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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Jonahs of California aka Nineveh Need to ARISE

Fleece Praying

Fleece Praying 


Earley  in his book Prayer: The Timeless Secret of High-Impact Leaders appears to advocate "fleece" praying, stating "Before you get hung up on the legitimacy of putting out a fleece..." Take a position on "fleece" praying; is it correct in the Church Age? Should it be taught to congregations? Is it a lack of faith if "fleece" praying is employed?
When one thinks of the term fleece praying, it may be misunderstood as doubting God, but this is inaccurate. When Gideon asked God to provide a sign through the use of a fleece, Gideon was actually asking for confirmation so that he would know that he was understanding God correctly and not due to a lack of faith. “Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised — look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said” (Judges 6:36-37).[1] One can actually appreciate Gideon’s commitment to ensuring that he was actually hearing correctly from the Lord, for to do anything less could have led him and his men into a suicidal mission. Earley wrote that Gideon wanted to be certain of his call which is correct.[2]The Bible lets us know that the devil masquerades as an angel of light.[3] Therefore, asking God to give confirmation so that you would be sure of His answer is wise because He will never have us to do anything that is contrary to who He is.

I believe that due to us living in an age of mass deception, we should teach the Church Age to ask God to give us spiritual discernment and confirmation if needed so that we will be careful not to mistake His voice for that of our own or that of a wolf. “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).[4] Many people are being deceived in this final hour due to false prophets and their prophecies. This is a time that we need to hear the voice of God clearer now than ever before. Jesus warned about this and that even those who were God’s chosen would have to be careful of deception in this final hour. “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24).[5] This is why fleece praying when done out of the need to be sure of God’s message to you is biblical. However, if fleece praying is done out of doubting God’s promises that have already been confirmed then it should not be done. “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord” (James 1:6-7).[6] When we pray, we must believe that God will answer, or He will not give us what we have been praying for. Fleece praying because of doubting is a waste of a prayer. You must pray and not doubt or doubt and not pray. Either way, both prayer, and doubt cannot occupy the same space. One will cancel out the other.

[1] Judges 6:36-37 (New International Version).
[2] Dave Earley, Prayer: The Timeless Secret of High-Impact Leaders (Chattanooga, Tenn: Living Ink Books, 2008), 118.
[3] 2 Corinthians 11:14 (King James Version).
[4] John 10:27 (New International Version).
[5] Matt. 24:24 (New International Version).
[6] James 1:6-7 (New International Version).

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Prayer for Christian Leaders

Prayer for Christian Leaders

Earley states, "God does nothing in ministry apart from prayer.” Certainly God responds to His servants when they pray, but is Earley's statement too encompassing and simplistic? Does God act only in concert with His servants' prayers? Must He wait until prayer occurs, or is God free to act as He chooses?

Discuss and support your answer well; include additional source information as necessary. Use parenthetical reference to cite your sources.

Charles Spurgeon wrote in his lecture, The Minister’s Self-watch, that the word of a pastor who is not in good standing with God may be blessed for the conversion of souls, while the pastor himself will be dishonored.[1] I take that this could mean that pastors who are not faithful in their prayer lives may still see God work in their ministries for the sake of the sincere souls, who are underneath their care, but they will not reap the heavenly reward on judgment day themselves. Nevertheless, Earley’s statement should be taken with all seriousness because a person who is called by God to shepherd His people should be in constant communication with the One he/she is doing the work for. The Bible tells us to put on the whole armor of God so that we can be properly suited to fight against the enemy. “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13).[2] In order to be fully prepared to go against the enemy, a pastor must stay in constant contact with the Commanding Officer who is also our Commander in Chief. No soldier can succeed in battle without having communication as to know where to go and how to proceed. It is the same way with prayer in ministry.

