Five-Fold Today - Repent and Pray - Do Not Harden Your Hearts - These Are the Days To Go Forth - The World Is Watching - The Big Push and the Breaker - Healthy Churches - All Things Are Possible With God - God's Perfection - A Witness of the Spirit - Woe Unto You Hypocrites

March 31, 2001

Repent and Pray

The iniquity of this land is about to reap the consequences. Before calamities fall in full force, I am calling for repentance on the part of believers, the church, and through them unbelievers.

This will be a season of shakings, a season of whirlwinds, and a season of overflowing waters. This is NOT my "WRATH", but the natural consequences of a people given over to their own pursuits. It is My desire that these things not happen. But, I WILL NOT VIOLATE MY OWN LAWS.

The law of sowing and reaping is going to be fulfilled. The only way to prevent this is national and universal REPENTANCE. I am asking My people to remember this law and to be prepared to sow out of love and mercy to hurting people during this season. The reaping for My people will be good and cleansing.

My people, fall on your faces in repentance for personal and corporate sins. Where real repentance is I will see from heaven and send legions of angels to calm the shakings, to dispel the whirlwind, and to divert the waters.

Repent now and do not relent. Keep your whole being in repentance and pray for the unbelievers amongst you. Time grows short and the forces of nature are ready to be unleashed.

Sin reaps disastrous consequences, but righteousness reaps glorious consequences. Repent, repent, and REPENT and pray, pray and PRAY for your land and your neighbors.

Frank Sandford

Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

Today, if you hear His voice do not harden your hearts...!

Luz Cintrón

This morning, He showed me that He is about to release a word through His prophets that is not going to be what we are used to hear. He said there were many things out of place that need to be put back in perspective. For even though they in themselves were not all wrong we had become used to lean on those ideas, concepts, traditions and they had become like a tottering wall to us spiritually speaking. We are going to be weaned from those. It will seem strong to us. Maybe it is, for when I became puzzled by what I heard He started to give an example on my own carnality, a tiny one I am afraid not to get me too scared so that I could receive the bulkload of what is to come.

For instance, I have made a difference between the old testament prophets and the new testament ones. It always grabbed my attention how strong and hard at times His words became in the mouth of His prophets. I have meditated on the price they paid to bring forth His word. The persecutions, the imprisonment, the pain embraced in their personal lives to become a "sign and a wonder" (not to cry the loss of a loved one, marrying a prostitute, be thrown in jail, having to go naked, to sleep on only one side, be killed etc.) in the midst of His people. Comparing to them it is an easy job today in spite of all that may happen,even the worse is not comparable. And about the church, never having to listen to words that were hard, direct, and at times if you were the one receiving them, the one signaled out it would certainly feel like an insult.When the old testament prophets got in the business of tearing down they really did it and it was not (I assume) easy to say or to hear.

Well, I always thought to myself that maybe the difference was in that the church has the indwelling of His Holy Spirit. To me that explained it all, no need to speak harshly to the church because after all, we all have the same Holy Spirit who brings the conviction. So I came to think that the prophetic was more like a word of confirmation or instruction. At least that was also what seemed to be transmitted to me in the extremes, on one side the churches in which flock was being abused constantly, reproof constantly or like in other churches that out of love the flock was protected and there was hardly a word of conviction. That seemed to be the answer but that was far from explaining it all. My believe that words of conviction were not necessary because the Holy Spirit was in us guiding, convicting, sanctifying was hollow and for the first time I felt how faulty.

My castle of cards was knocked down with a simple question from Him: "Yeah, and just how much do you really listen to My Spirit ?" One question was all it took and I saw it differently. Then I realized we are more used to ignore than to listen to His Holy Spirit, even on the little things (How much more on the big issues? Are we open to receive them at all?). How many times the Lord has impressed us to go call someone, drop by or do something unscheduled and you left it for later until it was not done. That is on a little thing, but it is not a little thing but a mountain of blindness what lays behind that attitude. We hear what we want to hear and the rest gets ignored. In behaving like this many things have fall from their place through tradition, yes tradition, other through cultural differences in the changing of times, little by little the church has slipped from the position she was to fulfill on this side of eternity. Many things are upside down in our midst and we can not even see them. The priorities and the objectives bended beyond recognition to fit the times and the culture. I tell you its upside-down in our midst.

