How are you? I’m well.
Have you ever thought that you might stand in God’s way? It sounds dreadful, but I think we might make a mistake to stand in His way, if we don’t listen to and obey Him. Today, I would like to share one of my recent episodes.
I’ve been willing to give offerings to the Lord and to help others. Looking back at my experiences of giving, though, I see not all of my giving was out of a pure heart. Some of them were out of fear and/or out of being manipulated. I realized that even Christians used manipulation, no matter whether they are ministers or not. As I got to learn about the witchcraft, the spirit of control that includes manipulation, I think I now became more cautious in giving; not to give out of fear or manipulated by others.
In August this year, I had some money that I was pondering on to whom I should give. I asked the Lord about this and I literally said to Him, “Father, I don’t want to be manipulated any more. So, please direct me to whom I should give offerings.” When it comes to manipulation, I set my heart not to give to those who ask me money literally, but to give without knowing their needs, but being prompted by the Holy Spirit. Interestingly enough, in a day or two after that prayer, I got a missed call and a text message from a missionary in a foreign country. I gave offerings to her twice out of a pure heart in the past, and I knew she is a self-funding missionary. She left a message to me, saying she called me, but I might not recognize her new number. But I already knew and saved her new number, when she let me know a few months ago. So, I texted her and asked her how she was doing, while I was sitting next to mom in an orthopedic clinic for her regular therapy. Then, the missionary texted me, simply saying that she called me for fund-raising her next discipleship training that she would lead soon. That’s all that she said. She didn’t ask me how my mom and I were doing. I felt so sorry, as I felt she just called me for money, not for friendship. Actually, when I shared the update on mom’s status at her new number, after mom was admitted to hospitals twice, she never replied back to me for the past few months. And after breaking the silence, she just talked about her fund-raising. (It made me understand how our Heavenly Father would feel when His children come to Him with their agendas only.) I had an impression that she was surprised and moved by my giving in the past, as I transferred the money voluntarily, even using the international banking transfer. Since the last year, though, I had a little bit of doubt as to whether she was on the right track on her faith, after getting some texts from her. Now, I got her missed call and a simple text message on her fund-raising, soon after I asked the Lord about giving and saying to Him that I do not want to give, being manipulated. I felt as if the Lord put me in that situation, to see how I would react. In the past, I would have said, “Sure, I would definitely help you.” perhaps out of compassion or out of fear. But now I realized that if God wants to send her to the discipleship training to lead others, He would make it happen, without my giving money to her. I would rather move, listening to His voice. I asked Him a few times to let me know, if He wants me to give her money. In the meantime, I replied to her that I would pray for His provision to her, even if it’s not through me. And I said to her I would hear His voice and obey Him on offering. And I prayed His will be done for her discipleship training. And I finally offered money to some other ministries and some other ministers out of a cheerful heart. It was not a matter of money, but I felt it was about obeying His voice. I felt in my heart that if I would help her now, I would let her seek people including me, not seek Him for financial provision. I felt our Father intended to teach her as well as me and I would take the opportunity for learning from her, if I would give her money. And, I believe every believer should rely on our Heavenly Father only, just like George Mueller did. And I also believe that if our friendship is truly based on the love of our Father, we would continue to be friends no matter whether I help her this time or not.
Then, just a few days ago, I happened to read Pastor John Fenn’s words posted back in 2014, Fear & Stupid Decisions (#3 Family/Money) in The Church Without Walls International website. It really spoke to me, and I’d like to share part of it, hoping it would also help you now and in the future.
Let us use the example of someone you’ve opened your home to for a season – an adult child, sibling, friend, or anyone else you are opening your home to. Let us say they are into various sins – maybe drugs, wrong relationships, and little work.
The fear is what will happen to them if you don’t provide for them? They’d be on the street. They’d be in a shelter somewhere? But Lord, what to do about them? If I kick them out it will be my fault if they die, but I can’t afford to have them here and they disrupt my life.
The fact is however, we parents raise our children to become self-sufficient. Any person able of body and mind should be taking care of themselves. There is a time and place to receive someone in your home to help them get on their feet – don’t get me wrong – but Jesus did say only give 1 extra coat, not your whole closet, and to walk just 1 extra mile, not a marathon with them.
If you obey fear some will bring themselves to financial and emotional hurt by not making them grow up. If they aren’t paying their own way after you’ve walked that extra mile and given them that 1 extra coat, then you switch from the giver of grace to the enabler of sin, by enabling their dependence on you instead of God.
