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July 17, 2018, 3:35 PM

Choose Today


Choose Today…..

 

Years ago I pastored a Christian school. We not only had Christian kids but also kids that had gotten in trouble with the police and were on probation. We would have a devotion time everyday and chapel on Wednesdays. There were lots of kids in the school who were really seeking a deeper relationship with the Lord. Some of these kids would come before school to pray in the chapel every morning, and during the day I would pray in the chapel between commitments.

We began to see miracles happen. A boy who was deaf in one ear was healed, a young man that broke his leg in the parking lot was instantly healed and many more such things happened as well as lots of people in the community getting saved through the witness of these teenagers. The Holy Spirit began to move so strongly in the chapel services many committed their lives to a walk of holiness.

But even in that environment of tremendous presence of the Holy Spirit there were some who continually hardened their heart. If you want a hard heart God will let you have it… He speaks to us not to be ignored – He speaks to us to bring change.

One Wednesday in particular the presence of the Holy Spirit was so strong it was even difficult to stand as we ministered to the Lord. There was one young girl about 16 years old. The Holy Spirit was dealing with her to give her life to the Him. You could see the conviction on her very strong. I gave an alter call for those who wanted to give Him their lives. This young girl started to come forward but her best friend who also was setting next to her convinced her not to go forward. She said, “You don’t need that, you have me.” The Lord spoke to the young girl prophetically who was under the conviction of the Holy Spirit and said, “There will come a day when she won’t be there….” The young girl listened to her so-called friend and did not give her life to the Lord that day.

I don’t remember the exact timing but not too long after that I found out that the young girl who the Holy Spirit was trying to bring into the family of God had been out in the desert playing Russian roulette with a pistol along with some other kids and had shot herself in the head and died…

The reason I am writing about this today because I am ministering to some people who are doing the same thing as this young girl. Not physically but spiritually. They are letting others influence them – playing Russian roulette with their spiritual life. If you are committing adultery, or any other habitual sin remember this – the same Bible that tells us of the mercy of the Lord also tells us He is not mocked. You are going to reap what you sow. If you are involved in sin that is pulling you back for the Lord remember these two young girls. God showed the one His mercy that day when He wooed her and tried to get her to come to Him. The Bible says His mercy is new each morning. If you want His mercy run to Him, fall at His feet and cry out for mercy, repent (stop sinning) from your wicked ways and let His mercy wash over you. But if you choose to harden your heart as this young girl did you can expect to reap the harvest you have sown…

If your life with the Lord is not right – right now you have mercy. Run to Him, let Him wash you in His blood and make you brand new. You are not guaranteed tomorrow – this could be the last time He will call you. His arms are wide open. Don’t be like this young girl.



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09-01-2018 at 5:17 PM
Lekue Paul Elijah
Dear blessed gift to our generation, I thank the Lord for having found you and ministry. You never ceased to impact,inspire and influence me with spirit-filled ministries. Thanks a million. I wish to suggest you commence online correspondence school of ministry with a special focus on deliverance ministry. God bless you and much love to you my beloved mentor.
08-30-2018 at 9:42 AM
Haftay Adhana
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I am called by the Almighty Lord to be full time servant by proclaiming the Gospel and releasing the captives free by the Work of Jesus Christ. God have confirmed me this by His servants but I don’t have the adequate skill and knowledge to do this. Of course I believe that being God’s warrior is not mainly resulted by reading Christian Literatures but instead it is manifested by the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit but in addition it may give me important support and advice to do my Godly given purpose. I need to read Spiritual books but I have no financial capacity to buy books from foreign countries because the exchange rate for the currency of Dollar to Ethiopian birr is very expensive (For example 20 Dollars means 360 Ethiopian Birr) you can imagine how difficult it is to purchase the foreign books to me. Even I have no personal computer and printer to download and use these which are free resources. Ionly use public internet café by paying service charge for writing and checking emails In addition I need also to read at least one sound teaching about spiritual warfare. Dear brother in Christ you may wonder why I don’t purchase from Christian books in my country but to tell you frankly there are no such books about deliverance, Spiritual warfare and other strong teachings. Dear brother in Christ considering my Divine Call and financial incapacity I am writing to check if you can help me by sending books or manuals/courses Related With:
1. Mysterious Secrets of the Dark Kingdom
2. Revelations From God (A Prophet's Journal)
3. The Prophetic Voice
4. Gifts and Operations of the Holy Spirit

Or similar Books/Courses through my postal mail as stated below
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March 10, 2018, 11:03 AM

A GREAT PROPHETIC MOVE


A GREAT PROPHETIC MOVE

 

Scripture references: Isaiah 49:1-13; Zechariah 13:1-9; Hab. 1:2-4, 2:2-14;

Mal. 4:5; Ez. 2:5; Jer. 6:13, 14:18, 23:11, 28-33

 

As most of you know, every Christian is called to ministry and to be an ambassador for Jesus Christ but not every Christian is called to a Five-fold ministry office—most are not. Unfortunately, however, like everything else God wants to do man and Satan try to interfere to stop the plans of God from coming to pass. Satan’s motive is always the same. Men, most of the time, are unwitting accomplices of the devil.

And even among those that the Lord calls, few are chosen. If you’ve read any of my writings before then you know that in December, 1989, when I was preaching in Akure, Nigeria, I did an all day teaching session for pastors who had come from all over Nigeria. The night before as I was preparing the message the Lord spoke the following: “Many are called, but few are chosen. And the reason that they’re not chosen is because they aren’t willing to pay the price.”

And like everything the Lord has said to me I found this years later while reading the Scriptures. He called His disciples to Him and from them He chose the Twelve (Lk. 6:13).

But for everything the Lord wants to do Satan has a counterfeit—that’s a fact! And we’ve found that many if not most Christians are easily deceived by Satan’s false ministers because the anointing is so close to the real thing. That’s why I caution Christians all the time not to be fooled by false prophets. One of the biggest mistakes people make is not realizing that although we are under a “better covenant” based on “better promises” people are still the same. Just like there were more false prophets than genuine ones in the Old Testament so also today under the New Covenant there will be more false prophets, teachers, apostles, pastors and evangelists than genuine ones.

Now, not all of these false ministers are ministers of Satan; many are just pastoring when they are not anointed by the Spirit for the office of pastor. The same is true for the other 4 offices. Most “apostles” today are false apostles simply because they choose to be known as such because it’s the “in” thing to be if you want to be known. But just understand as I say all the time—it’s only the anointing that determines which office, if any, you are called, chosen and anointed to stand it. You cannot make yourself an apostle or prophet simply by putting it on a business card or your website.

Once you understand that then you can see how Satan attempts to thwart a move of God by sending his counterfeit ministers and causing confusion in the Body of Christ because most Christians do not have a good gift of Discerning of Spirits (1 Cor. 12).

That is one reason that we have so many Balaam Boys as I refer to them who are liars and false ministers but people give millions of dollars to them every single day because they don’t realize that just because they name the name of Jesus and go on some blasphemous “Christian” website doesn’t mean they are speaking for God! In fact they are not because the Scriptures bear testimony about them over and over in both the Old and New Testaments.

This brings us to today and what the Lord is doing in the prophetic move and office of prophet and why. If you will read the reference scriptures you will understand why and what His purpose is even though the coming of this large company of Elijah prophets was prophesied in the Old Testament, especially in Malachi 4:5, and Jesus referred to this scripture as well and not just when He was referring to John the Baptist.

