By now you know surely that we are faced with opposition every day of our lives. The devil does not want us to have what God said we could have. To what lengths will the devil go to hinder us? Does he have limits?
Acts 7:52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? They murdered every prophet that foretold the coming of the Messiah.
Human life means nothing to the devil, he won’t even show mercy to his own seed! We cannot negotiate with the devil on any level, so don’t ever think you can. The wages of sin is death and the devil is sin personified, his only offering is death. There is nothing he won’t try to derail us, to get us off course and stop us. If we continue to inform ourselves of the wiles of the devil we will be discouraged and lose hope. So, let’s shift gears and educate ourselves with what God says about it.
Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
I often times wonder why some Christians are hurt by the devil. Could it be that some of us think his power is equivalent to God’s power? Or maybe, perhaps, some of us never got the memo. We did not read where Jesus said nothing will hurt us! Just because the devil touches you, it does not mean he has got you. Several weeks ago, some folks were attacked in their lungs with a flu-like virus. I could feel the burning in my lungs and the accumulation of phlegm, I began to pray and rebuke the devil. The virus never got the opportunity to run its course, I did not accept the devil’s offering. And just to aggravate the devil I kept praying for those brethren who were dealing with the same temptation.
2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I be elevated through all the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of satan.
When Paul began to share his revelations it stirred up the devil, he knew if men received these revelations he would not be able to deceive them. Now we know the devil rallied the Jews against Paul the same way he turned them against Jesus, but he also had other devious plans whereby he would try to hinder Paul.
Three times satan wrecked Paul’s ship a night and day floating in the sea, robbers were sent to steal from Paul, his own kinfolk turned against him, and he faced animals out in the wilderness.
The devil will use nature; things in the natural to hinder our mission in the Spirit. Paul got to the place where he invited the attempts of the devil to stop him because he was victorious in every attempt. Paul knew who his enemy was, he never got into confrontation with men. The devil’s number one weapon is his mouth, he talks a good game but he can’t deliver on anything he says. The devil is our opposition but he is no match for a born-again, Spirit-filled son of God. You will hurt the devil’s feelings if you ignore him!
As I said afore time, I was raised in the Catholic church and I love Catholics. I was full of “religion” and it was a fence around my life that protected me from the truth. I read the Catholic version of the Bible but I never saw Jesus dying for my sins. I was not capable of discerning what the Holy Spirit plainly was saying, it made no sense. Years later I found myself in the Bible.
1 Corinthians 2:14 The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned.
I was one of those idiots that relied on other people to interpret the Bible for me! The things of God seemed foolish to me. How could a simple prayer called the sinners prayer get a person into heaven? Why should God forgive your sins just because you ask Him to? Why would God love me, I never gave Him a good reason to do so? But one night a person led me in the sinners’ prayer and I got “born again”. I got a Bible and I was amazed at how easy it was to understand. Now I was discerning the Word, not interpreting it. I have come to realize that God’s Word does not make sense, it makes faith.
1 Corinthians 12:3 No man can say that Jesus is Lord but by the Holy Ghost.
As time went past my “birth day”, I began to become aware of God the Holy Ghost abiding in my heart. He began to talk to me like He was a close friend. I discovered that I could talk with Him anytime I wanted. And then it dawned on me, I now had a discerning spirit and information was being fed to me by God’s Spirit. He slowly and methodically, with love, began to tear down the strongholds of religion I had accumulated. Those things that I thought were foolish were the things I needed to understand and fall in love with my Lord. Good people interpret the Bible and the religion blinds their minds from the one who died for them. We make our goodness the key issue when we need to make His goodness the focus of our faith.
John 6:63 It is the Spirit that makes alive; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.
God lives on a higher plain than we do and He isn't coming down to our level, He is raising us up to His level. He has given us a discerning heart whereby we might commune with Him daily. If we don’t have this discerning spirit, we will interpret the Scriptures and ultimately satisfy the lusts of our flesh. Our spirit and our flesh don’t always agree with one another, the Lord imparts only to our spirit being. We have been equipped at the new birth to discern the voice and will of our Lord. The world cannot receive from Him because they know Him not. We have been born to discern God, not interpret Him, He has already been interpreted by the Holy Spirit. Anybody can interpret the Word of God but an intimate relationship is required in order to discern the words He speaks. Interpretation is of the human brain, discernment is of the human spirit. You have a discerning spirit, don’t neglect it.
