Messengers of Darkness & Straining Gnats Part 2 ~ Ring of Fire Ministries Broadcast Transcript, August 31, 2021 with Angela

Good Morning Blessings – Thank you for joining me today on this ROF Ministries broadcast.  Today we are going to wrap up our study from last week which was interrupted when my internet went down, in which we were studying Mathew 23 and straining gnats.  Before we were so abruptly interrupted we were almost ready to go over the last woe, which is placed upon those look narrowly upon others, while ignoring they have areas in their lives which are not obedient and surrendered to the Lord.  We discussed how a “woe” is simply to suffer a consequence – or rather a reaping of pain we’ve sowed in our mistreatment of others or the results of sin in our lives because we view ourselves very holy already…

So today we will go over the last woe and then go over Romans 2, while discussing what it looks like when we are inflicted with a “critical spirit,” which goes hand in hand with straining gnats – faultfinding of others, while swallowing a camel of continued sin in our own lives.  Those who do this wear a holy façade as a mask to be admired and lifted up to rule over others… pride again, which always paves the way to a great fall.

So let’s do this…

The Seventh Woe

Jesus concludes the “woes” by showing that the Pharisees claim to honor the prophets of old, but they are just as guilty as their own forefathers who persecuted and killed messengers from God – this critical nature gets passed down, generation to generation and it proves you are who you commune with most often.  If you are not a faultfinder, then you will find it very difficult to be in the company of faultfinders, we are told to not partake in their iniquity so we do not absorb that sort of quality which provokes the Father to wrath upon us.  God’s measure of wrath eventually reaches a tipping point. For that reason, Jesus declares that at that appointed time these hypocrites will suffer the consequences of the many righteous people unjustly harmed at their hands.
Matthew 23 ends with Jesus’ lament over these souls. Speaking from His divine perspective, He mourns over how He would have protected these hypocrites, but they refused. This was also the end point of Jesus’ public ministry, in which there will be no more opportunities for the people to hear directly from Him. Worse, the city will soon experience horrific wrath as the protection of God is removed. And just as it is written, the next time the people of Jerusalem will see Jesus, openly, will be when He returns as a conquering Judge and King.  Its pretty uncanny how all this is increasing from that day Jesus warned the hypocrites who was in His midst, until the times in which we live and must deal with them ourselves.

You see when we strain gnats, we set ourselves us in a higher authority than others, where mercy flows inward but does not flow outwardly to others and we cannot perceive or understand the possibility that just maybe… Everyone is doing the very best that they can.  When we sit in darkness like that, all we can perceive is the darkness within others and we are compelled to straighten them out, correct them and all sorts of weird things… We measure others by our own holiness and anything that does not represent our characteristics, giftings, mannerisms – we see as a gnat that needs removed.  And all the while, we ignore the obvious within ourselves… the camel.

For some reason, when first saved we are so thankful for much because in that moment we realize just how much we have been forgiven for.  But like with all things time passes and we often take for granted that which our Lord Jesus so freely granted us – salvation, to be washed clean by Him.  And as things begin to be removed from our lives, we sort of get this “holiness” state of mind, like we are better than others.  And those who grew up in religious households of cleanliness are the worst in many ways – of self-righteousness, not realizing they could follow the most pristine ways of living and still be a filthy rag like the rest of us.

You can instruct the sheep all day long, but until you smell like them you will not reach them, or at least not in the way in which you are purposed to reach them.  Afterbit we are going to talk about this “critical spirit” – about Romans 2 a little bit and ask the Lord to teach us His ways of being sent out to preach the Gospel in an effective way for the sake of the lost and the Glory of His Name.

So the challenge for this purifying season is… Pay attention to yourself, the thoughts which pass through your mind in reference to others.  I’ve been shocked since doing this myself, often catching myself looking harshly upon another… so humbled and thankful the Lord is giving us this correction right now, very timely and very needed.  If it isn’t a salvation issue for someone, you might want to consider – it is even necessary to bring to their attention or – Am I just straining a gnat.  We will get a lot more into this in a little while, just to make sure we are in a good placement with the Lord on High to represent Him just as He is… loving, embracing, full of compassion and welcoming to all who are need of saving.  I haven’t forgotten how far I’ve fallen before – and hopefully you haven’t either.