Masked in Christian ‘love’, you may be actually keeping that person from growing up as a person and a person in the Lord. As I said last week, usually when we are comfortable there isn’t a lot of growth, and when we grow there often isn’t a lot of comfort. Sometimes you have to ignore the fears and make them uncomfortable so they will grow – and tell a person who you’ve walked that extra mile with them and given them the shirt off your back, and now it is time for them to walk on their own and earn their own clothes.
The answer is to go through fear – and let – maybe ‘make’ is a better word – that person stand on their own 2 feet. At the very least they can pay their proportion of the rent, utilities, and their own gas money while with you – make a plan, hold them to it. Something like ‘By week 2 you will have a job, by week 4 you will have your first paycheck and I get 1/2 to reimburse me for your room and board.
Yes, you may have to help them until they get paid – but if after awhile they either don’t have a job or aren’t up and out of the house by 8am treating finding a job as if that were a job, and not coming home from filling out applications until after 5pm each night, you have to draw the line.
Fear will use you – a demon of fear will use you – to keep them babies, dependent and immature. Going through the fear to stop enabling laziness or addictions is hard, you feel horrible, but it must be done.
You see, God gives us opportunities, but we have to decide to take them. Fear prevents us from presenting God’s opportunities for growth and provision to a person we are temporarily helping. You are actually standing in God’s way, fighting against Him the whole time, while wondering where His answer is. We are often both the answer and the problem.
I pray that you and I ask to give us His Wisdom and we present His opportunities for growth and provision, not standing in His way, in Jesus’ name.
Have a bliss!
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
How are you? I’m well.
On August 18th, I woke up in the morning and I left home for the time alone with the Lord. In front of the elevator to go downstairs, I felt I should check the weather on my mobile phone again and I felt it was prompted by the Holy Spirit. When I got up on my bed perhaps 20 minutes ago, I checked the weather and it was just cloudy for the next few hours in the morning. Yet, I felt I should check the weather forecast again, before getting into the elevator. So, I checked it and to my surprise it shows 40~70% of probability of rain for the next 2 hours. So, when the elevator stopped in front of me, I didn’t take it but went back home to grab my umbrella. It didn’t rain yet, but I was grateful to the Lord to give me the thought to check the weather forecast again. Then, walking toward the nearby museum, I thought to myself, “What if it really rains during my prayer and worship? Where should I go, then?” I thought of a few cafés near the museum that would open early, but I was afraid that they might have a loud background music. Then, somehow in my heart, I had a peace, as if He said to me that I would be totally fine under the patio umbrella at the table in the museum garden where I used to take a seat. So, I took a seat at the table under the patio umbrella. Then, in an hour, after I read His Words and prayed, it started to rain! I saw a lady under another patio umbrella in the opposite side leave the table in a hurry, without an umbrella in her hand. Then, I looked up and around my table. Strangely, there was no wind at all and the leaves in the trees worked as another layer of shade for me so that even a drop of rain didn’t come into the table. I looked up and saw the patio umbrella, and found the umbrella perfectly cover the wood seat so that my back didn’t get any drop of rain. And I thought of His Words that I read a while back:
The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe. (Proverbs 18:10)
I was simply amazed and thankful, as the Holy Spirit warned me of the rain, yet He also assured me that I would be ok outside, even when it rains. I felt the Holy Spirit wanted to teach me to be sensitive to Him, reminded of what I read in the Pastor John Fenn’s book, “Pursuing the Seasons of God.” Then, I was reminded that I have a song downloaded on my mobile phone, “God is My Refuge and Strength” and I played out the song, and I was simply joyful, singing along that song. I felt the Lord was teaching me that I should listen to and obey Him, even on a small matter and when I obey Him, I would be safe. He is indeed my Refuge and Rock in the time of trouble.
In light of being sensitive to the Holy Spirit and asking His Lordship, I would like to share another story. In Korea, now the Covid-19 vaccines are available this month for my age. Previously, I didn’t even have to debate on that, as the vaccine supply was short. And I never put my confidence in the vaccines, but in the Lord. And I also thought each believer should ask the Lord and follow His direction. I know, even in churches, pastors and prophets all have different sayings. Then, one day, when I listened to two pastors’ sharing their opinions, I agreed with them and had peace. They said that they don’t believe the vaccines will protect us from the virus. But we should not also fear any side effects from the vaccines, if it’s the reason of not getting one. Certainly, this vaccination is not 666, the mark of the beast. Our decision must be based on whether it will help expand the Kingdom of God. If it does, then, go ahead with the vaccines without fear. Later, when I read the June newsletter from Pastor John Fenn’s Church Without Walls International website, I felt his insight was helpful and it gave me peace on the idea of getting a jab:
Some Christians have given themselves over to this spirit causing division in the world
That division into angry tribes, divided and stirred up by the ‘woke’ culture, is happening to some in the body of Christ. They see the body of Christ divided into tribes based on their stance on the ‘shot’ or based on politics, or even gender or racial issues perhaps.
