Quote of The Day

“When I think I’m most spiritual i usually hear least from God. And when I’m doing something like brushing my teeth I get a real revelation. I think one of the things to hear from God, is you have to be relaxed. I don’t think you can be all tense and religious and hear from God. “

-Derek Prince

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This is a quote from someone who not only had an extensive understanding of scripture, but a life solely dedicated to sharing and applying those truths. The quote is simple, yet also profound. Let me explain:

There’s a verse in the book of Job that says:

For God may speak in one way, or in another,

Yet man does not perceive it.

In a dream, in a vision of the night,

When deep sleep falls upon men,

While slumbering on their beds,

Then He opens the ears of men,

And seals their instruction.

Job 33:14-16

Its super interesting to recognize that God speaks, but man does not perceive it.  Therefore, when we sleep God utilizes the opportunity to seal instruction. While, this verse is specifically talking about dreams, it’s important to note, that’s the time when we are most at ease. Perhaps, like Derek Prince said, it are those mundane moments we are most inclined to perceive that “still small voice.”

According to Merriam Webster the definition of perceive is: to become aware of through the senses.

Some people will criticize others when they say “I sense this is what God is saying,” or “I feel the LORD is telling me…” Those phrases, nonspiritual folk will jump all over and call you a fanatic, it’s sad. But, the book of Hebrews indicates the opposite. In order for us to grow to maturity we must gain a workable understanding of the senses in relation to the application of the living Word.

But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Hebrews 5:14

Suffice it to say fasting will help you develop that ability, nevertheless God speaks and if you believe that, you’re one step closer to hearing him.

My wife, and two other friends described places and situations were they heard God so clearly. The shower, the mountains, in a spa, and for me, many times its at the most random of moments such as when I’m walking through a parking lot to my car.

You should expect, it’s when you least expect it. So, be at ease cause God will speak.

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Our Imperative to Judge

Written By: Matthew Alva

Are you a Christian who wants to go deeper in your understanding of scripture and grow in it’s application to life? Then you must learn the imperative to judge all things by the will of God.

Jesus said:

“…My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.”
John 5:30

Jesus was not bent on seeing things His own way, and neither should we. Rather, we should gain an understanding of the will of God through the Word of God so we can Judge like Jesus did; righteously. I know this subject’s never talked about, but let me show you why it’s so important.

Jesus continued in the same passage saying to the religious leaders:

But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe.”John 5:38

How could they not believe? These church leaders had an extensive knowledge of what the Bible said, but according to Jesus, the Word of God did not abide in them. Furthermore, this verse illustrates why they were incapable of discerning who He was. Jesus hits it on the nail, solidifying the idea, when he says:

You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.   John 5:39

They couldn’t tell because they lacked the key ingredient to understanding the will of God:

“…Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.”

And:

“…he who is spiritual judges all things”

1 Corinthians 2:11, 12, 15

The word spiritual in Greek means non-carnal, or of spirit. While, they may have had knowledge, they still were carnal, and living a carnal life is not the basis for which to understand the will of God; being spiritual is.

Keys to Learning Gods Will:

  1. Don’t just read the Bible to know what it says; Study the Bible to understand what it means.
  2. Do you’re best to dig into the scripture, but bring those thoughts to God in prayer so the Spirit of God can clarify those truths.
  3. Practice looking at life through the lens of scripture, and I mean everything.
  4. The world will always have a contrary view, whether its overt or in the details. When you prayerfully pay attention to everything you’re involved in, God will help you distinguish between good and evil.

Knowing Gods will is the first step in judging Gods way. Unlike the religious leaders who couldn’t see the Messiah standing right in front of them, God wants us to see clearly in spiritual matters, and practical ones. Especially, in a world filled with conflicting views, it’s our imperative to judge the lives we live and decisions we make, based on the Word of God, and will of God.

The Spirit of Hollywood

Hollywood has produced an unending amount of anti-christian content which begs the question: What’s behind all the contempt for Christ? And what’s behind Hollywood? 

The answer is simple.

Read the following quote slowly, as should all scripture be read:

And on her forehead a name was written:

MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS
OF THE EARTH.

Revelation 17:5

Most people don’t know this, but the first real blockbuster movie that came out of Hollywood, (although some would argue Jaws) was called Intolerance, by D.W. Griffith, in 1916. At the time, a third of it’s budget at 2.4 million was used to build the biggest movie set the world had ever seen.

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When, the movie flopped and they didn’t have enough money to tear it all down, the massive 120 foot high set of the gates and palace of ancient Babylon sat on Sunset and Hollywood Boulevard until 1919. It wasn’t until, 2001 that a replica was enshrined at the Hollywood and Highland Center, next to Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

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If you hadn’t already known the Bible contains Mysteries. It actually uses the words mystery and mysteries at least 27 times. I point this out because according to the scripture I quoted above, this is one of them. I pray you open your heart, and mind, and carefully consider what I’m about to share with you.

