I Had A Dream…

purple eyeHad a very intense, vivid, staggering dream on June 1st, 2013 that God has reminded me of twice in the last few days. I cannot shake the prompting of the Holy Spirit to again share the message I received from it.

Shortly after the dream the Lord told me several times to be “VIGILANT”. It means: “On the alert; watchful; keenly alert to or heedful of trouble or danger, as while others are sleeping or unsuspicious.”

THE MESSAGE FROM MY DREAM:
We can shelter ourselves from the evil in the world by turning off the media, turning a blind eye, and creating an ideal environment around us and our families that appears free from evil’s impact. But the day is coming where even the comfort of our everyday lives will be impacted and we won’t be able to “turn it off” or turn away. It will impact our personal lives so deeply that it cannot go unnoticed. It is brewing around us in the spirit realm even now, but will not manifest in the natural until the appointed time.

There are people, places and organizations in place now that are not what they appear. There is conspiracy behind the scenes that will soon be revealed. But it will be too late to stop the effects of what has been accumulating. This is not to frighten anyone, but a warning to BE READY, and to teach our children to be ready. The worst thing we can do is create a bubble around them leaving them vulnerable and unequipped. We should not fear if we have Jesus! And we must raise our children to know Him personally! Their generation will experience far more than we will when it comes to evil.

We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Eph 6:12) We look in shock on the sudden devastation from tornadoes, etc. But the coming destruction will be aimed even further at the morals of our country, and the morals of our children. A moral-less generation is arising. It will not be an unexplainable weather phenomenon that we have to blame, but atrocities that will have been orchestrated in the minds of people controlled by evil, who have a seared conscious and no moral compass. We will find ourselves in awe that such heinous acts could be tolerated, let alone planned.

BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS THIS:
Historical evidence shows that the early church grew exponentially primarily because of one thing: PERSECUTION. This is not about us, but about souls for the Kingdom! We won’t have time for a pity party. It’s time to pray & rejoice now, and it will be time to pray & rejoice then, as the greatest harvest of all time begins. We know the victory belongs to JESUS! ARE YOU READY to be a light in darkness? The greater the darkness, the brighter His LIGHT will shine.

MAY THOSE WHO HAVE EARS TO HEAR respond in faith, prayer and Kingdom action.

THERE IS HOPE!
If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, click here: http://www.maryloveslife.org/A-Gift-for-You.html

Eph 5:15-17 Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 

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WILL YOU ENLIST IN GOD’S SPIRITUAL BOOT CAMP? OR WILL YOU WAIT TO BE DRAFTED?

bootcampWILL YOU ENLIST IN GOD’S SPIRITUAL BOOT CAMP?

OR WILL YOU WAIT TO BE DRAFTED?

PURPOSES OF SPIRITUAL BOOT CAMP
(modified from actual Military Boot Camp descriptions):

1. To teach you how to learn (and stay teachable) and become adaptable to changing circumstances and environments.

2. To breakdown your worldly identity and rebuild your spiritual identity, allowing you to walk in your God-given authority.

3. Desensitize you so you are equipped to handle difficult circumstances and not be moved or shaken.

DESENSITIZE
a. To render less sensitive.
b. To make (an individual) nonreactive
c. To make emotionally less sensitive or unresponsive, as by long exposure

4. Prepare you for all elements of reasonable service in the Kingdom of God.

PREPARE:
a. To make ready beforehand for a specific purpose
b. To put together or make by combining various elements
c. To equip
d. To lead up to and soften

5. To strengthen you mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

6. To expand your capacity to discern the enemy’s tactics and respond effectively.

TIPS TO SURVIVING SPIRITUAL BOOT CAMP
(modified from an article about Military Boot Camp)

1. Shut Up and Listen
Learn not to do anything from your own initiative. Always be listening for God to speak in every situation.

2. You Don’t Make the Rules
Don’t argue with God. There is no way on earth that you will win, and it will no doubt cost you in time, energy and maybe even money.

