Buckle up because we are going for bumpy ride…..
Many of ‘us’ were pimps and hustlers in the world before the Lord saved us. This is why we can recognize it when we see it in the church. Game recognizes game so when someone brings something ‘familiar’ in your atmosphere, you know what time it really is beyond what they try to tell you. I am going to be as discreet as I can because I don’t want anyone to get offended BEFORE you finish this message because there is a lot of this going on in the Body of Christ and it’s time to pin the tail on the donkey.
When you are guest speaker in someone’s church, that is who you are, a guest. You are not the pastor, overseer, Bishop, or whatever is the flavor of the day. You were brought in by the church to bring a word of edification, exhortation, or whatever. the spiritual need is. Your role as a guest is to deliver the word, receive your offering for your labor in the word, and go back to your respective place. You don’t build a congregation off of the backs of someone else’s labor in ministry. You don’t call the members of the guest church, you don’t inbox them for favors for your ministry, and you don’t undermine your host pastors. Not only is that distasteful and disrespectful, it clearly shows that you lack integrity as a guest speaker.
Here is where the root of the problem is. Apostles never build on another man’s foundation. They don’t build networks of spiritual sons and daughters by pulling the naive ones away with sugary laced prophecy and using them to enlarge their ‘gate’. That is not fruit of apostolic ministry. Apostles are pioneers, trench diggers who build with their own tools. Apostles are tent makers. In other words, they build their own houses with their own hands, not using the hands of someone else and claiming credit as their own.
Integrity is lacking in a lot of leaders these days as they go about wiping their mouths as if no one can notice that they are fleecing the sheep. Game recognizes game. A hustler knows a fellow hustler. If you need your bills paid, get a job but don’t hustle the church. If you need spiritual sons and daughters, be a spiritual parent and the Lord will send them to you. You don’t have to chase what belongs to you. As I shared in class last night, Elijah never chased Elisha and Jesus never chased His apostles so where does this ‘call me and check in with me’ mess comes from? I have never ever had to chase anyone who was truly called to be my son or daughter in the faith. I never had to co-sign anyone’s mess to get them to join my ‘harem’ and I never fraternize with folk who run down their former leader. I never spoke at anyone’s church as a guest speaker and held private meetings with their people. I never asked them for money, to join my ministry, or to even buy my book. That is NOT integrity in ministry as a leader, that is what a church hustler does.
For these reasons, among many more, there are many who will never again darken the pulpit of the church the Lord gave me and my husband the oversight of because we have found them to be hustlers. And it is my sincerest prayer, that millions of leaders around the globe begin opening their eyes to who they allow to speak into the lives of their people. As a leader, I am just as responsible for allowing a person to fleece my sheep as if I had done it myself. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Stand up and be counted as as shepherd after God’s own heart and quit running your game.
To say that prophets are people of strict obedience is an understatement. When the Lord told Moses to build a tabernacle, Moses fully cooperated with the Lord and carried out every detail of its construction. From the drapes, brazen furniture, types of offerings, and the five- fold combination of the holy anointing oil, Moses executed the order of the Lord in the fullness. When God told Noah to build an ark, the prophet Noah preached and built simultaneously while the people of his day foolishly stood by. David, the prophet and apostle of his time, received God’s heart to build a temple and while he was not permitted to personally construct it, he not only gave his son directions to build but gave him more than enough resources and provisions to see to the job’s completion.
Many of our day proclaim to be prophets but obedience is a characteristic that is lacking in their lives. The Lord has to tell them the same thing over and over, and instead of calling it a stern rebuke, they call it a ‘confirmation.’ In scriptures, the Lord never had to ‘confirm’ His word to them, when the Lord spoke, the holy prophets of God moved. Prophets knew the voice of God and if He had to speak a thing twice, it wasn’t to confirm, it was to establish what He said as law. If He told them to walk naked, they obeyed. If He told them to not grieve over the loss of a loved one, they obeyed. If He told them to preach to a stiff necked generation, they obeyed and if one, such as in the case of Noah, decided to take their own route, they would soon find that the Lord’s will always prevails.
It was Samuel the holy prophet of God who said, “Obedience is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fatness of rams.” Who understands obedience to the prophetic voice of God more than the prophet? And if someone calls themselves a prophet and yet lack this most important fruit of prophetic ministry, one has to wonder… Prophet Delisa Lindsey- pdlministries.weebly.com
Jesus gave the apostles clear directions as He ascended. “Wait here until you receive the Holy Ghost”. Then He gave them boundaries for their ministry. First Jerusalem, then Judea, then Samaria, and then to the nations. There was something they needed to experience in each of those places before they were released to minister in the next place. Today’s generation of preachers run straight pass Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria and head for the nations. Going to the nations does not establish your ministry no more than going to church make you a Christian. And if you have not faithfully completed your ministry assignments in your own personal Jerusalem, Judea, or Samaria, I don’t care which prophet told you that you were ready for the nations, they lied. Jesus gave you boundaries in your ministry and you don’t pass ‘go’ until you successfully complete each ministry assignment. God is a God of order.
