Can You Hear God’s Voice?

Posted: September 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

No matter where you are in this world today, there are a multitude of voices clamoring and competing for your attention. Some of them deserve your attention because what they have to offer is valid and it will protect you and your loved ones. It may also provide wise and sound advice for living a quality life.

However, there is one person who is more important for us to listen to than any other human being on earth.

Have you ever heard someone say they “heard from God” about a particular matter? Perhaps you heard someone say “God prompted me” to do this or that thing. Is it really possible to hear from God?

It is not only possible, but it’s vitally important in these last days that we understand how to hear from God and believe that He wants us to hear from Him. Once we understand how to recognize His voice, the next step is to trust and obey what we hear.

Why Do You Need to Hear God’s Voice?

Because you are  not God, therefore you do not have all the answers to life that you need.

There is no one alive right now that can afford to be without wisdom, knowledge, and understanding that is far greater than what each of us possesses. We are living in perilous times and we must have access on a regular basis to someone who has all the answers to our questions as well as the difficult answers for life.

In addition, we desperately need a vital, daily connection with someone who can and will give us the direction we need in order to safely navigate virtual mine-fields of life.

Let’s imagine that you’re working on your finances, your car, your job, or any number of other difficult tasks and you run into a problem. You’ve tried everything that you can possibly think of.

You’ve talked to people with more experience than you, you’ve researched answers online and more, but you’re stuck and you have to have an answer…now! 

This is the time to “hear God’s voice!”

How To Hear God’s Voice?

In order to hear God’s voice, a person MUST first believe that he or she can hear His voice.

We as human beings were created in God’s image (whether you can accept this as truth or not, Genesis 1:27). This does not mean we were made to “look like Him”. But it does mean we were created with some of His attributes. He created us with the potential of thinking and acting like Him.

He actually made us with an eternal spirit that will never die. And once we surrender to Him as Lord of our life and invite Him into our hearts to live permanently and take up residence there, we become born again. The original Greek language implies that when we accept Jesus or God as Lord, we become born from above.

It is my conviction that since we were created in God’s image from the beginning, we can still hear His voice even before salvation. Otherwise we could not hear Him calling or drawing us to Himself for the purpose of salvation (see John 6:44).

However, in order to think, act, and do business for Him as He would if He were here, we MUST be born again. That’s how His Holy Spirit takes up residence in our lives and that’s how we can develop the sensitivity to hear His voice when He whispers to us; even in a noisy crowd. Ephesians 3:16 in the Amplified translation says that the Holy Spirit Himself indwells our innermost being and personality with “mighty power.” The word “mighty” here in the original Greek language is dunamis, which means miracle working power.

What Does His Voice Sound Like?

Unless you’ve heard God’s voice audibly, you may not recognize it until you’ve spent uninterrupted quiet time in God’s word or at least have spent time talking to someone whom you trust with experience in this specific area. Recognizing God’s subtle, gentle voice was mysterious for me at times and almost frustrating until the Lord used someone to “settle it” once and for all for me.

I’ve heard testimonies from people as I’m sure you have, who have heard God’s audible voice at times, but that has never happened to me yet. However, I am totally open to it and will receive it if He chooses to speak to me that way.

Many years ago God used a precious spirit-filled woman to settle this issue for me. She was explaining that the voice of God’s Holy Spirit will never contradict His word or His principles of truth.

As a matter of fact, John 16:13 says that the Holy Spirit will not speak on His own authority. The implication is that the Holy Spirit will only speak what He hears coming from the Father and/or the Son. This is a fail-safe mechanism against heresy and deception, but we must be sensitive and our motives must be pure. In order to His voice, we MUST know the Word so that we can tell the difference between truth and lies from the enemy when they come. And make no mistake, they will come.

The lady I mentioned above said that God’s voice “sounds like your voice” in your spirit. He could speak with the voice of thunder or with the voice of many waters as Revelation 14:2 describes. But most of the time, my personal experience is that He “sounds like” my voice and it’s very quiet and peaceful.

I believe that is so because He lives in my human spirit. His thoughts and promptings are translated into thoughts or impressions of emotion, even mental pictures at times that line up with my personality, my mannerisms and the way I’m wired down to the core values and desires of my heart.

To date, when I’ve measured what I’m hearing against God’s word, if it lines up with His word and I obey what I’ve heard, there is always peace that accompanies and good results always follow. If what I hear does not line up with God’s word, I know it’s not Him and I will not follow it.