Many of us stink right now…  in order to draw those close to us in order they be loved like Jesus.  You just don’t know who you are and how special you are and how Jesus is building a masterpiece – that’s you!  With boldness He is raising you up to give Him glory in ways the holy dressed up ones cannot.  There is no way they can reach who you can – no way… they lack the compassionate love of Jesus and for them – they are very awkward, when they try – it comes off a insincere and those who are messy have a keen sense of hypocrisy.  You my loves are a unique and rare blessing that the world has been waiting for, which gets me so very excited!  I just cannot wait to set back and watch how the Lord is going to use you!  You shine like the SON, with His power behind you – LOVE… something which cannot be bought, imitated or replicated by will…. It just is and it is an obvious part of your DNA.  So keep shining like the son. 

Alrighty, so in a bit…  We will go over Romans 2 and this critical religious spirit, asking the Lord to reveal to us any of that which is still within us and to purge it forever. 

The Lord is really pressing us to pay attention to times we are tempted to “strain gnats” in someone else’s life and take captive those thoughts, hold your peace and be made whole.  Amen?

There was an amazing quote I read from Toby Mac and I believe it is something Jesus would tell us too:


We are told to be Holy in all manner of what we speak… If something does not reflect the image of Jesus, then we need His help to overcome and represent Him in all our ways.  I thank Him for showing us more of how we do not follow in His footsteps as we decrease, so that He may increase within us and within the whole World.

This critical spirit trying to attach itself to us can only cling to self-righteousness, viewing oneself as Holier than another (that’s the plank in the eye btw – called self/ego).  Doubleminded believers are stumbling like drunk men/women, roaming to and fro to seek knowledge that will never, ever prepare or grow them in that they are Spiritually prepared for the intense heat that is looming on the horizon.

The truth only feels like condemnation when you are not willing to change your behavior and repent for your sins.  And herein is the sickness indwelling those within the church today.  The Spirit only knows truth and the only way to win these battles are by the Spirit, nothing done in our own strength will prosper for the Glory of God, only self glory – aside from totally surrendering to Him.  Many of you are getting beat up for running ahead of God, unarmored by missing the very first step in battles… surrender to Jesus, a requirement for victory.  Flesh always is irritated by another’s flesh and flesh always contends with flesh, but remember – satan cannot cast out satan – in our flesh we cannot overcome the flesh within someone who does not want to get free and stay free. 

When you are sober in the mind – delivered from the worry regarding the cares of this World you rest in Jesus and are anxious about nothing and although it is horrible right now, we haven’t seen anything yet.  Those who have ingested the tree of knowledge of good and evil are confused, perplexed and drunk right now – we knew this was going to happen, the Lord showed us this weeks ago, giving us time to repent and get on board wholeheartedly with Him.  They are hearing voices which are not of the Lord and parroting them all over the place – evolving into messengers of darkness, not light.  God’s children are messengers of light, sadly there are fewer than we wanted to believe.  These messengers of darkness are anxious about everything at the moment thinking they are in battle with an enemy who is not defeated – where messengers of light are declaring the gospel truth that the enemy has already been defeated.  Unfortunately, they will be greatly sifted as wheat, fighting battles of entanglement with darkness that are unnecessary refusing to resist the enemy so that he flees.  Whether they realize it not, the enemy is posturing and staring them right in the face saying exactly what was said in Acts 19 to a Jewish priest and the sons of Sceva –

15Eventually, one of the evil spirits answered them, “Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” 16Then the man with the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. The attack was so violent that they ran out of the house naked and wounded.…

When we have anger rise up within us when in a battle – spiritually or naturally, we are compromised and not surrendered to the Lord and we have already lost.  Spiritual warfare is not the learned ways of war that is man taught – which resembles the cutting off of the ear that Peter did, which Jesus put back on and healed by the way – which is indicative of a desire to harm and injure – not walking in victory spiritually.  Vengeance brings suffering and harm to your opponent and belongs to God alone – we are to rise above the turmoil, having peace and victory in Jesus alone – as we tread upon serpents and scorpions not handle them for another victorious notch on our belts of pride.  Again, the Lord just keeps pressing me that if this sort of approach continues we shall be sifted – do not entangle with darkness to defeat something that you already can trample upon as Jesus defeated all darkness – all means all.  When we enjoy the “fight” it shows we value the fight over valuing Jesus in us as He is our all in all – several right now are operating out of a punishing spirit, to make someone pay.  James 1:24 tells us the desire Jesus has for us to be mature and complete, not lacking anything – so one more win, one more devil cast out, one more, one more… is not what makes us whole – He does.  It is no wonder the enemy will wear out the saints of the most high God – we’ve been fighting battles for the sake of engagement, with an enemy who has already lost.  Many within the church are using friendly fire pointed at one another and are in severe danger of losing it all because we have lost our ability to resist the enemy.  One major reason the demons you try to deliver others from will not flee is because it is their counterparts which are influencing you to go into battle with them, instead of surrendering to the Lord, putting on the full armor and standing therefore…  Just stand – don’t run and don’t engage – just resist and when Jesus’s power flows from within you – the devil flees you.  Do you realize when you take your proper placement and someone tormented is in your midst that person gets a reprieve from their torment by the light you overshadow them with?  I say all this out of a place of love, many of you have battle wounds that were inflicted in battles you were never sent to fight and it breaks my heart.  In the Spirit – we look to the souls that need saved, when we look to one who is lost we see a soul because that is what Jesus sees and desires to save – when we are battling in the flesh, all we see is how the flesh of that soul is being influenced by darkness and sin and way too many are entangling with the enemy, over defeating him to operate.  With our full armor on we can fight for that soul spiritually, flesh armor we go to battle with someone’s flesh laden with darkness.  Armor protects, yes?  It is not a weapon.

