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Don’t Add To a Prophetic Word

By Adam Becker

 

I while back I got a prophecy from a minister and it seemed dead on accurate and was just what I was praying for.  He knew what was going on in my life and more.  It touched me so much.  He told me my situation then said now God is going to change it all.  He went on about God making things work from now on and changing everything for the better and me being the head and not the tail and so on.  It was very encouraging but as time went by my situation didn’t change.  I even took a step of faith and did something to change it that was the only way it would change and it didn’t work.  It was strange because a day after I got that prophecy the president of Streams Ministries was doing a live teaching on prophetic words where people just read you and the word don’t come to pass and I watched.  The thought crossed my mind that he could have been reading me but I wanted it to be true so bad so I had faith that it was all from God.  But now I know that he got words of knowledge or was just reading my situation then added the part of change and encouraging words out of his own thoughts about God going to change it all.  I think many prophets are guilty of it.  One of my main gifting’s is the ability to have words of knowledge about people and see into their lives.  I have in the past seen things then said God is going to make it better or do this and that but God really didn’t show me he was going to make it better or do this and that.  I thought he would because He Is a good God who wants to make it better and see us doing well.  As even in the Bible there are verses about Gods plans for us and they are good.  So it didn’t seem wrong for me to add that to the prophetic word as it seemed like Gods plan but it wasn’t.  Sometimes God keeps us in a situation and things don’t change.  Sometimes people even die and bad happens or God don’t heal people.  Its heart wrenching to think that God wont help but for His own higher reasons He sometimes doesn’t.  I have learned that when I get words of knowledge about a persons life and God isn’t really showing me deliverance or change I simply pray for them and I say I see this and that and pray for change or pray it gets better.  That’s the right way to go about it.  Don’t try and think you know what God is going to or wants to do and add it in as a prophecy.  If God isn’t speaking don’t say it even if your heart is in the right place.  So why would God give people words of knowledge of things He is not going to change?  Well maybe he wants them to know he knows their situation and is right there with them and prayer is needed.  The Bible isn’t clear that everything will be wonderful and perfect when you come to Christ.  The Bible doesn’t say that God makes sense either.  It says his ways are higher than our ways and who are we to question Him.  I don’t always know why bad things happen to people but they do and then it doesn’t get any better.  I had a pastor of a church that I loved that got ALS and died a horrible death.  He believed in healing and taught it.  He even was used to heal people before he died but he never was healed and God was not glorified and he was no more a sinner or lacked faith then you or me.  I remember I went to another church and the pastor there said my pastor was not getting healed and was dying because of sin then a few years later that pastor Got a disease and died later from it. I wonder if he still thinks that people aren’t healed because of sin. We live in a fallen world and things happen.  Its part of the experience of being here. But back to the main topic.  We aren’t always going to get words for people that tell us of God sweeping in and saving them. God may keep them in that situation for many more years or forever but don’t be tempted to add to the word what you feel God should do just pray.  And if you have had people give you words of knowledge about your situation and then say God is going to change everything for the better and it never happened don’t just assume that that person was a false prophet or give up on personal prophecy all together their heart may have been in the right place and trying to help.

 

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An answer to Prayer

  by Adam Becker


Years ago before the twins and Liberty were born. My wife and I were out of everything in the house and had no money. We were out of everything from toliet paper to formula and diapers for our first born son. We had prayed for days for the money to come and God just didnt seem to answer. Then one night I believe it was a Sunday night we went to church and there was a guest speaker there speaking that night and he would be there for a few nights speaking on doing street evangelism and holding revival meetings.  I sat there with my wife the first night and listened as he gave his testimony and while I sat there I felt the Lord tell me to go out of the church and preach to people on the streets.  I fought it for a while but it was strong and I thought but I really didn’t know how yet he hadnt taught on it yet.  I also thought that it may be the devil telling me to do it to get me out of the church and so I would miss something so I didn’t want to go but after a while fighting with it I told my wife I had to run somewhere quick and that I would be back.  I didn’t tell anyone what I was going to do. SO I left the church and hit the streets I went up to a group of kids and none of them wanted to hear about Jesus and asked me to quit bothering them.  I tried to go up to people walking the streets but people saw me coming and walked on the oposite side of the street.  I even went to the gas station and knocked on car windows and they would roll down their window and I would preach to them and they would laugh at me and drive off.  It didn’t go so well so I thought I knew for sure I had heard from the devil.  I walked back to the church with my head down thinking I had just heard from the devil and that the man preaching who I didn’t know is going to hear from God and point me out and tell everyone I had heard from the devil.  So I made it back to the church and sat down next to my wife with a downcast heart and five minutes later the man preaching said you in the back and pointed at me, “come up hear.” I thought this is it he is hearing from God and is going to rebuke me in front of everyone.  But I was going to take it like a man and I went up there with my head held high.  I got up there and he put his arm around me and said this guy gets it.  He is walking with the Lord and you should watch his life and a whole bunch of other things about me.  He then prayed over me and told the deacons to pass the offering plate around and take up an offering for me.  I couldn’t believe it not only did I not get rebuked but this guy was taking up an offering for my needs.  We didn’t know this man and we never told anyone in the church we had a need or was praying and I never told anyone where I was going it was totally God.  They took up the offering plate and there was over a thousand dollars in there.  It was enough to meet our needs and then some I ended up giving a lot of it away and taking what we needed.  But the Bible says seek first the kingdom of heaven and all these things will be added onto you.  That’s what I did by being obedient and listening to the Lord by preaching on the streets and the Lord met our needs and then some.  I have all kinds of testimonies like this of the Lord doing amazing things, God is goodYears ago before the twins and Liberty were born. My wife and I were out of everything in the house and had no money. We were out of everything from toliet paper to formula and diapers for our first born son. We had prayed for days for the money to come and God just didnt seem to answer. Then one night I believe it was a Sunday night we went to church and there was a guest speaker there speaking that night and he would be there for a few nights speaking on doing street evangelism and holding revival meetings.  I sat there with my wife the first night and listened as he gave his testimony and while I sat there I felt the Lord tell me to go out of the church and preach to people on the streets.  I fought it for a while but it was strong and I thought but I really didn’t know how yet he hadnt taught on it yet.  I also thought that it may be the devil telling me to do it to get me out of the church and so I would miss something so I didn’t want to go but after a while fighting with it I told my wife I had to run somewhere quick and that I would be back.  I didn’t tell anyone what I was going to do. SO I left the church and hit the streets I went up to a group of kids and none of them wanted to hear about Jesus and asked me to quit bothering them.  I tried to go up to people walking the streets but people saw me coming and walked on the oposite side of the street.  I even went to the gas station and knocked on car windows and they would roll down their window and I would preach to them and they would laugh at me and drive off.  It didn’t go so well so I thought I knew for sure I had heard from the devil.  I walked back to the church with my head down thinking I had just heard from the devil and that the man preaching who I didn’t know is going to hear from God and point me out and tell everyone I had heard from the devil.  So I made it back to the church and sat down next to my wife with a downcast heart and five minutes later the man preaching said you in the back and pointed at me, “come up hear.” I thought this is it he is hearing from God and is going to rebuke me in front of everyone.  But I was going to take it like a man and I went up there with my head held high.  I got up there and he put his arm around me and said this guy gets it.  He is walking with the Lord and you should watch his life and a whole bunch of other things about me.  He then prayed over me and told the deacons to pass the offering plate around and take up an offering for me.  I couldn’t believe it not only did I not get rebuked but this guy was taking up an offering for my needs.  We didn’t know this man and we never told anyone in the church we had a need or was praying and I never told anyone where I was going it was totally God.  They took up the offering plate and there was over a thousand dollars in there.  It was enough to meet our needs and then some I ended up giving a lot of it away and taking what we needed.  But the Bible says seek first the kingdom of heaven and all these things will be added onto you.  That’s what I did by being obedient and listening to the Lord by preaching on the streets and the Lord met our needs and then some.  I have all kinds of testimonies like this of the Lord doing amazing things, God is good