Friendships have been broken off because one Christian takes a stand on one side of an issue, and their friend doesn’t, so they get angry – never realizing they are being enticed by a demon combined with their own wrong thoughts to do so. Their anger and action reveal they are as Paul said in I Timothy 4:1: Giving heed to ‘seducing spirits and teachings of demons’, which Paul said would be loosed in the last days. Shame on them.
The word ‘seducing’, ‘planos’ in the Greek, means to cause a person to wander, misleading information, imposter, deceiver’. Some have given themselves to misleading information not realizing a spirit is behind it. The key is this – are they in peace, for James 3 says the wisdom from the Lord is pure, peaceful, easily approached. But the wisdom of the world is not peaceful, and causes envy, strife, and confusion.
Of course a Christian merely has to repent, acknowledging the truth to whoever they cut off from their lives, and rebuke the spirit they gave heed to.
Yet, before I applied for the vaccination, I wanted to get His confirmation. So, I said to Him, “Father, I have peace on the idea of getting the vaccines. But, would You please give me the confirmation?” And I was in awe when my prayer was answered so soon like in a few hours. In that evening, I had a monthly online meeting with a few brothers and sisters and during the meeting, one of the pastors asked us to intercede for those in Cyprus. He said that they think this vaccine is the mark of the beast and they refused to take it, while the cases spiked in there. And my pastor in Singapore prayed that the spirit of division and the spirit of deception cut off and we prayed together in agreement. And I was simply in awe in my heart for His confirmation. So, now, I had the first jab, without the fear of any short term and long term side effect, even though a Christian brother kept sending me all the videos and articles that we should not take vaccines! I believe each one of us should ask the Lord and follow Him and also respect other’s decision.
I wanted to share these stories, as I think being sensitive to the Holy Spirit is more important than before. We would see more shakings come including natural disasters, plagues and so on. Yet, He is our Refuge and Strength in time of trouble. All we need to do is to put our confidence in Him and listen to and obey Him. While I was writing this, I was reminded of a Christian pilot in Indonesia, who obeyed the voice of the Holy Spirit and saved 140 passengers a few minutes before the earthquake and tsunami hit Palu in Indonesia in 2018. I’m sharing the link of the news article with his testimony here.
Have a bliss!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
How are you? Hope you had or are having a good day, today?
A few weeks ago, I read Dr. Bruce Allen’s book, “Promise of The Third Day: Your Day of Destiny Has Arrived” and one of his writings spoke to me a lot:
Who do you belong to? God! Glorify God in your body and in your spirit. We glorify God by recognizing His Lordship or His authority in our life by doing what He says. Do you know it is worship when you turn to God and say, “God, I don’t know what to do”? The most effective way for a believer to worship and glorify God in our bodies is to allow Him through our weakness to become strong. Obedience to the mandate of Heaven—the voice of God—is an act of worship that says, “I love you Lord.” There is a divine exchange that takes place that is a mystery to every Christian—the love of the Father that grants us grace to accomplish His will with His wisdom and His strength in the midst of our weakness.
Later when I read a Pastor John Fenn’s book, “Pursuing the Seasons of God,” I was very thankful for his honestly sharing some of his mistakes that he moved in his own plan in his own time, not in God’s seasons. I also made some mistakes in my life that I might share in the future, and I felt the Lord was trying to teach me through the Pastor John Fenn’s book as well as my experiences. Also, keeping what Dr. Bruce Allen wrote about recognizing His Lordship or His authority, I wanted to ask the Lord in every single decision I should make. I don’t want to be in the wrong place in the wrong time, but I want to be in His perfect time for my destiny. Moreover, I felt I should worship Him, by truly recognizing His Lordship over my life. So, I asked the Lord even on the matters that I think I had His answers on. I wanted Him to give me confirmation.
Recently, during my prayer time in the morning, I read the Words from 1 Peter 5:2~4 in my notebook:
Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.
