Are You Ready?

The following is from a CharismaNews Opinion page post, August 3, 2014, by Tim Sheets. I have a sense that the Spirit of God is speaking here of things to come. The question is: will we be ready to move with God when He moves? That’s a question each of us needs to ask our self.

“The Spirit of the Lord declares to His Church: Doors to new history are now opening. A new movement will now move forth. A new stream from My Throne is flowing, and it will be a pure stream of My Gospel. For the stream of My Gospel has been diverted and dammed up by those who wanted the benefits of reservoired blessings; but I will now blow up the religious dams. I will now discipline the spiritual hoarders, and I will have a Gospel that flows freely with My Spirit.

“My movement will move. It is built to move, and it will move empowered by the fresh winds of My Spirit and soaked with fresh oil. It shall be a pure Gospel stream that is lit with the fire of My cause, one that I can confirm with signs, with wonders and with miracles, one that is not diluted with flesh or pride or immorality or greed, one that I can back with awesome Kingdom assets, one that I can marshal My angel armies behind; a Gospel of awesome power that will now surge forward, and the generations will synergize their efforts together for the revival of in-gathering such has not been seen before.

“And I am calling to My Gideons–come Gideons! Come from your hiding places and stop the raiding of harvests. I have seen you behind the winepress. I have seen your secret toil. I have heard your cries for relief. Now hear My cry. Now hear My voice rise and see the strong arm of the Lord your God. I have seen your heart, and I will now empower you. I will defeat the enemy, and you will enjoy the spoils of victory. You will say, ‘Our enemy has resourced us. Our enemy has stored abundance for us. We have more because of war.’

“A shift in leadership will now occur,” says the Lord. “A new breed of leaders will be revealed in My Kingdom. The obscure ones who have served faithfully will now receive promotion. Though man has not seen, I have seen. It will be said, ‘Where did they come from? Who are they?’

“And I will advocate saying, ‘These are they who have come from My presence. These are they who would not compromise. These are they who would not be muzzled. These are they who would not bow to darkness. These are they who would not appease humanity with enticing words but have stood strong with My words.’

“They did not flinch. They did not bow their knee to blended religion and doctrines of men. They did not tolerate the diluting of My message and the mocking of My ways. They have stood unashamed for Me. Now I will stand unashamed for them. I have proclaimed their victory, and I will oversee it.

“Multiplied grace is now flowing. Bound souls shall be set free. Captive hearts shall be delivered. Those blinded by sin and iniquity shall be liberated from hell’s bondage, as the revival of in-gathering now springs forward.

“The synergized generation in sync with My angel armies and soaked in the presence of My Spirit will now leap forward into great revival. It will be a movement that moves–moves in power, moves with passion, moves in purity. Notable miracles will spring forth. They are leaping in your midst.

“The revival in the womb of My intercessors is now leaping. It is leaping from the womb of their travail. It is now time for the birthing of forerunners who will run. Leap into your destiny. Leap through the open door. Leap into your future.” –spoken by Apostle Tim Sheets

Tim Sheets is an apostle, pastor and author based in southwestern Ohio. A graduate of Christ For the Nations Institute in Dallas, he returned to Ohio in 1979 to pastor The Oasis, a CityGate Church, in Middletown, Ohio. The site is one of the largest in the Cincinnati-Dayton area and is host to many ministries and conferences. His vision is to raise up people who will authentically demonstrate the church on the Earth and passionately evangelize the world. His heart is for awakening and reformation in America. He has written three books, Armed and Battle Ready, Being Led by the Spirit, and Heaven Made Real. Sheets resides with his wife, Carol, in Lebanon, Ohio. They have two children and five grandchildren.

Create Your Future

“The future never just happened. It was created.” ~Will and Ariel Durant

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“Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between prosperity and disaster, between life and death. I have commanded you today to love the LORD your God and to keep his commands, laws, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live…and the LORD your God will bless you…. But if your heart turns away and you refuse to listen, and if you are drawn away to serve and worship other gods, then I warn you now that you will certainly be destroyed.” ~Deuteronomy 30:15-18 (NLT)

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. ~Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV)

Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace. ~Romans 8:5,6 (NLT)


What Are We Becoming?

I read a very good article this morning that was written by R. Loren Sandford in September, 2013. He wrote about a “shift” that he observed in the Church–a change that I, too, have witnessed taking place in the Body of Christ.

Here is an excerpt from his article, titled, “A New Move of God is Occurring.”

Both in and out of the church, we created and catered to a culture focused on self-fulfillment, getting a blessing, having an experience and being fed and touched personally and individually. We became a “me” generation, in contradistinction to a culture of the selflessness of the cross, and then passed that sick cultural orientation to our children, who now suffer for it.

Conditioned by the culture we created, we gravitated toward teachings that told us how to personally prosper, receive a blessing, experience the supernatural and heal the pain that our self-orientation inevitably produced. We ended up with a faith focused in the wrong place, sometimes subtly and in some cases rather blatantly.

Worship became an individual experience to receive and enjoy rather than an offering rising as a pleasing aroma to God for His sake. Inner healing became not a tool to make us more whole for the sake of lives given away in the service of others but more of a means of relieving our pain so we could be “happy.”