Prophetic Ministry Doesnt Always Tell You What You Want to Hear

  by Adam Becker


I minister on Elishaserves.com it was one of the first prophetic ministry sites by email. And I just ministered to a woman the other day and told her accurately about her life and she said it was right but since it wasn't what she was praying for she said I must have been hearing from demon's or familiar spirits. She actually rebuked me and everythi...ng and tried to rebuke the spirits out of me. I have been doing prophetic ministry for years and if you don't tell people what they want to hear they aren't happy. But you can only see what God shows you. I remember I was on prophetic teams with John Paul Jackson's ministry and we sat down to minister to a man and the others on the team were getting bless me words about how much God loved him, wanted to bless him and was going to anoint him. Alli kept seeing was a woman in a white gown coming out of him and going away from him and I felt sadness and that this was very strong so I told him what I saw and felt and he broke down in tears and said his wife is leaving him. God wanted to minister to him about this but I got in trouble and wrote up because the rule was we don't give prophetic words about relationships. But that's what God was showing me and what he needed. Again we are not psychics we can only see what were shown and sometimes its not what people want but does that mean its garbage. Doing prophetic ministry for people is no cake walk its work and so many people that volunteer to become a minister on my site to do prophetic ministry dont last too long because of this. People take them for granted like they are some kind of fortune telling machine but they are Gods servants brining forth the word of the Lord.Prophetic Ministry Doesnt Always Tell You What You Want to Hear



What Gods Real Voice Sounds Like

  by Adam Becker


One time in a dream God has let me hear his real voice. God’s real voice is like nothing else that I ever have felt or heard. There was so much power in His voice; his voice was neither male nor female sounding it was almost like a computer or robot voice having a neutral tone to it.

There was such power in his voice when He spoke, it shook everything and everything moved. It wasn’t like an earthquake; it was like everything including the ...air itself was being electrocuted. If you have ever had an electric shock the electricity moves and shocks every muscle in your body as it flows through you. It was like that, His voice was electric and it was shocking everything including the air itself and everything was moving and shaking because of the electric shock and His voice flowed like water through everything moving and having the ability to morph anything. It flowed through and electrocuted every atom and molecule having the ability to change them or destroy them, His voice just flowed to the ends of the universe in an electric wave. God’s voice contained the power with just one word to destroy even the greatest army. Just one word could destroy the air itself including every atom and molecule. God’s voice contains the power to create because there is an energizing life in His voice. It was like electricity. It was almost like His voice itself was alive.

It is no longer hard for me to imagine how God could create the heavens and the earth by just speaking it. I also saw the spirit of the Lord in the dream and it came over me and I could only see out of it and it looked like a white cloud around me in a silhouette form. That makes sense because the Bible says God is spirit. I woke up shaking from that dream it was so powerful. I was pretty shook up for a while after that. I still get goosebumps when I think of it.






                                          Love Wins
                                    By Adam Becker

I have had more than a few interactions with people who don’t believe in God and they say all that they don’t like about the Bible and they actually say that they are against Christians. They don’t like God or Christianity for a number of reasons. Some say that the church is all about money. Which I can see their point some churches have multimillion dollar buildings and the pastors live in mansions and have private jets.  They also tell you to sow your seed all that you have and God will make you rich.  While God does bless giving many times you don’t get rich instead the preacher who is getting the money does but that is a different story for another day. And these rich churches don’t help the poor as much as their taking in.  That even upsets me. They hate the church because they say Christians are hypocrites or they were a Christian at one time and they didn’t see anything come from it like they never saw any proof of God and they are living a more moral life now without Christ. I have heard that one before and I don’t know how you can live a more moral life without Christ but there are atheists that claim too.  Then some have been hurt like one I know that attacks Christians because his wife died of cancer so he is now on a mission to rid the world of Christianity.  I feel for him I really do losing someone to cancer or the like is terrible and it makes you wonder why God didn’t save them but it’s not our place to figure out God. There are many reasons why atheists exist I don’t have time to go through them all but there are a multitude of them some you can kind of see their point and others you really can’t. Lately when I see someone attack Christians I reply to them and say you mean to tell me that you are against loving your neighbor, peace, forgiveness and helping the poor and a whole lot of other good things because that is what Christianity is supposed to be about. We seem to forget what Christianity is and what God is. They don’t seem to know it either. Christianity is not a social club, or a political party. Especially the political party thing the conservatives don’t believe in welfare and I have heard of ministers that call the disabled lazy and the poor free loaders.  But that is not the heart of Christ, Christ was all for helping the poor when he fed the five thousand he didn’t say I won’t feed you because you didn’t work for it.  Christianity is not about a building, or giving all your money to a TV evangelist or local church. It’s not about the pastor or the worship team even though I respect those things.  It’s not about stopping abortion of putting an end to gay marriage.  It’s not about beating people up with the Bible and judging them. No the church is not about all the things that people seem to make it into it’s about love.  God is love. When I say to the people that attack Christianity that you mean to tell me you are against loving your neighbor, peace, forgiveness and helping the poor they then don’t have a reply. Love wins, God is love, the only way we are going to win with people who are hostile to the Gospel and Christianity is love. Love on someone today. When people reject the gospel they are rejecting love. Show them just what it is they are rejecting. 

 

 

 

 

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 The Tickle Me Prophets
by Adam Becker

I don't know how many times I have heard people in a worship service or in a one on one setting give prophetic words but it has been more than I can count. I tell you that most of the time it wasn't prophetic at all but tickle your ears stuff that comes out of their mouth.  Today in Charismatic circles everyone says they are a prophet and has prophetic gifts, we have whole church's just filled with these prophetic people, there seem to be more prophets in some churches than any other gift or office.  But it always seems to be the same words that they give out.  If it's about the church it goes something like this "The Lord is with you church and is about to bring you up to a new level, for the Lord is pleased and will do mighty things through you" if it's about he the pastor it always says that God thinks he is so wonderful and is about to promote him with more anointing.  When its personal prophecies it has to do with God blessing the person and saying that He loves them so much and will give them a greater anointing or has called them to some great ministry somewhere.

 

You would be surprised just how many supposed future millionaires and Benny Hinns that are sitting in all the pews.  Oh yeah and there is the healing gift prophecies too.  One out of ten people get a prophecy that says something about how God is going to use them to heal everyone and how they will lay hands on people in wheel chairs and they will walk.  It is really neat to watch these people's lives, most end up never being used to heal anyone.  But everyone is pleased with their tickle my ears prophecies and lift up the so called prophetic people who gave them and everyone speaks well of them.

 

The Bible says in Luke 6:26(NIV), "Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets."

 

Tickle Me Words

 

There is nothing new under the sun, there have been so called prophets like that around forever. Listen, you will have a very famous and well-loved ministry if you tell people what they want to hear, everyone will speak well of you and want to be around you. They will even want to give you money and search you out because you make them feel good and approve of and confirm all their plans. But don't fall into this trap as being liked by everyone doesn't make you a prophet as a matter of fact it most likely means that you aren't one at all.  It is so easy to give tickle me words, they are words that don't take a lot of faith to give because you know they will be received and you will be liked for them. But God doesn't want you to take the easy road of faith if you are going to walk in the prophetic, He wants you to take chances and stretch your faith. 

 

A prophet speaks for the Lord not the people; don't tell people what they want to hear. Don't try and be liked by everyone all the time.  I know there are schools of prophetic that are teaching people to always say good stuff especially in the church setting but that don't mean its right.  It doesn't matter what famous prophetic leader is teaching you to do it don't fall into that trap.  The Bible is full of so called prophets who told people what they wanted to hear and God did not approve.  Yes, God does have good messages and yes sometimes God wants to bless people and promote but if that is all your messages are about you have to wonder.  Are you really speaking for God or for man? 

