Moving God the Wrong Way

Moving God the Wrong Way



 
It’s not hard to realize what an unpredictable and chaotic world we live in. We experience change and uncertainty every day ranging from the mundane flat tire, spilled coffee, and lost car keys to more severe situations such as horrific natural disasters, random terrorist attacks, and nerve racking political and financial instability.
 
As Christians, we are blessed to know that as the World is falling around us, we can take comfort in the extended promise God made in Malachi 3:6, where He declares that He does not change and because of that fact, we will not be destroyed.
 
But despite being the source of our eternal stability, we still want to change God.
 
We want to Manipulate Him, with our Offerings.
 
We want to Control Him, with our Prayers.
 
We want to Influence Him, with our Actions.
 
God understands and recognizes this drive in us. In fact, the first three items listed in the Ten Commandments aim to help us realize this about ourselves.
 
You might not specifically worship Baal, Moloch or any of the other false gods listed in the Bible but we constantly place our own ambitions and aspirations ahead of God’s plans for us, selfishly thinking that God should work to achieve the trophies we covet rather than us working to bring Him Glory by fulfilling His plans.
 
Forbidding graven images doesn’t stop with statues carved out of wood and stone, but extends to our limiting God’s dimensions to what we believe to be physically possible. This is sometimes seen with people thinking their problems are too big for God. In their mind, they’re too sick to be healed, their marriage is too damaged to be repaired, their debt too staggering to be repaid. Limiting God’s power is sometimes excused with thoughts that God isn’t interested in our problems, there are more important issues for Him to focus on, and that we aren’t good enough for God to want to help us. This ignores the sacrifice Christ made through His Death and Resurrection and treats it as though that isn’t enough.
 
Thinking of God as existing exclusively in the box we put Him isn’t limited to sometimes believing heavenly intervention isn’t possible or won’t come, but also through restricting the supernatural to our natural needs. Only crying out to Him on behalf of some favor or service we need from Him is using God’s name as a manipulation of His Holiness for our own vanity. It’s easy to become “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.” 2 Timothy 3:4,5
 
Too often we fail to use prayer to intimately communicate with God to build our relationship with Him, but instead to conjure His infinite powers for ourselves. It is subtle in this manner, but the blatant spell Abra (Father) Kadabra (Of the Father: Son) Alakazam (Holy Ghost) done before spectacular magic tricks exactly mirrors how many Christians call out God’s Name in prayer before asking him to perform some miracle at their behest.
 
But it isn’t simply through prayer that we try to control God. We also tend to believe that through “good works” we can coax God into doing what we want Him to do. Some people give their tithe to Him only under the condition that they be repaid back the loan we give to Him with usury level interest added of course. Others fast from necessities like food and water to convince God to give them things they desire. Popular pilgrimages too, encourage us to walk long distances so that God will take steps in the right direction.
 
It is easy to dismiss this sin as one that sprung up after the Fall of Man, but it is precisely this desire that caused the Fall of Man. Adam and Eve did not eat of the forbidden fruit due to having no other source of food. The Snake’s sales pitch was focused on the lie that eating the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil would make Adam and Eve ever powerful like God.
 
Even in a perfect Paradise where all our needs were met, we had no pain or worries, and we were living in communion with God and His Creation, it still wasn’t enough for Us. We still want to be like God, to have His Power, to essentially replace Him. Sometimes He does give us the desires of our Hearts simply for us to realize that it doesn’t truly make us happy and that we feel fulfilled living the life and destiny He planned for us before our birth.
 
So how do we move past this desire to control God?
 
By giving Him total power over our lives and putting Him first in all aspects of it.
 
Your business and career needs to be focused on achieving God’s Will; the money and success will flow like a raging river but they will mean nothing to you compared to the satisfaction you gain from offering your Work Life as a sacrifice to God. In your marriage, you must love God above each other and then yourselves. The Joy that stems from a God focused partnership will turn the tide of divorce in our nation and help heal the emotionally shattered relationships that we are surrounded by in the lives of our families, coworkers, and friends.
 
Giving total control over to God can be terrifying for most people since it makes us feel terribly vulnerable and we worry about whether God will take care of us in the way we need. This is especially true when we feel most powerless and should rely on Him to not only thrive in the tough moments in life but sometimes simply to survive them. But the God that knows the number of hairs on your head, is the very same God who knows your deepest fears and desires to sooth your wounds, connect with you deeply, and let you understand and feel his infinite Love.
 
The strengthening of your relationship with God only comes with spending time and communicating with Him in prayer. Then, when you hear God, you will understand His Plans and Promises and you will begin to truly trust Him. This trust is manifested in our obeying His Word and surrendering ourselves fully to Him. It is a great irony that only through submission to God and His Will rather than trying to control Him with our dead works, will we be able to fully experience and be blessed by His Power. It’s all about Praying, Hearing and Obeying.
 

Written by Eric Sepulveda, PMT Administrator

What’s Your Angel’s Name?

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Kent Simpson started talking about angels when angels weren’t popular. For some of us, it’s hard to imagine a time when supernatural things were too “out there” to preach on. The last twenty years have seen an explosion of super hero movies, vampire romances, and sorcery schools, all while having a mindset that this is acceptable to push toward our children.

