Dealing with Toxic People
Dealing with Toxic People
By Adam Becker
There are many good people in the world, actually, more than you may think. The prophet Elijah in the Old Testament thought he was the only prophet left but God said there were thousands. It is easy to think that there are so few good people and that everyone is toxic but that is not the case. While toxic people do exist not everyone is toxic. I would hate for anyone to be so paranoid that they suspect everyone of being toxic, but some people do. I used to be like that. But through the Lord's insight, I am able to see the good in people and that is what you need to do is look for the good in people because if your only looking for the bad you surely will find it.
In one's life, you will come across toxic people and its important to know how to deal with them. So, what is a toxic person and what are they to me? Well, Toxic means something that is hazardous to us. In the shows when I was growing up there would be a toxic waste spill and it would mutate things, fish would have three eyes, turtles would become the teenage mutant ninja turtles and goats would have two heads. Toxic people are hazardous to our health and like the shows of my youth, if we have too much exposure to them, they may mutate us to a form that is not who God created us to be. Because let’s face it, God created us to be healthy mentally, to believe in ourselves, feel good about ourselves, be happy and to be free from abuse. Exposure to toxic people often causes us to have the opposite of those things. In life, we come across all types of people, but toxic people can do us a lot of harm.
When we come to Christ there may be people that we have to cut out of our lives, not everyone is good for us. Looking back in my life after I was born again, I had to shed all my old friends. Why because they would be toxic to my new life. So, after I was born again, I just stopped talking to them or contacting them. They heard over time that I became a born again Christian and they didn’t pursue me. But I would meet more toxic people in the church and have toxic people in my family and life that I couldn’t shed so easily. So even though my old toxic friends were gone I still had to deal with toxic people. Jesus encountered toxic people all the time. So many people think we are to just tolerate them and love them into the kingdom, but Christ walked away from so many of them even rebuked some.
So how do we know someone is a toxic person? You have to ask yourself about the people in your life, does this person build me up or tare me down? Does this person criticize me all the time or do they encourage me? Do they verbally and emotionally abuse you? Do they take shots at you about your weaknesses or your past? Do they judge and condemn you? Are they for your dreams and aspirations or against them? Do they belittle you and make you feel like you aren’t as good as them? Do they make you feel better about yourself or worse? Is this person good for my faith or hazardous to it? If you ask yourself those questions about the people in your life and you get a negative answer, then that person or persons are most likely toxic.
As I said so many people tolerate toxic people and think we just need to love them, and we can change them but Christ said if you aren’t welcomed in a town leave and shake the dust off of your feet. We are to get out of those relationships and remove any ties from them just like shaking the dust off your feet. Some people say Jesus hung out with sinners, drunks, and prostitutes which is true but those people were not the same after Jesus left them. Jesus did not repeatedly spend time with them while they partook in unhealthy lifestyles. Their lives changed right away. If you have spent a little time with a toxic person and they did not change move on. Don’t let their toxicity negatively impact you. You deserve to be around those who add to your life and build you up not who tare you down.
With a lot of toxic people, we can just walk away. Like attracts like and if you are truly walking with Jesus those toxic people won’t chase after you because you aren’t like them. They won’t be so attracted to you. Like I said before I walked away from many toxic people, I used to be friends with after being born again. Years later I felt like maybe I judged them unfairly and didn’t give them a fair shot so I tried to befriend them, but they all rejected me. Their hate for the things of God and a Christian who has a heart for Jesus made them not be attracted to me. As did there very different lifestyle, even the ones that did have faith in Jesus weren’t attracted to me as they still lived a different lifestyle than me. Many of them were loose in their faith.
So, some people you can walk away from but others like close relatives and maybe people you work with you can’t so easily. In those cases, you walk in love and limit your dealings with them. If your father is toxic only call him when you have to. If your boss is toxic do what you can to stay clear of him or her. Don’t make the mistake of spending a lot of time around them if you can help it. And when you are around them stand up for yourself. Let your father or sibling know they are being critical, and you don’t appreciate it. If you're being bullied stand up to the bully and let them know you are not going to keep quiet and take the abuse. Often times standing up to a toxic person can disarm them to some degree. Of course, I have found that they always come back the next day with more ammo. But if you just lie there and take it you will have regrets later about not standing up for yourself and it will affect your self-worth. I have those regrets often when I encounter a toxic person and they tare me down.
