Step One: Rejoice

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We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us, (Romans 5:3-5, RSV, emphasis mine).

There are a lot of people that I’m praying for: people with grave physical issues, people with grave family issues, people facing all sorts of problems and challenges in their lives—you know who you are, and you know that I’m praying for you.

Often as I’m praying I will open the Bible for guidance in prayer.  This passage in Romans is what came up this morning, and it really blew my mind.  Step one is rejoice in suffering.  I have personally done that and found it to be amazingly effective.  It doesn’t always change the situation, but what it always does is change my perception of the situation, and that makes the whole thing bearable.

Often we think that we have to go running to God with our problems like toddlers running to a busy, distracted mother.  God is never too busy to know exactly what you’re going through.  He knows all about it.  He knew that it was coming (and why).  He knows the pain that it is causing you (whether physical or emotional).  He knows what you need far better than you do, and He knows exactly what to do about it.  In other words: God is always in control of your complete situation if you’re His.

That’s not to say that God allowed your suffering, necessarily.  In the vast majority of cases, our suffering was caused by something we or some other human did.  God doesn’t step in and save us from ourselves.  He doesn’t always save us from the bad choices of others around us.  When God gave us free will, it was irrevocable and inviolable—even while He knew that people (believers and unbelievers alike) would continue to make bad choices.  Sometimes we ignore the Holy Spirit’s warning about trusting someone.  Or we buy convenient or junk foods instead of things that we know to be healthier choices.  Over time these bad choices are going to cause us to suffer.

Suffering is not—absolutely not—a punishment.  Jesus took every bit of the punishment for us to the cross.

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus, (Romans 8:1, emphasis mine).

So why do we suffer?  Suffering does have a purpose.  Read that passage again:

We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us, (Romans 5:3-5, RSV, emphasis mine).

The first step is to rejoice in sufferings, and you’ll see changes in yourself—changes that help you to follow God’s leading better, to make better choices in life.  And in all of this, God wants to build you and grow you and make you truly fit for Heaven.  In the end, it’s all going to be worth it.  So start rejoicing now.  God is good!

Giving an Inheritance

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My grandson liked his jacket so much that he put on a tie for the occasion.

I have always enjoyed collecting things.  When I was a child I collected ceramic horses, dogs, and cats and Beatles pictures.  As an adult I have collected pigs, pottery, and always books, books, books.  When I started missionary work in 2010 I began collecting flags from all over Europe.  I also began collecting patches from each country I visited.  I didn’t have any idea what to do with the patches, I just liked collecting them.  Then in 2011 I became a grandmother, and now I have two grandchildren.

Last year my grandson (now six years old) began to show some interest in all the countries that I’ve visited.  We talked over the Europe placemat that I had given him, and marked the countries I’ve visited in dry erase marker.

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Detail of the back of the jacket.

So for Christmas I got him and his little sister a jacket and poncho, respectively.  I began to put the patches on them, but had to stop because of a severe eyestrain headache.  I suffered eyestrain because I was putting reading glasses over my glasses—an imperfect but cheap alternative to bifocals or progressive glasses[1].

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The jacket front.

The next day I removed my glasses to sew the patches, but then my right hand began to go all carpal-tunnel-numb from all the sewing.  So again I had to stop.  But Christmas was coming, and I needed to finish their presents.  So I asked a friend to pray for me.  I didn’t specify what the problem was, I just asked him to pray for my hand.  He did and the following day I was able to finish both the jacket and the poncho.

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Detail of the back of the poncho.

When I prayed about these gifts, the Lord gave me Isaiah 54:3[2]:

You shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited, (NKJV, emphasis mine).

Suddenly I understood why I had been attacked with eyestrain and numbness in my hand: the defeated enemy didn’t want me to get these gifts done because they represented my grandchildren’s inheritance.

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The front of the poncho.

Now, most children don’t like gifts of clothing.  They would rather receive toys.  I did give them each a small toy, but they were thrilled with these gifts—far more than I had dared to hope.

God has sent me on assignment in Europe, and my work there is producing an inheritance for my descendants.  Simple gifts that I had thought might be more for me than for them turned out to be important keys to my investment into their future.  God is good!

[1] I can’t wear bifocals anymore because I kept tripping over curbs and stepping in dog mess.  Progressives are just bifocals without the line, so that wouldn’t solve the problem of not properly seeing where I’m walking.

[2] The entire chapter of Isaiah 54 was given to me as a rhema word in 1992 when God reclaimed me.  I often re-read it, finding fresh understanding of my inheritance—and that of my children and grandchildren.

Confronting Babylon

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Tim’s photo of the UN HQ taken as I prayed at the traffic light.

After completing my Secret Weapon Assignment in Boston, I had one more to do on the way home.  I was instructed to go to Babylon of the New World: New York City.  When the Lord revealed this, what first came to my mind was Ground Zero.  But He revealed two other places.  The first was the United Nations, and the second was City Hall Park where the arch of baal[1] had been erected in September of 2016.

I had picked Tim up from a friend’s house in upstate New York, and he began helping me to navigate around the city.  My plan had been to check into our hotel in Newark, New Jersey and then take a train into New York City.  Specifically, what we were looking for was the Palisades Parkway.  Whenever I travel New York into upstate New Jersey, I prefer to take the Palisades because no trucks are allowed.  It’s also the prettiest route by far.  The problem is that the Palisades Parkway can be tricky to find even with GPS navigation.  This time I missed the turn even with Tim and the GPS helping me.

The rabbis say that coincidence is not a Kosher word, and in this case it was certainly true.  As our exit slipped by, the GPS recalculated for the George Washington Bridge, which would take me into Manhattan[2].  My plan would have avoided driving and parking in the city altogether.  But Tim pointed out that it was a Sunday morning and therefore the traffic was not likely to be so bad.  “Why don’t we just drive to where you want to go?”

