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“I Hear From God Every Day…”

8 Apr

I remember speaking with an ‘apostle’ one day.  We were talking about ‘hearing from God.  Since being led by God is a sign of being a son of God, and one cannot be led unless they have ears to hear, it was very important.  I was very interested in hearing what this person had to say (or teach) about hearing from God.

I was with him and agreed with everything he was saying until he proclaimed, ‘I hear the audible voice of God every day.’ My spirit man screeched to a sudden halt.

Then he went on to say, ‘if someone doesn’t hear from God every day, then something is wrong with them.  They’re not right with God.  If you’re a prophet, you MUST hear from God…EVERY DAY.’

The Spirit of God in me immediately sent up a red flag when I heard this, so I did not receive this.

‘Man, shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY word that proceeds out of the mouth of God…’ (Matt. 4:4)

So many in the organized, religious church system (or even those who don’t go to the I.C. but still have residue of religion in them) hold onto this mindset that if they don’t hear from God every day, then something is wrong. It is with this mindset that MANY go on the prowl for ‘a word from the Lord.’

They start stalking prophets, closely watching FB pages for a fresh revelation and word.  They spend their rent money on attending the next prophetic conference.  They call 20 people in one day looking for ‘a word from the Lord.’

And that is EXACTLY what the enemy is hoping you will do!

The Word does say ‘blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.’ (Matthew 5:6)  But when you run behind prophecies, and this one and that one, or this conference or that conference for a word from the Lord, the enemy KNOWS very well how to sound like God, preach like God, prophesy like God, give ‘words of knowledge and wisdom’ that sound good, etc.

And what you thought was God was actually FROM THE ENEMY!

It is a greedy, insatiable and wicked generation that seeks after a sign, a wonder, a word, a revelation (Matthew 16:4)…INSTEAD OF SEEKING AFTER GOD!!!

Let me share something with you…

God may speak to you, give you a word, a revelation, a prophecy, or whatever.  Then most likely, HE WILL BE SILENT for a period of time, to give YOU time to digest that Word.  To chew on it.  ACT ON IT!

God will give you something and He may expect you to keep ‘feeding’ off that word for a period of time.

It is said that beef takes a minute to digest in your system.  It is so thick, dense and rich a meat that it can take up to two weeks to fully process through the digestive system.

Hebrews 5:13-14

For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

The word for useth in vs. 13 means ‘to partake of.’  To have one’s senses ‘exercised’ to discern good and evil is not something that just supernaturally just falls into one’s lap.  To reap the benefits of exercise, one must do it continually.  There must be a history of exercise.  EXPERIENCE.

If there are no experiences of private study, devotion, reading of the Word, prayer, etc., then your spirit man is NOT exercised-or it has not learned-how to discern what is right and what is wrong.

David said, ‘Your word I have hidden in my heart, so I won’t sin against you…’ (Psalms 119:11).  Hiding the Word in our hearts takes TIME.  It comes from STUDY.  It comes from shutting out distractions and digging into your word FOR YOURSELF and allowing the Holy Ghost to speak to YOU through the word.  There IS no richer, more satisfying spiritual meal than the one you have prepared yourself!

I hear people talk all the time about going to church so their pastor can ‘feed’ them.  And that sounds real good, religious, pious.

The problem is that most of what’s being taught in these churches today IS rotten milk.  All you mothers know what a hassle it is to have to get up every two hours to breastfeed or bottle feed the baby.  We know that baby’s appetite is insatiable-neverending-because that child is growing and needs MEAT.  You keep giving milk to a 7 year old only, and I promise you, that child wont grow and will die!

But give it meat?

And the problem has been that the organized church system is not a producer of spiritual meat.  It is set up so to keep the masses babes, unskilful in the word of righteousness.  Why?  SO THAT THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DISCERN GOOD AND EVIL!!!!

The devil does NOT want folks to discern a THING.  He likes for you to keep thinking that discernment is this ethereal, invisible magic force that is given to you by the laying on of hands, or some other supernatural experience.  ‘Girl, one day, prophet laid hands on me, and BAMMM!  I got the gift of discernment!’

