God Sent the Holy Ghost not the Marketing Department

God did not send the marketing department to give us the power to be a witness, He sent the Holy Ghost to do that. Don’t be distracted by thieves and robbers, focus on Jesus.

Acts 1
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

John 10

1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber….

7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.

9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

Acts 10
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

Acts 11
15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.

16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.

17 Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?

Ron Carpenter on Believers that Operate in the Holy Spirit

But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. ~1 Corinthians 2:15
When you operate according to the Holy Ghost, you’ll have the ability to discern everything but the probability of people RIGHTLY discerning YOU is SLIM! Go ahead and GET USED TO IT! THEY ARE NEVER GOING TO UNDERSTAND YOU!!!! God says there are things inside you no eye has seen (1 Corinthians 2:9) so how can people rightly judge you when you’re filled with stuff that can not be seen with the eye… You’re worried about someone’s opinion when they can’t even see the REAL stuff that’s IN YOU!!! You think I care what you think about me when God’s the ONLY ONE who knows what I got inside me!? HAHAHAHHHH ~Ron Carpenter

Lecrae finally admits that what he’s doing now is totally different than when he started serving Jesus Christ

Lecrae finally admits that what he’s doing now is totally different than when he started serving Jesus Christ

This is a response to a question from a 12 year old young man… and its addressed to many young people who don’t understand the difference between true evangelism and counterfeit evangelism, and why we have to take a stand against the counterfeit. I say this because this writing is not a personal attack, it is spiritual protection for this generation that is called to seek His face (Psalm 24).

First, let’s look at this interview about Lecrae being the “Number One Christian Rapper in the Universe”:

http://noisey.vice.com/blog/we-interviewed-lecrae-the-number-one-christian-rapper-in-the-universe

You talk a lot about how you’ve matured in your thinking and your craft. I’m curious if the old Lecrae would be disappointed in the new Lecrae.
For sure he would. [Laughs]

In what way?
“Aw man you‚Äôre selling out. You’ve fallen off man.” I’m sure that would be the way my old self would think about it.

I would just sit my young self down and have a calm conversation articulating the reasons why I’m doing what I’m doing, and try to point out some of the self-righteous areas in my young self’s life. Hopefully it would be a good conversation.”

First off, in this public interview, Lecrae says that his “old self” (not his life of sin, but his first four or five albums of Christ-centered ministry) was just self-righteous ignorance, in need of a good calm conversation.

First problem- he has 2 selfs. Not an unsaved self, and a new man in Christ – but a saved self-righteous self, then a newer, more “mature” saved self that can do the opposite of his first-saved self.

So since in his mind he has two different “selves” in Christ – if you really want to discern or evaluate the difference between the two this is what you need to do:

Think for yourself, and with an open bible. Ignore Award Shows, Sales, Crowds and men’s opinions.

Listen to his first four albums. Were Lecrae’s original teachings teaching you how to be self-righteous, or was He teaching you to follow Christ and love Him with your whole heart?

In his first four albums was he reaching you with self-righteous ignorance, or with holiness and revealing truth?

Whatever you decide, it’s clear that even he sees two different “self’s”. What is also clear is that both versions of Lecrae can’t be right. One has to be in truth, and the other has to be in error.

If what he was doing before was nothing but self-righteous ignorance, then make a decision to repent for supporting it. Self-righteousness is filthy, unfruitful, and it makes those that follow it twice-as-hell bound as the hypocrites that do it (Matthew 23:15). If you supported it or followed it, you were or are headed to destruction, if it was self-righteous hypocrisy.

If its not – then what is he doing now?

If he is so clearly contradicting with his current actions the message of holiness and authentic evangelism in his first four or five albums, what does that say to you? Now that he has “matured” into doing the opposite of what he said in his first four albums, what decision do you make? If he can partner with unbelievers when the bible clearly says don’t fellowship in ministry with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6), which self is correct?

What does that say to young Christians who don’t know any better, and don’t know their bible yet? What kind of example is he setting to the 13 year old who is inspired by his talent level? Should we all avoid holiness and try our best to get our message watered down and approved by unbelievers?

Do we all get to graduate from sanctification (being separate from the world’s false ministries and ways) one day?

Or is it only if we are really talented that we get to dive back into babylon (the world’s ways and ministries) without consequences?

These are important things to think about, and the spiritual influence of yet another generation is at stake.

Whatever you decide to think about this issue, make sure it’s cool with GOD, not with facebook; make sure its based on the bible, not twitter followers, internet interviews and album sales.

More things to think about:

Believe it or not, there are multi-generational spiritual consequences to substituting holiness for mixture. Ask any famous “gospel music family.” The devil gives you what you don’t need so that he can steal what you already have, only if you let him lie and tell you that God is not enough. The talent that God gave you plus the Word of God and Holy Spirit is more than enough for you to evangelize and disciple and change the world. The “fruit” of disobedience is always spiritual destruction, even if it starts out with fame and takes 30 years for the blood on your hands to show up.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. 7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame. 8 They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.