If you listen to the two CD teaching message I ministered this time back in 2005 titled, The Spirit of Elijah, you will find proof from all of these scriptures that John the Baptist only fulfilled the scripture as the forerunner to Jesus’ ministry as the Lamb. There is also coming a great company of Elijah’s to fulfill these scriptures regarding being a forerunner to the second coming of the Lord.

And if you read Malachi 4:5-6, 1 Kings 17-19 as well as study the Gospels you will learn some things about a person with the spirit of Elijah that will help you understand Jesus’ next appearance not as a Lamb but as the Lion of Judah! Remember, the two Hands of God are mercy and judgment. The first appearance as a Lamb was for mercy; the next appearance as a Lion will be for judgment on the Great Day of the Lord.

Thus we would expect this Spirit of Elijah prophetic move to have an emphasis on Judgment and indeed it will! The Lord is going to come swiftly and cleanse His Temple and we know what those temples are. This time just ahead will not be pleasant for all the Balaam Boys & Girls.

In 1988 at the birth of the prophetic move and beginning restoration of the prophet’s office the Lord sent me to a conference of “prophets” of whom I knew none of them but He did send me to give a prophecy which is for all genuine prophets. The gist of the prophecy had to do with integrity, honesty and time spent in preparation before the Lord for your call as a prophet (prophetess).

Then I spoke the following that I still remember because it as a quote from Isaiah 59:19—‘“So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in, (comma added here by me instead of after flood) like a flood the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him” and you are the standard that the Lord is raising up!’

So we have been waiting for the day for the Lord to release this great company of Elijah prophets that He has been preparing since 1988. Many that He called back then have succumbed to the spirit of Balaam and the spirit of Achan that is loose in the churches as I prophesied at a church in Tulsa a few years ago. Others that He called have decided that they want to be apostles instead of prophets. Still others succumbed to one of the five G’s—gold, glory, girls, etc.

Now what is interesting about the vision last night was something I had never anticipated. My wife and I have been in ministry all our lives since we were kids. We’ve established churches here in USA and abroad. But the Lord told me back in 1998 when we were living in Elliston, Montana, during the years He shut us up and revealed the false church through visions, dreams and revelations over 8 years, “Son, don’t ever forget that I have called you to Africa.”

Although we do have some white friends I’ve seen over the years that our ministry is mostly to people of color and although we’ve ministered in Asia, Europe, Mexico and 35 other nations including the Indian Nations or First Nations People, mostly we are called to people of color and mostly to what the people of West Africa call “Black Africa.”

During my second trip to Nigeria in 1989 from April to the end of December, the Lord told me why this was the case when I queried Him about it. Now if you’re from Nigeria don’t get mad at me but I learned during my first visit to Nigeria in 1988 that Nigerians are the most corrupt people on the planet and the main reason is because of their spiritual and generational heritage of worshiping idols and practicing witchcraft.

But if you can get a Nigerian saved and they stay saved then they can be a tremendous force in the Hand of God for good because they understand spiritual combat and they are not above praying all night which is something you rarely see in the West.

But their temptation is to Baal and Mammon. They want to be rich and this leads to corruption both inside and outside the church. Since South Africa dropped apartheid the country has been ruined by Nigerian gangs selling dope, stealing cars and killing people for no reason.

So it’s just like the Lord to do something about that and the way He’s going to do something about it is interesting. Because the black race has arguably been the most persecuted and abused group of people they took matters into their own hands through NAACP and other groups here in America—in other words they want man to do something about it. The problem with that, however, as we’ve all seen, is that men are corrupt and corrupt people can never bring about the justice (judgment) of God to alter a situation. Now I’m not saying that all those involved in the Civil Rights movement here or similar groups elsewhere in the world are corrupt but the fact is—just like we see with all the denominational church groups that have departed from the faith—it has come about through the doctrines of men.

And, unfortunately, the race card has become a political football, especially for the Democratic Party here in America. But let me ask you a question if you are a black person—do you think the Democratic Party cares about you? Even more, do you think that any man cares about you more than Jesus does?

I’ve preached it many times—racism is the stupidest thing in the world! It’s like a person saying, “I’m better than you are because I drive a red car and you drive a white one.” And if a person is a racist God hates it because it’s demonic and also a form of pride that made the devil fall. But it takes many forms as I learned when I first went to West Africa. Everybody there is black so Satan can’t use race to divide. So what does he do? He uses tribes! I’m Yoruba so I’m better than you, etc. It’s used throughout the African continent (remember the horrible Rwanda genocide of the '90s). In South Africa “coloreds”—a mixture of blacks and Indian people—are despised more than blacks. But don’t forget, it can be found in every race. I remember when the black pastor of the First Methodist Church in Houston ministered at Lakewood Church back in the early ‘80s and he said that the Lord had convicted him of “hating white people.” So just because you are black doesn’t mean that you cannot harbor racism in your heart, if so like anybody else you need to repent of it.

But people have a “need” to be vindicated; it’s something you have to overcome if you’re a Christian. We see much in the Psalms, primarily from David, who asks the Lord “to vindicate me.” My wife has had the Lord speak directly to her about this back in a time when she was being persecuted as a minister in her church for, among other things, because she was “spending so much time in prayer it made the other pastors on staff look bad!” Imagine that. And all those who were persecuting her she could have hurt because of confidential information that she possessed but she said and did nothing until the Lord told her it was time to leave. But He spoke to her about vindication. The Lord will always vindicate us if we keep our hearts pure and our mouths shut and don't try to vindicate ourselves!

So this brings us back to the black race because it is time for their vindication. In the vision I was ministering in a small African church, more like a home church. The Lord spoke powerfully to me about this upcoming prophetic move and said, “In this next move, I am going to honor the black race.” When He said that I looked at a young man (everybody in the church were black people) and spoke to him, “The Lord just showed you what He said to me, right?” He nodded his head yes so I said, “Get up and prophesy it” and so he did.

So the Lord is going to use an Elijah company of black prophets (prophetesses) to begin to “cleanse the lands” and establish the glory of the Lord upon a country or city. This is the “standard” that the Spirit of the Lord is raising up against the devil. Now I’m not saying that they will all be from the black race because if you’re called and chosen it will only be because you have a pure heart and have prepared yourself to serve the Lord and Him only. In the past, too many—in fact most African ministers I’ve met—are not in the ministry because God called them but rather as a means to make money. But you cannot serve God if you have ulterior motives in your heart, especially if you are called to be a prophet or apostle because they are the foundational ministries (Eph. 2:20). The Lord will demand absolute integrity and purity of heart. Be certain to read the scriptures given above regarding this prophetic move for greater details.

Remember, every Christian has a two-fold destiny—a destiny in God and a destiny for God. If you never fulfill your destiny “in God” then how can you fulfill your destiny for God? Our purpose at CCI is to help people fulfill their destiny, praise the Lord!

 

MARANATHA

 

 

 

 



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03-11-2018 at 3:35 PM
O. P. Wills
Blessed by it, God bless you sir in return
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February 3, 2018, 4:11 PM

I Looked For You Today


I LOOKED FOR YOU TODAY

 

I looked for you today; couldn’t you tell?  Didn’t you see me? Did you hear my voice?

