Wednesday, April 14, 2010

America In Crisis Part Three

Four hundred years ago the downtrodden and oppressed from Europe, and other lands, began to make their way to a new land across the sea. They were drawn by the promise of an ideal. This new land held out the promise of a better life, a hope, that over the centuries has crystallized into that which we call the American dream. Now as then America remains a vision of hope and freedom for the oppressed masses huddled in poverty and living lives of oppression in much of the world.

Yet my heart is moved as America moves into a new decade and attempts to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The 20th century was a time of great struggle and turmoil, yet American influence throughout the world was spread far and wide. This dream was fostered by the American ideals of God and country, these ideals fostered an innate goodness within the hearts of Americans and the rest of the world were the benefactors.

Yet as America moves forward we have seen a drastic shift and change in the moral values and ideals, which were the twin bulwarks upon which the greatness of this nation has stood. The world is a much more dangerous place today than it has ever been. As I examined the challenges we as a people face today, it drove me to my closet in prayer and supplication.
I was burdened in my heart as I with diligence in prayer and through a search of the scriptures sought the answer to one question. When does God bring judgment on a nation?

Long ago God brought his people out of slavery in Egypt. As recorded in the book of Exodus he brought ten plagues upon Egypt and thus humbled the mightiest nation on earth at that time. I believe we can learn much about not only when God judges a nation, but also when this judgment may be expected to occur. I believe the lessons we can learn from these times, will prove beyond all doubt, that America as a nation is at the present time already come under the judgment of God.

Pharaoh and his people hardened their hearts against the will of God. It was at that time that God chose a simple shepherd to not only be his mouthpiece in Egypt, but by his staff he became the rod of judgment in the land. Moses under the guiding hand of the lord God went once more to Pharaoh with a solemn warning.

So this is what the LORD says: “I will show you that I am the LORD.” Look! I will strike the water of the Nile with this staff in my hand, and the river will turn to blood. (Exodus 7:17)
The Lord turned the waters of the Nile into blood. The people of Egypt became consumed with a great thirst that nothing could satisfy. When a nation abandons the principles of morality and dignity as laid out in the scriptures, they lay down the standard of right and wrong. Every man does what is right in his own eyes. One of the signs that a nation is suffering the judgment of the almighty is when its people become consumed with pleasure. The walls of constraint are pulled down, and the people of that land give themselves over to the unbridled lust in all its forms, that the human heart can conceive.
Yet the pleasure of sin is fleeting and the sting it leaves in its wake is it creates a hunger or thirst, which cannot be satisfied. Millions of Americans having abandoned the God given laws and precepts of our creator instead find themselves lost in the grip of unbridled passion in all its forms. This is not a force of liberation but rather a curse. A heart driven by passion is a slave to itself, and a nation driven by passion is suffering the judgment of God.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

America In Crisis Part Two

- America at this time is confronted with a vast array of challenges both internal and external. It was due to my concern as I looked across the horizon that in prayer I began to search and seek the face of God. I began to diligently search the scriptures to seek the answer to one overriding concern. When does God bring judgment on a nation?

Not long after Israel was delivered from slavery in Egypt the Lord led them into the desert. The people began to thirst and complain. They came to a place named Marah. It was out of that experience that God laid before them what they must do to avoid the judgment of God, and with this word he also shows us when a nation or people may expect the judgment of God.

It was there at Marah that the LORD set before them the following decree as a standard to test their faithfulness to him. 26 He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the LORD who heals you.” (Exodus 15:25B-26 NLT)

In these two verses I believe we can see the standard that God uses to judge a nation. If our leaders and people listen to the voice of the Lord our God and does what is right in his sight and obey his commands and keeps his decrees as laid out in the word of God he will bless that nation. However when a nation turns its back on him and refuses to give heed to his word and direction that nation by doing so has already come under judgment.

Stubbornness a refusal to believe the word God as given by Moses to them, and an arrogance of unbelief, characterized the leadership of the nation of Egypt. In our nation the list is endless but it can be rightly said that not only have our leaders turned their back on the God of the Bible, but do not even want the word of God or prayer to even be allowed into public debate.

