Prophecy is Supposed to Connect People to a Loving Father

Prophecy 101: God Speaks to Build Connection/Initimacy (Knowing Him), Not Just Relay Information. Prophets Do Not Just Give Info, They Are Supposed to Connect People With the Heart and Will of A Loving Father.

Jesus did what He saw the Father doing and said what He heard the Father saying. Jesus is the perfect model for a prophet. He is the prophet. True prophesy invites people into a heart to heart and spirit to Spirit connection. Fortune tellers just provide information. Prophets release an invitation for heaven to invade the heart of a person.

God has been and will always be looking for a relationship with humanity; a personal, intimate relationship. Part of relationship is communication. God spoke the world into creation. When God truly speaks, no word from Him ever fails, it accomplishes everything it is sent out to do (Isaiah 55:11). God does not speak half hazardly. God has a purpose behind every single thing that He says.

One of the purposes of His voice is to build connection. God loves intimacy. God loves connecting His heart to our heart. God is after the heart. Throughout the old and new testament we see prophets given insight into the heart of God for His people. Even His words of rebuke were aimed at reconnecting the heart of the sinful to a loving God. Repent so you can be reconciled to God. The message over and over has been, humanity needs God. God does not need us, God wants us. We need God.

God sent prophets to reveal His desire for people to turn from disconnection (sin), to Him for reconnection and abiding in love. For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son so whosoever will repent and believe in Him may have eternal life.

God sent prophets when the people were going astray, following idols, headed for destruction, and to proclaim the will of the Lord. Warnings came through prophets because God likes to give people an opportunity to turn or prepare before disaster comes.

I see in the person of Jesus a prophet who came in great love and compassion. He ministered in a way unlike any other who walked this earth. He goal was not demonstrations of great power, wisdom, or knowledge. It was to connect people to a God who loved them, it was to reveal God’s heart for the world. He stated, “I did not come to condemn (pass final judgement on the world). I came to save the world (give the world an opportunity to repent and be reconciled to the Father).” There will be a final judgement, every person including the believer will give an account to a holy God for their lives.

Part of the role of a believer, according to Apostle Paul is to be ministers of reconciliation. We want to see people right with God and connected to His heartbeat.

2 Corinthians 5:16b-21 (ESV)

Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Prophecy is one of the vehicles God uses to connect people with His heart and will. It is not just sharing random info or speaking from our soul. God has a purpose for everything He says and does. If you look closely it relates to relationship and connection.

Are our prophetic words drawing people into a deeper connection with the heart of God for them? Is it helping them connect with the heart of God and hear from God for themselves? Are people growing in intimacy with God? Is anyone being drawn to loving repentance and a shift in the mindset to match God? Is Jesus exalted? Does anyone see and encounter the Father?

If the answer to each of those questions is no, then we may have missed God altogether and are functioning out of the soul or flesh.

I have encountered numerous “prophets” in my day who have the spirit of slap on them, a critical spirit, lack discernment, or are reckless. Whatever they think comes out of their mouth with God said attached to it.

These are some things I teach in the classes on the prophetic.

1. God longs to connect with the heart of the person. Filter out what you want to see happen for them and focus on His heart. All the gifts are to flow through love (see 1 Corinthians 13 and 14). The love chapter is in between two chapters focused on spiritual gifts.

2. It’s not about drawing people to us or being a pipeline to God for them, it is about drawing people to Jesus and them learning to discern Him, connect with Him for themselves.

3. It needs weighed against the whole of scripture and the character of God. God is good. God is holy. God is love. God is not confused nor double minded.

I have met people who told me God told them to leave their spouse for another married person or not read the bible. Well NO! It is imperative to be students of the word and live in intimacy with God.

4. God is not manipulative. He lets people choose. He loves a cheerful giver, not obligation.

I have seen people try to use Jesus to get people to do what they want. This is witchcraft. Witchcraft is about control. God does not seek to control people. The devil loves control. God does not need to manipulate anyone. He leads by love.

5. Some things are to be spoken out and shared. Some are to be prayed over and not spoken.

I keep prophetic journals. I have since I was a kid. I date them. I have things in them that have never been shared with anyone. Some things were intercession items, some personal, and some the timing. It was not and is not the appropriate time to release information. God has perfect timing.

6. Be accountable.

I think it’s good to follow up with people and ask them, “Did this resonate with you? Did this happen for you?” We grow by taking ownership of what we say and do. Paul also addressing order in the prophetic. We do not need to talk over people or be rude. Everyone can wait their turn. Feedback is our friend. Self control is our friend.

7. God speaks life and impossibilities made possible.

Death speaking prophets concern me. “God is going to bankrupt you because you won’t give to my church!” “God says you are not going to be successful!!” I often scratch my head and wonder which “God” they are listening to??? Obviously God is petty, rude, selfish, and punishing. Ummmmm no! Sometimes people speak out of their own anger, critical spirit, jealousy and say it was God. If that’s you, repent. It may not hurt to go to the person you cursed and say, “I was not speaking for God. Will you forgive me? I retract my word cursing over you.”

