The Lord wants to protect His Bride!
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The Lord Wants to Legally Protect His Bride!
(As a perfect Husband would!)
God says to shout from the roof tops what He shows us in the night. So here I will share some of the 'things of the Spirit' that the Lord gave me after I placed these two articles on the web.
What is happening when I don't give my tithe or, in faith, give it to a church that is unknowingly spending it for harlotrous purposes?
My Experience with the Pardon of Debt! or
. . .The curse causeless shall not come. Proverbs 26:1,2
As I was writing the above articles and placing them on the web I was asking the Lord where the line of protection is for happenings in our day if we'll tithe correctly. In other words, what should and what shouldn't be happening when you have a hedge around you? Here are five scenes, four of which are 'pictures of protection'!
Given - December 16th 1998
The first two scenes have to do with:
Malachi 3: 9-11
Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
The first scene was a wall of money on a vine coming at me as a tidal wave. It was very tall and went to my left and right as far as I could see! I was standing on God's side of the altar and the wall of money was coming at me from on the people's side of the altar.
Proverbs 13: 22 . . . and the wealth of the sinner (wicked) is laid up for the just (righteous).
I hope you see the wall of money, presented by the Holy Spirit, in relation to Malachi 3: 9-11 & Proverbs 13:22. I have heard the prosperity message preached from these two scriptures. I've seen churches built on preaching that message because people like to hear it. But it has never come to pass as scripture indicates. There is a reason!
.The second scene is a picture of a type of protection!
I present it in image form in the hope you will be able to understand it even better. The image is of a portion of my dad's farm. A creek runs through the trees. There are two creeks that affect this field that lays between his house and the first creek. I know where the flood line is and have indicated it for you on the image.
When this vision was opened to me by the Holy Spirit, I was looking down on the field from above my dad's house at about eight hundred feet. I was wondering what the gray object was that almost fully circled the field. From that position it looked to be what I would call frilly. I was wondering how to farm this field inside what appeared to be a frilly wall!
Suddenly I was on the ground standing in the back yard in an opening, indicated by the purple dot.
( I have prepared another image for you to see and I placed people in the picture to give an idea of the size of what I saw. )
.I was standing between what I could then fully discern to be two freshly poured concrete walls. I could only see the sloped inside wall from where I was. I walked to the left wall and soon passed around the end of it to surprisingly see that the wall was straight up and down on the outside. It was then that I knew for sure what it was. It was a flood wall, with no seams, around this whole field! I reached out and touched the wall to realize the concrete was of such quality that I have never seen in real life. I also knew the concrete extended down into the ground as pictured. I then walked back between the walls realizing they came to the flood line and that there was no way this field could flood anymore. End of vision.
It is not hard to realize that both the money scene and the wall of protection from the enemy's flood has to do with Malachi 3: 9-11. But why did I first see the wall as looking frilly? The Lord is dealing with me, and you, because I know there are those out there who feel the same way I do about the winds of doctrines that have gone through the church. I'm tired of them and don't want to be a part of them. That is why I preach and teach very little that hasn't been demonstrated to me by God to be true. God is giving us 'these things of the Spirit' to build our faith, so we can take the necessary steps to come into His divine protection. It takes steps, and steps take time. It's not a snap of the fingers! The wall had looked to be frilly to me from the distance. But upon examination I was surprised to see it was real and most certainly not frilly! The Lord is saying to me and you that this is not a frill, not a wind of doctrine. It is real. It is the way it is, if you will deliver My tithe correctly and not rob Me:
. . . I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
Why was I wondering about how to farm this field? Looking back at the picture, you will notice that the only way into this protected field to farm it is through the back yard. There is NO OTHER WAY INTO IT! The back yard has to do with your back side and God's protection of it! God wants to protect your back side, as I have explained in the previous articles. From the scene the Holy Spirit has given us, that protection starts in your back yard and then encircles the fruit of your ground!
What does this wall protect you from? One place to look in the Bible is at the signs in Deuteronomy 28 of being under a curse, knowing these things should not be happening, but I'll let you review them for yourself.
The enemy comes in like a flood! Look at how he came into Job's life like a flood. Realizing that God's hedge (that line of protection) had been holding back these identifiable types of attacks.
And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Then Satan obtains permission to attack Job's own body!
But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.
Given - Dec. 22nd Another picture of a type of God's protection.
.It was revealed in the scene that if I would walk in covenant with God and follow after the 'things of the Spirit' (which was shown to be a part of walking in covenant with God), I would be protected supernaturally! At the end of the scene I was walking through a crowd of people who wanted to lay hands on me to destroy me but they could only come into about two feet of me and they could not lay one hand on me. I reached out and actually touched one person with my hand and spoke a kind word to him, but they couldn't touch me!
This reminded me of Jesus' supernatural protection provided because He walked in the covenant already established by His Father in the earth and followed the 'things of the Spirit' (obedience). These scriptures portray the same kind of supernatural protection I experienced in the vision!
And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. But he passing through the midst of them went his way
All those in the synagogue were hot after Jesus' life, but Jesus' divine protection kicked in. This was not a small group of people.
Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also. These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.
Jesus said no man could take His life unless He laid it down. Why? His Father's covenant protection.
Given - Dec. 25th Another picture concerning protection!
.I was taken into a room that was a place of rest. It was large, like an auditorium with wooden floors and walls. On the northeast wall (this place did not set square with the world) were many doors, not people doors, but rectangular doors and square doors of all sizes that covered the wall up to about the 15-16 foot level. These doors were all shut. The only way to open them was from the inside! In the scene, I was shown that workers in the church don't know this room exists! The most amazing thing about this place was that it doesn't cost anything to stay there.
This room was a place of rest and protection. All the doors that the enemy could come through were shut. A person on the inside would have to open them to the enemy! A picture of a person opening one of these small doors after they were in this place, would be deliberate disobedience to something the Lord told them to do or not to do. The reason why God is saying it doesn't cost anything to stay in this place is this fact. The tithe is the Lord's and when you deliver it you have given nothing ( it has cost you nothing ) because it is God's and never WAS yours! He entrusted you with it, but if you rob Him of it by not delivering it right, you have no way of getting into this place.
Given - Dec 26th Another picture of protection!
.In the scene I was in a confined area in prison when some men, whom I wasn't acquainted with, wanted to kill me for doing something good. I wasn't sure which of the men there wanted to kill me. I was walking through the courtyard, wanting to hide, when a couple of men came right up to me and said, "Get under here." It was under a frame of something. I sat down under it and men squeezed in round me, with a couple sitting beside me so I wouldn't look conspicuous. The men came who wanted to kill me! It was like the Mafia looking for me. They never found me because of the protection of strangers, who knew who the enemy was.
The general picture here is that God sometimes uses men to protect who He wants to protect.
Acts 18: 9-10
Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.
The Lord wants to legally protect His bride-to-be.
