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God’s brilliant plan (according to calvinists and arminians)

If you are going to do anything major in life: say move house, get married or change career – planning is probably a sensible idea!  As we say in business: “those who fail to plan plan to fail”.  Of course, along with planning, we set goals. Hopefully, we ask the questions: “what are our targets; what are we hoping to achieve; how do we know we achieved it?”

The Calvinist version of God’s plan.

planSo, what about God’s plan of salvation for the world? What is his goal? Is he aiming just to save a few elect and fortunate souls – who have absolutely no choice in the matter – as calvinist theologians believe? Consequently, the unfortunate majority – who also have no choice – are purposed for destruction or eternal torture in hellfire?

Therefore, according to calvinist doctrine, one of the thieves on the cross went to be with Jesus in paradise because that was his destiny, while the other was destined for hell? Therefore, even though both equally committed crimes, irresistible grace found only one because that was his destiny?

Therefore for a Calvinist, God only plans for a small elect group of people to be saved and they have no choice in the matter.

Of course there are scriptures that support this view, so I believe aspects of Calvinism are likely to be true. Here is one :

Acts 13:48 “And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.

Many Christians throughout history have believed this view of God’s plan. Notably George Whitefield and Jonathon Edwards.

The Arminian version of God’s plan.”

Alternatively though, maybe God doesn’t know or control the outcome and he’s hoping for the best? He’s thinking: “If I get a 10% return on my investment then that makes it worth while!”  Basically, this is what the Arminians believe: the end result is at the whim and free-will response of human beings and their ability to ‘sell’ this salvation message to their fellows. It’s all a bit of a lottery or gamble really!

imagesDoes God really ask for permission before he saves you? If you saw somebody drowning and you went in to rescue them you might even have to do what lifesavers do and knock them unconscious to stop them struggling!

Therefore, for an Arminian God does indeed provide for and plan for the whole human race to be saved but he leaves it up to the free-will choice of individuals. Of course,  this means that if they never hear about the choice that they should make then unfortunately – they go to hell as well! Additionally, this would also mean that salvation is restricted only to the last two thousand years that the gospel has been preached?

1 John 2:2 “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”

Many Christians throughout history have believed this view of God’s plan. Notably John Wesley and Charles Finney.

Conclusions so far?

In my opinion, both these two theological positions have both positives and negatives but are not water-tight theologically or even logically! Both, don’t quite make sense and are of course contradictory. Of course, both are apparently supported by scripture!

The question is: is the Almighty God really that incapable or powerless to save people? Or, maybe his love only extends to a small percentage of the human race? I mean, look around you – most people are not born again and don’t have any relationship with God – let alone attend a church!

Has the gospel failed therefore? Was Jesus death and resurrection a failure? Definitely not! I believe that the gospel plan is a victorious gospel. Love indeed does win – somehow. It has too! This Almighty God we are talking about! In the next article we will look at this plan of God in more detail.

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A purpose focused Church?

As a driver trainer, every lesson I teach has a clear purpose. At least one goal. Never do we drive around aimlessly hoping we are going to learn something on the way. Of course you probably will learn something, just by accident,  but that is not a good lesson.

Bored?

churchWhat if we had the same attitude when we gathered together as church? That’s what it means to gather in his name. Just meeting together doesn’t make a church. Let’s be honest but frankly often I’m bored with church meetings. Yes, I’ve been in some great meetings but the average meeting is dull. The strange thing is, I’m not bored with Jesus!

Do you feel like that? Often I  go to church because I  know it’s the right thing to do – I am loyal. Now that has some merit but is the end result my inevitable passivity? Are you, what researchers beginning to label, a ‘done’. These are the christians who have done church (often leaders and fervent believers) and are either on the verge of, or who have left, the established churches. Something is not right!

Yeh! Let’s go to church

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Ask yourself, be honest. Do you really wake up on a Sunday morning thinking yeh let’s go to church? Now, if you are a leader, then maybe you do but don’t deceive yourself. Is your satisfaction because you have purpose and a role to play? Indeed, you may enjoy preaching but does your audience enjoy listening! That’s why leadership is a serving or coaching role. If someone isn’t being served you aren’t leading! Likewise, as a driver trainer it’s not about me it’s about the pupil, the client.

Have you learnt anything?

So, after your next church meeting, ask yourself the question have I learnt anything? Have I changed? Have I  experienced something new? If not, then ask yourself why not and then think about how you can help bring those changes for the sake of others.

