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Monday, May 31, 2010

Spiritual Warfare

Dear beloved: As we move into a new year and decade, we are moving into a transition period when everything in the spirit will intensify and separate for the purpose of preparing the bride of Christ( the church) for the coming day of the Lord. This year in the Hebrew calendar is 5770. Seven is the number of completion in the Bible, so seventy (10 x7) is a measure of completion accepted or rejected. So you can see 700 is an even greater measure (100 x 7) of fullness of completion for the purpose of accepting or rejecting. What does this all mean in spiritual terms as we walk out our life on a daily basis? It means God is bringing about the separation of all people between the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light, and he will bring about swift judgment on those who vacillate between two opinions. God will be very close to those who seek Him, and the Holy Spirit will be very close and present help for all who call on Him, but for those who are in the kingdom of darkness, it will be very dangerous for them to tread in that territory. I can already feel the difference as we have moved into the new year, partially because of the 40 day fast, but also because God is now taking us by the hand and taking us through this transition, and many events including the Haitian earthquake, and several earthquakes here in the America, are heralding the transition. Can't you also feel an anticipation and exhilaration in the spirit, of the closeness of God each and every day?

Paul tells us about the kingdom of darkness in several passages in the New Testament, and while it is not good to focus too much energy on the enemy, the devil and his kingdom, it is good to know what is the nature and plans and strategies he utilizes. So to study the tactics of the enemy is good to do, soley for the purpose of learning how to defeat him. We don't want to get focused on bad news or in any way glorify the works of the devil, just understand how he operates. Paul says in Ephesians 6:10 finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. v11 Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. v12 For our battle (struggle) is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places....So we can see from this that there is a network or heirarchy of the demonic realm that is set in place by the devil to tear us away from the kingdom of light, and Paul tells us it is a battle and a struggle, as if we didn't know it already! In Ephesians 2:1 Paul tells the Epesians more about the nature of the battle. v1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, v2 in which you formerly walked accouding to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. v3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of the flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind (thoughts), and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

Peter adds to the picture in 1 Peter 5:8 when he says, Be of sober spirit, be on the alert, for your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. v9 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of your suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. v10 And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will himself perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. ...So we have the promise of God that no matter what happens in the battle, that God will strenghthen and establish us, we will be able to stand and stand firm! Tomorrow we'll take a closer look at the demonic realm as we prepare to put on the armor and go into battle. Gird yourself up for battle, beloved, that is the calling of God upon our life. God bless you as you pray this day, in Christ, Jim

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Let the River Flow

Dear beloved: The beauty and power of a truly apostolic meeting was in evidence at the prison last night. After a time of praise and worship, the Holy Spirit said to me, 'just wait on the Lord for while'. so I kept playing a song softly on the guitar as we waited on the Lord to prompt men to speak scripture and prophesy. As the Spirit started to move in the men, they began to prophesy and also to speak scripture from memory as well as look up and speak certain scripture that had meaning to them. This went on for about 20 minutes and was powerful in its effect on us and just its presence. The first scripture spoken was Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint. One brother started to recite some scripture in James 1, and ended up quoting from memory the whole chapter of James 1. Another brother who has a very refined prophetic gift gave a word of prophecy for those in the room who were burdened down with concerns for their families, and it hit home with many in the room. It is a beautiful sight to see the Holy Spirit flow like a river and touch every person in the room with His mighty power.

Paul states in 1 Corinthians 14:26 What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation (prophecy), has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. Then he goes on to state that two or three words should be given in tongues, with an interpretation, and then two or three prophets should speak, give revelation, and the others should pass judgment. v31 For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be exhorted. v32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to prophets. v33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. So you see when all things are done peacefully and in order, the service is flowing and full of power, seamless as the word comes forth from one person after another. It is rather easy in a situation such as that to discern a false prophet, because his word does not fit with the others, it stands out either in its content or motive, or even sometimes in the delivery.

Psalm 46:4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of our God. The holy dwelling places of the Most High....beloved, the river is Jesus Christ, and he flows in streams through each believer by means of the Holy Spirit. Many of our New Testament churches have drifted away from the original model presented by Paul, and God wants to bring us back to that New Testament model. God is saying this year is a year of transition into a new river, a higher realm of glory, a surge of Holy Spirit power that will bring us back. Let the river flow, let the river flow, Holy Spirit come, move with power! God bless you as you pray this day, in Christ, Jim

Friday, May 28, 2010

Gifts irrevocable

Dear beloved: We have seen in the past few teachings that God has poured out His gifts on all mankind, and He has done it in three different ways. First, when the Holy Spirit was poured out in the second chapter of Acts, with it the gifts were dispersed. These gifts of the baptism of the Holy Spirit are listed by Paul in 1 Corinthians 12. They include: word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, healings, miracles, prophecy, distinguishing of spirits, tongues, and interpretation of tongues. These gifts have more to do with the body as it ministers inwardly, as you can see some of these gifts are difficult for those not initiated into Christianity to understand. Then Paul gives another list of gifts given in Romans 12, and these are more for the body to minister outwardly, as you can see most of them are intended to be ministered to the outside world, the uninitiated. Beginning in Romans 12:6, they include: prophecy,measure of faith, service, teaching, exhortation, giving with liberality, leading with diligence, showing mercy. Then we have the office gifts spoken of in Ephesians 4:11 of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher. These gifts are the backbone, the framework of the church and function more as offices and so override the individual gifts of Corinthians and Romans.

Paul tells us in Romans 11:29 for the gifts and the callings of God are irrevocable. What that means is that once God bestows a gift upon you, that gift or calling will not be taken back by God. God does not change His mind or make mistakes as man does, so when God gives a gift it is forever! Praise God for that. Men may come and go in their devotion to God and in their exercise of the gifts, but God is steadfast and does not change His mind. If men fall into sin or disobedience, the manifestation or activation of the gift may languish, but when repentance and righteousness is restored, God is faithful to His original promise and the gift is right there also. James tells us in James 1:17 that every good thing bestowed and every good gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. Maybe you are in a place in your Christian walk where you are not sure if you still have some of the gifts God poured out on you when you were first saved, or when you first received the Holy Spirit baptism; trust God and move forward in exercising your gift and watch God restore. Or maybe you have backslidden and feel luke warm or even cold toward God, maybe even lost your faith. In that case you need to repent of your sin (whatever it was that led you away from God) and wait on the Lord to rekindle the flame that you once felt in your heart toward Him.

