The Pharisees thought they would establish the truth by studying the Scriptures. Jesus rebuked them and said they needed to actually come to Him to receive the truth (Jn. 5:39-40). Truth is not a book. Truth is a Person (Jn. 14:6).
This email request came to me recently: “The newer translations of the Bible have missing words, missing whole verses. We are just wanting to be sure which are the most correct versions of the Bible? At first, righteous anger rose up, knowing no one is supposed to add or subtract anything from the Holy Bible. (How dare they?) We’ve seen the arguments on both sides. We realize it’s something the enemy uses to keep people arguing and doubting the authority of Scripture. We’re not interested in division, only truth.” - Megan
In reading this, please be aware that this blog is but a small snapshot, a glimpse if you like, of a very much larger topic. Although I will endeavour to provide an extensive overview, it would be impossible to collate a lifetime of experience into a single written page. Any further questions you have, feel free to ask me. (See details at the end of this blog.)
What follows is a basic introduction to the experience of giving and receiving prophetic words. More can be said so I have supplied additional resources at the end of this article.
Kathy Privitera was confused so she sent me this email: Jesus says that Satan is the prince and even god of this world. But God is the one who sets up authority and leaders. He takes one down and puts one in place (Dan. 2:21). Though Satan is the god of this world, God still has ultimate authority and control? My logical head wants to understand how can Satan be the prince of this world and God the one who sets up the authority putting leaders in place? Can you expound on that?
I once attended a church where grace was rumored to mean that we were alright even if we never obeyed God. Grace meant God was cutting us slack. He knew we would sin so He lowered His standards of acceptance. We were saved by grace not by works so - why bother doing any works at all? I found this definition hard to reconcile with John 1:14.
What a scary concept, that religious leaders are not going to make it to heaven! Here is what Jesus said: "For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 5:20).
Two things come to mind: 1) I don't want to be a Pharisee; 2) I don't want to be shepherded by a Pharisee.
I had the privilege of interviewing Joshua Mills last week to discuss his excellent new book, Creative Glory - Embracing the Realm of Divine Expression. His passion is to help Christians access the limitless creativity available to them through the Holy Spirit's anointing.
Joshua points out that our heavenly Father is introduced to us in Scripture initially as Creator. Genesis 1:1 tells us that, "In the beginning, God created...." Now God could have introduced Himself to us with any one of His hundreds of attributes, but creativity was the one chosen. While many of us know the Lord as Savior, Healer, and Deliverer, in this season He is inviting us to know Him more intimately as Creator, allowing His Spirit of Creativity to flow in our hearts and out through our lives, transforming every sphere of society.
We have built the non-school, school. It focuses on transforming the heart and mind by bringing students into a direct ongoing encounter with the Holy Spirit through dreams, visions, God’s voice, healing, and miracles. Our instructors work one on one with thousands of students in 129 nations. Learn more about CLU by clicking here or check out our lighter version of these courses here. Below are a few testimonies. Does God want your name added to this list?
I devoured Neil Miller’s book, What If Listening to God Was Easy? The theme of this book has been my heart's passion for 40 years, and it is enjoyable, fun, and easy to read as it is filled with stories, just as Jesus’ teaching was.