If we take an overview of the world, it is plain to see that men are moving away from God. Babies are being aborted by the millions, men are marrying men, drugs are being legalized and laws against God Himself are being passed. Several times in the Old Testament God wiped out all but a few people and started over. He can’t do this today because in every stronghold city of sin there are at least ten righteous men. No one will get away with their lawlessness forever because the wages of sin is death.
Revelation 2:26-27 He that overcomes to the end, to him will I give power over the nations. And he shall rule over them with a rod of iron.
During the millennial reign of Christ, Jesus and His saints will be the authority over all the world. There will be no such thing as compromise, nobody will get away with any transgression. The saints will rule with a rod of iron; you will submit or be broken.
Revelation 20:4 . . . and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
For over six thousand years the devil led sinful men in an array of perversion. For some men the thoughts of their heart was only evil every day. Some men have never known the way of righteousness nor the meaning of love. They kill innocent people with bombs and they cut the heads off of Christians. All the while they think they are appeasing their god allah. These men cannot be reasoned with, the only thing that can change them is a rod of iron. So, who are these taskmasters God will appoint to discipline these rebels?
Mathew 25:21 The Lord said, well done thou good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.
If we are willing to do whatever God asks us to do in this life, He will appoint us a leadership position in the next. All of God’s chosen leaders will be given a rod of iron, which is the Word of God. Men will have no choice but to obey, they can suffer harm but the taskmaster can’t. In the beginning, God gave dominion to man but man subjected himself to demonic influence. In a sense, God leased the earth to men for six thousand years and on the seventh He takes control back. Goodness, peace and prosperity won’t be spotty, it will cover the whole world. Over the course of a thousand years, the earth will become one big garden. Maybe, perhaps all those folks who don’t have a glorified body will be employed as “gardeners”.
Revelation 20:3 The devil was cast into the bottomless pit, and he will not be able to deceive the nations any more.
Praise God! The devil will be locked away forever, out of sight and out of mind. No more temptations, no more pain, no more tears and no more wars. Everyone will have the knowledge of the Lord and His goodness. No more death and nothing to fight over, just the ongoing supernatural power of God. O Lord, come quickly. Amen.
The major religions of the world began when men began to interpret the Bible. This has been and continues to be a major mistake, interpretation comes from the thoughts and feelings of the human brain. It is a feeble attempt of man to make God’s Word fit man’s agenda. I was born and raised in the Catholic church and I love Catholics. I was led to believe only Catholics had the truth and only Catholics were saved on account of water baptism. Catholics believe Mary is the mother of God and therefore she is the co-savior of the world. They believe that she is a virgin, they don’t acknowledge that she had at least six kids with her husband Joseph. They further believe that priests can’t marry because Peter never married, the Bible says Jesus healed Peter’s “mother-in-law”!
2 Peter 1:20-21 You must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.
The Holy Ghost said exactly and precisely what God wanted said, He left nothing for interpretation. There is one thing we must keep in mind, the Bible was not written to Americans, it was written to Jews. This leaves no excuse to misunderstand what the Lord is saying to all men. We have enough translations of the Bible that we can readily understand what the Lord is saying to His church.
John 16:13 When the Holy Spirit of truth is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He will not speak of Himself but whatsoever He hears, that shall He speak.
The Holy Spirit is the Teacher of the Church. How can He instruct the church of Jesus Christ if He is not accepted? This Scripture informs us that the Holy Spirit has a voice that He uses to lead the church into ALL truth. Religion has managed to marginalize the present-day ministry of the Holy Ghost. All religions acknowledge the Holy Spirit but they have their own “interpretation” of His calling. Some religions portray Him as a bird, a nonfunctioning white dove. The Holy Spirit is not a bird, He is the third person of the God-head, He is God the Holy Ghost. Religion has an identity crisis, it does not know who God is. They have put Him in their mold as they have interpreted Him to be.
Mathew 15:6 You have made the commandment of God of none effect by YOUR tradition.
If you do a study of God’s ten commandments, you will conclude that they were given to cause men to walk in love. Jesus said: If you love Me, keep My commandments. When we walk in love we put ourselves in a place where God can give us maximum blessings. Men have a tendency to modify His commandments so that in their mind they can “legally” compromise the Word of God. The most commonly played trump card of religion is this: God is love. If God is love, that means He wants me to be happy and I know what makes me happy! Only a fool would interpret the Bible for the purpose of fulfilling his lusts.