Do not lose perspective on the purpose of the gifts: they are tools in the toolbox of the believer to be used to bring the lost to the Lord, to equip us (the saints) for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12). They are not for our boasting or self promotion, but they are for us and all those lost to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ. (Ephesians 4:15), v16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. Beloved, God has equipped us to reach the lost. Look around you this day, the fields are white with the harvest. Now go into the fields. God bless you this day, in Christ, Jim

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Prophets awaken

Dear beloved: The Lord is stirring the prophetic gift in the church this day as never before since the days of Ezekiel and Jeremiah, because as the end days draw near, God will do everything in His power to bring people to a place of repentance. Peter tells us in 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but all to come to know repentance. v10 but the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Are you ready for that day beloved? If Jesus Christ were to come back for His bride today, would you rejoice or repent, would you shout for joy at His appearing or would you cringe with regret? Peter goes on to say in v11 Since these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, v12 looking for and hastening the coming day of God, on account of which the heavens will be destoyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! v13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

In Revelation 19:10 we are told that the testimony of Jesus Christ is the spirit of prophecy. Those of you who have put on Jesus ( you were buried with Him in baptism, Col.2:12: you were clothed with Him in baptism Gal 3:27; you are in Him 2 Cor.5:17) you therefore have the spirit of prophecy. At the very least it means that you are able to speak truth into the lives of those that don't know Him, and for those who do know Him God will give you words of encouragement, exhortation, and sometimes rebuke and instruction. It also means that you should be willing to receive prophecy spoken into your life, for we know that judgement begins with the house of God; therefore, we as Christians should be most willing to receive correction, exhortation, and forthtelling in our walk with the Lord. Are you willing to receive prophetic words from others, are you hungry for encouragement, do you take in rebuke and instruction? If you do God will bless you as He shapes you and molds you into the image of His Son. If you do not then you are quenching the Holy Spirit and you are not going to move forward in your walk. Paul tells us in 1Thess. 5:19 Do not quench the Spirit v20 do not despise prophetic utterances, v21 But examine everthing carefully; hold fast to that which is good; v22 abstain from every form of evil.

Allow God to speak into your life and you will grow and move forward in your Christian walk. Let me ask you beloved, are there certain people or groups you shy away from because you fear exhortation or instruction that might take you out of your comfort zone? Or are there certain pet doctrines or teachings that you cling to that really aren't based on sound Bible doctrine? Are there habits, patterns of behavior, or time wasters that steal large amounts of your time that could be better spent in Bible study, prayer, or worship of the Lord? The prophets are the guides for the Body of Christ, their job is to get us ready, or I should say, if you have the gift of prophecy your job is to get the Body of Christ ready. Start exercising your gift. You will grow as you do, and the Body will be ready! God bless you this day as you pray, in Christ, Jim

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Gifts Manifest pt4

Dear beloved: As you go from being a baby Christian to a mature believer and step from glory to glory, it is God's will for your life to move into your destiny, to walk into your divine destiny that God has ordained for you. Paul tells us in Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. v29 For whom He foreknew, He also presdestined to be conformed into the image of His Son, that He might be the first born among many brethren v30 and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, those He also you were known before your time(predestined) to be shaped(conformed) into the image of Jesus Christ, and then your were also called, justified (to release from sin and declare righteous), and glorified (to shed radiance or splendor on). Wow! God Knew before you were born His perfect will for your life.

Paul tells us in Epesians 4:8 Therefore it says,"When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men." v9 (Now this expression, He ascended, what does it mean except He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth? v10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) v11 And He gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, some a pastors and teachers. v11 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ. So saints, God wants to equip you for the work of service to the body of Christ, and wants to do it by having you walk into your specific gift or calling, the gifts which are the framework or structure aound which the rest of the body of Christ is built.

How do you know what is your calling, what you are destined for? The best way to know is to step back from your life and look at it from a distance. What gets you excited, what is your passion, what gets your motor going? Is it sharing the message of Jesus to those who don't know Him (evangelist), or maybe going on mission trips to build or help the sick, to plant new churches or Bible study groups(apostle), or maybe to speak words of truth that instruct, exhort, or encourage(prophet), or maybe to nurture the flock and ground in good doctrine and teaching(pastor and teacher). This is the 5 fold (or some say four) ministry of the church, the framework upon which the covering is laid. The apostles are the governors, the prophets are guides, the evangelists are gatherers, the pastors are guardians, and the teachers ground in sound doctrine. These gifts are not given or ordained by men, they are given by Jesus Christ and administered through the Holy Spirit, and given to those who desire them. Seek them and pray that God would reveal the calling that is just for you, that you would be bold in walking into your destiny and not shrink back from moving forward. What bride would not desire gifts from her bridegroom? God wants us to desire the gifts He has in store for us, pray for them as you pray this day. God bless you, in Christ, Jim

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Gifts Manifest:Healings

Dear beloved: Immediately after receiving the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the apostles started to manifest the power (dunamis=dynamite) in their preaching that came with being filled with the Holy Spirit. Peter got up before the crowds and preached a mighty sermon that brought conviction and repentance to 3,000 people who were baptized and saved on that day, and thus the New Testament church was born. (Acts2:41) Then soon after that Peter and John made their way up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer, and other gifts of the Holy Spirit began to manifest.

Acts 3:2 And a certain man who had been lame from his mother's womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those entering the temple. v4 And Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze upon him and said, "Look at us!" v5 And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. v6 but Peter said, "I do not posess silver or gold, but what I do have I give to you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazerene, walk!" v7 And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were strengthened. v8 And with a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God....Peter goes on to explain that the power to raise this man was not his own but came from Jesus Christ. v16 "And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him the perfect health in the presence of you all."

The power to heal comes from God alone, and He has given us that power through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. They are definitely in the realm of the supernatural, as it goes against our natural expectation to believe that people can be healed of infirmities that have been with them for a lifetime, or even beyond that to see people raised from the dead; in fact, most people are satisfied to accept a doctor's prognosis that within a certain amount of time death or a predicted outcome will be a certainty. The gifts most involved in healing include the gifts of faith, healings, and miracles. To a lesser extent gifts of the word of knowledge or word of wisdom may be involved, and maybe even the gift of prophecy may be activated.

The time is coming in America when the need for these gifts will present itself in a way never before known. There will be situations, such as the earthquake in Haiti, where the medical estalishment will be overwhelmed due to the magnitude of the event or devastation, lack of supplies, or proximity to good medical care will preclude waiting for proper care to come along. In addition to all of that, we are in a time of transition when God will choose to manifest His power for all to see, so that those who are witnesses to the awesome power of God will run to Him and repent of their wicked ways. He will be very close to us, either to convict us of sin, or to provide us with the manifest power of His presence so that the world may see Him.

