Wednesday, October 28, 2015

SO YOU THINK YOU''RE ANOINTED?!!!


Praise the Lord everyone!! For He alone is worthy to be praised!! I feel my breakthrough coming! Oh taste and see that the Lord is good! He has been patient with me as He has brought me lovingly through all my trials and tribulations, my learning experiences, as I call them. I have been hard headed and disobedient at times but God has looked beyond my faults and saw my needs. Now I must go forward and do my part to fulfill my mission in Christ.

As I sit today pondering my road to this point I can't help but think about a lesson I learned long ago that unfortunately many in the Body of Christ seem to have not learned yet, and that is that the gifts that God has given us all are without repentance. Romans 11:29- 30 states   29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

You can see it in many churches and ministries these days. There is a lack of power, there is a power outage in the body of Christ. Where are the the people being delivered? the healing? or the signs and wonders? The Choir sounds good, The preacher is preaching hard but the people are just sitting there, no lifting up of Holy Hands, no shouting, no dancing, no brokenness or any other moves of the Holy Spirit. What is missing? the anointing of God that's what, and the sad part is those who are ministering are saying "I sound great, so it must be them, they ain't right."

Sounding good and preaching dynamic, well conceived sermons only means that the gift God gave you at birth is at work but the power that is needed to destroy yokes and heal people is missing because you are not in correct standing and relationship with God.

A perfect example is the show "Sunday Best", the "Christian" version of "American Idol" Some singers get on stage and sing technically beautiful and pitch perfect but when they sing nothing happens. Then the next singer gets up they have some pitch problems and their voice cracks at times but while they sing tears begin to fill your eyes, people lift up holy hands and shout "glory!!" and some even get up and praise dance, That is the anointing!! Isaiah 10:27 states     27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing. 

The power is in the anointing!! It's not how good you sound or look, Your gifts are without repentance! God does not take back His gifts no matter how you are living but His anointing is only given to those who are in right standing with Him and God will remove His anointing if you fall out of fellowship with Him. That is why you can go see somebody one time and the glory of the Lord and His anointing can be all over them and a week later you see them and the glory of God is gone, the light has gone out. This is the "Ichabod."(see 1st Samuel 4:21) I know because it happened to me. People asking behind my back "what happened to him?" What happened was I was in a back sliding state! I was grieving the Holy Ghost and my anointing was taken from me. My ministry became un-effective. 

We can't lean on our gifts alone, thinking that we are getting away with something and/or accomplishing something because our "gifts" appear to be working in full effect. you might be able to fool some "weak" Christians but the lack of power in your ministry will expose you.
Living in holy obedience to God is the only way to add the anointing to your gifts, and to do the work God has called you to your gonna need it.

   God Bless you All, Brother Darrell, Speaking Off the Wall





Thursday, October 22, 2015

"I CRIED HOLY!!"

P:raise the Lord everybody! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!! He alone is worthy to be praised!! I love the Lord, I really do but sometimes I have a strange way of showing HIM how much I love Him.

I was thinking back again to how it was when I first "got saved."
How often I found myself weeping before God, overcome by His presence with a brokenness just at the mere thought of what He had done for me. It didn't matter where I was or who I was with, when I thought about how great I felt the day He lifted that burden of sin up off of me I would break down and cry. I mean weep great big tears, just imagine a six foot four inch grizzly bear sobbing like a baby.
Where has it all gone? I ask myself these days. When was the last time I wept before the Lord? When was the last time I lifted up Holy hands in praise in the sanctuary? Psalm 34:17- 19 states  17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

I asked myself this, "why DO I find myself in constant trials and tribulation? Has my heart hardened? Have I become indifferent to the goodness of God? Have I forgotten from whence cometh my help?" I think not! My help comes from the Lord! I know my redeemer lives!! But what I have done is to allow the T.V. media to dominate my time. These days as I struggle to re ignite the fires and return to my former place in Him, I do so in faith knowing that He never left me nor forsook me and has been with me throughout my trials.

