Earnestly pursue love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. 1 Corinthians 14:1
Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. 1 Corinthians 14:10
After writing about the power of the Lord yesterday, I closed my eyes to sleep last night and the Lord spoke to me and said, “crave spiritual gifts,”
To crave means to ardently and powerfully desire, hunger and thirst. The truth is that if we are not hungry or thirsty we will not be baptized with power or glory. God expects us to yearn, crave and desire glory.
Jesus is the glory and power of God. We need to taste Jesus and eat Him the way the Israelites drank from the spiritual rock that went with them. The cloud is the rock and that rock is Jesus. Jesus is the manifest presence of God. He is the aura, substance, life, glory, power, grace, mercy, love, materiality, flavor, fragrance, perfume, blood and glory of God. He is the God that we can see, feel and touch spiritually.
They were all under the protection of the cloud, and all passed safely through the Red Sea. 2In the cloud and in the sea they were all baptized as followers of Moses. 3 All ate the same spiritual bread 4 and drank the same spiritual drink. They drank from the spiritual rock that went with them; and that rock was Christ himself. 1 Corinthians 10:1
When the Lord appears to me, He usually descends from heaven in form of cloud and sometimes the cloud opens up and I see Jesus inside the cloud. Sometimes He comes in form of light. When He is ascending back into heaven after speaking with me, I wave vigorously and sometimes cry. I never want Him to leave but He would smile and say, “ see you in heaven or I love you.” I would keep looking until the cloud disappears into the clouds of heaven.
Spiritual gifts are our birthright and we loose out if we don’t have them. I have some gifts already but the Lord wants me to crave for more gifts. He is willing and ready to give. I believe this applies to the whole body of Christ. We need to yearn, hunger, thirst, and crave for spiritual gifts without distraction.
Faith is very good and I am a woman of faith but God wants our faith to translate into power and gifts not just mere talk. If our faith does not make us crave for, be led and filled with the Holy Spirit and constantly taste God’s glory, it is a deceptive, distractive faith. True faith will always depend on God and magnify the power of God not self. True faith will lead us to the mountain top of spiritual maturity and make us vessels of honor. True faith will make us desire, revel, delight and bask in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Any faith that ignores the Holy Spirit is fake. The armor of God includes praying always in the Spirit.
Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication (Ephesians 6:18 ESV)
We need to crave and desire spiritual gifts for our own good and the edification of the Church of Jesus Christ. God wants to decorate and beauty us with His gifts but are we willing and ready to ask? Do we really care for or want those gifts or are we just after physical blessings?
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness and holy gifts.
The power of the Lord was present for Jesus to heal the sick. Luke 5:17
Jesus answered them, “How wrong you are! And do you know why? It is because you don’t know the Scriptures or God’s power. Mark 12:24
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. Acts 10:38
Some years ago I was in a trance and the Lord spoke to me and said, “ keep away from anyone that practices magic and idol worship. Do not be intimate with anyone who uses so called holy or anointed oil, water, salt. handkerchiefs and other magical objects. By those enchanted objects they rape their victims over and over again and steal their blood and glory.” He further said, “If you are careless and allow that, you will be spiritually raped over and over again.” A revelation
It irks and baffles me when people try to cast out demons and heal by trial and error or by guess work and luck. Really, how is that possible? People who have no anointing should recommend hospital treatment combined with prayer to their flock and not deceive them. Error leads to death and I have seen some people lose their lives because of lack of wisdom. Miracles and healing are acts of God’s grace – period. It is not by power or might but by the Spirit Of The Lord.
All the people were amazed at the mighty power of God. [ Jesus Speaks Again about His Death ] The people were still marveling at everything Jesus was doing, when he said to his disciples, Luke 9:43
One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: “Power belongs to you, God, and with you, Lord, is unfailing love.” Psalm 62:11
Jesus healed by the power of God and He was very aware of when the presence of God was upon Him. The first Scripture at the beginning of this message says that the power of the Lord was present to heal the sick. Jesus ultimately knew and recognized when that power was present. He even knew when power left Him and healed the woman with the issue of blood. It is all about power and power belongs to God not man.
