Your Appointed Angel ch.9 part 74 page 163
“Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the LORD looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled the army of the Egyptians” (Exod. 14:24).
In this verse, our Lord is described as being a pillar of fire by day and a cloud by night. There are times while preaching that this same pillar of fire comes and anoints you with his power. Could it be an angel of the Lord gives us the power to preach the good news of Jesus Christ?
There is a connection between the anointing and the Angel of the Lord. Many say that the Angel of the Lord recorded in the Old Testament was Jesus Christ Himself. Old Testament references that capitalize the word “Angel” could be referring to Jesus Christ. At other times it is thought that Jesus appeared and spoke as a man (Gen. 18:2-22; 32:24-30; Josh. 5:13-15). Any reference that does not capitalize “angel” could be referring to one of the other angels of the Lord.
There are many passages in which the expression “Angel of God” is certainly used for a manifestation of God himself (Gen. 22:11; Exod. 3:2). Those who believe in Jesus Christ have His Spirit living within them; therefore, the same pillar of fire could manifest itself today through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
“And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, ‘See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy'” (Rev. 19:10).
The first time I preached and prophesied in a church was in February of 1988. After preaching under the anointing of the Lord, and prophesying in the spirit of prophecy, several people came to me to ask questions. One dear woman did not have a question, but rather wanted to share with me what she had heard and seen during the meeting. Now, this lady was by no means spiritually-minded, and she really doubted whether the gifts of the Holy Spirit were for today. When I saw her come towards me, I began to prepare myself for a good tongue-lashing.
To my surprise, she was crying and a bit shaken. I asked her what was wrong. She replied that while I was prophesying, the Lord spoke to her and gave her a sign. I was pleased to hear that she had heard the voice of the Lord! I was even more stunned, however, to hear what she had seen as a sign from God. This dear lady was told by the Lord to tell me that every word that was spoken was protected and that not one word would touch the ground. I was ready to do the Holy Ghost dance right then and there, but that was not all she had to say.
A sign of the Lord was shown to her while I was ministering. Every time I moved away from the pulpit, a bright light would blind her eyes until I stood still. She told me it appeared as if the light was hiding behind me. I believe this sign was given to her from God as her confirmation that she was to give me the word that He wanted me to hear. I did not know at that time how important that word would be to me later that day.
When I finally returned home and had lain down to rest, I felt the anointing leave me. As soon as the anointing left, the devil began whispering words of doubt and confusion. He told me I needed to get up and call various people I had prophesied over. He was telling me that the words I delivered were incorrect.
He continued to torment my thoughts, trying to convince me I had messed up someone’s life and that they would perish because of what I had spoken over them. This went on for a few minutes. Then the Holy Spirit reminded me of the word I had received from the woman who had seen the blinding light. So I simply told the devil what the Lord had said, rebuked him, turned over, and took a little nap.
I experienced what Jesus promised would happen as soon as we deliver His word: the devil would try to steal it. “And He [Jesus] said, ‘To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God; those by the way-side are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved'” (Luke 8:10-12).
I learned many things that day, but this one lesson I hope never to forget: whenever God gives you a word for someone and you are commanded to deliver it, the devil will try to steal it. It is by your faith that you delivered the word and it will be by your faith that the word will come to pass.
“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith” (Rom. 12:6).
The devil will try to get you to come into agreement with him that the prophecy you delivered was incorrect. If you come into agreement with the devil and his word, you will give the promise of God over to him, robbing the person of their prophecy and promise. Many nights I have resisted the devil as he has tried to steal the promise of the words delivered to the people through the gift that I received by the prophecy and the laying on of hands of the eldership.
A Massive Outpouring of Love and Power part 75 page 166
God is sending His people spiritual gifts that are listed in 1 Corinthians 12, and also redemptive gifts that are listed in Romans 12. Another thing I have noticed is the variety of ministries being prophesied into existence are very unusual. These new ministries being birthed are nothing like anything we have ever seen before.
“There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills” (1 Cor. 12:4-11).
It is so obvious that the Holy Spirit is equipping the saints of God for a massive outpouring of God’s love and power. More and more, I hear “brand name” preachers touch upon the need for angels. The connection between the angels, also known as ministering spirits, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit are coming more into focus. I was shown by the Holy Spirit a number of years ago about the variety of angels and how they effectively minister in various gifts of the Holy Spirit. You will be hearing more about this from other ministers as the days go by, for this revelation is huge and is sweeping across the nations.
If the Holy Spirit is tugging on your heart to seek a word of prophecy, it could be because He has a spiritual gift that He wants to impart into you to establish your ministry.
“For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established” (Rom. 1:11).
“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Rom. 11:29).
Spiritual and redemptive gifts cannot ever be taken away from you. Be not foolish, however, with this newfound power from God for He is faithful to His Word and will not take the gift from you. However, if you harm His people or abuse them in any way, He will simply remove you.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Prov. 1:7).
Angelic Enforcers of Spiritual Law part 76 page 168
“I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!'” (Isa. 6:1-3).
