I am going to be blunt. You must speak out again I know it has been hard and I know you have "had enough," but you're going to have to get back to the task for which you were/ are called!
Jesus tells us to rejoice when we are persecuted for great is our reward. I know these have been many times where you have felt the Holy Spirit move within you and rise up in Words to proclaim His will for a situation. You opened you mouth and spoke, then it seemed like the whole world fell apart ... instant rebuttal and rejection. If you have been assigned to a specific situation long enough -- the attacks have been directed at you as a person, trying hard to make you consider your own motives as evil and destructive. They are not, and it is not just you that has been rejected -- but your Heavenly Father too.
The true Words of God mold, bend, and break the stubbornness of mankind when they yield to His Voice, but if they yield not -- they try to break the vessel that is prodding them.
Nevertheless, -- you must speak out still. When you bring a message from God, and the message is not received -- you were not wrong! You were obedient. You must remain obedient. You must climb back up on the horse and go again.
Oh, how the voices will tell you that you are wrong. How they will expound and expound, and even seek to gather "scriptural evidence" against you to prove you are wrong -- but you are not wrong.
Out Lord said, "And they bed their tongues like bows for lies, but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth ..." Jer. 9:3. New Living Translation says, "They refuse to stand up for the truth."
Look at King David. He suffered much at the hands of Saul. Saul, for years was relentless towards David, trying to destroy him. David didn't do anything wrong to Saul. Saul was wrong! But hear David's words in Psalm 40:10 "I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation ..."
Back a few verses, David says, "... mine ears hast thou opened ..." Psalm 40:6. So see, when the Lord honors us by His opening our ears to hear His Voice -- then be pleased and honored. Rejoice that He has chosen you. Rejoice that you are called to be His spokesperson.
Hey, it's normal to want to hide. Jeremiah said, "Then I said, I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His Name ..." Jer 20:9. But just reading a bit further and you will see that he could not hold Gods Words within himself. The Words became like a burning fire. Jeremiah trued to quit -- wanted to -- but our Lord's choice of Jeremiah was a good choice. He knew Jeremiah couldn't and wouldn't quit. The Lord told Jeremiah, "If you return, then I will bring you back, you shall stand before Me; if you take the precious from the vile, you shall be as My mouth. Let them return to you, but you must not return to them." Jeremiah 15:19
So listen to me. Begin again to heed His voice within you and open your mouth again to speak His heart. Our Lord promises to be our salvation. He will give us all the strength we need to get His job done.
Take heed -- My eagle.
Begin again to speak My counsel
lest My Words consume you instead
Come forth from your cave
Raise you face into the sun
and absorb the light and warmth
I am with you
I am you strength
Be My Voice again
that you may save yourself and those that hear you.
Come and take My Yoke once again, I am with you.
Eagle's Nest is a private forum for young eagles who need support in growing in their positions with the Lord Almighty. Eagles, (Prophets) are a special breed, not as in more special than any other child of God, but just different. It is our desire that like minds come together and grow together without fear of rejection or misunderstanding. And, from one prophet to another, misuderstanding is easy because there is a lot we don't understand.
A prophet can be a seer, a scribe, or many other types. We receive things that, like children, we need to grow to understand what they mean. It can be confusing. It can be hard to find someone who will understand your time of 'trying to confirm' something is of God or not.
There are issues of spiritual warfare, issues of styles, issues of rejection, hurts, wounds, hard sayings, and a totally different lifestyle than many others.
I want to say that you must be a prophet to join this board, that would make it very black and white, but there are some of you that just know you are different. Please consider emailing me anyway. Let's see if Eagle's Nest is the place the Lord wants you too.
What I will need from you is for you to email me. (email@example.com) Tell me a little about yourself. Tell me what you have been through, or when and how you received your call by the Lord. Write me. And after we have communicated a little and you feel comfortable, I will validate your request to join.
I am sorry for the inconvenience this may cause you, but, everyone will get this same request. That way, you will know you are safe when you begin to relax and trust again.
Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?
Isa 21:12 The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come.
