Saturday, March 27, 2010

NightStrike Friday March 26, 2010

Once again it was another beautiful night in the city of Saint Francis (San Francisco). Mark Neitz brought about 20 people from his youth group at the Gateway church. Incredible bunch of young people. I had the honor of leading half the team out to the streets. It was good to see an old Night Strike leader, Forrest, come out tonight. Forrest set me straight years ago on the gifts of the Spirit. I believed we could only have one. Don't you love these preconceived notions? On my second Night Strike I ever went out on I was placed on Forrest's team. That night, Forrest told his team it was going to be a night of healing on the streets. I boldly raised my hand and said my spiritual gift wasn't in healing. Forrest renounced my short comings and proclaimed that 'tonight I am a healer'. And things literally took off from there. Forrest just had to speak it over me.

With Forrest, Bill (team leader), Tim's team from Cornerstone, a team from Valley Bible Church, Samantha and Katie from Lions Pride for worship, I think there were nearly 30 people or better on Night Strike. Samantha and Katie stayed behind to worship and keep an open heaven for us on the streets. Katie and Sam reported there was even a worship jam session that broke out, with another street team, so they had a heavenly party at the plaza.

When I leave the plaza I tend to bolt past all the street people on my walk because they're close enough to the plaza to get ministered. I like to speedily head up to the top of the Tenderloin district and maintain supplies for ministry there. On this evening, the Holy Spirit stopped the team at the first intersection. I never do that. I was getting anxious that we should quickly move on. But the stop was long enough for a divine appointment which is why God stopped us there. A woman saw us and recognized us and she wanted prayer. She said she was walking as fast as she could and she was glad we had stopped. She was able to catch up with us and she was in dire need of prayer. She was slightly out of breath.

She said her name was Robin (I always change the names for blogs, so if you were on my team, I know that wasn't her name) and that she needed prayer because she felt defeated, her addiction was ruling her life, she was alone and that her dream of one day being a mother was slowly fading.

One of the women from Gateway, Kelly, prayed with me. And we asked the Holy Spirit to come and bless Robin. As I was praying for Robin I started getting pictures of her about nurturing. It was a spiritual nurturing, not a physical. Then I started getting pictures of prophetic eyes. It took me a moment to put together the pictures I was getting. Meantime, Kelly was right in there praying for this woman for inner healing. Robin was crying as Kelly addressed the issues surfacing. Once I put together what the Holy Spirit was telling me I told Robin that she had a gift for seeing and that she needed to be raised up in her gifts. The enemy was severely attacking her to distract her from what she really needed to do. I told her that she was being called back by the Father to church and that she hadn't been in some time. Robin needed to be nurtured in her gifts. Robin acknowledged that what I was receiving was correct and that she had visions and could see. And she said the Father was calling her. Her friends are trying to get her to go to church. I told Robin she couldn't go to just any church and get preached to. She had to find a church the Holy Spirit was active in and that her spirit would jump and she would know right away when she walked into the right church. But it was time for her to return to church. She wiped her eyes and agreed with the prayers Kelly and I prayed over her. Now I was so glad the Holy Spirit had stopped the team at the very beginning.

After this divine appointment I had the opportunity to talk with Rich, from Gateway, one of the chaperones out tonight with Mark. He is a U.S. Mail carrier and he shared with me some exciting stories of his adventures in praying for healing on people on his mail route. I think that helped set the precedence for the evening that people with me were comfortable with whatever the Holy Spirit would reveal. All the young people with us were eager to jump in and pray for people which was another plus.

We turned on Ellis and made our way into the Tenderloin. Our first stop we prayed for several people. I was surprised at the number of people out on the streets on this evening. I knew off the bat we would run out of provisions early and just have a night of pure ministry. Which are my favorite kind of nights in Night Strike. Again we prayed over several people congregated in this one spot. I walked around to keep an eye on the kids and check everybody as they prayed for people. I walked over to Rich who was praying for healing for a man named John. John needed eye surgery. As I lay hands on John I immediately get a picture of a little brown, city looking mutt dog, sitting right next to John at his side. I asked John if he had a little brown dog. He said no. It came in so strong, I asked the Holy Spirit what was the brown dog picture about. I received the word interpretation, “faithful companion”, “faithful friend”. The message John was to receive was that he was faithful and a friend of God. We didn't see the healing in John's eye. But that doesn't mean its not going to happen. Faithful. When we left John, we blessed him. Rich said, “be safe on the streets”. John replied, “nothing bad ever happens to me.” There was that faithful spirit. The Father touches his children in ways He sees fit. We'll never truly know how the word of a little brown dog will impact John. We're just the messengers.

