Don’t Break the Seal

This morning while preparing to make our morning smoothies, my wife couldn’t get the bag of frozen fruit open.  I told her to use her thumb to break the seal and it would open.

Immediately my warped sense of humor inspired me to blurted out, “And, that is never a phrase to use around prophecy teachers.  It triggers them.”048

At first it was meant as a wise crack but the more I thought about it the more it became a serious thought.

In today’s digital society everyone who has an idea, thought, theory or simple mental short circuit can post it online, build a following and make money.

Everyone is either a “prophecy teacher” or a “watchman on the wall”.  Because of that we not only get a wide range of teachings but an equally wide range of overreaction to any world event.

1 Corinthians 13:11-12 (NLT) 11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

All that we know now is partial and incomplete.  He will fill in all the blanks in the twinkling of an eye.  At that moment we will realize how off we were in trying to discern His actions.

Isaiah 55:8-9  (NKJV)

8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,

Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.

9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

So are My ways higher than your ways,

And My thoughts than your thoughts.

Hold loosely to what you think you know as “revelation” and make it line up with The Word.  Don’t manipulate The Word to match your “revelation”.

It won’t work.

He made sure of that.

Be careful to preface any insight or revelation with the fact that it is a belief or a theory but may not be a fact.  Oh, and the “thus says the Lord” thing went out of style in the 1600’s.  In case no one told you, He doesn’t speak in King James english.

There is no doubt that the days ahead will be tumultuous but in the midst of it all we can live a life of the peace that surpasses understanding because we belong to Him.

Study, prepare and pray.  We are told to do that.

Then, trust Him and let God be God.  We are told to do that too.

Who knows, He may surprise you with a rainbow when you were expecting a storm.

And, He may shock you with lightning when you, or someone you follow, “prophesied” sunshine.

transformers3-shia-running-fullOh, and for the fun of it sometime, run into a conference room full of prophecy students listening with baited breath for the next recycled teaching or new revelation and shout…”the seal is broken”.

 

Just don’t stand in the door way.

Richard J Grund

 

Thought for the Day – Be Content & Endure

Thought for the Day – Be Content and Endure

January 12, 2010

Philippians 4:4-13 (NKJV) 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

What?  The Apostle Paul wants you to rejoice?  Doesn’t he know what you are going through?  Hasn’t he seen your bank account or heard your cries?  Doesn’t he watch the news?!

Well, no, he’s dead but if he weren’t he’d still say the same thing.  Later on he tells you that he is going through his own tough times as he writes these words.

How do you guard your mind & heart when anxiety and fear attack them?

8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

THINK about these things.  DWELL on them.  ESTEEM them and HOLD ON TO them.

The Apostle Paul says that if you do the God of peace will be with you.  Inverse logic says that if you do not do them there will be no peace because your mind will not be where God can influence it.

KNOW these kinds of thoughts (true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable & things that are excellent and worthy of praise) or NO PEACE!

And, the peace that you will be given SURPASSES human understanding.  I get so frustrated when I see that scripture misquoted as “the peace that passes understanding”.  It’s not a rational peace.  It’s an illogical peace that makes no sense because it comes from the Throne Room.

The Apostle Paul tells us why he knows this is true.
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

He was going through his own financial and physical troubles when he wrote this.

Let’s get this straight – Paul did not patch tents because he liked it or wanted to do it.  His heart’s desire was to preach the Gospel and build communities of Believers.  However, some local churches he worked with were better at taking then giving and he had to survive by fixing and making tents.  But, that did matter to him because his mind and heart were set on the things he knew from Above.  He took his thoughts captive and had a mind that would not fear, fret or worry.  He knew that the Lord was faithful and held on to the Promises of His Word.  He could do that because he spent time in the Word, reading it and understanding it.  He spent time in prayer WITH the Living Word, the Lord Jesus/Adonai Yeshua who gave the written word supernatural abilities.

The next group of scriptures always made me uncomfortable as a baby Christian.

11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

Two words there have always gotten my attention: content and abased.

Content means to be happy, satisfied, at ease.  Abased means to be brought low, humbled, humiliated.

I liked the content part but being humiliated wasn’t something that excited me.  I still feel the same way but understand why now!

