“There are some traditions that lead to death. There are some ways of man that lead only to futility and discouragement.
Many are the roads that lead to death. NARROW is the road that leads to life.
There is a saying, “You say tomaetoe, and I say tomahto” [ by sound ] when men say they want ORDER is one of those things. There are some who use ORDER as an excuse to do things the traditional way, or the way THEY want without listening for the Spirit to show them what I WANT. There are those who think that My Most Holy Spirit never does things that offend man.
So I want to take you on a trip through some bible experiences My beloveds, to remind you of how RADICAL I AM. Go to 1 Samuel 19…..
“Then Saul sent the messengers back to see David, saying, “Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may kill him.” And when the messengers had come in, there was the image in the bed, with a cover of goats’ hair for his head. Then Saul said to Michal, “Why have you deceived me like this, and sent my enemy away, so that he has escaped?” And Michal answered Saul, “He said to me, ‘Let me go! Why should I kill you?'”
So David fled and escaped, and went to Samuel at Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and stayed in Naioth. Now it was told Saul, saying, “Take note, David is at Naioth in Ramah!” Then Saul sent messengers to take David. And when they saw the group of prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as leader over them, the Spirit of God came upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied. And when Saul was told, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. Then Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they prophesied also. Then he also went to Ramah, and came to the great well that is at Sechu. So he asked, and said, “Where are Samuel and David?”
And someone said, “Indeed they are at Naioth in Ramah.” So he went there to Naioth in Ramah. Then the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on and prophesied until he came to Naioth in Ramah. And he also stripped off his clothes and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Therefore they say, “Is Saul also among the prophets?” 1 Samuel 19:15-24 NKJV.
“I have this question for you beloveds. Do you think Saul willingly laid down naked prophesying when murder was in his heart?”
Now go to Isaiah…..
“…at the same time the LORD spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go, and remove the sackcloth from your body, and take your sandals off your feet.” And he did so, walking naked and barefoot. Then the LORD said, “Just as My servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and a wonder against Egypt and Ethiopia, so shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians as prisoners and the Ethiopians as captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt,” Isaiah 20:2-4 NKJV.
“I want you to know beloveds that My HOLY SPIRIT can do what HE wants, according to MY WILL. Many in the church call Him a “gentleman” reducing him to MAN’s idea of a god rather than giving HIM the respect and honor and FEAR that is due Him.
It was the Spirit who hovered over the earth at creation! It was the Spirit who came at Pentecost reducing men to drunken – looking wonders!
Men were in AWE, in PERPLEXITY, and WONDER at what I did. It is the HOLY SPIRIT who came into the temple in Jerusalem and the priests could not stand in MY GLORY!”
“…indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever,” that the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud ; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God…..
….. Then Solomon spoke: “The LORD said He would dwell in the dark cloud. I have surely built You an exalted house, And a place for You to dwell in forever,” 2 Chronicles 5:13-6:2 NKJV.
I want to SHAKE you from your unbelief! I want you to know that I ALONE am ALL POWERFUL and I ALONE have all WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING and it is MY WISDOM that you must seek if you want to walk in the spirit, and not according to your own ways and traditions.
For man’s ways only lead to death. If you want to embrace LIFE you must embrace MY WAYS. My ways are HIGHER than your ways! You are so used to being INDEPENDENT oh western bride, rather than DEPENDENT on ME.
I want you to lay down your ideas and concepts and opinions. I want you to seek MY FACE and MY WAYS.
🌹 Lay down what YOU THINK and ASK ME for what I WANT you to do, and how I want you to do things. PEOPLE are more important than TRADITIONS!
People are more important than buildings. People are more important than your notoriety or fame in the Christian world. I want ALL My people to know me the way you know me prophets of God!
INTIMACY IS what My SON came to RESTORE. Intimacy with ME is the foremost thing to be taught to those who will come into the Kingdom now!
For if they are intimate with ME, they can hear or see what the Spirit is saying or showing! They can be LED by ME, and not by YOUR IDEA of what they should do.
🌹 When all walk according to the SPIRIT there is UNITY. WHEN ALL KNOW how much I LOVE THEM, then they will walk according to the Spirit and in dependence on ME.
There will be no need to admonish for then you will be considerate and thoughtful towards one another. Intimacy means you receive MY LOVE. My love leads to oneness with ME.
It is what RESTORES My church! Only when LOVE is foremost, will UNITY be possible.
So I AM coming soon to pour out My love. It may not look like what YOU THINK. So are you willing to allow ME to take charge of MY CHURCH?
Am I the HEAD, or are you the head?
Am I PREEMINENT, or are you trying to be preeminent?
