"But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us."
2nd Corinthians 4:3-7

Waiting for God

December 25th, 2012

And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.Genesis 16:2

When Abraham listened to the voice of his wife rather than the voice of the Lord he ended up with Ishmael via a slave girl (essentially a bastard).  Now before anyone flies off the handle, please understand that a born again Christian man should be able to listen to the voice of his born again Christian wife.  Her job is to compliment and help her husband so obviously we should see our wives a blessing and one also hearing from the Lord.  In fact in the bible wisdom is depicted as a ‘she’.  Anyway, back to Abraham… At the beginning of Genesis 15 the Lord spoke His promise to Abraham of his coming lineage:

And Abram said, LORD God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?  And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.  And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.  And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.  And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.  – Genesis 15: 2-16

Then Abraham asked the Lord how he would know that he (Abraham) would inherit the promise and the Lord responded by commanding him to present a sacrifice (Genesis 15: 8-11).  But then the Lord brought some bad news/good news, in the form of another promise made in Genesis 15: 12-14:

And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

So God is saying to faithful Abraham that his promised divine seed would become a stranger in a land that was not their own and that they would be enslaved for 400 years – a prophecy of the captivity in Egypt under the rule of the Pharaoh(s).  This can also be seen as a type of what has happened to the human soul.  We have all been captivated by the world and our souls have been vexed by the powers of darkness and we have thus become enslaved to Pharaoh (Satan), the world and our fleshly desires.  But God is faithful to deliver us – yet deliverance from the world does not happen all at once nor is it easy – it takes time and it is hard (see Exodus 23: 20-33).  This is totally contrary to the ‘word of faith’ proclaimers that confidently state that ‘Satan is under our feet’ yet that ‘church’ is blind, deaf and in prison – thinking they are free and serving the Lord!
God said in Genesis 15:14 that he would judge the Egyptians that His people had been subject to and then His people would come out with great substance (a type of the church at the day of Pentecost)…But then He says in verses 16 and 17:

But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.   And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.

Since the days of Pentecost have passed, the church has been being filled with the iniquity of the Amorites.  Jesus said in Matthew 23:32: Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. but read the whole chapter to get the full context and impact of what the Lord is saying to his people.  But then the last generation of this captivity shall repent as we enter into the days He describes next in Matthew 24 – the end of the age.  The world is now a very dark place and will become even darker very quickly and there will soon be a fiery furnace awaiting those that are that burning lamp who have agreed with God by walking going through [with] that sacrifice that He has required (Genesis 15:17).  The servant is not above the master – Jesus was our forerunner and we must meet him in the middle and do as He says and as He does.  
 In the here and now, the real church of Jesus Christ is reflective of tiny Israel that we see on a current world map. And of course the world scoffs at God’s Word and still to this day tries to reduce and ultimately eliminate Israel.  They are contrary to the Most High God who has said that He has given the land that far exceeds those current borders (Genesis 15: 18).  And in further contrast, the world sees this large, mega-giant Christianity with billions of ‘members’ being led by an abomination known as Roman Catholicism which now effectively states that the Israelis are no longer God's chosen people but it is now the [Catholic] Church) (see also a form of godliness in 2nd Timothy 3).  That which the world decrees is all but lies.  However and thankfully, that is not the real church.  This is why we pray that people still ensnared in this entire system (all denominations) can see!  The real church is still scattered about being formed into a presentable offering that God will then ignite to go into the entire world to proclaim the gospel as a witness to Jesus Christ by the Holy Ghost and then the end shall come.
The church has for all intents and purposes for the last 17 or 18 hundred or so years been presenting Ishmael to the world instead of Isaac.  Jesus’ said in His last statement to His disciples before He ascended to heaven in Luke 24:49:

And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued (clothed) with power from on high