In those two scriptures he gives us the synopsis of the Christian walk – to be happy, to be humbled, to have needs and to have more then we need.  He is telling us that his peace is not dependent upon outward circumstances of the world.  It’s based on the inward security and trust he has in the Living God.  He knew he was in the world but not of the world.

How do I know that?  He tells me in verse 13: 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

ALL THINGS!  Not some things but ALL THINGS.  In other words, he can do EVERYTHING and deal with EVERYTHING the world, the flesh and the devil can throw at him because he gets his strength from the Lord.  The Greek word used for strengthen is endunamoō en-doo-nam-o’-o to empower:—enable, (increase in) strength (-en), be (make) strong.

Why is this power to endure the things the Apostle Paul is talking about so important to our walk and our life in 2010?  I’ll let the One who will sustain you answer this question.

Mark 4:3-9 (NKJV) 3 “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air[a] came and devoured it. 5 Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. 7 And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. 8 But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
9 And He said to them,[
b] “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Can you hear what He is saying to you?

Mark 4:14-20 (NKJV) 14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. 18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, 19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”

There is a thief out there given the name Satan but its every member of his dark kingdom.  They exist to steal your peace, steal your joy, steal your blessings and steal the Word from your heart & mind if they can.  Get rooted and grounded in the written Word (Logos) and the Living Word (Rrhema).  Drive those roots deep with the Living Water of the Holy Spirit.  Cultivate it and protect it.  When the trials and tribulation we’ve been warned of come you will still be fruitful and won’t be washed away in the floods of despair that are coming.

Listen to what the Lord says to the church at Philadelphia:

Revelation 3:10-13 (NKJ V) 10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11 Behold,[a] I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.
13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

If you have no joy, have no peace, are filled with anxiety or fear over your circumstances or your life, you will not endure the days ahead.  Make a choice today to guard your heart & mind from anything that comes to do them harm.  Even the smallest thing can begin to destroy the peace and contentment you seek.  Even the slightest complaint or negative word from your lips will start the rot that will destroy the Vine of Life given to you by the Lord.

Let NOTHING – NO THING natural or supernatural – hinder you from enduring to the end.

If the Apostle Paul were here this is what he would say to you today:

“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—be JOYFUL BECAUSE OF HIM!  Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soonDon’t worry about ANYTHING; instead, pray about EVERYTHING. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has already done. When you do that, you will experience God’s peace, which EXCEEDS ANYTHING WE CAN UNDERSTAND. His peace WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS as you LIVE in Christ Jesus. Remember, YOU CAN DO EVERYTHING and DEAL WITH EVERYTHING because of the supernatural, spiritual strength GIVEN TO YOU BY THE LORD HIMSELF!

And to that I would say, “Amen!”

Shalom & Blessings,

Richard J Grund

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Dancing In The Dark – The Church in 2009

DANCING IN THE DARK

THE CHURCH IN 2009

With apologies to Bruce Springsteen and his 1984 hit, this teaching is entitled “Dancing in the Dark, the church in 2009”.

Luke 17:22-30 ( NKJV ) Then He said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. And they will say to you, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ Do not go after them or follow them. For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day.  But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.  And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:
They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.   Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed
them all.  Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”

Isaiah 40:3-5 ( NKJV ) The voice of one crying in the wilderness:     “Prepare the way of the Lord;     Make straight in the desert     A highway for our God.   Every valley shall be exalted     And every mountain and hill brought low;     The crooked places shall be made straight     And the rough places smooth;  The glory of the Lord shall be revealed,     And all flesh shall see it together;     For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Two phrases appear in those scriptures that should be road signs for the church but how many of you know about them.  One is “the Days of Noah”.  The second is “Son of Man”.  Let me deal with the last one first because that would be Biblical ;-).

The Lord called Himself the “Son of Man” 77 times in the NT.  77 times!  Must have been important and since 7 is the number of perfection, His number, that means it is 7 x important.

Where does this title, Son of Man, come from?  It comes from the Book of Enoch.  It was a title that the Jews of His day understood and had heard while being taught by their fathers.  The 1st Century church would have knowledge of this book as evidenced by it’s presence in the Dead Sea Scrolls.  This is not a teaching on The Book of Enoch.  There are other good teachings out there by Dr. Chuck Missler and others.  Do your own homework.  Know why you believe what you believe.  Don’t be baby birds seeking someone else to regurgitate the Word they’ve eaten into your bellies.  Chew your own food for a change.

