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THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR

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You need to be continually in the peace zone. In this podcast – teaching I will share with you two (2) important areas where the enemy of your soul wants to attack you in order to keep you out of the peace zone.

Making bad or unwise decisions; and,

Unresolved conflicts

This teaching will cover both areas for you.

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 THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR
STAY IN THE PEACE ZONE

“Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:32

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Romans 12:21

A few years ago there was a popular song titled, That’s What Friends Are For, and it was sung by Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston and Luther Vandross.

The KEY thing – horizantally – in your relationships with other people is this: Don’t offend people. It’s O.K. to offend the devil and demons. As a matter of fact … it is fun! A good friend of man who is now with the LORD used to tell me, “If you want to cuss the devil, just pray in tongues.” What he meant is that praying in tongues hurts Satan and demons … it drives them “crazier.”

Many times people AND situations are “stirred up” by the devil to aggravate you … and to get you OUT or, keep you out of the peace zone.

No matter what people do to you … stay in the peace zone.

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 That’s what friends are for … in good times … in bad times.

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Sometimes people close to you may offend you … they may be Christians or relatives or friends. But your job is to NOT offend. Stay in the peace zone. Another way you can stay in the peace zone is by NOT making bad decsions … or even, “hasty” decisions: things you are NOT sure about. I have written a NEW book to help you in that area titled, .Decision Making 101 – Know for Sure

Learn to ENJOY VICTORY over your enemies . . . God can use them to develop you and thrust you into new areas of usefulness and productivity. Joseph, Daniel, and Mordecai are all prime examples of how God can use your enemies to advance you, and to bring both DELIVERANCE and ENLARGEMENT for you and others. Use your faith . . . utilize love and forgiveness . . . and leave the TIME up to God!

You don’t have to FEEL like loving them . . . just know that God wants you to love them, and then make a conscious decision to do it. Ask God to give you love, forgiveness, and WISDOM in dealing with them. SEE them as someone whom God:

1. Has put in your path for help or ministry;

2. Has placed before you to draw out His resources: His love; provision; and gifts.

3. Has prepared to enable your spiritual growth.

4. Has chosen to use for your advancement and promotion.

Then, knowing the above, when you see the attacks coming . . . rejoice and praise God! Then take your authority over Satan, and bind him in Jesus’ name from carrying out his insidious attacks. Many times they will be working unwittingly with another person to attack you. Why? Because they hate you and they are jealous of the Christ that is in you.

If you are a married person, and the attack is coming from your Christian spouse, then learn to get alone and worship the Christ that is in them! Watch what happens!

Many times you may be lied about. The person telling the lies may be a psychopathic liar. If this is a case involving a spouse or close business associate, then . . . as my mother many times said, “You made your bed, so you’ll have to sleep in it!” In that case, you must deal with the strategies of Satan through the gift of discernment.

If a person is just telling lies about you because of jealousy, envy, hatred . . . or because the enemy is stirring them to attack you for some reason . . . then you can learn to see them as someone God has positioned for any of numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4 above. Again, learn to ENJOY VICTORY over your enemies . . . God can turn the situation around and use them to develop you, while bringing you into new areas of usefulness and productivity!

Actually, as a shepherd and warrior, you should begin to use these opportunities to put Satan to flight. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” [James 4:7]

What you want to do is learn to develop your spiritual “burglar alarm.” You need a spiritual security system! Ask God for the gift of discernment. This way you will know when the attacks are active and you can begin to enjoy taking opportunity of them in the Spirit. Pray in the Spirit . . . in tongues.

Warning: this will usually make the person or people more angry and jealous; however God will use this to bring extra conviction upon them to accomplish His purpose(s).

In some cases you will be dealing with a person who is temporarily mentally “off center.” They may have a lot of pressure upon them; they may have old hurts that somehow they associate with you; or they may be just oppressed by the enemy and he is using them as an instrument to attack you.

This is where you have to be really on guard! Just because a person is mentally incapacitated does NOT mean they’re stupid. Let me use an example by means of a story. A man was driving down the road and one of his tires became flat. It so happened that when he came to a stop where he could change the flat he was parked on top of a ridge next to a mental hospital.

