LENTIL FIELDS

Friday afternoon, after my son Matthew came to pick up his sons Ryder and Carver from our condo and left, I was sitting on the couch and had this thought: “It would appear COVID is my lentil field.”

Do you know what I am talking about when I say, “lentil field?”

Here is the text this thought comes from [2 Samuel 23]:

11 And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines had gathered together into a troop where there was a piece of ground full of lentils. So the people fled from the Philistines.12 But he stationed himself in the middle of the field, defended it, and killed the Philistines. So the LORD brought about a great victory.”

When God is involved, one man and God are a majority. Come on somebody! God is still looking for real men [not talking about a gender here folks]. Manhood in the kingdom is a level of spiritual maturity where childish things are removed from being a part of the person’s life.

“When I became a man I put away childish things.”

Paul knew he had reached manhood when childishness no longer was a part of his lifestyle. Children think about themselves and what they want. “Men” think about a lot of things and none begin with what do I need. “Men” live to serve others for what they need. And real men will die in that service before they would compromise their service.

Shammah was one of David’s 3 mighty men who did great exploits. The prophet Daniel said, “Those who know their God will do great exploits.” I guess Shammah really knew God. He should, he served under David, the God worshiping giant killer. If you want to defeat giant problems follow giant killers.

Shammah’s name means astonishment. Astonishment can mean surprise or to impress greatly. I don’t think Shammah surprised himself, or David, or God. He WAS a mighty man in the service of David, a mighty man! He did not need to prove he was mighty. Because he was mighty he did mighty things. His might proved invaluable to God and His purposes for His people.

The Philistines, on the other hand, were probably greatly surprised and impressed.

Agee means I will increase. Do you believe you will increase? One cannot increase if they keep doing what they have always done. I have said many times, “We will never do what we’ve never done if we only do what we’ve always done.” Even in doing great things, if you do not risk failure in doing even greater things you cannot increase. “And you shall do greater things than these because I go to the Father.” Jesus

Speaking of increase, Isaiah prophesied God’s government and peace would never stop increasing. “Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.”

The real question we must ask ourselves often is this: “Is His government [governance] and peace continually increasing in us?” Has COVID put a halt to that increase in your life or has it created a longing to let it increase even more? I am all in for “the more!”

Hararite means mountain dweller. To climb a mountain takes great effort. Dwelling on one takes even greater effort. But the views are extraordinary. Caleb, at the age of 85, wanted the mountainous territory in the promised land. In his latter years he didn’t want what was convenient. He wanted what was challenging. Mountains can mean a higher place of authority, or rule. Usually, when God wanted to move through a man to advance His purposes in the earth He would first call, or take, that man up a mountain.

Isaiah said in the last days the mountain of the Lord would be the chief mountain. “Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it.”

Have you read this in Hebrews 12?

18 For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, 19 and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore.

20 (For they could not endure what was commanded: ‘And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow.21 And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, ‘I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.’)

22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, 26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, ‘Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.27 Now this, ‘Yet once more,’ indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.

28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.”

Terrifying and tantalizing isn’t it? Terrifying if you miss the important truths in the text and tantalizing if you see them.

Or how about this?

“My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray; They have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill; They have forgotten their resting place.” [Isaiah 50:6]

According to God, mountains are safer resting places than hills! And woe to the leaders who lead God’s people the wrong direction. Hills take less effort to climb and are more dangerous than mountains. This means the greatest challenges are where the Good Shepherd wants us to feed. What is feeding you? Who is feeding you? Where are they feeding you?

If I am to die then I will die dwelling on the mountain of the Lord, for that is where God provides.

“And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide [Jehovah Jireh]; as it is said to this day, ‘In the Mount of The Lord it shall be provided.'” [Genesis 22:14]

Whatever your beliefs about COVID there is one absolutely glaring characteristic, and that is nearly every thing about the messaging has been and continues to be manipulative. Witchcraft seeks ultimate control over people. This means a spirit of witchcraft is fueling the feeling of imminent danger. Witchcraft manifests in at least 3 main areas. They are:

  1. Manipulation
  2. Intimidation
  3. Domination

Have you noticed how from the beginning information about COVID has been so inconsistent and in a lot of cases outright false? This is a classic move by manipulators. Keeping people unsure of what is happening or what is going to happen keeps them unstable and feeling unsure and unsafe. This makes them more susceptible to being controlled by those who do not have their best in mind. Going along to get along gets everyone in trouble. God is not in this at all!

The next phase of witchcraft is intimidation. Once the spirit feels it has the person or people in a vulnerable place it begins intimidating them. The threats of the loss of opportunity or more freedoms is amped up, regardless if you have complied with the orders given at the beginning and throughout the process. The goal is to force everone into submission through threats. God is certainly not in any of this behavior!

The last phase of witchcraft is outright domination. If a person or people have complied they are not excused from this phase. In fact, they have contributed to its progression to this point. Acquiescing to this spirit at any point only encourages and empowers it. Where it really begins to manifest is with those who refuse to bow the knee to the seditious orders. Those people are targeted with harm, whether economic or physical. This is to increase the intimidation of the people on the fence.

I have staked a lot on my stance concerning COVID. I have an entire chapter in my book CHRISTIANITY THE WAY JESUS LIVED IT, Releasing the Christ Within You devoted to it. I could probably write a book just on COVID. I also know there are some people who want me to fail and are even rooting for me to fail. Isn’t it interesting how mediocrity, compromise, and cowardice are enemies of excellence, commitment, and courage. I choose to live like Joshua and Caleb who had a different [more excellent] spirit than all the others in their community.

I heard Jesus say to me in March 2020: “Do not be afraid [of it]. It is not what they are saying it is.” From that moment on Donna and I have lived out in the open with our faith in His word. Many of God’s people fled in the face of the Philistines [COVID] onslaught, and are still running scared. What has Jesus said to you about how to navigate the treacherous waters we are all in?

I continue to seek God, for we are commanded to live out of every word that proceeds out of His mouth, not just those that preceded out of His mouth. Staying current with Christ Jesus is the only way to stay alive generally speaking, but absolutely with all that is going on in the world today. If He says something different than what He said last year then that is what I will obey. He may have a different lentil field for me to defend. Until then, His word has not changed and is therefore still proceeding out of His mouth and into my heart.

What is Jesus saying to you today? “Today, if you hear My voice do not harden you heart as you did in the rebellion.”

I believe, unless something changes, COVID is my lentil field, or my mountain, that I have staked my life in [on]. To me, this is about God’s honor. It seems many of God’s people believe COVID is omnipotent and God is impotent against it. With all the variants being released many people of “faith” are demonstrating they have more faith in big Pharma and their “protection.” Big Pharma is the new Jehovah Rapha. 

I am not anti medicine or medical doctors or medical science! I am anti manipulation! I am anti witchcraft that is now running rampant through the entire medical and scientific establishment. In fact, it is running rampant through every section of society, even the church.

Jesus never condemned or condoned doctors and medicine. He did not need to comment on them. He healed the sick and commissioned [licensed] His disciples to heal the sick too. Luke, who was a physician, became part of Paul’s apostolic team. I like to jokingly say that he left his practice because Paul was getting better results. Now, Jesus most certainly spoke to the political and religious elite of His day. Most of what He said to them was not affirming. He saved most of His harshest rebukes for those people.

Doctors have a license to practice healing the sick. So do Jesus’ disciples! I believe we are in the throes of seeing which group will see the most healing. I am game! How about you?

In case you are not aware, Jehovah Rapha is the first covenant compound name God gave the Israelites post deliverance from Egyptian bondage and the Red Sea crossing. It means: I am the Lord who will make you and keep you whole, among other things. It is the OT version of the NT word for savior, or saved. Why would this be the first name God identified Himself with after freeing His people from bondage? Well, Egypt represents  the land and life of sin and the bondages associated with it. Pharaoh represents the devil who is the god of that world [land and life]. So, once delivered and baptized in the Red Sea [1 COR 10:2] God promised their new life would be disease free [Exodus 15:26]. Obedience to Him would keep them free, meaning, if sinning was continued then God would not protect them. By the way, Jesus told the man at the pool [John 5] not to sin anymore or something worse would come on him.

Kevin, are you saying people are sinning in the way they are dealing with COVID? I am saying it is possible they are sinning. “Have no other gods before Me” is still valid today. What has God said to you? Did He say wear a mask that cannot protect you? Did He say stay at least 6′ from others when that does not protect you? Has He said take the shot that does not protect you from catching COVID or protect others from catching it from you? I doubt it! Those things at best give people a false sense of security, which is dangerous. Is that manipulation?

But Kevin, the shots minimize the symptoms for those who get COVID after getting the shots.” You mean they are less than the 99% of the people who do not get COVID or its variants, or if they do are asymptomatic, or have very mild symptoms? Better than that? I doubt it!

