Shoot the Wolves

Shoot the Wolves

Wolves are heretics, false teachers, and, generally speaking, anyone who ravages the flock and feasts on the sheep. In addition to calling them wolves Ezekiel 22:27-28, Zephaniah 3:3, Matthew 7:15, Matthew 10:16, Luke 10:3 

Acts 20:29, the Bible also calls them dogs and evildoers, empty and deceitful (Colossians 2:8), puffed up without reason (Colossians 2:18), given to mythical speculation and vanity without understanding (1 Timothy 1:3–7), products of a shipwrecked faith (1 Timothy 1:19), demonic liars with a seared conscience (1 Timothy 4:1–2), peddlers of silly myths (1 Timothy 4:7), arrogant fools with depraved minds (1 Timothy 6:3–5), the spiritual equivalent of gangrene (2 Timothy 2:14–18), foolish and ignorant (2 Timothy 2:23), chatty deceivers (Titus 1:10–14), destructive blasphemers (2 Peter 2:1–3), ignorantly unstable (2 Peter 3:16), and antichrists (1 John 2:18). The Bible does not call wolves best-selling authors, bishops, TV Evangelist, Mega- Church pastors, Popes, though the wolves commonly prefer to use those names on their business cards.

Jesus shoots the wolves. Some of you get very frustrated because you want everyone to be treated like sheep, but the problem is most people are acting like wolves. We are supposed to love the sheep and shoot the wolves because we love the sheep. A wolf who cries is still a wolf.

Consider the following example from the New Testament:

Colossians 2:8 – (NLT)8 Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:14-15(NLT)4 But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve. Scripture tells us that “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light,” it means that Satan capitalizes on our love of the light in order to deceive. He wants us to think that he is good, truthful, loving, and powerful – all the things that God is. To portray himself as a dark, devilish being with horns would not be very appealing to the majority of people. Most people are not drawn to darkness, but to light. Therefore, Satan appears as a creature of light to draw us to himself and his lies. Satan presents sin to us as something pleasing and beautiful to be desired, and he presents false teaching as enlightening and life-changing. Millions follow his pied piper songs simply because they do not know God’s truth.

1 Timothy 4:1-2 (NLT)Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. 2 These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.

1 Timothy 6:3-4 (ESV) “If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing.

Many times when those who stand firm in God’s Word as truth and call out false teachers they are told they have a critical or judgmental spirit, it is because we have stepped on the tender toes of a false teacher that is teaching the opposite of what biblical Christianity teaches. We are told that they are humble people with good hearts, and we need to stop bashing them.

May I suggest that these well-meaning scolders and followers of false doctrines  are possibly venting at the wrong people? The real dividers in the Church can be found throughout scripture.
Romans 16:17-18(HCSB)17 Now I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause dissensions and obstacles contrary to the doctrine you have learned. Avoid them, 18 for such people do not serve our Lord Christ but their own appetites.They deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting with smooth talk and flattering words.

Many have bought into the truth-be-damned, politically-correct view that it is disgusting and divisive to hold up unsound teaching to the sound teaching of Scripture. But in doing so, these well-meaning folks who yearn for unity are hanging up a neon welcome sign for all sorts of doctrines of demons.

Liberal Christians continue to lift up those who have departed from truth because they want to be seen as loving, and they want the rest of us to pipe down in front of those who do not know or care to know Christ. As if somehow the warnings about wolves from those faithfully contending will chase the unsaved away from the salvation that was just about within their grasp – but we ruined it. As if false teaching will save them anyway.

The Bible is clear that we are not to treat wolves in the same way that we treat sheep. The great Protestant Reformer Martin Luther said it well: “With the wolves you cannot be too severe; with the weak sheep you cannot be too gentle”. Luther also said, A preacher must not only feed the sheep so as to instruct them how they are to be good Christians, but he must also keep the wolves from attacking the sheep and leading them astray with false doctrine and error; for the devil is never idle. Nowadays there are many people who are quite ready to tolerate our preaching of the Gospel as long as we do not cry out against the wolves and preach against the false doctrines or false teachers. But though I preach the truth, feed the sheep well, and give them good instruction, this is still not enough unless the sheep are also guarded and protected so that the wolves do not come and carry them off.