While changing the tire, a patient of the mental hospital was watching him through the other side of the chain fence. The driver of the car was putting all the lug nuts from the wheel into the hub cap as he removed them. By accident, he stepped on the hub cap and all the lug nuts fell down the ridge . . . they were lost. He was in despair and didn’t know what to do!

The mental patient yelled across to him and said, “Why don’t you take one lug nut off each of the other three wheels and then use them on the tire you’re changing.” “That’s a wonderful idea,” said the driver. Then the driver said to the mental patient, “I thought you were crazy?!” “I am,” said the patient, “but that doesn’t mean I’m stupid!”

Many times, and at different intervals, God will call you to shepherd KEY enemies. David shepherded Goliath and later Saul. Moses shepherded Pharaoh. The secret here is to remember that a good shepherd is also a good warrior. He protects the flock and he also drives off the enemy.

You may be in a work situation at your place of employment where the things described above are happening to you. Learn to enjoy watching God work! Above all, do NOT EMBRACE THE SPIRIT(S) of the person/people trying to aggravate you. If you argue, or embrace the spirit working through them, then you will be in the flesh, and you have lost the battle. Don’t let YOUR spirit be aggravated!

“He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm (or, cool) spirit. Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.” [Proverbs 17:27-28]

I trust this will help you. God has given you everything you need to stay in the peace zone. Just rely on Him. Don’t worry about what you will do if a certain situation arrives. When you need it, the wisdom and power will be there!

And, it you happen (now or in the future) to find yourself in a situation with others that needs healing, check out my NEW book titled, Conflict Healing – Relational Health.

Decision Making 101:
Know for Sure

Conflict Healing:
Relational Health

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HOW TO MAINTAIN A POSITION OF SPIRITUAL POWER

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HOW TO MAINTAIN A POSITION OF SPIRITUAL POWER

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HOW TO MAINTAIN A POSITION OF SPIRITUAL POWER

One of the definitions of power is “the capacity to influence other people or the course of events.” In my last teaching titled “Decision, Determination, and Destiny” (the story of Ruth) we saw that Ruth was propelled from poverty to status as a world class influence because of her willingness:

1. To change;

2. To learn; and,

3. To receive.

Once she obtained her position of power as the wife of Boaz, she maintained it and ultimately became a member of Royal Ancestry: it was through her seed line that the Messiah Jesus was born. Through her progeny … because of her decision to make major changes … every person on Planet Earth has the decision making ability to choose to go to Heaven and live with God forever.

Question: What are you doing with the talents, skills, and abilities which Almighty God has given you? What are you doing in your position of power . . . or ARE YOU in a position of power?

When I’m in my home area I walk out in the mornings on the patio and see some of the most beautiful buildings in the world: great challenges of engineering, architecture, and construction; inspiring and aesthetic grandeur. I think of how God gave men the skills, the wisdom, and the materials to make such awesome objects of beauty. How much more excellent is the universe which God created … and how wonderful the human body which God created?

I then think about the buildings, as beautiful as they are, being in a CLOSED SYSTEM. Then I see the trees near the buildings: gorgeous palm trees, even evergreen trees, and also some deciduous trees. And, I realize the new trees – while growing – are in an OPEN SYSTEM.

Once the last weldment, the last wall board, the finish trim are in place … a building is then in a CLOSED SYSTEM. It starts the process of deterioration, and through the years needs maintenance … possible restoration … until it has seen its last days.

A fetus in the womb of its mother is in an OPEN STATE. It is developing and growing, but as soon as it parts the womb it is then on a path of limited number of years and becomes a CLOSED SYSTEM.

The Bible tells us that our average life span is 70 to 80 years; of course, some people – like my mother – live much longer … and of course, some people live much shorter. We should at the least expect this average longevity and believe God for it.

“The days of our years are threescore and ten; and if by reason of strength they are fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off and we fly away.”
[Psalm 90:10]

This Psalm, of course, was written under the Old Covenant (or, Testament). Thank God, when we know Yeshua ha Meshiach (Jesus the Messiah) personally we can experience JOY every day of our life, even in times of trial and heartbreak. We can LEARN how to create an open system … that will develop from and during the closed system of this mortal life on earth … through parallel goals that will endure throughout eternity.