At first I was resistant to the idea, but I have driven in Manhattan before and survived it just fine.  If I can drive in Milan with its crazy layout and aggressive drivers, I can certainly handle Manhattan on a Sunday morning.  By the time I decided, the exit for the bridge had also passed.  But that was fine.  The bridge would have taken me into upper Manhattan, but all my assignments were mid- to lower-Manhattan.

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Entering the Lincoln Tunnel.

I asked Tim to put the United Nations as our new destination, and the GPS took us to the Lincoln Tunnel.  The United Nations was pretty much a straight shot across the island from the tunnel.  I had already heard from the Lord that I didn’t need to go inside, just pray outside.  Traffic and a red light put me in front of the building for long enough to pray a quick prayer against the new world order[3] that they are working to establish.

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Arch of baal on opening day.

The next destination was City Hall Park, which we easily found.  I even found a place to park.  I left Tim in the car because I wasn’t certain that it was a legitimate parking place.  So he stayed there while I walked the entire park.  I found the place where the arch had been erected, but it was no longer there.  I prayed that, just as the arch had been removed from the city, so would its spiritual residue also be removed, never to return.

Next we headed toward Ground Zero.  The last time I was in New York City was the summer of 2001, so the Twin Towers were still there.  Tim had been to Ground Zero, so he knew what the memorial looked like.  We didn’t find a place to park nor even a place to pause as at the UN.  In my spirit I felt that this was not a problem.  So I began to pray in tongues as I drove and Tim navigated us to Newark.

All told, we had spent less than an hour in the city, but I felt that for the day, this was all that the Lord had called me to do.  And doing it mostly in the car felt somehow right for this day[4].  About a week later someone told me: “You have no idea what this prayer work is accomplishing in the spirit realm—and you might never know until you get to Heaven.  But this is important work.”  I was very glad to hear this, since it often feels like I haven’t really done anything.  As I transition into doing more and more of this kind of work in Europe, it’s good to know that I truly am accomplishing something for the Kingdom of God on earth.  God is good!

[1] The Bible says that even the names of false gods should not be on our lips (Exodus 23:13, Psalm 16:4, and specifically baal: Hosea 2:17).  Therefore, although I had to write it for informational purposes, I refuse to capitalize it and give that name any kind of importance.

[2] I don’t know why because we had already crossed the Hudson River at Poughkeepsie.

[3] One-world government and one-world religion.

[4] I believe that the Lord had Tim remain in the car the whole time because that provided him full protection from the eyes of the defeated enemy.  Since Tim is not called to this prayer work as I am, he doesn’t enjoy the same level of protection and invisibility as I do.  So it was important that he be protected and invisible while I completed my prayer assignment.

Heartless

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Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed.  You will be hated all over the world because you are My followers.  And many will turn away from Me and betray and hate each other.  And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people.  Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.  But the one who endures to the end will be saved, (Matthew 24:10-13, emphasis mine).

In speaking about the End Times in the passage above, Jesus gave some very telling descriptors: hate and love grown cold—heartlessness.  The chilling thing is that He is not talking about unbelievers in this passage.  You can see that He is talking about believers that lose their faith because of persecution.

False prophets will—and do!—deceive many believers with the lie that there are many ways to God, that we are all God’s children, and that God wants to give us everything we desire—even a sinful lifestyle that God has called an abomination[1].  And indeed, we’re hearing these thing preached from some pulpits.  They preach these things because they know persecution is coming and they want to deflect it by opening Heaven to all and by giving a motivational speech instead of a sermon.  They fear man more than they fear God.

Sin is rampant in the world today—yes, even among Christians.  I saw a Hummer covered in Christian bumper stickers, including one that said: Don’t judge me because I drive a Hummer.  Of course I’m not saying that driving a Hummer is a sin[2].  That would be silly.  But idolatry is a sin, and many people idolize wealth.  Money is one of the most common idols in the world today.

And you don’t have to be rich to idolize money.  Most of the people you see lining up to buy lottery tickets idolize wealth, thinking that money will solve all of their problems[3].  Some Christians tithe more faithfully to the state lottery than they do to their church.  Jesus said:

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also, (Luke 12:34, NIV, emphasis mine).

Pornography is a serious problem, and Christian men unfortunately are not immune to it[4].  This garbage comes right into your home, and it breaks up marriages.  A man who continually looks at these images begins to lose his desire for his wife who is not airbrushed with perfect Barbie doll proportions.  The real woman in his life is often less than perfect.  She sometimes has stubbly, unshaven legs and bad breath.  Adultery is adultery, even if the women are only two-dimensional or imaginary.  Jesus said:

But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart, (Matthew 5:28, emphasis mine).

Would you believe me if I told you that murder is also a serious problem among Christians?  The Bible says:

Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them, (1 John 3:15, emphasis mine).

Of course we all have people in our lives that we don’t particularly like.  Some have done real harm to us, while others just irritate us in some way.  But remember, God’s standard is much higher than ours.  God doesn’t tell us simply to tolerate one another.  Instead we are commanded to love our neighbor as ourselves[5].  Love them!  Love them like we love ourselves.  If you need to see God’s standard for love, read 1 Corinthians 13.  If you can honestly say that you love everyone in your life with a perfect 1 Corinthians 13 love, then you’re a better Christian than me.  I find it difficult to love even my family and dearest friends with God’s standard of perfect love, much less the people who have hurt and betrayed me.  Nevertheless, we are called to this standard of love for the people in our lives.

