A Vision Of An Assassin
February 3, 2008
I saw a Christian leader dressed in a military uniform standing before what appeared to be a military tribunal. He had been charged with committing willful friendly fire, i.e., shooting his own troops. It became appallingly clear as witnesses were called that this man had condemned, slandered, and assassinated anyone he considered a rival among those he had been entrusted to lead and serve.
Next to him as witnesses for the prosecution sat many injured saints anxiously waiting for their day of justice in court. Some were limping, some scarred, and some blinded by this mans venomous tongue. It was clear he had done amazing damage while wearing the garb of a leader and had treated his own brethren as the enemy. As the charges were read, and witnesses called, it became unnervingly clear that the one prosecuting him was none other than Christ himself.
Some of the witnesses against this man demanded that he be put in front of a firing squad to face an army of accusing, shooting tongues more deadly that his own. It was clear he had used his position of trust to injure many. Why? Because he could.
The accuser of the brethren took the stand and bragged about his unfettered access to this mans mouth and he laughed at the damage this accusing, lying man of God had done for him. He then demanded from the judge the right to do to this sinning saint as he chose. After all, by his willful slander and accusations, he had entered into a binding covenant of death with the accuser!
Finally, all rose and stood before the Judge. In military style, the charges were recounted and this slandering leader was accused of using Jesus blood to build his own kingdom, of injuring many in the body of Christ, and of being a traitor, an assassin who killed those he had been charged to care for and nurture. He was a murderer in Gods eyes having shed the blood of his brethren.
He was found guilty on all counts.
Then the strangest thing happened. The prosecutor stood up and offered the accused, now the condemned, a new uniform. This new uniform bore a medical insignia. The prisoner was told that the court wanted to offer him mercy but at a price. He was to be stripped of his present uniform but if he wanted mercy he would have to become a healer in the body. He would have to confess the lies he had told, the damage he had done, and he would be given a special salve to help heal those he had injured. He would yet find mercy only and if he would become merciful.
He responded that the gifts and callings of God are without repentance.
The prosecutor then told him that, while this was true, that verse meant that he would always have a calling from God but he had disqualified himself from that calling. Many are called, but few are chosen was the reply. He was reminded that Judas lost his place and was replaced. The kingdom was also rent from Sauls hand. His place of service was being taken away and given to another.
The Judge told the guilty man he had two choices: mercy, under the condition he would repent and become an agent of mercy, or the disgrace (literally not grace) of a dishonorable discharge. Either way, his reign of terrorism in the body of Christ was at an end.
Let the reader understand.
Intercessors, Ministers and Donkeys
In a vision the Lord showed me a Pack donkey, It was scruffy and moulting and in need of a good grooming and general attention. On its back was its load, it looked lost and disorientated. The place where I saw it was a wilderness and it was very dry.
I began to see the Donkey was fulfilling its calling, but was not taking time out to receive from the hand of its master. It was in a dry wilderness and at risk. So busy he didnt seem to realise that he was in such an unkempt state.
The Lord had earlier drawn my attention to Revelation 3 through a friend. The word began to resound in me as I thought of the Donkey.
Rev 3:17: Because you say, I am rich, and have need of nothing and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.
Verse 18: I counsel you to buy from me Gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich, and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.
The key words from this passage are:
I counsel you This is a direct instruction from Jesus, Its in red in my bible to alert us to its source.
To buy Gold: It may seem like a cost to your ministry to take more time out to obtain gold from the Lord. But we must.
Gold is an element of heaven, The streets are gold, the crystal sea in front of the throne has the appearance of gold. There’s gold every where. The Lord has got lots of it. He says come buy it from me. Gold Is the Lords presence, put the burden down and pay the price to get the gold!
John Wesley (1703-1791) said; I have so much to do that I spend several hours before the Lord before I am able to do it
Francis De Sales (1567-1622) said; even if you did nothing in your meditation before the Lord, but bring your heart back and place it again in the Lords presence, your time would be very well employed
The Lords invitation to you today is Come, put your load down and spend some time in my presence, buy some Gold from me.
Buy White garments:
White garments are the righteousness of the Lord. We get that by allowing the blood of Jesus to wash us moment by moment.
You cant earn your way to God; the price has already been paid. Its better to put down your load for a few moments and allow the blood to wash over you.
Charles Spurgeon 1834-1892) said; If you long for him, he much more longs for you. No sinner was ever half as eager for Christ as Christ for the sinner; if you are running to Christ, he has already come near you. If you sigh for his presence, that sigh is evidence that he is with you.
The Lords invitation is; Come let me cloth your nakedness, the load of ministry will still be there tomorrow. Better to be a clean little donkey, than an obnoxious smelly little one.
Anoint your eyes that you may see.
Many ministries are operating on principles and programs and running round in never ending circles trying to get the job done. Most started out seeing the purpose of God and being totally excited by it. But now find themselves in a dry and barren place with no excitement or water in sight. Our lives are meant to be filled with supernatural revelation, our ministries driven by supernatural sight.
Psalm 27:4 One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek; That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and seek him in his temple.
No point in running here and there if you cant see your destination and have no idea which way to go.
The Lord says Come put this eye salve on, then you will see your destination as you gaze with fresh eyes upon my beauty
This is a very simple little word and an invitation from the Lord to come and be groomed in the royal stables. As I write I see a field of contented happy donkeys in green pastures and planted by still waters.
Rev 3:20 Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me.
Its our choice. We can be smelly obnoxious unkempt beasts of burden or we can be groomed beautiful possessions of the Lord. Our ministries will be far more effective if we take counsel from the Lord.
Choose the Lord He will not refuse to guide you and bring you into the fullness of all he has for you. Open the door and have some fellowship with Him. Your works are not your reward, Jesus is!
Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mould them accordingly. Ignatius Loyola.
Are You Ready For The Ride
January 28, 2008
God has shifted to higher gear- Are you ready for the ride?
Vision of a man riding a race car all set to go:
Since the start of this year, this vision has been coming back to me : The picture of a man sitting inside a race car, complete with helmet and racing outfit, getting ready at the beginning line of the race track, and I can clearly hear the sound of the car engine running and gearing towards higher gear all set and ready to start the race
Somehow I felt that this vision has spiritual significance for the time we are in so I continues to watch and to listen to what God will impress to me.
And below is the message that I got which I pray will bring encouragement to you all as it had to me.
Its time to move forward:
The driver all set to go represents the coming move of the Holy Spirit. Our Heavenly Father has shifted to a higher gear and He is inviting His people to join Him in this ride. This move will be both exhilarating and intimidating. But to those who totally trust God and His leading, this ride will be the greatest joy ride of your lifetime.
Question is Are You Ready?
The questions is Are you ready for the ride? Do you have total confidence on the skill of the driver? The answer depends on you.
Who are qualified to ride with God?
God is looking for people whose hearts and motives are pure and who do not hide their weakness from God. These are people who when they are convicted of their shortcomings are quick to keep short account with Him.
Just like when He choose David He said to Samuel, The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)
Therefore our present success will not be His basis for choosing us, it will be the condition of our hearts which will matter to Him. Though David has failed God greatly when he committed adultery with Bathsheba and plotted the death of Uriah ( 2 Samuel 11:1-26). Despite Davids shortcoming God continues to use him greatly and he was fondly remembered as a man after Gods own heart.
Special group of people: Please take note
Presently there is a big group of Gods children who in the past had experienced the great mighty moving of God in your life and ministry . But today due to various circumstances , some of you have to give up these work or ministry for the sake of keeping peace, for family, for children and in the process, today you found yourselves seemingly bereft of any success.
Despite the sacrifices you had to make, you knew in your hearts that what you had done was of God and for God and you had peace about these actions. Despite the difficulties you had to face, the sacrifices you had to endure, the seemingly barrenness of your life right now. Silently, quietly you continue to worship and honor God as best as you knew how.
Yet you cannot deny that there is a greater longing in your hearts to be able to do more for Gods people, to do more for His kingdom, to be able to implement all the ideas & plans that you felt God has planted in you to do, and which you had been birthing in the innermost parts of your hearts for so long. Yet for now, these dreams & visions may seem unattainable.
Great news for you: God had you in His mind..
If you can identify with that group. Then, I have great news for you. God had you specially in mind and will call you to be on the forefront when His Holy Spirit makes the move.
As you have been faithful to God and had hold nothing back in the process, but laying down everything at His feet. So now its His time to respond. He will not forget His promises and His call for you and your family and you will see Him opening doors & opportunities for you which you thoughts were closed or have been lost.
A time just like Zechariah & Elizabeth, Joseph & Marys encounter with God (Luke 1)
Two different couples, with different age level & facing different challenges yet both families lives were intertwined with each other, and link by God for each other comfort & confirmation & for a common cause.
So will it be in the coming days. God will used the wisdom, skills & experience of those from the older generations and He will link them with the new ideas & innovative ways of the younger generations. The experience & expertise of each will complement and not compete, it will not contrast but will blend perfectly to fulfill Gods kingdom for the nations.
What Peter had spoken about to the crowd during Pentecost will once more be manifested in our midst. This is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: In the last days, God say, I will pour out my Spirit on all people, your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. (Acts 2:16-18)
As in the days of Jesus disciples:
The people of God who will ride this wave will once more impact the community where they have been planted by God.
Holistic endeavors connected with education, skills training, community development, poverty alleviation, indigenous inventions, environmental protection and many other projects that the community will need, will once again be spearheaded and pioneered by Gods children who will have an important role in these projects.
God is releasing a marketplace anointing where your skills, talents, hobbies and spiritual gifting will be used extensively by God to impact the people that you are and will be working with in the coming days.
Ministry, business, job opportunity which you had given up before and thought had been lost will once more be brought back into your path by our God Himself. He will network you with people whom He had chosen to work beside you for these projects.
Just like in Jesus time, Gods work will start off small , they may not seem significant in the beginning, but as your continue to press in and faithfully do what has been assign to you , the impact and effect of these works will catch the attention of the secular world .
You will experience our God going before you and preparing the way for you. You will hear Him clearly guiding you this is the way, walk in it.
Our Father, thank You for quickening our hearts once more with this message. We will await that day O God with great expectations. Come Holy Spirit, even today, please prepare us for the work that You have chosen for each one of us to do. And just like David cried out to You with these words Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.(psalm 139:23-24) So, we cry out to you in the same manner today.
As a watchman wait for the dawn , so we also wait and long for You O God. Move as You had in the days of old. Summon Your power O God and show us Your strength as You had done before.
Be exalted once more in the midst of the nations. Raise up the standard of Your people. Pour out Your favor upon us so that people around us will know that Your Presence is with us and they will be able to distinguish Your children from the people of the world.
Thank You for revealing Your plans and Your heart for us for the coming days. We will await for them with great expectation and with thanksgiving in our hearts. Unto You O God and You alone be all glory and power and might for all that You have done, are doing and will do in our lives. In Jesus Christ Name, we say Amen, Amen.
Interesting. We see so much of that here even, with sharp tongues criticizing men and women of God because we don’t agree with their ministries. God is NOT pleased when we criticize our brethren.
"He was found guilty on all counts."
"Let the reader understand."
I don't get it. Who does "the guy" represent?