I read a story about a little girl who was frightened during a thunderstorm at night. She ran to her parents and jumped into their bed. Her father said, “Don’t worry Honey, the Lord will protect you.” She responded, “I know Daddy, but right now, I need someone with skin on.” Because Jesus is God with skin on, we can run to Him when sudden storms hit hard. One day we will see Him with skin on, including scars; until then His Holy Spirit lives within us to protect and comfort us. Colossians 3:15, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts.”
On Wednesday I stopped by one of the local rec departments to iron out some details for an upcoming event that Team FYN Sports plans to cover. As often happens in small towns where time seems to move a little slower, you can’t go into a place where people are as close as a rec department and just have your meeting and leave. You end up talking about something like, in this case sports, that leads into one topic after another. Add a couple more people into the mix that you haven’t seen in a while and soon enough you glance down at your watch and you’ve been there for two hours with no idea where the time went. Southerners especially know what I mean.
Anyway, naturally with this being SEC country we had to talk about college football. And even more so when one of the people in the conversation was a Tennessee fan (you know who you are!)
Eventually our conversation turned to memories of our first college football games. The memories spanned years and were entwined with heartfelt stories of family, friends and Sanford stadium. There were tales of witnessing games where records were set and broken, of firsts and lasts. A couple of us could even recall games with rivalries so bitter that a rowdy fan from the opposing team was either physically injured or injured with glares.
For each of us that was sitting in the room we had a look of wonder in our eye. We were recalling memories that were so precious to us that we wouldn’t trade them for all the University of Florida defeats in the world. Especially the ones were loved ones were involved. Those are always the most precious.
Hearing those glorious tales took me back to my own first University of Georgia game. I couldn’t tell you who they were playing, but I remember watching the team run out with the big Georgia flag and feeling a since of pride I hadn’t felt before. I was with my mom and my grandparents. I had never seen my Nana get so rowdy. And my Papa Skip was especially proud to have the three most important women in his life with him and dressed in red and black. And a new love was born for me.
As a side note, my brother would later commit the ultimate sin in that side of the family and declare himself to be a Florida fan. I’m sure it broke Papa’s heart at the time, but he soon got over it when he had someone to accompany him to the Georgia/Florida game besides my Nana. Such is the seriousness of rivalries in the Southeastern Conference.
I know I probably sound like a broken record by now, but I firmly believe that nothing besides religion brings people together like a football game. Which is probably why it’s so common to refer to football as a religion in the South. You may hate someone during the week, but come Saturday morning if you’re both wearing red and black you’re going to at least be cordial.
I know that it may be more intense in other college towns, but in Athens people will arrive a full day early to claim their tailgating spots. Red and black tents flood the streets of downtown on every plot of grass that grows. Women (including myself) will go to get their nails and hair done ahead of time, and dress to the nine in ninety degree weather. There is no telling how many hundreds of thousands of dollars get spent on food and drinks for one weekend of tailgating alone.
I was recently watching an old episode of the show Designing Women. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the show, it’s about four women running an interior design firm in Atlanta. In one scene Julia Sugarbaker, who is the sharp-tongued primary owner of the firm, is leaving for a football game with one of her co-workers. Sadly, she was going to a Georgia Tech game, but we’ll overlook that part for now.
As the two characters are heading out the door, Julia says that she and her husband used to plan their weekends around the Georgia Tech games. She quips, “In the East, football is a cultural exercise. In the Midwest, it’s cannibalism. In the West, it’s a tourist attraction. But in the South, it’s a religion!”
One day while ministering in the jail system, I was doing what you would call, one- on- one, with an inmate. He had filled out a card requesting to see a minister. This nice looking young man, about thirty years of age, came to me wanting prayer. He had been arrested for drugs and was scared that he might be going off to prison. He looked so nice and innocent. I said, maybe the judge would give you a break; is this your first time? He said,” no it is my thirty-first time.” This young man was caught out in a make-believe world that just doesn’t work. This type of world is like living on a merry-go-round. It will just keep spinning you until you fall off.
As I began to seek the Lord about the drug problem, I ask the Lord why law enforcement has not brought it under control? It had now been a problem for years, and truckloads of money had been spent enforcing the law. I believe New York State, at that time, was spending more money building prisons than on the school system. I heard very clearly, by the Spirit, the Law cannot control it because it is of the wicked one.
The devil owns and operates the drug industry. It is controlled by spiritual wickedness in high places:darkness, evil powers ruling principalities. It cannot be won with flesh and blood. Illegal drugs are designed to do three things, kill,steal, and to destroy. We probably couldn’t count the moms and dads that are suffering, and grieving as they watch their hopes, and dreams for their sons and daughters go up in smoke. It seems nowadays, good, clean living, hard-working parents are spending a lot of time visiting their children in jails or prisons. The parents are watching their children’s education and their future as it goes down the drain. The parents should never have to be put through this kind of suffering or pay this kind of price.
The devil is no respecter of persons. Multitudes of rebellious, young children are out there on the streets because of not being properly parented. In many cases, their parents are in jail, or drugged up, and messed up.These young people are hurting. They are struggling and making decisions that a young person should never have to make on his own.They look around and see” properly parented-kids,” and they say to themselves I don’t fit here, so they move on over to the wrong street where they can find like-kind.
At any given time, today in America, many mothers and dads are locked away; not knowing for sure where their kids are or who is taking care of them. In many cases, they are left with a live-in boyfriend or girlfriend. Like everyone else who is hooked , mothers, and dads will choose the drug, and ignore the cries of their own. Many will tell us how our bodies crave it, and now we just can’t function without it. That is not true. God says, “ We are fearfully, and wonderfully made.” (Psalms 139:1 ) We need nothing more than him.
When you use drugs, the spirit which is attached to that drug now sets up in your mind and places the demand on your body. I have also noticed when the iron bars slam behind a person; the drug problem takes second place. The problem is now, how do I get out of this place? I have seen many, many people set free in minutes by getting that demonic spirit cast out of their mind. Please remember, no matter how it seems, the need for the drug is one big lie from the evil one. We have power over the deceiver any time we choose to use it. You can choose to walk free by listening to what I am saying right now. If your child is in lockdown, don’t give up hope! Some of the best ministers I know came out of the lockdown system. Many of them are better than seminary graduates. They lived out the bad, and now they see the good. They now say God is good. They can now preach the Good News from the evil trap that they came out of.
Parents , listen to me. Drugs are the work of the devil, and he hates family. He is out to destroy yours.He will destroy your children just to devastate your life. Drugs are a whole tool chest for him; all he needs to do is get them hooked. The devil uses people who are already operating by his spirit, but they don’t know it, It could even be a friend. The provider makes you think, if you take this, you will feel better or different , or something more than you are now. Once you reach out for it, the spirit that is attached to the drug, which is of the devil, is now attached to you, because you gave him the authority. Just one hit, and now the devil can put power behind that drug and keep driving you for more. Your life can now be owned , operated, and controlled by one big lie of the devil. I have seen many abandon their families, rob their parents, and steal anything they could get their hands on. I have noticed, one will risk everything because he thinks he can’t survive without the drug.
