Saturday, April 11, 2015

Vision: Current State of the Five Fold Ministry

God has been speaking to us today.  Conrad asked me to write a bit about what is going on, so here goes.

As most know, we moved to the Southaven, MS area this past September.  Not long after we arrived, I had a dream and saw a map in this dream with the intersection of Craft Road and Church Road in Olive Branch, MS (I still remember this vividly).  I thought that maybe this was a geographical location of a place we might build a campground or purchase a house, or attend an event of some sort.  I didn't know until today what it may mean.  

As Conrad and I were driving around the Olive Branch area today praying and seeking the Lord, we decided to check out a some houses and properties that were in a country setting that is near the intersection of Craft and Church Roads in Olive Branch. Conrad has been receiving revelation and sensing the presence of God all day today (and yesterday) we drove through the area, we both noted the beauty of the place, and then Conrad began receiving an open vision from the Lord about a hand fitting into a glove (actually not fitting) and then the glove becoming a mitt (like an oven mitt) so that the hand could enter the glove. As Conrad was relating this vision to me, I immediately thought of the 5-fold ministry being the five fingers of the hand.  He quickly went to his Bible on his phone and confirmed the five-fold ministry in Ephesians 4:11 .. it wasn't until we were at home later that he realized he was reading Chapter 4 and verse 11 (which corresponded to the date 4/11).

Please listen to Conrad's video to get the full vision and interpretation (a warning to the Church)  

Here are the series of God-incidences that God used today to confirm this prophecy to His Church.

Today's date is April 11 -- 4/11

The Passage of Scripture we were directed to was Ephesians 4:11

The devotional reading we had tonight (hours after the vision) was 11% into a new book we just started reading:  Jennifer LeClaire's "The Next Great Move of God"

The passage in the book we read tonight included a prophecy from Steve Hill regarding the 5-Fold Ministry of the Church (The offices of pastor and teacher being the focus) which also referred to Ephesians 4:11

In Conrad's vision the two 'fingers' that were atrophied corresponded to the pastor and teacher.

Conrad has created an 'emergency' video to release this word tonight.  He normally takes a day or two to edit and post, but this time God's timing is NOW (April 11). This is God.  This Word can't wait.  

Pray about it.  

Be Blessed...



Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Body of Christ

As I peruse my social media timelines this blessed Sunday morning, I see posts that are enlightening, many are uplifting, several are upsetting and a few perplex me. .

As a follower of ‪#‎Jesus‬ ... I really enjoy watching and reading about the activities of Christian ministries as they preach the gospel, pray for the sick, meet the needs of the poor and hungry, prophesy, exhort and teach the body of Christ via social media. (Shameless plug: I particularly enjoy my husband's posts). But I have started to notice stark differences emerging between several ministries and I believe I am suppose to share this (I am not going to reveal particulars because I do not wish to breed division ,,,those who are hearing the same from God on this will discern).

When I read an entire lengthy post that is exhorting the body of Christ to do a particular thing, think a particular way or is releasing some tidbit of wisdom or revelation for us to ponder or reflect... I am struck by those who singularly focus on the individual and not the Body of Christ (i.e. Church). That is, they offer advice and suggestions for 'self' improvement nearly every post, but they rarely offer advice or suggestions for how to live in the Body of Christ corporately. Another thing I've noticed is that there are some ministries that almost never utter the name Jesus (or Yahweh) .. but use terms like God, Lord, etc... exclusively.

When we consider that Satan was the MOST selfish and self-centered being that has ever existed and Jesus was the MOST selfless and loving, does it not give us pause when we begin to focus inward exclusively? (either good or bad) ... Does it not concern us when people are encouraging us to listen to a 'lord' or 'god' .. but they are not specifying which LORD? ... and which GOD they are talking about?