I will also add to pray for those toxic people in your life that you cant shed because they are a relative, boss or coworker. Limit your time with them but pray for them. If it’s a spouse maybe you shouldn’t be in that marriage in the first place, you can’t help anyone else or be a light for Christ if your spouse is abusing you or taring you down all the time. Constant abuse from a spouse can cause mental health issues and all kinds of other things. Don’t stay in an abusive relationship whether it be from adultery or physical and emotional abuse. Think about getting out. Now I am not saying that if you have a little bit of problems in your marriage to call it quits. Gods wants us to work it out in our marriages if we can help it but you don’t have to take habitual abuse from anyone.
The simple fact is if you aren’t influencing them, they will influence you. You have to be on the offense around toxic people. If you aren’t, they will get to you and tare you down. So today, take an inventory of the people in your life and remove those who are toxic or limit them. You owe it to yourself to have healthy relationships and to be built up not torn down. And don’t worry so much about losing people. God will bring more people into your life, better people. And your life will get better, you will even feel better.
Don't Be too Bound to Step Out
By Adam Becker
The other day I saw something from Jeremy Lopez ( Jeremy is an awesome and anointed man of God by the way) on his ministry page “Identity Network” that prompted me to write this article. He said “ some people have a very real, continuous fear. “Is this the will of God?” “Is this the will of God or is this my will?” He goes on to say people are religiously bound up by this. I can concur with what he is saying and know it all too well. I have even been there myself. You want to be in Gods perfect will and plan, you naturally don’t want to do anything that goes against that or is out of that. God also desires us to be obedient and in His perfect plan, but we need to be careful we aren’t being too religious and bound up by that. We do know that Jesus didn’t do anything that He didn’t see the Father do or other words get orders about from the Father. But we are not Jesus. We don’t always hear from God as Christ did. I know some people seem to think they do but in reality, we don’t. A lot of people are so bound up by the “is this Gods perfect will” that they never step out and do anything. They live in religious fear of being out of Gods plan. I know people like this they either never attempt to do nothing at all. Or they do things that are extremely thought out and because they are extremely thought out and the person has the ingredients to make it happen it works. But it was their own will, not Gods plan. And because it worked, they then declare it was Gods perfect plan but in fact they made it happen. They get all puffed up from this and think they are always in Gods perfect will and hear from God. They also like to warn everyone who steps out not to do it because it probably isn’t Gods perfect will, so they come against anything everyone else is doing. I have met so many people like that. Churches are filled with them and some are pastors. They seem to think they are the only one who is ever in Gods plan and no one else is. Many times, this is motivated by pride and fear. Pride as they think that the things they made happen where Gods plan and they always hear from God and are in his perfect will. And fear for the ones who never step out and do anything. God does not want us to get into pride or fear. God wants us free. Religious mindsets are not only good for the person bound by them but as I mentioned they also seek to condemn others and bound them up as well. Sometimes they are really seeking to put people beneath them as the religious leaders of Christ day did that were all bound up by religion. They act as though they are the only ones who could ever be in Gods will and everyone else is beneath them and out of it.
