Christian Life

Is Your Faith GMO?

Today, we hear so much about genetically modified food; but let’s talk about our faith and if that has become the equivalent of genetically modified in the spiritual realm.

It seems that there are so many who are teaching and preaching things that are not the full counsel of the Word of God. We’re told that God doesn’t raise the dead or perform other miracles, that that was all in the days in which Christ lived on the earth in the flesh and that such has passed away. We are told that the Holy Spirit and His role are very minor. I’ve had some people tell me that speaking in tongues is demons uttering and that you can’t really be sure that what you’re saying is of God.

We have people behaving on the lunatic fringe speaking and acting from positions of hatred all the while touting the name of Jesus.

I tell you it is time that we embrace the full counsel of the Holy Scriptures. Not only did Christ say that we would do greater works than He did when He was here in the flesh; but he also said that in these last days He would pour out His Spirit upon all flesh. He said that the old men will dream dreams, the young man would see visions and our sons and daughters will prophesy.

God is not limited by our mental models! We are the apple of His eye, if we belong to Him. Yet, we can do nothing apart from Him! He said that if we seek Him with all of our heart, we will find Him and that if we ask for bread He would not give us a stone. He said ask for wisdom and He will freely give it.

We are fighting wrongly. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they are mighty for the pulling down of spiritual strongholds. We need to pray that the blinders come off of those that are deceived, both in the church and external. Time is short! I don’t know how it can be any more plain as we compare the Scriptures to the news – the true news and the weather reports. I say to some Christians that the end is near and they look at me quizzically and almost as though they’re going to burst forth in laughter but are trying desperately not to so as to not offend me. I don’t want to offend anyone for the sake of offending, but I cannot be silent as people are dying and going into the pit of Hell from which there is no return, save the miracle of Christ resurrecting them through us. I see people who say they are my brothers and sisters deceived by the evil one. I see this world in a blind malaise. No good is that…no good!

Worship is the key to Victory. Check it out in the Bible. Who was sent into the battle first? And worship is not all the fluffy cotton candy songs talking about how wonderful we feel. Worship is extolling God and acknowledging who He is, His character. I don’t see or hear a lot of that in today’s church. And when we just about get down to the Holy Spirit moving, so often it is on to the next quick part of our program so we get ourselves out the door in a timely manner. Folks, we have all of eternity we will be living out, rather in heaven or hell. We better put on the full armor of God and fight on our knees and in our worship; because we don’t have all of eternity to wrap this thing up and get people to realize and accept who Jesus is. Wake up, Oh Sleeper!

Christian Life

Victory in the Battle

You can be certain that you will win when you begin the battle in worship. One reference would be II Chronicles 20:18-29. When you focus on who God is, the grip of the enemy on your life loosens. Philippians 4:8 tells us what we should focus our minds on. If you are experiencing a trial and feel like you are in the battle of your life, please be encouraged to lift up the banner of praise to the Lord and move into deep worship as His Spirit and yours join.

One of the ways to begin is to just start saying the names of the Lord and what attributes they denote. I think we can get so hung up on trying to please the Lord and say things just right that we get robbed of this precious level of intimacy and powerful tool that He has placed in our hands or more accurately in our mouths.

When you focus on how big God is, you really start getting perspective on how powerful He is to intervene, make a way and save you just in time.

When you begin to know who you are in Him, you become a more worshipful being because you become so grateful and fall so deeply in love.

When you realize that the Creator of the Universe is looking directly into your eyes and holding your heart while planning only good things for you, it is easier to worship.

But getting back to the battle, tough times happen. However, the more that you offer up your worship, the quicker you will choke out the influence that the enemy has. You will also see perspective as to what you have learned from the battle and the gift that it has been. Even things that the Lord does not send, He can use!

The Word says that the power of life and death is in the tongue. That means that our words have the ability to create. So, why not work in concert with the Holy Spirit on your behalf through worship and see things start to come alive including long dreamed dreams that you thought would never be manifest? By the same token, be not surprised if you are speaking negatively that you are prolonging the pain and actually giving materials to the enemy and his camp so that they can thwart those dreams that God has put in you.

Speak life. Worship, even when you want to wail in pain. Call those things that are not as though they are, as the Word tells us to. And be encouraged, Worshiper!!!