The church just prior to Pentecost was obedient to that command and the results of the promise were realized.  But over time, Satan, the world and the flesh have compromised the mission.  We find that between the end of Genesis 16 and the beginning of Genesis 17 that it appears that 33 years passed before the Lord spoke to Abraham again.  And then, prior to Him speaking specifically to the birth of Isaac by a barren Sarah he initiated another convent with Abraham.  This was the covenant of the circumcision of the flesh of the foreskin (Genesis 17: 9-14).  He states that without this circumcision, that soul will be cut off from God’s true people – because he would have broken God’s covenant (i.e., been disobedient).  It’s no wonder that God chose this type of covenant to show us exactly what it takes to inherit the promised land – especially to men – which God requires to lead His church.  The cutting of the penis?!?  Lord – isn’t there another way?  It’s no wonder that Abraham fell on his face and laughed when God told him all of this (Genesis 17:17).  This is also another way to show us that being delivered from Satan, the world and the flesh is not an easy and painless endeavor but we must proceed in faith daily believing it just the way His voice has spoken it to us else we hear in error: Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have. – Luke 8:18.  The circumcision on the eighth day is also reflective of a daily sacrifice required as depicted by the eight pieces offered by Abraham per God’s command.

To summarize, the church has since gone out to the reach the world (Gentiles) without being filled with the Holy Ghost.  All the missionaries have done is feed people some, in most cases, very unappetizing food, while most just fly back to their mansions and continue on with their daily talk shows, leaving the starving and fly infested children there with their buckets of goop and some tracts or bibles that they have no understanding of.  The contingent left behind by the missionaries in these places is then set about with the task of making clones of those that have volunteered to join the cause – so you end up with more Baptists, Methodists, Buddhists, and Pentecostals etc – still no power.  You have street preachers going out to the city street corners with signs and tee-shirts quoting bible scriptures and yelling at people with mega-phones while they engage in conversations debates with people that are demonized and ending up being made to look like complete fools to the people walking by and watching on the YouTube…still no power.  All because they have not really hearkened to the voice of the Lord to ‘tarry within the confines of the church until they are cleaned and filled with the Holy Ghost’.  Another way to put it is as Jesus said to Peter: Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. – Luke 22:32.  He requires for us to be made clean before we go out.  He is saying to stay put in the church and let iron sharpen iron before we go out there (WITHOUT ANY POWER) and be made a fool out of – which bears repeating – is exactly what the church heretofore for the most part has been doing.  In other words – it has been a work of the flesh and it will only sow to the flesh – it will only produce Ishmael – a bastard – unless we are truly hearing from God and then being obedient to what He has said.  This is why he gives us apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4: 11-12) to work on and perfect the body of Christ so that they would then be equipped to go out and handle the devil effectively – to do the same purpose for which the Lord came – to destroy the works of Satan.  Now at this point I would clarify something.  I’m not saying that everything that the church has been doing for the last 18 centuries has been total vanity.  Many people have been turned to Jesus Christ and been given the opportunity for salvation.  What I am saying is that the time is now for the church to see the landscape for what it really is and when that appropriate number huddles up in that upper room again and stays there until the Holy Ghost comes again like the sound of a mighty, mighty rushing wind - game changer!!!  Satan you have a problem!

That is this reporter’s view and to quote Walter Cronkite “and that’s the way it is, Tuesday, December 25, 2012”.  Another reporter colleague of mine and sister in Christ has also posted an article on this ‘Christmas’ day 2012.  I can’t think of a better time to speak out and come against the devil than when he’s right in your face like he now with his phony ‘Christmas spirit’.  This is the way it is and we pray for all of God’s people to turn and come out of this evil world and not look back.

One thing that stood out for me what this caption under a picture of Satan Santa:

Children will remember what we have told them about Jesus upon realizing that Santa is not real...and it will cause them to wonder if belief in Jesus is just as much a myth as Santa.”.  This is a master stroke of genius on the part of Satan.  He purposely makes a correlation between that which he knows will inevitably be exposed as a lie to the children (Santa Claus) and Christmas which he has masterfully tied lied to the birth of Jesus.  This will most certainly tie together the lie of Santa Claus and Christmas with Jesus Christ and therefore Jesus will then also be in doubt.  To that end Christmas itself is entirely a lie from Satan.  There is such thing as Merry CHRISTmas.  There is no Christian ‘reason for the season’.  Jesus wasn’t even born in December.  It’s all just a big fat devil lie and multitudes have fallen for it hook, line and sinker.  Jesus Christ does not mix in with that which is from man or Satan.  We must conform to Him and that can only happen if we are circumcised from this world.

Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy. For thy servant David's sake turn not away the face of thine anointed. The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore. For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.

