Crushed Grapes Creates Sweet Wine

Oh if we could only learn to be like a sweet wine to this fallen world. Something so sweet and tasteful one swig would win any person to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Yet we often forgot there is no wine without being crushed like clusters of grapes. Even worse many of us are constantly putting our energy and eyes on all the afflictions we are enduring. We tell everyone how bad we have it. We constantly remind both believers and unbelievers of all the pain we are going through. Unfortunately while crushed grapes is necessary to create the wine, we will win no one to Christ by telling them how crushed we are, we win them to Christ by our sweet taste. When a man goes to the store to purchase a bottle does he give any thought to how the grapes got crushed? No, he’s only searching for something sweet to satisfy his thirst.

If we are to have a constant flow of wine produced we are to be constantly crushed. The world needs our sweet tasting wine more than ever. Turn the whine into wine.

Romans 6:7

“For he that is dead is freed from sin”

Dead men don’t get offended. Dead men don’t have rights. Dead men don’t feel pain. Dead men are no longer bound by carnal desires. Dead men are free from sin. How much are we willing to die that He may live?

Christ didn’t shed His blood to just free us from this sin or that sin. He didn’t come to just come to change us a little bit. No it’s much bigger than that. He came to deliver us from our fallen humanity all together. We become spiritual beings living with true resurrections life. The life man shared with God before adam and eve disobeyed. It’s the life where we gladly say we walk with God in the cool of the day. This life is available to whomever will at anytime, but it comes with a cost.

Death to self.

2 Chronicles 7:14

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

2 things came to mind while mediating on this verse.

First and foremost there is a condition.  IF my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; THEN will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. We could also think of this verse in the opposite light. If God’s people don’t humble themselves, pray, seek His face and turn from there wicked ways then God won’t forgive our sin and heal our land. The choice is ours and while this verse is absolutely a promise it comes with a price on a personal level.

The second thing that came to mind is many times in the bible the word “land” is a type and shadow of our own individual souls. God isn’t only be talking about a people at large in this verse, but speaking to us as personal individuals. If we turn from our wicked ways and seek Him with ALL our heart He will heal our souls.

Let’s bring things down to ourselves and forget what the world at large is doing. We see the consequences of sin spreading like wildfire in our nations. The real question is are we as God’s people sitting back forgetting to bring everything into the light of Gods word? We can point our fingers at world leaders. We can point our fingers at a harlot church. We can point our fingers at all those consciously serving the enemy. Yet ought to take a good long look in the mirror and point that finger at ourselves. Bringing ourselves into constant judgement.

2 Chronicles 7:14 “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.”

The Cross

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6).

The simplicity of this statement is so often overlooked. Truth isn’t subjective. Truth isn’t a set of rules or standards. Truth isn’t a doctrine. Truth is simply a person. Sanctification is a person. Deliverance is a person. Heaven is a person. Everything in it’s fullness is wrapped up in the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ.

This is why the cross is so offensive. It doesn’t care who you are. It doesn’t care what you have done, or what works you can do in your own self. It doesn’t care about your personality. It doesn’t care about your earthly treasures. If it’s not nailed to the old rugged cross and risen with Jesus Christ its like dung to the Heavenly Father.

What more do you have to do, where else do you have to be, what ambitions do you still have when you realize Jesus Christ has already done everything for you by shedding His blood on Calvary? My child the only thing left to do is to pick up your cross, and become crucified with your Lord and Savior. Feel those nails pierce through your hands and feet. Feel your head bow in surrender as you stare into death, the enemy of every man. When it feels as though you have completely lost yourself to this grueling experience of the cross, then and only then, can you now experience true resurrection life. You can cease from your own labors and be where He is with the Heavenly Father.

Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

Purge Us

Lamentations 3:22-23 “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

Psalm 51:7 “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”

You and you alone have we sinned against Heavenly Father. Wash us and make us clean. We hold you to your promises. Finish the work you promised in your children.

4 Points of Revival

In 1904 one of the greatest revivals in history broke out in Wales, a small principality of the British Isles. There have
been a few spiritual awakenings in history to span the globe and touch millions, but it can be argued that none had as
much concentrated power and impact as the Welsh Revival. It seems that the Lord looked down on Wales and said, “I
am going to show the church and the world what I can do with just a handful of faithful saints who will yield themselves to me.”
Evan Roberts was the most popular evangelist of the Welsh Revival. However he was not a dynamic leader of people.
He did not come with new doctrines, nor was he even considered a good preacher. Roberts came as a great example of
a dynamic follower of the Lord, encouraging the church to be a proper host to the Holy Spirit. As both the Scriptures and
history testify, the more yielded we are to the Holy Spirit, the more He will use us. Evan Roberts must be considered one
of the greatest examples of a vessel yielded to the Holy Spirit. The foundational message of the revival was known as
“The Four Points,” these were the four essential conditions that he believed were required before revival could come.
They were:

I.        All sin must be confessed to God and repented of.  The church has to be cleansed—the Lord’s bride would
be with out spot so there would be no room for compromise with sin. If there is anything in our lives about which there is even doubt as to weather it is good or evil—then cast it off!

