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April 4, 2001

The Inherited Problem

By Robert I Holmes

There is, in the life of David, some object lessons on handling inheritance. Some of us have received an inheritance that is bankrupt. One might equally use the word barren, broken or destroyed. David inherited a kingdom raped by it's previous king, a people plundered and an inheritance essentially squandered.

One of the first, but also one of the enduring things David had to do was overcome the rape of his nation. He was appointed king to a bankrupt kingdom, his inheritance was largely destroyed by poor management. What did David do? How did he respond? What do we do if we are the ones who have raped, taken, destroyed someone else's inheritance?

The two kingdoms

The kingdom of Saul was marked by a common phrase, 'And he will take' (c.f. 1 Sam. 8).

The kingdom of David was marked by a common phrase, 'The Lord gave David victory everywhere he went' (c.f. 2 Sam 8).

Before we examine this, let us consider the contrast between David and Saul:

Saul was -- David was

Called for by the people -- Called for by God
Guilty and remorseful -- Sorry and repented
Prone to hiding his sin -- Able to declare his actions before men
Controlled by popular opinion -- Controlled by the opinion of God
Given positional power 'throne' -- Given relational power 'people'
Demonized -- Possessed by God
Weak and resorted to the occult -- Strong and referred to the prophetic
Abandoned by God -- Beckoned by God
Narrowly focused 'my kingdom' -- Broadly focused on 'God's kingdom'
Goal focused 'defeat this enemy' -- Process focused 'Raise up Mighty men'
Short term focused 'my lifetime' -- Mid to long term focused 'For all generations'
Focused on the system -- Focused on people

Saul raped the nation

In Isaiah ch 42 vs 22 we are told that the people of God were "a people plundered and robbed". This is the inheritance of a Saulish man, a Saulish family line, a Saulish ministry or church. Let us look at the seven things mentioned in Scripture regarding this...

  1. Saul endentured every strong man he could find into his army (1 Sam. 14:52). Every strong man was made to join the army - leaving family homes fatherless and sonless.

  2. Saul enslaved men to plough the ground and reap the harvest in his fields (1 Sam. 22:7). Those who were not useful for the army were made to work in Sauls fields and plough his earth.

  3. Saul took the daughters and made them to work in his bakeries and wash houses (1 Sam. 8:13). The families, grieving and lacking men are now robed of their daughters, who were made to serve in Saul's household.

  4. Saul took their best fields, best vineyards and olive groves for himself, just like Ahab later took Naboths vineyard by force (1 Kings 21:7). This is an action squarely forbidden by the Lord and brought a curse on the land (Ezek 45: 8,9).

  5. Saul took a tithe of the increase and gave it to his men, it did not go into the temple (1 Sam. 8:15). Saul took the Lords tithe unto himself and gave it to his men. The temple went short and the priests later suffered persecution and death at his hands.

  6. Saul took other peoples servants and animals and put them to work on his vision (1 Sam. 8:16).

  7. The last straw was this, "He took one-tenth of your flocks, and you became his slaves." (1 Sam 8:17). The mother left in the house to do everything herself, had her best fields taken, her sons and daughter too - was then left to become enslaved by Saul!

David restored the nation

David had a heart so very different from this, and he worked hard to restore the land. In Galatians ch 6 vs 1 we read "You who are spiritual, restore" and this was his inheritance. Let's look at the seven ways David did this...

  1. David 's men gathered willingly to him at Adullam, and he trained them (1 Sam. 22:1). He did not endure anyone, they willingly came to him.

  2. David distributed the Amalekite booty to his men, his servants and to the elders in Judah (1 Sam. 30:26). He was not on the take, David as on the give.

  3. David restored trade with other nations, after making war or bartering peace (c.f. 2 Sam 8:3 restoring trade from the Euphrates and later Egypt).
  4. David stored up wealth for his sons, not only to build their houses, but to build the temple for God (1 Sam 22). He ensured there was an inheritance left for those who followed after him.

  5. David restored the ark of the covenant to the city, and set up the tabernacle with offerings of bulls and wealth from the nation (2 Sam. 6:12ff). David not only restored the city, he restored worship, tithing, sacrifice and the nations devotional life.

