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Desperately Wicked

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“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.” (Jeremiah 17:9‭-‬10 NLT)

But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew all about people. No one needed to tell him about human nature, for he knew what was in each person’s heart. (John 2:24‭-‬25 NLT)

Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. (Hebrews 3:12‭-‬14 NLT)

I am not here to discuss ‘Calvinism versus Arminianism’. Nor am I here to discuss ‘Once Saved, Always Saved’ versus ‘Losing Your Salvation’. Nor am I here to discuss what ‘Sharing In All That Belongs To Christ’ in the above verse means (I just know it tells me for sure that I can lose it). And finally, for those who like to take things literally, I am not talking about the heart that is the organ that pumps blood through the body.

What I am here to discuss is the fact that as long as we live in this human body on this Earth, if we are not careful, our heart can pull us into a desperately wicked direction. Do not be deceived that just because you call yourself a Christian that this can’t happen to you. The three verses at the top of this article are definitely eye openers. Even though we become ‘New Creations’ (2 Corinthians 5:17) when we accept Christ into our hearts, the battles remain and in many ways become even more intense.

My focus for this article is that living the ‘Christian Life’ is a day-to-day battle:

And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. (James 1:13‭-‬16 NLT)

What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure. You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. (James 4:1‭-‬4 NLT)

But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. (1 Timothy 6:9‭-‬10 NLT)

Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. (1 Peter 4:12 NLT)

The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. (1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT)

Paul compared the Christian walk through life like a race. It doesn’t end when you accept Jesus as LORD and Savior. It ends when you cross the finish line when you take your last breath:

All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:25‭-‬27 NLT)

Daniel has always been when of my heroes in the faith. He is the only major character in the Bible that nothing negative spiritually is written about. He served impeccably in high authority and recognition through two of the six major world empires. Even with this, he recognized how desperately wicked even his own human heart was. That is why he risked death to continue his prayer life three times each and every day:

But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God. So at last the king gave orders for Daniel to be arrested and thrown into the den of lions. The king said to him, “May your God, whom you serve so faithfully, rescue you.” (Daniel 6:10‭, ‬16 NLT)

Your heart is the intangible part of who you really are. It is the seat of your emotions, feelings, thoughts, etc. It is tied with the other intangible parts of who you really are, encompassing your mind, soul, and spirit. It lies invisibly within your tangible brain only as long as you remain alive in this flesh. Your brain can be dissected, but will never reveal the heart of who you really are. When you are alive, your brain waves can be monitored showing activity, but only God is able to search the heart within it and examine its secret motives. That is why these following four verses remind us of how we must always proceed with caution in our life concerning our heart and train it to dwell on wholesome thoughts:

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4:23 NLT)

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. (1 Peter 5:8‭-‬9 ESV)

We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. (2 Corinthians 10:3‭-‬4 NLT)

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8 NLT)

In conclusion, when you skip a meal, your belly lets you know it. Problem is when you skip a prayer time where you can unite your heart with the heart of your LORD and Savior, you don’t experience a tangible hunger. You must look within your heart and train it to yearn for communion with Him through prayer and feasting on His Word, the Bible. The following except I will leave you with is from the ‘Our Father’ and is not just about tangible food. It is also about spiritual food:

Give us this day our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11 ESV)

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That’s All I Can Stands!

As I was growing up, one of the cartoons that I watched was called ‘Popeye the Sailor Man’. The scenario was usually this: Popeye would be with his girlfriend Olive Oyl. His nemesis, Brutus (formerly Bluto) would kidnap Olive Oyl and beat up Popeye. Popeye would be in an helpless state. At this point when he reached the end of his rope, he would say, “That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more!” Then he would pull out a can of spinach and gulp it down. This would transform him into a muscle bound hero where he would take care of Brutus and rescue Olive Oyl.

My wife started watching the ‘I am Second’ videos a few weeks ago. They are testimonies of people who have given their life to Jesus Christ. Many of the people are recognizable from somewhere in the entertainment or sports world. When she finds one that is extremely powerful she will then share it with me in the evening before we go to bed. There is a central theme that runs through the extremely powerful ones, and that is they are about people who had reached the end of their rope and hit rock bottom. Most of it is because of drugs, alcohol, sex, pornography, or an extremely dangerous lifestyle. They were literally people crying out just like Popeye, “That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more!” The big difference is that instead of spinach, it was the love of Jesus Christ that intervened.

Let’s step it down a notch. You don’t have to be at rock bottom. What is it that you feel you don’t have control of in your life? What is it that has given you the feeling that you are spiraling downward? What is it that has stepped into your life that has zapped you of your spiritual power? What is it that has made you a slave to it?