3. Pick Me
Be careful what you wish for. Standing out can have its rewards, but it is a double-edged sword. Becoming a warrior puts a big target on your back. If you are asked to volunteer for a leadership assignment, you will find you will be responsible for others and held to a higher standard.

4. Prioritize
In Boot Camp your life is going to be broken down into two categories; things you want to do, and things God wants you to do. The temptation will be strong to slack off, procrastinate or only do your own thing. Don’t.

5. Stay Focused
Don’t get discouraged or give in to the temptation to give up. Quitting should not an option. Don’t look too far ahead and stay focused on the task at hand.

6. Help Your Buddy
Your life is not your own anymore. You will live, eat, sleep, fight and die as a team [Body of Christ]. The sooner you learn to work as a team (stop focusing on yourself), the sooner life will get better for you. Boot camp is about being part of the team; selfish motives & selfish ambition are weeded out and swiftly taken care of. You need to focus on the “WE” [Kingdom of God / Big Picture] aspect of everything you do.

7. Do Not Question the Logic Behind What You’re Doing
Just about everything you will do in Boot Camp has a purpose, even if some things you must do are difficult, inconvenient, or uncomfortable. There will come times when you will want to question why you are doing something, which, in your opinion, is stupid and a waste of your time. There are times what you are required to do won’t seem “fair”. Just suck it up, obey and trust God.

ACTS 20:22-24
And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. BUT NONE OF THESE THINGS MOVE ME; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. [caps mine]

God is preparing His Army, of which I am one. Will you let Him prepare you? He needs us prepared & desensitized so that what used to “freak us out” will no longer freak us out. We will be able to go places we could not go before because we will have been made ready and will no longer react emotionally to that same environment / situation… WE WILL NOT BE MOVED.

THE BODY OF CHRIST MUST RISE UP TO THE FRONT LINES INSTEAD OF RETREATING IN THIS WORLDWIDE BATTLE FOR SOULS. SOON THERE WILL BE NO OTHER OPTION.

WILL YOU ENLIST? OR WILL YOU BE DRAFTED?

Navigating Storms: Approaching the Thick Darkness Where God Is…

FURIOUS STORMS

If you watch the video above, I think you’ll agree that we all have days or seasons in life where we feel like this ship. I’m in one of those seasons right now… it’s one of those times where I am completely aware of the sovereignty of God and my utter inability to do anything. Just like this ship, I am completely dependent on Him to carry me safely through the storm.

In recent days, I have been trying to be like Jesus and “rest” during the storm. However, the temptation is to act more like the disciples than Jesus:

Matt 8:23-27  Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”  He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.  The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Such is the life when you’re following Jesus. Why is there such a misconception in the church and world today that if you follow Jesus everything will be smooth sailing? Au Contraire! In fact, just like with the disciples…Jesus Himself will lead us to the boat, and WITHOUT WARNING, ferocious storms can come up on us in the blink of an eye. In fact, obedience to God will often defy logic and reasoning by the world’s standards and it can feel like a whirlwind is upon you as a result!

So the question is: What are you going to do when the dark clouds come? Are you going to run away from them, hide under the covers or allow deep depression to overtake you? Or will you recognize that God is in them, divinely working out your destiny?

IT IS IN THE GREATEST DARKNESS THAT THE LIGHT SHINES THE BRIGHTEST

The greatest moves of God always seem to be birthed from great seasons of darkness. Take Genesis 1 for example: it was out of great darkness that God brought LIGHT and LIFE to the earth. And in was in a great season of darkness that Jesus was crucified, yet it resulted in LIGHT and LIFE for us today. Just because a season is dark, doesn’t mean God isn’t right in the middle of it.

There is another reference to the darkness that confirms to us that God is indeed in the midst:

Ex 20:18-21  When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.” The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.  