Will you let Jesus purify you?  To remove all the obstacles of offense and stand and speak as a child of light, having come out of darkness all the way.  No more mixture, no more bitterness, vengeance, points to prove or overcompensating strength in self.  Wow… How did I get off on that ramble?  Forgive me, I am supposed to be talking about looking upon others narrowly with a critical eye and spirit.  I am not sure who that rant was for, I pray it blessed someone – its just that I can tell several of you are listening to the wrong voices, because when you are anxious what you’ve taken in, comes out and what you are proclaiming reflects that our Lord has not defeated the enemy, nor does He remain steadfast and firm as victorious in all situations and so can you – His power resides within you, so never let your fear be greater than His power.  Remember – whatever we feed grows and whatever we starve dies, the problem is many are not feasting upon the fullness of the truth.  And it is by our own appetites we choose what we eat and what we take into us, comes out.  It is so simple a child could understand.  Many of you are anxious right now because of what you seek and take into you produces to grow anxiety and overshadow what truth you have been granted.  This is opposite of your purpose because when truth is received it overshadows all darkness and kills it so it does not prosper in your life.  I must admit I feel somewhat of a helpless feeling at times, very similar to many of you who desire those you love to call out to Jesus – I have that same desire for you all to go deeper into Him and desire His words, which are sincere and the only pure truth, to defeat the carnal mind of knowledge.

Funny Catholic School story…

Some of you all need to be a little more cautious about where you put your lips… because you don’t know how clean they are when they don’t come from the source of truth.

Next we need to study ROMANS 2 just a bit which talks about God’s Righteous Judgment and the circumcision of the heart, regarding hypocrisy – and like with all times when we study God’s word, we go to Him and ask that He cleanse us by the washing of His word over our hearts to purify us, making us clean and whole, lacking nothing.

Romans 2 –

Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. Judging is not the issue so much – but rather judging another when you are guilty yourself – hypocrisy – is what the Father abhors.  As a matter of fact Paul got a little upset that no one would judge evil matters – it’s a trap in which you begin calling evil good and good evil.  But that takes some precepts to understand, maybe another day.

But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? What a number the enemy has done on the church – to actually believe we do not have to maintain a life of surrendered repentance, continually we are to decrease in that Jesus may increase within us.  We are to be growing in the Lord and dying to all that is not a reflection of Him.  Because of His love towards us – we feel a need to repent when we still sin, it is a gift in so many ways to keep us on the narrow path to life everlasting.

But in accordance with your hardness and your [a]impenitent heart you are [b]treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the [c]Greek; 10 but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God.  Position, stance, entitlement will get you nowhere with God – He is Holy and also shows no partiality to anyone.  Any hard hearted person who refuses to repent will reap what they have sown and His wrath is perfect, as He is all-knowing, He not only sees what we do, He knows why we do it.

12 For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law 13 (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; 14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, 15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.  We cannot deceive ourselves into thinking God turns a blind eye to unrepentant or willful sin, He calls that being a rebellious child – you can hear messages all day long and read the Word every second of the day – but unless that message or truth is applied by you in your own life it is fruitless.  All truth will circumcise the heart to change and our actions quickly follow because what we desire is light, not dark in nature – then we grow.  As we think, so are we…  Once you are saved, you are cleaned and everything thing changes and its daily we die to self, not one time.