But Kevin, what about the most vulnerable? You know, those with comorbidity. Or, those who are afraid. Well, why are they afraid and where did the fear come from? God does not give anyone fear so that is a problem that must be addressed. As to the comorbidity issue, what are they and how did they develop them? Were they born with them? Or, has their lifestyle created them? People who have received the shot are still getting and spreading COVID. People who have received the shot are being hospitalized. And, people who have received the shot have died. I guess what you are saying is it is okay to gamble with your life by getting “shot.” Isn’t that the same as literally playing Russian Roulette?

For anyone who took the shot, did you take it because the Spirit of Christ said to, or did the spirit of fear say to take it?

God may tell someone to take the shot!

Obeying God is much different than surrendering to someone forcing [witchcraft] you to take the shot! Actually, they can’t force you to take it because you do have options. You may not like the options but options you do have.

Here is the dilemma a lot of people are in. The spirit of mammon is working in tandem with the spirit of witchcraft in backing people into a corner economically. Livelihoods are being threatened if people do not take the shot. By the way, people’s livelihoods have been destroyed from the beginning of this nightmare.

Let’s say for the sake of discussion you ask the Lord what you are to do and He says something like this: “I really need you to be in the position you are in because I need kingdom people everywhere. Take the shot and trust Me that My word to you will not fail. This is My word to you, ‘And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name . . . if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them.'” Is that a possibility? It very well may be but “you” better be sure it is the Spirit of God speaking and not the insidious spirits of deception that have free range in most of the areas in the world right now.

Satan knows scripture and appears at times as an angel of light!

“My sheep hear My voice and the voice of a stranger they will not follow.” Jesus did not say His sheep will not hear a stranger’s voice. He said, “They will not follow a stranger’s voice.” For almost a decade now I have been strongly encouraging people to get proficient at hearing from God and immediately obeying what He says. Now, it is even more crucial. Our very lives may depend on how well we do both.

I know this for certain, the lepers who Jesus healed were glad that He did not obey the contemporary rules concerning lepers. Would COVID keep Jesus from touching and healing those with it? I seriously doubt it! And I really can’t visualize Jesus with a mask on.

Jesus is the Mediator of a better covenant with better promises than the Old Testament and its promises. By the way, He is the one who was mediating the Old Covenant, just through angels [See Hebrews 2:2]. Think about this for a moment: In Egypt, for the first Passover God told His people to kill lambs and place their blood on the door frames of their homes. They were not instructed to place the blood on the threshold because that would be akin to treading on the blood, which is forbidden based on Paul’s revelation [See Hebrews 10:29]. Their obedience kept the death angel from entering their homes and killing their firstborn sons. Do we honestly believe the blood of those lambs are more powerful than the blood of Jesus, who is the Lamb that was slain before the foundation of the world? I hope not!

There are times in life when life requires a person to take a public stand. That is absolutely true for God’s people. Who is willing to be light in a dark world? Who is willing to be salt in a compromised world? The light that illuminates also blinds if it is turned up enough. Ask Paul [was Saul]. He testified he saw a light that was brighter than the sun. The salt that preserves also stings [hurts a lot] when it is placed in an open wound. So many refuse to be real salt and light for fear of offending someone or worse, not living up to the standard of what salt and light are. Jesus said this about salt that is no longer salty, “It is good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled under the feet of men.” Salty [informal]: Tough, aggressive. Do you know how offensive in that culture being discarded and walked on was?   

What is your lentil field to defend? What is your mountain to possess? I am convinced until a person is willing to die for what they believe they will never fully live what they say they believe!

And that is what I believe!

I leave you with this quote from Brené Brown: “The willingness to show up changes us. It makes us a little braver each time.”

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Are You Chasing the American Dream or God’s Dream?

I was sitting on my couch while my grandson Noah ate a tomato, a red, white and blue Popsicle, a small plastic cup of extra large Virginia peanuts in Sea Salt, and a grilled cheese sandwich. We were in between pool visits at the condo complex where Donna and I currently reside. We had to vacate for a couple hours because the pool was being shocked with chlorine because of all the rain that has fallen here the last week.

As I sat on the couch this thought flashed in my mind: “The American Dream is killing American Christianity, or Christians in America.”

“What on earth are you saying Kevin?” I am so glad you asked!

Please remember, God told Adam and Eve that if they ate the forbidden fruit they would die. Of course the devil caused them to doubt what God clearly communicated. They ate but they did not physically die. Instead, they died spiritually in the sense they cut themselves off from the sweet spiritual fellowship they had enjoyed with God in the Garden. They were literally the original walking dead. Are you dead and don’t know it?

God has a dream for every person on the planet. Years ago in the church my wife Donna and I pastored for 16 years we had a young girl that went to heaven in her spirit. What she experienced was mind blowing. She saw and spoke with Jesus and He took her to His bedroom. She reported that she was shocked and said to Jesus, “Why do you have a bedroom? The Bible says that you never sleep nor slumber.” Jesus responded to her saying, “That is true! But I wanted you to see where I dream about you.”

God has dreams about us?

God has dreams for us?

Is this true?

I believe that He does dream about us and have dreams for us. Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

Granted, this verse does not have the word dream in it but it clearly communicates God had foreknowledge [prepared beforehand [in advance]] of what our purpose in life would be.

The question is this – which dream [plan, purpose] are you chasing – the American Dream or God’s Dream?

If those two are one and the same then glory to God! If they are not then . . .

Jesus said this, “36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? 37 For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” [Mark 8]

Losing one’s soul can mean more than one thing but I am convinced it means losing the very essence of who God created the person to be and what they were saved to do.

There is so much compromise and corruption in the organized Christian church that it is no wonder the world we live in is winning the war for the hearts and minds of the planet’s population. It is one thing to have so much compromise and corruption in the world’s systems and structures but to have them so prevalent in God’s system and structure is unconscionable.

According to Scripture Christians are supposed to be in the world but not of the world. Yet, instead of infiltrating and transforming the world the world continues to infiltrate and transform the church by infecting Christians with the ways of the world. In fact, James said wanting to be like the world makes a person an enemy of God [See James 4:4]. The English version of James’ wording is this: “Makes himself an enemy of God.”

Yes, God has enemies contrary to what some would have us believe!

The word ‘himself’ is not in the Greek so it reads this way: “Makes an enemy of God.” The Greek word for ‘makes’ means to appoint, ordain, set in place or position.

The person making themselves friends with the world has the creative ability to make themselves into an enemy of God. ‘Enemy’ in the Greek literally means to be in opposition to God, or to be the opposite of God, to be an adversary to God like Satan, to be hostile to divine government.

Jesus said, “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” [Luke 6:46]

Say what?

What is He saying?

What are you saying in what you are chasing?

I don’t know about you but to me that does not look or sound like a very good place to be!

James was writing to people who were God’s kids. We know this because of what he wrote in chapter 1:

“1 James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings.

2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

One may think that James was writing to dispersed Jews. He was not. Here is why I say that:

  1. “Brethren” means from the womb and unless unsaved Jewish people are clearly in the text the word refers to Christians [See Romans 9:3; Hebrews 7:5].
  2. He would not have encouraged unbelieving Jews to allow the testing of their faith to produce endurance because they had not exercised faith in God or His plan of salvation in the Person of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
  3. He would not have written to unbelieving Jews to let endurance produce in them perfection [full grown, mature, reached their fulfilled and finished character], and complete [in all its parts, free from sin, entirely whole in spirit, soul and body].
  4. He would not have written to unbelieving Jews telling them they lacked nothing [being inferior in any way]. By the way, Jews thought they were God’s only kids and that they lacked nothing as it pertained to their relationship to God [See John 8].

The American organized church has some decisions to make as it pertains to who they want to be friends with!

Jesus said this about who His friends were, “You are My friends if you do what I command you.” [John 15:14]

In fact, He told those Jews who believed Him that to be His disciple they had to continue in His Word [John 8:31].

Jesus did not mean read the Scriptures daily. It means being continually transformed by the Word of God and the God of the Word.

By the way, the whole point of Christianity is discipleship to the Lordship of Jesus, not just a conversion [See Matthew 18:3; 28:19; Mark 10:15; Luke 18:17 – Study the words ‘children’ and ‘child’ in MT 18:3; MK 10:15: LK 18:17 – In fact do a study on the different meanings of the 4 words for ‘child’ in the New Testament].

So many American Christians are chasing the wrong dream for their life and in doing so are in danger of leaving a legacy of mediocrity, if not outright compromise and corruption to their children and their children’s children.

It is interesting to me that people of great faith and small financial portfolios are considered failures in today’s American Dream church construct, but Scripture tells us something entirely different.

James 2:5

“Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?”

The Greek word for ‘poor’ in this verse is the same Matthew used in chapter five verse three where he wrote that Jesus said this, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

It is interesting isn’t it that Jesus began teaching His disciples about kingdom life in an Old Testament Jewish culture with the recognition that without God you are spiritually bankrupt. Many of those He taught that day were financially well off.