Psalm 132:9-16

True Grace


At dinner recently with family the topic of the teachings of Joseph Prince came up.  First of all, I know the initial knee-jerk response from some will be – ‘here goes Tom again, criticizing some preacher because he doesn’t measure up to Tom’s standard’.  I truly hope Christians move past these knee-jerk responses and learn to measure/weigh everything according to God’s Word alone – not any man’s standard.  If I or any preacher is pointing to Jesus (the Bible) alone, then what’s the problem? – unless somebody doesn’t like Jesus and His standards – which are actually quite high.  Scripture more than backs up the fact that many Christians today are teaching what is sometimes called ‘cheap grace’.  One guy defined it as:

The preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline. Communion without confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ.

The teachings of multitudes of ministries are now stating that ‘no perfect people are allowed’ in our church (Google that and see how many show up).  Many say ‘just come as you are’ but how very few correctly append to that ‘…but you can’t stay that way – you have to change’.  This is the message of the gospel – we have to change.  We just can’t cop out to some easy as pie, life is good, Jesus did it all for me on the cross type of existence – WE HAVE TO FIGHT A WARFARE TO BE MADE FREE!!!  Is it any wonder why He says in Isaiah 30 “That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:” and in 2nd Timothy 4 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”? 

In contrast, the Bible clearly teaches us in Titus 2:11-12, that God’s grace has appeared (in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ and through the five-fold ministry gifts that He gave us as defined in Ephesians 4:11-12) to bring us salvation and INSTRUCTING us to DENY ungodliness, to DENY carnal desires, to LIVE discreetly, to LIVE righteously, to LIVE godly – even in this wicked and perverted world.  This is how we can actually ‘do’ the Word of God and not just be ‘hearers’.  Hearers of the Word just HEAR that Jesus forgives us of our sins by His blood but DOERS actually APPLY the blood to their lives by OBEYING what He says in scripture – and changing nature.  Many say that there is no ‘work’ involved – that is a lie.  So the ‘excuses’ become such like – well David fornicated and he was a man after God’s own heart.  But David is not the standard.  Is David the author and finisher of your faith?  Elijah, wallowed in self-pity under a juniper tree – so does that mean it’s okay for us to do it?  Elijah is not the standard.  Is Elijah the author and finisher of your faith?  The church of Corinth was in the grasp of perversion – the church of Corinth is not the standard.  Peter denied Christ – Peter is not the standard.  Jesus is the standard and his friend John told us that we can walk even as He (Jesus) walked – and God is no liar!  They say that a sinner is a saint that falls down but scripture says that “Jesus is able to keep us from falling and to present us faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 24).

We have been so brainwashed/indoctrinated by the world’s Greco/Roman philosophies which teach us to elevate and exalt people based on numbers of followers, eloquence or charisma, or most of all – how much they ‘know’.  This is especially dangerous in Christianity because many, many preachers and teachers (both true and false), know a lot of scriptures and they know a lot about the Hebrew and the Greek translations so therefore we tend to gravitate toward what they are saying because of a blinded persuasiveness rather than the individuals searching the matter out for ourselves – and to use our own noggins and to actually THINK for ourselves – and most importantly – to consult the Word of God and the Holy Spirit and compare what is being said to HIM for verification!

Below is a link to a message titled ‘The True Grace of God’, and I do hope you will take the time to listen.  But why is it that so many times our first reactions to a gospel messenger that we have not heard before tend to be along the lines of things like this:

  •          Who is this guy?
  •          What church or denomination does he belong too?
  •          How big is his church or congregation/how many followers are there/how many YouTube views does he have?
  •          What is he: a Pastor, an Apostle, a Bishop, a Minister, an Elder, or just a Brother or a Sister – what’s his Title?  Aside: (Even though Jesus clearly teaches us to call no man father, master, teacher, Rabbi etc., we keep on keepin’ on, wanting to give a person preeminence, which falls right into the trap of that Greek mindset – to elevate a man – I don’t care what anyone says, it is a subtle part of the Nicolaitane doctrine.  The worse-case scenario is calling someone Reverend – Psalm 111:9 says: “He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant forever: holy and reverend is his name”.  That ought to end the entitlements right there eh?  Call me legalistic if you want to but don’t take my word for it – if you find out otherwise in the new covenant – please let me know – but it seems to me that our fore-fathers the apostles were on a first name basis with one another.  Please hear me - my aim is freedom from every demonic yoke – I want to be free – I want you to be free.  The spirit of the Lord is a liberator – and man, if religion hasn’t put on us the biggest yokes of all I don’t know what does)
  •          Where did he go to school – i.e. how many Masonic ‘degrees’ does he have?
  •          And probably the worst of all - who did he come up under? (TODO: insert puke face emoticon here).

