A FRESH MOVE OF GOD IS UPON US

11231689_10153461041064936_8157046015587864734_n“I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness–secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name” (Isaiah 45:3).

This promise is given to someone God described as My anointed. It is spoken about a King who was prophesied to arise in history, a king that would help God’s people to build God’s house. Who is the anointed king who build’s God’s house? Is it David or Solomon or Jehoshaphat?

Shocking to discover – God is addressing Cyrus, the Persian King. A heathen King. Cyrus is a secular temporal protector of God’s plan for God’s people. Christians need to realize that God is so BIG He is ruler of the nations, and even when His people fall short, He safeguards the gates of secular powers in order to administrate His agenda for His house.

On the very night Cyrus came to power the son of Nebuchadnezzar, the great Monarch of Babylon, was having a party with his friends and getting drunk using the sacred temple cups of Solomon’s Temple seized in the conquest of Jerusalem.

Suddenly in the midst of the revelry a hand appeared. A divine finger began writing upon the wall. The party froze and Daniel was summoned to stand before the terror-stricken elites. He was asked to interpret the handwriting on the wall. He told the king that he had been weighed in the balance of God and “found wanting.” His kingdom was to be delivered to another.

As he spoke, conspirators in Babylon were at work from the inside of the great city to let Cyrus in. The army of Cyrus had diverted a portion of a riverbed that flowed under the great city, and their co-conspirators in Babylon opened the gates from the inside out to let the army enter.

As the Prophet and intercessor Daniel delivered the word that authorized the transfer of governments the Lord God of Israel gave Cyrus the keys of government.

With this transfer of power came access to things others wanted but could not find – Treasures of darkness! This term typically referred to the wealth of vanquished pagan nations, which was customarily concealed in subterranean vaults. These were vaults with no windows hence “hidden in darkness”. Thus, they are called the treasure of darkness, i.e., treasures which came from the activity of darkness spiritually and were hidden literally. They are also treasures hidden from the eyes of those serving darkness because they are stored up in the spirit for God’s rulers. They are the End Time hidden riches of secret places.

For now, know that God is the ruler of nations and while some focus on these “blood red” moons as signs of Last Days doom and the rise of ominous world powers, God says “I am doing a work in your day you would not believe if someone were to declare it to you” (Acts 13:41).

The religious community of old missed the signs of the times, but the Apostles declared GOD WAS AT WORK TO BRING DELIVERANCE to whomever would dare to join Him in His invasion of planet earth. A fresh move of God is upon us.

AS ONE!
– Lance

WHAT should Christians do now?

10986499_10153459000829936_7583086874773959287_n5:55 AM a perfect time to post.

WHAT should Christians do now?

NOTE: words from Justice Samuel Alito on the Supreme Court decision that forced gay marriage on the country…

“I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools. By imposing its own views on the entire country, the majority facilitates the marginalization of the many Americans who have traditional ideas.”

I like what John Hawkins wrote for Townhall.com
Here it is…

The dilemma Christians and conservatives face after the Supreme Court’s made-up-from-whole-cloth-instead-of-the-Constitution ruling on gay marriage is one that Machiavelli described over 500 years ago.

“And what physicians say about disease is applicable here: that at the beginning a disease is easy to cure but difficult to diagnose; but as time passes, not having been treated or recognized at the outset, it becomes easy to diagnose but difficult to cure. The same thing occurs in affairs of state; for by recognizing from afar the diseases that are spreading in the state (which is a gift given only to a prudent ruler), they can be cured quickly; but when they are not recognized and are left to grow to the extent that everyone recognizes them, there is no longer any cure.”

Too many conservatives have REFUSED TO stand up on social issues and have thus allowed liberals to make their case in a vacuum. Too many CHURCHES have decided they’d rather keep their heads down than stand up for Christian BELIEFS. Too many Republicans have played by Marquis of Queensbury rules when it comes to Supreme Court justices while Democrats have played to win. You’ll note that liberal judges always, always, always vote liberally on key issues, regardless of the law, while some “conservative” justices like John Roberts and Anthony “Captain Coin Flip” Kennedy move to the left, even if they have to defy the Constitution to do it.