Prophetic ministry too often gravitated toward flattering words of great destinies reflective of the content of the hearts of the people rather than life-changing truth. We began to attend conferences for the big names on the roster of speakers, hoping the anointed ones would spark life and impart something into us that would give meaning to our lives or catalyze a supernatural experience.

Jesus, however, came to reveal the nature and character of His Father: ‘He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

I believe anyone who is serious about serving God has been experiencing a holy dissatisfaction with merely “receiving blessings” and having one more “spiritual experience.” The ultimate plan and purpose of God is, that, as His children, we would be “conformed into His image.” To this end, God is working to finish what He has started in us.

You can read the entire article here.

The Coming Revival

“The United States will be saved only through a massive outpouring of the Holy Spirit. I see the seeds of a movement of evangelism and the Holy Spirit that will sweep across the nation from sea to shining sea. Our nation is in desperate need of revival. The solution won’t come from the White House, and it won’t be fixed through the polls. It will only come from Jesus.” ~Reinhard Bonnke

Where is the Love?

“Unselfish love, generosity, brotherly affection and sincere kindness is just as much a manifestation of the Spirit as healing or miracles. In fact, powerful signs and wonders are more likely to happen in an atmosphere that is bathed in Holy Ghost love.

“Could this be the reason we don’t see as many supernatural manifestations today? When we are smug, hypocritical, bitter, harsh, judgmental and hateful, we totally short-circuit God’s power.” ~J. Lee Grady

Reaching a Post-Christian Culture

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“…we must shift our strategy from trying to call a once-Christian nation back to God and refocus our efforts to thinking of ourselves and our ministries as the early Christians did under Roman domination. The former leads to shrill cries of prophetic judgment against a people who once knew God and should still. The latter acknowledges that the culture has long since ceased to be Christian and determines to win the hearts of those under its influence through love, grace, demonstrations of miracle power and service. Fail to make this shift and we will find ourselves ever more marginalized and ineffective in the days to come.

“The promise: For those who will receive it, a determined remnant is about to experience an unprecedented outpouring of the Holy Spirit that will prepare and propel us into these coming days as a people ready to shine as lighthouses of hope, healing and salvation in the midst of growing darkness. It is a season of equipping for signs and wonders, of character change in the deepest reaches of our hearts and lives, of learning the ways of God and of refusing compromise at any level. It is a time for awakening.” ~ R. Loren Sandford

“Reaching a Post-Christian Culture” (13:50)

God’s View of You

“…a Christian’s standing before God does not depend upon his standing before men. A high reputation does not make a man dearer to God, nor does the tongue of the slanderer influence God’s attitude toward His people in any way. He knows us each one, and we stand or fall in the light of His perfect knowledge.” ~ A.W. Tozer


Keeping Our Focus

“But the most important issue we face today is the same the church has
faced in every century: Will we reach our world for Christ? In other
words, will we give priority to Christ’s command to go into all the
world and preach the gospel? Or will we turn increasingly inward, caught
up in our own internal affairs or controversies, or simply becoming
more and more comfortable with the status quo? Will we become
inner-directed or outer-directed? The central issues of our time aren’t
economic or political or social, important as these are. The central
issues of our time are moral and spiritual in nature, and our calling is
to declare Christ’s forgiveness and hope and transforming power to a
world that does not know him or follow him. May we never forget this.”
~Billy Graham


Some Assembly Required

I receive an email devotional from Rusty Howser. Rusty pastors a church in Vidalia, Georgia, where they grow those deliciously sweet Vidalia onions. But, I digress…

Rusty always has an encouraging word to share, but, his thought for today is especially timely, as many believers have decided that they can pretty much “go it alone,” when it comes to living the Christian life. I encourage you to take a moment and think on these things. The fact is, we need one another to fulfill our purpose and destiny as God’s people. There are many more things that I could say about this, but, for now, I’ll just let Rusty take it from here…

“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” ~Hebrews 10:24,25

“A lot of people are in the habit today of not meeting with other Christians. What a mistake this is! Some say, ‘I don’t have to go to church to be saved,’and they’re absolutely correct. But that’s not the point of gathering together. We gather together to encourage one another for starters. If you were to read the two preceding verses you would find out that it’s to encourage one another,’ to hold fast to our confession of hope,’ and, ‘to stimulate one another to love and good deeds.’ Wow! Those things are vitally important to our growth as Christians.

“We need people around us that  are going to encourage and lift us up all the time. We need to have people that we encourage and lift up. It’s a body that’s stimulating each other to do the best it can so that the whole body works efficiently. That’s what it’s all about. Ezekiel called it, ‘an exceedingly great army!’

“Some people sit home and are members of the bless me club. You know, ‘I want to receive a blessing,’ but you’re not worried about anyone else. You turn on your favorite TV Evangelist and you get your socks blessed off. That’s wonderful! But if the foot is blessed but the big toe is broke, the foot’s function is going to be limited. It won’t function properly.

