If you’re offended, there is only one answer: get over it.
Offense is a stumbling block that Satan uses to keep many Christians from experiencing life to the fullest. You probably will not progress in your relationship with God if, every time someone hurts your feelings, you get offended. The word for offense that is used in the New Testament means “the part of the trap on which the bait lies to lure in its victim,” and offense is part of Satan’s trap to keep us from going forward in our walk with God.
The apostle Paul was offended by other brothers in Christ, but in each instance he decided to leave the person with God. For example, there was a man named Alexander, who did Paul a great deal of harm. What’s Paul’s response? The Lord will pay him back (2 Timothy 4:14). In that same passage, Paul writes about how various people have left him: At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. However, he asks God, May it not be held against them (2 Timothy 4:16).
Paul may not have had power in his ministry had he been bitter towards others. Decide to forgive others through the power of God’s grace. If you’re offended about something others did to you, ask God, May it not be held against them. Forgiveness is the solution.
I’ve been “sitting on this all day.” Can’t hold it back any longer.
God is not done with America yet. The steering of Joaquin away from our shores was a sign of His ability to preserve us, and keep us from harm, if we will continue to repent and pray. It has been because of devout Christians that have fasted and prayed for this nation that God is withholding His hand of judgement. It’s not to be taken lightly, God’s patience is meant to bring about repentance, and revival ONE LAST TIME to this nation. WE WILL NOT HAVE ANOTHER CHANCE.
“HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS!”
Brothers and sisters, you are holy partners in a heavenly calling. So look carefully at Yeshua, the apostle and chief priest about whom we make our declaration of faith. Yeshua is faithful to God, who appointed him, in the same way that Moses was faithful when he served in God’s house. Yeshua deserves more praise than Moses in the same way that the builder of a house is praised more than the house. After all, every house has a builder, but the builder of everything is God.
Moses was a faithful servant in God’s household. He told the people what God would say in the future. But Christ is a faithful son in charge of God’s household. We are his household if we continue to have courage and to be proud of the confidence we have.
As the Holy Spirit says,
“If you hear God speak today, don’t be stubborn.
Don’t be stubborn like those who rebelled
and tested me in the desert.
That is where your ancestors tested me,
although they had seen what I had done for 40 years.
That is why I was angry with those people. So I said,
‘Their hearts continue to stray,
and they have not learned my ways.’
So I angrily took a solemn oath
that they would never enter my place of rest.”
Be careful, brothers and sisters, that none of you ever develop a wicked, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. Encourage each other every day while you have the opportunity. If you do this, none of you will be deceived by sin and become stubborn. After all, we will remain Christ’s partners only if we continue to hold on to our original confidence until the end.
“If you hear God speak today, don’t be stubborn.
Don’t be stubborn like those who rebelled.”
Who heard God and rebelled? All those whom Moses led out of Egypt rebelled. With whom was God angry for 40 years? He was angry with those who sinned and died in the desert. Who did God swear would never enter his place of rest? He was talking about those who didn’t obey him. So we see that they couldn’t enter his place of rest because they didn’t believe (Hebrews 3:1-19)
“GOD DOES CHANGE HIS MIND DEPENDING ON OUR RESPONSE, AND ACCORDING TO HIS MERCY.”
In those days Hezekiah became sick and was about to die. The prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, came to him and said, “This is what Yahweh says: Give final instructions to your household, because you’re about to die. You won’t get well.”
Hezekiah turned to the wall and prayed to Yahweh, “Please, Yahweh, remember how I’ve lived faithfully and sincerely in your presence. I’ve done what you consider right.” And he cried bitterly.
Isaiah hadn’t gone as far as the middle courtyard when Yahweh spoke his word to him: “Go back and say to Hezekiah, leader of my people, ‘This is what Yahweh Elohim of your ancestor David says: I’ve heard your prayer. I’ve seen your tears. Now I’m going to heal you. The day after tomorrow you will go to Yahweh’s temple. I’ll give you 15 more years to live. I’ll rescue you and defend this city from the control of the king of Assyria for my sake and for the sake of my servant David’” (II Kings 20:1-6)
Absolutely! I love confirmations. This is almost verbatim what I have been hearing for almost a year, now. Church, the time of cleansing has begun:
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Nine months ago, I heard in my spirit a strong and clear word from the Lord. I’ve waited nine months to release them on this platform because I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of what the Lord was saying — and I was waiting for His timing. I believe the time is now. Here is the prophecy:
“My blood is sufficient. My covenant is sure. 2 Chronicles 7:14 is truth. You need not operate in fear but embrace the power to cleanse that’s inherent in repentance. I want to cleanse America. But it starts with purifying your hearts.
