Yield Your Rights and Commute Your Prison Sentence


 Mt 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Mt 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Mt 21:5 “Tell ye the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek and sitting upon an ass, and a colt, the foal of an ass.’”

Ga 5:23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Eph 4:2 with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love,

Col 3:12  Therefore, holy and beloved, as the elect of God, put on hearts of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering,

1Ti 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

1Pe 3:4 but let it be the hidden man of the heart which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which in the sight of God is of great price.

To be meek is not to be weak!

Bill Gothard, a Bible teacher in the 1980’s, gave a brilliant definition on meekness.

He said that in a Christian, meekness it the opposite to anger.

Anger can have different sources.

One is undealt with emotional hurts. Another one is unyielded rights.

Christians have forfeited all rights to Jesus Christ as His love slaves. A slave had no rights. His master, if he was a noble one, provided for all of the needs of His slave.

The Christian is called to pick up his or her cross and follow Christ. What does the cross represent? It is an instrument of death. When we follow Christ we confess that we are crucified with Him on the cross, called to die with Him, as pertaining to whom we were, so that resurrected Christ can be revealed through us. So whom we were, with all of the personal rights that went along, died on the cross.

The only right that Christian has is the right to obey Jesus Christ by the voice of the Holy Spirit and His written Word.

When a person does not want to relinquish a certain right to God, anger wells up.

God asks for something, and the Christian unyielded, draws a line in the sand to God saying, “I will only go this far, but I am not willing to obey you in this!”

His reaction to Gods’ request will manifest in anger, defiance, and or stubbornness.

Thus in many instances of anger in a Christian the core is unyielded rights.

Meekness, is the opposite of anger. Meekness in a Christian describes a person who has yielded his rights to God or is in that process of it.

It is in this flavor that I have reblogged this entry about myself.

Today I discovered the greatest, most profound, and the most destructive, of my prisons.

Really, I did not discover it. Jesus had taken me there.

This is the prison of my rights.

It was a deep and subconscious penitentiary; a moated and lofty castle of my rights, my life, my control, my religion, my opinions, my beliefs, my expectations, my dreams, and my plans.

This was the one castle which I would not allow God in. I had assembled it when I had been hurt as a child, when fear and mistrust came in.

It was a towering shelter for me protecting myself. In this high citadel of my rights, no one and nothing could hurt me. Not even God, Himself.

From here I controlled my life, even my death. The dilemma though, is that because I am born in sin, it blinded me, and the path that I conjectured ended in destruction. A blind man cannot see.

I had a glimpse of this mental fortress. It was a little drought stricken piece of land, incredibly dry and cracked. Rain had not fallen upon it for many, many years.

There was one little sickly plant that had broken through its fissured terrain.

That little plant represented all my rights, I had vowed to defend. It had shut me in oppressed, and separated from my loving Creator.

I prayed today, and felt a stone hard place in my soul, close to my heart, where this land resides for all people. It’s named, “hardness and embitterment of heart.”

Everybody owns it. It’s the created place of past pain, where everybody vowed not to be hurt again, and now dwell apparently protected in this “the land of the hardened heart of my rights.”

As I interceded in earnest, Jesus opened the padlock to this prison and let me out. I know now that I can be healed and freed.

Every person partakes of this prison. Every human lives in the parched and barren land of his rights. He will do anything not to relinquish it . He might even go to hell claiming this land, even if all he has is its memories.

“Not even God will I let in”, he swears.

It’s all about protecting this little parched piece of land. It’s the little place of safety. We believe that we know better than God, as we pace back and forth in unmitigated darkness, in this our tiny castled dungeon, feeling very right, justified and smart.

“I know that God is out to steal this dungeon right from under my feet; He is such a bully”, another protests.

What God has is so much more extravagantly massive, yet in the blindness of pain, we clench to our detention house.

We are on a miniscule sandbar in the middle of an enormous ocean of blessings that God has for us, but we are so intent on holding on to the sandbar of our rights, that we never look up to see the waters around us.