I don’t believe the Church, as a whole,has ever seen the hand of the devil in the drug industry like I am talking about today. It seems as thou ,the best work the Church has done is to help find a rehabilitation center, after the “Crash.” Many churches are offering an afterburner type program to those coming out of jail or rehab, which is good.If we, the people of God, the Church, will listen to what the Lord is speaking here today, and every ministry enters into spiritual warfare; teaching their people about the power they have when they put the Word, the Spirit and the power of prayer together. We must let the Lord know that we trust Him for help. When he hears us crying out to Him for help, He will fight for us. The Lord has a much larger tool chest than the devil. If you know the depth of the Lord’s love for you and know who you are in Him, you’ve got it. You won’t need anything else to prop you up. That living water from the Lord will satisfy you. Get It, and you will want nothing else. If we put God’s power behind law enforcement, they can clean this mess up.
The Governor of the State of New York is a real piece of work.This guy recently approved full term abortions. A couple of weeks ago (early 2019} he approved the sale of marijuana. I wonder if the Governor has thought about how many lives will be messed up or killed because of his terrible decision. I heard him say he can make three hundred million dollars a year just on marijuana. Boy, that tells you the hunger America has for the stuff. If the sales tax, would be three hundred million, what would the total amount that New Yorkers would spend on the stuff? I wonder now how many Governors have listened to him and is giving some thought to that tax money. They all need more funds, and that would, more than, pay to run the average police department. I say Oh! Lead me not into temptation! The good Governor of New York will do it.
Americans spent about a trillion dollars on illegal drugs in the last decade. Think about this, people have worked hard for that money, stolen for that money, and sold their possessions for it. Most of that money goes out of our country to people we don’t even know. A lot of that money was robbed from hard-working parents, and much of it was from the government by way of the welfare system money. Many who can least afford it are the devil’s best customers. The devil sticks his hand out, and the people just bring in the money.Young girls and young men will sell their bodies for money in order to run to the drug dealer. Illegal drugs are one of America’s largest industries with multi-millions of sales made every day. Our net return is death, destruction, pain , suffering, and sorrow. It is like a leech to our nation. The mighty United States of America cannot control the drug industry, but the Church could if it would.
The NDIC estimates that the annual cost of drug-related crime in the United States is more than $61 billion. The Criminal Justice System costs making up $56 billion of that cost. Folks, this problem is draining our nation, and if you are a taxpayer, you have to pay up.
From 63 to 83 percent of all arrestees test positive for illicit substances at the time of their arrest. According to the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program (ADAM II), which monitors arrestees? In 10 cities across the U.S., 12 percent to 50 percent of arrestees test positive for more than one drug in their system when arrested. We have 2.3 million in jail or prison at any given time and 3.7 million on probation. We have over 6 million weighing down the system at any given time. The largest population is for drugs; 56% of the women incarcerated are for drugs. Our great Christian nation has more people locked down than any nation in the world. The evil one is working harder than the Church.
More than 70,200 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017. Illegal drugs cause 250,000 global deaths yearly. Fifty thousand men were killed in that long-lasting Vietnam War.Twenty-two hundred have been killed in the last 18 years in Afghanistan. The drug war is our biggest killer today. All the people of God need to join in the fight and take it down.
Drug abuse costs the nation more than $120 billion per year in lost productivity, according to The National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC). Included in that lost productivity are reduced labor participation, incarceration, premature mortality, hospitalization, and participation in treatment programs.
The NDIC reports the annual drug-related healthcare cost in
America is more than $11 billion, That figure includes both direct, and indirect costs. The NDIC estimates that the annual costs of emergency department visits related to drug abuse are $161 million, with an additional $5.5 million in costs for those who have to be hospitalized.
The Treatment Industry is, according to Forbes Magazine $35 billion a year. rehabilitation can be big business.
The total of illegal drug costs for 2018 was about $ 506 billion. In comparison,
McDonalds sales 2018, 37,639 billion
Burger King Sales 2018 $9,644 billion.
Wendy’s sales 2018 9,310
Total 56,594 billion this is worldwide sales
If the Body of Christ, the Church, ever needed to come together,it is now. We need to see that we are in the greatest spiritual battle the Church has ever known. I make this statement based on the facts that I have presented to you. If you cannot believe them, then open your eyes. The devil has used drugs to change the culture of America. We are not the people or the great nation that we once were. The devil took the first lie he told Eve and repackaged it, and we are living with the fruit of it today.
The devil said to the woman has God said? If you will just reach out and take this, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God. In other words, you will be more than you are now. The devil brought the whole world under sin with three words, “ HAS GOD SAID”. Jesus beat the devil and broke the power of sin with three words “ IT IS WRITTEN”! If you trust what the Lord Jesus said in His three words and give your life to Him, your eyes will truly be opened. You will be of the God kind. You will no longer want anything that comes from the wicked one,the devil. You can reach out and take The Word, which is Spirit and Life, the Fruit of the Spirit that will satisfy you. You will be on your way to becoming like Him.
By: Stephen A. Brown, Marketplace Ministries, inc.
Last month the Golden Globe Awards recognized actor Christian Bale, best known for his role as BATMAN. Bale gave credit to Satan. Another devil disciple in the entertainment industry. Anti-Christ celebs continue to corrupt the Christian character of our country. In John 10:10, Jesus said, “The thief comes to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Weekly Word Devotion
Stephen A. Brown, Marketplace Ministries, inc.
World Revival Director, David Rivett, stated that God has a different math than he uses as an accountant. Rivett referred to Matthew 14:13-21 (5 loaves of bread + 2 fish = 5,000). One boy’s Happy Meal feed a crowd of 5,000 people with 12 baskets of leftovers! A good story to teach children to share. Wonder what the boy’s mother said when he got home? I can relate to Rivett’s observation; Proverbs 22:9, “A generous man will himself be blessed.”
Stephen A. Brown, Marketplace Ministries, inc.
The thing that separates Christianity from other world religions is grace. While other religions teach works are needed to earn eternal life, the Bible states its a grace gift. Ephesians 2:8,9 “For by grace are you saved through faith; and not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; not of works, least any man should boast.” Verse 10, “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” May our good works be a witness of a changed life.
I had a family room downstairs in my house, and I had established it as my prayer closet. My favorite way to pray was on my knees with my elbows on a round footstool. One night I had just finished praying, and I went upstairs to bed. It seemed as soon as I lay down, I was taken back downstairs where I was on my knees with my elbows on the footstool praying again. Just where I was before. All at once, an angel was standing beside me. I looked up with surprise and called him by name first, and then he called me Bob. It is an amazing thing that without one previous thought I knew who he was and addressed him first. Whenever you step into the Spirit realm you know things by the Spirit without learning or having ever entertained a thought about the person. At that time, he put his arms around my arm, and I guess you would say under my shoulder and carried me to heaven. I asked him where he was taking me, and he said, “I am taking you to meet Jesus.” I yelled stop! He said,” why Bob?” I said I don’t want to meet Jesus. He said,” why Bob?” and I said I don’t want to look upon his face.” Again he said, “why Bob?” and I said least my deeds should be reproved. At that point, he turned and took me back to my bedroom, but he had picked me up in my family room downstairs. I know for sure I was out of my body because on my way back to earth when we got over the top of my house I could hear the phone ringing in my bedroom. I could also see my body lying there, and I knew it had no life in it to answer the phone. I actually felt my spirit re-enter my body and I reached over and answered the phone. I still don’t understand how I left the family room downstairs when my body was upstairs in the bedroom.
