Please Listen.

Vulnerable moment:

I wish the church would understand that God made us as individuals. All of us are wired differently. The prophets are wired to notice things, and to speak truth. Generally, real prophets are careful to put “thus saith the Lord” behind something, because they realize that they are being a mouthpiece for God. They aren’t perfect in that by any means, but the way that true prophets are wired will cause them to repent quickly. Why? Because they can’t stand having that little bit of sin between them and God.

Too many times, prophets are told to just “go with the flow” or “speak in love”, when the very reason that they say things, is because they DO love people and want them to grow in God. Sometimes there is so much injustice or lies in a situation that they CAN’T go with the flow.

As someone who is a prophet, (and I didn’t accept this term in conjunction with myself until about 16-17 months ago,) I’ve been wounded deeply and rejected by the very same people who want me to “speak in love”. I’m working through these wounds still. It is hard for me to trust the body of Christ. It is hard for me to trust myself. It’s less hard to trust God, but sometimes that is hard too.

For the sake of my fellow prophets, PLEASE don’t just throw off their conversations and sparks of ideas, because they make you uncomfortable. They make you have to think, but please understand in these last days, we NEED to think. We need Spirit AND Truth. Once the church joins these two things hand-in-hand? Harvest, friends. 

Call for Purity

Since August 2017, God has had me on a journey for more purity.  I don’t know if your journey is supposed to look like my journey, but I can tell you that there has been a lot of growth in my life since I made that decision to do what God was asking of me.  That has even come in layers though. God required it in one area of my life, then He touched another one when I was solid in the first.  Maybe it is just the calling I have on my life that He is requiring this.  Maybe He calls all of His children to it, but some don’t listen.  All I know is that I don’t want to be responsible for the spiritual death of anyone, just because I chose to not heed God’s call for purity in my life.

“He will deliver even one who is not innocent,
    who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.” – Job 22:30

Specific things that He was requiring of me concerned what I listened to as far as music goes, and watched, as far as TV and movies go.  Like I mentioned before, this is what God was requiring of me.  I don’t feel the need to push that onto anyone else.  Let the Holy Spirit lead you, but if you are wishing that you were closer to God, these things do put a residue on your spirit.

But what I will do is let you in on why this might be a good thing for you too.  Not only was it easier to get into the presence of God, to read the Bible more clearly, to be more sensitive to the Holy Spirit, and to worship more freely, but it gave me something that I thought I didn’t have much of: TIME.

Since I stopped listening to music that wasn’t God-inspired, and stopped watching TV shows and movies with lewd behavior, cuss words, and the like, I have had SO MUCH TIME.  I’ve had time to dedicate to God and actually spend time with people in the body of Christ.   I do have days that I will watch homesteading videos on YouTube, or episodes of cooking shows, but they are clean time-wasters. They aren’t leaving the filth of the world on me.

My purpose for the post is to urge you to understand that you DO have time.  Most people have more time than they realize.  They just choose to relegate it to something different than God.  And I feel so strongly that we are running low on time.  Things are shifting around the world.  Sin is more rampant, within and outside of the church.  False doctrine is radically growing as a “new truth” and milk-fed Christians are gobbling it up like meat, instead of the candy that it is.  Truth is being traded for lies.  Those that speak truth are being persecuted on all levels, from rejection to death, in other countries.  

And the Harvest is ripe.

The laborers are few.

Just a Lil’ Chat about Simplicity

We once went to a church where they gave the members a quiz about what their ministries should be.  To the pastor’s surprise, the second on my list and the third on Eric’s list was “voluntary poverty”.  He had never had anyone get that on the quiz, let alone a couple.  At the time, we didn’t have much, and still we didn’t really care about “things”.  We tried to live simply, but comfortably.

My husband has a pretty good job, at the moment.  As humans, we don’t know how long this will last.  We have some creature comforts, but about 6 months back, I was getting annoyed with all of the clutter and “extras” that we had.  So, I went through and got rid of some stuff.  Once I did, I was able to think clearer and it was easier to clean house.

At one point in our marriage, my husband and I went through a process of spiritual elimination, as it were.  All of the “extra” theologies that people often argue about weren’t something that we wanted to delve into.  We’d ask ourselves, “Do we really care about such-and-such happening in a church service?” or “Do we want to take time to discuss about….?”  Most of the time, we didn’t.  We had a bad church experience where we were indoctrinated with some foul theology.  We needed to reset.

We decluttered our spiritual temples of all of the opinions of the leaders that we had previously had.  It wasn’t that all of their theologies were bad, but that we had to learn to think for ourselves.  Another thing we did was study the Bible while listening the voice of the Lord, as opposed to how we thought whatever popular preacher would study it or how our former pastors would preach about it.  We discovered that we needed to strip down to the essentials.  We got it down to the following:

  1. God is Creator of all things, plus a bunch of other awesome attributes that the human languages don’t have words for.
  2. Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died for us, because He loves us, to cleanse us from sin. 
  3. The Holy Spirit was sent to help us and comfort us, as well as convict us.
  4. Love all of the above, plus everyone else.  

(If we were ever to add another one that we feel is important, it’s this:  We are not gods.  I won’t get into that discussion right now.)

Since that time of getting down to the basics, we’ve added back some things, a little at a time.

What are those things?, you might ask.

Does it really matter on the whole? I’d reply.