Some one or other called out of Seir, somebody that was more concerned for the public safety and welfare than the rest, who were generally careless and secure. As the man of Macedonia, in a vision, desired Paul to come over and help them (Act_16:9), so this man of Mount Seir, in a vision, desired the prophet to inform and instruct them. He calls not many; it is well there are any, that all are not alike unconcerned about the things that belong to the public peace.
Some out of Seir ask advice of God's prophets, and are willing to be taught, when many of God's Israel heed nothing. The question is serious: What of the night? It is put to a proper person, the watchman, whose office it is to answer such enquiries. He repeats the question, as one in care, as one in earnest, and desirous to have an answer. Note,
God's prophets and ministers are appointed to be watchmen, and we are to look upon them as such. They are as watchmen in the city in a time of peace, to see that all be safe, to knock at every door by personal enquiries (“Is it locked? Is the fire safe?”), to direct those that are at a loss, and check those that are disorderly, Son_3:3; Son_5:7. They are as watchmen in the camp in time of war, Eze_33:7. They are to take notice of the motions of the enemy and to give notice of them, to make discoveries and then give warning; and in this they must deny themselves.
It is our duty to enquire of the watchmen, especially to ask again and again, What of the night? for watchmen wake when other sleep.
What time of the night? After a long sleep in sin and security, is it not time to rise, high time to awake out of sleep? Rom_13:11. We have a great deal of work to do, a long journey to go; is it not time to be stirring? “Watchman, what o'clock is it? After a long dark night is there any hope of the day dawning?”
What tidings of the night? What from the night? (so some); “what vision has the prophet had tonight? We are ready to receive it.” Or, rather, “What occurs to night? What weather is it? What news?” We must expect an alarm, and never be secure. The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; we must prepare to receive the alarm, and resolve to keep our ground, and then take the first hint of danger, and to our arms presently, to our spiritual weapons.
Eagle's Nest is basically aligned with the Word of Faith teachings. This does not mean that we accept every doctrine that claims to be in the Word of Faith category, but it is a good start to understand where we stand. To sort of show you were we stand on issues and doctrines, below is a list of ministries that we feel that we could sit down and have coffee with... and do this without arguing. We might disagree a bit, but we would be able to wait on the Lord to align us up together in Him.
And Many More
Below, I have posted an article by Tom Brown that does a good job of giving some history to the Word of Faith Movement. I hope it helps show you a little more about what Eagle's Nest stands on in the Word of God.
What is the Word of Faith movement, and is it from God?
If you listen to the critics, you will think that this movement is the worse thing that could happen to Christianity. But this article is going to show how this movement is not only of God, but absolutely necessary in God's end-time plan.
When you look at all the Christian denominations in the world, you begin to wonder which is the right one. Well, the truth is, most of them have a lot of good, yet I believe God is wanting to do something better than simply build a bunch of denominations.
In order to understand this controversial movement, we have to go back to the Bible and see God's plan for the Church.
Jesus spoke to Peter and said, "And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it" (Matthew 16:18). If you listen to a few negative folks, you'll get the impression that the Church is going to be a defeated, beaten-down, rotten, sin-filled group of hypocritical people. But Jesus said that the gates of Hades will not overcome it. Jesus is coming back for a glorious, victorious Church.
How is the Lord going to accomplish this task of making the Church an overcomer? By using people. Yes, by using people just like you and me.
Notice carefully that the Lord is speaking to Simon. He changes his name to Peter, which means a little rock, and declares that He is going to build his church on the rock. Many wonder if Jesus was building His church on Peter. Yes and no.
Ephesians chapter 2 verse 20 says that the Church is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. Peter is definitely one of the people who are part of the foundation; however, all the apostles including many prophets are considered the foundation of the Church as well.
Do you remember what the New Jerusalem looks like? John saw the Holy City with twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles. So Peter was a rock that the Lord was going to build His Church; yet, Peter declares in his writings, "As you come to him [Jesus], the living Stone...you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house ..." (1 Peter 2:4,5).
Peter testifies that Jesus is the Stone, the Corner Stone to be exact, and that we are living stones which the Lord is putting in place, such as a mason places brick upon brick, until the building is finished. The Lord has been in a building project for the last nineteen hundred years. The Lord is not interested in doing a quick work, but a quality job.
