Has occultism and Jezebel's witchcraft crept into modern-day prophetic ministry? Charisma news editor Jennifer LeClaire explores this sign of the end-times and warns against this subtle deception. read more
First Samuel chronicles one of Israel's darkest hours—an hour when the glory of the Lord departed. Doug Stringer offers prophetic insight into what the American church can learn from this sobering time in Israel's history. read more
Are you satisfied with the level of breakthroughs you have experienced? Have you been witnessing the promises that God has spoken to you? Sandy Freed discusses a word she heard from the Lord. read more
Is there some hidden meaning or message in the conflagration? R. Loren Sandford says it is never long after such questions begin to surface that judgments and condemnations posing as prophetic words begin to be heard. read more
Dualism remains a problem for many Christ followers. They
compartmentalize their lives and miss the presence and light of God in
every moment, breath, and context of life. Here are some scriptural
truths on the matter:
Matthew 5:14: “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Proverbs 4:18: “The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day” (NIV).
John 8:12: “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he
said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk
in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”
Ministry by definition is the spiritual work or service of any Christian or a group of Christians. One of the greatest revelations we can ever embrace is that whatever we do in life, is ministry, because the light of God in us and through us never goes dim. Every job, every assignment, our family, our leisure and whatever pathway that the Holy Spirit may lead us, is ministry. read more
Much of what we are living today we were speaking yesterday. Of course, not everything in one's future is determined by his words. However, in real ways, our words are seeds that bloom in future hopes and fears; they are the trailblazers of our future, the pioneers of our tomorrows.
Still, most of us are too casual, or ignorant, about the weightiness of our words. Recall: it was Jesus Himself who warned, "For every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment." He continued, "For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned" (Matt. 12:36-37).
We will each stand before God and give an account for our words. We actually will be justified or condemned by the things we uttered in life. In truth, idle words create idols, false realities and hollow goals, to which we bow down and serve. read more
I was involved in another prophetic experience that I think has some
great lessons. It happened when I was flying our ministry plane to
Nashville, Tenn., with some of our musicians to do some recording.
to the General Aviation ramp, a line girl directed us to a parking spot.
After we deplaned, the wife of one of our musicians said to the line
girl as she walked past her, “You get along with animals better than you
do people—you should have been a vet.” The line girl looked stunned,
and I couldn’t help wondering if this had insulted her.
Our team left with their ride, which had been waiting to take
them to the recording studio. Before I left, I gave my fuel order at the
service desk when the line girl came in and blurted out, “Was that girl
with you a psychic?” I said, “No, but why do you ask?” She told me that
when she was parking our plane she was thinking about how she gets
along better with animals than she does people and that she should have
become a vet. That’s when the musician’s wife spoke to her. read more
A young woman called me looking for a prophetic word. She was
befuddled, sore vexed and all-out desperate to hear from God about a
This young, Spirit-filled woman, we’ll call her
Tammy, insisted she just couldn’t hear from God. She had prayed. She
has worshipped. She had read books on how to hear the voice of God.
Yet she adamantly confessed that she could not hear a word. She called
me because she wanted to me to “go to the throne” on her behalf.
went on to rehearse every detail the devil was telling her. She told me
how the devil said she was going to get fired on the next round of job
layoffs. She told me how the devil said her car was going to break down
soon. She told me how the devil said she was going to get sick. And she
was full of fear.
Can you see the contrast yet? Tammy did not believe she could hear
the voice of God—and this after I had coached her for weeks on how to
quiet her soul and listen for that still small voice—yet
she could tell me every lie the devil was whispering in her ear with
pinpoint accuracy. And her fear testified that she believed those lies. read more
On May 9 President Obama finally openly voiced his support for gay marriage. Already he has falsely characterized opposition to abortion as a war on women, thus stating his support for abortion rights and further adding fire to his campaign to ignite gender and class warfare.
Evidence of suppression of Christian expression in the military grows. Under Obamacare, freedom of religion has been abridged in the requirement that our Catholic brethren provide employees with birth control coverage through their health insurance programs. The president's "concession" requiring only the insurance companies to make that provision is no concession at all. The Catholic Church still pays for the service. It makes no difference that we Protestants do not share the Catholic conviction concerning birth control. It would be a mistake to assume that this requirement doesn't touch us. If the Catholic conscience can be overridden in this case in violation of the constitutional separation of church and state, then other religious freedoms for the rest of us can be similarly abridged.
These are not simple differences of political opinion, but are rather issues of morality that matter deeply to God. As America's moment of decision approaches, take note and remember these things, together with much that will yet be revealed in the course of the presidential campaign. Listen carefully to what the candidates and their surrogates say, note what is actually done by both of them and then vote according to your conscience. read more
These past weeks, I felt the Lord leading me to do certain things
like sorting through my old records, files and to do housecleaning
(throwing out things that are no longer useful to me). This gave me
time to work and talk with the Lord. In the process, I found myself
sharing my struggles with Him.
