spiritual retardation is evidence of the evil one

When there is physical retardation or stunted growth in a child, it’s often due to a genetic defect restricting a hormone. 
When there is a mental retardation or delay in a childs development, it can be due to a substance that has damaged the brains ability to grow.
Spiritually, the grace of God is the most powerful resource on the planet, and the Bible is clear that we are born again of INCORRUPTIBLE SEED. There is no excuse for spiritual retardation inside the kingdom. So in the case of a so-called Christian that refuses to grow up in holiness and maturity of the mind, and sobriety of the soul. There HAS be a corruption of the enemy implanted into the spirit or soul. When a Christian claims to follow the Lord for a matter of years, but all of the sudden refuse to produce fruit, it’s often a demonic or worldly element of the evil one that has caused them to resist the grace of God. The enemy has sowed poisonous tare seeds in the middle of the wheat.
“An enemy hath sown this. Let them both grow up together, and in the time of the harvest, the tares will be gathered and burned. The wheat will be taken into eternal life.” (Jesus Paraphrased )

Children Hate Correction

No matter how much I love my son, feed him, support him, encourage him, kiss him, hug him, play with him… when it comes time for correction, he always hates correction. Every time. As soon as I correct him he immediately forgets all the other good things I’ve done. Why? Because he’s a child.

What’s really sad is when grownups act the same way. Children always hate correction, but its a part of real love. Love is being faithful to the covenant. Emotions are up and down but Love is Steady. Mature people realize that love is not only emotion, but faithfulness.

Proverbs 12:1
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid.

Proverbs 27:6
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.

Natural Maturity and Spiritual Maturity are Opposites

Natural Maturity and Spiritual Maturity are on opposite ends of the spectrum.

With natural maturity, as you grow up you become less and less dependent on your parents.

With spiritual maturity, the more you grow up the more dependent on your Father and the Holy Spirit you become.

What Prize are You Competing For?

Nobody finishes a race while gazing at the starting line. Why not focus on the finish line?

So much spiritual error comes from constantly looking back to your starting point instead of looking at Christ for maturity and how you can finish the race for HIS prize and not the “prizes” of the earthly minded headed for destruction.

Don’t chase relevance and validation from the world, chase holiness and maturity.

Philippians 3
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you….

17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.

All spiritual error has a spiritual price, it just never tells you how high it is upfront… It just shows up and debits your account when you least expect it and can’t afford it.

Watch & Pray & Press towards Maturity.

How Do You Respond to the FIRE?

When we want God’s presence to manifest in our life or our community on a larger scale…

We first have to realize that no flesh will glory in His presence. Then when our fleshly (carnally selfish) ideas and attitudes are being burned by the fire of God, we will be EXCITED, not threatened. Then we might just EMBRACE God, not push His Holy Spirit away in favor of our cleverness…

How do you respond to the Fire?

How did Moses respond to the Fire? He stuck with the presence of God and talked with God face to face. The rest of the nation was fearful and did not want to get close to God… except Joshua.

How did Elijah respond to the Fire? He actually embraced the fire before it fell. He called it down and most of the nation was in fear of it because they barely knew God.

How did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego respond to the Fire? The fire of persecution tried to get them to submit to Babylon, but they embraced the fire, and God was with them in it. It ended up burning their enemies, and God kept them alive.

Hebrews 12:29

For our God is a consuming fire.

1 Corinthians 1:29

That no flesh should glory in his presence.

Isaiah 33:14

The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?

For more see:

1 Peter 3:7
Acts 2

WWW… (dot dot dot) Word…Work… Wife…

WWW… (dot dot dot)
Word… Work… Wife…

Once a young man hits 12 years old, there is a simple process he should have his heart focused on – WWW… But when I say “WWW…” I don’t mean www dot foolishviolentmusic or www dot pornographyandgirlfriends or www dot Grand theft aughttostopwastingyoursoulonvideogames or www dot violenceinthestreets.

We live in a culture where young boys are hardly cultivated at all. They are either abandoned by their father, thrown to the justice system, or their souls are left to rot with entertainment (sexual and violent video games, music, television).