Father’s Day is right around the corner and boy, oh boy, will there be mixed feelings and emotions. Some will celebrate the men in their lives who have been loyal, faithful, and committed husbands and fathers. Others will remember their fathers who have deceased this life. Some will celebrate the love of a doting father and dad. And others will feel resentment towards the man who seeded them into this life but didn’t father them in this life. My personal thoughts on this is silent for many reasons but publicly I say this, if you are a father, understand who you truly are. You are more than 5 minutes late at night. You are more than a baby daddy. You are more than a sperm donor. The moments you took to impregnate a woman should have changed your life forever. Shame on you if you abandoned that responsibility and mercy for the child that had to grow up in the absence of the man who gave them life but couldn’t help sustain it. Fathers, those of you who truly fathers, there is a blessing with your name on it for standing beside your families through the thick and thin. There is a blessing for providing and working hard to ensure your families have the best. There is a blessing for returning home every evening or for keeping tabs with your children if circumstances prevent you from seeing them everyday. Our nation, our society needs more fathers and less baby daddies. Babies don’t stay babies for long. They don’t need daddies, when babies get grown, they need FATHERS.
Fathers are teachers of their children. They teach them how to work, how to drive, how to care for a home, and how to behave. Fathers teach their daughters to be ladies and their sons to be men. They are solid figures in their children’s lives and when they are missing, that child suffers the loss. If you are not ready to be a father, put a hat on it, otherwise when your seed develops, STAY THERE AND HELP CULTIVATE IT.
Blessings to the man who is a Father to his children, in deed, not in name only. My hats off to every father. You deserve a day filled with love, gifts, and best wishes. You deserve to have a Happy Father’s Day. You rock!
When we hear disheartening news of our neighbor, do we respond with love or with judgment? Many times it is hard for even the unsaved to approach the saved because they fear being judged. Yes, he that is spiritual judges all things but that word judge means to examine, discern, and comprehend through the eyes of God. If people are afraid to come to you for counsel, advice, or wisdom in an area of their life, it may be because they need someone to listen to their soul cry and offer them counsel that is Godly, loving, wholesome, and life giving without shredding them to pieces in the process. They are not looking to be slaughtered. Show others the same mercy you would want someone to show to you. Being strong in the Word does not mean you have to become a drill sergeant. Remember this, with lovingkindness has He drawn us. May we learn to reciprocate the same.
The raven fed Elijah in the very place where God commanded him to be. There are some who are expecting God’s provisions and God’s Hand of wonders in their life but they are not in place. God told them to be in one place but they have found another place more comfortable, convenient, and relaxing. Your provisions are in the place where God assigned you. If you are not there, the ‘raven’ is not obligated, not even permitted, to fly out to find you. You will miss your blessing, miss your provision, and miss your miracle because you are in the wrong place at the RIGHT time.
Your raven has a direct route to your set place. If they arrive and you are not there, you miss out. While it is still in the dawning of 2014, make sure that every thing you need for Heaven to deliver to you arrives at your set place and that you are there to receive it. Just like your mail returns to a holding place when no one is home to sign for the package, so are your blessings stored in a holding cell until you find out where you need to be.
God walked away from Nebuchadnezzar to show him that he is nothing without him. Have you noticed what happens to people when the anointing lifts? They are a hot mess. David understood this which is why he cried out with great intensity because he did not want the Lord to take the anointing (take not your Holy Spirit from me) from him. Nebuchadnezzar wasn’t anointed, but God did assigned an anointed vessel to minister to him. And when Daniel warned Nebuchadnezzar and he refused to take heed, the Lord removed His hand, removed Daniel from ministering to Nebuchadnezzar, and a lunatic spirit took over.
Now let me be very clear and candid. When you have been anointed or have been exposed to the anointing and YOU DO SOMETHING that removes you from God’s presence (for God will never abandon you, but your sins will separate you from Him), another spirit takes over. Most times it’s the more heinous form of spirit that has been vexing you all along that when the anointing lifts, moves in. Shall we recall Saul as a witness that when the anointing of God departs, evil spirits take over?
The lunatic spirit took over Nebuchadnezzar’s mind. It drove him to the wilderness to eat grass like an animal. The dew of Heaven fell upon him and soaked his body until his hair grew wildly long and even changed texture to resemble the feathers of a bird. He grew nail claws like a bird too.
Now you may or may not want to acknowledge this, but I maintain to tell you that if a person refuses to heed the counsel of the Lord, refuses to submit to God’s anointing, and resists the correction of the Lord, He will ‘give that person up’ to the very thing that they have been longing after. Nebuchadnezzar wanted to be in charge, so God gave him a kingdom. He drove him into the wilderness and away from people so that he could rule among the oxen and birds. He even poured out dew from Heaven to help him ‘transition’ to his new assignment as ‘king’ of the jungle.
I don’t know the names of some of the ‘gods’ that some people serve but the God I know is the Living God who is a terror to His enemies. I don’t know about the blind and deaf gods that some serve, but my God sees all, knows all, and is all in all.