I felt that I have not done enough for Him. As I go over the years
past, I noticed that many times I felt the Lord leading me to do
something which I obeyed wholeheartedly, then along the way events
overtook me and I had to let go of those projects and let go of the
These experiences make me feel like I have been a failure. The
enemy of our soul has been quick to pick up the momentum to
continually use these memories to torment us about our shortcomings.
Many times I felt that I have missed my calling, failed the Lord and
am a total failure. I was in this state of mind when the Lord
interrupted me with that “small still voice” to
give me His message. Furthermore, it was impressed to me that this
message is not for me alone. Many of God’s warriors
are standing in the same place where I am now. So my prayer
is that as I share this message with the body of Christ, that you
please allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart
as well. read more
“‘The time is surely coming,’ says the Lord
God, ‘that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a
thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord’” (Amos 8:11-12).
The thought strikes me that the famine is not so much for the lack of speaking as the lack of hearing. I have had the increasing impression that God’s people do not know how to hear
the word of God. Or, unlike the Thessalonian converts from paganism,
they do not believe that the word they are hearing is indeed God’s word.
Therefore, the word is received casually if not indifferently as the
word of man, that is to say, without effect. Perhaps we have been
filling up on verbal “junk food” and have dulled our appetites for “real
food” by the profusion of much speaking of our own that leaves us sated
if not bloated, and therefore we suffer malnutrition in the midst of
seeming plenty. Certainly we lack the evidence of growth and change
that the word of God should accomplish, and we seem fixed in our immaturity and shallowness. read more
Many Christians debate whether the devil is on the earth or in
hell; can he dwell in Christians or only in the world? The fact is,
the devil is in darkness. Wherever there is spiritual darkness, there
the devil will be.
For most, the term spiritual warfare introduces a new but
not necessarily welcomed dimension in their Christian experience. The
thought of facing evil spirits in battle is an
unsettling concept, especially since we came to Jesus as lost sheep,
not warriors. Ultimately, some of us may never actually initiate
spiritual warfare, but all of us must face the fact
that the devil has initiated warfare against us. Therefore, it is
essential to our basic well-being that we discern the areas of our
nature that are unguarded and open to satanic assault.
Jude tells us, “And angels who did not keep their own domain,
but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under
darkness for the judgment of the great day” (1:6, NASB).
When Satan rebelled against God, he was placed under eternal
judgment in what the Bible calls “pits” (2 Pet. 2:4) or “bonds”
of darkness. The devil and the fallen angels with him have been
relegated to live in darkness. This darkness does not simply refer to
areas void of visible light. The eternal darkness to which this
Scripture refers is essentially a moral darkness, which
ultimately degrades into literal darkness. However, its cause is not
simply the absence of light; it is the absence of God, who is light. read more
For the past 48 years of ministry I’ve been in love with the Word of God and the Spirit of God. Some of you are familiar with the old saying, “If you have too much of the Word you will dry up. Too much of the Spirit and you will blow up, but if you have the Spirit and the Word, you will grow up.”
Though I’m sure one could pick apart that saying, it does nevertheless contain some great wisdom, insight and common sense. Some churches that major on the Spirit have become overly intoxicated and plain weird, while those majoring on the Word have a tendency to become dead, pharisaical and proud.
When questioned by His disciples as to when the end would come, Jesus warned them that first there would be wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes and pestilence, etc. He also spoke about an increase of supernatural activity by saying that there would be many false prophets that would mislead many. He went on to say; “False christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24). read more
Disturbed. That’s how I’ve felt for the past few weeks in light of the events surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin.
I’ve been a resident of the Sanford, Fla., area for the past six
years, a business-man-turned pastor. This week I received a word from
the Lord about the current events in my city that was as clear as any
word I’ve received in the past 20 years. I knew that receiving such a
clear, strong and direct prophetic word was significant and I felt compelled to share it with the world.
I heard during prayer the voice of the Lord say
this: “If the church, civil and business leaders do not take
preventative spiritual action on the current events, we will be left
responding to physical violence in the streets of our cities.” read more
Supernatural means “super-natural.” As C.S. Lewis pointed out, almost
all of the miracles of Jesus were simply the speeding up of a natural
process. There was never any wine that did not start out as water and go
through a process—Jesus just sped up that process. There was never
anyone healed that God did not heal through the “natural” processes He
placed in us, but through Jesus and His workers He sped this up.
Words of knowledge, which is receiving information through
the Spirit about someone, is like touching one little cell of the mind
of Christ. When Jesus looks at something, He knows all that there is to
know about that person. When we look at someone in the Spirit, He can
give us just a tiny fraction of that information and it seems
spectacular to us. If we are given a name, birthday or other details,
we’re astounded, as the person usually is too. Even so, this is not to
wow people but to help them.
When we receive a bit of supernatural knowledge like this,
if we will not get too excited and keep inquiring of the Lord, He will
often give us more. Sometimes He’ll also give us a “word of wisdom,” so
that we know how to use this knowledge to help that person. Again, it’s
not just about getting the word of knowledge, but about helping the
person, church or other entity. read more