Now I am so far out in left field with my life; I was just learning about the Lord, and I had not been saved very long. I wasn’t sure of anything, and now I was scared to meet with Jesus because of my deeds. I mean, I had the honored, and pleasure of meeting with Jesus, but I was in such bad shape, so I thought, at that time that I was scared to death of Him. I think that was the scariest I have ever been in my life! I can’t quite tell you what it’s like to feel such strong FEAR at the thought of meeting the Lord Jesus face to face. I had been seeking Him day and night, and reading the Bible. I was in the First Baptist Church, and going to every church service that I could get to. I had made it a priority to witness of Him to as many people as possible and was seeing people saved. I was trying to learn the right way to live. I very much wanted to live the Christian life. I was on my knees praying when he took me up, that tells you I was seeking him.
Every day I was searching my heart and crying out to God and asking him what my wrong deeds were. Well finally, I thought this is what my problems must be: I was spending too much time in the Apostle Paul’s teachings and too much time learning about the Holy Spirit. I concluded that it must be my desire for the supernatural, and I was trying to learn about spiritual gifts. I thought maybe I took my eyes off Jesus. I didn’t know what else it could be. This had to be it. I made up my mind that I would spend all of my time just reading about Jesus and nothing else. I can say for sure that this is a problem that you never want to have, that is being fearful of facing or being rejected by The Lord Jesus.
Well, by now this is how it looked to me: I must get my deeds straightened out, whatever they are. After trying unsuccessfully to share my trip to heaven with my wife and pastor, I made up my mind that this would be the last time I would try to share it. In the meantime; I just kept seeking the Lord, witnessing and doing everything I could that I thought would please Him. I just kept going, and I noticed the Lord began to use me in prophecy and I was hearing from Him. I was really being used by the Holy Spirit. I was preaching, and serving in many ways, and in many places. I just moved on without ever finding an answer for the reason I was so fearful of meeting the Lord Jesus.
Part #2 – The Vision
Some years later, I was home alone for lunch, and I thought I would get a little prayer time in. It had been over ten years, and I still did not have any answers concerning my deeds; although by now I had led many, many people to the Lord. I had all but quit praying about it. While on my knees praying, the memory of the trip to heaven floated up again to my mind. I asked the Lord about my visit. I asked God if spiritual gifts were the problem you could have sent someone to teach me, and I would have listened.
At that point, He took me into an open vision, and He began to reveal to me the real reason for the visit, to heaven. It was not about gifts, or about me, but about what it would be like when He returns and our deeds are not right, and we are unsaved. I saw men running for their lives, with unspeakable fear. They were trying to bury themselves under the rocks. I heard these words three times IT’S OVER! IT’S OVER! IT’S OVER! The words seemed to be the only sound on earth! The whole sky spoke. The whole heaven spoke. This might be the sound of the last trump! I am not sure about that. I saw men in such fear it looked like they were running fast er than cars, trying to get away to keep from facing the Lord Jesus; somewhat like the fear, I had when I was to face Him. He was the last person they ever wanted to meet, or they ever wanted to see. It is hard to explain, but the day will come when it’s over! THE DOOR WILL CLOSE, AND THE CHANCE FOR SALVATION IS OVER!
They were caught out in darkness. Somehow, I was made to understand that they knew everything and had a perfect understanding of Jesus, but they were better off in darkness than they were facing the light. The light guides us, and they knew that the light would consume them. Every one that doeth evil hates the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” John3:20 People who have rejected or not accepted Jesus will, not only, not seek Him, but will flee from His presence in indescribable fear. They are forever condemned and know it. Just as the Lord promised the sinner, their end would be a burning hell. Please listen to me; this is not a sermon. This is a word from the Lord Jesus speaking to you on behalf of your family, friends, and anyone you have feelings for. I would have jumped out of heaven before I would have met Jesus face to face. The Lord let me carry this fear like an albatross around my neck for a very long time; It seemed like forever. It was a long, long time before I could move on. I was already going through, what seemed to be, a hell of my own. He burned this message into me to help me express, His burning love for you, your loved ones as well as the sinner. He is sending me, in his love, to make this desperate plea for your salvation. I can say with permission from the Lord that you are hearing from Him and that this is His perfect will for you that you believe in Him and to be a witness for Him. Not one good person, if they are a sinner, and not washed in His blood, will get into heaven, even if it is your mother. I know. I was made to carry this stigma, the fear of a rejected sinner, to talk to you today. You would be wise to listen. Not one sinner can enter paradise. Adam only committed one sin. When God came looking for him, he was hidden behind the fig leaves. One sin condemned him, and Adam knew It without God saying a word.” So he drove out the man, and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”(Gen3:24) [ Not one sinner will ever get in] Listen to me, this is not a might happen. I have already watched it play out. I might have seen some of your loved ones out there running from the burning flame. If, my friend, you will get one person saved in your lifetime it will be the greatest achievement of your life. This message should make every Christian want to be a preacher. Together let’s take this message to the world by sending it to as many people as you can and encouraging them to keep it moving forward. I would love to know if you are on board with me.
When He comes back clothed in a vesture dipped in blood and a two-edged sword in His mouth, I don’t think it will be a good time to try and make a deal. Absolutely no loopholes here. May we all come together around this scripture,( Acts 26:18) Jesus said,”Paul, turn men from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God.”
Regardless of how much you have now the only thing you can take to heaven is people.
The Apostle Paul said,” And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. (2Thess 1:7-9) That they all might be damned who believed not the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (V: 12)
Visit With Evil.
This is urgent, must rear.
This, my friend, is a word from the Lord for the followers of Christ Jesus. The message is not about my experience, but to encourage you to put on the whole armor of God and get yourself into the fight.
In 1987 I had cancer in my throat, while being prayed for the minister said, “You have been shot, I see shrapnel in your jaw I had been shot in my throat and jaw at age 17 as a young Marine. The minister said, “There was a death sentence attached to that bullet by Satan it had now been broken. The devil wanted to destroy my throat because of the calling on my life. No one but the Lord could have revealed the knowledge of the shrapnel in my jaw to that little housewife that spoke this word over me; it can only be revealed by an x-ray, the cancer was also from the devil.
Let me now show you what this ugly thing is like.
Another person and I from the church were having a disagreement, and I said let’s pray about it. We went downstairsto my game room, and we got on our knees facing each other around an eighteen-inch round footstool and began topray. I just began to praise the Lord, and all at once the person said, “Stop! He doesn’t want you to praise Him.” So I stopped. I had no reason to question this person. I had just gotten saved, and I knew little to nothing, but I was hearing from God, I guess I thought everyone could. All of a sudden, the person’s eyes were changed to a bright yellow with a red center stripe running perpendicular; very terrible and scary. Their thumb was cocked back like a pistol, and their finger was thrust into my side applying pressure to my side. It was sore for a few days. Suddenlytheir language was changed to a cold, hard, evil, scary tongue. The sound was as fast and loud as a German machine gun. I had never heard teaching on casting out devils, and I was too scared to run. I remember looking at the stairs and wondering if I could make it without being overpowered. I waved my hand before their eyes and could see that the person was hypnotized. Their eyes were like glass. The person never moved their finger or released the pressure from my side, or stopped speaking in the harsh, evil tongue. I had never heard this tongue. Before or since itwas like perfect evil. It was very fearful and scary. The devil kept this evil tongue up using this person like they were a piece of trash until they fell out from exhaustion. I thought they might be dead. All I knew to do was put my hands over their head and praise the Lord. After a time the person set up and was normal; just as if nothing had happened. I said, “What did he say?” The demon spoke through the person and said, “He just said, you stand accused.” I said what’s going on here? They asked what I meant. I said do you know what just went on here and they said no. They never knew or believed they had such an experience and were taken over by the devil, and yet it happened. The person left the room perfectly normal with the demons still in them. Once in you, until he is dealt with, he can come and go at will, and he can appear to be a good manager of your life.