Jesus separated Himself and prayed throughout the night and in lonely places and He renewed the anointing daily. He walked with God – perfectly. He was a humble, diligent obedient son, so God empowered Him to fulfill His destiny.
Believers will be given the power to perform miracles: they will drive out demons in my name; they will speak in strange tongues; Mark 16:17
Jesus called the twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases. Luke 9:1
This Scripture says power not guess work, luck, trial and error, imagination or tricks. Jesus had mega faith but it was power and anointing that He used. Power is spiritual, material, tangible and real and it is the very presence and glory of God. It is a spiritual substance. The presence and glory of God is what scares demons and that presence was rubbed like royal oil all over Jesus during times of waiting upon the Lord and seeking His face. That presence is authority and power and that was what demons and sicknesses saw spiritually and screamed as they subsequently fled in terror.
Power is definite and constant and it is an ability or enablement to perform or do. Some unserious people spend all their time going after material things, they do not wait upon God or separate themselves. They sleep throughout the night, gossip and do not seek God’s face. Then they expect to heal and cast out demons by luck – impossible. Serious problems require serious solutions and serious ministers. Jesus was not a joker and He was not idle. He was a very serious and effective minister and He expects us to be like Him.
The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher. Luke 6:40
The worst part is that some of these unserious people eventually deviate into magic, occult practices, sorcery and witchcraft. Because they never allowed themselves to be sanctified so as to become vessels of honor, they start manufacturing lies and magic to deceive the unserious and lazy. Think about this for a minute:
1. Statues worshipping statues
2. Thieves stealing from thieves
3. Scammers scamming scammers
4. Ghostwriters hiring ghostwriters
Unserious people love to be unserious just like the group of people mentioned above. These fallen ministers end up giving magic handkerchiefs, oil, water, salt, mantles, beads etc to their followers for healing, deliverance, protection and prosperity. Instead of teaching their flock how to seek the face of God and depend on the power of the Holy Spirit they teach them how to tap into demons and fellowship with them.
The God that made heaven and earth can never live in man made objects. He lives in heaven and in the hearts of men and His glory visits earth from the throne of grace. Earth is His footstool. He is renewed daily and can’t be trapped and locked permanently in physical objects and words to be released at will. That idea of putting God in physical objects or words is idolatry and it is demons that are trapped in and attached to those objects and words not God. Demons trapped in words are released and activated through incantations, prayers and confessions.
Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. (Revelation 22:15 ESV)
The fallen and dark ministers are the blind leaders of the blind and they are in front of the queue marching with whistles and banners taking their ignorant, spiritually lazy thieves to hell. The banner they carry is the banner of sin, judgement and death, Anyone who practices magic and sorcery is a thief and a killer. By their magical objects they rape, steal and kill. They cast spells on others and steal their blood and glory. The spells they cast end? up killing some of their victims.
No, it is rather by means of God’s power that I drive out demons, and this proves that the Kingdom of God has already come to you. Luke 11:20
Some years ago I was in a trance and the Lord spoke to me and said, “ keep away from anyone that practices magic and idol worship. Do not be intimate with or close to anyone who uses so called holy or anointed oil, water, salt. handkerchiefs and other magical objects. By those enchanted objects they rape their victims over and over again and steal their blood and glory.” He further said, “If you are careless and allow that, you will be spiritually raped over and over again.”
Life is about survival of the fittest. The evil people know this and use that logic to the fullest but Christians are complacent, weak and ignorant. Do not pity people who practice magic because they do not pity you when their demons and spells afflict you and steal from you.
Separate yourself and keep your aura clean. That is how to be clean and maintain the principle of survival of the fittest. You must not hurt, exploit, abuse or enslave others but you must protect yourself and guard your heart and spirit. Never compromise yourself or allow and position yourself to be a spiritual victim or sacrifice. That is your own survival of the fittest because if you don’t do that, you can become a prey and captive of the mighty.
As an Apostle, Prophet and Evangelist the Lord shows me people’s aura. Anytime I come across a person who is spiritually unclean and infested and polluted with magic, idols and demons, I see it. The Lord anointed me with X-ray eyes and the gift of discernment of spirits and I can see deep hidden things of the spiritual but I can’t reveal a lot of the things I see. However, it helps me with ministry and prophesy. It is a gift and it is for the edification and good of the Church of Jesus Christ.
