Category Archives: Discipleship

Soul Armor

Your soul can’t protect your soul.

You have to be strengthened by the Lord and His power. The enemies you need protection from are spirits. You are, too. His Spirit empowers your spirit to overcome those spirits.

Maybe the armor you need to put on is Him. He is the Truth, the Righteousness, the Covering. Your soul just needs to keep making the decision to allow Him to be your safe place. You can’t muster up enough strength to overpower the rulers and powers that are opposed to His work in the earth by being tough. You have to be in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:18).

You can’t even stop smoking tobacco without outside help. BUT –  you have Outside Help inside! Let Him fight for you and through you.

Your soul (mind, will, emotions) just harbors strongholds that give your enemies strength if you don’t submit it to the Spirit of God. Fear, bitterness, unforgiveness, pride, addictions, and more – these are built by and in your soul, and will prevent you from victory by being armor that is against the Spirit of Jesus working to change and use and protect you!

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind, and be empowered to both effective offense and defense by the Spirit of God in you and on you. Stand – by His strength and His wisdom and His righteousness.

Spiritual Sowing

Galatians 6:7-10 (NKJV)                                                                                                Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

Life that never stops is a valuable harvest. What do I sow to the Spirit in order to reap nonstop Life? Worship? Service to the people of Jesus? Feeding the hungry? Clothing the naked?

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

You need nonstop Life to have the strength to have serious sowing to the Spirit. You need faith and patience from the Spirit to endure til the harvest.

What do you bury in Him with no expectation of seeing again, so that something multiplied in value appears to you later? Is your seed different from mine?

Ask Him what to plant. Ask Him when to harvest. Sow generously.

What Just Happened

What just happened is not NEARLY as important as what happens NEXT!

No matter what just happened, whether it was the biggest mistake you have ever dreamed of making, or the grandest success, what happens next is always more important.

If you made a mistake, and what happens next is not an educational experience that changes your course, then the mistake has changed your course. If you were a genius, and accomplished the greatest thing ever done by man or woman, and what happens next doesn’t build on the astonishing foundation, you have impacted history, but not the future.

In EVERY situation, no matter what just happened, ask the Spirit Who spoke the stars what to do next. His faith, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, wisdom filled idea on how to respond to the failure or success will transform it into an opportunity every time.

Always seek His guidance to empower you with what is next. That will set you up for success in what is after that.


Our God is holding us responsible for administrating His work of reconciliation in the earth
Matthew 18:21-35

God has made it possible for us to forgive by paying for our sins against each other with the blood Jesus shed on the cross
Ephesians 4:31-32

When we begin the process of forgiving, we will be in danger of being deceived into thinking several things that are not true:
*    * When we have to forgive a person more than once for the same event, we cannot be deceived into thinking that we didn’t really forgive the person the first time.
*    * When we still experience pain over an issue we cannot be deceived into thinking that we have not forgiven them yet. Every time I think about a painful event and the pain recurs I must go through the process again of repenting for wanting them to suffer for their error, then ask the Holy Spirit to empower me to respond to the event with His fruit. When I let Him love them through me I will administer His grace to them from the power of the cross.
*    * When our first response to a new sin is not automatically forgiveness, but our eventual response is forgiveness, we need to be encouraged that we are maturing. Maturity is measurable by our proneness to respond to a situation empowered by the fruit of God’s Spirit. At some point I will become mature enough to forgive more easily, but greater tests of our patience or kindness or peace or love will always come, to take us into a greater opportunity for growth and maturity.

When someone has sinned against me, I am in the same position of power that Jesus was in on the cross to intercede for them. Because He had been sinned against, He had authority to forgive. When someone sins against me, and I respond with loving intercession, my God loves it and gives me the blessing I am asking for them.

Under Good Teaching

This is a long post. What you see here is an introduction. If it seems interesting, read the rest of the article at the link at the end of the post.

I was tormented by the Holy Spirit with a phrase for about 4 years. I heard someone say it, but could not believe it. I had been taught that speaking in absolutes was not wise unless referring to Jesus. The phrase was, “Under good teaching, you may learn a lot, but you won’t grow a lot.”

How could it be true that it was not possible to grow in some environment, especially one where there was good teaching? No. It was an easy to assess situation.

Months later, the phrase came back into my mind, even though I was not wondering if it was true, nor was I considering the subject that caused me to hear it the first time. I found myself passing back through the same process of deciding that it could not be true, wondering why I was doing so. I was quite convinced, so why was I wondering?

Again and again for years I heard the phrase in my mind. It no longer sounded like it was spoken by the first voice I heard say it. Now it was sounding like the voice I attribute to the Spirit of God when I believe that I am hearing Him. Becoming convinced that it might be the Lord trying to make me able to believe it, I considered again and again the possibility of it being true. No, it was too absolute. How could it not be possible? Maybe not automatic, maybe not likely, but not possible? No.

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How Will They Know You

Acts 19
Ephesians 6:10-20

*   Do the people who know us best identify us more by our toys or our weapons?

*   What habits or attitudes do they most likely remember us by?

*   Is our initial view of hard situations in our lives that they are from merely physical sources?
.        Sickness
.        Accidents
.        Conflicts with other people
.                At home
.               At work
.                In Church
.                On the highway

*   What are your strategies for dealing with difficulties in these different areas?

Creating Space

Faith is the substance of things hoped for – the evidence of things not seen. It is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. It is a confidence of things hoped for, a conviction of matters not seen.