As we ministered a little farther down the streets, there was a young woman named Jade. Rich and a couple of the young people from the Gateway were ministering to her. The Holy Spirit gave me three distinct pictures of Jade, 1 she was painting, 2 she was taking pictures, and 3 she had a brown leather case over her right should, held there by a strap. It was her portfolio. So I flat out asked Jade if she paints or takes pictures. She said she does both. She had her art on display at the Tenderloin National Forest art museum (it's on Ellis St. And Sam, no jokes about the Tenderloin National Forest...). Then I asked her about her portfolio she was putting together (the leather case). She was stoked and excited and started telling us about the portfolio she was working on. I told her God was blessing her in her art and that he wanted her to know that.

We had a lot of ministering time on Ellis. Somewhere around Ellis and Leavensworth, a woman approaches me from behind. I hear, “Hey!” I stop to turn around and there is a familiar face approaching me. “Do you remember me?” I replied, “I sure do!”

Now, for those of you who were out on the Polk Street adventure with me last June (Lisa believes it may have been in the fall) the team was Elyssa, Diana, Lisa, myself and possibly Leah; there was a woman who needed feminine napkins. So I went in and purchased them at a little corner store for her and she bolted. And I thought, whoops there goes a ministry opportunity. Only we caught up with her again on Larkin and OFarrell at a crosswalk. Well, it was her!

Tina remembered the word of knowledge and prophetic word we spoke over her that night at the cross walk. The word of knowledge was that she was a writer and the prophetic word was that the time was now to start the writing project she was putting off. She was beside herself with the information. Elyssa and Lisa I believe gave her some prophetic words too.

So it was Tina who ran to catch up with me. And I told her I remembered her and that I wanted a signed copy of her book. She asked me for my name so she could put a dedication in it. Tina was ecstatic that we were talking to her and breathing words of life into her. Because of her current profession, Tina identified herself as a Mary Magdalene. I told no problem we'll pray for you. Mary Magdalene did some incredible things in the kingdom. She was energized and happy as she walked off. It was a cool divine encounter. Tina was a bit apprehensive when we first met. We believe she is or was a Jehovah Witness. Jesus is working with her. People are delicate and things take time. Besides the Father doesn't have an agenda or a timeline for his children.

Another interesting person I would like to mention, whom I always encounter in the Tenderloin is Mr. Smiley. This man has the Louis Armstrong gift from God. Mr. Smiley goes down to the peer to sing for tourists. Mr. Smiley is like this incredible grandpa figure. He always entertains his family members in Christ. What an incredible voice this gentleman has. All he asks for is a smile. He loved ministering a bit to the young people in our group.

Our last big stop was just past the Y-WHAM building in the Tenderloin. Kelly and I prayed over a man and his niece. A young lady on our team gave away her knitted cap to the niece. The woman was absolutely thrilled for the new cap. As Kelly prayed over the uncle, Tim, I was getting a strong tug from the Holy Spirit for another download. The Holy Spirit was pointing out another warrior. I saw his helmet, it was red, for being covered in the blood of Christ. The Holy Spirit just gave me the info on Tim, that he was here in this war zone for a purpose and that he was needed to protect others. His life was one big struggle. But that was by design. Warriors don't get to pick their battlefields we go where the Commander of the Lords army sends us. He was sent in behind enemy lines to protect people. And that every time he faces a hardship to remember was he was sent here to do. It was a cool download. Tim just received it and confirmed what the message was. Tim said he protects a lot of the people on the streets.

That was our incredible night on the streets. I really enjoyed taking out the Gateway youth group. It's great to see young people who are hungry for the Father and are willing to step out of their comfort zone to embrace God's people.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

San Francisco Outreach with Behtel School of Supernatural Minsitry

Tuesday March 09 – Friday March 12, 2010
I had the incredible pleasure of ministering with Mark Neitz ministries and Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM) in the city of San Francisco. In this ministry outreach we stayed in the city in a little church that was local for our base of operations. Days were beautiful but the temperature dropped significantly at night in the church we were staying in. This only covers the events I was a part of. Many other things happened in groups I wasn't working with at the time. This is not completely edited and proofed. I wanted to journal as much as I could before forgetting the events and details. This is the high speed brain dump version to the keyboard. This next week will be hectic and I want to at least download as much as I can while it is all still fresh.

Tuesday Night March 09 2010

We drove the team over to a location in San Francisco to minister with Lions Pride ministries (Jason and Bekah) on the streets near Hippie Hill in the Haight. An incredible time and God's presence was everywhere. We staged the outreach at a local McDonald's central to the neighborhood we would be ministering in.

One of the women on the BSSM, Demeris, started ministering to a homeless man. He had some oppression going on and needed a touch from God. As Demeris focused her attention on the man, another homeless man arrived on the scene and started talking to Demeris. He was rattling off all sorts of Bible quotes that were random. The homeless man identified himself as Legion. Demeris realized these spirits were here to interfere with her ministering to homeless man who needed her attention. As she ignored Legion, it started speaking and mumbling curses at her back. Legion finally walked off and left the team alone.