Colossians 3:16-17 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
I am not here to suggest that ministries that focus exclusively on the individual are working for the Devil (God forbid!), but I do wonder how much the enemy may have infiltrated the ranks to take our eyes off JESUS and off the Kingdom work we are called to do. We are called to LOVE and SERVE one another, to walk after the HOLY SPIRIT. To LIVE out the WORD with JESUS CHRIST as our HEAD ,,, we (the Church) are HIS Body!
2 Corinthians 4:5-6 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Let's live as His Church today friends!

Be Blessed




Sunday, February 1, 2015

How do I React?

Galatians 5:16 - This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 

 Here is my biggest challenge in my walk with ‪#‎Jesus‬. Learning to NOT react or to react under direction of the Holy Spirit and not my own carnal thinking.... to NOT allow my emotion to determine my reaction, but to trust in God's truth and wisdom and to love, to listen, and to follow His lead even when I don't fully understand.

Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

We are prompted to ACT, and to REACT every day of our life. But, more often than not, we can react in ways that are not Biblical, not life-giving.. that are contradictory to God's first and greatest commandment (Love) and Jesus' teaching:

Matthew 5:39 - But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

I received a life-changing revelation recently (ironically it happened on Twitter while working closely with a few 'insiders' on political campaigns) ... it is that we are being prompted to REACT by those who are intentionally manipulative. (This includes not only the enemy .. but people who would sell us their products or ideas ... people who want to control or use us for their own purposes). When you jump into their argument, you have already lost. These people often have little interest in changing your opinion, but they want to use your emotion and frustration about certain issues (in some pretty twisted ways) to 'better' themselves at your expense. None of this would work if we actually walked after the Spirit of God. God knows their heart and the best course of action for all of us (including those doing these things). We should trust God.

1 Corinthians 6:7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

If you choose to travel this path of 'Walking after the Spirit', it will probably be upstream against most of the people that you know. Sadly, some of the most vicious attacks can come at the hands of people who claim to be followers of Jesus. They have no idea they are being used and manipulated, but these tell-tale signs are unmistakable: harsh words, anger, resentment, bitterness, haughty attitude, vengefulness, quick-tempered, overly critical, unteachable, manipulative, mean-spirited, anxious, inconsolable.

1 John 4: 18-21:There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

I know there is someone reading this today that needed this message. The Holy Spirit has exciting plans for your life. Jesus died for you so that you wouldn't have to live in bondage to sin or emotions. God the Father desires a deep and abiding relationship with you.

1 John 3:16-24 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 
And this is His commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

Be Blessed...



... Susan

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Kingdom Living

Imagine traveling to some exotic location filled with interesting people and places to visit. You check into a very luxurious hotel that caters to your every need. Fresh flowers await you as you enter your very private hotel suite. There is a mint on your pillow and a large balcony with a perfect view of the setting sun. Three delicious gourmet meals are delivered daily to your door. You enjoy hot coffee on your balcony every morning and soak in the oversized jacuzzi every evening. You relax in your bed at the end of each day reading a really good book. It sounds like paradise, and I suppose that it is.  But consider staying in that room, alone, for a month, a year.. or even a lifetime!  What if you never ventured out of your hotel suite to encounter the people and culture surrounding you? What if you never contributed to the well-being of another person? What if you never shared your life or experiences with anyone else? This, sadly, can be compared to the spiritual life of many Christians today. 

How many times have you heard it said that spirituality (or religion) is a personal matter. That statement is almost always made to suggest that talking about or practicing your faith in public is distasteful. This culture of intolerance (i.e. discomfort with the name of Jesus) has caused many a Christian to withdraw from the culture that surrounds them. Christians may attend church services and Christian gatherings, read their Bibles (and sometimes read other Christian literature), and they may listen to Christian music and watch Christian TV programming, but do they do these things in presence of non-believers?  How do they interact with others in our culture?  Do they even really share their own spiritual condition with believers around them?