In the New Testament the Apostle Peter gave a sober warning to any nation that would harden its heart against the will of God.

They deliberately forget that God made the heavens by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. 6 Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. 7 And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed (II Peter 3:5-7)

Our founding fathers trembled for our nation because they knew that God was just. A nation cannot turn its back on God without consequence. Peter in this passage reminds us of truths that the ungodly choose to ignore. It was God who spoke the worlds into existence. It was God in his righteous decree who brought a judgment by water on the world of Noah’s day. It is by the will of God that the heavens are reserved for a judgment by fire. He shall in the end of all things bring upon the ungodly world of that day yet to come.

Yet in the midst of so much that is sobering the Lord in Egypt made a distinction between his people Israel and the nation of Egypt. The prophet Isaiah spoke of a day and time yet in the future with a word of hope for all those who love the Lord.

Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth,
but the glory of the LORD rises and appears over you. (Isaiah 60:2 NLT)
As we shall see as God began to bring judgment on the nation of Egypt he made a distinction between his people Israel and Egypt. So saint of God no matter what may yet come we that tremble at his name and word have his promise that he will protect and care for his own.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Prophet Of Antiquity

August 29th, 2007

My spirit is awake this morning. I feel recharged and refreshed. Yesterday I was engulfed in light and the mountain around me rumbled with the anointing of God. My little cave glowed with such force that although I knew I was still in the cave, all I could see was the light. In fact I felt that the light and my spirit were connected, and at that moment the anointing of the mountain thundered through me. I don’t recall anything being said just a great sense of contentment and joy.

The Spirit has picked me up and I am soaring upward into the light. I have found myself in a new place. I am walking and all around me it is rocky and great boulders surround me. As I walked I became aware of someone just ahead of me and this person fell in step with me and we began to walk together. He was someone I had not seen before. His hair was red and hung loosely around his shoulders. He carried a staff and his eyes reflected at once a gentle kindness and yet one was aware that he possessed great wisdom as well.

He said, “Michael I am one of the prophets of antiquity and my labors were long ago. I ministered in passion and my heart was to train others in service to our master. In my day his appearance had not yet occurred, yet my heart longed for the glory of God and my voice shook with the inner conviction of God. It was my duty then and now to be a voice of consolation and conviction to those around me; a seer who saw well beyond my day and as I was then so am I today. I am sent to bear witness to you as I was so are you being sent by Father as a voice of inspiration and conviction to this end time generation”.

I was transfixed as he spoke. I at once could sense a bond in my heart with him and his words echoed in my spirit and eagerly with great anticipation I longed to hear every word. His face was rough yet kindly. His manner was strong yet full of compassion. His voice radiated with the power of God and I knew that this was someone who had centuries of wisdom to impart. Yet though he had much to say he spoke with a deliberateness of purpose that persuaded me we were to spend some time together.

We came to a small wooded lodge in a clearing and I could see a great forest behind it. I turned and looked behind me and I noticed at once that we had been walking down the mountain and had entered a valley. There were beautiful flowers everywhere and a more picturesque setting I could not imagine.

He bid me welcome and we then entered the Lodge. There was a small fireplace and a table upon which was an assortment of fruit, bread, and a jug of wine. He bid me to sit and refresh myself. We both sat down and he said, “most Holy Father we thank you for your bounty which we are about to receive and ask your divine blessing on this your servant who has come here to learn a new revelation of your ways and will in this time and hour”.

He looked at me closely with great tenderness and said, “I have many things to share with you. I will show you how to walk with Father in the cloud you have seen, We will speak of things yet to come, and equip you to stand in those days, and yet be a voice of anointing through whom Father will work his purpose. This kingdom shall be established in your heart and like bedrock yours shall be a voice of compassion and liberation. For now Michael refresh yourself and rest”.