One of the things the devil wanted to convince me of was that tongues were his. The pastor had already told me that tongues belong to the devil. This person was in the First Baptist Church on Sunday with a choir robe on and teaching Sunday school. There was no sign of demons, but the demons were still there. This is not that unusual. Satan was at the table with the disciples at the last supper “Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot being of the twelve.” (Lu22:3) “And when the hour was come He (Jesus) sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him.”(Verse: 11) Jesus said, “But, behold, the hand of him that betrays me is with me on the table.”(Verse: 21)
I had two more visits about this same time when the devil made a statement about tongues. The Lord wanted me to have this experience to learn about the evil devil’s ways, so I could help others. Most of us will not see a face taken over and changed like I did that day. I still find it a mystery the way he was exposed to me. One day during a visit from him while trying to pass himself off as the Lord I caught him in a lie and told him so. I think it is a mystery why he let me catch him lying, and why he exposed his hand to me. It only made me a greater lover of God. The evil, wicked power can be used by him if he can get you over into sin. It is his to use if he can get to you through deception. The devil totally possessed this person, but don’t worry; he can’t touch you, just like he couldn’t touch me. There must be something for him to travel on to get into you. It is what I call a sin road. If you are in sin or deception, he has directaccess to you. If you will hide the Word in your heart and won’t sin against God, the Word in you will be a stop sign for the devil. If you can handle this next statement ok, but if not, so be it: I have heard many, many preachers say a Christian can’t have a demon, but I must say they have all been wrong.This person was a Christian caught up in lustand lies to cover the sin. Remember the devil cannot touch a born again spirit, but if your soul and body step into sin, you leave yourself wide open , and If you play in his sandbox, you are going to have company from sin’s rightful owner.
This person was delivered from demons about forty-five days later. They called the pastor and said, “I am deathly sick. Come quickly.” I stopped in just to check on the person at the same time the pastor showed up; he said, “Do you want me to call an ambulance and get you to the hospital?” They said,” don’t you know what this is? This is demons coming out of me.” Neither of us had ever been around anything like this before. The pastor was very scared. He never believed in demons being active today, and he had not believed me when I tried to tell him about my prior experience with the person. Now, this happened about forty-five years ago at that time you would have a hard time finding a TV preacher as well as very few Christian books on this subject.
This was a solemn work of the Lord. I don’t know how this person knew that they were full of demons or that the Lord was going to deliver them at that time. If this person had not been a child of God, the Lord would not have delivered them like this. It was His solemn work. It was a beautiful thing to see the Lord rescue one of His own. He never wants the devil’s wicked ways to touch us. The Pastor and I did nothing; we didn’t know how. The word, come out, was not spoken by us one time. This goes against every deliverance I have ever witnessed or heard of or been involved in. I saw this evil; wicked devil operating, even in one that is in the church. Satan has great power to use, but only against those not under the Father’s protection at all times through the Lord Jesus.
The Lord wants me to share with you what I saw in the evil, wicked, hideous one who hates you. If you belong to Christ Jesus, Satan is most likely the author of everything that’s going wrong in your life.
Father God loves you with perfect love, and through the overcoming power of our Lord Jesus, we can put the devil under our feet. If you know anyone who needs help in this area, please push this teaching forward this is the work of God and not man. This work needs to touch the whole body of Christ; Please ask the one you forward it to also to pass it on.If you know someone that is maybe struggling or needs deliverance, I can and will help, and I can get you to the right Church. Boballenministries@gmail.com
The last teaching on this subject is coming up: a trip to meet Jesus to learn more about sin.
The Great Deceiver
I want to share with you a visit I had from the devil. Please listen. I hate talking about sin and the devil, but this is what the Lord has given me to do at this time. The devil needs to be expose our families are being attacked. I will tell you how important this is and I want you to pray about it. You can ask the Lord to judge me. Ask him if what Bob Allen said is true. He knows who I am, and I have total faith and confidence in what I am saying. I give you permission to judge me for yourself. I was put in the presence of the devil to see how evil and wicked he is, so I could share it with you. I had been saved a very short time and one day while driving my car; I ask the Lord if tongues are real and if they are for today. The power of God fell on me in the car, and I began to speak in tongues! I had the true “ book of Acts” experience. I had to get my car off the road and just lay in the seat while the Spirit was upon me. I spoke what seemed to be many, many languages for maybe over an hour I could not stop until the Lord was through. At that time I received the gift for giving message and interpretation in tongues for the Church. I lay down in the seat until the Lord was finished with me. My mouth was filled with the Spirit. I was completely consumed in the Spirit world. It would be too much to try to share all I experienced that day.
Shortly after that, I had three personal visits from the evil one. I am only going to share one with you. It seems to me; his greater purpose was to stop or discredit my new language of tongues. I still don’t quite know how to value our Holy Spirit languages, but the devil evidently does. I know that the most important thing to him was to stop these tongues now at any cost. I was in the First Baptist Church in a small town on eastern shore Maryland and tongues had never been introduced there, in that Church. You would think the way the devil came after me that I was the most important person in the world. It was as if I had my hands on the pearl of great price which Jesus spoke of and satan thought it was his. I knew little to nothing. I was just starting to read the Bible for the first time. You would find it hard to believe, but I was in a constant battle with satan for at least a year. Try to hear this. If you are a child of God, you most likely have never had troubles that he was not the author of. His footprints would be on all family problems. In that first year, he knew every place I would go, and everything I would do. I went to a motel to fast and pray for three days just to seek the Lord and to pray for my marriage. He was there. He spoke to me and answered my very first prayer, disguising himself as the Lord Jesus. He is a never ceasing evil force against you. One of the things he said was, “you don’t need to pray in tongues just talk to me, and I will answer you.”
Be a real Marine for the Lord and fight! You can beat him every time with the Spirit of God that’s in you. Please wake up! When it comes to sin, if you are not in spiritual warfare you’re not in war. You are in defense or defeat. Don’t forget ,David didn’t make David famous; Goliath did, so fight.
While I was on my knees in the midst of prayer, the devil showed up. The first thing I heard from him was “God doesn’t want you to praise Him.” What a lie. The devil hates it when we praise the Lord. Praise the Lord more often and with your whole heart. I am going to take you into my visitation from the devil then my last teaching on sin will be my trip to heaven to learn more about sin.
