Do you want Fans for self or Disciples for Christ?

When you take the “teeth” or the cutting conviction and warnings out of your teaching and preaching, you end up with fans for yourself instead of disciples for Christ. Fans are good if you’re trying to build a kingdom of man, but fans are useless for the Kingdom of God.

Romans 11:22 Behold then the kindness and severity of God ; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness ; otherwise you also will be cut off.

Get thee Behind Me Satan – How Jesus Addressed Devilish Wisdom

“Get thee Behind Me Satan” – How Jesus addressed Devilish Wisdom

Matthew 16:23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

This is what Jesus said when he heard Peter give him Devilish wisdom. Peter told Jesus that He didn’t want Jesus going to the Cross. In Peter’s mind, Peter was going to help Jesus win and help him fight the Pharisees. Jesus called him Satan and said “Get thee Behind Me”

Discerning Wisdom

True wisdom is always seeking and finding ways to obey God.

Devilish wisdom is always coming up with “smart and safe excuses” to disobey God.

Watch out for people passing you devilish wisdom that think they are helping you out.

Defining Offense

Notice that Jesus is also giving a picture perfect definition of the word “offense” in the Bible. Its not an issue of emotional harmony at all (Jesus was still friends with Peter).

In reality, biblical offense is an issue of disobedience to God based on your affection for man’s ways over God’ Kingdom. An offense is a “stumbling block” off the path of obedience in God. (I talked more about this common misunderstanding, and the effects of it here).

If We Only Knew the Power of our Words

Brethren,

If we really knew the power in the faith- filled word- filled, spirit-filled tongue of a believer that walks in integrity, we would realize that we are the absolute most powerful thing on this planet, the very conduit of God on earth… We would realize how much authority we have in this earth and how much the entire spiritual realm trembles and watches for our words.

Saints We ARE the Authority! God gives us this Honor as We Abide in Jesus Christ and Live in Praises to His Name.

Psalms 149
5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;
7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;
8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
9 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord.

Offenses, Leadership By Example, and The Reward or Punishment for Influence

Offenses, Leadership By Example, and The Reward or Punishment for Influence

My first son has the chance to influence his little bros and sisses in right or in wrong – by example. He can make our parenting job easier or harder. And he can get rewarded by God for leading his generation in righteousness or be punished for leading his generation in disobedience.

It is similar in spiritual leadership – when you make disobedience appear successful, you become spiritually responsible and accountable for those who imitate or follow your disobedient influence. God is a great accountant and He knows how to trace rewards and punishments for good seeds of influence and bad seeds of influence.

– This is why James 3 says that masters, (or leaders) have a greater condemnation.

James 3:1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 2For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. KJV

James 3:1 Be not many [of you] teachers, my brethren, knowing that we shall receive heavier judgment. 2For in many things we all stumble. If any stumbleth not in word, the same is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also. ASV

God was saying that not too many people should put themselves into position of leadership or teaching without God telling them, because they might cause people to be offended with their words.

What is “Offense” Really?

Today we use this word “offense” as if it means emotional insecurity or perceived disrespect. This word as used in the bible actually means to stumble, and in a disobedient step off the path off God.

Definition of Offend:

  1. to cause one to stumble or fall
  2. to stumble
  3. to err, make a mistake, to sin
  4. to fall into misery, become wretched

This is a major problem in the Body. People see the Word “offense” and think it has something to do with emotional insecurity or perceived disrespect rather than “stumbling off the path of obedience” to God.

Hosea 14:9b …for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

I encourage you to reread all of the Scriptures you know that say “offense” and put the words ” stumble off the path of obedience” or “cause to stumble from the path of obedience”, or “stumbling blocks to obedience.”

When Jesus said:

Matthew 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. 7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come ; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

He was saying that if you cause a small believing child to disobey and stray from obedience to God, your punishment is so great, it would be better for you to drown in the ocean. He was saying that a lot of punishment is coming on the world because they cause people to stray from obedience to God. Whoever allows themselves to be the messenger or example of disobedience is going to be punished horribly.