Consequences of “Maturing” into Disobedience:

Revelations 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Don’t You Know that Friendship with The World is Enmity with God, and that the Holy Ghost zealously desires to possess ALL of your souls, more and more… not less and less? :

James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

People don’t want to understand the error of Balaam, even though it’s mentioned several times in the 1st and 2nd testament. Balaam said everything correctly, and even prophesied about Jesus thousands of years before Jesus came. Yet Balaam was STILL a false prophet not because of what he SAID, but because of who he partnered with, and how his wicked partnership used him to learn how to put a stumbling-block before God’s people.

Read Numbers 22, Jude, 1 Peter, and Revelations 2.

People love counterfeit evangelism because they reject the Holy Ghost, who gives you the power to Be a WITNESS A.k.a Living Martyr. i.e. real evangelist… so they water down (corrupt) the gospel to spread their influence, and call it evangelism.

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

If grace builds you up and makes you sanctified (set apart from the world), why do people use grace to justify themselves doing whatever they want?

Acts 20:32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

Know this: No matter how young or old you are, there is infinitely more spiritual fruit and “fruit that remains” in obedience than there is in clever and talented disobedience. God is not mocked.

Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.

Finally, can anyone show me an example in the Word of God where Jesus partnered with the workers of iniquity to spread the message of the Kingdom of God?

False Fire and Eventual Apostasy without the Holy Ghost

Without a passion for holiness and the infilling of the Holy Ghost, the most passionate evangelism is just false fire and eventual apostasy.

Jesus Christ sent the Holy Spirit for a reason.

You can try your hardest, and have great character and intentions, but you cannot achieve the perfect will of God without the Holy Ghost. Why?

Simple. The Holy Ghost’s desire is to glorify Jesus the Son extremely and magnificently and completely. It takes God to glorify God, so in order to do this He needs to find a human that He can influence 100% of their soul. His earnest envy is to possess our souls completely.

John 16: 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

James 4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

Lust and envy are usually bad words. But when it’s the Holy Spirit, His lust and envy is to dwell within us humans completely so that He can glorify the Son to the maximum.

3 people you don’t want to partner with in ministry, unless it involves teaching, preaching, and giving them MORE of the Holy Spirit:

– people that resist the Holy Spirit (Acts 7:51). They don’t believe in the Holy Ghost and choose to hold on to a dead man/system from the past instead of the living, speaking, gift-giving God of today. They identify themselves by a name brand rather than Jesus. This can happen in any type of church, even Spirit-filled. For some people the Holy Spirit is someone they watch but they don’t touch.

– people that claim to be filled with the Holy Ghost but despise holiness. God is Holy because His purpose is transcendent and it is comes from Himself. The iPad gets its purpose from Apple. The Mustang gets its purpose from Ford. God gets His purpose from within Himself, because He IS Holy. Anything else that wants to be holy must be “separated to Gods purpose and glory.” the iPad that is used strictly for evangelism and ministry is a holy iPad. The mustang that Paul used to ride around and push the gospel and is a holy Mustang. The fish that was used to feed Jesus Christ is a holy mackerel.

People that despise the idea of every decision, action, relationship being separated from sin unto God’s purpose are people to avoid partnering with. If someone thinks that holiness is too extreme they are useless in the kingdom of God.

– people that have the Holy Ghost but have desires that are different than what the Holy Ghost desires. The Holy Ghost desires 100% obedience for the glorification of God. A packed out building with halfway obedient souls is useless to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not out to make fans, He’s here to possess souls and create disciples that burn for the Son of God. Making lots of money but not saying what God wants said is a loss, not a profit.

The moment you decide not to say the difficult thing that the Holy Ghost wants said in order to keep the favor of man is the moment you become useless and detrimental to spiritual progress.

3 people you want to be, partner with, and fellowship with in ministry:

– People that desire gifts and movements of the Spirit, use them, and are not ashamed of them. I’m not talking about crazy unbiblical stuff, just the things that are used to glorify Jesus.

– people that love the Holy portion of the Holy Spirit. People that love unbelievers and spreading the gospel and love, but still know how to be separate in lifestyle and avoid agreement with unbelievers in fellowship and ministry. People that don’t mind turning the TV or the movie or the music off when it’s unholy and doesn’t fit within Gods purpose.

– people that desire what the Holy Spirit desires. People that believe harder for revival fire than for profits and applause. People that will say yes to what God wants and reach a few with the whole truth rather than reach many with the half truth. People that put the honor of God only above the honor of men, and are willing to look like failures to obey God rather than successfully half-stepping.

What God Wants:
The Holy Ghost would rather have 100% of 5 people than 50% of 5000 people. Because the 5 people will produce after their own kind, and spread the fire of God. It’s a cold world, and any soul less than 100% full of the Holy Ghost will eventually go down to 0. Spiritually it’s just like the 2nd law of thermodynamics.

But God is rich in grace and loves to give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him, because Jesus paid the price and He wants us to be fully His.