Of course, all of that is water under the bridge and the majority of states in the country, which didn’t vote for gay marriage, have had it thrust upon them unwillingly by tyrants in black robes.

As a response to this, some Republicans have called for term limits for the Supreme Court. Ted Cruz has called for justices to have to face the voters every 8 years. Scott Walker has called for a constitutional amendment to roll back the Supreme Court’s decision.

The problem with all these proposals, well-meaning though they may be, is that they’re really nothing more than futile gestures designed to send the right signals to conservatives. While there’s certainly something to be said for showing the conservative base you’re on its side, at the end of the day it doesn’t change anything for the better.

For example, the three longest serving Supreme Court Justices are Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas. That’s two conservative originalists and a coin-flip. What if they were term-limited out now while Obama is President? How would that make the Supreme Court hew more closely to the Constitution?

As to the Supreme Court justices facing the voters, do we really want Supreme Court justices to start putting getting elected ahead of adhering to the Constitution? That might work on the local level to help get rid of judges who are soft on crime, but it seems doubtful that it would lead to a better Supreme Court.

As to the suggestion that we should put a Federal Marriage Amendment in place, that’s trying to close the barn door after the horse has already run away. Orrin Hatch is generally useless as a senator, but back in 2004 he actually had a pretty good proposal for an Amendment to Protect Traditional Marriage.

“We are therefore pleased to learn that Sen. Orrin Hatch is introducing his own constitutional amendment. His version reads as follows: ‘Civil marriage shall be defined in each state by the legislature or the citizens thereof. Nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to require that marriage or its benefits be extended to any union other than that of a man and a woman.’ This amendment would not only clearly allow civil unions to be enacted by legislatures; it would even allow legislatures to enact full-fledged same-sex marriage. But it would bar federal or state courts from imposing either.”

Could that have passed in 2004 when even Democrats were pretending to oppose gay marriage? It’s entirely possible, but Republicans have grown so timid, afraid of social issues and generally scared to rock the boat that they never even tried. Today, when Democrats are as supportive of gay marriage as abortion, disarming Americans, and raising taxes, there’s not a chance.

So, if those proposals are largely posturing, what should we be doing?

We should be pushing for religious freedom acts in all 50 states. Thirty one states currently have at least SOME RELIGIOUS PROTECTIONS. That needs to become an issue in EVERY state because this ruling means the Left is about to start engaging in open warfare on Christians.

They’re going to go after the tax status of Christian churches. They’re going to try to get Christians fired from their jobs. They’re going to try to censor Christians at best and define parts of Christian doctrine as hate speech at worst. They’re going to try to use the government to put Christians who refuse to sin by working on gay marriages out of business.

Since when do Christians lose their First Amendment rights if they start a business? Since when does “freedom of religion” only apply as long as you don’t own a bakery or take wedding photos? This is a country founded on religious freedom and those rights don’t cease the moment someone walks out of the church doors.

We need these laws to keep Christians from being persecuted. The anti-Christian Left can get awfully loud, but polls consistently show that the American people agree by large margins that Christians shouldn’t be legally penalized for refusing to cater gay weddings.

The issue presents a nice contrast. We’re the people who support Christians. They’re the people who hate Christians. We believe in religious freedom. They’re the people who don’t believe in religious freedom. We’re protecting the rights of Christians. They’re the ones who want to take away the rights of Christians. They don’t have any qualms about lying to claim that we hate gay Americans; so why can’t we tell the truth about the raw hatred for Christians that’s driving so many liberals to try to crush religious freedom?

Instead of pushing pie-in-the-sky policies that aren’t ever going to accomplish anything, conservatives should embrace these popular laws that can defend the First Amendment rights of the roughly 70% of Americans who refer to themselves as Christians. We lost one battle, but unless we make this a hill to die on, we’ll lose the war and Christians will become second class citizens in our own country.

CITIES OF REFUGE

10400001_10153458222664936_4218711056821744425_nAre we turning a page in history where the battle moves from nations to specific territories?

