“What I want in a Micro/House Church” #1

5883 What am I looking for in a Micro Church, a House Church, that I cannot find in our modern big church system? I want to explore that personal question in this series. It is the Sunday morning after 4th of July as I find myself in a quiet place and God moves me with these thoughts.

Yesterday was anything but quiet. Our house became a family festival with 4 grand kids, 3 of our own adult-kids and their spouses, my wife and I (the grandparents), and all the food and activities that were planned, including a slip and slide, obstacle course, and pinata full of candy to bust. We were mostly outside and it was hot, but we had a breeze and shade tree, and then a downpour rain eventually came as we were trying to bust the pinata with a plastic bat. It was not working. The rain kept pouring. Grandpa fetched his wood Samurai training sword. That worked. Candy scattered everywhere. Children dove in for the treasure. We were all soaked. LOL. Great fun and much chaos.

But now “the quiet”. I’m by my French Doors that look out into my bird sanctuary, and I hear singing. The house is empty. Just me and 2 dogs. My coffee is good. Bitter as usual. Waking me up and got me pondering. What kind of Micro Church am I looking for? Why do I think the House Church vision is a better way? What can the House Church do different, better?

I intend to approach this in 3 parts. 1.) The Leader/ Elder. 2.) The People/ Fellowship. 3.) The Vision/ Goals/ Description/ Format. (This will include a few personal peeves of mine concerning what I believe to be certain errors in our modern church ways. Important practices of the early church that we have changed.)

I’m writing this series in hopes that others in Indianapolis Indiana have started Micro Churches. Our Fellowship is still very small and I would be interested in connecting with other groups “if” we were of a similar vision. I would even consider joining such a group. But I’m not interested in big church cell groups. I’ve tried them before. It just isn’t the same thing. It still lacks what I’m looking for, the vision in me.

So…starting next article we will describe what I’m looking for in the “Leader” of such a group. Then we will look at “the People”, and then “the Vision/ Practice” of said group. Until then, ponder for yourself what you think a House Church should be, and how it should function.  Or if you think House Churches are not a good idea, then why did it work so well in powerful Rome? And why is it working so well in other countries today, many of whom have much more difficult circumstances than we do. I invite you to have an open mind to the coming articles and consider them as a real possibility.

Finally, if you are a Micro Church somewhere around Indianapolis Indiana, or you are someone looking for one, and you are willing to meet and talk, please leave a comment and we can arrange a meeting place. I very much enjoy fellowship and conversation around this subject.   We live in a day where we have a lot of communication and pass a lot of information, but we’re losing the simple pleasures of conversation.

I believe Micro Church/ House Church is here to stay. It may be the new wine skin with the new wine God is pouring out for these last days. The big churches don’t want to hear it, and yet look what has been forced upon them in the COVID. Is God forcing their hand? Trying to get their attention?

Our small Fellowship has been able to continue as we always have during this pandemic. We have watched the big churches struggle, stress, and scramble as they provide their “virtual” church services. Our Fellowship is still very up close and personal. But some people don’t want up close. And those people should definitely reexamine their Christianity to see if they are real. Real family is personal, and we all NEED it! For our own pleasure and good. Think about it.

A Prayer > “Father, make us REAL. In the name of your Son, Jesus, first born from the dead, I ask for an outpouring of “REAL” in your people today. Let us come out from the FAKE, and let us be REAL. Let us not be what we see so much of in the world, and it disgusts us. Let us not be what we are so disgusted by in others. By the power of your Holy Spirit make us TRUE, for that is the only way we can be so, is by your power alone. In Jesus name I ask these things, Amen.” (Be blessed and Highly favored, everyone; but don’t be spiritually unprepared.)

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Old Paths – Micro Church? #1

9021 Will modern church fight the Sea Change in spite of “over whelming” evidence of her failure in America? Why do I specify America? Because it seems we have not failed so badly overseas. It appears our dollars invested to send missionaries to third world countries, and such, is resulting in much multiplication and revival! But why is that? Is it because our American version of church is succeeding there? Not according to the studies I have read. They are succeeding for exactly the opposite reasons!

These oversea revivals are not adopting the big church modern system, but they are doing it much more closely to what the Early Church of the Old Ways did! House to house! What we see throughout our New Testament! Isn’t that interesting! You say No? Maybe? We will see.

And in a time when the American church should be self examining and asking why all this has come upon us “on our watch”, we do not self-examine, but simply say to pray, vote for Trump, and we will overcome! (Where is the humble yourself, repent, turn from your wicked ways, seek my face?) If this is your answer for where we are going, then what is your reasoning on how we got here? Have you yet to even admit it is the modern church that is responsible to God for America’s condition? And if these be judgments from God, then who has caused them, the unsaved world who do not know what they do? Or a modern church who is supposed to know what they do?

I must give Mario Murillo credit for this. I believe he pointed out our SIN in scripture, and once I saw it,  I needed no further explanation because it was all so plain! I don’t know the details he has taught on this, but here is what seems so prophetically accurate to me, and yes…this does relate to our new SERIES of Old Paths and Micro Churches. I’m so excited to be finally getting fully into this.

I recommend one and all to read Jonah in detail, for yourself, but here are a few points for us to “launch” with. 1)…The Lord gave a message to Jonah! This is 1:1 of Jonah! And what did he do with it? He did not speak it! He refused to even go to those people that the message was for…and he RAN from God!