I left McDonald's with my team, led by Lions Pride team members, Sam and Katie. We proceeded away from McDonald's down Haight. Our first stop was at a corner with some Haight kids. We ministered to these kids for a while it was a good spot and the Holy Spirit was bringing people to us. As we ministered here, a young man crossed the street towards us in a cross walk. I didn't see him at first but Whitney, from BSSM did and told him she saw purity in his eyes. Then he walked off across the street in the other direction. A few minutes later the same individual, George, returned and the Holy Spirit pointed him out to me this time, not knowing Whitney had spoke over the same individual. I heard the words, “healing and creative”. So I gave him those words. He had a jacket on that had design that looked like a contemporary stylistic design from afar, but as you look at it up close, its all demonic.

As I spoke to George, he told me what Whitney said to him earlier and wanted to know what was going on. We told him that God pointed him out to us. He was pretty laid back to that. Considering his clothes were full of satanic symbols. The hood of his jacket had the baphomet on both sides of the hood. The goat skull had an inverted cross on its forehead. It was definitely not something you would find in OC8 stores.


Sam from Lion's Pride asked George if he would like to walk along with us. He thought it would be fun. We headed off down the street and meandered through streets looking for other “lost boys” -Haight kids. George mentioned to Sam his leg was hurting and that he may have to turn back. He said he had a painful limp. Sam offered to pray for healing and George gave it a try. Joanne from BSSM and Sam started praying to grow out his leg. They prayed over George's leg and it grew out on the leg that was out of alignment and shorter (in picture above) Sam gave another member of BSSM, George's gear to carry and offered to carry his burden on the streets while he was out with us.

Our little caravan headed off again after the healing and walked a block to where we found some homeless people. A homeless woman who had obviously been used as the punching bag by her boy friend caught my eye as well as Joanne's and Whitney's. I asked the Holy Spirit for a word of knowledge to get this woman's attention right away so we could pray for her. I heard God mention her name was Rachel. I asked the woman if her name was Rachel, and she said “no, name is Raven.”

Then I had word of knowledge that she gave up on her one big dream and that God told me it wasn't dead. Raven answered, “it's true. Her dream is dead. She wanted a large horse ranch and the dream died.”

One of the men around her got a bit protective as another man was talking with one of their women. I had to put him at ease too as he spoke to us. So I asked the Holy Spirit for information to help us put him at ease with us. The man talked to us and God told me he had 3 children. At the opportune time I chimed in he had 3 kids. He responded, “ya, how did you know that?” Then he told us about his 3 kids. While he talked to us about his kids, God told me to tell him he was raised in a Catholic church. Mike, looked at me funny and corrected me, “Roman Catholic Church, ...are you psychic??”

I answered “No!”. Then Raven looked at me asked me to guess her church background. I and another team member got the word Mormon. I think Whitney or Joanne got the word of knowledge for Mormon too. We were literally tag teaming with the word of knowledge with this individual. With the word of knowledge working favor opened up to us with Raven. At the same time, the natives were getting restless. An individual with Raven was an atheist and he wanted us gone. I told Raven I would pray for her as we walked up the street. Raven wanted to come with us out of ear shot of the atheist to get some prayer. On her own. She wanted to come with us. So now we have Raven and George, the satanist, who witnessed the word of knowledge going on.

We led Raven up the street to pray over her and for some street deliverance. As Whitney, Shauna and I prayed with Raven. Sam, George and Joanne started having some interesting dialogue on what kind of Christians were we.

With Raven we prayed for deliverance over her. Her shoulder pain she blamed on a horse accident. But word of knowledge said it was a wound from being beaten. She continued to defend the man who did it to her. Not much progress there. Our team then focused on restoring the vision of her dream to her. We must have prayed over Raven for a good 10-15 minutes. That's what we were there for people to get touched by God. We blessed Raven and she went back to her friends.

Meanwhile, George and Sam are semi-debating, so Sam pulls me into the frey. George tries to defend the point that Satan and the angels being thrown out of heaven isn't in the Bible and that we're all misguided. I responded with, “a third of the stars were swept out of the sky. Demons! It's in the book of Revelation.”

George was caught off guard, “Oh?”

George takes a moment to think, “Satan isn't really the devil or mentioned in the Bible.”

I respond with, “Jesus says in Luke 10, I saw Satan fall like lightning. Now if you're referring to Lucifer, who is Satan, he was God's most incredible angel, guarded God's thrown (but I meant Glory) and who sinned by trying to over throw God from his own creation. It's in Ezekiel and Isaiah”.

Again, George was caught off guard. “Oh???”

