This is exactly what the Holy Spirit wants to do in your life, take every complex problem that mankind is throwing at you and turn it into a simple trust in God! A few years ago I experienced the pressure of so many complex challenges that it sent me to the hospital and I had to face the reality that I couldn’t fix it. At that point I could do nothing but give it all to God. As Jesus said, “When they drag you into their meeting places, or into police courts and before judges, don’t worry about defending yourselves-what you’ll say or how you’ll say it. The right words will be there. The Holy Spirit will give you the right words when the time comes.” It’s amazing how the handcrafted words of God fix your personal problems with highly honed and elegant perfection.
Read this scripture in the message Bible, especially noting its pungent words, “I suspect you would never intend this, but this is what happens. When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace. Meanwhile we expectantly wait for a satisfying relationship with the Spirit. For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love. You were running superbly! Who cut in on you, deflecting you from the true course of obedience? This detour doesn’t come from the One who called you into the race in the first place. And please don’t toss this off as insignificant. It only takes a minute amount of yeast, you know, to permeate an entire loaf of bread.” In plain English God is prompting us to listen to the voice of Jesus. Didn’t Jesus say, “My sheep know my voice and another they will not hear.”? Start listening to God Himself and then let your preacher or pastor or evangelist confirm that you have heard the word of God. Yes, we do need to listen to the preacher, but in confirmation that you have truly heard from the Lord himself.
Years ago I was ridiculed for saying publicly that we were the generation that was going to colonize another planet. A few weeks ago it was announced that 50 women and 50 men have been chosen, some from the city of San Francisco, to colonize the planet Mars in 2024. The training for this mission has already begun. Look out; the future is upon you! It is no wonder that some of the greatest men of God proclaimed what each one of us must do; “Obey the voice of Jesus and what He is personally telling you to do. This is the mission of mankind.”
Timothy Snodgrass gave two words to the church that are going to be significant to the success and completion of your journey. They were like the words of counsel given by an ancient sage to a sea captain who is facing a perilous journey. You, the sea captain, have already faced incredible difficulties through turbulent tornadoes, but now the tornadoes are subsiding and distractions may come to take you from your journey.
The first warning is that things are going to slow down. Take this time to rest, especially in prayer, meditate upon and contemplate each move before you make it. The instructions that have been given to slow down are just as important as the instructions that warned you about things speeding up, because you are to keep the ship, your very life, steady on the course that God originally called you upon. Remember, that original call is your purpose. So many times a smooth-talking preacher or friend can get you excited about his or her vision to a point that you lose sight of the vision that God gave to you. In first 13th chapter of I Kings, the young prophet of God was sent to prophesy to the king of Israel, and the Lord instructed him not to take time to sit down and eat a meal with anyone. When the king asked the prophet to come to his house and eat, the prophet told him, “I cannot, even for a moment, eat with you almighty king.” Then an older prophet heard about the young prophet and hunted him down and told him that he also was a prophet of God and that an Angel told him to tell the young man to come to his house and eat. The young prophet forgot the original word that God had given him and went to the older prophet’s house and as they were eating dinner, the older prophet stood up saying, “The Lord says, you have disobeyed.” Sure enough, when the young prophet left the older prophet’s house a lion killed him and the old prophet ran to his dead body, crying and said, “Alas, my brother!” Then he buried him in his own grave. Think about how heavy this story is. Do not leave the call that God has given. This is why I emphasize in every service how important it is for you to hear the voice of God in your heart. Jesus said, “My sheep know My voice and another they will not hear.”
Timothy’s second warning is likened unto the first. Many distractions are going to come to you. Some of the things that you might interpret to be distractions might actually be blessings in disguise, and although this might sound confusing to you at first, God has said that we are coming into a whirlwind. A whirlwind always appears to be confusing at first but when you stay steady on the course you find it to be a strong wind against your back pushing you in the direction you’re supposed to go.
Recently I was on a trip with Timothy and we ate at a nice restaurant. Timothy paid for the meal. The next day he could not find his credit cards. Together he and my family looked everywhere his car had been without finding the cards. In the meantime a lot of confusion that we were both dealing with was being cleared up. Finally, when the last piece of confusion was cleared, Timothy and I understood exactly what we were supposed to do. Suddenly at that time, Timothy was told by the Lord to go to the refrigerator in his hotel room and get some juice to drink. When he opened up the refrigerator, there next to the juice (which he had not purchased) was a stack of all of his missing credit cards. We all were shocked by the phenomenon of them appearing out of nowhere. This brought back to memory a time when Paul Cain was in Kansas City and lost his driver’s license and credit cards. A few months later when he was speaking at our church in San Francisco, one of the young prophets prophesied that Paul Cain was about to receive his identity. After speaking Paul Cain went to his hotel room and there miraculously was his lost wallet with his driver’s license lying on the bed. I believe that now is the time that God is revealing lost identity and wealth through unexpected miracles.