We hear a lot of talk today about having an “exit plan,” especially with reorganization in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan. It is important for us to have an exit plan. Our exit plan should be EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN our long term goal(s). We should also have parallel goals: one of which is consistently the same. The goal which is always the same is this: to honorably represent Messiah and give glory to God.

The other parallel goal will be determined when we spend time with God in His Word and in prayer as we RECEIVE His will for our lives. If we are in the PERFECT CENTER OF HIS WILL, then what we do … God does!

When the children of Israel were at the edge of the Red Sea, being chased by Pharaoh and 600 of his chosen chariots of war, God told Moses, “But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea, and divide it; and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the middle of the sea.” [Exodus 14:16]

However, in verse 21 we read, “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea: and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.”

After you have heard from God, you have to take the “step of faith.” When the children of Israel were at the Jordan River ready to go into the promised land, the water did not part until the priests put their feet into the water.

Other than finding Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) as your personal savior, here’s one of the greatest things you can learn in life:

IF YOUR PLAN FITS INTO GOD’S PLAN …

………. YOU WILL HAVE GOD’S FAITH …

……………….. AND GOD’S FAITH ALWAYS WORKS!

That’s why some people never fail permanently. They may hit the pit 10 or 20 times, but they always rise up victoriously! “For a just man falls seven times, and rises up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.” [Proverb 24:16]

If you are not in an open state at this time, then ask yourself: “Why?” Don’t blame someone else. If it is a problem of sin, then pray and ask God to forgive you. Repent … turn from the situation or practice that is keeping you from spiritual growth and development. If you do not know yeshua as your Lord … then pray and ask Jesus to take control of your life … to save you and lead you the rest of your time here on earth.

Develop the habit of asking the Holy Spirit to teach you something from the Bible every day that will help you in learning about your two parallel goals:

GOAL #1 – To honorably represent Messiah and give glory to God.

GOAL #2 – To accomplish the GREAT WORK for which you were created; the thing that is the DEEP DESIRE within your heart.

Once we have established a position of spiritual power, we need to maintain it. As in football, basketball, baseball, rugby, or any sport … our best defense is a good offense! Build relationships with other people … don’t burn them! Rabbi Shaul (Paul) was constantly building good, permanent relationships by leading people to Messiah and by training them to be disciples and followers of the Lord.

We need to be soul winners. I know some rabbis and ministers who go a whole day never telling anyone about Messiah … and then use the excuse that their job is only to equip the believers. The real JOY of life is helping people find eternal life through Yeshua and then helping them to grow and be productive leaders.

In a previous teaching, Keys To Foundational Relationships, we discussed that sometimes it is God’s will for us to break off relationships, but that is surely NOT the case all the time! If you have a problem constantly breaking off relationships with people, then ask God for healing.

Usually such problems arise out of insecurity or out of “fear of failure” to handle situations: insecurity that is usually imbedded from childhood; or, “fear of failure” resulting from repeated past negative performance. Also, the problems may occur sometimes because of a bad spirit (a demon) and must be dealt with by prayer, confession of the Word of God, and sometimes counseling accompanied by exorcism.

Remember, with Messiah Yeshua you have a new start every day. Learn to cultivate good friendships with people. Show them . . . and yourself … that the Holy Spirit lives in you.

King Saul was a classic case of a “bridge-burner.” King David was a classic case of a “bridge builder.” [1 Samuel Chapters 10 through 31] “Bridge-burning” usually results from insecurity, fear, or jealousy … or a combination of them; and often manifests with the OLD order trying to “spear” the NEW order to the wall. King Saul was jealous of the anointing from God upon David! He was mad at David and afraid of him because God was with him. [1 Samuel 18:5-12]

Be aware of something: The “new order” does not necessarily mean young in age or seniority … or inexperienced. The “new order” can be older people … seasoned, experienced people … breaking away from established form: form that was once fresh with the Spirit.

If we find ourselves in the “old order”, we need to build bridges with the “new order” to establish UNITY for the Lord’s sake. This will accomplish two things:

1. It will assure that we are open to what the Spirit is doing; and,

2. It will place us in a position of blessing to receive a new anointing, and to receive God’s best as a “peace-maker” for unity’s sake [Matthew 5:9]). This way we maintain a position in an OPEN SYSTEM.

