That Relationship is Going to Kill You


In light of Valentine’s Day approaching many are single both because you are bitter from a previous string of relationships, your heart is broken, and you feel like love has let you down. If any of the preceding applies to your situation, you may just want to read a little further. Even if it doesn’t you still may want to go ahead a read the whole thing.

Many singles, young, old, or stuck in the middle, suffer from the insecurity of loneliness. Relationships now are like accessories, everyone has to have one to compliment them, but the truth remains many of you are not ready for one. The media subliminally tells us that we need to be in a relationship or have a love life to feel good about ourselves. With the dating reality shows such as, “Flavor of Love,” “I Love New York,” “The Bachelor and Bachelorette,” and “The Ultimate Merger,” to put a few out there; we have become a society constantly seeking the validation from relationships.  That was NOT God’s plan for His children. He did not intend for us to be in incompatible, dating machines.  The theories “sow your oats,” or “fish in the sea,” is a lie from the enemy to stop the creation and longevity of families and marriages.

When God spoke creation into existence, He pronounced one thing after another to be good. His remark, “‘it is not good that man should be alone,'” pointed out the world’s first problem—loneliness. God had a ready solution: “‘I will make a helper suitable for him'” Genesis 2:18. “Suitable helper” may also be translated “partner” or “a helper who is an exact correspondence, a companion.”

When Adam saw the animals before him, he could name them all but could not relate to any of them. But when God created Eve, Adam exclaimed, “Now this is someone I can relate to; someone who can understand me and someone whom I can understand! This is what I call a soul mate!” Well, not quite, but you can read this familiar foundational passage on marriage in Genesis 2:23. In the verses that follow, the couple stands together in unity and feels no shame. They are naked with each other, not merely physically, but emotionally, psychologically and spiritually.

Many people put their relationship with God on the “back burner” in order to develop a romantic relationship that does not fit God’s equation for their lives. More often than not, they bank on the fact that they can make things right with God later. And they certainly can. What many fail to realize is that when they eventually do make things right with God, they will realize the wrongness of their choice of entering into that relationship.

A good relationship requires two people who understand what makes one another tick. I would ask anyone considering a relationship or marriage with an unbeliever to consider this important matter: If your life is motivated by God and you are all wrapped up with who Jesus is, and how He’s changed you and how you want to change the world for Him; and if that’s really the great passion of your life—can you jeopardize your soul with someone who says, “Oh, you believe in Jesus? Glad you’re into that, but it’s not my thing.”?

How can the most intimate human relationship be truly intimate when one partner cannot understand the most important thing in the other’s life? The unbeliever cannot comfort you with the truth of God’s word, cannot encourage you to be more for God, cannot rejoice over the spiritual discoveries you make. A spiritually mixed relationship or marriage can never become the complete relationship that God intended.

Any believer who dates or considers marrying an unbeliever you are endangering your own spiritual life, and even if  you pull through successfully, the marriage will not be what it could or should have been; because of the painful scars that were inflicted.

Your witness to an unbeliever is often silenced by your desire to make a good impression or keep the peace. In other words, you compromise what you believe in order get what YOU want and not what God has for you.  You also cannot depend on the validation of your family and friends, because they will lead you WRONG.

Bottom line is you cannot “Missionary Date.” You desire should be to be with someone with the same beliefs as you have. If you have a lot in common but disagree when it comes to spiritual matters then you are “unequally yoked.” The Bible says, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” II Corinthians 6:14

If you are involved in a relationship with an unbeliever, and are not married, I would urge you to think very seriously about ending this relationship. God’s Word must be obeyed.

I pray that this has given you insight and confidence in the Lord during this commercialized season of “love.”

Just Call Me Justified.

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I’m Free


I was getting ready to call it a night, but the Lord gave me these words to write. This is an original poem entitled, “I’m Free.” If you know of someone who has overcome or is struggling with homosexuality please remember these words. Enjoy and Comment please

I’m Free

What? What are you looking at? What do you see when you see me? Do see the swish in my walk? How I suck my teeth when I talk? The limp in my wrist or my dainty little twist? Do you see the contacts, the makeup, or the tight clothes I wear when I dress up? Do you see me pop my collars; looking like I fit in nowhere? What do you see?

Do you see that it’s hard to be me? To be in this body and want to be free? You don’t know that people molested me and sowed a seed that I let grow and cultivated into this sinful me. You don’t see me, the tears I cry of just wanting to be a “normal” guy? The church condemns me, my family is ashamed and sometimes I just wish I could die, just to be free from these chains.

You keep staring but are you praying ? Or do you just look at me in disgust and just walk away? Here I am a broken vessel; everyday me and my flesh we wrestle. It’s a breakthrough I see, so I get down on my knees and say, “Lord just help me.” That was the day my life, it just changed the man I’ve always wanted to be slowly he came.
The twist is gone, I don’t suck my teeth, when I see another man , my knees don’t even get weak. I can stand tall and walk with a confident stride. I’m delivered, I’m not gay and I have NOTHING to hide. I’m free from lust, fornication, porn, masturbation and pride. The man you used to make fun of has died. I’m free ya’ll, walking with my head held high. I’m a brand new creature and I lift my father’s name on High. So don’t look for the man I used to be because he doesn’t live here anymore. All things are new and for my life, I have so much in store.

So the next time you see somebody that was like me, do me a favor and pray for them and speak into their destiny. Amazing Grace is a sweet sound that saved a wretch like me. I stand tall for all my brothers and sisters struggling to break the chains of Homosexuality and sing, “I’M FREE!”

Just Call Me Justified

The Causes of Homosexuality


Hey everyone,

I am majoring in Psychology at Liberty University and this semester I will be conducting a study on the causes of Homosexuality. Many people have said that they were “born” homosexual or God “made them that way” or they are a female in a male’s body or vice versa. I am here to correct all the myths and give enlightenment on Homosexuality. Below is the initial point of view from Dr. Paul Cameron,Ph.D. His research has helped my studies thus far you can view his entire research here <http://www.biblebelievers.com/Cameron3.html>

 

What causes homosexual desire?

If homosexual impulses are not inherited, what kinds of influences do cause strong homosexual desires? No one answer is acceptable to all researchers in the field. Important factors, however, seem to fall into four categories. As with so many other odd sexual proclivities, males appear especially susceptible:

1. Homosexual experience:

  • any homosexual experience in childhood, especially if it is a first sexual experience or with an adult
  • any homosexual contact with an adult, particularly with a relative or authority figure (in a random survey, 5% of adult homosexuals vs 0.8% of heterosexuals reported childhood sexual involvements with elementary or secondary school teachers (5).

