The Blessed Flames of Promotion

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A 9/11 memorial offering…as America deals with many disasters today (It’s also our 8th anniversary, marking the day we began our labor in North Dakota through Jesus, which turned out to be 8 years after 9/11!).

God once said to us, “Don’t blame the flame!”  

After a month of publishing, “Everyone will be salted with fire,” I pray that Jesus’ Words (Mark 9:49) are coming more and more into focus so that He may be honored far and wide.  Mark 16:20, “And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.”

Please consider our 9/11 memorial offering to God; may it help empower you to walk as a bullet-proof child of the Most High (like the song)!

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Walk AND chew gum

Job 12:2,  “No doubt you are the people, and wisdom will die with you.”

The wisdom from above is impartial, the fruit of being right before God begins with confident quietness and real love doesn’t have to have its own way.

The verse from Job above are his words of frustration with the know-it-alls that God later reprimanded.

With so many destructive intensities unfolding, now is the time for the Body of Christ to rise up and shine, united and moving forward against evil in love.  Can’t the Body walk and chew gum at the same time?!  From a very brief skimming-over of social media, apparently not.  “I’m right! You are wrong!”

The right foot moves forward while the left foot rests – same Body working together as each member does its part.  It’s called…get this…“walking.” Otherwise, we have what is being displayed to the lost world today:  The Body of Christ is a hopping bunny rabbit?  No wonder it fits into the world’s sight of Easter so well.

Both feet want to move forward together, arms & elbows flailing, without any regard or cooperation with the other members of the Body whatsoever.

The right knee curses the left knee, “under its Anointing.”  They holler at one another, “God judges the unrepentant!  He scourges all those He loves – you’re an idiot and all people should avoid you!”  Meanwhile, not listening because the other knee is quite convinced that it too is a mouth, “The Cross has satisfied God’s wrath for all time!  It’s His loving kindness that brings sinners to salvation – you’re an idiot that all people should avoid!”  The world’s response?  “Those people are all lunatics.”

Geez, if we could get those two “legs” working together, discharging their respective God-given energies without back-biting, we’d have true revival “on our hands.”

The wisdom that has its foundation in fearing God delights to admit that it doesn’t know its left from its right, no matter how many times it’s been through any given drill, “I could speak up or I can be quiet.  I could exert energies to move forward or I could wait right here and enjoy You instead.  Be my Lord, while I delight to follow You in this moment (movement).”

The King of Right set such a fine example of being quiet through injustice, entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly, that all believers everywhere are instructed to follow His example.  It doesn’t say in that Biblical passage, “Unless you really think you are right, then, by all means, give’em a ration of what you think is right!”  No, that’s the chaos-bringing spirit of strife and there you will find every kind of evil.  Look around, America.

Love doesn’t insist on its own way…get this, Christian, even to its own death.  In fact, when Christians demonstrate this self-sacrificing love of God the world will see less of wild and erratic spams and more of the Spirit of Jesus alive and well in the earth – doing His wonders.

Is it too hard to believe that God still winnows (a violent process) so that people can better appreciate the things that really matter?  Can’t one follower of Christ minister “This is God’s wrath which comes to the children of disobedience” while another follower of Christ shares, “The Lamb of God has taken away the sins of the world; we can forever escape the wrath of God through Jesus!”  Apparently, God is being unreasonable to ask His Body to walk and chew gum at the same time.  The right foot thinks it can kick the left foot into submission [to the point of view God gave it] without any regard for the left foot’s “command from God.”

Galatians 5:15,  “…if you keep attacking each other like wild animals, you had better watch out or you will destroy yourselves.”

It would be nice to see people subduing themselves, before God, ahead of presuming to make spirits, storms and nations submit to the Spirit about which they boast.  God’s got work to do and it starts, every day, in the mirror that is before your face and mine – this restores the salt to its saltiness, each grain making a difference in God’s heart. Job was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He lost nearly all that he had. But he never lost the approval of his God…and that proved to be more than enough.

Review the last month’s titles

A review of a month’s titles from “the Word of the LORD,” as we “pray and watch” in this move of God:

Our intercession:
* “Cheerfully endure,” August 6, 2017
* “EVERYONE will be salted with fire: The earth has nothing I desire besides You, Lord,” August 13, 2017
* “Everyone will be salted with fire: Don’t resist Jesus!” August 20, 2017
* “Everyone will be salted with fire: Your heart or your life; God’s setting somethin’ ablaze!” August 27, 2017
* “Everyone will be salted with fire: You are bringing disaster on yourself!” September 3, 2017

Our watching:
– August 8th, N. Korea threatens Guam. (it’s valid this time!)
– August 17th, Harvey named; landfall on August 25th.
– Turn of the month, fires spread across American west.
– September 5th, Irma strikes Caribbean.
– 9/11 memorial, opportunity to turn nuclear missiles away via repentance looking more attractive.