The Lord knew the road the knowledge of the tree of good and evil would take Adam down, and that sin would kill him because he had eaten from the tree. He knew the lust that would be in the soul and the flesh of man.God is love. God is Spirit and can only lead us by His Spirit, His Word, and His love. The Spirit of God does not feed or satisfy the desires of the flesh or the soul unless the soul has been converted back to Him.
Adam would no longer be led only by God, but by the spirit of darkness. Adam’s desires would now come through the demands of the flesh and the decision of the soul. The soul, his mind, will, and emotions, would no longer be pure. The wicked one whom Adam had obeyed can now lead him by his flesh as it makes the demands upon the soul. The devil operates in the hidden darkness. He can’t touch our spirit. If we belong to God, we are sealed! We are zip- locked in. We are led by God’s Holy Spirit, and the more of His Word we take in, the more influence our spirit will have on our lives. The spirit works from inside of you to the outside. The soul and body, however, have to be fulfilled by the things on the outside of this fallen sin ruled world. This is where the devil tries to step in and offer you this, that, and another thing. In other words, he offers”nothing for everybody.” The soul operates through taste, touch,see, feel, hear,and smell. And all the lust of the world flows through these streams.Once man drew the knowledge, and the dark power of evil from that tree of good and evil, it is his. Out of that tree comes every temptation that is in the world .The desires of the body and soul are many many times stronger than the spirit. All the spirit needs to be secure and complete in God, is His spirit, His word, His love, His mercy and His grace. Your living soul is not the same as your spirit. The soul and spirit can be divided. If you are born again, your soul will be saved, and it will go with you to heaven, but if you are not saved, it will go to hell with you.
” The Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit.” Heb 4:12, the great divider is The Word. Do you believe It enough to act on it or not?
I believe these experiences of Jesus with Peter are the best examples I can find of the dividing of the soul and spirit. When Jesus said to Peter, “come,” Peter stood on the water on the word of Jesus, which is spirit. When Peter looked at the storm, he saw it with the eyes of his soul, and he was filled with fear; standing on spirit, but looking with the soul at the same time. The spirit and soul were divided. He had been standing on the faith of Jesus. If Jesus had said to Peter, I have the storm covered; he would have walked right through the storm. Peter had not been converted at this time. “Jesus said, when you are converted strengthen you’re the brethren.” Peter did not receive the spirit until Jesus breathed on him. Therefore, the spirit was not in him. He could only see through his soul. When Peter cried out for Jesus to save him, Jesus said, “oh you of little faith, wherefore did youdoubt.”Mt.14:31 the soul can never believe for more than it can see.
Although Jesus was God made flesh, the Son of Man, Christ Jesus, was 100% man. When He was on the cross, His spirit said Father into your hands I commend my spirit. His suffering soul, on the cross,cried out MY GOD! My God! Why have you forsaken me? We must as children of God have a perfectunderstanding of sin; to hate it as we should and to move others away from it. Today sin is toocommonplace,even within the church.
When Jesus was being tried , This good man, Peter who had spent over three years with Jesus,denied Him. This perfectly taught man said three times, I don’t know the man. So the best, of the best of men, without the spirit in him, is nothing but a liar. His life is a lie. No liar will ever enter the gates of heaven. Rev 21:8”…. all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone.” The soul will never value anyone or anything above itself, and it’s will to care for itself. Much more to come on sin, share with everybody, share with your pastor. The Lord has a cry in his heart for those trapped in sin, and not getting help. Do you have friends and family that you need to be fighting for, praying for, and talking to?
When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, the Spirit of God came upon Him, and all the Spirit and power of God in heaven and earth would soon be given to Him; that is as soon as He beats satan. “For what the law could not do,in that, it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh [like us] and for sin, [because of sin] condemned sin in the flesh,” (Rom8:3) Sin started in the flesh. It must be overcome by the flesh.” But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law.” (Gal 4:4 )To know Jesus, as we should ,we must understand we were not made like Him, but He was made like us. When Jesus went into this battle, he was a man. Isaiah said,” For unto us a child is born, unto us, a son is given.” (Isaiah9:6) The child is Mary’s son. The son of man, every time you see the son of man, He is the man, Christ Jesus. The son given is the son of God from heaven.[perfect man ,perfect God] Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tried and tested by the devil for forty days and nights. (Luke4:2) It was as though He was thrown in the ring with Satan and with the wild beasts! This is a very tense time. I believe this is the greatest battle in the history of the world. Jesus, the man in the flesh, against the devil for forty days and nights! Jesus is the first sinless man standing on the earth since the fall of Adam. He has the new sinless bloodline from the Father which Adam had in the beginning before sin. Jesus is the only man in the history of the world not fathered by the sinful bloodline. He has stood the test. Jesus never sinned. He has a perfect, sinless body, and perfect, sinless blood. He bypassed the sinful bloodline. The devil beat Adam in what seems to be just one try. Jesus is called the second Adam. We can read this story in Matthew chapter four in about five minutes, but let’s slow down and try to see it as the Lord Jesus lived it. Jesus is fasting forty days and nights while in the wilderness alone and with the wild beasts. The Word says afterward He was hungry. At His weakest point, the tempter tempted Him with bread. What I am trying to do here is show you the battle that Jesus went through for your soul. Our everlasting, eternal life is free for us, but it was by no means free to Jesus! It was fought for and won. What can we say but thank you, Father? Thank you, Jesus!
Father God is now starting over. It has been about 5,000 years since God had a man on the earth to confront the devil. Since the fall of Adam, until now, there has not been a man who was not of the sinful bloodline of Adam and sin can never take away sin.There has not been one recorded fight between the devil and man from Adam to Jesus. Job never entered the fight. Satan dealt with Job by permission from God. Job never put up a fight because he thought it was God dealing with him. Jesus came out of the wilderness after forty days of temptation by the devil. The devil promised Him the world, but Jesus rebuked him as a man with The Sword of the Spirit which is the written word of God. It is written in Matthew and Luke; when it was all over angels came and ministered to Him. Everything changed that day. God now has a champion, Jesus. Jesus said, “All power in heaven and earth has now been given unto me.” (Matt28:18) Jesus now has the keys to heaven and hell. All the Spirit and power of God upon the earth is now His. Satan has been judged and defeated.
What do you think your chances are of beating the devil if you fail to join yourself to the faithful, overcoming one, Christ the Lord Jesus? How tough it must be for the poor sinner out there being steamrolled by demons and blinded about it all. Get going, be a witness. Help somebody. Paul said, “The god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (2Cor 4:4) Help somebody get their eyes open.
( Jesus)” Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had (by himself purged our sins) sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high (Heb1:3) He has blottedout the handwriting of ordinances that was against us. (Col 2:14.) How about you? Are you blotted clean?
The wages of sin is death. (Rom6:23) “For he hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; [killed in our place] that we might be made the righteousness of God, in Him. (2Cor 5:21) Spiritual death is separation from God for all eternity.
Peter, speaking of Jesus said, “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree.” (1Pet2:24a )Try to remember; your sins should be history. Keep your eyes on the Master. Paul said, “Lest Satan should get an advantage on us, for we are not ignorant of his devices (2Cor2:11). If you leave a door open satan will stick his foot in it. Don’t forget to fight for your family and loved ones.