I have been verbally vomited on by several professing prophets. The Holy Spirit will speak to my heart and spirit, “That’s not from me.” Sometimes it’s appropriate to tell the person, “I am not in agreement with what you said. Please do not speak like this over anyone else.” Sometimes they repent. Sometimes they tell you to not be offended or sensitive. Sometimes they break fellowship. Either way, God is not rude, hyper critical, nor a jerk.

8. Discernment of Spirits is not the same as the gift of prophecy.

Some have discernment of spirits and think they are prophetic by running around calling out demons in or around people. Prophecy is supposed to be about connecting people with the heart and will of God. I can see dozens of demons in and around people or have Holy Spirit reveal their presence and not speak that out over a person. My job if they are in front of me is to love them and connect the person with the heart of God. If they need and want deliverance, that is something else that can be done without humiliating the person or word cursing them.

I had a lady who stated she was a prophet yet constantly saw and spoke out the dirt in people’s lives. She was so very negative. I pulled her aside once because she wanted to run from a demonized lady, mistreat her. I said no. I am not going to mistreat her because she is oppressed by demons. Jesus came to set captives free. I stayed and prayed with the lady. Not worried about being “slimed” as people say. Why? This was a person Jesus died for and speaking death over her is not Jesus. She had a wonderful encounter with Holy Spirit, the lady. The other woman cut ties with me later because I could not endure that critical spirit that constantly wanted to speak negativity over people and say it was God. “Oh God said you won’t have great relationships because your personality scares people.” Really? How is that edifying? It’s actually cursing people. She did not have the best personality herself. She was critical, abrasive, and rude in the name of Jesus-yet Jesus was and is none of those things.

To end this novel, prophecy is not just blabbering at the mouth. It is connection with a loving Father; to reveal His heart and will. God is not mean spirited. If you are called to be a prophet, one of my greatest encouragements is to ask God to reveal His heart. Once He does, seek to live out of His heart. Abide in His heart. Speak from His heart. Jesus did and I know no greater prophet.

Love in Christ,

Erin Lamb

https://www.empowered-free.com

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The Love Filled Prophet vs. The Reckless Prophet

The Love Filled Prophet vs. The Reckless Prophet

I believe God speaks. I believe prophesy is the testimony of Jesus and when done by the Spirit of God, it glorifies Jesus. Over the years I have heard people diminish the love of God and words that build up to follow after and support harsh, critical, rude, reckless, and mean spirited “prophets.” I believe if anyone wants to see or know a perfect prophet, follow Jesus.

The word was made flesh and dwelt among us. The word of God is not simply contained in a leather bound book in writings of ink. The word of God is contained within a person, Jesus-the Son of God. Every word from God does not fail, it accomplishes all it is sent out to do (Isaiah 55:11). The word (Jesus) came and fulfilled everything He was sent to do.

Every God appointed prophet in the bible had an assignment and it was not to verbally abuse people. Nor was it to set up a fan club or look how powerful I am meeting. They came on a mission to reveal something about the Father. Who is God? God is overflowing with compassion and love, truth and justice, wisdom and power fueled by love. Even the rebukes of God are to lead people to a place of restoration. Condemnation flows from lack of receiving the Son/lack of repentance. No one comes to the Father except through the Son (John 14:6). The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life (Romans 6:23). God warns so we repent, in His kindness He notifies us when our actions are displeasing and destructive (Hebrews 12:6, Romans 2:4).

I see in the life of Jesus someone who not only spoke the words of the Father, and demonstrated His character, nature, and heart-I see someone willing to die for the people He had to correct and instruct. Jesus could flip over tables and be properly aligned with the Father because Jesus so loved those people He was going to demonstrate on a rugged cross He would pay for their sins. He who knew no sin became the atoning sacrifice for all sin (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Love was not something Jesus simply talked about in passing. Love was something Jesus demonstrated. He went to the cross and endured outrageous suffering to free sinful humanity. The one who has the highest name, also got low and washed feet (John 13:1-17).

Love is not telling people what they want to hear nor watering down what God says. It is choosing to abide in a place of truth telling in great love, because we want people aligned with God-we want them connected to the heart of the Father.

Prophesy is not just giving people information. True prophesy should connect people with the very heartbeat of God. Jesus did this. He revealed the Father.

The reckless prophet can be like a bull in a china shop or a butcher. The desire is simply to share perceived revelation without regard for the audience. The “prophesy” can lack tact, love, compassion, wisdom, and grace.

Surgeons cut to preserve life. Butchers cut to destroy life. Prophets are called to be surgeons, not butchers.

The reckless prophet can desire their voice to be heard regardless of how it impacts a meeting or person. Instead of waiting and listening, there can be a pressure to just insert information. The goal is not connecting a person to the heart if the Father, the mission of the Father, it’s just to be heard.

The reckless prophet can partner with a critical spirit and believe they are speaking for God. Sometimes their words are cursing people instead of blessing. We are told to bless and not curse; to build up and not destroy. If we need to correct someone, we are to move in a spirit of humility and gentleness, knowing without the grace of God we could be in a bad place.

