God's Way or the Devil's Way
If you donít want and wonít receive Godís way, then the devil will make for you a counterfeit way that he will give you and you will walk in this counterfeit mold while going to church and living a fake counterfeit Christian life with a false peace and sense of security. You will go through religious motions and do some Christian things and look like a Christian but there will be no true spiritual life within. You will be that house without a foundation that sits upon sifting sand, the silly virgin without the oil of the Holy Spirit. The house represents your life. The life with a foundation of rock is founded on the Lord Jesus Christ, upon His ways, His will, His commands, His thoughts and the life. The life built upon sand is the one built upon the ways and thoughts of the natural mind.
Isaiah 55:8-9 ďFor my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.† For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.Ē The problem is that our opinions are our idols. But itís rebellion against the authority of Godís Word and that is witchcraft. It doesnít matter what wee think about a matter or an issue but what God says about it. We have to focus on God and His Word and not self and our own ideas for all thoughts, even those of Ďspirit-filledí Christians that are contrary to Godís Word are the thoughts of the wicked. Anything that raises itís head up above the knowledge of the Word of God is a lie and is to be cast down according to 2Corinthians 10:5 ďCasting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.Ē We have to come to the mind of Christ and have our minds renewed to His thoughts and ways if we will walk pleasing to Him. Philippians 2:5 ďLet this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.Ē Romans 12:1-2 ďI beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.Ē You have to choose to present your body as a living sacrifice as an act of your will. This doesnít mean you can be or you are to be alive in your flesh by any means. There are no shortcuts, it requires dying to the flesh. What do you think a sacrifice was and meant. The animal that was sacrificed lost its life. The fire of God fell on the dead sacrifice, after its blood was shed, not on a live sacrifice. And the power and spirit of God cannot fall on us as long as we are a live in our flesh. As a living sacrifice, we die to our ways and will and live for His. Proverbs 23:7a says, ďFor as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.Ē Thatís why your mind must be renewed so that as you think according to His will, His mind, His purposes you will act upon them and do them and not your own.
The problem is that we donít want Godís way because it is a long way and a narrow way and a righteous way and it makes us have to give up things that we donít want to let go of and it will cost us something Ė our fleshly life. Godís way is the way of the cross, the way of dying to the flesh and our own will, the way of self-sacrifice and giving and not of living for our own pleasures and to get the things our flesh craves in this life. Matthew 16:24-28 ďThen said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.Ē Yet you canít follow Christ your way and you donít get to decide what your cross is or will be, but must receive the one He chooses for you. 1Peter 4:1-2 ďForasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.Ē 1John 2:15-17 ďLove not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.Ē
They say you just love the lord and even if you keep smoking, drinking, have habits and addictions or whatever that the lord will still love you and work with you. They say just come as you are and they comfort the sinner and make them satisfied where they are and so the church is full of sanctified sinners who have not come to the cross and have not been born of the Spirit nor baptized into the body of Christ. They make you think that your okay but you have a devil and donít know it. The church doesnít talk about needing deliverance from devils much anymore, its all ease, comfort and patting on the back to make people comfortable and at ease in Zion being deceived into thinking all is okay and God is happy. But God said, ďWoe to them that are at ease in ZionĒ (Amos 6:1). This was spoken to a people who fancied themselves as the people of God while living in sin and conformity to the world. They were set upon their own pleasures and set their happiness in the pleasures of the senses while being unconcerned about the needs of others. There is danger in living in luxury with a false sense of security.
Jeremiah 23:17 ďThey say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.Ē When you despise Godís way, you despise Him, but they donít tell you that. To love God is to love His ways and to obey Him. John 14:23 ďIf a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.Ē Jeremiah 23:22 ďBut if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.Ē
You didnít get saved to get a big car or house, but that you can come into the kingdom of God and have fellowship with the Savior and prepare for eternity. You werenít saved so you could have wealth and things, drive a Mercedes or whatever. They donít and canít satisfy the soul and give you life and victory. They donít cause you to overcome the powers of hell and temptations of sin or wash away your sins or free you from demonic oppression or possession.
Itís only because of a hunger in the soul that we will seek God that we might have fellowship with Him and being full of the things of this life make us satisfied and keep us from being hungry for God and for his life, his presence, his Spirit and his deliverance from the things of this world that we might be holy and separated unto Him. If you want to be filled with the Spirit of God and touched by Him then you have to fulfill His requirements. First you must hunger and thirst for righteousness according to Matthew 5:6 ďBlessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.Ē Then you must get into His presence through praise. But you can fulfill both of those, you can be hungry and thirsty and enter into His presence with praise but if you donít yield yourself totally and fully to Him then you will not be filled with His Spirit nor can you experience the supernatural.