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How Do You Know If You Have Forgiven


By Adam Becker


The world can be a cruel place sometimes and people can be at the heart of it.  We all have been wronged and hurt by others.  We all have had opportunity to need to forgive.  The Bible is clear on forgiveness, we need to forgive. But how and what does forgiveness look like?

 

The Bible says; Matthew 18:23-35 (NIV) Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

 

26 The servant fell on his knees before him. "Be patient with me," he begged, "and I will pay back everything." 27 The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. 28 But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. "Pay back what you owe me!" he demanded.

 

29 His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, "Be patient with me, and I will pay you back."

 

30 But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.

32 Then the master called the servant in. "You wicked servant," he said, "I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?" 34 In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

 

35 This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.

 

Forgiving a Debt

 

In the story the man owed a very large debt a debt he could never repay. Even though he owed that debt the man was forgiven. The king had the power to punish him but instead wiped the debt clean.  The man was forgiven for so much but then we see he could not forgive someone for so little.  The king saw this man's un-forgiveness and chose to revoke his pardon. 

 

This story gives us a lot to chew on.  It is obvious that the king is the Lord and we are the first debtor. What is hard to imagine is how God can just revoke the forgiveness of our sins like that.  I can't give you a solid answer on that and don't want to for theological reasons but if Christ said it then it must have some merit.  God forgives freely, by just accepting His sons atonement and sacrifice on the cross you are forgiven. But once you are saved, if you are truly saved your life will start to change.  The Bible says 1 John 3:9-10 (NIV) No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

 

This has to do with being born again; once you come to Christ the Holy Spirit will come to live within you that is the seed that verse nine is referring to.  That seed begins to change you.  The word continue in verse nine refers to habitual sins.  So in other words once you come to Christ the Holy spirit comes to live within you and it changes you to where you won't do the same stuff you always did anymore.  There will be a change in your life. Sure you will make mistakes but it won't be the same mistakes over and over. Maybe that is the reason the man's forgiveness was revoked.  He proved by his actions that he was not a changed man and thus not a true child of God.

 

If you look at the story it kind of gives you a clue of what forgiveness looks like. The man wanted to be repaid; he felt something was owed to him.  The debt demanded restitution.  A clue that you have forgiven is that you wish no repayment or restitution.  Yes, true forgiveness has to do with letting the debt go. Wanting repayment or restitution can come in many forms. Wanting them to get theirs is a form of repayment.  Even wanting God to judge them and saying things like "vengeance is mine saith the Lord" or "that's between you and God" are all indications that you are looking for repayment.  The repayment may collected by God but it is still collection of the debt a debt that was already paid for by Christ. Slandering the person to others in order to hurt them is also seeking restitution.  And bitterness can likewise be a form of repayment.

 

Forgiving All

 

There are schools of thought that teach that we are to forgive only those who ask for it and are sorry.  I can only say something doesn't feel right about that.  The Bible doesn't tell us to forgive only if people are truly sorry; there are some verses about if they repent but I don't want to take that risk.  We need to forgive whether they are sorry or not.  When they crucified Christ they did not say they were sorry yet Jesus cried out;

 

Luke 23:34 (NIV) Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.

 

It can be hard to forgive when the person is not sorry or feels they have done no wrong but we must do it anyway.  I am sure there are sins that we don't even know we have committed yet our slate is wiped clean.  Wipe clean the slate of the offender no matter what their attitude is.  You don't have to like what they did and you don't have to trust them but let it go.  Pardon their wrong doing and seek no restitution, harbor no bitterness especially if it's a spouse.  Also know that God loves that person and He can change them, there is hope. I watched Him work in my life and my wife's life, It may take a while but don't forget God is a miracle worker.  It may not be easy but few things in life are. 

 

Forgiveness is work we can't hold on to and dwell on a debt or wrong that was done to us especially in a marriage. When you are offended or wronged don't dwell on it and don't give the devil a foot hold.

 

Dealing with offense and forgiveness is like dealing with temptation;

 

The Bible says in James 1:14-15 NKJV But each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed, then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.  

 

An Ongoing Process

 

Forgiveness is an ongoing process, just like temptation that offense will keep coming back over and over.  Just when you think it is gone it may pop its ugly head out again.   With temptation you can't be tempted by something you don't have a desire for or appetite for.   Then after you desire it and think on it you become dragged away and enticed by it.  After you let it drag you away it conceives and gives birth to sin.  Well that can be the same with forgiveness.  An offense that you don't have feelings or hurts about will not drag you away.  You have to still have some pretty significant wounds for it to do that.  Then after the wound is there thoughts will come.  If you entertain those thoughts they will drag you away and you will give birth to wanting repayment all over again.  Forgiveness is not an instant thing.  Whenever there is a wound or hurt it will want to keep coming up in your mind but you must cut it short so it can't drag you away.  Don t get to that point, the minute it comes up let it go, rebuke the thought.  I had to do that over and over in my marriage and in my life.  It is so natural to want revenge and to be repaid, even to want justice.  But the truth is if we all received do justice no one would be alive, we are all worthy of the death penalty for the wrongs we have done.  I sure don't want to get mine or have what comes around go around so why should I wish it on others. 

 

You must also remember to  that the person who has wronged you is human and you are human.  People are prone to error and making mistakes, they are prone to do things that are selfish with  no regard for others.  Human nature will always be a tempter to mankind and sometimes will win just as it has won in your life.  Face the fact that you have made a lot of mistakes in your life and yet the Lord has forgiven you.  Just as He has forgiven you you will need to forgive others.  Know that people are going to let you down, you could hold un-forgiveness towards that person and even get revenge but guess what someone else is going to come along and let you down again.  In your lifetime you will have many encounters with people in which they will hurt you in some way.  If you don't choose forgiveness and see people for what they are which is human you will have a very unhappy life and a long list of enemies.  Humans make mistakes don't hold it against them.

 

Chose to forgive and clothe yourself in love as the Bible says;

 

Col 3:12-14 (NIV) Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe your selves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

 

Forgiveness doesn't always mean trusting them but it does mean not holding it against them in order to hurt them, chose to forgive!  One of the key indicators that you have forgiven is not wishing that they receive repayment or punishment for what they did to you, according to that have you forgiven?  If you are holding un-forgiveness repent, there is still time to change things. There is hope in any situation no wound is so great as to be un-forgiven, if everyone received punishment for all the wrong they did then everyone in the world would be dead, Christ died for even them that have wronged you and  He took their punishment.  And most importantly ask for Gods help in forgiving someone.  Ask the Lord to take away the hurt and fill it with love.  Forgiveness is a process and takes work, stay on top of your hurts and don't let them carry you away. 

 

 

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Is There a Lack of Blessing on Your Career, Business or Ministry?

 By Adam Becker

 

    Most people know the story of Cain and Abel and of that terrible event that caused the very first murder in scripture.  A murder took place between brothers born of the same womb because of jealousy, greed and selfish gain.  Cain was jealous of Gods favoritism and approval of Abel and Cain tried to change things by eliminating the competition, his brother Abel. But you can also see from this story that Cain’s lively hood was farming and when he slew Abel, Abel’s blood went into the ground, the ground was Cain’s lively hood, it actually caused a curse to be on Cain’s farming career and God said that it will no longer produce for you and you will be driven from it. 

 

 

 

Gen 4:2-16

 

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. 4 But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

 

6 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it."

 

8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field." And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

 

9 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?"

 

"I don't know," he replied. "Am I my brother's keeper?"

 

10 The LORD said, "What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth."

 

13 Cain said to the LORD, "My punishment is more than I can bear. 14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me."