I suppose the answer is in part because there are now so many voices in Christianity today and people are in a sense becoming weary (or leery) of just hearing another sermon without seeing demonstrated power!  That will be changing soon because if you can see how the moral decay and corruption of society, culture and world systems is on the rapid increase then know without a shadow of a doubt – that Almighty God will respond.  In the meantime, we are left with the quite simple fact that the Lord knows those that are His and His sheep know His voice.  All we can to is continue to tell it and pray for the ever present famine of hearing the Word of God to end so that souls can be snatched from the clutches of Satan.

I for one, want to be free from any preconceived notions, or prejudices (pre-judgments)  about anyone.  It is true that you cannot judge a book by its cover – you have to open the book and start to read it.  The Holy Spirit has quickened the Word with safeguards that are build right into the scriptures which, when properly discerned (rightly divided), will reveal God’s nature (or character) and that nature will continue to transform us (as we continue to allow him to).  Therefore, when you see someone that has effeminate character traits (like Joseph Prince or T.D. Jakes or Paul Crouch or Marcus Lamb to name but a few), you will know that scripture says that the effeminate (and he must obviously be talking about men) cannot inherit the kingdom of God – so logically, if the effeminate cannot inherit the kingdom – how is it possible for the effeminate to represent the kingdom of God?  And if you can’t see the effeminacy in most Christian presentations then you probably stopped reading this already.  In Matthew 11:7-12, Jesus  pointed to the ones that were living large in king’s palaces wearing soft clothes or skinny jeans or Beatle haircuts or tattoos or body piercings – OK he didn’t specifically say skinny jeans, Beatle haircuts, tattoos or piercings, but these things are revealed by the SPIRIT and they do not have to be contained in the actual LETTER – they are simply NOT reflections of the NATURE of God!  So the thing is – warn the righteous, warn the wicked and pray for people to turn to the truth before it is too late.  When we are truly contrite and broken, then when or if we do sin, even in thought let alone deed, we will be quickly convicted by the Holy Ghost and as our hearts are not hardened we will then quickly repent.  One thing that I noticed in this True Grace message that I refer was that the speaker had others reading from scripture which made it hard to hear because the readers were not in close range of the microphone.  Of course, my initial knee-jerk (emphasis on the word ‘jerk’) response was – ‘why is this guy not reading it himself – doesn’t he know that it’s harder for us to hear?’  I discovered the Holy Spirit saying – pick up your Bible and read it for yourself!!!

I pray that we all can begin to walk according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh as in the past – let God be true and every man a liar.  It does not matter WHO brings the message – the question has to be asked: is it TRUE?  The only way for Christians to come to this place of unity – one faith, one mind, one accord – is for us to forsake everything in this life and be truly be repentant and contrite in order to truly be born again in Christ.  Proverbs 28:5 says that Evil men do not understand judgment – but those who seek the Lord understand all things.  We can marry that old testament verse to the new testament in 1st Corinthians 2:14-16 which says that the natural man (the Evil man) does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him – and he cannot know them, because they spiritually discerned.  But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man (let God be true and every man a liar).  For who has known the mind of the Lord the he may instruct him? – but we have the mind of Christ.  At its core, cheap, false, vain and licentious grace teaches ‘you can’t judge’.  Do you not know that the saints shall judge the world?

Again I say what scripture says in plain language – how can two walk together unless they are agreed?  The only way for people to be ‘convinced’ of the absolute gospel truth is for them to be ‘convicted’ – that is the Holy Spirits objective – but only as the vessels are willing to yield to him.

1st Peter 5:12
Through Silvanus, our faithful brother (for so I regard him), I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it!

Titus 2: 11-12
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in this present evil age.

2nd Corinthians 6:1
We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

Jude 4:
For certain men have crept in unnoticed (unaware, in a stealth manner), those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness (a license to sin) and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

The Way of Salvation – Psalm 62

February 4th, 2012

“Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:” – 1st Timothy 1:5

Let me first state emphatically, if you say you are a Christian, and you read this article and do not agree with it whole-heartedly, then you have been victimized by the very things described below and you will not be an overcomer at the end of your life or this age - whichever comes first.  Please read on and take serious heed knowing that what we are desperately in need of overcoming as described in our Bibles vividly in Genesis 3 and Genesis 6.