When the saints of the Lord come together to pray, praise, and worship, the angels will enter into the midst of them, making their presence known. This is when we begin to see people saved and the gifts of the Holy Spirit manifested. Angels are in our presence to deliver to the Father our confessions.
There are many spiritual laws that affect our lives, just as natural laws affect our physical world. We cannot see the law of gravity, but if we stand under a falling boulder we will feel its full effect. Spiritual laws, when misused, can have the same aftermath as the law of physics. It does not take faith to cause spiritual laws to manifest in our presence. The one thing that does differ is that spiritual laws are not controlled by time. The effects, good or bad, can come quickly or take years. On the other hand, nature’s laws are time-controlled and are more easily understood. This is why it is hard for some Christians to understand why a heathen can seemingly go unpunished. However, scripture promises that judgment day will eventually come to all.
“Some men’s sins are clearly evident, preceding them to judgment, but those of some men follow later. Likewise, the good works of some are clearly evident, and those that are otherwise cannot be hidden” (1 Tim. 5:24-25).
Another spiritual law that has a profound ability to return to its creator (like a boomerang) is the Law of Judgments. We begin to form judgments which affect our lives from day one. Judgments that we make in life can be good and return blessing back to us, or they can be bad and carry curses. We can make critical judgments of others and are guaranteed to receive the same in return. The criticism we receive usually comes from someone other than the person we have judged. It is also a law within the spirit realm that by the same measure of the infraction, we are guaranteed to have it come back on us in equal force or greater.
I will let you in on a little tidbit that will help you in prophesying, as well as in knowing of things to come. When you see a violation of God’s spiritual law, you can then proclaim the outcome of the effects to that person or nation. This is how prophets are able to know of many things to come without even hearing God’s voice. Now, what I have shared with you is very valuable information; however, there is one pitfall. If you witness someone breaking a spiritual law and you prophesy their punishment, know that if God grants them forgiveness, your words will fall to the ground and not come to pass.
Always keep this one spiritual law in your forethoughts before speaking evil about anyone. You are accountable for every word you speak. If you want to stand under the Master’s gavel, then foolishly speak evil and you will experience firsthand the power of His wrath.
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you” (Matt. 7:1-2).
The Spiritual Law of Giving part 77 page 171
Something material for something spiritual is also a spiritual law that carries blessings and curses. In this law, we find that it is not “how much you give” but “who you give it to” that is important. You can give a psychic a twenty-dollar bill for a reading and receive a curse. On the other hand, you can give to God’s ministers and be blessed.
Let us not stop there. We must also understand that this spiritual law is only in effect if the one ministering accepts your monetary gift. Apostle Paul goes into great length explaining to the saints in Corinth about this spiritual law. At the end of his message he robs them of their blessing by not accepting their offering. (See 1 Corinthians 9:1-18)
“Whoever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock?” (1 Cor. 9:7).
The boundaries for giving that have been set by many Christians today do not line up with Scripture. In fact, there are a large number of Christians who believe that if you minister, you should do it without any monetary return. It appears that the church at Corinth, in Apostle Paul’s day, had the same problem. This is why he goes into such great length to bring the church back in line with Scripture. He is saying that if one plants wheat, one should eat of that wheat. Or if he raises sheep, he should eat of its meat. Or if he has goats, he should drink of their milk.
It costs a lot of money to fight back the spirit of darkness. The cost of publishing, materials, postage, travelling, and internet expenses are tremendous. The last thing we need is to waste time and finances trying to convince Christians of this spiritual truth.
“Do I say these things as a mere man? Or does not the (spiritual) law say the same also? For it is written in the Law of Moses, ‘You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.’ Is it oxen God is concerned about? Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope” (1 Cor. 9:8-10).
You do not have to be a prophet (or spiritual) to understand this law of exchange. If you have an ox that labors to grind out the seed for your bread, would you keep all of the grain for yourself? No! Any halfway intelligent person would know if you do not share the seed of the grain with the oxen, he will starve to death. Then you would not have oxen to tread out the grain for you.
Unfortunately, even at the closing of the 20th century, we still have Christians who want to starve those who are grinding out the word and revelation of God. Without the bread of life, we will become spiritual beggars falling to the ground, dry and hungry for God and His word. It seems to be no problem for the majority of people to live under the monetary rule of exchange when it comes to receiving food, entertainment, and other Earthly pleasures. They think nothing of giving their hard-earned money for food, pills, or even a movie, but struggle when giving to the ministers of the gospel.
Some say they cannot trust the ministers with their money. Does this mean they can trust the grocer, the doctor, the lawyer, and everyone else but God’s ministers? What a minister offers cannot always be seen in the same manner as what you brought home in a grocery bag or the pharmacist’s bottle. Do not be fooled by what you cannot see, for what is spiritual is eternal and you cannot purchase it; you can only support it.
If you are being blessed by one minister, but give your tithes and offerings somewhere else, you are in a sense committing a spiritual crime. Over the years, I have heard of people sneaking off to hear another preacher, but they left all their tithes and offerings at their traditional church. I prayed about this and asked the Lord for wisdom and this was what He had to say. He put it to me this way: “Do you take from the shelf at K-Mart and then go pay Wal-Mart for the product because that is where you have shopped at the longest?” We see this happening all over the Body of Christ. As a result, some of God’s oxen are being muzzled.