    2. Family abnormality, including the following:

  • a dominant, possessive, or rejecting mother
  • an absent, distant, or rejecting father
  • a parent with homosexual proclivities, particularly one who molests a child of the same sex
  • a sibling with homosexual tendencies, particularly one who molests a brother or sister
  • the lack of a religious home environment
  • divorce, which often leads to sexual problems for both the children and the adults
  • parents who model unconventional sex roles
  • condoning homosexuality as a legitimate lifestyle– welcoming homosexuals (e.g., co-workers, friends) into the family circle

    3. Unusual sexual experience, particularly in early childhood:

  • precocious or excessive masturbation
  • exposure to pornography in childhood
  • depersonalized sex (e.g., group sex, sex with animals)
  • or girls, sexual interaction with adult males

    4. Cultural influences:

  • a visible and socially approved homosexual sub-culture that invites curiosity and encourages exploration
  • pro-homosexual sex education
  • openly homosexual authority figures, such as teachers (4% of Kinsey’s and 4% of FRI’s gays reported that their first homosexual experience was with a teacher)
  • societal and legal toleration of homosexual acts
  • depictions of homosexuality as normal and/or desirable behavior

Can homosexuality be changed?

Certainly. As noted above, many people have turned away from homosexuality – almost as many people call themselves “gay.”

Clearly the easier problem to eliminate is homosexual behavior. Just as many heterosexuals control their desires to engage in premarital or extramarital sex, so some with homosexual desires discipline themselves to abstain from homosexual contact.

One thing seems to stand out: Associations are all-important. Anyone who wants to abstain from homosexual behavior should avoid the company of practicing homosexuals. There are organizations including “ex-gay ministries, designed to help those who wish to reform their conduct. Psychotherapy claims about a 30% cure rate, and religious commitment seems to be the most helpful factor in avoiding homosexual habits.

My Issues


I was going through some things that I have written over the course of my life and found the following poem that poured out of my heart.

As I read it, I realized I feel some of the same things even now and thought it may encourage someone else. Enjoy

 

 

I Have Issues, Complex situations, Skyscrapers of distress, maybe not that big. Consistent days of inward watching, trying to figure myself out. The one created for greatness but so low within self, Today my drive has left, and behold I see the naked me. So many Issues.

I may not show it but my soul is dealing. I’m constantly looking for my mountain peak. Many times I find myself pulling things out the closet, All the skeletons must be buried; a graveyard dedicated to the end. Transparent is my goal, these are My Issues.

My Issues must leave to make way for new ones. I realize I’m never going to be free from issues. The simplicity of Liberty dangles in my eyes. I seek liberation from life’s troubles Hopeless it seems. But faith still breathes deep in me, Faith being the basis of the things I hope for. Faith being the proof of what I can’t see, Knee deep in a pool of sorrow A waterfall of decision is its birthplace, The persistent pressure of purpose, Boils over in a pot of complacency.

Drive, Motivation, and determination accelerate the consistent fear of not being successful. Plagued by the stereotypes of a Black man mixed with the homosexual lifestyle. My pores bleed freedom, never to be left behind but always to succeed.

Breaking the chains of decision and moving into the freedom I was made for. I am created for liberty my issues must not control my liberation. My liberation of the mind, body, and soul. My Issues yes they are very much real, but the sun will shine in the morning and my cloudy days will be all gone.

Decision making turns into a still, small stream banked by peace and tranquility. My issues, yes they are overwhelming at times but my tears are bottled up and like gold they are exchanged for happiness. These are My Issues.

*Just Call Me Justified

The Slow and Painful Death Caused by Lack of Faith


We as believers don’t often understand the lethalness of our tongues, or rather what rolls off of it. We switch through mediums of positive and negative confessions, grumblings, and unbelief without even recognizing the power that we have unleashed over our lives. We become agitated with people who seem overly optimistic, or always happy. What we should be doing is fellowshipping with those types of individuals to understand the factors that contribute to their positivity. The Bible solidifies the lethalness of our tongues in Proverbs 18:21(NLT) “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences,” Matthew 12:37(NLT) “The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you,” and Proverbs 13:31 (NLT) “Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.”

Children of Israel After crossing the Red Sea and several events of rebellion and complaints against God came forth, the Israelites sent twelve spies into the Promised Land to check out who the enemy was and to develop battle strategies to defeat them. God was going to allow them to go into the Promised Land, but they first had to defeat and drive out some of their enemies in order to conquer and possess the land. When the spies came back, ten of them came back with a bad report. They said their enemies were giants and that their kingdoms were too well fortified and they would not be able to defeat them. Now mind you, God had just got done delivering them out of Egypt with one of the greatest displays of His supernatural power the world has ever seen with Him throwing 10 plagues against the Egyptians and then parting the Red Sea to give them safe passage into the wilderness. When God saw all of their negative attitudes and their lack of faith and belief in Him and His power, He literally threw up His hands and said that was going to be it. At this point, He tells them that all of the men who are 20 years and older would not enter into the Promised Land due to their lack of faith and belief in Him. He said they would all wander in the desert for the next 40 years until they all literally died out in the desert. God says that their carcasses would fall in this wilderness and that their sons would be their shepherds bearing the brunt of their infidelity towards God. The spies that went in to spy out the land did so for 40 days. As a result of this bad report – God pronounces judgment that they should wander in the wilderness for 40 years to match up with the 40 days that they had spied out the land for.

A 40 year Funeral Service

The Israelites had to endure 40 years of funerals, because of their tongues. They literally committed suicide by just speaking. How many times have you spoken death over a situation, but when it turns out the way you said it would you become upset or discouraged? We often say you are what you eat, well I beg to differ you are what you SAY. We walk around with less than average lives, pitiful attitudes, stumbling over what would, could or should have been, when we made the mess that we are in by talking TOO much and not believing in God. We run around our churches, cry, beg, and plead with God, run to altars to drop things, but yet we walk out of service saying, “It won’t happen for me.” How can God move on your behalf when you don’t do YOUR part which is BELIEVING? There is no gray area to believing in God, your either do or you don’t. I listen to people blame others for what didn’t happen, or who held them back. No one can hold what you speak faithfully about. Imagine how you life would be if you would have just spoken over situations, death, sickness, finances, jobs, education, that business and your families, some of us would probably have entered millionaire status, been married, had children, started business, and ministries years ago if we had just believed and spoke over all those things.

Talk Isn’t So Cheap

In my life 2011 has been declared the year of reaping, and the key to reaping the best is sowing the best. That means speaking positive and being that happy, high-strung, over exuberant, always positive individual. Sowing by giving consistently, speaking positively, bearing the infirmities of the weak and speaking the word of Truth. In the words of John Murray, “I shall have what I decree; yes I believe it belongs to ME. So I’m going to SPEAK into the atmosphere.” So are you preparing for your funeral or the BEST days of your life? Let me know and I will buy a Black Suit.