The reckless prophet can buck accountability and correction. They are the pipeline to God. Everything is, “Well God told me,” instead of submitting what is thought to be God to testing, weighing, and correction. “God told me,” can be an excuse for rudeness, lack of tact, selfishness, or lack of order. The reckless prophet may attempt to use God as a scapegoat. True prophets will submit to be tested, corrected, and held accountable.

The reckless prophet may develop relationships where they become Holy Spirit for others. People depend on their voice instead of Gods personal connection. True prophets seek to help people hear God for themselves.

The reckless prophet may only focus on one aspect of who God is instead of the whole. Yes God is merciful, kind, and loving. God will also on the final day judge all of humanity for their choices. His justice is a part of His character. It does not make people the judge, God is. The prophet is simply to represent God’s heart and voice, not become God for the people. Jesus said what He heard the Father saying, and did what He saw the Father doing. He did not come to pass final judgement on the world; He came to give people the opportunity to receive Him, repent, and be restored. Final assessment comes much later.

Jesus is the perfect model of a prophet and of God. Jesus was not reckless. He operated out of great love, truth, justice, and compassion. Jesus did not have the spirit of slap on Him. He overflowed with agape love (sacrificial, unselfish, passionate love). Jesus spoke with wisdom. Those He rebuked, He did it with great love. Jesus was not passive, passive aggressive, nor aggressive. Jesus was not controlling, manipulative, nor critical. He spoke the very heart of the Father. He demonstrated the very heart of the Father. He came to represent heaven well.

Warmly,

Erin Lamb

Photo: Aviv (Jewish Actor) as Jesus (The Shack Movie)

Prophecy Webcast!

Since we have been focused on growing in confidence through intimacy with God, there was a teaching today on hearing from God, testing what we hear, discernment, and intimacy with God.

You can watch today’s webcast here: Erin Lamb Author Page.

You may also watch the last two weeks of webcasts on the FB page.

Blessing you!

Love,

Erin Lamb

The Responsible Prophet (Revelation Series Part III)

God speaks. I love that God speaks through His written word and also to our hearts/minds/spirits. The things we hear or sense in our mind, heart, or spirit still need tested and weighed against the character, nature, and word of God. God has incredible things to say, this does not mean that we simply run rouge with what we think is God. It requires some wisdom and self control.

I have seen in meetings prophetic people just take over, speak over others, snatch microphones, and behave in ways that are absolutely ungodly. Some believe their word from the Lord is the most important. In actuality, God is a God of order. God is not a God of confusion, chaos, or crazy. God is also not disrespectful nor dishonoring.

Paul addressed the conduct of believers in the church at Corinth. They were struggling with issues in their services. He had the following to say:

Guidelines for Use of the Gifts

1 Corinthians 14:26-33 (The Passion Translation)

Beloved friends, what does all this imply? When you conduct your meetings, you should always let everything be done to build up the church family. Whether you share a song of praise, a teaching, a divine revelation, or a tongue and interpretation, let each one contribute what strengthens others.

If someone speaks in a tongue, it should be two or three, one after another, with someone interpreting. If there’s no one with the interpretation, then he should remain silent in the meeting, content to speak to himself and to God.

And the same with prophecy. Let two or three prophets prophesy and let the other prophets carefully evaluate and discern what is being said.

But if someone receives a revelation while someone else is still speaking, the one speaking should conclude and allow the one with fresh revelation the opportunity to share it. For you can all prophesy in turn and in an environment where all present can be instructed, encouraged, and strengthened.

Keep in mind that the anointing to prophesy doesn’t mean that the speaker is out of control-he can wait his turn. For God is the God of harmony, not confusion, as is the pattern in all the churches of God’s holy believers.

Any person who believes God is speaking, can wait their turn. They can listen to others. They can take time to address their word before releasing it to others. I have held on to things until God gave me permission to release and when it was released, the person stated the timing was perfect.

God is not pushy.

God is not hurried.

God is not wreckless.

God is not dishonoring.

God is not crazy.

God is not the author of confusion.

God is not chaotic.

God is not a lunatic.

God is not abusive, nor does God seek to embarrass or humiliate people.

Over the years I have encountered some pretty irresponsible prophets and prophetic people. I have rebuked a few for publicly humiliating people, misrepresenting God, being harmful and prophesying out of their woundedness. We will give an account to God for our words. We will give an account to God for how we stewarded His gifts and people.

If we think something is from God, we can pause and ask:

  • Does this align with the character and word of God?
  • Is this going to draw anyone closer to the heartbeat of God?
  • Will people be edified or convicted in a good way?
  • Is this coming from my soul (mind, will, emotions) or truly from God?
  • If my words are to cut away something, am I like a surgeon or butcher? (Surgeons cut to heal; butchers cut to destroy).
  • Am I giving people an opportunity to weigh and test what I say?
  • Is my heart overflowing with love? Out of the heart the mouth speaks.
  • Am I operating in honor and order or disorder and dishonor?

