Welcome to SOUNDING THE ALARM! This blog is purposed to ignite discernment and righteous indignation that will draw God's people to biblical and prophetic insight. My hope is that these writings will spark a desire for prayer, worship and meditation on the Scriptures - that trailblazers for truth and revival will be ignited, strengthened and fortified to cry aloud and spare not the word of the Lord. (Isaiah 58:1; Joel 2:1; Amos 3:6-8; Proverbs 4:7)
Kingdom people understand the need to allow others opportunity for the process of mourning without allowing them to stay there. We must show compassion while also refusing to abandon or accept defeat.
This is one of the greatest divides labeled as "church hurt." When people are hurting the worst things we can do are:
Refuse them the opportunity to process that hurt; or
Allow them to stay in the hurt too long.
I am well aware that I've lost a few "followers" over this very thing. Some people want to move on, regardless of their broken situations and think they should be free to influence others. I do not support that. We all need to be healed if we want to be used in healing others. On the other hand, I've also been accused of lacking sensitivity, because I warn people of the enemy's plan to plague us with victim mentalities. At some point, regardless of how bad the situation may be, you need to move on by the power and grace of God. There are times and seasons for everything. Redemption and forgiveness are NOT options but requirements. Healing MUST take place.
I say that to say this: I am a preacher. Yet, I don't blast people with biblical jargon when tragedy happens. At the same time, depression is not allowed in my circle. When the season needs to conclude, I will be there to encourage, and even push for restoration and healing.
If you want to dance over your hurt, and act like it's not there by ignoring the issue... I won't be your dancing partner. And if you want to stay in your hurt while decorating your life for a pity party... I won't be there with a black balloon.
No, I don't lack compassion. And no, I don't lack faith. I believe in balance, as does our Father. That's sound biblical wisdom.
For the last few nights, the Lord has given me a
number of dreams all dealing with worldly deception coming from within the
institutionalized church. Rather than sharing the details of each, I’ll share
some of the first two, as these are the ones that resonates the most.
The 1st Dream
I was invited to the prophetic and apostolic ordination
of a church leader that I know. I happen not to agree with the doctrine and
practices of this woman in leadership, so I was very surprised that I was even
invited. I was even more surprised when I was invited to actually facilitate the
service, alongside her husband, and lay hands on her. I cordially declined the
invitation, but then found myself in the service. I had no idea how I ended up
there, and didn’t want to be. I was dressed in lots of vestments, which I never
wear, standing on a stage with this lady standing in front of me.
I prayed within myself, telling God that I didn’t
understand what was happening. I asked Him to give me the words and vowed to
preach the truth since I suddenly had an audience of hundreds. I was given the
microphone and began to share the truth of God’s Word. Unfortunately, I was
saying one thing, but another was coming out. I was extremely frustrated. I was
saying, “repent”, but out of my mouth came “give honor to this great and mighty
woman of God.” Inwardly, I was crying out to God. I couldn’t understand what
was happening. The people were clapping, shouting and jumping around. I was
heartbroken and confused.
At some point, it was time to lay hands on the
candidate. I turned to walk away, determined not to participate. Yet, my hands touched
her head and pushed her down to the ground, giving the appearance that she’d
received some impartation from me and that I’d affirmed this lady as an apostle
I woke up.
The warning from this dream, among other things,
§We must be extremely careful of our connections
and our location in this season. The world is misinterpreting and
misunderstanding many messages being sent out from the Sent Ones. They are
seeing and hearing that which confirms what they desire to do. So, our
audiences must be strategic and pointed. We must be careful, as many are “stealing”
validation from those who truly walk in relationship with God.
The 2nd Dream
At some point, a government official came to my
home and insisted that I come with him. He was very pleasant and explained that
with all the world’s troubles, there was an effort to gather all the apostles
and prophets to pray and strategize on how our country might be saved. I agreed
to go, as he explained the desperation that was being felt and the fact that
this country needs God.