“The church in this hour must herald the message of repentance in the same way as preachers in the Voice of Healing movement heralded the message of healing. Then will you see the manifestation of My presence and the wells of the supernatural will be unlocked and many who are lost will be restored to My love.
“It starts with the message of repentance. This is the message that I need you to shout from the rooftops in this hour. Everything the church needs to fulfill her call in this hour flows from a contrite heart. You can sound the alarm but without repentance it will fall on deaf ears.
“Many are entering eternity every day without My Son because they have not heard this message. Some of them are sitting in the church right now. Start there with this message and it will position the church to rise up in My power for My glory.”
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When I asked the Lord how the voice of healing preachers heralded the message of healing, He gave me three points: repetitive, passionate and scriptural.
The Voice of Healing preachers were repetitive. You heard many of the same core messages about God’s power to heal and deliver over and over again in these tent meetings. The Voice of Healing preachers were passionate. Think of A.A. Allen jumping up and down and Jack Coe’s exuberant singing. And, of course, the Voice of Healing preachers were scriptural. These preachers knew that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word (see Rom. 10:17) and they kept their messages in line with the Word of God.
Two-Sides to One Word
After much prayer, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are two sides to this prophetic word: We need to repent in the sense that we need to ask forgiveness of our sins and stand in the gap for our nation. Indeed, we need to see repentance in the church—widespread repentance. But it’s not just changing the way we think about sin—and turning away from it—that is required in this hour. We need to change the way we think about the supernatural.
When Jesus rebuked the cities of Chorazin and Bethsaida for not repenting after they saw the mighty miracles He did (see Matt. 11:20-21), that word repent is the Greek word “metanoeo.” Metanoeo means “to change one’s mind, i.e. to repent; to change one’s mind for the better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins.”
The spirit of religion, along with a lukewarm mindset, prayerlessness and the tradition of men, has all but killed miracles, signs and wonders in our churches. Paul saw this threat in his day, which is why he gave his spiritual son Timothy this advice about those in the church that “have a form of godliness but deny its power.” In 2 Timothy 3:5 he said, “Turn away from such people.”
We need to turn away from thoughts that limit God in our lives. We need to turn away from a powerless expression of the gospel. We need to turn back toward faith in God to heal the sick, cast out demons and, yes, even raise the dead. God is a God of miracles! Jesus walked on water. Jesus healed a man born blind. Jesus healed the deaf and dumb. Jesus fed many thousands of people with a few loaves and fishes—more than once. Jesus raised people from the dead. Jesus healed a man’s withered hand. Jesus turned water into wine. Jesus healed a paralytic.
Getting Back to the Great Commission
I could go on and on—and it wasn’t just Jesus. The apostles and the disciples in the book of Acts did miracle after miracle—even special miracles so that handkerchiefs which Paul had touched were brought to the sick who were then healed (see Acts 19:11-12). And Jesus told them, “Truly, truly I say to you, he who believes in Me will do the works that I do also. And he will do greater works than these, because I am going to My Father. I will do whatever you ask in My name, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:12-13).
The supernatural is part of the Great Commission! A lost and dying world doesn’t want to engage with a lukewarm religion. In fact, it’s obvious that the world finds lukewarm Christianity tasteless. When Jesus issued the Great Commission in Mark 16, He was very clear that “these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
We need to repent—to change the way we think about the supernatural. We need to believe God to walk in His supernatural power. People are dying and going to hell because the power of the gospel has not been demonstrated. Religion in many cases has replaced relationship. It’s time to press into what God wants to do in this hour—and I believe He wants to restore the supernatural to the church in a convincing way. Like Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said: “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but power” (1 Cor. 4:20).
Jennifer LeClaire is senior editor of Charisma. She is also director of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, co-founder of awakeningtv.com, on the leadership team of the New Breed Revival Network and author of several books, including The Next Great Move of God: An Appeal to Heaven for Spiritual Awakening; Mornings With the Holy Spirit, Listening Daily to the Still, Small Voice of God; The Making of a Prophet and Satan’s Deadly Trio: Defeating the Deceptions of Jezebel, Religion and Witchcraft. You can visit her website here. You can also join Jennifer on Facebook or follow her on Twitter. Jennifer’s Periscope handle is @propheticbooks.
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I have been hesitant to say too much about the current prophecies regarding this year, and more specifically, this month, but I am now even hearing from Catholic ministries, which frankly, being a devout and steadfast protestant, I have traditionally discarded them. But I need to share with you what is being reported. Please do your own due-diligence and research and most importantly, pray. As Paul admonished, “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast to what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:19-21).