It is God’s goodness that is directing your life and it’s important that you stay on course every day! Keep your compass headed to the point of North, which is the word of God for your life. If you do this every day, your life will be full of every delight that God is sending to you, even as a little child.
It is an obvious observation that when you love those who are close to you you receive favor from them. But something that is often overlooked is that there is a much more hidden way with love that will cause you to receive favor from potential enemies and even actual confrontational adversaries.
Love is such a powerful force that Jesus is using it to control the entire universe, for He is “In charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from His rule.” If we’re not careful, we grown-ups can act childish, reacting to every discomfort with an instant fleshly desire and response. When we become mature and rise to full adulthood, we learn to measure our responses to everything also to and stay clear of enemies and things or people that would cause discomfort.
Sometimes we find it unavoidable to have interaction with enemies, and this is the point where love is the secret key to favor. This kind of love cannot be faked or worn like a mask. It must come from the innermost essence of our souls which have been influenced by the holy spirit. Gods love, which is referred to in the Bible by the Greek word agape means, “Love without reason; a love feast.”
There was once a very harmful politician who stood on the opposite side of many moral issues that I stood for as a pastor in San Francisco. One day I was faced with the meeting him in his office. Before this meeting I found myself praying in the Holy Spirit for God’s love towards this influential man. When I arrived in his office and saw him for the first time alone, in private without any other witnesses, I suddenly felt the love of God for this man pouring out of my spirit and began to prophesy good things over him. I knew that many of my contemporaries would be upset that I was not rebuking him, but instead I felt moved to bless him with the love of God.
Weeks later the same man came to speak publicly in the church I pastor. To be truthful with you, when he stood in front of the congregation he said some of the most honest things I have ever heard from any man. He said, “My mother has gone to be with the Lord and I know you people here are real Christians. My mother would be ashamed of some of the things I have done, so please never waiver from what you are. The city of San Francisco needs you.” This man that I thought was an enemy, was actually extending favor to us because we did stand differently on many issues.
Jesus made this clear when He said, “But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” So think about this for a moment. How often do we choose to use our anger or other fleshly responses to situations for our own personal need for justice, when favor would be a much more appropriate response and blessing is done through the power of love?
God is love. The very essence of God’s person is love itself. The closer I personally have been able to move into the Lord’s presence, the more I am overwhelmed by the love and favor that permeates every action that occurs in His presence. What I am talking about is not so very far from you. All you need to do is open your heart right now and ask Jesus to help you. It is that simple. You have not, because you asked not.
One of the greatest times in history, with the most adventures, was when innovative inventions were released within the first Renaissance, which happened in the 1500’s. During this time the world saw the exploits of Christopher Columbus, the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci ~ and of course the revolutionary release of the Gutenberg printing press, which led to Martin Luther’s transformation of all the religious sects within Europe. Galileo’s telescopes unveiled distant stars, Newton discovered the laws of physics ~ and the list goes on and on regarding the incredibly new areas of science that such men were exploring.
It took a period of time for the rest of the world to realize that each of the visions given to these individuals would later become a reality that the average citizen in the future would experience. For example, Christopher Columbus made the first dangerous journey of discovering the New World, which we know as America. Now any middle-class European family can make a trip to America and experience all of its natural wonders. What was dangerous, rare, and the most exotic new venture imaginable ~ is a common summer vacation today. To take the example further, most of us reading this blog live in America, the land Christopher Columbus discovered.
To even make it more absurd, I live in a place called California, the name that was given to it by a Spanish author in 1510, “Garci Ordóñez de Montalvo.” He described this “island” called California, where the women were more beautiful, the knights stronger, the castles taller ~ a type of a heavenly island! So in a way you could say the conquistadors of 500 years ago considered the neighborhood I live in like heaven!
And if I add the modern technologies and conveniences to that picture, it actually becomes even more realistic: the powerful advancements of the cell phone, supersonic air travel, high-tech cars, and designer clothes conveniently purchased from a local mall. And don’t forget the year-round ability to purchase any kind of fruit, coffee, or exotic spice simply by passing by the nearest food establishment.