Am I the ALMIGHTY and ALL WISE ONE, or do you think you know everything without consulting ME?
DO NOT ASSUME and presume beloveds. You may plan, or I even may give you a plan, then change it. Can I CHANGE what I want to share in your gatherings?
Do I have liberty in MY CHURCH to do as I PLEASE?
Will you give ME that liberty?
For I tell you I WILL TAKE CHARGE of MY CHURCH! The Portion of JACOB is not like man. The PORTION OF JACOB is coming to be HEAD of the church once again.
HE is the PREEMINENT ONE and HE IS the true HEAD of His church! Why are you going to church anyway?
Why do you go?
Why do you sing?
Why do you dance?
Why do you pray?
Is it to socialize or to be the church that loves, heals, and delivers?
JESUS came to destroy the works of the enemy. That is what He wants to use you to do in the church and in the world!
I also want you to take CHURCH to the STREETS! Wherever two or more are gathered in MY NAME, I am in their midst.
Will you also take this gathering out to the neighbor-hoods you live in?
Will you DEMONSTRATE MY GOSPEL?
For people are tired of words, and they want to see LOVE that is real. Love that is an experience! Experience is NOT a dirty word.
PENTECOST was surely an experience never forgotten! Likewise those who don’t know ME, need to be touched by ME, need to feel MY LOVE FOR THEM! WILL you show them? Will you heal and deliver there in the grocery store. Will you stop being AFRAID to SHOW MY LOVE? I tell you that when I pour out My love, I will also eradicate all FEAR that opposes you doing this!
🌹 For perfect love casts down all fear! Look to ME for what to say and how to minister.
I will ask you to do unusual things. I will ask you to use your FAITH. So repent of any UNBELIEF NOW, that you may walk in fullness of FAITH and MY LOVE in demonstrating how wonderful you know I AM!Lean NOT on your own understanding. But acknowledge ME in ALL OF YOUR WAYS, and I will direct your path!
🌹 I tell you another thing. If you will listen, you will be saved in miraculous ways from the strategies of the enemy to defeat you. But you must listen to hear. You must be quiet and silent to hear My still small voice. To the Lord alone belong escapes from death.
I AM greater than all the enemies plans against you. So LISTEN beloveds. Be WISE. Be STILL and know that I AM GOD!”
I felt at this point to share what happened to Sally my young friend one time while jogging on the hills above Tustin. We have mountain lions and rattlesnakes in these parts.
Sally had gone jogging in the hills above the city here and there are bike paths and hiking paths that are up and downhill which she used for training for firefighter school. She carries a backpack and normally RUNS up the hills and down to really gain strength for endurance.
That day as she was hiking which she really loves, also because of nature, she was appreciating God and talking to Him now and then in her mind and as she was going up this one hill, the Holy Spirit gave her a vision of a snake coiled up to strike.
Then HE cautioned her to not just scan directly down but up a bit higher on the path. She had to stop abruptly a moment later as she saw a snake crossing the path only about 6 ft in front of her.
It raised it’s head to look at her and she backed away, facing it just a bit to see what it would do, as she was same time asking GOD what do I do ?
Then, she waited and it turned back and continued on it’s path and she saw the rattle on the tail of it!
Shortly thereafter up the hill she came across two more hikers and warned them there was a snake up ahead that it was on the right, but then she realized she was facing opposite direction so should say LEFT… and changed to tell them, but they turned and accused her of trying to get them hurt by telling wrong directions!
She continued on ahead thinking how ungrateful they were. It’s the second time in a couple weeks I think she said that she has seen a snake!
As she told me that night, I kept thinking it was a prophetic enactment of some sort.
God was showing Sally and all of us, HE can & will take care of us if we listen. God was warning of attacks of the enemy to come, of the enemy sending things in our path to try to hurt us, and He will keep us, so we can avoid the wrong path and pray against the enemy’s strategies.
🌹 But even as you try to warn other people, even if the warnings aren’t perfect, or you don’t know EVERY detail, those you try to warn will not always appreciate your help.
And they will even FALSELY accuse you of trying to hurt them, instead of helping them! God warned us the in these times people would be ungrateful & godless, (2 Timothy 3).
This is the typical life of a prophet. This is not unusual. All prophets went through this. Praise GOD for the Word of God says that to GOD alone belong escapes from death!
by: PRISCILLA VAN SUTPHIN of Upstream Ministries, California www.upstreamca.org and www.blogtalkradio.com/Upstream Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Donate to Upstream: via secure Paypal by sending as gift to email@example.com or send to: Upstream, PMB 545, 14311 Newport Blvd, Suite G, Tustin, CA 9278.