THE DEVIL IS A LIAR!

What you got was that prophet’s demons.  Transference of spirits.  You picked up a suspicious spirit, just like they got.  But TRUE discernment you did NOT get!

Discernment is built up as you MATURE in God, as you get into HIS presence and let HIM reveal the Word to you…on a constant basis.  The Spirit of God IS a teacher.  He teaches you how to discern between good and evil.

And that ability does not come by osmosis or touch.  That comes from your willingness to eat, digest and feast on the MEAT of the Word, on a continual basis.

And you must realize that meat takes time to go through our systems.  It’s filling, stock full of protein.  We won’t be hungry in two hours once we have feasted on a nice juicy steak!

If beef takes two weeks to get out of your system, how much more so would the WORD OF GOD?

In prophets in the bible didn’t get visits from God every day.  He didn’t speak to them every day.  THAT is what that scripture means that says ‘living from EVERY word that proceeds out of the mouth of God…’  A procession takes TIME.  Just because we sit down here and ‘WAAAHHH, WAAAAHHH’ like a baby 24/7 for some milk every two hours does NOT mean God’s gonna give it to you…when YOU want it!

Babies do that.

But if you are a mature believer in God, then He expects you to patiently wait on HIM.  If you’re seeking Him for some truth or revelation, or a word….then PATIENTLY do so.  Patience, waiting on God, speaks to your FAITH.  Without FAITH, it is impossible to please God.  The answer to prayer hasn’t come yet, then WAIT ON IT.  STOP stalking prophets, going broke attending prophetic conferences, staying up all hours of the night on conference calls….seeking a Word from the Lord!

Because the Spirit of Antichrist is waiting, to give you a false word!

A religious demon is always waiting on those folks who are so super spiritual that they always gotta have a word-EVERY DAY-from the Lord.  READY to deceive and mislead!

And you would be the only one to blame, because your impatience, your seeking after a word, a sign, a wonder would have been the reason why the fake Jesus was invited to come into your heart and give you false words, miracles, direction, prophecies, etc.

God has given us 774,746 words in the Bible.

If you’re that hungry and desperate for a ‘word,’ then crack open that bible and ask for one.

It is NOT necessary to hear the audible voice of God every day.  Don’t let ANYONE tell you that it is necessary.

Stop stalking prophets for a word.  Pay your rent and stop going to these fake prophetic conferences.  Stop giving these master prophets your whole paychecks in promises that you will be ‘blessed.’

When God gives you a word, take your time and chew on it.  Let it digest in your spirit.

If direction is given in the word, then walk it OUT…act on it!

Let God continue to show you NEW revelation on what you perceive to be an ‘old word.’

EVERYTHING old is new….AGAIN!

Religious Spirits 201

8 Apr

I know you have heard a lot of talk on religious spirits.  If you are new to church (as we know it), or if  you’ve been in church for over 40 years, this term may baffle you because you have been taught that – as the song goes ‘Religion SO sweet…’

We all have been lulled into a semi- or fully-delusional state where we are drugged into believing something we know deep down inside ‘just isn’t right.’  We just went to church and went along with the programs to get along.  We didn’t want to rock the boat, so to speak, out of fear that we would be labeled ‘rebellious,’ ‘unfaithful,’ ‘unteachable,’ or a host of other names leadership likes to place on thinking people who were blessed with common sense AND wisdom to know game when they see it.

Yet even the most discerning, the most wise, the most street-wise of us check our brains in at the door of a church once we enter therein.  We erroneously think that we are NOT supposed to use the wisdom and common sense GOD HIMSELF has blessed us with once we walk through the doors of a church.  We erroneously believe that God does NOT deal with our minds at all.  So any inkling deep down in our guts and minds that game is being played we suppress that, thinking that it’s the devil trying to get us ‘out of the ship.’

How do we properly discern a Religious Spirit?

