11/08/2018

THE KEY TO A MORE PURE PROPHETIC FLOW


During the tumultuous Kavanaugh hearings, a person who considers himself a prophet tweeted that Kavanaugh would be rejected and that President Trump would replace him with Amy Barrett who would be confirmed to the Supreme Court.
When it did not happen, I was reminded of an early Pentecostal revivalist who said that God took a chance when He spoke through Balaam's donkey because there was a real danger, that from then on, "every time that jackass brayed, he would claim that it was God speaking through him." LOL 
Although I do not know this person, I suspect that he is not a false prophet, just a mistaken one. The source of this prophecy was, no doubt, not the Holy Spirit, but his own soul, that is, his own mind, feelings and emotions.
Discerning Between Soul and Spirit
There are three possible sources for a prophecy or spiritual manifestation: (1) From the Holy Spirit who dwells in the reborn spirit of the believer; (2) from a demonic spirit; (3) from the human soul, i.e., the mind, will and emotions. I am convinced that many prophecies we are hearing from Christians today are from neither God or the devil but are from the human soul.
It is, therefore, of utmost importance that we learn to distinguish between soul and spirit. The spirit is the innermost part of our being and is that part that is regenerated when we are born again. It is through our human spirit that we have an awareness of God and the spirit realm. In born-again believers, the spirit is the place where the Holy Spirit dwells and, therefore, the place from which gifts of the Holy Spirit originate and flow.
The soul, on the other hand, consists of our mind, will, and emotions. It is the seat of the personality—the ego—and is that part of our being that gives us self-awareness. The soul, i.e., mind, will, and emotions, can be moved by a variety of outward stimuli.
Good music, for example, has the power to stir positive emotions of love, nostalgia, and compassion apart from the Holy Spirit. Likewise, a gifted orator can stir emotions and move people to behave in ways they otherwise would not. These, however, are mere feelings of the soul and have nothing to do with the Holy Spirit.
Although some think of the soul and spirit as being the same, the New Testament makes a clear distinction between the two. In I Thessalonians 5:23, for example, Paul says, May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Hebrews 4:12 clearly says that the soul and spirit are two distinct entities and that only the Word of God can divide the two. Making a distinction between soul and spirit can be very helpful in discerning the source of a prophecy or spiritual manifestation.
Our spirit is sometimes referred to in Scripture as “the heart.” For example, Jesus was speaking of the human spirit when He said, He who believes on Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water (John 7:38). Jesus was speaking of the Holy Spirit who would dwell in those who believe in Him and from whom would flow gifts of the Holy Spirit.
How We Mistake Soul for Spirit
Those who are zealous to be used of God and see His power, will often mistake the stirring of their emotions for the Holy Spirit. This is what John Wesley was referring to, when on October 29, 1762, he cautioned a colleague who was mistaking his own thoughts and imaginations for the Holy Spirit. Wesley said;
I dislike something that has the appearance of enthusiasm, overvaluing feelings and inward impressions; mistaking the mere work of imagination for the voice of the Spirit, and undervaluing reason, knowledge, and wisdom in general (Hyatt, Angels of Light, 49).
Many today mistake emotional highs for the presence of God. A “revival” service could be the product of skilled musicians and a savvy preacher stirring people’s emotions. R. A. Torrey (1856-1928), a successful revivalist himself, was referring to such “soulish” revivals when he wrote,
The most fundamental trouble with most of our present-day, so called revivals is, that they are man-made and not God sent. They are worked up (I almost said faked up) by man’s cunningly devised machinery—not prayed down (Hyatt, Angels of Light, 49).
Soulish Prophecies
A young man shared with me about a puzzling and discouraging experience he had with prophecy. He had gone with a small group to pray for a woman who was in the last stages of terminal cancer. As they stood around the bed and prayed, he sensed what he believed was God’s presence and he prophesied to the sick woman that God had heard her prayer and was healing her.
He really felt the prophecy was from God, but just a few days later she died. He was embarrassed and confused. How could this happen? How could he have been so wrong?
I could share numerous stories like this where well-meaning people have given what they sincerely believed was a word from God, but that word turned out to be false. These are usually well-meaning people who desire to be used of God but have never learned to distinguish between their soul and their spirit.
The young man mentioned above did not distinguish between soul and spirit in the prophecy he gave. No doubt, his natural feelings and emotions were moved by seeing the woman lying in bed and dying of cancer. He believed in Divine healing and desired so much to see a miracle of healing.
These, however, were natural feelings of the soul and not from the Spirit of God. He was moved out of his own natural feelings to give the prophecy. He gave what I call a “soulish” prophecy—a prophecy borne out of one’s own feelings and emotions. He was not a false prophet, just a mistaken one.
Prophecy Must Be Initiated by the Spirit
I Corinthians 12:11 clearly states that gifts of the Spirit, including prophecy, are given, as He [the Spirit] wills. Contrary to the biblical model, however, some teach that believers can prophesy at their own volition or will. I heard one well-known “prophet” insist that, just as it took Pentecostals several decades to discover that they could speak or pray in tongues at will, many in the body of Christ are now discovering that they can prophesy at will.
Proponents of this teaching point to the fact, that in 1 Corinthians 14:15, Paul says, "I will pray with the spirit," an obvious reference to praying in tongues. They give emphasis to the "I will" in this passage and reason that if one can will to pray or speak in tongues, then one can also will to prophesy.
This is poor hermeneutics and ignores the context of Paul's discussion. When Paul says, "I will pray with the spirit," he is referring to the private, devotional tongues in which he wills, or chooses, to pray. He distinguishes between private, devotional tongues in which he prays at will and the public manifestation of tongues that requires interpretation and comes forth as the Spirit wills, a very important distinction.
The idea that one can prophesy at will has resulted in many "prophets" operating out of their soul realm (mind, will and emotions) rather than from the Spirit. This leads to failed prophecies with the prophet often seeking to justify the failure. It can be devastating for young Christians who had received the prophecy as the word of the Lord.
Closing Advice for Would-Be Prophets
1.    Stay humble. Recognize you are not perfect. If you miss it, be willing to admit it. Do not try to justify yourself when you are wrong.
2.    Have integrity in the operation of prophecy and Spiritual gifts. I have observed individuals who had become very adept at "reading" people and then giving a word that the recipient could easily apply to his or her own situation. Avoid that temptation.
3.    If you are not sure of the source of what you are sensing, just say, “I feel to share this with you.” Don’t take on the identity of a “prophet” to the point where you think you must begin each statement with a “thus saith the Lord.”
4.    Don’t try to use the Holy Spirit, let the Holy Spirit use you.
5.   Develop an awareness of the difference between your soul and spirit and contend for a pure flow of the Holy Spirit in your life.