As a young man about to be married I was very protective of my bride-to-be and that carried over into my marriage. I can tell you, after being in heaven, the Lord wants to protect His Bride-to-be in a measure that is far beyond our understanding, because of His love. To tell you of His love for us, you should know that Jesus would have done what He did for us - even if He knew there would only be one person accept what He did! He would have done what He did for one person! One person saved! Please get a grasp of this. Know that the Lord wants to protect the church from its enemy! To understand a little of the problem, let me present a picture. This applies to a man who has been married, is just getting married, or is going to get married.
We are looking at a man about to be married to a girl who is committing acts of stealing from her future husband, and she is being intimate with other men (harlotry). This man loves his wife-to-be, without measure, and he forgives her on a continuing basis. One day the police (devil) come and arrest the wife-to-be, taking her into captivity. There is absolutely nothing the loving future husband can do, even though he has forgiven her. She is held captive because it is a legal matter! I hope you can see a parallel to Jesus' position concerning His Church/Bride to be. If you'll really look, it is not hard to see that the church in the world is unknowingly being held captive.
In the original prophecy to this ministry God said,. "I desire to give you the prize!" I didn't understand this and thought, "This is the creator of the universe speaking; if He wants to give it to us why doesn't He?" God personally said this to me when He was dealing with me about this ministry and its purpose, "I want to build something that can't be torn down!" It's all a matter of legalities! God cannot protect His Bride to be if she is robbing Him! It would be illegal! No matter how much He loves her, or she loves Him.
God Reveals that His Protection is More Than I Thought !
(Even when you have on all the armor of God,
you still can not watch your backside!)
Even though this is for everyone, I would especially hope those who knew my mother would read it. My mother went to be with the Lord prematurely, before her purpose was done on this earth. Close to the end of her life, I walked into her living room and she said these words to me, "Roy, I misinterpreted so many things. Take all my stuff (meaning all her writings and records of the "things of the Spirit") and use them any way you can. Tell them!" You will understand some of why she said this to me later in this article. She wanted me to tell Christians what she had missed. She didn't want them to do the same! A little while after my mother's passing, the Lord asked me, . "Are you going to honor your mother?" This article has only a small portion of all that I know she was talking about.
[The Lord confirmed the message in this article to me this morning (let it be recorded 3/29/99) in a night vision! Please do not take this message lightly. ]
God Reveals That His Protection is More Than I Thought!
The Lord once told an acquaintance of mine,."It is important to tithe." I knew at the time that neither this person nor I really knew the significance of what God was saying. But I knew that the God who created the Heavens and the Earth said this out of His mouth, "It is important to tithe." Can you envision how important it is if God, our creator, said it is important? It must really be important! Of course, the Lord is talking about tithing the correct way! He doesn't consider tithing the wrong way as tithing. He is a God of absolute truth.
Some time ago I shared with you what the Lord was showing me about His protection, and the fact that He really wants to protect His people. On March 13, 1999, the Lord revealed to me, in a scene in the night, that His protection was more than I thought it was. The Lord has instructed me to share what He has shown me. He is enlarging the picture of protection that He has been showing us that comes from tithing correctly.
The scene, Saturday, March 13, 1999
.I was sitting in Dad's living room, with my family. I looked out the big picture window to the south, into the same field that God had used to show me His protection from the enemy's floods. It was a pleasant, peaceful, sunshiny day but suddenly I saw a tornado, a rather large one, touching down in that field and it was coming towards the house. The sun was still shining. I jumped up and told everyone to take cover, to get into the basement, because there was a tornado coming! They didn't move and I kept telling them to go, "Go! Go! Come on!" as I moved through the house towards the basement door. I got to the basement door and was waiting to help them into what safety there was. I looked out the back door to see that the tornado had come and was over the area where the barn had stood. It was as big as the back yard. I hollered to the family that it was at the barn and that it was coming, "Take cover!" Dad finally appeared from the kitchen door and I saw my older brother, in the kitchen. My younger brother was a little further away and the image of him was not clear. I was speaking frantically to everyone to take cover but no one was really interested in doing it. They didn't believe that there was a tornado out there. After all, it was a sunny day! Dad was now standing close enough that I gave him a shove towards the door saying, "Get to the basement!" He took a couple of steps as I pushed him but then he stopped just as he was at the door. Because he wouldn't take that last step at the basement door he stumbled down the steps, falling and stopping a little less than halfway down the stairs. He had somersaulted, landed on his back and was in pain. I couldn't get him to move on down the stairs. He was only halfway into the protection and only that far because I gave him that first shove. I finally went on downstairs, into the protection, to see that the walls and foundation were new concrete and much thicker than normal for basements. I saw that the protection was much better than I had thought. I was still hollering at my family to take cover through all of this. I was then wondering where to go for the best protection along the walls, as I knew the tornado was now entering into the back yard. I saw (in the spirit) that there was an area where there was a concrete ceiling in the basement and I knew that was the best place to be. I knew it was under the bedroom, and under the bed in particular. I was looking for this place when the scene ended.
To give you some background so you can understand the scene and God's message here, I will be revealing some things that have happened in my life and the lives of my mother and father.
First of all, the concrete that was new and thicker than normal for a basement wall was the same high quality concrete that was in the wall of protection around the field. So the protection we are talking about has to do with the first scene of protection spoken of in the article "The Lord Wants to Legally Protect His Bride." There is a reason the Lord gave this scene as the first scene of protection. It is His basic line (bottom line) of foundational protection for us.
I have inserted this sketch, to refresh your memory. The gray line represents the flood wall against the enemy in the first scene of protection.
To understand why the Lord has revealed that my dad is about halfway into the protection, I must share the happenings that occurred around my mother's passing on to be with the Lord. Some time ago the Lord told me to do a flow chart of my mother's life, which would include the "things of the Spirit" she received from the Lord. I will reveal at least one of those "things of the Spirit" in this article. We must also understand what the symbolisms mean, and especially what the back yard represents in both scenes. But first, a little background on my mother so you will have a better picture of her, the situation of the church, and the lack of knowledge and understanding that influenced and ultimately ended her life prematurely.
My mother was loved by many and known by a lot of people as a woman of much faith. As a young woman she was miraculously healed of heart problems when she walked into a church service in Denver, CO. The Lord blessed her omnipotently, with no one else involved, in that sovereign move. Her doctor said she was healed and had the heart of a 16 year old. Mother was a spiritual warfare teacher, a teacher of the gospel, and was known by many to hear from the Lord. I would see people walk up to her and ask,"What is the Lord saying?" She was a praying woman. When I was experiencing God so much back in 1980, I was shown in a vision that I was to thank my mother for praying for me. I promptly did that.
With this background we can now enter into a portion of Mom's flow chart, specifically the last years of her life. Mother became ill and was diagnosed with colon cancer. She underwent some chemotherapy and of course had the prayers of many Christians. She was prepared for an operation to remove the part of her colon that contained the cancer. The next morning after the surgery, my wife and I arrived at her bedside. She told me that she had a dream and the Lord had told her to tell me the dream.
.She said she saw a beautiful strong tree in a park. Around this tree was a moat full of dirty water. Lurking in the grass outside this moat was a snake, poised and headed in the tree's direction, although it was not moving at this time.