 

15 But the LORD said to him, "Not so; if anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over." Then the LORD put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. 16 So Cain went out from the LORD's presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

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   There are many things to learn from this story but the thing that I am impressed to point out is that Cain actually sowed sin into his career and the result of that was he was no longer blessed or prosperous in it, it stopped producing for him.  Even though other men may not have seen what Cain had done the Lord did and the ground spoke of it; “The LORD said, "What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.”  Just like sowing a seed into the ground so Cain sowed his bothers blood. 

 

  Many of us have careers, businesses, ministries and such and it doesn’t really matter if we are Christians or not we may still get jealous of others or the competition and in our struggles to get ahead in this life we may have hurt a few people on the way or did things that were not right in the Lords sight.  This only sows seeds of cursing into our careers, businesses, and even ministries but sooner or latter the Lord is going to take notice of that and deal with it. Maybe you are noticing already that your lively hood is not producing like it should or that God seems to be so distant this could be an indication that there may be seeds of blood sown.  To sow seeds of blood and murder it doesn’t mean that you have to actually kill someone; Mat 5:21,22.

 

  If things in your life don’t seem to be going as good as they used too take time today to pray before the Lord and search yourself to see if any blood shed was sown into your lively hood and if there was repent!  Even though Cain did what he did God had mercy on him, we unlike Cain are under a new covenant and a dispensation of grace, the Bible says; 1 John 1:8-9

 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

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  Get before the Lord today and ask him to show you where blood may have been sowed in your life, even if you haven’t seen a lack of fruit or blessing it doesn’t mean that it’s not on its way.

 

 

Elisha Serves Ministries

www.elishaserves.com 

 

Visitation of Presence
 


  God is doing a new thing right now, God has been putting his kingdom on the hearts of his people but he just doesn’t want it on the heart only God wants to actually visit his people in a very powerful way. God wants to walk among his people, he wants to touch us, speak to us, comfort us, heal us, revive us and not from a distance or from within us but he actually wants to tangibly visit each worship service. God wants to visit your church in the same way he visited the Old Testament Holy of Holies, God wants to visit in the same way he walked among Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. God is longing for a massive widespread visitation to his people and for it to not just be a one time thing but an ongoing continual visitation that will change lives and change communities.

Some will read only part of this and say well I know all this brother or if God was wanting to do this then he would tell me this or would have done this already at my church or through me but I plead with you to open up your heart and hear what the Lord is saying through this, please don’t miss what God is wanting to do.

God wants to visit through worship! Not just any old kind of worship but true worship.

Listen it says in John 3:5-8;

5 Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit . 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
NIV



I tell you the truth when Christ said in the verse above that spirit gives birth to spirit Christ was not talking about the spirit being found in a 12 step romans road process that meets all the modern theologians approval and he was not talking about saying a prayer or just accepting what he did on the cross and reading your Bible once a day as the way to be born of his spirit. Christ had more in mind or he would have laid it all out for us then and there in that verse for if it could be confined to mans reason and a 12 step process than he surely would have laid it all out then and there knowing that for all time people would be reading that verse not to mention the man Christ was speaking with named “Nicodemus” would have liked a process and for an answer with reason and for it to all to line up with the Old Testament scriptures. Instead Christ said of the spirit; “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." This cannot fit into mans understanding even the understanding that we have from the epistles and the rest of the New Testament, it can never fit into anyone’s theology or 12 step process.


Christ also said;

John 4:23-24
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit , and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."
NIV




God is spirit and we are to worship him in spirit and in truth, the truth part speaks of a heart issue and a true heart but the spirit part is what many don’t understand. In order to be alive in Christ and born of spirit you must spend time with God in spirit.

You must worship the Lord in spirit with the right heart. You must submit your spirit to almighty God and touch his spirit and I am not talking about singing songs or praying prayers from your flesh I am talking about letting the power and presence of almighty God totally saturate you and you totally yielding to it on a regular basis and it communing with your spirit.

God wants to spend quality time with you, not just time where you read His Word, or where you pray or listen for his voice, God wants more than that, God wants all of you and he wants to be extremely intimate with you. What would one say or even the Bible say about a marriage between a man and a woman in which the woman doesn’t draw near to her husband and have physical intimacy with him. One would say that they have a bad relationship and an unhealthy unbalanced marriage. In the same way God wants to touch you with his presence in a very tangible way.
I have personally went through times in which I stopped getting into the corporate anointing or deep worship with God and I tell you I started to die inside. I looked OK, I talked OK, I even read my Bible, prayed and went to church but I was so dry inside. In the past I used to have very powerful times with God, He would even send me an angel once in a while to speak to me and other times he would speak but when I stopped going in to the Holy of Holies all that stopped and there were no more angels and I barley ever heard from God or felt him.

Worship and the cooperate anointing as some call it is the key to what God is wanting to do and how he is wanting to visit his people.






The corporate anointing is Gods presence and glory touching down in a place where believers are gathered together. This anointing can also be used to heal others and bring miracles. Often times a person will only need to be in that place in order to receive a healing. Usually no one will even need to lay hands on the person; God’s presence touches them just by being there and miracles take place.


Often times when believers come together to worship or pray, there is an anointing that comes into the place of worship. At times the anointing can be stronger than others. But usually when it comes it is like a peaceful, powerful energizing force in a place and it tends to stay in a place. It is the tangible, powerful presence of God, you can feel it. Some people can see it (it often looks like a fog or smoke) and it changes people. When you enter into a place with the corporate anointing, it makes everything else in life seem to disappear, even the time will seem to go by faster, and after you have stayed in it a while you are not only never the same, but you leave energized and feeling refreshed and even physically healed.

The corporate anointing is wonderful and although it is not the only type of Gods anointing it is very unique. As the corporate anointing actually inhabits a place, even after people leave, it stays for a while and occupies the area and has dominion over the area. The area is claimed for God and God’s manifest presence actually can occupy the area and walk among the people. We can worship or pray by ourselves on our own and the anointing can come, and we can be touched by God’s presence, but that presence doesn’t seem to occupy the area and stay there like the corporate anointing does.

The corporate anointing takes more than one person and it always takes all the people that are present to be in unity whether through prayer or worship. If the people who come together are not in unity then the corporate anointing does not usually come. This makes the job of the prayer leader or worship leader very important as they need to lead the prayer meeting or the worship in such a way that everyone present can come into unity. It doesn’t even really matter what type of worship music it is, whether it be hymns or contemporary or prophetic worship, God is not picky about the type of songs, God is more concerned about unity and matters of the heart.







It is almost as if God designed the corporate anointing in such a way that we actually need each other to have it come. Back in the Garden of Eden in Genesis, Adam said of Eve;
Gen 2:23-24

23 The man said,

"This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called 'woman,'
for she was taken out of man."

24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
NIV

Adam could not be complete without Eve, they both needed to be in unity to be the complete whole Man that God originally designed. If Adam lost unity with Eve, then technically he would be a man missing one of his ribs. And how can man fulfill his original intended purpose if he was missing part of himself, Adam needed to be in unity with Eve. The sin that took place in the Garden of Eden was pride, and pride being the root of all sin is independence and selfishness which is the opposite of unity.

Now originally God intended to walk amongst Adam and Eve on the earth and he actually did walk amongst them;

Gen 3:8

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day,
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God actually walked amongst them and his presence filled the Garden, but once sin, which is the opposite of unity, came- God could no longer walk amongst them and he no longer walked amongst the earth as He once did in all His glory.











Every one of us is related to Adam and Eve. All mankind originated from them and are linked together. And like them we are to be one so that God’s manifest presence can walk amongst us and occupy the area of this earth that we tend to and are entrusted with. Especially we as a church are to walk in unity {John 17:21}. In a way Adam, Eve and God were the first church, they all were in unity and God could walk among them. We, as a church today, need to be in unity with each other and God so that his manifest presence can walk amongst us.