I know a guy that preaches to do what I myself often do. You just step out and try everything you can think of. Not talking about sin but go for every opportunity that comes your way and step out with every new idea you get. If God doesn’t want you doing it he will shut it down. Like throwing everything at the wall and see what sticks. There are a lot of things I really thought was God that God shut down and other things I really didn’t know whether it was God and I tried anyway only to learn years later that was God and worked. Even things that didn’t work I found that was Gods perfect plan as God wanted me to learn something from the process and failure that could then prepare me for something else God wanted me to do in the future. The worst that can happen is it fails but real failure is never trying. That is faith, stepping out on things you cant really see. You need to be certain about it but as humans can we really can’t be certain about everything? Did peter know for certain that he would be able to step out of the boat and walk on water. No, he didn’t he even doubted and started to sink when the waves rose up. Of course, he saw that Jesus could do it and was with Him so he tried it but he wasn’t certain. Well Jesus is with us and He can do it. Everyone wants to hear from God and be certain but with hearing from God can come with error. My vocation is a prophetic minister. I do personal prophecy and prophetic ministry for people professionally and I have found that it is easy to hear from God and know things for other people but not so easy to hear God about your own life. Some people like to say that as you mature in Christ you hear from God for yourself all the more and clearer, but I say as you mature you admit all the more that you don’t hear from God as much as you think you do. The reason why hearing from God for ourselves can be so difficult is we have an iron in the fire. Yes, we have wants, desires and often our own thoughts. These wants and desires can come into play and drown out what God is saying. It is the same thing when trying to hear from God for people you personally know well. You have an iron in the fire and your own desires, jealousies, thoughts, beliefs about someone you know can get in the way of what God is saying. That’s why I like doing prophetic ministry for strangers the best. I know I am probably going to hear a lot of seasoned Christians and prophets disagree with me on this but its true. You are human and as long as you have your own wants and desires for your self you are not going to hear from God that well for things about you. I am not saying you never do but often you won’t. That’s why I will go to other prophets like Jeremy Lopez to get a word from God for my life. This is the truth and reality. I can’t count how many times I have seen Christian leaders say they heard God about their own life or something they had an iron in the fire about and they were wrong. Some appear to be right because they made it happen on their own and was not Gods perfect will and they did not hear accurately from God. My point is don’t worry so much what is Gods perfect plan. We really don’t know for sure many times what Gods perfect plan for us is. If it doesn’t go against scripture it may be possible. God is not against us having our own wants and desires and us wanting to accomplish something that we want to do either. I can choose to eat at Mc. Donald’s or Burger King, God is probably not planning on me eating at one and getting upset if I eat at the other. He gave us free will and we can make choices. Try some things, if it works great if it doesn’t learn and move on. The Bible says God works all things out for good. Don’t be in fear, bound up or attack others who step out. Free yourself of a religious mindset!
Don’t Add to the Prophetic Word
By Adam Becker
I while back I got a prophecy from a minister and it seemed dead on accurate and was just what I was praying for. He knew what was going on in my life and more. It touched me so much. He told me my situation then said now God is going to change it all. He went on about God making things work from now on and changing everything for the better and me being the head and not the tail and so on. It was very encouraging but as time went by my situation didn’t change. I even took a step of faith and did something to change it that was the only way it would change and it didn’t work. It was strange because a day after I got that prophecy the president of Streams Ministries was doing a live teaching on prophetic words where people just read you and the word don’t come to pass and I watched. The thought crossed my mind that he could have been reading me but I wanted it to be true so bad so I had faith that it was all from God. But now I know that he got words of knowledge or was just reading my situation then added the part of change and encouraging words out of his own thoughts about God going to change it all. I think many prophets are guilty of it. One of my main gifting’s is the ability to have words of knowledge about people and see into their lives. I have in the past seen things then said God is going to make it better or do this and that but God really didn’t show me he was going to make it better or do this and that. I thought he would because He Is a good God who wants to make it better and see us doing well. As even in the Bible there are verses about Gods plans for us and they are good. So it didn’t seem wrong for me to add that to the prophetic word as it seemed like Gods plan but it wasn’t. Sometimes God keeps us in a situation and things don’t change. Sometimes people even die and bad happens or God don’t heal people. Its heart wrenching to think that God wont help but for His own higher reasons He sometimes doesn’t. I have learned that when I get words of knowledge about a persons life and God isn’t really showing me deliverance or change I simply pray for them and I say I see this and that and pray for change or pray it gets better. That’s the right way to go about it. Don’t try and think you know what God is going to or wants to do and add it in as a prophecy. If God isn’t speaking don’t say it even if your heart is in the right place. So why would God give people words of knowledge of things He is not going to change? Well maybe he wants them to know he knows their situation and is right there with them and prayer is needed. The Bible isn’t clear that everything will be wonderful and perfect when you come to Christ. The Bible doesn’t say that God makes sense either. It says his ways are higher than our ways and who are we to question Him. I don’t always know why bad things happen to people but they do and then it doesn’t get any better. I had a pastor of a church that I loved that got ALS and died a horrible death. He believed in healing and taught it. He even was used to heal people before he died but he never was healed and God was not glorified and he was no more a sinner or lacked faith then you or me. I remember I went to another church and the pastor there said my pastor was not getting healed and was dying because of sin then a few years later that pastor Got a disease and died later from it. I wonder if he still thinks that people aren’t healed because of sin. We live in a fallen world and things happen. Its part of the experience of being here. But back to the main topic. We aren’t always going to get words for people that tell us of God sweeping in and saving them. God may keep them in that situation for many more years or forever but don’t be tempted to add to the word what you feel God should do just pray. And if you have had people give you words of knowledge about your situation and then say God is going to change everything for the better and it never happened don’t just assume that that person was a false prophet or give up on personal prophecy all together their heart may have been in the right place and trying to help.