Possibly two decades later, James, Jesus’ half brother [same mother different father] who was not present when Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount, writes those who are the spiritually richest are some of the most materially poorest people on the planet. My how times and priorities have changed!

The inheritance a righteous man is to leave to his children’s children has been reduced to material things which are temporary. Why isn’t great faith considered precious in the sight of God’s people anymore? Why do so many of God’s people see giving their children an advantage in life is more about natural and material things instead of spiritual things such as a sold out life to Christ, and a lifestyle of unmitigated faith in Him and faithfulness to Him?

It seems Christians have allowed the world to dictate the priorities for so many of the people of “faith.”

Keep in mind faith means complete trust in and fidelity to – God – at ALL costs! What does it cost to be Jesus’ disciple? EVERYTHING! Salvation is free to the one receiving it – Jesus paid for it in full! Discipleship to the Lordship of Jesus means the person forfeits all rights to their life to Jesus – He paid for that privilege!

Please do not misunderstand what I am saying. I am not anti-prosperity for Christians or even Christian ministers and ministries. There are abuses within both sides of the prosperity and anti-prosperity Christian camps. What I am getting at in this Blog is your dream, your dream life, and your pursuit of it.

There are those who even take the easy road to Christian licensing or ordination by purchasing theirs online.

Instead of accepting the process and responsibilities kingdom culture [God’s dream] requires they take the world’s way [a short cut] of getting licensed or ordained by doing an online search and paying for it.

When we have not prepared by paying the necessary price pressure causes us to compromise [take the road of least resistance]. Compromise more times than not leads to corruption.

This may not be exclusively an American way but it is indicative of where Christianity is in the world. It is a very sad commentary of the compromise and corruption so many “believers” have settled in, and for.

Think about this for a moment. Only in a compromised condition would someone think it is okay to purchase online a license or ordination to do Christian ministry. Is a person who does that submitted in a tangible way to the person or organization who sold them the license or ordination? Is it a one time fee or a yearly fee? Where in Scripture does a person seek ordination? Doesn’t God have a say who represents Him in ministry?

To me it is the same as “gaming the system.”

It makes me wonder if those who take the easy way to licensing or ordination would hire or use a doctor, lawyer, plumber, electrician, contractor, jet pilot, or any other number of normal jobs and professions where the person purchased their license online instead of earning it through the relevant educational and training process.

It certainly speaks to the lack of honor, respect, and value people, even Christian people, have for ministries and ministers.

In a time of God ordained personal transition 20 years ago I was offered an opportunity to get ordained from an organization I had no relationship with. The people I was relating to did not ordain ministers and they recommended that I use the organization as they had a relationship with the leaders of that organization. I chose not to go that route and instead waited on God trusting the kingdom way would work out. A few years later someone senior to me in age and years of ministry contacted me about ordination and I was re-ordained by someone who valued me, my call and my current place in God. I received an immediate upgrade in several areas. One being revelation in God’s word began exploding in my spirit.

Jesus said this to His original disciples and all who would hear what He was teaching. I wonder how this sermon would be received today in most modern, especially American, organized churches.

Luke 16

“10 ‘He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? 12 And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.’

14 Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and were scoffing at Him.

15 And He said to them, ‘You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.

16 The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it.'”

Many marvelous things are detailed in this discourse. I will start at verse sixteen and work my way back to verse ten.

Verse 16 – “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it.”

Keep in mind John’s voice [message] was the first the natural Jew had heard in over four hundred years [Malachi to John the Baptist]. Jesus is revealing in verse sixteen, 1] God’s kingdom arrived with John. Remember John preached, “Repent, for the kingdom of God is here” just like Jesus, 2] God’s kingdom was not static but advancing even then, 3] People were doing what was necessary to not miss out on what God was doing, and 4] John began the messaging of the kingdom of God’s ministry in the earth [gospel of Jesus Christ].

This is also what Mark wrote in chapter one of his gospel.

1″ The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

‘Behold, I send My messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way; 3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, make ready the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.’

4 John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea was going out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. 6 John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist, and his diet was locusts and wild honey. 7 And he was preaching, and saying, “After me One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals. 8 I baptized you with water; but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” [I exegete John’s lifestyle and apparel in my Book, Welcome to the Wilderness]

It is interesting to me Mark reveals the gospel of Jesus Christ includes the baptism in the Holy Spirit [Verse 8].

Selah

Verses 14, 15 – “14 Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and were scoffing at Him. 15 And He said to them, ‘You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.'”

Man pleasers and man pleasing abounds in the modern American Dream church.

And it can be traced many times to pursuing a paycheck, position and or promotion!

One of the attributes of a Pharisee is they talk a great game but are horrible at playing it. In Texas there is a saying, “That person is all hat and no cattle.” Growing up my mom had a Chihuahua named Sheba who was ferocious when a door separated her from the person approaching it. Once the door opened she either ran for cover or rolled over to have her belly rubbed.

Are you ferocious behind the door? Have you run for cover? Have you rolled over to have someone rub your belly?

Jesus called them out on the fact that they may have fooled the people but they had not fooled the Father. How many people who claim to love God and are serving Him are serving Him for what they can get out of it not what the people they serve are getting out of it. Also, the religious system was so corrupt in Jesus day those in positions of authority had gotten there by intrigue instead of integrity. Some things never change do they?

Verses 10-13 – “10 ‘He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? 12 And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.'”

This is a classic text on commitment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Faithfulness in insignificant things includes things that do not garner the attention or praise of men but gets God’s attention. Now you can see why the Pharisees were listening closely. Jesus taught His disciples in the Sermon on the Mount that if their righteousness did not exceed the scribes and Pharisees they would never enter the kingdom He said was given to the poor in spirit [Matthew 5:20,3]

The Pharisees had perverted the privilege to be the keepers of God’s Word yet were preaching and teaching from a commentary of a commentary of what God had said [written]. And they did not even abide by their own compromised teachings they were so compromised and corrupt. They were being weighed in the balance of God’s divine justice and had been found wanting. And they knew it and were growing more incensed about it.

Jesus called wealth unrighteous! How can that be? Is wealth unrighteous? What if it had been earned legally, ethically and morally? Well, if it was earned by someone who did not glorify God in earning it or who was selfishly spending on themselves instead of using it to further the advancement of God’s kingdom then absolutely it is unrighteous.

I am reminded of a parable Jesus told that illustrates this perfectly, at least to me it does.

Luke 12

16 And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. 17 And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ 18 Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”‘

20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ 21 So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

There is so much I could write about this parable such as God called this man a fool when Jesus said that was not allowed [See Matthew 5:22]. Also, those who are enriching themselves and who are not rich toward God will leave what they accumulated to “who knows.”

Taking it easy was not what God had in mind for the man who was mindless in his eternal preparation.

Remember, all the silver and gold is God’s so how we steward what He entrusts to us reveals how much He can trust us with “true riches.” True riches? What on earth, I mean in heaven, are true riches?

In the Greek the word riches is not in the text. So, what Jesus said is, “Who will entrust the [what is] true to you?”

The word ‘true’ in the Greek speaks of possessing the real nature of what is entrusted as well as the person who entrusted it to you. The juxtaposition of what is unrighteous with what is true is compelling. True riches as compared to what compromised people consider wealth was to provide a clear path to divine purpose [God’s dream] for those Jesus was addressing. True riches could also mean things that are eternal instead of temporary. Maybe true riches are mainly spiritual, not material.

Next, Jesus emphasized the importance of honor for others and their stuff. He stated a person that could not be trusted with what belonged to another person COULD NOT be trusted with their own stuff. In other words, if we will not honor the person who gave or lent us something then God is not required to honor us with our own stuff. It would be foolish of God to entrust things that are valuable with a person who has no value for what was valuable to someone else.

Maybe that is why so many “believers” work so hard to obtain more stuff! Selah

Jesus concludes by emphatically stating God would not allow a person to serve Him and mammon [material things and the spirit that makes it a priority]. “You CANNOT serve God and mammon!” I hope you heard what Jesus said. Jesus did not say, “You will not serve God and mammon.” He said, “You cannot serve God and mammon” which to me means even when people believe they are they are not because God refuses to share the glory with an unholy spirit called mammon.

What dream are you chasing – American or God’s? You cannot chase both unless God says the dream you are chasing is the one He prepared for you and is preparing you for.

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Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin
A radical spiritual revolutionary
Revolution Movement Co-Founder

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Three Nails

Jesus, the carpenter by vocation before His river and Spirit baptism, was crucified on a Cross [Paul in Galatians called it a tree, maybe because at one time it had been a tree], is believed to have been secured on that tree by three nails!

The nails did not secure Jesus any more than Pilate had authority on his own to have Him killed.

So Pilate said to Him, ‘You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You?'”

Jesus shot back, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above [My Father]; for this reason he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.

So what kept Jesus on the Cross [tree]? Of course, it was not the nails that kept Jesus on that tree. For if He decided He was done with that plan He could have disintegrated the nails and the tree.

“Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?”