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins,[yours and mine] the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh,” ( Pet3:18)
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh [soul] but after the Spirit.”(Rom8:1)
I want to share with you a visit I had with the Lord. The Lord talked to me about the great depth of sin. I want to make it clear this is a revelation from God and not from man. I also had an angel to visit me. I was taken to heaven and received more revelation of sin. I also had an open vision .I got a quick view of the last day on earth for the sinner. I may have seen some of your family or loved ones caught out in darkness. Unless they get right with the Lord before they leave this world or the last trumpet sounds; it will be too late.
I will be sharing all of this with you.
In my own home, I watched the one that the Apostle Paul calls “the god of this world, the ruler of the darkness of evil” take over a person from the First Baptist Church in Maryland and change their face, even the color of their eyes. Their language changed before my very eyes. The evil one spoke to me and said, “ I say, you just stand accused.” For sure, I met the accuser of the brethren spoken of in Rev.12:10 “for the accuser of the brethren is now cast down.” Satan picked up this kind of authority over mankind when Adam ate from the forbidden tree. I had two more personal visits from the evil one at that time, but I will only be sharing the first one with you in this message. If you know the Lord, you need to hear this. It will make you a better minister and or witness. I will be breaking this up into more than one teaching. I don’t want you to miss any of it since it has been given to me by the Lord for you.
One night while approaching the foot of my bed, the Lord spoke to me in an audible voice. It was very loud and very clear! In fact, it was so loud and clear that this thought actually crossed my mind,” I hope He doesn’t wake my wife.” I feared God, but I also feared her. However, He had put her into a deep sleep. I knew that she could not stand my telling her again I was hearing from God. She was already reporting me to the pastor. I was sure it was an audible voice, because of my fear of her waking up. I guess I feared her seeing me standing at the foot of the bed talking out loud to the Lord. You might be thinking, Bob, why would you be talking out loud to the Lord? Because that was the way God was talking to me. This was a two-way conversation with the Lord, and I answered Him just like I heard his voice.
The Lord asked me this question,” What killed Jesus”? I said He was crucified. The Lord said, “Yes, but what killed Him”? And I said He was hung on a cross and had nails driven thru His hands and feet. The Lord said,” Not a bone in His body was broken. That did not kill Him.” By this time, I was panic-stricken, and I realized that I was talking to the Almighty God and I didn’t have an answer. I had heard that the Jews killed Him, that the Romans killed Him and the pastor had recently preached a message that He died of a broken heart. So I said, “Lord He bled to death” And the Lord said, “He didn’t bleed to death when the spear was stuck in His side. Blood and water gushed out, so that didn’t kill Him”. I said, Lord, I don’t know.
The Lord then said to me ,“Sin.” Then He repeated the word again, and said, “Sin, Sin killed Jesus.”
I had little, to no understanding of what He was trying to teach me. I remember trying to sleep with these words running through my head all night long: sin killed Jesus, sin killed Jesus. All the next day, and for days I kept trying to understand it all. There was no need to talk with the pastor. By now, he was trying to get me to see a Christian COUNSELOR about my claiming to hear from God. He had been serving the Lord twenty years and had worked for Billy Graham. I had just gotten saved. By the same token, I also knew by now that of all the things that were important to God for me to know and understand, SIN WAS IT! And that sin killed Jesus.
My knowledge of the Lord at that time, well it was little to nothing somehow I just never got involved in church or religion in any way I remember my wife talking about God and about Jesus, and I said to her I know about God, but I don’t know anything about Jesus, and she set me down and explained Jesus to me. I was just starting to go to the First Baptist church. I had never been to church with my parents. We just didn’t go to church. My first time in church with them was when I was forty-one years old. It was at my oldest brother Bill’s funeral . I was a Christian then. In fact, I prayed the sinner’s prayer with my Dad and Mom before they left this world to make sure they were in.
By now I am seeking God day and night, and searching the scriptures continuously for answers as well as talking to anybody that knew the Lord, and that would listen to me. This question from the Lord would shape my life as well as my ministry forever. I notice everything I do in ministry revolves around sin. Why and how did sin kill Jesus? I have spent much time pondering The Lord’s visit with me that night.
When God breathed His breath, His spirit into Adam, he became a living soul [ or a soul that lives by God’s breath, God’s Spirit]
” And “so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul.” 1cor15:45. The Lord told Adam not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil for the day he ate he would surely die. Adam lived 930 years, but the Spirit of God that led Adam was now dead to Him Adam is now of the world. The wicked one would now have access to his life.” The living soul which is your mind, will, and emotions would no longer be spiritual, pure, and holy but would now have a death sentence. Adam sinned when he disobeyed God .“The soul that sins, it shall die.” Ezek18:4b. ” For the wages of sin is death.” Rom6:23 “He who knew no sin was made to be sin” 2cor5:21 [ He was made to be sin, so he could be killed to pay the wage that you owed. ”Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; he hath put Him to grief.” Isaiah 53:10 [ Father God make the soul of His precious Son an offering for our sins ] Oh! how He suffered!
Coming from Athens-Clarke County, Kemp says he got frustrated with the local government’s regulations and taxes. He went on to say, “I wanted to make government smaller. I wanted to make it more efficient. I wanted to streamline it. I was tired of liberal, big Democratic policies going on in state government.”
Moving ahead to his current campaign, Kemp told those present to look at the candidates and ask, “Who do you actually trust to do what they say?”
Kemp noted his use of technology to advance Georgia saying, “I do have that record of using technology to change our corporate filing system where now, the last two years in a row, we have literally set records for the number of annual registrations we’re doing in the first quarter … We also implemented a state-wide voter registration system, a new system because our old one was failing and it was on the state’s old mainframe computer. This is literally a state-wide IT project where we had to go through year-long procurement and then implement this new system in all 159 counties, retraining all the county registrars and election workers on how to use it. But we did that because we now have a better system that does more for the local election folks.”
Elections became a closer focus in Kemp’s meeting as he spoke about supporting the photo ID law for securing elections. Kemp stated he has been attacked by several politicians calling him a voter suppressor. Adamantly denying the claim, he noted 800,000 more people on voter rolls now than when he took office. Though accused of suppressing voting, Kemp noted record turnouts for voting in Georgia for the last elections we have had including the 2016 Presidential Election, the SEC Regional Primary, and even the Karen Handel versus Jon Ossoff special election.
Focusing on his four-point-plan, Kemp took his time to explain his ideas for the governor’s office and his next steps if he gets elected. Noting his first point of making Georgia the number one state in the country for small business, Kemp said that he is a small business guy who spent and still spends time with his construction company. Saying 95 percent of corporations in Georgia’s 700,000 companies employ less than 50 people, he added that Ellijay itself is built on the backs of small businesses.
As his second point, Kemp claimed he wants to fundamentally reform state government through its budget, operations, and taxes. This brought up points of the spending cap and tax reform. Kemp said the only tax breaks he has seen is for those who have lobbyists before adding, “I’m wanting to be your lobbyist as governor, your lobbyist to give you tax breaks.”
Accomplishing this, according to Kemp, would require implementing the spending cap and budgeting conservatively in order to have money left over at the end of the year. Having money left over would lead to the real tax reform. Kemp added he did not care who it was, he would work with anyone on tax reform as long as it is broad based.