It was a nice friendly debate, nothing brute force. I just wanted to respond to some misguided information he had so he could go off and look it up. Now that he was given facts on where to look.

The attention in the conversation turned to psychics and seeing. We had a great conversation about that.

It started raining on us and our ministry time was wrapping up so we returned back to Mc Donald's our friend George came with us all the way back with us too.

Wednesday Night March 10 2010

On this evening Mark setup a special night ministry with his youth group at Gateway church. It was an incredible and powerful night. The BSSM worship team blew the doors off in worship. I felt like I was at a conference. Other team members gave testimony and a sermonette. After that it was prayer time for healing and being set free, both for the kids and their parents! It was a remarkable night.

Thursday Day and Night March 11 2010

During the afternoon we were back at Hippie Hill in the Haight. I took a team out through the park to walk over to Haight Street. At the far end of the park we stopped and ministered to some people. One man stood out during ministry. One of the BSSM team members had me go speak to him. He was a homeless drug addict who was having dreams and visions. Okay, here is a case load in itself. But he was sincere about the real visions and dreams. So I spoke with him to see if he could prove himself to me on this one. He quoted from the book of Joel and then proceeded to tell me about his dreams. Where I worked to interpret some of the dreams. But extremely careful not to feed any strongholds. Which being homeless he obviously had quite a few. His dreams were revealing his attacks by the enemy on him. I asked the man for his name, since I was starting to get convinced by talking with him he was a seer. And there were points to separate the spiritual seeing from the chemically fabricated. The man told me his name was “Daniel”. Starting to get the feel the man has a Daniel anointing. I spoke with Daniel for some time and he wanted to be baptized. I told him I was a reverend and we could walk over to St. Ignatius and I could baptize him with the Holy water in the church fountain there. His stronghold kicked in and he started babbling he no longer wanted to be baptized. I sensed he was already baptized from the beginning. But giving me an opportunity to use some blessed water may help in some praying. He said no, and then I offered to bless some water in a bottle. He thought about it and then started babbling again. I prayed over him so more and found out he had some dark issues from violence inflicted on him. As I prayed for deliverance, an odd character came over, with sunglasses on and no lenses in the frames, and started praying with us. This guy was odd and I sensed a religious spirit. I quickly blessed Daniel, we hugged and parted, and I gave Daniel contact info for Pastor Evan to contact him.

The BSSM was ministering to other people, some young girls as I finished up with Daniel. The odd little fellow who was praying over Daniel kept vying for my undivided attention so I gave it to him. We were there to share God's love with people. The little odd man kept proclaiming rhymes and love of Jesus. And then he would misquote scripture. It didn't don on me until after a couple of minutes that he wasn't quoting scripture he was quoting the musical “Godspell” from the seventies. My sister had the album when she was a kid and one note or song tipped me off on this. Religious spirits are really weird!!! This guy was behaving like the demonaic fortune teller Paul got tired of and cast out. He walked along with us proclaiming Jesus is Lord but in an irritating way. I am almost positive this is what the fortune teller was doing to Paul. Finally, I said good bye to our odd friend and we walked off into the pan handle.

At 4:00 PM we returned to Hippie Hill. I walked up the hill to report in with Mark Neitz and Joel from BSSM. Mark told me Legion was here on the hill. I asked him where. He tried to show me the general location but we couldn't see him to point him out. Just as we were looking for him, he stood up to make his exit. The spirits could sense we were homing in on them. I proceeded down the hill to go catch up with Legion. Legion stopped at the bottom of the hill to speak to a demon sitting in a tree at Hippie hill. I caught him at the tree as he stopped there and he quit talking to his invisible friend. I leaned with one arm against the tree to talk to the man the spirits were inhabiting. I greeted him and said hi. He looked at me odd, but Legion wasn't manifesting. The spirit who spoke told me it's name was Lord Voldemort. The super evil wizard from Harry Potter. It invited me over to watch some Harry Potter with him, but I picked up in the spirit it wanted get me out of this setting to pound on me. So I thanked him and told him another time, maybe bring my friends along (for a good brawl). Aren't spiritual conversations wonderful? They're on two levels.

Voldemort handed me his drink so he could walk back and get his jacket. I blessed the drink and handed it back to him. He walked off after that.

Thursday Night

Late in the evening, around 9:30 PM we went out on the streets with Pastor Evan of the homeless church. We started in Justin Hermon plaza, then to a freeway overpass where lots of homeless lived and finally to a bus station. While at the bus station I prayed with Gabriel of the BSSM for a little while over a man's leg that was injured in surgery. Gabriel had it covered so I walked on to find other people to minister to.