“The sandbar is mine”, she says.

“It’s my rights, it’s my opinions, and it’s my life.”

So we give up the colossal for the minuscule, and justify ourselves in doing so.

In reality, the only rights given to us are the right to worship and obey God. I mean, God is the only one who is not blind.

Many will die in this prison, clenching this tiny dust bowl with the last gasp of breath.

I wish that I would have surrendered earlier to the One who can be fully trusted, and who longed to get me out, and not served a miserable 57 year sentence.

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Yield your rights and let the power of God touch you!

I praise God that I am finally out, though.

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The New VS The Old Wine Skins


 Mt 9:17  Neither do men put new (neos) wine into old  wine-skins: else the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins perish: but they put new (kainos) wine into fresh wine-skins, and both are preserved.

Neos is new or young in age, as a babe, a youth, or a teen ager.

Kainos, is not specifically new in age, but new because it’s something which has never been seen. Something unique, novel or out of the box is new because it’s never been seen. This is kainos.

So the fresh and young revival move of God’s Spirit must be place into Christians who are novel, and unique because the move by the voice of the Holy Spirit and are “Presence focused” and not “Religious or churchy programs focused.”

There is a separation coming between the old wineskins and the new wine.

The old wineskins represent our present religious system.  It is our “church culture,” our “Christianisee” ways that plagues much of our American churches and our lives as Christians

 The old wine skin is the system that exalts its theological doctrines, doctrines of men, or church denominations as idols above the Word or the Spirit of God.  Such are the churches that say that spiritual gifts are not for today.  Or such are the churches that limit and hinder the move of the Spirit as not to offend the “seeker”, who comes to their Sunday services.

Seeker sensitivity is Christianity’s political correctness.

The  old wine skins also represents those churches that are constantly seeking the supernatural, the blessings, the instant miracles, the instant financial prosperity, the claiming and framing from a “Santa Claus” God, without at the same time teaching its people a strong and correct foundation of Christian character through the Word of God, prayer and embracing the work of the cross of Christ.

The old win skins are those churches that put social issues, social justice issues, and cultural relevancy as idols before the voice of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. We can strive to be relevant to the heartbeat of the culture, but never compromise the Word of God to do so. Whenever we do that, deception comes in. This is because the devil is culturally relevant to every culture by deceiving it when the church compromises the Word of God to attempt to be relevant to the present culture. The devil is an equal opportunity deceiver, who only flees at the Word of God and only attacks when the Word is compromised, regardless of the decade that we live in. He does not respect cultural relevancy, only Word relevancy. His wish is to remain incognito so that we attribute problems to everything else but him.

The old wine skins represent the ministers who thrive on control and one man shows.  It is also the same system that thrives with believers who are pew sitters.  God has not created us to be spiritual babies forever. God has a calling and a ministry for each of us. The only Person of Interest is the Holy Spirit and what He wants to do.

The old wine skins represent the manipulation and hype that comes out of our pulpit for money.  It is also made up of believers that think that their problems will be solved strictly by a financial donation, and that instant miracles and solutions will come to them because of it.  God is not a Santa Claus God.  Most times a lack of financial blessings are either a sign of testing, faith building, or that something is wrong with our walks before God.  We need to find out what God is telling us.

The old wine skins are believers who look to Facebook and Twitter statuses as the Word of God than the serious study of the Word.

What is the New Wine?

2Co 13:4  for he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth through the power of God. For we also are weak  in him, but we shall live with him through the power of God toward you.

It comes out a crucified life that is lived through us by the revealed person of Christ. The new wine skin is focused on the revelation of the Person of Jesus Christ, rather than focused on church programs.

Ro 1:1  Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

His only right is to be a love slave of God.

God makes Himself responsible to take full care of that believer.

The responsibility of that believer is to hear the voice of God and obey so that God can move through Him in the fullness of His power.  If our control has died, then God controls us and execute His plans through in His perfect timing and through it touches many souls.

The great Christian apostle Watchman Nee said that God can do more through one dead to himself believer than one thousand alive to themselves ones.

