THE IMPORTANCE OF HEARING FROM GOD

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THE VOICE OF THE LORD IS A TRUMPET

The Voice of the Lord in Scripture is likened to the sound of a trumpet. Just as there were many purposes for the sounding of the trumpet in Old Testament times, so it is with the Voice of the Lord through prophecy today.

The voice of the Lord gathers the people together:
“When the trumpet sounds long, they shall come near the mountain” (Exodus 19:13).

The voice of the Lord alerts the people for war:
“And it happened, when he arrived, that he blew the trumpet in the mountains of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mountains; and he led them. Then he said to them, “Follow me, for the LORD has delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand” (Judges 3: 27 & 28).

The voice of the Lord lifts up the soul, bringing encouragement and strength for battle:
“When I blow the trumpet, I and all who are with me, then you also blow the trumpets on every side of the whole camp, and say, ‘The sword of the LORD and of Gideon!'” (Judges 7:18).

The voice of the Lord summons others for reinforcement:
“Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us” (Nehemiah 4:20).

The voice of the Lord declares God’s judgement:
“Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins” (Isaiah 58:1).
“Set the trumpet to your mouth! He shall come like an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed My covenant and rebelled against My law” (Hosea 8:1).

The voice of the Lord brings warnings from the prophets of God:
“Also, I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!' But they said, ‘We will not listen'” (Jeremiah 6:17).

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A WARNING FROM THE LIFE OF LOT

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GOD SPEAKS TO HIS PROPHETS THROUGH DREAMS

The Word of God tells us that one of the ways God speaks to His prophets is through dreams.

“Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream” (Numbers 12:6).

The Word of God also tells us, that though men may not perceive that it is the voice of God speaking to them, through a dream God opens the ears of men to seal their instruction; to turn men back from their deeds; to keep men from pride; to keep their souls from the Pit and their lives from perishing by the sword.

“For God may speak in one way, or in another, yet man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, while slumbering on their beds, then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction. In order to turn man from his deed, and conceal pride from man, He keeps back his soul from the Pit, and his life from perishing by the sword” (Job 33:14-18).

The word used here for “seal” in the Hebrew is “chatham” meaning: “to close up” “to seal” “to make an end” “to mark” “seal up” or “stop” (Strong’s Concordance). In summary, “To seal their instruction” means: “To close up; seal; mark; stop; or make an end to instruction!” On the 8th of May 2018, God gave me such a dream.

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THE LIFE OF JOSEPH

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The true story of a young man named Joseph, in the book of Genesis in the Bible, is a testament to the faithfulness of a loving and all-powerful God. It is a testament, not only to God's faithfulness in fulfilling His purposes in the lives of those who worship Him, but also to His faithfulness in bringing about the saving of many lives. Though Joseph was treated unjustly and, at the hands of others found himself in captivity far from home, his life was not hidden from God. God continued to work on Joseph's behalf until the plans that He had for his life were fulfilled. By God's hand, Joseph rose from a place of seeming insignificance, to a place of great prominence and power.

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THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD THROUGH PROPHECY

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PROPHECY - THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS

In the book of Revelation in the Bible, the apostle John describes Jesus Christ as "the FAITHFUL WITNESS, the FIRSTBORN FROM THE DEAD (by His resurrection from the dead), and THE RULER OVER THE KINGS OF THE EARTH" (Revelation 1:5).
Revelation tells us that Jesus sent His angel to His servant John, "who BORE WITNESS to the WORD OF GOD, and to THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST" (Revelation 1:2).

When the angel of the Lord appeared to John he said to him: “I am your fellow servant, and of YOUR BRETHREN WHO HAVE THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS. Worship God! For THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS IS THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY (Revelation 19: 10).

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FALSE PROPHECY IN THE CHURCH

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THE PROPHETIC POWER OF THE TONGUE

The worship of Baal in the Old Testament of the Bible was characterized by its false prophets. 450 alone, sat to eat at queen Jezebel's table. In the same way, the spirit of Baal manifests itself in the Body of Christ today, through false prophets and false prophecy. ONE of the ways it manifests is through the negative or destructive words that people speak about others.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT THE DEVIL CAME TO STEAL, KILL AND DESTROY, AND ONE OF THE WAYS HE WILL DO THIS IS THROUGH THE WORDS OF OUR OWN MOUTHS  

"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy" (John 10:10).