Mother told me she knew she was the tree. The Lord had dealt with me that morning about people who had authority in our lives, like doctors and bankers, and I knew from what I had heard that the operating doctor was not going to speak positively concerning her possible and complete recovery from the cancer. We did what most"word" people do and we removed his authority to speak into her life in the spirit realm. At the time, I thought what the Lord had dealt with me about that morning was the unclear water around the tree. I was wrong! The Holy Spirit had given a true picture of my mother's situation and the Lord wanted me to know the dream because He was going to reveal the correct interpretation to me later.
The correct picture is that the snake is Satan. The tree was Mom, planted, but around her foundation men had built a moat that was supposed to protect the tree. (Moats were built around castles to help protect them in the days of kings and castles.) The water that nourished this tree (my mom) had made this tree strong and healthy but it was unclear, dirty and did not provide protection from the enemy. If the water had been clear, my mom or anyone could have seen the snake approaching the tree through the water. (The water from the throne of God is clear and you can see through it.) The tree should have been planted by a river of clear water.
To go on with what happened in my mother's life, of course she continued to have checkups with her doctors. Later her faith and the faith of others brought her to the point that the doctor (surprised as he was) announced to her that her body was clear of any cancer. Our family and the Christians who knew about it were saying, "Glory to God! Thank you, Jesus," and all those things we do in our own way.
The word that Mom had believed and taught had nourished her (this tree) all those past years, and through faith had brought her to be healthy and full of life, just as her dream indicated. But remember, that "word" Mom believed, that "word" that "nourished her to health" afforded no protection from Satan, himself, which was clearly shown in the dream.
To go on with what happened: a few weeks after the doctor had announced that her body was clear of cancer and we had all rejoiced, Mother started feeling ill. I knew nothing of this until Mother had been to the doctor and she told me her body was completely full of cancer, that there was nothing anyone could do except God!
It was during this period of time that the Lord gave me a vision! .I saw my mother standing in her back yard and in a flash I saw a big giant snake consume her instantly. I knew Satan had taken my mother. I also knew where he took her (in the back yard) was important as far as the flow chart was concerned. But I only understood why she had been healthy one minute and completely full of cancer the next.
There was much prayer by different groups at her house, some of which I was a part. Everyone was doing everything they knew to do, but Mother was getting worse, in general. Looking back at these prayer meetings, they always produced a healthier, better feeling Mom in some way, but it was always short-lived. It was during this time that the Lord showed me in a dream . that sheep were trying to eat (swallow) that same snake that had instantly consumed my mother. I was shown it cannot be done. The only way we can deal with the devil is to do it legally, like the Lord did.
My mother became chair-bound. Then one morning the Lord ordered me to go and minister to her as a prophet, not as a son. He said, "Tell her the truth!" How would you like that dropped in your lap? Anyway, I went to see her and the only way I knew to start was with what God had said to me that morning! I told her I was there to speak to her as a prophet, not as a son. She welcomed it with open arms. I had my dad sit beside her to listen. I told her to seek God on all that I was telling her, and I knew she would. I went over a lot of things, explaining them, like dreams and "things of the Spirit," that I knew she had received through the years that she had misinterpreted. I wound up telling her again about the tithe, the deliverance of it, and what I had learned about corporate body righteousness. I told her about the vision of the snake that had consumed her in her back yard. I went back several times and we had great talks about a lot of things. At one of the meetings she told me she was seeing what I was saying about God's tithe and instructed Dad to give all of their tithe to the church where I attend. (You must understand, she was the main instigator of starting the church where she attended.) I thought, "How is Dad to handle this?" Well, he didn't. He decided to give half of their tithe to the church I go to and the other half to their church. He is still maintaining this division to this day. This is why the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of truth) revealed that Dad was about half way into the protection in the first scene concerning my family with the tornado approaching the house through the back yard.
The back yard has to do with our backsides. You are symbolically represented as a house and the back yard is your backside. Even if you have on all the armor of God you still can not watch your backside. Think about it! You can not personally cover your backside. God is the only one who can! (In the scene of the field with the concrete protection, that wall of protection started in the back yard!)
The revelation I cannot deny that the Lord has just given me is nothing but a major confirmation of what God has taught me about His protection. I asked the Lord, "Would my mother be here now, able to finish her calling, had she not stolen from You by unknowingly giving Your tithe to a church body that used it for harlotrous purposes?" I expected the Lord to give me a confirmation in a dream, or a vision, or a word of some sort, but you know the Lord! He simply took me back to the scriptures He originally showed me, to teach me about how to deliver His tithe. I found myself looking at the end of those first set of scriptures.
. . . the glory of the Lord shall be thy rearward (protection - KJV).
The Lord is the only one who can give us protection from Satan and it is His Glory!
Isaiah 58:6 - 8
Is not this the fast that I (God) have chosen? (God chose to do without His wealth - tithe) to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, (we are His hands, as a church and individuals) and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rearward (protection- KJV).
Concerning these scriptures:
Remember, the Lord taught me that God is fasting, doing without something that is His. It is the only thing He retained for Himself, His Tithe, for the purpose of letting the oppressed go free! We (the church body) are His vessels, His hands, to implement this on earth. The result of doing these things correctly results in the glory of the Lord being our rear guard, our protection. Actually when you search this out, you see a picture of God gathering us unto Himself. Therefore He becomes our protector and does anything He needs to do for our situation!
God's precepts never end! This is a promise! After my mother died the Lord showed me . a large two-story house on a hill; it may have been a mansion because it was big enough. He asked, "Wouldn't it have been nice if she had lived long enough to live here?" I knew it was a place she was to have lived in. My mother did not die, nor was she consumed by Satan, because of the lack of faith! She went home before her time because of the lack of knowledge. God says, (Hosea 4:6) "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: . . ."
Now, because God has verified why my mother went home too soon, I was able to see a bigger picture of why God gave this picture from His mouth concerning the harlot. The Harlot is not only missing salvation because of her doctrines but also producing death to our lives in the physical because of her ways!
24 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. 25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. 26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men (My Mother) have been slain by her. 27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death (My Mother). 21 With her much fair speech she caused him (My Mother) to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. 22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; 23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life (My Mother).
My mother was a strong Christian and she brought many people to the Lord! But then so have many of you! God is calling all of us (the church) out of Harlotry, because it is for our own good (Life)!
We can personally come into God's protection without warring and praying. God has verified this to me by His Spirit! I share a portion of a scene the Lord gave me on Monday, 3/15/99.
.. . . I was standing in a depression that drained into a creek or a river where some men were fishing. (These men represent Fishers of Men.) I looked down at my feet and saw a very long snake that appeared dead. (The Fishers of Men did not know it was there!) It looked flat, like it had been run over with a roller they use in building highways. It was laid out in a long, straight line down the bank. There was absolutely no movement. It was camouflaged in the same color as the earth. I thought, "That sucker is not dead. It just wants to look that way." I took a rectangular box that had a handle and tried to strike it twice but this box had small wheels on its bottom. It didn't really strike the snake because of the wheels. (It reminds me of a luggage carrier but it wasn't one.) The snake was lying there and not moving, as if it was dead, even after stomping it and moving it around with the box. I finally threw the box aside, raised my foot and stomped the snake directly on the head with my heel. This was when the snake curled up in a coil a little over a foot tall and wanted to strike me. (It was alive like I knew it was; the deception was over.) The snake wanted to strike me in the worst way but it couldn't. I was then stomping it over and over with my heel. When I stomped it with my heel directly on the head, it was like a coil spring. It would bounce to another place, always ready to strike me, but it couldn't. I followed it around, stomping its head each time. I couldn't kill it or get rid of it. It was always there but it couldn't strike me either. . ..