You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. (1 Corinthians 6:12 NLT)

Paul would not all allow himself to become a slave to anything. He would only allow himself to be a slave to one entity, and that was Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ alone!

This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News. (Romans 1:1 NLT)

Let’s step it down one more notch. What is it that makes you miserable if you don’t get it? Could it be that coffee and bagel every morning? Could it be that glass of beer or wine you have to have with dinner every night? Could it be those cigarettes you have to have because of the high stress life you think you lead? Could it be that you don’t get to watch your favorite sport’s team on TV? Could it be the stocks that you have invested in haven’t gone up for the day? Could it be that you didn’t get what you wanted from social media for the day?

Anything that affects my ‘prayer closet’ with God, or my ‘disposition’ with my fellow man, or my ‘peace’ with myself,  I need to examine it and take control of it, and if need be, I must crucify it to the cross of Jesus Christ:

We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. (Romans 6:6 NLT)

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. (Luke 9:23 NKJV)

Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1b NKJV)

Is there anything in your life that needs for you to cry out, “That’s it! I will not put up with it anymore!”? If there is, there is unlimited power in the cross to overcome anything, no matter how big or small:

The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18 NLT)

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Huh! Sanctification?

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You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! Yes, and everyone who wants to live a ‘godly life’ in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived. (2 Timothy 3:1‭, ‬5‭‭, ‬12‭-‬13 NLT)

Sanctification in the Greek language means ‘set apart’. Biblically, sanctification is ‘overcoming sin’. By the dictionary, sanctify means ‘to make holy’. It is the work of God making us holy. ‘Holiness’ is the state, while ‘sanctification’ is the process. ‘Living a godly life’ is the result. ‘Being preserved blameless’ until we meet the Lord Jesus Christ is the ultimate outcome. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 says, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

I wrote an article almost 8 years ago on sanctification, some of which I will glean from for this article. Since then there has been an alarming rate of deterioration concerning sanctification within Christian circles, especially here in the United States.

Even though sanctification is the all-important secondary work of the Holy Spirit after salvation, you won’t hear that much spoken about sanctification anymore. It is being blotted out of Christian vocabulary. Many Christian circles label it legalism. Many are afraid it will be considered offensive. 40 years ago it was common to hear Christians proclaim, “I am saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Spirit.” I still remember the old timers singing ‘Victory is Mine!’ and you could tell that it was with an inner joy that could not be taken away. They did not need to read books like ‘Becoming a Better You’ by Joel Osteen or ‘Purpose Driven Life’ by Rick Warren. They read their Bibles diligently and realized that the Holy Spirit offered ‘a better you’ and had ‘a purpose for their life’. They did not waste their money on books like that. The Bible was all sufficient and they put their extra money into the collection plate for Missionaries to spread the good news of the Gospel throughout the world.

I see a lack of contentment in many of today’s Christians. The proof of this is in their searching for their fulfillment outside the Bible. They read books and follow teachings of many of the wolves in sheep’s clothing. They chase after their favorite big name ministers and Christian bands.

Christian music is only supposed to loosen up the soil, it is not supposed to be the soil! In other words, music is only supposed to be the prelude to the all-important solid preaching and teaching of the Word. Yet, music has become center stage. Arenas now days are filled, just so people can be entertained and feel good listening to their favorite groups. It has become a hook to draw unsuspecting victims into dangerous teachings.

Jesus Culture/Bethel Music leads people into the blurred and twisted teachings of its mother church, Bethel Redding, and its false prophet leader, Bill Johnson. Then there is Hillsong United which leads people to Hillsong Church, which does not preach the full counsel of the Word of God for fear of offending many of the homosexuals who associate with it. The music itself is not the danger. It is the agenda behind the music where the danger lies. I name names because we are in a spiritual war where the consequences are spiritual life or death.

It may seem that I am going off on rabbit trails, but now I will bring it into perspective of why I am writing what I am writing.

My church is in deep prayer that God will send a revival. Our church is across the street from one of the most influential universities in the world. Because our church is heavily mission-minded and the Lord has burdened us with reaching the lost and hurting, we see this as a tremendous opportunity. The students go back to all different parts of the world. We see the students as missionaries that can go back to their own lands on fire for Jesus.

We do not want to be a circus like the Toronto Blessing that was nothing more than a demonstration of eastern mysticism. Nor do we want to be like the so-called Pensacola Revival that was nothing more than a drawing of gawkers from around the world to see what was going on. We want to have true revival where conviction of sin comes down so heavily that the area is completely changed and turned upside down for the Lord Jesus Christ. We know that to have true revival we must first be prepared within the church. We are asking God to humble us, to break us, and to make us desperate for lost souls. We know that sanctification is the key. We must be living a holy and set apart life in order for the Lord to lead lost souls to us.