I was born and raised in the Catholic church and I attended the Catholic schools. I am grateful to the Catholics because they convinced me of the existence of God and a place called heaven. My greatest desire was to one day go to heaven and watch Jesus officiate a “mass”. The teaching of Catholicism, where heaven was concerned, was very vague at best. I never really knew what was required of me in order to secure a place in heaven. I was convinced of one thing, only priests and nuns were going to heaven. I really wanted to go to heaven but I didn’t know the way!
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord; and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Being a Catholic, I never heard this Scripture, I didn’t know any Bible at all. Having spent ten years backsliding from Catholicism I came back to my parish and began a quest for a place in heaven. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was doing this Scripture. The word delight means to mold oneself or become soft and pliable to the Lord. I didn’t know God’s will for my life but I was willing to do whatever He commanded me to do. I did not find Jesus in the Catholic church, I’m sure He is in there somewhere because He loves Catholics. He sent me some of His saints and they were armed with Bibles.
Philippians 2:13 For it is God who is at work in you, giving you the will and the power to achieve His purpose.
I now understand that it was God who gave me the desire to be saved and go to heaven. I could have resisted Him and spent eternity in hell with my father the devil, but He never gave up on me. In my ignorance I did put Him off for a season, but He was there when I came to my senses. He gave me something I never had before, He gave me the truth and the truth made me free. The truth made me free of doubt and unbelief, now I know and no man nor any devil can take that away from me. Religion is made for contention, it can be debated all the live long day. But the Word of God is forever settled in heaven and it will never change.
Romans 8:32 He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
I had but one desire, a place in heaven forever, I soon learned that God’s vision for my life is much larger than mine. This will sound silly now but at the time I just never knew, I just wanted heaven but God wanted a relationship. I just wanted heaven, I had no plans to ever meet God face to face. Can you see how religion distorts our view of God? How can anyone be attracted to such a “god”? So, I got saved and I got a Bible and as I studied my Bible I began to see God as He truly is. I spent the first thirty years of my life in “the house of God”, but I never knew God. My view of God was narrow and erroneous, but that was before He revealed Himself to me. He continues to add to my desires and I see no end to them, I see Him more clearly every day. I don’t see Jesus doing mass in heaven, I see Him sitting on His throne recovering all my praise.
In the beginning God gave His accounts and the law to Moses, this became the “old testament” of the Bible we read today. God knew what He wanted recorded and Moses wrote it exactly how God said. As time went on, men became hungry for power and they preyed on those who endeavored to live by the law of Moses.
Mathew 15:1-9 The scribes and Pharisees came to Jesus and asked Jesus why His disciples transgress the tradition of the elders. The disciples didn’t wash their hands before they ate. Jesus put it right back on them. Why do you transgress the commandment of God? God commanded to honor father and mother and you have substituted your tradition. You were to give some of your ministry money to your father and mother but you made up an excuse to rob them.
The scribes and Pharisees studied the law and then interpreted it for the people. They had their own interpretation that put them in a place of prominence, and they added their traditions to the Word of God. The Sadducees did not believe in the spirit realm, they did not believe in the resurrection nor any future punishment or reward. They had the first seeker sensitive church that saw no need to confront the sins of man.
1 Timothy 4:1 In the last days many shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.
In light of this scripture we can see that the devil is the one imputing the doctrine of “religion”. Religion is merely a demonic substitute for what God has already spoken. It relieves people of their responsibility to repent and use the grace of God to change their nature. The demonic spirits overwhelm the spirit of truth with doctrine that appeases the flesh. Just because something sounds good, that doesn’t make it true.
2 Timothy 4:3 The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts they shall heap to themselves teachers having itching ears.
We are in this time right now,; many folks are looking for a “gospel” that is easy on the flesh. People don’t want to be told they are sinning, they don’t want to believe they could go to hell. They have no problem finding a “minister” who will tell them they are just fine. When men alter God’s Word to relieve them of accountability they become the authors of religion. They judge themselves in place of God believing it’s the way He would do it. Religion is a great deception for those who want to feel good about their “lifestyle”.
Religion is a strong institution and durable until the day when God judges the secret of men. Religion has a beginning and an end, Christianity had a beginning and will endure forever.
