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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Imagine the Unimaginable

Sometimes our children do wrong things. Many times they do wrong things but are they still my children? Yes. They never come to me and wonder if they will be able to still live in the house. They are still part of the family. They do things that are wrong but they are forgiven. So they continue to be in relationship with Mom and Dad. God wants us to understand that He loves us far more than we even love our own children. And if we take care of the needs of our children how much more will God take care of our needs.

 Don’t be afraid to come out of your little world. Don’t be afraid to come out of the box, for there are things that God has for you that are far beyond anything you could imagine. I don’t know about you but I can imagine quite a bit. Anything you can imagine, God want to do greater things. But, we must let Him do those things for us. And we must get out of the box. We must say yes to Him so that we don’t have to spend the rest of our lives being self-centered, being consumed with our own needs. God’s plan for us is out of the box it is beyond our little world. The greatest fulfillment of your life is outside your little world. There is an entire world that God wants you to touch. It is hard to imagine, it is hard for you to believe it, but we serve a God that is far bigger than we are and He wants to empower you and give you vision so that you can do the Will of God.

   I have said this statement to you before; if you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you always have. And who is satisfied with that? See, religion teaches us that we must seek and seek and seek and seek but never really find. But Jesus teaches us something different. I remember Jesus saying, “Seek and you will find, knock and the door shall be opened, ask and you shall receive.” It is a far different picture than we have about ourselves. Seek and you will find. There is a finding but that finding is not in our world, there is a better way to say it, it is not in our box. It is in the Spirit, it is in the Spirit, it is outside ourselves. It is outside our needs, outside our personal desires.

 It is one thing to let God out of control, to let God out of the box - but it is a completely different thing for us to get out of the box as well.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

God is Out of Your Box, Why Aren't You?

We must change completely the way we think. We are used to thinking about ourselves. We live inside our own worries. We live inside our own problems. We live inside our own fear. We live inside our own anger. We live inside our own tradition, our own religion, our own doctrine. So we have built for ourselves, a box. It is a very small box and that is where we live. We are afraid to come out of the box. We do not know what life will be like outside of the box. So we do not come out of the box. We live our entire lives inside the world we have made for ourselves. Now if you have a lot of religion and a lot of doctrine, a lot of tradition, it is easy to live inside the box because then we can blame the smallness of our box on what we believe what God has said. So it is easy to live in the smallness of our own world. Struggling from day to day. Worrying from day to day. And never fulfilling the reason we were born. But we were born for a reason and that reason is outside our little world. It is outside of that little box

we have made for ourselves. The scripture says, “Eye has not seen, the ear has not heard, nor has it

entered into the heart of man all that God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit.

With our natural mind we will never understand all that God has prepared for us. But by the Spirit we can understand it we can see it and we can experience it. God wants to break into our little worlds. He wants to jump into our little boxes and He wants to show us why we were born. This is good news. We do not have to spend the rest of lives worrying about our own condition. We must trust our condition to the Lord so we can go and do His Will. It would be very foolish and very unusual in most of our families if our children could not be sure they would be taken care of. When I come home from work in the evening my children never come to me and ask me if we are going to have dinner. “Are you going to feed me today? Am I going to have enough to eat? Daddy am I going to have a bed to sleep in tonight?” NO, why? Because our children know the love of their parents. they know that they will be taken care of. Instead when I come home in the evening my children come up to me…”Daddy what are we going to do tonight? Can we go outside and play ball? Can we go for a walk in the woods? Can we take a horse ride?” They are not worried whether they will have clothes. They are not worried whether we will let them sleep in the house. It is absurd, they know they are our children and they will be taken care of. That is not a problem. They only want to be with me, they want to do what I am doing, go where I am going because they love me and want to be together. It is the same way with us and our Lord. Jesus said, “Seek Me, come to Me be with Me. Everything you need will be provided. Don’t worry about those earthly needs. Trust those needs to Me, I will take care of you. As for you serve the Lord.”

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

To Wait, Or To Be Waited Upon?