Do Christians Really Need to Attend Church?
By Adam Becker
Local churches have many good qualities and purpose, some people just love them while others have come to see some faults and reject them. I have met a lot of Christians who take great pride in going to church and even being a member. Many of them attack other believers for not attending a church service on a regular basis. They are very zealous for the church and discount the many blows some have received from local churches. I have also met a lot of lone rangers as church folk like to call them. These are people that have been burned by the local assembly of believers, brothers and sisters who don’t take much stock in organized religion anymore. I have even been a lone ranger myself at times as well as a pastor of denominational church so I can really see where everyone is coming from. One of the things you hear the most is the Bible says it’s sin to not go to a church and that you cant grow if you don’t go to church. But is that true? Is it a sin to not attend a local church and do you really stop growing as a Christian once you stop going? Once someone becomes a Christian or believer in Christ they naturally get pointed to a church. I can honestly say without the church I wouldn’t be the Christian I am today. I can see how the church played a role in my faith and growth. I have also come to see times when it actually almost ruined my faith. Times when Christians were meaner than people in the world had been to me. I have seen some really bad leaders, ones who no one should submit to or follow running a church. I can say that I don’t think it would be a sin for someone to leave their church if they had leaders like that. Some do leave but can’t seem to find a good church so they quit going altogether only to get condemned by church goers. Is it legitimate to say you can’t find a good church within driving distance? I would say yes. In Christ’s day there were no good churches but His. So yes, it is possible to not be able to find a good church in your area. But does that mean you will never find one or to give up forever? I think it really depends on where you’re at in your walk with God. God can let things happen in a church to draw you out and then when it is the right timing God can draw you back in again. The bible does mention in one place not to forsake the assembling of yourselves together. That is the only real verse people use to say you have to go to church. Take into account that at that time there wasn’t all the resources we have today to hear the word, fellowship online or serve from your home. Times have changed. Am I saying that we don’t need to go to church. No, I think the church has its place and purpose but there may be times when for whatever reason it is a season for you to not be part of the local assembly. And that brings up another thing. So many church goers say that a legitimate church is only in a designated church commercial building and incorporated as a 501 c3. They discount that you can fill the “not forsake the assembling of yourselves together” by just doing a simple Bible study in your home or prayer meeting with a few Christian friends. It doesn’t have to be in a churchy building with a legitimate seminary graduated pastor. Fellowship is fellowship whether a few people in a house or in a church building. Yes, there are passages that say you need the body of Christ which is others but that can actually look like many things now a days. So you really can’t say someone is in sin for not going to church. But can you really grow outside the church?
The Bible says,
1 Cor 3:5-7
6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow . 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow
It says God made it grow, not the church.
In another passage it says this,
8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times.”
Yes, good soil is needed for growth. And we know from scripture that good soil is a heart issue. God makes things grow and we can be sure that if God has begun a work in your life, He will complete it and cause you to grow whether in a church or not. The Bible says,
6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
The Bible also says,
11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
According to scripture we do need leaders to mature and be built up, but we can gain from these leaders today from our TVs or internet. We don’t have to go to a church to be built up or hear the word.