Think about this. Unbelievers have no knowledge about or spiritual authority over the powers of darkness. Only the interceding church has this power.

What if geography itself is going to reflect the spiritual government that is in the territory?

The cities of refuge in Moses’ day were the cities that the believers “occupied.” If they failed to occupy certain territory they were tormented by the inhabitants and had to flee to a safe city.

I wonder what it takes to actually create a city of Refuge where plague, destruction, and lawlessness cannot gain a foothold.

Governing a territory requires believers at every gate. As you know I teach that there are at least seven gates that shape the thinking of a nation. Probably the same is true for a city.

Regarding local government and economics, David Barton of Wallbuilders.com says Christian voters are like space cadets in this arena. In fact, in the last four elections, Christian voter turnout has fallen by 40%!!! Today, there are 60 million Evangelicals in America, but only 15 million of the 60 million vote.

In fact, of the 60 million Evangelicals in America, 24 million are not even registered to vote!

Look, I will make a confession. I didn’t vote for a long time because I didn’t think it mattered. And I was too spiritual. I was seeking revival. Now I freely admit – I was stupid. I took for granted my freedom. Now when I travel to places WHERE THEY CAN LOCK YOU UP I feel differently. I let my voice be heard.

“Faith without works is dead.” Prayer without corresponding action is dead.

(My guess is that people who say they have “faith” but don’t do the minimal “work” of even showing up to vote are probably not front line warriors for Cities of Refuge.)

The point is that we have to move past talk because the times are dangerous. Cities and Nations are going to tilt toward “sheep” or “goat” status. The more believers that can penetrate and occupy the 7m world the greater the alignment of spiritual authority and jurisdictional authority.

I’ve got data to back the existence of cities of refuge where believers pray and righteous leaders rule. Maybe it’s possible to have unrighteous rule with believers who overrule in prayer but it’s way harder. Seems like a spiral flush if you have ungodly leaders and no intercessors. In the days ahead they may be cities to run from.

– Lance

YOU ARE MEANT FOR MORE THAN THIS

11214359_10153444506359936_1144476241472350664_nYOU ARE MEANT FOR MORE THAN THIS.
Self talk! It’s the only way the devil can get into your brain! If it’s general condemnation – it’s the devil. If the Holy Spirit wants you to deal with something it’s always specific. And conviction even feels different than condemnation. The latter makes you feel self contempt. Conviction makes you feel like “you are called to be more than this.”

Does this help?

– Lance

WHO YOU ARE

11535898_10153427330444936_3913100745157397953_nIn the world you are a bar code.
In the kingdom you bear the image of God.

You are not your feelings.
You are not your past.
Your inner man is not the age of your outer man.
Your spirit is eternal.

Your real capacity is unexplored because it’s a new nature that came alive the moment Christ came into your heart by the Holy Spirit.

You are no longer merely human – you possess an aspect of the divine nature. Your recreated spirit is the real you, and in that part you bear His image.

As you behold the beauty of the Lord you are changed:”But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the LORD” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Did you know that the ancient mirrors were actually bronze hammered flat? When the sun hit them the radiant reflection would cover your face.

The figure is one of great beauty. The idea is, that by placing ourselves within the light of the gospel and by contemplating the glory that shines there, we become changed into the likeness of the same glory that shines on us.

The world system is called Babylon. Everybody losses their unique identity and becomes a brick, a unit, a number, a bar code – in a globally controlled economic system of total surveillance.

The tower of Babel was built of brick. Each brick made to fit exactly like the other brick.

The Temple of the Lord on the other hand is built of stones – “living stones” that fit together in such a way that each stone is unique.

The world pressures you to conform. It tries to make you a brick in a godless system.

The kingdom challenges the bride to transform: to make you a living stone in a living temple.

You are a whole lot more than you think you are!

“When He appears you will see Him as He is and immediately be transformed to be just like Him ” (1 John 3:2).

Do you know why? Because you are made of the same nature and material. Your life is hidden in Christ.

You only need to see Him to be like Him.