I try to check in with people after words are given. Does this resonate with you? Or even check in later to see if the word was applicable/came to pass. I believe it helps us to gain feedback instead of just saying, “Thus sayeth the Lord! You must receive whatever I just verbally spoke over you.” It is helpful to give people room to test what we think we are sensing from God. Then they can come back and say, “Yes, that resonated with me,” or “That’s new.”

We are not God. We yield to God. I think it’s imperative we honor the role of the prophetic. It is not to be a God substitute, it is to draw people closer to God. Nor are prophets to be rude, unruly, chaotic, unloving, and crazy. God is love. If our gifts are not flowing from genuine love, then we are missing the point of ministry. Jesus was moved with love and compassion. He was not crazy, irresponsible, rude, nor unbecoming.

1 Corinthians 13:1-8 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Love, the Motivation of Our Lives

If I were to speak with eloquence in earth’s many languages, and in the heavenly tongues of angels,[yet I didn’t express myself with love, my words would be reduced to the hollow sound of nothing more than a clanging cymbal.

And if I were to have the gift of prophecy with a profound understanding of God’s hidden secrets, and if I possessed unending supernatural knowledge, and if I had the greatest gift of faith that could move mountains, but have never learned to love, then I am nothing.

And if I were to be so generous as to give away everything I owned to feed the poor, and to offer my body to be burned as a martyr, without the pure motive of love, I would gain nothing of value.

Love is large and incredibly patient.

Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance.

Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.

God may we walk in love and wisdom. When we speak to others, may they hear your voice uncontaminated. May we be those who speak life, edify, build up, and walk in honor.

Love,

Erin Lamb

Study the Bible with God (Revelation Series Part I)

Welcome to the revelation series! In a culture of believe what someone wrote on the internet, I invite people to study the bible and know God for themselves.

We have internet prophets, pastors, leaders, and some in churches who misrepresent God’s heart and character. What they say is taken as truth instead of what God said. There are entire movements that are centered around lies. There is a current movement of there is no hell and everyone goes to heaven. This is false. I give you some words of Jesus.

Jesus Warns of Pretenders (Matthew 7:21-27 The Passion Translation)

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the realm of heaven’s kingdom. It is only those who persist in doing the will of my heavenly Father. On the day of judgment many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, don’t you remember us? Didn’t we prophesy in your name? Didn’t we cast out demons and do many miracles for the sake of your name?’ But I will have to say to them, ‘Go away from me, you lawless rebels! I’ve never been joined to you!’

“Everyone who hears my teaching and applies it to his life can be compared to a wise man who built his house on an unshakable foundation. When the rains fell and the flood came, with fierce winds beating upon his house, it stood firm because of its strong foundation.

“But everyone who hears my teaching and does not apply it to his life can be compared to a foolish man who built his house on sand. When it rained and rained and the flood came, with wind and waves beating upon his house, it collapsed and was swept away.”

Jesus spoke that He is the way, the truth, and the life and no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6).

Those who live lawless have no place in God’s Kingdom. You may read even more in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. God makes it very clear throughout all of scripture that not everyone will inherit the Kingdom of God. Despite the status of a person, pastor, or leader they are not higher than Jesus or the Father.

We could save ourselves loads of deception by reading, studying the bible for ourselves.

Another movement that has been going on for ages is the diminishment of women in the church and her role. I will dissect this in another post, yet highly recommend reading Why Not Women?

You may check it out on Amazon here: Why Not Women?.

I oversee a women’s mentoring and discipleship group. The focus for three months of mentoring was revelation, the prophetic, discernment, and knowing the voice of God for yourself. It is imperative that we take the things given to us and weigh, test them against the word of God.

Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world,~1 John 4:1.

Some of the greatest deceptions arise out of a twisting God’s word (what Satan did to Eve in the Garden, Jesus in the wilderness), straight up lies that contradict the Bible yet people take what someone said, what they saw or heard, or had in a dream or vision and held it in higher regard than the word of God. God does not work in chaos. If the bible says do not lie, steal, or cheat, then God means it and it does not change because a “pastor” or “prophet” said something different. It does not matter what they dreamed or heard. If it contradicts God’s word, it’s not God.

Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you,~Galatians 1:8.

It is also possible to take the Bible out of context or misunderstand the Bible and create a deceptive teaching. It is imperative to know the following:

  1. Who is the author speaking to in the passage?
  2. What was occurring in the culture?
  3. Is the author speaking to the global church or a particular audience?
  4. What did the original text say? Some words in Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic have different meanings than the english words.
  5. Does our understanding fit the rest of Scripture? Are there other parts of the bible that seem to contradict the verse or our understanding of the verse?
  6. Looking at various translations is there a difference? I like the NKJV, Amplified, Passion Translation. I do not like the NIV because they removed vital parts of scripture.