When I arrived at what I thought would be some
sort of official meeting, I got out of the car that was sent for me and looked
at a huge, immaculately decorated building. Immediately, I was nervous. I knew something
wasn’t right, though I couldn’t put my finger on what it was. The number of
people was astounding. I desperately looked over the crowd and spotted a
familiar face – a very dear friend that I often call my Sister Prophet. She and
I embraced, and I could tell by the look on her face that she too was growing
skeptical. We were given what looked like the typical church conference badge
and asked to enter the building.
As we entered the great hall, I remember fearing
that we were being tricked, just as the Jewish people were, into entering a gas
chamber. We knew we’d entered some sort of spiritual concentration camp set up
by the government, but couldn’t articulate why or how. I was relieved when we
walked the long hall, decorated with gold, to ultimate find ourselves in a huge
auditorium. There was a worship band on stage, and we found some empty seats
about 20-30 rows up from center stage.
We tried to participate in worship and we
anxiously looked around. We whispered at one another, noticing that something
was just strange. We were skeptical as a preacher walked on stage and asked
that we all have our seats. He began to preach a message about unity and love.
While it was scripturally sound, his message did not agree with my sister or
me. We were troubled in our spirit. In the dream, it was obvious that we stayed
within this facility, some sort of luxury hotel, for a number of weeks. During
that time, it was explained that we’d been drafted for a new reality show – The
Biggest Loser, the Spiritual Version. The show, as they explained, was to “soften”
the American public to God’s most powerful spiritual people by exhibiting our
weaknesses. In this case, everyone chosen was full of authority and power with
signs following, but struggled with discipline in the flesh, particularly in
regard to food.
Suddenly, I was embarrassed. The world recognized
my anointing, but also that I struggle with weight and overeating. I felt
completely humiliated. My Sister Prophet grew angry as we briefed on our new
diet and exercise programs. I remember thinking that if they could help me
control my weight, there would be nothing I couldn’t do for God. I began trying
to look for a positive in what was obviously a terrible situation.
After a few weeks on the program, both Sister
Prophet and I had lost quite a bit of weight. We were brought into the
auditorium for the weekly taping and were told that we had a special surprise
coming – our friends and family would join us for the taping. We were exciting
to see our friends, family and church families. Then, the announcer changed the
tone of his voice. He asked the guests in the audience if they were ready for a
surprise. “It’s now time for EXPOSURE”, he said. To my horror, he called out
the name of my Sister Prophet as well as my own. He began reading off all the
things we’d done in the past and argued that if we couldn’t control our weight,
certainly we weren’t delivered from the fornication, lying or any other sin we’d
committed in the past. Then, on live television, he began to challenge our
family and friends by asking them pointed questions. “Did she or didn’t she?” I
grew angry as they questioned my children and my husband.
As we looked on in disbelief, my Sister Prophet
and I noticed that event those in the audience were not able to see or speak
spiritually once they entered the auditorium. Somehow we knew that when the cameras
began rolling, discernment was killed. With the entertainment came death. Ultimately,
they began cuffing us and escorting us out on unfounded charges. My Sister
Prophet went first. I tried to fight as they pulled her away, but she quieted
me. She told me not to worry. She told me we had to go, and possibly die, because
they knew we could see, despite their efforts.
I woke up from the dream.
After a few days of praying and meditating over
that dream, I’ve received a number of warnings from the Father. In summary,
§God’s people must be cautious about mixing
culture and the prophetic or anything else sacred. Our gifts are for the
Church, the Body of Christ. We are not spiritually equipped for worldly gain.
§Understand that Satan’s Kingdom will NEVER
sanction or support the Kingdom of God. In this season, we MUST pick a side.
Unity is not the answer to every issue, particularly when such unity would
require the joining of the dark with light. Such a union is contrary to the
Word of God. It cannot happen.
§The redeemed of the Lord must be sure in who they
are. Are you truly born again? If so, don’t allow the enemy or anyone else to
judge your past. Too many are still living in guilt because they have not fully
embraced the righteousness of God. Without faith, it’s impossible to please
Him. Without faith, it’s impossible to move forward.