What kept Jesus on that tree was His willingness to surrender to His [the] Father’s will – to the bitter [sweet] and bloody end!

“1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Letting His example of surrender to His Father’s will encourages us in our will to stay steady and strong throughout our entire race!

In the Garden, Jesus was feeling the pressure of what He had agreed to in eternity past. “All who dwell on the earth will worship Him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.”

The KJV says it this way, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship Him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

The pressure in the olive or wine press became so great He experienced what is known as hematidrosis. Some say hematidrosis, or hematohidrosis, is caused when a person’s fight or flight response kicks into high gear. Others say when a person is in great duress, or distress, it can happen.

Whatever triggered it in Jesus He was in a real war for the salvation of the world!

For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.” Jesus is man’s only Savior but not all men will do the Father’s will to be saved by Him. Those who will, will be saved by Him.

“Father, is there another way to do what we agreed to?” Jesus was willing to die for the sins of all mankind but at that moment He was looking for a different process of pain than the Cross.

Finally, after three sessions of anguished prayer, He surrendered. “[Father] Not My will but Your will be done!”

Jesus had told His disciples, “I will build My church!” “I will!”

No one could fully understand what the Carpenter meant when He said that. Many still do not understand to this day.

“I will” must be understood in the context of “Your will!”

Even today, as the resurrected Jesus continues to build His church, He is operating out of His Father’s will functioning through His surrendered will. Jesus’ full surrender in the Garden of Gethsemane [oil press, or where olives or grapes are crushed so oil or juice for making wine is extracted] was not a momentary blip on histories radar screen. No, it is an eternal commitment to do His Father’s will.

His church is securely and ultimately built on the Father’s will being executed by Jesus, and everyone else who surrenders to the Father’s will.

“10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of [the will of] God.”

God is NOT every person’s Father. God is ONLY the Father to those who do His will!

So, God’s church is being built by Jesus, the Head, doing His Father’s will and as people surrender to that same will.

Have you said, “Not my will but Yours Father be done?”

If not, you are not part of His church His will is building!

Selah

Let’s look at some verses that talk about the Father’s will. These are not exclusive!

“Not everyone who says to Me, `Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.”

  • This is being said about those who overemphasize their relationship with Christ, “Who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord.'”
  • This is being said about those who bragged to Jesus what they had done “in My name” but did not have an authentic relationship with Him – “I never knew you.”

“For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.”

  • This was in response to His natural family showing up to one of His meetings wanting to see Him. He asked the assembled crowd, “Who is my mother and my brothers?” Before they could answer He answered His own question with the above text.
“For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”
  • This was in response to the grumbling of the Jews who could not accept His testimony of who He is.
  • “31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, ‘If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.

When we take these and the many other texts together we get the whole picture of what it means to be His people, His church!

Attending Christian services does make a person a part of His church!

Giving money or time to a Christian church or ministry does make a person a part of His church!

Amending your ways does not make you a part of His church!

What makes a person part of His church? Doing His and the Father’s will is the only way to be part of His church.

Take the time to read all of John 6 where Jesus really hammers the religious people and His own disciples with what His Father’s will is. In fact, take the time to read all four gospels, and read them slowly as if you have never read them or heard any teachings on them before. You will be shocked at what you will see, find, and learn.

I promise!

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A radical spiritual revolutionary
Revolution Movement Co-Founder
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kdrury@revolutionmovement.org

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Fear Who?

Fear who?

“But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him.

Jesus taught that His Father could kill people and then throw them into a hellish eternity. Do you believe Jesus? If you don’t, you should!

“The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death.”

Do you really fear God?

Do you REALLY want to avoid the snares of death?

Do you fear WHO, the CDC, The NIH, the NIAID, COVID-19 or a zombie apocalypse? If you do, you should not!

According to the CDC:

79,400 Americans died in the 2017 – 2018 flu season

* CDC estimates 49 million illnesses, 959,000 hospitalizations

61,200 Americans died in the 2018 – 2019 flu season

* CDC estimates 43 million illnesses, 647,000 hospitalizations

Up to 60,000 Americans will die in the 2019 – 2020 flu season [non-COVID 19]

* CDC estimates up to 54 million [non_COVID 19] illnesses, up to 730,000 hospitalizations

Three-year flu totals 2017 – 2020:

Deaths: 200,600

Illnesses: 146 million

Hospitalizations: 1,377,959

For all of the “go beyond social distancing to self quarantining” for themselves and other believers, where was your concern and self quarantining passion for those who got the flu and for those who died, between 2017 and now?

For all of the “go beyond social distancing to self quarantining” for themselves and other believers, will you have the same concern and self quarantining passion next flu season when, if the last 3 flu seasons are a barometer, we could see deaths in the 60,000+ range, and over 40 million illnesses and between 600,000 and 1,000,000 hospitalizations? And I am not including COVID-19.

Are you planning to live the rest of your life in isolation because of what might happen that is bad, to you or through you? Dr. Tony Fauci is now saying COVID-19 could re-emerge in the 2020-2021 flu season, and beyond.

Have you ever read this verse, “He who separates [isolates, sequesters, or severs from others] himself seeks his own desire, [and] he quarrels against all sound wisdom.

So, according to Scripture, the selfish ones are the isolationists, not the interventionists!

Fear God! Are you feeling it, yet?

We live in a feel-good society where any gesture that appears to be keeping people safe is rewarded like a participation trophy.

“Are you self-quarantining?” “Why yes I am!” “Yea, great job! Me too!”

On the other hand, “Are you self-quarantining?” “Why no I am not. I am believing God to protect me and to use me to bring peace and healing to those who are afraid and or are sick.”

“You are so self-centered! Don’t you know you could be infecting, or killing people?”

And who really is the selfish person? Who really fears God?

I totally get not everyone is on the same growth path. But it really seems those who have little to no faith want those who have more, or great faith, to show some respect and stop being so darn courageous.

People who have a history with God of being led into fiery trials are not at the mercy of those who have never been exposed to a fiery trial.

Success breeds success and makes one responsible for the standard of faith they have attained. “Let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.

Fear breeds fear and faith and fear cannot coexist with each other. One of them will have to go, and will eventually go.

Socialism and Communism lower everyone’s [well, the common people’s] standard to the lowest common denominator. Uniformity is the prized possession of a socialist, communist worldview.

We are seeing these “social” core values rise and thrive in the midst of the saints. It is a sad season we have been in and are still, in Christianity.

Fear is a worse virus than the virus you are currently afraid of! And please do not insult my intelligence with the whole, “I’m not afraid, I’m being cautiously smart.”

Hmmm! Caution – care taken to avoid danger or mistakes.

If you are a Christian you are called by God into danger! “I send you out as sheep among wolves.” Does it get any more dangerous than that?

I am shocked at how many people, and supposedly Christian people, have fallen into the fear trap of, “What IF someone gives it to me or someone I care about?” Or, “What IF I give it to someone else?”

Read these verses slowly.

“The fear of man brings [permits, grants, produces, assigns] a snare [bait, lure, noose]. But he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted [inaccessably high, safely set on high, to be secure].”

Dear one, do you realize what you are doing to yourself when you allow fear to dictate to you what you will or will not do?

“Job said, ‘The thing I greatly feared [revered, respected, was in awe of] has come [arrived because I agreed with it] upon me.'”

Remember the verse at the top that said, “The fear of the LORD is a fountain [wellspring, source, flow] of life, that one may avoid [be kept from] the snares of death.” Are all your fountains in Him? Or are your fountains in your being cautiously smart?

Dear one, there is debate as to whether all that happened to Job was the result of his fearing it all would come upon him, or not. It really does not matter because Job confessed he had great fear of calamity and that calamity found him and his family.

For him to say “greatly feared’ means he must also have struggled with some “minor fears.” Here is a great question, what if Job’s lack of success in conquering minor fears fed into the greater fear’s faith that it could attack him and prevail against him?

Do you claim Psalms 91?

If you do then why do sit in your home fearful of catching something that percentage-wise is minuscule, and are afraid to venture beyond your yard? Do you actually need God’s protection from this in your own home?

Do you quote, “God has not given us [me] the spirit of fear.”?

If you do why is fear controlling your life? What if you refuse to go and the one you were to go to dies because you did not go?

Take courage, I have some better what IF’s!

What IF God actually protects you and “yours?”

What IF God uses you to bring peace to someone who is afraid?

What IF God uses you, yes you, to bring healing to someone who is fearful and sick?

What about THOSE what IF’s?

Are you teleworshiping with your church family? It takes zero faith to sanctuary in your home all the while singing, “I am not a slave to fear.”

Are you telehealing with someone who is sick – with ANY sickness? Why teleworship and not teleheal?

Why is there no area in your life where you are exercising even a mustard seed size faith?

Jesus said, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed you can say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and cast into the sea.’”

I hear Jesus saying with a thunderous voice [Like a lion He is roaring out of Zion], “HOW COME YOU HAVE NO FAITH?”