He was to warn of coming judgment, but refused! You may say we have had lots of people screaming judgment for years. Yes…but did you listen to them? And the message of the modern church has not been judgment, but prosperity and success and king theology! It says in verse 3, Jonah did not preach the message of the Lord, but got up and went in the opposite direction! He went “DOWN” to Joppa and got on a ship for Tarshish, whose name in the Greek means = a stone, a jem, a reverse! And when I think of a “jem”, I think of money, prosperity, materialism!

2)…But the Lord hurled a powerful wind over the sea, causing a violent storm that threatened to break the ship apart! (Remember the vision I’ve shared in detail in previous articles? The whirlwinds, dry corn shucks, and wire fences? And two old gates?) Fearing for their lives these unsaved men started praying to their gods for divine help! But Jonah was not praying in the storm, he was sleeping! (Vrs. 5)

3)…The captain of the ship demands for Jonah to pray to his God also! This is like the world telling the church to wake up and pray! What are you doing sleeping in a storm like this? And soon, it is discovered, the whole storm is because of Jonah! It is not because of these ungodly men who know not what they do, but because of Jonah who knows exactly what he is doing! The storm has come on ALL of them because of Jonah, God’s man, not anyone else! This is our fault, church! And are you examining your modern ways to figure out why? Or must we be thrown overboard, by the world, into the sea, to be swallowed by a fish, before we will finally get serious about our calling as Priests in the earth!

We will be having much more to say about Jonah and the church, for example…in chapter 2, verse 10, it says the fish “spit” or “vomited” Jonah out of his mouth! That sounds a whole lot like the church of Laodicea to me! And what have we already been saying? But even as Jonah is spit out on that beach, he still has serious attitude issues! But I don’t want to just spend time on how we got here, but also where we go from here. In this series I want to talk about both. We need to speak about what Jonah did, and also what Jesus DID!

The clock is coming full circle! Is the church becoming as the Jewish church was in Jesus day? Jesus looked at the Pharisees and said, when speaking of Nineveh! > “The people of Nineveh will stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for they repented of their sins at the preaching of Jonah.”

“Now someone greater than Jonah is here — but you refuse to repent.” (Matt. 12:41b)

He goes on to say, “Now someone greater than Solomon is here — but you refuse to listen.”

Refusal to take this seriously. Refusal to repent or listen. I no longer claim to be a Christian. I have tried to correct my habit of speech developed over many years of being a Christian. I try to always specify “I am a follower of Jesus”. I need to go deep into that, also. The modern church has so tainted the name of “Christian”, that I can no longer use that title in good conscience.

However, the name of Jesus still stands pure! If you truly follow Jesus, which is Christianity in its purest and simplest form, people will still respect you. But what does that mean? How have we sullied the name, Christian? Do you even understand? Love of money…king theology… power… sexual unfaithfulness. And related to power…”politics” now also “marks” the name Christian/church/Bible, in the eyes of the world. The world knows Jesus never went political, even though baited more than once by the disciples.

Do I plan to vote? Yes. Do I make a major issue out of politics? No. I focus on the transformation of hearts in Christ Jesus. I never want to speak of politics to the point someone will not listen to me concerning Jesus. Only if I were called of God to that work would I become that vocal, and God does call such people. But the church as a whole is meant to be preaching the Gospel! And multiplying through discipleship! Like salt out of a shaker!

Did you know the death of Billy Graham has proven itself to be a spiritual marker in time, for this nation? And consider this, even though Billy Graham was associated with every President we ever had, it seems, but he was not political! The few times he crossed that line he said he regretted! The young Rev. Graham got involved with Nixon and crossed the line. But the older Graham had learned! He was advisor to both Clinton and Reagan! He told “Christianity Today” in 2011 that he would have ‘steered clear of politics” and he had crossed the line a few times but would not do that now! He did not join the Moral Majority or the Religious Right! How do you think he was able to advise someone like Clinton and also Bush, or Jimmy Carter, and also Reagan? And yet remain above it all!

Billy Graham focused on changing hearts in the power of God, and then a right heart votes godly! And good political leaders with a true desire to serve the people become available. But in a world growing more and more worldly, it don’t matter how political you may get, soon, there will be no good choices! (And some would say we’re already there!) This storm is because of the church running from God’s true message and true ways! And the world plans to throw us in the deep blue raging sea! At least Jonah admitted it was because of him.

If the modern church fails to admit its sin, will God still prepare a fish for us? Or simply let us drown? If we are spit out on the beach, will we preach it then, or just remain a beach bum? Building sandcastles, and lamenting the days of yore?

I firmly believe when the first church in Acts was simply growing larger and larger in that one place, God was saying, “This is not what I want, guys.” So he put his Believers in a salt shaker and began shaking the bottle, because they were simply piling up in a large hump, in one place, not seasoning the whole plate at all! So he allowed persecution and sent them out like salt to sprinkle throughout the land and multiply. Invade, saturate, multiply, fight decay, and season the experience of life for all to see!

Is this thing being called “Micro Church”, the new move of God? Is it God trying to get us back to the wisdom and Holy Spirit power of the old ways? Are we in big lumps that don’t know how to truly be the “family” of God, experiencing shallow relationships instead of the deep? We have so much more to say on this subject, as to Modern Church…Micro Church…Jonah…and Jesus!

