I sought God and asked Him why the information about the Courts of Heaven wasn’t being assimilated into the Body of Christ. Even when people know about it, many don't flourish in their rightful place in the Courts as children of the Most High and citizens of Heaven. I didn’t like the answer I received, not one bit.
I have put off writing this blog until the last minute… I didn’t want to write it at all because I was afraid it would be misunderstood. Let me start by clarifying so that there will not be any misconstructions:
In 2001 I heard God’s audible voice which said, “I bless you, miraculously, financially.” (Full story in Angels Believe in You) As a baby Christian, it took me two years to understand why God spoke in the present: I bless you. Even though nothing immediately changed, when God spoke, it was done. It was just a matter of it showing up in my life.
I have complete confidence that God’s blessing will show up. I’m not writing this to “get money.” I’m writing this because God has been telling me that the job isn’t done, that His people need to be trained in His ways so they can receive more from Him. I am doing this so YOU can receive more from GOD.
“Freely you have received, freely give” is the message God is now sending through many people. If we only quote that part of the scripture, we are taking it out of context, and it will hinder the move of God. Let’s take a closer look at what God is saying.
Before Jesus told them to “freely give,” He gave them power and authority to verify the message He was sending with them: The Kingdom of God is at hand. This is what they received for free and what they were expected to give for free: displays of God’s power (anointing) and the message God gave them.
Our Lord then gave some very specific instructions to show what He expected to happen. He told His disciples to take nothing with them. No food, no money, not even the basic needs of extra clothing and shoes. Jesus finished by saying, “for the workman deserves his support (his living, his food).” (Matthew 10:10 AMPC)
Imagine if that happened today: someone shows up with nothing, only the clothes on their backs and God’s message. Would believers take them in, supply for all their needs after receiving a message they knew was from God? Stepping out with nothing is a huge step of faith; we have to trust that God will show up and that people will respond to what God is saying. However, in that day and age, the disciples had knowledge of God’s ways that we do not.
Paul speaks to Galatians of how we should respond when we receive spiritual wisdom from God. They were not Jewish like the disciples, so they needed to be taught this basic principle.
“Let him who receives instruction in the Word [of God] share all good things with his teacher [contributing to his support]. Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.” (Galatians 6:6-7 AMPC)
When we receive instruction, we are supposed to give back to acknowledge God. If not, then we are sneering at God, treating Him disdainfully. The disciples would have known that this was the way it was done. However, they would literally be stepping out in faith as they walked to nearby villages with no provisions whatsoever, not even extra shoes to continue walking. They put their trust in Him as Lord, believed that He had empowered or anointed them so that people would be healed and set free as they shared the gospel message.
When we receive something that we know is from God, we should give back to acknowledge that God sent it. It isn't only about the person bringing it; you are not “spending money,” you are “acknowledging God.” This opens the door so that God can move in greater measure in that area of our lives.
At the end of that chapter in the bible, there was a promise the Lord gave for those who would receive what He sent. It is applied to those who supported and cared for the disciples by providing food and housing:
“Then if indeed that house is deserving, let your peace come upon it [that is, freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin]. But if it is not deserving, let your peace return to you.” (Matthew 10:13 AMPC)
At the time this was written, there were rules about being a host. When you took someone as a guest, you provided for all their needs: food, clothes, and any other needs that would arise. This meant that you would be associated with this person and defend against attacks upon them. It was an honor but also a great responsibility.
The supporters of those sent by God would receive “shalom.” This is a Hebrew word meaning wholeness, completeness in every way because they were free from the consequences of sin. Jesus continues talking about what will happen as He sends them out, then adds:
He who receives and welcomes and accepts a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, and he who receives and welcomes and accepts a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives to one of these little ones [in rank or influence] even a cup of cold water because he is My disciple, surely I declare to you, he shall not lose his reward. (Matthew 10:41-42 AMPC)
Receiving a prophet means you would provide food and a place to rest as well as honor the person as a “mouthpiece of God.” A righteous man is one who is a mature Christian. A little one is a new, baby Christian. There are separate rewards for supporting each of these. This is God’s way.
