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Romans 14:17

May 24

Romans 14:17—For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Prophecy must bear fruit and agree with the Holy Spirit in conduct and character!

The words “meat and drink” are Paul’s attack on legalism.  Legalism is the keeping of manmade rules to gain righteousness with God.  The Jews were very concerned about the keeping of manmade rules concerning “meat and drink.”  How well they kept these rules determined their righteousness with God.  That’s legalism!

God hates legalism!  Why?  Because if you can be made righteous by the rules you keep, Christ died in vain.  Legalism makes righteousness possible through what I do and not what Christ did for me at Calvary.

Most denominations practice some form of legalism.  Most have a complete set of manmade rules that have no basis in Scripture.  Paul states in Romans chapter four that all that is required to be righteous is to believe that Christ died for our sins that he rose again and sits at the right hand of the Father.  If you believe that statement, you are righteous, and all your efforts to keep goofy manmade rules are an absolute waste of time.

What is righteousness?  Righteousness is living by God’s standards of right and wrong and humanists don’t want to answer to God or anyone else about their Godless conduct. 

In Washington D.C. there is a Department of Weights and measures.  This department exists so that sixteen ounces of bologna in Texas is sixteen ounces of bologna in California.

God has a Department of Standards too.  It’s called the Word of God.  Sin in Texas is sin in California and it’s sin in Europe.  God does not have different strokes for different folks.


Source:  Judging Prophecy

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Matthew 7:15-16

May 25

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.  You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
Prophecy must agree with the fruit of the Spirit!

Matthew 7:15-16 states that false prophets come as wolves in sheep’s clothing.  They look fine.  They even act like sheep.  They know all the church expressions that all “the right kind of people” know how to use. 

The first thing a false prophet or any person in deception will tell you is “DON’T JUDGE ME!”  You are not judging, you are checking his fruit.

What constitutes judging and what constitutes fruit inspection?  Judging is when you have two Christians side by side and you make an inward decision as to which of them is the most spiritual.  That’s judging.  Only God can see the heart and know the motive.

When Al Capone and Mother Teresa stand side by side and Al tells you not to judge him for his lying, rape, murder, tax evasion etc., you aren’t judging him when you call him a child of the devil.  That’s what he is.  His fruit declares it and for you to say anything else would place your intelligence in question.

Peter describes a false prophet by saying, “But chiefly them which walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise government.  Presumptuous are thy, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities 2 Peter 2:10.

The phrase “despise government.”  Government means spiritual authority.  If you will not submit to righteous authority you are under the control of unrighteous authority, which is Satan himself.

Authority in the kingdom of God is given…it’s never assumed.  False prophets do not want to be under anyone’s authority because “they get their orders straight from God.”

Source:  Judging Prophecy

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Deuteronomy 18:20

May 26

 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.

If prophecy contains predictions that do not come true, the prophecy was false!
If we stoned false prophets in America we wouldn’t have so many people walking around saying, ”Yeah, yeah, thus saith the Lord,” When you presumed to speak as a prophet in Israel and the did not come to pass, they killed you.  That’s one way to reduce the volume of false prophecy.

Deuteronomy 18:21-22—And if you say in your heart, “How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?”  When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.

Simply stated, if someone prophesies in the name of the Lord and it does not come to pass, he or she is not a prophet.  You are ordered not to fear that person.  They do not represent God the Father.

Paul says that we are to prophesy according to the measure of our faith, “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith’ Romans 12:6. 

Dynamic faith will produce a dynamic prophecy saturated with power and anointing.

Limited faith will produce a limited prophecy. 

Source:  Judging Prophecy

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Deuteronomy 13:1-3

May 27

If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, 'Let us go after other gods'; which you have not known; 'and let us serve them, you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 

If A Prophecy Comes True And It Promotes Disobedience Against God Or The Scripture, It Is Not A True Prophecy!
Moses clearly states that just because the prophecy comes true does not mean the person who gave it is from God.  Looking to that prophet for “the answer” instead of God is idolatry that will bring the judgment of God upon you.