In these days leading up to Christmas, people are under more and more stress.  Much of this stress is put upon them by merchants hoping to make a big profit off a Christianized pagan holiday[6].  The problem with Christmas is that it has become a festival of greed and indulgence.  The Christmas season is kicked off by Black Friday’s brawling greedfest[7] and culminates in New Year’s Eve’s drunken debauchery.  I can’t imagine that ancient Rome shed more blood, drank more alcohol, or indulged in fewer orgies than what most people do in the US.  Of course, these are not ways that Christians celebrate the Christmas season.  But some do use Christmas as an excuse to overspend and overindulge.

We are called to be different.  And have you noticed that in each of these verses above, God is looking not so much at the actions, but at the heart motivations.  Many believers have become heartless, just as Jesus predicted in the opening passage, above.

Many people these days who go to church, giving God an hour or two out of their week, and call themselves Christians, but their lives fail to show it.  As long as everything is good, they don’t really need (or even really want) God in their daily lives.  But when trouble comes (as it does for all of us), they ask for prayers.  They treat God like He is their big Santa Claus in the sky.  And they fall away when He doesn’t answer their prayers.

For indeed the Gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the Word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it, (Hebrews 4:2, NKJV, emphasis mine).

The people who are playing at Christianity are not mixing faith with the Word they hear each Sunday.  Faith is more than simply believing.  Faith is going to show itself in your life by what you do.

What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions?  Can that kind of faith save anyone?  Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing.  What good does that do?

So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough.  Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.  Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.”  But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds?  I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”  You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God.  Good for you!  Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.  How foolish!  Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless? (James 2:14-20, emphasis mine).

Playing at Christianity not only does them no good, but it’s actually a very dangerous game.  The defeated enemy has them, and through them he’s also going to get an opportunity to destroy the lives of the people around them: their spouses, their children, their co-workers, and the biggest target: their friends from church.  Do you see the ripple-effect this could create?  In fact, I believe that this is actually what has happened in American society.  Too many people playing at Christianity has resulted in this no longer being the Christian country that it once was.  And the end result is going to be judgment on America.

But judgment is not unavoidable, even at this point.

If My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land, (2 Chronicles 7:14).

It’s not unavoidable, but it is conditional.  We’ve got to pray for our country.  And we’ve got to quit playing at Christianity.  If the current state of our country saddens you, pray!  If it distresses you, pray!  If it worries you, pray!  In our current condition the economy, the infrastructure, our comfy lifestyle is a house of cards in a wind tunnel.

So far we have only seen what happens when God begins to lift the hedge of protection: 9/11, the Boston Marathon Bombing; hurricanes Sandy, Katrina, and Harvey[8]; The BP oil spill (and others); school shootings like Columbine and Sandy Hook; earthquakes in unlikely places like Oklahoma, Delaware, Arkansas, Illinois, Idaho, Montana, and Georgia[9].  In a recent article The Economist noted that there has been an increase in natural disasters[10].  Terrible as the death toll from these events is, and costly as they were, none of these even came close to what judgment would look like.  I don’t want to see judgment happen to our country.  You won’t want to see judgment.

So the thing to do is pray.  If we pray with a humble and repentant heart we can turn things around—even now.  Please join me in praying for our country.  Failing to pray would be heartless.  God is good!

[1] God used such strong language in order to remove all doubt in the face of our current tolerant attitude.

[2] It looked to me like she was trying to deflect the criticism that may have come from both sides of the political aisle.  Of course, only God knows if she’s guilty of idolatry.

[3] Indeed, there are many problems that money can solve.  But the most important things in life are things that money can’t buy: love, health, true friendship, and everlasting life.  Only Jesus can solve the most important problems of life.

[4] Indeed, it’s not only men.

[5] This is a command in the Old Testament as well as the New: Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 19:19, 22:39; Mark 12:31 & 33; Luke 10:27; Romans 13:9; Galatians 5:14; and James 2:8.

[6] Honestly, I’m on the fence about celebrating Christmas.  Jesus’ true birthday was probably during the Feast of Tabernacles.  Nevertheless, it seems to me that if we keep a proper focus, Christmas can be something that does properly celebrate Jesus.

[7] I have heard that the vast majority of Black Friday shoppers are not buying Christmas presents, but buying things for themselves.  And I personally know of an instance in which the local news did not report a stabbing at a Black Friday sale—their silence was probably bought by the merchant and this is probably not an isolated occurrence by any means.

[8] The most costly hurricanes in US history all happened within the last dozen years: Sandy $71.4 Billion, Katrina $108 Billion, and Harvey $100 Billion.  In fact, 2017 is on track to be a record-breaking year for natural disasters.

[9] This is only data from 2017 and does not include the usual earthquake zones like in California.

[10] Weather-Related Disasters are Increasing, August 29, 2017.

Called to Rebuke the So-Called

The false prophets or visionaries who try to lead you astray must be put to death, for they encourage rebellion against the Lord your God, who redeemed you from slavery and brought you out of the land of Egypt.  Since they try to lead you astray from the way the Lord your God commanded you to live, you must put them to death.  In this way you will purge the evil from among you, (Deuteronomy 13:5).

Heresy in all its forms is offensive to God.  As you can see in the verse above, we are not to tolerate heresy.  But heresy was the farthest thing from my mind as I walked the streets of Boston on a cool day a week before Thanksgiving.  I had just had a meeting with Allegra, one of my ministry partners.  As the meeting ended I asked her what is the tallest building in Boston.  She said that she thought it was the Prudential, but looked it up to be sure.  It turns out that the Prudential building is the second tallest.  The tallest building in Boston is the John Hancock building.  So after saying our goodbyes, I took the T to that part of town.

As I exited the T station into the cool sunshine, the only thing on my mind was finding the John Hancock building.  It always takes me a moment to get my bearings when popping up from a subway rabbit hole into an unfamiliar part of town.  As soon as I did, I started heading toward my target, and on the way I saw a church at the far end of a square that caught my attention.