Beloved, pray to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit, that through you God may reveal Himself to the world with signs, wonders, and miracles. Start practicing by laying hands on your friends, prayer partners, or family members who have sickness or infirmity. The Holy Spirit will point out to you those that need prayer if you are sensitive to His leading; then be obedient, put your shyness aside, and in faith ask God for healing or a miracle. Peter was very blunt in telling the lame man that he didn't have any money for him (for food, for medicine, for a trip to the hospital), but what he had for him was so much better, in this life and for the life to come, Jesus Christ of Nazereth. Step out in faith and watch God work, you will be amazed and God will receive the glory for it all! God bless you this day, in Christ, Jim

Monday, May 24, 2010

Gifts Manifest pt3

Dear beloved: When the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out on the apostles in the second chapter of Acts, an amazing thing happened when the apostles received and began speaking in tongues. Those living in Jerusalem, devout men, from every nation under heaven (Acts 2:5) began to hear them. Acts2:6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were bewildered, because they were each one hearing them speak in their own language. v7 And they were amazed and marveled, saying, "Why, are not all those who are speaking Galileans?" v8 " And how is it that we each hear them in the language to which we were born?" v11...-we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God" .... So God not only gave the apostles the gift of tongues, but in addition to that, those in attendance heard them speaking in their own native languages.

Several years ago I encountered a similar situation while ministering to indigenous people in southern Costa Rica. My interpreter quit and I was forced to preach a message to the people without being able to speak their language. Most of the message I spoke to them was in the language of the Holy Spirit, plus a little Spanish. As I preached the message, which was on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, I kept asking the Cabecar people if they understood, by saying " te comprende?" (they understand some Spanish), and they kept nodding yes. So I kept preaching in my Spirit language, and I am confident they received in Cabecar just as did the men from many nations in Acts 2. Isn't God good, He meets our every need!

In 1 Corinthians 14:21 Paul cites a scripture passage from Isaiah 28:10 Indeed, He will speak to this people through stammering lips and a foreign tongue. v12 He who said to them, "Here is rest, give rest to the weary," And, "Here is repose," but they would not listen. Paul goes on to say in 1 Cor.14:22 So then tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe (they who receive have already believed), but to unbelievers; but prophecy is for a sign, not to unbelievers, but to those who believe. So God uses tongues not only to edify the individual believer in his prayer life (v4 One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself), but also as a sign to the unbeliever when ministering in a corporate setting. Another unique aspect of it is that tongues bring rest. Look again at the passage from Isaiah, v 12. "Here is rest, give rest to the weary," and, "Here is repose". As you speak in tongues you will find there is rest in speaking them. Where can you go for rest, where can you go for repose? What would be better than to have a conversation, a counseling session with the God of all creation; just go ahead and pour out your heart, your praise, your burdens, your intercessory requests to the One who can do something about it, and at the same time, enter His rest and get restored and built up in the process. Go ahead and ask God for it, James 1:6 But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. v7 For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord. .... So beloved, ask in faith and expect to receive what you ask for. God bless you this day, in Christ, Jim

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Gifts Manifest Tongues

Dear beloved: Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 14:1 to pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts... Can you imagine how surprised the apostles were in the second chapter of Acts when the Holy Spirit was poured out on all flesh and they began to speak in tongues, it must have been a shock to them as well as to the people who were listening to their message. We don't need to understand tongues or the other gifts of the Holy Spirit to desire or appreciate them, we desire them simply because they are given by God, that is reason enough. Many people do not receive the gifts because they have preconceived ideas or prejudices against how it will look, or how it will sound, and so with their human understanding they talk themselves out of the neccessity or the desire for the gifts.

Paul talks about the supernatural nature of the spiritual wisdom in 1 Corinthians 2:9 but just as it is written,"Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those that love Him." v10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. v11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of a man, which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God, no one knows except the Spirit of God. v12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God that we might know the things freely given to us by God, v13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual other words, in our limited human, natural understanding, we will never comprehend fully the gift of tongues or some of the other gifts of the Holy Spirit, we just have to let go and ask to receive simply because we desire them from God, and we know that God desires to give good gifts to His children.

Paul goes on to say about tongues, in 1 Cor. 12:2 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men, but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries. And in v4 One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church. v5 Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy.... and so Paul declares his wish and God's will that we all speak in tongues and prophesy. Tongues is the voice of God, one who speaks in tongues is speaking directly to God, with no interference from the mind with its limited and shallow reasoning. It is for personal edification, for the building up of the body by building each warrior strong, and ready to stand in the battle. What believer would not want that for himself?

I have spoken prayers of the mind and understanding many times in the prison over inmates in deliverance sessions, and barely seen a ripple; but when prayers are spoken over them in tongues, an explosion takes place and they are moved often to repent. Psalm 29:3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; The God of Glory thunders, the Lord is over many waters. v4 The voice of the Lord is powerful, the voice of the Lord is majestic. v5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; Yes, the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. v6 And He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox. v7 The voice of the Lord hews out flames of fire. v8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; The Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. v9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer to calve, and strips the forests bare, and in His temple everything says, "Glory!"

Are you ready beloved to cry Glory? Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened. God bless you this day, in Christ, Jim Rowh,

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Gifts Manifest

Dear beloved: In chapter 11:1 of Genesis we read, Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words v2 and it came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. v3 And they said to one another, "Come let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly." And they used brick for stone, and tar for mortar. v4 And they said," Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name; lest we be scattered over the face of the earth." v5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the sons of men had built. v6 And the Lord said, "Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they propose to do will be impossible for them." v7 "Come, let Us go down and there and confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. v8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth....And so ends the futile attempt by man to build a tower into heaven and again take over the throne of God; God dispersed them and foiled their plans by confusing their language.

When the Holy Spirit was poured out on the apostles in the Acts 2, God gave His children back the language that would unite all believers: the language of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. This language is common to all Spirit baptized beleivers anywhere in the world, no matter what tribe, tongue, or nation. To most it seems like a silly thing, a language that the speaker himself does not understand, yet it can be interpreted by activating another of the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit, the gift of interpretation. In fact, it sounded so silly on that day of Pentecost that some of the bystanders accused the apostles of being drunk! v13 But others were mocking and saying, "They are full of sweet wine." v14 But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: "Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and give heed to my words, v15 for these men are not drunk as you suppose, for it only the third hour of the day; v16 but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel;... then Peter goes on to recite the prophecy of Joel concerning the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on all mankind, and he explained that it was happening right now!

The gift of tongues is the evidence of the receiving of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the language that ties us all together. Paul explains it all in 1 Corinthians 1:27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the strong v28 and the base things of the world and the despised, God has chosen, the things that are not, that He might nullify the things that are, v29 that no man should boast before God....Isn't that amazing, God gave us a language that we cannot learn to speak, it is a supernatural gift, whose meaning can only be interpreted by another supernatural gift also from God. Talk about confounding the wisdom of the wise, God sure did know how to do that.

