Friday, July 22, 2016

Lynch Mob Thinking

A dictionary definition of a lynch mob is, “ A group of people who condemn and punish a person without a fair trial.” This is not limited to an Old West image of a mob of rowdy cowboys throwing a rope over a tree limb to hang someone without legal process. It is done today in response to a disagreement of opinion that differs from the predominate groupthink on either side of an issue.  
An unrestrained and intellectually weakened mob mentality will string people up simply because of disagreeing worldviews. A lynch mob kills the possibility of a redemptive conversation. If someone in your group hands you a rope it is a good indicator you are in the wrong group. The Spirit of God never aligns with the spirit of a lynch mob.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wait For The Sweetness



This morning, Jan and I walked past the vineyards near our home. It was a stunning day filled with blue sky, white clouds and rich earth. We saw the coming harvest of grapes hanging heavy on the vines. The grapes we still green and not yet ready to pick. As soon as I saw the abundance of hanging fruit they became a word picture.

The fullness of time is approaching when the sweetness of what God has planted in your life will be tasted. This is a time for you to wait and not hurry His process. Bring every impatient thought into a place of rest while God fills the fruit of your destiny with the sweetness of His presence. If you eat too early it will become a sour taste in your mouth. Wait with expectation and anticipate the taste of God’s goodness.

The Dancing Signs of God

Recently, I was walking along under a covered sidewalk in a small town known as a tourist destination. Hanging above my head were signs advertising each business along the sidewalk. These signs hung on chains. A sudden breeze began to blow causing all the signs to sway in opposite directions in perfect cadence. It was like someone had reached up and set the signs in motion in opposite directions on cue. This produced the impression that the signs were moving in a precisely choreographed dance sequence.  

As I passed under the dancing signs, I turned and looked back. I sensed the Lord say, “I have just set in motion signs that will draw your attention. I will cause a sleeping culture to look up to see my spiritual signs like you just looked up to see the natural signs sway in the wind above your head. What is coming will cause people to look up beyond the familiar surroundings they have assumed to be the only reality. I am releasing my breath to move the signs that will announce a coming change.”  

For a few days after I saw those dancing signs above my head, I carried an unsettled feeling. In retrospect, I realize that unsettledness was not negative. It came from the Spirit asking me to not settle for a shallow interpretation of what I see playing out around me as if it were the only reality. God can create a new reality as easy as He created the Earth – with just a word or by the breath of His Spirit.  

I am sensing a coming interruption to our status quo. This will happen by the breath of God. When the signs begin to sway look up. These signs will advertise the will of God in clear and simple terms just like the signs that danced above my head that day and pointed me in the direction of a particular business. Heaven is moving and so are the signs announcing a coming shift.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Neither

In this cycle of American politics we have become a living illustration of the conversation Joshua had with the commander of the Lord’s heavenly army.

Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. (Joshua 5: 13-15)

No matter where we passionately draw our political and social battle lines we only see in part and prophesy in part. God is always up to something much larger than our passion can see.

In these times of heated political rhetoric God wants you to support His agenda and His Kingdom platform.  To do this you may have to step back and forth over lines drawn by politicians, powerbrokers and religious-sounding groups. You will be in good company. Jesus did this throughout His ministry on Earth. This is why the authorities and even His followers could never figure Him out or what He would do next because they were choosing to see Him through the blinding lens of human insight and from behind hotly defined man-made battle lines.


It is always holy ground when God is at work and He is at work in profound ways. Take off your shoes. This is a holy moment in our history. God is about to bring down the walls that divide us.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

It's Time To Plan Your Escape

At some point you will need to plan your escape. This is an escape from the opinions of other people, the “you need to do this or that” kind of advice or the feeling that somehow you have missed the “it” of life.  This escape can be done in two ways. One way will lead to life and real freedom because its success rests solely on God’s love for you and not on your performance. The other plan leads to a deeper and more dangerous bondage that is created by a reactionary life empowered by the need to prove your worth to others. That plan of escape only promises to become a new prison in a new location.

To plan a healthy escape requires that you discover or in some cases, rediscover the fact that you are already free in Christ. You either never realized your freedom or somewhere along the way you abandoned its truth in a moment of personal despair. As a result, you gave your fear and unbelief and the opinions of other people permission to craft your reality. These influences became the wardens of your imprisoned life.

No matter what steel bars of doubt now surround your thinking, before God, you stand as a completely free person and the only person that can lengthen the sentence of wrong thinking is you.  It is time to walk out of prison. The cell door will open automatically as you step in faith onto its threshold under the weight of God’s love.  



Monday, July 18, 2016

Spiritual Staging Areas Are Being Formed

In military and police work the term “Staging Area” is used to describe a location designated where intelligence, personnel and materials are assembled in preparation for a coming campaign or assault.  Personally, I have stood in actual staging areas where my SWAT unit received scouting reports and assembled the equipment and personnel needed to initiate a response. The same thing is taking place around the nation, not in a police or military sense, but with like-minded spiritual warriors who realize the tactics of the past will not help us breech the door of deception that holds our nation captive. We are in a moment of our history when we need to hear a fresh word of revelation for the coming mission.

This summer, a number of us have been invited to meet in different locations in unadvertised private gatherings with other leaders from across the United States. These meetings will become spiritual staging areas. Each gathering has a full spectrum representation of the five equipping gifts Paul mentioned in Ephesians 4. We are coming together to hear from God in the areas of reformation, theology and leadership. These gatherings will receive revelation from God that will equip the Church for the next season of ministry. Along with an equipping will be the creation of a tactical response that God will use to rescue people and nations held captive to the delusion and lies so many have wrongly assumed will be their new and a painful lot in life. These gatherings are not advertised online, in the media or in magazines. They are under the radar in preparation for a surprise attack that will take the enemy off-guard.

As I write these words, I see points of fire breaking out across the nations of the Earth. These fires will be ignited by what takes place in these staging areas. Do not pass up a invitation to gather with other like-minded believers to pray and believe for more. These gatherings have the potential of becoming a supernatural staging area of the Spirit.

Get ready to experience the power of an Acts 13 gathering where the expanded destiny of the Church was revealed as people waited in worship before the Lord. In the historic meeting that took place in Acts 13, and in meetings that will take place in the coming months, fresh revelation will be released that will become a pre-operation briefing of the Spirit.  The assignments birthed from the precise revelation revealed in these meetings will expand the focus of the Church revealing new frontiers of ministry as it did 2,000 years ago in the city of Antioch.

While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said…”
                                                                                                            Acts 13:2

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Discerning the Puppet Master



There are puppets dancing across the world stage. Every puppet has a puppet master. You will need the Spirit-empowered gift of discernment to clearly see into the spiritual realm and to understand what is actually taking place behind the curtain on the world stage.  

In this moment of intense cultural conflict and rapid social change it will be important to be able to follow the controlling strings attached to the puppet all the way back to the source that manipulates the puppet's action. What seems obvious is not always reality and what is performing on the stage is not always the main attraction.