The goal of the gospel of Jesus Christ is for us to be transformed from a carnal, time and space focused and unclean soul into a spiritual, eternity focused and clean soul.

Jesus says “in your patience, take possession of your soul”.  Obviously, SOMETHING besides me must have possession of my soul.  Now if Jesus said that, then it is true and I personally do not think that a single living human other than him has been excluded from that state of being.  So every believer (small and great) must come to terms with what exactly has had possession of my soul.  This is better stated “who has had possession of my soul?”  The “who” that has had possession of my soul are demonic, unclean spirits that have been doing nothing but using us as vessels to express their lusts. Also, the higher the level of the demon spirit(s), the higher the level of worship that will be directed to the vessel carrying the demon(s). This is how Satan’s kingdom operates. At the end of this chain of bondage is the highest level fallen cherub, the ‘prince of the power of the air’, who has obscured from the worshipers the True and Living God – to whom alone the worship is due and should be directed to but instead Satan has funneled all of that worship to him via lies and deception, because we been enthralled with this temporal life. So it becomes false worship to a false god. What Christians must do then is to humble themselves down and submit to the true Lord Jesus Christ – the Word of God – in order to be made clean from these intruders.

Here in the last days, those that claim to follow Jesus Christ need to truly come to terms with the fact that we have been so duped in church life, that we really have to STOP and think about what we are doing, and what we have been feeding on. It’s time to deal with forces that have Christians bound and blocking the flow of the Holy Spirit. Let’s not find ourselves saying “you need to (fill in the blank)…No – first of all – “I” need to... “I” need to come out of the world and be converted. Let’s not find ourselves pointing out what’s wrong with others without having first gotten the mess out of our own souls.  This is not a presto-chango occurrence that happened when you confessed Christ or came down to an altar call in a church service.  This is a process that happens ONLY through a diligent and disciplined life style of identifying and denying the lust(s) of my flesh, the lust(s) of my eyes and the pride(s) of my life – this is how we get the power to cast out demons.  This is how we can become overcomers – sons of God – and then “…the prince of this world comes, and has NOTHING in me!”

Waiting on God – Possessing My Soul

“In your patience possess ye your souls” – Luke 21:9

Jesus says this in the midst of an end time discourse where he is telling us that as Christians we will be rejected and slain by religious hypocrites just as He was. Those of us that enter into this confrontation with the power of darkness will have to have possession of our souls else we will compromise and deny Him. So why does he mention patience in the same statement as possessing your soul? The process of possessing our soul primarily comprises of waiting on God as we go through the process of mortifying our members and dying to the things of this world. The end result will be a resurrected life that will become a living sacrifice. Probably the hardest thing about a Christian life these days is waiting on God.  Remember this: what is the primary characteristic of ‘waiting’?  Have you ever waited for a bus while running down the street?  Waiting means: to remain stationary in readiness or expectation.  I would add this as well – that for us as Christians by and large it also means “SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP – and soak Him in through his appointed messengers and the Holy Spirit in you – until we are endowed with POWER!!!”. 

“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that wait for him.”Isaiah 64:4

“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.”1st Corinthians 2:9

If we really wait on/love Him then we will be obedient and do this.

Let’s look at a beautiful illustration of “in your patience possess ye your souls” found in Psalm 62. Here are 2 sets of 2 verses that show us a progression:

Verse 1.) Truly my soul waiteth (waits silently) upon God: from him cometh my salvation.

Verse 2.) He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved (shaken).

Verse 5.) My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation (hope) is from him.

Verse 6.) He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved (shaken).