Jesus mentions 3 levels of faith. They are, 1] No faith, 2] Little faith, and, 3] Great faith.

We all operate at different times in different levels of faith. We should never be in ‘No faith’ because Jesus has given to every person the “measure of faith.” Is it really possible to reach and live in Great Faith. The Centurion reached that level and Jesus lived in that level. And He said, “The things that I do you shall do, and greater things than these shall you do. Because I am going to the Father.”

Do you believe Jesus?

There is so much negativity and most, if not all of it, is based on a premise that is false.

People are now wanting the head of the man who is head of WHO.

Why? Because he is corrupt and in bed with communist China, and he used the P-word, which triggered a lot of people’s greatest fear – which is the zombie apocalypse.

There is compassionate courage, and then there is sympathy that is not courageous!

Sympathy consoles and even joins in with the worry ward. Compassion intervenes!

Jesus was never moved with sympathy.

Jesus was always moved with compassion! That is why He was not afraid to touch the leprous man on the head. That is why Jesus stepped into danger and defeated it at its source.

If you are a Christian, and most especially a born again and Spirit-filled Christian and have not heard God say to you, “Hunker down in your house”, then to hunker in your bunker is sin. He said, “Go into all of the world.” He did not say “all of the safe spots.” And He did not say, “Get permission from you governmental leaders.” He said to you, “Go,” you have to go!

If you are having trouble ‘going’ you probably need to drink more of His joy from the wells of salvation. Or maybe you have not drunk enough from the water that He gives that keeps you filled so you can spill. Or maybe, just maybe, you are drinking too much worldly “wine” and not enough of His new wine.

Whatever you are partaking of that is keeping you bottled up inside of you and inside of your house, stop drinking it.

This should be God’s people’s finest hour, but instead, they are holed up in their house where they hope and pray the big bad wolf doesn’t come and blow their house down!

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Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin
A radical spiritual revolutionary
Revolution Movement Co-Founder
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kdrury@revolutionmovement.org

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Fast Food Christianity

There is great value in investing time and money to travel to conferences where anointed ministers can impart some spiritual gift to us through their teaching and or hands on ministry.

I know from personal experience how impactful, and transformational those events, and the God encounters I have experienced in them have been in my life. God has even used me in miraculous ministry when I have preached and ministered in large and small public meetings.

So, if you can get to a conference or special service where there is an authentic, anointed minister who moves in kingdom power and authority then by all means go, get all that God has for you, and then take what you receive and go to work on deepening your relationship with God.

Even Paul said he wanted to impart some spiritual gift to the saints residing in Rome. He then went on to warn them about immaturity and irresponsibility with the gift of salvation God gave them, and the spiritual gift he would deposit in them.

Certain behaviors attract God’s wrath!

Paul also wrote this to the saints in Ephesus.

“11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” [Ephesians 4 KJV]

Take a look at what the gifts of Christ do and what the response of the saints must be!

While there is great value in attending conferences and anointed services there is a much greater value in investing time and money in paying whatever price is required to travel into the written Word of God, and allow the Holy Spirit to impart revelation and spiritual gifts directly to us.

Now:

Are you immature in spiritual matters?

Do you have a specific mature person who is discipling you to the fullness of the stature of Jesus Christ?

If not, you need to ask God to send you to that person, or send that person to you, and then employ them to help you grow up.

We live in an ever changing, speeding up, fast paced fast food Christian conference culture, and I am concerned the Body of Christ, and the world at large, is suffering because of it.

Along with that much “church” growth is in the seeker sensitive genre of Christianity where very few if any are maturing and one reason is the “teaching” lasts maybe 20 minutes, and is primarily superficial story telling. And when they do have Bible study they stay away from “the controversial aspects” of Christianity.

What? Jesus the Christ is still the most controversial Person to have ever lived and churches are “staying away from” controversial core teachings about the Christ.

Everyone has a path and a process that is inherit in their divine purpose. Shortcuts are not advantageous to our ultimate purpose. Ministry is work and we must work to be prepared for ministry as ministers of the gospel of the kingdom of God. Every believer is supposed to be a minister regardless of vocation.

It has been said that it takes God at least 20 years to develop a mature minister, and that is when they are under the tutelage of a mature person who disciples them to Christ. Even Jesus was not released to minister until He was 30 years old.

He had 3.5 years of nearly 24 hours a day to invest in His disciples. That may not equate to 20 years in a contemporary discipleship relationship but we are talking about Jesus. He said, “It is to your advantage that I go away.” The purpose was the arrival of the Holy Spirit. So, the Holy Spirit is our Advantage.

Are you taking full advantage of the Advantage?

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Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin
A radical spiritual revolutionary
Revolution Movement Co-Founder
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kdrury@revolutionmovement.org

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Supply Lines

“My God will supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19, Paul to the Philippian saints

This is a favorite verse people quote hoping to convince God to provide for what they need and or perceive they need. Most of those people have absolutely no idea the context from which Paul released that statement.

Do you know the context? I am purposefully not going to copy and paste it here for you in this short blog. What I am going to do is tell you what I see in the context that establishes God’s eternal truth in that one verse.

Paul said “My [His]” God would supply all the Philippians needs.

That is an interesting way to say what he said. Why didn’t Paul say, “‘Your’ God will supply all of your needs . . . ” Ahh, I am so glad you asked that question because that is where the context comes in and frames the text in its eternal purpose.

The church at Philippi was founded by Paul and Silas as they worshiped God at midnight while they were in pain in the Philippian prison for preaching the gospel, and causing a hell destroying and heaven rejoicing revival.

These grateful believers in Christ Jesus began finanically supporting Paul in his kingdom advancing world mission and ministry. But something, the contextual text does not reveal what, happened and they ended their financial support of Paul and his apostolic endeavors.

Something changed however and they re-engaged in sending finances to Paul so that his mission would be provided for. Paul tells them that he is grateful for their past and renewed support and he reveals to them that he has learned to be content no matter if they, or any other church [Christians] sent him financial support. He has arrived at the place where people are not his provider, his God is! And that is why he does not stress over having nothing, or way more than he needs.

You do realize if you do not learn to be content in whatever your financial situation is you will never be content in whatever your financial situation is, don’t you? If not, you best get on with learning that lesson well so you can pass every financial test God will use to reveal to you where you are not content – in Him and His provision for you.

Wherever you abandon God in the valley [low place] you will more than likely abandon him on the mountain [higher place]! Selah!

Paul goes on to say that he was not looking for their support to supply his account. He was looking for their account [resources] to increase. And that my dear reader is when he says, “And my God will supply all of your needs according to [not out of] His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

People who abuse those who find, prepare, and serve spiritual food to them by not “paying” for the time it takes to provide substantive spiritual food or the food they are served, disqualify themselves from receiving God’s supply at the “according to” level of provision.

Jesus taught this principle in several places, one being – “Give, and gifts shall be bestowed on you. Full measure, pressed, shaken down, and running over, shall they pour into your laps; for with the same measure that you use they shall measure to you in return.” Luke 6:38 Weymouth Translation

Paul would later write to the saints in the Galatian churches, “6 And those who are taught the Word must share all good things with their teacher; a sharing of wealth takes place between them.

7 Make no mistake about it, God will never be mocked! For what you plant will always be the very thing you harvest. 8 The harvest you reap reveals the seed that was planted. If you plant the corrupt seeds of self – life into this natural realm, you can expect to experience a harvest of corruption. If you plant the good seeds of Spirit-life you will reap the beautiful fruits that grow from the everlasting life of the Spirit.” Galatians 6 The Passion Translation

By the way, these verses are often taken out of context too. Most teachers do not include verse 6 in their teaching on “God is not mocked.” Most teachings I have heard through the years lay the mocking at the feet of the devil or his kids.

God, through Paul, lays it at the feet of His kids who feed for free! Selah!

Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin
A Spiritual Revolutionary

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Scourging!

Scourging could be thought of as that which removes the scourge from our lives, which it does in fact mean. But what about Jesus and His scourging at the hands of His Roman captors, antagonizers and murderers?

Jesus was scourged, not because He was a scourge, except in the hearts and minds of the Jews who betrayed Him and the Romans who abused Him, but because He was the solution to every scourge of every person on the planet, past, present and future!

Isaiah said this about Jesus and His heavenly Father –

Isaiah 52 / 53

“52:13 Behold, My servant will prosper, He will be high and lifted up and greatly exalted. 14 Just as many were astonished at you, My people, so His appearance was marred more than any man and His form more than the sons of men. 15 Thus He will sprinkle many nations, kings will shut their mouths on account of Him; For what had not been told them they will see, and what they had not heard they will understand.

53:1 Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. 3 He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. 6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.

7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment He was taken away; And as for His generation, who considered That He was cut off out of the land of the living For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due? 9 His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death, because He had done no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

10 But the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand. 11 As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for thetransgressors.

One of the first revelations Isaiah gets and gives is Jesus would be crucified. Jesus used the phrase “lifted up” in John three and John twelve, when He described how He would die.