As I walked away, Adam from the BSSM, asked me to pray over a man named Jeremy. Adam prayed for Jeremy's knee pain to heal. It healed. Then he prayed for Jeremy's arm in a cast. No miracle happened despite the healing in the knee. Adam asked me to pray for Jeremy heart to heal. I didn't understand what Adam asked me at first. I thought physical healing in the heart. At this time I believe Joanne from the BSSM came over to pray too. It surfaced in prayed or something Jeremy had said that he needed to forgive his ex-wife. I walked him through forgiveness prayer of his ex-wife. With all Jeremy's heart he just releases forgiveness in his words as he prayed. As Jeremy did this my hand I am holding over his heart got hot and then his arm got hot. Jeremy is really excited and takes off his cast and his arm was completely healed. He ran through the bus station praising Jesus. Glory goes to God!

As an addendum to this testimony, I spoke with Joanne and she reminded me about the part where Jeremy was so excited of his instant healing, he called his mom right there on his cellphone. His mom answered and he handed the cell phone to Joanne to tell his mother about the miracle that just happened and his instant healing.

After we finished praying in the bus station we went to pray over Pastor Evan and his incredible team of people. While we were doing this a homeless man named James walks over and watches what we're doing. A few people from the BSSM go pray over him and James sticks around to watch us pray. Next thing we're all prophesying over James too. Then Jonathan from BSSM led James through the salvation prayer and James gave his life over to Jesus.

Friday Night Strike is covered in the previous blog.
Our friend Legion slash Lord Voldemort did manage to make an appearance and travel the 5 miles over to visit us at Night Strike. This isn't random if you put it all the pieces together. Demons already know where and when we meet for Night Strike and this isn't the first Legion we have had in the plaza as we start out. They're actually semi-regular. But in different hosts.

We as our team walked to our destination on Friday night for ministry. We did minister to people on the streets. One interesting lady was Diane. We initially walked by Diane when our team was literally stopped in their tracks as we were about to pass her.

I greeted Diane, but she wouldn't give us her name. After I said hi to her and she said hi back, Joanne on our team asked Diane her name. Diane responed, "Putin-tame is my name ask me again and I'll tell you the same." So I asked her again what's her name to play along. Again, putin-tame...

Shauna offered Diane a rose and we got her name. Then we blessed Diane with words of life and a prayer about her that she was like the rose. She burst out into joyful tears. We made her night and she definitely made ours.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Night Strike March 12, 2010 - The Scarlet Cord

And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there. Joshua 2:1

Last night turned a new page in the Night Strike street ministry. Something was birthed and we're still not sure what it is yet. Many people consider our Night Strike outreach to be specifically a drug addict, prostitute and homeless outreach. But if you know Mark and Bob long enough our true charter is to go into the dark places where everyone else tells us not to go and that's where we find heaven's treasure.

I was passed the mantle for prostitute ministry from my good friends, Elyssa and Leah, who have an incredible heart for this ministry and constantly blessed dancers and prostitutes on the streets and in front of the clubs where they worked. When I was handed the reigns I had every intention of maintaining the ministry and following in the footsteps of my two incredibly blessed friends. What always happens when God has ministry pass batons is He takes the ministry deeper. Change for God literally means things don't stay the same.

For sometime while Leah and Elyssa were ministering on the streets we were getting the message to go inside the clubs. This was a significant step forward and we didn't know what this would like or how we should proceed. Leah and I thought maybe we could go in and find a place to do dream interpretation and try that in these clubs. Again, we know God had a plan but we didn't know what the plan looked like.

This week while ministering with the School of Supernatural ministry, I found like 'spirited' people who were trying to figure out the same form of ministry. But God blessed us with a person who was  knowledge of the industry our team was trying to impact. Our ministry's market place, the prostitutes and the dancers.

This was a gift from God that surfaced in only ways He can arrange. When God arranges an opportunity like this it is time to act. Speaking with Mark and the leaders from BSSM team, we setup a team for Night Strike to enter the darkness. Go into the strip clubs, like Caleb and Joshua, to find Rahabs. This is a significant and huge step in our ministry, but we know with the team God assembled, this had to be done this evening while we had the people.

We setup our small team at Night Strike and kept a lid on our mission's destination. We weren't really discussing with other teams that our objective on this night was to go into strip clubs and spiritually feel the environment and find out what we needed to prepare for and what we were getting in to.

We hand picked our team members, 3 women from the Bethel school of ministry and 3 from Night Strike, in all 2 men, and 4 women. I am not documenting for an oh cool, we're Christian's who totally went into a strip club. I want to document the level of spiritual warriors and where they must be in their walk with Christ to do this sort of ministry. We don't even know what this ministry look's like yet. It's still being birthed. However, you know from my blogs that my ministry is spiritual warfare. This level of spiritual warfare we immersed ourselves in last night was every bit as intense as going into a house with demonic activity. Only this time the oppression is from spirits of perversion and whoredom. It's thick and you can feel it, as I said, just as you feel the oppression in a house with demonic activity. I would even say this was more intense.

