I don't even know where to begin. There's so much that's on my heart this morning, regarding what I saw, played out on my television screen last night. I'm sitting here wondering what people are saying in their homes, this morning. What are they thinking about the farce, they witnessed? I'm saddened and I'm worried. I've been praying throughout the night, and it was the first thing on my mind, when I woke up this morning. All I know is, we need the truth and the Spirit of God, in this land and country, like never before.
I'd seen a couple of promos for the new Lifetime show, PREACH, a few weeks ago. Immediately, I was concerned! I even ask my Bible Study and Sunday School class had they seen them. A couple of them had, and they seemed equally concerned. I didn't want to form a whole-hearted opinion of it, before I'd seen the actual show, because I know how promos are done, on the cutting room floor. The goal is to grab your attention and peak your interest, and it did, slightly. But not in a good way.
Preachers of LA and Preachers of Detroit and a couple of shows about First Ladies and Preachers Daughters, have left a bad taste in my mouth. I'd hoped that these would be shows, that would shine a light in a dark world, lift up the name of Jesus, and show people what love, compassion, truth, and humility look like. They've all been missing the mark, so far. They've done way more harm than good in my opinion!
Listen...forgive my tone. But I'm not finna cut any corners with this post! I just can't afford to do it this morning. So much is at stake here! So since I've gotten the initial formalities out of the way in the introductory paragraphs.. let's just get to it. Shall we? Surely!!
As I stated earlier, I'm saddened! I cried like a baby last night at the mockery I saw being made of God's precious and sacred calling. I saw the gifts that John spoke about in 1 Cor Chap 12, being made to resemble, a minstrel show! A bunch of folly, tomfoolery and shenanigans. And as I type this, I find that my sadness has escalated to anger! The tears are brimming in my eyelids, right now. This show is not indicative of what we do in/at church. I'm tired of God's people compromising their integrity for a dollar, and a few ratings. You don't have to do that! Stand on His word, preach and teach the truth, love people, show compassion, walk in humility, lift up His name (and NOT your OWN), show some integrity, let people know that God loves them and that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.
Pride and the Jezebel and Ahab spirit, were palpable.
One of the prophetess, (and a disclaimer: I'm using all these terms loosely, because...UGH, pray for me, pray for me RIGHT NOW) Taketa Williams, kept reminding us, and her protege that she was so powerful. But before that, she made her entrance into the show by exclaiming that preaching has primarily "been a man's game" but now...TADA! HERE THEY ARE, THEY'RE HERE! Look. I'm not even going to go into all of the theological debates we could have about that. I could, but I won't, because this isn't the time. But please, let me state this..THIS IS NOT A GAME! Our world is crashing and burning right before our eyes, people are hurting and hopeless, our kids are out of control, the essence of humanity is being replaced with people who will kill you just for looking at them wrong, brutality and heartlessness is all around us. And you're talking about a "game"? This is not about man vs woman, Ms. Williams. This is about those of us, who have truly been called, gifted and anointed, to take it seriously, and be about our Father's business.
The power that you've been given is not of your own doing. It is the Father's, it is HIS to give. The gift that you've been given is not for your own vain, self-glorification. It is to be used so that men will see your good works and glorify your Father, who is in heaven. But instead, we're being told that "your greatness and perfection takes time, that you're the
Beyonce' of the prophetic, what you will and will not have, your agenda, your this, your that. When will you tell us a little bit about Jesus? What about Him? Do you remember Him? When will His name be lifted up and magnified?
The one consistent theme that all the "religious reality shows" have in common is PRIDE. The pride is palpable on the screen. The spirit of Jezebel, is sickening. Please let's be all the way clear. This is not about Jesus at all. This is about y'all. To be forefront and center. To make a name for yourselves. Please remember, that He who God elevates, no one can abase and he who God abases, no one can elevate.
1 Cor 12 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
I saw Ms. Williams and these other prophetess trying to prepare and "teach" their protege's how to heal and deliver people. Let me take a deep breath right here. Before I go off the deep end.
As a pastor and teacher, and one who has been given several of the ministry gifts, including prophecy, discerning of spirits, and the gift of healing, let me say first and foremost.. THIS IS NOT HOW THIS WORKS!
These cannot be given or transferred to you by another individual, these gifts come from God, for edification of the body and the ministry. You can't manufacture or conjure up a healing or a deliverance. No one can tell you when to lay hands. You have to be directed by the Holy Spirit. Don't get me wrong you have to be prepared, but not in that way. You have to pray, fast, seek His face, and listen for His voice and direction. And yes, surely we need mentors, Father and Mothers in the ministry. None of us can do this alone. We all need someone who is wiser and more learned than us, to encourage, help and teach us. Just as Timothy had Paul. Paul blessed him, and taught him, and they possessed the same anointing. I have a couple, that I've learned from, from afar. Dr. Gertrude Stacks, and Mother Estella Boyd, rest her soul. I've sat under some awesome teachers and pastors. And I thank God that I was called and birthed under a real Son of Thunder, my husband. One who loves God and does not compromise His Word. Take note of the man who was in leadership on that show. The Spirit of Ahab was in control. I couldn't believe what I was hearing and seeing. No spiritual wisdom or leadership. I was like "Lord, is this real life or fantasy?! Jesus, help!
They also mentioned armor bearers. It was said that their "armor bearers are like a security team". Ummmm, WHAT, ma'am?!
Let me touch on that briefly. To each their own. I have a spiritual armor bearer and intercessor. She's never carried a bible or a towel for me, (I can do that myself) she's never walked behind me and I didn't recruit her to "be it". She took it upon herself to pray and plead the blood on my behalf on a regular basis. She consecrates herself, and stretches out on her face before the Lord, to under gird me in the Spirit. I thank God for her, because those of us who have been charged and commissioned to preach the Gospel, need your true and earnest prayers, like never before. People who have mindsets, like those of protege's, are the type of people who end up in cults. There is no pastoral care being shown to them and they are being, hoodwinked, brainwashed, taken advantage of and used, because of their lack of knowledge. They are being made to think that these people have power, (and by association they have it too) and when the enemy pounces on them, they will feel hopeless and question God. Develop your own relationship with God, write his word on the tables of your heart.
LASTLY, NUMBER 4
In conclusion...the Bible declares that in the last days, many false prophets and teachers will come in His name, and those who have itching ears, will listen and be deceived. We are living in perilous times and people need the TRUTH. Matthew 7:15 says "beware of false prophets, who come in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves." They need to know that God loves them and that Jesus is the the way, the truth, and the life. Pray that the Lord will continue to strengthen those that love Him, to be able to stand and preach his UNCOMPROMISING gospel. We have to continue to cry out in the wilderness, just as John the baptist did, and prepare the way for His coming. The message never changed. "Repent! Repent! Repent! For the Kingdom of God is at hand!" And I shall.
Last night I prayed for the ladies of that show, that will seek God's direction. That they will give Him glory in all they do, that they will do what He says do, and NOT what THEY WANT TO DO. I pray that He will renew in them a right spirit, give them clean hands and a pure heart.
I know people are truly hurting, dismayed, broken, and sick. God has given us, as gifts to the body, to preach, teach, and heal. That's why I stay on my face before the Lord, seeking His direction. I don't want to ever be out of His will and in error. The devil is busy with this show and others like it. But you know what...? He said let the wheat and the tare grow together, and He'll do the separating. So in the meantime, and in between time, I'm going to continue to do what I've been doing, loving people and lifting up the blood stained banner!
Be blessed and encouraged today.
God loves you and I do too.
PRAY MY STRENF, PEOPLE!!! PLEEAASSSEEE!!