When we pray the suggested guidelines for daily prayer as the Lord suggested (the disciple’s prayer [Luke 11:1-4]), we are asking for God’s will … and IF we mean what we pray … we will be open to what God WANTS and what God DOES. God wants unity among his people and He honors “bridge-building” [Ephesians 4:3]. To fulfill your service to the world and to maintain your position of power in an OPEN SYSTEM, you must build bridges!

Maybe you have had a problem with this in the past … or maybe you are having a problem with this NOW. Your situation may be one where a person is angry with you … maybe rightfully so, or maybe wrongfully. Well … I’ve got good news for you. It’s “turn around” time. Here is a promise you can claim:

“Surely the wrath of man shall praise you [God]: and the remainder of wrath you shall restrain.” [Psalm76:10]

Pray and ask God to turn the situation around and make the past anger, or wrath, turn into praise to God. Let the situation PRAISE HIM! And then, ask God to RESTRAIN the remainder of the wrath so there will be no more anger. It works; I’ve used that promise many times.

Two other things that are very important in maintaining an OPEN SYSTEM, and of which we should be cognizant, are as follows:

1. To ACKNOWLEDGE the help and work of those with whom we are associated.

2. To develop the ability to graciously RECEIVE.

Now YOU … like Ruth … can be a world class influence: operating in an open system of spiritual power, and changing nations and generations for eternity!



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RESOLVING CONFLICTS THE BIBLE WAY

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RESOLVING CONFLICTS THE BIBLE WAY

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How to resolve problems dealing with offenses against you, offenses toward others, against children, and against both those inside and outside the church or synagogue. Also, examples of what happens when people put their hands against the anointing and the anointed ones of God.

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“We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.”
[James 3:2]

“Brethren, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.” [Galatians 6:2]

“Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come.” [Matthew 18:7]

There are several categories of problems that must be addressed if we are to progress in our Christian walk. They are trespasses, offenses, or sins of the following nature:

[] If your brother trespasses against you. [Matthew 18:15]

[] If you offend your brother. [Matthew 5:23-26]

[] Offenses against children [Matthew 18:1-6; 18:10,14]

[] Offenses against the synagogue or church; and

[] Offenses against those outside the synagogue or church. [I Corinthians 10:32]

IF YOUR BROTHER TRESPASSES AGAINST YOU

1. You are to forgive him! “For if you forgive men their trespasses (offenses or misdeeds), your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if you do not forgive men (for) their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” [Matthew 6:14-15]

2. Go tell him, or show him, his fault or trespass, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over; but if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses’, as required by the law of Moses in Deuteronomy 19:15-17.[Matthew 18:15-16]

If he refuses to listen to them (the other witnesses), tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a heathen (a non-Jew, or worshipper of a false God) or a tax collector. [Matthew 18:17]

IF YOU OFFEND YOUR BROTHER

If you remember that your (Christian) brother has something against you, go and be reconciled to your brother …*

Settle matters quickly with an enemy who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way (to court), or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison … you will not get out until you have paid all your enemy can get. [Matthew 5:23-26]

*NOTE: If you are offering a special “seed offering” or gift to God, leave your gift; first go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.

OFFENSES AGAINST CHILDREN

Jesus placed special importance on the treatment of little children especially children who believe on Him. He said that whoever offends* (or causes to stumble spiritually) a little child, will suffer great punishment. Always encourage little children to follow and love Jesus; help them in whatever way you can … and remember, when you receive a little child in Jesus’ name … you receive Jesus! [Matthew 18:1-6]

Teach your people not to despise, nor to think badly, against a little child, for Jesus said, “In heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in Heaven.” [Matthew 18:10]

*NOTE: Offended (def) = hurt; wounded; affronted; vexed.

OFFENSES AGAINST THE CHURCH; AND THOSE OUTSIDE THE CHURCH

As the church looks out to evangelize the world it sees lost Jews and lost Gentiles (non-Jews). The church itself is made up of saved Jews and saved Gentiles (non-Jews). This is why 1 Corinthians 10:32 says, “Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God.” [1 Corinthians 10:32] Notice the three (3) groups: 1) Jews; 2) non-Jews (Gentiles); 3) the church. Compare this with Ephesians 2:11-18.

