“I am calling for a new honesty from My people. I now require that you be honest with Me and honest with each other. Have you noticed that for many years, My power has been present in some of My children when their lives were tragically out of order? Many of you wondered how that could be. I did it so that you could learn to separate the holy from the defiled. You could see the foolish actions of those who were supposedly “anointed,” but then had to discern that the power in itself did not mean that I was with them. Their lives did not hold up to My standards. You set most of them aside, and rightfully so. What is important is a pure heart that follows only Jesus.
"Now, I have given “eyes to see” to those of you who have begun to separate yourselves unto Me. Most of you no longer follow the foolish because they seem to have power; you desire only truth. I have done that work in you. Power for the sake of power no longer means anything to the discerning. In fact, many ambassadors of the enemy will soon show great signs and wonders. Many of My people will not remember this lesson and will again be fooled. You must not be part of them.
"Holiness must be your pursuit. A holy life will mirror the life of Jesus. There will be no fleshly, flashy exhibitions that supposedly demonstrate that I am there. There will, however, be wonders to behold at My hand by trusted servants in the midst of the deception. I will place My presence in those who have no desire to be seen and are not building their own “ministry.” Big cars, big houses, big names are part of the past. Now I require honesty.”
1 Thes. 4:7-8 AMP
7) For God has not called us to impurity but to consecration [to dedicate ourselves to the most thorough purity].
8) Therefore whoever disregards (sets aside and rejects this) disregards not man but God, Whose [very] Spirit [Whom] He gives to you is holy (chaste, pure).
2 Thes. 2:9-12 AMP
9) The coming [of the lawless one, the antichrist] is through the activity and working of Satan and will be attended by great power and with all sorts of [pretended] miracles and signs and delusive marvels—[all of them] lying wonders—
10) And by unlimited seduction to evil and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing (going to perdition) because they did not welcome the Truth but refused to love it that they might be saved.
11) Therefore God sends upon them a misleading influence, a working of error and a strong delusion to make them believe what is false.
12) In order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe in [who refused to adhere to, trust in, and rely on] the Truth, but [instead] took pleasure in unrighteousness.
Everywhere I turn, I encounter believers who are sick and tired of the side-show religion that is masquerading as Christianity. They are finally rejecting the false influences of slick operators and charismatic personalities that supposedly represent God’s power. More and more people are walking away from and holding God’s money from showboat artists who do “wonders”- supposedly in the Name of Jesus - while living lifestyles that do not resemble Him.
In my early years of walking with the Lord, I had the privilege of participating in signs, healings, and wonders. While all of those things were happening, my life was far from being holy. I loved God as best I could; but I was so undone that much sin was still prevalent in my life.
In my quest for what I thought was important at the time, and because I had seen His power, I asked the Lord why I couldn’t be used to start at one end of a hospital hallway and heal everyone in every room. His answer was somewhat surprising then, but after many years it has allowed me to separate truth from make-believe when it comes to the gymnastics that are sold to the unaware as God’s power supposedly at work.
He said that He would not allow me to walk from one end of the hall to the other because “you would not be the same person at the end of the hall that you were at the beginning.” He was right. As soon as I would have seen all those people get out of their hospital beds, thanking me for being such of a spiritual guy, I would have gone down to the first print shop and had “Jim’s Healing Services” cards printed up. Nothing or no one - possibly not even God - would have been able to talk me out of taking my “gifts” on the road - band, singers, and the whole enchilada. I could have hurt a lot of people. I simply couldn’t be trusted.
Over the years, I have seen a whole bunch of characters, like I could have been, doing “stuff” that was accepted as “anointed,” but was light-years from having the Lord as part of it. We, as a church, have swallowed almost everything that someone said was from God and anointed by Him. A lot of people have been discouraged, disillusioned, and hurt badly because of their inability to see through the religious-sounding talk.
I’m convinced, however, that new eyes are being given to be able to walk away from the hype and wait for and want only the Lord. I also believe we are entering into a time when God’s honest anointing will again be with His people.
Wanting to get really honest with God,