This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt's latest book, Angels of Light, available from his Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.

REST FOR YOUR SOULS


Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. – Matthew 11:28-29
In the above passage, Jesus issues a call to sincere people who are burdened down with religious duty. He is speaking to people who are weary of trying to fulfill the multitude of miniscule religious rules and regulations that have been imposed on them.
You see, the rabbis had identified 613 commands in the Torah; 365 prohibitions and 248 positive commands. The Pharisees of Jesus day believed that if all Israel kept all 613 commandments for just one day, there would be a great shift and the Messiah would come and restore the kingdom to Israel.
The Pharisees, therefore, called upon the Israelites to take upon themselves “the yoke of the law.” This was a commitment to do their level best to keep all 613 commandments. The Pharisees were very zealous in their efforts to get people to make this commitment. Jesus referred to this in Matthew 23:14 when He said,
Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to make one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.
Jesus’ response was to call the people away from man-made religious traditions into a personal, committed relationship with Himself. Come to Me, He invited the multitudes. Take My yoke upon you, He said, and learn from Me.
In being yoked together with Jesus in such a committed relationship, the promise is, you will find rest for your souls. The Greek literally reads, I will rest you. In other words, He will actively rest you, even as a mother rocks and actively “rests” her infant child.
There is rest for your soul today. Yoke up with Jesus. Do you hear Him calling?

Dr. Eddie L. Hyatt is an author, historian and Bible teacher with a vision to see America reconnect with its Chritian heritage as a nation birthed in prayer and spiritual awakening. He is also a director of God's Word to Women and the Int'l Christian Women's Hall of Fame, ministries that are lifting the status of women around the world and helping them fulfull their call and purpose in life. 

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11/01/2018

WAKE UP CHRISTIAN AMERICA!

It's Time to Reconnect Our Severed Roots
To the church in Sardis that had a reputation of being alive but was, in fact, dead, Jesus had an appropriate word. He said, "Wake up!" (Revelation 3:2; NIV). I have lately felt that same urgency for the church in America. Wake up!
It is time to “wake up” and realize how this nation is being taken from us under our very noses. It is time to connect the dots and realize that we have been severed from our Christian roots. Roots produce fruit and reconnecting with our roots is a key to seeing a national healing as promised in II Chronicles 7:14.
The Severing of Our Roots
This severing of our roots has consisted primarily in the revising of our history and the secularizing of the First Amendment to the the U.S. Constitution that reads, “Congress shall make no law concerning the establishment of religion or hindering the free exercise thereof.” Secularists have wrenched this statement from its historical context and original intent and made it to mean, not freedom of religion, but freedom from religion.
They have done this by seizing on the first phrase of the Amendment that reads, “Congress shall make no law concerning the establishment of religion,” and from it concocting a so-called “establishment clause.” Contrary to all historical evidence, the secularists have been successful in claiming that anything “Christian” on public property is a violation of this “establishment clause.”
Based on this phony “establishment clause,” prayer and Bible reading have been banned from public schools throughout America. Crosses and Ten Commandment displays have been removed from public buildings and monuments. Christmas is now called the “Winter Holiday” and carols that mention Jesus can no longer be sung by public school children who are also told they cannot talk about their faith in God at graduation ceremonies.
Where is the Church?
This situation could never have happened if the church in America had been awake and informed. But while we were busy enjoying our conferences, concerts, seminars and revivals, the secularists were busy revising our history and concocting a plan to secularize the nation by severing us from our Christian roots. As Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who spent time in a Soviet labor camp, said, “To destroy a people, you must first sever their roots” (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 175).

