word of wisdom

Lions Sent to Disobedient Prophets

There was prophet being mightily used of the Lord and one day he decided to listen to the voice of an old prophet who spoke contrary to things the Lord revealed to him. Instead of trusting the word of the Lord as it came directly to him, because of this old prophet’s reputation for bringing the word, he lent him his ear and followed his voice. As soon as the prophets finished dining together, the old prophet informed his younger counterpart that he was in error for listening to him and consequently would lose his life because of it. Sure enough, on his way home, the younger prophet met a lion who killed him and stood beside his carcass as onlookers passed by. The old prophet buried the younger prophet and thus was the end of the young prophet’s ministry.
There is a lesson in this. When you have been hearing the Lord’s voice of a truth and all of a sudden here comes someone with a ‘word’ that goes completely against what YOU know you heard the Lord tell you, you have a decision to make. First, if the mantle was upon the old prophet to speak the word of the Lord why did He call you? Secondly, don’t ever flatter yourself by taking the words of someone with a noble name over what you heard the Lord speak personally to you. Thirdly, when you know better and don’t do better, your chastisement is more severe because your standard of obedience is supposed to higher and stricter than the ones who weren’t called. More is required of you because you have the potential to accomplish more.
Of all the animals sent to destroy this disobedient prophet, a lion was sent his way. A lion represents a devouring spirit. Remember, satan comes ‘as’ a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. In other words, what spirit is released from heaven against disobedient prophets? Devouring spirits.

Consider this the next time you choose to listen to man and disregard the voice of the Lord. Don’t blame the enemy when things begin to consume away in your life. It is a lion sent from the Lord, a devouring spirit on assignment against your disobedience to warn others not to follow in your footsteps. When the Lord of all Glory speaks, listen and obey.



Rest Your Nerves

When something happens to offend you, the method in which you use to respond to them speaks volumes in terms of your spiritual maturity. You can argue, go bat to bat, curse, claw, and get nasty, or you can withdraw yourself from the equation and let your opponent fight against himself. Jesus was so intense on completing his earthly mission that He never wasted time debating and arguing with anyone. A person is going to believe what they want to believe no matter what you say – and for some, God has given them a strong delusion that they WILL believe a lie because they always resist the truth. So, before you engage in a battle of wits, save your breath and your energy. Use it for those who are worthy of the fruit of your lips. Like I tell my children, “Rest your nerves.”



No Prayer – No Power

May we never rely on human wisdom, modern conveniences, or our own talent, skill, and wealth more than we rely on the power of God. Before there was a cell phone, Doppler radars, or Google, there was a cry to the Lord for the very things we now have easy access to. A convenience can become a disguised inconvenience if it robs us from our personal prayer altars.


spiritual symbolism

He Gave Us This Day Our Daily Bread – Are We Thankful?

Many of us have been spoiled with the blessings of the Lord that we’ve become ungrateful. Not only do we not have to ask for bread anymore, but many of us don’t bother to thank Him for the bread that He’s already provided. Saying grace over our meals has become a ‘modern inconvenience’ for some and a shame for others. Pause a moment before you consume your bread and show your appreciation for the Father’s provisions. Thank Him for your daily bread and teach that same heart of thankfulness to your generations.


church life, spiritual symbolism

Son or Orphan?

I inquired a thing of the Lord a while ago that He recently brought back to my attention just recently. I wanted to know why certain ‘Christians’ were getting away with their questionable behavior while other ‘Christians’ were dealt with swiftly and severely. I certainly wasn’t challenging the Lord’s parenthood but I needed answers. What He told me opened my eyes so wide that they will never close to this revelation again.
He said that those He chastens, He loves. He is a good Father who rules His children well. He does not overlook their flaws but rather uses them as teachable moments for them to mature past the point of foolish misconduct and grow into successful Kingdom citizens. Not everyone naming the name of the Lord is a son of God. They have refused the adoption process by continuing in their own ways and resisting House rules. They are orphans, wandering children who may check in once and a while to eat and patch up their wounds but they are not the sons of God. These are those who label themselves ‘Christians’, know all the Kingdom jargon, know church politics, and can function in any capacity of ministry they choose but they have not been adopted. They can get away with nasty attitudes, arrogance, causing contention and strife, and provoking divisions because they are un-parented. They claim the Father as theirs in name only. They carry His name but they don’t contain His DNA. They have not been regenerated, blood washed, or delivered from worldly mindsets but they still cloak themselves in ‘Kingdomatics’ feigning themselves off as the real thing.
When a person is a son of God, they will submit to His chastisement because their renewed mind has agreed with the Father that their actions were insubordinate. They know they were out of line, haughty, or mischievous and while yet striving for perfection, they have come to terms with their own frailty. These are those whom the Father will deal with swiftly and severely to alter their behavior into that which becometh saints of the Most High God. He won’t let allow them to continue nor become comfortable in sin. He loves them too much to leave them in a state of spiritual disarray.
The orphan will not submit and will fight against any form of correction or attitude adjustment that comes their way. They are like the fools in Proverbs who don’t acknowledge the Lord’s existence at all. They will continue to repeat disturbing patterns because they have never learned how to adjust them. Despite how it may appear, they don’t ‘get away’ the way it appears but they will be allowed to continue in their way for a season until their own doings catch up with them. The scriptures tell us, “Fret not ourselves over evil doers for they will soon be cut down”. The deeds of the proud, the orphan, and the fool will return into their bosom. It is not necessarily the correction of the Father. In other words, the Father will ALLOW the devourer to enter their lives based upon the laws of reciprocation; they have sown misconduct and therefore must reap it. Orphans are self-destructive which is why many times the Father will instruct you to avoid them. Love them and pray for them but separate yourself from them because eventually their deeds will catch them and repay them accordingly.

Consider David, when he sinned the Lord sent Nathan immediately with a word of correction. When Abraham ‘felt some kind of way’ about sending Ishmael away, the Lord immediately sent word to him. When Jonah erred in judgment, the Lord swiftly moved to correct him. There are so many biblical accounts of the Lord correcting His sons and even more present day accounts of you and I, the sons of God whom the Lord delights in chastening to prove that the righteous don’t get away with anything. Therefore, if you are one of those ‘Christians’ who can act out and never experience the chastisement of the Lord, you should be concerned. The next time you wonder why ‘so and so’ has not received correction from the Lord, consider the fact that they may not be in position with the Father to be treated as a son. They may be orphans, on a course of their own, following their own mind, and doing their own thing. If a person can live in sin, and live comfortably without any conviction whatsoever to stop and repent, understand that according to Romans 8:14, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they shall be called the sons of God.” The proof is in the pudding. When you know better, you do better.