Don’t you remember your prayer to me early this morning? You said, “Lord,

I want to see you today; I want to walk with you and hear your voice. I want you to show me

Your face.”

And so I did. I answered your prayer. I walked with you and talked with you. But it seems you were distracted—too distracted to recognize me when I spoke to you. Don’t you remember my words that I am not a God who is far away? I am always near to you. But you don’t often see me or hear my voice.

I know, the world has a way of taking you away from me. That’s why I left you my word—to help you renew your mind to think the thoughts of God—to recognize me when I appear to you in the world. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts and my ways are not your ways; neither are my words your words, saith the Lord.”

Didn’t you know that it was I who came to you and asked for food on that desolate street corner today? If you had looked into the eyes of that old man you would have seen my eyes. Do you think that you are the only one who has needs? Don’t you think that I have needs and wants? It was I who had a need for food today in the starving body of a man. Had you looked closer you would have heard my voice speaking to you.

And it was I who spoke to your heart through the touch of that little girl—the one that you thought looked so sickly. Yes, she is sick. And it’s only the sick that need a physician. So why wouldn’t you look for me in her eyes? Why didn’t you allow me to meet her need by ministering healing to her?

Oh, I know. Most of my people think I can be found in a church building but I am seldom there. Seems I’m not invited around much anymore. They have everything under control with their services and don’t want my input. So sad that they cannot find me in the world that I created.

Although I created this world it’s not the same now—sin has distorted all that you see and hear. My creation sinned against me and they continue today. But I have a body in the earth; I never left the earth except in Spirit. When my physical body ascended I left a physical body—my Church—behind to carry on the work to restore the earth to the creation I designed for it.

But most of my Church has become distracted. They no longer hear my voice or see my face in Creation. They look for me in the silence of prayer not realizing that I am speaking to them from the shadows of my earthly created human beings. Look around you. Open your eyes. “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision.” For the world seeks love and hope but they don’t know where to find it. They don’t know me and they don’t recognize the enemy who is at work among them to destroy all the good that I created.

So remember your thoughts and actions today. Repent and look for me. I am giving you tomorrow as another day to see me in the face and hands of those who need me. Reach out your hand to them and it will be my hand. Speak to them and it will be my words. Show the world that I am not a silent God but I speak through the lips and actions of my people.

“For as you have done it to the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.”

 

 



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02-24-2018 at 10:03 PM
DeniseAnn Crenshaw
Such a truthful rendition of the current state of affairs in our nation. However, I do believe that the FATHER is about to show Himself very strong and that His Body, His chosen elect, will soon be greatly empowered as America does a 180 turn in all areas of life to serve Him. Not all, of course will turn, but I believe many will.

This may be because of supernatural miracles, disasters, plagues, etc., but the FATHER will get our attention as a nation, I believe. Then, America will be leading in calling the entire world to the attention of the true and living GOD. I just believe, I just believe.

Hopefully the vision that you have been given will be a big part in this turning back even now, but for sure during the millenium. Love you both very much.

Blessings and shalom.


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January 14, 2018, 12:29 PM

WHAT DOES THE WORD SAY?


 

WHAT DOES THE WORD SAY?

BY J.P. TIMMONS

January 14, 2018

©2018 CCI PUBLISHING

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

 

 

 

For many years I’ve said when ministering in churches that when I die and go to Heaven I hope those I leave behind will remember the main point of all my messages: “What does the Word say?”

After all, what I preach or others preach isn’t really very important unless it’s verified and backed up with the Word. And you should realize something else I’ve preached for 30 years or more—“There is more scientific proof to support the Bible than any other single piece of literature known to man.” That’s a fact! And it’s not by accident. Jesus the Creator said in Jeremiah 1:12: “I watch over my word to perform it.” That’s a scripture that you should commit to memory because it’s one of many proof text to substantiate not only that the Bible is true but also that God is obligated to “perform” His Word for us if we are in covenant with Him.

Yes, all these things are true. Yet it’s so sad to say that most, probably 95% or more, of Christians live well below their means of what God intended simply because they do not believe the Word and appropriate God’s promises to their situation. They pray for God to heal them but then they don’t appropriate the correct remedy to bring about their healing. They pray for finances to pay their bills but then they don’t appropriate the promises of God where finances are concerned.

In 1985 the Lord told me that the main reason He left the Bible was “to meet the needs of mankind.” All the promises for your life are in the Word but you must learn them and appropriate them during your life’s journey here.

I remember a woman at our church, Lakewood Church, back in 1979 who had a dream. Pastor John Osteen used to relate this dream often in his preaching because it’s a truth for most of the body of Christ. In the dream the woman was on an ocean voyage aboard a lavish cruise ship which had everything that any person could ever want. It was beautifully decorated and she had a huge stateroom for her journey.

The woman found herself at the Captain’s table at dinner. Everyone was so stunningly dressed for the sumptuous banquet that the talented chefs had prepared. As she looked around the table, she saw all of her favorite foods—king crab, prime rib, Rib eye steak, fresh smoked salmon, caviar and other delicacies. It was all there for her enjoyment and she couldn’t wait to partake of this glorious meal. But then she looked down at her plate and found a sandwich wrapped up in wax paper. She unwrapped the sandwich and discovered that despite all the sumptuous foods there for her enjoyment she had chosen a peanut butter sandwich to eat!

Now the first time I heard this nobody had to interpret the meaning for me; it’s quite clear what the dream meant. The woman had so much elaborate provision provided for her for the ship’s journey yet she chose not to partake of it! Yes, it was there all along but she chose the provision that was way below where the Captain expected her to live on this journey.

Most of the Church is this way. The King of Kings has provided everything that they need for the journey of life for which they were created yet they choose—it’s their choice—not to partake of the finest of the land that the Lord has provided. So sad.

We just celebrated Christmas. The birth of our Lord. God so loved the world that He gave His most precious Gift--the Word, Jesus Christ. If this witnesses with your spirit then I hope you will make a New Year’s resolution to spend more time in the Word and meditation on the Promises of God. It’s only as you spend time in the Word and get the promises down into your spirit that they will be available to you in a time of need. Praise the Lord! He is faithful and He watches over His Word to perform all that He said He would do. You can take that to the bank!

We hope you have a blessed and prosperous New Year.




May 29, 2017, 11:46 AM

Choosing the Ancient Path



 

 

DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS

 

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;

And lean not unto thine own

Understanding. In all thy ways

Acknowledge him, and he shall

Direct thy paths.”

† Proverbs 3:5-6

 

 

God created you with a free will. That means you have freedom of choice each and every day. That is powerful! And we see throughout the Scriptures a principle of God related to this—He gives us the choice to “choose life or choose death” but He always encourages us through the Word and His prophets to “choose life.”

Now I’ve also learned through many years of ministry and prayer from the Holy Spirit something interesting that I tell Christians who are having difficulty with their decisions. In fact, this principle will also help you discern whether something, e.g., a person, law, agenda, work or even ministry, is of God or not. And that principle is quite simple. If it is of God then there will be calm and quiet and no pressure for you to decide a certain way—in other words you will have free choice.