I believe this scene speaks for itself, and most certainly reveals it is possible for us as Christians to come to a place of protection from the enemy. I couldn't get rid of him and I had to deal with him, but he couldn't strike me!
As Christians we cannot do warfare for our backsides!! By faith you can speak that the Lord is protecting your backside all you want and it won't happen. That's the same as a Christian, by faith, believing and speaking that baptism in water saves you. They can do and say this all their lives only to find out in the end that it wasn't true; their faith didn't bring it to be a fact! Faith never changes what God meant when He said it! Faith never changes what God ordained, and God ordained that He is the One who covers our backsides. For you to exercise the right faith to have your backside covered (according to His word), is to exercise (act out) what God said it takes to get that protection. That puts your faith in Him, not your own abilities!
What we are looking at in Isaiah 58:6 - 8 is a covenant promise which always includes - You do this and I'll do that. God says that if we will do this one thing (tithe correctly), He will protect our backsides! We simply haven't done our part correctly because of the lack of understanding. He hasn't been legally able to do His part because we haven't done our part.
My mother received a righteous judgement! God showed me exactly how my mother's tithe was spent in a vision! It looked good, but it was death in the end. Wrong tithing contributes to death by keeping harlotrous acts alive, by participating in them in the church. This was my mother's death! It's that simple. For this reason you should not feed the harlot any money, but if you're going to feed the harlot money, feed her yours, not God's! That way, at least you are not robbing Him!
If you are the head of a family, I must tell you that it's not just your life that God will protect! There is something in the scene of me being with my family and seeing the tornado coming into the back yard that I must reveal! I knew the whole family was there in the house but the ones that I saw materialized were the heads of families. God is saying that if the heads of families will come into the protection, their families are protected. Are you getting the picture?
Job's family was protected by his righteous acts! God is dealing with the heads of the families as they are responsible for their families' safety from the devil!
Remember God said to that acquaintance of mine, "It is important to tithe!" God has now revealed to us not only how to do it correctly, but more of WHY it is so important!
God Very Simply Demonstrates Proverbs 26: 1,2 - His Protection from Troubles (curse).
Proverbs 26: 1,2
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not seemly for a fool. As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
To give a little background, when the Lord brought this group in Kansas together some years ago, He revealed that it would become much smaller than when it originally started; and that He would demonstrate everything He was teaching us. He has been faithful to do that. This article reveals a demonstration of the Holy Spirit teaching, comparing Spiritual with Spiritual, about being under a curse and protection we can have from the enemy of mankind. It is a "picture of protection" from matters that are in our everyday lives.
This group did become small, enabling the Lord to deal with us in a better way. The Lord told us in the beginning that our lives would become an open book. I think you can see that my life is pretty much exposed in the articles I write. It is necessary for this to happen so people can see what they don't see. This article continues to expose my life and exposes part of another person's life, who is a part of this ministry. I will call this person, Person B.
Because of the size of this group last year and the disobedience of some people who were to give to this ministry, I found myself in the low income bracket and eligible for Earned Income Credit. This meant that I was entitled by law to receive some compensation from the government. Person B is a single mother and she was also entitled by law to receive Earned Income Credit compensation. I have stressed "entitled by law" because I want to make the point that we are not here to discuss welfare - right or wrong - but to get a picture. The money that Person B and I were entitled to by law must be seen as something that is ours legally, and it belonged to us.
Before we get into the move of God to reveal and demonstrate protection from troubles, let me bring this scripture into the picture. In Malachi, chapter three, God is telling His people that they are robbing Him, and their nation, by not tithing correctly. In verse eleven God reveals some of what He will do for the people when they do what He says.
And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
From this part of the scripture (neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field) I had always known that the enemy had the power to cause timing to be fouled up when it comes to the fruit of our hands, what we produce. God makes a promise here that if we tithe correctly He will keep the enemy from destroying the fruit of our ground and He will see to it that our fruit will be on time.
Towards the end of 1998, the Lord had me preach concerning tithing and the payment of back debt. Person B decided to try God so she did what she was to do, as far as the back debt, and began to tithe correctly. It never fit into her budget but she did it anyway. Things went real good at first and she said God was blessing her in many ways. But soon it got hard and she saw absolutely no way to pay her bills so she quit tithing. She knew she would have money coming from the government and intended to catch up then. The following is a flow chart of the chain of events, with input of the"things of the Spirit" as God gave them.
February 21st 1999 :.
The Lord reveals that some writing of mine was going to be made clear. The writing had a gray background and with a click of the computer mouse the gray was gone. The words were now black and white!
February 23rd :.
I was shown that Person B and her daughter were going to see weight being added to an invisible power. That weight was also protection.
February 25th : .
The Lord shows me a scene of my car that had the original manufacture's red paint (covenant). It had bumpers and was complete. It was facing another man's car that was red but not of the original red paint (man's interpretation of the covenant). The other man's car had no bumper. It was shown in the scene that if my car was hit above the windshield, crushing the metal, that the windshield would not break. God was showing me (by His Spirit) that I had protection that the other man didn't have.
March 1st :
Person B mailed in her federal and state income tax. I had helped her prepare both of these.
March 15th :
I filed my federal and mailed my state two days later, March 17th.
We both received our federal tax moneys on the same day, as I had filed mine electronically and she had mailed hers. Some time before either had arrived, Person B had decided to go ahead and spend her federal money and use the state to catch up on her tithe. I try to render God's tithe first (after all, it is not ours to use), although I don't make this a hard core thing.
April 16th :
I deposited my money from the state of Kansas. Person B had been expecting to get her money from the state and because I had received mine she started to earnestly ask God about her money. She had sent her tax forms in 17 days earlier than I and I already had mine. She was then asking my wife and me to pray to find out what was happening with her money. Person B finally got an answer. She was told, "He's got it." She told this to my wife and she wondered, "Who's got it?" Person B indicated that she thought that the Lord had control of it and was doing something. Person B continued to pray concerning the money.
April 23rd :.
Person B is given a dream. I have condensed it, but you will get the picture. In the dream she was being offered, by someone who is not tithing and not married but living with the opposite sex, their trailer house to live in. In the scene, Person B walked into the trailer house to see that it had no interior wallboard, no insulation, and the floor had no covering in the living room. The kitchen had holes in the floor and the bedroom and the bathroom had been added onto the trailer house. She said the point in the dream that stood out was the fact that she knew, herself, how to fix it up and make it livable.