Well, He is going to release a word intended to shake us from our indifference to His Holy Spirit, and get us to rely not on the tottering wall of our pride but on Him, author and finisher of our faith. And it will be in the places where He has been ignored, and it will brake us from our comfort zones in which we lay, and it will bring us conviction of what is really our state of affairs. The wheat is to be sifted, its time for the chaff to go. A time is coming when His prophets will be upset not only with comments that should not be and may hurt sensitivities, but with a whole array of things that are out of place and the hardness of our heart and the pride of our flesh dressed of spirituality. Get ready, its coming, and lets pray the eyes of our understanding be enlightened and our hearts be made ready by His Holy Spirit to receive this, so that when the time of fire and strong wind arrives find little chaff to blow and little wood to burn in us. I do not think there will be any of us exempt from it. I will be the first in line for my portion of wind and fire. For it may start in one direction but it will shake everything in its way and it wont stop until every inch of His body has been "covered".

... I have seen a word coming from Him
that will shake His body. Its a word that will place things out of order in
order, things out of focus or context where they go. It is different
because it will be strong and many will feel offended even though they may
come to their senses later on. It will be hard for the one who releases it and
for the one who hears it as well, it will pierce through both...

Yes, Lord, come and come quickly! Call upon your bride awaken her to see the Sun Of Righteousness arise upon her and be healed!

Come, come people of the Lord Of Host, hide yourselves and close the doors behind you for a little while. Embrace the Spirit Of Truth and live. Allow Him to sit and refine you by fire for He is a jealous God and His Name is Holy! Come to Him and live! In His love He is relentless and in His zeal He is consuming, for in His Faithfulness He has ordained your salvation and He will not change His mind about it. Come, come while there is still time, but I tell you even if you don't you will come because He is faithful and Jealous and able to finish what He has started in you.

Let us search out and examine our ways,
And turn back to the Lord;
Let us lift our hearts and hands
To God in heaven

Lamentations 3:40-41

Your servant in His love;
Luz Cintrón

These Are the Days To Go Forth

Jim Donovan

This is the time I am moving upon My people in a deeper way. I am sending forth my Eagles, My warriors to go forth. I have brought you through the fire and struggles to higher ground with Me. I have given you authority and annointing.

Don't hold back My annointing, but go forth with My annointing. You were vessels of clay -- I did the molding and preparation. Now go forth with my annointing MY AUTHORITY SET THE CAPTIVES FREE! I have called you to be used of Me, My faithful servants. I have healed you, delivered you from bondages. Now arise and go forth and spread My word to those who are thirsty. You shall see much fruit. And you shall do signs and wonders and miracles in My name. So as you received blessings now go and give My blessings away.


As you soar with Me above all obstacles in higher heights of My revelation. My words shall flow like honey from your lips and you shall flow in My annointing. So go forth and set My people free from the bondages of this world. Go to the streets the bi-ways and the high-ways and yes the nations. Spread My truths and you shall see many come to no Me.

Don't sit on the gifts I have given thee but use them for My glory. As you flow in My annointing you shall see the darkness lift off your cities. Fret not My wind is blowing I am moving across the nations. These are the days to let My annointing flow. Don't hold back but be obedient to the call on your life. Shake off the dust of complacency and launch out and fly with Me.

In Him Jim Donovan
StoneyCreek Ontario, Canada

The World Is Watching

Doug Morrell

Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you? You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on your hearts, to be known and read by all men; and you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. (2 Cor 3:1-3)

The only effective witness we have in the world today is the change that Jesus has made in us. This change should be so apparent that the people we work with, the people we do business with, our family, friends, the salesman who calls late in the evening, and yes, even those in the church should be able to see that change.

There should be such visible evidence of God at work in us today that people stop and say, "What's this? I know I'm talking to you, Doug, but for some reason I feel as though I'm talking to Jesus."

Is that the kind of recommendation we have? The kind of recommendation written on the hearts of those we have impacted as we follow the Great Commandment and Great Commission? Or is our recommendation more about what we've done such as the number of churches we've established, the number of revivals we've had, our degrees, successes, the number of bumper stickers on our cars, or the number of tape-of-the-month clubs we subscribe to?

If we applied this test to our lives today, I wonder how many of us would have a recommendation in the eyes of the community we live in? Remember, they are the ones who are reading your letter today, "known and read of all men."

That's what the world is waiting and dying to see today. Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Grow in grace and truth,

doug morrell

Live Christ Deliberately!
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The Big Push and the Breaker

Bill Burns

Awaken, My people, for the cloud is moving. Your time in the wilderness is nearly over. It is time for you to break camp and get ready to move with Me. I am about to move among My people with great speed, for time is short, and I have yet many things to accomplish before the end comes.

