Friday, June 26 2015
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." Luke 4:18,19
We are in the midst of a world gone insane with Muslims being radicalized by terrorists groups, homosexuals storming the gates of morality with a radicalized agenda, racism is beginning to become radicalized by police brutality and violent acts of aggression and crime and violence are escalating around the globe!
It is high time the church of Jesus Christ also become radicalized and come out of her cathedrals of complacency and storm the gates of Hell! The above mentioned scripture is not just the ministry of Jesus, it is the mission statement of His body, who have been purchased with His blood, set free from demonic possession and baptized in His Holy Spirit. The world is perishing as the church languishes in their comfortable sanctuaries singing, dancing and playing with the gifts of God's Spirit, all the while, men are slipping into the bowels of Hell!
The hospitals are full of sick people, everywhere you look there is sickness and diseases of all kinds afflicting everyone. Our prisons are overflowing with men and women needing to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ with over two million in the US, not counting state jails and juvenile facilities. In our city in the Tarrant County jail there are over four thousand people with a thousand rotating out every week. The other night I told our faithful men's group that everyone of them needed to go and become volunteer chaplains, going every Tuesday night, laying down their lives for those in desperate need of the gospel! I spent several years there teaching, preaching and ministering to hundreds and it was one of the most fruitful times of my life.
"The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." Luke 10:2
DEFEATING THE HORDES OF HELL
"Behold, I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Luke 10:19
Jesus has given us all power and authority to defeat the enemies of mankind, yet we don't lift a finger to use this great power against unseen forces that are robbing, killing and destroying the people of the world. The body of Christ for the most part has chosen to go to the world for help, if a person is oppressed, or mentally unstable they send them to psychiatrists, if someone is sick they send them to doctors, if there is financial recession, loss of jobs and political corruption due to poor leadership we just vote it out!
We as His body should be emptying the hospitals, laying hands on the sick, casting out demons and raising the dead in the mighty name of the Lord Jesus Christ, instead of bitching and moaning about healthcare, the government and Obama! We are not of this world, we are aliens in a land of flesh oppressed by the devil and rotten to the core with sin! The government is not your god, or is it? Who do you trust? Jesus, or the world? Because the leadership of the church has grossly mismanaged and ignored their duty in the training and equipping of the saints by building their own little kingdoms of flesh, the body of Christ has suffered greatly, being left defenseless, untrained for battle, sitting in a daycare, paying for the overhead of someone else's vision!
The church has entered a time of apostasy, a falling away from the faith and as the definition of the word states: we have deserted our post, abandoned our former loyalty and defected from our duty. In the military this warrants a firing squad for anyone who leaves his post and goes AWOL! (away without leave) We have left our first love and gone a whoring after the world with its lusts and pleasures, giving ourselves over to a reprobate mind.
But know this, that in the last days perilous (times of stress) will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, (dead religion) but denying its power. And from such people turn away! II Timothy 3:1-5
RADICALIZE, EVANGELIZE AND PROSELYTIZE
I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come (and now is) when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. II Timothy 4:1-4
In all likelihood, Islam will overtake America and most of the free world only to dominate the masses through their Sharia law, bringing nations down into submission because they were a radical group of zealots who will win because they are sold out to their vision of world domination and we are not! As they have proved, they are willing to die for what they believe, while the church of Jesus Christ isn't willing to show up for a Wednesday night prayer meeting!
In the Old Testament they would blow the trumpet and sound an alarm, a call to battle when Israel's enemies would threaten them and the Lord would go before them to defeat the invaders with His awesome power and might. Today, the only alarm we hear is the one that wakes us up for work or school, calling us to another mundane day of drudgery, or dragging the family to another dead and lifeless church service filled with fluffy sermonettes to try and get you to make it through another boring week, only to do it all over again next week!
We as the people of God, the body and expression of the Lord Jesus Christ should be ablaze with His Spirit, storming the very gates of Hell, rescuing the dying, the innocent and delivering the demonized, preaching the glorious gospel to the lost and making disciples of those who are saved! Time is running out, Jesus will return soon in all His glory for a bride without spot or wrinkle doing the greater works of God and reaping a harvest of souls for the kingdom of God! Are you ready? Will He find you about your Father's business multiplying the talents He has given you, or will you shrink away in fear because you hid them from a world, lost and dying in need of the saving grace of God?