During all this, my wife had been talking with Person B and one time asked her if she knew of anything she might have done to cause her money to be delayed? Person B revealed that she thought it might be because she hadn't paid her tithe. My wife and I had thought this might be the case but had not told her. (People don't like being told something happened in their life because they didn't pay their tithe, even if it is true. They build up walls. All I can say to that is, look at what happened to people in the Old Testament when they didn't!)
Between April 23rd and April 30th:
Person B comes to my house and is talking about her check from the state. he was seeking the reason why she didn't have it. Somehow she mentioned the dream and told me about it. I explained to her what it could mean. (I'm revealing just a little here of what I told her about the symbolisms in the dream.) I told her I wasn't sure but that it most certainly fit the picture of the situation. I told her the trailer house provided no protection at all, even from hot and cold. I told her that in the dream it was revealed that she knew how to fix all the problems. She already knew she hadn't paid her tithes, which God has shown this ministry to provide protection in certain situations. I made it clear that it sure fit the picture, but that I wasn't wanting to interpret it that way simply because of what we had been taught. I told her we needed confirmation from God that what we were thinking was right. At that point I wasn't sure who "He's got it" referred to.
April 30th :
The Lord give me a scene of two gray pictures coming together. The two pictures came together under a heading to a single picture. The gray picture then became sharp, losing it's gray background, and revealing a clear picture under those words of the heading. It was the upper part of the picture of my dad's field which I have used before. The one when God revealed the concrete wall of protection from the enemies' floods. I have inserted the whole picture here with some heading or title letters to represent the heading I saw.
(It is important to note that God was saying what He as bringing into clarity at this point was only a part of the total protection He provides. The headline is for all of the picture of protection. What He is really revealing is that this is important enough to make the headlines.)
Before this experience was all over the Lord dealt with me about "He's got it!" I was informed that the God Head never speaks of each other that way, when referring to each other. That it was Satan who had it!
I woke up from the scene and knew we had our confirmation. I searched back into the flow chart to see all that I have shared with you to this point. When I saw all this, I knew God had presented and demonstrated a protection which I had, that Person B didn't have. It was a protection from troubles.
May 1st :
Person B received her money from the state. It took less than 30 days for me to get my money and it took Person B 60 days. I wouldn't pretend to know how the enemy detained Person B's funds. Were the papers misplaced or was there a particular thought given to someone to check something out? Actually, that is not important here. The picture of protection is important so we can get ahold of the types of protection in our daily lives that God will provide. But God wasn't done yet!
Sunday, May 2nd :
.In the night I was shown three sentences with fire around the words. These were covenant sentences, words in red. I was given Proverbs 26: 1,2 and putting this all together, I knew I was to share at church what the Lord had revealed to me about protection from troubles. I remember reminding the group that this portion of the following scripture was given to us in the beginning, when God first brought us together. . . the curse causeless shall not come. We have always known from that Word that there is a reason for everything - that a curse just doesn't come on its own, that there is a reason it came!
Proverbs 26: 1,2
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not seemly for a fool. As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
What is the curse?
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest. . . This doesn't say you won't have a harvest or a summer. It says you'll experience hardships in them. . . . As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying . . . Have you ever encountered a barn swallow dive bombing your head? It's an annoyance! . . . so the curse causeless shall not come. God is saying there is a reason for all these annoyances. There is a reason they came!
What happened to Person B and her daughter in all of this? Remember what God revealed to me concerning Person B on
February 23rd ?
.I was shown that Person B and her daughter were going to see weight being added to an invisible power. That weight was also protection.
Well, that's what happened to them. Weight was added to the importance of tithing correctly. That weight was the revealing of a protection of an invisible power!
This writing reveals how God can protect us in the matters of everyday life. He's big enough. It is time we believe (trust) Him! You and I don't know Satan's plans to steal, kill and destroy in our everyday lives. Yes, God gave us authority over the devices of the devil, but if we don't know and can't see his daily activities (represented by our backside) how can we come against what we don't know is going on? Our foundational faith must be in God to protect us; not solely in our abilities to use His name. We must come into covenant, into the right position, on this important issue in order for Him to legally perform His part. He wants to protect us!
Extra, Extra, Lady Finds Spiritual Reason for Mishap on Turnpike.
As you know I have asked the Lord to show me the fine lines when it comes to His protection, or hedge, around people who are not robbing Him. In short, what is allowed to happen and what is not allowed? It's that fine line of cursed or not cursed, or what are the "signs" pertinent to modern living?
Take His Heart has a business card available on the net that says: Extra, Extra! Believers found missing in Heaven. This card comes from a vision I had on August 15, 1999. The scene,
. I was looking at what looked to be a book cover with newsworthy items all over it. "Extra! Extra! 48% of the believers are found missing in heaven!" & "Extra! Extra! Woman finds spiritual reason for mishap on the turnpike," were the ones that the Lord brought to my attention.
It is obvious that both items are newsworthy and this article is to include you in why He revealed "Extra, Extra, Lady Finds Spiritual Reason for Mishap on Turnpike" should make the news! This turns out to be a continuing story concerning the Lady who had trouble getting her state refund check, in the article God Very Simply Demonstrates Proverbs 26: 1,2 - His Protection from Troubles (curse).
As usual we are looking at "the things of the Spirit" that God gives to educate and show us things we haven't understood. The Lord continues to enlarge our picture of the protection He is revealing that is there for us, if we'll just walk in it. I will refer to this Lady as "Person B" like I did in the other article.
To get us started in this "picture," I share a scene the Lord gave me on July 25, 1999 concerning tithing. (I have changed the names.)
. I was riding in the back of John and Mary Doe's camper. They had blown both tires (Duels) on the right rear, had bought new ones and had arrived to where I had gotten into the camper. John was talking to me about not doing anything. In all of this conversation, he informed me they were traveling by camper to where they were supposed to have flown. They had brought their camper because they thought this would "save money and not cost them as much" but the blown tires (troubles) had made it cost them more. (Of course they couldn't see this before they left home!)
The picture was simple to me, as I had been asking the Lord for more understanding of tithing. It seemed to me that it is hard to see what a person is protected from when they are tithing correctly. You don't usually get to see what you were protected from. It is also hard to see what has come into your life that is there, and real, that wouldn't have been there if you had been protected. We shrug off troubles as a "natural thing" because we have been in them for decades, but God has already revealed troubles can be from a curse:
Proverbs 26: 1,2
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not seemly for a fool. As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
John, in real life, farmed to get money from the government by doing the least he had to do to get that money. He's the only farmer I've ever known who seemed to operate that way. It was that "get something for nothing," lazy attitude. God used John because He knew that I knew his character. In the scene, the airplane was the right way to go (God's way, which is by faith) but the camper represents the natural way (vacation from God's way), which comes from our point of view in the natural. Faith is unseen. I knew God was showing me that not tithing correctly actually cost more in the long run, in the natural. It does take effort and faith to do it correctly! The enemy will come against you through the cares of the world, no matter how much money you have, or don't have. It's not really about money, it's about robbery! Satan doesn't want you under God's protection.