  6. David rebuilt the army. In Saul's day he gathered 3,000 fighting men (1 Sam 24:2) but in David's day he gathered 30,000 (2 Sam 6:1) to serve the national vision resulting in an inheritance of peace for his son (1 Kings 5:4).

  7. David restored the fortunes of the nation. Other nations brought tribute, tithes, offering and wealth (2 Sam ch 8). There was an immense inflow of wealth from the nations, including workers who made bricks, cut stones and built houses (2 Sam 12:31).


The work David did to restore the nation is equally applicable to our lives. Whether our personal inheritance has been stolen, our families inheritance squandered, our churches life destroyed, our ministry left in ruins, our city raped by sin or our nation ravaged by economic turmoil - God can restore!

The Anointing To Love Others

by Undrai Fizer

You cannot have an effective ministry without a genuine love for people. It is more easy to fall in love with your "ministry format" instead of the eternal destiny of God's people.

It is hard to witness and minister for the Father if there is not a love for people in your spirit. You will find yourself doing the works detailed on the business card and the vision statement, rather than from a heart that weeps for the lost, and those who are not walking in their destiny.

The pressures of life and the wounding from people can cause the love for others to grow cold. Sure, we may exist everyday doing the "habits" of ministry, and yet lack the intimacy of the Father and His people.

Ministry work that has become a habit (routine), can prove fatal in the lives of the believers. It will camouflage the reality of our insincerity toward God and people. It will keep us in denial and blind us to the fact that we may have fallen out of pure love with God and the ministry to the lost.

You cannot minister without loving people. You can fall in love with teaching, and still be out of love with God's people. The enemy have used the wounds and distrust of others in the past to keep us from loving one another and other people. You can't love when you are busy protecting your heart from hurts and other's treatment of you. You can't love perfectly when you are "building walls" of protection. It will cause you not to see the person because you are trying to detect their hidden "weapon" against you.

We must allow the Holy Spirit to keep us from the dangers of ministering without love. We will find that ministry will become just another occupation that we will suffer in until a better job comes along.

Life has hurt us to the point that we're trying to "get what we can" while we can. We must be redefined. We will find ourselves being ministers, but yet being bitter and suspicious, and without friends.

We can't allow our love and weeping for the lost to grow cold. Remember when you used to weep for those who were lost? Remember watching people walk the streets and you said to yourself, "I wonder what he is thinking," " I wonder if he knows about God." Remember?

Our love can grow cold, and yet we can produce more ministry. How is that? A lack of love will produce a void and a sickness that only being busy will fill. So, we will find ourselves being incredibly busy, but tired of who we are and where we are going.

You can't minister for Christ without loving like Christ. Christ did not protect Himself from betrayal and misunderstanding. He did not allow His mind and His time to be concerned those things. We have to learn how to live with "Judas" and "Peter."

Offended ministers cannot love. They are busy trying to protect themselves. Offended believers cannot be loved. They are busy trying to discern every motive and everything spoken to them till they become offensive to those who really want to love them.

The anointing to teach and the ability to love are two different things. Your love for people will increase the anointing. But, not having love will decrease your anointing and your usage by the Spirit of God.

We must be careful not to allow bitterness to rob us from love. The enemy and our own fear of being hurt have caused us to hurt others first. It has caused us to live a life proving, "you will not hurt me again!" The ministry and the anointing must not be our own private boxing ring and personal vindicating platform. It must not be used for that.

Love should be our platform and forgiveness our motivation. God has given us an awesome task to teach, and live doing what we really love. But it would be a shame not to love those, for whose sake we were given these incredible gifts.

Lord, help us.

Help me....

Undrai & Bridget Fizer

Move in the Flow. Move in the Glory.
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The Prophet's Perspective, The Reproofs of Instruction

Ira Milligan

I don't know of a single Scripture pertaining to the prophetic ministry more misunderstood than I Corinthians 14:3 "He that prophecies speaks unto man to edification, and exhortation, and comfort." Because Paul didn't specifically include "correction" in this passage, many Christians believe that any rebuke given by the gift of prophecy is wrong. But, the idea that the spirit of prophecy doesn't reprove and rebuke is ludicrous.