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Adam & Eve & shades of grey” #4

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“The Peace of God”

“I am leaving with you a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

Signed… Jesus Christ.

No…the world cannot give this peace. It is impossible, for it is not of its nature. Is it any wonder? A friend and I had our Fellowship/church at the Dunes in northern Indiana this last week. I’m so glad it was not a hot sunny day, because the cool breezes, and the mixtures of blues, whites, and greys in the water and sky were so PEACEFUL! God knew the best medicine and what the aesthetics of our sanctuary that day should be! This was a view that was “felt” as much as seen.

The birds were at peace too, (imagine that), as they enjoyed the tan colored sand and green grasses against the backdrop of a lake so big, it seems as the sea. All of this and more mixed together to create an aesthetic of peace and beauty. Both the bird and the landscape seemed unaware of what was going on with man, in the big cities, in Indianapolis just three hours away, in Chicago not so far away, in the media, our cell phones, and the minds and hearts of so many. Racism, Covid 19, and politics. All our media’s current favorite subjects.

 

Is there something wrong with me that when I see how the world does things, I simply go farther out to sea? I seek more Holy Spirit, more of the love of God, more of the wisdom of God? And does that mean I don’t care about what has happened to the black man, and the pain they feel, and the rage they need to vent? Is that what it means?

The best answers come from a peaceful mind.

Less than best come out of minds of chaos, torment, fear, hate.

The world simply is not my way. It’s not that I don’t care, but I see the over reacting, the violence, the closed minds filled with socialist agendas and antichrist thinking, and I know where this is going. So I speak the Sword of the Lord, but no one wants to hear it, because the Bible is part of the problem, I am part of the problem, so they say.

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Doesn’t Jason look peaceful here? (Last Fellowship’s Sanctuary.)

So I found myself fellowshiping with the cool breeze, a great lake, a good friend, and some winged birds. God showed up in that place, and in my soul. I will continue looking to the vast ocean of God for my answers. He wrote them upon the waves of the pages of my Bible, the cool breeze of His Holy Spirit, and the sharp edge of His Sword.

This is why the world will shout the Bible down. It will not be allowed to speak. Darkness flees when light speaks, so it must not be allowed! God’s Sword must not be allowed to come out of our mouth, because Eve/Gaia cannot stand when this Sword cuts!

“Pull down your father’s altar to Baal, and cut down the Asherah pole (Canaanite goddess) standing beside it.” (God’s instructions to Gideon. Judges 6:25)

“The head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” (1st Cor. 11:3)

Yes…we are the greatest danger to the New Age Movement, Socialism, Rise of woman, and Gaia worshipers. This is true. And the modern church will “cave” right on time, but Gideon’s 300, and Elijah’s 7,000, and the message of John the Baptist will not cave. This world may shout down the modern church and put them in checkmate, but never the likes of Gideon, Elijah, or John the Baptist, whose souls were full of the Sea, the peace and power of God.

Sail on Soul Sailors… fill your sails with the Wind, not the chaos of this world. God is the Wind under our wings and in our sails. Prepare to walk on water, come what may. Pray now, so you will not be lacking later, if the Lord be your Shepherd.

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These gods and goddesses sink like the rocks they are, at sea, but only at sea.

 

 

“Looking to the Future”#5

5883 I’m sorry, I tried to change the subject and talk about what we do in our Fellowship, but God seems to have drug me right back to future events, perhaps because the situation appears to be at a point of no-return. Satan has been declaring “check” for some time now. But the church scrambles on the chessboard again to save its kinghood for another round. Eventually Satan will declare “check” again, and then “checkmate”!

I believe God keeps showing me more from the living vision. I’m seeing beyond the open gates. Yes, I saw whirlwind force winds, and people, represented by dry corn shucks whipped around through the air and pinned against wire fences, but what does it mean? What form does it take? Where is Satan’s checkmate coming from?

If the church could, I believe she would put the toothpaste back in the tube. She has tried in several ways, but there is no way, other than scrapping the current form of church and starting fresh with a new wine skin. The modern church is past the point of no return. She scrambles trying to prevent the calamity, the checkmate for another day, and I believe she just barely did it when Hillary Clinton was defeated and Donald Trump elected. Politics has become the churches last hope, it would seem.

Trump was a drastic measure for a drastic time, and one I believe will backfire on us, but it did delay Satan’s Master Plan. How do you put the toothpaste back in the tube? That’s the problem, WE CAN’T! Eve will not allow it! We are way past that point, but think about it…what greater scheme and success did Satan ever have than when he inverted and perverted God’s chain of authority, and went to Eve rather than Adam? Satan knew what Adam’s greatest weakness was, or should I say “who” his greatest weakness was?

Some more pieces of the puzzle just recently fell in place for me. There is much to reveal on this matter, and once exposed, it’s so very plain to see. I believe our current Racism evolution  has gotten all our eyes off of what Satan is doing. We are distracted. Right now all our eyes are on Racism, and for good reason, no doubt! But every good magician knows the value of distraction. Every good military Commander also knows. We must always remember who the real enemy is.

While everyone is focused on Racism, Satan continues setting up “The Bible” for a great fall from grace, with Sexism and Genderism. He needs the same conditions he had in the garden with Eve to bring about a great fall like he did in Eden! It’s not Racism that is going to be our downfall, it’s Sexism! The chess pieces are all moving into place, and the church will fall to her if not by “inside spiritual compromise”, then literally by being physically destroyed.