Today I am choosing to be like Moses and approach the thick darkness where God is… smack dab in the middle of my storm. I am going to trust and rely on my God who can calm the winds and the waves at His command. I am trusting and submitting to the inward work that He is doing in me to prepare me for what the future holds. I am confident that the storms I see around me are for my good and His Glory. I am trusting for Him to divinely show me every step, and I will obey no matter now unreasonable it appears!

I thank God for the Perfect Storm and rejoice with gratitude in the midst of it all! SHOW ME YOUR GLORY, LORD!

WILL THE STORMS EVER END?

Finally, I want to leave you with a reminder about what to expect after this storm passes and the flood waters recede in your situation:

Gen 8:1-4 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky. The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.

I looked up what ARARAT represents, since this is where the ark came to rest. It means:

ARARAT: Holy Ground;  a mountainous, volcanic region in Armenia; this elevated plateau of Armenia is eminently suited to have been the center from which the human race spread in all directions. Notwithstanding its high elevation the region is fertile, furnishing abundant pasture, and producing good crops … Some people believe that Noah’s ark still rests on Mount Ararat, and occasional expeditions have been launched to find it. However, shifting glaciers, avalanches, hidden crevices, and sudden storms make the mountain so difficult to climb that it is referred to by the native inhabitants of that region as “the Painful Mountain.” (from International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1996 by Biblesoft and from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright (c)1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

This is our reminder that “crossing over” into destiny and the fulfilling of God’s promises in our lives brings new levels of responsibility and surrender. While it is an exciting, joyous time of leaving that stormy season, we will also be stretched to new levels and be called to endure even more treacherous terrain for the sake of His glory. This is a place of ELEVATION the Lord brings us to, from which we spread out in all directions to share the gospel through the testimony of our endurance and obedience. We will never escape the storms. We just learn to navigate through them in peace and trust, knowing that God is in them and is using them to take us to new levels for our good and His great glory.

Here are two songs that have ministered to me in seasons of storms and I pray they will minister to you too.

Many Blessings!

And Now, Compelled By The Spirit, I Am Going To… ???

Region of MacedoniaSince having the vision of the flag that was for the former Yugoslavia, I continue to seek the Lord and do research. More than ever He keeps “randomly” crossing my path with things that connect to that area, including SERBIA, MACEDONIA and neighboring BULGARIA. (SURPRISE, SURPRISE!)

Along the way, I came to realize that MACEDONIA was one of the republics that made up the former Yugoslavia. MACEDONIA is indeed a country today, but it is also the name of a region that includes parts of Macedonia (the country), Greece, Bulgaria, Albania and Serbia/Kosovo. This includes the biblical cities of PHILIPPI and THESSALONIKI. As I did a scripture search for MACEDONIA, I found that the first mention of it is in Acts 16. And it reads as follows:

Acts 16:6-13
Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them. Therefore, sailing from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and the next day came to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is the foremost city of that part of Macedonia, a colony. And we were staying in that city for some days.

I was very drawn to the fact that God stopped Paul from ministering in Asia (modern day Turkey), and through a vision he redirected him to MACEDONIA. Paul immediately obeyed. They ministered in many cities in the MACEDONIA region and left quite the turbulence IN THEIR WAKE. So much so in fact, that they were turned in to the magistrates of Philippi with the charge that: “These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city.” LOL As a result, Paul and Silas were put in jail.

But SUDDENLY while they were praising God from their cell, there was an earthquake and the foundations of the prison were shaken and everyone’s chains were loosed. The prison guard and his entire household came to know Christ as a result! (Acts 16:25-34) This goes to show that we can’t underestimate God in any situation. Even things that look bad can be a set-up for God’s supernatural glory to manifest in the midst!

Acts 18 & 19 also reference MACEDONIA, referring to the coming and goings of Silas, Timothy and Earstus, while Paul continued through many cities of the MACEDONIAN region, cities in Greece and eventually goes back and visits several cities in Asia (modern day Turkey.) He suffers much persecution during these travels and often leaves a city because he is being chased out for causing such an uproar about Jesus…. but he’s leaving Jesus IN HIS WAKE!

