Satan launched an all out campaign to undermine the fear of the Lord. How? I'm glad you asked.
The key is to undermine the truth that God is the Creator. When you get rid of the truth that there is a Creator then you have undermined that fact that there is "divine design." When you undermine divine design then the truth that everyone is created with a purpose is attacked. When purpose is destroyed then accountability is torpedoed. Accountability means the responsibilty to answer for your choices. When you destroy the concept of everyone giving an account for their life before an eternal God, then you have dismantled the fear of God. Psalm 111:10 and Proverbs 9:10 teach us that the fear of the Lord is the begining of wisdom.
There is lots of talk in the body of Christ today saying there is no need for fear because fear drives you away and does not draw you near. That's not totally true. There are two kinds of fear. Matthew 25 and Luke 19 Jesus illustrates the kind of fear that drives a wedge between the servant and his master. You remember the parable. Three servants were given some money. Two invested and recieved a return while one servant hid their talent out of fear. That kind of fear that provoked inaction and missed the mark actually contributed to the seperation between the master and his servant. (The introduction was inspired as I listend to Bill Johnson teach on "Dealing with Sexual Sin in the Church.")
There is another kind of fear based on reverence, love, respect and awe. Its the kind of fear that is found in a healthy relationship with a parent or a spouse. It is a recognition of the consequences possible through trust being violated. This kind of fear actually facilitates intimacy and draws us near.
Campaigns are a series of battles. Here are a few battles I'd like to highlight to illustrate the effects of Satan's strategy with the hope that it will inspire you to engage in God's divine plan for your life. Let's start with Satan's attack on accountability. I like to think of it as account-ability or as, do you have the ability to count?
If you are wondering if I was using a word play you are correct. Do you have the ability to make a difference? You can if you are honest and can count numerically. This is how you can introduce accountability (a count ability).
We Need to Buy a Clue!
America is embroiled in many public scandals today! The expose is growing. The Washington Post has consolidated some of these in "Mr. Obama and his scandals." It lists among other things how that the "Justice Department" leaks documents to attack a whistle blower who expose the "Fast and Furious" debacle, the IRS targeting conservative political and religious groups, the Justice Department violating the First Amendment snooping into Associated Press and Fox News reporters seeking to intimidate, the Benghazi atrocity which is worse than Watergate, and.... the list goes on.
I submit that this is the fruit of more than 50 years of a growing rejection of the Lord and His moral commands. In 1963 prayer was banned by our Supreme Court and one year later the court banned bible reading which was followed as school after school removed the 10 commandments.
President Harry S Truman popularized the saying "the buck stops here." This administration acts like the "buck stops there, and there and there..." anywhere but here. Blame shifting and avoiding responsibility seem to be the protocol of the day.
Here is a dollar for those who need to buy a clue! The rejection and erosion of our relationship with The Lord has undermined our moral fabric. No system, I repeat, NO SYSTEM can survive and function without character. The family unit can not survive. Capitalism will not work. A Justice Department run by people with no morals will not uphold laws. The IRS will not stay within the confines of the law when it is run by people with no internal moral boundaries. Here is another secret for those who believe socialism or communism is a better system. They won't work without moral boundaries either. What do you think led to the downfall of the Soviets?
Judgment began in the household of God as scandal after scandal has been revealed and I have not doubt it will continue as our Lord cleans house. But now this trend has spilled over into other spheres of society.
Attention Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle
Two days ago I received a call from a prophet (seer) I know. I discovered Tim McClellan 7 years ago through Operation Rolling Thunder. He has a well developed gift and he has submitted words for over the last 7 years and I (we) have found them to be accurate. He is also a man of character and submitted to one of my sons in the Lord (Jason Hubbard).
Tim reported that he had two dreams on April 17, 2013
He saw jet trails (contrails) flying from South America (southern portion of the continent) over the Pacific Ocean then it turned right, split in two and one went to Los Angeles and the other to San Francisco. He went back to sleep and saw the same thing going into Seattle.
The word he got was that judgment was coming to these cities and he was to sound the alarm and mobilize the Church to pray. We are to pray like Jeremiah and Amos prayed asking the Lord to relent.
1 Corinthians 14:29 says let the prophets speak two or three and let the others judge. In keeping with the mandate we've received from the Lord I have begun to form a prophets council made up of proven prophets we work with across the nation. In collaboration with other apostles and teachers we will use the Word of God and our discernment to decide if it is from the Lord and if so, what action is required.
