Friday, February 12, 2016

The Adam Relationship


As we know, God is restoring all things. When we say this we are thinking of the restoration of the 5-fold ministry and gifts of the Spirit. Then, all members of the Body of Christ doing the work of the ministry.

 But, the Lord is restoring beyond those things. His will and purpose is to restore our relationship with Him. This relationship goes beyond the relationship that King David had, beyond what Joshua and Moses had, beyond what Enoch enjoyed. As wonderful as these relationships were, God wants to bring us back to the relationship that Adam had in the Garden of Eden.

  This a place of not only knowing the Will of God for our lives, not only knowing His Voice and seeing what He is doing and moving with Him but knowing Him intimately.  It is a place of knowing His footsteps and not only hearing His heartbeat but that we will know what it is to be in the center of His Heart.

This is the Call of Father God for each of us. This is the purpose of sending His Son Jesus Christ and the giving us the Fullness of the Holy Spirit overflowing our lives.

  Sadly, many of us never even move beyond the basics of being saved and being filled with the Holy Spirit but there is a desire for more but many never get to the more of God. This creates a sense of frustration in our spirits and eventually leads many to settle for what that have. There are others who attempt to do it in their own strength. This often leads to a legalistic life of reading so much of Word of God, and praying many hours a day. These things are good as tools and need to happen but the Word without the Spirit and prayer without the Spirit lead only to an intellectual knowledge about the relationship with God.

 



So, how do we reach the relationship that God has purposed us and created us to be in with Him. This requires a shift in the way we do things for God. It requires a shift in our attitude about our relationship with God, our Father. We must realize that relationship is more than what we do for Him.  

   Relationship comes from spending time with one another not just in the doing of things.  The time factor is key. Sadly, many do what has been mentioned above, read the Bible, some study the Bible (there is a difference) and they pray. This is where most of us stumble, we make prayer a one-way litany of our needs with a little praise and thanksgiving to top it off. Then, we are out the door, expecting an answer, but never taking time to listen or spend time with the one we are praying to.

   Listening is the beginning of relationship. Psalm 46:10 the NRSV, NIV, ESV, KJV all translate this way, “Be still, and know that I am God.” The NASB says,” Cease striving and know that I am God” and the AMP version, “Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God.” In all of these translations, God is saying to us to “stop” realize Who I Am.

How do we be still and start listening? I started, 8 years ago, by stopping for 5 minutes at the start of each day, now this means turning off all distractions in our lives, TV, computers, tablets and yes cell phones, and I inviting God come. I would say this: “Father I want to be with you, come and be with me.” Then, I would wait, thinking on God, with expectation that He would come. This takes some training to keep your mind from wandering off to other things but you can do it as I did.

 Since then my time with the Father has grown and grown, it how goes well beyond the 5 minutes, it is developing into more and more intimate relationship with God.

  It has become a knowing that God is with me every day, all day and this fact makes my life exciting and an Adventure in the Spirit, daily.

   Salvation opens the way. Being filled with Holy Spirit gives us the power. Studying the Word of God gives us knowledge and prayer starts the communication. Taking time to invite God to come and be with us, waiting and listening for Him are the first steps in the restoration of the Adam Relationship in our lives.

 There is much more to come. You can begin to experience this relationship with God. God wants you to have it, all you have to do is willing to spend time with Him.


©COPYRIGHT 2016 RICHARD L SPANGLER


Monday, November 16, 2015

The Power Behind ISIS

By Richard L. Spangler

(In light of the recent attacks in Paris, I feel the need to republish this article on ISIS. I hope it blesses you and you will answer the call of the Holy Spirit).