God's timing is marvelous. I know He was preparing me to be able to recognize what was about to happen with Person B and Extra, Extra, Lady Finds Spiritual Reason for Mishap on Turnpike. You see, Person B had quit tithing again because she couldn't see how she could make it. She most certainly fits into what I've just said about not being able to see what has or hasn't happened, as far as "troubles" in our lives, when it comes to being protected and not protected. Don't get me wrong. I understand. I've been there and am very open to learning those fine lines.
On July 27, two days after the scene about the camper, I was given a scene in the night that was fairly long and involved about person B.
I remember wondering what it was all about. I meditated on it and knew some things symbolically, but I sure didn't know why the Lord had given it to me. I share some of the dream for your understanding. . In the dream, Person B was living in a farm house I am very familiar with in the natural. This particular house sits in a low spot on a quarter of land. When it rains the back yard and the front yard, actually the whole yard, has a drainage problem. The place doesn't flood but it is a nuisance if it rains hard. In the scene, a new road, a blacktop highway well marked with new paint, had been laid right up to the front door of the house where Person B was living. It was also revealed that Person B had a water leak in her section of the pipe line, to the east of the house. Person B was living in this house that didn't have a good foundation (loose cinder blocks with no mortar) and it was sitting in a problem area when it rained. In the scene, the new highway had been put on top of the old drive and the asphalt also came in front of the house for parking space. It filled the front yard. All this was about a foot thick, or more, and it was the only thing that wouldn't have a problem with a hard rain. It was sloped and the water would run off. Because this had been laid, it probably would cause the problem in the back yard to be worse as the front yard would not hold water as it used to. I think that is enough to give you the picture.
Well, on Aug. 4th I received information that Person B had a near accident on the Kansas turnpike. She had encountered a hard rain from a small thunderstorm that seemed to just come from nowhere. It was one of those days where it looks like it will rain but doesn't. Well, it did on her. She hydroplaned, spinning in circles, barely glancing the concrete median between the two lane highways several times. (The results? Basically a little paint off the bumper.) She had done all this in front of a large one ton pickup and a semi. They all miraculously came to a stop. The man in the pickup, directly behind her, told her he had thought, "She is dead for sure!"
Hearing this, it hit me that this had to do with the dream, a "thing of the Spirit" I had concerning her! I then went back to look at a scene that concerned her (not one I shared with you) that was given to her and was a prelude to her first experience, explained in the previous article about"troubles" in her life. In this, her original scene, it had been revealed she would not get the message the first time and there would be a second happening. I hadn't caught that fact, but it was very obvious now.
I now understood the scene of her living in a house without a proper foundation. That foundation is tithing correctly, as I have been witness to in all these articles. The new highway (high way), clearly marked, was symbolic of God's showing her the importance of tithing and his protections in everyday life. He had brought the easy way, the "high - way," to travel through life right up to her front door. He had made it plain to her, concerning His every day protections from troubles.
The section of the water line belonging to her, that came from the north, had a leak at her joint in the pipe. This was symbolizing the water coming from God's throne that had been piped directly to her, from Him, through the Spirit, in the "things of the Spirit." She had a leak, symbolizing she didn't retain all that He had really given her.
The house with the back yard, "where a fast rain causes problems," was symbolizing and most definitely connects this scene to the mishap (troubles) she had on the turnpike.
Proverbs 26: 1,2 (troubles)
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not seemly for a fool. s the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless hall not come.
Troubles came to Person B when it rained hard and fast on the turnpike. Troubles come when it rains hard and fast in this particular yard, around this house, used symbolically by God to send us a message! He has most certainly painted a picture that says we should not be having wrecks, or even mishaps in everyday activities.
I will be honest here, telling you that after all this happened and Person B had set her sight on tithing again, I could not see how to present this to you. You may have picked up that there were many more scenes, "things of the Spirit," concerning all this with Person B. This is true with every subject I have presented to you. There were many that were long. I wasn't sure which one's to try to resent to you so you could understand. I thought there was no way and was going on with other things. That's when I had the vision on August 15th that contained the following, which certainly reveals that God is saying, "This should make news headlines to the world, and especially Christians!"
Extra, Extra, Lady Finds Spiritual Reason for Mishap on Turnpike!
We must realize God is capable of protecting the masses. He did it with Israel in battle, not a scratch! We are talking about hand to hand combat here! This is part of why the other nations feared Israel. God even prevented Israel's sandals from wearing out in the dessert! We must realize that all of this came about from Israel being obedient at that time. God most certainly can protect us. HE IS GOD!
God asked me,
"Are you healthier than you were a year ago?"
I retorted with, "NO!" At the time my left ear was plugged up and I had taken some over-the-counter medicine but it hadn't done any good. A lady in this ministry told me it was a spiritual condition. I had no problem with what she said, because God has shown me many times the connection between physical ailments and the spirit realm. The reason I retorted with "NO" was because the Lord had been dealing with me concerning witnessing about my health. It appeared that something was happening, and I didn't want to do what He was saying because MY HEAD WAS PLUGGED UP ON THE LEFT SIDE! Wouldn't I look foolish telling people about what appears to be happening to my health, when I couldn't hear out of my left ear?
Well, over the next three days I found myself repenting before the Lord because I was remembering how my health was a year ago. There is no question that I am much healthier now than I was a year ago! So what was God showing me before He finally asked me that question? He had been taking me back to the scriptures where He began teaching me about tithing correctly and He brought up another point. We have already talked about protections that come from obeying God, referring to these same scriptures. I have realized another benefit of working righteousness for Him. ...and thine health shall spring forth speedily:.... That benefit is what He was dealing with me about!
Isaiah 58:6 - 8
Is not this the fast that I (God ) have chosen? (God chose to do without His wealth - tithe) to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rearward (protection, rear guard).
I ask you to consider the following. I don't know all the facts yet but I will simply be a witness to some thoughts I've had over the years and then present an overview of what has happened in my life this past year concerning my health. I have known that Jesus never got sick and this was not because He was God. He fulfilled, or walked in, the covenant that was established by God in the earth at that time. In Deuteronomy 28, God reveals some symptoms, a picture, of being under a curse health-wise.
The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption (lung disease), and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
The Lord will smite thee with the botch (ulcer) of Egypt, and with the emerods (hemorrhoids), and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.
What about our minds?
The Lord shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart:
God says to the harlot in scripture, "Let us reason together." So let's reason here. If being under a curse produces these symptoms health-wise, then it is very logical that you won't have these symptoms when you are not under a curse!
Jesus never got a fever! Did He hit His finger, or pinch His hand when He was a carpenter? I don't know. Did He turn His ankle when He was a child? I don't know. Did He get skinned up, or bruised before the time of the cross? I don't know. The Bible says God established a covenant of better promises through Jesus, and of course, that is when eternal life was made possible. Saved people no longer go to the upper parts of Hell, Abraham's bosom. They have obtained eternal life with God, something the old covenant didn't provide.
But, I remember thinking the old covenant provided a better life on this planet than the new one. After all, if they followed God as they should, they wouldn't even get a fever. I have never seen this phenomenon in the people of God who are supposedly walking in this New Covenant. I have seen fevers rebuked, in the name of Jesus, and sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. The ensuing explanation was that there was a lack of faith, which ultimately brings condemnation to those Jesus' name didn't work for.