But if it is of Satan—perhaps a scheme or trap that he has laid for you—then there will be pressure, sometimes extreme, for you to choose one outcome over another. A perfect example of this is when the Lord sent me to the Philippines in 1996 to rescue a 22 year old woman who was about to marry the wrong man—he wasn’t even a Christian. She was under a charm of witchcraft to marry him and her parents were missionaries on this island. In fact, the charm was so powerful that I was unable to dissuade her to change her mind about marrying him. So what did I do? Well, I did what you should always do when you know the will of the Lord and have a “Thus saith the Lord” for somebody. You fast and pray.

When I was praying at home in Austin before going the Lord said to me: “The day you arrive on this island, I want you to fast and pray for 3 days and I will give you the battle plan.” So I shut myself up in a Nepa hut when I arrived for 3 days and fasted. Then after 3 days she came over to the Nepa hut and I met with her. Yet I saw that she was not going to change her mind. Now most people would have just let it go at that, after all she has a free will right? Yes, absolutely! But listen closely—and it makes me and the Lord both very angry and why He hates the spirit of witchcraft—Satan was interfering with her right to choose—he was influencing her to choose the destiny that he had for her. Now I could write for hours about this subject because I’ve encountered this charm and witchcraft often in Nigeria and many Nigerians, especially ministers, know about this particular charm that is often called “Change of Destiny” where a person through witchcraft and purchasing this charm can actually steal the blessings and destiny that God has for you.

But I don’t want to discuss the witchcraft involved in this blog today; just suffice it to say that if you are feeling unduly pressured—and we saw it in our own church in Libby where another 22 year old young woman married somebody that was not God’s choice for her as well because God had called her to the mission field and that was where she was to meet the man the Lord had for her—then recognize that it’s not the Lord and make the other choice.

Some of the spirits we deal with all the time in deliverance are the spirits of control—these are the “low level devils” as we call them who work on a person to force them to choose Satan’s path. They have little power and that is why there are often many of them attacking one person at the same time. They are reinforced as I wrote in MSDK by the 8 Powers and 4 Principalities or they would be quite easy to cast out.

Now a person being attacked by these spirits, and unfortunately it’s often by a spouse, will be manipulated  into making the decision that person (spirit of control) wants you to make. And you will often, in fact almost always, find that initially this manipulation—which is in fact a subtle form of witchcraft—will take place through words or actions. For example, it’s quite common for a woman to withhold sex or something from her husband as a means of manipulating him to do her will. And it’s quite common for a husband to use money as a tool of reward to control his wife. Recognize that this is not of God and over time it will destroy your relationship. God gives you the free will to exercise choice; Satan will drive a person through demonic influence to make the choice he wants them to make which can often have devastating or life ending consequences.

Normally, this cycle of control continues until the method no longer works, e.g., words or behaviors. Once that method no longer works then the person doing the controlling must choose another way to hold you captive to their ways. And the last stage of this is always violence! That person will become violent resulting in abuse. The abuse used to be verbal—now it is physical—manifesting in a husband beating his wife or even more so today a wife beating her husband. If the person threatens to leave, then the last means of control is always suicide.

“If you leave me I’ll kill myself and then it will be your fault.” Now in the case of Amy in the Philippines, there was no violence because when I saw that she was not going to change her mind I told her parents: “Amy is under a spell of witchcraft. She is going to marry him unless I take her off this island.” Now we didn’t tell her that of course. I just took her with me and she accompanied me on the rest of my ministry work there for the next few weeks doing some pastors’ conferences, etc. But the very minute I got her off that island the effect of the witchcraft diminished and she was no longer “in love” with this man. To conclude this part of the testimony, she phoned him from Manila where we were staying and informed him that she was breaking off their engagement. What did he do? He threatened suicide and this almost worked. Had I not been there to warn her that this would be the tactic of the devil against her to control her she would have taken the bait and gone back. Today she is happily married to another Filipino man and living in Washington state.

So remember, that when it comes time for decisions, it’s very important to especially follow one of the 23 ways I’ve learned from the Scriptures that the Lord speaks to us—follow peace. If you don’t have peace about it don’t do it! And very often you will find, in fact most of the time, where Satan’s decisions are concerned there will be much turmoil.

Now let me share a fact with you. It’s a fact that I know you will agree with but you probably haven’t thought about it much. God knows the future, right? But He not only knows your future, He also knows your projected  future (this is the Gift of the Spirit known as The Word of Wisdom). When you come to a fork in the road and have to choose which path to take how do you decide? I’ve written a few poems—some love poems to my wife Evie and some prophetic poems to others. One of my favorite poems since I first read it is The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.

I always encourage Christians to “soak it in prayer”; especially if it’s a life changing decision such as choosing a spouse or moving to another place. God knows the outcome of “the road not taken” just as surely as He does the road you choose! He knows if it’s a trap of Satan to kill you or one of your children, e.g., you are trying to decide whether to move to a lovely house on the river but it’s a trap that will cause your 3 year old to be killed through drowning. God knows the outcome of all of our decision trees and that’s why it’s so important to hear clearly from the Lord in all important decisions of your life. It’s okay to make plans for the future; we should plan for ourselves and our children, etc., but don’t forget when it comes to

          DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS

I hope you will remember something that I say every day to somebody. In fact, I tell Christian friends all the time, “I hope when I am gone from this earth and you think of Brother Timmons, that you will have positive thoughts of how I’ve helped you in your journey on the Ancient Path and above all—when you think of me—the words will come to your spirit from my voice in the grave: “What does the Word say?”

 

 

 

 



Comments

03-09-2018 at 6:27 PM
Pamela King
Excellent!! Thanks so much!
07-22-2017 at 12:22 PM
Bolade
Dear Pastor Timmons, i have been trying for days to get the pdf of your book "Mysterious Secrets..... ". every site i get to wants something from me, or ask me to download a software i dont need. I am ready to pay for the pdf of your book so that i can carry it around on my ipad and not have to carry the book. However, it seems its impossible to do this without these sites selling other merchandise. One of them wants me to use paypal, but paypal is not available for Nigeria. i am fustrated and would appreciate your advise. Again, i am willing to pay for it !!! Thanks Bolade
06-14-2017 at 7:50 AM
Joseph
A great message that conveys God's wisdom to us to enable us live the abundant life God intends for us
05-29-2017 at 11:07 PM
Stacey
Yes, yes, yes! Thank you for this blog!
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May 13, 2017, 8:57 AM

THE GOOD SAMARITAN



THE GOOD SAMARITAN

 

 

 

It's interesting how the Lord leads us when we pray and ask Him for certain things. One of the things I've learned over the many years (after all, poster advertisements for our meetings at an African church in the Dallas area years ago said that I "was one of the oldest living apostles") is that the Lord will always answer you if you "Pray Like You Mean It." And that's the title of a new book Evie and I have been working on for a few months.

But if you’ve been in ministry very long—and all Christians are in ministry—you will learn that most Christians want to pray one short, sweet prayer and then leave it with Jesus. We tend to be lazy when it comes to prayer even when it’s important. A contact on our emails from Nigeria this morning is a good example of a request we get daily—somebody writing and saying, “I need to meet with Rev. Timmons.” Well, who says that you do? And who says that it’s all about YOU? Now don’t get mad at me but, excuse me, I believe it’s all about Jesus and His needs. And if you don’t believe that—if you believe it’s all about you then perhaps you have not really made Jesus the Lord of your life.