Well, for starters, I want to present to you that after we are born again, we should not check in our brains at the door.  EVERYTHING that God has allowed you to learn-whether it was via books and a teacher, or on the streets, or by life experience-EVERYTHING has been allowed to happen in your life so that you can LEARN A LESSON from it.  The good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful.  We have to learn to not have any regrets…even over mistakes.

Human beings are learning creatures.  From the moment we are born into the earth, until the hour we breathe our last breath, we are supposed to be in a CONSTANT state of learning, and probably re-learning, too.

If your gut tells you something ain’t right, then TRUST YOUR INSTINCT!

A religious spirit knows how to look holy, righteous.  Just by first glance, you can’t tell the difference between a holy person and a religious one.  They will look just like the woman above.

But as time goes on, and you start spending time with that person, you will start to notice inconsistencies.  Certain things just wouldn’t line up.  You will start seeing glaring imperfections and brazen outright sin in their lives…but the more those weeds in their lives manifest, the more they try to COVER IT UP with works of righteousness, more church work, more random acts of kindness to strangers, more religious works.

The more works of religion and righteousness they do, you will begin to notice that their life does not line up with the Word of God.  They will sin and not be convicted of it.  They will not respond to the conviction of the Holy Ghost of sin and justify sin, or be in outright denial about their sinful state.  And the more they do this, the more active they get in the church.  They do more ‘church work,’ hold more revivals, conferences, and convocations, preach harder, prophesy harder…all in an effort to gain their OWN righteousness, to atone for their sins on their own.  Their mindset is ‘If I stay in church enough, that will make up for my fornicating last night,’ or ‘If I do A & B, then that will make up for my dealing drugs at that school…’

The demon starts to manifest by then.  And it looks a little something like this:

By now, the church lady is cussing, drinking, smoking, lying, threatening to cut folks.  When she goes to church, she has her hands upraised.  Praising God, speaking in tongues, running around the church, preaching….the whole nine.  But when you see her in situations that require her to have patience, she has none.  This religious spirit has NO patience.  It wants what it wants, when it wants it!  They gotta preach…NOW!  They gotta prophesy….NOW!  They gotta get married…NOW!  You wanna see if someone has a religious spirit, tell them NO…or WAIT.  If they go off in a tantrum, then you got a religious spirit on your hands!

A religious spirit also is very unaware of the very real fact that they are, too, flawed individuals…with sin.  They swim in a pool of SELF-DENIAL.  They are in self-denial about EVERYTHING.  But the one thing they are in self-denial about is the state of their own selves.

A religious spirit is a potentially dangerous spirit, for there is nothing-NOTHING-a religious spirit WON’T do to protect THEIR IMAGE!  THEIR IMAGE IS EVERYTHING TO THEM!!!  They don’t believe in self-exposure or disclosure.  When they fall into sin, drastic measures are taken to COVER UP their sin.  If the religious spirit is a pastor, he/she will employ the help of the church to participate in the cover up.  They will use fear tactics and mishandle the Word of God to manipulate and control people into doing what THEY want them to do.

A religious spirit NEEDS an entourage.  They need a following.  If they dont have anyone following them, they feel useless, rejected, persecuted even.  This is when a religious spirit-that demonic spirit-will FULLY manifest….right before your eyes!

A religious spirit is a proud one.  It won’t ever admit to being wrong, or doing wrong.

When you have discerned that you are dealing with a religious spirit, the only thing to do is to get away from them.  Because until the person comes into the realization and revelation that they have something DEMONIC that’s driving them to do things in church, or do ministry, or for a good cause, there is nothing that can be done for them.  Religious spirits are SO insidious and subtle that its hard to recognize….at first glance.  It takes TIME to observe a person in all their various atmospheres to determine if they have a religious spirit or not.

In ‘Faces of a Religious Demon’ by Pam Sheppard, many faces of the religious spirit/demon are exposed.  It is one of the most thorough teachings on religious spirits that I have ever read.

To find out more on how to discern a religious spirit, get your copy today!