For Such a Time as This…

My brothers & sisters in the Lord,

Let me please start by saying I love you all. We are one family in Jesus, who is the only Way, Truth and Life.

The Passion of the Christ is to redeem His Father’s lost sheep. This is always first and foremost on the heart of our Heavenly-Dad.  

Many of us who profess to know Christ have allowed the forces of darkness to make us become offended with one another. This absolutely destroys the word of our testimony, and cuts short the work that Holy Spirit desires to accomplish through the Body of Christ. These attacks always come the same way: the spirit of offense,and getting the carnal mind to agree with Satan. A house divided cannot stand.

“Yes, yes, David. Amen… so what?”  Well, I am glad you asked.

The Shack.

This is a book, turned movie, that Father is desiring to use to draw those who do not know Jesus as their Savior, Redeemer and Friend to begin to ask questions.  Let me repeat this.

The lost are asking questions.

They are daring to wonder, “Is there a God who might actually love me as much as this movie is suggesting?”

I implore you. Come into agreement with what is on Our Dad’s heart. We are called to walk in His heart and mind and will… not our own desires.

The Church is arguing and contending with one another over the doctrinal accuracy of this work. 

Right now, the Church is on stage before the entire world.

All over social media, those who have not accepted Christ are silently comparing the love they see in this movie with the love they see in us. They are watching us. Studying what is invisible through the tangible representation offered through His ambassadors. We, the Church, are supposed to know, abide in, and walk submersed in the Love and Wisdom of Jesus Christ. Instead… we are choosing to tear each other down. Church is arguing and contending with one another over the doctrinal accuracy of this work. 

This needs to stop, my dear family.

There is a time and place for believers to come together, in love and unity, and discuss our doctrinal beliefs and compare our differences with scripture as our final authority. However, this movie is calling to the hearts of those who do not know the Savior of the world. This work is not meant to cause bickering and fighting within the body. You do not need to agree with everything in this book/movie to embrace the opportunity given to us by the producers of this film.

The Lord’s purpose of this movie is not for argumentative, theological debates. In any generation, when the body of Christ drifts from the heart of the Father, the Church will begin to display a nature other than the nature of Christ.

When this happens within His family, the rocks will begin to cry out.

This movie is a stone being whirled at the hearts of those without a Savior in order to shatter the windows of their pain and delusion. This book/movie is an evangelistic message. It is sowing the seeds. It is not meant to reap the harvest. The Church Body is meant to reap the harvest. We must work together on this one.

We do not have the time to wait around for another yearly Easter morning sermon. The lost are dying every day… not the  Monday after Resurrection Day.

We simply need to make an adjustment in our thinking and hearts. Then stay the course. Such as you have…for God’s sake… GIVE.

“Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious.

For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god.

So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship–and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.” Acts 17:22-23


Paul understood how to use all things to win the lost.

The Church of this generation needs to walk in this kind of Wisdom… and at this very hour. Has it occurred to us that perhaps… just perhaps, this movie is meant to rip open the old, festering  wounds of its viewers in order that the rest of us may bring them to the Great Physician to heal? Does this offend our intelligence? Does this offend the depth of His love and faithfulness? I refuse to believe we have become so fat and blind as spectators in our own gatherings that we refuse to help haul in the fish. 

This is not who we are. 

For now, let us first heal and forgive. Let us ask what is truly motivating us. Let us come together and grow up into His fullness. Let us set aside our own ministries and pursuits and contentions that bolster our own self-righteousness. He does not need our anger so much as we may believe. He needs more of His love in us. I need more of His love in me… always more…

Let us beat our swords into plowshares and harvest some souls. This… is what is on Father’s heart. Let us not waste the opportunity here to share the true message of Christ. Rescue them from the fire… THEN teach them proper biblical theology. If we are tearing down the film more than we are discussing the love of God and how others may receive that love through Christ….(the only way to salvation)…then something is off in our own heart that goes way beyond proper biblical interpretation.

Please. Prayerfully consider what is really going on here … and if it bears witness with that same Spirit who was sent to empower us, ask Him for an opportunity to share what you posses.  Love you all… so much.

In Him,

David

Understanding the Times: Part 8- High Places in our Hearts

“I am the LORD; that is my name. I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.” Isa 42:8

My Beloved Family,

I have been preparing my next part on the Deeper Communion Series. Father-God has an all consuming fire within Him to experience deep, open intimacy with His children.

But there is something in the way right now. Something I am convicted is on His loving and longing heart that I desire to convey accurately and purely before we can talk more about steps and tools to “going deeper.”

So… I shall do my best. 

The Lord is calling His Body to Himself. There is a cry sounding from His throne-room to gather to His heart and walk with Him beyond the depth each one of us is currently experiencing. Likewise, each generation is summoned, with great passion, to His heart. Each generation must overcome the particular snares of that hour to answer this call. This is a spiritual reality we must face if we are to move beyond it. Currently, much of the the Body of Christ is presently divided into three camps in this generation. They are: 

  • Those seeking to find self-worth in spiritual experiences.
  • Those seeking to find worth in a sense of unworthiness, where we share our heart with Him and our own sense of unholiness.
  • A third, which is… well… just the pleasant distraction found simply in relating to fellowship as a social club and means to incur a weekly emotional high. “Playing church” is an expression I have heard spoken in regard to this.

