Religion has built in deterrents, then because of the deterrents our avoidance alarm goes off! Because religion is typically focused on behavior we seldom get to the relationship part. We talk about it but usually the emphasis is think right, do right and be right or you can’t earn the relationship part. The other motivational tactic in religion is stressing the fear of God! For too many this promotes the angry, critical, judgmental God that you have to look out for! Then we are told that we must love this God, but human nature tells us strongly to run from this God! Is it any wonder why the world around the religious wants to avoid getting involved? Something else I’d like to mention is performance; all the ‘doing’ that is […]
When this title popped into my head, I quickly remembered an experience I had a many years back. Gerri and I were visiting with my aunt and uncle in Mississippi. We went with them to their Wednesday night church service. Their pastor asked the group a question that went something like this: “How would you feel if the Lord took your thoughts and wrote them on this wall right now?” I thought, “Wow! I like this guy!” I also knew that there were times that I wouldn’t like my thoughts on that wall in front of others. In those days, I didn’t yet realize how important it can be to critically consider what I think and why I think it! Have you ever stopped to consider the same? You may […]
When truth presents itself, the wise
person sees the light, takes it in, and
When you give them feedback, they
listen, take it in, and adjust their behavior
When you give them feedback, they
embrace it positively. They say things
like, “Thank you for telling me that. It
helps me to know the way I come across.”
Or, “Thanks for caring enough to bring
this to my attention.”
They own their performance, problems
and issues and take responsibility for
them without excuses or blame.
Your relationship is strengthened as a
result of giving them feedback. They
thank you for it, and see you as someone
who cares enough about them to have a
They empathize and express concern
about the results of their behavior on
others. If you tell them that something
they are doing hurts you, you get a
response that shows […]
Recently one morning, I was seeing a picture of someone sitting at a table. The person was sorting out seeds into three different piles. When I asked the Lord what it was that I was seeing, He said, “I am sorting people out right now. These seeds are people and relationships in the life of the Believer.”
Covenant, Contractual and Convict
He said that the three different piles of seeds are the three different types of people in our lives right now which are: covenant, contractual and convict. (When I asked what convict meant He said that those were people that were close only to steal.)
- The covenant seeds are those people who you can trust your heart to and go into battle with. These people are good seeds; they can be trusted. They not only yield […]
Prophetic Insights Regarding Pentecost;
Relevance of the Hebrides Revival
Jerry and Denise Basel
May 9, 2020
“Reset” and the Comparison of the Recent Passover to the Upcoming Pentecost
Many things have been shared prophetically concerning the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact
on our country and the world. Because of the need for people to shelter-in-place, it has
provided Christ-followers the opportunity to pause and pray. To pray, of course, for this plague
to stop, healing for those afflicted and comfort to those who have lost loved ones from this
virus; but to also pray for discernment from the Lord as to what He is doing in the midst of this
very unusual season. We don’t believe that it was the Lord’s will to cause this virus to afflict
and kill people, but we know that He uses all things for His […]
For most born again believers, this would be a stupid question, right? But then what if I asked the question, ‘what is idolatry?’ What would your response be? Would you struggle with your answer or would it be cut and dried? Do you have this one down pat? Do you feel not guilty here because you don’t have physical idols of Buddha, or Baal, or a Sun god of some type in your home? Because of recent revelation from Holy Spirit revealing idolatry in my own life, I caution you not to disregard this subject! This sin may not be as evident as you think!
I’m blessed to be reading Grace ~ Orphans No More, by Dr. […]
Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, many are asking what to do?
Don’t panic, walk in a spirit of fear, or horde supplies. That goes against the grain in the way the world and most of the church is acting. God didn’t give us spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind. That is His promise to us. For many years now, Roger and I have been sharing with our audience that Father was directing us all to have an up close, intimate, conversational relationship with our Father. Can you see now that He has been preparing us for a very long time how to cope with our current situation worldwide?
If you are one who has developed this close, personal relationship with Father, then good for you. You won’t have […]
“Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.”
I love this quote from Chaplain Ronnie Melancon… it’s quite sobering, don’t you think?
As a Believer, I think everyone deserves to be loved and cared for (Matthew 5:45-48).
Yet, I’d like to propose that there’s a fine line between loving everyone (as we should), and surrounding yourself with idiots!
Have you ever looked around at your community and felt like you don’t quite fit in, or that you’re not inspired by the lives of those who are closest to you?
Let me ask you this: If your inner circle of influence is so important, then why is it so hard to let go of the fools in our lives? I think the answer to that is often three-fold:
- We don’t know how to […]
For many decades there has been an international problem that many of our Presidents and other world leaders have tried to resolve. The failure is about 100%! That is because they consistently try to resolve a spiritual problem with physical answers. The Israeli/Palestinian problem is an ancient one dating back to the time of Joshua! Israel’s failure to complete God’s command in taking possession of the Promised Land has resulted in the spiritual dilemma we see today. The warfare that should have ended Millennia ago continues because of disobedience to God’s instruction. We cannot fight a spiritual problem in the flesh and win! The spiritual roots must be discovered and with God’s intervention and provision victory can be had.
Just in case you didn’t know, the Palestinians have publicly declared that […]
All emotional strongholds contribute thoughts, attitudes and actions into our life experience. What are our emotional and spiritual strongholds? How many do we have? They can be things like:
Whatever emotional stronghold we have can contribute to confusion and every evil work in our daily experience. This at times can equal torment and obviously indicates a lack of peace. Take for example a phone call from Aunt Susie. While you are talking to her, someone else comes on the line and begins talking about a different subject; then someone else comes on the line and begins talking about yet another subject. How do you handle the call? Can it produce confusion, frustration, anger, etc.? What can you do? Hang up? But it […]