Just recently the world's tallest building opened for business in Dubai, not far from the land of Shinar where the oringinal Tower of Babel was built. This new tower, whose name is Burj Khalifa, stands 2625 feet tall, over 160 stories, and cost 1.5 billion dollars to build. Needless to say, it is a great engineering feat and will be a source of great boasting for Dubai and the Arab world. It seems that man never tires of boasting about his own accomplishments, and he never seems to tire of trying to build a tower into heaven, to take over the throne of God. I'm sure there is already on the drawing board a building that will surpass this one in height and magnificence. You might be interested to know what Burj Khalifa means: Successor to the messenger of God, or another way to say it would be Steward of Prophet Muhammed. So you see the devil is still trying to take over the throne room, building his building up into heaven. Beloved, do not boast of your own accomplishments or understanding, but seek God's, the One who created you. His language will edify you, for it is not of man's intellect or wisdom, but it is from the One who created your tongue to begin with. Tomorrow we'll talk more about this amazing gift from God. God bless you, in Christ, Jim

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Gifts Poured Out

Dear beloved: The gifts of the Holy Spirit were poured out in a most dramatic fashion in the second chapter of Acts, beginning in verse one. Next to the resurrection and the second coming of Jesus, this is the most exciting passage of scripture in the New Testament, when God actually gave man the opportunity to have His Spirit live inside of us. Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together(in one accord) v2 and suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent, rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. v3 And it appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. v4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. The first thing we note is that they were all of one accord, a key to us in receiving the Holy Spirit baptism is to cleanse your heart of any anger, bitterness, or unforgiveness towards anyone, and you will then be prepared to receive the blessings that God wants to pour into your Holy Temple.

The Holy Spirit appeared as tongues of fire, the fire of God. Many times in scripture God is depicted as fire or represented Himself to man as fire. Exodus3:2 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him(Moses)in a flame of fire out in a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. Exodus 13:21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night by a pillar of fire, to give them light, to go by day and night. Exodus 27:20 And thou shall command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure olive oil beaten for the light, to cause the light(candlestick of the temple) to burn always. And then in the New Testament, John the Baptist prophesied that Jesus would bring the fire to us. Matt.3:11 "As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." So there in Acts 2 the fire came, and the fire of the temple candlestick, of the burning bush, came and split itself, and rested upon them! I had a picture given to me a few years ago of a revival meeting in Africa, and the picture taken with a common digital camera, showed tongues or pillars of fire resting on top of each person's head at the meeting. The fire is real, it is the fire God desires for each of us as we go into the world to be witnesses for Him! Jesus then prophesied to the apostles in Acts 1:5 "for John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit(and fire) not many days from now." And then in verse 8, Jesus prophesied the Holy Spirit would bring power with it. Acts 1:8 "but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest parts of the earth."

So you can see that when the Holy Spirit was poured out, it brought with it fire, which speaks of God's guiding light, of passion, and of the unquenchable fire to burn up the chaff in the believers heart(Matt 3:12), and also in the hearts of those who come under the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Beloved, God's desire for each of us is to know that fire. It truly is the way to have the power( Greek word is dunamis, inherent power capable of reproducing itself like a dynamo, or dynamite) not only to be able to defeat the enemy in our life, but also to go into all the world and witness to the lost about the hope that lies within us. Isn't God great, He knows just what we need and He also knows how to give it to us! But God is such a gracious God, He will never force Himself or His gifts on anyone, He is a perfect gentleman. Ask and you shall receive as you pray this day, and also ask the Lord to remove any hindrance or roadblocks to receiving, such as anger, unforgiveness, or fear. Then wait in expectation just as the apostles did on that day at Pentecost. God Bless you, in Christ, Jim

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Betrothed to Jesus

Dear beloved: Take joy in the fact that you are betrothed to Jesus Christ, the King of Kings! He tells us in John 14:1" Let not your heart be troubled, believe in God, believe also in Me. v2 In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. v3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. v4 and you know the way where I am going." Beloved, Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us, our eternal dwelling place where we will reside with Him and the Father for all eternity, and when the place is ready and the Father is ready for us, He will come back to get us and take us to our new eternal home.

When a man becomes serious about a commitment to a woman, it is common for the man to shower the lady with gifts, culminating in the offering of a ring to seal the promise to marriage. In many cultures it is also customary for the man to pay a dowry to the family of the bride to compensate the family for the loss of their daughter. When Jacob wanted Rachel for his wife, he made a contract with Laban, her father, to work for him for 7 years to pay for the hand of his bride. Gen. 29:18 Now Jacob loved Rachel, so he said, "I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel." v19 and Laban said," It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to another man; stay with me."v20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel and they seemed to him but a few days because of his love for her.

Jesus has served the Father for the right to have us in marriage, the marriage supper of the Lamb, Revelation 19:7 "Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready." v8 And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. v9 and he said to me, "Write, blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb." And he said to me,"These are true words of God." Paul goes on to tell us about our betrothing in Ephesians 1:13 in Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, v14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God's own posession, to the praise of His glory. The Holy Spirit has been given to us as a down payment or pledge of our inheritance yet to come, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit are the gifts that have been showered upon us to remind us of our bridegroom, Jesus, who will come back to sweep us away just as He promised.

Beloved, think back to your first love, did you earnestly desire roses, chocolates, a Valentine, dinners out on the town, and eventually an engagement ring and promises for the future? So then and even more so does our Heavenly Father want us to earnestly desire the gifts that Jesus has given to us through the Holy Spirit to keep us until His return. 1 Corinthians 12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts brethren, I do not want you to be unaware, v4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit, v5 and there are varieties of ministries, but the same Lord, v6 and there are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. v7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. So brethren, earnestly desire and expect that God will give you what you ask for. Matthew 7:7 Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened. v8 for everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened. Tomorrow we will take a closer look at the gifts. God bless you this day as you ask, seek, and knock, in Christ, Jim

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Warning Dream for San Francisco

Dear Beloved:

Dream of 4/27/10, I was going down a street in San Francisco and then stopped. I saw many frightened and paranoid people. Then the Lord highlighted to me a person who was locking his car and going off into a building. He was of a nationality I have come to regard as suspicious, he was nervous and suspicious looking, his eyes were shifty. I walked a block or two away, I did not have any shoes on, and looked down a long street, it was empty of people and all traffic. I hesitated to go down that street for something was definitely not right about the scene. On a side street a block or two away was a big green domed structure,(maybe a mosque or copper tarnished greenish roof). This building description may have meaning to someone in San Francisco.

This dream was given by the Lord the night after the dream of terrorist attack on Cincinnati. Please be in intercession for San Francisco, (St. Francis, you'll be a free man yet!)

