At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time. (Matt. 24:23-25, NIV) Continue reading “The rise of false Messiahs”
His voice is love.
His voice is power.
I’m not so much into the “prophetic” in our American charismatic model. That has soured me to the point where I haven’t really put much stock in trying to figure out “what’s ahead.” It’s a fear of “looking wacky.” Continue reading “Spiritual Leadership — Discerning the Times”
Those words from Paul are so challenging. As I am about to embark on some the craziest adventures of my life in the next few months, I have to keep saying: While I can’t be 100% on this being the mind of God, I can say with 100% certainty I WANT the mind of God!
We are a culture given to extremes. Rather than living in the balances of feasting and fasting, we go to the extremes of obesity and anorexia. That is not just concerning food.
And we highlight the extremes in our culture, wildly cheering one side or wildly despairing over the other extreme. We don’t like the center.
We need a discernment process to know what is necessary and good in our lives, keeping centered.
We need a Kingdom center, not a culture fringe.
Sometimes we need to hear the leading of the Spirit in very “plain” things. I know I do.
I have an old beater car. I feel like I’m back in high school and praying for miracles every day. Miracles like, “Please start. Please drive. Please stop.”
My prayer life is improved immensely.
Just the past few days I had one of those problems where I knew it was bad news. But just a small whisper to go get it checked. Finally, I obeyed. The problem was not “cheap” to fix, but it was doable. A few more days and I would have probably been in a worse predicament.
Listening to small promptings are for every day things at times. I’m thankful for that.