Sometimes we get tired of hearing God’s plan there are too many things to do. There are too many problems, too many troubles; it is just too hard to live day by day. We do not have time to think about God’s plan. But thank the Lord that He has time to think about His plans. And thank God that He is not too busy to use us. He is not too busy to bring us to wholeness so that we can be part of what He wants to do. Many times you have heard me talk about God out of control. God wants to be out of our control. He wants us to say yes so that He can do what He wants to do. We do not have to be afraid of God out of control because He knows exactly what He wants to do. And when I say God wants to be out of control you know what I really mean. He wants to be out of our control. He wants us to stop telling Him what to do and He wants to start telling us what to do. He does not live for us we live for Him. Jesus said, “Seek first His Kingdom and His Righteousness and everything you need will be taken care of.” But that is not what religion teaches us. Religion teaches us that God lives for us. Religion teaches us that God is waiting, to wait on us like a waiter in a restaurant. He has got a white towel over His arm “What can I do for you today?” No, no, no, no! We are His servants! We wait upon Him. We trust Him to take care of all our needs so we can do His work. The most sorry life is a life that is centered on ourselves. The most boring life is the life that is centered on ourselves. The most unfulfilled life is the life that is centered on ourselves. It is an amazing thing; the more we do things to try to please ourselves the less we are satisfied. The harder we work to please ourselves the more we want. That is because we were not made to serve ourselves. We were made to serve the Lord. We were made to do what He wants us to do. We were not made to be self-centered but that is what religion teaches us to be self-centered. And for all that we have been taught and all the time we spend worrying about ourselves and all the time we spend being concerned about our needs we are no better off. We are no happier. It is because our greatest joy will come when we learn to serve the Lord and to do the things that please Him.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Discernment, Spirit and Faith

Tuning fork—when pianos are tuned to the same fork, they are in harmony. When two come together who have been tuned by the same fork, there is instant harmony.

  Blessed are those who have heard the joyful sound. when we agree, we walk together.

  Indecision keeps us from our destiny. Learning to discern is the secret to moving out of the wilderness and into the Promised Land. 

  Learn To Discern

  Now we must begin to understand how to discern, or receive and interpret the things we hear in the spirit. 

Discernment is the ability to understand the root cause or the intention of a person’s decisions.

  Discernment must have more power in your life than your personal passions and desires. It even be greater than the call you have on your life.

  Who do you trust your future to? Who do you trust who will give you clear counsel totally in your best interest?

  Teach me good discernment and knowledge, For I believe in Thy commandments. (Psa 119:66 NASB)

  For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; (Prov 2:3 NASB)

  Then you will discern the fear of the LORD, And discover the knowledge of God. (Prov 2:5 NASB)

  Then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity and every good course. (Prov 2:9 NASB)

Most of the decisions and opinions are formed in the realm of spirit. These things are deeper.

  Live in the Spirit, then walk in the Spirit. Discernment is only in the Spirit. The 5 senses cannot discern the Spirit, cannot discern a situation, nor discern the thoughts and intents of the heart. Put no confidence in the flesh.

  (Phi 3:3) for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh,

 (Phi 3:4) although I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more:

 Have God’s view of the world. (Driven by His emotions) The world does not take care of itself. Trust God for your salvation. Religion has us self-centered; worried about our imperfection and problems while the enemy runs rampant in the world.

Salvation belongs to the Lord and to His people! 

  Faith in God…Remember who you are!!!

 Every time I talk about faith, it seems that I should re-assure us that God loves us and really wants to bless us.

 “Why have faith? Am I too messed up for Him to bless me?”

  We are born of Jacob…the one who does not deserve God’s love but gets anyway. God loves and forgives and cleanses Jacob. The God of Jacob does not disqualify us. He forgives us and encourages us to go on.

  Ps.146 :3 Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.

Ps.146:5 How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in the LORD his God;

  Patience allows you to love in peace, anticipating the purposes of God in your life.

Col. 3: 12 And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;

  Faith gives us the ability to allow the free flow between the natural and the spiritual. Faith moves us into the spirit and moves the spiritual from eternity into time and space.

 Everything God is and does is spiritual. His existence is in the dimension of spirit. Our faith moves what is in this dimension into the realm that we live in. 