Have you heard of R-Evolution? The 48 foot tall naked woman statue they almost displayed in DC, just across from Washington Monument? And consider what some people think of the Washington Monument to represent. The male sex organ. Yes, it is true, more than you know, do.

And, have you heard of the “Burning Man Festival”? Have you heard of Black Rock Nevada? Prepare to burn, men! Woman is on her march to power and she will have her day! And the female goddess Gaia, and her worshipers, and her “Green Plans” hate Christianity! We are considered to be the greatest threat to her plans of one world religion.

I know this sounds crazy, but that is just what they want us to think, it’s too crazy to be true. Did you ever think a statue of a 48 foot tall naked woman would be “approved” to be set across from the Washington Monument? It was!!! Just before it was disapproved! Another major Satanic move barely diverted! That sounds crazy too! And yet it happened!

I intend to assemble the pieces of this puzzle, this master plan in such a way as to make it plain. Consider this: In our Bible we have examples of what can happen with God when homosexuality takes over. We see the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. We see what is written in Romans chapter 2, but what do we have as an example of God’s chain -of -command being inverted? Not much! Other than the Garden of Eden, we’re actually in uncharted territory. This could be a first! I mean, we have not seen Adam and Eve on a large scale, like a city, or country, or world! And may I specify, I’m speaking mainly of the church! The world will do what the world does. God expects that of them. But when the church violates the plainly written will of God, that opens doors of a whole different nature! We’re talking doors of judgement which we have said is coming. We can’t put the paste back in the tube!

Ishtar was a female goddess of Babylon, and she functions in most of our churches and church families at Easter, but Gaia brings a very different kind of threat that we have yet to realize. We do not realize how many worshipers she already has. We have not realized how much she has infiltrated the church like Hydra infiltrated Shield! She is all about the rise of womanhood and “loving all”, and loving Mother Earth, but if you try pointing out a “sin”, a need for “salvation”, you are a “HATER”! And the New World Order has no place for HATERS, or their HATE FILLED BOOK!

How are you going to defend your Bible against this kind of logic? How can it be explained to this kind of faith, belief, religion? What will you say when someone is screaming HATER/ Racist/ Sexist at you? (And homophobe.) What will you do when everyone can speak their truth but you? I plainly see it upriver. It’s coming our way, unless someone knows how to get the paste back in the tube?

Okay…we have opened the lid on this horrible can of worms. There is much yet to explain and show. Black Rock, Gaia, R-Evolution, and Burning Man. I believe when the link between Trump and the church is broken, and those two old and weak gates open, Gaia is set to FLOOD in! And there will be no standard raised against her, because Adam is already too compromised. But there will be caves, islands, small groups you can find where God still has his true shepherds.

“Return, O backsliding children,” says the Lord; “for I am married to you. I will take you one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.” (Jeremiah 3:14-15)

 

 

“Looking to the Future” #1

20200615_181949 It was so hard for me to leave the discomfort zone of the teepee and come back to my Indianapolis home. If not for my wife, whom I love very much and always want to be with her, the teepee would likely be my home. But with the city house we have a position of outreach to thousands of souls who could use some time at the teepee, if only they wake up to it.

I spent 5 days there. When I woke up this morning in the comfort of my city bed, I turned on the radio to hear there had been 7 more shootings in my city after 1 a.m.. Welcome back to the big city I told myself. No police were involved. 2 died. 5 injured. There was a blood trail from where the 2 dead were found. Police have no idea who did this and are asking for help from any witnesses. This is the usual thing we hear on these shootings.

Do any witnesses come forward? I have no idea. We keep hearing of more shootings and no suspects. This was a Tuesday night /Wednesday morning for God’s sake! What the hell? And I do mean that…this is spawned from hell itself! Violence growing in the streets! Violence feeding violence! Violence birthing other forms of violence! The violence mutates like a virus, but it’s still more violence! 

I do believe it would only take one more spark in this perfect storm to put us in a days of Noah scenario. And I do believe if the church continues its current form, we will get there, but the target will also become the church. Not because she preaches righteousness, but because she is political, rich, and full of the world, i.e. IDOLS! The same ones faced by Gideon, Elijah, Ezekiel, and so forth. This modern day church of idols will be judged by God. It is coming. And what should a true believer do in all this? I very strongly suggest finding a true body of believers doing it the way Jesus did!

And how do we do that? Interesting. We have much to talk about in this series.

So I’m fresh back from desert time with God and he has me begin a series like this. I can hardly wait to find out what He is going to say.

First of all, you might be scratching your head and asking, “How in the world did we get here?” A Post-Christian nation? And with churches on almost every corner?” The easy answer is, we sowed the seeds for it, and there must be something wrong with our form of doing church! The right answer is not always a complicated one. Sometimes it’s so obvious it cannot be denied by “honest” people. People with an agenda will deny true answers all day long and still sleep good at night! But not lovers of truth.

However, the question now becomes, where do we go from here? And this is a very PERSONAL question. Where do YOU go from here? Where do I go from here? Each of us must answer that question for themself. But it is good to look for people who might be hearing from God and add their words to your consideration. God has always made known his secrets through his prophets. Some of us are willing to enter deserts to hear God. Some of us, when we wake, our first thought are, “What is God saying today? What might he reveal today? And what is the world revealing too?” Some of us are called to these things like others are called to be a doctor, or soldier, and etc.