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Although my calling is for the Body of Christ (in other words, The Church), I do live in Europe and have seen so many beautiful and ornate churches that I’ve become jaded.  Plus a fact that really concerns me is that so many people think that The Church is synonymous with those beautiful and ornate buildings.  If you are one of those, please let me assure you that The Church consists of God’s people.  In fact, I don’t believe that we were ever meant to be enclosed in a building.  But despite my normal tendency to walk right past a church, this one had my attention, and I suspected that God wanted to show me something.  So I approached it, crossing the large square.  There was a big construction project blocking the middle of the square, so I had to skirt around it.  There were volunteer guards all around the building project, wearing bright orange vests.

When I finally got close enough to read the sign, I was shocked: First Church of Christ Scientist.  I stood there a moment, reeling with this new information.  This was the headquarters for the Christian Science so-called-church.  Christian Science is not to be confused with Scientology, which denies Jesus altogether.  Christian Science, founded in 1866 by Mary Baker Eddy, was an attempt to blend mesmerism and hypnotism (occultic healing practices) with Christianity.  Eddy wrote Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures as a new revelation[1] to accompany the Bible.  Eddy’s new “revelation” included Jesus’ demotion from God incarnate to a great metaphysical healer.

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Reeling though I was, it didn’t take long for me to understand my mission there: rebuke the heresy.  No, I didn’t go in and yell at anybody.  After all, the people involved in Christian Science are deceived.  Instead, I rebuked the heretical spirit of Christian Science.  The Holy Spirit led me to enter.  Close to the entrance was a table full of free magazines and brochures.  I helped myself to one of each.  A guide there offered a bag to put the materials into.  Then she offered to take me on a free tour of the church.  I pretended to check the time while really checking with the Lord.  The answer was no, so I exclaimed: “Is it two o’clock already?  I’ve got to go.”  And I quickly left the building.

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Then the Holy Spirit instructed me to do something strange: spit on the doorstep.  I said, “OK, but You’re going to have to hide me while I do it,” because of the people inside and the volunteer guards all around the square.  I spat on the doorstep.  Then I went around and spat on every doorstep of the church.  And nobody saw me do it.

From there I easily found the John Hancock building, but the observation deck was closed.  The receptionist suggested going to the Prudential building.  At the top of the Prudential I blessed the city of Boston and its people from above.  This day’s work followed the same basic formula as my day in Washington DC: enter by subway underneath the city, praying in the spirit to break up any bad foundation; pray on the surface at witchcraft sites—or in Boston’s case, the heresy site; then finish the day’s prayers by blessing the city from above.

When I returned to my room I tore apart the magazines and brochures, declaring that they would never again spread this lie to people who are seeking God.  As I did so, I realized why God had chosen me to rebuke the heresy of Christian Science.  It’s because my family had been personally and profoundly effected by this heresy.  My grandfather died when my mom was eight because he wouldn’t go to the hospital for appendicitis until it was too late.  So she grew up without a father, and I never knew him.

When I returned to North Carolina I chose my moment carefully and told Mom about what I had done in Boston.  Instead of being saddened by all this, she surprised me with more information.  Mom told me that her father and grandmother were not the only ones involved in Christian Science.  Her aunt had also become Christian Science.  I was stunned.  I’d had no idea.  I knew that my grandmother never converted, but I hadn’t known about my great aunt.  “Did she meet your dad through Aunt Louise?”  “No,” Mom answered, “It was just coincidence.”

Well, coincidence or not, as far as I know all of the family members that had been involved with Christian Science are now gone.  But it seems that the defeated enemy was working overtime, trying to get to us all through this heresy.  When I became a Christian and understood the importance of renouncing heresies and occultic involvement, I did it.  I confessed and renounced Christian Science and Freemasonry in my family tree, and various occultic dabblings that I had personally committed.  And having done that, God had had me rebuke the heresy of Christian Science at its headquarters.  The final blow was dealt by me against this heresy that had robbed my mom of her father and me of a grandfather.

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About half an hour after leaving the Christian Science so-called-church I saw a bright thing in the sky.  It may have just been the start of a vapor trail, but it looked to me like an angel with its wings up for flying.  And it did something strange that I’ve never seen a vapor trail do: it pivoted and vanished as though it were only two-dimensional.  Then after a moment it reappeared the same way that it had vanished, and that is when I got a picture of it.  I believe that this siting was a sign from God that I had done something important this day.  God is good!

P.S.      I wrote this yesterday, but didn’t post it.  This morning this prophecy was in my inbox:

I am directing you to do things that you would not normally do, but I have purpose for you in the byways of life.  Not to mention that I want you to be present in ways that will reveal My presence, says the Lord.  Be sensitive and obedient to My leading.  It is unlikely that you will know the impact of what you do at this time.  Isaiah 6:8 – Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?”  Then I said, “Here am I!  Send me.”

Clearly, this is not a coincidence.  God told me to spit on the doorstep of a heretical church, and now He’s reassuring me that I did hear His voice correctly, and that what I did will accomplish His purposes.  God is good!

[1] Though she took all or almost all of it from Phineas Quimby, her homeopathic healer.

Washing up Washington

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The pentagram in the street layout of Washington DC

Ever since the revelation this summer that I am God’s Secret Weapon, the Lord has been speaking to me about Washington DC.  The specific thing about Washington is the Masonic witchcraft literally built into the city.  If you look at a map of the city there is a pentagram[1].  The bottom point of the pentagram points to the White House[2].  I didn’t know how I would squeeze Washington into my schedule, since my time in the US is usually slammed with family, personal, and ministry obligations—both corporate and spiritual.  But I knew that if it was important, then God would open the time for me.  I knew that the most likely time would be on the way to or from Boston.