Here is a couple of things from Charlies Johnston:
Then read a portion of a post from Glenn Dallaire, and his blog entitled, Mystics of The Church. Once you begin to read the article, you will see that his is obviously a Catholic, and a very devout one at that:
Charlie foresees a “Great Storm” that is now coming upon the world which will effect all of humanity. Concerning this, he has stated: “I tell people that we have entered the beginning of the greatest crisis in the history of Western Civilization and their imagination fails them.”
He explains that it will consist of a series of grave catastrophic events, one in succession upon another, each with progressively greater intensity and effect. He has described the forthcoming Storm as like being similar to a combination of the Great Depression and the Civil war all wrapped up into one, but each much worse than the original ones, because they will not be confined just to the USA, but will take place on a global scale. He emphasizes also that there will be some “false dawns” in between the calamities.
One part of this predicted “Storm” will be that humanity will be at war with itself, like one great civil war upon the whole of the earth. He states that North Korea is the “dragons tail” and while things will start from there, the countries to really watch for is most especially China, whom he calls a “bad actor.” But, ironically it will be Russia that will eventually unite with the USA and other countries to help us in the battle with China at that time. The miraculous “Rescue” will actually come in the midst of this global civil war. The first initial battles of the Storm however will be with Islamic forces, which will eventually be overthrown, but this will be another false dawn, as the battle with China will then arise, showing the Islamic conflict to have only been a cub of a challenge. Charlie states emphatically that the allied countries of the West will not win the battle against China, but that they will simply endure.
In fact, according to Charlie the Great Storm will begin with a Muslim jihad. In a interview in July of 2012 with Michael Brown of Spirit Daily here, we read: When everything “explodes,” a Muslim jihad will be in the first series of events, he believes, but “that’s not the real danger. The real external threat comes from the Red Dragon, China.” Now for some specifics, he adds. “From the beginning I had insisted that there would be a rise in wide-scale stark terror as a primary method in this storm. I had written in ’01 that we would see a significant warming in our relations with Russia for a while, followed by them dramatically hitting the rocks again. But I told the priests [who serve as his spiritual directors] to keep their eye on Russia, because in the end she will be our most steadfast and reliable ally. As I have also said since the start, the storm ‘. . . will break through North Korea, but will not be centered in North Korea.'”
-Have we perhaps been seeing some of this with North Korea “rattling it sabers” as of late, and even more so with the great ISIS advance in Syria and into Iraq, and their perceived establishment of a Islamic caliphate? Let alone all of the other extremest Muslim jihadist attacks that have been occurring throughout the world?
During this “Great Storm,” many, if not all, of our support structures will successively fail, specifying for example technology and the economy, which will be very gravely effected throughout the entire world, and he also foresees the collapse of entire governments. Humanity will lose confidence in most–if not all–of the current global currencies, causing most of the world to return for a time to a barter based system/economy, until a new system of ownership and new currencies are developed and promulgated.
Charlie’s mission and message, as I personally perceive it, is to firstly to warn of this upcoming “Great Storm,” just as God, in His infinite love and mercy, has always done with the prophets going back to the Old Testament. Charlie says that when the Great Storm comes, people will think it is the end of the world. But he insists that it is not the end, and that it is not God’s punishment, but it IS the consequences of what we have done. It is—and these are Charlie’s words–“Our reclamation“—it is God, in His infinite love and mercy, calling His people back to Himself.
-The second part or facet of Charlie’s mission is to point out how we are to live and act during these perilous times. It is a simple message: “We are to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around us. Trust-Do-Love, knowing that God is always close at hand for us”
When Mary said, “I am the handmaid of the Lord,” She was acknowledging God. When She said, “Let it be done to me according to your word,” she resolved to take the next step. When She went to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, to help her with her pregnancy, she was being a sign of hope.
And so it is with Charlie’s simple message for us: “Acknowledge God; take the next right step; and be a sign of hope to those around you, knowing that God is always close at hand.” And this, according to Charlie, is how we are to weather the “Great Storm” that is soon to come upon us.
-According to Charlie, throughout the period (but most especially during the peak) of the Great Storm, the overwhelming vast majority of humanity will “lose hope“–these are Charlie’s words, and for sure many will have their faith shaken, like all of the apostles during Jesus passion of whom all (except John) ran away and abandoned Him. Charlie states that we will lose hope in our own ability and/or the ability of humanity to actually recover from the devastating events during this time period. The point is, as much as we think we will be always be faithful and a sign of hope for others no matter what befalls us, it seems that when the horrible time of the Storm and Its unimaginable sufferings comes upon us, those who will be the great heroes of faith — hope-and-trust in God will be very, very few among us, like John vs. the rest of all the other apostles who ran away and abandoned Jesus. So Charlie insists that we not kid ourselves thinking we will be always faithful like John, but warns us, like Jesus did with Peter at the Last Supper with the prophesy of the rooster crowing three times, that we too will abandon Him for a time when the passion and confusion of the Great Storm comes upon us, for “the spirit is willing, but the flesh is very weak.”