 1. Faith is the part of us that reaches into the spiritual to receive all God has promised for us.

 This action of faith takes care of the physical part of us so we can respond to the Spirit.

2. Faith is also the part of us that allows us to live in the Spirit, see in the Spirit and move in the Spirit.

 This action of Faith allows us to dwell where He is and function in the spirit realm.

  Faith is the energy that causes the inter action between God and man. Faith causes us to move outside ourselves and embrace what is not seen by the human eye. God intends this to be our lifestyle. Faith can move in us and through us every moment of every day.

Faith causes us to move…to do something…to respond to faith.

 Today, we need to release our faith to believe God for the interaction between man and God that He wants for us. He loves us.

  He will give us discernment and understanding into His plan for us.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Growing in Discernment

Ephesians chapter four beginning with verse fourteen the scripture says, “We are no longer to be children tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine by the trickery of men, the craftiness and deceitful scheming.” Now wait a minute, isn’t it interesting that every time somebody has a criticism to make that criticism limits the Power of God. Hello? We make fun of the Roman Catholics because they keep God in a box in the front of the church. We are just a little more crafty than they are. Our box is in our minds, we know better than to put it where everybody can see it. We keep our box where no one can see it. You must be very, very concerned about anybody who says, “God didn’t, can’t, won’t, hasn’t,” anything that will limit God. He is an ever expanding God. God is not satisfied until everyone is saved. He is not satisfied until we are all healed. We must step out of the way and let Him do what He wants to do. We must be strong enough in our spirit and mature enough in our hearts to discern the work of the Holy Spirit and to let His Spirit flow. There will be men and I believe from this room there will be men and women who will stand in the gap and they will begin to say, “Wait, we will not let you limit God like that anymore we have seen Him and we have heard Him.” The apostle John said that which we have seen and heard and handled of the good Word this is what we declare to you. We don’t declare theory. We don’t declare theology. I’m talking to you about what I have experienced I’m talking to you about the God I have touched. And I am telling you that God wants to move in a new way. But there needs to be men and women in this country who will rise up, and once and for all, silence those who are resisting the Holy Spirit. Who will rise up and resist such antics, such activity of carnal men. God is looking for people who will do just that.

 Now we get discernment in a very simple way. Discernment grown in us by the time we spend in His Presence. The more time you spend in God’s Presence the more discernment you have because you learn how His Presence feels. You learn how His Presence moves and how He thinks. That makes worship a very, very important part of your life. Listen, the world and the religious system wants you to believe your five senses more than it wants you to believe the Holy Spirit.. The religious system wants you to trust your senses more than you trust the Holy Spirit. It wants you to trust reason more than it wants you to trust His Presence. Jesus Name. Do you understand what I am saying? Who is there among us who will be committed to growing in discernment? 

  But I am telling you we need to commit ourselves to worshipping Him. Whether we are worshipping here or whether you are in your car or at home or at work, where ever you can put worship music on put it on and worship the Lord. Continually invite His Presence into your lives. Continually say “Yes” to the work of the Holy Spirit. We have said “yes” to the devil long enough. We have said “yes” to our own flesh long enough. It is time to say “Yes” to Jesus.

  Tonight I come with that simple message, God is looking for people who will grow in discernment and who will have the courage to stand up for the discernment. To have the courage to be the wall that prevents religion from crushing the beautiful thing God wants to do.

  You know what is right. You know what you have experienced. You know how God has touched you. For you there is no argument. You must make your stand. 

 Praise God, could we pray? Thank You Jesus. Hallelujah.

  Father we thank you for Your Mercy tonight. Oh, we thank you for Your Love. And Jesus we commit ourselves tonight to grow in discernment to quit acting like mere mortal men and start acting like the spiritual men and women You have made us. In Jesus Name we commit ourselves to be spiritual people, spiritual people, spiritual people. Come up hither out of the flesh and dwell in the Spirit in Jesus Name, in Jesus Name. Hallelujah, Thank you Jesus…….

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

What is your Father doing?