“If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things? If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more? Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ” (1 Cor. 9:11-12).
The Bible Does Not Stutter part 78 page 174
Nowhere in the Bible does it say that you are to give all your tithes to one local church or ministry. What the Bible does say is to give unto God what is rightfully HIS! (See Malachi 3:8.) How do you do that? It is easy! If you are receiving revelation from God through a ministry or church, then you have found His Spirit and that is where He wants you to sow your tithes and offerings. Think about it: if God has chosen to speak to you through that person, do you suppose that this might be where He would want you to give of your material things? If the minister is good enough for God, how much more should we be willing to bless him/her?
“Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar? Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel” (1 Cor. 9:13-14).
Here we find another commandment of the Lord that we can obey or disobey. If the Lord has commanded those who preach the gospel to live from the gospel, then we need to support those who labor in this good news. What could be the punishment for not taking care of those who are laboring for God’s word?
Have you ever tried to find God after He has hidden Himself so well that you feel abandoned? The prophet Amos prophesied of a famine that would come. The famine would not be one of food or water but of the words of the Lord (Amos 8:11-12). I am sure there were still priests, prophets, and kings in that day, but God was not speaking through any of them. Why? Because the people had closed their hands, making a fist in the face of God. They would not give to His workers as commanded, so they were cursed.
“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation” (Mal. 3:8-9).
The day the Lord had me start asking people to give something of value for a prophecy seemed to be the same day that I started fighting my flesh and the devil. You see, I was proud and I did not want to be supported by God’s people. It made me feel out of control to depend on the people for my needs. I would rather paint houses or work at the grocery store than take money for preaching and prophesying.
I have really experienced the power in this verse of scripture that says, “It is better to give than to receive.” (See Acts 20:35.) Believe me, it is much easier to do physical labor and receive a regular paycheck than to earn your wages from spiritual labor. Once you have been humbled to depend upon the people for your livelihood, you realize that you have given up the freedom to do and say whatever you want. You become much more responsible to the people that God sends your way, and will find yourself praying much harder for their wealth, health, and sound mind.
These attacks are not our battles to fight because God defends his own. My wife and I have tried very hard to do only what God has told us to do, and that is not always what others want us to do. I asked the Lord over and over again, “Why do we have to ask the people to give in order to receive?” He has responded many ways, but each time He has not wavered in His reasoning.
He once said, “Son, the gospel is not free; it cost me my life!” Another time He responded to my plea with these words: “Son, if they have nothing invested in the word they receive, it will be worthless to them.” On another occasion the Lord said, “The gospel is not free; it will cost you this life in exchange for life eternal.”
One time when I became very stressed over finances, the Lord said to me, “Son, do not take this life too seriously, for this is not it!” After hearing the Lord’s words so many times, I have learned to become very firm in the way we handle things in this ministry, for it is His ministry we are entrusted with. Now when we receive hate mail or rebukes for asking for financial support, it just makes me more determined to preach the truth about the spiritual law of giving and receiving.
In the exchange of spiritual things for monetary gifts, the devil has worked overtime on a large portion of God’s people. The fact is, the Bible is not a book of lies. It fully supports the spiritual law of exchange, although we need to make sure that we are supporting the church or ministry that is producing God’s word and blessings. To give just to be giving does not always produce God’s rewards and blessing.
Angels Perform the Will of the Holy Spirit part 79 page 177
The Holy Spirit is the presiding ruler of God’s Kingdom on Earth and is making judgments daily about who will be rewarded and who will not. If He can trust you to give when He sends an angel of the Lord (who prompts you to give), then He is faithful to reward you. However, if you have the unction of the Holy Spirit come upon you to give, and you reason away why you shouldn’t give, then the Holy Spirit cannot trust you.
You cannot expect Him to bless you just because you have people praying in agreement with you or claiming promises from the Holy Scripture. Blessings only come by the grace of God and your obedience to His desires. The Bible is not some book of incantations where you can just chant whatever you want and expect the Holy Spirit to hop up and down and do whatever you say. No! You must establish a relationship with Him that is based upon your doing whatever the Holy Spirit asks of you, before you can expect Him to do something for you.
The spiritual laws of exchange go much deeper than just memorizing a few scriptures from the Bible. You can’t quote a verse and believe for the promise to come your way if you are unwilling to obey the Holy Spirit’s request.
It might sound odd to you, but the Holy Spirit will even use a heathen to give if He cannot find a loyal believer. That is why you see the Spiritual Law of Exchange working even for those who do not regularly attend church or mention God’s name with praises upon their lips. Even a heathen can admit when he has been graced with a gut feeling, a hunch, or just something inside that told him to give, and he did it. He will say, “Here I am, a blessed man.” Pray, Hear, and Obey! It is the only way to have the blessing of the Lord move in your life.
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God” (Deut. 28:1-2).
“I am the bread of life. He who comes to me shall never hunger, and He who believes in me shall never thirst”