You only need to receive His words to activate what you’ve got.
Open the Bible and do it now. You only need to see to be.

Make sense?

– Lance

THE HOLY SPIRIT MAY BE LETTING YOU PICK UP ON WHAT’S ON OTHERS!

11402792_10153440385319936_7542535033985779865_nTHE HOLY SPIRIT MAY BE LETTING YOU PICK UP ON WHAT’S ON OTHERS!

The anxiety you are FEELING may be coming from your spiritual sensitivity to what OTHERS are experiencing. It’s called “the burden of the Lord”.

An intercessor carries a “burden” for an issue, or a person. It’s a real distress that won’t lift till they have prayed the matter through… then they have great peace.

This kind of prayer is called “Prevailing Prayer!” At its best it’s “travailing prayer.”

In this type of intercessory prayer, you take the anxiety or the issue to the Lord’s throne till you can park it there. Then WATCH how you return from the throne with power.

Your peace then can come upon others. Literally, you can impart peace with a quick prayer and touch of your hand.

If this move of intercessory prayer, and the prayer realm it carries with it, kicks into a lot of people these days will be REVIVAL days with harvest and increase for those who are willing to watch, pray and be used as Ambassadors of the kingdom of Heaven.

As One!
– Lance

 

IS THIS YOU? Had a really disturbing realization

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Had a really disturbing realization. It has to do with how I’ve seen believers treat other people in service industries. Specifically, I am talking about the way we treat people we do not know.

Everything depends on the glasses you are wearing, right? If you heard testimonies about people meeting angels disguised as beggars on a certain block, you would see every beggar on that block as a potential “angel unaware.” If one approached you, you would treat them with curiosity and care.

If you are selling, you treat all potential customer’s with deference.

Your first meeting with a future “in-law” or boss? You behave.

A patrolman who pulls you over may irritate you but you avoid being too confrontational, right?

How you see the other person determines how you treat them.

Should we not see all people thru the grid the Apostle Paul taught, namely, “honor all men, love the brotherhood, honor the kings”???

If you see all the world as a battle of wills in a contest you “win” when your side gets what it wants – you will behave like a jerk (forgive the candor).

The “combat” stance should be a last resort in any conversation or negotiation, but for MANY Christians – especially those who like to impress their boss (or friends or themselves) it’s the starting position.

The concept of “combative” refers to the point where you get aggressive and demand what you want and threaten sanctions of some sort if the other guy does not accommodate.

This cannibalizing of the opposition shows up big time with Christian event coordinators – especially when a hotel messes up at a ministry conference. But, it is also likely with retailers at stores, rent a car people, airline people, any “customer service” call or hotel people and of course waiters.

IF THIS SAYING IS TRUE – “How you do ANYTHING reveals how you do EVERYTHING!” – The final test of your character is revealed in how you consistently treat a waiter or how you talk to an airline or how you deal with a room problem at a hotel.

Being a public figure can be embarrassing. After near 2 million miles traveling, nothing gets me upset easier than being treated rudely by an airport TSA agent – the newly deputized front line protectors of airport traveling Americans. Never fails …in the midst of my grumbling over being told to strip for a metal detector (Did I say I’ve flown 2 million miles?) a voice might be heard from a fellow traveler or TSA worker: “are you Lance Wallnau?” This happens in Dallas a lot because I attend a large work called Covenant Church.

Busted!

At such times I do what anyone would do: shift gears, put on a friendly smile, and become “nice.” Evidently, I can be nice when I want to.

This week we will all be crossing paths with service staff at home-repair stores where we grab our items for home projects, grocery stores where we grab food for our hungry families this week, restaurants when we go to fellowship with a friend, or the gas station staff who take care of us as we hit the road for a busy work week.

Perhaps 2015 is the year we put ourselves through the “treat everyone nice” test! I think for now I am going to focus on anyone in a service industry.

It is time for believers to be resolved with a new standard. May WE be a blessing to those who bless us. May our response serve them as they work to serve us. May we be a blessing to Christ as we honor those in the service industry.

AS ONE!
– Lance