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

Know the Time of Your Visitation – DON’T GET FIRED!

Know the Time of Your Visitation

The Importance of Awareness

Imagine you work an important job. The owner of the company is coming for a visit to your office, along with 5 of your biggest customers. At this meeting, the management team will also decide who they are going to fire. The HUGE MEETING is at 3:00. You decide to skip lunch at 12:00 pm and work on an assignment. Then 3:00 comes up. You decide to go take break and get some lunch and dessert… And miss the meeting.

Wait what?! Why did you decide to go get some lunch & dessert when the owner of the company, the 5 biggest customers, and the management team deciding whom to fire has arrived for a meeting? Its not time to do whatever you want to do… Its not time to do what you “can” do… The owner is here! Are you clueless? “It’s okay for me to get dessert, it’s not a sin!!! Don’t be so legalistic”

But did you know what time it was? Do you have a watch? Your timing is ridiculous, clueless, and will bring destruction to your job. When they decide who to fire, it will be the one who shows no awareness. You will be fired. You have been let go. Your Timing is everything.

Don’t Miss the Time of your Visitation

When Jesus comes to a generation or a city or a church and He demands the fruits of repentance, revival, and harvest… And we give Him nothing but another self-glorifying hypocrisy concert instead. Or how about a reality show? Or maybe another music album filled with mixture and spiritual adultery?

Or how about we compromise the truth and holiness to “reach” more people, quench the prayer movement, and ignore those super spiritual over analytical messengers that God keeps sending us… all at the same time!

There are Times and seasons in the kingdom of God, and in your life, where is very critically important not to do what you want to do, or even do what you “can” do, but to do what God is saying by his Spirit. It’s a matter of life and death for you, and for many other people that you influence.

When the teaching and music ministers God entrusts with a generation are clueless in the time of their visitation, Dangerous eternal things start to happen. We get cursed from the ROOTS… And in a matter of time we are left with nothing. We end up spiritually empty.

Mather 21
18 Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. 19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. 20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!

When it was time for the fig tree to bear fruit, and it was empty, Jesus cursed it to the roots.

Luke 19
41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, 42 saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. 43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, 44 and shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

Jerusalem did not know the time of her visitation, and it cemented their future destruction. A few years late the whole city and corrupt temple was destroyed.

Luke 12
54 And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. 55 And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. 56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?

The Holy Spirit gives us the ability to understand the times. Hypocrites don’t understand the times.

Revelation 3
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

When you bask in your power and wealth it might be because you are spiritually poor, wretched, blind, and naked.

Just like a Catholic priest teaching 500 people per week how to pray to Mary – there are a lot of people with successful ministry that don’t know they’ve already been spiritually fired.

Their time of visitation came hundreds of years ago, when Martin Luther posted his 95 thesis on their wall. But they still don’t get it! Yet they’re still “successful” wealthy, and reaching people for Jesus everywhere.

DON’T GET FIRED!

Revelation 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.

Jesus will remove the candlestick (light, ministry) of those that don’t repent. DON’T GET FIRED!

Isaiah 37:3
And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.

When God is bringing a transitional period in his kingdom, sometimes in the Old Testament it is likened to a mother bringing forth a baby. So when it’s time to deliver the baby, and there’s no strength to bring it forth, spiritually it’s called a day of trouble rebuke and blasphemy.

Malachi 4
4 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.

The good news is, those that do fear the Lord and are aware of the times, understanding what to do (1 Chronicles 12:32) at the right time… They will be able to trample the wicked when the Lord returns. God puts His obedient servants that are led by the Spirit on top!

Everybody wants the Change, but Who wants the Violence?

Matthew 11:11

11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

The Necessity of Violence

When you look through the Bible and thru church history, God’s definition of “one accord” and the unity that it takes for true change in communities, cities, and cultures is very different from ours…

Unfortunately real unity and real change usually only comes thru violence.