This is another example of how critically important it is to know God’s word well. Then you will not be deceived and led in the wrong direction.

I pray very sincerely that this article will bless you, encourage you, and challenge you to develop a more sensitive ear to the Holy Spirit and a hearing ear that can detect the slightest whisper and the faintest rustling of Holy Spirit’s wind.

Serving You Truth,

Dennis

 

 

Divine Frustration

Posted: August 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

Can you remember a time when you wanted to accomplish something so much, something you believe was a sincere passion of your heart?! You believed at a gut-level that the achievement of this thing or experience would not only make you a better person, it would potentially allow you to provide better for yourself and your family, and it would also allow you to serve others and make their lives much easier?

Have you experienced the emotion of frustration as a result of not being able to pursue a particular goal that you really believed was possible? Something that you could “actually see” with the eye of faith and you knew it was right in your heart to pursue?

Webster’s defines the word frustration in several interesting ways.

  1. A feeling of anger or annoyance caused by being unable to do something.
  2. The act of preventing the success of something.
  3. A deep chronic sense or state of insecurity and dissatisfaction arising from unresolved problems or unfulfilled needs and dreams (emphasis mine).

Pay Attention to Frustration

In situations where relational conflicts are involved, or issues that may cause anxiety and fear to come to the surface etc, it’s very beneficial to have enough self-discipline to keep your emotions reigned in.

There are other emotions (while still keeping them in check) that we should pay particular attention to such as anger or frustration. Emotions were given to us at birth to be able to enjoy the pleasant aspects of life, warn of us of danger, and so on. On the flip side, negative emotions can be and are great teachers if we know enough to pay attention to them.

As I mentioned earlier, the emotion of frustration lets us know when something specific is wrong. If you’ve been trying to succeed at something for an extended period of time, chances are that you’ve already experienced the emotion of frustration, or will very soon.

Let Frustration Be Your Compass

Frustration can be a great tool for determining direction in life, or specifically a career, much like a compass directs a hiker or outdoors man when he’s in unfamiliar territory.

For example: you may be in a particular position with an organization and you’re very efficient and productive at what you do. And, the company takes good care of you and provides excellent benefits for you and your family. If you are, that’s great! But being comfortable and secure is highly overrated.

Are you truly happy and fulfilled? Do you believe you’re following the passion of your heart? Do you feel like your natural gifts and talents are being utilized in the best possible way? If not, how does that make you feel? Frustrated perhaps?!!

That can be a good thing if you know in your heart you’re giving that company your very best every day when you come to work. If not, then you may need to check your heart or your attitude.

Psalms 37:4 in the Amplified Bible says: Delight yourself also in the Lord and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. The word “delight” here means to keep your heart soft, pliable, and teachable. When you do that consistently, God will plant His desires in your heart that will perfectly fit the gifts and talents He’s given you at birth. And you can be sure that those desires will bring maximum contentment and fulfillment.

Psalms 37:5 in the same translation says, Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him and He will bring it to pass (amplification excluded).

You’ll Never Be Happy Until…

…you’re pursuing what you were created for.

If you’re gifted in a particular way that you have not pursued yet, but you know what your gifts are, then you need to make some specific effort toward recognizing, developing, and exercising those gifts.

It may not be something that will eventually turn into a career for you; but it just might be! It could be something as simple as creating an object with your hands that can be turned into a gift or service that would bring someone great comfort, joy, and blessing to someone. It could be that you have an usual and canny ability to fix things like cars, people’s houses, or any number of things.

However, it’s very possible that someone reading this article has a particular gift or talent that could be in an infant stage just waiting to be birthed. When that happens, it could mature into a creative, cutting-edge idea for a product or service oriented company that could potentially employ dozens or hundreds of people that would make this world a better place.

Regardless of what your gift or talent is, the world around you and the people around you need what you have and who you are. You see, regardless of what you believe, there is an “all-wise” creator of human beings and He has gifted every person on the face of the earth with particular gifts and talents. And those gifts will, and do reflect glory and honor back to Him first of all.

And secondly, many people’s gifts and talents can be, have been, and are being sharpened, honed, and developed into careers that make the possessor of that gift immensely happy, content, fulfilled, and prosperous when they discover what they’ve been created for.

Don’t stay frustrated! Let it challenge you to find out who you and what you were created for. And don’t buy into the lie that you are too old, too young, too uneducated, or too anything. Where there is the will, there is a way.