I also read the commentaries and compare them and look up words in the original language. Here’s an example. Eve is called an Ezer Kenegdo, which means “an equal but opposite complement who provides strength.” Yet some translations call her a helpmate. Helpmate does not mean quite the same as one who is an equal but opposite compliment who provides strength.

Victor Hamilton puts it: “[Kenegdo] suggests that what God creates for Adam will correspond to him. Thus the new creation will be neither a superior nor an inferior, but an equal. The creation of this helper will form one-half of a polarity and will be to man as the South Pole is to the North Pole” (emphasis added).

She will be his strongest ally in pursing God’s purposes and his first roadblock when he veers off course.

Long before I started digging, scholars tallied up the twenty-one times ezer appears in the Old Testament: twice in Genesis for the woman (Genesis 2:18, 20), three times for nations to whom Israel appealed for military aid (Isaiah 30:5; Ezekiel 12:14; Daniel 11:34), and here’s the kicker — sixteen times for God as Israel’s helper (Exodus 18:4; Deuteronomy 33:7, 26, 29; Psalms 20:2; 33:20; 70:5; 89:19 [translated “strength”]; 115:9, 10, 11; 121:1 – 2; 124:8; 146:5; Hosea 13:9).

Source: Ezer Unleashed

I want us to become students of the word of God and question what does not make sense. I want us to ask the Holy Spirit to teach us His word. I want us to be ones who take what is given to us and test it and weigh it against the word of God and the character of God. May you and I know God for ourselves!

Here’s to the new series! Praying for you.

Love in Christ,

Erin Lamb

New Series (Revelation of God)

We live in a culture where there are numerous opinions of who God is and what God has said or is saying. There are internet prophets and spokespeople all claiming to know God and speak for Him. How do you discern who is truly representing God? How do you know if what you are given is truly from the heart of God or just someone’s opinion?

The greatest revealer of God was and is perfectly one with the Father. He is Jesus.

This new series will focus on revelation, testing revelation, prophecy, the spirit of prophecy, discerning, and how we grow in intimacy with God.

God invites us to know Him.

Revelation is a byproduct of intimacy. It is a connection heart to heart and spirit to spirit with God.

Revelation should bring us closer to God. When God speaks there is a purpose and reason. Every word from God is seed. Those seeds are intended to grow something, to connect us to His heartbeat, to infuse us with purpose, destiny, and guidance. Isaiah 55:11 says, “No word from shall ever fail, it accomplishes all it is sent out to do.”

It is imperative that we know His voice for ourselves and not just run after every movement that says, “God said.”

There are people teaching there is no hell and everyone goes to heaven despite their lack of love for God. This teaching is antichrist; it opposes the very teachings of Jesus who said, “Many, many will cry out to be Lord, Lord and I will reply, ‘Depart from Me. I never knew you, you who practice lawlessness.'” See Matthew 7:21-23. Jesus had direct words on eternal damnation for the unrepentant (Luke 16:19-31, Matthew 10:28, Luke 10:15, Matthew 25:46, Matthew 13:24-30, Matthew 25:41, and there are more!).

It may seem fun to follow the path of those who claim an angel showed up and told them something contrary to scripture or “God” told them something contrary to scripture and the character of God. It is not wisdom to follow anyone who violates the very teachings of Jesus and claim to be Christian.

Jesus said the following (John 14:18-26):

 “I promise that I will never leave you helpless or abandon you as orphans—I will come back to you! Soon I will leave this world and they will see me no longer, but you will see me, because I will live again, and you will come alive too.

So when that day comes, you will know that I am living in the Father and that you are one with me, for I will be living in you. Those who truly love me are those who obey my commands. Whoever passionately loves me will be passionately loved by my Father. And I will passionately love you in return and will manifest my life within you.”

Then one of the disciples named Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “Lord, why is it you will only reveal your identity to us and not to everyone?”

Jesus replied, “Loving me empowers you to obey my word. And my Father will love you so deeply that we will come to you and make you our dwelling place. But those who don’t love me will not obey my words. The Father did not send me to speak my own revelation, but the words of my Father. I am telling you this while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Spirit of Holiness, the One like me who sets you free, he will teach you all things in my name. And he will inspire you to remember every word that I’ve told you.

Jesus spoke the very words of the Father. The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10). Jesus invites us all to know Him and the Father. Jesus invites us to know His word, His character, His nature, and His heart. The invitation of revelation is for relationship. God invites us into relationship with Him.

Over this series I am praying that you and I have profound encounters with the heart of God. I am praying we grow deeper in knowing Him intimately. I am praying we have an even greater revelation of who God is.

Thank you God for the ability to know you. Remove any cobwebs, dividing walls, deception, and distance between our hearts and yours. Take us deeper than we have been before in knowing you for who you are and not who others have made you out to be. In the powerful name of Jesus, amen.

Be blessed today! You are prayed for and deeply loved!

Warmly,

Erin Lamb

Believe, Know, Listen, & Follow (Intimacy with God)

This is from my book website ithoughtiknewwhatlovewas.com. I posted it this morning. I try not to post the same thing on both sites but felt led to. There are different followers on each site. I hope this encourages you to plunge the depths of God’s heart. He loves you!