What I’m saying is that we are about to journey on an adventure that is just as exciting and breathtaking as those adventures the Christians went on in the 1500’s. The only difference is, their undertakings were on Earth. Our new enterprises will soon allow us to walk into outer space! Like Christopher Columbus of old, the Apollo spacecraft traveled all the way to the moon. There had been a space of time where those on earth waited and contemplated the future. But at the end of 2014 the European space probe landed on small rock beyond the moon and a new mysterious journey began. At my last count there are 19 private companies that are building a new kind of rockets (or I guess we could call them ships to sail into outer space).
Yes, this present generation is going to take us into the greatest adventure that mankind could ever experience ~ and that is exploring God’s wonderful universe that He has prepared for all of us. Don’t worry! Just like the first Renaissance, some leaders will become upset and say negative things about our exploration. Christopher Columbus faced the same opposition.
But Jesus gave us the answer in what we call “The Lord’s Prayer” (which is actually a model for us always to pray): “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” We all have daily been praying that earth is going to become like heaven so we can visit and see how wonderful heaven actually is!
This is why the whole earth is coming to Jesus Christ and His wonderful ways ~ so we can go into outer space and experience the exploration of God’s wonderful heaven. You can just look at pictures of the galaxies, nebulas, and star clouds to see how wonderful heaven is! Heaven is so magnificent that even Jesus, God’s Son, visited heaven on the day He rose again from the dead.
For why else would Jesus make such a journey on such a day? He told Mary, who saw Him at the tomb just moments after He rose again, “Touch Me not; for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, ‘I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God.'” So where was Jesus going?
The amazing thing is, that Jesus at the cross not only rectified us so we could explore, but He also rectified heaven so we could visit the stars. Look at this quote in Colossians: “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence.”
Actually what this is saying is very simple. The gospel of Jesus Christ is going into every nation on earth and God is saving every single human being so we as a people can visit God’s wonderful universe. Get ready! We are about to go into outer space! But stop! Don’t quit reading this blog! Because there’s one more thing I believe you must understand in order to realize how easy this is going to be for you and I.
Scientists currently tell us that the earthlike planets they are currently finding in outer space are too far away for you and I to get to in a lifetime. And yes, according to current inventions this is true. But I declare to you that Jesus traveled to deep outer space (or what the Bible calls “deep heaven”) in just a few hours and returned back to Jerusalem for supper with His disciples in the Upper Room. And that was where He allowed doubting Thomas to reach his finger and touch His side that was wounded at the cross.
What I am simply saying is European travel to America that used to take over a half a year, today takes less than half a day. As dramatic as that change in travel time is, today it is not considered to be dangerous or something we even discuss. It’s just the way it is ~ it’s almost as simple as walking down the street. I am telling you that God’s vision of the future is going to be so wonderful that you and I are going to travel and colonize planets and be back in San Francisco by dinnertime!
In the last series of meetings that we have held (which started on Valentine’s Day) the prophets Timothy Snodgrass and Gershom Sikaala have been taking us into a Renaissance of the Spirit ~ where the future God has planned for the Christian body on earth is being laid out before us. At the same time Jesus is healing all of our diseases, including reversing our ages so we can live longer to experience this incredible adventure! To be honest with you, for me to now go to church is like a child’s first visit to Disneyland. God is showing us such great adventures and wonders that I find myself giggling like a little boy in the presence and power of God. All my life I have dreamt about going on these kinds of adventures and now it’s happening!
So how do you prepare to see God’s future of technology? Well that’s the purpose of the Renaissance Revival that these two men of God are preaching about in San Francisco. When you come to a service date, the worship songs will usher you into the presence of God and then Timothy and Gershom will share with you the visions and teachings that God has given them, to prepare you for the future. What I’ve discovered, as a person, is the best way for me to individually prepare myself to receive what God is desiring to give me, is to exercise the fruit of the Spirit which comes from the Holy Ghost living inside my tummy ~ and that is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
Probably the richest and most exciting thing about this revelation is that God is teaching you to enjoy wealth. And I really mean this He is going to make you rich and add no sorrow to it. That means every day you live is not only going to be joyful and exciting, but is going to be prosperous and full of first-class riches! Wow! That’s living in the perfect will of God! Come on and enjoy the adventure!