And what a day I had here in Washington DC!  When I got on the subway to go into town, there was a woman on the elevator down to the trains.  Her hoodie said something about being a worshiper.  I said, “Is that true?” pointing to her hoodie’s message.  She said it is.  So when we got to the train, I invited her to sit with me, and we had a marvelous time talking about our wonderful God.  She is the worship leader for her mom’s church.  I had asked my church in Asheville to pray for divine appointments, and Tonya was my first.

This was a wonderful way to start my day in Washington DC, and also my annual visit to Boston.  Usually I bypass Washington on my way to Boston, stopping only in New Jersey and Connecticut to visit prayer partners on the way.  But, but the Lord made it possible, even with Thanksgiving coming up.  He has also been waking me up early in the morning to pray for America, and praying for our country was also the reason to come back this summer to witness and pray during the eclipse.  God’s eyes are on America, and He has been withholding judgment because of the prayers of righteous people on behalf of our country.  But judgment will fall sooner or later.

I started the day’s prayers by praying for invisibility from the eyes of the defeated enemy and his minions.  I entered the city by the subway, praying into its foundations.  The prayer for invisibility was important because my very presence threatened the defeated enemy’s carefully-constructed spiritual atmosphere right there at its foundation.  When I exited the subway I walked up the center of the pentagram from the point to the crotch of it at the north end, praying in the Spirit.  From there I went to each of the streets that form the points and broke those ley lines[3].

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The missing portion of the pentagram is at the Golden Triangle.

When I finished all that I found myself at a business district called the Golden Triangle.  The interesting thing about the Golden Triangle is that it occupies the whole area of the missing part of the pentagram in the street plan.  Some people have rejected the idea of a Masonic witchcraft conspiracy over the nation’s capital city because of the missing portion of the pentagram.  So it seemed important to see what was there.

As I began to walk across the middle of the Golden Triangle, and the Lord showed me that it’s more than just business.  One of the first buildings I saw, right at the beginning of the missing portion of the pentagram is the Equality Center of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.  Sounds like an important place, right?  Who wouldn’t be for human rights?  Well, this is a high-powered lobby group and propaganda machine for LGBTQ.  Of course I’m not against gay people, but this is all about shoving the gay agenda down our throats.  The Holy Spirit told me to go inside, so I did.  The receptionist chirped, “Can I help you?” so I asked if they had any brochures.  She said that all of their materials are online.  But her colleague said that they have brochures in the waiting room.  So I went and took some brochures and left.

Human Rights Campaign

Google Maps street view didn’t allow a closer look at their building.  Is this deliberate?

Going inside there was a Secret Weapon thing.  Sometimes the Lord has me go inside places just to take His presence inside.  Sometimes the Lord doesn’t allow me to go inside a place (probably because the strongman is too entrenched for me to go in alone).  The information I learned was just how much of a propaganda machine they are: training people to be advocates and leaders for the gay community, getting them into religion and public policy-making, internship programs, and offering their facilities for teaching, training, and meeting with the nation’s leaders.  In other words, they are a group of lobbyists, and obviously they’ve had some success.

But after leaving the HRC, the next place I saw was the CBN News offices.  I went inside there, too.  I couldn’t go anywhere besides the lobby, but it was a moment of real refreshment.

When I finished the Golden Triangle I walked to the White House.  Predictably, there was a protest going on in across the street.  This was mostly a group of feminists shrilly screaming for equality.  Really?  So I prayed for them to lose interest in protesting, and when I passed later, their numbers had dwindled to just a few.

By then I had done a lot of walking and I was tired, and not even halfway done with everywhere that the Lord had put on my heart.  Then I saw a bicycle rickshaw driver who was offering a tour.  It was a little pricey, but I got a personalized tour, so that I saw the places I needed to pray at, and skipped the places where I knew I didn’t need to go to.  The most valuable thing he showed me was the highest spot in DC: the Old Post Office Clock Tower—it’s the only thing in the city that is taller than the Washington Monument.  So I went asked him to organize the tour to end there.  And I went up to pray blessings over the nation’s capital.

Then I took the subway back to my hotel—and I was so exhausted that I fell asleep and a woman had to wake me when we arrived at the end of the line.  Happily, my hotel was near the end of the line.

Prayer work is exhausting, but God strengthened me for the task.  Praise the Lord!  This trip to Boston is starting off great!  God is good!

[1] An upside-down five-pointed star that witches use for casting spells and curses.  And I have it from several sources that there are witches that gather together on each waning crescent moon to curse Trump (see for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtQGFQ5G0Ao).

[2] Whether the founding fathers intended it as a witchcraft thing or not is debatable, but there are witches out there now taking advantage of its placement in the capital.

[3] The earth is covered with a grid of ley lines—satanic power lines.  There is one that goes from a Mayan temple in Mexico through Washington, Boston, Stonehenge, and Damascus, for example.

The Spiritual Gift of Holy Music[1]

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Alison playing her David’s harp at Ein Gedi.

My favorite Spiritual Gift of all, one I enjoy in others while not possessing in the slightest, is the gift of Holy Music.  It is not specifically called a Spiritual Gift, but look how one of Saul’s servants described David to him:

Look, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and the Lord is with him, (1 Samuel 16:18, NKJV, emphasis mine).

Here King Saul was suffering from a tormenting spirit, and 1 Samuel goes on to describe how David was able to play music that actually drove the evil spirit away.  Even the denominations that are against playing music in church don’t deny that David’s Psalms are Holy Music.  David had a supernaturally empowered Spiritual Gift of Holy Music.