Then in Acts 20 Paul yet again travels through MACEDONIA where he gathers many with him on his way back to minister in various cities in Asia (in modern day Turkey).

The fact that my study of MACEDONIA led me to Acts 20 is no mere coincidence.

In 2000, after only being saved one year, the Lord led me to this chapter and it spoke to me like no other Scripture has to date. The verses that resonated so deeply in me that day (and since) were verses 22-24 which I will get to in a minute.

But first…

A few years back God led me to Acts 20:7-12 to encourage me. It speaks of Paul while he was in Troas (a region in modern day Turkey). The Lord saw fit to specifically mention that:

  1. Paul spoke until midnight
  2. A man, sitting by a window, fell asleep while Paul was speaking and fell out the third story window and died. (Paul/God raised him from the dead)
  3. Then they went back upstairs and Paul talked until daybreak! (some translations say he talked on and on… LOL!)

Now, being a woman of many words (haha!) and with three strong spiritual gifts that ALL center on speaking (prophecy, encouragement and teaching)… you know the enemy has tried to shut my voice down over the years. I have heard more comments in my life about how much I talk and it easily could have shut me down. Now it is true that all gifts need to be tempered, and there is balance in everything, but IT SURE ENCOURAGED ME TO SEE PAUL DESCRIBED IN THIS FASHION! ♥

And with experiencing miracles, signs and wonders since my trip to Brazil, now the fact that Paul raised the guy from the dead jumps out at me like it didn’t before! That was one of those things I never believed I would really ever see. But now if I was in a situation like that, I HAVE FAITH TO PRAY FOR SOMEONE TO BE RAISED FROM THE DEAD! Even more of Acts 20 takes shape in my life personally! Wow! Talk about leaving something IN YOUR WAKE… a dead man raised to life! WOOHOO!

Now back to Acts 20:22-24 that I mentioned has impacted my life so greatly. Those verses refer to Paul when he was in Miletus getting ready to head to Jerusalem (and he states in Acts 20:25 that he will see them no more, for he knew in His Spirit the end was near and per Acts 21:13 he was ready & willing to be bound and die for the name of Jesus in Jerusalem):

Acts 20:22-24
 “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”

When God led me to this Scripture in 2000, I knew it would be the story of my life. I’m not saying I’m necessarily going to be imprisoned for the Gospel, but I recognize it certainly is possible. Other translations of this say “chains and tribulations await me” or “bonds and affliction await me”. What it tells me for certain is that it won’t be a glamorous journey.

But I set my heart like flint the day I read it that “I CONSIDER MY LIFE WORTH NOTHING TO ME.” Or as another translation says “NONE OF THESE THINGS MOVE ME, NOR DO I COUNT MY LIFE DEAR TO MYSELF.” I truly want nothing more than “to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”

So as God would have it, in my research of MACEDONIA (as a result of the vision of the flag), I was led right back to where God had spoken to me 13 years ago. And I recognize how these years have been used as preparation for me to begin the journey. I believe with everything in me that this journey began in December with my trip to Brazil, and from this point forward there will be more trips, and more trips and more trips, until all I do is travel to preach the gospel. I know God will do this. And I will simply obey as Paul did, going where He tells me to go, and avoid where He tells me to avoid.

One of many things I’ve learned in 13 years is that I no longer desire a well known ministry like I used to. I realize that being accessible for invitations to speak can be very effective and used by God to reach those He intends for me to reach. And speaking to larger audiences can also be effective and accomplish the will of God. So I will likely always have a website and way of contacting me so I can prayerfully seek the Lord’s guidance. But in all reality, my heart’s desire is to just travel like Paul did… unannounced… and preach to whosoever I come in contact with… in the streets, on planes, trains, or ships, and hidden in houses on the third floor where the local authorities are unaware.