It’s an unfortunate thing that so many pastors and ministers have given their congregations the idea that Jesus is in Heaven dressed in the uniform of a glorified bellhop from a luxury 5 star hotel who is only there to meet their every need. I still have a picture in my office at home that I put in the ministry office when the Lord first moved us to Montana. It’s the picture of a bald eagle flying low over the waters of a wide river in the mountains much like we see every single day in Montana. I put a caption under the picture that reads: “Must Jesus Fish Alone?”

If He’s the Lord of your life then He won’t be fishing alone but if He’s only your Savior and not your Lord then you probably don’t think too much about what His needs and wants are and how you can help Him. Now I’m not saying you won’t go to Heaven when you die, you will if Jesus is genuinely your savior but that doesn’t mean He’s your Lord or that His priorities are yours.

But today might be a good day for you to change that and reorder your priorities. For many months now I’ve been asking the Lord to teach me about His mercy. And I’m not going to go into a deep discussion of what mercy is because like many words in the KJV of the Bible its meaning has changed. But both the Greek and Hebrew  words translated mercy are covenant terms. I wrote about it in a chapter in The High Calling of God. Most Christians have never studied covenant just like they’ve never studied Church history so their education is incomplete where the Scriptures are concerned.

In 1980 the Lord began to teach me about His love and how we need that in the Church today. We use the word Christian a lot and I use it as well but the word only appears 3 times in the New Testament whereas the word disciple appears many times and we see that Jesus Himself teaches us the meaning of the word disciple. And if we are a true disciple, not only will we spend much time reading the Word but we will obey the commandment of the Lord given in John to “love one another as I have loved you.” Frankly, there’s not much love in most churches today. People have compartmentalized their lives and their “religious” component that they enter on Sundays and maybe Wednesday night causes most churches to not be much different than the world in the area of love because we see that even in church most if not all of our relationships are superficial. We don’t love each other like we should, wouldn’t you agree? And we certainly do not love one another like Jesus “loved us.”

Another key study that I’ve been involved in for decades in addition to agape is grace. Like the love of Jesus and the Father, their grace is another concept that is just too deep for us to understand yet we must try because we are being conformed into the image of the Lord Jesus by the Holy Spirit if we will allow Him to do so.

But I don’t feel led to discuss grace today but rather what I’ve been really focusing and praying about for a couple of months now—the mercy of the Lord Jesus. That brings us to today’s lesson that the Lord led me to at 4:30 this morning when I was awake praying. There is only one recording in the gospels of a parable all Christians know and most of the world knows as well—at least they know the title but, of course, they cannot know the truth it teaches without the Spirit which they cannot have without being born again.

Now the setting for this parable is interesting because it’s one of those situations where a person familiar with the Scriptures rises up while Jesus is teaching and the Word records his purpose—to tempt Jesus. This is a familiar theme throughout the gospels from the religious leaders—sometimes referred to as “the Jews” who were made up of two sects—the Pharisees and Sadducees—along with lawyers. The man here in Luke 10, our setting for the parable of the Good Samaritan, is identified as a “lawyer.” Now scribes such as Ezra were responsible for writing the Scriptures but lawyers were responsible for studying, interpreting and understanding the Scriptures—they weren’t like lawyers today who deal with civil law but the term “law” refers to the Torah.

But now don’t forget this part because it’s one of the great things about the Bible—and one of the proofs that it is inspired  because the Word—“is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). And that’s a fact we see throughout the Scriptures that is never mentioned by pundits who believe the Bible is no different than the Quran. Only in the Bible do we find people’s names given hundreds of years before they were born and also recording what people were thinking as well as their motives like we see with this lawyer who is testing Jesus here in Luke 10.

Now he stands up to tempt or test Jesus by asking a question—“Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus obviously knows this man is a lawyer so He throws it back to him by responding—because if the man’s a lawyer he should know the answer—“What is written in the law? How readest thou?”

The lawyer responds, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.” (10:27)

Notice that Jesus then says to him: “Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.” So this lawyer got it right, didn’t he? End of story—this is how a person receives eternal life. Not quite. The lawyer wasn’t finished so neither was Jesus because He’s not just the Word of Life but also a Rabbi (teacher) so if you want to be taught and have an open heart he will teach you. Now this is the main Five-fold anointing on my life so I know something about it but I’ve observed the same thing Jesus did in the gospels—most people, not all but most, don’t want to be taught. Often they have a religious spirit and are unteachable. So the lawyer the Word says, wanted “to justify himself” before Jesus so he asks one more question—“And who is my neighbor?”

Now to me this implies, although Jesus didn’t quiz him on it, that this lawyer was indicating that he was obeying the first part of this “love” commandment. At least in his own eyes he was loving the Lord God with all his being as the Law prescribed but he was having a problem with who his neighbor was.

This question of course leads to Jesus’ parable that has a teaching point to it and in this case it explains the answer to this lawyer’s question of who his (or ours as well) neighbor was. After all if the Scriptures command us to “love our neigbour as ourselves” then we need to know what the Lord means by the word, neighbor. Now we are taught and all bibles will say, “The Parable of the Good Samaritan” but I’m not sure it was a parable; in fact I’m pretty sure it wasn’t! It was a real incident that Jesus had knowledge of but if it weren’t real Jesus would not have used the words, “A certain man went down from Jerusalem …” (italics added for emphasis).

And Jesus uses 4 men in the teaching—the man who was beaten and left for dead, a priest, a Levite and a Samaritan. Basically, in today’s Christian vernacular, we might liken the priest and Levite to a pastor and elder—both reacted in the same way to the beaten man lying naked on the road—they “passed by on the other side.” In other words, they didn’t want to get involved—they were probably like the Blues Brothers—“on a mission from God.”

Now you can’t read the New Testament and not learn that the Samaritans were hated by the Jews but you might not be familiar with why this was so. Samaritans were basically half breeds who had intermarried among the Jews over the decades since they were settled in the area by the nations that conquered Israel. It is a tactic to pollute a culture and eventually destroy it—a tactic to assimilate the local population by the conquering nation. So they were hated. A good example of this today that comes to my mind is in the Republic of South Africa that Pastor Andrew just returned from and where Ev and I have preached.

In South Africa they have a group of people referred to as “colored.” In South Africa you have the largest concentration of Indian people outside the nation of India settled mostly along the coast close to Durban. Colored people here refer to those who are black and Indian who intermarry. And there is much genuine hatred of them—Ev and I observed it on several occasions in the city stores. This is the closest thing today I can think of that would describe the word “Samaritan” for a Jewish person of Jesus’ day.

So Jesus indicates that this Samaritan who was probably not even in covenant with God was the only one of the three who didn’t just leave the man there but actually had compassion on him and mercy, even spending his own money to take care of him. Then Jesus asks His own question:

“Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among thieves?” (10:36)

And they saw the difference immediately, didn’t they, because the Lawyer responds, “He that showed mercy on him.”

But Jesus didn’t leave it there, did He? He did not respond the same way He did initially with, “Thou hast answered right.” No, Jesus says, “Go, and do thou likewise.” That means we, too, are supposed to demonstrate we love our “neighbor” by showing mercy and compassion on those the Lord places in our path each day to be our neighbor. And when He does then we have to “do” something about it.

My prayer today is that you will catch a glimpse of the Lord’s mercy from this teaching and “go and do likewise.”