Sheep are to be kind to sheep. Shepherds are to be kind to sheep. But if a shepherd is kind to wolves, that is just another way to let them ravage the sheep. Kindness to sheep is hostility to wolves. Kindness to wolves is hostility to sheep. All attempts to get the wolves and sheep together for some kind of all together universal non denominational lovefest will only result in fat, contented wolves.

Jesus himself was known to shoot the wolves. He sends the most bullets flying in Matthew 23 — the equivalent of a gunfight between him and some of the most devoutly religious people in his day. They started off fighting for the Bible but wound up fighting for religious ideas not founded on the Bible. Jesus says “Woe to you” 8 times then ends with “Snakes, Brood of Vipers”
Commenting on Matthew 23, D.A. Carson says:

Jesus now goes on the offensive, and “offensive” is not too strong a word for much of the language he uses. . . . It shows Jesus as a fierce controversialist, quite willing to make enemies when the cause demanded it. The target was the scribes (teachers of the law, a class of professional interpreters of Scriptures and of rabbinic tradition), and the Pharisees, a religious “party” to which most scribes belonged, and which was devoted to scrupulous observance of the full range of rabbinic legislation. They were, generally speaking, earnest, moral people, and Jesus’ attack here seems to many harsh and unfair. But his concern was not so much with their performance as individuals, but with the system of religious observance which they upheld. In insisting on a huge and growing corpus of rules and regulations, they were in danger of ignoring inner attitudes and motives and of putting adherence to the system before the will of God. (Carson, “Matthew 23:1,” New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition, [InterVarsity, 1994])

Standing in line with the Old Testament prophets, in Matthew 23 Jesus pronounces seven woes on the wolves. The language of “woe” was a public, passionate declaration, with some of the guilty present for his proclamation of displeasure, grief, judgment, and righteous anger. Jesus’ words are a devastating series of shots at the wolves in front of the sheep:

Matthew 23:3–33(HCSB)3 Therefore do whatever they tell you, and observe it. But don’t do what they do, because they don’t practice what they teach. 4 They tie up heavy loads that are hard to carry and put them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves aren’t willing to lift a finger to move them. 5 They do everything to be observed by others: They enlarge their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. 6 They love the place of honor at banquets, the front seats in the synagogues, 7 greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by people.

8 “But as for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi,’ because you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 Do not call anyone on earth your father, because you have one Father, who is in heaven. 10 And do not be called masters either, because you have one Master, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You lock up the kingdom of heaven from people. For you don’t go in, and you don’t allow those entering to go in.

14 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You devour widows’ houses and make long prayers just for show. This is why you will receive a harsher punishment.]

15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make one proselyte, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as fit for hell as you are!

16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever takes an oath by the sanctuary, it means nothing. But whoever takes an oath by the gold of the sanctuary is bound by his oath.’ 17 Blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the sanctuary that sanctified the gold? 18 Also, ‘Whoever takes an oath by the altar, it means nothing. But whoever takes an oath by the gift that is on it is bound by his oath.’ 19 Blind people! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift? 20 Therefore, the one who takes an oath by the altar takes an oath by it and by everything on it. 21 The one who takes an oath by the sanctuary takes an oath by it and by Him who dwells in it. 22 And the one who takes an oath by heaven takes an oath by God’s throne and by Him who sits on it.

23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You pay a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, yet you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. These things should have been done without neglecting the others. 24 Blind guides! You strain out a gnat, yet gulp down a camel!

25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence! 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup, so the outside of it may also become clean.

27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every impurity. 28 In the same way, on the outside you seem righteous to people, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, 30 and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we wouldn’t have taken part with them in shedding the prophets’ blood.’ 31 You, therefore, testify against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ sins!

33 “Snakes! Brood of vipers! How can you escape being condemned to hell?

This harsh language was undoubtedly very shocking to a bunch of guys who spent their lives studying and memorizing the Old Testament. They had really prayed about it and did not agree that their inner child needed such a spanking, If Jesus did that today all the social media sites would say “ Jesus needed to take some meds and a meeting with Dr. Phil because he was angry and not loving”

These are people that have memorized the entire Pentateuch. Didn’t Jesus tell us not to call people fools? He did. We should call fools fools. That takes discernment.