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Photo credit: Son of God movie

John 10:25-30.

Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.”

I recommend reading all of John 10. In this passage Jesus refers to Himself as the good Shepherd. Shepherds were overseers of flocks. Sheep are not the brightest animals. They will fall into ditches, see another sheep in a ditch and fall in…they can wonder off and be destroyed because they are not wise. Shepherds protected their sheep. They were invested in keeping them safe. They’d lay at the gate to prevent them from escaping. They spent time with the sheep. They rescued wayward sheep.

Jesus is the good Shepherd. We are like the sheep. He’s responsible to care for us, reveal who He is to us, and we are to know and follow Him. We are not an obligation to God. We are His dearly loved children.

In the verses above Jesus is responding to the questions of the Pharisees about who He is. Is He the Christ? I love His responses. He stated, “You do not believe, therefore you are not my sheep. My sheep know and follow me.

Intimacy with God starts with faith. It starts with belief.

Do you believe God is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do?
It is not enough to simply believe there is a God or Jesus is the Son of God. Even the demons believe and tremble. (James 2:19), yet they are not saved. There’s no salvation for them. There is for humanity.

If you’re reading this and you’ve never confessed your sins before God, repented (made a decision to turn from sinning and turn to God), asked God to cleanse you of your sins, placed your faith in Jesus Christ as the appropriation for your sins, and asked Him to be your Lord and Savior, I invite you do so. There’s no salvation apart from Him. There’s no entrance to heaven without going through the Son. We can’t do enough good works to earn holiness or righteousness. Jesus did it for us. We by faith, receive what He’s done and accept His righteousness as our own.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” John 14:6.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith,~Romans 3:23-25a.

If you invited God into your life, I would love to hear from you and provide more information to you.

The second step in intimacy with God is being with Him.

Sheep spent their time with the shepherd. They learned his voice, his smell, his mannerisms. It’s impossible to have intimacy (knowing) with someone and you never spend any time. If Sunday morning is the only time you spend with God, well your level of intimacy is not going to be high.

I am not stating you attend worship services all week, lock yourself in a room to pray and read the Bible all day. I am saying we can commune with God every day, as much as we’d like. One of my morning activities is to start the day with worship and thanksgiving. “Good morning God! I love you. Thank you for who you are and all you’ve done. I invite you to be a part of my day. What do you want to do? Who do you want to bless?” And there are days where I’m just listening. What is God doing? What is He saying? It’s not a ritual, it’s relationship.

Intimacy with God involves listening and knowing His voice.

The Bible says God speaks. There are some who teach He doesn’t and that does not align with scripture. God speaks to His children. If you had children and wrote an instruction manual for them, would you then say, “I refuse to speak to you. Go read the book I gave you.” That would seem insane. Yet some teach God only speaks to us through the Bible. God spoke to people in the Bible through dreams, visions, directly, through prophets, even through a donkey. Before you get too excited, let’s lay down some ground rules.

1. When God speaks He will not tell you to sin or violate His already written word.

I had someone tell me once the Holy Spirit told her not to read the Bible ever and only to listen to the voice she was hearing. That’s wrong and violates scripture.

I heard someone say God told them to leave their spouse for someone else. That’s wrong. It violates many scriptures.

Our culture says do whatever feels good for you and if it’s “love” or feels good, God must approve of it. That’s wrong. If there’s no place in scripture where God is condoning a behavior, you can’t condone it either and claim it’s God. There are some verses that seem to contradict each other which is why God gave His Holy Spirit to teach us.

We can’t toss out the Bible and rely on feelings, human wisdom, angelic visitations, or voices we believe are God.

2. All prophecy (speaking God’s word) is to be tested. Meaning the following:

Does it align with God’s word? Example, there are many false prophecies about when the world will end. Well, the Bible states the following:

“No one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows,”~Matthew 24:36.

Does the prophecy fit the character of God?

I’ve had destructive words spoken over me. There was no life in them. God does give warnings. He also provides redemption. Those who repent can find hope and life in Him. Jesus came to save, not destroy. If people are destroyed, it will be because they refused the gift He offered and refused repentance.

Finally intimacy with God involves following Him.

We are called to obey God. It’s not a popular teaching, yet Jesus taught it often. Christianity is not simply praying a prayer, it’s following a person. That person is Jesus. We cannot claim to love God and live a life where we refuse to do what He says. He gives us grace and His Spirit to enable us to do His will. If we cease to obey, we will eventually cease to hear from Him. If He continues to speak, we are held accountable for what we know. So if you feel super disconnected from God, one thing to ask is , “Has He told me to do something I have not done?”

I will continue this series because I truly believe we perish for lack of knowledge of who God is. We are called to know Him, to be loved by Him, to love Him, and enjoy Him. God is not boring, cold, stern, a kill joy, or mean spirited. He is good, holy, exciting, adventurous, overflowing with love and joy. He’s beyond amazing. He’s generous, faithful, merciful, and forgiving. The evil one doesn’t want the world to know who God is and how good He is. Once you know Him, it’s almost impossible to resist Him.