Then, later in the day, when I read a book, I happened to read these verses again. I knew it was not coincidence, but felt it was the Lord’s highlighting the messages I should take into my heart. There are people who are called to evangelists, apostles and so on. Then, in my heart, I felt the Lord wants me to shepherd His flock in the last days, providing them with shelters and foods as well as His Words. Yet, when I happened to read the Scriptures on Shepherd twice on that day, I asked the Lord to give me confirmation with the Words, “Shepherd” for my destiny. I said to Him, “Father, can You please give me the confirmation on my destiny, if You will to use me as a shepherd? Can you give me the confirmation, with the word, “shepherd” today?” You know what? I didn’t hear nor read anything about shepherd on that day. I was a bit disappointed and I even thought to myself, “Did I hear Him wrong in the past, then?”
In a few days, after I set my heart again to be His friend and to enjoy the fellowship without any motive as shared in my previous blog, Friends of God 2, I closed my eyes to pray. Then, I felt His still small voice in my heart, “Do you love Me?” I immediately knew He was asking the same questions that He did to Peter and I looked up the Bible on my mobile phone and by the time I looked up the verses, I already knew in my heart what He was trying to say:
So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?”
He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”
He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”
He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?”
He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”
He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”
He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?”
And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep. (John 21:15~17)
I was grateful and amazed that He gave me the confirmation that He wants me to feed His sheep, when I didn’t expect Him to do. Then, I realized that I actually tried to control Him, by asking Him to give me the confirmation on my terms, using the word, “Shepherd” and by requesting it in my own time! While I wanted to worship Him by recognizing His Lordship over my life, I still gave my Lord an order to use the word I chose and meet my timeline, not in His seasons! Yet, He is so patient and merciful. I repented.
Not only this question, but I started to ask Him to guide me and teach me over a decision I should make. And in His time and in His way, He gave me thoughts I should take, and I have peace in that decision.
Friend, I do not know whether it speaks to you. I pray that you and I set our hearts to acknowledge His Lordship over our lives and in every single decision we should make, we ask Him, and we obey Him. We follow His timing, not ours. We trust Him as He is a good Father. He is faithful forever more.
Have a bliss!
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
How are you? I’m well.
Earlier this year I meditated the Scriptures on Jesus’ telling John, the beloved disciple to look after Mary, His mother.
Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. (John 19:25~27)
Every time when I read the Scriptures, I thought how dear the mother Mary was to Jesus. She was His earthly mother, yet she was also one of His beloved daughters, as Jesus is God, our Lord. And he entrusted His dear mother and daughter to John, His beloved disciple who leaned on His chest and felt His heartbeat. This time when reading the story, I became very interested to read the verse, “And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.” Indeed, they immediately obeyed His command. Then, it dawned on me that Jesus had half-brothers like James and Jude who wrote the epistles in the New Testament. Wouldn’t it be kind of humiliating to them, if mother Mary went to John’s home and was taken care of by him? Especially in those times and in the Middle Eastern culture? Imagine that your father or your mother lives with your friend or your cousin and is taken care of by him or her, while you are around. Interestingly, both Mary and John were very obedient. Later, I looked up David Pawson’s book, Unlocking the Bible and I found it interesting that he wrote extra-biblical records about Mary and John:
John was one of the twelve apostles called by Jesus during his earthly ministry, and the only one to live to an old age. Extra-biblical records state that he looked after Mary, the mother of Jesus, in Ephesus until she died. He too died there.
Pawson, David. Unlocking the Bible . HarperCollins Publishers. Kindle Edition.
It seemed that Mary and John not only obeyed the Lord immediately, without a second thought, but kept on obeying Him until Mary’s death. It reminded me of the picture I saved on my mobile phone. It was Doug Addison’s words, “Like Mary – the mother of Jesus – God may be calling you to something extraordinary. It could be that He’s still waiting on your absolute, undoubting ‘yes’” I thought that to the mother Mary, obeying His commandment to go to John’s home wouldn’t be a big deal, compared with her undoubting yes to become the mother of the Lord as a virgin.