Now understand this: Each part of the building is essential for the completion of the whole. There can be no missing parts. Not only is this so, but every part adds something that is missing. This is where the Word of Faith movement comes in.
The Word of Faith movement adds to the Church what has been missing for the last several centuries, primarily the teaching that the believer can receive answers to every prayer that is based on God's Word, as long as he has enough faith and that there is nothing in his life that could be hindering his prayer. This is a revolutionary thought to most of Christendom.
Let me explain how the Word of Faith movement got here.
The early church began with a burst of power and glory. They were invincible. Every believer acted as priests of the Lord and preached fervently the truth. They did such a wonderful job that their critics accused them of turning the world upside down.
The early church fathers continued living in the same spirit of the apostles after the apostles died. But little by little, through the centuries, Christians abandoned the faith and dynamic lifestyle of their predecessors. They entangled themselves in silly controversies, which split the unity of the Christians. One group built their headquarters in Constantinople; they became the eastern church. And the other group had their headquarters in Rome and called themselves Roman Catholics. These churches never did reunite.
Since most of us have our roots in the West, we have been influenced by the western branch of Christianity called the Roman Catholic Church. I want to focus on this part of the Church.
During the dark ages, the Catholic Church had a monopoly over most of the Christendom, and she used her power in terrible ways. This church deserted the ways of Christ and His teachings. They put fear in the hearts of the peasants by making them seek the church for forgiveness. They promised an easy salvation to those who would purchase indulgences. They exalted Mary nearly to the same position as Christ. They offered prayers to her as well as to many of the saints. In summary, they rejected most of the clear teachings of the Bible.
This branch of Christianity needed reformation. And God was going to bring it to her. For almost the last five hundred years, God has brought to western Christianity six major restorational movements: 1) the reform, 2) the evangelical, 3) the holiness, 4) the pentecostal, 5) the charismatic, 6) and the word of faith. Each movement has been used of God to restore to the Church truths and practices that were lost by the Roman Church.
In 1517, a German monk named Martin Luther, who discovered from the Bible that salvation was not earned, but that it was a free gift to all those who believed resounded a loud and clear message, "The Just shall live by faith." This doctrine that the just shall live by faith is the most basic doctrine of the Bible. We could not preach anything else without this truth. True Christians everywhere believe that salvation is a free gift to those who truly believe.
This monk brought in the first restorational truth to the Church. This movement took on his name. His followers were called "Lutherans." His following, though, was mainly in Germany. Others followed his same doctrine and beliefs in other countries, and they were called different names. In Scotland, the reformers were called Presbyterians; in England they were called Anglicans (or Episcopalians). Basically these three denominations believe the same things.
Although the reformed movement embraced the all important way of salvation, there were still some old Catholic ways and doctrines that they continued to cling to. They still believed that the Church should use the State to persecute dissenters and they also practiced infant baptism. These practices and beliefs were clearly not biblical.
So within these denominations, in about the 1600's, men arose to confront the reformed movement just as the reformers confronted the Catholic church. They began by first insisting that all believers who were baptized as infants be rebaptized. They did this because many Lutherans, Presbyterians and Anglicans had never experienced the new birth; they were erroneously told that they were Christians because they were baptized as babies. Many experienced true salvation through the efforts of the evangelicals. It was the evangelicals rebaptizing efforts that caused the critics to call them "baptists."
The baptists also demanded separation between state and church. They believed that everyone should be able to worship God according to their own consciences, without the intrusion of the government. They won, although at a huge cost. Many lost their lives for standing up against the reformed churches, just as many reformers lost their lives by standing up against the Catholic Church.
The baptists were correct in their beliefs concerning adult baptism and freedom of worship. Today, almost all Christians believe these things. God restored adult baptism and freedom of worship for the Christians.
In time, even the baptists began to experience a need for reformation. The shortcoming of the baptists was a lack of holiness. The baptists had so emphasized that salvation was by grace alone, not by works, that many baptists refused to work out their salvation with fear and trembling. They reasoned, as many do today, "Since salvation is by grace, through faith alone, there is no real need to do good works." Many baptists were living ungodly lives because of the Calvinistic teachings about election and the perseverance of the saints. These teachings, in essence, gave many people a license to practice immorality, or at least, gave them freedom to live undisciplined lives. Even today, baptists have a terrible reputation of hypocrisy--that they teach one thing, but live another way.