Psalm 37:12-15, v12 The wicked plots against the righteous, and gnashes at him with his teeth. v13 The Lord laughs at him, for He sees his day is coming. v14 The wicked have drawn the sword and bent the bow, To cast down the afflicted and the needy, To slay those who are upright in conduct. v15 Their sword will enter their own heart, and their bows will be broken. Psalm 37:34 Wait for the Lord and keep his way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land. When the wicked are cut off, you will see it. God bless you saints, in Christ, Jim Rowh

Monday, May 17, 2010

All Would Prophesy pt2

Dear beloved: Jesus Christ is the spirit of prophecy Rev. 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him, And he said to me, " do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."... The testimony is truth, it is foretelling, you could also say the testimony of Jesus is the Holy Spirit, who always testifies and convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment. All of these principles are the foundation of prophecy, which is encouraging to covenant faithfulness. As followers of Christ, we have the Holy Spirit within us and the spirit of prophecy, therefore beloved, prophesy. Speak the truth into people's lives as the Holy Spirit gives you prompting, be obedient to the prompting. It may just be a word or two at first, and then as you become more sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, you will be led to speak more. It may be words of encouragement, of teaching, of rebuke or discipline. Just be ready to be led. John 16:13 "But when He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on his own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. v14 He shall glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall disclose it to you. v15 All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said, that He takes of Mine and shall disclose it to you." So you see, when we receive from the Holy Spirit, it all comes from Jesus and the Father.

I was in the prison awhile back, and at the end of the service a man came up to me and said he had a word for me. He said, the Lord says, "Whatever it is you are concerned about and praying about, it will soon be resolved." I didn't know I looked concerned or worried or anything like that, but I have prayer burdens that I carry for this ministry as well as things going on in my personal life that I pray about, just as anyone does. There are some issues that I have been praying about for quite awhile and not seen any breakthrough, but because of his word, I now know that a breakthrough is soon coming. It was a great encouragement to me as you can imagine. Sometimes just a word or two or one sentence can make a difference in a person's life. Often those not in ministry look at those who are and think things just come automatically to them, whether discipline to pray and fast, to teach, to prophesy, or whatever. But it isn't that simple, all in ministry need encouragement and the prayers of those they are ministering to. Paul said in Epesians 6:19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel v20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Paul goes on to state, that when assembled 1 Corinthians 14:31 you can all prophesy one by one, all may learn and all be exhorted; v32 and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets; v33 for God is not a God of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. The gifts of the Holy Spirit, as outlined in 1 Corinthians 12:7-10, Romans 12:6-8, and Ephesians 4:11, are the tools of the Spirit filled Christian's trade. Please read them and pray about them, and then earnestly desire them. A good carpenter wouldn't head out to the construction job without his tools in his truck, it would be rather pointless to get to the job and say to the customer, "I know how to do this job, and it would look really great when I get done, I just don't have any tools with me today to do it!" That woudn't get him very far with the customer. Pray that God will fill up your tool chest with tools, and that you are ready when you get to the job to 'get er done.' God bless you this day as you work and pray, in Christ, Jim

Saturday, May 15, 2010

All Would Prophesy

Dear beloved: In light of the recent earthquake in Haiti and other natural disasters around the world, what are we here in America to think about it all in relation to prophecy of upcoming calamity in this land? Jesus addressed that situation in Luke 13:1 Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to him about the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.v2 And He answered and said to them,"Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered this fate? v3 I tell you no, but unless you repent, you will likewise perish." v4"Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower of Siloam fell and killed them, were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? v5 I tell you no, but unless you repent you will all likewise perish." People meet tragic fates every day, and some we would declare deserved their fate and others we argue with God for taking them too soon.

We can always question God with the why's, what if's, and what about's. God, why did some get pulled out of the rubble and others perish? God why did our young lady from Norton who was in Haiti escape unharmed, yet other ophanages and their staff were damaged or killed? Ultimately, we have to let go of the questioning and accept that God is God and we are not, that He is sovereign and He knows the appointed day of each person here on this earth to breathe their last breath. Isaiah 45:9 Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker- an earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth! Will the clay say to the potter, What are you doing? Or the thing you are making say, He has no hands? v10 Woe to him who says to a father, What are you begetting? Or to a woman, what are you giving birth? v11 Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: "Ask Me about the things to come concerning My sons, and you shall commit to Me the work of My hands. v12 It is I who made the earth and created man upon it. I stretched out the heavens with My hands, and I ordained all their host....v23 " I have sworn by Myself, the word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness and will not turn back, That to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance. v24 They will say of Me, 'Only of the Lord are righteousness and strength.' Many will come to Him, and all who were angry at Him will be put to shame."

The prophets of the New Testament and of the present era are given as guides for the body of Christ. They are given the same mandate as the Old Testament prophets. Deut. 18:18 "I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymenlike you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. v19 "And it shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him." Paul then declared in the book of Ephesians 4:11 And He(Jesus) gave some as apostles, snd some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, v12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; v13 until we all attain to the unity of faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ... So prophecy is given for our benefit to prepare us, to equip us, to bring us in alignment with the fulness of Christ, and yes, sometimes prophecy is given to encourage us to repent in the face of impending disaster. God is such a loving God He wants all His children to be ready, every second of every day, no matter what the situation or circumstance. Keep your lamp full of oil and keep it lit and be ready. Matthew 25:12 (to the virgins)Jesus anwered them, " Truly I say to you, I do not know you, v13 Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day or the hour." Be ready, beloved. God bless you, in Christ, Jim

Friday, May 14, 2010

Witchcraft pt3

Dear beloved: America has from its beginning been a mixture of people serving the one true God as well as people who were into occult and witchcraft, just as were the people of Israel. Many of the founders of our great nation were preachers and held divinity degrees, but many, even some of the same Christians, were active in Freemasonry and other secret societies. Take a dollar bill our of your pocket and you will see an Egyptian pyramind with the all seeing Luciferian eye perched at the top. This is just one of many of occult signs on the dollar bill. The Luciferian eye is the eye of Horus of Egyptian mythology, the sign of the Illuminati, the secret society that is part of the shadow government that will usher in the New World Order. This pyramid has been on our dollar since 1933, when it was placed there during the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was himself a Freemason of the highest order. The two phrases at the bottom of the pyramid, Annuit Coeptus, meaning announcing the birth of, and Novus Ordo Seclorum, meaning One World Government or One World Order, lay out the agenda of the Illuminati and all secret societies: to establish Satan at the top of the pyramid and establish the New World Order which leads to the antiChrist and eventually the mark of the beast. This is all a fulfillment of bible prophecy, and will play out exactly as described in the book of Revelation, culminating in the battle of Armageddon and the return of Jesus to set up His millenial reign. There are many more occult symbols on the dollar as well as on buildings in Washington D.C., and even the city itself is laid out according to occult symbolism.

If you or members of your family have been involved in witchcraft, occult, or Freemasonry, it is important that you repent of the iniquity of your forefathers and ask God to seal up any demonic entry into your life with the blood of Jesus. All this saturation of occult and masonry has given the devil easy entry into many people's lives, and it leads to much sickness, bondage, and a crippling effect on the body of Christ. We want to move forward under the power of Jesus, Amen!