We finished our meal and he led me to a small room where there was another cot similar to the one in the cave where I had rested before. I lay down on the cot and reflected on all that had happened this day. He had gone to the other small chamber next to mine and my spirit began to tingle with excitement. I knew this man was someone well qualified to teach me and that he had been involved in just such training for hundreds if not thousands of years. I felt the peace of God overcoming me and found myself going into rest ablaze with a new purpose and conviction.

The Cave Of Rest

I have been privilaged over the last several years to have had numerous visions whereby the Lord has imparted to me revelation. I have kept a record of these experiences and I shall list them by the date I recieved them.

August 27th, 2007

I have been caught up in the Spirit and I find myself in a small cave, high up on a mountain. It is a small cave as caves go, about the size of a small den. Looking around the cave I can see a fire burning in the center, and looking up I see a hole in the ceiling of the cave through which the smoke is escaping. There is a stack of firewood in the corner and a cot on one wall. Out side a gentle rain is falling but the cave is warm, and the ceiling and walls exude a red glow, which warms my heart.

I could not help but smile as God had been preparing me for weeks now for this. He had instructed me to purify myself in preparation for this. This cave is alive with the presence and anointing of God. I turned and looked out the entrance of the cave, and became entranced as I silently watched the rain coming down. Looking closely I could detect no path to or from this cave, it was just a hole in the side of the mountain, with a sheer cliff dropping off below me.

Down below me was a forest as far as the eye could see. My heart has been enveloped with such a sense of peace and serenity. Turning I went back to the cot and laid down. Looking up as the smoke from the fire disappeared in the hole in the ceiling above, I could feel a draft of fresh air gently caress my face. Closing my eyes I began to reflect on what was happening. I could not help but wonder what this was all about.

Standing to my feet I walked over to the firewood stacked in the corner and carefully placed some on the fire. Shadows of the flames magnified many times began to dance on the far wall of the cave. Laying back down I turned my attention to the gentle rain falling outside. In my minds eye I could see the forest down below being gently caressed by the falling rain. I turned over on my back. The ceiling was a cheery red and my mind was soon lost deep in thought.

Why was I brought here and what is the spiritual significance of this place. Why the fire and what is the significance of the rain? Although peaceful there is a strong anointed presence of Father in this room. I was suddenly made aware that the reason I was here was to rest and wait on God. I felt in my heart the Spirit was whispering do not try to spiritualize this too much just be at peace. I know this is a mountain of God and my heart burns for a new revelation of him in my heart. . So I am quite content to wonder around my little room, put more wood on the fire, and rest on my cot looking dreamily at the red glow of the ceiling, or looking at the rain come down just outside the cave. I believe part of the reason I am here is for reflection. . I pray that the transformation that I know is beginning in my life will open up my heart and that I may be accounted worthy to receive and be whatever it is God’s will for me to be.

America In Crisis Part One

March 31st, 2010

A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
(Proverbs 22:3 NLT)

We are living in unprecedented times. America and the world around us are facing challenges any one of which holds the possibility of global destruction. America as the world’s foremost superpower as never before is being put into the crucible by world events and the choices we make will determine our course and our fate. It is my opinion that America’s greatest problems have been brought on by the deliberate choices of both our leaders and our people to forsake the God of our Fathers.

The problems facing our nation are unparalleled in our history. I must confess that the agonies our nation is undergoing in this hour drove me to my knees in prayer in a desperate search for the answer to one question. When does God bring judgment on a nation? We must ask ourselves more to the point is America simply undergoing an economic crisis, or can we see the hand of God in judgment being extended in this hour?

I felt the Holy Spirit brought to my heart an understanding that by looking into the judgments that God brought on the nations and peoples of the past I would find my answer. In conducting my search I found an amazing parallel in the judgments he brought on the nation of Egypt as shown in the book of Exodus and that which America is dealing with in our day. This devotion is but the first in a series as we examine the evidence from the past, which I believe, gives us a revelation of what we can expect in the days ahead.

