John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Who has ever denied love from someone? Love is almost always understood as being synonymous with the word ‘accepted’ yet they are not the same at all.
We live in an era where there is much talk about the Father’s love. Books have been written by the thousands about a wooing kind of love from the Father. What I have repeatedly seen in this explanation of love is that it is seemingly a “wow” experience and then vanishes after some months and the same difficulties resurface. The true love that comes from Heaven is not intended to leave people in the same condition of sin and bondage that they were in when Christ received them. While we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Our old nature, which is not friendly toward those we esteem higher than us, had to be won by someone becoming lower than us. This was the true remedy for the pitiful human race without exemption. This person was the Messiah, Jesus the Christ.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. We will all go through tribulation, but let us never neglect to understand the purpose. Could it be that it is because God is jealous over His possession? Can tribulation be punishment, or a way to draw us back to Him?
Does God have a right to be jealous? After all, everything has been made by Him and for Him. He created it all and has the absolute legal documents: “The Word”, for total ownership to everything that is. When God sees a nation or people walk away from Him he does not close His eyes with blindness. He has a plan for redemption that might come into view as a detour to man at times.
God has been teaching me to walk with greater carefulness in the company of people who have tendencies to tear down the character of fellow believers. I have been very careful with what kind of friendship I nurture. Someone having a constant expression of complaints under the disguise of sharing a burden contains a poison too dangerous for me to interact with. If the fingers always point out you can be assured that there are problems within that are self-justified and toxic.
I understand that there are times of such despair in difficulty when a person shares his heart. It is when these tendencies are constant and the patterns are continual that I find a nature very destructive to the life of the Holy Spirit within. Most have learned to recognize this emanation and to either guard against it or embrace it.
Psalm 105:15 Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
It seems that the church at large has not benefited much from the gift of the prophets in the last 60 years. There is, however, a multitude of pastors who have made mega-profits in today’s churches. When the true prophets are harmed, the church turns into a social club where sports become the excitement—replacing the Holy Spirit’s presence and the thirst after righteousness. A place filled with many programs for every class of persuasion where everyone can be at ease. The church has to be responsible for everyone now.
Before we can fully understand the commandment to not touch God's anointed, we must understand what the anointing of God is and how it operates. Many have a vague understanding of the anointing of God upon certain people. One of the more general ideas of what the anointing of the Holy Spirit is and how it operates is the way it presents itself through public speaking. Most define the anointing of God as a phenomenon that emanates a thrilling presentation with charisma. To some it is thought of as the way someone handles his voice with efficiency and pragmatic presentation. While this may be a small fraction of wisdom from the anointing, it is not even close to the depth of its significance. The anointing by God upon someone’s life has a position and assignment of servanthood to His specific function: to accomplish and retain His purpose and glory to mankind.
The natural man that tries to be spiritual has uncrucified ambitions that cannot find foundational rest. He will fight a fight that is not of faith, demonstrating a lingering need within which he does not recognize. The problem repeatedly shown is a difficult disability called ability. This personal ability is incredibly detrimental to the spiritual ability that God considers to be ministry in His servants. The personally capable and self-righteous man will be haunted with thoughts that cannot find rest until the self-esteemed monster is personally gratified. His restless mind is perpetually filled with thoughts such as:
What can I do?
Let's do something.
I can do it better.
Someone stopped by my residence in the past week who made a statement that astonished me. He was talking about his job and the boss he works under. He said that the general manager of the company understands authority but the owner has no idea what authority is. This type of business owner puts a manager in place, then tries to rule through them. People like this cause turmoil and all kinds of confusion and strangle the organizational flow from top to bottom. This type of person has a detrimental issue deep within. It is created by mistrust that is fashioned within, from the problem of not feeling valued. There are many small business owners that can never grow a company on a healthy larger platform because of this problem of control. These people reign in suspicion which comes from deep personal pride. Proprietors such as this cause disorganization everywhere that they function when it involves more than a handful of people. They have all the answers for everyone else yet have great personal depravity and are dysfunctional icons.
My personal observation throughout my lifetime suggests that almost all people have some sort of talent. I have always been amazed at the talents that people produce when they put forth extraordinary effort to excel. Among the most significant of clever people I find a characteristic that is intriguing to me. There seems to be a life source in their ability to sustain the ambition of higher goals of personal triumph. It portrays the finest of simplicity, efficiency and effectiveness. The performance of such talent seems almost surreal. To observe such talent in action tends to have a redeeming affect of continuous enthusiasm within one's self that produces a flow of excellence and charming courage that is almost contagious.
Proverbs 18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; BUT a wounded spirit who can bear?
There are many things that can displace true reverence of praise and adoration to God. I have noticed that new things from machines to equipment, cars or even a new horse can delight our minds for a while. Once we get used to it, its ecstatic awe will dissipate even if the value does not change. It is within our human nature to appreciate things we revere. After we acclimate, it loses its value to our fondness and yet it can become even greater in value with time.
Psalm 32:9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
I was told the story that years ago there were two neighbor boys on the way home after an event, moving towards the little town of Trail, Ohio. The well-trained horse became extremely chaotic after it was hitched and was suddenly of a totally different nature for some unknown reason. It was almost completely out of control. His nature was so absurdly different that they questioned whether they had hitched the wrong horse to their buggy. They could not hold back the horse as it even blew through stop signs causing grave danger!