In the book of Zechariah, he is visited by an angel and given many visions and told many things; the following is one of them:

Then the angel who talked with me came out and said to me, “Lift your eyes now, and see what this is that goes forth.”
So I asked, “What is it?” And he said, “It is a basket that is going forth.”
He also said, “This is their resemblance throughout the earth:
Here is a lead disc lifted up, and this is a woman sitting inside the basket”;
then he said, “This is Wickedness!” And he thrust her down into the basket, and threw the lead cover over its mouth.
Then I raised my eyes and looked, and there were two women, coming with the wind in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between earth and heaven.
10 So I said to the angel who talked with me, “Where are they carrying the basket?”
11 And he said to me, “To build a house for it in the land of Shinar: when it is ready, the basket will be set there on its base.”
Zechariah 5: 5-11

The image he was shown by the angel was a spirit of wickedness, and the point of the vision was the fact that it was being carried about by two angelic beings “to build a house for it in the land of Shinar…”

At this point there’s something important for me to clarify. Babylon was geographically located in the land of Shinar, but I am not referring merely to the city Babylon. You have to recognize that scripture reveals in more than one place that there is a such thing as a spiritual name for a city, being that it is characterized by it as a sort of type, although it may not be called the same in the natural.

And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

Revelation 11:8

Jesus was not crucified in Sodom or Egypt, but behind the curtain of our reality, that’s what outside the walls of Jerusalem was considered. But, there’s more evidence that pinpoints exactly what spirit is behind the contempt for Christ in Hollywood, which I believe is spiritual Babylon.

A house, like God’s house upon the earth was used for sacrifice, and disseminating of His truth. Conversely, when considering the entity in Zechariah’s vision, make no mistake they have the same purpose. What beast has produced more anti-Christian content in our time? Hollywood.

What is wickedness?

Simply stated wickedness is an attitude of hatred and contempt towards God and anything that is holy.

Don’t doubt what I’m about to tell you. You can read the entire excerpt from Revelation 17: 1 – 6, but I’m going to tie this all together for you with this last point. From the first scripture I quoted above, here is the rest:

“And on her forehead a name was written:

MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS
OF THE EARTH.

I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.”

Revelation 17: 5, 6
In order to understand this clearly, we have to see it in the natural. It’s illustrated in the well known story of the beheading of the Prophet John the Baptist:
But when Herod’s birthday was celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod. Therefore he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. So she, having been prompted by her mother, said, “Give me John the Baptist’s head here on a platter.”
Matthew 14: 6-8
Herodias was given the authority and power to have anything she asked for and didn’t ask for riches, but for the head of John the Baptist. Just like Mystery Babylon Mother of Harlots, she was drunk with, and rejoicing over the blood of the saints of Jesus Christ. I’m not saying Herodias is Mystery Babylon, but if you don’t now see that she was filled with that same spirit, the spirit of wickedness, then I encourage you to defer the following scripture:

“However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory…”

1 Corinthians 2: 6-7
And remember:
“…solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
Hebrews 5:14

Therefore, when considering the towering shrines erected on Sunset and Hollywood Blvd. at the inception of the Hollywood system in 1916, at it’s birth, I would venture to say that it was spiritual Babylon finding a suitable location to build a house and begin it’s operations: The dissemination of the spirit of wickedness in reviling the name of Jesus Christ in it’s culture, changing His character to another Christ, derailing Biblical stories like Noah, and the Exodus (in The God’s of Egypt), painting the Patriarchs as Psychopaths, and Christians as fools (and we all know that’s only part of the list). You have to ask, why all this hatred?

The answer is a mystery, but I offer some clarity:

The spirit of Hollywood is the spirit of Babylon. It’s the spirit of wickedness, a hatred for that which is holy.

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Faith in The Face of Fear

Written By: AnnMarie Alva

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9

How many times, as a Christian, do we seek God for guidance? Hopefully, it’s daily. But there are those times when we absolutely need a break through. We labor in prayer for any sign that God is out there, listening and dispatching His aid.

How often is it that we receive an answer, but don’t understand it or can’t see how it will come to pass? We tend to allow doubt and fear to latch on, causing us to make our own decisions and often, mistakes. Or, we take that leap of faith and when complications arise, we worry that God has abandoned us.

The Lord asks, “Have I not commanded you?…” (Joshua 1:9).

Here, we see that the Lord is taking the position of authority and thus takes responsibility when we submit to His will.

The passage continues…

“… Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed…”

God knows, in His infinite wisdom, the inner workings of the human condition; that fear is our natural response to the unknown. Yet, when God takes control of a situation it is our duty to relinquish that control and the outcome to Him alone. For many, myself included, that is a very scary thing… at first.

He reminds us that we needn’t allow our own fears to get in the way of what He has planned. And at the end of the verse, He lovingly assures us:

“…for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

If we listen to God’s commands and hold fast to His will, He is faithful to bring us through.