Brethren, be very careful and do not take things for granted. Run away from false prophets, magicians and their followers. Their followers have already been initiated into magic and blood drinking. Reject quick fix, fake and mammon Christianity and run to the living God who is the source of power. He is not stingy at all but very gracious. If you desire purity and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, He will give it to you. If you allow Him to cleanse you and sanctify you, you will become a vessel of honor.
But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I knew it when power went out of me.” Luke 8:46
The power of the Lord was present for Jesus to heal the sick. Luke 5:17
All the people tried to touch him, for power was going out from him and healing them all. Luke 6:19
Jesus never did trial and error with ministry – He was annointed with the Holy Spirit and power and He went about doing good, healing and delivering people because God was with Him.
When God is with you for a specific mission and anoints you, you will know it and feel it tangibly anytime the Holy Spirit comes upon you. When the Holy Ghost comes upon me, I know it. He is very real and more real to me than anyone else. However, I need to spend a lot of time in His presence to feel Him – it is not automatic or easy. It requires great effort and sacrifice and we must pay the price in terms of dedication, consecration and time.
May we yield to the power of the Holy Spirit and never ignore Him. May we reject all forms of lies, tricks ad magic and embrace the one and only true God with love and faithfulness.
The news about him spread through the whole country of Syria, so that people brought to him all those who were sick, suffering from all kinds of diseases and disorders: people with demons, and epileptics, and paralytics—and Jesus healed them all. Matthew 4:4
Jesus healed them all – diseases, infections, disorders, epilepsy, paralysis, demonic oppression and possession. The sicknesses bowed to Him and dissolved. Demons ran away in terror acknowledging that He is the son of God. Jesus proved His sonship and divinity by manifesting authority and power over death and sicknesses. Evil was scared of Jesus. Jesus rebuked demons and they quivered with terror and surrendered.
They could not contest power with Jesus because they know that they are thieves and imposters. Man was not created for sicknesses and demons but for God’s glory. Even though man is now in a fallen state because of sin, God is waiting to heal those who come to Him through Jesus. He wants to show us His love and shower us with His mercy. He is not happy about our illnesses and afflictions. He is Jehovah our healer.
Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. He healed, He heals and He will heal. The blood of Jesus cleansed, healed and washed us. The same eternal life giving blood still cleanses and heals and will keep healing those who run into the waiting arms of Jesus our healer, deliverer and savior.
May we seek His face today and every other day and humbly ask for His healing, life saving power.
Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. – Colossians 2:15
Jesus Christ defeated principalities and powers and triumphed over them. He defeated them and gave them a resounding knockout. He is the one that has the key and power over death and the world of the dead.
To live in this reality is to know success and victory. This is the good news of our salvation and there is power in it. This good news will chase away fear and timidity and bring faith. There is power in the blood of Jesus to save those who have determined to have faith and confidence.
God is not waiting for you to be perfect and mature before He can heal and deliver you. Most of the people that Jesus and the apostles healed and delivered were not perfect. They were like you and me. They were believers running and marching towards the promised land and Christian maturity.
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. James 5:15
This Scripture above is nor referring to perfect people but sincere people who are striving and determined to please God and get to the mountain top of Christian maturity. If they have committed sins means that it might have been their sins that led to the sickness or it might not be their sins. However, if they have committed sins they will be healed and forgiven at the same time not wait for when they are perfect before they are healed. If the elders wait for when they are perfect for them to be healed, they could be dead and never be healed or get mature. They will not fulfill their destinies on earth.
So many have afflictions that they were born with and afflictions that came from sins from past lives as unbelievers or even afflictions from sins that they committed as Christians but they had renounced and forsaken those sins. That means that the blood of Jesus has cleansed them of those sins because the Bible says that when we confess our sins we are forgiven. All they need to do is stand on the word of God and wait upon the Lord with faith, worship, love, praise, thanksgiving, rejoicing, celebration, petitions and supplications.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. 2 Peter 1 :9
The truth is that a lot of people are not suffering because of sins that they personally committed. A lot are suffering as a result of ancestral and parental sins and some are suffering as a result of no sin at all by themselves, their ancestors and their parents just like the man that was born blind. They are just victims of evil religions and the evil systems of this world where some people are sacrificed for others by evils priests around the world to sustain the world.