Joh 3:8  The wind bloweth where it will, and thou hearest the voice thereof, but knowest not whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.  

Our agendas and programs of the old wineskin have been crucified and have died.

The new wine believer or church has no programs and agendas but a life of obeying the Spirit of the living God, moment by moment and that with instant joyful obedience.

As we do not know where the wind goes so the believer whom would live in this new wine must allow God to blow him or her where He desires.

 He knows not where God will take him next.  It is a life of exciting hardship, challenge, living on the edge and un boring sacrifice.

I believe that much of the church of today is bored because of this.

As Mother Teresa said, we become God’s pencil and God uses us in tremendous ways.

The believer must not have his or her whole life etched in stone.  Their main priority is to be attentive to the voice of the Master to change their life, their plans, and their destiny for God at a moment’s instance.  God will do great things through the believer that is at His disposal.

2Co 5:4  For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

The new wine believer’s plans and future expectations have died and swallowed up in the immensity of the greatness of God. The believer loses himself to the infinity and greatness of the heart and mind of God for Him and for a lost world

The new wine believer does not cry out for revival.  He or she is a revival.  Wherever they go God flows through them in unlimited power, with His perfect timing and executes His eternal plans to affect many souls. God can do that because the new wine believer hears the voice of the Spirit clearly.  God uses him as razor sharp instrument.

Heb 11:8  By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed to go out unto a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

The new wine believer walks totally by faith so that God can take him or her where He wants, use him as He wants, and when He wants.

The believer will then be living  from the greatness of God and moment from moment excitement of the plans that God continues to execute through Him.  He has died to His plans and has taken God’s plans upon himself.

 He is totally surrendered to do his with his time, his ministry, and his finances, as God will.  God will greatly use such as one as this. As it says, if God knows He can channel it through us, He will give it to us.

Faith must become a totally normal way of life. Faith cannot be taught.  Faith must be lived out.

If we live by sight it will keep us bounded in the littleness of our own comfort, our own safety, our own understanding, our schemes, and our control and mind.  Our lives will always be meager and limited by our frail human limitations.

 We must go through a time an extended financial want and testing deep enough and long to learn how to place our trust in God and not money.

We must come to place where our whole dependency is upon God and not upon our money and our control. Then God can lead us freely, He can powerfully act and perform through us.  He can give to us more and more.

We will live out of His strength, His eternal plans that will affect countless peoples for eternity and His power

2Co 1:9  But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: {sentence: or, answer}

Miracles, signs and wonders occur always when we come to this end of ourselves.

Our end forces God to act for us. Our end is God’s beginning.

 In this country we depend so much on ourselves on our money and our comforts that God does not have to act on our behalf.  Hence we never see His power.  We live powerless and bored lives. We are trading the greatness of faith and freedom for the smallness of security through the control of big government.

Read these quotes from Alexis de Tocqueville’s, who lived 180 years ago. Truly a prophet to the USA!

“The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money.”

“The man who asks of freedom anything other than itself is born to be a slave.”

“It’s not an endlessly expanding list of rights – the “right” to education, the “right” to health care, the “right” to food and housing. That’s not freedom, that’s dependency. Those aren’t rights, those are the rations of slavery – hay and a barn for human cattle.”

“Americans are so enamoured of equality they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.”

“I should have loved freedom, I believe, always, but in the time in which we live I am ready to worship it.”

Christians can have many problems with finances, because God cannot bless them with much money.  He cannot trust us.  We are too alive!!  Too much in control, too much selfishness still plagues us. God fears that their hearts might stray from Him.

True financial prosperity comes to believer who keeps whatever money God tells him to keep and channels every other penny out according to the voice of God instantly and joyfully.

Ch 22:14  Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto. {trouble: or, poverty}

For those who have a problem with tithing, what about King David’s donation to the work of God.

A three billion dollar contribution just in gold!