God knew this season was coming, which is why many years ago He started introducing the subject of angels to the church. We need the experiences Kent shares in this book to equip us for the angelic and demonic encounters we should expect in the next era. I know that for me, the encounters I’ve had during my lifetime have sometimes confused me. What did I see, exactly? What did it mean? When I hear stories from the “Professionals of the Faith” that have been around longer than I have, it helps me understand my Father even more, especially when the experiences are told in story form, as Kent loves to do. When he shares them, the movie of his life plays in my head and it becomes an example I can follow.

Kent has been a pioneer in the prophetic movement of the last several decades. I believe God has used him to ruffle a few feathers and to tip people out of the prophetic boxes they’ve put themselves into. Part of a prophet’s job description is to broach subjects that stretch the Body of Christ for the purpose of advancing God’s Kingdom. After all, if we call ourselves sons of God, being corrected and disciplined by Him (a lot of times through His vessels) is part of the package.

“We have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?” (Heb. 12:9).

God is our God. He is also the God of the spirits. In His eyes, there is no segregation; we are all one big team, even when we don’t see it, and even if we refuse to believe it’s true. For the supernatural showdown that’s coming, it would be extremely beneficial to us to learn what God is trying to teach us in this season regarding angels.


Foreword by Jennifer Ryan, an inspired writer and revelator who works in association with Kent Simpson and Prophetic Ministries Today.

What Is Truth?

What is Truth?

 
When interrogating Jesus, Pilot asked the question of Him,
 
“What Is Truth?” He then went out and told the Jews that he found no fault in him. Soon after, Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from death in glory. Two thousand years later, that same question till reverberates.
 
We are more equipped to answer that question concerning truth than Pilot was because Jesus kept a promise made to his disciples in John 14:16-17, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever – the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”
 
We are assuredly living in this age of the Comforter – even after two millennia – because Jesus said, “He may abide with you forever”. This is the very reason we still worship Jesus today after so many years after his death, which was seemingly one of many during the time in which he lived, for the crime of sedition. Crucifixion was generally reserved for these crimes, and all the condemned had signs placed announcing the reason for their execution. Jesus’s sign indicated he thought himself to be the king of the Jews, while many only mocked him as such, according to John 1:11. “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.”
 
The point is, there were many would-be messiahs around the time of Christ. Why do we remember and revere only him? It is well-nigh impossible that Jesus is making such a stir after all this time and yet millions around the world are devoted to him.
 
This is explained in John 15:26, “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.”
 
The comforter that Jesus prayed for the Father to send is keeping the name of Jesus alive in the hearts and minds of men today. The Spirit of truth testifies of Jesus. That is why when the gospel of Christ is preached, hearts are changed even today because the Holy Spirit bears witness with the human spirit that Jesus is the Lord of Lords. Without the Spirit of truth, we would all remain hopelessly lost in sin.
 
In chapter 16:13, John says, “However when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”
 
This verse confirms that as long as we have the Holy Spirit of truth (forever), we will be able to rely on “all truth” and knowing “things to come.” Thus we can be certain that gifts of the Spirit still operate. Words of knowledge, words of wisdom, and prophecy are alluded to in this verse.
 
In John 17:17, Jesus said, “Sanctify them by your truth: your word is truth.” The word translated “word” in this verse is “logos”. It means something said; or to speak intelligently. The Holy Spirit is now and forever speaking the word of truth of our Father in heaven.
 
Let us rejoice in the assurance given to us in 2 Thessalonians 2:13, “But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.” Bless the risen Lord for sending the Holy Spirit to abide with, and even in us. The Holy Spirit always brings forth the truth.
 
The reality of the Holy Spirit in our lives is such that we don’t even need any other to teach us. This is stated in 1 John 2:27, “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” Anointing means endowment of the Holy Spirit. It is by the Holy Spirit that we are led, learn, and live. Without Him we perish.
 
In answer to the age-old question, “What is truth?” – I believe the Bible says it best in 1 John 5:6 – “This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.”
 
Gentle reader, know this above all things: The Spirit is truth! By this we know that water is only water unless God says it is wine. And that poison will harm you unless God says it won’t. And even that a terminal illness will kill you unless God says you are healed.
 
Even the laws of science acquiesce to the Spirit of truth. In short, whatever the Holy Spirit tells you is the truth. But how will you know if you don’t hear? This is why we continue to stress the importance of praying, hearing, and obeying.

Wes Arnold
PMT Elder

Written by Wes Arnold, PMT Elder

Rapture

Kent Simpson
Apostolic Prophet

The word “rapture” was not in the first century bible. Paul mentioned being “caught up together in the clouds”, and because men throughout history didn’t understand what he was referring to, they made up something new to explain it and/or use for their own agendas.

Rapture was a Latin word that we transliterated (made a new word of out) to create this new belief. The Greek word Paul used was “harpazo”, which meant to seize, carry off by force; to claim for one’s self eagerly; to snatch out or away. (Strong’s # 726.) This word was used 13 times in the New Testament, and they didn’t have to do with a mass departure of Christians’ bodies into the sky.

Here are just three:
Matt 11:12 “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it (HARPAZO) by force.”

John 10:28-29 “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch (HARPAZO) them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch (HARPAZO) them out of My Father’s hand.”

What do We know about Revelation?
The Book of Revelation
has been a mystery to most all of us. However, in the past few decades our Lord Jesus has begun to unravel the prophesies written in this end times message. Through the study of Church history everyone will now be able interpret and understand this book that has left many losing their minds searching for its hidden truth.