Wounding Waters: The Worldly Church

1.The Love of Money, (1,2,3)

There are so many ways this sin creeps into our lives...and so many things it influences. If you are a teacher or pastor you are even more vulnerable to manipulation by those who have money. At what point do we say enough is enough? Is it the nice car, the expensive house and designer clothing? The fact is, the more we rely on money the more vulnerable we are to compromise. The more we want to impress with our possessions the more we are leashed to those who can provide the cash flow to live the prosperous life. In short if we set our hearts on these things that comprise prosperity in the eyes of the world, we are now captive and easily manipulated by the enemy, and he wastes no time setting us up. Those who have no agendas in that direction, those who answer only to the Lord and His Holy Spirit, are much more difficult to entrap and control. 

The bottom line is that He is coming for a bride without spot, wrinkle or blemish. If we are not willing to look through the eyes of the Lord, at our spiritual condition and how the world may have gained access to us, we will be forced to look at it when it is too late to change.

The deep, hidden and full impact of these sins are very difficult to recognize in our lives. They manifest quite often as the little foxes that spoil the vine, and habit patterns accepted as 'normal for a Christian' when in fact they are toxic worldly habits that hinder the Holy Spirit in our lives and ministries. I am sharing from experience the traits that deform and stain our wedding dress, making us a bride the Lord will not recognize as His own. . 

As this teaching was progressing He impressed upon Me that those who listen to this teaching with the intention of changing anything hindering the Holy Spirit in their lives, WILL receive the graces they need at that very moment, to change and be recognized as His Bride without spot, wrinkle or blemish.

These two  videos are about how we in the church have compromised and allowed the gates of hell to influence and corrupt the integrity of Christ's very Bride.It is truly difficult to recognize how the ways of the world have warped the Christian community and made it worldly. Social status is one of the most crippling dynamic in our churches today, people are categorized by the world's standards, this affects everything from who leads worship, who teaches, who institutes programs, who is allowed ministry positions and who is not even considered. As a result God's choices are many times overlooked...the result...those anointed for ministry are bypassed and things stay lukewarm. This two part series deals with this crippling dynamic and how it can be recognized and repaired.

Ever heard, "I never see or hear God." when someone is talking about their prayer life? Did you know that Scripture promises that you will see and hear Him? "Blessed are the pure of heart for they shall see God." and "Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them." John 14:21 NIV

So if the Lord made these promises, what are we missing? Why can't we see and hear God? Well, good news, we can. But first the Lord must help us cut through layers and layers of barriers that have been built over time. He is no respecter of persons, He desires with all His heart to be seen and heard by His Beloved Bride.

In this segment, I share with you the work He's done in my life to make it possible. And I have only one thing to say about it, if He can do it with me...He can do it with anyone.

Wounded Waters, 
The Worldly Church, Introduction and Overview

This is a five part teaching on the ways the church resembles the world. These five points are not commonly exposed for what they are, very serious sins that turn the living waters that should be flowing into stagnant Wounded Waters. They are:

1.The Love of Money, (1,2,3)

2. Social Status

3. Ambition

4. Fear of Encountering God

5. Worry and Insecurity

The deep, hidden and full impact of these sins are very difficult to recognize in our lives. They manifest quite often as the little foxes that spoil the vine, and habit patterns accepted as 'normal for a Christian' when in fact they are toxic worldly habits that hinder the Holy Spirit in our lives and ministries. I am sharing from experience the traits that deform and stain our wedding dress, making us a bride the Lord will not recognize as His own. 

Because time is short, we can't afford to put off our conversion any longer. The stage is set, He is even at the door, any moment may be our last moment to present ourselves as virgins whose lamps are full of oil burning brightly, or whose wedding dresses are without spot, wrinkle or blemish. If we refuse to look at the ways that are not His ways in our lives, we will be forced to confront them when it is too late. 

As this teaching was progressing He impressed upon Me that those who listen to this teaching with the intention of changing anything hindering the Holy Spirit in their lives, WILL receive the graces they need, at that very moment, to change and be recognized as His Bride without spot, wrinkle or blemmish..

Our greatest treasure and Satan's greatest fear is our relationship with God...because of that he is constantly casting slurs on God's faithful nature by fomenting fear. In this two part series we explore the most common causes of fear and how the Lord has led us to deal with it.