Most people are concerned and rightly so about the rise of ISIS. The brutality of these Islamic Terrorists, the mass executions and beheadings, are shocking. I began asking the Lord Jesus to reveal the spirit behind these terrorists and how do we as believers’ war against the power behind ISIS and defeat it and them.
I was recently led into a study of Jonah and was then led by the Holy Spirit to take a look at Nineveh. Most of us know some of the story Jonah and Nineveh and how Jonah did not want to go there because they were an evil people and an enemy of Israel. As I looked deeper into Nineveh, I found it was the capital of the Assyrian Empire and it was brutal its enemies and its own people. The leaders of Nineveh would use terror and brutality in order to maintain control over the empire. Their methods included, mass beheadings and making pyramids out of the heads, impaling people on stakes (an early form of crucifixion) and nailing bodies to the walls of the various cities in empire. This sounds strangely familiar to what is being done today by ISIS.
This is more than a man or a group of individuals doing these things for a short time in history. As we have seen these tactics have been used for thousands of years and have been used in the same region of the earth for the same purpose to control and rule over man by whatever means necessary. It is an evil principality causing men to control and manipulate mankind. It can be called the Assyrian Principality. Control over men is a tool that this principality uses to wage war against God and to stop the Word of God from being fulfilled. This is why all of these men and empires and governments have a demonically inspired hatred of Jews and Christians and an overwhelming drive to wipe out all Jews and Christians.
I asked the Lord, “How do we fight an evil spirit which is a principality?”
The Lord said, “You don’t, I do. Ask Me to rise up and fight.”
I then asked, “How do we ask?”
The Lord spoke, “Call upon all the Young Lions of Judah, and tell them how is the time to roar in Spirit. To raise the sound of praise and worship from every corner of the earth and intercede for mankind.”
I pondered for days about the Lord had said. Then I woke up one day an hour and half early by the Spirit and I was immediately and passionately worshipping the Lord God, Our Father. Then I found myself transitioning by the Holy Spirit. He led me into repentance for my sins. There was a release of forgiveness that was amazing and could not help but worship God more.
Then I found myself crying out for forgiveness for the Church as a whole. The Spirit then moved me to cry out for forgiveness for our nation. And remind the Lord of the covenant with this nation. After this, I began declaring His faithfulness to Israel and to His Bride (the Church). Then I began to declare that the Lord magnifies His Word above His Name (Psalm 138:2 AMP).
With that I cried out for the Lord God to arise and defend His Word from the Assyrian Principality, who has declared war on His people Israel, His Bride (the Church) and His Holy Word. I called on the Lord God of Heaven and Earth to wage war against this principality destroying its stronghold on the earth and totally defeating it and bringing confusion to its servants (men) on the earth. I Worshiped and Praised God for the victory.
This experience in worship and intersession is the guideline for the Young Lions of Judah to stand and roar in the Spirit against the Assyrian Principality and its allies. It’s time for the Young Lions to Roar.
©COPYRIGHT 2014 RICHARD L. SPANGLER

Friday, October 9, 2015

Run Your Race with Compassion



By Richard L Spangler
Recently, I completed the challenge of walking the Virginia Beach Rock N Roll Half Marathon. I had never done anything like this before. It took two years of training and discipline, and a lot of support from family and friends, as well as mountain of prayer. So at sixty years old, this man who had a quadruple heart by-pass surgery seven years ago started the race.

   What started as a personal goal two years ago, graduated to a 13.1-mile prayer walk for the seven cities of Hampton Roads, the Commonwealth of Virginia and our nation. If that was enough, I found myself saying thank you to the police officers, firemen and women and the rescue personnel along the race route. Many of these men and women had a surprised look on their faces and smiled and thanked me in return.  Soon others, who were moving at the same pace I was also began to do the same thing. This was showing thankfulness and compassion to our first responders.

 Somewhere, close to the half way point most everyone including myself became very focused on the race. Going down this wooded road with ditches on both sides a fellow race participant caught my attention. She had moved off the road and was holding on to the speed limit sign. I passed her but felt the urging of the Holy Spirit to go back. I asked, “Are you okay?” she said, “Yes” I started to walk away and hear the Holy Spirit say, “She’s NOT okay.” I went back and asked again. This time she said, “I am having problems keeping my balance and walking straight. Can I use your arm to get me to the center of the road and to steady me?” I said, “Yes. There is a water station just down the road, I will you get there.”

 We got to the water station and she thanked me. Out of my mouth came “I Will walk with you some more to make sure your okay.” As we walked she began holding my arm again.  I asked, a couple of times if she wanted medical help? She said, “No, she wanted to complete the race.” After a short distance she said, I think I need the paramedics. “As we came out of the wooded area there sat a rescue unit. I yelled for their help and they came over to assist the lady.

 I finished the race about 20 minutes later than I would have but I still finished. As I thought about the day’s events, I realized that many running their race were so focused on their finish they missed an opportunity to show compassion to someone else. 

 We as believers are running our race for the prize of the crown of glory (1 Corinthians 9:24 and Hebrews 12:1) but we are also to run the race with compassion.  Jesus was moved with compassion, Matthew 9:35-37. Matthew 14:13-21 the feeding of the 5000 started with compassion. And again in Matthew 15:29-38 4000 fed. Luke 7:11-15 The raising of the Widow’s son and Matthew 20:30-34 the blinds eyes opened, were done as Jesus was moved with compassion. Webster’s Dictionary defines compassion:  sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it.

  We as believers, we will finish our race but we need to be moved with compassion as Christ was. I believe our planned works for the Lord will earn us rewards. But, it is our unplanned acts of compassion, prompted by the Holy Spirit that we hear “Will done my good and faithful servant…”  

  Run your race and run it well, by keeping your eyes and ears open for acts of compassion along your course, so that you will not only finish the race but will hear “Well Done...”