If you’re a Christian, I believe this post could potentially provide some much-needed “revelation” that you may have been searching for.

If you’ve been alive for even a handful of years, you’ve probably had your share or perhaps more than your share of life’s disappointments. ­­­­­

Am I right? ­­­­

The times we’re living in offer us a continuous supply of difficult and sometimes overwhelming challenges to face and overcome. And some seem to be insurmountable and unending at times.

Don’t they?

Whether you realize it or not, some of those “challenges” you’ve been experiencing may not have been the normal, everyday challenges that come with life.

They could have been a specific strategy of your enemy, satan, sent out against you to get you off course so that you cannot fulfill the purpose God has planned for you.

They could have been sent to distract you, frustrate you, get you to question God in some way or for a host of other reasons. But you can be assured of this one thing, nothing from the devil is ever good!

Your Enemy’s Primary Purpose

I titled this post as I did, because, while we as Christians never want to become devil conscious, it’s equally foolish to ignore the truth that we have a very real enemy that comes only to steal, kill and destroy (see John 10:10).

According to a study done by the Barna Group in April of 2009, 40% of Christians polled at that time did not believe there is a “literal devil” or satan.  And polls have shown that those who do agree he is real, don’t really see him as a legitimate threat. They think he’s more like an evil Halloween character or symbol.

It goes without saying, that considering the present spiritual and moral state of this nation, that percentage above has probably increased. And that is why so many people are being deceived at an alarming rate.

To be ignorant of your enemy in the natural or spiritual realm is very foolish! Make no mistake, satan is persistent, cunning, knowledgeable and focused on your demise in any way he can accomplish it.

However, this post is in no way intended to imply that we are without hope or that somehow satan and his minions have gotten the upper hand with God.

Hardly!

One breath from God and satan is ashes!

What am I hoping to do in this post is two-fold.

  1. Expose the enemy’s attacks in your life.
  2. And, by doing so, offer you hope to ward off future attacks.

Are You Under Attack?

If you’re a Christian and truly love God with your whole heart and want to serve Him, you have a spiritual enemy who is fully intent on distracting you by any means necessary so that you can’t fulfill your God-given purpose.

Do not be misled into thinking that you must be a pastor, a missionary, or hold some other role of spiritual leadership to qualify for an attack from your enemy.

If you’ve done anything for God’s kingdom with the right heart, you’ve no doubt experienced the resistance of satan or one of his demons at one time or another.

What I want to focus on now are the different manifestations or things that can occur in your life, letting you know that you may be under attack from your enemy.

How He Attacks Us

I’m sure there are many ways we experience spiritual attacks of satan that we are probably not aware of yet. But I’m going to target eight specific ones that I have been experiencing in my personal life and am in the process of resisting and overcoming with the help of Holy Spirit.

  1. Lack of spiritual passion: the enemy simply distracts you with other worldly interests or negative, difficult circumstances, or painful physical issues for long periods of time until it seems to neutralize your will to resist him. He simply steals your tenacity and righteous anger against sin.
  2. Frustration: you began to get frustrated easily with daily responsibilities that you normally perform effortlessly, even to the point of becoming anxious and agitated.
  3. Confusion about your purpose: long-term spiritual attacks bring confusion about your God-given purpose and destiny. And you began to be more susceptible to doubt and double-mindedness.
  4. You begin losing Holy Spirit peace: The enemy bombards you with temptations, cares, mental fatigue and exhaustion. This can ultimately rob your peace that passes all understanding.
  5. Unusually tired and sluggish: This can be physical, but many times it is spiritual because our bodies, minds and spirits are so closely woven together.
  6. Strong urge to quit your assignment: Once again, long-term attacks can really wear on you mentally, physically and spiritually. The devil hates for us to pursue God’s purpose for our lives, then he can be successful in bringing disappointment and more frustration to us.
  7. Drawn back to old bondages ( a big one): Long spiritual battles can wear you down to the point where your will becomes so neutralized that it becomes extremely difficult to resist temptations to bondages you used to be involved in but were completely delivered from.
  8. It’s critically important with this step that you have an accountability partner “if” you’ve had a previous problem with a stronghold or addiction.
  9. Your enemy would love to pull you back in so that he can put guilt and condemnation on you.
  10. And lastly, you begin to question a “once clear call: after a serious long-standing battle, your enemy has much greater success in presenting “valid reasons” for you to just give up and throw in the towel. You seriously question your direction, purpose and assignment that once was “crystal clear” to you. It woke you up in the morning, accompanied you through the day and went to bed with you at night. The promise “had” you.
  11. You now question very legitimate and accurate prophetic words that were spoken over you at one time.
  12. And if the attack is serious enough, you may even begin to contemplate sinful acts that you used to engage in, and now ignore the serious nature of.

Keys to Freedom

  1. Renew your mind with God’s word: keep reading and studying the bible to be able the hear Holy Spirit’s voice clearly. Ask God for wisdom and direction for His strategy to victory for you.
  2. Breakthrough to victory by faith: Heb. 11:1 says faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen. In Eph. 6:16, The Passion Translation says, “In every battle, take faith as your wrap-around shield, for it is able to extinguish the blazing arrows coming at you from the Evil One.”
  3. Breakthrough by prayer and fasting: In Mark 9:29, Jesus told his disciples that the kind of demon they encountered in the epileptic boy was only driven out by prayer and fasting. Jesus lived a lifestyle of fasting and it showed. Some attacks will only be overcome by prayer and fasting. It purifies our heart and crucifies our flesh, making us much more dependent on God.
  4. Breakthrough with resistance: The bibles says in James 4:7 to submit yourself to God, resist the devil, and he WILL flee. It may not be immediately, but God’s word is true and will not return void, it will come to pass as He has declared it will.
  5. And lastly, sharpen your discernment: Memorize and meditate on Hebrews 5:14. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil (NKJV).

You can grow in spiritual discernment to the point that you can actually use your physical and spiritual senses to detect smells, temperature and other things in the spiritual atmosphere. God made us that way so that He can always lead us in triumph.

 

Disclaimer: I listed eight types of attacks, but the formatting did not allow me to put them in numerical order so I bolded them instead.

 

Serving You Truth,

Dennis

http://www.againthestatusquo.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

A Spirit of Excellence!

Posted: February 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

Dreams come to pass ONLY through persistence, determination, believing, acting upon, stretching and not giving up! If you desire MUCH, naturally MUCH is required of you.

This will not be an “overnight” sensational thing. This is about involving My kingdom in your thinking, behaving, your finances, your desires, your secret passions, the fulfillment of your dreams, your service to Me and your family and more.

It’s about renewing your mind to the truth that I am ALWAYS watching you because EVERYTHING is kingdom related. Why? Because you’re My child and your destiny is My kingdom domain for all eternity.

I expect much from My children and rightly so because all of you are indwelt with a “Spirit of Excellence.” The world actually knows very little about excellence. Many of the wealthy operate in and demand excellence in their lives, but it’s all surface and carnal. It’s not wrong, but it is surface and carnal, or human and fleshly.

True excellence can only come by way of My Spirit! I alone am the author of genuine excellence. And true heaven-born excellence can only be displayed properly by of one My children who have devoted themselves to the study, understanding and operation of this rare commodity called excellence.

You have many examples in the Old Testament and the new of men and women who operated with a Spirit of Excellence and they were placed in high positions of rule and authority by the kings and leaders of their day and they changed history for thousands of years.

Excellence is not an attitude of superiority, striving for perfection or looking down upon those who are less than you or have less than you. Excellence is simply having a heart’s desire to do the very best you have with what you’ve been given and knowing that you are accountable to Me and those in authority over you.

Excellence can and should be displayed in all you do, regardless of your position in life. It should be properly exhibited regardless of your financial status, your vocational position and level of authority in the work place, at home, or wherever you’re called to serve, whether anyone is watching or not.

When excellence is displayed with the right attitude and the right motives, you will benefit greatly in the long run and those in your realm of influence will always benefit as well. When excellence—My kind of excellence—becomes habitual in your life, the potential for you being placed in a position of leadership is great, if that is not already the case.

True excellence in leadership never has thoughts of “itself only!” True excellence in leadership ALWAYS “comes over” the one under its care in order to protect and it ALWAYS comes under to under-gird, nurture, steward, and release that person’s specific gift, talent and potential, even if that person under their leadership becomes greater in life than they are.

When leaders fully understand this biblical concept, not only will they succeed in all areas of their life but everyone under their authority will succeed within the boundaries and callings that I alone have established for them before time began.

Strive for excellence in all that you do and you will NEVER come to the end of your days having regrets.