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April 16, 2017, 3:17 PM

The Infinite Over Flowing Mercy



THE INFINITE

OVERFLOWING

MERCY

BY J.P. TIMMONS

April 15, 2017

 

 

“But if you had known what this

Means, ‘I desire mercy and not

Sacrifice,’ you would not have

Condemned the guiltless.”

Matthew 12:7

 

 

 

Today is Passover and during this particular Easter season the Lord has had me focused on mercy—both His mercy and the mercy, love and compassion that He commands us as His followers to have for others.

Yesterday, Good Friday as we refer to it here in America, is always a difficult day for me. It hurts me terribly to think about the torture that Jesus went through on His journey to the Cross. And even the night before the Scriptures portray a time of prayer and extreme anguish as the Lord Jesus prayed three times for the Father to “let this cup pass from me.”

As we meditate on these Scriptures over the years and study them in Greek as well as the history of the times, e.g., what was involved in His flogging before the Cross, we can better understand why even the Lord Himself had difficulty during this time.

Remember, and we see it throughout the Gospels, Jesus Himself prophesied His crucifixion even up to the night before. After all, His humanity was real and perhaps nowhere is it more on display than at the Garden of Gethsemane where the Scriptures relate that He told the disciples, “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak,” because He Himself was experiencing the weakness of the flesh in not wanting to go through the day ahead. The Word records Jesus’ words, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death.”

As I lay in the living room floor listening to anointed music and worshiping the Lord yesterday, the Spirit of the Lord came upon me for several hours and I began to weep about the mercy of God and how little we understand it. He has been teaching me about His mercy, love and compassion for several years now. After all, the main anointing on my life is judgment and judgment must be tempered by mercy.

And the Lord has been teaching me about mercy for decades because He Himself gave me a wife who He showed me is a “vessel of mercy.” So if we’re smart, we see the things God is doing in our lives and we pray into them to better understand why He is doing what He is doing. The Lord told my wife 20 years ago, “I married mercy and judgment to produce the child, Glory.” So He had a special purpose in our marriage.

In 2004 the Lord gave me a message I ministered at our church in Libby, Montana, titled: “The Power of Relationship.” I had shared with our congregation there an aspect of my various trips to Heaven and observing the activity in the Throne Room of God or in other instances, e.g., a meeting in a conference room. I had learned from these experiences that the most important thing to God is relationship. Does God want us to work for Him and do good things? Yes, of course. But as the key scripture for this blog shows, Jesus had difficulty making the Pharisees and religious leaders of His day understand the meaning of mercy and what the Lord requires of us. And we see this in many of His parables, e.g., the Good Samaritan, as well as confrontations that He had with them, e.g., the woman caught in the very act of adultery, over every day life in Judah.

So on this Passover day when we celebrate the ultimate mercy of both God the Father and Jesus, let’s get real about the meaning of mercy and the words from Matthew 12 Jesus quoted to the Pharisees. Do we understand the meaning of “I desire mercy and not sacrifice?”

As I wrote in “The High Calling of God” years ago in the chapter on Covenant, the Hebrew word, hesed,  translated mercy is a covenant term. Its meaning is essentially that if you and I are in covenant, I am obligated to do the very best for you that I can. And we see this principle throughout the Scriptures, e.g., Ephesians 3:20, and it demonstrates the power and importance of relationship through covenant.

If you are in the family of God then mercy is a part of you.  Jesus extended that mercy to you and brought you out of darkness and into his light.  It’s through his mercy that Heaven is populated.  Jesus extends that mercy to us new and fresh every morning as the word of God tells us.  Walk in covenant with God, walk in mercy.  Extend mercy to those in your world, love them, forgive them, show them Jesus.  Let’s populate Heaven together.

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March 11, 2017, 2:52 PM

ESTABLISHING THE KINGDOM OF GOD


Are you establishing the Kingdom of God in your town?

In Luke 11 we see the testimony of Jesus regarding an interesting fact that you've probably never thought about unless the Holy Spirit brings it to your attention. Jesus was casting a dumb spirit out of a person and boy do we need more of that today, especially here in America where there are so many who are "dumb!"

But in this Scripture, the religious leaders in Jerusalem were always trying to find some fault with Jesus' teachings and actions. So in this case they accused Him by the following statement found in v.15:

"But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils."

And as was so often the case, because Jesus is the Word and He is Truth the Master Rabbi corrects their error by telling them that if what they asserted was true--that He was in league with Satan--that would mean that Satan's kingdom was divided and thus it could not survive. He said,

"Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against itself faileth." (Luke 11:17)

And then Jesus goes on to say, "But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils."

Now we all undertand this. The Kingdom of God is much more powerful than Satan's kingdom of darkness. But notice carefully the words the Lord spoke. He said that if He was casting out devils by the power of God, then "no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you."

Remember, and it's stated succinctly in Acts 1:1, Jesus "taught" and He "did." The two go hand in hand. If you tell me that you can do something but I never see you do it then I might not believe it as much as if you "tell" me and then I see you do it.

But when I read this chapter again this morning I was struck by Jesus' words in v.19--"But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you."

I was reminded of a revelation that came to me as our family was driving up to Alabama from Florida a few years ago. We were driving through a small town in southern Alabama when I said to Ev: "You can always tell you're in the South because every hundred yards there's a police car and a church." But then came the revelation which has to do with Jesus' testimony here in Luke 11: I said, "With all these churches in town, how come the devil's still in charge of the community?"

Now that applies to almost every community in America and most if not all of the world. And, my brother and sister, I think it's a terrible indictment against the Church! We are not establishing the Kingdom of God in our communities, cities and states.

Jesus said and demonstrated that when we dislodge demons from people through deliverance ministry we are establishing the Kingdom of God in that area because we are driving Satan out. But few, few churches are involved in any type of spiritual warfare--that is a sad fact. In fact, it seems that cities here in the USA such as Tulsa and Colorado Springs that have so many churches and ministries are worse off and seem to have more demon power than other cities.

So what are we going to do about it?




March 5, 2017, 11:13 AM

EYE OF THE EAGLE and THE EYE OF THE STORM



 

How we need to have the Eye of the Eagle today with what is coming upon the earth in these closing days of human history. I read an article yesterday about the rise of martyrdom of Christians around the world. The article was focused on the middle East and the murder of thousands of Christians by ISIS and other Islamic groups. This went on unchecked during the 8 years of the Obama administration as everyone knows and instead of giving asylum and aid to Christians from the middle East he chose to import almost exclusively muslims into America. But the article went on to give some statistics regarding just how much the persecution of Christians and imprisonment of us has increased throughout the world and this is a clear fulfillment of what Jesus prophesied.

But there is much more going on here than meets the eye, i.e., the "normal" physical eye. That's why you need to have the Eye of the Eagle as we've preached since 1999 when the Holy Spirit first gave us this terminology. The Lord gave me a message for our church in Libby, Montana, back in 2004 titled, "The Perfect Storm," and I believe we are in that time frame now.

There is great persecution coming to the Church throughout the world and more so in America--the Lord told me so in 2015 that in the future, "the greatest persecution against the Church was going to come from America." Now, I believe the Trump administration, as I wrote many times on the CCI ministry Facebook site that no longer exists, was raised up like a Cyrus to "delay" some of the evil Satan has planned for us but it's not a time to celebrate. Rather, it's a time to prepare for war and what is coming against the Church and Christian families. And most of all, it's a time to recognize that we are not at peace but merely in the Eye of the Storm where there is quiet.

