Sowing seed. The law of seedtime and harvest. Many Scriptures speak of sowing the Word. However, let us sow in the Spirit. Sowing in the flesh has little fruit. Much effort. Little fruit. Frustration. Disappointment. Speaking the Word. Being positive. The power of confession. Being the prophet of your own life and destiny. Sound familiar?
This is not Biblical. It may appear to be biblically correct, but is not. This teaching destroys your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I bly admonish to break ties with extreme Word-Faith ministries such as the Copelands as they mislead many. This teaching is widespread in the Charismatic movement and is contrary to the coming move of God. Those who hold this teaching will be bypassed in the coming move of God. Take heed!
I admonish with tears as I once, many years ago, was a close follower of this teaching and would still be following this teaching if it were not for the Lord's grace and mercy towards me. Many are walking in the light that they have. Let us be careful how we deal with our brothers and sisters!
Locally, in South Africa, and even in East London, there are prominent ministries who have put forward "The Year of the Open Door" as the prophetic word for 2007. This comes from the prophecy given by Kenneth Copeland for 2007. Even though there is nothing "wrong" with this word biblically, it comes from Kenneth Copeland (leader of the Word-Faith Movement - Creflo Dollar, Jerry Savelle, Fred Price and others), a ministry and movement which is very unbalanced and teaching which is contrary to the coming move of God. One should be distancing oneself from such ministries and not embracing their prophetic word and teaching!
Notice the emphasis on man's role in us being co-laborers with God. Self is emphasized. How different is this from the message of the cross in the coming worldwide move of God!
Look at the following verses, first, spiritually. Eating, drinking and being clothed is a type of us feeding on Him, drinking of His Presence and being clothed in His Presence. Notice the dissatisfaction, unfulfillment and void.
The curse on today's Laodicean church is given in
Now therefore, thus says the Lord of
hosts: "Consider your ways!
You have sown much, and bring in
You eat, but do not have enough;
You drink, but you are not filled with
You clothe yourselves, but no one is
And he who earns wages,
Earns wages to put into a bag with
The way out -
HAGGAI 1:7-8 Thus says the Lord of hosts: "Consider your ways!
Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified," says the Lord.
Spend time alone with Jesus Christ. Prayer. Go up to the mountains. Bring wood - solid wood not melamine - which comes from spending time in His Presence. However, there also needs a shift in the foundations. More that simply spending more time in prayer. The foundations need to be changed!
Is "Obey God's Word" preaching helpful?
Many ministries are Bible-thumping hear, believe and obey ministries. However, they don't lead you into a deep personal walk with Jesus Christ which is essential to truly obeying and fulfilling the Word of God.
The gospel is not simply one of hearing, believing and obeying precepts. Rather it is one of coming to know Jesus Christ and to grow closer to Him, knowing His Presence, His Voice, His Nature and His Heartbeat. A gospel such as this is misleading. It is more Old Covenant than that of the New
Again, let us be careful in dealing with this as they are often walking in the light that they have.
Jesus my Source
Today's church has the Word of God as its source. Tomorrow's church has Jesus Christ - a deep personal fellowship - as its source. This shift needs to take place. Few understand it. Most are Word people and rely on the Word of God and not primarily resting in Jesus Christ and abiding in Him - especially those in the Word-Faith Movement. Many no longer truly understand or know the continual experience of abiding in Him!
Remember we worship the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and not the
Father, the Son and the Holy Scriptures!
JOHN 6: 39-42
You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. I do not receive honour from men. But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you.
Today there is grave danger of the great shift taking place being contaminated by religious systems.
Even at this time some of the fresh movements of house church and the apostolic prophetic are being seduced into becoming religious systems. Sadly, parts of the house church movement are not hearing the Spirit of God and are relying on the old system of teaching the Bible as understood by the minds of men without the reality of hearing from the Holy Spirit. This produces a work of religion in a different location or format and not the kingdom of God.
Christian religious systems ultimately rely on the Bible as understood by the minds of men applied to practical circumstances for direction of the system and its people.
The kingdom of God system ultimately relies on the Holy Spirit revealing the mind of Christ and the will of the Father through intimate relationship. Hearing and obeying the leadership of Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit will confirm and clearly make known to us what the Bible is saying. [Excerpt]
Haggai 2:11-14 Thus says the Lord of Hosts: 'Now, ask the priests concerning the law, saying,
If one carries holy meat in the fold of his garment, and with the edge he touches bread or stew, wine or oil, or any food, will it become holy?' Then the priests answered and said, 'No.' [HOLINESS IS NOT INFECTIOUS]
And Haggai said, if one who is unclean because of a dead body touches any of these, will it be unclean?'So the priests answered and said, 'It shall be unclean.' [UNHOLINESS IS INFECTIOUS]
Then Haggai answered and said, 'So is this people, and so is this nation before Me,' says the Lord, 'and so is every work of their hands; and what they offer there is unclean.'
Keep away from religious systems and ministries!
Similarity between Johnathon Edward's preparation and God's preparation for the Coming Tsunami of God
America was transformed by this Great Awakening which began through the ministry of one man - Jonathan Edwards.
From his youth, Edwards spent much time in secret with God seeking His Presence. He would often walk alone in the fields or the mountains praying to God with a deep affection. He spent much time reading and meditating on the Song of Solomon until he had a deep understanding of God's sweetness and light. He experienced God's presence as a sudden intrusion from "the other world" upon his natural senses. Edwards was used in a great way because he sought to be intimate with the actual Presence of God.
"I had an inward, sweet sense of these things, and my soul was led away in pleasant views and contemplations of the loveliness and sweetness of Jesus Christ. The sense I had of divine things would often kindle up a sweet burning in my soul, that I know not how to express."
Those prepared by the Lord for the coming worldwide move of God have gone through exactly the same transformation through His sweetness as did Jonathon Edwards.
Revival is essentially a spirit of prayer that rests on a person at all times. The Holy Spirit reveals the Father Heart of God - especially His great burden for lost souls. The spirit of prayer, or soul travail, begins to rest on a person with such magnitude and frequency that he can easily say, "I pray in the Spirit at all times."
In such a state, God will sanctify the person entirely - body, soul and spirit - so that he comprehends and experiences the holiness of God. The fullness of Christ then begins to overflow the person; God, who is infinite, goes on to sanctify everything around Him, using the individual saint as a channel of His love.