Next Isaiah saw how Jesus would not look human after His brutal treatment at the hands of His Roman tormentors. Whatever image you have of Jesus after He sweated blood in the Garden of Gethsemane, His beating and scourging at the hands of the Romans, and His eventual crucifiction and demonic assault during the whole process, if He still looks human you have not seen what He really looked like.

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This print of a painting by Mike Parks which Mike gave to me in the early 1980’s is the closest I have ever seen to what Jesus must have looked like, and even it does not come close to what Isaiah saw, and what Jesus literally looked like.

And Jesus willingly allowed that to happen to him because He loved us that much!

And it pleased the Father for Him to go through that!

And Isaiah said He was “smitten by God!”

And Isaiah said “It pleased God to crush Him and put Him to grief!”

Now what about you and me? The writer of Hebrews says this about our heavenly Father and His love for His sons [mature children] in chapter twelve.

“4 You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; 5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by Him; 6 For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives’ [Proverbs 3:11,12]. 7 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.

9 Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

12 Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed. 14 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; 16 that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.”

The Book of Hebrews is written to Jewish believers in Jesus Christ who were being tempted to abandon Christ and return to the dead religious system of Judaism. When Christ was crucified God tore the veil separating the holy place from the Most Holy Place. What was discovered was there was no Ark of the Covenant which means the High Priest, and all the priests had been carrying on as if nothing had happened. God was not behind that veil! And God had not been there when the High Priest entered on the Day of Atonement since the return of the Jews from Babylonian captivity hundreds of years before.

The writer of Hebrews says there is a new and living way to enter into God’s presence, and that way was through The Way, Jesus’ crucified Body [Hebrews 10:19,20]. And God will never reinstitute the old way that is dead and gone.

The writer of Hebrews uses the word ‘scourges’ to express God the Father’s discipline of every son God He loves, and without that level of discipline a person proves they are not legitimately God’s offspring.

The word ‘scourge’ is the same word that is used of Jesus’ brutalization! Just as it pleased the Father to have Jesus scourged it also pleases Him to scourge every son He loves! How can that be you may be wondering? What is the purpose of scourging? I know one reason for it is to inflict maximum pain. The greatest reason and revelation is to remove the flesh from the person being scourged.

Ahh, so when the Father scourges His sons it is for the purpose of removing stubborn flesh that keeps us from living life like the Son who modeled what a Christian’s life was supposed to look like? Yes! Exactly! That is why to resist being scourged disqaulifies a person from being a legitimate son who longs to be like God’s only begotten Son, Jesus!

The writer of Hebrews then uses the connective word ‘Therefore.’ In view of what was just written we must see what was written after the word ‘therefore.’

  • Strenghten the hands that are weak
  • Strengthen the knees that are feeble
  • Make stratight paths for your feet
  • So that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but be healed
  • Pursue peace with all men
  • Pursue sanctification [being set apart to God and His purpose for your life]
  • Without this separation no one will see the Lord
  • See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God
  • Which would result in a root of bitterness springing up causing trouble, and defilement
  • So no one would be like Esau who sold his birthright for a temporary perceived problem
  • Which resulted in his not being able to find repentance which leads to God’s blessing, even though he sought for it with tears

Can you imagine how carrying, not just the physical cross Jesus bore, but the full weight of His Father authorizing the agony He found Himself in, and that willingly He chose to go through, would force Jesus to rely on the only Higher Power that could help Him. The very One who gave permission for this to happen to Him.

Jesus answered [Pilate], “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above.” [John 19:11]

“21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, 22 who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in his mouth; 23 and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously.” [1 Peter 2]

How is that for loyalty?

In our twenty first century version of Christianity we call scourging abuse! Abuse is such a misused word in modern Christianity. Any attempt to bring discipline or to hold a ‘Christian’ accountable falls under the abuse category. It pains me to say that but that is the brutal truth!

And yet, those who submit to it discover their lives will produce the peaceable fruit of authentic righteousness.

Scourging?

Anyone?

Receive and steward God’s passion, power, presence, priority, process, promises, protection, provision, pruning, purging, purity and purpose!

Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin

A spiritual revolutionary!

 

Called, Chosen and Our Choices

Many people do not realize that being called is just the first step in a long process of being chosen, and remaining in why they are called and have been chosen.

People settle into their calling because they discover their identity in it, but many fail to realize their identity is only partially in what they are called.

Our full identity is only found in the One who calls us and then chooses us in His calling us. Losing sight of Him reduces us down to someone who performs for Him to feel His love, instead of resting in our love relationship with Him. Adam and Eve discovered that early in their own walking down their path to purpose!

Any person who places their identity in what God calls them to do instead on God who chose them to do it runs a great risk of becoming a person they never dreamed they would digress into.

Jesus said, “Many are called but few are chosen.” That is an interesting statement that should lead enquirers to dig deeper and farther into what Jesus meant when He said that to the very ones He said it to.

The “them” Jesus was speaking to were the scribes and Pharisees who opposed the move of God and the Messiah who was the Facilitator of His movement.

In other words, they had no problem believing they could usurp God and His delegated authority figure.

Scribes were entrusted with the word of God and Pharisees were entrusted with maintaining purity within the community. Both failed miserably in their calling and and in their being chosen. Jesus said to His disciples, “If your righteousness does not exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees you will in no way enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Those are heavy words! They are not as heavy as these, “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it [Matthew 21:43].”

Let us all take note that being faithful to the end of what God has entrusted to us is more important than thinking we are so important we cannot disqualify ourselves from stewarding what He gifted us with in the beginning.

I want us to think about the original men Jesus called to be His disciples. There were more than the twelve that He ended up choosing to be His original, handpicked closest disciples.

In fact, out of those twelve there were three [Peter, James and John] who became even closer to Him than the other nine, but even Peter and James did not reach the level of intimacy that John attained.

John was so full of Jesus boiling oil couldn’t burn him and Patmos could not blind him! Now that is what I call a real revelation of Jesus, the Christ.

Choices! How far are you willing to go for a real relationship with Jesus based on intimacy with Him, not your working for Him?

At the end of His life Jesus had to say this to Philip, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip?” How long has Jesus been with you and yet you still have not moved close enough to really know Him?

Distance and disconnect from Jesus are detrimental to our mental state, and potentially to our eternal state!

I learned many years ago: Jesus chose twelve out of possibly a hundred or more disciples He called to follow Him, the “three” chose to get closer than the other nine and John the beloved got closer than James and Peter. So when Jesus calls and chooses us it is for the purpose of our discovering what choices we will make to make sure we have a close relationship to Him, not to what He calls and chooses us to do for Him.

We read, “12 It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. 13 And when day came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles: 14 Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; and James and John; and Philip and Bartholomew; 15 and Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot; 16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor [Luke 6].”

Many were called disciples but He chose twelve out of the many He originally called. We are not told why He chose only those twelve or why He chose those specific men, except that He spent all night fellowshipping with His Father and we know He only did what He saw His Father do and He only said what He heard His Father say. We can deduce the Father directed Him to the twelve He wanted chosen.

There is an interesting choice in the group of twelve. His name is Judas Iscariot who became a traitor.

How would you like to be known throughout eternity as _______ ________ who became a traitor? Yikes!

“Became a traitor” is an interesting phrase to me, especially in light of what John reveals in chapter six of His gospel.

64 But there are some of you who do not believe. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him. 65 And He was saying, ‘For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.'”

Luke said Judas “became a traitor” and John said Jesus “knew who it was who would betray Him,”

Jesus knew the moment He selected Judas as one of the twelve it was he who would eventually betray Him.

We must remember all His disciples believed in Jesus when they followed Him. Apparently Judas chose not to believe Jesus. Do you really believe the Jesus you tell people you believe in? And in John chapter eight we learn Jesus told the “Jews who believed Him” they were His disciples if “they continued in His word.”

Continuing in and ending with believing Jesus is much more important that beginning a belief in and believing Jesus!

Think rope! Think pull up and out! Think hang down! Now think choices! Now think about all the crap Judas had inside of him that everyone got to see once his bowels blew out!

Jesus made choices and so did Judas, but their reasons for choosing were totally different.

My purpose in bringing it up in this blog is the context of being called and chosen does not guarantee we will end up where we thought we would when God calls and chooses us. Jesus knew where Judas would end up but Judas had no idea what his choices would do to his being called and chosen.

Jesus also said this about choices, “ 16 You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. 17 This I command you, that you love one another [John 15].”

When Jesus chooses us He expects good fruit to be produced. Many see that fruit as being what they do and not who they become. In other words, they place their future in their performace for Jesus instead on a real relationship with Jesus.

Is the fruit Jesus expects the supernatural manifestations of His presence? Not if they are done for the wrong reasons.

21 Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles ?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness [Matthew 7].'”