“The earth has nothing I desire besides You [Lord]” (Psalm 73:25b) is a reflection of the First Commandment: “You shall put no other god before Me.” Imagine refusing to do that and then calling on “god” to protect your agenda/affection. This too mocks God.

Put some salt on it

“Oh God, don’t let our comfort be disturbed [so that we can continue satisfying our own appetites]!”

Been speaking to the storm through faith in the Name of Jesus? Let’s all take our intercession to another level with repentance. Repentance, too, is intercession. He leaves the 99 to retrieve the one that’s been wandering. When He possesses it anew, He is happier because of the one’s return than with the 99 who never wandered (Matthew 18:14).

There’s no greater way to expedite doom than returning to God in pretense only, some preacher said.

YOU, individual, HAVE POWER BEFORE GOD to turn the pending doom away, by returning yourself wholeheartedly to God.

“Does repentance prevent catastrophes?
Like removing a cancerous growth from the body, God sometimes uses catastrophes to perform spiritual surgery. IF REPENTANCE DOES NOT FOLLOW SIN, JUDGEMENT WILL. With repentance, however, the full weight of God’s wrath is restrained or sometimes averted altogether. Natural consequences of sin may still follow, but repentance restores the relationship with God.” (Quest Study Bible on Joel 2:12-14, caps mine for emphasis)

Christ has paid for every sin to be forever forgiven. AND, if we deliberately keep on sinning after coming to the knowledge of this truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgement and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God (Hebrews 10:26-27). And this is what the Lord our God has revealed to us, that He has come to put an end to His adversaries, those that have set themselves against Him by refusing to repent (contending for their own agenda).

“Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “return to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments (wholeheartedly, not in pretense only).” Return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and He relents from sending calamity. Joel 2:12-13

 

 

Open letter to America

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It took working in New York on 9/11 as an air traffic controller to change my tune.  I do not suppose the following is Armageddon or “The Apocalypse.”  It’s just time to look deeper, America.

Before Irma formed we began seeing coming disasters through prayer and God’s Word.  Day after day, with our backs to the news, the same very alarming message has presented itself through our seeking of God, again and again.

I hope this does not excite fear, but create sobriety.

On August 8th, I saw, in the Spirit (John 16:13), North Korea launch a missile which produced a title wave.  Later that same day, breaking news announced their threat to drop a missile off the coast of Guam.  We sought the Lord, “Shall intercession avert this?”

(Church in America, prayer is not a magic lamp to rub for the satisfaction of YOUR agenda.  It’s communion with God.  Biblical examples reveal that sometimes this oneness informs, “Don’t bother praying against _____.”  There have been many times our reply to this type of leading was along the lines of, “Uh, are You sure about that?!”)

On August 13th, “Everyone will be salted with fire” (Mark 9:49) came alive to us – we published that on the 14th.  Later that same week Harvey formed into a tropical storm.  The American Church’s intercession did not turn the subsequent disaster away.

God is in this place!  All of the wicked strife, hate & personal preferences (idols) have been mocking the Blood of the Lamb.  No words can describe how offensive this sound has been in the heavenly realms.  Sad that it took Harvey to produce a sweet sound from that region of America.  Again, our prayer and Bible study has convinced us that more fire upon America is bringing forth an even sweeter sound yet.

God should be praised.  God will be praised.

John Wesley said there is no salvation without, first, a crisis.  God’s Word says that the righteous (via faith in Jesus) will never be shaken; He is a Fortress to all who trust in Him.

I do believe that all out repentance TODAY, nation-wide, can turn every evil away from America’s shores.  The fruit of righteousness is undisturbed rest, a secure home, confidence in God and plenty of seed to sow…even should “hail flatten the city” (Isaiah 32:17-20).

The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in the whirlwind and storm…The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows those who take refuge in Him…But with an overflowing flood He will make a complete end of His adversariestrouble will not rise up from them a second time. (Nahum 1:3, 7-9)

God says of North Korea

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 “Church in America, your finger is on the button!”

Jesus said everyone will be salted with fire, in Mark 9:49-50, and this passage goes on to declare that if the salt has lost its saltiness it is completely useless.

