practice religion properly, you have to know the rules. What is right and wrong – good and evil. The arguments religious people get into are always about information, including the rules.
Religion is a foundational part of every culture. Every human is religious about something until freed from it by the Spirit of Jesus. Even barbaric atheists are religious about their practices in some part of their lives.
Religion that Jesus values is being religious about taking care of orphans & widows & strangers. Feel free to be annoyingly religious in those areas!