Paul encountered a young woman possessed with a spirit of divination Acts 16:16-18 who followed him through the streets and everything that came out of her mouth was true.  Without doubt many local charismatics went to her for guidance and touted her as a “spiritfilled woman.”  She was spiritfilled…filled with a demon spirit.

Paul commanded for the demon spirit to come out right on the street and the spirit of divination came out that same hour.  She was a slave and her master was furious because he was getting rich off her ability to give accurate predictions to other people.

Get it straight!  Satan will tell you enough truth to get you to listen, and then he’ll subtly lead you concept by concept into deception until you are his mental and emotional prisoner.


Source:  Judging Prophecy

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1 Corinthians 14:13

May 28

Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.

II Corinthians 3:17—Now the Lord is that Spirit:  and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
True Prophecy Produces Liberty… Not Bondage.

True prophecy will bring liberty to the individual and not bondage.  Any form of control over another person by intimidation, manipulation or domination is witchcraft.  False prophecy will lead to witchcraft.

Spiritual dependency on any person to receive a word from the Lord is not a healthy relationship.  A church or prayer group led by a pope or popette is on the road to confusion, deception, and control by the persons upon whom it becomes dependent.

Hear me!  Don’t get hooked on anyone but Jesus!

Source:  Judging Prophecy

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2 Corinthians 3:6

May 29

 …for the letter kills but the spirit gives life.
True Prophecy Injects Fresh Life Into A Meeting Of Believers

Whenever there is true prophecy that comes from the throne of God, the Holy Spirit will breathe upon it; and it will bring spiritual life to that meeting of believers.  The people will be edified, exhorted and comforted.  There will be a spirit of celebration and joy. 

Please understand prophecy can be bold and penetrating but in the end it will heal and restore, it will bring life and liberty.

I was the guest speaker on one occasion and at the end of the first night I felt like I had missed God in accepting the invitation to speak at this place at this time because my words seemed to hit the back wall and fall to the floor. 

After the first service I sought the Lord saying, “I prayed and asked about coming to this place.  I felt that I had your blessing in coming…and now I feel like I’ve missed your will.  Father, tell me where I missed it!

The Holy Spirit began to move in that room and I knew that I had not missed the Lord in coming.  Then He gave me a powerful word of knowledge.  With a knowing that is supernatural I knew that the leadership of the church was involved in homosexuality and adultery.

The next night as I was introduced to speak, the spirit of prophecy came and said, “The Lord has sent me here to say that the leadership of this church is involved in homosexuality and the church is riddled with adultery.  God is calling you to repent and to return to holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.”

The sound of silence filled the church.  Then suddenly and softly men and women in the audience began to sob and walk forward to repent of their sin.  Following the repentance there was a spirit of joy and celebration.  There was life in the service brought about by true prophecy.

The next night when I stood to speak, every word was absorbed as we drank deeply from the fountains of living water.  The spirit of prophecy and the word of knowledge had broken the yoke of sin and Satan…and we were now experiencing abundant life.

Source:  Judging Prophecy

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1 John 5:6

May 30

And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
True Prophecy Given By The Holy Spirit Will Bear Witness With Your Spirit!

One Sunday at Cornerstone Church, just as I was getting ready to start the service, a man I didn’t know bolted to the platform, leaned over me and said, “I have a prophecy from the Lord that God has told me to give today.”

The Bible says, “Know those that labor among you…” I didn’t know this man from Adam’s ox.  In obedience to the scripture I said, “I don’t know you.  Go sit down!”

He instantly started spewing out threats against me saying, “If you don’t allow me to give this prophecy all the plagues of Egypt will come upon you.”

He started waking toward the pulpit to address the congregation anyway.  I let him know I was fully prepared and totally willing to put him on his backside if he tried to speak to the congregation without my permission.