Then Mary responded, saying, “Yes! I will be a mother for the Lord! As his servant, I accept whatever he has for me. May everything you have told me come to pass.” And the angel left her. (Luke 1:38 TPT)
Imagine what risk she might have in that era. If she had been found to be pregnant before marriage and misunderstood as an adulterer, she would have been stoned to death! Yet, she said, “Yes!” or “Let it be to me according to your word.” No wonder she said in the wedding where Jesus turned water into wine, “His mother said to the servants, ‘Whatever He says to you, do it.’ (John 2:5)”
Friend, are you willing to obey whatever the Lord tells you to do? Even when it sounds against the grain, would you totally trust Him and obey Him? You might have social pressures and even your closed ones wouldn't understand you, when you obey Him. To some, it could be leaving their hometowns and move to other towns or nations. To others, it could be leaving their current jobs. Maybe, He could say to you, “This is your mother!” or “This is your wife!” or “This is your son!”, entrusting His beloved child to your care. Can you serve one sheep for Him?
Friend, the only thing that decides the foundation of your house, i.e. the rock or the sand is obeying.
Friend, I would like to close my writing by sharing what Neville Johnson wrote in his book, Secrets of the Kingdom (volume 2). I pray this speaks to you and you and I always say “Yes!” to Him, even when we don’t understand. Have a bliss!
GOD WANTED IMPLICIT OBEDIENCE
God wants people who are easy to give a command to, easy to work with, easy to be intreated. Saul was constantly motivated by fear which made it difficult for him to obey God. Abraham, on the other hand, was easy to work with, so he became God’s friend and God shared His wisdom with him. It is interesting to note that when God spoke to Abraham about circumcision in Genesis 17, He was making a covenant with Abraham. He gave the rite of circumcision to seal it. God was very specific in His instructions:
GENESIS 17:10, 12 10. This [is] my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. 12. And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which [is] not of thy seed.
Specifically, on the 8th day. Abraham could have had an attitude that would cause him to do less than God required. He could have said that the 6th day is more convenient or perhaps the 7th – it won’t make any difference. God said the 8th day and didn’t explain why. What Abraham did not know was that the blood-clotting agent does not form in a baby’s blood until the 8th day; many of the babies could have bled to death if they were circumcised before the 8th day. I have heard Christians say, “I need to understand before I can obey God.” If that was true, faith would not be needed. God wants people who are easy to be intreated, who will obey Him without argument or resistance or excuses. It is always wise to obey, and to obey without question, this quality, this pillar or foundation has to be established in our hearts. It is always wise to obey God even though you don’t understand why; it could save your life in the end times.
“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:46~49)
How are you? I’m well.
One day, I had a conversation with a Christian friend. She and I had a chance to talk about the gap of each other’s faith. She thinks that I’m kind of a lunatic Christian who is obsessed with supernatural things and the last days. And she said people like me are very rare in Christian circles and she encouraged me to expand my fellowship to unbelievers and so-called moderate Christians. I said to her, “I know what you mean, but I don’t want to argue with you to defend myself.” I was actually grateful that I didn’t debate with her to prove I was right and she was wrong.
I kept the story on the late Pastor Neville Johnson in my mind: When he preached in church, there was a man who was under the demonic influence and every Sunday he stood up in the middle of the preaching and spoke out loud against the Pastor Neville. Then, other people tried to stop him. Then, Pastor Neville didn’t say anything to that man until he had the love of Christ full in his heart. But on one Sunday, when that man disturbed the preaching again and Pastor Neville felt the love of Jesus toward that man full in his heart, he told him to be quiet. From that moment on, that man was not able to speak a word. He became mute for a month and after that, he was delivered.
Keeping his story in my mind and knowing my heart toward my friend, I didn’t want to argue with her. I knew it wouldn’t open her eyes, nor would she be delivered from deception and other spirits by my words without the love of Jesus in me.
Yet after the conversation with her, I became so upset for being misunderstood. Though I thought I would care less as to what others think of me, I was too upset to pray before going to bed. In all honesty, her opinion kept lingering in my mind and I said to myself, as if I wished I had said to her, “You said I believe supernatural things, as I’m a feeler. And you don’t, as you’re a thinker. Then, how can you explain that you, the thinker, believed what the fortunetellers and psychics said to you and your family and kept the lucky charm? That’s deception! And the Pharisees hated Jesus’ doing miracles.” And my thoughts were on and on, and I knew I had no love nor compassion toward her, but anger. Then on the bed, I listened to the teaching of Neville Johnson. Interestingly enough, I listened to him quote 1 Corinthians 5:9~11:
I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.
Apostle Paul warned church not to keep company with worldly Christians. Even now, there are so many idolaters who worship the things of this world and who are greedy, in church. Listening to this message, I felt the Lord speaking to me, “Do not listen to your friend, but to Me.”