What is most important whether traveling the globe or traveling across your local town in your day to day life, is what you leave IN YOUR WAKE. This is why www.inyourwake.net was formed ~ to spread the word and make people conscious about what they are leaving in their wake. Often we are afraid of causing “turbulence”… afraid we might get fired… afraid we might be asked to leave… WELL, PAUL LEFT TURBULENCE EVERYWHERE HE WENT! He was jailed, flogged, and kicked out of many places. But He was obedient to God. Are all called to this level of sacrifice? Probably not. HOWEVER, that doesn’t limit our responsibility to SEEK GOD at ALL TIMES and be ready to OBEY His lead REGARDLESS of the consequences.

I know I am called to the nations. Brazil was my first taste of traveling internationally for the gospel, and I can barely think of anything else since.  And now, in my research of MACEDONIA, I found a trip with Georgian & Winnie Banov of Global Celebration to the region of MACEDONIA, primarily GREECE, BULGARIA and TURKEY, traveling every few nights to a different city doing gospel outreaches which includes praying for the sick, feeding the hungry and bringing the tangible love of Christ and His saving power to the lost and seemingly forgotten gypsy communities of the region. WOW! I hope to go on a trip like this soon! Here is a sample itinerary:  (http://www.globalcelebration.com/Footsteps-of-Paul-2013) I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I will go on a trip similar to this at some point in time. He is faithful and when it’s time, He will provide. There are certain things you feel like FIRE burning inside of you when you see them, and this is one of them.

Thank you for taking the time to hear my heart and I ask if you would please keep my future in your prayers. I know I am called to the take the gospel to the nations, and like Paul “I know not what will happen to me there.” (Acts 20:22) But I trust God to lead me every step of the way…. “if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24)

Many blessings to you!

Mary

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN LAKELAND? Todd Bentley Interviewed on GOD TV

TOdd BentleyFor the first time since the Lakeland Revival ended in August 2008, GOD TV founders Rory and Wendy Alec interviewed Todd Bentley of Fresh Fire Ministries and asked the hard questions we all want to know… WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN LAKELAND?

LIVE from their Jerusalem studios, Rory Alec indicates this interview has seemed long overdue, yet it is right on-time according to God’s timetable. Many, including GOD TV (especially Wendy), took much persecution for their association with Todd Bentley when the public became aware of Todd’s marriage problems, subsequent divorce and finally, his remarriage to his new wife Jessa.

Todd Bentley is asked many direct questions during this interview that many have no doubt been curious to hear answered. “Did you actually commit adultery?” “Were you having a physical relationship while you were married?” But by and large the overall question was “What happened?”

Admitting and agreeing with Wendy that the first three months of the revival (later called the Lakeland Outpouring) were pure and without sin, Bentley admits that while it wasn’t yet public knowledge, he had separated from his wife in early July 2008. The healings and miracles that happened in Lakeland were real and all God. Bentley points out that God’s miracles continued in spite of his sin because the revival was about Jesus, not about Todd Bentley. But Todd knew that he was in error and needed to step down. At that point, other evangelists began to preach the services instead of Todd as Todd got much needed rest, but also made the decision to finally go public with what was happening in his marriage. Bentley shares openly and transparently about his personal struggles and state of mind during this time.

Bentley then shares about the offer from Rick Joyner and Bill Johnson to oversee his restoration and how he saw the heart of the Father in these two men of God when so many others had turned away from him.

Many wonder about Todd’s former wife Shonnah and where she stands on all of this today. Included in the interview was a phone conversation with her family pastor Brent Borthwick (http://windword.ca/leadership/) who gave a statement on her behalf. He stated that she has forgiven Todd and gives her blessing on his continued ministry and calling of God on his life.

Also included was a phone interview with Rick Joyner regarding Todd’s healing and his response to restoration. He said he believes Todd completely submitted himself to correction and restoration and as a result has a stronger foundation today than many.