Blow the trumpet in Zion. Consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly; gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children and nursing babes; let the Bridegroom (Jesus) go out from His chamber, and the bride (the bride of Christ) from her dressing room. Let the priests, (leadership) who minister to the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar; let them say, "Spare Your people, O Lord, and do not give Your heritage to reproach, that the nations, (powers of darkness) should rule over them. Why should they say among the peoples, 'Where is their God?' " Joel 2:15-17
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Monday, June 15 2015
"And I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He might abide with you forever. "The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you." John 14:16,17
The Holy Spirit is the third person in the trinity of God, the threefold person of the all encompassing entity who has created everything that is created. The Holy Spirit is not some unseen mystical force that just hovers in the atmosphere, He is a person, the Spirit of the living God!
The Greek word that describes Holy Spirit is parakletos which means One called along side to help, also called the Helper and Comforter. The word for spirit being pneuma, translates wind or air, thus, the name spirit or ghost. The Holy Spirit, although misunderstood, even sometimes feared is the believer's greatest asset, giving us power, wisdom, gifts of the Spirit, knowledge and the supernatural ability to be New Creations in Christ. The Holy Spirit gives God the ability to dwell within us for supernatural works, spiritual warfare, or to operate in the gifts of His Spirit..
In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit came upon people in order to empower them. The prophet Samuel anointed Saul as king over all Israel and the Spirit came upon him and he prophesied. Samson was another to whom God anointed to defeat the enemies of Israel by giving him supernatural strength. Elijah and Elisha were two more examples, as were many who received the anointing of God to perform miraculous works, even raising the dead. Holy Spirit is our source of all power and anointing from God, the oil of joy and gladness, the power to overcome our enemies and the presence that forever intercedes for us revealing the will of the Most High!
Likewise the Spirit also helps us in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit makes intersession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intersession for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:26,27
THE BREATH OF LIFE
So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." And when He had said this He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit." John 20,22
Jesus breathed the breath of life on His disciples giving them the supernatural ability to perform miraculous works of healing, deliverance and even the power to raise the dead. Once they received the anointing He sent them out in two's to preach the gospel and perform miracles.
The kingdom of God is not static as the church today has become, but a living breathing expression of the Lord Jesus Christ, constantly changing and expanding throughout the world, never meant to be penned up, the believer is assigned to go forth in power and anointing touching lives, led by Holy Spirit. The body of Christ has been given the most powerful force in the universe and we have been made stewards of that power to change a sin-ridden world, full of sickness, death and decay!
Nothing has passed away as some believe, but remains the same as it did in the days of the first disciples. The power and anointing of God is available to anyone who has been purchased as a New Creation in Christ, washed in the blood of Jesus and laid down his life to follow in the Lord's footsteps. Christ in us is our hope and the world's only hope for glory as we display the works of Jesus to a lost and dying world in need of deliverance!
But if the Spirit of Him, who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11
YOU SHALL RECEIVE POWER
And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, "which He said, "you have heard from Me: "for John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." Acts 1:4,5
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is essential for the believer to be able to live the Christian life, perform miracles and operate in the gifts of the Spirit. Jesus told His followers who had been with Him, learning what discipleship was all about and walking out their faith on a daily basis, that they would soon receive the power to be His witnesses. Today, like little children at Christmas, those who are filled with His Spirit just amuse themselves with their gifts and never take them out of the building where they are desperately needed.
The Lord Jesus was preparing a new model when He trained the one hundred twenty sold out believers as well as the twelve apostles. The old was being done away with and the new was about to burst forth on the scene. This new paradigm was not a dead and lifeless structure like we have today, but a supernatural representation of the Lord Himself, lived out in the life of His disciples. Jesus would now live within His disciples by the power of the indwelling presence of Holy Spirit. Sounds like a science fiction movie but many never realize what the church of Jesus Christ really is and what its destiny is, to be Jesus in the earth!
One hundred twenty waiting for something promised that I doubt they understood, being in unity and of one accord, about to be empowered with the Spirit of the Creator of the entire universe. This is the first expression of what church is supposed to be, not a place to go, but a supernatural Spirit being filled with all the power, wisdom, glory and presence of God Himself, in human form! All of a sudden the sound of a tornado, a mighty rushing torrent of God's Spirit came upon the believers, filling them and transforming them as witnesses and mighty warriors destined to turn the world upside down.