Not everyone in this life will succeed at the same level because I have many different purposes for My creation that yet need to be accomplished. But it is My desire that every human being on the earth be allowed to understand, live by, and experience the rich rewards of living a life of excellence.

It is possible for everyone, but it is your choice.

Serving You Truth,

Dennis

 

 

Guarding Your Gates  

Posted: August 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

heavens-closed-ornate-gates-set-to-heaven-under-ethereal-light-cloudy-afterlife-34470455What came to your mind first when you read this title?

Perhaps you thought of protection for your family. Maybe you thought of something else like protecting your personal property or even your financial future. I’m sure some of you probably thought about your personal health or thought life. Any of those could have applied and certainly all of them are worthy of protection at different levels and different times.

However, what I’m talking about in this specific context is guarding your gates spiritually.

We are living in an incredibly evil time and if you haven’t noticed it you need to be aware because you and/or your family are in serious danger. I am not a proponent or promoter of fear. I hate it because the bible says fear is an evil spirit and it does not come from God.

Be Alert Spiritually

 I’m keenly aware of the day and age in which we’re living and I’m equally aware that many people don’t even believe that there is a devil, per se. Unfortunately, a recent poll taken by The Barna Group, a Christian polling firm in California, discovered that 60% of American Christians who were polled do not believe there is a devil or satan.

The bible says, “Keep your mind clear, and be alert. Your opponent the devil is prowling like a roaring lion as he looks for someone to devour” (GW translation). Satan has been around since before time began, he’s very sly and cunning and has many ways to deceive you. His ultimate goal is complete destruction of God’s creation.

However, he is invisible, very real and very intent on hurting you. If you’re not a Christian you have no ability to fight against him spiritually. You have no weapons against him. And if you’re a baby Christian you need to go to school fast and learn who you are in Christ, learn your authority over him and learn what weapons are yours.

We Don’t Have to Fear

 Once again, I want to be crystal clear. I am not promoting fear or any perverted idea that satan is bigger or more powerful than God. He’s not even equal to God in any area. He is so far below God’s strength, power and ability, that in comparison, he would be like a flea on an elephant’s butt.

God tells us in Luke 10:19, that if you’re a Christian, He has given us authority and power over satan and all his hosts, tricks, schemes or any other evil thing that will come against us. God never intended for us to be defeated by the same evil adversary that His precious Son defeated on the Cross of Calvary. Why would God let His son die a horrible, excruciating death to defeat every spiritual enemy of His chosen creation, then tell His son to give us His authority and expect us to be defeated by that same enemy. It’s not logical.

However, if we don’t use our authority against the devil, which is the word of God coming out of our mouths, meditating on the word, private and corporate worship, prayer, etc. we will become a meal for our enemies.

Born for These Days

 As I mentioned earlier we are living in very evil times. That should not be a surprise because Jesus told about this all through the gospels. And then other writers picked up on the same inspiration of the Holy Spirit in other books of the bible as well.

Jesus believed so much in who His Holy Spirit is in us that He knew He could trust us to live in these days. Acts 17:26 in the AMP version says, “And He made from one [common origin, one source, one blood] all nations of men to settle on the face of the earth, having definitely determined [their] allotted periods of time and the fixed boundaries of their habitation (their settlements, lands, and abodes).”

Many people don’t know Jesus, that’s why we must keep out hearts and lives pure and use different opportunities to “be Jesus” to people. That’s why I’m writing this tonight, because I care about you and others I don’t know yet. When you “feel” a particularly strong sense of compassion for someone, follow it. That’s the Holy Spirit highlighting that person “for you” and His anointing is on you for that particular contact. Jesus loves them.

He is Coming Very Soon

 Many of us have been expecting Jesus to come back for His church for decades. However the bible says that not even the Son of God knows that time, only the Father (see Mark 13:32). But it does say when you see the things happening that are happening on the earth today to…look up, your redemption (Jesus’ coming) draws nigh or close (Lu. 21:28).

We must keep our hearts pure and our minds clutter free of the things that will dull our spiritual perception so that we can sense the activity of the Holy Spirit…as well as the work of the evil one. You don’t want to be caught sleeping. Satan is much like a lion, he will sneak up on you while you’re asleep and then it’s too late.