§Not every gathering of prophets, apostles or
believers is of God. Many are merely cultural expressions of Satan’s
gatherings, disguised as convocations, conclaves, etc. Kingdoms have
distinguished borders. Beware of anything that attempts to merge or blur the
lines between the world and the Church of Jesus Christ, Messiah. It may look like church, but is it drawing
people to Christ or flesh?
Ministry leaders, discipling others often results in hurt, disappointment and betrayal. They did it to Jesus, so it will definitely happen to you.
Resist the temptation to withhold your trust and investment in others based on past situations and relationships. Remember, if you indeed walk in holiness, it's the Christ in you that is rejected. Don't take it personal. Just realize that many will not like you when you stand on the truth.
It's okay. Do not cast blame. Do not hold grudges. And do not take it personally. Your love for God's people must remain strong and intact. You signed up to be used of God. In doing so, you will also be used by people. That's the position of a servant. Rejoice, and press forward. Plant your seeds and know that God will always bring the increase, whether you are there to see it or not.
Colossians 4:5-6 (NLT) says, "Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone."
What is your example before non-believers? Too often, those who claim to be God's elect fail to govern themselves in the world while "pulling things together" when it's time to go to church.
THIS IS WRONG!
We are called to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth. We are then instructed to present our faults before one another (fellow believers), that we may pray for healing, wholeness and forgiveness.
Let's turn this thing around, that God will be glorified and we counted as obedient. Selah.
When I was a child, I would often hear adults refer to alcohol as "liquid courage." The idea was that a drunk would be brutally honest. Excessive alcohol relaxes an individual and removes inhibition so that they are seemingly bold in their blunt honesty.
The same phenomenon exists with many today in this world of virtual communications. Facebook, Twitter and other social networks seem to give people a false sense of security, a "virtual courage" that enables them to be honest, yet deceptive all at the same time. Like the "liquid courage" this willingness to air the proverbial dirty laundry is not to be applauded, as it exposes in many the hypocrisy that lies in those of us who claim to be a child of God.
In the streets, there is a code of honor which dictates that if a person has something to say, they should say it to the face of the intended recipient. Gossip, back-biters and snitches are not regarded highly. The Kingdom of God is the same way. If we have an issue with another, especially another in the Body of Christ, we have a responsibility to talk directly to that person (Matthew 18), rather than posting innuendos on social media in hopes to build a "virtual gang" to help us fight the ensuing battle.
We must remember that Satan is still the prince of this world (John 12:31; 2 Corinthians 4:4). These airways of media and networking, while we can certainly use them to glorify God, were created for the world. Let's not adopt worldly methods to handle Kingdom business. It just doesn't work.
Man up or put on your "big girl panties" and handle your business like a child of God, rather than a hoodlum. Selah.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, in that their cooperative efforts yield this advantage: if one of them falls, the other will help his partner up — woe to him who is alone when he falls and has no one to help him up. Again, if two people sleep together, they keep each other warm; but how can one person be warm by himself? Moreover, an attacker may defeat someone who is alone, but two can resist him; and a three-stranded cord is not easily broken.
Remember, you don't get any "brownie" points for doing things alone. There is a dire misconception that rejecting help makes one stronger or somehow more successful. Don't let pride separate you from God's team - the BODY of Christ. We are to lift up and encourage one another. Choosing to walk alone is not admirable, but is in fact rebellious.
The church has so many segmented "experts." We don't need any more division on methodology. None of these things exist without God. All of these things can become doctrines, and therefore idols, within themselves if we are not careful. There is no gift without the Giver and no assignment without the Boss!
Where are those who specialize simply in pleasing God? Labels are often simply distractions that breed a false sense of pride. God has not changed, so certainly all these business (I mean, ministry) concepts don't necessarily draw us closer to Him.
Idolatry is "extreme admiration, love, or reverence for something or someone." Be very careful. Many of us love, admire and chase the evidence of God more than the Father, Himself.
Seek Him, love Him, obey Him. Then, the other stuff falls into the place. Selah.