The Holy Spirit said to me concerning His church, “It is time for the church to grow up and trust God’s Witness within you.” It is not the intellect that changes the world. If intelligence could change the world we would have a perfect world. We really would! There are many, many, many very intelligent people but intelligence does not change the world. We need to know what God is saying to our inner spirit. And we must be mature enough that when the Holy Spirit says something that our thinking does not like we must say “Yes” to the Holy Spirit and “No” to our thinking. When the Holy Spirit wants to do something that our tradition doesn’t like we must say “Yes” to the Holy Spirit and “No” to the tradition. The Holy Spirit will often want to do things different than our order of worship. Everything is going to change; God is coming in a powerful way. We are going to see things we have never seen; we are going to experience things we have never experienced. God is going to come in our church and He doesn’t care what is in His way, He is going to come down. You have to be careful not to be holding onto the wrong thing because if you are holding onto the wrong thing you will go down with the system He is going to tear down. There is nothing sacred in our buildings there is nothing sacred in our order of worship, there is nothing sacred in how we worship. The only sacred thing is His Manifest Presence. Hallelujah! 

  And when His Manifest Presence is evidenced in the church you won’t care about anything else. You won’t care what time it is you won’t care if there is something cooking on the stove. You won’t care how long you have been jumping up and down and dancing and singing, when God is in the house all the focus is on Him. I was just in Kentucky and I was supposed to teach six times. I taught all of the pastors in the morning to get ready for God to move in. I said when God is in the house you don’t even have to preach. My God! Not preach! Will we backslide? So I said get ready, little did I know that that very night the Presence of God exploded into that auditorium. His Presence was so mighty that there was never one word spoken from the microphone. No one said welcome to the service. No one said Don Nori is here. No one took an offering. No one led worship but the worship of the Lord arose in the building. I looked at the pastor and he could hardly stand up and I said, “Pastor I don’t think I should preach tonight.” He looked at me and he said, “Don’t preach tonight?” I said, “Pastor when the Man is in the house, this man has got nothing to say.”

  We watched people cry out to God. We watched children getting saved with no one leading them to the Lord. There were angry pastors who came in the back of the church to watch what was going to happen. They looked amazed as their wives began to dance and shout in the Presence of God. By the end of the night, everybody was dancing and singing. People began to go home four hours after the meeting was to start and nobody said one word from the microphone. It happened four nights in a row. I went there to preach and I couldn’t preach. But who wants to hear me when God is in the house. Now there are times we need to teach there is a time for everything but over the past several hundred years we have made no time for Him. We have made time for our preaching we have made time for our order of worship but we have made no time for Him. The Lord is going to take His church back to Himself. Jesus said I’ll build my own church and the gates of hell won’t prevail against it. So us pastors, we just need to be the assistant pastor to Jesus. We just need to do what He says to do. In fact He is the one who started it. He is the one who said whatever I see my Father in Heaven doing that is what I will do. If I don’t see my Father in Heaven doing it, I ain’t doin’ it! I’m not going to do it.

  Do you remember when Jesus was at the pool of Bethesda? There were hundreds of sick people there. Jesus only saw His Father healing one, that’s the only one He healed and then He walked away from the pool of Bethesda leaving hundreds of people still sick. Why did He do that? I have no idea. He is God and He does what He wants to do and He is looking for people who will love Him enough who will do only what He says to do whether somebody likes it or not. It doesn’t matter if somebody likes it or if somebody doesn’t like it I’m not here to please man I’ve got to do what God says to do!

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Friday, August 6, 2010

People of Discernment

  Listen, if we always do what we have always done, we will always get what we always have had. If we always do what we have always done, we will always get what we always have had. And I don’t know about you but I am not satisfied with what I have always had. Are you satisfied that there are only fifty to a hundred people in each church? Are you satisfied that there are so few people healed? I am not satisfied but we continue to do the same things we have always done. God is about to show us a new way which is really not a new way, it is through His Word. We just haven’t seen it before. I believe that the bible is the Word of God. You will never do anything to violate His Word but He will always violate what I think His Word says. He will always challenge my doctrines, He will always challenge my tradition, He will always challenge the way I have always done things, because He has no respect for our old traditions or for a religion that denies the Power of God. 