When you hear the words: praise and worship, what comes first to your mind?  I think that most of us would say music.  And I don’t think that’s necessarily wrong.  Of course it is possible to worship God without music, just as it is possible to reach Kansas City on foot.  Music is the vehicle that will transport you into an atmosphere of worship more efficiently, just as a car can get you to Kansas City more efficiently.  There is something about music that reaches deep into the soul and spirit—for good or for bad.

And not only that, but worship using music is one of the very few ways I know of to bring a person’s whole self into spiritual alignment by engaging the body (through playing an instrument or singing), the soul (your mind focusing on the worshipful lyrics), and the spirit (which, if redeemed, is always ready to worship God).

In 2015 I wrote about a couple of YouTubers who had made videos about the evils of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM)[2].  They were most likely pastors from the above-mentioned denominations that don’t allow music in church.  They dismissed our worshiping with music as nothing more than emotionalism.

Of course we become emotional!  God is emotional, and we are created in His image.  Plus, I never want to contemplate the Cross with a cold heart.  I also never want to sing about the Cross mechanically, as if it was an ordinary thing.  The Cross is not only life-changing, it’s eternity-changing.  That’s something to get emotional about.  It’s a reason to sing and shout, tear-up and get emotional, and jump and run and tell the world about Jesus.  I am unapologetically emotional in my love for God.

They also dismissed CCM as not really being Christian because it is entirely possible for a person to use the music to worship any god, even self.  They say this because often the lyrics don’t name Jesus by name, using “Lord,” instead.  The danger of this, they claim, is that satanists can use CCM to worship the defeated enemy.

Using that logic, I tested some songs, including a few older worship songs to see if it’s true.  The hymn We Exalt Thee fits this line of thinking, since it only uses “O Lord,” instead of naming Jesus.  But as I sang it, trying not to direct it to God, my heart ended up worshiping anyway and tears sprang to my eyes (for me this is often a sign of the Holy Spirit’s anointing).

The defeated enemy is incapable of creating anything, but we, as God’s image-bearers, are endowed with the capacity to create.  It is said that the defeated enemy was once the worship leader in Heaven—in God’s very throne room.  Being so close to all the worship and adoration, he decided that he wanted it for himself.  Is it possible for him and his minions to hijack Christian worship music?  Of course it is!  But that doesn’t diminish its power in worshiping God.  Nor does that make it something to avoid in worship.  The defeated enemy doesn’t hijack things that are useless or without power.  That’s why he has twisted prayer into incantation and spells, symbols like the Cross are turned upside down, and music is used to inflate his own ego.

Since about the mid-90’s I listen almost exclusively to Christian music, and since discovering them a few years ago, I started also listening to Contemporary Jewish groups like Six13 and Maccabeats.  Often I will be doing a mundane task like doing the dishes, making beds, or traveling on a long flight, but my heart is soaring in the heavenlies, praising my Savior.  The task gets done and I end up feeling grateful and not stressed.

Do all of these musicians and singers have the Spiritual Gift of Holy Music?  No.  But then again, a lot of the worship leaders in many of the churches I have visited don’t, either.  The Spiritual Gift is not required in order to do an able job of leading worship, but when it’s present, oh what a difference it makes.

For the past five years I have opened my home, operating in hospitality, without the Spiritual Gift of Hospitality.  In fact, on the Spiritual Gifts test, I scored only one out of ten for Hospitality.  My Spiritual Giftings are Encouragements (ten out of ten), Teaching (nine out of ten), and Prophecy (eight out of ten).  You don’t have to have the Spiritual Gift in order to operate in these things.  In fact, many of these things are things that every Christian is commanded to do, like having faith.  We aren’t all George Mullers, but we are all called to have faith.  We are all called to give to the work of the Kingdom, but few have the Spiritual Gift of Giving.  I know people who gladly live off the ten percent and give ninety percent of their income to the work of the Kingdom.

I know a couple of people who have the Spiritual Gift of Holy Music to an extraordinary degree:

Cynthia is my pastor’s mother and the founding pastor’s wife.  She writes worship music based on Scripture that is both beautiful and anointed.  I don’t know how many original songs she has written, but I know that she’s prolific.  I have often seen Cynthia begin to play a worship song that brings the atmosphere of Heaven right into the Sanctuary.

Another is Alison, a Messianic believer.  In addition to leading worship, Alison plays spontaneous soaking music[3] as led by the Holy Spirit.  Her music is powerfully anointed.  And I believe that the resistance and opposition to her music is a result of this anointing stirring up the defeated enemy’s forces.  After all, Jehoshaphat was instructed to put the musicians on the front lines of the army before the fighting men.  Alison’s music destroys spiritual strongholds.

And there are several others that I know: singers, harpists, violinists, guitar players, keyboard players[4], drummers, bassists, saxophonists, trumpeters, trombone players, and of course shofar players.  Each of them I have seen used by the Holy Spirit to create an atmosphere of worship through music.

I recently saw a video interview in which there was a man who went to Heaven.  He said that he heard church music in Heaven and said, “Hey!  That’s our music!”  God told him that all sacred music is composed first in Heaven.  I believe it because it’s the same with the Spiritual Gift of Holy Writing, which is a gift I believe that I have[5].  When the anointing is upon me to write, it feels like I’m just taking dictation.  I have heard Spiritually Gifted songwriters say the exact same thing.

All of this is not to say that Spiritual Gifts are to be exalted.  But the Holy Spirit generously gives the Spiritual Gifts in order to worship and exalt our wonderful God, and to edify the Body of Christ.  The Lord told me in 2011 that the Spiritual Gifts are simply more of Him.  This is precisely why we are encouraged to seek Spiritual Gifts[6], especially prophecy.