I say, buckle up for the push, for My hand is coming to accelerate you and move you into the proper position, which will present many opportunities for My people. These are kingdom opportunities, which will become open doors that will thrust you forward into your destiny.

The enemy is mounting an attack against My chosen to try and stop this next moving of My Spirit. But, My big push will produce power as well as speed, and My people shall break through his ranks and overrun his camp. I will now be to My people the Lord of the Breakthrough. Have you not read that it is in the spring of the year when the kings go out to war? Is it not written that you are kings?

You are the Jacob generation that I have called forth to do battle in this the Third day. Micah 2:12-13 "I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob, I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together like sheep of the fold, Like a flock in the midst of their pasture; They shall make a loud noise because of so many people. The one who breaks open will come up before them; They will break out, Pass through the gate, And go out by it; Their king will pass before them, With the LORD at their head."

I will anoint you with the spirit of the breaker, and you shall go forth against the enemy with great speed and great power. I am about to propel you so that you will break through the ranks of the enemy and break up and scatter their camp. It shall be so that they will scatter from your presence. Yes, you will break through and scatter them seven ways.

Indeed, this is the time of the push. I am going to push My people through to victory. Lift up the hands that hang down. Gird yourselves with the armor of God and make yourselves ready for war. Joel 3:9-11 Proclaim this among the nations: "Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men, Let all the men of war draw near, Let them come up. Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, 'I am strong.'" Assemble and come, all you nations, And gather together all around. Cause Your mighty ones to go down there, O LORD.

Faith Tabernacle
Kremmling, CO

Healthy Churches

Gil Cann

There is a sure and simple way to tell if your church is in poor health. It is 'better' than the more common methods because it can indicate trouble ahead, while the church still appears to be thriving. It is an 'early warning system'. If taken seriously and acted upon, it can be used to save your church from continued decline and fatal illness.

The traditional 'signs of decline' - falling numbers, aging membership, missing young people, diminishing incomes - are merely symptoms, not the cause of a church's sickness. And by the time they are evident it is almost too late to restore the church to health. At best, it will be a difficult and painful road to recovery.

What is the most accurate indicator to your church's life expectancy? It is the extent to which your church is dependent on its minister. If your minister's or pastor's presence and involvement are virtually essential to its worship, teaching, leadership and administration your church's days are numbered. This is the primary cause of sickness and even death in twenty first century churches. All over this country such churches are dying. And the tragedy is this - most of these churches are dying at their own hands.

All over Australia churches are being killed by 'good ministers'. How could this be? Because what church members mean by 'good ministers' is a world away from what the Scriptures say about 'good ministers'. Essentially, this situation is not the fault of our ministers themselves. For many of them, their understanding of their role, and their day to day practice, has been deeply shaped by church members' wishes, preferences, expectations, and quite often, demands.

Within Protestant churches this process has been at work for over 400 years, since the Reformation. That landmark event, brought immense benefits, especially access to the Scriptures for 'ordinary people'. But unfortunately, it did not bring much more than lip service to the Biblical truth of the 'priesthood of all believers' i.e. that all Christians are gifted for ministries which God intends them to fulfill.

Consequently, in today's typical church the members assist the minister to conduct the church, instead of ministers assisting members to be the church.

Gil Cann

Excerpted from a longer article forwarded by the Ambassador Journal

All Things Are Possible With God

Fred Kelly

For I come unto you this day, says the Lord, and I walk in your midst. And I reached over and I touch each one as I pass by. For have I not said in My word, that all things are possible with God? For I've declared this day that I shall use a people that have reached out unto Me. For as you reach unto Me, as I touch you, I transfer unto you the anointing that I have, says the Lord. I pour it down within you, for I use you to My glory says the Lord.

Those that will humble themselves before Me, and will offer themselves unto Me, to be used no matter what comes about. For as you humble yourselves and come before Me to be used of Me. As you give yourself unto Me, then I shall lift you up. You shall come unto My holy mountain and you shall be strong upon the mountain top. For there you shall see the glory of God's cover, and cover, and cover upon you. You shall see the presence of the Lord swell within your midst. And you shall see the river of God flow out to touch others throughout the earth.