As you can see, there needed to be another restoration, and this one would emphasize holiness. John Wesley would be the main leader in this next restorational move. His movement was later called, methodism, termed after his disciplined, methodological approach to holy living.
Today, we need Wesley's message like never before. There is a great need for holiness in American churches. John Wesley and others taught the past restorational truths, but they also emphasized the need to live discipline christian lives. They rejected much of the Calvinistic ideas of the past. They laid stress upon personal works, without neglecting salvation by grace. Like the other restorational leaders of the past, they too were persecuted, mocked, and criticized. But today, many Christians acknowledge a real need to discipline their lives. Many Christians no longer take the grace of God in vain. They work out their salvation with fear and trembling.
Many in the holiness camp saw that there was still things lacking in their lives--primarily power. They lived separated from the world, but they lack supernatural power.
So in 1901 some Bible students in Topeka, Kansas began to study the subject of the Holy Spirit. They quickly discovered that they lacked the Bible experience of being filled with the Holy Spirit. They began to seek God for this experience, and God graciously met their faith. He filled them with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues.
One man who got filled, left the school and began preaching this new-found experience in Los Angeles, California in a small cottage on 312 Azusa Street. He was the first black man to lead a restorational movement. His name, William Seymour.
Today, millions of people claim to adhere to the pentecostal experience of being filled with the Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. This truth is firmly established in the Bible.
Since the pentecostal movement came out of the holiness movement, there were some errors that permeated the pentecostal movement. The main error had to do with "who could receive the Holy Spirit?". Most pentecostal leaders believed that a candidate for the Holy Spirit had to first sanctify himself and live holy for a period of time before he could receive the Holy Spirit. This rule was of course unscriptural.
The Bible plainly shares accounts of people receiving the Holy Spirit when they were first saved. They did not have to tarry and sanctify themselves for the Spirit. They could receive this gift immediately upon praying for this experience. Hence, the charismatic movement took off.
The charismatic movement was led by many people, the most popular one being Chuck Smith, who founded the Calvary Chapel's. He began baptizing hippies, and praying for God to fill them with the Holy Spirit. And sure enough, God did.
God was pouring out his Spirit on all people, including long-hair, pot-smoking, bare-footed hippies. This made the old-time pentecostals upset. They couldn't believe that these people were receiving the Holy Spirit without first cutting their hair, throwing away their dope, and dressing modestly. But God was filling them with the Spirit despite their objections. The pentecostals criticized Church Smith and many of the charismatics, including the Catholic charismatics. But time showed that the charismatic movement was here to stay.
This brings us to the current move of God: the word of faith. This movement is an extension of the charismatic movement. It is bringing to Spirit-filled Christians everywhere the message of uncompromising faith--that believers can receive answers to their prayers, including healing, so long as they exercise sufficient faith.
The charismatic movement experienced dramatic healings, but most people were not taught that they could be healed on their own faith, and that they didn't need to be healed at a great miracle service like Kathryn Kuhlman's. The word of faith ministers have shown the power of faith, and that God will bless the believers in every way, including materially, if they will live according to the Word. This is revolutionary to many Christians.
Because it is the current move of God, we should expect it to be criticize more than any other movement. And this is the case.
I am not surprised at all when we are criticized. We should expect it. After all, every past restorational movement was criticized by the religious establishment: the Catholics persecuted the Lutherans, the Lutherans judged the baptists, the baptists ridiculed the holiness people, the holiness community criticized the charismatics and today, many charismatics unfairly accuse the word of faith ministers of heresy.
The Heresy Hunters are still here today. When will they learn from the past and quit criticizing what God has begun?
Crosslight is honored to aligned with two other ministries. These ministries glorify the Lord and His work here on earth now. The Prophet's Place, hosted by one of of our ministers, Joan, is a place where prophets can gather and share what they are hearing from the Holy Spirit pertaining to the Church and daily living. The Healing School, hosted by Caroline, has been created to teach us what the Word of God says about spiritual and physical healing.