Remember, Jesus Himself gave us a stern warning in what theologians refer to as "The Olivet Discourse" that most preachers never mention because they teach that the Church will be raptured out of the world before this occurs. So let me do a little expository teaching this Sunday morning. Jesus said, 

"Take heed that no man deceive you. (Wow! did you get that beginning? He's strongly warning us that there's a grave danger of being deceived by men! That means, my brother and sister, you'd better develop the Eye of the Eagle and know that you are hearing from the Spirit of the Lord today). I submit that one of the greatest areas of assumption and deception "by men" because it's almost universally held, is in the pre-trib doctrine of the rapture of the Church. I wrote an article detailing the Scriptures on this some years ago that you can read in our archives so I won't rehash it here.

"For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many." (Notice He said, "Many" and I submit that we've never lived in a day like today where there are so many false ministries and false churches throughout the world and I'm not talking about White Garment type false churches; I'm talking about those who use the Name of Jesus but do not preach or "do" the genuine Word. Remember, He didn't say that they would claim to be Jesus, although some no doubt do, but He said they would "come in my name" and say, "I am Christ" like the Balaam boys on T.V. do to get you to send the "ministry" they are whoring for $1,000. Don't forget, the Greek word here Christ means "anointed" and they claim to be anointed by God but the fact is, dear ones, unless you have a good gift of Discerning of Spirits you will not recognize that anointing because it is so close to the real thing that I've seen pastors I admired be fooled by it. Notice also He said that these falsely anointed ones "shall deceive many" and we know that's the case 'cause so many send their hard earned $ to these whores and as I shared almost 30 years ago in MSDK, it's one way Satan keeps God's money out of the hands of genuine ministries.)

"And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet." (War is a sign of conflict; there will always be war until the real Prince of Peace takes control of the earth and then as Isaiah prophesied, there will be peace even in the animal kingdom, pretty amazing will that time be).

"For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places." (And in case you don't know it, famine is coming to America; I don't have the timing on it yet but we've known about it for decades just like we have the coming financial collapse. Many years ago I heard the Spirit of the Lord say, "The land of plenty shall have plenty no more." So, like in Joseph's day, we have a period of time to prepare for what is coming and if we are wise we will do so.) I'm reminded of something the Lord told me back in 1980 about this time. He said, "The power of the devil will become so strong that only those who are strong in the Word and faith will survive."

"All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they shall deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake." (Now, clearly Jesus is talking about the Church here because only the Church names the Name of Jesus so the Church is still around during this time, i.e., the "beginning of sorrows," isn't it?)

"And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." (Notice the only ones He said would be "saved"; those who "endure unto the end." He is prophesying about a day when there would be so much sin and lawlessness and betrayal, even among Christians, that "the love of many shall wax cold.")

So what is our response to be to these key words of Jesus that pertain to the years just ahead? We need to prepare. And how do you prepare? Well, first of all, you need to know what's coming, right?

What if I came to your house in Missoula, Montana, to visit and even though there's still snow on the ground I see you out front with a huge supply of plywood boarding up the windows? I ask you, "What are you doing brother Jones?" And you reply, "What do you think I'm doing; I'm getting ready for the hurricane that's going to hit next week."

Well, I'm going to give you that "deer in the headlights look" because when was the last time a hurricane hit Missoula, Montana? How about never! So perhaps you are preparing for the wrong thing or else I am, right? Who has the Eye of the Eagle? You must have the Eye of the Eagle to know what to prepare for. It won't do you any good to prepare for a tornado if a famine is coming.

Remember Jesus' words in the gospels: "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the coming of the Son of Man ..." 

In Noah's day, he spent about 60 years building the ark it would seem, and all this time people were thinking he'd "lost it" because there was no body of water anywhere close, not to mention the fact that such a huge structure could not have been moved in those days. But Hebrews shares something important for us to understand for our day and Jesus' prophecy about the similarity between now and Noah's day,

"By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house: by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith."

Notice closely the exact words and open your eagle eyes to see: 1) Noah was "being warned of God," and even though God found him to be a good man he had to possess "faith" to heed this warning; I submit that Jesus has warned us today in Matthew 24 of what is coming and we must have "faith" to heed this warning and prepare as Noah did, 2) Notice what God warned him about, "things not seen as yet"; this is a Word of Wisdom from 1 Cor. 12. Well, haven't we been warned by Jesus in Matthew 24 about "things not seen as yet?" Doubtly so and if we have the Eye of the Eagle we see the similarity between now and Noah's day.

Our prayer at CCI is that you develop the Eye of the Eagle. We have many teaching articles on the website archives and in CD messages in the bookstore to help you with this but don't delay during this lull before the storm. Remember, if you've ever ridden through a genuine hurricane as I did Alicia then you know that after the first wall hits there is complete calm when the eye of the hurricane passes over your house. I even went out into the front yard and was so amazed to look up at the clear, blue sky and feel the calmness but then the back wall--the most destructive portion of the hurricane hits after the calm and we need to be ready for what is coming just ahead.

It's important that you prepare yourself and your family, especially your own children. We need to be prepared for martydom should it come and this is difficult to explain to young children we may have at home but there is a coming day when many Christians, including children, will face a choice--deny Christ or die. We must prepare for that day using the Eye of the Eagle while we're still in the Eye of the Storm.

MARANATHA!



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03-10-2018 at 3:50 AM
Gabriel Bosire
It's really humbling that God made it possible for me to connect with His prophet through his book and on facebook. Am humbled indeed. May God continue to use you more apostle J P
03-05-2017 at 11:06 AM
Barb Nelson
what a good word.... we need to be ready. sometimes we get thrown of track for a bit but we need to learn that if we get off a bit we need to get write back on track. the world is full of distractions we need to keep our focus... thank you for sharing that . I see it coming and it seems its building up more and more. be prepared . we need to be ready. God bless
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February 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

THE POWER OF COMPASSION



WHAT ARE YOUR ISHMAELS?

BY J.P. TIMMONS

FEBRUARY 11, 2017

 

In Genesis 17 the Lord is having a conversation with Abraham regarding His promise to Abraham that his progeny would be as endless as the stars in the heaven. When you consider that Abram is now 99 years old the limits of the faith he had been given this promise when he was 85 and the Scriptures record Abram’s response that the Apostle Paul later receives a revelation on regarding justification by faith—“And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.” (Genesis 15:6).

But 14 years have now passed. Ishmael is 13 years old and even though Abraham {God changes both his and Sarah’s names in this chapter (Genesis 17)} knows that the Lord explicitly told him 14 years before that Ishmael would not be the promised child it is becoming harder and harder to stand in faith because he is now 99 years old and 99 year olds do not give birth to children to a mother who is 90.

The great Apostle Paul penned by the Spirit words that Abraham and we today in the Church have the most difficulty believing—“We walk by faith, not by sight.” That’s why it is so important for you to develop the Eye of the Eagle as we continue to impress upon Christians—if you don’t develop your spiritual eyes like Elisha did you will never know what is going on in the spirit realm and will always be unsure of God’s plans for you.

In Genesis 17 God is reiterating His covenant promises to Abraham and says, “I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.” Notice the tense—it’s already done! When was it done? It was done 14 years before when Abraham was 85 years old and God made him the promise.

