So we prayed that God would bless us all during this Christmas season and that He would encourage us and allow us to share an uplifting message to the broader Storm Harvest community.
What we received from the Lord, however, is far from positive and lighthearted.
It is with fear and trembling that we publish the following message: God’s 2013 Christmas Message for the List:
“Paul entered Ephesus and confronted the silversmiths and the Temple of Diana collapsed. Stadiums were filled and riots began. She was greater than I – then Paul put me first and the tide changed. Continue reading
I am coming to deliver the suffering ones into life eternal and the pleasure seeking ones into the flames of hell. As the scriptures say, those who love their lives will lose their lives and those who lose their lives will find their lives in me.
“But the so-called “sanctified” ones, who are building their own kingdoms, do not look for me and do not want me. And I don’t want them. I want the small ones, the struggling ones, the ones the world laughs at and ridicules. These are my children who will live with me in paradise.
Without prophetic people speaking up, we will not play our redemptive part in bringing change for the good.
FIVE ELEMENTS OF THE BREWING PERFECT STORM
As in the movie The Perfect Storm, the storm I see coming to the United States is a combination of more than one element, and when the elements unite, the storm becomes exponentially more dangerous. However, unlike the movie, this storm is not just a storm of merging weather patterns. This storm is worse; it involves five different elements: religion, politics, economics, war and geo-physical events.
“It is a word that has fallen into disuse and needs to be restored, and that restoration is not going to be cheap.”
We are so carnal, so power hungry and so enamored with status and position that we don´t have a clue what apostolic ministry really is. Most charismatics think it is about authority, and many men who claim to be apostles build top-down pyramid structures that abuse people. Others think apostolic leaders are marked primarily by sensational miracles. Yet I see something we have entirely missed when I look at the life of the apostle Paul.
We prayed for a person who is suffering bad skin infections. His skin eruptions cause much itchiness and irritation.
God said “There are many reasons for bad skin conditions. Some people are just allergic to physical things. These allergies cause skin eruptions. There may be mental short term causes such as thinking, stress, and pressure. These emotional, submerged, factors result in chemical changes in the blood which in turn cause physical skin eruptions, which are usually treated with creams but this is ineffective. There are alternative spiritual long term causes: unforgiveness; anger; other issues which are buried.” Continue reading
One night, after repeated attempts at photographic the night sky, suffering only failure and dejection, I gave up. It was 11pm after all and I was cold, so I took a warm shower. Standing there feeling like a failure I heard a voice in my head, so clear.
“Go take a photo,” he said.
“You’ve got to be kidding,” I replied. It was cold.
“It’s a perfect night for it,” he insisted.
“Yeah right, it’s cold.” He was right though, it was a moonless night, there was no cloud cover now, the stars were twinkling. I ached because it hadn’t worked.
“Go down to the bottom of your garden, set up under the trees and aim up toward your house. Turn all the lights off or it will overexpose.”
I watched as the Lord placed a large, heavy looking beam on the backs and shoulders of each of these people. I saw as the people stumbled beneath the weight of the beam the Lord had placed upon them.
“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me,” I heard the Lord say.
The Lord pointed to a mountain in the distance, and began to urge the people to run to it. I watched and then followed the people as they began to run slowly and clumsily towards the distant mountain. I saw as each of them at times stumbled and fell and dropped the beam from their back and shoulders as they continued to run towards and up the side of the mountain.
God took my dirty hands into his own and, as he touched me, my dirt became his dirt. It transferred from my hands to his hands, from my heart to his heart, and then it was gone. I was suddenly clean.
Again, he pointed me towards the target. I accidentally grasped the tip of the arrow and it pierced my hand. I screamed out in pain and, while he touched the point of my pain, I noticed a horrible scar where his hand and wrist connected. I realized I had just been given a small taste of the sufferings of Christ. His was a full spike that pierced him through completely, all for the love of us. Continue reading
A kairos in God, is an opening in time through which God comes to achieve a particular purpose, demanding an immediate and forceful response. Jesus describes this when he explained that the kingdom of God must be taken forcefully (Mt 11:12). Responding to a kairos requires spiritual violence. First, it must be recognised; and secondly, it can only be entered through radical obedience.
The wisdom writer aptly declares that, “Without a vision (or prophetic revelation) the people live carelessly”, or as Eugene Peterson puts it,
If people can’t see what God is doing,
they stumble all over themselves;
But when they attend to what he reveals,
they are most blessed.
Pr 29:18 Continue reading
Listen to Micah’s lament: “Evil came down from the Lord unto the gate of Jerusalem. . . . For the transgressions of Israel were found in thee” (Micah 1:12-13).
Micah saw an incurable disease among God’s people and an inescapable judgment. Look at what God calls rebellion and seethe cause of His controversy with them:
1. A new scheme of covetousness concocted by mercenary servants of God, having to do with money, property, success.
2. An emphasis on self: “Woe to those that devise iniquity . . .because it is in the power of their hand. They covet fields . . .and houses, and take them away: so they oppress [my people]“(Micah 2:1-2).
3. Rejection of the prophet’s warnings and telling the people that judgment preaching is not of God, that it is contrary to His character! “Prophesy ye not . . . Is the Spirit of the Lord[impatient]?” (Micah 2:6-7).