This is the Good News:

Our Father doesn’t give the Holy Spirit based on the ministry brand name, He gives the Holy Spirit to those that ask and do not resist:

Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

The Word and the Spirit Work TOGETHER to Glorify Jesus Christ

Without the Holy Ghost you are spiritually blind as a bat, no matter how many bible scriptures you know. Without revelation of the Word you are leading people to destruction, no matter how anointed with the Holy Ghost, or gifted you think you are, or how many people listen to you.

Jesus is the Word, and He is the passion of the Holy Spirit. Eyes on Him keeps you going in His direction forever.

The Beauty of Holiness without Bondage

The Beauty of Holiness without Bondage

The Balance of the Word of God and the Spirit of God with Eyes on Jesus Christ helps you to walk in Holiness without legalism and bondage to the precepts of men.

Jesus warned us of religious leaders who teach their principles and precepts as doctrines (Matt 15). There are many teachers who aren’t filled with the Holy Ghost, so they try to force the principles of the word without the Spirit of the Word. The bible says that the letter killeth, but the Spirit gives life (2nd Corinthians 3).

When you focus on the heart of God, you meditate the Word and the Spirit of God. You are not averse to the supernatural elements of the Holy Spirit – dreams, visions, tongues and interpretation of tongues, prophecy, word of wisdom, word of knowledge, healing, special faith, etc… because you know that God is pouring out His Spirit on all flesh. However, you judge all spiritual circumstances by the Scripture.
The Scripture helps you with the Spirit, and the Spirit gives life to the Scripture so that you can walk in love with God and your neighbor.
If you don’t have the Holy Spirit helping you obey scripture, all you have is dead principles, failure, and abuse.
If you don’t have Revelation of the Scriptures, all you have is your ignorance and foolish disobedience, with satanic deception.
You need the fullness of both the Word of God, and the Spirit of God to walk in the Beauty of Holiness without Bondage, and the Truth will Make you Free to Walk in the Spirit of Liberty and UNSTOPPABLE LOVE.
Clear Spiritual Vision, Effective Faith through trials, and the Pure and clean Righteousness of Jesus Christ will be in your possession if you pray for it (Revelations 3:18).
The earth is waiting for the True Sons of God to show up! They won’t be making excuses and cop-outs, but they will manifest God’s Judgements, Love, and Powerful Faith in the earth. Even in suffering, they will be the glorious fragrance of Christ’s Victory.
Romans 8

4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

The Fire, The Wind, and The Rain: Holy Ghost on YOU!

The Fire, The Wind, and The Rain of the Holy Ghost on YOU!

What did God do at The Call? He did a whole lot… it won’t be until we get to heaven till we find out the full impact of what happened.

Many times supernatural miracles will be visible, but there is always a spiritual application as well. As a matter of fact, the spiritual component is often¬†much more important. I’m so excited about what is soon to come, because spiritual violence always works. If we all continue to do the things that God dropped on our hearts at The Call, our cities will be transformed very soon – with the Fire, the Wind, and the Rain of God.

The Fire of God Fell:

– one men’s bible study I know decided to do a 3 day fast every month hereafter.

– one guy I know in another city decided to do a corporate fasting and prayer event.

– one group I know decided to do a 24 hour prayer meeting several times a year

That’s fire! That’s the fire of the Holy Spirit giving people a passion to seek God first. God’s fire is consuming His people.

14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them. Jeremiah 5

Winds of the Holy Ghost are blowing:

– I know people that were called to move geographically.

– I have a friend who is starting a tri-city bible study.

– Many people are moving their ministries to the next level, or to a new place.

The wind of the Holy Spirit is blowing, and He is sending people into the place that He has called them! Lot’s of God’s people are making moves and changing.

8 The wind bloweth where it listeth , and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh , and whither it goeth : so is every one that is born of the Spirit.  John 3

The Rain of the Holy Spirit:

– The rain of God dropped on everyone present. Everybody that I know was there had a noticeable refreshing of God.

РMany people were encouraged to step deeper into ministering with their gifts, and their vision was refreshed.

– I¬†heard a testimony of¬†one person who’s whole household was saved the day after the Call. He wasn’t even there. He’s a secular rapper and he¬†just decided to¬†call on Jesus and get¬†saved.

19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted , that your sins may be blotted out , when the times of refreshing shall come *from the presence of the Lord;  Acts 3

Rain Brings Corn, Wine, and Oil

23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. 24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil. Joel 2

The Rain of God represents the vision, and the words that He drops on your heart. When you recieve it, it leads to growth of corn (sometimes called wheat), wine, and oil in your life. The Corn represents the teaching and instruction that comes from the Holy Spirit. The Wine represents the joy and confidence that comes to your emotions when you meditate and process the instruction from God. The Oil represents the boldness and power to accomplish what God has shown you.

14 That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil. Deuteronomy 11

Let’s keep it moving for the King! May God continue to send Fire, send Wind, and send the¬†rain of His Spirit.

– Read Killing Idols For REVIVAL – the book that equips you for the FIRE of God – the Spirit of Elijah that is needed to prepare a generation for the 2nd Coming.