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Deception In End-times: God Is In Control!

8 Aug

By Pastor Pam Sheppard

In order for truth to set us free, we are going to be challenged in all ways, spirit, soul, body, and mind. Challenges emerge from  people, places, and things, attitudes, and beliefs. The  main challenge  is linked to our assumptions.” Many of us don’t realize it but we assume God is not in control, and that we need to help Him out with everything. Part of walking in the spirit is to walk by faith knowing that God is ordering our steps. If you’ve had a false conversion and you know it, that was God. God has ordered your steps to know it. The word of God says that God’s people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. Now you have some knowledge that you can work with.

Don’t panic and try to figure out  “what must I do now?” What you must do now is wait. We need to learn how to wait. If things are going along the way God wants them to go along, then you may not hear from Him. Think about walking a dog. The dog is on a chain, and he’s walking along, and then he moves over into an area or a location where the one who’s walking him doesn’t want him to go, and a tug is placed on that chain. That’s kind of how walking in the spirit is. You’re walking by faith. God has got the path laid out, and He’s even got the trouble spots there for a reason. Don’t just think that because you ran into trouble or it looks like you failed in a particular situation that God was not guiding your journey. With decades to look back on and review, I  see God  in my failures because in His divine wisdom, He knew  that I would learn and retain  more wisdom from my  failures than from my apparent successes, particularly where my  productivity was not a struggle.

Bearing fruit is cultivated and refined by trouble and tribulation. So, when you have a piece of information that doesn’t sit well with you, and you say “Well why didn’t God tell me before? Why is it that I spent so many years in the Institutional Church and I was blind? Why didn’t He come to me before?” when I was finally undeceived, I never asked God such questions.  Why not? Well, because I have been blessed with  too much respect and fear of the Lord.  Not fear derived from panic, but sheer homage and respect.  So I am careful not  to question Him about His timing.  Even though I came into the church without any religious background, God took  28 years before my  blinders started coming off.  The issue I had to come to terms with is an assumption that the three dreams I had that compelled me to go to a particular  local denominational church DID NOT COME FROM GOD. As the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil,  the Holy Spirit led me into a a local church to be deceived. As such,  He allowed the enemy to send me those three dreams. Why would God do such a thing? Well,  He had His reasons. I  could not do the work that I  am chosen to do if I  had no background in the IC.  I would not be able to understand what those of you who He is calling out  of Her now have been through if I  had not been through it myself.

So yes, the enemy is put into the plan by God Himself.

Consequently, I have  never asked  God, “why did You wait so long?” Nor did I  go running around to other people or to other ministries to desperately confirm what God was saying and doing with me. Actually,  I  never looked for anybody’s approval or disapproval.  I  just kept moving forward. I simply  shook  all  religious dust from my feet. If people reject what I teach and practice, I leave them alone.  I don’t sulk.  I am too busy  preparing myself for those who WILL hear my voice. . As far as those who don’t hear, I say to myself  “Maybe they’ll come back around again, perhaps  they won’t.” that is it.  My thoughts on those who reject my teachings are brief and impersonal. The problem is too broad, too severe to get stuck on any individual.  When I am about the business of moving forward, I don’t challenge my equilibrium by turning around to look back.  I keep in mind that God is in control. He is in control of what He will allow the enemy to do to one of His own. He is in control. Period.

Think about Job. The enemy could do this, this, and this, but couldn’t do that. He couldn’t take Job’s life. There was something that God wanted Job to learn from that experience and he learned it. What Job learned was to stop being so religious because his religion was based in fear. After all, the very thing Job feared came upon him.  So Job learned to trust God, because He,— God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit— is in control, and He’s guiding our steps.

So be warned that the Lord will resist the proud. Spiritual pride can be our strongest enemy. .

So when you feel and even say things  like “how could I have been deceived, how could I have been so stupid,” you should understand this.  Present day deception is not new.  In fact, it  has been going on for centuries. So just be happy when God wakes you up. Don’t get all offended. God resists the proud. So receive your grace  by your humility.

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There Is Freedom In the Fear of the Lord!

2 Jan

I may shock you with this statement but I believe that the various life testimonies of biblical figures support my belief that those who are the hardest of heart are among those who call themselves “God’s People.” How many of you have heard a corrective message of reproof yet you continually sin and “do what you do?” Churchgoers who sit under a corrupt pastor—a man or woman who avoids presenting a hard word–don’t necessarily have a hard heart.  They have a dull, deceived heart.  If they were to “come out from among them,” there is hope for them. My book “Come Out of Her God’s People” includes my personal testimony of how I overcame 25 years of religious deception. In fact, God used a book, “War On the Saints,” to un-deceive me.  Yet those who are incurable are those who have been reproved by a pure, un-compromising word, and they STILL continue to sin. No one can stir their hearts because of their continual disobedience.

Dear reader, allow me to give you a test. How many times has the Holy Spirit pricked your conscience about fornication and refraining from the appearance of evil, yet you have continued to live according to the world’s standards where sex is concerned? Perhaps you have rationalized that as long as you have not been “penetrated,” that anal and oral sex is not fornication. How many warnings have you heard about harboring a secret sin and the benefits of confession to believers, yet you continue to pretend before the brethren that your life is clean and pure? What you need to know is that to enter into the secret place of God where you abide under His shadow of protection, you need to obey His word.

From the pulpits in these times, most messages you will hear are about love and they will be emotional. The truth is that God defines our love for Him by our obedience, without the usual excuses.  Simply put, if you cultivate “the fear of the Lord,” you WILL obey His every command, and in so doing, you will demonstrate to Him and most of all to yourself, how much you truly love Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Without the fear of the Lord, we are on a merry-go-round of sin, confession, forgiveness received, sin, rededication, over and over again. If you are in this vicious cycle, stop lying to yourself and others when you boast “I’m blessed!”  You are not blessed.  In fact, you are a curse about to happen!

Look around you.  The fear of the Lord can be taught by the calamities that are reported in the media. The problem is that any Christian who habitually lives and walks in sin cannot hear or discern the signs that erupt every day because of their disobedience. Demons are speaking to them of great blessings coming their way and so they are blind and dull of hearing the truth.Why? Because they refuse to be honest about their sin. Tet for those who want to learn, God will teach you the fear of the Lord.  Search Chronicles, Samuel and Kings.  Learn how God has dealt with the kings who did evil by disobeying Him and walking in their own ways and how the Lord departed from them. Read how the kings who practiced righteousness were blessed by Him, while the ones who did evil  were cursed.

So how should you cultivate a fear of the Lord? I suggest that you start out in 2012 by obeying the Lord in what you already know by staying true to the light you have already been given. Then get on your knees in prayer and ask the Father to put a holy fear in your spirit, so that you can be perfected in your love for Him. Pray “Lord, I want to walk in Your righteousness, to love you through my obedience to your word.” If you are sincere, then your promise for the New year is this. “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer, and while they are yet speaking, I WILL HEAR! (Isaiah 65:24) If you need someone to pray with you, call 518-477-5759.

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