Three English translations there of Hebrews 11:1

Faith creates a space into which what we are expecting can appear. Some things will not appear if we have not created the opening that allows it. Some things will be left undone or left in place that should be broken down if we do not act or stand in faith.

Read the rest of Hebrews 11 with a fresh expectation that something could be hidden there that explains how faith does what it does. Don’t get distracted by the names or the stories, but be focused on the link that faith was in each example between hearing a word in Egypt and moving into a house you didn’t build in Palestine.

Faith toward people who have failed creates a space into which they can move toward success. Faith toward an enemy can create a space into which your God can become a strong tower, into which you can safely run.

Winning and succeeding and obtaining are not as important as standing, it seems. After all things, stand. Faith creates a space into which you can stand and withstand and refuse to give up.

Stand, therefore.

Choose LIFE

Genesis 2:9,16&17

Yahweh made a fenced-in place and grew a garden in it. He put two important trees in the middle of it. One was the tree of Life, and the other was the tree of Death.

He called the tree of Death the “tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.” He told Adam not to eat the fruit on it, but to eat anything else he wanted to in the garden, including the tree of Life. The reason He gave Adam for not eating the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was that it would kill him. So, clearly, it was the tree of Death.

God didn’t call it the tree of Death, though. I believe He wanted to make a clear point of the fact that the knowledge of good that came from that source was as deadly as the knowledge of evil. That knowledge didn’t come from Yahweh. It came from the earth.

The laws men write all disagree with each other. Even Christians cannot even come to agreement on what is right and wrong. We prefer religion and rules to love and a Ruler. All the laws in the Bible and all the prophetic revelation can be summed up in, “Love God with all you are and all you have, and love your neighbor like you love yourself.”

As long as I am arguing with others about what is right and wrong and good and evil based on each of our sets of rules and laws, all I am bringing into the earth is death. When I graduate to seeking the Spirit to interpret the Bible and my circumstances through the filter of righteousness, I will begin to pour Life into the earth instead.

Right and wrong and good and evil are all the Pharisees could extract from the Scriptures, and did a poor job even at that. Jesus, the Word of God, was not recognizable to them because they would not listen to the Spirit as He offered to interpret the Scriptures to them.

The Bible is not a book of rules. It is revelation of a Ruler. When we receive Him as King and His Spirit as Lord, He can lead us into righteousness whether we have a Bible to read or not. We do have a Bible, so add it to what the Spirit wants to be in you, don’t discard or discount it. Seek His interpretation of the revelation in it.

Believers did not have a New Testament for a few hundred years, and they did better on days that we have done with it. They had the Spirit of the Living God speaking in and to and through them. You can too.

Choose Life. Don’t settle for right and wrong, and good and evil. Seek His Kingdom and His righteousness.

Asking Questions

Just asking the right questions is not always enough. Sometimes, they need to be asked the right way.

“How can this be?”

Zechariah asked that question when a messenger from Yahweh informed him that he would have a son supernaturally after a very long time of marriage. His wife Elizabeth had never been able to become pregnant, and they were both old. He responded to the angel, “How can this be?” (Luke 1:5-25)

Mary asked that same question when the same messenger from Yahweh informed her that she would have a son supernaturally at a very young age and before having had sex with any man. She was betrothed, or promised, to Joseph, which in practical terms meant that they were in the first stage of being married. They were not at the stage of the process of marriage at which they had lived or slept together, and therefore, she responded to the
angel, “How can this be?” (Luke 1:26-38)

When Zechariah asked the question, the response of the messenger implies that he was questioning the possibility of the prophecy being true. When Mary asked the question, the messenger’s response implies that she was seeking information about how it was going to happen. He replied by giving her the steps Yahweh’s Spirit would take to bring it about, answering her with “Here’s how:”

That’s the way we should ask Jesus, “Be perfect?! How can we do that?!” And maybe, the answer we get will be like the one Mary got. “Here’s how…”

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Dark Friday (Black Friday)

Friday is dark enough just having been named after a demon. English pagan goddess “Frige” is the source of “Fri-day” and the matching Roman demon is Venus, hence “viernes” is the Spanish name for the same day. Having all the fake deals hype on black friday to launch the sales frenzy as people started to check names off their gift lists made yesterday a bit darker for me.

The Roman church needed a big holy day to associate with the importance level of winter solstice and chose a mass dedicated to the birth of Messiah. Christ mass. 12 days of the solstice/Christ mass feast and then they added “Epiphany.” “Light,” as in – Light has shone on the Gentiles by reaching the magi. Debatably, Jesus was not born at this time of the year, but at least they got Epiphany correct as a contrast, by celebrating the two events separately.
January 6 is Epiphany – the day the Roman church made a mass to celebrate the eventual arrival of the magi. The Scripture text describing their arrival made it clear that they found Jesus, Mary & Joseph living in a house by the time they came. Herod made his decision about what age male children to massacre based on the timing that the magi had first seen his star. Maybe as much as 2 years since Jesus’ birth, Herod thought.

So – while being annoyed by the mamonism yesterday, the thought came to me that we should celebrate at Ephiphany mass instead of Christ mass. Everything will be marked down to the regular price the day after the Christ mass (even better than yesterday!), so we could either save money or give twice as much stuff away for the same price.

People will ask what we are doing, and we can use the opportunity to point out to them that we took the magi out of the manger scene for accuracy, and wanted to celebrate with the wizards this year instead of the shepherds.

Lance Wallnau just told me that I am part of “the Resistance,” and it got me in a mood! Ha.