2 Cor 11:3-4
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
The world is full of snakes, some are poisonous, others not. These snakes apprehend their prey in different manners but with the same results - DEATH. Thank God all snakes don’t look the same. Can you imagine getting bit, not knowing whether the snake was poisonous or not? Over the years, through much research and sometimes through actual experience, the snake world has been catalogued to identify every snake known to man.
There is, however, ONE snake that man has yet to catalogue properly. This snake has many names, many forms, many methods of apprehending his prey, but always with the same results - DEATH. It is this snake that I want to present to you in light of the Word of God. I not only want to SHOW him to you, but I want you to see what happens when this serpent bites the BODY.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (KJV)
And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, (KJV)
To begin understanding this serpent, we have to go to his origin. From Revelation 12:9, we see that this serpent has several other names attached to him - dragon, Devil, Satan. This same verse says that this serpent is a deceiver. In addition, this serpent has a following - his angels were cast out with him. We know that angels are heavenly beings created by God, so for this serpent to have angels that followed him, he must have been in a place of position and power in heaven.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? (KJV)
Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more. (KJV)
WHERE has this serpent been? IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN!
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: (KJV)
This serpent has been in heaven with God, as an Anointed Cherub. Because iniquity was found in Lucifer, he was dispelled from the regal of heaven’s glory and the presence of God’s holiness. In the creation of humankind, God gave Adam the position of being in authority of planet Earth and all its splendor. The only way for the serpent to gain access to the seat of authority was for the man to give it to him. Genesis shows the bite of this serpent and the result of his bite - DEATH. “.....the woman saw that the tree was good for food.” Her BODY was affected. “...pleasant to the eyes...” Her SIGHT was affected. “...a tree to be desired to make one wise..” Her REASONING was affected.
I Jn 2:16-17
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (KJV)
From the conception of the church to this very present day, the serpent has always been near the hedge of God’s protection. He is waiting, watching for men and women to step out of that hedge so that he can sink his poisonous fangs into their soul.
He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him. (KJV)
Many in the church today have broken the hedge that is around them through disobedience. Pride has entered into their heart and they refuse to humble themselves, repent, and turn from their wicked ways. [See 2 Chronicles 7:14] Many churches in America today are dying from the poison of the serpent and this condition is largely in part to the fact that they don’t even know they have been bitten. They know something is wrong with them, they are sick, defeated, beaten and worn. They know they do not have the joy, peace, love, faith, gentleness, goodness, meekness, temperance, power, praise, prayer, and patience that the Bible speaks of and yet NO ONE will stand up and point to the serpent. We are afraid it might offend Sister Do Good if we tell her she has a devil! If the deacon is living like a devil, then he may have one!? There ARE brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ who have been bitten by the serpent who are not in secret sin, but they have not been taught how to deal with the serpent either.
Adam and Eve believed a LIE, were bitten, and died spiritually. Many churches today have believed a LIE, have been bitten and are dead spiritually. There is NO anointing at all in their Churches. Until men and women are willing to accept the TRUTH, the whole TRUTH and nothing but the TRUTH, they will continue to be bitten by the serpent.
Most in the church today feel they are better than most and not as bad as some, this is the venom of the serpent. When men speak evil of the man of God, they have been snake bitten. When Christians gossip and backbite, they have been BITTEN! When men and women condone homosexuals and lesbians to preach, they have been BITTEN! When men had rather believe a LIE than the TRUTH, it is evident, they have been BITTEN by the serpent.
In closing, there is only ONE antidote for the poison of the serpent. It is the BLOOD OF JESUS. Only that precious blood can wash away the sickness, disease, despair, depression, degradation, defeat and death of the serpents bite. Friend, Jesus died on a cross for you and I that we would not have to die in our sins, but that we might live with Him for eternity. If you are lost, apart from God, do not know him as your Father, or Jesus as Lord and Saviour, you are dying, you have been bitten by the SERPENT. If you are a Christian and are backslidden, living in rebellion, out of relationship with your God, you have been bitten. Brother, Sister, you need to ask God for the antidote serum so you can LIVE! Don’t DIE when you can LIVE. Don’t go to HELL when you can go to HEAVEN. Jesus is waiting, He is standing at your hearts door with the serum for a sin sick soul, let Him come in, please. God wants you to LIVE. The SERPENT wants you to DIE.