I have seen God as Mosses did many times I have heard his real voice, the voice that spoke all creation into existence, a voice that is so powerful and incomprehensible that it leaves you shacking and trembling for some time and changes your life forever. I tell you the truth God wants to visit his church and for others to see this and hear is voice in all its glory and power but you have to want it, you have to want God to visit your service, you have to want to open up your heart and come into unity with others and lay all the things of this world down, you need to lay down your life, your titles, your pride and social status and totally surrender to God Almighty. You have to open your heart up so wide open that everything is bared.


God wants to visit your church right now, not next year, not next week but right now! God wants to walk among you and inhabit your worship service.

Today, even right now, prepare your heart and church for his visitation, don’t just pray about it get together and worship him in total surrender, its time to remove any and all barriers that would hinder his presence, its time to prepare the way of the Lord!


Do Christians Really Need to Attend Church?

  By Adam Becker

 

Local churches have many good qualities and purpose, some people just love them while others have come to see some faults and reject them.  I have met a lot of Christians who take great pride in going to church and even being a member.  Many of them attack other believers for not attending a church service on a regular basis.  They are very zealous for the church and discount the many blows some have received from local churches.  I have also met a lot of lone rangers as church folk like to call them.  These are people that have been burned by the local assembly of believers, brothers and sisters who don’t take much stock in organized religion anymore.  I have even been a lone ranger myself at times as well as a pastor of denominational church so I can really see where everyone is coming from.  One of the things you hear the most is the Bible says it’s sin to not go to a church and that you cant grow if you don’t go to church.  But is that true?  Is it a sin to not attend a local church and do you really stop growing as a Christian once you stop going? Once someone becomes a Christian or believer in Christ they naturally get pointed to a church.  I can honestly say without the church I wouldn’t be the Christian I am today.  I can see how the church played a role in my faith and growth.  I have also come to see times when it actually almost ruined my faith.  Times when Christians were meaner than people in the world had been to me.  I have seen some really bad leaders, ones who no one should submit to or follow running a church.  I can say that I don’t think it would be a sin for someone to leave their church if they had leaders like that.  Some do leave but can’t seem to find a good church so they quit going altogether only to get condemned by church goers.  Is it legitimate to say you can’t find a good church within driving distance?  I would say yes.  In Christ’s day there were no good churches but His. So yes, it is possible to not be able to find a good church in your area.  But does that mean you will never find one or to give up forever?  I think it really depends on where you’re at in your walk with God.  God can let things happen in a church to draw you out and then when it is the right timing God can draw you back in again.  The bible does mention in one place not to forsake the assembling of yourselves together.  That is the only real verse people use to say you have to go to church.  Take into account that at that time there wasn’t all the resources we have today to hear the word, fellowship online or serve from your home.  Times have changed.  Am I saying that we don’t need to go to church.  No, I think the church has its place and purpose but there may be times when for whatever reason it is a season for you to not be part of the local assembly.  And that brings up another thing.  So many church goers say that a legitimate church is only in a designated church commercial building and incorporated as a 501 c3.  They discount that you can fill the “not forsake the assembling of yourselves together” by just doing a simple Bible study in your home or prayer meeting with a few Christian friends.  It doesn’t have to be in a churchy building with a legitimate seminary graduated pastor.  Fellowship is fellowship whether a few people in a house or in a church building. Yes, there are passages that say you need the body of Christ which is others but that can actually look like many things now a days. So you really can’t say someone is in sin for not going to church. But can you really grow outside the church?

 

The Bible says,

 

1 Cor 3:5-7

6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow . 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow

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It says God made it grow, not the church.

 

In another passage it says this,

Mark 4:8

8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times.”

NIV

Yes, good soil is needed for growth.  And we know from scripture that good soil is a heart issue.  God makes things grow and we can be sure that if God has begun a work in your life, He will complete it and cause you to grow whether in a church or not.  The Bible says,

Phil 1:6

6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

NIV

The Bible also says,

Eph 4:11-13

11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

NIV

 

According to scripture we do need leaders to mature and be built up, but we can gain from these leaders today from our TVs or internet.  We don’t have to go to a church to be built up or hear the word.

There were times when I went to church and was on fire for church then times when I left the church and took on some hurts from those in it.  I can tell you I still grew outside the church.  I grew a lot as a matter of fact.  I never thought I would go back to a church or find a good church then years later God drew me back into one I had visited before but didn’t think was good.  Suddenly it was great and I fell in love with it.  Everything started to work out and I made a lot of friends.  You go through times when God may let you be drawn out of something in one season but in the next you will be drawn back to it.  What changed?  My season did.  In the new season God was going to use the church again while in the last the church was not doing me any good.  God will use something, then not use it, only to use it again later.  You may or may not be in a church right now.  Maybe you’re on fire for the church and cant get enough or maybe you have been hurt and hate it.  I would not say that either one of those things makes you anymore of Christian or any less of one or in sin.  Like I said before that just may be the season you’re in which can change.  God is in charge of you growing not the church.  God will carry you along to the end, trust in Him and don’t be so quick to judge others.






Karma SO Not True

  By Adam Becker



People like to say of their enemies that karma will bite them. I just watched a crime show which featured a true story of a wife killing her step daughter and poisoning her husband. It said what happened to them in life and she went to prison for 10 years then got out and lived to be 88. The husband was a good detective and lived to be 68. I don’t see karma in that. She killed his daughter, tried to kill him and lived 20 years longer? There are so many other cases of people that I know that were terrible people and lived into their 90s and had a good life while others like my old childhood friend and a pastor I once had died at an early age. Karma just doesn’t bite everyone. There is a law of reaping and sowing but that doesn’t always work either. Your enemies may very well do horrible things and live a longer happier life than you. But we shouldn’t care because we are to have forgiveness and true forgiveness cancels out the dept and the punishment for it. True forgiveness says I don’t want them to get theirs. Are we really ok with our enemies having a great life if not you may need to work on forgiveness because whether we like it or not they may very well live a better life than you.




If God Be For Us!
By Adam Becker


God loves us and is for us if we are His. Sure sometimes we make mistakes and can get out of Gods plan and God may need to correct us but for the most part if you are a child of God He is for you. Life can be hard and people can get us down. In my life I have had many ups and downs. Just when I thought I was taking some ground something happened that set me way back. Some things we bring on ourselves and other things are out of our control. Once I fall in time I get back up and keep on going. I may realize that what I did wasn’t working so I try something else. What I have found though is that any time you are doing something worth doing you find criticism.

Criticism is everywhere even in the church. I have been criticized immensely by brothers and sisters in Christ. I have also been criticized a lot by family and unbelievers but especially family. When you step out for the Lord or try and better your life you will face criticism. They say the root of criticism is jealousy. That is very true most of the time when people are critical of you they are jealous. When you try and better yourself people are afraid you are going to become better than them. When you step out for God people think that you are doing more good than they are doing and it makes them feel bad and jealous. When you are doing well people are jealous your doing better than them. So yes, the root of criticism is jealousy but not always. Some people just like to be negative and aren’t jealous at all. Even Christ and John the Baptist were criticized in the following scripture it says,

Luke 7:33-35
33 “For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ 34 “The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’
NASU

They were criticized and the truth is there was no fault in either of them. The criticisms were false. It wouldn’t be far fetched that most likely criticisms about you are false as well. If they did it to John the Baptist and Christ they will do it to you as well. If you not being criticized then you probably aren’t doing anything worth while in life. Accept criticism as a badge of honor and a hint that you are doing something right. Now sometimes it is wise to listen to criticism and say could I take anything from this and use it as a measuring stick to improve? Is there any truth to this and do I need to change anything? While most of the time there is no truth to criticism sometimes there is, and we can use it to improve and it can be good. It can even be God speaking. I know in my own life some criticism I received was God and it helped me become better once I made changes to what I was doing. So, its not always bad but don’t let it stop you or get you down.

