Descriptions of the Devil

The devil is a snake

The devil is a killer. The devil is a murderer. The devil is deadly. The devil is tragedy. The devil causes accidents. The devil is a disease. The devil is terminal. The devil is always bad for you.

The devil gives free taste tests. The devil offers the first episode for no charge. The devil will get you hooked. Then, he’ll shame you.

The devil throws parties. The devil is good at attracting crowds. The devil is usually in the majority. Most people find the devil appealing.

The devil likes going around incognito. You might be doing business with or dating the devil and not even know it until it’s possibly too late.

The devil answers false on true or false questions. The devil is a falsehood, a lie. The devil tells lies. The devil is a trickster. The devil will fool you if you listen to him. The devil is negative. But sometimes the devil is excessively positive. The devil isn’t good. Yet, sometimes he is too good to be true. The devil isn’t true.

The devil is a cheater. The devil is a fornicator. The devil is an adulterer. The devil is a tempter. The devil is single, or…soon to be single, again. The devil seduces. The devil lures. The devil teases.

The devil is pain. The devil is suffering. The devil is misery and he wants to be your company, so don’t answer his calls and don’t answer his knock-at-the-door. Ignore the devil. The devil is a bruise. The devil is a bad memory. The devil is a bad diagnosis. The devil will make you bleed.

The devil will worry you.

The devil can become scary in a flash. The devil is a terror that’s hiding in the bushes, shadows, under the bed, in the closet, or in the dark.

The devil will betray you. The devil will break your heart. The devil will hurt you. The devil is untrustworthy. The devil is a bag full of sadness.

The devil likes guns and all sorts of violent weapons. The devil is aggression. The devil isn’t orderly or lawful. The devil is rebellious. The devil breaks the rules. The devil makes excuses. The devil twists the story.

The devil brings fear, anxiety, and depression. The devil shoots invisible arrows at the mind. The devil is a horror movie that we pay to see. The devil is insomnia. The devil is a noise in the night.

The devil is suspicion.

The devil is paranoia.

The devil is a snake, a spider, a shark, a predator.

The devil has rabies.

The devil is unvaccinated.

The devil is contagious.

The devil loves politics.

The devil is ultra patriotic. The devil swears his allegiance to nationalism.

The devil is pride. The devil is sometimes loud and mean. The devil is quick-witted with cut-downs and exceptional at name-calling.

Sometimes, the devil is a fifth grader.

The devil is a train wreck, a car wreck, an airplane crash.

The devil is a rapist. The devil is an abuser.

The devil is a racist.

Sometimes the devil is a woman. The devil is a diva. The devil is a slut. The devil is a whore.

Sometimes the devil is a teenager. The devil is a know-it-all. The devil is disrespectful. The devil is disobedient.

The devil is algebra.

The devil is a problem.

The devil is condescending. The devil is haughty. The devil is arrogant. The devil swallowed pride and the devil is what he eats.

The devil is unsportsmanlike. The devil pouts. The devil complains.

The devil is unfair. The devil doesn’t play or fight fairly.

The devil is a sore loser.

The devil is an obnoxious winner.

The devil is a let-down. The devil is a hope thief.

The devil gives a suicide suggestion. The devil has a suicide solution. The devil leads persons to their demise, death, destruction. The devil is suicide.

The devil is sin.

The devil knows all the ways to get to Hell.

The devil is a rock star. The devil is a fallen star.

The devil is a sad song. The devil isn’t happy and he knows it.

The devil can’t swim. The devil can’t walk on water.

The devil is an underachiever. The devil’s finest hour will not be fine at all.

2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

The devil

When I think about the devil, I realize he is the embodiment and activity of evil.

What is the devil? The devil is…

The devil is a pedophile.

The devil lures away the innocent.

The devil drives an ice cream truck.

The devil is a stranger with candy.

The devil is a kidnapper.

The devil is a drug dealer, trying to get our kids addicted and messed up.

The devil is always more trick than he is treat.

So, Pray. See the devil for the rotten, awful criminal that he is. And, hate the devil and his works of defilement.

The devil performs abortions.

The devil is a child abuser.

The devil fights for rights to do the unholy and ungodly.

The devil tells almost truths.

The devil has a radio talk show.

The devil spins conspiracy theories that keeps our minds mulling with wandering and mouths moving with gossip.

The devil doesn’t give good directions. He’ll get you lost every time.

The devil likes to fuss.

The devil is apt to start stuff.

The devil is divorced from love.

The devil is a divorce attorney.

The devil is the Accuser General.

The devil doesn’t fight fair.

The devil hits children and women.

The devil hates Florida because the devil disrespects the elderly and he hates the sunshine.

The devil shoots on both sides of the court.

The devil is cancer, a tooth ache, and an ear ache.

The devil is the pain in your back, and the pain in your neck.

The devil is compromise. The devil is a message of compromise.

The devil is uncompromising.

Sometimes, the devil is not what you think he is.

Sometimes, the devil is not who you think he is.

The devil is a hypocrite.

The devil preaches.

The devil smiles…on occasion.

The devil wears costumes.

The devil likes Halloween even more than you do.

Don’t play nice with the devil. He doesn’t honor deals, truces, or treaties. So, get him out of your mirror. And, make him your enemy.

1 John 3:8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

Thoughts on Apostles and Prophets

Just because someone holds a high ranking position within their church system doesn’t mean they’re an Apostle. Positions are often acquired because of education, resume, politics, or voting. Nevertheless, real Apostles exist and when one is favored by God and allowed into position by man, the results are remarkable.

Peter Griffin also recently shared some thoughts on Apostles that he based on Scriptures from Ephesians. “God gave apostles, prophets, evangelist, pastors, and teachers for the “perfecting” of the saints.” Ephesians 4:11-12.

Perfecting. “The greek word here is kar-tar-tiz-mos from the root, kartartizo. The word was originally a medical term to describe the setting of bones and the mending of dislocated joints. It was also used in sailing to describe the mending of nets and repairing leaking vessels. But in America, the Church isn’t exactly known for healing bones. We are a Church ever ravenous for MORE people, buildings, and resources.”

In recent years I’ve observed a dramatic uptick in Apostolic networks. First of all, let me state that I am not against them. I do however think they sometimes exaggerate their superiority in importance, spirituality, and in revelatory understanding. The truth is, Modern Apostolic networks are oftentimes just new versions of denominations, often abounding with a plethora of newfangled terminology. Apostles are sometimes tempted with the lure of spiritual preeminence that comes with their title. They can easily be tempted into allowing themselves to become a subtle idol. Hence, they should persistently work at keeping themselves humble. Their egos must be kept in check or pride and haughtiness will trip them up. Nonetheless, we need them. So let’s pray for them and give them grace to grow into their calling. If they allow Him to, God will keep working on them, perfecting them, and cultivating the right fruit in them. Still, be careful around those that are operating in an attitude and ministry that doesn’t mesh with Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

A Pentecostal Pastor recently told me that John Baptist was the last Prophet. That is incorrect and it exposes how cessation theology has continued to negatively affect even the Pentecostal, Spirit-filled denominations and organizations. But God is not dead; The Holy Ghost is still here and He’s not turning down. What God has done He still can do. There’s much, much more to come. He’s a God of power, miracles, signs, wonders, and astonishing works. And He’s a God of Prophets. Not Trump Prophets. Not MAGA Prophets. Not political prophets. Not lying prophets. Not false prophets. I call them the other prophets. I wrote a book about this. The subject matter still burns like lava in my veins. Yes, I still feel the burden of this truth.

Cessationism is a doctrine that spiritual gifts such as speaking in tongues, prophecy and healing ceased with the initial wave of the church’s beginnings, the book of Acts.

https://a.co/d/bQ0rONB

The above is a link to my book—The Other Prophets.

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Free pdf version available upon request.

For 100+ years, from Azusa on, the denominations and many other spirit-filled churches and affiliations have been lacking revelation on the ministry offices of the Apostles and Prophets. Yet, these are two of the five graces listed in Ephesians 4:11. Regardless, Prophets and Apostles are alive and well, and these are current, operable callings. Yes, I know there are some false, erroneous, dangerous ministries out there, but don’t let that take away from the real, the true, the authentic. We need these humble but powerful ministries.

Ephesians 4:11 NASB And He gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, some as pastors and teachers,

Peter Griffin has noticed in Scripture that Apostles are supposed to be problem-solvers, and menders of brokenness. This is important in this hour, as he explains, “Some of the brokeness we are dealing with today isn’t happening on the fringes. We are talking about masses of believers who are bound by sin, unable to create an atmosphere for God to dwell, have horrid worldviews, and so on.” This further helps us realize where and how Apostles can and should be helping the Body of Christ.

Concerning local churches, I believe that if a church has significant size it should probably have a leader with an Apostolic grace on their life. Large, or growing churches face natural and logistical challenges. Apostles seem to have administrative abilities that God imparts to them. In Acts 6, Holy Spirit allowed this Apostolic ability to come forth. The church was growing with multiplication but individuals with needs couldn’t be overlooked.

Apostolic grace allows for crowd growth without losing the value of singular persons. Furthermore, God uses Apostles by granting them wisdom to delegate, oversee, and to keep the primary focus on prayer and the Word. The Apostle is one of the five ministries listed in Ephesians 4:11. And just as my hand needs all five fingers, the Body of Christ needs all five ministry graces. A sizable church needs the governing, organizing, and executive abilities of an Apostle. The Apostle will be humble and keen enough to assemble and rightly appoint or employ Pastors, and Elders. They will also yield and effectively welcome the staff positions or occasional guest voices from the Evangelistic, Teaching, or Prophetic offices.

Unfortunately, we’ve had more than our share of false prophets and power hungry Apostles. But, as Jeffrey Fisher said, “ having false prophets and self-promoting apostles doesn’t take away from those that are truly sent by God.”

Many of the old Pentecostal denominations didn’t recognize the offices of Apostle or Prophet. They just didn’t have a revelation of it 100 years ago. Mind you, almost all of the Pentecostal denominations were birthed in the moment of or afterglow of the Azusa Street Revival, a revival that restored Pentecost and Holy Spirit reality. Unfortunately, most of these Pentecostal denominations still haven’t updated their awareness, and total acceptance of the offices of Prophet and Apostle. Accordingly, many Pentecostal churches and individuals are still old-fashioned in this regard, meaning they’re still lacking revelation and teaching.

In Acts 1, we see an impromptu business meeting being called. They realized that they currently had eleven Apostles but Jesus had operated with 12. So, they decided to fix the number and adjust to an order that Jesus had surrounded Himself with. Jesus didn’t cast lots, but this business meeting was trying, on a whim, to figure out how to know the will and choosing of God. Casting lots was mostly an Old Testament custom utilized to assist in making decisions. Their quick, make-shift standards that are referenced especially in verses 21-26 are the qualifications they adopted for that particular spontaneous business meeting.

Ephesians 4 speaks of Apostles as part of the ongoing ministry of the church. There (or no where else) is there use of the Acts 1 business meeting standard. Ephesians 4 is written 60-100 years after Christ’s resurrection. Obviously the pool of people who walked with Christ 100 years prior was getting smaller and smaller. Also, casting lots is not how we seek the will of God, and the other hasty standards they used were not meant for ongoing church operations.

Apostles and Prophets exist today. That’s a legitimate actuality. Their existence, and need, are just as justifiably pertinent (and normal) as those who are Pastors and Evangelists. It’s unbiblical to not realize and accept this as the norm.

90 Rains

Zechariah 1:3 Therefore say to them, Thus declares the LORD of hosts: Return to me, says the LORD of hosts, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts.

As we entered July, God spoke to me about 90 hard rains that were coming.

The 90 rains prophecy is a prophecy of 90 very hard rains coming, particularly to America. These will be acts of God that are actually demonstrating patience towards the church while she is busy drifting into error. Instead of unleashing harsh justice, God is giving us space to repent.

By communicating via dramatic changes in the American natural atmosphere, God wants there to be a realization, an awakening of senses, and a heart that returns to Him in humility, simple devotion, and love. 12 of these rains have already happened. Less than 80 more are coming.

God gave me this word to release as a trumpet. The goal and prayer is that the church will awakenThe patience of God is allowing what appears to be bad, destructive things to occur. As Elisabeth Elliot said, “God will not protect you from anything that will make you more like Jesus.” He doesn’t promise to keep us from valleys, He promises to be with us. He doesn’t promise to keep us from the cross, rather He calls us to it. There are dark times, but God is in the awakening. He’s the joy that comes after the sorrow. Or, maybe he’s the joy that ends the weeping.

Like the days of Jeremiah, we’ve been in a time of weeping. We’re in a dark time. We’re in an opportunity to share in the burden of the Lord. We’re in a moment like Joel 2:17

Let the priests, the LORD’S ministers, Weep between the porch and the altar, And let them say, “Spare Your people, LORD, And do not make Your inheritance a disgrace, With the nations jeering at them. Why should those among the peoples say, ‘Where is their God?’”

When God gave me the 90 rains word, He told me it was about His will. He told me the church had drifted out of alignment with His heart. Too many folks in the church have become warmongers. There’s an eagerness for fighting. There’s an unusual amount of unholy aggression that’s characterizing the church. Flippant, childish name-calling has seemingly replaced fruits of the Spirit in this season.