In fact, the Bible teaches that even ministering new instruction to someone amounts to a "reproof". "For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life." - Proverbs 6:23. God's instructions reprove, and His reproofs give life. When God exhorts us to change and walk in righteousness - there's no way around it - it always rebukes us. But, even God's rebukes are redemptive, and His corrections edify! So it's not the content of a personal prophecy (i.e., whether or not it reproves and rebukes) that determines its source, but rather the way it is delivered. Love edifies - never criticizes - nor does it rebuke harshly. So, when we prophecy "the truth in love" - Eph. 4:15, even God's prophetic rebukes edify.

When God reveals something critical or negative about someone, He does so to bring change. He expects the one ministering to use wisdom so that whatever He has revealed will help not hinder the one being ministered to. In other words, with few exceptions, when ministering personally negative truth should always be ministered in a positive way. When ministering correction, always ask yourself, "If I were on the receiving end, how would I like this ministered to me?"

Once, while I was ministering to a young man, God told me that he was lazy. After meditation for a moment, under God's direction, I said, "The Bible says, 'If you will apply yourself, God will give you success.' " Then I very gently admonished him to, " not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises." - Heb. 6:12. As one observant brother later said, I 'spoon fed' him God's correction.

Now, before someone objects and cries, "You're compromising God's word!", remember, "...the spirit of the prophets are subject to the prophets" - 1 Cor. 14:32. You can't beat up God's kids and blame it on God! God is love, and love edifies. God wants his ministers to use ingenuity. He expects us to "...warn every man, and teach every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus." -Col. 1:28


Ira & Judy Milligan


For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake (2 Cor. 4:5).

Season Of Dryness

Ras Robinson

Breakthrough from being cut off and isolated is coming your way. Expect it. This has been a season of dryness, sometimes like a parched desert. You have felt like you have been sent outside the camp for some kind of punishment. It is difficult for you to even speak with Me about it. Not even your closest friends know what is going on inside you because you are just not sure about a lot of things. You have been keeping to yourself, haven't you? Pain has visited again and again. But I say to you that a turn-around is about to occur for you. You are on the edge of a major breakthrough. And when you begin to experience this breakthrough, you will say, "So that was what the cutting off and the isolation was all about." And you will smile and laugh and you will thank Me for these last days that are about to come to an end. The skies are already forming rain clouds. A dump of refreshment and blessing is on the way. The heavens are about to open and oh the joy that is coming your way. And just as you have been a somewhat quiet witness for me in this cut off and isolated time, you will now become an exuberant zealot for Me. Some will marvel at what I have done for you. Breakthrough. No more being cut off and isolated for you. Expect it. Springtime is here!!!

Zechariah 10:1 "Ask rain from the Lord at the time of the spring rain-- The Lord who makes the storm clouds; And He will give them showers of rain, vegetation in the field to each man."

Ras Robinson to Strengthen,
Encourage and Comfort

Fullness in Christ Church, Pastor

Let's Clean House!

By Doris Wagner

How well I remember spring housecleaning! I was born in the same house in the early '30s that I left the day I was married. The setting was a dairy farm in upstate New York and my dad and mom, two brothers, one sister and myself enjoyed living there in the beautiful Mohawk Valley.

But every spring, without fail, we all pitched in and cleaned. The guys took off the storm windows and stored them carefully to rest until late October. We dusted and washed the windowsills carrying away dustpans full of dead flies that somehow got between the windows and storm windows.

We washed the windows, inside and out, washed every curtain in the house, stretched them on wooden frames with nails that caused them to dry without ironing, and hung them back up only after every square inch of the house had been mopped, scrubbed, and polished. The house was aired out, light fixtures were washed (it was amazing how much brighter things looked) and my mom inspected and approved until she was convinced that all dirt and grime had been adequately removed. All of us gals worked in the house.

Then the whole family tackled the dairy barn. Armed with brooms and our heads wrapped in bandanas, we swept down every beam, knocked off the chipping whitewash and removed all of the cobwebs that had accumulated in the cow barn, calf pens and horse stalls over the winter. We swept out every corner and cleaned all of the leftover fodder, straw and whatever else the brooms could find.