Our speech should not be judged by the standards of “American politeness, politically correct tolerance, or Pansy Niceianity.”

When he shoots the wolves, a shepherd is not only protecting the sheep but also evangelizing non-Christians. Jesus shot the wolves publicly in front of a crowd. In that crowd would have been an assortment of wolves, sheep, and lost people. By calling the religious people to repent of their proud, hypocritical, unbiblical, unloving, legalistic, and self-righteous religion, he was demonstrating the fact that God, as Paul says in Acts 17:30(HCSB)30 “Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent, For repentance to occur, sinners must be called to repent of their sins, and religious people need to be called to repent of their religion.

Sadly, most gospel preaching is only half true because it calls only the “sinners” to repent of their sin. Porn addicts, fornicators, adulterers, perverts, liars, thieves, and the like are called to repent of their sin.

This is quite good. However, what is often lacking in gospel preaching is an equally passionate call for the smug holier-than-thou religious types to get off their high horse (Jesus called it “Moses’ seat” in Matthew 23) and repent of their religion that is simply another kind of sin.

When the example of Jesus in Matthew 23 is not followed, the result is that sinners just think Christians are mean-spirited, self-righteous, religious prudes who want them to become religious too; The smug religious types cheer on the preaching-to-the-choir preachers who lather the wolves into a frenzy, shouting about how the wicked people outside their church are kindling for the flames of hell. True gospel preaching will not divide people into sinners and righteous, but rather into repentant and unrepentant, with both unrepentant sinners and religious wolves wanting to silence the shepherd and ravage his repentant flock.

We see wolves being shot elsewhere in the New Testament. Paul admonished the Judaizers in Galatia, who thought they were holy because they were circumcised a bit, to go all out and cut the whole thing off. This literally would have meant that these wolves would no longer be accepted as Jews, and not only cut off physically but also cut off spiritually from temple worship. Paul says:

Galatians 5:11–14(HCSB)11 Now brothers, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. 12 I wish those who are disturbing you might also get themselves castrated!

13 For you were called to be free, brothers; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in one statement: Love your neighbor as yourself.

People love to prooftext verses, and they don’t read the context. The guy (Paul)who said “love one another” prefaced it by saying “cut your thing off.”

Paul even names people sometimes who are false teachers. He is saying,”Don’t read their books, go to their conferences, don’t watch them on TV, etc.”

How curious it is that sheep and wolves alike are prone to quote the latter half of this section of God’s Word and argue that we should be loving, as Jesus taught, while conveniently ignoring the part about cutting ones manhood off. Indeed, when the Bible says we need to be loving, we need to read the verses around those words to see how the Bible also exemplifies how to be loving to God, sheep, lost people, and wolves. Apparently, in some cases telling religious wolves to castrate themselves is loving.

Not only does the Word of God record the shooting of packs of wolves, such as Pharisees and Judaizers, but it also names individual wolves to be shot. It is ok at times to call out the names of the wolves as to warn the sheep. Paul says,
1 Timothy 1:19–20(HCSB) having faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and have suffered the shipwreck of their faith. 20 Hymenaeus and Alexander are among them, and I have delivered them to Satan, so that they may be taught not to blaspheme. Later he speaks of “Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have swerved from the truth”
2 Timothy 2:17–18(HCSB)17 And their word will spread like gangrene; Hymenaeus and Philetus are among them. 18 They have deviated from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and are overturning the faith of some. and how “Alexander the coppersmith did [him] great harm” 2 Timothy 4:14(HCSB).

Outside of Scripture, one of the most legendary wolf hunters in the history of the church is Martin Luther. He was a good shot with bad popes. Like the Old Testament prophets,Jesus and Paul, Luther used colorful language in order to repulse readers and make them see how vile apostasy and sin really are. Gordon Rupp writes that, for Luther, “blasphemy and apostasy are not simply evil: they are filthy things, which must be described in language coarse enough and repulsive enough to nauseate the reader” (E. Gordon Rupp, Righteousness of God: Luther Studies.

