Archive for the 'Prophetic Ministry' Category

Give God something to work with!

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

A lot of us love to receive Rhema from God concerning a passage in His Word. But did you know that if you don’t know that scripture in the first place, that God doesn’t have anything to give you Rhema about? A sermon could be written just on how important it is for us to be rooted and grounded in the Word of God. When we know the Word, and then a situation arises in our life, the Holy Spirit can then bring to our remembrance a passage in scripture, and give us revelation on how it applies to our situation. That’s Rhema, and it is so powerful when the Holy Spirit does that!

God is a GOOD God, and He desires to give us words, revelations, and Rhema based on His Word. But if we aren’t knowledgeable of His Word, then He has nothing to work with. This is yet another very good reason why we need to be spending time each day in the Word. I recommend reading at least a few chapters in your Bible every day!

I pray that as you dig into His Word, a spirit of revelation (the Holy Ghost!) opens your eyes that you may receive and understand, and receive Rhema from the Holy Spirit concerning the relevance of that scripture to your life today.

May God bless you!

Unfair tolerance towards ministers

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

You know, I find it interesting how little tolerance that many Christians have towards deliverance ministers. Even non-believers often have more tolerance when a deliverance minister is unable to get a demon out, or can’t seem to help a person! Some Christians look at deliverance ministers who are getting started, and point out all of their flaws or shortcomings, but ignore all of the real and genuine fruit that is coming forth from their ministry (people being set free, healed, etc.). Every minister is going to have shortcomings when starting out, regardless of what type of ministry they are involved in! It’s almost as if the non-believers have more common sense and mercy than the believer does.

I was even reading the other day about how the medical community would cause many deaths in their ventures to heal people of various sicknesses and physical infirmities. They would do all sorts of crazy things, and it would end up costing people their lives! At least the mistakes that deliverance ministers usually make aren’t costing people their lives, and can be undone when the person sees a more experienced and knowledgeable minister who can bring the person into freedom and healing that Christ has for them.

Why are Christians so tolerant for the mistakes made (and are still being made) in the medical community, yet they criticize even the smallest failures of a ministry that God is using to bring healing and deliverance to His children? Are non-believers more sensible than believers at things like this? At least the non-believer looks at a person who’s been healed of a serious ailment, and they overlook the failures that the minister has made where he was unable to help other people with the same condition. Is it true that the Christian community kills their wounded by criticizing the mistakes made by anybody starting out in the healing, prophetic, or deliverance ministries (while overlooking the fruit that is coming forward)?

I heard a pastor once say from the pulpit that we should never listen to a prophet who gives a false prophecy. While this may sound good on the surface, a statement like this is something the Jezebel spirit has been promoting in the body of Christ. Somebody who says such a thing has no real experience or knowledge of the prophetic ministry. Do you honestly expect prophetic ministers to be 100% accurate and flawless when starting out, while other ministries and professions (medical, etc.) have much room to make mistakes and still grow and be accepted? Anybody who starts out in the prophetic ministry is likely going to make some mistakes. While a person can have a strong prophetic gifting, it is important to learn how to discern the voice of God, without interference from our flesh. It is quite possible to receive a message from God, but have our flesh to twist or distort the message. Anybody who desires to operate in the prophetic ministry must learn how to recognize and properly walk in their gifting, just as in any other ministry.

When somebody says, “So and so gave a false prophecy that never came true, so we know that they are not a true prophet” what it does is sets up a zero tolerance for mistakes made by anybody getting started in the area of the prophetic. Who in their right mind would dare step out and give a prophecy, if they run the risk of having their entire ministry discredited for the rest of their life? That puts an enormous fear upon a person who’s just getting started and learning how to hear God’s voice. The spirit of Jezebel is very aggressive against true prophetic ministry, and would love to use fear to keep people scared stiff from ever coming forth with a prophecy. Should a person go unchecked in their prophetic utterances? Not at all, as a matter of fact we are told that the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets, and to let one prophecy and the rest can judge (see 1 Corinthians 14:29-32). Why does the Bible give us this passage for our guidance? Because prophets, especially those starting out with their gifting, are liable to make mistakes and think that something was from God, when their flesh was twisting or tainting their message that God was trying to give them.

I think of when Oral Roberts started the healing ministry movement, how they say that every single denomination (including pentecostal!) would come up against him! What he was doing was foreign to them. I shouldn’t have been foreign to them, had they been feasting on the Word of God (which is loaded with the healing message). But no, they were stuck in their own traditions, and rejected anything that did not fit into their traditional way of thinking. This is the same thing that happens towards many deliverance ministers today; because their bringing something to the table which the church has rejected for so long, it’s as if they are put under microscopes to see if there are flaws to be found. But try to point out the flaws in these Christian’s lives, and what’s the first thing you hear? “But nobody’s perfect! We’re all growing!”

It’s no wonder the non-believers look at us and consider us hypocrites who kill their wounded!

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to say that mistakes and failures should run ramped in our midst. If God has called us to be a prophet, then we need to learn and grow in our gifting, and come to know when something is of God, or if something is of the flesh. If God has called us to be deliverance ministers, then we need to do our best to learn and understand the various bondages that are affecting people today, and minister the best we can with what God has given us. If God’s called us to be a teacher, then we need to learn and be the best teacher that God’s called us to be. If God’s called us to be an accountant, then we need to do our best and consider our work as if it were done unto the Lord. But we also need to be tolerant towards our brothers and sisters when they are doing their best, but make mistakes as they are growing and learning (just as we all do!).

Deliverance and prophetic clarity

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

One of the most beneficial things about deliverance ministry is to clean a person out from all the garbage and religious bondage and strongholds that they have accumulated over the years. Such mental and spiritual darkness actively works diligently to distort and cloud out the voice of God in their spirits. The more you listen to it, the less you will be able to hear God’s voice when He speaks to you. One of the important things for prophetic ministry is to be able to hear God, and hear Him clearly. If we have a prophetic gifting, but at the same time, carry spiritual and emotional garbage in our minds, then there will be times when we’re right on in prophecy, but other times we are likely to misunderstand or even have our flesh twist or distort the message that God is trying to give us. Having a sound clear mind, as God’s Word speaks of, is therefore vital to anybody who wishes to move in the area of the prophetic.

2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

I find that God can give me incredible revelation and prophecy, but only when my mind is clean and clear to accept it, I have such boldness and confidence to move forward and proclaim what God has given me without asking myself, “Was that just me, or was that really from God?” When your mind is clear and sound as God speaks, I believe you will know it without any doubt in your mind. Only when there is unnecessary mental and emotional traffic does God’s voice become less clear and recognizable.

We need to have that kind of clarity so that when God gives us something, we stand on it with confidence and are assured that what He said was indeed from Him and is given to us for an important mission in our lives or those around us.