I could easily write 5000 words right now and no one would read it, so I break it up in chapters that I call a series. This series is just beginning. You can read about my 5 days at the teepee / in the desert in the previous articles. It will add much to things, but in the launching of this series lets start with this… Have you heard of #walkaway?

I believe I have that right. It’s about a man who was a devout Democrat and actually cried when Trump was elected. Now I don’t know all the details to his story. I’m not about politics here, but “somehow” his eyes got opened to the real agenda and ways of the party and he got so DISGUSTED he walked away! Later he did a tweet or something, his testimony, and it went viral! Thousands have joined him in this movement! Now what would be the spiritual parallel in this? What would be the spiritual parallel to this walkaway movement?

I mentioned earlier that the world reveals things too. Many times things we see in the “material” world have a “spiritual” parallel. Maybe I can see this because I walked away from modern church just like this guy did the Democrat party. And I am not alone in this movement. I got my eyes opened as to what the early church actually was, and then I saw what modern church actually is and got so disgusted I walked away! I knew God would have his true Believers out there somewhere. Surely I could not be worse off than I already was.

Now the modern church would say I have become a part of the great falling away. But America didn’t go Post Christian under the watch of this new wine skin, it did so under the watch of the modern church! And… if the modern church is the one who has become Laodicea, whom God himself said he would spew out of his mouth, if that entity is falling away, then how can my leaving the “falling away” entity, be falling away? Would it not be me pointing out the truth? Would it not be me proving I am not one who will stand by and be a part of the great falling away? Jesus said where two or three are gathered in my name, He is in the midst of them! The early churches were small and very personal. God’s family is meant to be exactly that…FAMILY, not a congregation.

So…I guess I’ve laid the groundwork for this series. There is so much more to say. I expect to write a lot for the next few days because the need is so great. People are educating themself as to what the early church was really like, and there is a wind blowing for such a return! Also consider this > They say we are in a “culture canceling” movement in America. The powers that want to be are erasing our past culture! Okay church. Okay fellow Christian. How long will it take for them to realize America was founded by mostly Christians and we are the original culture of this country? How long before they look for ways to cancel / erase us?

We have so much to speak of. The night warrior in the sky, Gideon. I believe God is secretly developing small groups again, who will be of the anointing of Gideon and his 300. Jesus, his personally trained guys, started churches that were small, personal, “simple”, and real. How big can a group grow before it loses that? I don’t know, but were losing this country big time! The church is not seen as the answer to ANYTHING these days. More politics have become the answer, and it would seem that is even the answer the church is preaching… we need more politics? It’s a sad state of affairs. Show me one place where Jesus ever promoted any politics other than the politics of the Kingdom of God. Politics have become just another IDOL in our pews and on our platforms. Welcome to the perfect storm of 2020!

When God pointed out to me June of 2020, way back in October of 2018 when I was spending my first 2 weeks at teepee, I only had vague ideas what form it would take, but I see a lot more clearly now. Stay tuned. More coming soon.

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“Vision Update” #8

20171202_173614 It was a rough night last night, as temperatures dropped and a cold breeze blew through this teepee and under my cot! I froze from the bottom side all last night, but I will have that corrected tonight, and now we dig into more of Gideon and what I believe to be the message of the hour for us today! I want to take a close look at how God says Gideon’s 300 were chosen. This will be good, folks!

We find our details in Judges chapter 7. The first point that jumps out at me is verse 2, where God explains: “And the Lord said to Gideon, The people who are with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against me, saying, My own hand has saved me.

There it is, our sin of PRIDE. “If my people will HUMBLE themselves…” According to 2nd Chronicles 7:14, that’s where it starts with God. This reminds me of the church of Laodicea in Revelation 3. They said in their hearts: “I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing, but God called them wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked. He said he would spit them out of his mouth! I do not want to be a part of such a church, and this is the modern church of our day, seeking the things of this world. I’ve often said, If Jesus showed up at our modern churches and spoke from the pulpit, they would quickly grab him afterwards and say, “Jesus, we love you, but we need to send you to a Dave Ramsey seminar post haste!”

Jesus still says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” The mother of John the Baptist still prophesied: “He filled the poor with good things, and sent away the rich empty.” (Luke 1:53) It’s not about becoming poverty! But it is about a heart of compassion who greatly shares his goods and is humble before the Lord! How can we sit in our wealth while others are starving! It’s not about poverty, but it’s about not being RICH! Because like Jesus, you keep giving it away! Jesus was not poor even though he lived very simple, but he kept himself from being rich by constantly giving it away! I believe Jesus would have chosen being poor over being rich! Think about it.

Pride comes in many forms, and God’s Word still says pride goes before a FALL. I believe a great FALL is coming to the house of God. The gates are going to break! The flood will come through because we failed to maintain the STANDARD! We are lifted up in pride and too busy to spend time with God! Too busy to be on our faces, on our knees before Him, and unwilling to have less so someone else can have more! He sent the rich away empty! Is that what we want? Or do we want to be filled with the power of God? Gideon’s 300 was used of God to defeat an army of 135,000! And deliver a multitude of people.

So what did God do? The first “out” God offered was to the “fearful”. Verse 3> Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once from Mount Gilead. 22,000 men left, and only 10,000 remained. Over a two-thirds cut! Just from fear alone! Are the pews of the average church today filled with fearful people?