Boys come up ignorant. Naturally lazy, their laziness is coddled with video games and entertainment. Naturally horny, they are shown endless sexual images and told they need a girlfriend to fornicate with. Naturally ungodly, they are left alone to rot with whatever music and movies are popular at the time. Most have minimal guidance; they just follow their peers and their penis. As a man, we have all been in this foolish state at one point or another. I know I was until God rescued my soul.

Consequences are horrible. Society is left with an entire generation of unproductive, violent, lawless, fornicating, irresponsible boys who make babies and break up families. They also drive up crime, they drain the economy, tax the nation, tax the justice system, and sow bad seeds to continue the cycle and make it worse in the next generation. Not to mention, they boys suffer a hard life and end up in prison or hell unless something good happens.

In historical cultures, the few boys of this sort were simply executed. Most boys were fathered, mentored, discipled, or apprenticed to become productive and responsible men. Even today, there are a few good men who train their sons. There are also a few good churches that train Godly men. I was blessed with a great father and great churches. So I know that through the grace of God, some boys can get out of the artificial Matrix called the “teenage years” still alive, godly, productive, and responsible. Despite this, the problem seems to have spiraled out of control.

But the wisdom of God is always in control! Foolishness is bound in (tied and teamed up with) the heart of a child, but the rod of correction will drive it far from him (Proverbs 22:15). In addition to the Rod of Correction, WWW… is a wisdom tool that is meant to be easy to remember and teach. When a young boy turns into a 12 year old man… He should know that the next 6-21 years of his life should be TOTALLY and COMPLETELY dedicated to:

W – Find Gods Word
A young man that turns 12 should begin to study the scriptures day and night. He should thirst for knowledge and search to understand God and Gods recorded History of the Universe. While doing this He will also become familiar with the gospel, and the righteousness of Jesus Christ that can cover His sins if He only believes. He will also become intimate with the God who inspired the Word. As He prays in the evening, morning, and at noon, He will develop a close friendship with God. A 12 year old man – after 4 to 8 years of prayer, thirst and continual repetition and teaching – should be familiar with the entire Scriptures, having read it backwards and forwards 4 to 8 times. He would also know God who authored it. His soul should be anchored and ready for the next building block of manhood:

W – Find Your Work

This involves connecting with God and receiving a vision through prayer and fasting. This also involves discovering your purpose and writing out concrete goals and plans to reach them. This also entails constant practice at the things you are good at. Then you will produce an income of money from your Work. Are you good at art? Do you like science? Do you like to talk? Do you write well? Do you like sports? Do you have a business idea? Do you hear original music in your heart? Do you enjoy building things? You don’t have much time to waste on video games or television. For each talent or desire God has given you, you should spend 2 hours a day practicing and creating with it. Do this six days a week, and rest one day. This is in addition to your normal basic education and homework. Find your work! If a man dedicates his soul to finding his work soon after the age of 12 – His work will change the World! He is well on his way to not only becoming a productive citizen, but a WEALTHY citizen who can give freely to the poor… Not to mention take care of his:

W- Find Your Wife

Women are powerful, capable, and strong… But bearing and taking care of children is time, energy, and money consuming. Therefore, a husband is Gods preferred head of household for families with children. As a young man who has found Gods Word, and found his work – God is most likely preparing you to find your wife. Your beautiful wife you can have sex with any time. Your helpful Wife that will assist you as you conquer your Work. Your best friend you can enjoy the God-given fun of life with! Notice I did not say “girlfriend.” A “girlfriend” that is not soon to be a wife is just a distraction from Finding Gods Word and Finding Your Work. Once you find those two… you will see absolutely no need for a girlfriend. You will be looking for a wife to enjoy life with, and to help you with your Work and vision. Having knowledge of Gods Word, your Work, your vision, your gifts, and your personality will make it easy for you to find your Wife. You won’t need to test out 25 girlfriends. Especially if you have been in God’s Word day and night since 12 years old. You will know His voice and His plan.

So Stick With the Plan: WWW…

God is waiting for YOU!
The world is waiting for YOU!
Your beautiful powerful helpful wife is waiting for YOU!