A Stronghold is an area of the mind where darkness reigns.
It is a system of logic, rooted in a lie, that an individual has come to accept.
This system of thought is formed behind any habitual response, addiction, fixation, compulsion, obsession, and/or inordinate fear.
As such, a stronghold is any thought pattern alien to the Word of God.
It serves as a mental or emotional “command post” to which the enemy has access.
This mental or emotional word or thought system is designed to create misinformation and thereby affect an individual’s decision making ability. Consequently, a stronghold keeps a person from embracing true Christ likeness.
We will address this more in detail in coming post. This is just something for you to think on for now.
1Sa 15:11 "It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night."
To me this is one of the saddest things a man of God would have to hear from God, "What I have told you to anoint has grieved my heart so much that I am not only going to take away his kingdom and give it to another but I am going to remove my anointing off his life."
Saul's disobedience had cause God to sigh in such a way that He could no longer tolerate allowing him to lead His people. A leader who fears the people and who listens to the people rather than the voice of God will always fall into compromise and that will lead to disobedience, no matter how you fix it up.
That word "repenteth" mean to "sigh." It is like you take a real deep breath and just release it, as someone who is in deep sorrow would do. Samuel "cried" unto the Lord all night. That isn't the cry of give Saul another chance. That word "cried" means to "shriek" (from anguish or danger). Samuel's cry was because God's heart had been broken. God already knew the outcome of setting Saul over His people but He wanted to show Israel their "own" heart.
Friend, let us not be half-hearted in our devotion to God or shallow in our obedience but lets burn with the passion of God for His will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
What are you burning for? Do you burn for Jesus? Do you burn for the presence of His glory? Do you burn to hear Him speak just one word to you? What do you burn for? There are so many things in this world to burn for - the flesh has no end of things to burn for and will continually offer flesh what it desires until flesh dies. As long as you live in the flesh you will fulfill the lust of the flesh (you will burn for the things of this world).
When we do mortify the deeds of the flesh, then there is nothing of us that the world can call to. As you spend time in the presence of God, you will continually put to death the old man and the lust thereof. You will begin to sense your spirit man standing up in you with power and might. There is a call in this hour to go from glory to glory, not flesh to flesh.
What are you burning for? The heart of Jesus burns for you to come to Him.
Have you ever felt like you were stagnated, not moving, just stuck in one place? Have you ever wondered why it seems sometimes as if there is no flow in the Spirit happening in your life?
Is it possible that you are taking in but not giving out? Have you become a Dead Sea vessel that receives a flow of revelation from the Word of God but there is no outlet in your life for that word to go out?
I want to encourage you in this brief blog to not get stagnated, to not just be a "hearer" of the word but not a "doer" of that word. Find a place for the word that is in your to come out of you so there can be a continual flow of water. Out of your belly SHALL flow rivers of living water.
Learn how to shift your flow. What do I mean by that? Learn how to not let things around you dictate what comes out of you but when you are encountered with an obstacle, let the mighty flow of God's word shift you into Kingdom talk and not Worldly talk. Let the Spirit of God direct your flow, rather than flowing in your opinion, or "this is what I think" presentation. Don't let your flow get cut off by what comes out of your mouth, or how you respond in a situation that can determine flow or failure.
Be encouraged and let God shift your flow.
I am talking about the Double Portion Mantle in this series of blogs and will be addressing the questions we begin with but I want to briefly devote this blog to understanding God's prophetic time table, His movements in the affairs and history of man.
When Elijah passed the mantle to Elisha, as this new prophet was being groomed, Elijah took him to some places he had passed through in times past but now on his farewell journey, there were some things Elisha needed to know and understand, as well as those who would come into contact with this new prophet of God.