I see people who wear WWJD bracelets, who talk all the latest Christian lingo, who go to Christian concerts, who go out of their way to go see the big name ministers, but have abandoned sanctification. These same people have no problem with partying with the rest of the world, yet they say they want revival. The Jesus I worship tells me this cannot be so. I must live my life set apart from the rest of the world if I want to see a genuine move of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8). I must join with other Christians who are on the same wavelength. We cannot live like the world if we want to see the world around us to be convicted of sin and have revival break out.

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“Wash me clean oh Lord”, is my heart cry!

If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. (2 Timothy 2:21 KJV)

As a side note, this past year I have walked away from the bombardment of technology in my personal life. There is no radio on while in my car. There is no TV or radio on in my home. There is no Facebook or social media on my cell phone. I go on long walks out in the countryside when I get home from work. All of this has allowed my intimate relationship with the LORD to soar by having more time for prayer, worshipping, and devouring the Word of God. Seeking ‘holiness’ without a thriving relationship with the LORD can turn into ‘hardness’ for lack of absorbing the love that eminates from Him.

Maybe what I have written in this article will cause you to examine your life a little closer. May God Bless!

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Chosen Not?

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So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when He was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to His resurrection.” And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two You have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. (Acts 1:21‭-‬26 ESV)

So what happened to Joseph Barsabbas, the one not chosen as an Apostle? Did he graciously accept the Lord’s decision and continue serving in other ways? Or was he hurt and dejected? Was the wind knocked out of him? Did he retreat in prayer and ask, “Lord, what is wrong with me?” Did the Lord already reveal to him that He has another job for him to do? These are all interesting thoughts. Remember that Stephen was not an Apostle, but his testimony as the first martyr was incredible, even as far as Jesus raising to His feet from His throne to greet him at his death. Tradition has it that Joseph Barsabbas was martyred, but no one knows for sure.

When it comes down to us, should it really matter if we are chosen or not for something? Let’s look at what Jesus said to Peter:

Jesus said this to let him (Peter) know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.” Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple Jesus loved (John)—the one who had leaned over to Jesus during supper and asked, “Lord, who will betray you?” Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?” Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.” (John 21:19‭-‬22 NLT)

Now let’s go one step further: should it really matter, even if we have our heart set on something, if we are chosen or not, just as long as we are following Jesus and being right where He wants us to be?

Look at the following two men, both from the book of Luke. One was asked to leave everything and come follow Jesus, which he didn’t. While the other wanted to follow Jesus, but Jesus told him to go back and be a witness to his family and town, which he obeyed:

And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “……. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.'” And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”  But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. (Luke 18:18‭-‬23 ESV)

So Jesus returned to the boat and left, crossing back to the other side of the lake. The man who had been freed from the demons begged to go with him. But Jesus sent him home, saying, “No, go back to your family, and tell them everything God has done for you.” So he went all through the town proclaiming the great things Jesus had done for him. (Luke 8:37‭b-‬39 NLT)

Each of us who has accepted Jesus Christ as our savior is a part of the body of Christ and each of us, as unique individuals, has God given gifts and abilities:

All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages. Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to do miracles? Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not! (1 Corinthians 12:27‭-‬30 NLT)

So what’s more important to you: to be chosen for something that you have your heart set upon, or to follow Jesus, no matter where He leads, knowing that you are right where He wants you to be?

Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? (Mark 8:34‭-‬37 NLT)

Paul was beaten, whipped, stoned, shipwrecked, imprisoned, and finally martyred and yet he rejoiced through it all. Why? Because he knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be, doing exactly what he was supposed to do.

Remember that you will not be judged necessarily according to what you do for the Lord. Rather you will be judged on what you were called to do and whether you grasped it or not.

Our prayer should be: “Lord, help me to be exactly where you want me to be, doing exactly what you want me to do, and give me the grace to rejoice in doing it.”

In reality, everyone who follows the Lord Jesus Christ can never really say that they are ‘not chosen’. They may feel that they were not chosen for what they had their heart set on, but the Lord has chosen them according to His purposes:

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. (1 Peter 2:9 KJV)

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. (John 15:16 KJV)

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Does God Ever Detest Your Prayers?