SPEAK IT!

“Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways”:. Job 22:28 KJV

  1. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21)
     
  2. “There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health. The truthful lip shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.” (Proverbs 12:18)
     
  3. “Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.” (Psalm 34:13)
     
  4. “A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth, and from the produce of his lips he shall be filled.” (Proverbs 18:20)
     
  5. “The Lord God has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary.” (Isaiah 50:4)
     
  6. “Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” (Colossians 4:5)
     
  7. “The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.” (Proverbs 10:11)
     
  8. “The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.” (Proverbs 18:4)
     
  9. “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” (Proverbs 15:4)
     
  10. “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24)
     
  11. “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” (Proverbs 12:25)
     
  12. “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.” (Proverbs 15:1)
     
  13. “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.” (Proverbs 13:3)
     
  14. “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.” (Proverbs 21:23)
     
  15. “The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.” (Proverbs 15:28)
     
  16. “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3)

 *Just Call Me Justified

I Chose to Give


As I worshipped last night at Covenant Church, the Pastor began to minister to the crowd about first fruits and gifts. He spoke of  Abraham and his tithe to God, and explained that we as the seed of Abraham should be constantly giving, not just money, but our time, prayer, and any outlet that we have to give to others. He explained the significance of  Jesus washing the disciples feet and how they walked with him for three years never realizing He was giving himself to them the whole time. When He was born he GAVE, on the cross He GAVE, during the three days He was dead, He GAVE, and when He resurrected He GAVE. Jesus was likened unto Abraham, because like His forefather He constantly gave. Jesus died on the cross and gave all of Him in our places so we would have the opportunity to GIVE and keep on GIVING.

 

When we suffer or things don’t go as we’ve planned, we become selfish and forget, Romans 8:18-30 (NIV) I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”

Jesus suffered in our place, because He saw beyond our sin and saw us operating victoriously in the kingdom. We have let Satan turn our suffering in to selfishness, depression, and anger. The whole principle of suffering is rooted in giving, because when people see you persevere and press through your suffering they are strengthened in their faith, that’s GIVING. Jesus even went as far to give, during his dying moments when he gave eternal life to the thief dying on the cross next to him.  So why can’t we?

I don’t know about you, but I chose to GIVE myself away everyday, whether it be a smile, laugh, money, time, or just a simple prayer, I will GIVE. My suffering, my struggle is working for MY good, because I love the Lord and I am called and purposed by Him. For me pity parties are over, complaining will not be apart of my daily conversation, nor will the word can’t be in my vocabulary.  In the conclusion of Romans 8, Paul made a POSITIVE confession and declaration, that nothing would stop him from GIVING and Sharing his purpose with the world. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

   “For your sake we face death all day long;
   we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:31-39 (NIV)

The following is a personal journal entry of mine I wrote during a “pressing” period of my life. In that season, I chose to GIVE despite my bad circumstances. I remained consistent in my giving and I hope it encourages you to do the same.

Journal Entry

September 22, 2009

“I never thought I would be the person riding on the bus, but after almost a month after totaling my car, I am. Sometimes it feels like I am at my lowest point, and I want to stay in my bed and sleep away. But the drive I have to defeat Satan motivates me to get up every morning to fight another battle. Hundreds of people pass by me everyday, each having their own set of problems and issues to deal with. I notice the difference between myself and them; I have PEACE. My spirit is at peace with riding on this bus. Last night, I walked almost a mile home, but I praised God the entire walk home, even though lighting was flashing across the sky and thunder seemed to shake the ground. This journey that I am on seems like punishment from seeds that I have sown, but my Father always reminds me of the mission that I am on.

 

I realize that this season in my life is not for me it’s for the people I encounter everyday. It’s for the lady who I held the umbrella for at the bus stop because of the rain, the pan-handler who asked everyone on the train for money and I gave it to him when no one else would. This journey is for Ms. Jackson, who said she didn’t know how I did it everyday. It’s for my church ministry to show them that through this I will stand and lift up a standard. It’s for the young men and women that are dealing with the issues of life. This is to make my anointing stronger. This for my Pastor,  to show him that the word from the Lord that he delivers is affecting me. This is for Aunt Evelyn to show her that she is more than a conqueror. This is for everyone that said I wouldn’t make it, the people that hurt me, broke my heart and trampled me under their feet. The enemy should and better be horrified when this season changes, because like the caterpillar goes into a cocoon to transform into a butterfly, I’m coming out. Like the elements that are tried in the fire and come out as gold bricks, I am coming out. This is a womb experience for me. Although I am restricted  to a fetal position, my birthday is coming. This is only a season and I refuse to be weary in my well doing, because my time of reaping is coming if I don’t faint.”

 

 

My life is not my own, to you I belong, I give myself to You.

 

*Just Call Me Justified!

There’s a War Going On!


“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought
into captivity to the obedience of Christ”. (2 Corinthians 10:4,5)

The apostle Paul here states that we are engaged in a warfare, and that we have weapons with which we must fight. As Paul states in Ephesians 6:12, our fight is not with flesh and blood, with people, but with the host of demons that work to defile, destroy, harrass, tempt and enslave mankind. Part of the good news in Christ is that now, not only can we resist the devil’s influence in our own lives, but we can destroy his influence in the lives of others. God has given us mighty weapons to counter satanic influence and activity. But in order to be effective in our warfare, we must know what these weapons are, and how to use them effectively.

Paul in this passage doesn’t state what the weapons of our warfare are, but he does state what they do. They pull down strongholds. They cast down arguments (also translated imaginations) which come from Satan. They cast down every proud and high thing that seeks to stop us and others from knowing God. They bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. They also give us power to punish disobedience when we are obeying God (vs 6). Each of these results in worth considering in detail.

What are the Weapons of Our Warfare?

To discover the answer to this question, we need to search through the Bible and see how it is that God’s men and women of faith overcame the enemy. There is no one word that gives the answer to this question, but if there was it would be “obedience” – obedience to God. It is not a mindless, heartless obedience that gains the victory however. God does not want us to be ignorant. We need to have a growing understanding of the nature of the conflict we are in. Otherwise we will not be able to determine the source of the suggestions within us. In warfare, soldiers must learn to obey the orders of their commanding officers. A major part of our challenge is firstly to know who is talking, which spirit is motivating us to behave or act in a certain way, and to respond intelligently in the light of what God reveals. We must develop spiritual discernment. One of Satan’s major strategies is to keep us from really perceiving with our hearts who God truly is. That is why Paul said our weapons cast down every high thing which exalts itself against the knowledge of God.