In 1 Samuel 28:7 Saul said to his servants,"Seek for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her." And his servants said to him, "Behold, there is a woman who is a medium at Endor." So Saul went and inquired of her, and asked her to conjure up Samuel, which she did. Samuel's reply is in verse 15. Then Samuel said to Saul,"Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?" And Saul answered, "I am greatly distressed; for the Phillistines are waging war against me, and God has departed from me and answers me no more, either through prophets or dreams; therefore I have called you, that you may make known to me what I should do." v16 And Samuel said,"Why then do you ask me, since the Lord has departed from you and become your adversary?" Samuel then went on to give Saul a stinging rebuke and rejection of all that he was doing, and told him that the kingdom had been taken out of his hand and given to David. You can be assured that when God has departed from you, the deceiver will be there to fill in the void, just as he did with Saul.

When Josiah, one of the few good kings of the old testament, was only 8 years old he became king, and reigned 31 years in Jerusalem. 2 Chron. 34 v1. v3 for in the eighth year of his reign while he was still a youth, he began to seek the God of his father David: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the Asherim, the carved images, the molten images. v4 And they tore down the altars of the Baals in his presence, and the incense altars that were high above them he chopped down; also the Asherim, the carved images, and the molten images he broke in pieces and ground to powder and scattered it on the graves of those who had sacrificed to them. v5 Then he burned the bones of the priests on their altars, and purged Judah and Jerusalem....God wants us to purge our lives and our houses and grind up all the altars to Baals in our life. Take a look at your life and grind up and throw away anything that has occult or witchcraft attatched to it, books, magazines, tapes, tv programs. God is preparing us to be a bride without spot or wrinkle. Ephesians 5:26 that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, v27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless. Prepare yourself this day, beloved, purge yourself so that God doesn't have to do it! God bless you as you pray this day, in Christ, Jim

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Witchcraft pt2

Dear beloved: God tells us over and over in His word how much He loves us and His desire for us is that we love Him and serve Him only. When satan offered Jesus all the kindoms of the world in Matthew 4:8, he then told Jesus in v9 and he said to Him, " All these things will I give You, if you fall down and worship me." v10 then Jesus said to him,"Begone Satan, for it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only." So we can see that satan is always hanging around to tempt us with the power over the kingdoms of the world, and when we are weak in faith or obedience it looks very tempting to take satan up on his offer and make a deal with him. Therein lies the source of much drug addiction, sex addiction, human sex and drug trafficking cartels, and ultimately all forms of witchcraft, including voodoo as practiced in Haiti and other countries. It is all about demonic control of people and events.

Ecclesiates 3:11 tells us that God has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.....God has created us with a void in our heart, an eternal void that can be filled with service and worship to Him, or can be filled with service and worship of satan, with the consequences of eternal damnation. Exodus 20:4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. v5 You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. So you can see the pact made with the devil by any group of people can easily be handed down generation to generation, and the disobedience and destruction gets more entrenched as time goes on. It is only when those involved rise up in the name of Jesus and by the power of His blood throw off the yoke of bondage do things change; and generally speaking in both individuals and nations, it takes a great breaking or calamity to bring that change about.

God has given us of Himself to dwell in us as believers. We don't need to consult the dead, mediums, spiritists, astrology charts or oija boards, nor do we need to control people and events through voodoo, conjuring up spells, or mixing potions of sorcery. We have the Holy Spirit of God. John 14:17 Jesus said, " Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him; but you know Him, for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. v26 but the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. And again in John 16:13 But when He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears He will speak; and will disclose to you what is to come.v14 He shall glorify Me, for He shall take of Mine, and shall disclose it to you. v15 All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine, and shall disclose it to you."

Pray for Haiti, and all the nations of the world trapped in the darkness of witchcraft. Pray for America, for our sin and disobedience is great also. The slaughter of the innocents is nothing more than blood sacrifice to the demonic kingdoms of this world. Pray for your chiidren if they have fallen into temptation to serve the kingdoms of this world. Isaiah 45:5 I am the Lord, and there is no other; besides Me there is no God. I will gird you, though you have not known Me. v6 That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun that there is no one besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other, v7 The One forming light and creating darkness, causing well being and creating calamity; I am the Lord who does all these. God bless you, in Jesus, Jim

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Dear beloved: Yesterday's mailing discussed witchcraft in Haiti. Witchcraft is serious business as we will see in God's word, God warned the children of Israel in the Old Testament, and Paul warns the Galatians in the New Testament. In Deut. 18:10 God says," There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, v11 or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. v12 For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord; and because of these detestable things the Lord your God will drive them out before you. v13 You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. v14 For these nations, which you shall dispossess, listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the Lord your God had not allowed you to do so." And again in Lev.19:31 Do not turn to mediums or spiritists, do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.

In Galatians 5:19 Paul tells the Galatians, " now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, v20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissentions, factions, v21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God."

Witchcraft is serious business and the punishment for it is separation from God and eventually eternal separation as Paul points out. If you are looking at astrology charts, or other types of divination, or if you have Harry Potter books or tapes in your possession, get rid of them and ask God' forgiveness for your rebellion. If any of your ancestors practiced witchcraft or divination, ask God to forgive the iniquity of your ancestors. Disney channel also has many children's programs now following the Harry Potter theme of wizards, witches, and spell casting. Do not let your children watch it, and ask God to forgive you if you have been letting that into your house. Clean out your house of any and all witchcraft or sorcery or divination books or tapes.

Witchcraft in Haiti is highly refined and evolved from tribal Africa. It is all about control of people and events, and is mixed with other religions, primarily Catholicism. It involves lots of blood letting, eating live animals, drinking blood and blood sacrifices, sex orgies, human sacrifice including child sacrifice and dedication of children to satan, voodoo dolls and spell casting of curses of sickness and death. It has had a firm grip on Haiti for centuries. No wonder God warned us about it! Pray for the people of Haiti, that the true light would come into their life and they would see the one true living God. John 1:4 in Him was life, and the life was the light of men. v5 and the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. Pray for the people here in America, there are cities here in America that are saturated with witchcraft, places like New Orleans and New York City where there are many Haitian immigrants. Pray for the men in the prison who are involved in Wicca, which is a bona fide religion in the Kansas prison system. God bless you as you pray this day, in Christ, Jim

Monday, May 10, 2010

Earth is Shaking

Dear beloved: Much discussion has been provoked by Pat Robertson when he made a comment about the earthquake in Haiti being God's judgment for the pact the people of Haiti made with the devil. It is ok for us to have our opinions on the matter but we also need to see what God's perspective is as spoken through His word. First, I would encourage all of you to not speak words of rebuke or judgment against Pat unless you have specific revelation from the Lord to the contrary. Psalm 105:15 says "Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm." When you speak against God's anointed prophets you are going to pay a price for it, so please do not do it. God speaks through His prophets and if he has spoken through Pat, accept it and go with it. This is not about compassion or our love for the Haitian people, or Pat's compassion or love for them, or our desire to help them in their distress. This is about the judgment of God upon a people for their continued sin and iniquity. So please refrain from judging unless you have specific revelation to the contrary. Go back and read the books of Ezekiel and Jeremiah. They continually spoke words of judgment and destruction upon the people of Israel, and the people did not want to hear the word, in fact they put Jeremiah in the stocks Jeremiah 20:2 Pashur had Jeremiah the prophet beaten and put him in the stocks that were at the upper Benjamin Gate, which was by the house of the Lord; and again in Jer.37:14,15 Jeremiah was beaten and arrested and put in prison, and again in Jer.38:6 Jeremiah was seized and cast into a cistern and left to die.