When was the last time you had a real experience with God and the power of God seized you and got your attention. When was the last time you were drunk under the power of God and when you got up you knew you had been with Jesus?
If the word of God doesnít stir you up and get your attention and draw you to God, then you better not lay down and die, because it is the same word that will call men from the grave. If the Word of God doesnít awaken you and get your attention and give you life from the dead now, and cause you to stand on your feet, then it wonít in that day either when the dead are raised from the graves unto eternal life. It is the same Word of God that will call His own out of the grave.
Daniel 10:1a ďIn the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel.Ē A thing was revealed to Daniel Ė Jesus is more than just a person - Jesus is a revelation. You can read about him all day and all night but if he doesnít find favor with your life enough to reveal myself to you then you can read about him for years and never know him nor will you know his will nor his ways. The only thing that makes Him real through His word is the divine power of revelation of the Holy Ghost. Many know about him in their head but have no revelation of Him. Thatís why they can sit in church like a lump on a log and not respond to His Word and walk out unmoved and unchanged. He gives us revelation that we can stand on and live by no matter what.† When he reveals himself to you then you will have understanding of that which your natural eyes can never perceive. When he gives a revelation of Himself as healer then you can believe Him for divine healing and be healed, when He reveals Himself to you as the one who can heal you mind and emotional hurts, then you will yield yourself to His Spirit so that He can do the work within you and make you whole. Just hearing the Word of God isnít enough, but that His Spirit makes it come alive to us that we can receive it and walk in it by faith.
Daniel 10:1b ďWhose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision.Ē It was true, meaning it wasnít a lie but he had to wait for the time appointed because it wasnít yet. He gave Daniel a revelation of it. When God gives you a revelation of something then no one can make you doubt it because it came from the one who is true and it doesnít matter how long it takes to come to pass. The revelation comes to your mind and your spirit and is powerful enough to cause you to believe and stand in it. But know that when God shows you something then the devil is going to show up. But when God reveals Himself to you, you will understand and know with a surety that which He has revealed to you and you will be able to stand when the devil comes. Why? Because you have seen something in the spirit and had a revelation of what God was going to do. What Daniel saw he was given understanding of.
Daniel 10:2 ďIn those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks.Ē He said, When I Daniel, saw a vision, I went into fasting and prayer for three weeks. Most in church are just playing games. There are a lot of people with big names but they havenít done anything. God has said that men have no right to bring the people to a table at which they canít feed them the truth of His Word. If preachers canít bring people to true deliverance from sin and sinful habits and to a true repentance from sin to freedom and liberty in Christ then they have no right to bring them to His table and try to feed them crumbs. God wants His people set free and delivered and not brought to a place where they canít be fully processed, as bringing a child to the point of birth but not able to deliver. God doesnít want people healed slightly, delivered slightly, set free slightly. Jesus said, ďIf the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeedĒ (John 8:36). Not slightly or maybe!
God doesnít want just the things that draw a crowd preached and that which will make you popular but the whole counsel of God that will bring a change in their lives, not just playing games with cute sermonettes for christianettes, so that after the message they canít wait to get to the McDonalds and natural food for their belly. I just hear of a couple beginning a new ministry the early part of this year and already they have over 1300 people in just over 6 months.
Daniel said, when I got a revelation of who God was, I couldnít eat. He mourned for three weeks. We go to church and hear a message and then walk out saying, wasnít that a wonderful sermon, where is the closest Dennyís. The problem is that the word preached to them didnít hit their belly, their innermost being where there is a god of this world seated, but only their sensations. But when God really gets hold of you and gets your attention and the Word gets down into your belly, you wonít have a hunger for food 10 minutes later, but a hunger for him and you wonít even feel like talking to others, but being alone with him. When the service is over and others are saying, hey lets go to so and so, letís go to the mall, letís go to the show, letís go to the park, letís go do this or that, you will be saying no, I donít want to do any of that I donít even want to go to mamaís house Ė I just want to be alone with Him.
Most walk out the church door and crank up their worldly music of whatever preference they have, but where is it leading you Ė you who say you want to go on with God? In fact where are the messages and music you are hearing in church leading you to in God? Most today are being led astray into the things of the flesh because the music is designed to entertain and pump up their flesh. But when Daniel got a revelation he lost the desire for anything around him in the natural realm. He didnít want to eat, go visit mama, listen to praise music, or whatever.
