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A Storm is ComingBut to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.  Therefore He says:

“When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men.”

…And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ… Ephesians 4:7-11

 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit…
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all… to another prophecy… But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. 1Corinthians 12:4-11

Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy… he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. 1Corinthians 14:1-3

There has never been a greater need for the gift of prophecy in the church than the season we are now facing. This gift, in all its forms, has been dismissed and abused, shunned and neglect.

I was not raised in a stream that talked much about prophecy; and I recognize that I am not an expert. But this I know, prophecy is a gift of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. It is time we searched it out seriously for our personal preparation and for the edification, exhortation and comfort of those in our spheres of influence.

As a start, let me offer a brief perspective on the ways prophecy has been offered as a gift to the children of God. Read the rest of this entry »

A Storm is ComingThe book of Haggai is a very short book; just two chapters. For such a short read, it has much to say about God’s attitude toward His people during times of warning and judgment. With that in mind, I encourage you to consider the following; and I encourage you to hear for yourself what the Father is saying to you and those in your spheres of influence.

Haggai was a prophet sent by God to encourage the rebuilding of the temple in 520 B.C. To understand the importance of Haggai’s message, we must first recognize that God’s temple in the New Covenant context is the body of Christ, the church. Therefore, the prophecy of Haggai applies to the wife of Christ making herself ready (Revelation 19:7); God’s answer to His Son’s prayer for our unity (John 17:23).

Some would equate “rebuilding” with “revival”. I would not argue with them, except to say that true revival is not an event, but a process – a process whereby we are transformed into the image of the glory of the Lord (2Corinthians 3:18), and are built up into the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13).

Regardless of what you call it, the main point is this: Proper work on the temple of God has stopped (or slowed considerably), and God is not happy about it. Judgment is coming to the church in America.

So, please take out your Bible, ask the Father to give you wisdom and revelation in its reading, and follow along with me (I look forward to your comments): Read the rest of this entry »

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