So if you don’t know your Spiritual Gift, you should get out there and try them out, take a gifts test, and ask God to show you your Spiritual Gifting.  Don’t neglect this, it’s important.  This is the key to living a fulfilling life in Jesus Christ.  It’s also loads of fun.  God is good!

[1] Continued from A Closer Look at Spiritual Gifts.

[2] See Bad Music.

[3] According to Wikipedia: “Soaking Music otherwise known as Soaking Prayer music or Soaking Worship music, is a subgenre of Christian Music, and is commonly used to denote songs that are used during contemplative prayer in prayer houses and other “soaking” Christian meetings.”  For more, see: The Purpose of Soaking Music.

[4] Which includes both pianists and organists.

[5] Another of the unnamed, but implied Spiritual Gifts.  Each of the writers of the Bible had this gift.

[6] 1 Corinthians 12:31.

A Closer Look at Spiritual Gifts

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The “altar” at Timna Park in Israel, illuminated by the setting sun.

You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people.  You are members of God’s family.  Together, we are His house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets.  And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus Himself.  We are carefully joined together in Him, becoming a Holy Temple for the Lord.  Through Him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by His Spirit, (Ephesians 2:19-22, emphasis mine).

The Bible reveals the gifts of the Holy Spirit in three overlapping lists:

  • Prophecy, Serving, Teaching, Encouragement[1], Giving, Leadership, and Kindness[2], (Romans 12:6–8);
  • Wise Advice, Special Knowledge, Great Faith, Healing, Miracles, Prophecy[3], Discernment, Unknown Languages[4], and Ability to Interpret, (1 Corinthians 12:8-10); and
  • Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, and Teacher, (Ephesians 4:11[5]).

There is another list that overlaps these other lists without adding anything different:

  • Apostle, Prophet, Teacher[6], Miracles, Healing[7], Helps[8], Leadership[9], and Unknown Languages[10], (1 Corinthians 12:28).

Useful as these lists are, there are several gifts that are mentioned in other places:

  • Hospitality[11] (1 Peter 4:9-10);
  • Missionary[12] (Ephesians 3:6-8); and
  • Voluntary Poverty and Martyrdom[13], (1 Corinthians 13:3).

There is also the implied gift of Celibacy:

I wish everyone were single, just as I am.  Yet each person has a special gift from God, of one kind or another.  So I say to those who aren’t married and to widows—it’s better to stay unmarried, just as I am, (1 Corinthians 7:7-8, emphasis mine).

It is a dangerous mistake to force lifelong celibacy on young people.  Of course I believe that sexual intercourse should be reserved for marriage, and thus abstinence should be taught and encouraged.  And it’s important to remember that self-control is a Fruit of the Holy Spirit[14].  The Spiritual Gift of Celibacy—indeed all of the Spiritual Gifts—is only truly present when it is supernaturally empowered by the Holy Spirit.

I have studied the Spiritual Gifts extensively and find it fascinating how God has put the Body of Christ together: uniting so many different people, each with their own unique gifting, for the purpose of reaching the world with the Good News of Salvation in Jesus Christ[15].

For more information about the Spiritual Gifts see Spiritual Gifts List and Definitions.  See also Your Spiritual Gifts can help Your Church Grow by C. Peter Wagner.  If you don’t know what your Spiritual Gifting is, I recommend taking a Spiritual Gifts test.  You will be far more useful to the Kingdom of God if you know and allow God to use your Spiritual Gifts.  But not only that, when you operate in your Spiritual Gift you will find it fun, interesting, and more fulfilling than anything else you’ve ever done.  And chances are that you are already doing some things involving your Spiritual Gift without even knowing it.

But I believe that the above lists are still incomplete because they fail to take into account some of the Old Testament Spiritual Gifts.  The most obvious is one I call Holy Craftsmanship:

Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.  Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him.  Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you: the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law with the atonement cover on it, and all the other furnishings of the tent—the table and its articles, the pure gold lampstand and all its accessories, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, the basin with its stand—and also the woven garments, both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests, and the anointing oil and fragrant incense for the Holy Place.  They are to make them just as I commanded you,” (Exodus 31:1-11, emphasis mine).

Notice that Holy Craftsmanship is not merely being good at one craft, but a broad skillset, empowered supernaturally by the Holy Spirit (as are all of the Spiritual Gifts).

There is also the Spiritual Gift of Holy Warfare, and I have no doubt that this is as much in the physical sense as in the spiritual[16]:

Praise the Lord, who is my Rock.  He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle, (Psalm 144:1, emphasis mine).

And then there is the Spiritual Gift that I share with my favorite Christian authors, Mark Buchanan[17] and Mark Batterson[18]; and also with my favorite ancient authors, Isaiah and John: the Spiritual Gift of Holy Writing.  Of course I’m not saying that what I write is worthy of inclusion in the Bible.  I haven’t even achieved enough recognition (as of this writing) to have been published[19].  But God does use my writing to reach people with the Truth, and I know that this Gift is supernaturally empowered because sometimes as I write, I feel like I’m taking dictation.

In my next post I will highlight my favorite Spiritual Gift.  God is good!

[1] Called Exhortation in older English translations.

[2] Called Mercy in many other versions.

[3] Overlaps with the Romans list.

[4] Called Tongues in older English translations.

[5] These five are both gifts and offices, though I believe that many people who occupy the office of Pastor do not have the supernatural gift of Pastor, but rather the Spiritual Gift of Teacher or Leadership.

[6] These first three overlap with the Ephesians list.

[7] Miracles and Healing overlap with the 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 list.

[8] Considered by some to be the same gift as Serving in the Romans list.

[9] Overlaps with the Romans list, also called Administration.

[10] Overlaps with the 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 list.

[11] Implied.

[12] Implied.

