It’s not so You Can Buy Anointed Miracle Healing Cloths
Time for another update.
I have learned something disconcerting: when the Holy Spirit drops a bombshell revelation on you, after you get over the surprise, the knowledge seems obvious. Because it is. We are unbelievably blind without his help. Things that are obvious–things God spells out pretty plainly in the Bible–are completely hidden from us.
We swim in a sea of lies. Well, some of us swim. Most lie on the bottom.
I got a big revelation that will sound obvious when I disclose it: our purpose on the earth is to put the heart and mind of Jesus into human beings.
I think most Christians would agree. It’s not a controversial opinion. In fact, the Bible says the reason God leaves the saved here instead of rescuing us from this cesspool is so we can reach others. But we don’t take the message to heart. Our main priorities are carnal, and that is generally true of preachers as well as the rest of us.
God offers us help with our problems. No doubt about it. He offers financial abundance, physical health, quality marriages, and success at what we do. But we make these things our focus, as though the only reason God exists is to do nice things for us. These gifts are not supposed to be our goals. They are helps God gives us while we work on what really matters.
I know I’m always criticizing TBN and the prosperity preachers. Well, I’m going to keep doing it. These people have charismatic Christians convinced that God is their genie. Got a problem? Pay God a large fee, through whatever preacher is speaking to you at the time, and God will fix it. God should have a price list. In fact, in some churches, he does. My pastor was at a church where a leader told people to form lines in order to receive prophecies. The $25 prophecies were in one line, the $100 prophecies were in another, and so on.
People get upset when I criticize. They think Benny Hinn and Joel Osteen and their pals are doing great things, even though they’re “not perfect.” That’s sad. The people who defend them have no discernment at all. They don’t understand that these preachers are doing tremendous harm. By baiting people with false promises, they get believers to focus on selfish things, and the big problem with that is that it prevents us from thinking about the things that actually matter. You will never get what God wants you to have as long as some greedy goofball in a $5000 suit poor people paid for is telling you to go after something else.
Which you probably won’t get.
It’s better to be saved and be greedy and ignorant than to know nothing at all about God. I grant you that. But we shouldn’t be comparing bad with worst. We should be comparing bad with best. The best is possible, and God wants you to have it. The best thing that can happen is for you to become like God in your heart and mind, and it will never happen while you’re obsessed with cars, houses, marriage, and so on.
Every person on earth is spirit-led.
Christians think the phrase “spirit-led” only refers to holy people. That’s true, if it refers to the Holy Spirit. But every person on earth is led by spirits. If the spirit that leads you isn’t the Holy Spirit, it’s Satan. I don’t care if you’re a Christian, an atheist, a Buddhist, or what. There are only two choices.
The modern crop of Satanists realize most people don’t really want to worship the devil, so they promote Satanism as self-worship, which more people find acceptable. They actually claim Satan doesn’t exist. They say he’s a fictional character they admire and use as a role model. He did his own thing. He believed in himself, and mean old Jehovah destroyed him for it. Satanists tell people to be themselves and think for themselves. But that option is not available on planet earth. If you try to be your own master, you submit to Satan.
A person is like a house. Spirits will come and live in it, one way or the other. If you’re not full of the Holy Spirit and moving in the fruits and gifts of the Spirit, and you’re not completely dedicated to God’s agenda, you are inhabited by spirits that hate God, and they make you feel unproductive urges and emotions. They also invite friends, the way crackheads invite other crackheads to abandoned houses. They are illegal aliens and squatters.
As a result of their presence, almost all of us are full of iniquities, which means we are full of externally imposed inclinations toward evil. We usually think these inclinations are our own, but that isn’t true, because when we try to get free of them, they persist.
When Jesus died for us, he bought us the right to forgiveness, but he also bought us the right to be filled with a better spirit: the Holy Spirit. Once the battle to get you saved is over, a new battle begins: the battle to 1) drive out the spirits that have ruled you, and 2) put the Holy Spirit in charge.
Being baptized with the Holy Spirit doesn’t get rid of the opposing spirits immediately. The Holy Spirit is not pushy. He will do exactly what Jesus told us to do: when he is invited, he will take the worst seat in the house and wait to be called forward. This is why we see Spirit-filled preachers on TV, moving in the gifts of the Spirit but serving greed and lust and pride. The Holy Spirit operates in them to a certain extent, but he isn’t the boss.
If you think I’m wrong, consider Jesus. Lie us, he had to be baptized with the Holy Spirit. Unlike most of us, he received that baptism when he was water baptized. What did he do then? He went to the wilderness to rid himself of iniquity. Satan tempted Jesus and tried to rule him, but Jesus renounced him. After that, he began his ministry and did all sorts of miracles.
God is waiting for us to admit we’re full of spirits and evict them. When that happens, we’ll see real power and virtue.
When iniquity is subdued, we start to have the heart and mind of Jesus. He reveals things to us, and our motivation changes. When that happens, we become one with God.
People argue about the Trinity. They say it’s one being manifesting three different ways. Some say Jesus is the Messiah, but he’s not really God, because there is only one God. I stopped torturing myself with the riddle and accepted what seems to be the obvious truth: Jehovah, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are three separate beings. When the Bible says they are one, it means they are so unified in nature and intentions, they will always agree and work together. They will never have conflict, and they use the same power. This is what God wants for us. He wants us to be aligned with him internally. When that happens, we will be one with him, and things will flow. This is the kingdom of God. When God rules inside you, the kingdom of God is in you.
We don’t think about that much. We try to be good, but most of the time our big priority is to get God to give us stuff and do things for us.
God is supposed to guide us, but we choose our own jobs and wives and so on, and then we demand help from God. I guarantee you, right now, there are strippers asking God to help them in their careers. We’re supposed to let God put us where we should be. If we do that, then he has an incentive to help. If you’re doing things God doesn’t want you to do, why should he help you? What would be the point?
Preachers are as bad as anyone. They see rich megachurch pastors on TV, and they think God wants them to be filthy rich. They make slaves of people who come to them for teaching. They demand huge offerings. They demand unreasonable service from volunteers. They muzzle people; anyone who speaks correction is evil! They shoo the needy away while kissing the rear ends of the wealthy, famous, and powerful. This was the way things worked at my old church. They’re still doing it. The pastor’s son is running around on reality TV with the Kardashians. His reputation is wiped out, but he doesn’t know it yet, because all he can see is fame.
To have the heart and mind of Jesus, you have to get rid of the heart and mind of Satan. You have to clear out the spirits you used to serve. You have to invite the Holy Spirit and pray in tongues to get connected to power and correction. If you don’t do these things, whatever you’re doing with your life is almost certainly a waste of time, and you aren’t going to get the full measure of power and help.
God gave us the story of Joshua to presage all this. The promised land represents you. The people who squatted there represent the spirits that rule you in God’s absence. The pillar of cloud and pillar of fire represent what they are: the Holy Spirit. You’re supposed to follow the Holy Spirit and root out his enemies. Then the land thrives in victory and peace.
Here is what Joshua said:
Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
This is the choice you have to make, and serving the Lord doesn’t mean going to church or working as a volunteer or feeding orphans. It means making the Holy Spirit the dominant spirit in your life, above even your own.
I don’t know if this will help anyone or not, but it’s the truth.