The Jews Guilty as the Gentiles

17 [d]Indeed you are called a Jew, and rest[e] on the law, and make your boast in God, 18 and know His will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law, 19 and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and truth in the law. He did not have issue with what they knew about Him and the works they were doing openly before men.  But the next part puts the fear of God in me like no other.

21 You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? 22 You who say, “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law? 24 For “the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” as it is written. This literally scares me to death – this would be like if we studied the word only to measure others by or to know what is coming upon the Earth for signs, never activating it within our own souls.  And what upsets me the most – is to dishonor the Lord in such a way – to not represent Him just as He is – pure, victorious, holy, sinless, etc…  That I myself actually blasphemy Him because I do not walk out what I talk… this literally makes me tremble.  Those who do this will go with all the hypocrites to where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth – even though they preached, healed, performed all sorts of signs, miracles and wonders and even prophesied in His Name.  They may have had all the knowledge about good and evil anyone ever could and yet… they didn’t know HIM.  They were messengers of darkness, not light.  And how did they know evil so intimately?  They were entwined within it deeply – outside clean, inside white-washed tombs, decaying and dead.

Circumcision of No Avail

25 For circumcision is indeed profitable if you keep the law; but if you are a breaker of the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. 26 Therefore, if an uncircumcised man keeps the righteous requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision be counted as circumcision? 27 And will not the physically uncircumcised, if he fulfills the law, judge you who, even with your [f]written code and circumcision, are a transgressor of the law? 28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; 29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose [g]praise is not from men but from God. Those who seek praise from humans, may very well appear to have a heart change outwardly, but inwardly where it counts to the Lord, they are uncircumcised or rather unchanged.  A child of God has had a dramatic and lasting heart change, which is circumcision only God knows and only God will give praise to His child for their total surrender and placing themselves into His hands for His will to be done in their lives by turning away from their own self-will of flesh lusts.  This is just me – but the main part we have to play in our own salvation is simply surrender to the Lord, no matter the cost, persecution, suffering, mocking or anything else the enemy throws at us or friends and family use against us and especially when our own desires which do not align with the Lord try to distract us.  We submit to God – then resist the enemy and He flees.

Hypocrisy is dangerous ground, because we see the enemy residing within everyone else, ignoring the fact he is trying to influence us as well.  Peter was used, Judas was used and others…  some repent like Peter did and others will fall as Judas did, both believed they were doing God’s service – this is also why people slay you, thinking they are doing God’s work – it is my prayer, you do not do the same and slay others thinking you are doing God’s work.

So before I go – I just want to go over a little bit about a critical spirit, someone who criticizes others.  Another word for that would be to scrutinize someone, the Bible calls it looking narrowing upon another person – like examining someone’s life by nit-picking and placing them under a microscope, while cutting themselves or others they like a ton of slack – this is what the Lord calls… partiality – unfair and unrighteous judgment.  And remember, if we judge that way – we too will be judged with partiality (absent the blood of Jesus).  So this is an excellent life lesson to heed to no doubt.

There are times when the Lord will flood your life with a sin so much you begin to hate that sin to the degree you will never participate in it, hating the sin is imperative for going and sinning no more with something we frequently struggle to overcome.  Quite often He purges that tendency of sin out of you by inflicting you at the hands of another so it becomes something you never have to deal with internally as a struggle.  When He does this as long as you stay humble always in this area (never prideful thinking you did anything great in your own strength to avoid the sin) you will despise the sin so much you will never entangle with it and He will use you to resist, purge out and defeat that darkness within others – this is a piece to what the shadows of His disciples healed – they countenance overshadowed those who were seeking Jesus.

Applying that truth… I am very well qualified to talk about a critical spirit which resides in so many people, especially religious sects.  I grew up in the south and from the time I was five until fifteen I basically was an orphan who gravitated from home to home to anyone who would love me.  It wasn’t really until I ended up in Nebraska with my mom who moved away when I was fourteen to marry a man she knew only a few months by phone and a couple visits.  Not only did everything in my life change physically, it also changed spiritually… I ended up right in the midst of a critical home, which was one pain I had not suffered up until that point, although there were many prior, in a strange state and around no one familiar to me that I loved.  I sat at a dinner table daily in which they took on the role of criticizing everyone and everything – what people did, who they were, their positions, clothing – I mean everything anyone other than them were under their constant scrutiny and it made me physically sick – and they still do this today and it still makes me sick.  They measure everyone to their own viewed perfectness and if you are not exactly like them in thought and deed you are a target and you are in the wrong.  Period.  And if you do not chime in and side with them – they view you as their enemy and you become a worse target than the one they are slaying with their lips.  So like I said, when I stepped into the goings on of that house, it felt very dark to me and unfamiliar. 