But you say, I’m not afraid because I need nothing. Yes… but you are very afraid…that is why you have all your savings, insurance, the best health care you can afford, security system on your house, retirement savings, a new car that shouldn’t break down, you’re a rich man, etc. etc. and afraid to live close to being poor.

Pride and fear both come in many forms. Our Pastors today must have secure incomes. They do not live on love offerings and faith as the early church did. I see fear in so many…for they are anxious…they say they have peace, but they don’t, they run they run they run. What are they running from? What are they trying to run to?

The modern church has become like the world, and the world is full of pride and fear, even as violence is growing. Pride and fear is a breeding ground for violence.

But 10,000 was still too many! 10,000 against 135,000 and the people had so much pride they still would have said: “Look what WE have done!” And I find the next TEST the most interesting of all!

The next group God eliminated were all those who failed to be “sober”, failed to be “vigilant”, but with the Midianites nearby, they still let their guard down when they drank this world’s water! They dropped to their knees, bowing to the world, laid their weapons on the ground, put their heads down to the water to drink their fill! But there were 300 who dropped to one knee, scooped this world’s water with their cupped hand, and lapped it sparingly like a dog, while maintaining all seriousness and vigilance, like a true warrior! They understood the magnitude of the enemy around them, and drank the world’s water with great care.

9,700 of 10,000 failed that test, and were sent away. God shows us three groups. Of which are we? Then ask yourself, which one do I want to be? Because if we humble ourself and seek God’s face, he can transform our stink’n think’n into godly. God says we have a form of godliness, but we deny the power thereof. We cannot change the course our country is currently on without POWER from on high. Not more PROGRAMS! We need the POWER that Jesus had! And the early church had! We will not avoid the great falling…without the POWER from on high personally in us. Who is God telling to go home, and to whom is God saying, “Follow me.”

I sincerely believe God has given his final warning to his people. We are in a window of time, the eye of an hurricane. Will you hear God’s warnings in all soberness, and prepare yourself like a true child of God? The child is a warrior.

The keys to following God and being a part of the 300 are in the next Gideon lesson. The battle strategy God gave those 300 are very telling. Coming soon.

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Teepee Blip #3

REPORT FROM THE NIGHT

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Where did you go Orion? I could not find you.

But another constellation filled the sky, and caught my eye.

The Big Dipper?

What are you saying, Lord?

Messengers in the night sky. When I set myself aside to seek the Lord’s face, with fasting, seclusion, and prayer…I take nothing for granted. He has always showed up in some special way. He surprised me again last night.

I plainly admit I’ve never been very knowledgable when it comes to constellations, and perhaps that makes all this even more meaningful, because I plainly saw the Big Dipper last night! I was searching for Orion. This was where I saw him so plainly back in October of 2018. I expected it would be that easy again. But everything moves. And everything has their seasons. And I could not find him at all! But last night…I saw the Big Dipper as plainly as I saw Orion before.

Was God showing me a thing? Something? Is it just happenstance, even though God knows I’m waiting on Him? Or was this God already showing up. And what do you think of when you think of a big dipper?

A dipper is usually used to scoop something up and pour it out! Is God pouring out more of His Holy Spirit as I am here seeking Him for? Is God pouring out a judgement? Could both happen at the same time? Or one leading to the other. Gideon is in the wine press and God is on the move. The stars are symbols of special messengers in the Bible.

God has called Gideon and his 300 for such a time as this. I expected to do more teaching of Gideon during this teepee time. This feels like the day.  Coming later today. Is there a Gideon anointing moving in the earth? An anointing is poured out. (Interesting.) And the fast continues.

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So why do this? Why separate yourself into a discomfort zone? Why go to such trouble? Why weaken your flesh with fasting, and leave all the comforts of home?

Because it opens portals of the Spirit dimension. There are certain things that do that when the vale of the flesh is weakened.

As I’ve opened my Bible…here today…the Spirit took me to John the Baptist. Luke 1:15 says: “…; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost even from the womb of his mother.”

How? How is that possible? But that is the key to the power to change hearts. It goes on to say, “he will turn many”. In verse 17 > “in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts…” The power to turn hearts! The Holy Spirit!

This Gideon army I see will have power because they are filled with the Holy Spirit. It is what the Gospel teaches even from the very beginning of our Lord’s ministry, even starting before his birth, with John, the forerunner of Christ. He was filled with the Holy Spirit even before birth! And he lived in the discomfort zones of the deserts.

“And the little child continued to grow and waxed strong in spirit; and was in the deserts until the day of his showing unto Israel.” Luke 1:80

I am here seeking God in this way because I know I need more of the Holy Spirit. In this darkness rushing in, there must still be great light. Modern church has forgotten. They have a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof. They deny the Holy Spirit! They that hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled. The hunger in my flesh is nothing compared to the hunger in my spirit this day. I have set this time apart for a fresh filling, if God will bless me so.

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This will be my night. Orion overlooking.

 

“Vision Update” #7

Inala4 I have set my sails. Tomorrow the teepee.

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It was at the teepee, in October of 2018, that I experienced the events I have been sharing, what I call the Vision. I have not spent time in the teepee as a way of separation unto God since that time. That’s like 20 months. Now God has me going back, after all this time, at this time? Hhmmm.