First Jesus addressed those who overemphazied their relationship to Him, “Lord, Lord.” So much for all who say Jesus is Lord do so through the Holy Spirit. Now that is another matter to deal with at another time. Second, beginning in the kingdom does not guarantee ending in the kingdom. Just ask the scribes and Pharisees. We need to make sure we remain in the kingdom God is in. Third, these deceived people were eager to brag about THEIR exploits – TO JESUS. Fourth, they never realized knowing Jesus is no where near as important as Him knowing them.

Do you know Him? So do demons and people deceived enough to prostitute His name for their glory!

Paul said, “24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. 25 Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; 27 but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. [1 Corinthians 9].”

God never disqualifies those He calls and chooses because His “gifts and calls are irrevocable.” Do we notice the word ‘anointing’ is not mentioned as irrevocable? How about the word ‘revelation?’ Are these intentional exclusions? I believe that they are intentional and a clue to the clueless.

For those who think that would never happen to them or any other New Testament minister read these words and weep, unless you are so enamored with yourself they cannot bring you to tears.

4 ‘But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 ‘Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent [Revelation 2].”

To have your lampstand removed means you are no longer getting revelation from the One who provided you with the illumination in the first place. Without His illumination there can be no Holy Spirit anointing becasue He is the One who gives illumination to us through the written Word of God.

Paul placed the responsibility of his remaining in his race squarely where it must be, on his shoulders.

Paul mentions running and prizes in his other epistles. The context of studying Paul and the race he ran is this: Paul never went where he was not sent. In other words, Paul had connections to a community of believers and those who led those believers. Paul was not a went one.  He was a sent one!

Secondly, Paul was never sent alone. When he began his ministry he was sent with another five fold minister and then he led a team of future five fold ministers and believers. Paul was a team player not a lone ranger! God does not have lone rangers representing Him. In His earthly ministry Jesus sent teams of at least two to represent Him and His mission.

That is another very important truth. No one has a kingdom ministry, message, mandate or mission apart from Jesus.

  • Philippians 3 – “12 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; 16 however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.”
    • Paul said many things in this text but think about the following as you consider your calling and being chosen
      • He pressed on inspite of his imperfections!
      • He laid hold of that which Christ has laid hold of him.
      • He continuously pursued his purpose in life not settling in a status quo.
      • He looked ahead not behind!
      • He reiterated a core value of pressing onward toward a goal.
      • His goal and prize was Christ, and the upward call that is found only in Christ, the One who called and chose him.
      • He would not compromise what he learned, experienced and obtained and attained, in Christ.
  • Hebrews 12 – “1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
    • Look at the similar language in this text to the Philippians 3 text. This is why I believe Paul wrote Hebrews!
      • He knew he was connected to believers who had finished their race as well as to those he was running with and for in his own generation.
      • He recognized the necessity to not become entangled in life’s challenges and hell’s temptations.
      • He kept his eyes on the prize, Christ Jesus.
      • He knew Christ was heaven’s model and his [our] role model for all life and ministry.
      • He did not follow Jesus in His earthly ministry but Jesus had burned the Cross into his consciousness deep enough it was the central theme of his life and ministry.
      • He realized weariness and heart failure was a present tense potential problem if he took his eyes off of his Prize.
  • 2 Timothy 4 – “6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8 in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
    • Once again Paul references a race and he ties it to expending his life as a sacrificial drink offering to God and for the people he ran with and for
      • His Prize was in full view!
      • He was confident in his effort and he would be rewarded for it.
      • He knew he had been in a fight but it was a good fight because he never got knocked out. Even when he was stoned to death he got up and went right back in the city among those who tried to take him out.
      • He finished the course [race that Jesus set before him]!
      • He kept THE faith which means he remained faithful to his mission, message and his mandate to preach where no man had preached before.

Listen dear reader, don’t get cocky because you have a call from God that you have answered. Don’t become arrogant because Jesus chose you and you responded to His choice.

Remember God chose Israel out of all the nations on earth to be His people, and He chose Judas, a Jewish man to be one of Jesus’ closest disciples.

According to Peter [Acts 2] “the whole house of Israel” was guilty of innocent blood, the “men of Israel” chose to betray God and His sent Son, and Judas was the key player in that conspiracy to crucify the “Man.” Luke records Peter’s words with this, “[Who was] delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God.”

God chose the very ones who would betray the Christ, and they chose to be the ones to betray Him. Being called, and being chosen is meaningless if we make wrong choices that end up placing us in opposition to God and His purposes in the earth.

The fact we believe we started for the right reasons is no guarantee we will end up in the right place. Our choices throughout our lives are just as important as God’s choice to call and choose us!

Receive and steward God’s Passion, Power, Presence, Priority, Process, Provision, Pruning, Purging, Purity, and Purpose!

Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin

A Spiritual Revolutionary

God, His People, Purity and the Profane

God is passionate about His people and He is passionate about His people becoming pure and maintaining a pure lifestyle. Purity is paramount because Jesus said without it we cannot see God.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for THEY shall see God.” Matthew 5:8

Impurity, or profanity in all of its forms, cannot be tolerated in the life of God’s people, especially if you are a leader who goes before God on behalf of people, and then goes before people on behalf of God.

“1 Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them. 2 And fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. 3 Then Moses said to Aaron, “It is what the Lord spoke, saying, ‘By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, And before all the people I will be honored.'” So Aaron, therefore, kept silent.. . . 8 The Lord then spoke to Aaron, saying, 9 ‘Do not drink wine or strong drink, neither you nor your sons with you, when you come into the tent of meeting, so that you will not die—it is a perpetual statute throughout your generations— 10 and so as to make a distinction between the holy and the profane, and between the unclean and the clean, 11 and so as to teach the sons of Israel all the statutes which the Lord has spoken to them through Moses.”” Leviticus 10

The One who is described as an all consuming fire set on fire the two eldest sons of the High Priest Aaron. Their death, and the reason God struck them down with Holy fire is a matter of much debate.

Some speculate they did not use fire from the brazen altar. Some speculate they attempted to enter the tent of meeting at the wrong time. And others point to verse 9 in our selected text. ‘Do not drink wine or strong drink, neither you nor your sons with you, when you come into the tent of meeting, so that you will not die — it is a perpetual statute throughout your generations.”

The phrase, “it is a perpetual statute throughout your generations” is an interesting one. Most of the statements of this nature made in the Old Covenant expired with the arrival of Jesus on the planet and the inauguration of His earthly ministry. Some of those have to do with circumcision, the slaughter of animals, the Levitical priesthood, temple worship and Jerusalem as THE place of the worship of God, and others.

But this one carries forth into the New Covenant. While we find verses in the New Covenant that speak on the subject of drinking alcohol I believe the New Testament broadens the scope of what being drunk entails. One such reference we will look at later in this Blog.

Whatever these two priests did to cause God to act so severely should cause every ‘priest’ of God to never attempt to enter God’s presence flippantly and irreverently. This should make every minister of the gospel take inventory every time they enter their prayer closet and especially before they speak on behalf of the God they say they represent.

As we examine the words ‘holy’, ‘profane’, ‘clean’, and ‘unclean’ in verse 10 we find some interesting information.

Holy ~~~

Sanctified and set apart to God and His purposes. It means to show oneself, and to keep oneself sacred and separate unto God. In other words, do not involve yourself in any activity or with any person that is not holy.

Clean ~~~

Pure! To purify oneself. Again, the responsibility is on the person to keep them free from all pollution.

Profane ~~~

Exposed! To make common. To wound or be wounded. To break one’s word. To become diseased. To be exposed means to have what you are hiding come to the surface because you did not deal with it. It means to treat what God calls holy as common, or unimportant. To wound or be wounded really has to do with victimizing others for your profane benefit and then playing the victim card when you get confronted. It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not honor your word. This kind of profane behavior is like a disease that will destroy you.

Unclean ~~~

Impure. Defiled. Foul. To be regarded as unclean. People who do not bathe spiritually become as offensive to those around them as a person that rarely if ever takes a physical bath. They stink!

Drunkenness can be more than ingesting alcohol of any strength to the point of losing some or all of your faculties. Drunkenness can be being influenced by the ways of the world that causes us to lose focus on what is important to God. Being intoxicated diminishes our ability to walk right, think right or act right.

Paul wrote in Ephesians 5, “15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,”

Being “filled with the Spirit” is an intoxicating experience as revealed in Acts 2. “1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues , as the Spirit was giving them utterance. . . 14 But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: ‘Men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and give heed to my words. 15 For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only the third hour of the day; 16 but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel: 17 ‘And it shall be in the last days,’ God says, ‘That I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, And your young men shall see visions, And your old men shall dream dreams; 18 Even on my bondslaves, both men and women, I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit And they shall prophesy. 19 And I will grant wonders in the sky above And signs on the earth below, Blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood, Before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come. 21 And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'”

We see how the powerful experience with the Holy Spirit had such an intoxicating effect on the disciples that the people in Jerusalem thought they had been drinking alcohol.

Paul, in the Ephesians 5 text leads up to this admonition of paying attention to how we walk with a very strong exhortation on how to maintain our position of purity with God.