For I have called a people that will issue themselves to stand strong in the things that I have called you to do says the Lord. And that calling is to reach unto others, to reach out unto them, and to touch them and to allow them to know the glory that I am pouring down within you. For this is not a glory that I give unto you, just so you can say, "oh I have received the glory of God," but it is a glory that I give unto you that you can say, "yes it is a glory that came from God, but I give it away, I give it to other that they may be sustained in the presence of the Lord." Then many shall be drawn into My kingdom, says the Lord.

Behold again I say unto you, nothing is impossible with God. And as you give, and give, and give unto Me, I will pour more, and more, and more back into you. Come My people, allow Me to touch you and bring you to the mountain top. For it is there you shall see My glory.

God's Perfection

In Brooklyn, New York, Shush is a school that caters to learning disabled children. Some children remain in Chush for their entire school career, while others can be mainstreamed into conventional schools. At a Chush fund-raising dinner, the father of a Chush child delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by any who attended.

After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he paused for some time, then startled the audience when he cried out, "Where is the perfection in my son, Shay? Everything God does is done with perfection. But my child cannot understand things as other children do. My child cannot remember facts and figures as other children do. Where is God's perfection?"

The audience was shocked by the question, pained by the father's anguish and stilled by the piercing query.

"I believe," the father answered with firmness and certainty, "when God brings a child like mine into this world, the perfection he seeks is in the way others react to that child." He then told the following story about his son Shay:

One afternoon, Shay and his father walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, "Do you think they would let me play?"

Shay's father knew that his son was not at all athletic and that most boys would not want him on their team. But Shay's father understood that if is son was allowed to play it would give him a comfortable sense of belonging.

So Shay's father approached one of the boys in the field and asked if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance from his team-mates.

Getting none, he took matters into his own hands and said, "We are losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team, and we'll try to put him up to bat in the ninth inning."

Shay's father was ecstatic, as Shay smiled broadly. Shay was told to put on a glove and go out to play short centerfield.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs, but was still behind by three. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again and now with two outs and the bases loaded with the potential winning runs, Shay was scheduled to be up. Would the team actually let Shay bat at this juncture, with the certainty of giving away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that it was all but impossible. Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, let alone hit with it.

However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher moved a few steps in to lob the ball softly so Shay should at least be able to make contact. The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. One of Shay's team-mates came up to Shay and together they held the bat and faced the pitcher, waiting for the next pitch.

The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly toward Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay and his teammate swung at the ball and together they hit a slow ground ball to the pitcher. The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could easily have thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have ended the game. Instead, the pitcher threw the ball in a high arc to right field, far beyond reach of the first baseman. Everyone started yelling, "Shay, run to first! Run to first!"

Never in his life had Shay run to first. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled. By the time he reached first base, the right fielder had the ball. He could have thrown it to the second baseman who would tag out Shay, who was still running.

But the right fielder understood what the pitcher's intentions were, so he threw the ball high and far over the second baseman's head. Everyone yelled, "Run to second, run to second!" And Shay ran towards second base as the runners ahead of him deliriously circled the bases towards home. As Shay reached second base, the opposing short stop ran to him, turned him in the direction of third base and shouted, "Run to third!" As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams ran behind him screaming, "Shay, run home!"

Shay did run home. And as he stepped on home plate, all 18 boys lifted him on their shoulders and made him the hero, as he had just hit a "grand slam" and won the game for his team.

"That day," said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, "those 18 boys reached their level of God's perfection."

Where will your perfection be?

Forwarded by Brother Alan
Greater Emmanuel International

A Witness of the Spirit..........

from Mona Reynolds

You have sought for truth among the voices of many. My Spirit is truth. My Word is truth. When My Spirit witnesses with your spirit, there will come peace. Do not move until it is settled in your spirit and there is peace. Continue to ask, seek, and knock. Ask Me for discernment and a witness (confirmation) of what you are seeking truth about..........I will provide it because I love you and will keep you and I desire that you enter into all that I have without fear of being deceived or led wrongly. If you are unsettled or troubled in your spirit concerning something you have been praying about, wait upon Me and I will shed My light and glory and wisdom on it. Again, I say, do not move until it is settled in your spirit and you have My Witness and peace. Have I not said that My spirit will teach you and lead you? Continue to press in by faith and obtain My truth, peace, knowledge and blessings in your life. With Me, you cannot fail!