The faithfulness of God is vast, complex, and unrelenting; it’s almost self defeating to ever doubt it. When God is in control, regardless of your own understanding, He will carry you through until fruition. Fear, though our immediate reaction, is not a place for us to stay and operate from. It is our cue to cling to God and take Him at His word. For our God is faithful and is with you, wherever you go.

Quote of The Day

Before he stated the aforementioned quote, Derek Prince had never been involved in the ministry of deliverance, so when a pastor said “God showed me it was brother Prince who was to be the instrument to carry out the task” he said:
“I do not let people’s revelations dictate to me, so i sent a quick telegraph to heaven.”
-Derek Prince

This is such an important principle, because I’ve seen too many times fellow churchgoers act desperate to see that you are going with the flow, cause that-is-all-they-know. Now, that wouldn’t necessarily seem like a bad thing except that sometimes they try and impose the idea that “God said,” for you to do or not do something. I’m not referring to matters of sin but rather the course of your destiny.

Decisions concerning that are of very great importance and are between you and God. I’ve heard so many stories of great ministry’s that grew out of a persons willingness to trust God for a fresh way of doing things. Sad to say there have been an equal amount of monstrosity’s that have grown out of the same intention.

But again, that’s between you and God. So, before you go and jump ship you have to ask:

Do you want a ministry or a monstrosity?

You have to seek God on your own behalf, and before making those important decisions, make sure you receive a telegraph in return.

Ancient Practice Modern Application

written by: AnnMarie Alva

Early in my study of the Scripture I came across something called the Oral Torah. It was the Oral Torah that was passed through the generations of the Israelite’s before and after the books of the Bible were transcribed. The Hebrew people would teach the oracles of God to the younger generations with such care and diligence that the student could in turn become a teacher. It was this teaching of the law and it’s statutes that shaped the culture of God’s Holy people.

The curiosity has haunted me for years and provoked me to jealousy as another thing that I would never learn, being a gentile. I have many times cried out to God for some kind of clue and recently He has thrown me a bone and responded:

the Oral Torah is discipleship.”

So simple, so clear, so powerful. Here I thought I was lacking some blessing that God has only committed to the Jews and yet, I lacked nothing.

God, in His greatness, has paved the way for the Gentiles to receive the mystery of the gospel through His Son Jesus Christ. And actually, it is this fact that in turn will provoke the Jews to jealously (Romans 11:14.). Furthermore, Christians are commissioned to do the exact same thing:

“And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

2 Timothy 2:2

Lastly, Paul writes that the gentile, or “wild olive branch,” can be grafted into the cultivated olive tree which is the Jewish culture rooted in God.  So, as mysterious as the Oral Torah can be to the gentile, by becoming a disciple of Jesus and allowing mature Christians to pour into us, we can gain a deeper understanding of God’s fullness that allows us to become a part of a Holy People.

Removing Distractions

The science fiction novel entitled A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley expresses the idea that:

In the future there will be so much information coming at us, that people will be reduced to pacifism and become easy to control. (Paraphrase)

Although it was a book written in 1931 the concept rings hauntingly relevant to the current technological age we are in. Advances in gadgetry are constant, when a new thing arrives it becomes old in a matter of months and a better version’s revealed. Furthermore, the amount of information we take in from all the different types of media we have at our fingertips can absolutely be overwhelming, that is if we don’t have a soul. I’m being a little sarcastic, but it’s so easy to be consumed by all types of information, and entertainment, that it could render us useless when it comes to the things that matter most in life.

Interestingly I’m reminded of a scripture that bears an opposite theme:

I remember you, the kindness of your youth, the love of your betrothal,
when you went after Me in the wilderness, in a land not sown.

Jeremiah 2: 2

According to the idea in Huxley’s futuristic vision, people become distracted by a flood of information. Yet, in the scripture I just quoted, there’s a real purity of relationship between the newly betrothed Israelite’s to the God who rescued them out of Egypt, and the key it seems is the fact that they were in a land not sown.

The wilderness they were in was free from distractions.

We live in a pluralistic society with multiple cultures, multiple religions, multiple values or the lack thereof, and a massive amount of entertainment everywhere. Yet, it’s important for all Christians to know when we’re distracted. We have to take a step back and ask ourselves if we really need to be on Facebook, or Pinterest, or even this blog?

I asked myself the same things, because I found my phone glued to my hand, and my mind constantly on the trigger of searching something new to stimulate my thoughts, and in reality my soul. Instead it became numb, and I didn’t feel enriched, but enslaved to the ever falling showers of information. In a very real spiritual sense it feels like you can’t breathe.

I decided to take a step back and set my sights on a few important things, rather than always prowling for something new. It’s been a blessing, because you get a real peace from “unplugging” and minimizing your focus anew.

If I could encourage you to do one thing, that would be to take an inventory of how much brain space you’re using, and effort you are putting into the life sucking vortex of the internet, and turn it off, and enjoy the quiet with your Bible in hand, a prayer of guidance, and time to look into the perfect law of liberty.

But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

James 1:25