We now have a culture of people who disregard the truth in order to benefit themselves in this present world. These folks broadcast their fake news over the air waves, sadly a large number of people believe every word! Jesus faced the same group of men when He was here. The men who lied about Jesus were members of the largest church in the known world. The church leaders assembled a group of men and paid them to lie about Jesus, it cost Him His life.
John 8:40 Now you seek to kill Me, a man that has told you the truth, which I have heard from God.
Some men hate the truth so much they will plot to kill the messenger. Wanna know why men hate the truth? It exposes their motives and their heart. Some men work very hard to present themselves in a peculiar way, they build their foundation on whatever material is available. It does not matter to them if their back ground is true or not, just as long as it makes them out to be somebody. They don’t care who they step on while they are on their way to the top. Sooner or later the truth catches up to all liars and they get exposed. Look at the men who lied about Jesus, how many billions of people have read about them in the Gospels?
Psalm 91:4 His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
The truth will protect and defend us despite all the opposition we get from liars. Jesus always told the truth, knowing full well He would suffer the consequences. If Jesus would have made the slightest deviation from the truth, the Holy Spirit would not have been able to spring Him outa hell. Some folks have a problem asking Jesus into their heart because they must admit they have sinned. We cannot have an honest relationship with our Lord Jesus if we skirt around the truth.
John 18:38 Pilate said to Jesus, what is truth? And then he went to the Jews and said I find no fault in Jesus at all.
Pilate didn’t know the truth, the Jews told him a bunch of lies and Jesus spoke very little. Pilate didn’t know who to believe, but he did know one thing, Jesus didn’t do anything worthy of death. The prophets foretold everything Jesus had to endure, Jesus knew the truth and He was prepared to endure it, even the loss of His life. The truth was, He would have to suffer a terrible death for telling the truth. The truth was, He would die and go to hell for three days and then the Holy Ghost would fetch Him out of the pit.
John 8:32 You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.
The truth is out in the open, it is hidden only from those who choose not to accept it. You shall know the truth if you choose to, if you opt out you will hate those who accept and walk in the truth. I choose the truth, I am free from all those lies I was bent on speaking. An honest man cannot live without the truth, apart from the truth he is no better than the devil! Do not fear the truth, it is the power of God unto salvation.
Everything we can see, touch, smell, taste or hear pre-existed as Word. God spoke it and it was. He created our world and then He gave dominion over to men. In the beginning man was to use words to maintain this natural world. When man fell with Adam’s sin he was rejected from the supernatural realm, he had to toil in the world created by the Word. God immediately made a provision for man to be restored to his former glory. God would find men who would believe Him and He would tell them what His plan of restoration would be.
Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but He reveals His secret unto His servants the prophets.
Following the chain of command, God speaks to the prophets and the prophets speak to the believers. Then the believers declare and begin to confess what they believe and God confirms His Word.
Job 22:28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
So what do we decree? Whatever we want! Do we want what we deserve or what God says we can have? Whenever we see or hear a prophecy and we get a witness in our spirit, that’s when we begin to declare it. How long do we decree a thing? Until it becomes flesh or tangible.
Isaiah 42:19 Who is blind, but My servant? or deaf, as My messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD'S servant?
God was speaking to His covenant people through the prophets, but they would not hear Him. They were capable of hearing but they gave no attention to the Lord. Consequently they were not speaking what He wanted them to speak. He wanted them to say “restore” but they did not give themselves to the Spirit. Isaiah had to rebuke the people before God could reveal His secrets to their prophet. Because He gave them authority, He needed their cooperation. He needed them to decree His will over the nation.
Over the span of a year three men gave Jerry Savelle the same prophetic word. Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, and Oral Roberts all told Brother Jerry that he would be called into the ministry of the seer. They told him he would be shown things to come and he would be responsible to reveal those things to the body of Christ. Brother Jerry gave a word to the church on July fourth, 2014.
When God begins to manifest Himself in person and with an increase of His supernatural power, we call that His Glory. So now what do we do? What’s our part in this prophecy? If we believe Brother Jerry is a man of God, then we must begin to decree and declare His glory. We must make provision in our prayer life to speak the Glory from Word to manifestation.