A few more thoughts

A purpose focused church gathers to:

1. ALL worship the Lord Jesus and experience the reality of His presence.
2. ALL learn how to minister to others needs in the power of the Holy Spirit.
3. ALL pray, prophecy, intercede and send or be sent on Gospel missions.
4. ALL learn about the doctrines of the Gospel and how to apply it in real life.

What if?

We gathered as church to do one thing well?
Idea1:  we met just to worship and celebrate communion in a fresh way
Idea2:  we met just to pray for a couple of hours together.
Idea3 : we met just to prophesy and encourage one another for a couple of hours.
Idea4:   …………………….?

As someone said recently: “The issue is not the venue of our meetings but the values in our hearts.  When structure serves the appropriate values then it’s legitimised.”

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Why don’t we talk about hell? (Part 1)

hellHell is not a subject many christians talk about allot and to be frank, I can understand why – it’s not nice! However, I believe that an incorrect  theology on this subject, actually inhibits the preaching of the Gospel of Grace.

Why? Because on the one hand we are preaching the love, grace and mercy of God towards sinners and then saying that for a life of finite sin, sinners are going to burn and be tormented in Hell infinitely? Is God some kind of sadist?

Eternal torment?

Think about it, do we honestly believe that men and women (possibly those we know, love or work with) are going to suffer torment for ever and ever? Does that seem fair or just by any standard let alone God’s?

I mean, even in the UK, the worst sentence anyone can get for a crime is life imprisonment. However, the courts wouldn’t send someone to prison for a thousand years for a speeding offence, that’s a disproportionate punishment – and obviously unjust!

Abraham in Genesis 18:25, said of God when interceding for the wicked city of Sodom and Gomorrah: “shall not the judge of all the earth do right?”

Incidentally, Jude refers to this judgement and punishment as suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Obviously the fire isn’t burning today! No, eternal in this context describes the permanence of the punishment – it’s irreversible.

Jude 1:7 “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

A finite sin = infinite punishment?

Therefore, it must follow surely that if God is just (and He is) then the punishment should fit the crime. Therefore, if the sentence is infinite then how can that be proportional to a finite offence? For what reasons do sinners need to burn in hell forever? Maybe we can countenance a divine punishment of eternal torture for the likes of Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin – especially if we had family murdered in the holocaust – but what about those who were murdered by the nazi’s in the holocaust, many of them not believers? Will they burn in Hell for eternity – maybe with less severity –  but none the less endlessly just like Hitler?

Even though these victims are sinners like the rest of us  (and deserving of punishment because we all have sinned) are they really deserving of endless punishment in Hell – haven’t they suffered enough? Excuse the terrible pun, but wouldn’t their final state be like going from the frying pan into the fire!

Is God angry forever?

Surely, if the sinner is going to be punished justly (and they are) then to do so forever would mean that God is angry forever also?

Micah 7:18 “Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”

Is universalism the answer?

Now I am not a universalist, I do not believe that the Bible teaches that everyone is going to be saved eventually, (I’m not going to discuss the reasons here). I do wonder though, whether the grounds of universalism are built on this sense of injustice engendered by revivalist preachers preaching hellfire and brimstone and the eternal punishment of the sinner.

Take the infamous sermon: “sinners in the hands of an angry God” by Jonathon Edwards – part of which is reproduced below:

He said: “The bow of God’s wrath is bent, and the arrows made ready…[by] an angry God…It is nothing but His mere pleasure that keeps you from being this moment swallowed up in everlasting destruction! The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect over the fire, abhors you and is dreadfully provoked: His wrath towards you burns like fire; He looks upon you as worthy of nothing else, but to be cast into the fire…

“You are ten thousand times more abominable in His eyes than the most hateful venomous serpent is in ours. You have offended Him…and yet it is nothing but His hand that holds you from falling into the fire every moment…

“O sinner! Consider the fearful danger you are in: it is a great furnace of wrath, a wide and bottomless pit, full of the fire of wrath, that you are held over in the hand of God…You hang by a slender thread, with the flames of divine wrath flashing about it, and ready every moment to singe it, and burn it asunder.”

Is God really like this? Is He really a kind of Judge Dredd figure that hates the sin and the sinner dangling them like spiders over the flames of Hell? Is this how we are supposed to preach? I know it’s very dramatic and I’m sure everyone in the congregation was scared witless – I certainly would be! However, were the listeners only becoming christians converts out of shear absolute terror of the terrible consequences?