So, if the Lord was using a title known from The Book of Enoch.  What as He implying to those listening to Him.  If we refer back to the text we see pretty clearly that He was telling them He was the One who sat next to the Ancient of Days, the One who rule over all spirits and who would judge the living and the dead.  He was telling them that He was the Righteous One who made all things righteous.  He was telling that all things, natural and supernatural, would bend their knee to the One who sat at the right hand of the Ancients of Days, known to the Jews of His day as El Elyon God Most High, the Great I Am.

In the next paragraph He refers to the Days of Noah.  Until a few years ago I had only known the Days of Noah to be taught as a time when sin and ungodliness covered the Earth and because of that a flood was sent to destroy everything that lived on the land (Genesis 6:7,13).

Genesis 6:1-8 ( NKJV ) Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them,  that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”  There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.  So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

Genesis 6:13 ( NKJV ) And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

Genesis 6:11-13 ( NLT )Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence.
God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt.
So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth!

His Divine creation had been “corrupted”.  The Hebrew word used means ruined, decayed, spoiled.  Descriptions when applied to living things means the life in them was not the life He designed them for.  They were rotten inside and out.  Until I understood that I could never understand so harsh a judgment to kill every living thing except for Noah and his family.  I now realize that He never intended for these people to exist.  In other words – HE DID NOT CREATE THEM.  THE FALLEN ANGELS DID.

So, getting back to the Lord’s use of the “Days of Noah”, if we measure His prophetic warning with the Biblical story what is He telling us?  He’s telling us that at the end of time the Earth and its inhabitants will be in for supernatural events most likely brought on by supernatural forces.  That’s the simplified answer.  If you hang in there with me over the coming weeks we will get into greater detail.

So, if we are headed toward a time of supernatural world shaking events why aren’t we taught more about the supernatural aspects of our walk?  Why has the majority of the Believing world ignored a third of the Lord’s earthly ministry and the work He mandated before He ascended into Heaven.

Reading from Peter’s eyewitness account written by Mark:
Mark 16:15-20 ( NKJV ) And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.  He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.  And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.  And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.

Mark 16:15-18 ( NLT ) And then He told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.
Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.  These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages.  They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”

Demons/devils – daimonion dahee-mon’-ee-on; genderless daemonic being; by extension a deity:—devil, god.

Snakes/serpents – a snake, figuratively (as a type of sly cunning) an artful malicious person, especially Satan:—serpent.

If that is what we are CALLED TO DO and we are headed toward a time when the Earth will be covered in this kind of supernatural/demonic activity wouldn’t it be helpful to fulfill the Great Commission and to stay alive to be able to be supernatural ourselves?!

Let’s get real here – the World is changing.  The news is filled with stories of bizarre, grotesque evil that makes no sense.  If you listen to the secular world or dead religion it’s all in their minds.  And yet, no one can explain the rise in this kind of crime.  Is there a connection to the Lord’s warning and the current explosion of babies and children being murdered?  Entertainment is filled with the supernatural or the “paranormal” which simply means outside the realm of normal.  And, even though we follow the most Supernatural Paranormal person to ever walk the Earth those of us who understand this or move in the gifts of the Spirit are mocked or ignored.

The Church is dancing in the dark in 2009.  It has no idea what is going on around them and prefers to stay in the dark rather than turn on the Light and see.  I have news for those who do – the other definition for the Greek word used for snakes/serpents has to do with the idea of sharpness of vision.  That means the things He asked us to deal with CAN SEE IN THE DARK.  But, do not fear, He gave us authority over them and through the in filling of the Ruach Hakodesh/Holy Spirit we have the power of the Creator over His fallen creation.  We were called to compliment the Signs of the Times with the Signs & Wonders He expected from us.

It’s your choice.  You can ask for eyes to see and ears to hear or you can keep dancing in the dark.  But, don’t be fooled by thinking if you can’t see it, that it can’t hurt you.  This is one time that what you can’t see can hurt you or those you love.

Shalom & Blessings,
Richard J Grund

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many signs and wonders were done among the people.
And they were all with one accord
in Solomon’s Porch.
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