I finally realized that the covenant of better promises also had to include the promises in the Old Covenant, or it wasn't better!Now, is it better for you to rebuke a fever or for God to keep it off of you in the first place? God's promises of the good life must include the idea of not having the bad things happen to us, that He says come on us from being under a curse! Having said these things, let me witness to some things that appear to be happening in my life.
A year ago or so, I couldn't walk a block without my arm aching. I was also having prostate problems. To establish as a record, when I married my present wife she introduced me to the fact that the Bible says the herbs were God's medicine for the healing of the nations. So I have taken them off and on through the years and I was taking them for my prostate several years ago. She also started me on vitamins, after we got married, so none of this has to do with God's question about my health over the past year. We are not talking about being healed but walking in health. I have known Christians who don't believe we should be dying of diseases. My mother was one of them. She was a woman of faith, and she still died of cancer!
God told me to be honest before men and there is one thing that I have changed about my eating habits. Am I detracting from God and His Question to me? I don't think so, but you can judge that. I now focus on getting enough protein in my diet because of earthly knowledge, and what the Bible warns us of in the latter times. (In latter times they will be saying to abstain from meats, Timothy 4:1-3) This is a warning to us.
The priests in the Old Testament ate the meat and the fat off the altar. God was not trying to kill them! God also told Israel to buy only water and meat when they were under stress, traveling towards their promised land. As to the earthly knowledge, protein is the re-builder of our bodies. If you don't get enough to rebuild, your cells struggle! It takes a lot more protein, every day, than we think. Now, did God show me and thine health shall spring forth speedily in (Isaiah) to bring attention to protein? NO! I am just being honest with you about the only eating change in my life.
Is it possible that I have been tithing correctly long enough and come into obedience enough to have health start to rise, as promised, in my life? I can't prove it, and this bothered me, not having clinical records as proof. Then I realized a doctor's record doesn't mean anything. My mother was given a clean bill of health and the doctor said there was no sign of any cancer in her body. That's recorded! Within weeks the same doctor was telling her that her body was full of cancer beyond help! Records don't really mean much as proof, do they?
Like I said, I can't prove anything. But I can tell you, I can run a block now. I'm not having prostate problems, to any degree of what I had a year ago. I would tell you I have no prostate problems at all but I do notice some symptoms once in a great while. That tells you how insignificant it is. I'm just being honest here. I am not taking herbs for my prostate and haven't for well over a year. What did God do? He took me to and thine health shall spring forth speedily and was showing me it is a fruit of what He has taught me about tithing correctly! It's a fruit of not robbing him! No wonder God says harlotry is a way to death!
As I was driving down the highway, praying about this article and whether I should mention my change in eating habits, suddenly I saw in the distance, a vision.. A man was being bit by a snake and he just shook it off. He did no rebuking. He did no praying. I knew it had to be Paul. You see at that time he was walking with God and working righteousness, so he had health protection from poisons! God is saying to us that if we will walk in covenant, which is to walk in the Word of the Lord's Kingdom, we can have all these protections He has shown us. The bottom line of walking in the invisible Kingdom of God is to handle the King's money correctly and not rob him. Every government on the earth is established for its citizen's protection. But know this, there is no government on earth that can protect a citizen when they are breaking the laws of that country by committing robbery. Paul said we as Christians establish the laws of God. Which is to say, we establish God's Word in the earth. God wants to protect us in the spirit realm!
Does all this say we are to walk into a den of snakes to prove our protections? No, that would be tempting God. That is what the devil was trying to get Jesus to do when he told Jesus to cast Himself down off the mountain. God is very simply saying, if you are walking in covenant with Him you are protected! We can not be in covenant with God if we are robbing Him. That's what getting married to the Lord is, coming into complete Covenant with the Him in every area of His Word.
God asked me, "Are you healthier than you were a year ago?" He didn't ask if I was completely healthy. He asked if I was healthier! I am healthier and that is undeniable, at this point. He brought attention to this part of my life because He wants me to be a witness of what His Word says about the matter!
In closing this article, I share a vision a lady had years ago. In this vision, . Christians were being taken to the hospital by the people of the world, to see why they weren't getting sick! Boy, will the King get the glory when that comes to pass! Would that ever separate the Bride (Queen) from the rest of the world! What a way for the glory of the Bride to be seen, separating her from the Harlot. What a way for the kingdom of God to get glorified! What a way for the Glory of the Lord to be seen by the world!
Isaiah 58: 8
... and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rearward (Protection).
Malachi 3 is prophetic to our time, or
The Hard Part!
In Malachi there is a prophetic word to us in this day. We are living in it right now whether any of us believe it or not. Let me share what the Lord revealed to me from Malachi as it applies to our situation in the world. You will see God's prediction of having a people who will render a righteous offering to Him and you will also see He talks about protecting those who really serve Him. Serving Him righteously is what we have been talking about!
Chapter 3 of Malachi. . .
The approach of the day of judgment
1. Behold I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.
The messenger was John the Baptist. The Lord was Jesus who came into His bodily temple and revealed the new and final covenant.
2. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: 3. And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
The Lord is seated now as a refiner. We are the sons of Levi. The Levites were priests, and we in the body of Christ are called priests. The Lord is purging us so we the priests . . . may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. The Lord showed me that people can put the fire out in their own life! Don't let that happen to you concerning . . . offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
4. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years. 5. And I will come near to you to judgment;
When the offering to the Lord becomes pleasant to Him from the priest of the church, He will move in the church's circumstances and bring forth His basic promises for the church (his nation). He will move to destroy those things specified in these scriptures out of the church.
and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts. 6. For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. 7. Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them.
Then God Says,
Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts.
I heard these same words come forth in a prophetic word in a church. Yes, in this day! Others have heard them over and over. It is interesting that no one at the time really ever came to understand why or what the Lord was revealing. This fits the next sentences, doesn't it? (We had no idea that we were robbing God!)
But ye said, Wherein shall we return? 8. Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
We the church have been robbing God of what's His and understanding where His treasure was to be delivered we can see how that affects our Nation. Allow me to share how the Lord made this clear to me one night. In a vision .the Lord took me into a church.. The pastor was sweating and preaching very hard. It was revealed that he was overly tired and was thinking about quitting. There were men in the audience sitting with their legs crossed and their right arms around their wives, relaxed as if nothing was wrong. There was fornication taking place on the back pews. The men were unconcerned about this. Then I could see outside through a large glass window. There was a big bird that looked like an eagle, USA. Men were struggling, trying to help the bird stay in the air, but they were having no success in doing anything for it. I watched and it finally crashed into the church building window for all to see.
Can you see? The Church is the only thing that can really help. How? The church needs to quit robbing God, and then God will change this nation. You may be one who says, "But I've been paying my tithes." You haven't if those in charge of your tithes did not deliver it into the hands of those specified by God. If your tithe went for buildings, heating and air conditioning, etc. then God didn't receive it as a tithe. He cannot and never has accepted an unrighteous offering! That's why when He was teaching me about tithing, He said., "The only way you can give to Me is to give to them!" He was talking about people He had specified in scripture!