The coming wrath

Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t warn people of God’s coming wrath against sin and judgment to come because that is real and terrible. In fact, God has appointed a day when he will judge the world and the judge will be Jesus Christ not Judge Dredd.

Hebrews 10:31 “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

Acts 17:31 “Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”

Eternal destruction

Make no mistake , God is going to angry with those who reject his grace revealed through the Gospel. They will suffer punishment for their sins but they will not be tormented forever in Hell they will suffer eternal destruction:

2 Thessalonians 1:8  “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;”

What is eternal destruction? Obviously eternal doesn’t mean that they will continue to be destroyed over an over again endlessly. No, it simply  means that the destruction is final, absolute and permanent forever. No second chance.

The Second Death

This final punishment is described by John in Revelation 20, as the dead small and great stand before the Great White Throne and those not in the book of life are cast in the Lake of Fire -called the second death.

Revelation 20:15 “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

This Lake of Fire therefore is not eternal torment – it is terminal and final. That is why it is called the SECOND DEATH. It’s the end. This is capital punishment.

Jesus warned us of this complete destruction in Matthew 10:28:

“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Gehenna)”

To the believer however, God has promised immortality and eternal life rather than death.

2 Timothy 1:10 “But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:”

The believer has a wonderful hope as we will take part in the glorious first resurrection:

1 Corinthians 15:52 I”n a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”

This is not the promise for the sinner – they will never enjoy immortality.

The Gospel

In the mean time though, we live in a day of grace where God is not judging or punishing men and women. As D.L Moody found out, God hates the sin but He loves the sinner. Therefore, I am a christian not because I’m afraid of the consequences of hellfire but because I’ve met a God of love and kindness in Jesus Christ who forgave all my sins.

That means, that Gospel message is  the Good News that He loves us so much He sent His son so that by simply believing we would be saved from destruction and live for ever!

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, (be destroyed) but have everlasting life (live forever).

In the next two articles: “Why don’t we talk about death” and “Why don’t we talk about judgement” , I’m going to be looking more closely the scriptures and further explain what happens after death.

Part 2: A hellish confusion

Further reading:

Paul Ellis on hell

Excellent resource

Lecture on hell – Edward Fudge (Video)

Rethinking evangelism – Edward Fudge (Video)

Rethinking hell – Edward Fudge (Video)

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Losing your salvation (an awful thought)

lost and foundThe thought of losing your salvation is an awful and scary thought – and I believe a doctrine of demons designed in hell to rob believers of the joy of their salvation. This is what the scriptures say:

Hebrews 7:25 “Hence, He is able to save forever (completely or permanently) those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them”

Who initiated your new birth?

You became a child of God through new birth. That was a miracle not initiated by you just as in the natural. You didn’t choose God; he chose you! You didn’t find God; He found you. You didn’t deserve God’s mercy and grace; even the faith you have He gave you as a gift and that faith is simply the ability to believe and receive unseen spiritual things.

Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

How and why did that miracle happen? If it did, all you know is that it did! You don’t know how it happened. Your repentance didn’t make you a suitable candidate of grace as some preach. No your sinner-ship, your godlessness made you the object of God’s abundant grace and mercy. While you were a sinner and an enemy christ died.

How can you be separated from God’s love?

How then can you be separated from that love? One minute his child, his beloved son and the next minute back on your way to hell? If God hates divorce, the scriptures say so, then why do you a think a covenant keeping God is going to renounce those he bought with his own blood?

I mean, do we really think that God, who is apparently powerful enough to save rebellious and wicked sinners such as you or I, but yet not strong enough to keep us saved after we are transformed into sons and saints?

God finishes what he starts

Are we not confident that God keeps his word and has the ability to finish what he started?

Philipians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

No, He is never going to leave you or forsake you. Even if you deny him he is not going to deny you. Nothing can separate you from the love of God. When God makes a promise he keeps it. That is why the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.

Romans 11:29 “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”

The fact is, God didn’t put your own salvation into your hands. You may have signed the legal paperwork but the fulfilment of the contract is all His responsibility not yours. To put it plainly, you are not your own saviour – Jesus is and I believe he’s lost none of his sheep yet! In other words getting to heaven does not depend on your endurance, your faith, holiness, amount of confession, repentance or any other criteria other than faith – it depends on Jesus and his endurance!