There were times when I went to church and was on fire for church then times when I left the church and took on some hurts from those in it. I can tell you I still grew outside the church. I grew a lot as a matter of fact. I never thought I would go back to a church or find a good church then years later God drew me back into one I had visited before but didn’t think was good. Suddenly it was great and I fell in love with it. Everything started to work out and I made a lot of friends. You go through times when God may let you be drawn out of something in one season but in the next you will be drawn back to it. What changed? My season did. In the new season God was going to use the church again while in the last the church was not doing me any good. God will use something, then not use it, only to use it again later. You may or may not be in a church right now. Maybe you’re on fire for the church and cant get enough or maybe you have been hurt and hate it. I would not say that either one of those things makes you anymore of Christian or any less of one or in sin. Like I said before that just may be the season you’re in which can change. God is in charge of you growing not the church. God will carry you along to the end, trust in Him and don’t be so quick to judge others.
Articles and Prophetic Teachings
Who Told You That You Couldn’t
By Adam Becker
I once saw someone who I haven’t seen in years and upon seeing them I asked them how they were doing? They replied that they are living the dream. Now a days to say living the dream may mean the opposite while to others it is a reality. To many people living the dream seems impossible though. And can you blame them. Their lives didn’t go as planned and things are not going their way. But the fact remains that deep down in each of us lies dreams. Dreams to achieve incredible things. Dreams to be more than what others say we are. People love to put limits on others and we even put limits on ourselves so many people never see the dream come true.
I think that a lot of people like to dream in the night because you can do things that defy the natural laws or defies what seems to be your life. It is the same for our dreams within us, we tend to want to dream things that defy the natural possibilities of our lives. Things that defy how it looks our life will play out. It is possible to achieve the impossible, but you have to remove the limits that this world and others have put on you. You must even remove the limits you put on yourself. You have to believe there isn’t much difference between the dream world and the real world.
In the Bible God made Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve were naked for a long time and it didn’t affect them or bother them. Then when they ate from the tree of knowledge and sinned, they were ashamed of their nakedness and tried to cover themselves. Gods reply was “who told you, you were naked?” Everything was great till they gained the knowledge that they were naked. In the same way we could very well accomplish our dreams if we didn’t have the knowledge or the limits that said it is not possible for us or that we can’t do that.
Once a person believes something or has a belief you can’t tell them any different and they can’t see anything different no matter how much proof there is that their belief isn’t true. They only see what they limit themselves to see. If you only limit yourself to see certain things it will never manifest in your life. In a dream you can do anything but the minute you start to wake up the dream is over. Why is it over because you are entering another reality or what you perceive as reality. That reality that you leave the dream world and awake to has laws and limits. Or at least that is what you perceive and have come to believe. So many people don’t believe in miracles because they think nothing can break the laws of nature. They perceive it as impossible. Even if a miracle were to take place, they wouldn’t see it as such. What we see and the way we see things becomes our reality.
Whatever means you learned that you couldn’t do this or that is not important what is important is that you have that set limit and you will not manifest the impossible. You must take a leap and settle it in your heart that your limit you believe isn’t reality. You have to believe that the dream world and this world come together to manifest things. Who are you really? What do you see yourself doing deep down? These things are more reality than the limits the natural world has you believing. You can do the impossible, you just need to believe it is impossible you won’t achieve it.
The Prophet Letting Ask Questions When Getting a Personal Prophecy or Offering to Answer Questions
By Adam Becker
It is very common now for people offering personal prophecy or prophetic ministry to let people ask questions and for the prophetic person to answer those questions. So many prophets now offer it on their websites. They offer to answer questions ranging from love to wealth on skype or through email. Even on facebook live and Instagram. While this is popular it isn’t always good. The problem is when a prophet lets people ask questions or offers a question to be answered the prophet may have opinions about the questions being asked. For instance, if someone asks if they will be the next president of the United States the prophet knows that that is not likely to happen and probably wont happen so they are likely to say no even if it was so. If someone asks if they should quit their church and the prophet is bent on that everyone should attend church and stay with their church, they are more likely to say they should stay at their church even if God is saying they shouldn’t. Or if someone asks if they are going to be rich and the prophet believes in the prosperity gospel they are likely to say yes. Its the same with healing. What if someone asks you if they will be healed and the prophet believes that everyone is supposed to be healed will they not say yes, they will be healed even if they wont be?