Carl and Brenda Krames (click here for Prepare for Transformation ) are a kingdom minded couple; business owners, active in their local church (Victory Church), help oversee a University of FL campus ministry and active serving churches in the greater Gainesville FL area. They have used the Operation Rolling Thunder (ORT) strategy effectively to unite the church to pray strategically throughout the year.
Following the ORT strategy Carl and Brenda initiated contact with the police chief and facilitated a meeting with local pastors to discover how the Church in Gainesville could serve their community last June. As I recall one of the first requests had to do with praying for unsolved cases. Within two weeks Carl called me to tell me how they just got a lead in a 20 year old cold case.
Prayer when combined with faith in action is powerful.
Yesterday Carl called to report about their last meeting with the police chief (represents the kind of people we look to sit on a government council in ORT. He is like one of the elders in a city). In the last 6 months of 2012 crime was down 5%. He (they) were happy with those results. However, they were cautiously ecstatic about the first 2.5 months of 2013. Crime was down 24.5% compared to this time last year. THAT'S AWESOME!
This illustrates the beauty of the ORT strategy. It is a LONG TERM STRATEGY MADE UP OF A SERIES OF EVENTS that empower the Church to occupy the mountain of the Lord's house of prayer for all nations. It provides a way for the church in a city made up of many local congregations to invite God's abiding presence 24/7/365. God's presence combined with an invitation from the appropriate authorities changes everything as it brings God's power to bear on the challenges of society.
Everyone is blessed and served when crime decreases! What is crime (murder, theft, rape, etc.) but a measure of sin. I pray God would inspire you to serve your community like the Krames are. Operation Rolling Thunder can serve you just like it is serving them! Click here for more information.
I just returned from Kansas where I shared the revelation the Lord gave about "how to chart your course in this new era." There were two key revelations the Lord shared within that message.
First, the results of this last election make it clear that the moral compass of the Church has deviated away from the truth (click here for the report from Life News) so far that a large segment of the Church chose to vote for candidates that advocated the murder of unborn children. They obviously don't realize the consequences for the nation that sheds innocent blood (Lev. 18) or introduces legislation that destroys the family while promoting sexually deviate behavior that ultimately hurts people. The Bible teaches us about eternal laws that are in place that work like the law of gravity. Gravity works whether in believe in it or not. Just go jump off a cliff and you'll see what I mean. There are eternal laws that work the same way. Our nation is reaping the consequences of the choices we are making as a people. Compassion dictates that we desperately need our moral compass adjusted so that we can speak the truth in love.
Second, the Lord is raising the Papa Flag. A Papa Flag is raised when a ship in port is recalling all sailors to the ship. The Lord has raised the Papa Flag because He is recalling all saints to His "apostle ship."
There is a principle in God's word: first the natural and then the spiritual (1 Cor. 15:26). Here is the revelation that Lord revealed to me about how the natural compass relates to our moral compass.
A compass is used with a map to indicate direction. It is a critical piece of equipment in navigation. If the compass is in error then you will end up in a different place that you originally planned. The key is, does the compass point to magnetic north or does it point to true north?
Pray, Consult God's Word & Vote
I received and email from Charlene yesterday. She is a minister who had allied with us in our League. It is a powerful testimony that involves an example of a false church, the salvation of a racist and reconciliation. The love of Christ delivered a person from a the stronghold of her mind worse than the bars of the prison they were in. Here is Charlene's testimony.
Yesterday a team of 4, all non white, ministered in prison. At the end of service one of the white inmates sat crying in the back. She told a story about how everyone hated her and she had hated most people because she was a racist. She grew up in a town and was taught that if anyone was not like you, you were to hate them - even in the church she grew up in. When she walked into the service and saw blacks, Asians, and Mexican, she hated us and wanted to leave. She said several group were out to get her because of her views.
Many who know me often hear me pray about "hitting the mark." That desire comes from a revelation of sin and a recognition that we are in a spiritual army under the command of the Lord of Hosts who is engaged in a spiritual war.
Revelation of Sin
Romans 6:15 says" What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid." The Greek word translated sin means to err, trespass, offend and to miss the mark. The context of miss the mark is like an archer who shoots an arrow and misses the bulls-eye. They miss the mark.
So when I pray that "we hit the mark" it means that I am praying that we do things right and not err, offend, trespass or sin by missing the mark. What is the mark? What is the standard? What is the bulls-eye? That my friends is established by God's word. That is our standard. That is the mark or the bulls-eye we seek to hit.