The world is made up of priests, victims and beneficiaries. that is how the god of this world rules through various religions that have one thing in common – darkness and death. They receive life by sacrificing others and by death. Death the god of this world rules through death popularly known as sacrifice.. The unbelievers worship death. The Lord has taken me in visions and trances to show me their kingdoms and many celebrities belong there. Knowingly or unknowingly, they are operating from that kingdom. Their kingdoms appear to look beautiful but are rubbish compared to Heaven.
Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty. Psalm 74:20
Our sins are forgiven and those kingdoms and powers have been defeated and are beneath Christ. We can be delivered because Jesus has already delivered us. If we are led by the Holy Spirit and seek the root cause of our problems, we will be very shocked at the discovery.
We are absolutely nothing without the Holy Spirit who is the source and giver of the word of God. We must depend on Him. We must seek Him to know the root cause of our problems and the solution to our problems and how to pray effectively to be delivered and healed. He does not use formula and he does not generalize. We are all unique individuals with different histories and pasts. Only Him can help us out.
Many years ago, I struggled with certain afflictions and I kept thinking:
That it was my personal sin that caused my afflictions
That I had to be perfect in order to be delivered and restored
These were false thoughts originating from self. The Holy spirit destroyed all my false assumptions and false thoughts before I could be healed and delivered. They were all obstacles to my faith and restoration. He told me that it was not my sin that caused my afflictions and He also said to me, ‘all you need is faith.’ He told me this several times and when I obeyed Him and started walking in faith with thanksgiving, praise and rejoicing, my afflictions became past tense.
I have always been someone who did not struggle to love others. I was not perfect, blameless or mature as a christian but I was trying my best to walk in love and had the desire to please God. However, I did not have faith and God rebuked me several times for it and taught me how to walk in faith expressing itself in celebration of Christ’s love, rejoicing in the Lord, gratitude, worship and persistence. Faith without thanksgiving, gratitude, worship, rejoicing in the Lord, praise and waiting upon the Lord is an error. Faith must express itself in actions. You know, understand, thank God and live it.
Walking in love is not an excuse to reject faith – that is imbalance and come from pride. We need faith as an act of humility because works alone did not save us and cannot save us. When I was not walking in faith the Lord told me I was proud.
When we reject the works of Jesus on the cross and His power and grace and refuse to hear from the Holy Spirit, we are proud. Remember that other religions have good works but they reject faith and the good news that God forgave them and healed them by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
What is the difference between a believer that does not believe and rejects the good news and an unbeliever that does not believe and rejects the good news. We must be very careful. There are many unbelieving believers and we must not be counted among them. They claim to believe with their lips but their hearts reject the good news that we are forgiven and healed. they are the ones with stone hearts as depicted in the parable of the sower. They refuse to rejoice in God’s salvation and celebrate it. They also attack anything that has to do with faith.
Some people have not yet understood the concept of balance in the word of God. They do not understand the mystery of the whole counsel of the word of God. Man has the tendency towards single vision or double vision but God has multiple visions and we must be like Him. We must not cling to only one or two subjects in the Bible and forget the others.
Some people cling to just love and good works and some people cling to just faith. Some people cling to both love and faith in double vision but forget other subjects like prayer, praise, persistence, patience, thanksgiving, intercession, being filled and led by the Holy Spirit and waiting upon the Lord.
If you study the armor of God, you will observe that it is not one or two. The armor is many. Faith is there and righteousness is there but there are other armors that we need in order to be complete and if we do not put on the complete armor of God we will be defeated and not victorious.
Faith as an armor is very vital and must never be neglected because without faith it is impossible to please God. Any time I preach on faith, some work based warriors will get very uncomfortable and angry but they are being short sighted. If you focus only on works and forget faith, prayer, worship and waiting upon the Lord, you are not imitating Christ because Jesus and Paul had giant faith, wisdom and revelation of the word and prayed. They were also led by the Holy spirit.
