This month's teaching : Repentance

Children of Light

God is light, and in Him is found no variation. Jesus said He was the light; now he says ye are the light of the world. The substance found within a spiritual person is that of a heavenly realm and must be maintained in order to remain a valuable asset within the kingdom of God. Children of Light do not mingle with darkness because light drives out darkness even by its physical nature. As we face the future before us, we will see the ever-present surmounting elements, designed to buckle the knees of the Children of Light. Most often these things appear as real enemies set out to engage us. But wait, enemies of darkness must not cause us to stumble; we overcome them through the light within! God’s children are relentless in faith and are called by the name—Children of Light. The Children of Light are a great danger to the kingdom of darkness. Darkness can never overcome us because we walk in the light. Darkness is completely powerless when light is present. This week I was greatly reminded of this truth, as I witnessed a great deliverance in the life of a troubled youth who was encumbered with horrible darkness. There is a mystery that I observe among professing Christians—Why are so many not walking in the light? Is the light perhaps misunderstood?

Mathew 6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. The enemy always seeks to entrap us with suggestions that contradict that which is truth. This tends to capture the focus of one eye thus causing confusion, and where there is confusion, there is every evil work. Single-eyed perception means two eyes focused on one object. If the enemy can cause us to turn one eye in distraction upon his diversion, then he succeeds in shadowing and confusing what God is speaking to our spirit.

True light is not imagination, (by which some become ensnared in confusion). Light is bright, clear, uses no imagination, and it is pure, without agendas of preconception. It presents clear answers and truth. True light casts away doubt. John 12:36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. There are areas and situations on which God has given us light; it is clear and pure, and we are to believe this light that is of truth and unquestionable. Let us not confuse light with traditions or agendas. The light we have received of Him is pure and brilliant, and we are to believe that light. True Children of Light believe in the light and are therefore so-named. This truth sets us free.

There are many murky things that we’re inclined to latch onto, but they are not light. This subtle work of the enemy does not shed light upon our path, and it also does not drive away darkness. Anything that does not drive away darkness is not true light. When we do not have a single eye of focus with both of our eyes on one object, our path becomes darkened, and the natural man’s imagination reigns as king. When our imagination is in control, we are prey to deception, believing anything that makes remote sense. This is exactly what happened to Adam and Eve. Their eyes were no longer single after hearing the serpent’s suggestion. It made perfect sense in their reasoning. They fell from unity with God simply by reasoning. It darkened their minds and they became victims of focus-confusion through the subtilty of Satan.

This same strategy, used by the enemy in the Garden of Eden, is duplicated now against the Children of Light. Ephesians 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: When our minds are darkened, we become separated from the life of God. This is one reason there are so many powerless people in the church of our day. Lifeless Christianity is a prevailing problem among today’s congregations. People with darkened minds have heavy blindness upon their heart like a veil that cannot be penetrated. It is called, ‘the strength of the flesh’. This condition produces an environment of strong delusion and darkness where people believe almost anything that is not true light. It influences chaotic imaginations and is profusely used by the enemy against God’s true children.

There are distractions that the enemy dispenses to gain the attention of God’s children, and once one eye is locked on them, we fall under this category of great confusion. It opens the flood gates of worry and imagination working to depress the mind and overtake anything of peace that we once knew. The mind then latches onto this entrapment as the heart becomes dark with abundance of feelings that are destructive in every category. Our victory is turning our focus to that which we know in peace, joy, love, and power in the Holy Ghost. We must refrain from hearing and seeing with double vision. Both our eyes again turn to what God calls light, and we retain the stature of Christ’s redemption which we know so well. Hallelujah!!!

Do My Prophets No Harm

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.

The home has lost its calling to raise and teach its children because we spend our spare time benefiting our own affections in activities that are self-extolling. We have designed our lives to be proactive for our self, and passive with God. It is easy to criticize God’s people, and yet we idolize corrupt sports figures without hesitation. We praise and admire the wicked and pass judgment on the holy. The wicked can easily be praised and the holy can be willfully debilitated with glee.

It is in the middle of this unreceptive environment called “church” that the true prophet calls people back to God. He speaks with his life first, and refuses to entangle himself with the activities that require no cross. He is on unfamiliar territory where Jesus is not the theme. His clumsy conversation offers no thrill to the popular trends of personal attainment among that which is highly esteemed among men. Why is he so out of touch with the stars of Hollywood and sports? Because he is in touch with the holiness of Heaven. The gift of a prophet is hidden in his burden.

I have met many people in my 30-plus years of ministry who have called themselves prophets; but I have never met a prophet of God who called himself a prophet. Many of these self-proclaimed prophets are not gifted from God but have a natural untamed ability to be reckless and bold with their own preferences. The modern church-world has accustomed themselves to calling a certain bold untamed personality a prophet. These are not prophets from God. The prophets of God do not fit this description at all. Being a true prophet of God is not based on a natural gift or weakness of character. It is based on a gift that comes from the Holy Spirit. New Testament prophets are not accusers or finger pointers. They point us to God with the anointing of conviction and wooing.

Let us be aware of prophets that seek to disrupt and to undo the workings of God in clever ways. The Bible is quite clear that these can even do miracles and that there are many of them. Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. These prophets are false and they have agendas like wolves. They create chaos; they tear up the sheep but are disguised in clothing that appears mild and humble. The clothing is fashioned in the disguise of burden-like substance. The word “ravening” means they are excessively rapacious to disrupt, destroy, and undo that which God has done or is doing. All we are asked to do with such is to be aware of them. They can become your enemy in a second!

Why are we not to harm the true prophets of God? Firstly, they operate and function under God’s authority. They are not roaming lions. They are subjected and balanced with wisdom that is alone from God. God will never let the Holy Spirit’s call and gift become unauthorized. The submission is why it carries so much power and authority. It is the order that God chose to operate all His gifts and callings under. Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. V.2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

If we harm the prophets of God, we harm the message they share concerning returning to faith and love toward God. A harmed prophet will no more have the message to bring back that which is lost. That sound of heaven that draws the church back to persistence is gone. When the prophet of God is harmed, the church will love the world. The love and fear of God will vanish quickly without the people even knowing until it has become a dreadful situation. It is easy to quote God’s prophets of the past and just as easy to destroy God’s prophets in our presence. The anointed we do not touch, the prophets we do not harm!

Matthew 23:30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. V. 31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.