First Weapon – PRAISE

So what are the weapons of our warfare? Well, without a doubt, PRAISE is a major weapon against Satan. Satan and demons just HATE hearing people praise God, especially when they do so from a pure heart. Praise releases the presence of God in a way that Satan cannot resist. If we would praise God more, we would have far less interference from demonic powers in our lives.

Praise Silences the Enemy

“Out of the mouths of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of your enemies, that you may silence the enemy and the avenger.” (Psalm 8:2).

And Jesus said to them, “Yes, have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants you have perfected praise.'” (Matthew 21:16)

The strength which God has ordained for us is perfect praise. Perfect praise SILENCES the enemy and the avenger. Many of our problems would be solved if we could only get Satan and his demons to SHUT UP. They operate by injecting suggestions into our minds which seem plausible, but are rooted in unbelief and rebellion towards God. The suggestions come as if they were our own thoughts, when they are not at all! We lose battles when we believe and trust these demonic suggestions. These suggestions, thoughts and imaginations work to sow discouragement, confusion, fear, doubt and unbelief in our minds. PRAISE – be it spoken or sung to music, however, works to SILENCE the enemy. Perfect praise led by God’s Holy Spirit will completely silence the enemy. Here is one reason why we should consider how we might praise God better. There are many biblical ways whereby the people of God are exhorted to praise God. We can find these in the psalms. Shouting, dancing, singing, rejoicing, making music are all valid biblical ways to express praise to God.

God dwells manifestly by His Spirit in the PRAISES OF HIS PEOPLE. “But You are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel”. (Psalm 22:3). The Kingdom of God will manifest through the presence of the King, which comes when we praise Him. The manifest presence of God drives demons OUT of the places near us where they can seek to gain influence over us. Let us therefore praise the Lord more than ever before!

On one occasion, Jehoshophat, the King of Israel, came against a vast opposing army of many nations bent on Israel’s destruction (2 Chronicles 20). The King put at the front lines of the army people who PRAISED the LORD with singing saying, “Praise the LORD, for His mercy endures forever”.

It is no accident that David, perhaps the mightiest warrior for God in Old Testament times, was a man of praise. His strength was rooted in the joy he gave God through praising and worshiping God. How much more in these New Testament times, we, who are commanded to “continually offer up to God the sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips which confess His Name” (Hebrews 13:15), are called to overcome the devil and his demons, and all their works, using PRAISE as a mighty God ordained weapon for the destruction of their plans and works.

Second Weapon – the Word of God

When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by Satan (see Luke 4:1-13), He overcame the devil using the one weapon of THE WORD OF GOD. Rather than arguing directly with Satan’s suggestions, as many Christians try to do, Jesus simply quoted the Word of God as it applied to the suggestion. When Satan tried to suggest a course of action for Jesus to prove his divinity and simultaneously satisfy his hunger, Jesus answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.'” (Luke 4:4). This silenced the enemy and ended the discussion on that point. Jesus used the Word of God once for each of the three main temptations which every son of man must face. These are: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Once we have overcome these fully, we have overcome Satan.
The apostle John wrote, “I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the Word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.” (1 John 2:14).

We see then that we are called to grow up to the stage of being “young men”, in whom the Word of God abides, and “no longer children, tossed about by every wind and wave of doctrine” (Ephesians 4:14).

It is when, through much study and meditation on the Word of God, that word comes to live in us, and consume our thoughts, that we will be strong in the Lord. Jesus promised that if we abide in Him, and His Word abides in us, we will ask what we desire, and it will be done for us (John 15:7). This will include victory over Satan.

For more information on the Bible, the Word of God, read here. For examples of how we may confess the Word of God so as to overcome the devil, read here.

Much more can be written on the power of the Word of God to overcome the devil. Make sure you get into the Word of God for yourself.

Third Weapon – the Blood of Jesus

One of Satan’s chief tactics is accusation. He is called “the Accuser of the brethren”. When we sin we give Satan opportunity to accuse us, both directly and through others.

The reality is, we have all sinned. I’m still looking for a Christian on the earth who never sins. I’d love to learn from someone who no longer falls short of the glory of God. Sin is costing us too much. When to our sin, Satan adds his accusations, we can become condemned and discouraged if we are ignorant of the power of the blood of Jesus as it may be applied to this issue.

Praise God, the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s son, cleanses us from all sin. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9).

We must believe that no matter what sin we may commit, the blood of Jesus is there to cleanse us. We can be restored by this blood to a place of acceptance with God and peace with ourselves. It is because Jesus paid the price for our sins, and took the punishment we deserve, that we can be forgiven and go on after temporary defeats. Praise God for the blood!

Much can be written on this subject. Remember to confess what the blood of Jesus does for you. “They overcame him [the devil] by the blood of the lamb, by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their own lives unto death” (Revelation 12:13).

Fourth Weapon – Prayer

Prayer is not preparation for the battle. Prayer is the battle. We are commanded to pray without ceasing, so we should at least aim for it. God has made so many promises regarding prayer and we need to fill our hearts and minds with these promises. Since much of this has been covered elsewhere on this site, for now I will just refer you to my existing teaching on prayer on this site. Of course, volumes could be written on prayer and have been in various places. Learn to pray with power. When we prevail in prayer, Satan is defeated, miracles happen and people turn from the power of Satan to the power of God, their eyes having been opened.

Prayer is quite simply the key to revival. YOU MUST PRAY. To not pray is to surrender to Satan.

Fifth Weapon – the Power of Your Testimony

One reason I publish testimonies on my site is that they are an effective weapon against Satan. Tell other people what Christ has done for you. This will promote faith. Tell yourself – you need to encourage yourself in the Lord – “forget not all His benefits”. Tell God – praise and thank Him for it. Paul used his testimony in confronting King Agrippa and the Roman Governor Festus when called to account for his activities and the reasons for which he was accused by the Jews (see Acts 26 – also Acts 22).

They overcame came him [the devil] … by the word of their testimony.

Everyone who is truly born again has a testimony. Everyone who has received an answer to prayer has a testimony. Please take time to write YOUR testimony on your computer and then send it to me. It could go to work witnessing for you every day, without you doing another thing. It might be the most effective use of an hour of your whole life. I suggest that as well as mailing it to me, you get your own free home page and publish it there, linking to http://www.christian-faith.com/truestories.html as well so that you can also help me to get more traffic to this site, the purpose of which is to glorify God, encourage people and lead people to faith in Christ.

When writing your testimony, or presenting it, spend about 33% on what you were like and what you did before you came to Christ, 34% on how you came to Christ and were converted, and the rest on the changes that occurred in your life as a result.