The last time I was there for a total of almost two weeks, but this time only 3 days, and there will be fasting, starting tonight. It was there I so clearly saw the Orion constellation. Orion the Hunter, the Warrior, with bow, shield, sword, belt, and hour-glass shaped body. I hope to see the night warrior again, over these next 3 nights, and ask him what he knows.

What does all this mean? I asked the Lord if I could speed up the study of Gideon and hit just the highlights? But He said slow down, and give details. Because of that, I am convinced the story of Gideon is important to the New Wine Skin, a second Reformation. I feel led to take Gideon with me to the teepee. We will teach more of him from there.

Right now is my pause before the teepee. I spent all morning again roofing my house. I have been 9 days so far, but for the next 3 I’ll be at teepee. Roof can wait. And no, my house is not that big, I’m just that slow. But I want to ponder the Vision so far, and the historical event currently happening, because we crossed a line as we entered June. The incident with George Floyd is definitely causing change. Has COVID 19, George Floyd, and Elections created a perfect storm? We’re still in it. We may see COVID again. George Floyd is not going away. And the Elections, with Donald Trump, is on the horizon! Oh my! Are we only in the eye of the storm?

First came COVID. Then came weeks of quarantine, along with free money at the same time a robust economy took a complete nose dive! People were dying. The old were especially dying. People were forced to slow down. In this forced idleness some began thinking more about God, family, friends, and loved ones. But none of this was June yet. In my Vision God had put the marker on June.

I pondered what could possibly be next? Is this not bad enough? I continued preparing for June with prayers and faith. We had a wonderful Passover with Jonathon Cahn via TV. Then we became aware of Pentecost and how it was the eve of June! So we prepared for that, and we did not miss, even as our phones lit up that night telling us that ten minutes away, in downtown Indianapolis, a forced 8 p.m. curfew was in effect! My wife and I looked at each other dumbfounded. This has never happened before! Soon we were checking all sources of news and discovered our entry into June!

What’s going on? The gates were just beginning to open from COVID 19. But this had nothing to do with COVID! Who could have guessed we would go straight from a pandemic into rioting in the streets and forced curfews? But in both cases our government was forced to react, and we are the ones reacted upon. What are these dominoes falling? We are powerless to stop? Stop an earthquake if you can. Stop God if you can. And to what does it lead when the last domino falls? What does the new world look like? And where will you be in it?

In times like these we all want to protect what is “important” to us. Some people worry about loved ones, some about money or their job, some about their house and other possessions, or things they hope to possess soon. Some worry about their health, or their rights, and their country. How have these dominoes falling affected you, and where are they still going? The election? A Depression? Soup lines? Or perhaps greater prosperity than ever before. But what of your soul?

You see, I love Spirit. I love God. And I have seen a clear difference in people like me, and the effect of all this, compared to people who don’t believe in what they can’t see. For me, this all began with God alerting me to be prepared for June 2020. He alerted me in my spirit. He alerted me way before it came. I even stockpiled some food, just because he said to, and we were able to help a few. This was because I took two weeks to get away to a place I could separate myself and seek Spirit, Holy Spirit. Because what is “important” to me is Spirit! I do things of the Spirit.

God has shown me a connection between Trump and the church just barely holding together, and an old wine skin about to rupture so the new wine can come forth! I have seen it in the two old gates of the Vision. I have moved my wife and I to this new wine skin. God has shown me hurricane winds with dry corn shucks in complete chaos, helplessly driven by a crazy wind! But the teepee was in complete peace. Now God draws me there again, because I “love” Spirit, I’m that person, but those who “love” other things “do” other things. They deal with the falling dominoes in other ways, not in Spirit. But this is my thing, my love, and all this is different for me as I watch people react in such predictable ways. I shake my head in amazement, as I seek more Spirit.

God was ready to change things in Gideon’s time too. He found Gideon threshing wheat in a wine press, in secret. My teepee is one of my wine presses. Not my only one, but one. And he gave Gideon a path no one else could have predicted. He sent him out with 300 men against 135,000! And he sent them armed with vessels they would break in order to send light forth suddenly, and trumpets to blast declaring the sword of the Lord and of Gideon. The enemy, in mass confusion, as if driven by crazy winds, turned their swords on each other. We all know how precariously balanced this world is, and how easily this could happen.

What was their weapons again? Broken vessels. Burning torches of light. Trumpets of sound, and a shout! 300 against 135,000. This was no man-made plan. This was Spirit.

We have much yet to speak and consider about Gideon, from the teepee. Coming soon!

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Soul Sailor.

“Vision Update” #6

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“Gideon 101”

The warrior in the night sky is how I think of him. God branded my mind with him that night, and then sealed it forever with that message talked about in previous article. Now it’s time to take a good look at an old story and see what it has to say to a new people in our day. Will we be the people of a new wine skin? Or will it be business as usual?

The story of Gideon only requires 3 chapters in the book of Judges, chapters 6-8. Chapter 5 ends with this final line of: “So the land had rest for forty years.” The children of Israel had gone through another one of their “sin cycles”. Repent to God. God saves them from the harvest of their own bad seeds. God shows them mercy for the life of that judge, but then they have already fallen back into sin before that judge even passes and the cycle begins again.

It seems that the “blessings” and “abundance” of God is our own worse enemy. Human nature being what it is, we don’t handle prosperity well, not spiritually speaking. And then God has to look for another person to stand in the gap for righteousness that he can use. “So the land had rest for forty years. Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord.” (Here we go again.)