In that day the nation of Israel was living as slaves in the land of Egypt. The Egypt of that day like America in our day could have been rightly considered the foremost superpower on earth. God sent Moses to Egypt with a simple message of warning and God has sent messenger after messenger to the people of our nation. Like the Egypt of that day in the arrogance of pride and rebellion our national leaders and our people by and large have turned their back on the message.

It is not my point at this time to enter into a discussion of the sins of America but rather to point with I believe with a biblical clarity to the Egypt of that day as a roadmap to what we see occurring in our day.
God brought ten judgments on the land of Egypt in that day. One by one as we examine them we shall see the hand of God at work in our own. The Bible speaks clearly and definitively in both the old and new testaments that God has and does bring judgment on a nation.

When can judgment be expected and have we in America today crossed the line and by so doing found ourselves undergoing the judgment of God?
God sent Moses a simple shepherd, a man eighty years of age, to Pharaoh with a simple message, let my people go. We read of this meeting in Exodus chapter 5 verses 1 and 2.

“1 After this presentation to Israel’s leaders, Moses and Aaron went and spoke to Pharaoh. They told him, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Let my people go so they may hold a festival in my honor in the wilderness.”
2 “Is that so?” retorted Pharaoh. “And who is the Lord? Why should I listen to him and let Israel go? I don’t know the Lord, and I will not let Israel go.”
- As Pharaoh in Moses day so the political leadership in our day by words and deeds is thrusting their fist in the face of almighty God and asking this very same question. Who is the Lord that we should obey him? We have seen this nation transformed in a few short years from a Christian nation to a secular one. All the landmarks of decency and morality are being swept away in our day. To turn one’s back on the one true God as our people have done brings tragic consequences, as the land of Egypt in that day was to discover.

I love this nation and all it has stood for. American has been a beacon of hope to countless millions around the globe of decency and freedom. Yet I fear if we as a people do not return to the God of our Father’s in a national outpouring of repentance the dark days of the present are as Egypt discovered long ago but a prelude to darker days yet ahead.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Wisdom The Voice Of The Holy Spirit

March 30th, 2010

Proverbs 8:1-3- 1 Listen as Wisdom calls out!
Hear as understanding raises her voice!
2 On the hilltop along the road,
she takes her stand at the crossroads.
3 By the gates at the entrance to the town,
on the road leading in, she cries aloud,

I am starting a new work as of today that I am titling reflections of a seer. These shall be short essays designed to uplift your hearts and understanding. I have been walking in the spiritual realm with God now for almost twenty years. As of late I have been chronicling theses experiences and sending them out. A son’s transformation shall continue as long as the Lord continues to open this door to me.

Reflections of a seer shall be my attempt to take the revelation that I have been given and put it in practical terms. I believe Proverbs chapter 8 is one of the rare places I have found where the Holy Spirit speaks to us in the first person. In our day to day lives it has never been more vital that we hear the voice of the Holy Spirit clearly. We are living in troubling, bewildering times. So many voices are crying out to us in our modern world.

God is speaking to us through the Holy Spirit. As this passage reveals to us wisdom is the voice of understanding. Wisdom is one of the names of the seven Spirits of God who stand before God and his throne. The book of revelation mentions the seven Spirits of God as seven torches in Revelation chapter four verses four through six. I have learned a great deal about the operation of the Holy Spirit in the past few years.

Today I want to capture the relevance to all of our lives of the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit. The writer of Proverbs entreats us to listen as the voice of wisdom cries out. In other words God is speaking to us! He hungers to feed our hearts with understanding.
He is speaking but we must be in tune with him. In other words it is our task as believers in Christ to hear his voice, and follow his direction. On the hilltop and along the road, at the crossroads, and by the gates to the entrance to town the Spirit of God may be found. In other words where ever people may be found the Spirit of God in wisdom shall be found.

The voice of wisdom is a clarion call of God and as God he has understanding. He and he alone can give us the understanding we all need in our day-to-day lives! Take time today to open your heart to the Holy Spirit and specifically listen to the voice of wisdom. The wisdom of God is a divine repository, a treasure trove of divine glory open to the hearts of each and every believer.