If you can’t do this because you are not saved, please jump here to find out more about how to be saved.

Fifth Weapon – the Power of the Holy Spirit expressed through the Gifts of the Spirit

We are commanded to “be continually filled with the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). Just keeping this one command of the Lord is a major part of our spiritual warfare, and we will need all the other weapons in order to stay in this place.

A person who is “filled with the Spirit” and has learned to be “led by the Spirit” can also receive and use the “gifts of the Holy Spirit”. These are outlined in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10. Most of them are expressed through our mouths. They all operate through divine initiative.

These specialised weapons of the gifts of the Holy Spirit all work along with the other weapons of God to build up God’s people, win people for Christ and to destroy the works of the devil. They all operate through faith. God does not want us to be ignorant of the mighty gifts of the Holy Spirit. Satan has used theologians in times past to cast doubt on the availability of these gifts, but praise God, we are learning to pick them up again and use them. Books have been written on the subject of these gifts. I will mention what they are just briefly.

Gift of Discernment of Spirits – this gift gives the user, usually through a vision of some sort, the knowledge of what kind of spirit is motivating a person’s thoughts, attitudes, words or actions. It also can reveal the predominant stronghold (read accepted lie) of Satan in a particular area, so that intecessors and prayer warriors can deal with it. It is a useful gift also when casting out demons.

Gift of Word of Knowledge – this gift imparts a small fragment of God’s knowledge to a person concerning some detail of a present reality. It can be used to pick people out of a crowd who have a particular disease, or to just “know” what a person’s problem is. It can also be used in the deliverance ministry. It is very powerful when used in evangelism.

Gift of Word of Wisdom – gives knowledge of the future and wisdom from God concerning what a person should do.

Gift of Faith – gives a supernaturally strong and bold faith for a particular work God wants to do. This faith is far beyond the normal faith level of that person.

Gift of Miracles – can manifest as instantaneous healings, creative miracles, or in any kind of miraculous activity such as did or did not occur in the Bible, according to the desire of God. God is the initiator of true miracles. Casting out demons is considered to be a “miracle” on the basis of Mark 9:38-39, where Jesus calls casting out demons “a miracle in my name”. This is the most common and necessary form of miracle for our age.

Gifts of Healings – the divine ability to heal diseases through the power of the Holy Spirit, usually with the laying on of hands. This is done in Jesus’ name. The gift of healing doesn’t depend too much on the faith of the receiver, but on the accurate leading of the one using the gift. The normal way for people to receive healing is through faith, but sometimes God uses people with the gift of healing to get the healing through to people in spite of their doubts. It is a tool of evangelism and may or may not manifest immediately. Divine Healing can come in other biblical ways apart from the gift of healing – e.g. anointing with oil by elders, intecessory prayer, confessing and declaring the promises of God, and more.

Gift of Tongues, Interpretation and Prophecy – these utterance gifts all work to get an inspired utterance to the person who needs to hear and understand it. It works for building up faith, encouragement, exhortation and comfort. Tongues and interpretation are equivalent to prophecy in function, although sometimes the interpretation comes through a different person than the one who gives the message in tongues. This gift of tongues happens only as God initiates, and is for communication from God to men. It is not to be confused with praying to God in an unknown tongue – otherwise known as praying with the spirit (1 Corinthians 14:15). Everyone baptised in the Holy Spirit can pray to God in tongues whenever they so choose.

Whether or not tongues can be used by itself in an aggressive fashion to somehow address demons directly and pull down demonic strongholds is a subject which is unclear. It is theoretically possible, and perhaps some have been led by God to do it. Normally howver, tongues are for speaking to God or to men, not to the devil. We would be on safer ground if we stuck to using the weapons which are clearly endorsed in the Scripture. They are adequate for our total victory.

Sixth Weapon – The Name of Jesus

This is not a magic formula, only something to be tacked onto the end of a prayer for effect. Of course we SHOULD pronounce the name of Jesus when we minister in God’s name. The NAME OF JESUS is the AUTHORITY we have as we submit to Jesus Christ. We need to do what we are doing for the cause of Christ. There is no neutrality. All must be done for Jesus, in Jesus, with Jesus.

Submitting to God (Jesus) we can resist the devil and he will flee from us (James 4:7).

When we fully submit to Jesus Christ and obey the Holy Spirit, God will back us up. We become the physical body of Christ for the situation. Demons will be forced to leave, even violently at names, as we have faith in the name of Jesus. Jesus is there with us to back us up and make it happen.

Seventh Weapon – Fasting

Fasting in normal language means going without food (but usually not to go without water). We are always called to say ‘No’ to sin, but not always to ‘food’. Fasting not only detoxifies the body – it also humbles the soul, humbles the flesh, and when done for God brings us into line with God’s will. Fasting precipitates a showdown with demonic power. Jesus fasted in the wilderness (in those days he ate nothing), and Satan came at the end of it to test Him. By speaking the Word in the face of great pressure Jesus defeated Satan and was qualified to move in the power of the Holy Spirit as a MAN. In this way He was our perfect example in all things.

Much has been written about fasting – on this site also, and I thank the reader who commented that really it should be included as one of the weapons of our warfare

Fear is Holding You Back


Since the recent news reports about bullying have been aired, posted and talked about extensively, I had to open up my own closet and face what has gripped me for years.  Because I was bullied as a child and an adult, I became anti-social and a natural homebody. While my character is reflected well behind this computer monitor, in person I was afraid to face people. Fearing what they would say about me, how they looked at me, or that they would find one flaw in me.  Fear has kept me from forming relationships, friendships, and even kinships.  But today I call that fear of people OUT.  If you’re dealing with fear please don’t stop here. The Bible addresses fear throroughly.

Meditate on these Sciptures deeply. Say them, mutter them, think about them deeply, ponder them, declare them in the first person. They are weapons to defeat that evil demon of fear which is stopping you from doing the will of our Father in heaven.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Genesis 26:24 I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you.

Psalm 91
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Numbers 21:34 Do not fear him, for I have delivered him [your enemy] into your hand.

Deuteronomy 1:21 Look, the LORD your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the LORD God of your fathers has spoken to you; do not fear or be discouraged.

Deuteronomy 3:22 You must not fear them [spiritual or natural enemies], for the LORD your God Himself fights for you.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Deuteronomy 31:8 And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

Joshua 10:8 And the LORD said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand; not a man of them shall stand before you.”

Judges 6:10 Also I said to you, “I am the LORD your God; do not fear the gods of the Amorites (the ruling principles and idols of the world hostile to God), in whose land you dwell.” But you have not obeyed My voice.