What God starts he finishes. His glory is at stake; the angels are watching!

Salvation is not like your car keys!

It follows therefore, that if God didn’t put the inheritance of your salvation in your hands in the first place, how can you somehow lose it? Salvation is not like your car keys, it can’t be misplaced or lost that easily!

1 Peter 1:4 “To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you”

Finally, often the charge is made that this doctrine of grace makes for lazy believers? In fact, I don’t believe it does. Indeed, I am convinced that a thorough grasp of God’s grace and eternal security frees believers from an evil works minded mentality and enables them to enter God’s rest: actually trusting completely God’s ability to save rather than relying on their own strength and endurance.

1 Corinthians 15:10 “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”

Further reading:

Work out your own salvation (prophecy)

2 Corinthians 7:1 (Holiness)

Eternal salvation

Sinning wilfully

Dangers of the holiness movement 

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Where you look is where you go

 

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As a driving instructor, one of the first things I teach my pupils is: “where you look is where you go”. It’s amazing how true this is. For example, if my pupil looks  in the rear view mirror too long, maybe worried about the car following too closely behind,  guess where the car begins to head? Straight for the kerb!
Likewise, in the christian life this is so true. If you spend the majority of your time looking at your problems, guess what will happen!  You’ll start to worry, fret and struggle! No, look to Jesus the author and finisher of your faith. Fix your eyes on him. That’s how faith and grace work. It’s a fact, that in God’s Kingdom there is no lack. In fact, God has supplied everything you need ahead of time (even before you were born) – in Christ.

Phil 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

How do you receive from God?

So, how do you receive God’s abundant supply or grace in Christ? You access it through faith and that is the only way. Faith however, is not something we generate. In fact, faith is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8):

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

Faith comes as we fix our eyes on Jesus. Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith:

Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Faith also comes by hearing,  as we pay attention to God’s word (Romans 10:17) :

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Peter walking on water

It’s a bit like a wi-fi connection: when we are connected to him, looking to him, listening to him, then his life flows towards us, his faith empowers us. When the connection is broken however, faith stops flowing and the supply dries up! A good example of this is Peter walking on water. Peter wasn’t certain it was Jesus but he knew that only Jesus had the power to enable him to walk on water, so if it wasn’t Jesus, the moment he stepped out of the boat onto the surface of the water he would sink rapidly to the bottom of the lake!

Therefore, by faith Peter started well. Boldly, he steps out of the boat, becoming the second man only in history to achieve this never to be repeated and amazing feat: walking on water. However, when he started to look away from Jesus, distracted by the wind and waves, he then began to sink – where you look is where you go! (How do you begin to sink!)

Peter’s mistake, was to look away from Jesus and look at the size of the waves and the ferocity of the wind. He started to think about the impossibility of what he was doing. Consequently, he moved from faith into fear because he became self-conscious rather than Jesus conscious. The Bible says that perfect love casts out fear. Therefore,  if you are looking at the perfect love of Jesus it is impossible for fear to grip your heart. You cannot sink looking at Jesus!

In fact, his fear was pretty irrational really: when he started walking he left a sinking boat in the middle of a storm! Was it really any more impossible for Peter to walk on the water in a storm than walking on water on a lake calm as a millpond? No, of course not. The only reason he could walk on water was because of Jesus.

How to receive by faith – the women with a flux of blood

Another example of how faith works, is the women with the flux of blood. (Luke 8) How does she receive her miracle? Basically, she is determined to get to Jesus, nothing is going to stop her. Literally,  she crawls on her hands and knees behind him, pressing through the milling crowd – ignoring the fact that she is unclean and breaking the law. Eventually she reaches Jesus and stretching out her hand grabs hold of the hem of his robe. Instantly, the flow of blood in her body dries up and the healing power of Jesus flows out and into her!

For a re-telling of this story see my article the woman with a flux of blood

This is the kind of faith that God loves:  a faith that reaches out to take what God’s grace has to freely offer.

Phil 3:14 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before”

Can we miss the promises of God?

Is it possible therefore to miss the promises of God? Yes, certainly, as the writer of Hebrews warns us. It is possible to miss God’s blessing and salvation through unbelief.

Hebrews 3:19 “So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”

In fact, God’s grace is towards every man, women and child on the planet. He wishes all to be saved. However, not all have faith. Not all receive.