Yet, this loss of hope-most especially in humanities ability to recover from this Storm–is so that we might turn to God and put all of our hope and trust in Him. Until we lose all hope in our own ability to recover and rebuild through our own ingenuity, we will remain in rebellion against God. But when we finally lose that human hope, we will be forced to turn to something greater than ourselves, if we are to have any hope at all, and that is when we will turn a desperate hope towards God, and will find that THAT hope is well-founded. In other words, Charlie points out that we must lose most, if not all, of our current confidence in human supremacy, and then at the end of the Storm when all will seem lost, there will come the miraculous “Rescue,” which will be a miraculous visible sign that everyone in the world will see. But concerning this loss of hope, may God help and strengthen all of us. It is comforting to note that God warns us of this, and all of these things ahead of time, that we might recall it when the time comes, so that during and afterwards we might take courage, have faith and be a sign of hope for others.
Charlie has stated that while things will get progressively worse during the Storm, there will be “false dawns” wherein people will think that the worst is over, but such will not be the case. The false dawns will only be short pauses in the Storm, somewhat like the eye of a hurricane passing directly overhead, then the Storm “winds” rage on from the opposite and unexpected direction.
Another interesting point that Charlie revealed concerning the Storm is that:
“I have been told that 26 million will die as a result of the Storm. I believe that to be a rare instance where the angels are specifically speaking of temporal physical casualties . . .”
He states that his intention in revealing this number is to show how small the number of actual physical casualties will be for such a large conflagration of horrific worldwide events. This is not to downplay the great significance of 26 million deaths, but to convey that as serious as the events of the Storm will be, the actual physical casualties will only amount to about a third of what they were in World War II, which thus puts the number into an important context. Charlie has also stated: “It is the sustained, unrelenting terror that is the hallmark of this crisis, not the death toll.”
I would add that in light of the terrifying prospects of a global economic collapse coupled with a global civil war, the fall of many governments and societies etc., I believe that this particular part of Charlie’s prophetic message has actually been a source of consolation to some, given the potentialities involved, especially in this nuclear age.
In a post on his blog on July 11, 2015 called “The Summer of our Discontent” Charlie shared some of his perceptions concerning the beginning of the “fullness of the Storm.” According to Charlie, very significant things will start happening from this point on (July 2015) as “. . . new convulsions shake the world and the Church every week”, until the we reach the fullness of the Storm which Charlie personally believes will come this fall. As he ended a recent article, “We have entered into the summer of our discontent. It will be marked by convulsions, confusion and terror throughout the world and the Church. But after the summer comes fall and great will be the fall.”
A few other quotes pertaining to the Storm:
-“Through the means of the Storm, God is giving us another chance to get things right, and this time we had better get it right.”
-“The Storm is the beginning of our reclamation, not our destruction.”
-“We will begin to rebuild from the chaos DURING the Storm, as we must to confront certain things. I do not speak much of these times, only that God has specific plans to help us back onto our feet to face the real trials of the Storm. I will play a role in this. After the Storm, the whole culture will be in a rebuilding process as an era of great peace begins.”
-“God is not punishing us through the means of the Storm. We have brought it upon ourselves. But God has a plan for us and for our reclamation.”
-“There is no place of safety, except in God, as the darkness surrounds us – and that does not guarantee temporal safety, only spiritual safety . . . and do not think your faith, however abundant, will provide you with a get-out-of-jail free card from the temporal suffering that has begun . . . The rain from this Storm comes and, as it is written, falls on the just and the unjust alike . . . this will truly be worldwide, there will be no place of safety, and no family will be left untouched by the Storm.”
The man named Menses
Charlie foresees a man whom the Angels call “Menses.” This is not his given name, but just a contemptuous nickname the Angels use to refer to him, for the the Latin word “menses” literally refers to the flow of blood from the uterus during a woman’s menstrual cycle. Charlie does not see the man as being specifically the anti-Christ. He will be a man who seems entirely orthodox and will seem to be a great defender of the Catholic faith. He will particularly deceive for a time many who are considered “conservative” Catholics. Charlie has stated, “He is given over entirely to the spirit of antichrist and to satan . . . He is a very bad actor who plays at being a very good actor . . . He has, with full knowledge, given himself over to the satan. I do not believe he is the personification of the antichrist, but I do not know that he is not. He is a particularly charming, deceptive and malignant minion of satan.” He will be revealed for who he truly is only as the Storm ends — right up to the moment of the Rescue.