During the show, Todd refers to having marriage problems prior to the Lakeland Revival and speaks of the attempts that were made to bring healing. He talks about Bill Johnson’s support in helping to mend his marriage. Confident the marriage had been restored to a level that would endure, Todd began to travel again in ministry with great anointing. Here is a link to a letter from Bill Johnson sent to Rick Joyner in 2011 which confirms this: http://www.morningstarministries.org/resources/special-bulletins/2011/update-todd-bentley-note-bill-johnson#.UPxJ2Gf8iSo

As Christians we have no problem forgiving a sinner when they come to Christ. But can you forgive them more than once? What about after they become a Christian and mess up? What about after they become a leader and mess up? Are we able to see a true heart of repentance in someone and forgive them again? And again, if necessary?

Where does your heart stand when it comes to forgiving a Christian (leader or non-leader) when they mess up? In reality, are any of us above being deceived by the evil one and making mistakes?

The answer to this and any questions we have goes back to the coined phrase: “What would Jesus do?” Whatever Jesus would do, should be what we do also.

God forgave Peter after he denied him three times. God forgave David after he committed adultery with Bathsheba, had her husband killed and married her. God even allowed David to remain King after his true repentance and then allowed David and Bathsheba’s son Solomon to become King.

Matthew 18:21-22 “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

This interview on GOD TV was an incredible, pure display of the Father’s heart of forgiveness and restoration. Through tears, Bentley admitted his sin, repented before the public, and asked their forgiveness. Additionally, Wendy Alec publicly forgave Todd Bentley for the persecution she and GOD TV received as a result of Todd’s sin. And following Jesus’ instructions in Matthew 5:44, Wendy also publicly forgave and blessed her enemies who had persecuted her and GOD TV, as well as asked their forgiveness for GOD TV’s role in any wounding they may have experienced.

Matthew 5:44a “But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.”

If you missed the broadcast, GOD TV likely will be re-airing it and possibly posting it in their ON DEMAND viewings. It is definitely a must-watch broadcast for anyone, especially those affected by the consequences of Todd Bentley’s choices. This broadcast offers a much needed platform for healing and closure. The Lord surely is faithful as we see how His grace is truly sufficient and His power really can be made perfect in our weaknesses.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

This post is not intended to elevate Todd Bentley, it is  promoting the UNDENIABLE message of grace and forgiveness through this interview I saw today. Even if Todd Bentley turns out to be a fraud in the future, or he falls into sin again, I stand by what I posted here today and what I witnessed on this broadcast. It was genuine. People are not perfect, can fall prey to the enemy and can make many mistakes. But the key is TRUE repentance. We must pray for Todd that the enemy’s traps do not ensnare him again.

NOTE: Comments were once welcomed and people were entitled to agree or disagree with this post. However, I would not approve negative comments that did not carry a spirit of love. I read them, but did not publish them on my blog. Sadly, I got tired of reading the ugly, hateful, critical, bashing comments that many who profess Christianity were posting. So I closed the comments.

NOTE 2: This is being added on October 30, 2013. Since this particular blog post continues to get hundreds of views per week, I wanted to add another layer of conversation about Todd Bentley, his restoration and his return to ministry. Here is Rick Joyner talking about it on PROPHETIC PERSPECTIVES:  http://www.morningstartv.com/prophetic-perspective-current-events/messengers-power.