Can you pray without faith and the direction of the Spirit? Are you led by the Spirit? Do you hear from the spirit? Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. Have you shut out the Holy Spirit and His good news because you focus only on your works and ignore the works of Jesus? Examine yourself, your belief and your works and fall in line with the whole counsel of the word of God.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
The Holy Spirit told me that faith is part of being clean and putting on your white garment. The white garment is the word of God and we must put on the whole counsel of the word of God not just good works or ‘righteousness’. Your righteousness and holiness is not complete without faith and the direction of the Holy Spirit. Jesus and Paul had faith and were constantly led by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross is the one and only foundation and if you reject that foundation, you will fall in the day of trial because only the blood of Jesus can set you free and heal you even as you show gratitude to God but walking in perfect love.
You can be tested for the word’s sake and for not having faith. If your faith is not pure, you will open the door to the devil and trials. The same word that saiid, ‘love one another as I have loved you,’ is the same word that said, ‘your sins have been forgiven. He took our sins, sicknesses and sorrows, He carried our punishments and by His stripes we are healed.’
And they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away. Mark 4:17
That the trial of your faith (much more precious than gold which is tried by the fire) may be found unto praise and glory and honor at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 1 Peter 1:7
Why do we choose which word to accept and walk in? Faith means confidence in God and His word and it is a way of understanding. We must accept the whole counsel of the word of God including the good news. We should not accept some and reject some – that is lack of wisdom. Love is a fruit and faith is a fruit. However there are many fruits that grow through the word of God and the Holy Spirit and we must have all of them.
Remember that in the parable of the sower, the seeds that fell on good soil produced good fruits to a hundred fold. The fruits of the Holy Spirit are also fruits of the word of God. The son of man plants His word by His Holy Spirit on earth who is the source and giver of the word of God.
If you reject the word, you reject the Holy Spirit who is the giver. We need the seed of the Spirit which is the word of God in our minds in order to bear fruit. Your fruitfulness is determined by how scanty or full His word is in you. You cannot bear fruit without the word of God. The dwelling place of the word of God is the mind and it is the mind that bears fruit.
The Holy Spirit who is in our hearts is the Spirit of faith, wisdom, understanding, revelation, grace and mercy. He is the one who plants His word or thoughts in our minds through our spirits where He lives. We can either reject or accept those seeds, thoughts or words.
“You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you! Acts 7:51
Do not reject Christ’s foundation and faith even as you strive to walk in perfect love. Find out what pleases the Lord. Love pleases Him and faith pleases Him among other things like humility, prayer, persistence, being filled and led by the Spirit etc. You started by faith and God’s grace and cannot finish by yourself with your good works alone.
Never forget what Christ has done for us by His sacrifice and always believe the good news that tells you that your sins are forgiven and by His stripes you are healed. That is humility and part of obedience, holiness, cleanliness, righteous, blamelessness and pleasing God.
Develop multiple visions of the word of God and reject the tendency and inclination towards single or double vision. Be balanced and you will see your enemies collapse around you in complete defeat. Have faith in God, His word and His good news of salvation and redemption – the blood of Jesus has set us free and healed us. Thank you Jesus! Amen.
1 Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2 In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises. 3 He boasts about the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord. 4 In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. 5 His ways are always prosperous; your laws are rejected by him; he sneers at all his enemies. 6 He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.” He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”
7 His mouth is full of lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue. 8 He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent. His eyes watch in secret for his victims; 9 like a lion in cover he lies in wait. He lies in wait to catch the helpless; he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net. 10 His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength. 11 He says to himself, “God will never notice; he covers his face and never sees.”
12 Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless. 13 Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, “He won’t call me to account”? 14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. 15 Break the arm of the wicked man; call the evildoer to account for his wickedness that would not otherwise be found out.
16 The Lord is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land. 17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, 18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror.
Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (James 1:21 ESV)
The Bible says that the blood of Jesus saves and here we can see another kind of salvation by the word of God. This means that even though the blood of Jesus has saved us and still saves us, if we reject the word of God that points us towards dependence on the blood of Jesus, praise, thanksgiving, worship, prayer and obedience, our souls will die from lack of faith and nourishment.
The word of God is the water, food and meat that nourishes, builds up and strengthens the soul. Without the word of God, we are finished and faith will become impossible. What do we base faith on? The word of a God.
So it is vital to accept the precious word that saves and transforms the soul.