When Jesus said:

Matthew 11: 4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see : 5 The blind receive their sight , and the lame walk , the lepers are cleansed , and the deaf hear , the dead are raised up , and the poor have the gospel preached to them . 6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

He wasn’t rebuking John the Baptist for being emotional or asking a bad question, he was encouraging John to stay on his path of suffering in obedience, because JB had an important role in making a way for the Messiah, AND a share in the reward for the miracles Jesus was doing. He then went on to say JB was the greatest man ever born of a woman – he wasn’t rebuking him for perceiving disrespect or being emotional. He was in essence, letting him know his cut of the rewards for his obedience.

He was saying : “Look I’m healing the sick, raising the dead, and preaching the gospel to the poor. You were sent to prepare the way for me, so if you don’t back down and don’t back out of Obedience you will be very blessed.”

When you see the word “offense” as loss of emotional harmony, the devil will attack you and put roadblocks of conflict on your path of obedience to Gods will. Then you will leave the path of Gods will because of the conflict, keep the emotional harmony, smile and say “I’m not offended.” However, you really are offended, because you stumbled off the path of obedience to God.

Understanding the real meaning of “offense” brings great clarity to many issues of life. It will help you to find and stay completely on God’s holy path for your life regardless of the tricks, compromises and conflicts the devil puts on your path

As a leader, your main goal is not to cause people to stumble off the path of obedience. It’s not just words that can cause people to stumble from the path of obedience, it’s also your example.

Words are just the beginning. People do what they see, especially if they see people in positions of power and success doing them.

– This is why Proverbs says if a leader listens to lies, all his servants are wicked.

Proverbs 29:12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.

As a leader by example, if you even listen to a lie, all your servants become wicked and twisted from righteousness.

– This is why repentance is more necessary in the Church than in the world. God heals the land when HIS people repent and lead by example. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray , and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

It’s not necessary to get sinners to stop doing this or that. It’s necessary to get so-called believers to obey, pray and walk in self-sacrificing holiness instead of compromise. That’s when God is released to heal the land. God didn’t give unbelievers the authority,

He gave believers the authority.
– This is why it’s important to obey God and lose money fame and influence rather than disobey God to gain money fame and influence “for God.”
When you try to outsmart God in this way, you get punished even more harshly for spreading corruption, even if you still look good in the eyes of the masses. The influence and money you gain “for God” by disobeying Him is actually a negative for you and for everyone under your influence.

Real Faith Is Obedience
I used to think people that were supposed to know the Word didn’t know the Word. Now I realize that many Christians know the written Word of God AND know the voice of God, but just refuse to obey Him in order to have success in the eyes of people.

I have seen, heard and experienced many people who know exactly what God wants Biblically, AND have clear direct instructions from God, but choose to do the opposite, in order to have temporary success.

It’s actually human nature NOT to make smart decisions, but to go with what makes you and others comfortable emotionally. I’ve been guilty of this myself. Just a few days ago, I had a decision where I could cut down the data on my cellphone plan and save cash every month. Even though I didn’t need unlimited data, and hardly used it, it was difficult for me to make the smart decision. Why? The stupidity of my emotional comfort was the reason.

Ask any business person, most people make decisions 80% on today’s emotion, even against hard facts and clear evidence of long term benefits. A product that is better, and saves customers money every month is actually hard to sell, because it makes people change when they don’t want to change. The same thing works with spiritual decisions.

But Abraham sacrificed Isaac, and passed Gods test to give up temporary success for permanent success (Hebrews 11:17-19). That’s real faith.

Jesus endured the Cross and got permanent success and reward (Hebrews 12:2). He didn’t disobey God for the temporary experience of success and making people comfortable. He didn’t Jump off the Cross to stop the Earthquake and get a round of applause and thanks. “That earthquake was really shaking things up Jesus – thanks for stopping it, you’re the man!”

A man that is working for his wedding day works hard and suffers long with no problem, because his wedding day stays on his mind (Genesis 29:20). If he thinks only about avoiding his suffering today, he quits. Then he gets sad, scarred, and looks for a prostitute instead of a wife.

Spiritually it’s the same: in order to really obey God, you have to have more faith in the Eternal Joy Set Before You (by meditating Gods ETERNAL promises and rewards) than you have in the temporary reward from pleasing people and making a temporary profit.