The prophets own ideas and beliefs can get in the way when people ask questions. Its best if people are given a general personal prophecy reading in which the prophet opens themselves up to see anything the Holy Spirit has to say for the person so that way it is less likely to be tainted with their own ideas and beliefs. Of course, if they know the person it also makes giving an accurate personal prophecy hard because the prophet will get in the way. If they know them, they already have ideas and beliefs about them. These things will taint what they hear and see from the Lord. So, my suggestion is use caution when letting people ask questions and use caution doing a prophetic reading for someone you know that well. Or use caution in getting personal prophecies in which a prophet answers your questions especially if they know you. Practicing dying to self and selflessness as well as shutting down your own thoughts and emotions during a personal prophecy will help you so that you don’t get in the way if you’re the one giving he prophecy but its best to avoid the question thing all together or people you know well. I hope this helps and God bless.
Do You Want to Be More Spiritual?
By Adam Becker
Spirituality is true wealth in this world and the next, the world says money, wealth and success is the goal, but it really isn’t. So many people want to be more spiritual, but a lot of people never get there. There was a time when I was a lot more spiritual and selfless than I am now. I was having many more spiritual experiences and it seemed like nothing in the natural shook me.
As I look back to that time, I see a theme and something I was doing that I stopped doing so much. What was it that led to such spirituality? I was a giver and did not care about material possessions. I would literally give everything I had away. Money, things I loved, my only car. You name it, I gave it away and did not hoard new material possessions. I had hardly anything and it didn’t bother me one bit. The lack of material things and me giving everything away made me feel free. It freed me from this world and helped me to be more connected to the spiritual world and the kingdom of God.
You see when you get a material possession it actually anchors you down to this world. Yes, it pulls you down to the natural world and away from the spiritual world. The more possessions and wealth you have the more anchored down to the natural world and less spiritual you will be. It’s just a fact. The Bible confirms it says; “where your treasure is there your heart will be also.” If your treasure is on this earth in the natural so will your heart. Your spirituality will lack, and you will be chained down by stuff. It’s that simple. Being spiritual is not that hard, just store your treasures in heaven and in the spiritual realm and not on this earth. I am not saying to be homeless and live with nothing but don’t let your heart be in the ownership of your home, new car, your prosperous career, or the size of your bank account. Don’t let the American dream have you. The Bible speaks many times against material wealth and says to the man who asked what he must do to enter the kingdom of heaven to “sell all you own and give it to the poor.” The disciples and Jesus were very poor. The money taken as tithes and offerings in the early church was to be distributed to them equally and who has need. It was taken up so there would be equality among them. Ministers and people in the church who are living high off the hog while others in the church live like paupers ought to repent and be ashamed of themselves. Christianity is not about prosperity and wealth. The true prosperity and wealth is knowing Christ, the truth and the kingdom of heaven being in you. The abundant life Christ talked about was not about wealth, divine health and the perfect life it was about having an abundance of life as in eternal life.
If you want to be more spiritual have your heart anchored down with less of the material and more of the things of God. It works, I guarantee more peace, happiness, and greater spirituality if you let go of your material things and prosperity and store your treasure in heaven. Be blessed!
Being Positioned for a MiracleBy Adam Becker
There are so many stories in the Bible of miracles. And not just in the Bible but there are so many people with testimonies of the miraculous. As I look back on my life there was a time when I saw many miracles and many blessings. In recent times those blessings and miracles seemed to slow down or stop. I have often reminisced about the good old days and envied others miraculous testimonies but was saddened that I wasn’t seeing that in my own life as I once was.
It Got me to praying and the Lord told me that I have seen very few miracles recently because I didn’t need them. God doesn’t always give you what you don’t need. Things have been ok for a long time financially for me and in other parts of my life, so I just didn’t need all the miracles I once needed. Blessings, messages from angels as well as profound spiritual experiences became a thing of the past. But recently I found myself in situations that required more faith and couldn’t rely so much on the security of what I thought I had. God spoke to my heart and said to me; “remember how you missed miracles, now you are in a better position to see them. Now you will see the miraculous again.”