Going on with Malachi, the right reason (attitude) for tithing is so He has something tangible (meat) to work with. Do we love Him?
10. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, . . .
Here we are as a church in this scripture. God is saying, "Try Me now, do it right, and see if I won't bless you beyond measure." Have you ever wondered why the wealth of the wicked has not arrived into the hands of the righteous? The answer is, the church must work (practice) righteousness in order to be righteous. Theoretically, there is no righteous church for God to deliver the wealth into . . . yet! God is looking for obedient people!
and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. 12. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.
13. Your words have been stout against me, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee? 14. Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of hosts?
We are still here in these scriptures. I have heard Christians say, "I've tried tithing and it didn't work." A lot have quit; others are still doing it because they believe it's right. It sounds like what I have underlined above, doesn't it? 15. And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.
These same Christians who have said it is vain to serve the Lord are looking at people in the world and saying, "They are happier than I am and I'm trying to serve the Lord." But then it says that the wicked are set up. However, the grace of the Lord is shown in . . ."they that tempt the Lord are even delivered." Who's tempting the Lord? It is those who say it is vain to serve the Lord. Isn't that great that even those who tempt the Lord are to be delivered?
But look . . .
16. Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.
Those who feared the Lord kept going and the Lord saw this and moved to bring something forgotten out of the past, a book of remembrance for those that feared and thought on His name. In other words He was going
to re-teach (reveal) something from the past that was forgotten. The Lord told this ministry early on that our commission was to reestablish the foundational principles found in the Bible that have been lost through time. (Interesting!) God is very simply fulfilling His word to us in the last days.
17. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
When is the day when the Lord makes up His jewels? In Revelation 21: 9 - 27 God talks about the Lamb's bride, the Lamb's wife, which is the Spotless Church. Here God refers to the Bride as a city and refers to that city as a "her." . In Nov. of 1999 God showed me in a vision that He is now making up His jewels!
10. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11. Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
The precious stones are listed in verses 19 and 20 of this same chapter. The day when the Lord makes up His jewels is the day when God brings forth the Bride Spotless, that great city, the holy Jerusalem. It is NOW!
Returning to the Malachi scriptures. . .
17. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
I have repeated verse 17 because it talks about whom the Lord spares which is, "Those that serve Him." In other words He is not going to spare those who aren't really serving Him! Remember all of this is really about a righteous offering! If you are robbing Him you most certainly are not serving Him.
18. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
Verse 18 reveals the difference between the righteous and the wicked. We are not talking about salvation here. A person who does a wicked act is called wicked whether or not he is saved. A saved person can do a wicked act.
All through the Bible God rejected unrighteous offerings of all types. It's a hard thing to admit we have been wrong in handling God's money. It's a hard thing to change our ways. Purging indicates dividing, separation, and pressure. It takes pressure to purge the things that are actually a part of us, our traditions, habits, and false beliefs! But praise God, He is able to bring forth the spotless church!
3. And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
Why the purging and the purifying?
. . . That we (the priests) may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
It's not what He has called the church to do with His money that is hard. If you walked into a church that was handling the Lord's money righteously, it wouldn't be hard for you at all! It's admitting and dealing with the problem of changing that is hard. Getting rid of our old ways is what's hard! That's why the word "Purged" is used! God help US!
Jesus Dealt with the Devil with, "It is Written!"
Plus simple advice and help in getting started delivering the Lord's treasury.
What is written about your tithes and offerings? At The Church West of Dalton of which Take His Heart ministry is a part, the people in charge of delivering God's tithe are emphatic about designating what portion of their gift is tithe. They don't want to be responsible for opening the door to Satan into a giver's life just because The Church West of Dalton didn't use someone's tithe for the right purpose, in the right way.
Why are they emphatic? God has demonstrated what He has taught us about tithing. The testimonies are really overwhelming since God started dealing with us about His tithe. We want God to place a hedge around you so you can be more effective against the devil's destruction in the world. We want you to get started where you are!
We have realized that Jesus was more effective against Satan because He wasn't having to rebuke Satan on His own behalf. He was then able to destroy the works of the devil in other peoples' lives. He showed us "the way" while He was here. He is "The Way, the Truth, the Life!" God wants to be able to say to the Devil on your behalf, "It is written that ------ has paid their back debt and they have not robbed me since. Satan, get thee hence!" You must see to it that God's tithe is delivered correctly! Deliver God's tithe yourself if you have to, just to get started, but know that God ultimately wants it done as a corporate body. One person cannot discern all the specific people the Lord wants to touch. Sometimes, different people deliver in different situations. It's time to plead with your mother, the harlot, by not taking part in her robberies! God says:
Hosea 2: 2-9
2 Plead (strive - ILB) with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts;
Simple advice and help.
Delivering God's tithe and offerings correctly is one of the greatest and most exciting things one can experience as a worker for Christ! If you and/or your church are going to get started delivering God's tithe correctly, I offer you this advice. Learn to give without strings attached (controlling what they spend it on, etc.).
Don't be in too big of a hurry to dispense it after you start to collect God's tithe, unless you already know the amount and to whom. If you already know the person who is to receive it, and some of you will, go ahead. Don't build up a huge amount either, God doesn't consider tithing done until it's delivered! Always be very open to the Holy Spirit directing you as to how much and to whom.
Sometimes timing is very important. Don't neglect the five fold and those oppressed in your own body of believers. Enter into it with the attitude of learning. You will make mistakes. We did and I suppose we still do, but we have learned from those mistakes. The Lord wants to teach us.
Trust in the Lord and don't expect a great experience every time. Let Him work, by delivering it in His Name. I have included a picture of the checks the Church, West of Dalton uses for this account. This should help you get started. Notice the checks bring attention to Jesus, not the church.
Sometimes we put the checks in an envelope to deliver it in person. Be open to the Spirit of God, even in this matter. If we deliver it in an envelope, it just says: "The Lord said to give this to you." (across the front). It's just another way of getting the focus on the Lord and off of us.
I want to encourage you and your church fellowship to step out! Love the Lord by at least trying to learn how to deliver His funds in His name! Here is a rundown of where it is to go and not to go:
Getting straight to the point, 100% of God's tithe and offerings must be delivered into a person's hands or to a ministry that delivers it into a person's hands. God basically spelled out whose hands in the Bible: the oppressed, widow, Levite (true apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers), the stranger (those who don't know Christ), the fatherless, and the singers (not choir members). God told me the only way we can give to Him (tithes & offerings) is to give to them (those He specified). Tithes and offerings cannot be used for building buildings, or their upkeep. It cannot be used for utilities, etc. It cannot be used to print materials or postage, etc. It is our responsibility to spread the gospel, not God's! Remember, the New Testament Jewish Christians bought their seats in the Synagogue, to pay for operating expenses, maintenance, etc. At this ministry we have an offering box specifically for operating expenses, etc.
Businessmen, the Lord has shown me by His Spirit that you do not pay any attention to depreciation when you figure your increase! The movie explains this very well.
If we can be of further help, let us know. We enjoy hearing testimony of what happens when the Lord's tithe is delivered properly.
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