There are two types of violence that bring real lasting change:

spiritual violence: such as prayer, fasting, obedience, and preaching an unpopular message of repentance

natural violence: such as war, natural disaster or heavy persecution

Unfortunately, as humans we tend to avoid spiritual violence, settle for political hand-shaking and shortcuts, and then end up with natural violence in our cities and communities.

Is there anyone ready to embrace the spiritual violence that brings real change before its too late?

It’s Time For the Sharp Sickle

…preaching to a guy at the Summer Prayer tour, and asked him about hell. He said “I’ve been seeing visions about hell for years…” and proceeded to tell me about the different levels of hell, the hounds of hell, and different types of punishment and tormentors. Then he said he had a 50/50 chance of going there. I told him about Jesus and now he’s 100% heaven bound!

You can’t reap the harvest with a soft sickle you need a Sharp Sickle! You never know who God is preparing to be saved.

Revelation 14:14 KJV
And I looked , and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
Revelation 14:17 KJV
And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
Revelation 14:18 KJV
And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying , Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe .

Sickle:
A sickle is a hand-held agricultural tool with a variously curved blade typically used for harvesting.

The Church Anesthesiologists

What if your surgeon had the anesthesiologist sedate you and make you numb, but then never use the sharp scalpel to cut the cancer out?

You’d be happy and sleepy but still sick.

Welcome to the American Church: great music, prophetic encouragement, minimal sharp swords, superficial change.

No Neutral Ground

*[[Psa 94:14-16]] KJV* For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.

But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?

I can always tell who secretly loves iniquity because they refuse to take a stand against it. People only hate Elijah when they love Jezebel and secretly desire what she has to offer. People only follow spiritual wolves because in their heart they want to be spiritual wolves one day too.

When clear teaching and spiritual decision-making is proclaimed, and judgement returns to righteousness because the Lord is returning to His people, there is no neutral ground. All the upright in heart WILL follow it.

The LORD is asking you today:

Who will stand for Me against the workers of iniquity?

Liberty and Freedom? Or The Word and the Holy Spirit

The bible says in 2 Corinthians 3 that Liberty comes where the Spirit of the Lord is.

The bible says in John 8 that Truth makes you free.

We have many in America that claim to be fighting passionately for Liberty and Freedom. But how hard are they fighting for the Truth of the Word of God and the release of the Holy Spirit?

Do you think that putting the cart before the horse will actually work? How do you think that’s going to work out?

Has it worked out? When we see more passion for preaching and living the Truth of Jesus Christ in the fullness of the power of the Holy Ghost than we do for political increases of power and influence, God will start to turn America.

America has always had a strong Christian and God glorifying foundation of truth, righteousness, and the Holy Spirit of wisdom that has made it successful.

America has also had a deep history of wickedness, iniquity, secret society darkness, covenant breaking, genocide, greed, and slavery from its very foundation.

There was also some OverLap too, some hypocrisy from people who said righteousness but did wickedness. Preachers that were Masons, Christians that owned chattel slaves and robbed & killed Natives.

The bible says that God lets the wheat and the tares (that the enemy sows) grow TOGETHER until the time of the Harvest. This is what we’re seeing now in America. The righteousness, truth and the Holy Spirit has increased right alongside the sin iniquity and hypocrisy. The exact same thing is going on today, just on a larger scale. We’ve just substituted chattel slavery for financial slavery and genocide for infanticide thru abortion.

So if we want to see a return of some measure of freedom and liberty, it starts with the preaching and living of the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith thru the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.

Don’t worry about the tares, pray for them – but the wheat, WE have to go back to anywhere we departed from obedience, repent with fruit instead of just words, then move forward into the Word and Spirit of God.

(Matthew 13:30) Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

If you forsake your spiritual calling of building the Church and staying true to the gospel of Jesus Christ by boldly advancing the Word and Spirit of God – don’t say anything else about America, freedom, or Liberty.