So what was Jeremiah saying that provoked such wrath? Jer. 7:3 Thus says the Lord God of Hosts, the God of Israel," Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place. v4 Do not trust in deceptive words, saying, "this is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord." v5 "For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly practice justice between a man and his neighbor, v6 and if you do not oppress the alien, the orphan, the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, nor walk after other gods to your own ruin, v7 then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever." And again in Jer.15:2 "And it shall be that when they say to you, Where shall we go?, then you shall tell them, Thus says the Lord: "Those destined for death, to death; And those destined for the sword to the sword; And those destined for famine, to famine; And those destined for captivity, to captivity." v3 "And I shall appoint over them four kinds of doom," declares the Lord: the sword to slay, the dogs to drag off, the birds of the sky and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy." Do you think it was easy for Jeremiah to speak these words against his brethren? He was a man of flesh and blood just like you and me, and yet we know that all the things that Jeremiah prophesied came to pass, exactly as foretold.

In Matthew 24:7 Jesus spoke these words,"For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. v8 But all these things are merely the beginning of birthpangs." This is the beginning, beloved, it is going to get much worse from a natural perspective. But why Haiti of all places, a place so desperately poor and broken down even before the earthquake? In Haiti, witchcraft and voodoo are the dominant religion. I have spoken with a pastor on a couple of occasions who has planted over 200 churches in Haiti and the Dominion Republic. In Haiti, witchcraft and voodoo rule the day. No decisions or actions are undertaken unless first a chicken, a goat, a pig, or if the animals are not available due to poverty, then children are sacrificed to the pagan gods to placate and gain their favor. Does it sound like maybe they have made a pact with the devil? What does it look like from God's point of view? Why is the Dominican Republic green, and relatively productive, and healthy, with a thriving tourism economy, yet they share the same rocks and soil and ocean that Haiti does? God does not care that 80% of the people in Haiti call themselves Christian, he sees their hearts.

Lest we here in America get too smug in our righteousness, we need to examine our own hearts in the light of the prophecies of Jeremiah and Ezekiel and put the name of America in the blank everywhere we see the word Judah or Israel. God is preparing all the nations of the earth for the second coming of His Son, who will come back with a rod to smite the nations. Chuck Pierce and Cindy Jacobs prophesied at the Glory of Zion New Start Conference on Dec. 31, 2009, Chuck,"watch the highways that begin to buckle, for throughout the states and throughout the nations as signs going into this season, I will buckle highways. I am rerranging the order of the earth so that the covenant with My land can now manifest in a way that has been stopped from manifesting in the last season. Watch the road systems for they will now begin to change," says the Lord. And Cindy, " I will shake it, I will shake it, I am going to shake the earth, you will see the earthquakes and the news will say, This place isn't on that fault line. This place never shakes. But I am going to shake everything that can be shaken.", says the Lord. Get ready for a shaking, beloved, get ready Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Norton. For the Lord is going to shake everything that can be shaken, and even the strongest of us will be shaken and tremble. Are you ready, repent and get ready! Are you ready for your highway to buckle, for your farm or business to shake?

Amos 3:6 If a trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people tremble? If a calamity occurs in a city, has not the Lord done it? v7 Surely the Lord God does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets. v8 A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?... Stay on your knees brethren, for God has spoken. God bless you, in Christ, Jim

Friday, May 7, 2010

Pray for the Foundations pt2

Dear beloved: As we pray for the foundations of God's kingdom here on the earth, God declares what the foundation of life here on earth shall be. Genesis 2:18 Then the Lord God said, "It is not good for man to be alone; I will make a helper suitable for him." v21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh at that place. v22 and the Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man, v23 And the man said," This is now bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh; She shall be called woman(Ishshah), because she was taken out of man(Ish) v24 for this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and they were not ashamed. .. Then in Gen. 1:28 God declares what man and his wife are to do, And God blessed them; and God said to them," be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the sky, and over every living things that moves on the earth."

So God created the first family and declared over them that it was their duty to fill the earth, to have dominion over all that moves on the earth. As children of God, made in His image, we are to do everything we can to uphold and acknowledge agreement with God's declaration of what marriage and family is to be. Satan knows all this, also, and so it comes as no surprise that the second great attack from him against God's kingdom comes in trying to pervert and redefine the defintion of marriage as God declared it. The front for this attack is coming primarily from the homosexual agenda in their attempt to not only redefine marriage but also to redefine what God has said about homosexuality as a sin itself. What has God spoken about it in His word? In Leviticus 18:22 He says," You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination." v24 "Do not defile yourselves by any of these things; for by all these the nations which I am casting out before you have become defiled. v25 For the land has become defiled, therefore I have visited its punishment upon it, so the land has spewed out its inhabitants." And then we see the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Gen. 18:20 Then the Lord said, "the outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave." and again in Gen.19:13(the angels)" for we are about to destroy this place, because their outcry has become so great before the Lord that the Lord has sent us to destroy it." We know from reading the rest of the story that the Lord did destroy it because He could not find even ten righteous in the city. And in the new testament we see this example pointed out by Paul in Romans 1:26, For this reason(they exchanged the truth of God for a lie) God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, v27 and in the same way the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error. v28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, v29 being filled with all unrightousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips,v30 slanderers, haters of God,.....

So how are we to pray for the foundation of marriage that is being so violently assaulted today? First, understand that God loves every single person on this earth, no matter their sin, and it is His desire that all should come to know Him and be restored by Him. 2Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. And 1 Corinthians 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, v10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God, v11 And such were some of you; but you were washed, you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.... So pray for those trapped in sins of fornication and homosexuality to be set free by the blood of Jesus, to be washed and cleansed and restored to a right relationship with God.

God loves and wants to restore all sinners to His kingdom. There is much gender confusion and agreement with homosexuality today because people do not understand that God hates sin but loves the sinner. If you have been in agreement with the homosexual attempt to redefine marriage or redefine homosexuality as a sin, please repent of that today and ask God to give you wisdom in your thinking on the subject. If you are in agreement with fornication or any arrangements that undermine God's definition of marriage between one man and one woman, repent of that also. In my ministry in the prison I have the opportunity to minister to many men who have been, and some who still are, trapped in lifestyles of homosexuality and fornication. I have seen men delivered not only of homosexual behavior, but also of their effeminate characteristics. To God be the glory!