Please understand. Chances are we are held captive to a combination of the conditions cited above. We can make any excuse we want to shut God out in any area we choose. It’s so beyond easy… and the Church is excelling in it. We are keeping certain spiritual doors shut within ourselves ( and those doors are different for each person) that lead to greater intimacy because we are unwilling to fully, deeply, and without compromise, look at our hurts, fears and pains.  Instead we are distracting ourselves with “religion” in all its varied and clever garnishings.

In this hour, the Holy Spirit is asking for permission to speak to us about what is on our Heavenly-Dad’s heart. He longs to guide us, comfort us, and give us joy in place of sorrow.

We need to learn to stop being so afraid.  We also need to forgive.

It is not simply the doctrines we need to be wary of… it is the darkened motives of our heart, trying to find a counterfeit self-worth that leads us to be drawn to these substitutes of true intimacy. These crutches are merely the result of us not allowing Him to take our wounds and scars. At some point in our journey, it becomes more about our pain that prevents us from walking by the Mind of Christ within us than anything else.

Many of us were not taught or discipled the way we were meant to be. This is called His “permissive will.” The bible gives us a wonderful blueprint on how true, deep, loving family life is meant to flow. Salvation, growth, healing, maturity, light the way for others… next generation repeat.

However, the reality is, most of us either grew up under a controlling, manipulative “fellowship” or we sat quietly in a dead, dry, “religious” born-again gathering. Or… we grew up in the wilderness, vowing to cling to whatever is the opposite extreme of the area we were abused and wronged under.

Our Church family structure has become impressively dysfunctional. We reject correction, training, sound doctrine and teaching, discipleship, gifts and callings, deep communion, and above all, His unconditional love for each other and the lost.

My dear, dear, cherished family.  It is time to heal. It is time to muster the courage to cry and weep and repent of the areas we began to replace our intimacy with… things: “spiritual” things that either entertain, or offer a temporary rest to our soul instead of deepening our communion. Or, for some perhaps, doctrinal topics that make us feel spiritual in our unworthiness, and worthy in our spirituality. 

“The people, however, continued to sacrifice at the high places, but only to the LORD their God.”

2 Chron 33:17

There were dedicated hills and specially erected altars upon which people would honor and exalt false gods. This is a polite way of saying man worshiped Satan. When Israel repented, they would still use these pagan altars, but instead, now attempted to worship the Lord Himself on them. The problem was the foundation was, from its very cornerstone and inception, corrupt and unclean and opposed to God’s very nature.

Within the Body of Christ, these spiritual  “high places” are all around us in this hour. Among us… within our hearts and thoughts and beliefs. We have been attempting to commune and worship Him from these same darkened foundations.

We can no longer relate to Him this way.  Ways that serve to distract and self-sooth and bolster our sense of worth.  

In parting, let me encourage us all (myself included). It is OK. It is all… OK. This is the power of His love. This is the power of the Living Resurrection and His Spirit that lives within our spirit-man.  It is this:

We are loved. Without conditions.  

We are accepted.. With all our idols. 

He just wants more of me. He wants more of you..

Our Savior did not die in order to divvy up our heart with the pains and hurts and fears we hold. These leviathans are meant to be destroyed, not tamed.  These altars are meant to be uprooted, not re-allocated for a “good cause.”

Give the Spirit of God access to all the areas of our being, and not just some of them. He loves us too much, and is too adoringly jealous for our affection to share our heart with any substitute that has been given place in His stead.

Anyway, this is something that is on our Father’s heart. Please consider it in your time with Him.

In so much love,

David~

 

Podcast#28: Authority & Power To Heal the Sick

  • Is health & healing a Covenant Right given to the Body Of Christ?
  • What are some common misunderstood scriptures?
  • How are we to approach the sick when we pray (what is our kingdom mindset)?

In this podcast I interview friend and guest, Anthony Tijernia (formerly of JGLM Ministies). This is a wonderful interview with some solid teaching and kingdom insights into the power of the Holy Spirit within us and how we are to approach healing.

I pray this teaching is both a blessing as well as insightful for those who have felt the Holy Spirit’s tug to pray for others.

David~

Prayer for President Elect

Brothers and Sisters,

I am reaching out in what I believe is obedience to a pretty intense time with the our Heavenly-Dad last evening.

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Tim 2

I am asking you all to prayer for the safety of, and His hand of protection over, our president elect. Those of you who know me well (and many of you are getting to know me pretty darn well) know I do not toss things out very lightly, and keep most insights and interactions to myself and pray them through.

President Elect Donald Trump needs the prayers and intercession of the Church for his personal safety and for the official establishment of his elected position. 
Thanks, Fam~
David 

Podcast#27: Kingdom Insights for 2017

  • How did the Church get to where we are here in America?
  • Where does Father want to take us?
  • How do we get there?

If this message bears witness with your spirit, have the courage to share it. If it does not… then just place it aside, and please remember that we are all called to support one another in love.

Father bless you all, my Family,

David~