Offenses against the church may be categorized as follows:

[] Wounding the conscience of a Christian brother;

[] Talking badly about, hurting, or opposing God’s leaders;

[] Hindering (opposing, causing harm to, or slowing) the work of God;

[] Teaching false doctrine.

WOUNDING THE CONSCIENCE OF A CHRISTIAN BROTHER

There are some things that you know that you can do, that another Christian may not be able to do, because of conscience sake. For example, one Christian may feel in good conscience that he may drink wine, while another Christian may not. If the brother who does not feel he should drink wine (that is, he violates his own conscience by partaking) sees you drinking wine, he will be offended. You may cause him to stumble!

In such a case. the brother who feels he may partake should abstain at that present time, out of consideration for the other person and for the other person’s conscience. Do not seek your own good and advantage and profit … but rather seek the welfare of your brother [1 Corinthians 10:24]. All things are permissible, but not all things are helpful or profitable or wholesome. All things are legitimate, but not all things are constructive to character and building spiritual life [Verse 23].

Make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way. If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your actions destroy your brother for whom Christ died. It is better not to drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.

The Scripture says, “Do you have faith? Whatever you believe about these things, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But the man who has doubts is condemned if he does NOT act from faith. Everything that does not come from faith is sin … whatever is done without a conviction of its approval by God is sinful.” [Romans 14:22-23]

TALKING BADLY ABOUT, HURTING, OR OPPOSING GOD’S LEADERS

Many Christians, as well as other people, are sick, poor, or have died because of their actions, thoughts, or attitudes against a minister of Christ.

The Scriptures abound with true-life examples of the above and the resultant judgments. In 1 Samuel Chapters 24 and 26 we read interesting accounts that describe the character of (King) David. King Saul had been hunting him to kill him, with 3,000 chosen men out of Israel.

Twice David had an opportunity to kill Saul but each time he refused to do so. David said, “Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless? … The Lord forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the Lord’s anointed.”

In your next lesson (Lesson Plan 19) on UNITY we will study a principle called “The Bridge Principle” and we will see why Saul acted the way he did. He finally retrogressed to the point where he even consulted a witch.

Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and since he rebelled against God’s new choice of a leader in David (the “old order” versus the “new order”) he ended up seeking help from the witch of Endor, who was a servant of the defeated one, Satan. [1 Samuel 28] You are who you run with! If you don’t want fleas, don’t lie down with the dogs!

Guard your spirit! Saul had been anointed with oil to be King over Israel by Samuel the Prophet. Because of disobedience Saul was rejected as king by God two times [1 Samuel Chapters 13 and 15], and God then chose David [1 Samuel 16]. Never think evil or do evil or say evil to, or about, a minister of Christ! Do NOT allow jealousy, rebellion, hatred, or strife to be part of your life … especially as relates to ministry!

Following are a few examples of what happened when people took part in actions, thoughts, or attitudes against God’s leaders. Read through these examples carefully (there are many more in the Holy Bible); let God speak to you and then teach your people!

1. Trying to deceive or lie to a man of God [2 Kings 5:15-27]

2. Hurting them physically [1 Kings 13:1-6]

3. Causing them anguish or mental stress [2 Kings 2:23-21]

4. Slandering them or gossiping about them [Genesis 37-45]

5. Hindering the work of God [Acts 13:6-12]

6. Thinking or wishing evil toward them [Esther 9:24-25]

7. Rebellion against God’s leaders [Numbers 12:1-16]

8. Trying to make out with a minister’s wife [Genesis 12:14-20, Genesis 20:1-18, and Genesis 26:6-11]

Notice that whole nations were in danger of judgment when men tried to have a relationship with an anointed man’s wife … even though they didn’t know the woman was married!

About 40 years ago I took a preacher’s wife to a drama. I had invited her and another Christian sister when he was out of town ministering. I was a fairly new Christian and a foolish young man. Even though I made no approaches that would seem to myself, or to other people, improper … I sinned a great sin against an anointed man of God.

You may always weigh every deed and thought by this commandment: “Therefore all things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, you do even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” [Jesus – Matthew 7:12]

Several years ago a Christian lady who lived only 1 block (about 100 meters) from my family came to our home while I was gone and gave a false prophecy against me to one of the family members. Within 24 hours her whole house was destroyed to the ground … without one stick of wood remaining. She was left with no place to live for her or her children.