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The Future Of The Real Media


Of all the talk radio personalities, the most thought provoking one is Glenn Beck. I cannot get my information anymore from the media, for its information is disinformation. As a matter of fact, I am getting my news either from tweets during a crisis, Face book friends, or fellow bloggers, just like me. The reality of who people are is not portrayed either by Washington politicians or the media. What comes out from these two sources is really something from another planet. Beck says that the success of the media comes in that a certain unity among it sources to transmit its disinformation. The Associated Press and the United Press international were created just for the purpose, to bring an association or unity of the media for the transmittal of information. Beck goes on to say that among people who wish to transmit truth, this association or uniting of sources does not exist. He wants to have an association of bloggers,  who are on the same page. Quite frankly, I believe that the future, and the future is now, for the transmittal of accurate news is in the hands of bloggers and tweeters. I don’t know what my part is in all of this, but it’s definitely thought-provoking. No longer can I look to the media as my source of information. I am praying and thinking.

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Rick Joyner On The Boston Marathon Bombing


This is an important video by Prophet, Bible Teacher, and Writer, Rick Joyner, and his perspectives on the Boston Marathon Bombing.

The video is 26 minutes long.

I found it “eye opening” enough to post on my blog.

This is the link:

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The USA Is In A Judges Three State of Mind


My spiritual father, Watchman Nee, said that you can’t rescue a drowning man, lest he pull you and himself to the ocean’s bottom. You must wait until he’s rendered unconscious to do so.

Methinks that the USA,  my beloved, will have to become unconscious. She is already getting there.  Unconscious to self-created solutions. Anything America tries to fix will fail, and we see that now.

The USA, does not have an economic or socio cultural crisis. She suffers from a God crisis; a wholesale rejection of God.

Human nature is usually to try God last, when everything else fails.

The USA is learning this painful lesson.

The rejection of God produces reprobate thinking, where the good becomes wrong, and what is wrong becomes right. The consequence of this is confusion and darkness in thinking. Thus we see dreadful confusion is the arena of identities. People are saying, I am this and I am that, and what they claim as their own are all broken identities.

The judgment of God is not a lightning zap from heaven, but His complete allowance for our wrong choices to do us in, castigate us, and bring us into utter despair.

Joh 9:4  I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

She has entered the night where no politician, economist or pundit can work to resolve. Only God can work.

The corruption of her politicians, leaders and pundits have made her leadership reprobate in thinking. Good has become evil and evil good.

Mt 15:14  Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

America has become a nation of the blind leading the blind. Without a fact she is headed for a big ditch, and already falls into small ones.

The United States is in a Judges Three State of Mind

The key to the rescue of Israel from its enemies was “and when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD”.

I guess that the children of Israel would be for the most part the  church.

The un churched also knows how to cry out the Lord, though.

I will substitute Israel for the USA in the following verses.

The greatest lesson of history is that humanity never learns from it.

So what it was in Biblical days is still today.

This is why evolution doesn’t work.

Man’s sinful nature has not evolved into something better .

Humanity’s only Charles Darwin, if there is to be one, is Jesus Christ.

Judge 3: 7  And the children of  USA did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgot the LORD their God, and served the Baalim and the Asherahs.

8   Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot against the USA, and He sold them into the hand of Chushanrishathaim, king of Mesopotamia; and the children of  the USA served Chushanrishathaim eight years.

9  And when the children of the USA cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer to the children of the USA who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother.

10  And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged the USA and went out to war; and the LORD delivered Chushanrishathaim, king of Mesopotamia, into his hand. And his hand prevailed against Chushanrishathaim;

11  and the USA had rest forty years, and Othniel the son of Kenaz died.

12   And the children of the USA did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against the USA, because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD.

13  And he gathered unto him the children of Ammon and Amalek, and went and smote the USA, and possessed the city of palm trees.

14  So the children of the USA served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.

15  But when the children of the USA cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded; and by him the children of the USA l sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab.

I am going to phone my good friend Billy Joel and ask him to re word his once famous song, and make it into a Word of the Lord for this country.

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St. Peter’s Angel and my Hang Out


 DISCLAIMER: I won’t disclose places or names of places as to not embarrass anyone who might read today’s blog and recognize what I am talking about.