“The third point is making sure all of Georgia has the same opportunity; we’re moving all of Georgia forward. It’s not healthy for our state when we only have certain communities that are growing and thriving,” said Kemp, who added that he was the first candidate to make a plan to strengthen rural Georgia including protecting our military bases, taking the Georgia Grown program internationally, and creating economic strike teams to focus investments and job opportunities for projects of real regional significance.
Resting on his fourth point, Kemp said it was something that is easy to say, but not for politicians to follow through on. “Putting Georgians First” has become a campaign slogan for Kemp in addition to a trending hashtag #gafirst. Kemp delved deeper into the topic saying he wanted citizens ahead of special interest groups. He also wants to enforce the ban on sanctuary cities saying, “It’s ridiculous that we have states like California that are now wanting to become sanctuary states when we’re not even taking care of our people and our own veterans. Illegals can go into hospital rooms and get free healthcare and our own people are getting priced out of the market.”
Closing his speech, Kemp told those present that he could not do it alone saying, “I cannot win this race without your help.” Stating he was not a special interest candidate, Kemp claimed he has the resources to win and the “best ground game in the state” with locals and citizens who endorse his message and his campaign. He called it a grassroots army that he was raising through people who would support him.
After delivering his message, Kemp took a few moments to answer questions. Generally focusing on elections, voter IDs, and ballots, Kemp noted there is not a verifiable paper audit trail in current systems. With an aging system that has been near collapse, Kemp says they have been looking at options for the next system to use. Considering electronic systems versus paper ballots, the discussion of what system should be used has caused debate.
Kemp spoke about a test last November in Conyers as a pilot: “You vote on a marking device like we have now. Then, once you hit submit, it prints the ballot out. You can hold it in your hand. You can look at your selections … Let’s say it’s not like you want it, you take it to a poll worker, they spoil the ballot, and you go back. If it is like you want to vote, you go to a scanner. It scans that ballot, counts it electronically, so you have the electronic count. Then it drops it into a locked ballot box, so you have the paper receipt. So, you actually have two ways to audit after the election.”
FetchYourNews also got a chance to ask Kemp about his opinions on Senate Bill 375, “Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act.” Though Kemp said he had not fully read 375, he said he signed the pledge to support religious liberty legislation that was vetoed in recent years. A topic that has divided lawmakers and legislators, the religious liberty pledge could set the future of reviving that legislation. While supporters point to the protection legislation like 375 could afford businesses and departments, opponents fire back with allegations of “legalized discrimination.”
Kemp said in today’s Tea Party meeting, “The sky is not falling if we protect religious freedom and religious liberty by signing a bill in Georgia that references what is in federal law.” Calling it a common sense thing, he says he is supportive of the issue. However, signing the religious freedom bill may make Bill 375 a “non-issue.”
The Jimmy Story
Are you hurting, or concerned over a loved one? Are you willing to love the Lord and trust Him with all your heart? If you Love the Lord, and trust enough to turn that loved one or any issue in your life over to Him; He will go to work for you. If it is a loved one, He will give them every opportunity to get right with Him. If you care, God cares. First of all, He cares about you and what you are going through. He is not willing that anyone should ever perish, but that they should be loved and free from sin and prosper in all their ways. The Lord gave me an understanding of this through a young man I met, named Jimmy; He worked for a man in Stuart, Fl. Jeff bought and sold cars. He would buy at the auction in Ft. Lauderdale and sale up and down the coast to dealers. I ask him if he would buy a specific car for me, for a fee, and he said he would. He called me and said he had purchased my car, but I would need to go with him the next day to the auction to pick it up. When he picked me up, he had Jimmy with him and he was going along to pick up another car. It turned out to be a long day. He made several stops doing business deals. Jimmy and I would stay outside, and I would talk to him about the Lord Jesus. Jimmy was polite and quiet, but he would never answer me. He had a Nazis swastika tattooed on his neck which did not seem to fit his “nice guy “image. I knew by his boss’s name that he was working for a Jew. This seemed strange to me.I seemed to be obsessed with getting Jimmy saved. I was on him all day. Late in the afternoon, I thought I was running out of time, and I said, “Jimmy, before you die, make sure you cry out, Jesus save me.” Then I said,” do you hear me, Jimmy? Remember Jimmy as you are dying, cry out, “Jesus save me.” I said it several times. He looked at me, and I am sure he thought, this old man is crazy. And I remember saying to myself, Bob, what is wrong with you? This young man is only 21 years old you have got to lighten up. This guy thinks you are a nut, and I was ready to agree with him
Someone else purchased the car that was for me, so I rode back with Jeff. Jimmy drove another vehicle back. I talked to Jeff about Jesus. He said his dad was a Jew, but his mother was a Catholic, and he knew about Jesus, and he was going to do better. When we got to Jeff’s place, he had one car there with 10,000 miles on it. The car was 3 or 4 years old, but looked like new. I made the deal. He said he would have Jimmy detail it, and I could pick it up tomorrow. The next afternoon, he had not called, so I called him . He said, “Jimmy died.” I said, what do you mean Jimmy died! The boy was only 21, and in perfect health. He said Jimmy’s mother had called and told him that he came in around eleven last night and talked a while then went to bed. The next morning she went in to wake him, and he was dead. I told Jeff that I spoke to him about the Lord, and he said, he told me you did after you left. This is a mystery. I have no clue why Jimmy had to die, but this I know, Jimmy could not have died without me, or someone like me, that would tell him about Jesus. The Lord ordered that whole day on behalf of Jimmy. Some little Mother, Dad, or Granny had lit the fire of God over Jimmy’s life. I gave him the plan of salvation every way I knew how , and he never responded to me, but God purged Jimmy in his dying breath. What a Wonderful, Magnificent, Awesome, Loving Father and God we have. If you have a loved one out there and you have done all you know to do , just remember Father God is a family man. He doesn’t want you in heaven and your family member in hell, or suffering. Keep crying out, keep praying, start speaking with the authority that God has given you. God will consume their problem and cleanse them just for you, My friend. The word in your mouth can be someone else’s eternity. Pray, speak. Don’t forget Num23:19 “God is not a man, that he should lie,” you can, above all, trust what he has said.
Understanding the Fire Power of God
The scripture says in Heb.12:29 that our God is a consuming fire. Over the years I have found it very difficult to understand the firepower of God. How do we get the fire and how do we use it in our lives and ministry? Jesus is the Baptizer of the Holy Spirit and fire. I see many flowing in the Holy Spirit, but I find it hard to see the fire. John the Baptist said Jesus would baptize us with fire as well as the Spirit. That’s two things. It should be a big deal. Just how do we use this fire of God that we are baptized with? I am not sure we know how this fire baptism works.
Luke 3:16, John answered, saying unto them all,” I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose. He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.” I say, if we do not see the fire, we probably don’t know how to use it. I’m not sure that I understand the full meaning of the fire baptism by the Lord Jesus, but I will try to share what the Lord has shown me.