This is a principle of the Kingdom of God that can be seen throughout the Bible. We see this by not taking what Paul said to the Galatians out of context:
“Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap. For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:7-8 AMPC)
After Paul told the Gentiles to support those who were teaching them, he gave this Kingdom principle. What you give to, opens a door to that thing in your life.
Do you want to be free of the attacks of Satan?
Do you want more of God in your life?
Do you want to hear more from Him?
Do you want to be used by God?
Then give to where you have received from God, acknowledging Him by sowing seeds in that place. You will reap (receive) wherever you sow (give). You should only give after receiving something and deciding if it was of spiritual value from God. If you give before you see there is spiritual value, you are acknowledging the person, not God. You don't yet know if what they are saying or doing is definable from God and a benefit to you. This is why all prayer appointments are freely given and why the Academy is also free. It is up to you to decide if you have received something of spiritual value and then give in return.
There is no excuse not to sow. Jesus saw a widow giving two mites, the smallest coins because that was all she had. Even though others gave large sums, our Lord said her gift was greater because she gave even out of her lack. It is an honor to receive even the smallest gift when someone has barely enough to feed themselves. If God has blessed you with much, you may have to sow much to equal that small amount.
Let's not forget the other verse that many Christians can quote:
“In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.” (Proverbs 3:6 AMPC)
I stand in agreement with this word of God, as you acknowledge Him, may He bring the high places low and make the crooked places straight, and may he firmly direct your path!
God made a particularly strong impression on me concerning this revelation in 2016 when I first began publishing books for Him. This fully explains why books have to be free. A woman, let’s call her Joan, was preaching on television:
Joan gave a word about this back in 2015, “God is raising up the unknown to give away for free what His anointed are charging for.”
Directly after hearing Joan’s words, God kept me awake until 4 A.M. giving me the amazing revelation that led me to write “Why Doesn’t God Speak to Me?” He said, “How much are you willing to hear from Me? To receive from Me?”
Instantly, I replied, “You have given me glimpses of the price I may have to pay, and I am now ready and willing. I give it all to you...should the price be my very life.”
The quiet voice of the Holy Spirit continued, “Then implement the revelation I gave to you when I revealed why John was taken back in time to old Jerusalem.”
“I am, God, aren’t I?” I asked. “Ever since You spoke to me about going to Heaven, I am putting your revelations on my website for free. And I will never charge for a prayer or an appearance.”
“But you are charging for your books.”
The words caused a mild panic. I couldn’t stop my thoughts, “They are my biographies... Everyone charges for a composed biography. And I paid thousands for a top-of-the-line edit on those, not to mention the cost of having the covers professionally designed. I have invested most of my savings into them, surely I am able to charge for the final polished project I invested money and years of time creating.”
He asked, “What makes these books worth buying? Why do you have a product to sell?”
I knew better than to say, “Because I am able to write in a way that seems to appeal to some people.” The word tells us that He knew us before we were formed in the womb; He designed me with the gift to write. Instead, I thought, “Because I have had an interesting journey that may help others.”
Gently He prodded, “And what did you do to deserve those ‘interesting’ experiences?”
A part of me wanted to say, “I fell in love with Jesus with my whole heart.” But I know many people who love Him as I do, and yet they haven’t been blessed with some of the wonderful experiences I have been given. My soul sighed as I was forced to admit, “Nothing. I am no one. I abandoned You. And You chose to reveal who You are to me. I messed up time and time again, and You sent miracle after miracle to encourage me... These books wouldn’t exist without You.” Peace, so strong it was undeniable, welled up deep inside me, confirming I was on the right track.
Despite the hours of deep revelation God had just brought to me, petulant, whiny thoughts burst forth, “But all the big evangelists and even smaller pastors have made millions, if not billions, with their books! Why did you have to reveal this to me? Why do I have to be the one to do it for free?”
“To whom much is given, much is required. You now know the fullness of your calling. You cannot give the enemy a place from which to attack you.”