The saddest cases are Christians who live in family of non-believers who seclude themselves from their families. A woman who is a devout believer married to a non-Christian, with children who do not know the Lord. She may hide away in her prayer closet daily, but is she able (or willing) to step out of that closet to witness to those around her? encourage her family to experience the love of God?

All of this is by design. The enemy knows that the worst thing that could ever happen to his plans for your destruction is for you to wake up one day and realize that you are a soldier in the Kingdom of God. Your special talents and skills are all there for a single purpose ... To walk after the Spirit of God and help accomplish the perfect plan that God has ordained for your life and in His kingdom for those around you. Jesus wants you to know Him and to introduce Him to all you encounter.
Colossians 1:27-29: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 
Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 
Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
God could have sent his angels to earth to proclaim the good news of the Gospel.  He could have written it in the sky. He could have rained down fire from heaven. But, instead, he chose you. He wants your life to be His witness in this earth. Not only in word, but also in deed. How you live and what you do will play a part in God's kingdom purpose around you.  He will accomplish His purposes whether we participate or not; but, if we want to truly appreciate kingdom living and the power of God working in and through us, there is nothing better than to submit fully to the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Ephesians 1:17-23: That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 
And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Walking after the Holy Spirit

Romans 8:2 - "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death."

I have often pondered the legalism that I've witnessed among people who genuinely believe in the supernatural work of God. How is it that so many structures and rules are put in place (over and over) by those who left the mainline churches to follow a more peculiar path with ‪#‎Jesus‬ ... only to find themselves adhering to an even stricter code of religion? It seems there is some sort of trap that ensnares believers of every type.

We must do it this way. We must say it that way. This is heresy. That is idolatry. We must be 'covered'. We must pray this way. We must worship that way. You can't do that. All of these statements are uttered again and again by sold out Christians (including me!). Why are we doing this?

Because we don't want to abide in His presence always. We fear living in the unknown. Where are we going? What will we do? How will we survive? We don't want every single step we take to be ordered by HIS voice. It's so much simpler to just check the box of religion than to 'take no thought for tomorrow'. Living by faith isn't just believing you'll wake up tomorrow morning. Living by faith is being willing to walk away from anything at a moments notice, go anywhere, and do anything (no matter how silly or scary) just because God told you to do it. Do we REALLY desire to live by faith?

Below is a excerpt from a book by Watchman Nee - Communion of the Holy Spirit. I encourage you to read if it you are ready to be challenged to walk after the Holy Spirit daily. I am still learning, and this book was one of the tools God used to open my eyes.
" All that is not according to the living guidance of the Holy Spirit is the law. How frequently we use our past guidance of the Holy Spirit as today’s guidance. Yet we need to learn that past guidance used today turns into a matter of the law. Do not imagine that since the Holy Spirit led once before, He will necessarily give the same leading today."


Friday, April 18, 2014

Jesus' Love is Selfless

The fall of man resulted from one selfish act.  
Genesis 3:4-6 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 
But selfishness is the opposite of God's will.
Matthew 22: 37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Every sin emanates from selfishness.

The first sins were committed by satan who wanted to elevate himself above God.  Here are the Five 'I Wills' of satan in Isaiah 14:12-14 It is frightening to hear similar language coming from some Christians!
  • "I will ascend into Heaven." This is the third Heaven, the Throne Room. I'll take God's place.
  • "I will exalt my throne above the stars of God." "I will rule angels." Job 38:7, Jude 13,Rev. 12:3, 4.
  • "I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation in the sides of the north." This is Earth as a place. Psalm 48:2 "I will rule mankind."
  • "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds." "I'll be supreme." He wills to displace God as the Sovereign of the universe.   
  • "I will be like the Most High." I'll be like God. This is power lust.
Every commandment is summed up in just two commandments because every sin is summed up in one simple concept.  Every sin is committed because of selfishness.