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God detests the prayers of a person who ignores the law. (Proverbs 28:9 NLT)

This is a very powerful warning in the Word of God. But before anyone jumps to the conclusion of why someone’s prayers don’t seem to be answered, let’s take a quick panoramic view of prayer:

First and foremost, God’s ‘will’ plays the most important role of whether or not a prayer is answered:

Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10 NKJV)

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (1 John 5:14 NKJV)

Second, there are times when God may not think something that we pray for is best for us, but He may allow it as a lesson to be learned:

Jesus replied, “Moses permitted divorce only as a concession to your hard hearts, but it was not what God had originally intended. (Matthew 19:8 NLT)

That is why the Holy Spirit says, “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled, when they tested me in the wilderness.” (Hebrews 3:7‭-‬8 NLT)

Third, God’s ways are infinitely higher than our ways:

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8‭-‬9 NKJV)

Forth, not all afflictions and woes are caused by Satan:

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. (John 9:1‭-‬3 NKJV)

Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever. So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them. (Matthew 8:14‭-‬15 NKJV)

Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. (Matthew 8:2‭-‬3 NLT)

Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life. (Ecclesiastes 7:14 NLT)

Fifth, sometimes we forget that things occur just because we live in a fallen world:

Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. (Romans 8:20a NLT)

Sixth, God Himself will use sickness, disease, and even death to chastise His people:

For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died. (1 Corinthians 11:29‭-‬30 NLT)

Seventh, God is able to do anything in His strength and nothing is impossible for Him:

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20 NLT)

Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” (Matthew 19:26 NLT)

Eighth, revelation is divinely given only when the Holy Spirit deems it necessary. We are never to speak or do anything presumptuously and claim it is God:

But when she came to the man of God at the mountain, she fell to the ground before him and caught hold of his feet. Gehazi began to push her away, but the man of God said, “Leave her alone. She is deeply troubled, but the Lord has not told me what it is.” (2 Kings 4:27 NLT)

And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour. (Acts 16:18 NKJV)

Ninth, faith is a key ingredient that must be exhibited:

And so He (Jesus) did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief. (Matthew 13:58 NLT)

Tenth, obedience must be exercised:

But his (Naaman’s) officers tried to reason with him and said, “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something very difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply, ‘Go and wash and be cured!’” So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the man of God had instructed him. And his skin became as healthy as the skin of a young child, and he was healed! (2 Kings 5:13‭-‬14 NLT)

“But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you. And the heavens over your head shall be bronze, and the earth under you shall be iron.” (Deuteronomy 28:15‭, ‬23 ESV)

Eleventh, sin is an impassable road block:

We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship Him and do His will. (John 9:31 NLT)

Twelfth, holiness is required for our prayers to have a sweet aroma in God’s nostrils. Along with Psalm 141:1-3, this also brings us back to the verse at the very beginning of this article:

God detests the prayers of a person who ignores the law. (Proverbs 28:9 NLT)

God, come close. Come quickly! Open Your ears—it’s my voice You’re hearing! Treat my prayer as sweet incense rising; my raised hands are my evening prayers. Post a guard at my mouth, God, set a watch at the door of my lips. Don’t let me so much as dream of evil or thoughtlessly fall into bad company. (Psalm 141:1‭-‬3 MSG)

So how should we go about praying?:

1. Making sure we are living a holy and sanctified life.
2. Making sure we are obedient.
3. Seeking Holy Spirit discernment and revelation of what we are praying for, making sure that we are never presumptuous.
4. Going boldly before God’s throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16).
5. Praying with confidence and believing God can do anything, no matter how impossible it looks.
6. Asking that above all, God’s will be done.
7. Praying persistently (Luke 18:1-5) until we feel release in our spirit (2 Cor 12:8‭-‬9).
8. Praising God in our prayers with thanksgiving, mingling it amongst our petitions in humility.

In conclusion, I am appalled by the lack of humility there is in the way prayer is portrayed by the showman ministers and circus ministries on TV and the internet. They reek with human presumption, rather than Holy Spirit discernment. They defend their antics by accusing those, who show by Scripture otherwise, as having lack of faith. They claim with brashness that someone will be healed and have prosperity in order to further their ministry, but in reality never are healed or get out of financial debt. These hucksters are fortunate that the punishment set forth in the Old Testament is no longer carried out:

“But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.” (Deuteronomy 18:20 ESV)

As we part, keep in mind:

“God does nothing but by prayer, and everything with it.” — John Wesley

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Thrill Seeker or Jesus Seeker?