[13] I believe that Martyrdom really is a supernaturally-powered Spiritual Gift.  In movies we see and imagine that martyrs suffered for their faith, but the only suffering death ever recorded is Jesus’ death.  Jesus suffered all the pain and humiliation of being nailed naked to a cross because the Father looked away.  But many times it is recorded that martyrs faced their deaths joyfully: Polycarp and Perpetua, for example.

[14] Galatians 5:22-23.  Fruit of the Spirit is different from the Spiritual Gifts because all nine fruits come as a result of living your life dead to sin, but alive in Christ (Romans 6:11).

[15] Ephesians 2:19-22.

[16] And thank God for the warriors who put their lives on the line for our country and for the Kingdom of God.

[17] Author of Your God is Too Safe.

[18] Author of Wild Goose Chase.

[19] Though I have self-published nine books so far.

 

Moving into The Secret Place

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I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who calls you by your name, Am the God of Israel, (Isaiah 45:3, NKJV, emphasis mine).

For the past several months I have been praying for more of God.  Specifically, I have asked God for more of Him and that I should never be satisfied that I have enough of Him: Holy Dissatisfaction[1], I call it.

And I think this prayer for Holy Dissatisfaction is the reason why God is calling me back out of my comfort zone and into greater service as His Secret Weapon[2] (see An Invitation to Adventure).

The problem is that a Secret Weapon isn’t secret if the enemy knows all about it (even a defeated enemy).  So this morning as I read Psalm 91 again, it struck me afresh:

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty, (Psalm 91:1, NKJV, emphasis mine).

I realized that I need to move into The Secret Place, under God Almighty’s Shadow, if I am going to truly fly under the defeated enemy’s radar, as prophesied this past summer:

God has chosen you to make you His Secret Weapon.  You are a Secret Weapon because the forces of the defeated enemy won’t believe that you could possibly be a threat to his kingdom.  Thus, you will fly under the radar of the defeated enemy’s forces, and they will never see you coming.

You will do real damage to the defeated enemy’s kingdom and set back his plans in many places.  Do not fear, though He leads you into some scary places.  God will be with you all the way, leading you, showing you where to go and teaching you how to pray.

I understood that will need invisibility in order to go and pray in stronghold places where the defeated enemy’s forces are all around.  Happily, I have already experienced that protective invisibility[3], so I was led to pray:

Lord, thank You for granting me protective invisibility.  Thank You, also, for inviting me to dwell in Your Secret Place and abide under Your Mighty Shadow.  As I enter into this next season of travel and Secret Weapon assignments, please keep me and all of my communications hidden from the defeated enemy and all of his minions.  And please give me greater discernment to know who to talk to and who not to talk to.  In the Mighty Name of Jesus, Amen.

As I continued reading Psalm 91, I was also struck afresh by all the protections promised to those who dwell in The Secret Place:

  • He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler. . . (verse 3),

For among my people there are wicked men, who, like fowlers, lie in wait and set traps to catch their fellow human beings, (Jeremiah 5:26, CJB).

The defeated enemy’s human minions are like fowlers, trapping unsuspecting people like birds.

  • . . . and from the perilous pestilence, (verse 3),

After this summer and having a potentially deadly bout of pneumonia[4], I know that I need this protection.

  • You shall not be afraid of the terror by night. . . (verse 5),

Having recently suffered this attack[5], too, I’m also glad for this protection.

  • . . . nor of the arrow that flies by day. . . (verse 5),

Recently I was crossing the street at a crosswalk, and there was a car about half a block away.  When I was about a third of the way across, the driver suddenly stepped on the gas, as though to run me over.  I ran on across the street.  It wasn’t until later that I realized that the driver wasn’t just your ordinary crazy.  He was probably in league with the defeated enemy and looking to take me out.

  • . . . nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness. . . (verse 6),

I don’t mind being doubly protected from pestilence.

  • . . . nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday, (verse 6),
  • No evil shall befall you. . . (verse 10),

Being invisible to the defeated enemy and his minions will be important.

  • . . . nor shall any plague come near your dwelling. . . (verse 10),

Triple protection against illness!

  • For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone, (verses 11 & 12),

Angelic body guards—I’m going to need them.

  • You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra (verse 13).

See?  This is all about being God’s Secret Weapon.

So as I move into this next season as God’s Secret Weapon, traveling and doing the prophetic prayer work that He assigns, I will take Psalm 91 as my prayer and promise of divine protection.  All of this would be very frightening indeed without the promise of divine protection.  But having the promise of divine protection and protective invisibility, I face this new season of my life with a sense of excitement as an adventure.  What adventure is God calling you to?  God is good!

[1] See Hungry and My Heart’s Cry.

[2] See God’s Secret Weapon.

[3] See Invisibility—it’s quite an interesting story.

[4] See Barking Hell.

[5] See The Terror that Stalks at Midnight.

Parting Gift

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View of the Cathedral from the roof

This time of year what looms large upon my personal horizon is the knowledge that soon I will return to the US for my annual Thanksgiving and Christmas visit with family.  Since this visit is usually three or four months long, it means getting ready to make My Annual Move.  This year, just beyond that horizon is another: making my move out of the apartment and into my mission field, Europe.

Friends in Milan have expressed sorrow at the idea of losing me.  But I know that Milan is a place where God will keep bringing me back.  God hasn’t said as much to me, but I feel it in my heart.  I love Europe, but most of all, I love Milan.

Today God gave me a parting gift.  On Facebook a few days ago I had seen pictures that friends of mine took.  They showed a view of Milan that I had never seen before: from the roof of the Galleria.  I asked for details about how to get to the roof of the Galleria because I hadn’t even known that it was possible to go up there.

So today Tim and I went up there.  And here are the pictures that I took of that experience—my parting gift from God.  God is good!

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