Has the salt in America lost its saltiness, the potency to turn disaster away?  If what happened in Houston has answered that or not, the coming season will make it abundantly clear.

With talk of Jihad, 9/11, TWA800, Hurricane Irma, North Korea and more, the Word of the Lord from this weekend is loaded with grace and glory from God…for you!

12 minutes of excerpts from the Word

Here’s a post from our blog last month, immediately before all this recent talk from Jesus of being salted with fire:

North Korea attacks

Guam

Your heart or your life

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“Your heart or your life, God’s setting somethin’ ablaze!”

 

Burning Bush 

When Jesus said, “Everyone will be salted with fire…” (Mark 9:49), He meant those you’ve found fault with will be salted with fire, He meant YOU will be salted with fire, “the left” will be salted with fire, “the right” will be salted with fire, racists will be salted with fire, Donald Trump will be salted with fire, Antifa will be salted with fire, the greater Houston area, Texas, America, Vladimir Putin, North Korea and the Taliban will all be salted with fire.  Getting the point?  When He said everyone, He meant…EVERYONE!
 
Here’s a 4-minute excerpt as we’re walking out
the third week of what God has recently Breathed upon us.

 
God’s fire is designed to burn away the worthless things from your heart and life that you have been clinging to (unbelief, doubt, self-pity, worry, higher affections than Jesus, etc.).  He desires to bring you to a place where not only your heart but all of your circumstances have such value to God that the whole of your being is upheld by His pleasure through no effort of your own – as a star in the night sky among this dark and perverse generation (Phi. 2:12-16).  Your life can make a huge difference! Imagine, one star (the sun) warms this whole planet.
 
Don’t worry, it’s safe to give up all for/to Jesus.  If you surrender something He intends for you to have, He will receive what you have intimately offered (in worship to Him), place His glory upon it and return it to you safe and sound; again, as something that He takes pleasure in preserving and displaying, for His glory, through no effort of your own.
 
Anything that you are not willing to sacrifice for the purpose of “making Christ greater” is an idol.  Obviously, He is already infinitely greater than everything; everything else is worthless compared to Him!  Therefore, this is about keeping Him first, by far, in your heart and life.  And, “Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs” (Jonah 2:8, from “the belly of a whale”).  Jonah came to His senses amidst the most intense of suffering.  America is a type of Jonah and it’s time for her to admit (let in anew) the fiery Truth of God, Jesus Christ.
 
Don’t forsake the priceless grace that can be yours today.
 

Don’t Resist Jesus!

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Last week’s publication promised, “EVERYONE will be salted with fire…” (Mark 9:49, caps mine for emphasis).

Since then, we have been enjoying God’s all consuming love.  And we gladly share the Promise with you here, too:  A fiery 3-minute excerpt from Sunday (via Susan Totman).

We didn’t plan it this way, but Susan served on the heels of Salted with Fire and Rising Wonder Women (the latter was published in Australia the day she ministered but she hadn’t read it).

Full message through Minister Susan,
Don’t Resist Jesus,” 71 minutes.

 

While, as missionaries, our ministry (Bethesda) has never had a concerted fundraiser, we THRILL to help other ministries in this way.  Why “THRILL”?

When sent to The Church of Jacksonville, God used me to open up over $120,000 in less than 5 minutes for their children’s ministry.  When sent to Triumph Christian Center, I said, “The God of glory thunders, right now!” and as the words “right now!” crossed my lips the entire building shook under the clap of Body penetrating thunder as an apparent lightning strike coincided with my words directly overhead; the Church went from deep in the red that day, financially, to having more than enough.

Yes, we THRILL to help other ministries raise money – following Jesus.  Come be a part of another move of God on October 5th in Duluth, MN, at the Adult & Teen Challenge there.

They have created a 30-second TV commercial for my upcoming speaking engagement, a heaven-sent fundraiser:

Thank you, again and again and again, for helping us!  We don’t take your support for granted but understand that it is the gift of God so that together we are sowing faith, hope and love in His Presence. May every ‘wild’ place – in your life, my life and planetwide – be cultivated by God, turned into and Eden of fellowship with Him.
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Salted with Fire

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“EVERYONE will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? …” Jesus Christ, Mark 9:49-50 (caps mine for emphasis).

Oh, to God’s glory, it’s just another Word from His lips to your ears.  Hear what the Spirit of Jesus is saying!

Salted with Fire, 51 minutes.

 

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