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Recognizing Your REAL Enemy…

enemyThe Lord has shown me over time that there is a spirit of PERVERSION that comes to DISTORT, PERVERT, and TWIST. It manifests in many forms but in all cases the intent is to GRIEVE, cause PAIN and to VEX God and His people. The word PERVERT is most commonly thought to only refer to sexual perversion. But the word actually refers to anything that twisted from its original intention. Sex was a good thing created by God to be a blessing between a man and a woman in the context of marriage, but satan has PERVERTED it to be used outside of marriage, between same sexes, within family relationships and even with animals. The original intention of sex was PERVERTED. This same spirit seeks to PERVERT anything with good intentions to become something bad:

PERVERT

  • to change so much as to create a wrong impression or alter the meaning of
  • to put to a bad or improper use
  • to cause to turn away from what is right, proper, or good; corrupt
  • to bring to a bad or worse condition; debase
  • to put to a wrong or improper use; misuse
  • to interpret incorrectly; misconstrue or distort
  • change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive
  • to lead into mental error or false judgment
  • misapply

We must be aware of this EVIL SPIRIT so we learn how to pray, interceded and practice spiritual warfare, lest we begin to lose our love for humanity and our need for forgiveness and redemption. We must hate the sin, and love the sinner. We must pray against the spirit, not against the person. We must wage war in the heavenlies for our battle is not against flesh and blood. We must guard ourselves spiritually from those who unwittingly give place to these spirits to operate, but our hearts must be right before God regarding others. We cannot harbor unforgiveness, bitterness or resentment, but must choose to walk in love and forgiveness toward everyone. We must see the bigger picture. While it may affect us personally at a very personal level, we must recognize we are just pawns in a much greater scheme to tear down the Church at large and destroy our witness and credibility.

This perverted spirit commonly manifests itself in the form of MISUNDERSTANDING among each other in the Body of Christ. Misunderstanding is defined as:

  • a failure to understand properly
  • mistake as to meaning or intent
  • putting the wrong interpretation on
  • an understanding of something that is not correct
  • false impression
  • to take (words, statements, etc.) in a wrong sense; understand wrongly
  • to fail to understand or interpret rightly the words or behavior of

This spirit takes the words or intentions of someone and “twists” them as they are sent from the sender to the recipient. Therefore what is received is “twisted” or “perverted” from what was intended to be sent. Often this can cause strife and division, or improper judgment of others and their actions/motives. When misunderstanding comes between two people, it is often not recognized by the receiver because they are convinced they properly discerned what they saw/heard, not realizing that the original motive or intention had been influenced by this spirit and twisted when they received it.

This spirit also causes many to MISUNDERSTAND God’s intention in the Word of God and therefore TWIST the meaning of Scripture. This causes much division in the Body of Christ. Many who are afflicted by this perverted spirit will justify many things that are bad by twisting the meaning of the Word.

Here are some examples in the Word of God of “twisting” of things by this perverted spirit:

Psalm 56:5  

KJV – Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.

NIV – All day long they twist my words; they are always plotting to harm me.

NASU – All day long they distort my words; All their thoughts are against me for evil.

The Hebrew word used here for WREST, TWIST or DISTORT is OT:6087 – bx^u* ‎`atsab (aw-tsab’) and it means: to wrest, to carve, to vex

  • WREST: to twist or turn from the proper course, application, use, meaning, or the like; wrench.
  • CARVE: To cut with care or precision into a desired shape to achieve or gain (something)
  • VEX: To agitate, stir up, toss about

2 Peter 3:16

NIV – His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

NKJV – … as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

KJV – As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

The Hebrew word used here for DISTORT, TWIST and WREST is NT:4761 ‎ ‎strebloo (streb-lo’-o) and it means: to wrench, to pervert: to twist, i.e. turn quite around or reverse convert, turn, i.e. revolution; turning.

Micah 3:9           

NIV – Hear this, you leaders of the house of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel, who despise justice and distort all that is right;

NASU – Now hear this, heads of the house of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel, who abhor justice and twist everything that is straight.

NKJV – Now hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel, who abhor justice and pervert all equity…

These all use the Hebrew word OT:6140 vq^u* ‎`aqash (aw-kash’) which means: to twist, to distort, to pervert, to make crooked

We must always be aware of the enemy’s schemes and remember to PRAY for those who persecute us – knowing they are influenced by evil. We must even pray for those who have hurt us or been influenced by evil against us.