You need to teach your people … and non-Christians … these truths. Their lives, their health, their prosperity, their minds, and their spiritual well-being … and their families … may be in jeopardy if you don’t! Don’t be slow to tell people, “Don’t mess with me or my family … I’m a man (or, woman) of God!”

HINDERING THE WORK OF GOD

Even little things that hinder or slow down God’s work are “weighty” in the eyes of God. People are generally ignorant concerning the anointing, the office of the anointing, and the anointed person.

Several years ago a delivery truck driver left a small inexpensive package for me at a neighbor’s house. It was to be used in God’s work. I didn’t realize why I had not received it and one day the neighbor finally said they had the package. The neighbor was outside on the walk getting groceries out of her car and would not take the time to go into their house and get the package for us.

Shortly after, the neighbor drove her brand new Cadillac (one of the most expensive cars made in USA) into her garage … it would NOT stop … the car crashed through the back wall of the garage and drove into the swimming pool in the back yard and sunk.

The lady was blessed that she did not drown. She never got her car back and she was the “laughing stock” of three major cities as her story was on the front page of three very large newspapers. Don’t mess with God’s work … or His workers!

One time, in a position of authority where God had placed me (it was a secular position, but one that enabled me to do God’s work), a man was who was drunk was hindering me. I spoke the Word of God to him, and as I had my back to him he – probably the demon in him – picked up a large glass ashtray to hit me.

God spoke to me instantly and emphatically, “Let me handle this!” If I had tried to struggle in the flesh, I would have been doing just what the enemy wanted. The next day the man died of a brain hemorrhage. He was a young man in his 30’s. God did handle it for me. Don’t mess with God’s work … or His workers!

Several years ago a preacher and pastor, who I had helped much spiritually and materially, deceived me in a matter of courtship with a young lady. I had asked him different times, “Is there anything I need to know about her?” “Does she really love Jesus and is she really dedicated to Christ?” She appeared outwardly one way, but in my spirit I felt doubtful. The pastor kept assuring me of her dedication.

His lack of honesty, perhaps for financial gain, caused much trouble to me personally and to the work of God. Shortly after he became ill, lost much weight, and finally died young … leaving behind a widow and three children. Always be honest with a man of God. Don’t mess with God’s work … or His workers!

People who are relatives of a man of God have to be very careful. On the other hand … they have tremendous opportunity to be blessed! After a great victory, King David returned to bless his household. His wife, Michal, spoke badly toward him because she had seen him dancing and praising God openly among other maidens. Because of her attitude towards her husband and her words to him, she had no child unto the day of her death. [2 Samuel 6:20-23] She turned an opportunity to be blessed into a curse!

My in-laws had vexed me for years: in my personal life, in my marriage, and in my ministry. I had liked my father-in-law and had looked forward to him living with us someday after he retired and was old. One day I found out that he had said three (3) very ugly and untrue things about me. He died a while later of a very cruel and extremely painful death.

I had gone to the hospital at God’s direction (a long distance away) to visit him. The Lord showed me he needed to be able to talk to me in person and ask for forgiveness. When I arrived at the hospital, his wife, the mother-in-law, had instructed the hospital personnel not to allow me to visit him. He died there … unable to clear himself with me personally.

The mother-in-law was demon-possessed. Several ministers had told her this through the years, men that I didn’t even know. One time I took her to a very large Christian meeting held by a seasoned man of God who had ministered and raised up churches for around 50 years.

The man of God did not know her … or me, in a personal way. We were seated toward the back of a very large crowd, and the preacher looked back and told her, “You have a demon!” … and then he named the demon! Then he looked at me and said, “You are moving into your apostolic ministry!”

After she continued to cause much trouble with me, my family, and my ministry I told her one day, “Get your house in order. You are going to die for putting your hand to God’s work!” Not long after, she died a terrible death, also. Both of the in-laws named the name of Jesus. I have long since forgiven them, but they turned an opportunity to be blessed into a curse!

One of the churches I pastored years ago was really under a blessing of God; I had ordained the Senior Pastor before me and the Senior Pastor before him. God was doing wonderful miracles of healing and in the lives of people. Also, we were producing about 250,000 pieces of literature a week; not to mention radio programs and tapes.