So God looks for a man again, and where does he find the one he chooses? He finds him at a wine press, threshing wheat, in order to hide it from the Midianites. He’s threshing wheat, but he’s at a wine press. He’s not at a wheat grindstone, he’s at a wine press! A new wine ready to come forth! But he doesn’t yet know it! So much of the church still grinding at this grindstone we’ve allowed to go on for far too long! But the Gideons are seeking the wine press, and bringing food for the hungry, in secret! And the Angel, (capitol “A”!) calls him, “Thou mighty man of valor!”

And what was Gideon’s response? “And where are all God’s miracles our fathers told us about?” Are we not in the same boat today? Where is the power? Do you think these political battles are the answer? These are the miracles of God? I fear you have placed your faith in man-made ways and will be greatly disappointed. The Midianites and the Amalekites are coming and it won’t be a politician who saves your day, it will be a Gideon! It will be a man who God speaks to, and he obeys! His strategy will be godly, because it will be from God, and it will be light in the darkness, spirit of a breaker, and a very “small” army sounding very large! Because of the power of God, not man!

Gideon was also very HUMBLE. Does your politician fit that mode? In response to the Angel calling him “mighty”, he says: “Oh my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least of my father’s house.” (vrs 15)

According to Gideon, God had chosen the least of the least.

So Gideon prepares an altar to the Lord and calls it, “The Lord Is Peace”. And the Lord tells him to tear down the idol of Baal your father has, and cut down the wooden image, and build an altar to the Lord on top of this rock. In verse 27 we find he took ten men with him and did it in the “night”, because he feared the reactions he would get, and sure enough there were those who wanted to kill him. Gideon has caused a great disruption as to what had become the status quo! He attacked the idols that had been set up in his father’s house! He built an altar to the Lord! Does anyone see our modern churches doing that? Maybe we haven’t suffered enough yet. Maybe Gideon is still in the secret place, in the wine press. Maybe he has not yet made the move that will disrupt the status quo, but it’s coming.

The Midianites were actually the descendants of Abraham, from a man named Midian. Can you believe it? The children of Israel were being tormented and robbed by their own family tree! And the Amalekites were descendants of Esau, who God judged because he sold his birthright for beans! This is all in the family!

Now the idols they worshiped are very interesting too, because they represented SEX and PROSPERITY. According to 1st Samuel 12:10, not only did Israel fall into Baal worship, but also Ashtaroth. Our churches today are full of these idols, falling down to sexual sins of all sorts and the love of money! If ever a Gideon anointing was needed, it’s today! Divorce rates in the church match the world! And babies were sacrificed to Baal! America is overflowing with the sin of abortion! (I hope not the church!) Both Baal, Ashtaroth, and Tammuz is very much alive and well in the modern churches of our day.

I believe there is a Gideon anointing coming to a few, a remnant, whom God will be moving through in this time of judging his church! God still says… “If MY people!” 

So what does this mean for you and I? Are you one this anointing has come upon? If you’re still dwelling in the status quo, then probably not. When I told someone God had showed me we were crossing some kind of a spiritual line at beginning of June, they said, “So what?” They didn’t know what to do with that. It wasn’t specific enough for them, and if I would have tried to tell them all these details, they didn’t have time.

But even so… there is much I have done because I knew this line was coming! I was faithful to prayers, fasting and Passover. And I was even led to prepare for Pentecost this year! (First time God did that to me.) And I’m about to have 3  days at the teepee. I have not done this since October 2018 when God showed me these events.

There is always much we can do in spiritual preparations. I went to the wine press! I was threshing wheat in the secret place! Because I knew something was coming! And now it is here and it is changing everything, almost over night! And we do not know its final form! But we must come out of the harlot church and enter the wine presses with God! I’ve torn down the idol Baal in my own life! And Jesus is showing up speaking to us! The idols must come down!

This same person is very busy developing a video game teaching site. He’s having good success with it so far. Even beginning to earn money! I hope it does not distract him from being in the wine press with God. He does not read my blogs even though we are related. His church fits the typical mode of today, in which a nephew of mine, who thought he was close to the Pastor, never got a call from him when they left. Just too big to be that personal. What does it all mean? But a Gideon army is growing, and will be ready to go forth right on time.

Through Moses, God brought forth water from the rock, but with Gideon he brought forth fire from the rock! “Then the Angel of the Lord put out the end of the staff that was in His hand, and touched the meat and the unleavened bread; (note: this sacrifice sounds like a Passover meal!)… and fire rose out of the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened bread. And the Angel of the Lord departed out of his sight.” (Vrs 21)

Now Gideon realizes he has seen the Lord! He starts to freak out! He thinks he’s going to die! But the Lord says to him, “Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die.” The altar was named, “The – Lord – Is – Peace”.

And so… we near Gideon’s battle. That will be next episode. But I know of no other Bible hero in which a “Sword” is mentioned like it is with Gideon, when it is shouted: “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!” And yet… there is no swords in the hands of Gideon, or the 300 when they execute that first battle! Huh? They have a torch emitting fire and light in their left hand, and a trumpet in the right! No sword in their hands! But a sword certainly coming out of their mouth! (Interesting.) This is the beginning of our look at Gideon, thou mighty man of valor!

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