From the first club, we learned how to carve up our team to proceed into another club. One club we entered was ground zero for the sexual revolution in pornography in San Francisco. We intercessed for members of our team went in and were literally given a tour. They even handed a dancer a Night Strike rose in that club.

We proceeded over to a third club, and determined, we need to bring lots of money for this ministry. Cover charges are steep! With these expeditions and experiencing first hand the level of warfare we were able to start putting together some ideas on how this ministry would be birthed. Well, I think it was on this night. We didn't just step out of the comfort zone, I think we leaped across the comfort zone chasm and barely made it to the other side. From this experience we were given revelation on what types of people can be on this team and who shouldn't. We are engaging the principality of this city in this one. It's not a hospitality or door greeter ministry and we were given wisdom to hand pick because of the severity of the casualties of war in this operation. Like M16 ministries, this is an offensive engagement of the enemy that will bite back. And it fits Night Strike, we go to the darkest places where we're told not to go. Then on top of that we have our team members from Bethel.

People always wondered what revival would would look like in San Francisco. I think it looks a lot like John 1:5,

The Light shines in darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

We have to bring the light of Jesus Christ to the darkness and do it very carefully and strategically.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Possess the Land...

So Joshua said to the Israelites: "How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, has given you? - Joshua 18:3

Did you ever wonder what was at your property before your nice new home was constructed? Sure, real estate is all about location location location. But what if your new home is the previous site of the Church of Satan, in the Richmond district in San Francisco.

The Anton LaVey house was demolished in 2001 after it fell into complete disrepair -like everything else Satan touches. The victorian was was built in the 1800's, and when it was destroyed by contractors in 2001. It had roots, that quote, went all the way back to hell. The property reportedly sold for a mere $240,000, for premium real estate in the city.

You wonder what kind of activity is going on in the condos. Hopefully, none.

Defiled land can be repossessed, if you'll excuse the term, just look at the work of King Josiah in 2 Kings, chapter 23. I personally would implement a cleansing and praying over this land before moving into it. The land can be reclaimed and the roots to hell can be removed. The current condo now sells for a $1,000,000. Wow!! Even defiled land is expensive in California!

Defiled land can be reclaimed by God. The important point to remember is not to be over zealous and walk on the land and start praying. A few well minded prayer warriors I know who are inexperienced in these matters will just go to such a site and engage in spiritual warfare. And then end up getting the mojo whammied on them.

You need to follow protocols when reclaiming defiled land. Preferably, seek a team out, like M16 and get assistance in being walked through the process. It takes time and make sure you are fasting (not from TV!!! but a real fast!) for a few days before the fight. Speak with God during your fast and ask Him to reveal to you information you will need in this fight. First and formost ask God if you should be in this fight or someone else should be engaging the enemy. This is spiritual maturity when you talk with God and listen. When you pray during a fight use protocols like you're an Old Testamnet king entering the thrown room of God. You are going before the King of kings, the Lord of lords and asking for resources from the kingdom to engage in battle. Request God's permission to do so. You already have the authority. But you are showing the spirit realm whom you answer to -the God of creation.

Set up intercessors to go into battle with you. Then you need to setup intercessors to intercess for you and your intercessors in battle. This is a battle and it takes an army. The property can be reclaimed! And the enemy does fight back. But they already lost this battle -at the foot of the cross!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Lectio Divina – Scripture Prayer

God is having me expand my horizons in prayer these past several months. It's not about the ministry, it's about the minister. God would rather see a crystal cathedral built in your soul than a man made crystal cathedral built to seat thousands.

In my adventures of seeking the Father deeper I have been attending different churches and learning how different denominations pray. I have been researching the writings of Catholic church saints from the 1500's, and wow, the stuff you come across. History wants to paint the Catholic church as not having God in it at all during these times. This was the era of the Spanish Inquisition. Despite the horrors of this period, there were those who were deeply seeking God and trying to change the church around from the evil ways of man. Some even risked being called heretics and their writings and theology was directly in the face of the inquisitors. Yet, these people were spared because of the miracles, signs, and wonders that God backed them up with. And their writings have survived to this day without being destroyed or harm coming to the authors.

All I can say is that these Saints knew how to pray and they were teaching others how to pray. The church leaders couldn't deny the results they were seeing in these forms of praying. One such form of prayer is the Lectio Divina. Pronounced Lex-io Da-veena. Also referred to as Teresan prayer, after Saint Teresa of Avila. This form of prayer is still practiced in the Catholic church. Not all churches though, seems as we got more modern in the 20th century, the church started to lose track of its own heritage. Fortunately, for me, the Dominican Sisters, at Mission San Jose still hold a Lectio Divina prayer meeting.