Once thing that happens often in life besides criticism when you are stepping out bettering your life or doing things for God is there are few if any people to encourage you or cheer you on. In my life when I try and do something I have a lot of people telling me how I will never accomplish it and how it’s a stupid idea. They discourage instead of encourage. Why we can’t always count on people or even ourselves to accomplish things in life we can count on the one who is for us. God is for you. If you have God on your side that is all the encouragement you need. People discourage for many reasons, some jealously just like with criticism but God is very encouraging. My whole life I was put down and told I am not good enough. I was told I was stupid and not capable of success. My own father still to this day calls me stupid and says I am not worth a lick. But when I came to God, God was the opposite. Sure there were things God wanted me to work on and change but God was the most loving encouraging cheerleader I ever met (and I don’t mean disrespect by calling God a cheerleader I mean he likes to cheer people on). He was pure love and empowerment. He let me know that He believes I am worth something (in Him of course) and that with Him all things were possible.

Let God be your encourager, here are a few verses that remind us that if God is with us we are unstoppable

1. Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

2. Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

3. Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

4. Jeremiah 32:27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

5. Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Prov 23:7

That’s right the Bible says with God all things are possible, so don’t let the discouragement of man get you down.
Also, you have to have to believe in you that with God you are a success. If you don’t believe it, you may not achieve it. What you put your faith in you make room for.
The Bible says,
7 For as he thinks in his heart , so is he.
NKJV

So you can’t believe what other people say about you, you have to instead believe what God says about you and the Bible says God has good things to say about you if you are His. Be blessed and don’t let discouragement or criticism get you down.




One Night

By Adam Becker

 

The song one night in Bangkok says one night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble. Then a couple verses later it says I can feel the devil walking next to me. I don’t know about you but when I was living it up in the world like a night in Bangkok it did make me humble. Nothing ever worked. All kinds of trouble always followed and I sure met some rotten people who tried to hurt me. The devil was surely walking next to me. The worldly life and all it’s pleasures didn’t work for me. I would like to tell you I was prophetic and spiritual before I came to Christ but I wasn’t really. Sure I had some spiritual experiences but it wasn’t until I was truly born again that I became alive. After Christ my life totally changed. Things began to work more and life got better. For some people the world works but for me and many others it doesn’t and one night in Bangkok will humble you. If you can relate praise God that you are no longer in Bangkok. Praise him for saving you and turning around your life. If you feel the devil walking next to you then your in the wrong place. Stop doing what doesn’t work. Go with something that does. Go with God!


Go For It
By Adam Becker


I love the song “I Hope You Dance” if you have never heard it you can look it up on you tube and listen to it. As I look back on my life I can honestly say I danced. I may have failed sometimes but even though I could have chosen to do nothing in life I tried. I had some success, and some let downs but I wasn’t willing to settle for the path of least resistance. I stepped out in faith many times even when I didn’t have to. Many people are wasting their lives never choosing to dance but when it’s all over can they honestly say they lived? I want to live not just exist. ” When you get the chance to sit it out or dance I hope you dance.”

Ephesians 5:15–17 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

The Bible says be careful but yet while being careful it says make the most of every opportunity. Be wise but if you get an opportunity to dance make the most of it. Don’t sit it out, if God is for you who could be against you. It also says but understand what the Lords will is. The Lords will is for you to step out in faith. The Bible says without faith it is impossible to please God. The Bible also says God works all things out for good. If you do choose to dance and you make a mistake or have a failure God will work it out for good. Don’t be afraid to step out in faith and take risks. Without risk there is no reward the old saying goes. I don’t know about you but I am one for reward. Step out today and choose to dance, don’t sit it out!
 


Can One Rely on Dreams, Visions, Prophecy and the Voice of God?
By Adam Becker


 

We are to desire the gifts of the spirit and especially prophecy.  The Bible says in the last days I will poor our my spirit on all flesh, it says your sons and daughters shall prophesy and your old men shall dream dreams.  So in the last days people will be hearing from God through prophecy, dreams and visions.

 

We can also hear the Lord through that inner voice or some people and audible voice sometimes but mostly an inner voice.  But are these things reliable?  Can we always go by prophecy, dreams, visions and that voice?  The truth is no.  I have heard from the Lord for others many times.  I have given thousands of accurate prophetic words.  I have had dreams that revealed things to me about others and the future that was true that I couldn’t possibly have known many times.  I have heard that voice and it was right many times.  I have even gotten prophetic words from others that were accurate as well as had dreams where angels gave me direction and it was right, and they were real angels.  But I have also had dreams that were false, visions that were not accurate, heard a false voice and heard from false angels.  Even given some prophetic words that weren’t accurate and heard prophetic words from others that were false from the very same people who before gave me accurate prophetic words.  What I have learned is you can’t always go by dreams, visions, prophecy and that voice or angels.  So what can you go by then?  Well the Bible is always a go to thing, the Bible trumps everything but sometimes the Bible doesn’t tell you everything.  But I learned that you can rely on the Holy Spirits guidance and that inner witness or unction more than other spiritual things.  That drive in a certain direction the spirit may take you can be very reliable.  If you are born again you have the Holy spirit living on the inside of you and you can trust it.  The Bible says when the spirt comes He will guide in into all truth.  The spirit is to be our guide.  I learned that I am to rely on the Holy Spirit more than dreams, visions, prophecy and that inner voice.  There were times when I looked for a dream or God to do something big to confirm something for me but he didn’t.  All I got was the inner witness of the Holy Spirit.  And it was enough and more reliable than the other stuff.  So desire prophecy, dream dreams and see visons.  Seek the voice of the Lord but make sure you test them by the inner witness or leading of the Holy Spirit.  Or you can be led astray.



Don’t Turn Back!

by Adam Becker

Some Hollywood actors seem to fit better and be better at playing the bad guy. Nothing against them it just suits them better and they play that part better than a good guy. Its the same way with some Christians. Some Christians seem to have fit in better when they were being the bad guy or girl. Life treated them better, they had more friends and things seemed to go their way more. The bad role suited them and payed better for them. So what do they do once they come to Christ for a while and things aren’t so rosie? They revert back to their old ways and do the things that aren’t pleasing to the Lord again and fall back in with worldly friends. But this isn’t Hollywood or Pee Wees Big Adventure this is righteousness. This is living a changed life and having a relationship with the Lord. Now I am not saying this to shame people or say denounce sin or burn. What I am trying to say is don’t turn back. God has delivered you from Egypt and wants to take you into the promised land. Maybe it seemed to work better when you played the bad guy or girl but not everything is supposed to be so easy and wonderful. Being a Christian isn’t easy and you may not have as many friends or things to do for fun but you have the Lord and he don’t want you to turn back. Stay on the narrow path and dare to be different. This isn’t Hollywood!






Who Knew That Finding a Blessing Could Cause Drama
By Adam Becker


Some years ago on a week day I stopped by the church I was attending and in the parking lot I found a twenty dollar bill. I was excited so I left the church and went to my friend’s house I told him about finding it and said I am going to tithe it tonight to the guest minister who was speaking. My friend got really upset and said that is not a tithe that’s an offering a tithe goes to the church. I said ok and tried to change the subject but he kept getting madder and madder and kept it going and I told him it really doesn’t matter I am going to give it tonight in the offering plate. He didn’t like this at all and said it does matter it’s not a tithe. I agreed it wasn’t a tithe and I meant an offering but he just kept right on going and said no you didn’t you meant a tithe. He ended up staying mad and trying to argue with me the whole day. Finally he said that was my money I lost it in the church parking lot. He was known for lying so I knew he didn’t lose it but it was clear he wanted it. That’s what the whole fight was about he wanted the money for himself. Luke often would argue and try and fight over petty things. But you will find that when someone is putting you down, attacking you or tying to argue with you it may not be about what you did or what they say it is. They may have alternative motives for this. My friend just wanted the cash and they may want something else or are jealous of you. So don’t take their attack personally, know that they are human and may have some other issues. I ended up giving the money in the offering for the evangelist anyway. I didn’t believe his story that he lost it or he would have told me that in the first place. Who knew that finding a blessing could cause so much drama?