Genesis 29:20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.

Skillful Disobedience to Avoid Suffering is Dangerous

People follow what appears to be successful. But in leadership, the more skilled you are at disobeying God and making it look successful, the more Blood is on your hands. It may help you to avoid temporary suffering and loss – but you end up spreading disobedience, apostasy (falling away from the faith), and Tare Seeds across the body of Christ. Without public repentance the damage continues. At least with public repentance you can slow down the spread of Corrupting the Word of God.

True repentance and obedience to the Will (Logos) and voice (Rhema) of God even in difficult losses creates eternal joy and infinite rewards, both naturally and spiritually.

If God can’t use you as an example of obedience, He will use you as an example of disobedience.
#leadershipbyexample

A Powerful Anointing of JOY Comes when You Love God/ Hate Sin with Proof

A powerful anointing of unspeakable joy comes into your soul when you love righteousness and you hate wickedness and you live like it.

Psalms 45
7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.

The oil of gladness is a powerful form of Gods joy from the inside. It has nothing to do with circumstances on the outside.

Myrrh, aloes, and cassia were a burial spice mixture for embalming, it represents sacrificial obedience. Garments represent your actions. Your garments smell like myrrh, aloes, and cassia when you obey God and suffer for it. Myrrh means bitter, but it makes you better. Cassia means stripped and humbled, but it’s used to anoint kings. Aloe is used to heal what was hurt.

Romans 14
17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

You enter into the kingdom of God thru faith in Jesus Christ with fruits of repentance and grace. After that, it’s a continual upward swirl of righteousness, then peace, and then joy in the Holy Ghost.

BIBLICAL TOOLS SO YOU Can Teach and Discern “Pharisees” Hypocrisy vs Holiness

Biblical tools so that you can Teach and Discern Holiness vs Hypocrisy and “Pharisees”

Aren’t you tired of people seeing a stand for God’s Holiness and calling it “Pharisee,” then seeing iniquity, and disobedience and calling it “grace?”

Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

People are quick to call you a “pharisee” if you desire to walk in holiness and obey God beyond the stage performance.

But let’s take a look at what our real king – Jesus Christ – said about the “Pharisee” problem. Will the real Pharisees please stand up?

(Hint: its the covetous actors.)
The leaven of the Pharisees is not Holiness. What is holiness?

Holiness is beautiful to God. Holiness is separation to his purpose and unto him alone. It’s sanctification. It helps start the dawning of a new powerful day in God’s Kingdom. Holiness is especially beautiful among youth

Psalms 110

3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.

The Leaven of the Pharisees is Hypocrisy and Covetousness

Pharisees are actors in real life who are excellent at making money for saying the word while not doing it.

Luke 12 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.

3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

Notice when Jesus chose to instruct HIS disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees. It was when the crowd got so big that they started to trample one another. When the crowd got big the first and most important thing on Jesus heart was that His true disciples were wary of the temptation to become an actor like the Pharisees were. When crowds get big, that’s when wolves put their masks on. That’s when actors start to perform for cash instead of obey God.
The Pharisees thought that since they were good actors, God would keep their sin secret like some type of government or corporate organization would.

But Jesus said that there is nothing hidden that would not be revealed

Pharisees are also excellent at making money by doing things that look good on the outside to man but are abomination to God
Luke 16 13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.

15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

The Pharisees were covetous and knew how to make themselves look good to men, but the things they did were an abomination to God.

Jesus is the instructions to his disciples regarding Pharisees was: to do exactly what they say because they are really good at saying the word. But He also said “Do NOT do what they do” because they are actors, they are faking it.

Pharisees do know certain parts of the Word, and it really does take a lot of talent, authority, and intelligence to be a really good hypocrite.

But according to Jesus Christ, the leaven of the Pharisees is hypocrisy, not holiness. Hypocrites are those who are good at saying the word but not doing it. They are talented actors. Jesus instructs HIS disciples to do what they say (of course if they can quote a couple scriptures), but NOT do what they do. Therefore you can choose to follow the actors that know how to say the right things while they spread corruption, OR you can follow Jesus. Pharisees are the ones who love to act the part but can’t bear their cross and obey God in holiness. Pharisees are not the ones that preach repentance and live holiness.