Then came the whitewash truck and sprayed everything gleaming white for another year. Our last job was to clean the windows, and leave them propped open a bit for fresh air to circulate until fall.

I remember we even cleaned the garage, the chicken coop, the pigpen and the wagon sheds. Mom hung curtains in the garage windows and we planted flowers all around the buildings after we had raked all of the winter leaves, sticks and sundry debris that the wind had deposited. We then were able to enjoy clean and fresh surroundings with a myriad of flowers all summer long.

Spiritual Housecleaning

As I work with deliverance, of necessity, I need to understand the devil, evil and the demonic. I am now convinced that Christian families need to spiritually houseclean at least once a year. If you are doing spiritual house cleaning for the first time, you will need to tackle it with a vengeance. You will need to inspect every room, including basement and attic as well as the outdoor surrounding area. Here are some suggestions.

When we spring houseclean, we go for dirt, dust, grime, and filth like dead flies and mouse nests. When we spiritually houseclean, we look for things that might defile our house or provide an opening for demonic activity.

For example, has any family member brought home some item that might have a "hitchhiker" attached? Often it wasn't done on purpose, but it still should be cleaned out of the house. The question to ask as you deliberate, is, "Does this glorify God?" If in doubt, dump it!

Take a Spiritual Inventory of What is in Your Home

I have lived overseas for much of my adult life. When we returned from Bolivia, I was amazed at the stuff we naively brought home as "native art" and put up on our walls. When I learned about not glorifying idols, we did major redecoration quickly!

We had brought home many idols of the Sun God in the form of lamps, jewelry, and leatherwork. We had items, such as masks and other trinkets that were used in pagan religious ceremonies. We did, in fact, have a good bit of negative spiritual activity going on in our house, but once we destroyed these items, we were much better off and slept a whole lot better.

For starters, any item that has been used in any religious ceremony needs to go, no matter how lovely, expensive or how much it means to you.

Idolatry and the worship of other gods, is definitely out - check out commandments #1 and #2. If you have items of superstition even if handed down from previous generations, they can give place to the demonic and they need to go.

Anything obviously demonic such as posters, tee shirts, incense, music and videos should go. Any items from the occult must go. Ouija boards, spirit games, Dungeons and Dragons, and items of astrology, tarot cards, horoscope, charms, amulets, fetishes, or any other thing having to do with witchcraft need to go.

Witchcraft is on the rise. Check out the prime time network shows that try to deal with the subject in a cute manner, blowing off its significance. Shun Harry Potter calendars, books, mugs and the like. If they are in the house, burn or break them. Don't give away any of these items. They need to be destroyed.

Any items that represent any other religion, such as Buddhism, Hinduism, ancient Egyptian gods (Isis, Osiris, etc.), Freemasonry, and symbols of fertility such as obelisks, and cute fertility god figurines from various religions, should go.

Be on the lookout for anything that represents death, such as drawings of skulls, mummies, and bloody or gory posters. You are better off without them.

Is there anything in your house that you are keeping that you know you should not have - photos of old girlfriends or boyfriends that you have hidden, for example? Remove any item that represents a tie to anger, bitterness, hatred or resentment.

Pornographic material has no place in a Christian home, nor do channels that bring filth into a T.V., or Internet availability to porn, especially where there are children or teens. To think that they will not "take a peek" is far too risky, because there are few things more addictive than porn and it can ruin one's spiritual life and usefulness for the Lord.

Do not be guilty of bringing such things into your home. Steps must be taken to clean it out. Get the Internet screened, and cancel subscriptions to channels you should not have. Burn every piece of porn and object you know that you should not have.

Check out the kids' toy box and your own jewelry box. Something may have crept in that you should not own. Although expensive, gold items can be melted down and once symbolism is destroyed, it can be fashioned into something nice. God created gold and it was "passed through the fire" and purified.

You will have noticed by now that I have said over and over again, "these items need to go." Don't give them away. Take a stand and deliberately do what needs to be done, but if items are burnable, burn them.

You may want to smash some first, if they are made of combustible material. Ceramic, glass and porcelain items should be smashed. Wrapping them in rags before smashing can help keep the job safer. Burn what can be burned, smash videotapes and CDs. Deal a blow to the devil!