I made a big mistake when I became Senior Pastor. Because I knew several of the families there and also had ordained one of my assistants (the former Senior Pastor), I trusted everyone … I never made sure I had control of the church. Unknown to me was demonic activity manifesting itself mainly in jealousies. As far as the ministry, my heart was pure; but overnight God’s work was brought to a screaming halt.

A few people were mad because I had removed some people from their positions (some were their family members) and reduced the salary of others who I felt were receiving too much money. The church was then taken over by a rebellious faction. The city where this happened had never experienced a violent catastrophe, at least to my knowledge. Not long after, that city became the epicenter for a devastating earthquake! And God directed me into better fields!!

There was a young minister who was a personal acquaintance of mine. I had ordained him into the ministry. He was a good husband and father of three children. He had wonderful compassion for people. I had some fruitful ministry in meetings he organized. Over a period of time he began to observe some abuses in a very well-known, and anointed, church where I taught as a professor in the graduate school of theology.

He began to be bitter and talk about some of the ministers including the Senior Pastor who was … and still is … a wonderful man of God. He should first have gone and talked to the people involved, as is outlined in this lesson under “If Your Brother Trespasses Against You”, step #2. He should also have followed the teaching in “The Abrahamic Principle” and “The Responsibility Principle” outlined in Lesson Plan(s) 19 and 20 of the Lessons on UNITY in the “Advanced Studies” at www.realmiracles.com.

Instead of praying for the people and letting God deal with the situation, he became more bitter and slanderous. One day as he was driving down the freeway a small piece of metal fell off the back of a truck and went through his windshield, striking him in the middle of the forehead. He died as a result, leaving a widow and three very young children.

I have used several personal examples in this lesson. Some have been “buried” in my heart for years; but if they help you, or some other minister, to escape the deception and tricks of the enemy … and to become stronger in Christ … then I am glad to have shared them!

Honor the anointing, and the anointed person, as well as the anointed office (or, position of authority set by God). Always use King David as an example in this regard and you’ll be safe! As a young minister I attended Kathryn Kuhlman’s meetings whenever I could. Among many things I learned was this:

The Holy Spirit is God’s agent on earth to supply the resurrection power of Christ!

Be careful how you treat Him … and speak about him! Honor Him!!

TEACHING FALSE DOCTRINE

This offense is BOTH against those inside the Church and against those outside the Church. You must protect your sheep … and other churches’ sheep. We are to bear one another’s burdens [Galatians 6:2]. In some respect, just as in evangelism, we must inform those outside the church of false doctrine. However, don’t let the devil run you ragged! You could chase around trying to correct false doctrines all of your life!

The cults have all have at least one of the three errors (if not all three!). They teach: 1) Jesus was NOT God in human flesh; 2) You can work your way to Heaven; 3) Hell is not real (or, if it is, it only lasts for a short period).

Be led by the Spirit of God! Follow the plain teachings of Jesus. Preach and teach the simple Gospel, apart from which there is no other gospel [1 Corinthians 15:1-5]. Obey the commission of Jesus in Matthew 28 and Mark 16. Adhere to the “Apostles’ Creed”. Use the pastoral writings of Paul and Peter and John as examples for church order and discipline, and obey the Word of God as revealed in the Holy Bible.

A three-fold cord is not easily broken. Buildings designed in triangulation or with three-sided segments are stronger. Jesus sent out his apostles to:

1. Preach and teach;

2. Heal; and,

3. Cast out demons.

Whether you are involved in ministry to governments, to the homeless, to the military … on television or the Internet … keep your ministry “triangulated” in balance with Jesus’ authority that he gave you: to preach; to heal; and, to cast out demons!

Then you won’t have to worry about false doctrines … because no one can copy the works God is doing through you. The Lord will confirm the Word of God you preach with signs following … and people who are really seeking God will come to the TRUTH!

No false teaching in the world can do all three … present the Good News, heal, and cast out demons! Especially like you are doing when you’re anointed with LOVE! False teaching is usually “lop-sided” with emphasis on either of two large errors: either you’re saved by your works only; or you can sin all you want to and get away with it!

“Faith without works is dead.” [James 2:14-26]

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which works by love.” [Galatians 5:6]

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