If you don’t know Jesus as Savior and as Lord of your life, let Him in today. Many religious traditions suggest or imply that you need to clean yourself up to get ready for Jesus to accept you but that is a lie!! You can’t clean yourself up spiritually, only Jesus can. He is the way, the truth and the life. And when you meet Him who is the truth, His truth will make you free.

Contrary to many bible teachers who say different kinds of sin will send you to hell, that’s not correct. The bible says there is only one sin that will send you to hell or condemn you. That sin is not believing in the name of the only Son of God, Jesus Christ (John 3:17-18).

Simply say, “Jesus, I need you, I cannot make myself presentable enough for you. Please forgive me for not accepting You as Lord of my life and come into my heart. If you really mean it at a heart level He’ll be there before you end your prayer.

Please do this, do not blow this off. Things are going to get progressively darker but we can walk in light with clear bold and confident direction and when Jesus comes we’re outta here in a millisecond.

Serving You Truth,

Dennis

 

I intentionally refused to capitalize satan’s name for the expressed purpose of dishonoring him.

 

 

 

Have you ever been in desperate need for some serious answers for your life? Spiritual or otherwise? You went to someone you knew, someone you trusted because you thought they were a very “spiritual” person and would surely have the answers you needed. You may have said to yourself, “After all, this person goes to church all the time, they give their money to the church and they even keep the Ten Commandments and other rules.”

Instead of leaving with your need being met, you’re left with guilt, condemnation, and possibly a feeling of worthlessness. You may even have been told you had to clean up your act first. That’s what was implied to me at one time. Or perhaps you were given a list of rules that had to be strictly adhered to first and then maybe; God would be willing to move on your behalf. You may even have been told to go somewhere else because you don’t belong our group.

As a result, you came away deeply wounded—turned off on religion and the church in general. Now you want nothing to do with any church or the religious hypocrites that go there.

Because of this experience you now look at all “so-called Christians” through a magnifying glass and your whole perspective on life is contaminated. I don’t blame you at all for feeling and thinking that way, I was there myself almost forty years ago.

The Exclusive Religious Order

In Mark 3:1-6, once again Jesus confronted the hateful, manipulative attitudes of the religious order (the Pharisees) of His day as He’d done many times before.

This particular passage describes a scene in the synagogue where Jesus noticed a man with a paralyzed hand. Verse two says that the Pharisees were watching Jesus closely to see if He would heal this man on the Sabbath.

In the Greek language of this scripture, closely means they were watching Him scrupulously. In other words, they were watching Jesus very intently for the expressed purpose of entrapping Him for “breaking their rules”. This attitude says so much about these men, as well as the evil spirit that operates undetected and motivates most unbiblical religious acts, then and now.

In verse three in the NKJV of this passage, after Jesus spotted the man with the withered hand, He said, “Step forward!” This doesn’t mean just move ahead a little bit. Jesus called him out and away, from where he was sitting among the other men. He brought him into plain view on purpose “in front of” the very men who hated Him and would later have Him killed. Even if you don’t believe in Jesus or agree that He is God’s son, you have to admire and respect His courage, boldness, and fearlessness in the face of caustic and noxious religious hatred towards Him.

This is awesome because Jesus fully intended to offend their self-righteous, calloused minds to reveal the true condition of their hearts. And He will do that to us as well when necessary. However, He only does that because He is against anything that interferes with the unconditional love of God toward us.

These religious leaders could have cared less about this man with the withered hand that Jesus was about to heal. They were so full of themselves and their exalted opinions that most likely they only had their minds on one thing. Jesus was not afraid of them, nor was He going to be manipulated or controlled by them and they hated Him all the more for it.

Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand”, and when he did, it was immediately restored like new. Verse six says the Pharisees went out immediately and plotted how to destroy (kill) Jesus; and all because they could not put Jesus “in their little religious box!”

Influenced by the Demonic

The root of a religious spirit operating in someone is actually demonic in origin and its characteristics prove that to be true. Satan and his demons’ ultimate goal is to gain total control and manipulate their hosts at will, finally destroying an otherwise valuable life. This is why they try so hard not to be recognized and exposed. They work tirelessly to remain hidden through the use of lies and deception. Webster’s dictionary actually says that the word occult means to become hidden or shut off from view.

Many people under this influence probably don’t even realize it because it’s a very subtle, but effective type of deception. It makes people think their way of believing and walking out the bible in their denomination or particular persuasion is the only way it should be done. They may not ever admit to it intellectually or verbally but it’s implied many times without their knowledge that this message is being sent.