What if God called you on a fast? Most have never fasted in their life. If you asked them they would say, yes I have, I went on this fast for 30 days and only ate one meal a day. And it was the size of any two meals. That ainít no fast. Oh, I went 40 days on just fruits and vegetables. That ainít no fast either. I mean the real thing. Most pastors have never called a fast because they would loose most of their people the first day. Iím talking about a real fast where you had nothing but water and some have even in serious times fasted without water. And when you fasted you didnít want to do anything or care about anything in this life, but when you ate again, a new power came to you that you didnít have before. Know this the greater the sacrifice the greater the power. The blessing and the power go along with the price your willing to pay.
The problem is that we are feeding our flesh so much that there is no hunger for the spiritual things of God. And our flesh stays so alive because we keep feeding it day and night.† Thatís why God canít do what He wants to do Ė because His meat is in competition with your meat. Once when the disciples came to Jeus asking him to eat, He said, ďI have meat to eat that you know notĒ (John 4:32) The disciples just looked at one another and said, who has given him anything to eat. To which Jesus replied, ďMy meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his workĒ (John 4:34) Sometimes youíve got to move the natural meat out of the way so that the spiritual meat can work in you and do its job.
Daniel 10:3 ďI ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.Ē He said I did nothing to bring attention to myself or to that which I had a revelation of. I didnít consider my position or remind people that Iím the pastor or whatever. You donít go to church meetings to network, pass out your business cards and get known. You donít promote yourself. We canít get in God like we need to get in God while we keep looking at ourselves and trying to be somebody. So many preachers are so important and got to many titles to get anything from God and get anywhere in him. Many donít think that it takes so much work or effort, that they donít have to be so emotional or get excited or put the same enthusiasm into their faith and religion like when they first came to Jesus because now they are more mature and all. The reality is that they are just dried up and have no more life.
What happened to ďeveryday with Jesus gets sweeter than the day beforeĒ? The longer we have been in the Lord the more grace, joy and excitement we should have over Him and what He has done for us. We should be embarrassed to say something like, ďWell, thatís the way I used to be,Ē referring to a young believers excitement for the Lord. The problem is this: You have died. We should consider it a shame and disgrace that some young believer that just met Jesus should have more desire to praise and glorify the Lord than we do who have been in him for years. The problem is that we are not really hungry and thirsty for God. And you canít have a supernatural experience with God your way - or in your flesh. God alone knows what it is going to take, how much of his power it will take to touch us and get our attention. God doesnít touch you with His power just so you can have goose bumps or feel good. When He drops His Spirit into your belly He drops it to a level that He intends to take you too. If He doesnít touch you all that much then its because He hasnít planned to do all that much with you. If he doesnít touch you then he canít and wonít use you. If you resist the power of God working in you then he canít do anything in you. When the Spirit of God is moving then move with it and get in the flow and get what He wants to give you and donít resist. Well, what will they say Ė I donít want to get my hair messed up, after all Iím the queen mother, Iím the missionary, Iím the big businessman, Iím the head pastor and I donít want to look like Iím just emotional. But when the power of God touches you, there will most likely be some kind of emotional response, you will cry, you will shout, you will do something but you wonít remain the same as before.
We canít take others to a depth in God that we havenít been too and to experience that which we have not experienced. A title and education and a suit and tie donít mean anything. If I donít get anything from God then you wonít get anything from Him either. If I donít have or get His anointing then I canít pass it on to you, neither can anyone else give you what they donít have. Going on a trip to the holy land means nothing.† Itís being touched by God and set free from the power of sin and the drunkenness of this life and separated unto holiness that means something.
Psalm 51:5 ďI was shapen in iniquity and conceived in sin.Ē When I came into the world, another power already had me. Another who is a chief in the counterfeit, who raised himself up against God, then trained us in iniquity and the wrong way to get to God. We cannot become better or more than our trainer. God told Jeremiah that he was to go preach a message but that he wouldnít have any converts. He was told forget having a wife and kids the day is too evil. God told him, ďI want you to preach a gospel that wonít bring any converts, but thatís your assignment.Ē
Most of the church today have been trained and shaped in the wrong methods with cheap trainers, preachers who speak smooth words and are professionals doing that which is wrong and illegal. Thatís why they can tell you itís alright and give you permission to enjoy worldly music and go to the disco, the dance club, or to the movies and other worldly things. Itís because they are cheap trainers in iniquity, pure professionals trained in doing things the wrong way Ė just after the crowds and the money.