Jesus said in John 14:6 " I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but through Me." The Lord showed me in a dream last night that a person who will read this needs this teaching very much, and he cried out to the group "Pray for me!" So beloved, pray for a man who wil read this that is struggling in this issue. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things passed away, behold, new things have come. Pray for the foundations, beloved, that they would be strong and not weaken, that God's kingdom will stand. God bless you, in Christ, Jim

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Pray for the Foundations

Dear beloved: It is vital that we pray for the foundations of God's kingdom here on this earth. God has declared His will in heaven and His desire is for that will to be carried out on earth by those who call themselves His children. Matthew 6:9 "Pray then in this way: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. v10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." Think about that for a moment, God has declared His will be done here on the earth right now by us, His children. What an exciting and challenging call!

Psalm 11:3 says to us, "If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" Without good foundations, the house or building falls. It is interesting as I write this teaching today, I reflect on the fact that the last month I have been building a block wall in the basement of the house at the farm, to shore up a wall that has been caving in for many years. As a nation we are in the same situation, we need to rebuild the walls of the foundation of God's kingdom here in America, for without a good foundation, the house will surely crumble. So what are the foundations of His kingdom?

In the second chapter of Genesis God declares His will and lays out for all mankind to see two of the main walls of His kingdom foundation. The first is declared in Genesis 2:7 Then the Lord formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. This is a repeat of Genesis 1:26 and 27 where God says, "Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea, and the birds of the sky, and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. v27 And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them... Then God gave to man his charge, or told him why he put him here on the earth. Genesis 2:15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. God put us into His creation, His garden, to cultivate(tiil and prepare the soil, multiply the seed, keep the weeds out) it and keep it. We are created in the image of God to do His good work and His will on the earth. And so, for man to arbitrarily choose to destroy unborn, yet living beings in the womb is an offense of the highest magnitude to God, and it is the highest priority of work for the devil and his demonic horde; what could be more important to the devil than to silence the keepers of God's kingdom even before they are born? Satan has always been bent on destroying God's creation, even to the Christ child Himself. Matthew 2:13 Now when they had departed, behold, and angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise and take the Child and His mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him."

As we reflect on God's crowning creation, mankind, let us realize that each aborted child has a prophetic destiny and unique calling to tend part of God's garden, and that part of the garden will go untended. God declares through the prophet Ezekiel that these are MY CHILDREN. Ezekiel 16:20 "Moreover, you took your sons and daughters whom you had borne to Me, and you sacrificed them to idols(convenience, reputation, sexual immorality) to be devoured. Were your harlotries so small a matter? v21 You slaughtered My children, and offered them up to idols by causing them to pass through the fire(abortion incinerators)"....v38 " Thus I shall judge you, like women who commit adultery or shed blood are judged; and I shall bring on you the blood of wrath and jealousy." Beloved, cry out for mercy as you pray today, that God would send revival, end abortion, reverse Roe vs. Wade, and our future prophets would all have the opportunity to fulfiil their prophetic destiny in God's garden.

Tomorrow, I will talk about the second major wall of God's creation. God bless you as you fast and pray this day, in Jesus name, Jim

Monday, May 3, 2010

New York City bomb scare

Dear Beloved:

On April 27 the Lord had me to post two dreams given to me about cities here in America, first New York City, then Cincinnati. Both dreams involved terrorist attack and destruction. The event in New York City over the weekend of the car bomb was the event that the Lord had spoken about. In the dream a turqoise formal gown was on the stage of a theater, most likely a Broadway theater. The car bomb was discovered in a parked car very near to Broadway theaters, one of the close ones was of a show called "Next to Normal". The Lord is saying these events will now and in the future be next to normal. The enemy has been emboldened and is very much in our midst. Continue to intercede and be on your knees in prayer.

Please be on your knees in prayer for Cincinnati. Pray without ceasing. God bless you Saints, in Christ, Jim Rowh

Saturday, May 1, 2010

pray for a strong mind

Dear beloved: Many people today are suffering from weak minds and mental illness of various kinds, so the Lord has spoken about praying for a strong mind as we continue our fasting and prayer. When a lawyer came to Jesus and asked him in Matthew 22:36 "Teacher, which commandment is the greatest in the Law?" v37 and He said to him, " You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." v38 this is the great and foremost commandment. v39 the second is like it, "you shall love your neighbor as yourself." So it it obvious from that commandment that Jesus wants our mind to be whole and engaged in loving Him. In Matthew 4:23 it tells us ...And Jesus was going about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people. v24 And the news about Him spread into all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, taken with various diseases and pains, domoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them. And again in Matthew 17:15 a father brings his lunatic son to Jesus to have him healed, and Jesus proceeds to cast the demon out of the boy, and he is healed. Over and over in scripture we see Jesus healing the mentally ill by casting demons out of them, restoring them to wholeness by His power.

Paul writes to us in Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the RENEWING of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Paul concludes his letter to the Thessalonians in 1 Thess.5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul(mind) and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. So we can understand from this that God's will for His people is that they not be subject to mental illness, that they be whole in mind as well as in body and spirit.

James gives us some instruction on how to keep our minds whole in James 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. v6 But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. v7 for let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, v8 being a doubleminded(bipolar) man, unstable(weak mentally)in all his ways. So stay humble before God, know that it is his desire to heal your mind as well as your body, and believe with all your heart that when you ask God for something, it is His desire to answer your prayer according to His will. ASK IN FAITH WITHOUT DOUBTING!

If you have a history in your family of depression, bipolar illness, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, or any other mental problems, start looking at your family from God's point of view, look for the demonic entry points into your family. Repent of the iniquity of your forefathers, rebuke the enemy and all the demonic entry points and seal up those entry points with the blood of Jesus. Do the same for yourself and your children. The more common entries are false religion, idol worship, occult activity, Lodge membership, witchcraft, or in general unrepentant sin. Satan wants to steal your mind and many times it is handed to us through our family tree (generational curses and familiar spirits). Nearly all mental illness is of demonic origin, the modern view of "chemical imbalance" is a hoax perpetrated to sell more psychotropic drugs.

Jesus said in Luke 4:18 the Spirit of the Lord us upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor, He sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden. This statement was taken from a prophecy in Isaiah 61, where Isaiah also prophesied Jesus will come to give us a mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting (Isa.61:3) Beloved, take up the mantle of praise today, proclaim release for yourself and your loved ones as you pray today, that God would make you and keep you whole in mind as well as body and spirit. God bless you as you pray and fast this day, in Christ, Jim