It is out of need and lack that miraculous blessing comes. God did miracle after miracle to get the Israelites out of Egypt. When they had to take the land and wandered in the desert lacking God also did miracles and moved. But when they possessed the land and had security they saw less of the move of God.
Take a look at this story in the Bible;
Kings 4 New International 2 Version (NIV) The Widow’s Olive Oil 4 The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the LORD. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” 2 Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?” “Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.” 3 Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.” 5 She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. 6 When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.” But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing. 7 She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”
This was a story of the miraculous, but the widow wouldn’t have been blessed unless she lacked and needed it. She lost her husband and her children were about to be taken as slaves. That’s not to say that God doesn’t bless us in the good times which he does but we are in a better position for blessing and for God to do miracles in the dark times. Would Moses have been able to part the Red Sea if he wasn’t being pursued by Pharaoh? Or would Jesus have raised Lazarus from the dead if Lazarus hadn’t died? No, they had to be in position for a miracle.
Your dire financial situation may have put you in just the right position for a blessing! Your loss may be just what you need for God to give you more. Your despair may position you for a mighty spiritual encounter of the God kind. Whatever lack you find yourself in is exactly ripe for God to move in a miraculous way. Don’t think of it as negative think of it as an opportunity to really see God move in ways you can tell your grandchildren about. This could be your greatest testimony yet! Don’t despise the hard times, rejoice in them for God is going to come through. Be blessed!
Personal Prophecy is Conditional
By Adam Becker
We often hear that personal prophecy has to always come to pass %100 percent. People even say a prophet whose prophecy does not come to pass should be put to death according to the Bible. But the truth is personal prophecy is conditional. We have free will and we can change our course in life. The Bible says that God knows all and “works all things for good,” but we can change things. When we change things as I just said God can work them out for good, but it does change things. Maybe you have had a personal prophecy and it didn’t come to pass? It could be that the person giving it was not accurate, but it could also mean your free will changed it. Don’t be so quick to throw stones at prophets for unfulfilled prophecies or call them out as false prophets. You may be jumping the gun.
We can see our free will in this verse from scripture
6We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
It says; “each of us has turned to our own way.” It was God’s plan that we didn’t go our own way and go astray but He gave us free will and it does happen. If this happens prophecies can be changed.
In the Bible we have the story of Jonah, everyone knows of Jonah and whale. The truth is it really doesn’t say it was a whale but that’s not important. But the story does show how prophecy can change. As many know Jonah was told that God was going to destroy Nineveh and he was supposed to go there and tell them that. We can see this in the following verses
Jonah Goes to Nineveh
3 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 “Arise, go to lNineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now lNineveh was an exceedingly great city,1 three days’ journey in breadth.2 4 Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” 5 mAnd the people of Nineveh believed God. nThey called for a fast and oput on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.
The People of Nineveh Repent
6 The word reached3 the king of Nineveh, and phe arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, qand sat in ashes. 7 And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, r“By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor sbeast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, 8 but let man and sbeast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. tLet everyone turn from his evil way and from uthe violence that is in his hands. 9 vWho knows? God may turn and relent wand turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.”
10 When God saw what they did, xhow they turned from their evil way, xGod relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.
But look what happened the prophecy was that God was going to destroy Nineveh but because of their free will and decision to repent the prophecy changed and it didn’t come to pass.
We can also see this take place in the life of Solomon. The Bible says in a prophecy about Solomon;
2 Samuel 7:12 and 13 (12) When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. (13) He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 
It sure looked as if Solomon was set for life as for his kids. But the prophecy about Solomon changed because of his free will and his sin. This is what the Bible now said of Solomon after he used his free will;
1 Kings 11:11 So the LORD said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates.
Yes, folks prophecy as we can see from scripture is conditional even in the New Testament I believe the personal prophecy Paul got about being bound and imprisoned said if you go or something like that this will happen. Of course, it happened because Paul went but it was conditional.