Luther defended his usage of colorful and incisive speech as being both Christlike and apostolic. Luther writes:

It is true, I have, by and large, sharply inveighed against ungodly doctrines and have not been slow to bite my adversaries, not because of their bad morals but because of their ungodliness. Of this I am so unrepentant that I have resolved to continue in this burning zeal and to despise the judgment of men, after the example of Christ, who in His zeal called His adversaries a generation of vipers, blind, hypocrites, children of the devil.
John 8:44(HCSB)44 You are of your father the Devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of liars. And Paul calls the sorcerer a child of the devil full of all deceit and all fraud.

Acts 13:10(HCSB)10 and said, “You son of the Devil, full of all deceit and all fraud, enemy of all righteousness! Won’t you ever stop perverting the straight paths of the Lord? and some false apostles he calls dogs, deceivers, and adulterers of the Word (Philippians 3:2; 2 Corinthians 11:13(HCSB)13 For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
If the modern day sensitive ears had heard this, they would probably say that no one could be more biting and intolerant than Paul. Who is more biting than the prophets? But nowadays, of course, our ears are made so sensitive by the mad multitude of flatterers that as soon as we find that we are not praised in all things, we cry out that people are vicious; and when we cannot ward off the truth under any other appearance, we escape from it under the pretext of the irritable, impatience, and immoderateness of its defenders. What good does salt do if it does not bite? What good does the edge of the sword do if it does not cut? Cursed be the man who does the work of the Lord deceitfully! (Luther, What Luther Says, 1057)

Luther never denied that his strong attacks were forceful, passionate and intense. Luther defended his colorful language by appealing to the fact that God’s Word was being attacked viciously by wolves.

Luther reserved some of his strongest and most colorful language for his theological opponents. One such opponent was Erasmus of Rotterdam. “Erasmus of Rotterdam is the vilest miscreant that ever disgraced the earth. Shame upon thee, accursed wretch! Whenever I pray, I pray for a curse upon Erasmus.” Erasmus was the chief translator of the KJV.

For modern ears finely tuned to prefer only tender tones, the words of Luther are perhaps quickly dismissed as the rants of an angry man, as if all anger is bad and less civilized than passive aggression, deep-breathing exercises, gossip and backbiting. The truth is that sometimes Luther’s public speech was fueled by intense anger. Martin Luther, the man who, outside of Scripture, elevated shooting wolves into an art form. Some of you would judge Luther and say he was too hotheaded. Well, we got the Reformation out of it.

Luther said that he has “not been hesitant to bite his adversaries….What good does salt do if it does not bite? What good does the sword do if it will not cut?”

We are told that our speech is to be seasoned with salt

Colossians 4:6(HSCB)6 Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.. You know what salt is? Salty.

What do you think of Christ? Was He abusive when He called the Jews an adulterous and perverse generation, an offspring of vipers, hypocrites, and children of the devil? Paul, too, speaks of dogs, vain babblers, seducers, unlearned. In Acts 13:10 he rages against a false prophet in such a way that he might seem to be insane. He says: “ and said, “You son of the Devil, full of all deceit and all fraud, enemy of all righteousness! Won’t you ever stop perverting the straight paths of the Lord?” Why does he not rather flatter this fellow in order to convert him instead of insulting him in such a way? The truth, which one is conscious of possessing, cannot be patient against its stubborn and uncontrollable enemies.

Ecclesiastes 3:8(ESV) rightly says that there is also “a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”

Discernment is knowing what time it is. Courage is doing what the time requires. While not every church needs a Martin Luther, more than a handful of denominations could use a good shooter, because the wolves have the sheep praying to the demon gods of other religions while encouraging the rams to have sex with the rams and the ewes to have sex with the ewes.

Galatians 4:16(NLT)16 Have I now become your enemy because I am telling you the truth?

These are false teachers. Martin Luther says, “With the wolves you cannot be too severe. With the weak sheep you cannot be too gentle.” My point is that many of us have become worldly, thinking that you only say certain words. Worldliness is not having courage or speaking truthfully. We worship a guy who got murdered. The cross is an offense, and if we don’t speak of it in an offensive way at times, we may be false teachers.

Sometimes the most loving thing you can do is destroy someone’s self made theology before they go to hell.

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Compromise

Compromise

 

There is no greater word that can describe the state of the modern day American church than compromise. The root of all the fruitlessness is compromise. Somehow we let the heretical doctrine of a perverted grace message infiltrate the church and today most people think the church should look like what they see on “Christian” television rather than what in the book of Acts. The grace and salvation we receive at conversion is a doorway to a new life, but it is not always viewed that way. The Romans had heard the Gospel message and came to the conclusion that since they were now under grace, they should sin all the more, so that grace might increase. Paul replied in Romans 6:2 by saying: ” God forbid! How can we who are dead to sin continue living in it?” They tried to use the grace of God as an excuse for sin, but it is precisely because of the grace of God that sin should not have dominion over us (Romans 6:14).

This problem is often perpetuated by people who make up their own definition of grace. Their definition may sound beautiful – it may even seem to exalt the Lord – but it is a deception, nonetheless. This is a sad state of affairs, but we shouldn’t be surprised or caught off guard by it, as Jude saw this and wrote with great urgency and conviction:

“I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once and for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are Godless men who change the grace of God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ, our only sovereign Lord.” Jude 1:3-4

Titus 2:11-12 teaches about the grace of God:

“The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled , upright, and Godly lives in this present evil age.”
This is what the grace of God does in our lives. Through grace, God fills our hearts with love and teaches us to live Godly lives in this evil world. Yet many want to use grace as a cloak to hide behind. Often people want others to be accepted without requiring true faith and real repentance. It should cause one to ask if they have really received the grace of God, or merely an excuse. All an excuse can do is to ease a sin-stained conscience. Similarly, narcotics or alcohol might make a person feel better, but they don’t solve problems; they only make them worse. As drugs are to an addict, so cheap grace is to a false convert. Cheap grace might make you feel better, but it can never make you right with God; it can never compare with a clean heart.

God does not grade on a curve and He will not change the standard because He has a hard time finding people that can meet it. Genesis 6:9 Noah found grace but God did not change his mind because He couldn’t find more who could meet the standard.

He also will not change the standard because you can’t put down things of this world and get into an intimate relationship with Him.
I am going to show you that most of us are content to set up camp just out side of Egypt and far from the entrance to Canaan, and are content to live free of bondage but not in the land flowing with milk and honey.

Numbers 32:1 Now the people of Reuben and the people of Gad had a very great number of livestock. And they saw the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead, and behold, the place was a place for livestock. 2 So the people of Gad and the people of Reuben came and said to Moses and to Eleazar the priest and to the chiefs of the congregation, 3 “Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo, and Beon, 4 the land that the Lord struck down before the congregation of Israel, is a land for livestock, and your servants have livestock.” 5 And they said, “If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants for a possession. Do not take us across the Jordan.”6 But Moses said to the people of Gad and to the people of Reuben, “Shall your brothers go to the war while you sit here?

Compromise is a leaven that when it hits a movement it does not only affect the ones in compromise but it permeates to the point that a little leaven, leavens the whole loaf.  Jesus talks about this when He is sitting with the disciples talking about the doctrine of the Pharisees. Matthew 16:6
What would we do if we truly believed that we have a bread multiplier on our boat?
What would we really do for God if we stopped thinking our name was Jireh and the provider and stop putting our faith in the NASDAQ,,S&P500,stock market,etc.
If we could ever catch the revelation that God lives in a realm that money is not relevant  what could we do for Him?
We are not to look at “Christian Television” as a guide on how to be the church, it has so mismanaged money ,I think God has completely removed his glory from it until someone has the guts to stand up and say you can’t rape the bride to pay for things that God never told you to build in the first place. Stick another adulterer up there and its ok we need to get our stuff paid for, stick another homosexual up there and its ok because we have to pay for our stuff. They are manipulating and making statements like “we need 700 seeds for $700 in the next hour and you will be blessed 7 fold.” Stuff like that makes God vomit, the lukewarmness of it. I believe He would rather them be cold in the world doing everything they can to worship, serve and raise mammon than to be in the church doing things that violate every principal of the word of God.
The litmus test for good theological prosperity is not what am I gonna aquire with all this money. It is what am I gonna do for the kingdom with all this money, end of sex trafficking, buy the babies from the women at abortion clinics, build orphanages,etc.

