I had a dream……..

I actually had a couple dreams over the last 2 nights. I can’t remember everything and have been chewing on it for the last 24 hours….I am going to share what I do remember and what I think.

In this dream the Lord took me into the Spiritual world…. I was able to see situations from the eyes of the Lord and or angels. I remember one scene when I was looking at man who was hurting, angry, bitter and I’m not sure what was going on in his life. Looked like a normal man, someone I might see any day or any time and not give a second thought about. From the outside he looked like he had a good life, dressed well, smiles and looked at peace. But when I looked again he was very angry and crying off and on again between out breaks of spewing out anger. HE WAS SURROUNDED by angels trying to bring comfort and change to his life, his heart and his mind. Jesus would speak to the angels and they would bring the message to him….I sat and watched it all as it was taking place…. then I would see the human side of the situation…. his outburst of anger and pain….crying …..in the flesh I had no idea what was going on… why he was like this….I would find myself judging this man, then my eyes would open to the Spirit world and would see what was taking place. An angel or Jesus spoke to me and said something about how this man prays for help, help to loose the anger, the depression, the bitterness that he held onto and really didn’t know why…. He hated his life, wanted to end it, people in his life was all about to write him off and his last effort was JESUS…..he said he fights every inch of the way….  he won’t allow Jesus / Angels to minister to him, help him, free him of these things. Bottom line he is angry with God and blames God!

This is the core and the heart of ministry!! Preaching is good and needed, worship is good and needed, a thriving body  of Christ is good and needed, teaching is good and needed, it’s nice to have nice buildings, best sound equipment,…. all the things churches strive for. Pastors and leaders who spend countless hours, time and energy, not to mention millions of dollars trying to build “successful” churches, creating all these groups to have all these ministries that keeps a church going….. you know we have bigger and better!! It all is good and has it’s place…. BUT THE CORE of ministry is touching the hearts and spirits of men, women and children with the LOVE of JESUS!!!

Transformation – New Hearts – Freedom – Renewed minds – CHRIST-LIKE people, this is the goal.

Is this dream of any importance to me? I believe it does have importance to me and my life, but not only my life but to the life of EVERY believer on this earth. We have NO idea what people think, feel, need, want…. we have not idea what most people have gone through and where their pain is… we have no idea of the depth of hurt and how it affects their daily living!! And we have NO IDEA of how badly some people want out of this life or pain or hurt. In the church we kind of take the stand of getting them in the doors, teaching them how to “be a Christian” and never go any deeper.

A my stage of life and all that I’ve been through I think I would rather make the difference in one person at a time, a REAL difference helping them find Jesus and the reality of a renewed mind, heart and spirit, then have a successful church that is always on the edge of collapse trying to keep “everyone” happy…. if you have ever been in leadership, church board or a pastor you know exactly what I mean.

I love the Lord and I love people…… I KNOW WHAT the LORD can do in the lives of PEOPLE!!! To me this is a winning combination.

…………or it was just a stupid dream. 🙂

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Why I beleive it’s dangerous to abandon the church: Part 2

Here is where I left off last week, this is the Scripture I challenged people on and no response. I posted it on FB and Twitter and only one person gave an answer.

Mathew 7:22-23 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

This is a very important scripture as it shows that there will be people that “think” they are saved, in fact they believe it so strongly that they are blown away when Jesus says “I never knew you….” They can claim that they cast out demons, healed the sick, etc etc….and yet they are ask to depart from His presence. I don’t know about you but for me that is a SCARY scripture…..lol and I know as I write these words many would say “it’s not scary…I’m secure…I love JESUS” In the last days deception will run so deep even the one who thinks they will never deny Jesus …. will never turn away….will.

We know the church now as an organization that has flaws. We have seen corruption, we have seen lies, we have seen theft, we have seen abuse, we have seen deception and much more than we like to even think about. When God shakes the very foundations of the church and things that are NOT of Him fall what will be left will be the “true church” that will supernaturally rise up in power, truth and love. I personally believe it will look NOTHING like it is today. I also personally believe that the day is approaching quickly.

Even with all it’s flaws, all it’s divisions and all the flesh involved, this is the BODY OF CHIST and the body that Jesus died for and is coming back to marry!! We are the bride and the bride is in the process of preparing herself for the wedding…. how does that look? (a very good question….and could be a book lol) As God raises up men and women with a heart for “Christ-Likeness” believers, ones who lead the body into a new place of intimacy with the Father the light will become brighter.

We (the church) has focused on the “legal” side of salvation for years – we have seen it all and mostly it’s man’s attempt to put God’s laws into practice and it usually becomes legalism. The younger generations are searching for a “better way” of church and many are leaving with the thought “I love Jesus, but I don’t need church” – in reality I can’t blame them there are time I feel this way too!