"But you shall receive power (dynamite) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Monday, June 01 2015
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and you give them drink from the river of Your pleasures, for with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light. Psalm 36:7-9
The Southwest is experiencing unprecedented rain, storms, tornadoes and hail for weeks at a time and the ground is soaked with moisture which causes flash flooding. I believe this is a precursor to a great revival of God's presence and power. A precursor is that which precedes and indicates the approach of another, in other words a "Forerunner!"
America is in great need of a spiritual awakening, a turning from religious dead works to a new baptism of the Holy Spirit's power and presence. There is a drought covering most of the country, but now I believe the beginning of the rain of the Holy Spirit is beginning to fall that will wash away all the religious tradition, doctrine and filth that has clogged up the heart of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ! In every outpouring of God's Spirit there is repentance with signs and wonders following and also demonic manifestations to try and mislead the elect of God.
Revivals don't come by accident they come by people who are desperate for God's presence to restore that which is dead and lifeless. God will only respond to those who ask for His Spirit to be poured out. This country is full of darkness and rebellion toward the Most High, racism is beginning to reappear, the homosexual agenda is marching forward like an unleashed beast, demanding gay rights, same sex marriage and equal rights for all deviates. Violence is erupting in the streets, crime and drug addiction continue to increase as wickedness fills the country, killing thousands and wreaking havoc on a once great land.
"But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire and like a launderer's soap, He will sit as a purifier of silver." Malachi 3:2-3
THE FLOOD IS COMING
For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring; and they will spring up among the grass like willows by the watercourses. Isaiah 44:3,4
When God sent a flood upon the earth in the days of Noah, it was to destroy the wicked of the land whose thoughts were only of evil and everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Jesus said that in the last days they will be eating and drinking and marrying as if nothing has changed and the flood will come and take them all away. I believe we are experiencing this flood right now as the devil has flooded the earth with every form of wickedness and evil, filling the minds of millions with filth and poisoning their souls with darkness.
In the midst of judgment God is also going to flood the earth with His presence in one last great outpouring of His Spirit in which millions will be swept into the kingdom. A mighty harvest of souls, saved and washed in the blood of Jesus, filled with Holy Spirit power and baptized into His death. This will be the greatest outpouring in the history of the earth in which God will deliver those who repent from damnation and the coming tribulation and will adopt millions of sons and daughters into His divine family.
The trumpets of God are blowing and the warnings of the catastrophic events around the world are exclaiming the coming of the King. Strange sounds and noises are being heard around the world and if you Google it and listen you will hear the Shofar, the ram's horn sounding loud and clear, the unmistakable trumpets of God! Most will never listen, being too busy with life to acknowledge the impending judgment falling all around them until it is too late! Just as when Noah warned that the earth would be flooded and the ark was the only way of escape, the people laughed and mocked until the flood came suddenly, and the door was closed by the hand of God!
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. II Peter 3:9
THE DAY OF THE LORD
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. II Peter 3:10
The end of all things is at hand, and as the old saying says, "We can see the light at the end of the tunnel." Many won't see it because to them, especially the young, they are bullet proof and are not concerned with future events only the present, but as I approach the end of my life I have set my eyes on eternity. I can finally see the end and also the Light waiting at the end, the Lord Jesus Christ who will award me with the crown of life!
If we as the body of Christ would each be about our Father's business and realize that we are the terminal generation, the world would change. Instead of religious talk and endless dead and lifeless church services the body would be preaching the true gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with fervor, seeing the lost and dying as God does with an expectancy of the coming judgment and the subsequent end, with millions slipping into Hell! In this past week in Texas hundreds of homes were swept away by the rising waters of the river they had lived on and many of the residents were killed with many still missing.
Because the river had never risen so fast, people didn't think they were in any danger when all of a sudden their houses, like little sticks were crushed and swept away into the deluge, lost forever and so it will be in these last days, suddenly we will face the end and all of a sudden men's eternal souls will be exposed and millions will face a Christ-less eternity in the flames of endless judgment away from the presence of the Lord!
Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? II Peter 3:11,12
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin