Seers, Prophecy, and Waiting on the Lord

Seers, Prophecy, and Waiting on the Lord

Both Scripture and experience reveal that God imparts prophetic words in a number of ways. All prophecy comes from God through the Holy Spirit, but it operates differently in different people. The Old Testament uses several different Hebrew terms to describe the various modes of impartation. Within the overall realm of the prophet lies the particular and distinctive realm of the seer. The word seer describes a particular type of prophet who receives a particular type of prophetic revelation or impartation. Thus, all true seers are prophets, but not all prophets are seers.

The Daniel Miracle

The Daniel Miracle

If I mentioned the name Daniel in connection with the Bible, the first words most people would associate him with are “lion’s den.”

Sure, Daniel was thrown into a lair of hungry lions because he disobeyed a decree to bow and worship only King Darius when he was caught praying to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But it’s what Daniel did long before he entered the lion’s den that has always resonated with me.

The Praying Nation

The Praying Nation

God will bless and protect a broken, repentant nation. Of course, a nation is the sum of the people who make up that nation. Indeed, without its people, there is no nation at all. When the people are repentant, the nation is repentant. When her people fear God, the nation fears God. It matters not who in leadership believes or does not believe. God wants us to believe and He will, without question, take care of the rest. Those who pray bring about change. Those who listen to Him will be engaged in the process of change from within. This is the secret of a nation’s power.

What is Glory?

What is Glory?

Glory fills the pages of the Bible. But like many of the great, rich biblical words, I fear glory is often abstract and lacks immediate connection in our minds and experience. And the images it conjures up—perhaps images of kingly crowns or heroic deeds—don’t seem to help us much in comprehending the significance of what Scripture means by the word. In his famous address, “The Weight of Glory,” C. S. Lewis describes the poverty that many of us bring to an understanding of glory, a poverty that makes glory appear strange and confusing…

Praying Without Agenda

Praying Without Agenda

Intercession is just the fruit of being with Him. It was birthed in my own heart because of spending time with Him. I go into His presence to love Him, to experience “Spirit-to-spirit”—His Spirit with my spirit. When I experienced this for the first time, I remember just being with Him and feeling our hearts connecting.

My Encounter with Father's Embrace

My Encounter with Father's Embrace

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It was the voice of my stern, disapproving father saying the words I had longed to hear for so many years. 

“Son, I love you. Everything is going to be all right.” It was 1972. Because of an LSD overdose, I lay in a semi-comatose state in a hospital bed in Daytona Beach, Florida. My dad was cradling me in his arms and running his fingers through my shoulder-length hair, telling me— his rebellious, misfit son—that he really loved me. 

The Apostolic Role

The Apostolic Role

You have likely heard the term apostolic ministry used more in recent years. I am confident that we will hear and see more of it in the years to come. This term is something that needs defining early in this book because I will make frequent references to it from here on. Through this term, I will be referring to the primary goals and objectives of the apostle’s leadership, and therefore, the goals with which all the people under the apostle align themselves…

Something More

Something More

I committed my life to Christ in the summer of 2000. I was 11 years old. Though young, having been raised in a Christian home, I understood the implications of such a commitment. As it goes with conversion experiences, my meeting with Christ, the Son of God, was quite dramatic. However, in the coming months I was to experience numerous intense and transformative divine encounters…

Supernatural Treasure Hunt

Supernatural Treasure Hunt

As we headed into the store, our Treasure Hunting team shared some nervous thoughts about whether or not we would actually find the treasure that was hidden somewhere inside. Since I was the only experienced Treasure Hunter on our team of four, I shared that I, too, was always nervous before a big hunt, but that God had always led me to the treasure in the past…

The Spiritual Gifts Debate

The Spiritual Gifts Debate

We must navigate the importance of the Holy Spirit’s power in our lives today. This topic raises great controversy in the body of Christ. But remember, controversy in the Kingdom is only attached to truths of vital importance. Any controversy that may arise is evidence that there is great truth that needs to be rediscovered.