See also Part 1
We live in such a time where falsehood is considered truth and The Truth is oftentimes thought of as false.
Much that is even preached is veiled in what is popular and well received by the masses. Many of our sermons are veiled in catchy phrases and stories that are meant to entertain and persuade, rather than provide true spiritual food and sustenance.
The pendulum can swing either way with true spiritual fervor or it can also ignore basic common sense attributes.
Sometimes our narrow approach ignores the basic need to examine those common sense categories of logic and the world in which we now live.
Science is thrown out the window, in favor for a restricted spiritual stance that closes its eyes to reality. Both common sense and Faith can live hand-and-hand and equip us in our journeys forward, I believe.
Many still follow their favorite YouTube teachers and spiritual leaders thinking that they have all the answers, when in actuality, the common person can search these things out for themselves by basic Study and Prayer.
The band wagon of what is seemingly popular carries many down the road of ignorance, and very soon, folly replaces wisdom, and minds and hearts are closed to what is true.
We shut our eyes and close our ears when someone even mentions science or basic principles that many of us were taught in grade school.
Somehow we think that now that we have reached adulthood, that those things can now be replaced with the slanted and distorted fervor of what a popular spiritual teacher or minister has said — and if we stand up for these basic principles, then we are sometimes ostracized and labeled as somehow missing the boat.
Political viewpoints can and often do, color our spiritual lives, oftentimes for the detriment of our walk with Christ.
We tend to ignore or not even grasp, what His viewpoint and life would now say to those steeped in political discourses and fanatical speech. We forget so quickly that His Kingdom is not of this world.
I sometimes feel like I am alone in my perception of the times in which we are now living.
I say this in part because a handful of the prophetic community seems to have the notion that better days are ahead and that because of this viewpoint, those like myself who have spoken through The Holy Spirit differently, are now held as outsiders to the status-quo of that community.
Never mind that it should be plain to all that the prophetic time table is hastening forward. Now to be sure, we do indeed have access to the promises of God, and because of this, we are given great hope in the midst of the present situation that we now see ourselves a part of.
We have these promises that will give us the strength and endurance to enable us to live in the midst of these trying times.
But it is unscriptural and foolish to think that somehow God will make our land and our world better when Judgment has already come, and many still ignore those Judgments.
It is wrong when many in the Prophetic community, say that better days are ahead and offer the world a false hope of this.
Those that speak in this manner are not unlike those prophetic voices that gave the kings of the past words of false hope to please them before they went into battle.
I am reminded of Jeremiah who warned of the Babylonian captivity that would come and how his warnings were ignored, but later on realized.
It is natural for people to gravitate towards messages that would make them feel good and would speak of sunny days with blossoming flowers and smiles.
But perhaps these types of things are not as loving as one might think, for when the storms come and the world erupts as it now has, then they would question God and then begin to doubt Him.
But on the other hand, it is also not good to go to the other extreme and just speak of dire warnings and storm clouds.
God is a God of balance and His judgments are also full of mercy towards those who would come to Him.
My mandate is only to speak and teach what God has given to me to share.
Of course I have opinions like anyone else, and yet I endeavor to prevent those from surfacing when seeking the pure stream of The Holy Spirit.
I only ask that some who think differently, would do what I endeavor to do, and that is to lay aside any of those pre-conceived notions and allow The Holy Spirit to speak to you through what I have sent forth.
See also Part 1
Written: December 9, 2022.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to The LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?
Stephen is a full-time Artist of original architectural, landscape, portrait, still-life and spiritual oil paintings, available at StephenHansonArtist.com