All I believe about this comes from my stance and belief in the role of the church during the tribulation and the return of Jesus! I believe the church is GOING THROUGH the tribulation and will be a POWERFUL force in this world. ONE BODY UNITED in power and LOVE that will and can withstand anything and everything even if it cost our human lives.

When a bride and groom are betrothed they do NOT separate… it is a legal contract that is bound by LOVE…. you spend your days preparing for the wedding — this is exactly what Jesus is doing and this is exactly what the church is to be doing? One of the problems we have in the “church” world is all the different denominations, churches, types of churches etc etc….as long as they are “CHRIST-CENTERED” they are brothers and sisters in the Lord. What we disagree on is man-made not God-made. There will be a day when all these walls will fall down and we will be united together. In the meantime use your gifts in a local body where your gifts can be used to touch your city, state, nation and world. Do not give up on the church (body of Christ) be part of the bride that is preparing for the Groom. OUR SALVATION IS NOT ABOUT US AT ALL!!!

I hope and pray this little blog makes sense…. to do it justice it would need to be laid out piece by piece, page by page to build a foundation and a conclusion. I am not a writer of books. So I tried to do the best I could in a couple pages.

I am VERY PASSIONATE about this issue.

Why I beleive it is dangerous to abandon the Church: Part 1

As I mentioned in a past FB post I think it is a very dangerous place for a Christian to be….outside the church! Most would think it’s because of so many reasons, like isolation, not using gifts, bad theology, and well the list could go on and on. But the truth is even in the church all of these things can be happening.

So let’s get right to it. My thoughts are based on what I have read and learned from the Scriptures. I have taken many classes, read many books, and listened to many sermons on the book of Revelation. I have come to the conclusion on a few things….

1. It is important what we believe when it comes to the return of Jesus. For years I thought, I taught, I believed it didn’t matter, you know how ever it pans out… I am SAVED. But today I believe that how you believe things will take place is how you will live out your Christianity. The book of Revelation its self tells us that we will be blessed if you READ and UNDERSTAND this book. It’s in the Bible to KNOW, to PREPARE, to have VISION for your life as a Christian and as a CHURCH!!!

I ask people all the time what their stance is and most say they have no stance. I have come to believe this is because most do not know the book….the truth is most have no knowledge. I was a person like this for 20 years of my Christian life.

2. I believe that the Church, Christians will go through the tribulation. That the church is a major player, has a major role in the end times. NOW, many  Christians have end time theology from the movies and books “Left Behind” series and what most do not realize is that they are FICTON books…..not theology!! NOT all hold to this but for the most part many do. They have not read or studied Revelation, they watched and read books about it….(not saying this to offend anyone)

Our job as the body of Christ is to become the “Bride of Christ” – to usher in the return of the Bridegroom JESUS. The church will be a church of HOLINESS, UNITY and incredible POWER during this time leading up to the rapture.

So what does all of this have to do with the danger of forsaking the body of Christ? EVERYTHING!!! The Word tells us that in the end times there will be a great falling away and a great revival. The church will not look as it does now, there is NO doubt about that. The supernatural will become the natural!

I believe we can see this starting to take shape in our world today. The church is being divided right down the middle into two different mind-sets, two different camps and attitudes. It is taking place in social and moral issues in our world. It is taking place in  abortion and in same-sex marriage issues, along with many other things. The body of Christ is being split right down the middle and the fall out looks kind of like this….

Those who go with the tide, the world, the “politically correctness” are viewed as a church that is relevant with the times, up to date and progressive and very LOVING. I mean who doesn’t want to be known as all of these things? And the other side that is viewed as old fashioned, haters, holding back progress, and narrow minded. Who wants to be known as any of these things? Just take a look around and you will see it. Pick up the news, turn on the news and see how the “Christians” are portrayed. And many leaders, denominations are falling into this trap trying to stay relevant and not loose any of their flocks over such things. And then there is the opposite like the people from Westboro church!! These people are doing more damage for the cause of Jesus than anyone!!

The world is changing very rapidly and we need to keep a watch on the events taking place and line them up with the Scriptures. In my opinion the division is really not even about “gay marriage” or “abortion” the actions that are taking place and have taken place over the years have been very well calculated  and planned out and put into action to ANGER people. The war is not over these things…..even though it is made out to be. That is NOT the point.

Back to my main point 🙂  There is a Scripture that is very important and one I think we need to take a very close look at, we need to understand it, and be able to reconcile it in our sprits, minds and hearts. It is a Scripture that most look at and say “that’s not me” But the question that has always burned in my heart is “who are these people?”

Mathew 7:22-23 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

Chew on this for a few days…..do you know? do you have an answer?

Part 2 on the way …. SOON!!!!