Will you join me on this relentless pursuit of God’s heart? I hope so.

You’re continually in my thoughts, prayers, and you are deeply loved (John 3:16).

Love,

Erin

Know, Speak, Do (Holy Spirit Series Part 5)

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I know we took a week off from the Holy Spirit Series. I want to jump back in to talk about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We talked about what they are a few posts ago. I want to encourage you not to limit God to a list. The Holy Spirit is fully God and can manifest His Presence in ways we may not understand.

Scriptures are filled with stories of ordinary people encountering an extraordinary God. Has God changed or have our expectations of what He will do changed? I truly believe we don’t expect much from God anymore. Since we in the Western world have so many options, it’s easy to bypass God. We rely on ourselves, others, intellect, or our abundant resources.

On missions we’ve seen more people giving their hearts to God, healed of sickness and diseases, and encountering God in powerful ways.

What’s the purpose of all these gifts of the Spirit?

To build up the body of Christ. To demonstrate the love of Christ. Love and power combine to bring heaven to earth.

Let’s look at the gifts coupled with the fruit of the Spirit.

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The attributes of God are manifest through the gifts.

Knowing Gifts:
Words of Wisdom:

This is a revelation gift.

…this gift involves having a sense of divine direction, being led by the Holy Spirit to act appropriately in a given set of circumstances, and rightly applying knowlege.

The gift of wisdom is the wisdom of God. It is the supernatural impartation of facts; it is not natural. You can’t earn it. It is received from God through prayer (Ephesians 1:17).

Words of Knowledge:

A word of knowledge is a definite conviction, impression, or knowing that comes to you in a similitude (a mental picture), a dream, through a vision, or by a Scripture that is quickened to you. It is supernatural insight or understanding of circumstances, situations, problems, or a body of facts by revelation; that is, without assistance by any human resource but solely by divine aid.

Discerning of Spirits:

Discerning of spirits is the supernatural ability given by the Holy Spirit to perceive the source of a spiritual manifestation and determine whether it is of God (Acts 10:30-35), of the devil (Acts 16:16-18), of man (Acts 8:18-23), or of the world. It is not mind reading, psychic phenomena, or the ability to criticize and find fault.

Discernment will also enable you to recognize the Holy Spirit in another person.

Speaking Gifts:
Tongues:

Supernatural utterance in languages not known to the speaker; these languages may be existent in the world, revived from some past culture, or “unknown” in the sense that they are a means of communication inspired by the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 28:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 2:4, 10:44-48, 19:1-7; I Corinthians 12:10, 13:1-3, 14:2, 4-22, 26-32).

The spiritual gift involving ability to speak in foreign language(s) not previously studied or to respond to experience of the Holy Spirit by uttering sounds which those without the gift of interpretation could not understand. At Pentecost the church received the gift to communicate the gospel in foreign languages (Acts 2). God gave His Spirit to all His people to empower them to witness and prophesy. In Corinth some members of the church uttered sounds the rest of the congregation did not understand (I Corinthians 12-14). This led to controversy and division. Paul tried to unite the church, assuring the church that there are different gifts but only one Spirit (I Corinthians 12:4-11).

Interpretation of Tongues:

Interpretation of tongues is a supernatural verbalization and subsequent interpretation to reveal the meaning of a diverse tongue. This gift operates out of the mind of the Spirit rather than out of the mind of man.

Prophecy:

Prophesy is speaking God’s words and agenda for the building up of the Body and others. It is to encourage, edify, warn, and correct. Paul tells us about prophecy in 1 Corinthians 14:1.

Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives–especially the ability to prophesy,~1 Corinthians 14:1.

All prophecy is to be tested. Meaning we take what’s said and weigh it against God’s word and character.

Prophecy is divinely inspired and anointed utterance; a supernatural proclamation in a known language. It is the manifestation of the Spirit of God – not of intellect (I Corinthians 12:7), and it may be possessed and operated by all who have the infilling of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 14:31).

Doing Gifts:
Faith for Miracles (Gift of Faith):

The gift of faith is the supernatural ability to believe God without doubt, combat unbelief, and visualize what God wants to accomplish. It is not only an inner conviction impelled by an urgent and higher calling, but also a supernatural ability to meet adverse circumstances with trust in God’s words and messages.

Healing:

The gift of healings refers to supernatural healing; it is a special gift to pray for specific diseases.

Healing can come through the touch of faith (James 5:14-15); by speaking the word of faith (Luke 7:1-10); or by the presence of God being manifested (Mark 6:56; Acts 19:11-12).

Miracles:

The greatest miracle is salvation.

A miracle is the performance of something which is against the laws of nature; it is a supernatural power to intervene and counteract earthly and evil forces. The word miracles comes from the Greek word dunamis which means “power and might that multiplies itself.” The gift of miracles operates closely with the power gifts of faith and healings to bring authority over Satan, sickness, sin, and the binding forces of this age.