We are now seeing the cultural fruit of our severed roots. The vitriolic anger, crudeness and violence so obvious today can be traced to the rejection of everything Christian from the public life of the nation. We are seeing the answer to the question posed by Benjamin Franklin when Thomas Paine sent him a manscript for publication. Noting that it contained an attack on Christianity, Franklin refused to print it and rhetorically asked, “If men are this wicked with Christianity, what would they be if without it?”
The Truth About the First Amendment
That the First Amendment had nothing to do with barring Christian symbols and teachings from the public square was made clear when the day after voting to ratify the First Amendment, those same Founders issued a proclamation for a national day of prayer and thanksgiving. Congress continued to be opened with prayer and Bible reading and prayer continued to be a daily part of the normal school day in America. Presidents also continued to issue proclamations for special days of prayer and thanksgiving.
It was also made clear by George Washington, who in his Farewell Address, after serving two terms as the nation’s first president, called on the citizens of the new nation to cling to “religion and morality,” which he called “indispensable” supports for a stable and prosperous nation. He went on to say that the person who would seek to undermine “these great pillars of human happiness” can never claim to be an American patriot.
By implementing the First Amendment, the Founders were simply saying that America would never have an official, state church as had been the case in Europe since the time of Constantine. Indeed, it was from these oppressive state churches that their parents and grandparents had fled.
When Thomas Jefferson used the phrase “wall of separation” in a letter to a Baptist association, he was assuring them that the First Amendment guaranteed them protection from persecution by the state such as they had known in the Old World, and even in Jefferson’s home state of Virginia. Jefferson saw the First Amendment as a unilateral wall erected to keep the government out of the church, not to keep the influence of the church out of government.
The words and actions of the Founders themselves make it clear that the First Amendment was not put in place to stifle Christianity or to be indifferent towards it. This was also made clear by Joseph Story (1779-1845) who served as a Supreme Court justice for thirty-four years from 1811-1845. Commenting on the First Amendment, he said,
We are not to attribute this prohibition of a national religious establishment to an indifference in religion, and especially to Christianity, which none could hold in more reverence than the framers of the Constitution (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 153).
America’s Founders Revered Christianity
Yes, America’s Founders revered Christianity and they counted on the moral influence of Christianity to maintain civil liberty. This was obvious to the young French sociologist, Alexis de Tocqueville, who came to America in 1831 to study her institutions. After nine months of studying all facets of American society, Tocqueville concluded that Americans had combined Christianity and civil liberty so intimately in their minds that it was impossible to make them conceive of one without the other.
According to Tocqueville, this linking of faith with civil liberty was the reason for their passion to spread the Gospel to the American frontier where new settlements were springing up. He wrote,
I have known of societies formed by the Americans to send out ministers of the Gospel in the new Western states, to found schools and churches there, lest religion should be suffered to die away in those remote settlements, and the rising states be less fitted to enjoy free institutions than the people from whom they came. I met with New Englanders who abandoned the country in which they were born in order to lay the foundations of Christianity and of freedom on the banks of the Missouri, or in the prairies of Illinois. Thus, religious zeal is warmed in the United States by the fires of patriotism.
From his observations, Tocqueville concluded, “From the beginning, politics and religion contracted an alliance which has never been dissolved” (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 168).
It’s Time to Wake Up!
America’s Founders would be astonished to see how the First Amendment has been distorted by modern secularists into a weapon against religious liberty, the very thing they meant to protect. They would be shocked to hear of a judge ordering a cross to be removed from a Veteran’s Memorial or a Marine corporal being forced out of the military because of a Bible verse posted in her work station.
Wake up America! It’s time to reconnect with our Christian roots and pray for another Great Awakening across the land. Only then will our land be healed.

Dr. Eddie Hyatt conducts “America Reawakening” events, which consists of an inspiring, 3-session PowerPoint presentation that documents how America was birthed out of prayer and a great spiritual awakening. This article was derived from his book, Pilgrims and Patriots, which is also the basis for America Reawakening. It is available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com