God fed the children of Israel with a miracle food called manna. For 40 long years they traveled the extremities of the barren Saudi Desert where food does not grow. God supplied them with this sweet wafer of heavenly food until they came to the crossing of the Jordan River.
John 6:31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
In Psalm 78 God calls it "corn of heaven", and also "angel's food". In John 6 God called it "bread from heaven". Jesus said He is the "bread from heaven". More >>>
I have always been troubled about how some denominations punish people who are leaving their sect to seek deeper spiritual growth.
Some have to be rejected with a ban of fellowship that the church holds against those that leave. The leaders attempt to place a blight upon such in the name of religion.
Some of these spiritual people have endured a denominational curse-like suffering because they love God. It is like blood stains on a coat intended for betrayal. A true Christian should pray and ask for the removal of this through the name of Jesus and it will be gone. As a leader, you will never walk without responsibility for putting such a condemnation upon a child of God.
Being around Jesus was always a time filled with expectations of the unparalleled. Anything could happen in a moment.
The sick were no problem to Him. Those with devils, incurable diseases, and handicaps were no problem to Him. The religious Pharisees were the only ones that were a continual problem to Him.
The Pharisees understood the law, therefore they could not understand grace. The same problem exists today in the mindset of many religious people.
The seven golden candlesticks comprised a precious and mandatory lamp placed before the presence of God. It was a requirement to have this powerful lamp shining in the Holy Place before God twenty-four hours a day.
The lamp was placed in the tabernacle, the temple and before the throne in Revelation 1:20. This expensive piece of equipment was made with pure gold beaten to a completed work of wonder.
Judah was in a state of victory and joy on one hand, but on the other hand they could not stop sinning and continued to commit sins with the enemy.
God had warned that if His people became faithless, He would send the pagan enemy after them and protect them no longer.
This all happened as a result of prophets speaking things falsely in the name of the Lord when it was not from Him. More >>>
Genesis 35:2 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments.
Many Christians will never go deeper in the faith because of idolatry. Idolatry is a problem that is seldom addressed among Christianity. It is a very personal subject with great interest to many.
There are things in life that can be enormously captivating. Humanity has a place within that is constantly seeking to satisfy something that it does not have. This is a good thing in a sense. It is a universal vacuum where man seeks for identity and fulfillment. More >>>
Romans 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. v.22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
In these latter days, the enemy has poured upon the earth the concept of pain that thrives on personal rights and freedom without cost. More >>>
Almost 4,000 years after the fall of Adam and Eve and still no appearance of the prophesied Savior.
But then it happened. In a little town south of Jerusalem.
Jesus, anointed by Almighty God, chooses Capernaum, Bethsaida and Chorazin specifically to introduce His heavenly kingdom to mankind. More >>>
Within a spiritual father there is a longing from God for his children to be purposeful and useful to capacities greater than even the father walked in himself. This is imputed from God's wisdom so that the spiritual heritage can continue its path to greater effectiveness.
This was part of David's perfect heart toward God. Almighty God has also exemplified this with His only begotten Son Jesus, the Savior of the world. More >>>
How can I become a better person with interpersonal relationships?
Questions to ask myself: Can I be a better person? Does my influence make things better or worse?
John 21:22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me. I want to address those who live a God-fearing and honorable life on a daily basis. More >>>
1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. V.10 But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
The mindset of being in love with someone is so powerful that offenses have little chance to depreciate from the value it maintains. More >>>
Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me V.10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
The Holy Spirit has developed and established a treasure within my character that I find to be the basis of all that exists around me. The treasure is the power of wisdom within a defined foundation. I have experienced intense devastation when this has been denigrated by doubt and unbelief by adversaries. More >>>
Let's take a minute and go back to the instance where faith was first founded within us. Can you remember several clearly defined moments where faith allowed God to change your life?
I consider these places of influence as spiritual waypoints. These waypoints need to be kept protected and revered and spoken about by the word of our mouth. There is astounding overcoming power by the word of our testimony. It is where God placed His hand upon us and we were never same again. More >>>
Genesis 3:8 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.
When does God speak? It is often in the time of unanticipated difficulty and spiritual calamity when things are very strident that we become earnest to hear at once. More >>>
David was anointed at three different points of his life. David carried within himself the power of God in a special and very unusual way. This anointed man's presence brought the enemy out of hiding from invisible obscurity.
This is what the true anointing of the Holy Spirit does. The Holy Spirit reproves the sin that lives in a person. The enemy then becomes reckless not having understanding what has happened. More >>>
1 Kings 17:4 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. The word of the Lord came to Elijah and said, go to the brook of Cherith. I will feed you and give you water there.
Elijah heard a fresh word from God because his life was in danger since he prayed and prophesied against the Baal gods of Ahab and Jezebel. God led Elijah away from his familiar place in the Gilead Mountains. I have been in this very place of the home dwellings of Elijah. It had been a very beautiful place and is still to this day. More >>>
Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
It was the wind from the breath of God that made Adam a living soul after the clay was formed and fashioned by the hand of God.
God caused a wind to blow over the Earth after the flood of Noah that assuaged the waters and a new world stood washed from its evil past.
God caused the wind to blow from the east that brought in the plague of locusts against Pharaoh. God caused another wind from the opposite direction to blow the same locusts back to the sea. More >>>
Wayne Weaver, 5/10/2012