Acts 12:7  And behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison; and he smote Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise up quickly.” And his chains fell off from his hands.

8  And the angel said unto him, “Gird thyself and bind on thy sandals.” And so he did. And the angel said unto him, “Cast thy garment about thee and follow me.”

9  And he went out and followed him, and knew not whether what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he saw a vision.

10  When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city, which opened to them of his own accord. And they went out and passed on through one street, and forthwith the angel departed from him.

11  And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know in truth that the Lord hath sent His angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod and from all the expectations of the people of the Jews.”

I’d  visit a hang out where  men of a city converged to drink and pass the night.

This place had been there forever, or so it seemed.

You’d drive by and see men and women drunk, others reveling , some even stoned.

It had been my practice to visit the hangout, befriend the men and share the gospel in a spontaneous and non-threatening fashion.

I had been nicknamed “ the preacher,”

One night though, things were very different. Some of the men had sniffed cocaine, were high as kites and were very confrontational.

As I mingled, one coked out dude charged me with mal treating my children.

“ I walked past the preacher’s home today and heard one of his kid’s screaming”, he snapped in a heated way.

I knew what had happened. My kids were small in those days. One of my daughters was in the  habit of screaming bloody murder when she did not get her way.

That morning, my wife Mary, had washed her hair and wanted to brush out the knots. Brushing out the kinks of your little girl’s long hair after a bath  can be quiet the ordeal.

Mary had not begun the brushing but my daughter was screaming in its anticipation.

This  guy had walked past my house when this was happening.

“The preacher was beating his kid!”, he rejoined, in a loud voice.

Another coked out dude joined the fray.  “ Yeah, preacher, that’s really bad, what did you do to your kid?”

He began pushing me.

I  expounded on what had occurred to the fifteen men that were there. None of them said a word. Many of them I knew personally.

The loud mouthed and confrontational ones continued  inflaming  the tempers of the others. “ Yeah, we gotta punish the preacher for what he does to his kids!”

One continued to push me around. The others sat in silence, as if their tongues had been cut out.  Not one came to my defense.  I was dumb founded and frightened.

The ring leader retorted, “Let’s hang the preacher!”

With that he found a rope and began to make a noose for my lynching. The other one  kept on pushing me, while several more hurled accusations.

I appealed to the men who knew me the best, “You’ve known me for years! You see me with my children!”

Nothing. The silence was deafening.

Meanwhile the agitator in a corner gleefully continued constructing the noose.

Suddenly, out of nowhere a girl, a teen ager, appeared.  She was a native of the city.

“ Come and follow me”.

She led me past the crowd of the men. Even my agitators were speechless.

“Get in your car and get out here.”

Then she departed from me.

Acts 12:8  And the angel said unto him, “Gird thyself and bind on thy sandals.” And so he did. And the angel said unto him, “Cast thy garment about thee and follow me.”

9  And he went out and followed him, and knew not whether what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he saw a vision.

10  When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city, which opened to them of his own accord. And they went out and passed on through one street, and forthwith the angel departed from him.

And so I did. I never visited this haunt again, needless to say.

This had been Peter’s angel sent to me.

It’s tragically comical that it took a woman, probably the only one in that joint to rescue me. The men who had been friends were cowardly and spineless.

In our global travels, it’s mostly the women who have supported our ministry, while the men have been heartbreakingly absent.

This is one reason I support women in the ministry. It is troublesome that men who argue against their inclusion in the pulpit are sedentary in  the activities of their local congregations.

This story ends on a good note, as with all that God does.

Months later, I saw my noose maker. I said hello, extended my hand and shook his. He stared at me in disbelief, frozen in time, God’s conviction raining on him. Never uttering a word, he walked away. I’ve prayed for him on occasions. I knew he lived in pain.

To this day, I’ve not been able to find my angel who rescued me from the hangout and departed from me to thank her. Maybe in heaven I’ll find out that she was St. Peter’s angel.

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