Several years ago as I lay down on my bed, I had a dream or a prophetic visitation. I was taken to this large field.It was longer than a football field but resembled a farm. I was leading a riding horse that was saddled up. I was carrying a bouquet of flowers in my right hand and leading the horse with my left. I came up to this village, and I saw several white frame houses in a semi-circle or half circle. Every home I saw was precisely alike: white and very clean and orderly. The yards were spotless. To the left and at the rear of each house was a pile of debris about two feet high. It looked like trimmings from a small orchard. In front of each pile stood a man with a torch in his hand with no fire. Every man was blocked. They had gone as far as possible in their own power. The pile of debris represented the problems in their life that would not go away, and yet they had pushed as hard as they could. They could not move the debris or get rid of it. The debris represents problems like lust, pornography, alcohol, drugs, procrastination, sickness and above all out of control children. Anything that was eating away at them. I came to this angel on my right hand who looked like a man, and I asked him,“What are all these men doing just standing here with these torches in their hands?”The angel said, “The Holy Ghost said when you light the fire, the rats and things will come running out, and he can destroy them.” Rats and thing are demons and strongholds that stand in your way- Anything that nibbles away at your life and hinders you or robs you of joy, peace, rest, prosperity, or the quality of life that you should be living as a child of God. [Notice, you have to light the fire before the Holy Ghost moves against the enemy.] I turned and said, “Light them!” When I spoke, each man lit his brush pile, and the fire fell from heaven and licked up all the debris. It did not leave so much as a matchstick! Then every man was free to move forward.The flames rose up and blanketed the whole sky before me. The flames formed into a ball of fire as large as a truck. The wind shifted, and the Spirit of God moved. The ball of fire came to me and consumed the flowers I was carrying and then consumed me. I was absorbed into the ball of fire and was baptized in it. I have struggled with the Lord for years for a proper understanding of all of this. I now know it was to be understood little by little as I ministered and matured along the way.The men with the torches, but no fire, represented the children of the kingdom who were truly living for Christ Jesus. The clean yard and spotless white houses described the condition of the believer’s life. They had tried their very best to live for the Lord and to help those they loved. The horse represented my ministry which was to come. I was not in the saddle because I was not quite ready My flowers which were consumed, were issues in my life: my brush pile which the Lord had to take away. God is a consuming fire. He purges away what we cannot get rid of ourselves. We need a better understanding of how to use the firepower of God. I think it is like everything else, the Word makes it work, or it doesn’t work. My words were made real when I used them, and so will yours be when you speak. I would think they could have lit the fire with better understanding.
Jer. 23:29– “Is not my word like as a fire? Saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” Evidently, the fire is released through the spoken word of God. I did what the angel told the Holy Ghost I was to do; I said light them. I believe the people, who are baptized with fire, are the ones with the authority of God’s word in their mouth. His Word is like a fire when spoken with power and like a hammer that breaks down anything in the way. I kept thinking this Word was for me, but how many people could I help? This Word to light the fire of God is for all that will speak the Word with faith, boldness, and authority. The fire comes when one gets hold of God and refuses to let go. Get to know and to understand the baptism of fire when the fire was lit every man walked free from every hindrance.–
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The power of God’s word
I want to give you a word of encouragement today. Perhaps some of you are going through fiery trials even now. Stand firm, keep trusting the Lord.
I have noticed most people I know who truly live the Christian life, and not just go to church, but have the word of God working in their lives, seem to have a noticeable peace and rest about them. I believe, and I share this from experience, that rest may well be the highest order of the blessings of God. The blessed people seem always to know in depth the word of God. I concluded that the word of God must have strength, power, and wisdom in it. If it were not of great value, we would not pursue it.
Exodus 33:13-14 Moses said to God, “ Now, therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, show me now thy way, that I may know you, that I may find grace in thy sight, and consider that this nation is your people.” I am thinking here, did anyone ever know God like you did Moses? The guy is standing in miracles up to his knees. He had just led millions of people out of Egypt after practically destroying the country by the hand of God. Now he is saying, “I don’t really know you.”
Moses was God’s man of the month. God’s man of the hour, but he did not feel like he truly knew God.
And God said, “My presence shall go with thee, and I will give you rest.”What a promise Father God made to Moses: I will be present with you, and you will have rest. My friend rest comes from believing the promises of God. The greatest promise God could make to Moses was to give him rest.
Listen to this wonderful promise from the Lord Jesus to us.
John14:16-18 “ And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever. Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive because it sees him not, neither knows him: but ye know him; for He dwells with you, and shall be in you.
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” His spirit will always go with you, and He, The Holy Spirit, will give rest to you.
Ps119:105 The Psalmist said, “ The word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” God’s word takes the load off and shows you the next step I will take that every time.
The word of God is Spirit, and it is life. I will take that kind of life. Come and let it light up your life.
John10:27,” My sheep hear My voice.” His word, as well as his Spirit, is His voice.
The Word will protect you. It will be your rear guard.
The Psalmist said, “Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against you.” The word will keep you clean, and pure.
The word is what Father God desires to say to all mankind. He knows everything and owns everything. It is His world. He inspired all the words of the Bible. It is His story.
Jer.15:16 ( Don’t forget what Jeremiah said)”Thy words were found, and I did eat them, and the word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.” Father God responds and gives rest to His children who know his word and is secure in Him.
2: Peter1:3 the word says he has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness; through the knowledge of Him, that has called us to glory and virtue. We get His knowledge by hearing what He has to say. It is a great thing to be able to apply His knowledge to your situation. I am trying to tell you God wants to talk to you through His word today.
The entrance of the Word brings light. Has it entered you, my friend? Is your path lit up? It should be.
How are things, how is your life? Listen as I tell you about God’s plan and see if it is working well for you. And if not, you are probably missing out on what He is saying.
If the Word has priority in your life, it will shine a light on your path. Your thinking will change for the better, and you will make better decisions and better choices in life. That will help you to prosper in every area of your life.
The Word will show your feet where to step, and it will keep you on the right path. Even a flashlight can be king in a dark room.
Have you thought of the Word as power for life? It can be. It powers my life. The Lord quickened the Word to me years ago, and I have ordered my life by it. God’s Word is the greatest treasure and the greatest value of my life. It has delivered everything that it’s promised.
Psalms12:6,” the words of the Lord are pure words as silver tried in a furnace of earth purified seven times.” That’s big.
Think about the power of the Word. When your heart is full of the Words of God, it will overcome your old sorry, sinful life.
If you have a sin problem, the infilling of the Word in your heart will push it away. It leaves very little room for sin.
Ps119:89, “Forever, O Lord thy word is settled in heaven”. Let’s talk about this. It is a rope you can hang on to, an anchor that will secure you and a stabilizer that will keep you in balance.
Isaiah 40:8, “The word of our God shall stand forever.”
Matt 24:35 Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my word shall never pass away.”Nothing else has this kind of shelf life..
John 14:24 “Jesus said, and the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s which sent me.” We could say, all of the heavens back His Word. I heard a statement from a Rabbi that goes something like this, “the words of men that represent God today have overpowered and overshadowed the Word of God.” Men are starving us out. There is a true famine of the true Word of God.
John 4:24 Jesus said, God is a spirit.” Jesus said My Word is a Spirit, and it is Life, so the Life of God flows out of the Word of God to us. Paul called him The Invisible God in Col 1:15
God is a Spirit, so His Spirit, His Word must touch our spirit and influence our flesh to work. If you pick up His Words and run with them, you will score every time.
John 17:7Jesus said,” Father I have given them the words that you gave me. I finished the work that you gave me to do”. Think about that. Jesus gave you the Words of Life, for your life.