Queen Jezebel in the Old Testament was a worshipper of Baal and just like our adversary the devil she was hungry for control and power. She tried to exert control over others through the power of the tongue, including through the false prophets of Baal. The Bible declares; "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit" (Proverbs 18:21).

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OVERCOMING THE SPIRIT OF BAAL

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WITCHCRAFT IN THE MODERN DAY CHURCH

The spirit of Baal is only one of the many manifestations of witchcraft. While witchcraft is openly acknowledged in many third world countries, in the western world it goes largely undiagnosed and therefore untreated, especially in the modern day church. Like any virus left in its undiagnosed and untreated state, the spirit of witchcraft continues to spread from host to host, until entire families, congregations, provinces and nations are infected. Israel sadly became such a nation and remains in its grasp to this day. Though God sent the Israelites into the promised land to possess it and to remove all that was not of Him, many times instead they rebelled; embracing the witchcraft of other nations, ignoring the warnings of God, bringing cursing and bondage on themselves, instead of the freedom and blessing that God had intended.

Like any illness, the spirit of Baal is diagnosed by the ‘symptoms of deceit’ and false prophecies it produces.

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:15 & 16).

This Scripture is true of false prophets, and true of anyone operating through a counterfeit spirit instead of by the Spirit of God.

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THE POWER OF RESURRECTION LIFE!

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SIN SHALL NOT HAVE DOMINION OVER YOU

Our flesh and fleshly desires always have THE DESIRE TO RULE. But God's Word, the Bible, clearly says; "FOR SIN SHALL NOT HAVE DOMINION OVER YOU, FOR YOU ARE NOT UNDER LAW BUT UNDER GRACE" (Romans 6: 14).

God wants us to LIVE, not under the law and rule of sin, but IN THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION LIFE! God said to Cain; "Sin lies at the door. And its DESIRE is FOR you, but YOU SHOULD RULE OVER IT" (Genesis 4:7).

When Jesus came to Lazarus' tomb, Lazarus had already been dead for four days. But Jesus said; "Lazarus come forth!" (John 11:43) and the dead Lazarus WALKED OUT of the tomb.

In the same way, God wants US to WALK OUT OF SIN and the PLACES OF DEATH in our lives, so that WE TOO may WALK in RESURRECTION LIFE!

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A GOOD KING

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A GOOD KING ESTABLISHES GOD'S KINGDOM

In the book of Revelation in the Bible, the Apostle John says: "And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and THE RULER OVER THE KINGS OF THE EARTH. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings (or a kingdom) and priests TO HIS GOD AND FATHER, TO HIM BE GLORY AND DOMINION forever and ever. Amen" (Revelation 1:5 & 6).

God has made EACH ONE OF US as believers in Christ; both male and female; kings (or a kingdom) and priests as PART OF HIS KINGDOM'S REIGN. When we become believers in Christ, we must CHOOSE to no longer serve our own agenda, but to CHOOSE TO SERVE HIM IN EVERY WAY! When the 'god of self' has been dethroned from our lives, the Lord Jesus Christ becomes KING OF OUR HEARTS in its place. With the coming of a NEW KING comes a NEW REIGN and the ADVENT OF A NEW KINGDOM. Jesus Christ rules over every king on the earth, so when we begin to RULE as part of CHRIST'S Kingdom, EVERYTHING CHANGES!

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JOSIAH - A KING LIKE NO OTHER

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KING DAVID, A MAN AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART

King David in the Bible worshipped the ONE TRUE GOD! This is the same God of the Bible who said to the Israelites;

"I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image - any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments" (Exodus 20: 2-6).

The Bible describes King David as A MAN AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART!

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REDEEMING THE TIME - Part Two

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GOD HAS SET TIMES AND SEASONS

Just as God has set the times and seasons in which to redeem the lost on the earth, God has also set the times and seasons in every believer’s life, during which He desires to bring restoration. The more restoration the Lord brings to each of our lives, the more free we become, and the more equipped we are to reach the lost and to help bring restoration to others.

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