Meanwhile, God has been continuing to remind me that He wants His will to become beloved, valued, and prioritized again.lpp

Sadly, after reading a recent article about Christian Nationalism in Rolling Stone magazine, I was unequivocally prodded and freshly aware of God’s heart wooing us back to His will. He’s the father, waiting on the prodigal, wayward church.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/new-apostolic-reformation-mtg-mastriano-dutch-sheets-1234584952/amp/

The article pointed out specific thoughts and talks from a particular spirit-filled leader and influencer. This article highlighted the exact problem God told me He was waiting to be repented of.

Per Rolling Stone: In videos posted earlier this year, [a well-known preacher] decried the notion that Christians should pray for God’s will to be done, but not involve themselves directly in politics as “one of the greatest deceptions Satan has ever visited on the church.”

Here in this message, is the notion that praying for God’s will is not enough. It proposes that we have to get involved in politics and work to take over, and fix things ourselves.

I wouldn’t dare share such a specific word if I didn’t feel God’s pain over this. The will of God is beautiful, trustworthy, and valuable enough to be sought out. Conversely, trying to make the ways of God happen in our own efforts will create Ishmaels. Abraham wanted to get involved and help make the plan of God happen. So he slept with a concubine (Hagar) to help make the hope of a son come to fruition. Dear church, we can’t keep mixing spirit with error.

God doesn’t need the arm of flesh to help Him along. Sure, God uses our obedience and involves us in His workings, but we can’t always trust our good ideas of what and when to act especially when those behaviors are brazen or violent. It’s got to, got to, got to be God’s will.

Isaiah 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.

Like Abraham bedding the wrong woman, we can’t become intimate with worldly politics. It will only birth an Antichrist, and not the true plan of God.

Dear forerunners and pioneers…Americanism, Nationalism, Republicanism, Democratism, conservatism, liberalism…they’re all the wrong road.

Come out of that error.

Trust God. Pray “thy will be done.” Repent. God will forgive and restore. Begin to love again. Quit trying to be a chief apostle, a father, or a brand…and be what Jesus was always teaching us to be—a neighbor.

Devil on Earth

God is higher than the devil. Paul referenced the place of God, the third Heaven, in 2 Corinthians 12:2. But, the devil is also currently in the sky. In Ephesians 2:2, he is called “the prince of the power of the air.” The devil was long ago cast out of God’s Heaven. From that time, the devil has been…in the fall (Luke 10:18). Like any fall, there is a downward spiral. It can seem like a slow-motion progression. Rev 12 speaks of a war in the heavens.

“I saw Satan fall like lightning from Heaven.” —Jesus

Let me add, Second Heaven warfare isn’t our realm.

Anyway, the devil and his dark ones lose this battle (12:8). “The fall” is then escalated. Satan is hurled downward (12:9). He comes onto the earth. He is furious. He senses the time slipping away from him (12:12).

Has this happened? Is it yet to happen? I’m not completely sure.

Nevertheless, The devil is/was in the sky. But the Holy One is [always] higher than him.

Now, the devil wants us looking for aliens. But the devil is motivating this search because he is secretly searching for the real Heaven. Knowing where Heaven is, in a spiritual sense, is different than knowing where Heaven is from the Earthly/flesh-bound perspective. Seeing from Earth is different. The Earth realm operates on a different set of rules and abilities than those the devil has known from his place in the air, the spirit. That’s why he is additionally cast down; he’s still falling, he’s still being judged.

And right now he is frantically inspiring humans to develop telescopes. He wants—needs—earth realm eyes searching, looking at, and into, the sky. The devil’s dispensation of looking down, toward humanity and the goings on of Earth is beginning to shift. I believe the devil is preparing for his increased fall. Soon the devil will be looking horizontally and/or upwards. Both of these vantage points will be different because he won’t have as much aerial intel. He will be plagued by his lack of wisdom, and his growing ignorance towards all things heavenly. Heaven is a place the devil is increasingly afraid of. Yes, Heaven is a place the devil was kicked out of. And, in a general sense, Heaven is a place the devil is planning to fight against.

For believers, the spiritual warfare will continue and even intensify. Persecution will very likely increase. Some will even lose their lives. But don’t think, for even a moment, that you should fear this. Instead, press into Jesus. Get free, or stay free, from all sin. And get ready to overcome.

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.