Remember, Satan and his demons love to influence through coercion, manipulation, and control. And they will get their way if they go unrecognized…even in God’s house, especially in God’s house! I personally believe that their most valuable targets are God’s children, His leaders and His house, especially if Christians are damaging his kingdom already. After all, do you remember the temptation in the wilderness? Thank God Jesus knew how to use the written word.

Punished Into Purity…

In many churches today as in days gone by, there is still a misunderstanding of grace, which is also part of the nature of our heavenly Father.

I was raised in a very harsh, legalistic, religious environment where it was ok for people that were unbelievers to come to church just as they were. In other words, if they smoked, drank, did drugs, lived together unmarried or anything else, they were more than welcomed to attend as long they wanted to. However, if they decided to accept Jesus as Savior, be born again, or however you want to refer to it, then things needed to change immediately from the church’s perspective.

The church members in charge of helping new converts would immediately begin a process of telling these new Christians how they needed to cut their hair if they were guys with long hair, they needed to quit smoking, quit drinking, quit partying, quit living together unmarried, start wearing different clothes, change your style of music…and the list goes on and on.

That is NOT grace!

It’s just another manifestation of a religious spirit that is full of rules and works that have to be performed after the person comes to the Lord. Again, without the knowledge of the person or the leadership that this kind of spirit is operating in, what is actually being implied is that the power and grace of Jesus was not enough to complete what Jesus did at Calvary. In other words, when Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished,” He was lying.

The implication is that the person who desires to accept Jesus as Savior must clean-up on the outside first and fulfill a list of rules before he is accepted. That may be true in some particular churches, but it’s not true according to the desire of Father God’s heart. It’s actually a well-crafted lie from Satan himself.

They have not understood that they are trying to do the work that ONLY the precious Holy Spirit can do in the heart of an individual. Only God through the Holy Spirit can and will draw someone to Himself and reveal their need of Him. Only He can change the desires of their heart when they cooperate with Him. He is patient and willing to wait to start changing their outside…when and if He wants to. He may be OK with exactly how they look at the time.

If we’re not sensitive to the Lord in this matter, a new believer can be turned away from God permanently because we’re trying to play Holy Ghost Jr.

Received by Love

Jesus, through the presence and influence of the Holy Spirit and by God’s specific direction, will draw men and women to Himself if He knows they will respond to Him. Once they accept Him, He will begin to gently and lovingly deal with them about changes that need to be made in their lives and He’ll do it in His timing if we’ll take our hands off the situation.

Only then should we be involved in helping to make changes in someone’s life, and only at the Lord’s direction. Our responsibility is to be sensitive to His leadership in what we are supposed to say to people, when we’re to say it, and when we’re to stop saying it.

God loves them more than we ever could and He knows them better than we ever will. That’s why He sent the most priceless gift to earth that He had—Jesus. Everyone one on this planet wants to be loved, respected, and treated with dignity and honor. And most people that are running from God or don’t know Him at all, would respond to a genuine act or word of unconditional love.

So let’s each do our part in the particular realm of influence the Lord has given us. If we do it with the right motive and the right spirit, we’ll be amazed at how God moves in situations.

Do you need healing in your body, mind, or emotions as a result of what we talked about today? Maybe it’s the result of the pressures of life in general or something that you’re not able to share with anyone. I encourage you to check out this link for the truth that will begin to make you whole and restore hope for a bright future, regardless of outside circumstances.

Serving You Truth,

Dennis

 

Enemy Propaganda

Posted: June 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

Have you ever been wounded emotionally by a lie that someone told about you?

Have you ever been hurt as the result of believing something for years that you thought was true, only to find out later on that it was a lie?

There are evil spirits which are alive and well on planet earth today. They are roaming about daily, (1 Pet. 5:8) whispering lies in people’s ears for the purpose of undermining the truth of God’s word that gets sown in our hearts. If these spirits succeed often enough, we as Christians will never experience victory or enjoy our lives.

Satan’s MO

In times past, when one faction wanted to confuse or deceive their enemy during times of war, they would circulate propaganda through different means in hopes of gaining an advantage so that they could ultimately destroy them.

Webster’s Dictionary says that propaganda is: information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to harm a person, group, movement, institution, or nation.

This is exactly what your arch enemy, satan, hopes to do to you. And if you don’t know God’s word, it’s much easier for him to accomplish this task of distraction, deception and finally destruction.