And even though the Word declares that Abraham “believed God and it was accounted to him as righteousness” he still allowed Sarah to talk him into having relations with her servant, Hagar, which gave birth to Ishmael. And even though Abraham has had 13 years of a relationship with Ishmael he’s been told that this child was not the promised child.

So notice Abraham’s reaction when the Lord appears to him (and Sarah) at age 99. The Lord—as He always does—knows it’s a “done deal” because He has spoken the Word which must come to pass. But He wants to reveal further matters regarding the covenant to Abraham so He discusses the need for circumcision for all of the male children in his household. This time Abraham responds to the promise by falling on his face and thinking thoughts which are not of faith—“Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” (Genesis 17:17)

As a result of this erroneous thinking Abraham responds to God with this statement that you should meditate on for a bit: “Oh that Ishmael might live before you!” What is he doing? Ishmael was a child of the flesh, not the child of promise. Abraham is tired; he’s old; he’s tired of standing in faith for this child of promise that never seems to come. So he makes a plea to God to just forget about God’s plan and “go with Ishmael.” After all, Ishmael is already a part of the family and he’s now a teenager. Abraham is asking God to follow Abraham’s plans and use this child of the flesh to bring about God’s covenant plans and this can never be done.

A child of flesh will always be at odds with the child of promise—this is why the Arabs are still trying to destroy Israel. And we must learn as Abraham did that our plans of the flesh can never accomplish the will of the Lord which must be according to Zechariah 4:6.

Yet we tend to do the same thing as Abraham did in our own lives. In fact, most churches (not the true Church that I always capitalize since it represents the plans and will of the Lord Jesus and not the doctrines of men and demons) are living proof that Ishmael is still alive—they are churches of the flesh and not the Spirit of the Lord. The Lord Jesus cannot even get into them as depicted in Revelation 3:20 of this Church age because Jesus is having to knock and ask to come inside the doors of the church that He died for and purchased yet He cannot get in for they are worshiping their own Ishmaels inside the doors.

Nowhere do we see this more clearly than in the Book of Acts which is the only book to learn about the early Church—how it was birthed and how it functioned and grew through prayer, boldness and the teaching of the Apostles and full functioning Five-fold ministers and deacons. Most churches today have departed from that model.

I wrote a teaching article a week ago on the website titled: “A True Disciple.” If you’ve not read it you should do so now because the rest of this blog will deal with what the Lord showed me this morning from Acts 14 regarding the early Church and what Paul and his friends and disciples accomplished. So it’s very, very important that you understand Jesus’ definition of a true disciple.

This is important because it goes to the very foundation of what every true church should be doing—the Great Commission which is stated clearly in Matthew 28:18-20. Jesus is the Head of the Church and He is supposed to be your Lord as well as your Savior. He has commanded us to: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them … teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

I believe if you are honest you will admit that few churches are doing this—they’re certainly not “making disciples.” A disciple is a disciplined one, especially where the Word and prayer are concerned. A disciple comes to know the truth and is thus “free” by study and meditation in the Word and Jesus’ commands.

Now if the early Church functioned under Five-fold authority and was governed by the Apostles then why should the Church today be any different? Should we not see all five offices that Jesus established and Paul wrote about in Ephesians 4 functioning together in the churches today? We should but we don’t. Instead we see various Ishmaels and Ishmael models on display.

Notice what the Lord showed me this morning from Acts 14:21-23 regarding the Apostle Paul and those who worked with him as missionaries or apostles—“sent ones”:

They preached the gospel in every city (v. 21). That means they preached the genuine gospel and not some “campmeeting” type perverted gospel designed after the flesh of Ishmael to bring in funds so they can continue this abomination and try to make this Ishmael “live before thee.” These Balaam Boys as I call them (though many are girls as well) try to make foolish Christians who aren’t disciples give them money by claiming that they speak for God which is contrary to Scripture—Ishmael, like the “strange fire” offered by Aaron’s sons before the Lord, can never “live” in the sight of the Lord—He established the Church and He designed it to function through leadership as we will see later. There are so many false gospels being preached in the world today—many more than churches who preach the true gospel.

As a result of preaching and teaching the doctrine of the Apostles they “made many disciples” (v.21). That is why Paul was often in a city for over a year preaching and teaching—it takes time to develop a disciple. Just because you get saved doesn’t make you a disciple—you need to be trained and established in the Word and the apostle’s doctrine (cf. Acts 2:42). You need to be taught how to flow in the Holy Spirit and how to pray effectively. It takes a lot of time and teaching to become a real disciple. That’s why we need genuine training centres today to teach and train disciples for Five-fold ministry.

Through this discipleship they were able to “strengthen the souls of the disciples” (v. 22).

They were used by the Spirit to “encourage them to continue in the faith” (v.22)

“Saying that through many tribulations we must enter the Kingdom of God” (v. 22). Part of encouragement is the truth that I’ve preached many times for decades—“Jesus never said it would be easy. He’s got work to be done and He’s looking for true disciples to accomplish that work but He never said it was going to be easy. He didn’t have an easy life—he was beaten nearly to death and then had to get up and go to the Cross to suffer in the sun and “be lifted up” to fulfill the Scriptures.

They “appointed elders for them in every church.” God works through and by leadership. Jesus established the Church and left it in the hands of the 12 apostles as leaders who “ruled and reigned” spiritually in the place of Jesus as His representatives on the earth to build the Church that He had died for. But there were also prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers—the other four offices of the Five-fold ministry that Paul writes about in Ephesians 4.  And you will notice from Ephesians 4:11-16 that the true Church requires Five-fold ministry in order to “make disciples,” etc. that the Lord has called us to do in the Great Commission. Also notice that this did not “pass away after the original 12 apostles died” as we’ve heard for years. No, the Word plainly says, “until we all attain to the unity of the faith” so Five-fold ministry is required in each new generation in order to accomplish this task.

“Through prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.” Every true church should be committed to fasting and prayer yet few are today. When we lived in Austin I was a member of the Austin Area Ministers Association. We’d meet for lunch once a week for a luncheon and have speaker. Ministers and their wives attended and a different church would host the even each month. This was good and it helped fellowship. This occurred on the first Tuesday of the month. The following Thursday one of the hotels in town had given us free of charge a suite that looked out over the City of Austin so we could pray for the city. Though hundreds always attended the luncheon on Tuesday the most I ever saw come to prayers on Thursday there were 7. I think that explains why the city of Austin is in the shape that it’s in.

In 2011 the Lord allowed us to go on Christian T.V. here in America for the first time. We flew to Florida and rented a car. As Eve, the kids and I were driving through the South the Holy Spirit spoke something to me that is indeed a simple revelation to understand. While driving I turned to Eve and said, “You can always tell when you’re driving in the South because every few blocks there’s a police car and a church. Here’s the question—with all of these churches in town, how come the devil is still in charge of this community?”

I believe the reason is obvious—and it’s because of something the Lord said to me in October, 1991, “The Church is not being led by the Holy Spirit—it’s being led by religious spirits.” Religious spirits will always get you or your church to erect an Ishmael because they know there can be no anointing for Ishmael and they’re afraid of the anointing. It’s also why the Holy Spirit told me in June, 1997, “Never judge a church or ministry by how big it is or how much money they have—you only judge it by the anointing.”

I want to encourage you today to be a true disciple and to follow the original Church model set up in the Book of Acts that Paul followed.

MARANATHA

 



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