What is the Lectio Divina form of prayer? It is the reading of scripture and meditating on it. Saint Teresa was a fan of reading scripture and slowly letting it permeate the soul. In her teachings, she would read the scripture and reflect on her day or week and would see what the scripture would reveal to her.

In the Lectio Divina I participated in, it was the 3rd Sunday of Lent. Sister Beth, who also led my contemplative prayer session, led this session as well. We had about 8 chairs arranged in a circle, the chapel, and lit a candle in the middle of the circle. All the lights in the chapel are off with the exception of this candle.

Sister Beth started quieting prayer, “Be still and know that I am God.”

We rested in the peace for about 2 minutes and let ourselves feel the peace and the presence of God in the chapel.

Then Sister Beth, proceeded to read the scripture for this week, she mentioned it was a cycle A reading for Lent. I am not sure what that means since I don't attend a Catholic church. She read from:
John 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42

5So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
 7When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?" 8(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
 9The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])
 10Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."
 11"Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?"
 13Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
 15The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water."

19"Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet. 20Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."
 21Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."
 25The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."
 26Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he."

39Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony,

40So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41And because of his words many more became believers.
 42They said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world."

Sister Beth reads the scripture 4 times. The prayer session lasts about an hour.

The first reading. -let go of your thoughts for the day and just feel the peace.

The second reading. - meditate on what phrase in the scripture stands out.

The third reading – reflect (St. Teresa) on your day and how does the scripture standout

The fourth reading – what is this scripture calling you to do? Is it calling you to something personal?

The Teresan form of praying is very relaxing and the reflection part adds a whole new dimension to your prayer time. Sometimes when I go to sleep now I pray the Our Father, Mathew 6:9-15, in this manner and reflect on each line of prayer. Sometimes I fall asleep not finishing the prayer. If you have taken the John Paul Jackson, Art of Hearing God course, in the work book, they recommend going to a Lectio Divina prayer session.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Unredeemed Gifts – the Psychic

There is a lot of misinformation spreading through the churches today on what a psychic is and how they can talk to spirits. Paranormal research has now become a mainstream past time due heavily in part to the success of the long running Ghost Hunters series on the SyFy channel. The wide availability of podcasting has also sparked a sub-culture in capturing and broadcasting supernatural phenomena. There must be hundreds of paranormal research groups on the Internet. With that said, let's revisit the lessons learned from Wikipedia. Just because the information is on the Internet does not guarantee reliability of the source or the factuality of the information. The present fad of paranormal investigation is one such example of misinformation gone awry. We have an interesting clash of technology and spirituality. So much for the age old misnomer religion and science don't mix.

The #1 leading source of misinformation are the television shows. The viewers are so hungry for something spiritual that they literally live off every word these reality stars spout. Now some positive credit is due to the Ghost Hunter series where the lead people tend to state that what they are doing is based on theory and not of facts. The problem is the viewer ignores the theory aspect and reals in the information as fact. Copy cat viewers then run with this and setup websites and prop themselves up as so called experts because they have a large web viewership. Again, this is dangerous, but its the fact of the society we live in where the average person can post and broadcast anything, anywhere, and now! Subculture celebrities are rising out of this paranormal web cast phenomenon. Some hosts of these sites are reporting to be actual psychics who lend their talent to haunting investigations.

The fact of the matter is that we have learned nothing knew since the dawn of man on what exists in the afterlife. God the creator created the universe. People since the dawn of man have had psychic abilities. The Hebrew texts of the Torah report different religions having their own seers. A seer is one who can communicate with the spirit realm. The prophets of God were called seers. Man was created in God's image.

So God created man in his own image,
       in the image of God he created him;
       male and female he created them.
- Genesis 1:27

We know God is spirit and that he is the creator of the universe.

God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth. - John 4:24

God is spirit and He communicates with us through our spirit. Man is comprised of mind, body and spirit. The mind is a complicated design, it has a soul, a will and the mind. The soul is corporeal, yet its physical presence is required for us to exist. Without it we would be dead!

God speaks to us through our soul and grants us access to him. In mystical theology when God wants to be with us His presence is with us in our soul. When God comes to us in this manner, by merely touching us it is a gift from Him. As we are touched by God we seek to know him deeper. As our soul unions with God, He may release more gifts upon us or a deeper understanding of a current gift, such as being a seer or discernment of spirits, as examples. When we look spiritual gifts in this manner we call them redeemed gifts. All people are born with some form of spiritual gift. When the soul invites Jesus Christ into their life the gift is redeemed by the work on the cross. God is now speaking to our spirit and releasing revelation. A seer, using the Hebrew text, or prophet, in the Bible, is a person that has the ability to receive revelation from God.

The Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil

In the book of Genesis, the scripture points out two very distinct and specific types of trees in the Garden of Eden. They are the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. -Genesis 2:8

God left specific instructions to Adam and Eve that they could eat from any tree in the garden, except from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." - Genesis 2:17

When Adam and Eve sinned they were banished from the garden. God placed a cherubim at the gate so Adam and Eve could not return in their sinful state. Now, what exactly happened? Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate from the tree gaining prohibited knowledge. They were left in a state of sin. God had to banish them and keep them out. If they ate from the tree of life they would eternally stay in this state of sin. So God locked them out!

When our soul surrenders to Jesus and He touches our spirit, we are once more covered by the tree of life. We have eternal life because we are redeemed. At this moment our spiritual gifts are redeemed too and we receiving information to our spirit from the Holy Spirit. This is the case with a seer or prophet using their spiritual gifting. The gifting operates differently from when it was unredeemed.

When a gift is operating and is not redeemed, it is operating under the context of the tree of knowledge of good and evil and the information is going to the soul for processing. This information isn't coming from God, although it could if God is speaking to an individual for them to change their ways.

This explanation is not intended to be a finger pointing holy-er than though context. The point is to edify was is taking place when a psychic receives their information. The difficulty in the explanation in the matter that a psychic doesn't see they are being deceived by spirits. Through a redeemed gift you don't see a friendly ghost child wanting to play ball. You see a hideous demon-child with an organic umbilical looking thing tethered to a wall in the spirit realm. Demons hack the psychic hotline and their extremely good at it!

A case in point from the Bible, Paul encounters the fortune teller. Paul has redeemed spiritual gifts and authority over the spirit realm. The fortune teller is pouting out information from demons. The fortune teller was talking to demons and receiving a broadcast of deception.

16Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved." 18She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, "In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!" At that moment the spirit left her. Acts 16:16-18

Hi-Jacked Gifts

God gives us the gifts as he sees fit. A person can be born a psychic and develop their gifts as they grow. This gift is hi-jacked by the enemy and he'll use it to demonstrate the person has uncanny abilities. Unfortunately, all the people we see on TV who are helping solve police cases are exercising an unredeemed gift. The enemy will use this person to demonstrate to a vast audience that there is a spirit realm – and may not necessarily involve God. It's a perpetuation of a lie.

The psychic has become taboo in Christian circles. Many Christians today will freak out when they see other Christians using their redeemed gifts and besting psychics. God gives us direct access to the supernatural. We don't embrace it. Remember how Elijah, God's seer, beat all of Jezebel's psychics? It was one man of God against many of her prophets. It was Elijah who called down the fire from Heaven on them! If that doesn't blow your mind on the supernatural scale I don't know what will.

Christian TV Psychics

It is interesting to see many paranormal TV shows using Christian psychics. This is a bad thing. There are no Christian psychics and worse yet these people are communicating directly with the spirits around them. It's a conflict of interest in your walk with God! The book, 2 Kings, chapter 21, pretty much sums up what God feels about the abuse of his law and his gifts.

1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. His mother's name was Hephzibah. 2 He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, following the detestable practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites. 3 He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had destroyed; he also erected altars to Baal and made an Asherah pole, as Ahab king of Israel had done. He bowed down to all the starry hosts and worshiped them. 4 He built altars in the temple of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, "In Jerusalem I will put my Name." 5 In both courts of the temple of the LORD, he built altars to all the starry hosts. 6 He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced sorcery and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger. – 2 Kings 21:1-6

The books of law in the Hebrew text many times emphasize that practicing divination and sorcery is a big NO-NO!

If you are a Christian and you are using psychic abilities you need to cease, repent from using it and seek proper guidance in seeing as God wants you to see. Wait a minute, I thought you said, being a psychic is a unredeemed gift? It is, but you are no longer speaking to the ghost-spirit realm. That door must be shut -and you are no longer a psychic -but a seer. And it is God's will and timing to give you revelation. That is you must pray and talk to God to get revelation (to see). The gift is now operating at God's discretion and for His will.

How narrow minded, you say? Yes. I hear that a lot.

But wait till you see the heavenly spirit realm. It blows the doors off the fabrications the soul-ish gifting shows you. You will start to see the little disembodied child spirit isn't what it is reporting itself to be to your psychic skills. Then you'll realized you were hacked! To use a high tech term. Nothing tops seeing angels. The good guys!

My goal here, again, isn't to point a finger and say REPENT! Or to say you're going to HELL! You get enough of that from my brethren who don't understand what the word repent really means. Yes, I have run into those annoying guys with the sandwich boards and bull horns too. I want to point out what Christian seers and those of us with discernment of spirits actually see. There are two channels in the spirit realm. One is straight from the source and the other is controlled propaganda broadcasting. The most exciting part of all this is that God does want to speak to you and He does speak. Switch channels!