The other night I listened to one of my favorite, put you in the presence of God, songs. It is the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir's "Cry Holy" with Micheal English. For years I would listen to That very anointed track and it would usher me into God's presence. I would lift up Holy hands, close my eyes and bask in His light, at times weeping and singing His praises.

2nd Chronicles 5:13+14  states     13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord;

14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.     

The other night for the first time in years, the glory of the Lord filled me and the house, "hallelujah!!" I shouted as I cried "Holy, my God is Holy" along with Micheal English and Brooklyn Tab. Choir. God is restoring me, reshaping and reestablishing me. I will sing God's praise because He has done such a marvelous thing, and with music or without music I will spend quality time before Him and bask in His presence in the beauty of holiness.

So now instead of binge watching T.V. and movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime before I go to bed at night, I get my praise on and enjoy a peaceful nights sleep. If I open my eyes in the middle of the night I say "speak Lord" and I lay quietly listening for His voice and in the morning before I even speak to my wife I spend time praying and thanking Him. God has brought me a mighty long way, again.

        God Bless You All, Brother Darrell, Speaking Off The Wall
        




Monday, October 12, 2015

GUILTY PLEASURES


Praise the Lord everybody!! for He alone is worthy to be praised!! God is the joy and the strength of my life, He is my all and all and I love him. He has shown me time and time again that He is real, God is real!! So my goal in life is to let Him know that I am for real in my love and devotion to Him. I want to be real in my walk, real in my talk and real in my worship. Jesus said in John 4:23+24    23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Being true to God means being truthful to oneself, "keeping it real" with God and yourself as many like to say. I began examining myself and I found myself guilty of something many Christians are also guilty of. I continually put my salvation and deliverance to the test. How do we do it? Take for example, a lot of us including myself have been delivered from drugs and alcohol but still we find ourselves watching and fixated on movies and T.V. shows like, The Wire, Scar Face, Blow, New Jack City, American Gangster, King Pin, Boardwalk Empire and a host of others.

Galatians 4:8+9 states  8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.

9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 

why do we continue to take fire unto our bosom when we know we were delivered by God from pyromania?(Prov. 6:27,28) When God delivered me from drugs He also delivered me from pornography, but if you look at any T.V. or movies now days you can't help but notice that most have at least one scene that can be considered pornographic. Despite this I find myself watching shows like Scandal, Empire, Board Walk Empire, even shows like Grey's Anatomy and Hell on Wheels have simulated sex scenes and those are just the shows that I watch.

Proverbs 6: 27,28 states  27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?

What about those Christians that Have been delivered from homosexuality? With homosexuality being pushed on T.V. shows 24/7 like crack in a crack house, where can they turn to on their T.V.'s and feel safe?

And we have the nerve to call these shows "guilty pleasures" when we watch them. The key word here being "guilty". When we watch these shows or participate in borderline activities we are guilty of playing fast and loose with our salvation, our deliverance from such things and our anointing for ministry. That's right ministry, you don't get to have powerful ministries like Paul or Isaiah or Peter and even more recent ministries such as Billy Graham,David Wilkerson, Benny Hinn, A.A. Allen etc. without a certain amount of Consecration, faith, obedience and holiness.

"Guilty pleasures" are just that, pleasures that make us guilty of grieving the Holy Spirit. When I first accepted Christ and was discipled under David Wilkerson at Time Square Church, I did not own a T.V. and kept just a radio to listen to Christian Radio, the News and sports. I kind of miss those days, there were no "guilty pleasures" no shows without any redeeming value, that's consecration.

So as of right now I'm going to stop playing with fire and take "Empire, Scandal and How to commit murder", off my must watch list and anything else that might grieve the Holy Spirit or interfere with my anointing and my ability to serve God. Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti Television, I just want to stop fooling myself about "guilty pleasures" and what it takes to serve God, after all there's more at stake than just having a piece of cake when your on a diet.

          God Bless You All, Brother Darrell, Speaking Off The Wall