If you have a really good personal prophecy that you would like to see come to pass you can help it along buy staying close to God and asking yourself “What would Jesus do.” Not acting in love or out of the character of Christ will always short circuit a good prophecy. Also, in every big decision pray about it and get a go ahead from the Holy Spirit. If you do that you have a better chance of seeing your wonderful personal prophecy happen in your life. Don’t let your free will mess up a good thing. Also, know though if you do mess it up God may have something better for you to work for good. Just because a prophecy did not come to pass your life is not over. That prophecy was a prophecy about what will happen if you stay on the path your on but you may change for the better and you may be instore for an even greater prophecy.
Evangelistic Assault By Adam Becker
I was listening to a radio program the other day while driving in my car and the pastor teaching said two main things. He said salvation and regular church attendance go together and that Christians don’t evangelize enough or share their faith. He claimed the average Christian has never led anyone to Christ. First, I would like to say that you are not saved by attending a church. Yes, if you are saved you should try attending a church but if you don’t attend a church contrary to what the pastor says it does not mean you are not saved. Salvation is dependent on the atonement and the Holy spirit not a building and tithing. But what I really would like to talk briefly about is evangelism. I think he is wrong when he said that the average Christian doesn’t evangelize.
Years ago, I was hooked on evangelism. I was upfront with people and prayed the prayer of salvation with hundreds of people. I even used to knock on doors and stop cars. I thought for sure you had to speak scripture and confront everyone with the Gospel. I thought I was something special preaching to everyone I met and chased down. But I was not as special as I thought. When I would brag about how I evangelize to everyone and get in their face some Christians would tell me they don’t do it like that. They said they do presence evangelism. I would snicker and think your just afraid and lazy, the right way is to beat people over the head with scripture and confront them. I felt a need to confront everyone and today looking back at it some people just prayed the prayer of salvation to get me to leave them alone. They didn’t mean it. Sure, I planted some seeds but I also turned a lot of people off and left them with a sour taste in their mouth.
I now know that things like presence evangelism and forming relationships with people in order to evangelize is a good thing. It doesn’t mean you’re a wimp it means you’re not a religious jerk. We can’t assault people with scripture and confront everyone. To most people scripture means nothing. So why always speak it to people? When we look at how Christ evangelized, he only assaulted religious people with scripture. The rest of the time Christ was forming nonjudgmental relationships with people and speaking to them on their level. He didn’t spend His time confronting everyone. Jesus also used prophetic evangelism and helped people by feeding them, doing miracles for them and giving them hope. He helped people in need. While we can’t always go around healing everyone like Christ did and give out prophetic words, we can speak to people in such a way that it touches their heart like a prophetic word does and we can help people in need like a miracle can do. From being a shoulder to cry on, giving and sharing advice and principles in a non-religious way we can evangelize as Christ did.I know that some will say well brother Becker we can and are doing the healings and miracles that Christ is doing and giving out accurate prophetic words. My friend and I just raised two people from the dead, turned cavities into gold teeth and gave a prophetic word that told some guy his birthdate and credit card number. People may not like this, but I don’t believe those kind of stories. While it is possible for someone to do healings, miracles and tell people specific things prophetically it happens a lot less than you think. Yes, many people who claim to be doing that stuff are liars. There I said it, they are not telling the truth and are running a scam. Is it wrong to try and do that stuff? No, but you will find that very rarely will you be able to. Its just not reality. We need to find creative ways in helping people and speaking to their heart that are biased on reality and not assaulting them with scripture and religious stuff. I have met people that you couldn’t have a down to earth conversation with them without them quoting the Bible 200 times. We have to be able to meet people on their level and be down to earth. As I said before most people don’t care at all what the Bible says except believers. Back slidden people don’t care what the Bible says either, using it will only turn them off. So, remember be cautious about beating people up with scripture and you don’t need to confront everyone with the Gospel. There are plenty of non-confrontational ways to evangelize. I know some people brag about being a martyr but sometimes they bring on the persecution themselves when it’s not necessary. Don’t be a martyr be a human being and love people. Usually love won’t get you persecuted. I know that pastor is wrong I think a lot more people evangelize than he thinks they just do it in ways not to his liking. But we can’t please everyone, the only one we need to really please is Christ.
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