Judgement and Revival

Excited! Yes judgement will get worse and worse, but God has still set this nation up for a true revival. No it won’t be accepted by the masses, but many will join the narrow road and Follow Christ alone!

When you really know your God, you do not care about the opinions of those in power, nor do you care about the flattery of the masses, you only care about the will of God. This allows you to do great exploits. Even in hard times, the people of God will do great exploits, in purity, in holiness, and righteousness.

Daniel 11
32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

33 And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.

34 Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.

35 And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.

I Used to Pray for the Harvest, Now I Pray for Revival, because the American Church is Officially Dead

I used to pray for the Harvest. I still pray for the Harvest because that’s what Jesus commanded in Matthew 9. But now I pray for Revival first. Because the church is 90% dead. You can’t labor for the harvest when your spiritually wretched miserable, blind, and naked.

Anytime our leading evangelist can take off the fact that Mormonism is a cult off of his website to appease an election…

Anytime the top gospel rappers and top gospel singers can switch from holiness to hypocrisy and iniquity overnight, and still keep 99% of their followers…

Anytime righteousness is consistently seen as wrong, and unrighteousness is seen as good – IN THE CHURCH….

There is dead church, and we need to repent and come back to the heart of God before we can even think about reaching the world. Right now the only thing we are reaching the world with is confusion. The fact that we are rallying behind a Mormon who will do nothing significantly different than Obama is a judgement on US. It proves we’ve already failed and that we refuse to repent.

Especially the political compromises, they prove that it is totally and completely the church’s fault that America is in the predicament that is then. Black churches support Obama, White churches support Romney. The blind lead the blind. People wouldn’t even know a man after God’s own heart if they watch him kill Goliath.

Ron Paul called out the Federal Reserve, the government debt, and the fake wars, and backed up every single one of his policies with scripture. They call him crazy crackpot. That’s why the judgment is getting worse and worse, because simple truth has been rejected, even when God gave an opportunity. People chose power, money, and influence over truth. The fact that we only have two hypocrites to choose from is a JUDGEMENT, because we are hypocrites ourselves. God sends wicked leaders to wicked people.

People don’t know how far and fast compromises like this can spread thru the body like a yeast infection. Pastors that won’t say anything are part of the problem. People can keep trying to move forward if they want, but the only thing left to do is to go back to where we departed from obedience to God, and repent, and reverse our decision. We claim to want political leaders to change their decisions but we won’t change our own selves. WE are the real leaders, Body of Christ.

The Church in Sardis had a Successful Brand Name that they were Alive, but they were Spiritually DEAD:

Revelations 3:3 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

The Church in Laodicea Thought they were Rich and Successful But they were Spiritually, Wretched, Blind, and Naked:

Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Even with Everything Satan has done, GOD will still have His Way!

Even with Everything Satan has done – GOD Will Still Have His Way!

After 10 years of praying for sustained revival and a move of harvest labor in Detroit, Ive watched us come to the brink of a breakout. Then I’ve seen revival literally stolen from Detroit, and instead of crime going down in the city, crime has gone up and chaos has increased. Instead of mass repentance in the church, we see more mass corruption in the church. Instead of the healing of the land, we’ve got 90% of the apple trees in Michigan with no apples this year. Not to mention other crops like corn harmed because of the midwest drought. The harvest has been stolen in the spiritual realm and in the natural realm.

But Even though the Spirit of Elijah has been replaced by the spirit of Jezebel, even though the prayer movement has been supplanted by branding department, and even though a whole generation headed towards holiness has been corrupted and diverted into spiritual adultery – I believe GOD will STILL have His way in my city!

Everything Satan has done to prevent, corrupt, supplant, and divert revival in Detroit just lets me know how much God really wants a true, permanent and sustainable revival in Detroit. GOD will have HIS way in my generation.

Why? Because He has used satan’s corruption of the many to purify and train the few for the battle!

GOD is jealous with love for His people and He will have a generation that seeks His face… So the King of Glory can come in!

Psalms 24