Matthew 22:8-13 ďThen saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.Ē If you donít come through the way of the truth of the Word to be birthed in the kingdom of God then you are in the kingdom illegally. Preachers who came through the world instead of through the Word and through prayer and intercession are illegal in the kingdom of God and have no right to teach anyone anything. What they are teaching people is how to grab hold of sensation and cause that sensation to satisfy them such that they donít realize they need more that sensation Ė they need the power of the living God within them. God wants his servants to speak the truth, but today they will find themselves like Jeremiah without any converts because they wonít want to be saved for real. Our job is to teach people how to die, not how to stay alive. Paul said, ďI die dailyĒ that Christ can be resurrected in me. Thatís why he could say what he did in Galatians 2:20 ďI am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.Ē
If God didnít call and empower you and put you in the ministry then you have no right to teach anything to anybodyfor all you can teach is that which is for the sensations, training them to get their sensations satisfied instead of how to die daily to the will of God.
This is a death walk, not a fleshly sensation satisfaction program. Who told you to stay alive? What demon told you to go to church to get your sensations satisfied? The methods are wrong. When they say come on as you are, itís okay, whatever - you cares if you want to have tattoos and body piercing and multicolored hair, halters, no bras, miniskirts and all sorts of looseness and worldliness. They say, whatever - just come and fill up the church. But although the scripture says come as you are, it doesnít say you can stay as you are, God expects you to change. The church is filling the people of God with the system of the world and the lusts and pleasures of the world under a religious cloak. The church is being put in bondage to the things and ways of the world. The world has crept into the church and the people arenít even aware of it even though they have their own theatres, bowling alleys, feasting facilities, gymnasiums and everything else you can think of.
In John10, the Jews asked Jesus to tell them plainly if he was the Messiah, He said the very works that I do they testify of me. John 10:24-26 ďThen came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.Ē Why could they not see this truth and accept him, his words and why could they not even accept the miracles he did as proof that he was the Son of God? They didnít belong to Him, thatís why! The problem is that God has given us his ways, his methods, and we say, well why canít we have a little of this and that. Whatís wrong with this? Whatís wrong with Christian rock or hip-hop or whatever they want? We want the things of the flesh and Him, one foot in the church and one in the world. But those that donít want him and his ways have been born as counterfeits. The churches are full of counterfeit preachers and counterfeit gospel singers and all other types of church leaders birthed by Satan and so there is a great deception. The majority will keep saying, well their ainít nothing wrong with it, itís a new way. We have to have a contemporary gospel and contemporary music, we donít like the old ways, this is the 21st century. Well thatís a lie for the devil is a liar. When we come to Jesus we came out of the world and itís ways, methods and system. We donít come to church for entertainment - To have the same kind of entertainment and to fulfill the desires of our flesh like we did when we were in the world, but we came for the power of God to change our lives and bring us to his salvation. Donít tell me whose doing it or what their name is because it doesnít matter. If they keep walking in the ways and things of this world and do not separate themselves from it then they are still on their way to hell too, just like you.
Whatís your compromising spirit? All those with a compromising spirit are going to be destroyed. It doesnít matter who they are what they are doing or what their titles are. Those things donít impress God, in fact they keep him from working because men are drawing unto themselves and stealing His glory. They have become a mutual admiration society that just pats one another on the back and blesses those who deceive and mislead the poor sheep who donít know what is happening.
Daniel 10:4-6 ďAnd in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel; Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.Ē So many tell about how some white light came into their room and although they couldnít make it out they just knew it was Jesus. Really. Maybe you just saw an angel of light from the pit of hell. The problem is this, if you see God in your iniquity you would die, just like he told Moses. You can only see God to the depth of your purity and sanctification. The real thing you canít take. And you will never see him while you walk in your lust and anger and fear and play the lotto and carry your gun or switchblade and think youíre somebody.
Look at Paul on the road to Damascus, blinded by a bright light, that he did not see Christ. Later he saw visions of Jesus, but not at this time. You can only see him or go as far in God as your purification from your flesh and your lust, as you die out to your flesh and anger and deceit and pretense and pypocracy.
††††††††††† Sometimes we have to just bite the bullet so to speak and separate from that which is keeping us from following God and obeying Him and walking in the Spirit rather than our flesh. We have to be able to lift up holy hands without wrath or doubt. We have to die that we might live and come to what Paul said in Galatians 2:20, because that is true salvation and Christianity.
††††††††††† God has to remove all our toys and idols because we canít tell his Spirit and presence from that of the deceiver. You canít renew your mind to the things of God by just learning scriptures. It requires dying to the flesh and presenting your body as a living sacrifice to God. God wants to take away all the things we have depended upon, that we should not be as those in Mathew 13:14-15. ďAnd in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.Ē We want to be as those spoken to in V.16. ďBut blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.Ē