II.        There must be no cloud between the believer and God. Have you forgiven everybody? If not don’t expect
forgiveness for your own sins. The Scripture is clear; we cannot be forgiven until we have forgiven. Unforgiveness
separates us from God.

III.        We must obey the Holy Spirit. Do what the Spirit prompts you to do. Prompt, implicit, unquestioning
obedience to the Spirit is required if we are going to be used by Him.

IV.        There must be public confessions of Christ as Savior. This is not a one time incident after our salvation
experience or baptism—for the Christian it is a way of life. (Evan also believed that there was a difference between
confession and profession)

It was unknown to Evan when he first preached them, but these “Four Points” set the direction for the revival, and
helped keep it on course for its duration. They established a foundation of repentance and then built upon a personal,
living relationship with the Lord. The driving force behind the revival was not a doctrine, or a human personality, but The Holy Spirit who had come to convict the world of sin, and then to lead the world to the forgiver of sin, Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit remained and moved powerfully for as long as He was able to do this work in the simplicity required for it. The LORD has revealed to many that there will soon be a great outpouring of His Spirit. This revival will be greater than all those preceding it. This vision includes key elements to this coming harvest and what the Lord is doing in the church now to prepare for it.

1.      Build upon the only foundation that can be laid. JESUS HIMSELF. Works that are built upon truths instead of The
Truth will not stand in this day. Many of today’s congregations and ministries are devastated by the slightest shaking.
The works that are properly built on Jesus will withstand the greatest trials and attacks without being moved. There will be a great emphases On the Lord Jesus Himself in the days to come. The increasing revelation of Him will overshadow the many emphases of the past as the sun dose the moon when it rises. The truths that have been such a distraction will begin to seem insignificant as the church begins to see Him; in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Col 2:3.

2.     Remove the barriers and facades that separate us from The LORD and each other. We must become more
intimate with Him, and through Him, each other. Spiritual pride and the exaltation of men, individual truths, or works, will come under unrelenting discipline from the Lord and will soon be understood as “strange fire” . Those who continue to offer it will perish from the ministry with such demonstrations that a pure and holy fear of the Lord will sweep through the body of Christ. This will help the church to move into true spiritual worship and a unity that is based on worship.

3.   Abide in the Sabbath rest of The LORD. This will become an increasing emphases in the teaching and a reality as
the Lord enters His temple, the church. Our growing intimacy with Him will bring a peace that will actually calm the storm of the rising sea of humanity. The intensity of the times will overwhelm any pseudo peace. We must be one wilt the “Lord of Sabbath”.

4.   Heed the spiritual preparation which may be reflected in the natural. For example: Some have begun moving their
assets into precious metals or lands. This may be helpful, but it is far more helpful to take the spiritual land and to lay up
treasures in heaven. The Lord is seeking givers who will become channels of His supply. For them there will be no lack.
Those who hoard or who do not learn to give freely may suffer increasing crisis in their earthly affairs. This is the Lord’s
discipline to set them free

                         Taken from the book “The World Aflame” by Rick Joyner.

Abiding in Deception

“The only thing that is going to prepare your heart and mine for the onslaught of deception that is coming over the world and over the church, is abiding in the anointing. It’s the only thing that is going to do it.” – George Warnock

Matthew 24:24 “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

Revelation 13:14 “And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.”

Brother Andrew

One of the most loved Brother Andrew stories recounts a risky incident from early in his ministry. On this occasion, Brother Andrew approached the Romanian border in his car—which was packed with illegal Bibles.

He could only hope the border guards were moving swiftly and not paying much attention, which might allow him to pass through undetected.

But just as he was hoping this, Brother Andrew saw the guards stop the car at the front of the line. He watched, in anticipation, as the vehicle’s owners were forced to take out all of the car’s contents and spread them on the ground for inspection.

Each car that followed received the same treatment, with the fourth car’s inspection lasting the longest. The guard took a full hour to sift through it, including removing hubcaps, taking the engine apart, and even removing the seats.

“Dear Lord,” Brother Andrew remembers praying, “What am I going to do?”

As he prayed, a bold idea came to Brother Andrew. “I know that no amount of cleverness on my part can get me through this border search.  Dare I ask for a miracle? Let me take some of the Bibles out and leave them in the open where they will be seen.”

Putting the Bibles out in the open would truly be depending on God, rather than his own intelligence, he thought. So when the guards ushered Andrew forward, he did just this. “I handed him my papers and started to get out. But his knee was against the door, holding it closed.”

And then, the almost unbelievable happened.

The guard looked at Brother Andrew’s passport and abruptly waved him on. “Surely thirty seconds had not passed,” he remembers.

Brother Andrew started the engine and began pulling away, all the while wondering if he was supposed to pull over so the car could be taken apart and examined. “I coasted forward, my foot poised above the brake. Nothing happened. I looked out the rear mirror. The guard was waving the next car to a stop, indicating to the driver that he had to get out.”

God had cleared the way for Brother Andrew to smuggle the Bible to Christians who had no access to God’s Word.