The next Sunday morning he returned to the church with several of his followers.  As I got up and started the service they all stood and began to chant, ”John Hagee is a Pharaoh.”

Our security team had to forcibly remove these “choice servants” of God from the service. 

I discovered they were a local cult group who did not believe in the building of new churches and we were in the process of building our new 5000seat church.

If I had let him go to the pulpit the people in my congregation would have rightly assumed that he was a man of God and that what he said was from God and my congregation would have been saturated with the spirit of doubt and confusion.

Source:  Judging Prophecy

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Joshua 8:3

May 31

So Joshua arose, and all the people of war, to go up against Ai; and Joshua chose thirty thousand mighty men of valor and sent them away by night.

And he commanded them, saying:  “Behold, you shall lie in ambush against the city, behind the city.  Do not go very far from the city, but all of you be ready.”

“Then I and all the people who are with me will approach the city; and it will come about, when they come out against us as at the first, that we shall flee before them…”

“Then you mighty men of valor shall rise from the ambush and seize the city, for the LORD your God will deliver it into your hand. Parenthesis added

There are two of God’s laws, which form the basis of human laws for all ages since the Flood:  Do not commit murder and execute men who commit murder Genesis 9:5-6.  Notice that scripture records the birth of capital punishment—it was God’s idea!  When a criminal murders someone, he not only attacks the victim, but the victim’s family, society at large and God Himself, for men are created in the image of God.

Scripture tells us it is imperative that we punish criminals, both as individuals and nations.  God sanctions law enforcement and sometimes war as unpleasant as it is as necessary and justifiable.  When nations become criminal they must be called to account for their actions.

The Just War Theory St Augustine/Thomas Aquinas gives us several criteria to help judge whether a nation is right to wage war:

• A Just war is one aimed at repelling or deterring aggression.

• A just war must be authorized by legitimate authority with genuine intentions.

• War must be a last resort with all peaceful alternatives exhausted.

• The probability of success must be sufficiently clear to justify the costs.

• The damage inflicted must be proportionate to its objectives.

• Noncombatants must not be targeted.

The next time you hear someone express uncertainty regarding the validity of an American military action or inaction, tell him or her to consider these principles to judge whether or not it is justified. 

Defend and support our military personnel for they are America’s mighty men of valor representing One Nation Under God.  Pray for their protection and God’s favor that as He set up Godly authority under Joshua and delivered Israel from their enemies, He will do the same for America.

God bless the mighty men and women of valor who serve us today and who have served in the past, as we remember the sacrifices of our troops and their families this Memorial Day.

Source:  Knowing The Secrets Of God, pages 92-95

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Psalm 27:1

June 1

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid.

The Fundamental Principle Of Christianity Is To Be What God Is, And He Is Light

David opens Psalm 27 with the simple declaration, “The Lord is my light.”  The Bible also calls Jesus the “day star”, the “bright and morning star” and the “true Light.”  Jesus said of himself, “I am the light of the world:  he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” John 8:12.

It is the destiny of the church to be the light in a dark world.  Light reveals…light exposes…light guides…light conquers darkness.  It’s time for the church to quit wailing about the darkness in the world and turn on the light of Jesus Christ.  It’s time for Satan to be seen shuffling through the back alleys of hell in a true Maalox Moment, dialing 911 and lamenting, “Where will the church strike next?”

A definition of the occult is “that which is hidden and secretive.”  Anything not open and above board is not of God.  You don’t have to be in the occult to walk in darkness—the first step away from the light is a step toward darkness.  The first step away from Jesus Christ is a step toward the prince of darkness.

When you reject the truth, you embrace a lie.  You are either saved or lost…sheep or goats…wheat or tares…light or darkness.  So “walk as children of light …and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness” Ephesians 5:8, 11.  “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” Matthew 5:16.

Source:  Turn On The Light

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