“1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. 3 But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints ; 4 and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them; 8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; 12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. 14 For this reason it says, ‘Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.'”

There is so much meat in these texts it would take many blogs to extract all of the nutrients out of them. Let me summarize what I believe to be the most important aspects of what God wants His people to understand.

Paul mentions many character flaws in this text but I want to touch on greed. Greed is the desire to have what belongs to someone else which can lead to actions not holy or healthy where the greedy person seizes what does not belong to them. The person is not willing to pay the price paid by the person possessing what they want so they set out on a path to possess it through manipulation and control. Revealing how dishonorable they are in their core they corrupt the gift God has not given to them. And it rarely if ever ends well for them.

We all have an enormous responsibility to maintain and communicate a lifestyle that is free from the pollution of this world as well as to remain free from every activity that could impugn the character of the very God who has purified us with the blood of Jesus Christ, and freely given to us all we need in the Person of Jesus Christ.

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” [Romans 8]

When Christians involve themselves in behavior that is unbecoming to one of God’s holy ‘helpers’ He must take drastic action to bring correction to the corrupted.”6 Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough? 7 Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.” 1 Corinthians 5

If the person does not deal with themselves God will authorize His delegated authority to deal with it and them. God has mature and healthy people positioned in places of power who will bring a correcting influence to those living in impurity. As stated above, it IS the responsibility of those who have been corrupted to correct their own behavior. The only responsibility the one, or ones, bringing correction have is to confront them with the truth in love and then enforce the will of God so that the greater community of the faithful ones will be kept safe.

The Greek word for ‘saved’ is sozo [sode’-zo]. Sozo means: forgiven, healed, delivered. It also means to be whole and to make whole. But one definition that seems to rarely be talked or written about is to be safe or to keep safe and sound.

To be saved means to be a safe person that does not bring harm to the community you are connected to. It also means when people who claim to be ‘saved’ are not safe to be around then the community and its leaders must take whatever safety measures they believe are commensurate with the “crime.”

” 2 You have become arrogant and have not mourned instead, so that the one who had done this deed would be removed from your midst. 3 For I, on my part, though absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though I were present. 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 5

Paul, as the founding spiritual father of the church in Corinth had absolute authority on behalf of Christ Jesus to adjudicate righteousness within the community he gave birth to. No one has the legal spiritual right to adjudicate something in an area they have no personal investment in. We only have authority where we are under authority and have holy and healthy relationship with the people we are intervening on behalf of. To assume that right opens the assuming person up to the corruption being dealt with by the God-given spiritual authorities who do have a vested interest in the safety of the people being harmed.

So, God who is purity personified, ordains His delegated authorities to adjudicate righteousness within the community they live and serve in. People can choose to come clean, stay clean or they can choose to go somewhere else where they will feel accepted because the new place will not investigate why they left where they used to worship.

And that keeps the Body of Christ impure!

Keep His Passion, Power, Presence and Purity!

Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin
A Hisstorymaker

Apostles & Fathers

There is much misinformation that misleads people in the area of apostles and fathers in the faith! I hope the misinformed will not continue misleading people, no matter how well intended they may be.

Just because someone is an apostle does not make them a father in the faith. There are a lot of apostles leading ministries and movements who are still children in the faith, and manifest childishness in their daily lives. If you are a genuine apostle you will genuinely grow up.

Even Paul, who was called an apostle from his mother’s womb, said he had to grow up spiritually. In fact, he said after he grew up he still had to make a decision to act grown up!

“When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11

Paul did not say when he became an apostle he put away childish things! He said when he became as man he put away childish things. One manifestation of childishness is the need to be needed. Needing attention is a core value of someone who is immature, insecure, and suffering identity and image issues. There are an abundance of leaders who serve for what they need which proves they are still in the childish, carnal, self-centered, self-absorbed level of maturity.

Just because someone is not an apostle does not eliminate them from being a father in the faith. There are a lot of believers with no 5 fold office call on their life who have matured to fatherhood. Some have had a great impact on my life as I developed as a disciple of Christ.

Maturing into fatherhood is the call to every believer in Christ, regardless of their call, mission, office or lack there of! And at the father level of maturity the person is not interested in their personal needs. Their need is to pour their life out for and into a person who needs mature leadership and direction to help them become a mature adult.

“You are to become perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect” applies to all the disciples of Jesus of all ages! Perfect means perfect, not just mature and complete!

Fathering requires running with the person needing fathering in close enough proximity to monitor their progress, without impeding their personal creative expression. This allows the person being fathered to keep their eye on the father but not be encumbered as they run the race set before them.

The person needing fathering must be willing to enter into and embrace the process fathers put them in to develop them into a mature believer. The acceptance of that process verifies the person voluntarily accepts the person fathering them. If the person needing and or wanting fathering in their life constantly complains or resists the person and their process, they prove they are not ready for, or interested in genuine development as a disciple of Christ.

Every believer should look for and find someone who can father them without them needing to call them “father,” or the father being called their “father.”

Jesus said, “Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.” Matthew 23:9

If a “father” needs to be called father to feel adequate, or accepted by the ones they are fathering, then that father has some serious father issues.

I think some who call themselves apostles need to quit worrying about who is, and where are the apostles. If God calls someone to the office of an apostle then God is handling that apostle’s progress into Their purpose! And if God wants one apostle to align with others He is perfectly willing and able to arrange that connection.

I believe there are apostles who take out of context Paul’s statement in 1 Corinthians 4, “14 I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. 15 For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. 16 Therefore I urge you, imitate me.” Paul would reiterate the “imitate me” instruction later in chapter 11 of 1 Corinthians.

Paul did not say the Corinthians did not have many “apostolic” fathers. He just said they had an abundance of people teaching them, not fathering them. This tells me there is a difference in those who teach and those who father. All fathers teach but not all teachers are fathers, even to those they teach. Fatherhood is a maturity level and function, not an office or title. There is no office or title called fatherhood, except in the Catholic Church, which connects apostolic succession to fatherhood! This is, and should be rejected by all believers everywhere.

In addition, Paul, who operated both as an apostle and father to the Corinthians believers, demonstrated apostolic and fathering discipline when needed to those who chose to follow [imitate] his discipleship core value of following [emulating] the lifestyle of Christ Jesus. Purity is paramount in the development of a maturing disciple [son or daughter] of Christ. Discipling a person to Christ is the same as discipling a person to Father God. “The Father and I are one.”  Biblical fathering has everything to do with modeling Father God to the person being fathered so they will become like the Father who is perfect.

“Follow [imitate] me as [in the same way that] I follow [imitate] Christ [the ultimate leader]” should be the standard every kingdom leader lives by. Paul is saying he was following Christ so that he could lead people to Christ. All kingdom discipleship has that core value or it is not kingdom discipleship. Christ is the

Good gracious, Paul said he received, accepted, embraced, and developed his apostolic call, mission and revelatory message apart from the apostles in Jerusalem. He said it was developed on his sabbatical in Arabia.

Galatians 1

“11 For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. 13 For you have heard of my former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it; 14 and I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my countrymen, being more extremely zealous for my ancestral traditions. 15 But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased 16 to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away to Arabia, and returned once more to Damascus. 18 Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas, and stayed with him fifteen days. 19 But I did not see any other of the apostles except James, the Lord’s brother.” 

If Paul were alive today he would not be accepted into some apostolic brotherhoods by some of those who see themselves as the brotherhood’s gatekeepers. Paul went to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Peter and James, not to surrender his apostolic credentials to them.

I think some modern ministers who consider themselves apostles, see themselves erroneously in that select group of original leaders who were called to the closed, select community of the apostles of the Lamb!

All the apostles, even the original 12 called personally by Jesus, volunteered their ministry connections! And the 12 did not require obedience to them as a qualification into the post apostle of the Lamb apostolic office. The nonsensical heresy called “the shepherdship movement” was debunked in the 1970’s. I am concerned some of its tenets still exist and its tentacles are still reaching out trying to entrap unsuspecting saints.

Honor and respect does not require connection or obedience! It is given and received voluntarily! And for that matter, submission is voluntary too. If someone demands submission run as fast as you can. That is called slavery!

Everyone should focus on their personal relationship, call, mission, mandate and message with the Apostle and High Priest of our confession who died, was raised, ascended, and called us into our respective relationships, call, mission, mandate and message for Him.

“Do not think more highly of yourselves than you ought” is a really good verse right now! Especially for apostolic fathers!

In conclusion, if you need a father figure in your life look for one who will look for your loyalty, not require your loyalty. Again, loyalty cannot be demanded. A father who looks for loyalty more than likely will demonstrate loyalty to you. Loyalty is discovered in disagreement just like faithfulness is discovered when there are other options to choose from. If you want and need someone to father you, you must accept the responsibility of being a child [son or daughter]. That responsibility includes but is not limited to recognizing and admitting you do not have all the answers and you volunteer to be parented.

Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin

A Hisstorymaker