2 Kings 6:16 So he [Elisha] answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us (angels of God) are more than those who are with them.”

1 Chronicles 22:13 Then you will prosper, if you take care to fulfill the statutes and judgments with which the LORD charged Moses concerning Israel. Be strong and of good courage; do not fear nor be dismayed.

1 Chronicles 28:20 And David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God–my God–will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.

2 Chronicles 20:17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.”

Psalm 27:3 Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident.

Psalm 37:4 The Angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.

Psalm 46:2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Psalm 56:4 In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?

Psalm 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

Isaiah 35:4 Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you.”

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:13 For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, “Fear not, I will help you.

Isaiah 41:14 “Fear not, you worm Jacob, You men of Israel! I will help you,” says the LORD And your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 43:1 But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.”

Isaiah 43:5 Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, And gather you from the west;

Isaiah 44:8 Do not fear, nor be afraid; Have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one.”‘

Isaiah 51:7 “Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, You people in whose heart is My law: Do not fear the reproach of men, Nor be afraid of their insults.

Isaiah 54:4 “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; For you will forget the shame of your youth, And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.

Isaiah 54:14 In righteousness you shall be established; You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; And from terror, for it shall not come near you.

Daniel 12:2 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.

Daniel 10:19 And he said, “O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!” So when he spoke to me I was strengthened, and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”

Joel 2:21 Fear not, O land; Be glad and rejoice, For the LORD has done marvelous things!

Zephaniah 3:16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Do not fear; Zion, let not your hands be weak.

Haggai 2:5 “According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remains among you; do not fear!’

Zechariah 8:13 And it shall come to pass That just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, So I will save you, and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear, Let your hands be strong.’

Matthew 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Matthew 10:31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Mark 4:40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?

Luke 12:4 “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

Luke 12:7 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Luke 12:32 “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

Hebrews 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.

Hebrews 13:6 So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Revelation 2:10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

Don’t let fear keep you from living, the Lord created FAITH not FEAR!

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My Relationship is Over Now What?


So, it’s over, you’ve parted ways, maybe you’ll eventually be friends or maybe enemies. But that’s all up in the air. You were in love, thought it would never end but now you have to face the cold empty bed alone. Cuddle with your pillows and just feel your own breath on your skin. Cooking is not the same, because there’s no one to cook for. You engulf yourself in erotic novels and reality shows to find some way of coping with the hurt. Mama says it will get better, daddy says there’s another fish in the sea. Your friends are overly sympathetic and nothing helps. Tears stain your face every time you pass that familiar place, or reminisce about a special moment shared. You lock yourself in your home beneath the shadows of depression and food, the internet has become your safe haven for now. Life is not worth living without them, no use in going out anymore, because you feel that every one else you’ll meet will be the same.

 

Hate sets in and you want revenge, maybe harassing phone calls from a blocked number will give you a laugh, but when they go ignored maybe busting windows and slashing tires will help the pain pass. But nothing seems to help. You try to figure out what’s wrong with you, aren’t you good enough? Pretty enough? Smart enough? Why didn’t it work? The reel continues to roll in your head about what you could have said or done to save it, but in reality none of it would have worked. You start to feel stuck, no moving forward and no going back just stuck. You take a pause as life continues to move. And then you start to face the music, they aren’t coming back, its over, done, finished, the final straw, the fat lady has sang her note. So where did you go wrong? And what do you to fix it?

 

You went wrong when you put your relationship before God, you went wrong when you compromised to accommodate sin, now you’re paying the price for being “unequally yoked.”  You went wrong when church wasn’t an option anymore and Sunday football was the highlight of the week. You went wrong when you got in the bed before marriage and became a fornicator. You went wrong when you thought sex would guarantee that the relationship would last. You went wrong when you let go of your inhibitions,  and let go of God.

 

So, now you know where the enemy trapped you let’s get you out.

 

1.      SEEK Him{Matthew 6:33}But seek ye first the kingdom of God , and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”

2.      TRUST His Plan-{Jeremiah 29:11} “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

3.      FOCUS- {Colossians 3:2}Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”

4.      THINK Righteously– {Philippians 4:8} “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”  {2 Corinthians 10:5} “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

5.      LIVE in the Present – {2 Corinthians 5:17} “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things are passed away; behold, new things have come.”

6.      KEEP your guard up: {Ephesians 6:10-18}  “10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For 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. 13Therefore 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. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And 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.”

7.      Satan wants to KILL YOU: {Luke 22:10 GWB} “Then the Lord said, “Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to have you apostles for himself. He wants to separate you from me as a farmer separates wheat from husks.”

8.      CONDUCT yourself as a Christian- {1 Thessalonians 5: 12-22} we ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit.  Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.

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Touch Not My Anointed


I thought this was very insightful on this subject. I challenge all who say this phrase to read this whole article through prayerfully and with an open mind and heart. 

Loyalty is a good thing if it is for the right purpose and for truth. One certainly does not want to be loyal and find they have pledged their allegiance to something that is false.

“He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD” Proverbs 17:15

But for one to find out what is true or false they must look into matter and hear both sides before they make a final judgment. “The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge” (Proverbs 18:15).

In a time of catchy phrases and clichés’, Christians can be no different. What does the Bible mean when it says not to touch God’s anointed? It’s not my opinion or yours that matters; but what God does Word have to say about this that really counts? I certainly wish the people that repeat this phrase would read it in its context, ‘the Lord’s anointed’, is a reference to the kings of the nation of Israel (1Sam. 12:3,5; 24:6,10; 26:9,11, 16,23; 2 Sam. 1:14,16; 19:21; Psalm 20:6; Lam. 4:20). The mention of prophets, is a reference to the patriarchs (Psalm 105:8-15; 1Chron. 16:15-22). It is used exclusively in the Old Testament. 
Ps 105:11-15 Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the allotment of your inheritance,” When they were few in number, indeed very few, and strangers in it. When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people, “He permitted no one to do them wrong; yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, saying, “Do not touch my anointed ones, and do my prophets no harm.”  Notice in this Scripture that God protected His anointed (who was Israel) and His prophets from the enemies of Israel to bring physical harm.

The first thing one should notice is that the word touch actually means physical harm. What it does not mean is saying something about another person publicly that is true. How do we know this? Because that’s exactly what David did about Saul. It was David who said he would not harm God’s anointed, who was King Saul at the time but He spoke out publicly about him.

Not only David, but Samuel “touched God’s anointed,” as he spoke out against the king’s disobedience. God told Saul to “Smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not…” (1 Sam. 15:3). But instead, he spoke a half truth and “spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the Lord…” (v.15). Samuel said it was rebellion like witchcraft and idolatry (v.24). Because he did not obey the Word of the Lord he would be removed being king. Saul admitted he feared the people and obeyed their voice. What a crucial thing to learn of Saul who was God’s anointed.