   Now I come to you with a word and that word is this: I am to challenge you to be a people of discernment. I am to challenge you to seek Him like you have never sought the Lord before that you may begin to discern the things that are God and the things that are not God. Listen to what the apostle John says in First John chapter two, “These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you.” The Lord does not want us to be deceived. He doesn’t want us to be overpowered by the words of man who only try to convince us with reason. Let us continue in verse twenty-seven, “…as for you the anointing which you received from Him abides in you and you have no need for anyone to teach you. But as His anointing teaches you about all things and is true and is not a lie and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.” Now this is a verse we don’t have to be afraid of, it does not mean we do not need teachers for I am here teaching you. It means there is a spirit of understanding that dwells in each one of us and the Witness of God’s Spirit should flourish in our hearts. And that Witness flourishing within us is teaching us right from wrong. The best thing we can do for our children, for example, is to teach them a Spirit of Discernment. Teach them that the anointing abides within them, the anointing like we have always thought, does not come from Heaven. The anointing abides within us. Do you remember when Mary went to visit Elizabeth? As soon as Elizabeth heard the voice of Mary the babe leaped within. See the Spirit of Discernment is the spirit of John the Baptist. That anointing abides within us and every time we hear something that is from the Holy Spirit the babe leaps within us, so to speak. The Holy Spirit says, “YES” and when something evil is said the anointing inside is very quiet and we must know that when that happens it is something evil. The anointing within us teaches us.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

New Fruit

I might say some difficult things but I have an urgency in my spirit. God wants our hearts open and ready so that whenever He does what He is about to do, there will be people all ready to say yes to Him. And while confused men argue among themselves in the corner the army of the living God will rise up and do the Will of God. I am not interested in the arguments of man anymore. Jesus said you will know my disciples by their fruit. Matthew says that every good tree bears good fruit, but bad trees bears bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit anymore than a bad tree can produce good fruit. In other words, Jesus is saying don’t look at what they say look at what they are producing. Anybody can sit in the seat of the scornful and criticize and rebuke and find fault. But it takes men and women of courage who will not listen to those voices but who will give themselves to the Spirit of the Lord and examine the fruit to determine the Will of God and to determine His activity.

 Anytime I pray a prayer in the Name of Jesus…is there anyone else who can answer that prayer? When you pray in the Name of Jesus, who answers the prayer? Can the devil answer the prayer? No! No! So if my brother is sick and I lay my hand upon him and I pray in the Name of Jesus and he is healed…Did the devil heal him? No, Jesus healed him. If I can not trust the Name of Jesus that He is the one who heals the person I prayed for then I cannot trust Him for anything. But we can trust Him for everything. We trust the Name of Jesus. Listen, Paul demonstrated God’s Power not words. Listen to this in First Corinthians chapter two. Paul says, “…and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom but my preaching was in the demonstration of the Spirit and of Power. So that your faith wouldn’t rest in the wisdom of man but rather in the Power of God.” He goes on to say this, “…we do speak of wisdom however, but we speak wisdom among the mature, a wisdom that doesn’t come from this world. It is not a wisdom that is passing away but we are speaking God’s Wisdom a hidden wisdom, a wisdom that none of the rulers of this age understood. For if they would have understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory. But just as it is written, things which the eye has not seen or the ear not heard, things which have not entered in to the heart of man, God has prepared for those who love Him. And God revealed these things to us by the Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things even the depths of God.” Listen again to verse nine, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, things which have not entered the heart of man, God has prepared for those who love Him.” If they are things we have not seen, if they are things we have not heard, if they are things that have never entered into our heart before, then they are new things. They are things we have not experienced before. If we are going to go on in the things God wants to do we have to trust Him that there are things we have not experienced before that we will begin to experience. We do not live in the box; we do not live in the sealed room. In fact the bible says that we are looking for a city made without hands whose builder and maker is God. We are looking for a city made without hands; we are looking for a city we have not seen before. We are looking for the Love of God in ways we have never experienced.

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