The reason we must know God’s word is because satan also knows God’s word…very well!

As a matter of fact, he used several scriptures when he was tempting Jesus in the wilderness (Mt. 4:1-7, Lu. 4:1-12). But remember this; every time he used scripture, it was twisted out of context for his own evil, selfish motive.

Do You Know Who You Are?

If you’ve been a Christian for a while, hopefully you know what God says about your identity—who you are in Christ. In Romans and Galatians, the apostle Paul said that we have been crucified with Christ and raised to new life in Him. In Second Corinthians 5: 17-21, it says that if we’re in Christ we are a new creation and that Jesus became sin for us so that we might become the righteous of God. Now that’s a HUGE deal.

As Christian people we should always be growing in our understanding of God’s word. That simply means that while all of God’s word is true, there are some truths that are greater than other truths. In other words, there are multiple layers of truth that can only be revealed by the Holy Spirit.

It is my conviction that one of the most important truths in the bible is to know our identity in Christ and that’s what I want to focus on in this post.

We “Really” are Dead!

Recently, I was having a particular struggle with an issue that I “know” Jesus had previously given me victory over. But it was really starting to defeat me mentally, emotionally, and spiritually and I even found myself getting into fear over it—like I couldn’t win anymore.

Then the Lord brought to my mind a message that I’d heard a few months ago titled: Really Saved. It was taken from Romans 6:3-11 where the apostle Paul is describing what happened on the cross with Jesus and how we really were crucified with Christ, and that our old sin nature was totally, completely done away with…eradicated forever!

It’s not still heaving on the cross, gasping for breath and waiting for the opportunity to have another brief resurrection. If that were the case, then Jesus lied when He said, “It is finished!” in John 19:30.

This is a big deal as Christians!

When the Lord reminded me of this, it was actually the difference between living with frustration over this issue or being confident that victory was on the way. I understand the grace and mercy side of God and how He forgives sin that we confess and then continues to love and accept us unconditionally.

However, if you’re anything like me, and you’ve been taught that you must continually put down that old sin nature by the power of Christ in order to gain victory, it can still be spiritually discouraging at times. Especially if you’ve experienced relentless spiritual attacks that have gone on for an extended period of time…like a few years.

Who is Doing This to Me?

If you’re experiencing attacks on your mind, emotions, appetites and desires that you know are wrong, I believe this will encourage you. I want to repeat what I said above about the fact that our old nature is not still alive.

You must either believe that God’s word is true, or it’s not, there’s no middle ground. It is absolute final authority and you can and should take it literally if it’s in context.

Romans 6:6 says that our “old man” (that is our Adamic sin nature, pre-salvation state) was crucified and done away with. It did not have another resurrection. Romans 6:7 says that “he has died” has been (past tense-not to come back) freed from sin. When Christ was buried and then resurrected, He did not only do that for us…He did is “as us”. His resurrection was “our resurrection”. Romans 6:11 says to “consider ourselves dead indeed to sin”.

Now if we are dead to sin but alive to God, that simply means in our resurrected, reborn spirit from Christ, it is impossible for us to sin. It’s not in our nature because we have the nature of Christ.

The problem is this. Paul said in Ephesians 6:12 that we do not fight against flesh and blood (ourselves or others) but our fight is against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness and against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places.

This is who is doing all this stuff to you! It IS NOT your old sin nature. When you don’t recognize the source, you’ll get into condemnation and introspection which opens the door to your enemy, then sin enters.

Every sin a Christian commits comes from believing a lie from the enemy.

The bible actually speaks of “familiar spirits” in the old testament that were involved in tormenting and oppressing people. Satan does not want you to think it’s him or his demons attacking you. So, if he can get you to agree with the lie that “it’s still you” and that it’s still your sin even though you know you were delivered from it, you’ll begin to wonder if Jesus really completed His work in your life.

Then you’ll question your identity in Christ, as well as “did God really say or do” such and such? It’s the same thing that tripped up Adam and Eve in the garden so long ago.

Please take this to heart, I believe it will help you as it did me. The more revelation we get out of God’s word, the more victory we can live in and the more intimate our relationship will become with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And there’s nothing more valuable than this in the days we’re living in.

Serving You Truth,

Dennis

*I have intentionally gone overboard on word emphasis and embellishments in this post because of the importance of this information. And lastly, I intentionally did not capitalize satan’s name except at the beginning of a sentence because he does not deserve the recognition.