In1 Sam.16:13-16 we find David who was shepherd boy was anointed before God took away Saul’s position. David refused to touch Saul physically but it didn’t stop him from telling everyone the truth about him publicly.

David not raising his hand to touch (harm physically) God’s anointed is used in 1 Sam.26:9, 11, and 23. Look at 1 Sam.26:11: tells us that David would not stretch his hand out to touch him (harm him); instead he sneaked up and took Saul’s spear and water jug. In verse 15 David rebukes Abner for not guarding Saul and says he deserved to die. Saul hears the commotion and comes out, and David rebukes Saul before all his troops, asking why he is pursuing David’s life since he is innocent — that the king has come out to seek a flea. Saul then repented for his rash behavior and called himself a fool. David returned Saul’s possessions and said, “For the Lord delivered you into my hand but I would not stretch out my hand against the Lord’s anointed.” Notice what this means, not to bring physical harm.

1 Samuel 24:10 “Look, this day your eyes have seen that the LORD delivered you today into my hand in the cave, and someone urged me to kill you. But my eye spared you, and I said, ‘I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed.” “And David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him; for who can stretch out his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless?”(1 Sam. 26:9)

Saul was anointed as King over Israel he had a position of ruler ship that was soon to be over. Knowing he was next in line David refused to physically touch the king as God’s anointed and remove him from his position prematurely. It was God, not David who would remove Saul from his position (26:8-10).

We should notice an important part in this story, it was Saul who was pursuing David, hunting him down and trying to kill him. The Bible story has Saul whose position was threatened, pursuing to kill David who was innocent. Isn’t this what we see today? Those who are in a greater position of leadership going after people who are anointed that are challenging them in what they are saying and doing as wrong. From their position they have trained people to listen to them and willing to silence their challengers. They do this by going after them with Bible threats such as “don’t touch God’s anointed” or you are committing the “blasphemy the Holy Spirit” when you speak against another “man of God.” Ignoring the fact that blasphemy meant one is saying that Jesus’ miracles were done by an unclean spirit; not about questioning another mans alleged miracles. Those of the flesh are pursuing those who are of the Spirit, just as Saul did to David. Those who are following the Spirit of the Lord go to His Word to keep themselves in the truth no matter what the opposition may say.

It’s interesting that in Rev. 6:9 John writes “When He opened the fifth seal; I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.” They were killed because they held to the Word against the opposition and so they became martyrs. Those who apostatize from the Word always hate those who keep it.

We find the story of Saul ends with David kept from the Battle that Saul and Jonathan lost their lives in, instead he fought the Amalakites. An Amalakite messenger came back with torn clothes and dust on his head showing he was in mourning, David inquired of him and he told David he killed Saul. “So David said to him, “How was it you were not afraid to put forth your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?” Then David called one of the young men and said, “Go near, and execute him!” And he struck him so that he died. So David said to him, “Your blood is on your own head, for your own mouth has testified against you, saying, ‘I have killed the Lord’s anointed.’”(2 Sam 1:13-16) Again it is clear, to touch the anointed means to bring physical harm, most often death. But if you spiritualize it, it can mean anything you want. 2 Sam 1:17-19 David took up this lament concerning Saul and his son Jonathan, and ordered that the men of Judah be taught this lament of the bow (it is written in the Book of Jashar): “Your glory, O Israel, lies slain on your heights. How the mighty have fallen!” Each time is about those who were killed. David did not relish the fact that God’s anointed was apostate and met his end, he wept.

Since most of these so called anointed teachers that come under their follower’s protection teach the Word out of context, it’s not surprising that they would quote a verse of Scripture removed from its correct meaning for their own self- protection. Those who shout don’t touch God’s anointed think they are doing God’s work, but they rarely ever look at the facts presented. They listen to their teachers and do not want to hear the other side of the story. They cut themselves off from hearing the truth. And some, even when they are shown false teachings and prophecies do not care, but look to some personality who captured their loyalty. They become enemies of all reason, their own worst enemy. They do not realize they have been trained well, and like Pavlov’s dogs, react the same way each time. It’s time to break free!

What are we supposed to do?

It’s easy not to confront falsehood today, but it has become easy to confront those who point it out. How many people tell others not to touch the so-called anointed ever check out the claims from someone who has real concerns, and is trying to get them to read about it? I can tell you from experience, very few. Why is this? Because for the most part they can’t read the material, or should I be more specific and say, they are not allowed to. Again I ask why?

It was an apostle named Paul who called the Berean’s more noble than the others. For what reason? They looked to the Scripture to see if what Paul was teaching was accurate. Today those who protect their favorite teachers say don’t touch God’s anointed for doing this. Paul never said, “Touch not God’s anointed” or “do my prophets no harm”; you will never find an apostle teach this, nor is this found ONCE in the whole New Testament. I ask again why not? Paul was questioned, why didn’t he say this? The apostle Paul called those who checked out what he said as noble, meaning they were a better stock than the others. How noble are you? Do you go wherever the tide goes? Are you willing to take a stand for the truth of the Word of God despite what people say, or will you follow the rest of the sheep off the cliff.

To tell people not to search the Scriptures and expose false teaching as David exposed King Saul is to be touching God’s anointed. You are stopping people who have God’s anointed word from using it correctly! Even David later on in his ministry as King accepted rebuke and correction from Nathan the prophet. He did not say, “Don’t touch God’s anointed” to protect himself, and neither should those who follow their leaders do the same.

Who are the anointed?

John 17:17 “Sanctify them by your truth. Your word is truth.” Unless someone is speaking the word correctly they are not teaching the truth and it doesn’t matter if they call themselves anointed, or how big or successful a ministry they have, they are WRONG.

What do the anointed man and women of God act like? Do they stop you from going to check their teachings or anyone else’s by the Word? Of course not, Titus 1:9 “holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.”

No apostle ever said they were anointed, they did not speak in this manner; “don’t touch me I’m God’s anointed.” If someone is truly anointed, they would want to encourage the people to discern what is true and what is not. They would encourage people to pursue truth no matter where it would lead. They would love the sheep enough to protect them from falsehood and want to see them grow. They would allow the sheep to learn and think for themselves. The anointing, who is the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth and someone who has the Spirit of Truth will never run from seeing error but will confront it when necessary. He will give someone the truth from the Word, subsequently leading us away from error

We also need to ask the question who is anointed? The Bible tells us the whole body of Christ is not just some certain people in the body. 2 Cor. 1:20-22 “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee”

Let me ask those who use the phrase “touch not God’s anointed”, do you believe that only a certain teacher is anointed or can you admit that the whole body is anointed? If so, stop using this Scripture from the Old Testament as if there are only certain people anointed, like prophets or kings. Are there only a certain few leaders who are the anointed of God? Use it correctly.