Vividly, the words I uttered less than an hour ago came to my mind: I had said I would do anything He asked. Another soul-sigh echoed in my head, “I put my faith in You to provide. As soon as I can write this up and upload the revised book, they are all yours.” Despite hearing so clearly from God, this was not easy to walk in. I asked God to let me know when I got it right. At first, I had the books listed for what it cost to print and ship them through Amazon. After a week, the peace was gone. Next, I listed them for free, paying for the printing out of the limited funds I had left. I only charged for shipping. Two weeks passed and the Holy Spirit wouldn’t let me rest. “Fine,” I thought. “I will pay for the shipping too!” The day I listed the books on the website for free, including shipping, a woman I’d never met put $1000 into my PayPal account. She sent me a message saying God told her to send this for the book: it answered questions she had for years. This woman was wealthy, so for her, this was a good gift to acknowledge God. The Lord is faithful, but we must step out in faith. If God calls us to do something, He will supply for our needs. Since this time, this series has raised more money for God’s work than my other fiction bestseller. This is God’s way. Our ministry began with this revelation published in the Believers’ Boot Camp series. For this reason, all books, materials, and classes are freely given. The printed copy is free (including shipping) on our website. Amazon tries to charge .99 for it, and we keep requesting that it is free. Please let us know if they are charging for this book. You can return it to them for your money back. It is free to download from our website: www.Agape-CF.org.
PrayerAfter completing this message, the Lord asked me to add a section about prayer. At Agape, we never charge for prayer or even have a “suggested donation” amount. Only elders who are more practiced in hearing from God lead intercession and soul healing appointments. Any of these can bring you into the Courts of Heaven, should the Lord ask us to come in for charges. It is like a doctor’s appointment by those who have dedicated their lives to walking closer to God. Our prayer team sets aside time to conduct these 30 minutes to hour-long sessions in the hope of hearing from God so that His children can be set free. If you receive physical or emotional healing, deliverance, financial breakthrough, please consider whether or not the person leading the appointment has heard from God and what it is worth to you. You can find a place to give to acknowledge God on the Agape Elders page or by giving to: Agape Christian Fellowship and putting their name in the notes.
Spiritual GiftsAgape Christian Fellowship has meetings where the Holy Spirit flows through Agape elders with His gifts of the Spirit. While going through the Academy, many students receive dreams that help them apply the information so that they can remove attacks of the enemy, receive healing or just continue moving forward. If you are in a meeting where the gift of interpretation is used to help you or perhaps in a meeting where you are learning about discerning of spirits, another gift of the Spirit, and you receive information from God through the Holy Spirit, then you will need to acknowledge Him. This will allow God to move in greater force in your life. We have seen that those who follow these principles make the swiftest progress toward their destiny. What you sow should be in proportion to:
- The importance of the revelation
- Your income
For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have (2 Corinthians 8:12 ESV)Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiencye in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:7-8 ESV)
And I will not be a burden, for I seek not what is yours but you. (2 Corinthians 12:14 ESV)
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. (2 Corinthians 9:10-11 ESV)
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Believers' Boot Camp series
Many people think of boot camp as a place you train for combat. Any veteran will tell you that basic training is about three things:
- Knowing what weapons are available
- Learning how to use those weapons
- Receiving orders and following them
Volume 1: Why Doesn't God Speak to Me?
Eager hearts cry out, hoping for a single word to confirm that He hears us. Yet, many times the only sound is silence. Over the years I have heard several reasons why God speaks to some and not to others. One night, as I tossed and turned, I brought each of these reasons before the Lord, stating why each of them did not line up with who I thought He was.
Words rose from my soul, pleading for Him to reveal why He has remained silent when a single word from Him would mean so much to so many. For the next few hours, God used things I learned about years ago and things I had just discovered to show why He talks to some and why He doesn’t, and in demonstrative ways.
In His grace, He also showed me how people could hear more from Him. Basic instructions on how to hear more from God and how to be led by Him are included in this book. Thank you for taking time to consider the answers I received and share with you now.
Keys to Authority for Every Believer
There is untapped power that is easy for every Christian to access in the form of authority. The keys to this authority will unlock weapons we can use to free ourselves from the attacks of the enemy. We must be intimately aware of the bounds and limitations of our weapon if they are to be used effectively.
Find out about your authority:
- Why you need it.
- Where it comes from.
- What you can do with it.
- How to get more.
- Why you need it.
- Where it comes from.
- What you can do with it.
- How to get more.