2 Cor 2:9-11

For to this end I also wrote, that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things. Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices. NKJV

Eph 6:10-18

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. NIV

And we too must stay prayed up so that we ourselves do not fall prey to the enemy’s schemes and become deceived by this spirit, therefore casting false judgment on others or becoming bitter and demanding vengeance. We are not above being deceived. We must stay humble and continually place our own hearts/motives before the Lord.

There is no condemnation if we do get caught up in the enemy’s schemes. We can just repent and humble ourselves before the Lord as King David did in Psalm 139. In verses 1-18 he recites is trust in God at all times… he rehearses God’s attributes of faithfulness, sovereignty and omnipresence. Then in verses 19-22 he seems to have a momentary relapse into his “flesh” and asks God to slay his enemies and never forgive them (this is David’s “Jonah” moment). He even begins to almost try to convince God of why he is justified in his motives! But then he rebounds back into the Spirit and humbles himself in verse 23-24, recognizing the ugliness in his own heart and asking God to heal the offensive ways in him. This too can be our response when we have become bitter, unforgiving or vengeful.

Psalm 139 (NIV)

O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.

You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.

You hem me in — behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.

(His moment of frustration and venting with a wrong heart…)

19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God! Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!

20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.

21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord, and abhor those who rise up against you?

22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.

(His return to humility…)

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

It’s a daily battle to keep our hearts right with God and with others. My prayer is that this post will help you see you are not alone in your struggle and persecution. THIS IS THE LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN. We must stay close to God and keep our hearts in His hands.

God is a faithful God and is waiting to lead us into the way everlasting if we will just ask!

Blessings ~
Mary

PS)  The Lord also reminded me that during these seasons we should pray to break WORD CURSES spoken against us. It would take another blog post to teach on the power of words, but negative things spoken by others over us can affect us or curse us. So when you find yourself in the midst of misunderstanding/false accusation, etc with others, it is good to pray:

“In the name of Jesus, I break all word curses spoken against me and command every assignment of the enemy set against me to be broken in Jesus name.”

Those who are unwittingly used by this perverted spirit against us, can also unwittingly speak things about us they believe to be truth. So we are wise to break this off of ourselves while we forgive and pray for them.

WHEN PERSECUTION COMES… KEEP CALM, RISE UP and TAKE OVER THE GAME!!!!!

Keep calm and rise upThe theme that God is speaking to me about (through personal revelation, conference speakers and random things I’m reading or listening to at this appointed time) is:

John 15:20-16:4 (partial below)
15:20 Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me…. 

16:1 “All this I have told you so that you will not go astray. 2 They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God. 3 They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. 4 I have told you this, so that when the time comes you will remember that I warned you.

All of the war in our world is a HOLY war… it is evil against God and God’s people… the entire attempt is to discredit and destroy the Church. The church in America has been spared from severe persecution compared to almost all other countries in the world. But in 2013 persecution will increase for the church in America and the rubber will hit the road… testing our endurance. How will we respond? Persecution will come through terroristic activity but also through others who are family, friends, church leaders and fellow believers. A deception will come that will bring betrayal, division and a sifting in the Body of Christ.

BUT REJOICE! WE HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR if we have the Lord! Even death cannot have us! We must prepare our hearts to stay focused on CHRIST, not take things personally, but recognize the greater attempts of the enemy to destroy the Christian Church. STAND STRONG, STAY PRAYED UP, STAY IN THE SECRET PLACE so you don’t become cynical, offended and derailed. It’s time for the church to RISE UP! If we can send out a cry for a football team, then we should even more so send out the cry to the Church… RISE UP!!!! Don’t retreat when times get tough… RISE UP! Like Paul Keith David said this weekend at the MorningStar New Year’s Eve Conference: We must live FROM A POSITION OF VICTORY at all times, no matter what the circumstances around you!

WHEN PERSECUTION COMES…

KEEP CALM, RISE UP…

and TAKE OVER THE GAME!!!!!

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