The New Testament view identifies the anointed as all those who have received Jesus into their hearts and baptized into the body (1 Corinthians 12:13). It is not a certain church or group of people who are supposed leaders over the Church like the kings or prophets in the Old Testament; the whole body of Christ is anointed. When someone insists for people not to say anything when they see something wrong, it is THEY that are coming against the anointed. For everyone shares the same anointing. Before one gives the standard cliché to protect a favorite teacher with “don’t touch my anointed” to someone who is searching what the Scripture actually says, you should think this through. It just may be that it is you who are touching the anointed Jesus, the author of truth, His Word.

The New Testament teaching is that all Christians have the same anointing, the same Holy Spirit. I Jn. 2:27 “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” How does he teach? By the Word of God, by this we know what is true and false. Prior to this John wrote “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth” (I Jn. 2:20-21). So if someone speaks something false about Christ (which is what John is concentrating on) or His word they are not speaking by the Spirit and not presenting truth. This is made simple enough for everyone to understand. John says they already know the truth; this was by being born again, by His teaching and the New Testament being circulated throughout the whole church.

We need to ask are they teaching the Bible from the Bible or are they teaching the Bible by another outside interpretation leading you into an experience, or possibly a spirit they think is the Holy Spirit. Doctrine keeps us in communion with Jesus. If they tell you to not bother with doctrine and all you need is love or an experience, run from this because it is a lie. The Bible states “Whosoever transgresses and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, HATH NOT GOD. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:9) “That you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine” (1 Timothy 1:3). Where is the doctrine found? In the Scriptures of course.

Ps. 105:14-15 “He permitted no one to do them wrong; yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, Saying, “Do not touch my anointed ones, and do my prophets no harm.” He permitted no one to do them wrong. Who is he? God. The whole people of Israel were appointed to be a kingdom of priests and kings unto God; they were set apart to his service, it was God who protected them from physical harm. We know this is the context because v.13 states they went from nation to another, from kingdom to another people.” Prophets and the kings of Israel did not care too much about what others said about them, but they did care about what the enemies said of God. In the same sense, those who are saying this phrase today: are you protecting God’s word or a person? 

It is God who protects His anointed, “Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the LORD our God” (Psalm 20:6-7). “The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving refuge of His anointed” (Psalm 28:8). If you are anointed you don’t have to make threats, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you” (Isa. 26:3). Could these anointed men who threaten others be reacting in the flesh and not in His Spirit? Apparently so!

First: we are not to judge a man and his eternal destiny which is left up to God, but if we see their teachings as destructive, the Bible tells us to judge, it is a command. So if you are telling people not to judge by repeating the Scripture “touch not my anointed” you are telling them to be disobedient to God’s command. That’s the clear and simple answer to this matter. So it has absolutely nothing to do with this cliché touch not my anointed. To hold to this shows ones immaturity in the Word.

Looking at the purpose of touch not God’s anointed, excludes the concept about judging. Most people who say don’t judge will go ahead and take apart everything someone presents as they explain that we are told to judge according to the Bible. For them to say don’t judge is a judgment in itself. But they cannot see the inconsistency in what they are actually doing.

It is the word of God that we use to Judge someone’s teaching and that is not my personal judgment, but God’s, so by obeying this we are doing EXACTLY what Jesus said, to JUDGE righteously. John 7:24 Jesus said: “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment”, so we see Jesus did tell us to judge. Also if one examines Mt.7:1-5 in context they find that Jesus says if you have removed the same stumbling block from your eye and can clearly then go ahead and help your brother. 2nd it appears many have listened to men more than God, for the Bible scriptures that they are quoting need to read it in context. It is the self appointed leaders have trained people to think this way and by calling themselves anointed, they have made their followers go after people who say anything about them for their protection. The problem is evident; they can only quote a few certain verses that tell people not say anything about anyone.

Peter, Paul and John did a lot of judging the Biblical way. Every second epistle written is a judgment on false teaching explaining the truth by refuting the error. In 2 Timothy 2:17 he warns of the heresies of two men by name. Later in the same epistle (4:10), Paul judges by warning them about a man named Demas. Paul did a lot of judging and evaluating when it came to false teachers. Remember this is inspired by the Holy Spirit; therefore we have a mandate to judge false doctrine. In the epistle to the Hebrews 5:14 tells us that mature believers, those who are of “full age,” are those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern (judge) both good and evil.” It takes time to learn and grow in discernment; it is those who are babes, immature hold the position that we can’t judge. Think about it.

We are not to sit idly by when we see personal spiritual revelations change God’s Word.  If men and women cannot hold to the core doctrines and instead make up new revelations or interpret the Scripture from their dreams, visions, and visitations from angels or saints we are to point out this is unbiblical teaching.  This is what the Bible says, “holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict” (Titus 1:9). It’s not opinion, its not chasing down a certain person because of any dislike; it’s a Bible doctrine that we are to practice. Those who see the error are to remove themselves from those who teach it. “Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them” (Rom 16:17). If you say you love the Lord lets see it by obeying Him on this matter.

God has given us objective truth to live by. He has not made the truth so vague and open ended that it becomes a matter of anyone’s interpretation; the bible is not an open-ended book. He has given us clear-cut instructions that are valid and applicable today. God gave us an objective means to know and walk with Him, by living out His written Word. The sheep hear the voice of the Shepherd found in the Word, not in new words that men claim God gave them. The sheep will be drawn to the Word if they have any questions. When someone says they are “anointed” or “led by the Spirit” but consistently teach contrary to the Word in its accurate context, you can be assured that they’re not being led by His Spirit delivering truth. This is especially important on the core doctrines. This of course does mean we must be able to teach perfectly every time. What I’m trying to convey is that it takes time to study, labor and gain spiritual understanding of the Word correctly, that is our goal. When someone distorts and butchers the word, changing or discarding its meaning, then we can safely assume they have not spent time in the word, they do not care, or should not be teaching. When it gets bad enough, harmful enough, its time to speak up to protect the babes, the immature and the naïve from eating poison food. The only alternative is to address the public of already circulated false teaching that is undermining foundational tenets of our faith. We are supposed to be our brother’s keeper; some are to watch over the Church. To ignore this is to have their blood on our hands (Acts 20:26), to warn them shows the same love and concern that Christ has. It’s a matter of love and truth that people do the research to see if what is said is so.

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