There is a two-fold cancer that has invaded the church in these last days. First, the infiltration of False Apostles. Paul warns us of what took place during his time and what will be much more prevalent in our time:

But I will continue doing what I have always done. This will undercut those who are looking for an opportunity to boast that their work is just like ours. These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve. (2 Corinthians 11:12‭-‬15 NLT)

Second, the infiltration of Thrill Seekers. Paul is very adamant in his warnings:

You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths. But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you. (2 Timothy 3:1, 4:3‭-‬5 NLT)

Over the past 25 years I have had first hand experience with the False Apostles and Thrill Seekers that have invaded the church to the point that it is a literal cancer which appears there is no end to. The nucleus of the cancer was dubbed the ‘Toronto Blessing’ which spread the cancer world wide. Now Bethel Church and it’s pastor Bill Johnson have become a powerful means for the cancer to continue to grow explosively. It seems no matter where I turn, I see its invasion. People blindly latch onto it, or should I more properly say that people blindly allow it to latch onto them.

We are warned to test everything and be not sudden with the laying on of hands. Do you realize when we willingly allow others to lay hands upon us, we are actually spiritually submitting to this person and to what they are attempting to impart on us? If we know the person and their walk with God, it can be a good thing (as in James 5:14). But it can turn very nasty when we allow strangers or those whose teachings and/or doctrines are at the very least questionable to pray over us, lay hands upon us and impart ‘something’.

Maybe it wasn’t the intriguing teachings or the inviting laying on of hands. Maybe it was the seemingly innocent music that grabbed one’s attention. For example Bethel Church’s Jesus Culture music.

The Internet and YouTube are filled with warnings from Holy Spirit filled, God fearing men about the Toronto Blessing and Bethel Church/Bill Johnson. Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, and many other spotlight ministers have become of the same mold as Bill Johnson and Bethel Church. These warnings show how these False Prophets blur the lines of Scripture with enticement in order to promote their own perverted  interpretations to accomplish their ungodly agenda.There are more than enough videos that document the unbiblical ‘slaying’ of people, which in reality is the Kundalini spirit, not the Holy Spirit.

Let’s quickly look at ‘Kundalini’. ‘Kundalini’ is actually a type of yoga. The roots of yoga run deep through Indian spiritual and religious practice. ‘Kundalini’ is energy coiled at the base of the spine. In ‘Kundalini’ yoga, you’re moving this energy through your chakras to the brain, releasing it through chanting, dancing, and movement. There are seven chakras that stretch from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. It is believed in yoga, that they are the centers of spiritual powers. We should know as Christians that these spiritual powers that manifest themselves as vocal noises and jerking movements are not of the Holy Spirit. But the problem is many Christians are deceived, especially those in certain charismatic circles.

Despite the documentation and warnings, people will continue to be Thrill Seekers and they will defend these False Prophets to the death under their delusion. I will state this, “You cannot be both a Thrill Seeker and a True Jesus Seeker.” One of the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit to the church is ‘discerning of spirits’. It is amazing how all these false prophets pervert this gift, especially those who say that it is not for pointing fingers. In contrast, the truth of Scripture itself tells us that Paul was very quick to point the finger when he discerned through the Holy Spirit a false prophet or teaching. It is to protect the church and is absurd to say that it is not for pointing fingers!

So what kind of seeker are you? Are you a True Jesus Seeker who is always seeking His face and allowing Him to be the Lord of your life, even unto persecution and martyrdom? Or have you become the Ultimate Thrill Seeker who can be compared to someone who blindly jumps out of an airplane without a parachute? I have literally watched people travel the world so they could experience the latest thrill infiltrating the church in disguise of a blessing.

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I am especially writing to pastors as a warning in case you are willing to do anything (like Bill Johnson) to see your church grow. Just read the beginning of his best-selling book ‘When Heaven Invades Earth’ of how he went to the ‘Toronto Blessing’ and came back with something that latched on to him, which I can guarantee you was not the Holy Spirit. It took control of his body away from him (1 Corinthians 14:32 tells us the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets). Oh, you may see growth too, but if you latch onto the wrong thing, it may cost you for eternity!

I will remind you that it is supposed to be all about saving lost souls with the simple Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ, and not the frills. Yes, healings, miracles, prophecies, etc. are by-products of the atonement, but they are not intended for entertainment of Thrill Seekers. To set priorities straight, I will repeat the portion of Scripture I gave at the top of this article:

But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you. (2 Timothy 4:5 NLT)

And if you think you are too smart to be tricked, read Paul’s advice to the contrary:

That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting. (Ephesians 4:14 NKJV)

Because if you are fooled like some of the Corinthians, Paul has a double curse he lets the Galatians know there is as consequences:

You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed. (2 Corinthians 11:4 NLT)

But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8‭-‬9 NKJV)

So, in the end, because God is Judge, the big question may really be: What is the LORD seeking for? The answer is a sincere heart:

We are giving you a reason…… so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart. (2 Corinthians 5:12 NLT)

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