Whenever you see new kings arising, shifting in political spheres, geographical climates deteriorating and darkness on the rise, watch very carefully how the Spirit of God begins to move in these places.
In 2 Kings chapter 2 we find the places Elijah took Elisha, but first telling him to stay there. Elisha was determined to go to the end with his mentor because he understood for him to do what God was calling him to do, he needed what Elijah had AND some. We need to know what we need for our generation, amen?
The first place there were at was Gilgal. The name Gilgal means "wheel, rolling," It was here that Joshua circumcised the men of Israel who came out of the wilderness (another series). This was the place that God ROLLED AWAY their reproach. (Joshua 5:9) This is the place that Samuel judged Israel, Saul was anointed king here. What am I saying? Gilgal was a place where "moves" of God began. God was about to do a new thing in Israel. Gilgal had become a place of 'calf-worshipers' who had tried to substitute the real move of God with one of their own.
Anytime you do not understand the move of God in a generation, you will try to substitute something in its place.
The next place they came to was Bethel. The name Bethel means "house of God." This was the place that God's presence once abode. Sacrifice was made to Him in this place and the people worshiped the true God of heaven and earth in this sacred place but now it too had become a place of "calf-worshipers." Not only had it been turned into a place where the people of God had no respect for His house, they had no respect for His holy men. How do I know this? If they called Elisha "baldy" on his way back, don't you know they blasphemed these men of God on their way through the first time?
The last place they arrived before crossing Jordan was Jericho. The name means "pleasant place." It was a place of "fragrance" but now it had become a place where the waters were poisoned, dry and barren. Yet, there was a school of prophets here, as there also was in Bethel. How ironic that the prophets here could prophesy but they could not heal the waters.
I want to end this blog with a thought, just because gifts are present does not mean those operating in their gifts know the move of God's Spirit.
When Elijah found Elisha, he was plowing. Elisha was not in the school of the prophets, he was not doing an online study to learn prophetic etiquette or how prophets were suppose to dress or look like - he was plowing.
When Elijah passed by him, he cast his mantle upon him and kept walking. He didn't tell Elisha to give him a high five on his new promotion or tell him that his prophetic ordination would cost him 250.00 a year to renew. No, he did what God told him to do and nothing more.
When Elisha received the mantle he immediately left the oxen and ran after Elijah. (1 Kings 19:20) The first thing I want you to notice is that Elisha gave Elijah his mantle back. I know this because in 2 Kings 2:13 it says, "He (Elisha) took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him......" (emphasis mine)
The point is this - don't try to wear a mantle (office) that you have not been taught how to walk in by the person whom God has instructed to place a mantle upon you. No MENTOR, no MANTLE. Elisha followed Elijah everywhere he went to see how he not only carried what was being given to him but to understand how that gift and anointing operated in a seasoned man of God who had operated in and demonstrated the office of prophet.
Because he honored the man of God he had access to the man of God. No honor, no access.
In our next post we will go further. I want to just give you something each time to chew on, meditate and ponder. God bless you.
2Kings 2:9 "And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me." [KJV]
I want to make an observation throughout these post and you tell me what you glean from them.
God had instructed Elijah to go an anoint three people: Hazael to be king over Syria, Jehu to be king over Israel and Elisha to replace him in his office, since the Lord was calling Elijah home.
The purpose of this was to judge Ahab's house.
First thought - Do you ever wonder who's house God is getting ready to judge when he starts putting certain "kings" and "prophets" in place.
Second thought - Have you ever considered that God just putting a mantle on you does not necessarily qualify you to walk in that office?
Third thought - Have you ever wondered (and I speaking to those who have been called to a specific office and are being mentored) why your mentor will let you walk through certain things and take you through certain things and not address it or test you in that place to see how you respond?
Fourth thought - Why is it that nobody is ever concerned about you or your gift until you start actually walking in it?
Fifth thought - Why do people act like you are not in the office they think they are in just because you don't act like them? You make yourself a servant and they want to be served. SAME office but two different approaches with two different outcomes.
Here are the five thoughts we will be addressing throughout these series of blogs, along with other nuggets. I look forward to hearing from you!