Miracles can also be defined as supernatural intercessions of God. God exhorts us with energy to do something that is not natural or normal to us. Just as the ministry gift of miracles is the expression of prayer, so is the function of the Holy Spirit to direct our prayers (Romans 8:26).

Italasized text from Christcenteredmall.

The gifts of the Spirit are available to all believers. Some believe if a gift isn’t apparent in their life, then that’s it. Paul encouraged people to desire and ask God for the gifts. Gifts as stated before are not signs of spiritual maturity or to be used to abuse people. They are to be led by the Holy Spirit and measured by the fruit of the Spirit.

Father, I ask we would fully believe the Holy Spirit is capable of all things. He is fully God. He can do all things. Help us to rely fully on Him. In Jesus powerful name, amen.

The Holy Spirit

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And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you,~Romans 8:11.

In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams,~Acts 2:17.

…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law,~Gal 5:22-23.

The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity. He is fully God. He is eternal, omniscient, omnipresent, has a will, and can speak. He is alive. He is a person,~Matt Slick.

The Holy Spirit is not a strange force. He is fully God. He can speak (Acts 13:2); He can be grieved (Eph. 4:30); and He has a will (1 Cor. 12:11).

He is the Spirit who empowered Jesus, led Him, raised Him from the dead, affirmed Him, bears witness to Him, and overshadowed Mary to conceive Jesus (Matt 1:18-20). He works to convict the world of sin. He lives in believers; continually revealing truth, God’s love, and proving wisdom, insight, and comfort. He works in believers to mold their character into the likeness of Jesus. And there is so much more. He is glorious!

The Holy Spirit is often misunderstood. To some He’s not necessary. To others He’s everything. Some equate Spirit filled living with wild, crazy, and looney manifestations. So, instead of seeking to live empowered by Him there is caution and sometimes quenching of the Spirit. I will say God can do anything He’d like and for some their walk with the Holy Spirit seems unconventional. I pray we are not quick to judge or compare. The only thing we can say is the Holy Spirit will not violate the Word of God. I’ve seen people laugh, cry, dance, shake, tremble, behave like they’re drunk, speak in tongues and have interpretation, all due to an overwhelming encounter with God’s Spirit. How can we assess the encounters? Well, all the things I’ve mentioned above are recorded in the Bible. And if they weren’t, we still must operate in grace and not accuse others of make believe, being prideful, or attention seeking. Discernment, love, compassion, and grace are needed.

I’ve found the encounter led to the person being changed in some way; deeper understanding of God’s love, healing (emotional or physical), freedom from some stronghold ( addictions, etc…). When God is working, who are we to judge, criticize, or put limits on God? He’s always up to something good.

The Roles of the Holy Spirit:

The Holy Spirit serves a great purpose in the Trinity. Without Him we do not have a revelation of Jesus, we have limited to no understanding of Scripture, we have no comforter or depositor of gifts, we have no seal promising we belong to God, and we cannot live empowered lives without Him. He’s significant. He’s so important. He’s vital to living like Jesus.

The Works of the Holy Spirit (credit to Mike Slick for the outline).

Access to God – Eph. 2:18
Inspires prayer – Eph. 6:18; Jude 20
Anoints for Service – Luke 4:18 Intercedes -Rom. 8:26
Assures – Rom. 8:15-16; Gal. 4:6 Interprets Scripture – 1 Cor. 2:1,14;
Eph. 1:17
Authors Scripture – 2 Pet. 1:20-21 Leads – Rom. 8:14
Baptizes – John 1:23-34; 1 Cor. 12:13-14
Liberates – Rom. 8:2
Believers Born of – John 3:3-6
Molds Character – Gal. 5:22-23
Calls and Commissions – Acts 13:24; 20:28
Produces fruit – Gal. 5:22-23
Cleanses – 1 Thess. 3:13; 1 Pet. 1:2 Empowers Believers – Luke 24:49
Convicts of sin – John 16:9,14
Raises from the dead – Rom. 8:11
Creates – Gen. 1:2; Job 33:4 Regenerates – Titus 3:5
Empowers – 1 Thess. 1:5
Sanctifies – Rom. 15:16
Fills – Acts 2:4; 4:29-31; 5:18-20
Seals – Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30
Gives gifts – 1 Cor. 12:8-11
Strengthens – Eph. 3:16; Acts 1:8; 2:4;
1 Cor. 2:4
Glorifies Christ – John 16:14
Teaches – John 14:26
Guides in truth – John 16:13
Testifies of Jesus – John 15:26
Helps our weakness – Rom. 8:26 Victory over flesh – Rom. 8:2-4; Gal. 4:6
Indwells believers – Rom. 8:9-14; Gal. 4:6

As we enter this series on the Holy Spirit, I pray our hearts are enlightened to His work in our lives. May we submit to Him, listen to Him, follow Him, and thank Him. He, like Jesus and the Father, is an important part of our lives as believers. May we live Holy Spirit empowered lives! God bless you!

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