Here are just a few Biblical examples.  All of these acts are rooted in selfishness.
  • Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery because they were jealous. Genesis 37 
  • The children of Israel crafted and worshipped a golden calf idol because they were tired of waiting on Moses to return.  Exodus 32
  • David lusted after Bathsheba and then committed adultery with her and murdered her husband. 2 Samuel 11
  • False prophets lied to gain favor with the people Jeremiah 5:31
  • Ananias and Sapphira lied to keep money for themselves Acts 5:1-11
There are many, many more. We see it all around us. Why do people lie, cheat, or steal? They are selfish. We are all selfish. We need a savior to deliver us from the power of sin and death.  
  • Satan tempted Eve by by appealing to selfishness: 'and ye shall be as gods'.  
  • Satan tempted Jesus by appealing to selfishness. Matthew 4
Nothing has changed. Satan still does his work by appealing to our selfishness. When is satan powerless? When we are selfless and operate as a living sacrifice for Jesus Christ.

If you want victory in your life, if you want to see the power of God moving in your family, community and world, give your life fully to Jesus.  
Philippians 1: 20-21 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 
Jesus had to abandon his divine power and die to give you eternal life. If Jesus had yielded to satan's temptations and had used His divine power to feed Himself, comfort Himself or save His life at Calvary, we would not have redemption for our sins. We would be eternally damned.  

Jesus paid it all. We owe it ALL to Him.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

A lie from the pit...

I have recently started to become aware of how the enemy has a grip on the lives of Christians. Here is what I have for you today...

Often, when a person accepts Christ, they go through a honeymoon period. During this time their zeal for the Lord is high, and their desire to do good works makes it easy to continually walk in the presence of God. Other believers are inspired by their walk with the Lord, and generally, even when a new believer faces adversity in their life, they lean on Jesus as the Holy Spirit flows in and through them to live a life of grace and strength in Christ.

Later on, the spirit of revival in a new believer's life begins to wax cold as they spend more and more time in this world. They begin to lose sight of their zeal for Jesus as they fellowship with lukewarm or backslidden Christians. A few worldly television shows or movies, a couple of nights hanging out with unbelievers, a day of listening to secular music and worldly messages, and soon, the new believer begins to forget their first love and longs to return to bad habits, and a life that is no longer directed by the Spirit of God. The enemy sends these messages:
  • Don't you want to have any fun? 
  • You don't need to be such a fanatic about Jesus.
  • It's okay to believe in Jesus, but you need to fit into society
  • You are going to be miserable if you give up the things of the world
  • Going to Church is okay, but religion needs to be personal and not public
It is the biggest lie from the pit, and it is contrary to the Word of God. Misery does not exist when we are in the presence of God, but misery abounds when we are separated from God. There is no joy in this world apart from a relationship with Jesus, there is no joy that that can compare to the blessing prepared for those called of God... Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Matthew 6:33 ESV "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you"

2 Peter 1:4 "By which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire."

I could list many scriptures (many that are often skipped over in our modern church institutions) that talk about how living for Jesus leads to victory, but I will allow the Holy Spirit to direct you to the passages He has for you.  I encourage you to start a regular Bible reading plan.

Here are some Words of encouragement:
  • Living a life of surrender to Jesus IS worth it. - Matthew 11:29
  • Being sold out to Jesus is a blessing - James 4:10
  • Everything the world has to offer is folly and leads to your destruction - Proverbs 14:12
  • You can't love both Jesus and the world 1 John 2:15-17
  • Jesus is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE - John 14:6
Remember the parable of the prodigal son...  Luke 15:11-32.  The world will drive you into a pig pit as you search for fun, happiness or purpose apart from Christ.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
The enemy will destroy you and your family.  Don't believe the lie from the pit, but rather, feed on the Word of God, accept His salvation and escape the misery of life apart from God.

His call on your life is real. Don't neglect it. Don't deny Jesus. Nothing is more exciting than being used by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords to advance the Kingdom of God on this earth.
Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.