Mona Reynolds

Woe Unto You Hypocrites

Teresa M. Daly-Crews

As Peter swore not to betray Jesus and that he would not deny him, we too stand at risk of denying the Spirit of Truth. The Spirit of the Lord awoke me recently and spoke to my heart. He said that many in the Body have fallen into complacency and have unknowingly become hypocrites. This is a subject seldom spoken from pulpits and many believers continue to occupy their lives with busyness in order not to face the truth. To even think that we are not walking a life less than pure can bring pangs of nausea to a believer. Just the sound of that word stings our ears and causes immediate denial. It is difficult to admit that we could be walking short of what we should. There are very few that openly ask the Lord to shine His light deep into their lives and allow Him to chastise them for hidden sins. It is time for each of us to seriously look at our lives and allow the Spirit to bring to light any areas that need correction. Pray that the Lord would open our hearts and remove all hidden sins that are hindering our walk. Allow our loving Father to bring chastisement and correct those areas of hypocrisy.

Many things can cause our walk with the Lord to become clouded and cause us to waver. It can happen suddenly or occur by a slow progression into worldliness. Regardless of the source or motive the consequence still is the same. It will cause a callusing of our heart and a separation from our Lord. Ignorance of the true meaning of hypocrisy does not cover the sin. We have been given the Word of God for knowledge and admonition and if we desire to receive the pure word of truth it is available. Often pastors or spiritual elders fail to unveil the truth in regard to hypocrisy because they fear the loss of respect or following of their sheep. Other times they themselves have allowed the sin of hypocrisy to take a foothold in their own lives. Releasing the Word of God in believer's lives when the Word is of joy and beauty is easy but when the teaching involves sin and it's consequences it becomes more difficult. No one wants to be the one to share a hard word of correction but it is necessary for the Body to grow healthy and strong. If spiritual leaders speak only smooth things unto their flocks they are grooming their sheep for damnation. It is required of a steward to be faithful in all things and the teaching of hard word is included. For us to grow into a strong and complete Body we must unveil our hearts openly so that all manner of darkness may be removed. This example must begin with the leadership and patterned by the Word of God so that many will be saved.

To understand where change must take place we must first be equipped with knowledge of truth. As with many words found in our spiritual handbook the definition of the words have slowly changed. The English language over the past two hundred years has been altered more than at any point in time. This alteration has caused many to err because they are unable to grasp a full understanding of what was meant in the Word. This misinterpretation has caused many to think they are walking in perfection when in fact they are bordering on damnation. There is no scripture open to private interpretation yet the Word of God has been perverted in such a way that it has become easier to overlook sin. There are some who have used the Word deceitfully to cover their sin, others have erred because of ignorance. Regardless of the reason, we will be held accountable as to our stewardship on judgment day. It is our responsibility as leaders and believers to seek counsel from the Spirit of God. If we base our perception of the truth found in the Word upon the precepts of mans religion we will err. If we will call upon the Spirit of God seeking the wisdom that comes from above the pure religion spoken of by our Lord will be evident. As we openly seek the heart and mind of Christ we will come into a unity of heart and mind that will destroy hypocrisy. As Jesus spoke to those bound in the religious precepts of men," they do err, not knowing the scriptures nor the power of God" (mat. 22:29) To break the cycle of hypocrisy we must seek a relationship with the Lord and allow the light of truth to shine into our darkened hearts.

The definition of hypocrisy according to the Websters 1828 dictionary is as follows:

1. One who feigns to be what he is not; one who has the form of godliness without the power, or who assumes an appearance of piety and virtue, when he is destitute of true religion.
2. A dissembler; one who assumes a false appearance.

HYPOC'RISY, n. [L. hypocrisis; Gr. simulation; to feign; to separate, discern or judge.]
1. Simulation; a feigning to be what one is not; or dissimulation, a concealment of one's real character or motives. More generally, hypocrisy is simulation, or the assuming of a false appearance of virtue or religion; a deceitful show of a good character, in morals or religion; a counterfeiting of religion.
Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Luke 12.
2. Simulation; deceitful appearance; false pretence.