May I be honest?  I see that tendency in some of you all at times… Please know I pray for you, I do not speak out about it to others, but it does greatly hurt my heart.  Some of you will look narrowly at another over politics, the cares of this world, sins and struggles, denominations/doctrines, walks of life, how someone speaks or types, clothing, the vaccine, markings – all sorts of things really and all of them are carnal and based in flesh ways.  Just because someone is different than us, does not mean they are wrong or against us.  Jesus said – those who are not against us are for us and yet… Many today think someone is against them because they are different, deeming someone their enemy, when in truth they just sin differently than you – but all of us are worthy and in need of being saved.  In those times of being against anyone, we are not with Jesus, regardless of what we think…  Just because we believe we are doing God’s service, does not mean that we are.

Those who do such things are right now being bundled up as tares… And I thank the Lord for this time He has given us to take an up close and personal look into our own hearts, minds and lives and take our eyes off of our neighbors, hearsays, the cares of the world and such and place them right back where they belong – to study Jesus’s ways and imitate Him the best we can.  Most people these days are like smoldering volcanoes ready to erupt and rather than washing themselves with the Words of our Lord Jesus, they are running to and fro fanning that flame with anyone who is angry too – so they feed off of one another to the point of erupting in anger.

A critical spirit will manifest within anyone who does not have a heart change and refuses the correction of the Lord.  Those with a critical spirit always are looking to blame someone for something… we hear it constantly in politics right now and with those who are wrapped up within the cares of this life, especially those who seek news over the good news of the Gospel.  What they are not saying outloud is that they would do it better and they are the answer to every problem we are facing – while gathering evidence to apply as blame for all that is wrong in their lives and the world.  In our lives we face those who perceive themselves as perfect and well qualified to rule over and measure out what everyone they come in contact with is up to on an almost daily basis.  Rather than understanding they need mercy and grace for their own shortcomings they will point out all the ways in which others are falling short.  They give no mercy and one day when they need mercy from the Father, there will be none available – they will be judged just as they were judged, outside of the blood of Jesus covering them – because they refused to cover others, lusting to expose others.  We know the power of life and death is in the tongue – what is inside comes out by words… some speak blessing, some cursing… but those who are in the most danger speak mixture of blessing and cursing directed towards others.  I call this serpent speech – the Bible calls it having a forked tongue. 

Those with a critical spirit are in severe spiritual danger as they truly are messengers, only of the darkside, not the light and they are hell bent to hurt and destroy the object they deemed bad or evil at any given moment.  And they are very tenacious, crafty and bold while doing so.  They are very religious quite often and see everything as sin based – even sickness to them is sin based, ignoring the fact God uses all means for His glory to raise us up incorruptible for His glory – even sickness.  They view trials with critical presumption that we are going through as a result from sin, rather than comprehending it is the oil we need to be sent out into the Harvest.  They edify evil and love to talk about its influence in the World, on others and quite often call unclean what the Lord has deemed as clean under His shed blood.  They love to proclaim “fault” on their rooftops – by illuminating who is causing this and that – rather than increasing their own love light so that darkness is exposed and defeated without assaults of the flesh ways.  Those with this spirit are unreasonable, easily offended when you point out their shortcomings and judge everything unfairly.  They have already created in their minds the conviction before anyone even steps onto the witness stand to share their truth – they are narrow minded, it is their way or the highway, believing they have the full story and are all knowing.  They have ears to hear but will not and eyes to see only what they want to see.  They look down arrogantly upon others, seizing every opportunity to find fault until they have enough record of wrongs to convict.  They can only see good in others when that person is in agreement with them – otherwise they call what is seen evil, even when it is not and vice versa.  And they love to measure people by the rule of law, especially with Scriptures – but they do not measure themselves.  Sadly, they use scripture as a sword, in which one day they themselves will die by for wielding it at others continually.  They have unreasonable strict standards they hold others to and yet they themselves do not follow their own rules and when you meet one expectation, they raise the bar higher each time – you can never ever please these type of people – they will always find something they disapprove of in you, because that is just what a faultfinder does.  They complain and nag people a lot – just to the point they wear you down so much, you have to separate yourself – I call then energy drainers, they suck the life right out of you, having a problem for every solution given.  They strain gnats by watching others to slip up and make a mistake, so they are elevated when you fall down.  They are not whole, but shattered pieces of remnants of carnality mixed with truth.