The Bible warns us of this, through the example of the children of Israel wandering in the desert for 40 years and never entering the promised land. How did they miss it? Was it because of their lack of skill or knowledge? Their sin? Well sin was a factor because it did harden their hearts but no, they missed the promise because of their unbelief. Instead of trusting in God’s miraculous supply, they looked back over their shoulder complaining bitterly – nostalgic for Egypt. Of course, they had completely forgotten the slavery and whips and working a 60 hr week without pay!

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Another sad case, is the story of Lot’s wife. She disobeys God’s sensible command to not look back at the burning remains of Sodom and Gomorrah and instantly becomes a pillar of salt.

Heavenly minded

On the other hand, Abraham is an example of a man full of faith and like Peter he leaves everything that is certain and secure, to go into a far country obeying and trusting God to show him a new one.

Genesis 12:1 “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:”

As believers and children of Abraham therefore, we are called to walk in his steps.

Romans 4:12 “And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.”

Like Abraham, we are not justified by our works or even how sorry we feel about our sins but by faith alone. Like the children of Israel in the desert bitten by fiery serpents, the solution is not to look at ourselves or even elsewhere but to the saviour on the cross. No good works or religious performance counts for anything. Jesus is the only way of salvation.

Numbers 21:1 “And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.”

John 3:14 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

Fix your eyes on Jesus

Therefore, where we look is where we will go and as believer we are called to be heavenly minded.  As Stephen was stoned to death, he describes what he saw: Jesus standing at the right of the majesty on high. He definitely went where he was looking and the religious leaders of the day hated him for it!

Col 3:1 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”

The number one strategy of the devil then, is to get us to look at ourselves, our failure and sinful flesh. He knows of course, that a believer who instead is absorbed with Jesus has the power to change and will become like him.  A believer absorbed with the flesh and self will become self-reliant and self-righteous! The disciples spent so much time around Jesus that they became like him:

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.”

The Holy Spirit’s strategy therefore, is to get us to fall in love with Jesus to get our eyes off ourselves and abilities. That is how we change. Not by battling the flesh in our own strength but beholding Jesus:

2  Cor 3:18 “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

So, lets get our spiritual eyes fixed on Jesus. Let’s stop looking back at the past and digging up the old man. The cross terminated your old self.  Move forward by faith and live the brand new life that Jesus has paid for.

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Prophecy for 2014

Double rainbowReturn to the stronghold,
You prisoners of hope. 
Even today I declare
 that I will restore double to you. Zech 9:12

Believe the Lord is saying that this year is going to be very different – it’s the end of a phase, the end of a difficult and dangerous journey. The start of something brand new.

In 2014 the Father is going to be completing things, fulfilling promises. Many are prisoners of hope, hanging on in faith to what God has promised.

 

He says:  “Hang on because I am going to quickly fulfill those promises at the beginning of this year and you will be surprised at how fast I can move!”

2014 therefore, is a year of completion, fresh beginnings, Jubilee, double anointing and blessings that will flow incredibly easily to all those who will position themselves under grace. For those who lean on their understanding and works, it is going to be extremely difficult, as the days are going to get darker and the winds of change are going to blow very strongly on the planet –even at hurricane force.

However, for those who have embraced change and submitted to God in everything over the last few years, their strength and character is going to show. They are like trees planted beside the river, they have been through the storms, they have their roots firmly implanted in the grace and love of God and they will not be moved however strongly the wind blows.

The Father says: “I am going to pour out my double blessing on you and deliver you. This year is a year of deliverance. As I delivered Israel of the fourteenth day of the first month so I say let my people go that they may serve me”

Genesis 31:41 Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times.

The Lord says: “I am delivering Jacob this year from the domination of leaders who rule like the man Laban. It is time for many of my servants who have faithfully lived and served amongst controlling churches to be released into their full anointing and destiny. Yes, these churches have been really blessed by the anointing of the Jacob’s amongst them and even claimed the blessing and anointing for themselves but I say if you don’t let them go – be careful.”

Galatians 2:1 Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also. And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.

God is raising many who will come out of the desert. They haven’t been to Bible College or University but they have graduated with honours from the school of the Spirit and understand the Gospel of Grace. They are modern Elishas who although they have been schooled by Elijah are not calling down fire on the unbeliever, they are of a different spirit, and have a double anointing, a grace anointing. Honour and receive them and you will have a prophet’s reward. I believe that a shift is also going to come because of technology and the Internet and God is going to raise up unknowns with great influence to unreached people groups.

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