In verse 1 and 2 we hear the psalmist talking ABOUT his soul in the first person. We recognize that from God alone comes our salvation and we recognize that we must wait on Him for our deliverance. As we go through deliverance there will be moments of doubt and stumbling thus “I will not be greatly shaken”. He is saying we will waver some but not greatly…there will be times of tribulation.  I’m not talking about “persecution” type tribulation here but just trials and the testing of our faith – going through everyday life in this dark foreboding world. Now look at verses 5 and 6. Here the conversation changes from talking “about” my soul to actually talking TO my soul. This is where I am taking possession of my soul! I say – rather, I command – “My soul…continue to wait on God. Although I have taken possession of my soul I am still mindful that I must wait on Him. But now (verse 6) I will NOT BE MOVED.” We must command our souls to deaden the old man and excess lusts. This is why it is hard to fast and pray – because the old carnal man does not like doing the things that will kill him and birth a new spiritual man. When I possess my soul, I will not care about the persecution that will come from Satan’s kingdom and I will not be the least bit shaken. So while I am in the process of possessing my soul, I can be shaken but with the impartation of the divine nature of Jesus Christ comes the boldness and confidence (in HIM – not in myself) that will carry me through the persecution. It’s very interesting how verses 1 and 2 and verses 5 and 6 bookend verses 3 and 4.

Now look at what (actually “who”) is in between the waiting on God (verses 1 and 2) and the possessing of our souls (verses 5 and 6):

Verse 3.) How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence.

Verse 4.) They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly.

He is talking TO someone else in verse 3 and he’s talking ABOUT someone else in verse 4. It is the demons that have strongholds in our souls! While we are waiting on God and taking possession of our souls we are going to have to deal with these nephilim. These intruders and invaders of our souls have had us scattered our minds and actually mutated our very make up (DNA if you will). We must bind and curse these invaders and cast them out of our souls. This is what the power of the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ does for us and for that we thank Him and praise Him and adore Him! By the blood of Jesus they shall be slain – ALL OF THEM! In reality, they are as a leaning unsupported wall and a wavering tottering fence. Their purpose is to counsel (devise) to dethrone the Most High God from His place of preeminence which should be our very souls as we are to be temples (carriers or vessels) of His Holy Spirit. These wicked ones delight in lies – they bless with their mouths but inwardly they are cursing us. Here is another aspect of waiting on God…we are bearing out the fruit of patience as we deal with other people that are carriers of these nephilim. We deal with them not only in our souls but face to face all the time…in our families, on our jobs and in our church groups. This is why discerning of spirits is important. Realize that we are all in need of deliverance and not everyone is at the same place but if we really do have a broken spirit and a contrite heart God will be faithful to complete His work. But remember that there are some that put on a good show or a good act (hence the word “hypocrite”). They talk really nice and the words that come out of their mouths sound real sweet but deep down they are cursing and despising the real sons and daughters of God. In the Old Testament the whole story about the Israelites taking possession of Canaan is a type of how we are to possess our souls. We have to fight these “giants” (nephilim) and there’s no going around them. Numbers 13:33 tells us that the ones that did not believe they could overcome (Joshua and Caleb where the only two that did believe) saw themselves as grasshoppers – and that’s how the giants saw them too. That’s not the reality though. Through their divination and mind control and keeping us embedded in fantasy and make believe (TV, news, sports, carnal religious activities  etc.), the nephilim are able to have us appear to ourselves as inadequate, unbelieving and as most Christians today commonly say (cursing themselves): “I’m just a sinner” (Psalm 62:4) – Please – we come in as filthy rags, sinners against our very Creator and Mighty God – but we can and should be more than conquerors...that will be the time of the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  The first thing Jesus did coming out of the wilderness being tested by Satan was a.) Come out in the POWER of the Spirit; and b.) COME AGAINST AND CAST OUT DEMONS.  The first thing He prophecies over us for when we are to go forth to the world and preach the gospel is: “these signs shall follow them that believe – In my name they shall CAST OUT DEMONS…” – Mark 16.  The first thing!!!  But this kind comes out only through much prayer and fasting (which results in Ephesians 6).

Read the remainder of Psalm 62 and you’ll see that verses 8-12 equate to this overcoming person now preaching the gospel – starting with “Trust in HIM you people…” and ending with “Also unto thee, O Lord, belongs mercy: for you render to every man according to his work.” (mercy and judgment!).

“He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he (Jesus) walked.” – 1st John 2:6 (may want to read that one agin, did he say walk as Jesus walked?)

“Now unto him (Jesus) that is able to keep you and me from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” – Jude 24-25 (did he say he was able to keep me from falling?)