So what does our Lord think about these sort of qualities being present in His children?

  • We should never assume just because the Lord is silent in a situation that He is absent.  He doesn’t consider slackness like we do.  He alone is the one who is worthy to keep record of all rights and wrongs in the book of remembrance, which will be opened one day.  Our Lord does not miss one single word thought or spoken and in the end all will be revealed in His time.
  • Jesus came to Earth clothed in humility and came to bring to us a way to be reconciled back to our Father in Heaven.  In order to know how our Father feels about this critical spirit, all we have to do is look to Jesus – because they are one.  By observation we can see how Jesus behaved towards those who were in sin and falling short and how He compassionately lifted many out of a sinful life without being critical of them.  Jesus was moved by compassion towards every heart that was troubled and hurting and crying out in need, wounded and in pain – He was the only one who could cast a stone, but didn’t and when He spoke of the hypocrisy of those who were caught in a sexual act of adultery with the harlot – it was the religious who fled, keeping their sin and she was cleansed and made whole that day.  So pointing out shortcomings of others may lift you up in the eyes of men, but keep you in bondage until the day of destruction, unless you repent.
  • Our Father hates the criticizing of His creation one to another, which is outlined in Proverbs 6…

He finds this spirit using His own children detestable, how frightening is that?

Here is the Father’s definition of a critical spirit –

Haughty eyes

Lying tongue

Hands that shed innocent blood

A heart that devises wicked schemes

Feet that run swiftly to evil

A false witness who gives false testimony

Anyone who stirs up discord among the brethren

That passage is quite sobering isn’t it?  Kind of makes you tremble inside.  And right here, we just read why He hates all these things – it stirs up discord among the brethren – this should not be so.

I had someone write, saying they cannot pray for our President because all they see in him is demons… And I thought my word, you are not seeing his demons – you are seeing your own.  I once was ministering in cot chat and some devil actually took out of context what I wrote by copying and pasting it into facebook totally out of context just to shed my innocent blood…  Listen people, a very intense wake up call is coming by fire soon – I don’t know when I just know that it is coming, please I am pleading with you… If you are going around doing the bidding of satan, as a messenger of darkness criticizing anyone as a false accuser, please drop everything you are doing and go to the Lord openly and with humility today.  He is so merciful to forgive and teach us His ways so we grow into His likeness and all that is required is for us to ask, to tell Him I am guilty and in need of purifying in this area and He is mighty to save and cleanse us from all wrongdoings, so we hate the sin which dirties us and we for real will go and sin no more in that area.

You know Jesus had such a precious way of asking people questions in order to prompt them to look inwardly at their own heart condition while taking their eyes off of others, as a loving peacemaker who continually sowed seeds of love.  So today, before I go I am going to do that very thing…  Just so we can make sure that the gnats we are strainin are truly worth the cost.  Are you so sure that the assessment you’ve made about another human being so pure in truth to the point that you are willing to risk forfeiting all of your eternity in Heaven for?  And if not, then let’s hold inside that accusation, rather than against the person and do as we are commanded – which is to be slow to speak and pray for all those who spitefully use us, harm us, have gone the way of satan and are perishing and to love them with singleness of the heart and mind.  When Jesus returns again, it will be as judge and He will judge all of us according to our deeds while here on Earth.  Some will enter into life everlasting and some into everlasting punishment.  It is important to remember, all souls who are His will return to Him. 

If we can imagine…  there will be one who is deeply in fault, yet clinging to Jesus with all their might, having a heart after Him and yet, they will enter into His Kingdom, while those who are faultfinders will not.  Faultfinder is an interesting word, isn’t it?  A faultfinder looks into someone to find their faults – and don’t we all have them?  It seems like to me we’ve been choking on camels long enough – we need some heart therapy in which compassion grows in the light of love, not darkness.  What we seek in others we will find – it is just for some you have to dig a little deeper is all.

One last thing… I was thinking of how the serpent went from a little creature crawling on the ground eating dust in the garden to a dragon during the final moments in which we live today as a minister I was listening to mention it.  We have fed into this serpent’s ways, puffed him up, giving him more latitude and courage than what was ever granted to him by our Father.  He’s grown because those inside the church have ran scared, declaring all the harm he causes as if he is equaled to our Creator.  The evil knows time is short… more than we do sometimes I think.  Knowing this truth and walking it out means… we truly are anxious for nothing, except of course… for Jesus’s appearing – that we truly long for, don’t we?

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