A Miracle Answer to Prayer
By Adam Becker


Years ago before the twins and Liberty were born. My wife and I were out of everything in the house and had no money. We were out of everything from toliet paper to formula and diapers for our first born son. We had prayed for days for the money to come and God just didnt seem to answer. Then one night I believe it was a Sunday night we went to church and there was a guest speaker there speaking that night and he would be there for a few nights speaking on doing street evangelism and holding revival meetings. I sat there with my wife the first night and listened as he gave his testimony and while I sat there I felt the Lord tell me to go out of the church and preach to people on the streets. I fought it for a while but it was strong and I thought but I really didn’t know how yet he hadnt taught on it yet. I also thought that it may be the devil telling me to do it to get me out of the church and so I would miss something so I didn’t want to go but after a while fighting with it I told my wife I had to run somewhere quick and that I would be back. I didn’t tell anyone what I was going to do. SO I left the church and hit the streets I went up to a group of kids and none of them wanted to hear about Jesus and asked me to quit bothering them. I tried to go up to people walking the streets but people saw me coming and walked on the oposite side of the street. I even went to the gas station and knocked on car windows and they would roll down their window and I would preach to them and they would laugh at me and drive off. It didn’t go so well so I thought I knew for sure I had heard from the devil. I walked back to the church with my head down thinking I had just heard from the devil and that the man preaching who I didn’t know is going to hear from God and point me out and tell everyone I had heard from the devil. So I made it back to the church and sat down next to my wife with a downcast heart and five minutes later the man preaching said you in the back and pointed at me, “come up hear.” I thought this is it he is hearing from God and is going to rebuke me in front of everyone. But I was going to take it like a man and I went up there with my head held high. I got up there and he put his arm around me and said this guy gets it. He is walking with the Lord and you should watch his life and a whole bunch of other things about me. He then prayed over me and told the deacons to pass the offering plate around and take up an offering for me. I couldn’t believe it not only did I not get rebuked but this guy was taking up an offering for my needs. We didn’t know this man and we never told anyone in the church we had a need or was praying and I never told anyone where I was going it was totally God. They took up the offering plate and there was over a thousand dollars in there. It was enough to meet our needs and then some I ended up giving a lot of it away and taking what we needed. But the Bible says seek first the kingdom of heaven and all these things will be added onto you. That’s what I did by being obedient and listening to the Lord by preaching on the streets and the Lord met our needs and then some. I have all kinds of testimonies like this of the Lord doing amazing things,
God is good




God Speaking Through a Sermon Directly to Me
By Adam Becker


Years back I still was doing some things the world did and I remember going to a revival service at our church and I sat in one of the front rows. The sermon was about walking the walk and cleaning up your life. Well he started preaching and every point he would make he would walk right over to me, point at me and say “Adam I am talking to you.” He did that maybe 20 times or more and I didn’t know what his problem was. He didn’t know me personally and I couldn’t figure out wh…at his beef with me was so after the service I asked him why he did that and he said he didn’t even do it once. So I asked my friends if they saw him or heard him do that and they said they didn’t. At that point I knew it was God trying to get my attention and speaking to me. That night I quit doing a lot of stuff I was doing including smoking cigarettes. I threw them away and never touched them again. It was a night that I will always remember as a turning point for me. I knew that God was real and he wanted me to get serious about Him so I did and it was the best thing I ever chose to do. I am not perfect and still mess up but there is a change in me and that’s important.







Spiritual Health, Call the Doctor!

 by Adam Becker


I believe that there is more to having a relationship with God and being born again than just going to church and reading your Bible.  I believe that worship and relationship are vital keys to being born of the spirit of God and the whole Christian life that keeps you alive in Christ and close to him. Once we are saved and become a believer we become Christ's bride and just like an earthly marriage our heavenly marriage requires intimacy in order to stay healthy. We are also called sons and daughters of God and again we know from earthly families that a son or daughter needs to maintain a close relationship with their father in order to keep the family healthy.  Part of that relationship and the Christian life is fellowship with other believers as the scriptures say:
 
Ephesians 2:19-21 NIV Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.
 
Paul in his letter to the Ephesians above said that the "whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple of the Lord." Paul was not saying that one person becomes the holy temple but was speaking about many people coming together through Christ to become the temple.
 
The Bible also says about fellowship:
 
Hebrews 10:25 NIV Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the day approaching.
 
1 Corinthians 12:12-13 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body - whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free - and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
 
It is clear through scripture that we are not to stop coming together and we are all to work together as one unit for we are one body.  We need to fellowship with other believers in order to live a healthy Christian life. We also need to read the word of God on a daily basis to renew our minds for scripture says or the word:
 
2 Tim 3:16-17 NKJV All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
 
Worship and Intimacy with God
 
There are many other things as well that we need to do in order to stay healthy and grow in our walk with the Lord such as prayer and other essentials.  Most people work hard at making those things a priority in their Christian walk but many still lack the worship and intimacy with God that is vital to their spiritual health.  I have personally gone through times in which I stopped getting into the corporate anointing or deep worship with God and I tell you I started to die inside. I looked ok, I talked ok, I even read my Bible, prayed and went to church but I was so dry inside. In the past I used to have very powerful times with God, He would even send me an angel once in a while to speak to me and other times He would speak but when I stopped going in to the Holy of Holies of worship all that stopped and there were no more angels and I barley ever heard from God or felt Him. My spiritual health was not what it should be or used to be. So many people are walking around this very day and believing that they are alive in Christ and alive in spirit but many are instead sick in spirit and their spiritual health is lacking.
 
Listen it says in John 3:5-8 NIV; Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
 
I tell you the truth when Christ said in the verse above that spirit gives birth to spirit, Christ was not talking about the spirit being found in a 12-step romans road process that meets all the modern theologians approval and He was not talking about saying a prayer or just accepting what He did on the cross and reading your Bible once a day as the way to be born of His spirit.  Christ had more in mind or He would have laid it all out for us then and there in that verse for if it could be confined to mans reason and a 12 step-process than He surely would have laid it all out then and there knowing that for all time people would be reading that verse not to mention the man Christ was speaking with named Nicodemus would have liked a process and for an answer with reason and for it to all to line up with the Old Testament scriptures. Instead Christ said of the spirit; "The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." This cannot fit into mans understanding, even the understanding that we have from the epistles and the rest of the New Testament, it can never fit into anyone's theology or 12 step-process. Listen, there is more to having a relationship with Jesus Christ than just accepting Him as your Lord and Savior, more than just reading your daily devotionals, there is more than just going to church and loving people and living a changed life, there is more than just praying to Him five hours a day. 
 
Worshipping in Spirit and Truth
 
Christ said in John 4:23-24 NIV:  "Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."
 
God is spirit and we are to worship Him in spirit and in truth. The truth part speaks of a heart issue and a true heart but the spirit part is what many don't understand.  In order to be alive in Christ and born of spirit you must spend time with God in spirit.  Listen, I will say it again, in order to be fully alive in Christ and have and maintain a healthy relationship you must worship the Lord in spirit with the right heart and if you don't do that almost as much as you read your Bible then you may be spiritually sick. You must submit your spirit to almighty God and touch his spirit.  I am not talking about singing songs or praying prayers from your flesh, I am talking about letting the power and presence of almighty God totally saturate you and you totally yielding to it on a regular basis and it
communing with your spirit.
 
Now a person could be saved and make it to Heaven by just accepting Christ as Lord and living a changed life but I tell you that unless they truly worship God in spirit and spend time in His tangible presence then there spirit and walk with God will not be as healthy as it should be.  Their relationship with God will be lacking. God wants to spend quality time with you, not just time where you read His Word, or where you pray or listen for His voice, God wants more than that, God wants all of you and He wants to be extremely intimate with you. What would one say or even the Bible say about a marriage between a man and a woman in which the woman doesn't draw near to her husband and have physical intimacy with him? One would say that they have a bad relationship and an unhealthy unbalanced marriage. In the same way God wants to touch you with His presence in a very tangible way. 
 