The enemy already hates those who are for Christ; therefore, he uses whatever weapon he can to come up against the men and women of God who are leading God’s people. If he finds that the minister is not active in prayer, his chances of successfully penetrating the ranks is a lot easier than it would be with a praying minister. We are to stay in constant prayer for God’s people and for ourselves so that we may be effective tools used for the building and edification of God’s kingdom. “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Ephesians 6:18).[3]

James E. Rosscup says that a pastor should not neglect the importance of the armor – especially prayer when it comes to ministry.[4] Prayer gives the ministry legs. If a person does not have legs, they may be able to still move, but it would be very challenging whereas legs gives us more flexibility, saves time, and allows us to move more quickly. Prayer moves in ways that we cannot as leaders in the body of Christ independent of it. God can do what He wants to do because He is God, but He gave us the best weapon that we can have to use for His glory and that is prayer. The Bible says, “…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16).[5]

So, is Early correct that God will do nothing in ministry apart from prayer? I will not say that this statement is the rule of law in all cases when it comes to ministry just for the mere sake of the souls who are involved. Nevertheless, God gave a rebuke to those who did not seek His counsel during the Prophet Jeremiah’s day and we must be careful to not fail at seeking God’s counsel today for our ministries through prayer. “But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds” (Jeremiah 23:22).[6]


MacArthur, John. Pastoral Ministry: How to Shepherd Biblically. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2005.

Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to My Students: Complete & Unabridged. Grand Rapids, Mich: Ministry 
          Resources Library, Zondervan Publishing House, 1989.

[1] C. H Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students: Complete & Unabridged (Grand Rapids, Mich: Ministry Resources Library, Zondervan Publishing House, 1989), 10.
[2] Eph. 6:13 (New International Version).
[3] Eph. 6:18 (New International Version).
[4] John MacArthur, Pastoral Ministry: How to Shepherd Biblically (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2005), 131.
[5] James 5:16 (King James Version).
[6] Jeremiah 23:22 (New International Version).

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Enemy of the State

The Warning

The Warning

Christmas has now come and passed.
Enjoy being merry for it will not last.
This world is wicked and all will soon see,
That I will not be mocked – a nation will cease to be.

You murder my children and call it a choice,
But where is the Church to be their voice?
Too busy begging for money and pimping the rest.
You heathens in robes are like filthy crawling pest.

Marriage was My creation with which you have defiled.
Do not think that I have winked or cracked a smile.
You pervert the young and call gender an option.
Satan has now become your father, by a wicked adoption.

Prayer was taken out of schools that once honored me.
Now, satanic clubs are welcome, for the world to see.
Your leaders take bribes and plot evil behind the scenes,
But I am the God of all and see the smallest of things.

Assassination plots, cover-ups, secret operations with the world’s elite,
You have not seen nothing yet; I’m going to knock you off your feet.
The Armed Forces think that they can win wars on their own,
Fools you are, for you will reap what you have sewn.

Another president to be? Don’t put your eggs in one basket.
Pray I tell you! For many want to put this one in a casket.
Artificial intelligence is what they call their machines full of chrome.
You think you will replace humans? Idiots, you will roam.

Your filth has reached my nostrils and it has a horrible stench.
You have rejected my Living Water where thirst can be quenched.
The leaders of the world are corrupt, but I am exposing them all.
The church will not escape; the remnant will stand as the weak fall.

The truth is not embraced and lies are welcomed in.
You love to call wrong right and be enchanted into sin.
The apple of my eye, you have rejected and believed a lie.
I made a promise to Abraham, and our covenant did not die.

Your wicked leaders did not take a stand to protect my precious land.
Therefore, your fate is sealed as I lift My holy hand.
Jerusalem is mine! What land did you ever create?
This thing that you have done to them, will now seal your fate.
America you are nothing without Me and never will be.
My power was the one that allowed you to be the land of the free.
But now, you have become Babylon and as the one of old,
You will meet your fate in one hour as foretold.

Return to Me, for in Me there is mercy and grace.
I equip all who are faithful to run this race.
Failure to do so will give you the judgment you deserve.
For I am second to none, there is only one God you can serve.