From the day God and Adam parted ways, He always wanted to be reconnected to His covenant people. God sent Moses to deliver His people out of Egypt and from the gods of Egypt. Because Abraham obeyed God, God now had a covenant family that numbered over two million. But there was a problem, the whole nation of Israel was spiritually dead, they were not worthy of God despite the love He carried for them.
Exodus 25:8 And God said, let Israel make Me a sanctuary (Arc); that I may dwell among My people.
God was bound by His Word. What fellowship has righteousness (God) with unrighteousness (Israel)? And what communion has light with darkness? So, He commissioned the construction of the Arc of the Covenant. The Arc was a fancy box lined with animal skin, jewels and precious metals. When it was completed they had a ceremony and the Holy Spirit entered the Arc to dwell among the people. The Arc had four brass rings on the outside so the priests could insert two poles and carry it around. One day during a raid the Philistines carried the Arc to their city and they all came down with hemorrhoids. David and his men went to the city of the Philistines and retrieved the Arc.
2 Samuel 6:6 They put it on a cart pulled by oxen. As they went the Arc began to sway, a man named Uzzah reached up to steady the Arc and he was struck dead.
Mishandling the Arc was a serious offense, no man was worthy to make contact with the occupant in the Arc. The people wanted God but they had to understand that He was not touchable. It was the best God could do considering the circumstances, a limited relationship was better than no relationship. Hundreds of years later the prophesy of Isaiah is fulfilled, a virgin gives birth to a man child.
Luke 2:12 You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
Jesus is the Son of God that was born a human being, He could be touched and handled just like any man. Jesus was the express image of His Father. He said this: “If you see Me, you see My Father”. No one had seen God, He appeared as smoke and fire but not as He is. Moses asked to see His glory, God put him between some rocks, covered his eyes, and His goodness passed by Moses.
John 14:23 Jesus said: if a man love Me, he will keep My Words and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him.
God the Holy Spirit was in the Arc of the covenant, we are the new Arc of the covenant. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit live inside of us and He gave us His life. The vessel of God is pure and spotless, the Lord Himself had to clean our house before He took up residence. How did He clean our house? He forgave all our sins and imparted His righteousness to us. God so loved the world that He gave us the gift of righteousness, we just need to accept His gift and open it up. Merry Christmas.
The Bible is a book of prophetic words spoken by the Old Testament Prophets and the New Testament Apostles. Most of the prophecies have been fulfilled but not all of them. God is saving the best for last. All the prophecies spoken by the present day prophets can be traced back to the Bible.
The Word and the Spirit always agree.
We are not obligated to believe everyone claiming to be a prophet, not anyone who gives a word! The Bible is very clear on what a prophet must do to be considered valid.
Deuteronomy 18:22 When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
A true prophet must prove him or herself to be a voice for the Lord. Under the old covenant if a prophet gave a word that turned people to other gods, he was to be stoned. If you fully understand the ministry of the prophet, you won’t be so determined to “practice” in the function. Years ago, Kenneth Hagin and Kenneth Copeland brought a lot of understanding and much credibility to the office of the prophet. I had to deal with several people who “thought” they were qualified to emulate these two prophets. I bought a book entitled “Ministry of the Prophet” by Kenneth Hagin. Whenever someone would claim to be prophet I would sit them down and we would read the qualifications of the prophet. That little book was responsible for disqualifying a lot of “prophets”.
Haggai 2:9 The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, says the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, says the LORD of hosts.
I have read this prophecy over and over and have seen a small portion of glory, but not to the degree that the prophets say is coming! The latter house is not a building, it is a body of last day believers. We see the glory in the lives of Elijah and Moses and they were unsaved men. What will God do in the house of the righteous where His spirit is welcome? My attitude towards prophecy is to sit back and see if it will come to pass. I have been wrong!
Psalm 96:3-4 Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.
When we read or hear a prophetic word given by a proven voice, the next step is to declare it. Most of what God does is directed at the heathen. He wants them to know there is a God who can save to the uttermost. When we declare His glory we are giving Him praise before He does anything. When we decree a thing it’s because we believe it. Our faith is instrumental for the fulfilling of prophecy. The prophets foretold the birth of Messiah and when the day came very few believed it. We can’t stop prophecy, but I believe we can delay it because we don’t declare it. We must speak what we hear and what we believe because God gave authority to men.
Pastor Jerry Lamping
Born and raised in Helena, MT, has been a Pastor for over 20 years.