Then, the next morning when I awoke, I was still discouraged and upset. I thought it would mean I’m still self-centered, not Christ-centered. I tried to play out uplifting songs, but it didn’t help me at all. Then, I texted my friend in Singapore, who is like-minded in faith, “The joy of the LORD is our strength!” I just sent a short and simple text to her, without sharing my mood and the occasion the other day. To my amazement, after proclaiming His words, I became uplifted and I thought I could even shimmy, while fixing brunch. Then, He gave me thoughts, while I was cooking meals: I’m born to soar like eagles; I’m born to be a forerunner who will harvest many souls in these last days, together with the like-minded tribe.
To my surprise, after the brunch, I saw a new email from Lana Vawser’s ministry with the title “I Heard the Lord Say Pioneers – From Deliverance to Commission.” The Words from her was just timely and so confirming and encouraging. It simply put me in awe:
“Pioneers, stay close. I will guide you EVERY step, I will teach you and train you. Keep your heart soft and teachable before Me. Tender to My leading. For you are about to host the greatest move of My Spirit in these new pioneering assignments than you ever have before.
Many may laugh, many may mock, but listen to My voice. For My voice will sustain you. My voice will guide you. My voice will strengthen and empower you. For I will place favour upon your obedience and upon the work of your hands to build with Me this new pioneering assignment that I have commissioned you into and as you stay deep in the secret place with Me and listen to My voice, the words of others will not touch you. Continue to stay nestled in My Word and My voice and the favour I will pour upon you will be greater than you have seen.
These new pioneering assignments are nets for the harvest. These ‘never done before’ assignments will see multitudes come to Me. The fish will jump into the boat. My love, My presence, and My good news will draw them. You will be amazed at the harvest that will come in. Get ready, get ready, get ready to see a mighty harvest.”
And His confirmation and affirmation didn’t end there. After reading Lana’s words, I visited the Morning Star Ministries’ website. It was my first time to visit it, and I wanted to check out Pastor Rick Joyner’s book in there. Then, I smiled at the ministry’s logo, eagle. When I read the latest Word for the Week, I read Pastor Rick quoted the verse, “Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)” And the next day, in Sunday worship service, I again listened to a pastor’s talking about eagle. What a good Father we have!
And the Lord made me realize the Jezebel spirit attacked the Elijah spirit, the eagles’. We read the story of Elijah’s being discouraged by Jezebel, even after he saw the mighty work of the Lord. And I learned that the Jezebel spirit is not only the spirit of control, but it is idolatry and spiritual adultery.
And I was able to make sense why Apostle Paul made such a strong warning in 1 Corinthian 5 that we would not even eat with those idol-worshipers in church. They are under the Jezebel spirit. In addition to the Jezebel spirit, which is spiritual adultery, the spirit of fear is one of the biggest enemies in the Lord’s warriors. And the biggest enemy to church is not outside, but within. In Judges 7:2~3, the Lord ordered Gideon before the war:
And the Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’ Now therefore, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once from Mount Gilead.’ ”And twenty-two thousand of the people returned, and ten thousand remained.
The first criterion to identify people to return was the fear. It ruins the whole community, just like the ten spies who brought the bad report to Moses and spread it to the Israelites on the promised land. But, the only two, Joshua and Caleb had a different spirit. Pastor Neville Johnson said that the earth-bound Christians like chicken have fears: the fear of the occult; the fear of being misunderstood; the fear that people won’t understand them.
I totally understand that, as I was there. I was afraid of having a different spirit like Caleb so that I didn’t long for the Holy Spirit baptism and receiving tongues for long. But our mind should be renewed, and our eyes and ears should be opened.
Friend, if you are born to be eagle, please do not be discouraged by majority in church. The enemy is always trying to kill and steal and destroy your identity in Christ. It always wants to cut off your wings. And the hard thing is that the enemy uses your family, friends or even your Christian family and friends so that you would be discouraged by your close ones. But the warfare is not against the flesh, but against the principality. We must intercede for them with love, while resisting the Jezebel spirit and the fear in Jesus’ name. Friend, you’re born to soar, not earth-bound. Eagles are small in numbers and you would not be understood by many in “church.” But you have a pioneer calling for His Kingdom. Do not settle down in the wilderness but conquer the promised land. Do not look at the giants in the land but turn your eyes on Jesus! Soar! We are born for such a time as this. Nets are huge and we will catch many souls together with the Lord and with His love, and we will reign in the Millennium, in Jesus’ name.
Have a bliss!
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power (Ephesians 1:17~19)