When you decide that you are smart enough to lead God’s people by talent instead of by example, you are a hypocrite and God starts the process to make an example out of you.

Matthew 23 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,

2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:

3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
Jesus requires his disciples to be good at doing it not just at saying it.

James 1

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

What is Leaven?

Leaven is the yeast that fills up the whole body like a yeast infection, or a piece of bread.

Pharisees don’t spread holiness or the gospel.
Pharisees spread hypocrisy and spread covetousness and the love of money

Hypocrisy and Covetousness is what they spread through the Body of Christ if you don’t beware.

A Pharisee is not the one who advocates for holiness and separation unto Gods purpose out of Love for Him.

A Pharisee is the one who preaches Holiness and separation from the world for five years and then does the opposite.

But didn’t Jesus eat with sinners?

Jesus ate with repenters. That’s why they came to eat with Jesus because they had actually repented from the sin. The Pharisees were the ones that called them sinners because of their social status not because of their fruits.

Read Luke 19, it was the Pharisees that called Zacchaeus a sinner… but Zacchaeus was the one who gave half his net worth to the poor in repentance and faith when he saw Jesus! He was not a sinner, he was a repenter, with real fruit of repentance in faith!

But what about evangelism?

Evangelism minus holiness is counterfeit evangelism.

Matthew 2315 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

You can travel all you want and spend money to reach an unbeliever, but if you are an actor, your disciples are double the child of hell than you. This is why talented actor/Pharisee based evangelism is useless.

Does holiness mean that you are mean and you can never associate with an unbeliever?

No. That’s ridiculous.
What it does mean is that you don’t follow you their ways you don’t do what they do and your ministry is set apart and separate from making covenants with unbelievers

The benefit of not being joined in partnership with unbelievers, and perfecting holiness in the fear of God, is a Father/Child relationship with God.

2 Corinthians 6

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
7 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

When you think of fellowship, think of two people in the same boat, going the same direction, in the same ship, in the same team.

Holiness is being separate unto God from unbelievers, so that you can reach God, then reach unbelievers. If you compromise God’s obedience to reach unbelievers, you are a hypocrite and a Pharisee, and all your reaching people is utterly useless.

Perfection is a Requirement, Because Keeping Our Eyes on Jesus Is Christianity

Perfection is not a requirement to become a Christian. However repentance is. And once you become a follower of Christ it is a requirement to keep your eyes on Jesus Christ.

When you keep your eyes on Jesus Christ you become mature and perfect, in a progressive manner, because we are transformed into his image the more we gaze upon him spiritually.

When you take your eyes off of Jesus Christ spiritually, you end up deceived and deceiving other people.

Complete perfection? No.
Progressive Perfection? Yes.
Traveling further along the narrow road? Yes.
Switching to the broad road? No.

When you are a true worshiper of God in spirit and in truth it will not be hard to keep your eyes on Jesus Christ, continue to move from glory to glory, and never stray off the narrow road.

Read 2 Corinthians 3
Phillipians 3

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.

Dependent on Government

Its Funny How Republicans Lie and say that they are not like Democrats that want you to be “dependent on government.”

As soon as they are done lying they come up with a “war on this” or a “war on that” so that you can be financially and systematically enslaved “for your protection” of course, and ultimately – “dependent on government.”

Jesus come quickly and replace all these clowns with your Kingdom Liberty! We are dependent on the Government of Jesus Christ.

#KingdomLibertarian

Isaiah 9

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

 

WHAT IF JESUS JUMPED OFF THE CROSS TO STOP THE EARTHQUAKE?

WHAT IF JESUS JUMPED OFF THE CROSS TO STOP THE EARTHQUAKE?

A Christian who compromises to avoid obedience and suffering in their ministry, and lies and says it’s so that they can reach more people….

Is like Jesus jumping off the Cross to stop the earthquake.

Yeah you made everybody comfortable and happy and they might like you now, but now they’re all going to Hell, because you avoided what was necessary- obedience.