When all will seem lost, towards the end of the year 2017 will come the miraculous “Rescue.”
During the time of the Rescue there will be a miraculous visible sign that everyone in the world will see. Concerning the “Rescue” in late 2017, Charlie states that it is the one large scale prophetic message directly from heaven that has not been subject to any interpretive efforts on his part. It has been revealed to him bluntly and plainly, along with orders to let everyone know of it.
Remarkably the Rescue in late 2017 will also mark the 500 year anniversary of when Martin Luther broke away from the Catholic church–the seminole event which marked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Charlie states that the miraculous Rescue will reunite Christianity into one faith, that is, one flock under one Shepherd, Jesus Christ. After the miracle, Christianity will no longer be fragmented into various denominations, and the vast majority of Jews and Muslims will almost immediately be converted to Christianity, along with all other peoples of other religions.
Concerning this reunification of Christianity, Charlie states that: “The re-unification will not be like a victory celebration where one side wins and all others surrender. Rather, it will be like a joyful family reunion where everyone brings a dish. Our Protestant brethren will regain the structure and foundation they lost at the Reformation, while we Catholics will regain important charisms we have so neglected they have practically been lost to us. No one will feel defeated; all will be overjoyed that the family is back together again.”
Recently Charlie explained why he believes that God, through the Angel Gabriel, insisted that Charlie make known the time period of the Rescue, that being in late 2017. He writes: “Just before I embarked on this new pilgrimage, I read a story that fired an idea in my mind as to why I am told to give such a specific time-frame. The story was about shipwrecks near shore in a blinding storm. In such a shipwreck, most who drown do so within easy reach of the shore. Because of the fury of the storm, they can’t see the shore and lose hope, giving up. It ignited a great notion in my mind. I think I am ordered to give that specific time-frame because the Storm will be so furious near its end that many will have lost hope.
Since we won’t be able to see the shore of peace, I think it pleases God to direct me to tell you this so that you know in the most furiously tempestuous moments, that the shore is very close, to give you hope to hold on just a little longer. It is a merciful grace, I think.”
If you do choose to visit Charlie’s website, I humbly suggest that you may first want to read the “God’s Plan” link at the top of the website, because it gives a good overview of Charlie’s alleged mission. I would suggest also that you read the “comments” section beneath each article for many detailed perspectives from Charlie and many others.
As with all mystics and prophets that are not yet approved by the Church, CAUTION and CAREFUL DISCERNMENT are the guiding principles. We should not be too quick to approve, nor quick to condemn, unless in the latter case there is solid evidence and justification to do so. In the end, the near future will tell whether Charlie’s prophecies are from God, or not.
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Sometimes a song comes along that just says what needs to be said at this particular moment in time. I found that song last night while trying to write a blog post that just wasn’t working out (sometimes that happens). I trashed the post but kept the song. Before I introduce the song, which is titled, “Speak Life,” and is sung by TobyMac, I’d like to share a few words about what this “life” is all about.
And it is about Jesus Christ. . . .
John 3:16-18 states:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in…
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When I was a kid I attended a nondenominational church that predominantly hired Baptist pastors, so I was raised with a strong Baptist background. I memorized a lot of Bible verses as a child that have stayed with me all of these years. Back then, the only version of the Bible that was available was the King James Version (KJV) and the poetic language (think “Shakespeare”) of King James English (the time period in which the King James Bible was originally commissioned in 1604 and translated into English) made the memorization process easier, at least for me. While I rarely read that version today–my most favorite version is the New International Version (NIV, 1984, 2011), and also the New King James Version (NKJV) which was commissioned in 1975 by Thomas Nelson Publishers—those verses I memorized way back then come flooding back to my mind…
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A few days ago I wrote a blog post titled, “Before The Rain,” using the story of Noah and the Ark (Genesis 5:32-10:1). The story of Noah details the destruction of the entire earth by a flood back in Noah’s day; however, the real story behind the flood has to do with obedience (as in Noah’s obedience to God to build the ark–see Genesis 6:22), and the lack thereof (as in obedience to God in general) in the rest of the human race (see Genesis 6:5; 6:11-12; 8:21). Obedience to God has never been popular among humans starting with the first humans (Adam and Eve) in the Garden of Eden (see Genesis 2-3) and continuing right on through to today. And God stated in Genesis 8:21 that “every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood” so that…
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