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)