Don't Let Soon Become a Thing of the Past

January 3rd, 2012

Recently I sent out a few emails to people that I know personally or that have been in contact with our ministry at some point in the past.  Also on my email list are some ministers that are located all around the globe that have been a blessing to us in the past.  The purpose was to let people know about a fellowship meeting we are having this coming weekend (January 6-8, 2012 - titled A New Church Order).  Someone recently replied to me personally asking if I knew about how I had CC’d (carbon copied) everyone on one of those emails and that people then started to email one another with ‘reply all’.  As it turns out everyone’s email address was exposed (my terminology).  Let me tell you something – I had actually planned on doing a BCC (blind carbon copy), but I (without thinking) clicked the CC button when I added my contact list  – didn’t notice – clicked Send…and the result of my mistake was that a communication between people was stirred up and a few Christians stepped up to the plate to offer their financial assistance to some out of state folks that want to, but can’t afford the cost of coming to ATL.

We cannot afford to think that this (or any future gatherings) are just going to be ‘another church gathering’.  Every one of us knows that there is nothing good down here in the world which could possibly be worth holding on to and to that end, every one of us believing knows that at some point – God is going to move mightily.  We really have to let go of every preconceived notion about ‘church’ as we know it – even when we are still in the midst of even doing what seems to be ‘church’ as we know it.  What’s important is that we are being prepared for something NEW.  Nobody can possibly know what something NEW is going to be like because _________(fill in the blank).  However, I can tell you with 100% certainty that this weekend is going to be nothing less than at a minimal – an outpouring of God’s spiritual blessings on His people.  We are going to be so blessed with God’s favor this weekend because we are standing up to honor Him!  Who would want to miss that?  On the other hand, what I CANNOT tell you with 100% certainty is that God WILL pour out of His Spirit – the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit upon his people – which is indeed our expectation at some point in time.  I wish I could tell you that but I really don’t know…BUT what if he does do it now and you are not partaking?  What if this happens the week after and you are not a partaker – next month, next year?  This past weekend we had a preview of this as we gathered together in prayer and sharing and afterward there has been numerous testimonies of refreshing and being energized (how many times have you been energized after only 3 or 4 hours of sleep – that’s not possible is it?:)

Again, especially to those that are local to Atlanta, but this does apply to people outside of Atlanta as well:  It is time to be more inconvenienced.  I'm not speaking with pride here but many of us locally have been inconvenienced ourselves at least one day a week (albeit for only a few hours anyway) for years now.  And that in itself is just scratching the surface of being inconvenienced – so therefore it can’t be something to be proud of.  The gospel is not convenient or comfortable to the flesh.  The flesh does not like to be inconvenienced.  It's time to step further out of our comfort zones.  I’ll end this plea with this scripture (red letter’s included), that should instill the fear of the Lord that we absolutely and desperately need to walk this out to the end:

He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad – Matthew 12:30.

The context of that verse has the Lord telling us about binding the strong man and spoiling his goods – destroying the works of Satan in our lives and then being able to deliver the captives!  This is what it is all about – and we CANNOT be afraid of it and that is exactly what our main problem is – we’ve been afraid but we think we are not afraid.  It’s time for us to face and conquer that fear!  In that verse the Greek word for ‘gathers’ is sunago (4863) – it is a compound of 2 words – 1.) sun (union, association, companionship, possession, completeness), 2.) ago – to lead, to bring, to drive, to induce).  The Spirit of the Lord is absolutely leading us into this union – and it will be and must be coordinated and led in the natural realm by males.  I came up with my own little analogy :) – soon ago: he is coming soon, but if I don’t step up to the plate now I will be passed by (past – ago get it?) – i.e. ‘get thee behind me Satan’.

Dinner for 2 and a movie or a basketball game: $100 (probably more right?)…how many times have we dropped 100 bucks without even thinking about it.  There is not much time left to count the cost for real.

At least come and join us for a few hours on Sunday but this entire weekend is going to be an important time of fellowship – not just listening to preachers!

For those that do have a regular church fellowship (which is the absolute necessary iron sharpening iron), I encourage you to gird up for war and not to be complacent with sitting within the friendly confines of your meeting place week after week.  There are gates of hell that must be attacked by an offensive Body of Christ and it going to be brutal – we cannot emphasize enough the need to come together now so that we can be prepared to individually accost the powers of darkness in these last days.  This cannot be done with intellect and mental ascension – we must have the mind of Christ formed in us.  The appointed time is coming very soon and there is no Plan B for this.

Blessings to all of God’s children!

Tom Gaughan