If you are past the age of 12, don’t worry… you can get on the WWW plan at any age! And if you are already married, do NOT find a new wife! Find out new ways to love your wife.
Our society has created a teen culture that stupefies young adults for the purpose of making money off of them. Don’t join it. Be a productive, responsible, and fun loving REAL man on the WWW… plan!

Starting at Age 12 (at least):
1. Find Gods Word: 4 – 8 years should give you a good foundation… Then love it for the rest of your life!
2. Find Your Work: 6-16 years should give you a good start… Then love it for the rest of your life! 3. Find Your Wife: 6-21 years should give you enough time to prepare for her… Then love her for the rest of your life!
…(dot dot dot) means for the rest of your life!

Men in Scripture who did it WWW-style starting at age 12 or earlier:
Adam: Was created, spoke with God. Found work in the garden. Then God brought him his wife. (Genesis)

Joseph: Started out with dreams and his vision as a teen… Found his work in Egypt. Found His wife last. (Genesis)

Samuel: Started with Gods voice as a child, found his work in the temple. Found his wife later. (1 Samuel)

Jesus: In temple at 12 digging deep into the Word, found work as a carpenter, then built the Church. Died for His wife at 33. (Matthew)
Other Scriptures On:
1. Finding Gods Word – knowing the Bible backwards and forwards. Learning how to be filled with the Holy Spirit and hear Gods voice.

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:15 KJV

To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. Proverbs 1:4 KJV

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. Psalms 119:9 KJV

Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray , and cry aloud : and he shall hear my voice. Psalms 55:17 KJV

2. Finding Your Work – Knowing and developing your gifts and talents. Discovering your position in Gods Purpose. Receiving a vision that creates internal motivation and diligence.

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do , do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest . Ecclesiastes 9:10 KJV
Six days shalt thou labour , and do all thy work. Exodus 20:9 KJV

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. Ecclesiastes 11:9 KJV

Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. Proverbs 20:11 KJV
Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour , working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth . Ephesians 4:28 KJV
3. Finding Your Wife – Committing your life to partnership to a helpmate who you can have fun and enjoy your life work with.

Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun. Ecclesiastes 9:9 KJV

Let thy fountain be blessed : and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. Proverbs 5:18 KJV

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Genesis 2:24 KJV

– Read Killing Idols For REVIVAL to prepare to lead a Godly family – because its the Spirit of Elijah that turns the hears of fathers to Children, and children to fathers.

7 Ways to Overcome – 7 Messages from Jesus – Intro

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This is the final set of specific written instructions JESUS ever gave to His followers. It is crucially important! In it are special and specific clues on how to overcome the greatest temptations, deceptions, and trials of life. It was originally given to the Apostle of Love, John. It was recorded in The Revelation of Jesus Christ – A book that reveals God. Revelations reveals God’s Heart, God’s Glory, and God’s indubitable ownership of heaven and earth very clearly.

In this time of earth-wide pandemonium… most of the set-up for the final acts of Revelations is being put together. There are wars, rumors of wars, false prophets everywhere, increased deception, panic, and fear in the world. Apostasy is happening as even former Christians are falling away from the holy faith. The cultures of the world are increasing in rage against the standards of righteousness and holiness that God has set through His Son Jesus Christ. But Jesus is still the King of the Universe! (See Psalms 2).

This is the overview of the last days scenario: First Jesus will open the 7 Seals, one at a time. Then, angels will blow 7 Trumpets, one at a time. Jesus will come back at the 7th Trumpet, and finally begin to pour out 7 bowls of Wrath as He cleans up the earth and prepares to make it new. Please notice: Christ comes back to earth at the last Trumpet. There are 7 seals to be opened before any of the Trumpets, and 6 Trumpets before the Last Trumpet when the Church is raptured (1 Corinthians 15:52). So whatever your view is of the rapture – a basic reading of Revelations shows that you are going to be here through some Seals and Trumpets.

I say this because you need to strengthen your heart with knowledge and understanding of the plan and desires of God. Before all this happens, NOW is your time to understand and the 7 Messages of Jesus. These messages are for many different Churches, and it is written to strengthen the Believers in the context of the activities of Revelations. In these messages are 7 Ways for you to Overcome, no matter what type of Christian you are.

Next:

1st Message: How To Eat the Tastiest Fruit in the Universe!

Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-11)