Then the disciples though revelation got it that He was talking about the teachings of the Pharisees that was a teaching of compromise. Do enough to follow the rules but don’t really respond appropriately out of the heart. This is what Jesus was primarily concerned about talking with the disciples.

Going back to Numbers, they have livestock that God gave them, the land they were in was suitable for livestock but they weren’t where God told them to be. It is subtle example of comprise. The problem with compromise is it is always pregnant with logic. We have fallen into a logical western way of thinking and have birthed a heretical thinking that God is logical. God is the most non logical being there is.
Numbers 31:32-35 Now the plunder remaining of the spoil that the army took was 675,000 sheep, 72,000 cattle,61,000 donkeys, and 32,000 persons in all, women who had not known man by lying with him. All given to them from God all from the spoils of war. They didn’t have to get together for meetings asking how they were going to acquire all those cattle and sheep. God gave it to them in the most illogical way.
The issue with them was not that they were or were not blessed it was that they were about to make a grand mistake by letting the blessing dictate their position.
Perversion is when we apply the principle without applying the purpose. The enemy has no power to create only to perverse what God has created. Like sex, God created that to be a wonderful gift between a man and a wife but the enemy perverted it into something nasty. The perversion does not negate the purpose. God’s purpose for prosperity is not trumped by a person’s greed to acquire wealth. They had thousands of sheep,cattle,donkeys and its about to be the worst thing that happened to them.
In the story when Peter is fishing with the other disciples and Jesus is on the land and they had been fishing all night and haven’t caught anything. Jesus tells them to throw their nets to the other side of the boat and they caught so much fish the boat couldn’t contain it. Then Peter realized who was on the bank and jumped in the water and when he got to the bank Jesus had cooked some fish. Everything that Peter worked all night for was in the boat yet he left it all to be in the presence of the Lord. Who enabled him to catch the fish? God did and when God enabled him to catch the fish supernaturally that which he could not catch on his own,he left the blessing to get back in the presence of the one who instigated the blessing. . Because he knew that presence is more valuable than material. What’s important in this story is that he leaves a boat full of raw fish and when he got to the bank there was cooked fish. Cause whatever you have wont taste right unless you have presence. You can have a lot of it but it doesn’t taste right unless you in the presence. What’s the difference between the fish on the boat and the fish on the bank? FIRE, when you live in the fire you understand what the increase is for, when you live in the fire you understand what the favor is for, you have an understanding that prosperity is God’s idea of winning the lost though the gospel of Jesus. People try to aquire stuff without going to the cross ”God wants me to be rich” sure He does but it’s not for you to buy a $750 watch. The problem is people try to get stuff without going through the death, burial and resurrection. Because when you go through that the only thing you care about is seeing people on their way to Hell not on their way to hell anymore.

Prosperity only make sense in the light of winning souls, it’s not about you getting stuff God did not give them cattle and sheep and donkey because he did not want them to have milk and honey. Do not miss milk and honey because you are counting sheep and cattle and donkeys. Like all comprise there is enough reason in it to be logical.

Don’t think the devil wont try to give you everything you desire to keep you from your purpose. He can only tempt you with what you can be tempted with. He knows if he can get you to compromise in worship, then he can get you to compromise in church, then in your prayer time and eventualy you will fall way. If he can’t get you to do that he will keep you busy with work chasing the American dream to keep you from your purpose. Don’t think he won’t make taking that job away from home, stepping down from ministry, missing your wife and kids and forfeiting your purpose is of God.

He tried it with Jesus Matthew 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written,“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
    but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,“‘He will command his angels concerning you,’and“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,“‘You shall worship the Lord your God
and him only shall you serve.’”11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.

Notice Jesus never left the mountain..He used the devil to bring him to a place that he couldn’t have gotten to within his human body. The mountain that he went up was not an earthly mountain , there is no mountain on earth that you could see ALL of the kingdoms.