Josiah Declaration Sunday

This is what the Josiah Declaration Sunday is all about. II Kings 23:24 specifically tells about eliminating household gods and idols. It is "spring housecleaning" in a spiritual sense. Sunday, September 9 is the designated day and all cleaning should be done by then.

Some churches are asking people to bring items that they are destroying to church to be smashed or burned. Some want to keep them wrapped up for privacy's sake.

It may not be possible to burn publicly at the church, and fires may need to be moved where permitted by the authorities.

After reading this, you may want to get going long before September to rid your home of spiritual darkness. If you have not yet read Chuck Pierce and Rebecca Sytsema's little book Ridding Your Home of Spiritual Darkness, you will want to do that soon. It is available from our Arsenal bookstore.

This is spring. It's housecleaning time. And don't forget to look over the basement, attic, garage, and other buildings. You'll be glad you did, and God will have more room to be glorified in your home!

Source: Global Prayer News
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Live The Call

Kristin Reeg

As I was worshipping the other night I felt the Lord say, "Go"
I asked Him, "Where?"
He said, "To the nations"
I said, "To do what?"
He said, "To teach"
I said, "To teach what?"
He said, "Me."

This is what followed. I believe there is a message in here for all of us.

"It's not about ability. It's about your heart. It's your willingness to learn about Me that will enable you to teach. Trust in My love. Trust in My ability to equip you.

Are you willing to become just another face in the crowd? Are you willing to become just another body in the hall? Are you willing to become a leader in this nameless, faceless, placeless tribe? Are you willing for yourself to be known as Anonymous for Me?

Giving it all isn't about possessions, though that's a part. Giving it all is about your heart. Are you truly willing to let Me rule and reign over your heart, over your emotions, over every minuscule aspect of your life? If so, come to Me. And I say to you this day you will be a new person. You will gain all that I have in store for you if you choose to walk the path with no recognition for yourself. This is not about you. It's about Me. Day after day you cry out Lord, you must increase and I must decrease. Are you willing to become like nothing so that you can truly gain everything that I have for you?

You say you will die for Me -

Would you die if you had no name? If no one knew that you gave your life because you loved Me? Would you still choose to follow Me? Choose this day that your name means nothing to you. Choose Me over recognition. Choose Me over fame. Choose Me over success, and I tell you that I will use you in ways that you have not yet even dreamed. Run after Me with reckless abandon. Run after Me and you will find Me. Seek My face and know that I will not only extend My hand,but My heart as well.

Trust in the words that I have spoken. You should pick up your cross and follow Me.

Follow Me!
Follow Me in My suffering.
Follow Me in My death.
Follow Me in My resurrection.
Follow Me in My teaching.
Follow Me in My wonders.
Follow Me in My signs.
Follow Me in what I am doing.

Follow Me and Me only. The call has been given. It's up to you to answer.

Live the call.

For whatever it takes to draw closer to You, Lord, that's what I'll be willing to do.

Windshield Wipers

From the mouths of babes...........Hmmmmmm!!!!!

One rainy afternoon I was driving along one of the main streets of town, taking those extra precautions necessary when the roads are wet and slick. Suddenly, my son Matthew spoke up from his relaxed position in the front seat.

"Mom, I'm thinking of something."

This announcement usually meant he had been pondering some fact for a while and was now ready to expound all that his seven-year-old mind had discovered. I was eager to hear. "What are you thinking?" I asked.

"The rain," he began, "is like sin and the windshield wipers are like God, wiping our sins away."

After the chill bumps raced up my arms I was able to respond. "That's really good, Matthew." Then my curiosity broke in. How far would this little boy take this revelation? So I asked..."Do you notice how the rain keeps on coming? What does that tell you?"

Matthew didn't hesitate one moment with his answer: "We keep on sinning, and God just keeps on forgiving us." I will always remember this whenever I turn my wipers on. Isn't it comforting to know that God does keep forgiving us. That all we have to do is ask Him to come into our lives and He will keep washing our sins away. Hope each of you remember this when you turn on your wipers and also remember to pass the message on - God does keep forgiving when we invite him into our life.

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