“So, assembling together is not about us, it’s about family. God needs a strong healthy family more then ever, so what are you waiting for? Getup off your posterior and go find a bunch of believers that you fit into and become the vital part that you were called to be! You’ll be blessed, but, better yet, others will be blessed because of you!” ~Rusty Howser


You Can Quote Me

A few years ago, I was awakened early on a Sunday morning, picked up a notebook and pen, and began writing. Maybe something here will speak to your heart.

It’s true that the mind is a spiritual battleground. But it could be thought of as a playground, too–and the devil has his favorite rides.

Be aware of the times in which God speaks to you. For me, it is often in the waking moments.

God loves you, not for what you do, but for who you are.

The devil is not a creator–he is a perverter of the good things God has made.

It took the Apostle Paul a while to figure this out, too–it’s all about trusting in the grace of God.

Just about the time you think you’ve arrived…

Without God, you can do nothing of eternal consequence.

Find one person consumed with a vision for God and I’ll show you a thousand who couldn’t care less.

Seek not sympathy from the crowd. The suffering of others is great sport for the masses.

There’s always at least one Judas in the crowd–that’s true of Jezebels, too.

You’ll not know if your life has been successful until you hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

True faith is not a leap in the dark, or a step out onto thin ice. True faith rests firmly on the unchanging, eternal Word of God.

Make sure your dreams are God’s dreams for you–your thoughts, God’s thoughts about you.

It’s not only what you do for God that’s important–but why you do it.

If you are led by the Spirit of God many will not understand you, some will applaud you, a handful will admire you, and a few may want to kill you.

There are some things that God will speak to you or show you that are for you alone. Treasure them in your heart.

If God has spoken it, He will bring it to pass–but most likely not when or how you think He should.

As you grow with God, you will be amazed that the more you come to know, the more you’ll realize how little you really do know.

The world buys opinions–the wise seek Truth.

Following Jesus is an adventure of faith.

It’s true…if you don’t use it, you will lose it.

To grow, eat. To grow strong, eat and exercise.

The most profound truths are really very simple.

“If” is the biggest word in the Bible.

There’s always a reason people act the way they do.

One of the scariest thoughts for the public speaker is, “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”

Give most of your time to the most important things.

Being led by the Spirit is the surest way to success and prosperity–and persecution, too.

There is one sure guarantee in this world–God’s love.

It’s one thing to believe in God–another to trust Him.

Many people find the way–only a few walk in it.

Criticism can hurt–but praise can prove deadly.

There’s always time to do the things God wants you to do.

The two most important things in life are knowing God’s will and doing it.

Never make lists of pros and cons. Instead, be led by the Spirit of God.

God is not influenced by opinion polls–and you shouldn’t be, either.

If you think God’s not watching or listening, well, you just don’t know God.

The gifts that God has given you are not for you–they are for you to give to someone else.

The highest calling in life is that of a servant.

It’s not how you learn, but what you learn that’s important.

There’s nobody else in the world exactly like you–and that’s probably a good thing!

Change is not always for the better.

Things that seem of little importance to you may be very important to someone else. Take time to listen.

I am convinced that nothing in life happens when you think it should or ever turns out the way you imagined it would.

© 2014 Randall Gearhart

Recapturing the Spirit of Worship

“The gospel as preached by good men in our times may save souls, but it does not create worshipers.

“Our meetings are characterized by cordiality, humor, affability, zeal and high animal spirits; but hardly anywhere do we find gatherings marked by the overshadowing presence of God. We manage to get along on correct doctrine, fast tunes, pleasing personalities and religious amusements. How few, how pitifully few are the enraptured souls who languish for love of Christ….

“If Bible Christianity is to survive the present world upheaval, we shall need to recapture the spirit of worship. We shall need to have a fresh revelation of the greatness of God and the beauty of Jesus. We shall need to put away our phobias and our prejudices against the deeper life and seek again to be filled with the Holy Spirit. He alone can raise our cold hearts to rapture and restore again the art of true worship.”  ~A.W. Tozer, “That Incredible Christian”

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The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” ~John 4:19-24 (NKJV)


The Bible Tells Me So


“The Bible is the locus of God’s self-revelation and self-disclosure. The Scripture is God’s self-expression, his authoritative speech, and describes how we can have a saving relationship with him through Jesus Christ.

“By Scripture we know who we are, who God is. We know how to think and act in the world.  We know where we are going, that we are free, and that God loves us.  We know that God desires all men to be saved, that we can do nothing to save ourselves.  We know that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, and that Christ paid the penalty for us, and that he is coming back.” ~Patrick Schreiner

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All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do. ~2 Timothy 3:16,17 (NLT)

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. ~Romans 15:4 (NKJV)


I’d Rather Have Jesus

“In our time we have all kinds of status symbols in the Christian church–membership, attendance, pastoral staff, missionary offerings. But there is only one status symbol that should make a Christian congregation genuinely glad. That is to know that our Lord is present, walking in our midst! No matter the size of the assembly or its other attributes, our Lord wants it to be known by His presence in the midst. I would rather have His presence in the church than anything else in all the wide world.”
~ A.W. Tozer, “Jesus is Victor”