©COPYRIGHT 2015 RICHARD L. SPANGLER


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Two Streams:One Prophetic River


                                             By Richard L Spangler

Recently, I have had many people asking me the same question, “Which prophecies are correct?  Are the prophecies concerning a coming judgment and destruction true? Or are the prophecies of Great Awakening and blessings true?” I say both are true. Before you stop reading let me explain.

God has always moved in two prophetic streams. There is always been two choices for mankind to make, first is to follow God and choose life, the second is to follow our own way into God’s judgment and destruction. This is exemplified when God spoke to Israel in Deuteronomy 30:19 (AMP)“ I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live." The book of Judges is another example where God says to his people do what is right or face judgment. Every time Israel did evil in God’s sight their enemies were able to overcome them but when they repented and turn to God he would raise up a judge, a deliver, who would set them free and they would prosper. All of the Old Testament prophets had two streams in their prophetic words the first was repent of your sins, return to God he will forgive you and he will cause you to prosper, in other words life. The second stream was one of judgment if you keep going the way you’re going you’re going to be destroyed because of your sin, in other words, death. These warning prophecies were given to Israel and to the nations of the world.

  Today is the same, God is calling to us to choose life and not death. Their prophetic warnings of destruction and God’s judgment on our nation and the nations of the world if we do not change our ways. There is also a prophetic statement of a Great Awakening and blessings coming to the nations if we repent and turn from our evil ways.
  Like Israel, our nation is at the fork in the Prophetic River of God, we can choose to repent and move into a time of great awakening, healing and prosperity or we can continue on the same path we’ve been on and watch our nation self-destruct. We will bring upon ourselves our own destruction and God’s judgment.

   But many ask, “How can the whole nation turn?” The answer is, “It doesn’t have too.” 2 chronicles 7:13-14 (AMP)13 If I shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or if I command locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence and plague among My people, 14 and My people, who are called by My Name, humble themselves, and pray and seek (crave, require as a necessity) My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear [them] from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.” The church, is God’s people, we need to repent and seek the face of God (craving God). There are some that say that the church is not willing to change it has been so corrupted by the world that there is no hope for the church to repent. There is always hope, God has always had a remnant. There were a small numbers people in the Old Testament that cried out to God in repentance for their nation. There were only 120 in the upper room, God heard their prayers, and began to turn the hearts of the people of the world back to himself. The Reformation started with just a few. The first and the Second Great Awakenings and the Azusa St Revival (the Pentecostal/charismatic movements) that have swept the nation and world started with a few people praying .So it is today, there has been a small number of people in the church crying out and repenting for the sins of the church and they have been seeking God’s face (craving God) and now their prayers are being answered. More and more of God’s people are awakening to the state of the church and of our nation and the world, they are beginning to cry out in repentance and they are seeking God’s face asking his forgiveness and God is moving.

But, just like a river, there is turbulence as the separation of streams occur. Two currents, each pulling in its direction. We have steering wheel of the ship and with the mighty power of the Holy Spirit, we can turn the rudder, away from the stream of destruction and into the stream of the Great Awakening and Blessing.

  There is much to be done, it is not only a time to pray but to take action. Prayer is the most powerful action but we must stand up in the power, authority and love of God, that God has given us and begin to proclaim the word of God in every corner of this nation. It is time to come out of the prayer closets, everyone else has come out of their closets,  and to begin to proclaim the gospel with power and authority and with signs following in the streets in the stores in the halls of government regardless of what the world’s political correctness says. We can no longer afford to hide behind the four walls of the church buildings, or hide behind the world’s political correctness.

We do not need to be worried about offending anyone. I would rather offend to save, rather than see them destroyed and in hell. When we are told by many, to stop testifying to Gospel and to stop moving with the Holy Spirit, doing signs, wonders and miracles we need to respond as Peter and John did in Acts 4:19-20  (AMP)”19 But Peter and John replied to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you and obey you rather than God, you must judge [for yourselves]; 20 for we, on our part, cannot stop telling [people] about what we have seen and heard.” 

We must arise with the leading of the Holy Spirit and take back the devil has stolen. Devil has stolen, our children, our neighborhoods, our cities, our states, and our nations. It is time for the church to arise in power and authority and the gates of hell will not prevail against the church. We have the victory, for when we move, God himself will arise, moving with us, and He will release the armies of heaven to fight with us.

  So the choice is ours, to let our nation and the nations of the earth continue to go to hell in a hand basket or to rise up and proclaim the word of God in love and power and turned this nation and the nations of the earth back to God. We can have the Worldwide Great Awakening that has is promised.
 ©COPYRIGHT 2015 RICHARD L SPANGLER

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lion's Voice Ministries: An Army of Angels

Lion's Voice Ministries: An Army of Angels: Vision of an Army of Angels By Richard L. Spangler On June 25, 2015, I was caught up in a vision. I was standing in a great plain in ...