Many believers are just walking around thinking that they have it all together and some are doing wonderful things for Gods kingdom.  Just like on the movie "Facing the Giants" they are bringing glory to God in everything they do even recreation, but they lack the spirit, and many don't even believe in the spirit and they have made their Bible their God.  But God is not dead and Christ didn't turn into the pages of a book.  God is still alive and well and as real as He was in days of old and He has not changed. I am not against the Bible as I believe the scriptures to be divine, inerrant, authoritive and a part of the Christian life, but there is more to God than reading your Bible. You must have relationship and intimacy with Him. I am by no means saying that scripture is not God breathed; I am just saying that God is still alive and well and can be found other places than just the
Bible.



Could You Be Pursing Ministry as a Vocation or In It Without God?

  By Adam Becker


I had a dream not too long ago that I was transported to a church and up in front of the church and a prophetess said to me that a pastor that I knew of is going to die soon and I am supposed to take over as pastor of his church. I then woke up in the natural and prayed to God and said God, "Is this true am I supposed to do that?"
 
Then I went back to sleep and I dreamed that I was at a church and I was sitting at a table with a prophet and he said the dream wasn't true and you are called to pastor but it's not time yet. I said wait a minute I have been the pastor of several churches yet you say it's not time yet. He said you were pastor of those churches by your own doing and man's doing, you went to Bible college and took on pastor jobs you did it through man not God. But you are to pastor by Gods doing in the future. He also affirmed that I am called as a prophet and that has been established. Then I woke up.
 
In the natural I have started a few churches and also got hired at a few churches as a pastor even a denominational church. But this dream affirmed that I wasn't called yet and I missed it. But as I look back God was with me when I pastored and used me. I helped people, discipled people, preached anointed sermons and was a witness to those who knew me before I yielded my life to Christ. God used me yet He didn't necessarily want me in those pastoral positions at that time. There were what I thought were signs and confirmation from man. I did get hired and people did come to those churches. In the churches that I started God sent people to help me and pastors to mentor me in church planting but still it wasn't God and I did feel called to be a pastor and had some dreams and visions about it.
 
Is it God Calling You?
 
But again, it wasn't God and there are so many people that think they are called to ministry or are already in ministry and they weren't called. So, they had dreams and visions and prophetic words of their callings, and they had man's confirmation and people behind them. So what of it, that doesn't always mean you're called? I went through man's channels to become a pastor, went to Bible College, did pastoral internships, got hired, had helped church planting and a church behind me. I even had dreams and visions. But you can get false dreams and visions on things and sure can get false prophetic words from people as well as feelings. So be careful you may very well be in ministry or pursuing ministry when you're not called. It took years for me to find out I wasn't called. At that time maybe I wasn't listening enough to the signs and cues from the Lord because there was some along the way but I was set and determined that I would be a pastor and I thought well I was called and nothing was going to stop me. I did not see the writing on the wall. Take time today if you are pursuing ministry or in ministry to make sure God had or is calling you. Dreams, visions and man's confirmation is not enough, feelings are not enough. You could be walking down the wrong path and not even know it. Not everyone should be in full time ministry or a fivefold office. I see people who are not called all the time and sure God still uses them but don't you want to be in Gods perfect plan for you and in his timing. Things go so much better when you are. Pursue God instead of ministry and you will be in Gods perfect plan and wont stray
off path or his timing.


 


Is Mental Illness Demons?

   By Adam Becker

 

  Mental illness has been around a long time, in the Bible God made a king go crazy and we know from history there have been people who weren’t in their right mind for centuries.  In my experience with the church and Christians many treat mental illness primarily as demonic possession or oppression. Statistics show that a large percentage of people will suffer from mental illness in their lifetime.
There is a debate if a Christian can be possessed by a demon or not in many Christian circles, I am not going to get into that but will touch on mental illness a little.  Many think its demons just like for many years people thought epilepsy was demons as you have the stories in the Bible of people having seizures and Christ casting a demon out of them.  While some epilepsy could be demons as in the Bible today we know that other things cause epilepsy like brain tumors and its not demons at all.  Many people have come to this ministry and asked to be delivered from a demon that controls them, speaks to them and tells them to do things.  Even makes them bark like a dog.  I usually ask them if they have ever been to a psychiatrist or tried taking medication and if so has it helped?  While mental illness could be demons the mind is a complex thing.  We have technology today to see different parts of the brain firing up or functioning with images and we can see when other parts aren’t functioning well.  We also know that chemical imbalances and mental diseases like Bipolar and Schizophrenia do exist and can be treated. Mental illness can come from a variety of things from stress, diet, DNA, lack of vitamins, heavy metals, bad water and so much more. There Is even a mental disorder called Harm OCD, it actually is a disorder where people will have tormenting thoughts and urges to hurt others or themselves in very malicious ways.  These thoughts and urges are not their own but come from deep down in the mind where the mind tries to hurt itself and do bad things.  Studies have shown that the people who get harm ocd are usually least likely to think such things or act on them.  They are some of the best people you will ever meet but something goes wrong with their mind usually from stress and a family history of mental illness. With medication and the right therapy Harm OCD can be managed or cured.  It sure seems like demons but just like with schizophrenia where you see and hear things that aren’t there it can be fixed medically without a demon being cast out.  It would be nice if all you had to do was cast a demon out of everyone but that just isn’t reality.  We know that mental illness also runs in dna and is not just the result of a demon possessing you but passed down through genetics from your parents.  It’s all pretty scary but as a rule of them before you try getting a demon cast out of you see a doctor and try some meds.  I know of cases where some mentally ill people tried the deliverance thing and people screamed at them and commanded demons to come out and the mentally ill person actually believed that they were possessed so they acted out a demon manifesting when in fact it was just their mental illness and not a demon at all.  I know a woman who had mental illness and she didn’t even know who she was anymore and told people she had demons and barked like a dog and growled at people but then went on meds and she is now the most sane and nicest caring woman you will ever meet.  She wasn’t possessed at all, mental illness ran in her family but meds fixed it.  So again, first try meds and therapy before going down the demon trail.  Your mind can do some tricky and scary stuff.  And people who are mentally ill can still be Christians as they can still accept Christ as their Lord and savior and live a changed life devoted to Christ.  Mentally Ill people can be big assets to the Body of Christ and God loves them. As a matter of fact the mentally ill are in many churches even pastoring some.  If you or someone you know is suffering from what seems like demons get medical attention and see a pastor.  Faith and Jesus can help a mentally ill person live a very normal life but if its not demons you need meds or a healing.  God can heal people of this but its just that it’s a healing not a deliverance much of the time.  People don’t have to suffer or be accused of having demons when they may not.  It actually can hurt someone very bad to accuse them of having demons because to many people that means they cant be a real Christian.  Tread lightly with mental illness and get educated on it.  It could effect you or a loved one. I do want to point out also that the king I mentioned that God made crazy was made sane again and it wasn't from having demons cast out of him.  In the story the king sinned so God made him crazy till he repented.  This is a Biblical example of mental illness where no demons possessed someone.  Note that God doesn't go around making people insane, mental illness is a result of the fall and if someone is mentally ill it does not mean that God made them so or that it was a result of some terrible sin they are in.  I know many mentally ill who sin no more than you or me and still have mental illness.  I also want to say that Christ is the most important cure for anything.  When seeking out medical help be sure to find a Christian doctor and a licensed Christian counselor.  Christ needs to be part of the healing treatment for mental illness.  Sometimes a secular doctor who is a non Christian can actually do more harm than good as faith plays a key role to recovery.