The first thing you lose in comprise is not the anointing, the revelation or the gift it’s the intimacy. You stop spending time with God. Intimacy with God is where supernatural things are produced. Spiritual reproduction is a result of intimacy with God. God made Adam from dirt and Made Eve from Adam. We all know that men are women are different physically. God  had everything he needed to form Eve from Adam. God could’ve just made another person from the dirt or give Adam the ability to form people from dirt. But it wasn’t God’s will to reproduce without intimacy. The problem with the modern church is that we have so compromised that we are no longer intimate with God and we are trying to reproduce things without presence.

We are producing a Babylonian culture because we are reproducing without presence, we are so called outreaching without presence, we are building buildings without presence, building multi campus without presence, multiple services without presence, were becoming Rock Star huge “success” without presence writing multi million dollar selling books on how we learned to procreate without intimacy.

Abraham even at 100 knew that he could not reproduce without intimacy with Sarah. At 100 he still believes, not that God will do it another way but that intimacy is still relevant to reproduction. Abraham is a man of enormous faith who refused to stop believing God. Regardless of the mistake he made he was still unwavering in the promise that God made him. What God spoke to him at 75 he still believed at 100.What God spoke to him at 75 that he made a huge mistake of getting intimate with something that should have been serving him. Hagar was supposed to serve Abraham but when you get in bed with things that are supposed to be serving you like your job, your career, materialism, secular humanism, philosophy, intellect, whenever you get intimate with them you end up producing something that will fight against your promise. Later on Sarah looks out and sees Ishmael picking on Isaac and says to Abraham get that bondwoman and her son away from my Isaac. If you never separate them your mistake will begin to mock your miracle. Isaac was the miracle and Ishmael was the mistake and Abraham wanted them to live together but God is showing us that there must be a place of consecration and disconnection if there is going to be a real elevation to the next level. Whatever God is asking you to get rid of, whoever he is telling you to disconnect from is not because he wants to see you in pain or suffer its because you cannot elevate to the new level with that amount of baggage.

What happened here is Abraham stepped in and took a matters into his own hands not because he didn’t believe its because he compromised and when you compromise you lose intimacy. When you compromise you diminish the role of the bride and you start partnering with stuff you should be communing with. God is not looking for partners, He is not looking for friends, he is not looking for buddies, He is looking for brides. Sarah was the bride but her role was diminished when Abraham turned to self management. When we compromise and move into self management we lose our bride status. We become busy, sensible, reasonable and practical and just getting things done seems much more easier than just waiting in prayer.We move into busy but we don’t labor for him anymore. We lose the intimacy that marks us and our ability to reproduce and any thing coming out of us isn’t of any divine consequence because we spend our lives like hamster on the wheel running round and round and never accomplishing anything worthwhile for Him.

The church is in the state it is in because the church leaders have lost their intimacy. We have worship leaders who can sing and entertain but would not know the glory of God if it came in like a bulldozer. Preachers who have great skill and great gifting but would not know how to shut their plan down for the glory of God if their life and ministry depended on it. What it going take is for you to recognize you’re a leader and you have got to maintain your commitment to His presence and stay in the intimacy if we are going to become the bride that God has intended us to be, the warring governing bride of all mighty God representing on the Earth the great groom who has never lost a battle in the history of all mankind. But its going to take intimacy to get us back to the place he called us to be.

Matthew 7:21-23“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Luke 1:34 And Mary said unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man

That word know, “ginosko” in the Greek, refers in this context to an intimate relationship of union and approval. That is the kind of relationship a believer needs to have with Christ.

Paul said, “But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.” (1 Corinthians 8:3). Jesus will not say those words of condemnation in Matthew 7:21-23 to someone who truly loves Him. God recognizes, approves and truly works together with those who love Him. If we love the Lord, we will be looking to Him for power to overcome sin before we look for miraculous displays of the power of signs and wonders.

If we have lost intimacy then we must fight to shut everything down, repent of what we have compromised and partnered with. We must fight to get back what is of any worth in this life and it is the presence of All Mighty God. Deep is calling to deep just as shallow is calling to shallow. We must get so deep into intimacy with God that we can no longer hear the calls of shallow. We  must stay the course that God put us on when we first came into His presence, we must stay in His presence and stay in intimacy with Him. We must remember that God timing is not our timing. If god told us to do something we must do it until it comes to fruition and he puts us on another task.