In Luke 12 we are told that the to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy. Notice that Jesus uses the word leaven to describe hypocrisy as it only takes a small amount of it to defile the whole person. Just as leaven is used to make bread rise, it only takes a small amount of spiritual leaven to corrupt our walk. If we were not subject to falling into hypocrisy Jesus would not have taken so much time in the Word detailing the operation of such a sin. It was the sin of religious hypocrisy evident in the lives of the Pharisees and Sadducees that were in direct opposition of the work of our Lord. If your walk is polluted by hypocrisy you will have spiritual forces within yourself that will deny access to the fullness of Gods will for you. Jesus spoke in Matthew 23 strongly against hypocrisy, even using the word woe to describe the fate of those who chose to operate with such behavior. As we see above hypocrisy is the feigning or pretending of true religion without the power. According to Paul the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power so if the power of the Lord is not evident we are not operation in the Kingdom. In James we are told that our hearts own heart can deceive us if we are not careful, as pure religion is,"To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." It is our responsibility to keep ourselves clean and unspotted by the perversions and darkness of the world. To do otherwise is to open our hearts to deception.

Just as leaven causes bread to rise, spiritual leaven will cause pride to puff up in an individual. The tendency to defend oneself or walk becomes evident when criticized. It is closely tied with the spirit of pride in that no one wants to feel that they are falling short of perfection. A person who is bound in hypocrisy will use anything at their disposal to appear unblemished and manifest to others that their walk has reached perfection. They will even come against those who are walking in the humility of Jesus, vehemently attacking them with the Word of God in some cases. Thereby attempting to make themselves appear outwardly as having achieved a perfect walk with our Lord. It is only in the light of pure religion that hypocrisy becomes evident. Hypocrisy is clearly seen when the pure light of Jesus shines through another attempting to die to self and walk in purity.

The most dangerous form of hypocrisy is not as evident as described above. It is the form of hypocrisy that comes through complacency and the allowance of others to teach what could only be learned directly from a personal relationship with our Lord. This is the form of hypocrisy that is highly evident in the Body of Christ and will cause the damnation of many if not addressed. This form of hypocrisy comes from neglect in cultivating a person relationship with God. It happens with subtleties and through the constant teaching of the smooth and easy things of the Word. We must desire to grow past the milk of the Word and choose to embrace the meat in order to destroy hypocrisy in our lives. To open ones heart to the total chastisement and correction by the Spirit of God takes faith and trust in our Creator. This faith and trust can only come from spending time to know our Lord intimately. It cannot be taught from a pulpit, nor in the imitation of another's walk. We can read hundreds of books and spend innumerable hours at revival conferences and still come out without knowing our Lord intimately. We must go to the Word of God and seek His face. It is though seeking we will find the strength and power to look at our lives through the eyes of the Spirit.

Our lives have become cluttered and controlled by situations and circumstances that have stolen time from our Lord. We have allowed other things to steal the time needed for an intimate relationship. Many shepherds have allowed themselves to be lifted above and brought upon believers an even deeper manifestation of false religion. The respect of persons is rampant in the Body thereby causing hypocrisy to grow by immeasurable proportions. We must look again to the basics of the Word and rebuild our foundations, so they may be true and strong. Able to withstand even the strongest winds of adversity that are about to come upon the world. Only those who have developed an intimate relationship will be able to stand strong in the power of His love in the days ahead. An intimate relationship cannot be taught by others but only comes with the seeking of the Lords face.

Another factor that has caused many to fall into hypocrisy is fear. The fear of rejection and persecution by other believers as they confess their faults openly. This is a very real fear since the religious spirit manifests tremendous strength in our organized church. There is not one believer who has not been stung by the feeling of betrayal or pious judgment from others. This fear has taught believers to be detached and made people afraid to open themselves up to others. Ask yourself how many times have you wanted to cry out for help and found that you retreated behind a mask of perfection to cover your pain. There is not one of us who has never quipped back an answer of fine when asked how we were feeling, when in our inward man was screaming to be helped. It is this subtle form of hypocrisy that most believers have fallen prey to. We must be able to confess our faults one to another without the fear of rejection and persecution. If we continue to allow this sin to control our walks many will be ensnared and unable to walk in the fullness of the love of our Lord.

It is time for the false pretense of religion to come down so that the truth and sincerity of Jesus Christ can rise above the darkness. Every single person in the Body of Christ has fallen prey to this disease, there is not one who has remained untouched. We must be willing to be transparent, allowing the Light of our Lord to shine through us to others. Hypocrisy has now hit epidemic proportions and must be dealt with or it will end in spiritual death of many. The only way to destroy the subtle works of darkness is to embrace the Spirit of Truth, allowing Him to purge and purify our walks. We must now take hold of the keys of life given by our Lord and set the captives free, that we may all worship together in Spirit and in Truth.

In HIS Service,

Teresa M. Daly-Crews

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