New Zealand…

I was cooking my dinner, late dinner, before and contemplating what the Church thought of the vote with respect to abortion which past in parliament today…

I heard the Lord say, “Watch what I do now.  I will separate the wheat from the chaff in My Church.”

There are those in the Body of Christ in this nation who look to the government and are disappointed in the government for this ruling…

What this ruling shows is that the entire parliamentary system in New Zealand is corrupt, it is a system of false authority, a system of witchcraft, a system which God has judged…

Why do I say this?

Those same ‘good people’ who have prayed for God to intervene in this ‘abortion on demand’ bill can’t understand why He hasn’t, why He hasn’t heard and answered their prayers…

Like when Joshua and the children of Israel attacked Ai after there was sin in the camp and they couldn’t understand why they were defeated…

They were defeated because there were stolen items in the camp of the children of Israel…

What are the stolen items in the camp of the Church?

The land was stolen from the Maori and given to the Crown by deceit in the sight of God in the form of a covenant, a covenant made before God…

Rightful authority over this land was stolen from the Maori, their God-given authority usurped, and the Crown set up their false authority system, our present parliamentary system in its place…

After that there can be no blessing in this nation and whoever controls the crown, controls New Zealand…

In the Spirit however, we have given back New Zealand to a Council of Maori Elders, who all know the Lord, and they now have authority over New Zealand’s future…

We have seen Jesus, in the Spirit, standing with His Scepter embedded into the ground of New Zealand and we have seen the black and shadowy tree of the knowledge of good and evil completely destroyed from the lava of His Fire which flows from His volcano…

We have seen the entire nation of New Zealand turn white and we have seen Jesus raise His scepter to heaven and God the Father’s blue and white light fall like blue and white electricity and go right through Jesus – symbolizing His Power coming to His Body in this land…

Jesus is Lord of New Zealand…

Jesus owns New Zealand…

The sins of the past are forgiven…

Witchcraft is destroyed in New Zealand…

It can not stand…

It has no where to stand…

It is abolished…

Nothing remains in this nation but Jesus Christ Himself and those who will bow the knee to Him…

His angels are now rushing through the cities and running on the walls as a great army who are carrying out His word…

The Lord utters His Voice, before His army…

The Lord utters His Voice, before His army…

As the song says…

Blow the trumpet in Zion, Zion, Sound the alarm on My Holy Mountain, Blow the trumpet in Zion, Zion, Sound the alarm…

The Lord will raise up Maori Evangelists who will go throughout this nation and bring this nation to the Lord…

The Lord will raise up Maori Elders who will govern justly…

The Lord will raise up Maori Church Leaders who will have the authority in the Body of Christ in this nation…

All the rest of us, who have been permitted by the Maori to live with them in their nation, who submit to the Lord’s authority through them, will be blessed in our endeavours for the Lord in this place…

What has been usurped has been returned…

There’s a new sheriff in town and His Name is Jesus and His deputies are the Maori Counsel of Elders who He will appoint…

To find our place we must submit to His order, to His authority…

There is no blessing without it…

All evil has been removed from New Zealand in the Spirit, we have seen it, removed by the lava of His volcano…

There is no wiggle room here…

This is the shifting, the separating of the wheat from the chaff…

Will we relinquish our positions to Him?

Will we relinquish our possessions to Him?

He owns this nation and He has given it to the Maori…

They have authority over this land…

And they will uphold it before the Lord until He comes again…

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CoronaVirus…

“I would speak to you”…

“This virus – this CoronaVirus – will not stand”…

“I will remove it”, declares the Lord…

“It is man-made and I will remove it – it will not stand”…

“I know who has created it and they – the creators of this virus – will not stand”…

“Their time – their time as ‘dictators of the fates of humanity’ – is over”…

“I have judged them and I am presently judging them – their entire evil system”, declares the Lord, “they will not stand against Me, nothing they have created – with respect to this evil virus – will remain”…

“I have heard the cry of My People and now My Fire will purge this world of the effects of this virus”…

“COVID-19 is over in the spiritual realm – it does not stand – I am decreeing My vengeance against it and against its creators who have used it for evil”, declares the Lord…

“Neither the virus itself nor its creators will stand and neither will remain – none who do not repent of their ways”…

“My Fire is going to and fro throughout the earth seeking out this virus and burning it up with spheres of fire (I, Andrew, see sphere-like balls of fire), targeting the virus and destroying it”…

“Nothing will stand against Me, I am not the originator of this CoronaVirus and I do not approve of it – this is not from Me”, declares the Lord…

“Stand firm in My word, speak My truth over your lives My People – I am your very great reward, I will rid this world of this virus and I will burn in the hearts of all people on the face of this earth and those who repent and give themselves to Me will be saved – eternally saved – and share eternity with Me”, declares the Lord…

“There is already a cure to this virus, those who created it already have this cure”…

“I speak now to the creators of this virus and I say, ‘Release the cure – under pain of death, release the cure!’ (in Jesus Name, I, Andrew, agree)”…

“I am standing against you, those who have created this virus, and I am saying, ‘Release the cure, freely and without payment, release the cure and give yourselves to Me'”, declares the Lord…

“Judgement is coming, upon all the gods of the earth it is coming, I will starve the gods of the earth – as My word says – all around the world, I will starve the gods of the earth, they will have nothing in My world”, declares the Lord, “and I will take this world for My Glory”, declares the Lord, “and no-one will stand in the way between Me and those whom I have come to save”, declares the Lord, “and no-one will separate from Me those whom I have come to save”, declares the Lord, “on the day which I come to save them”, declares the Lord, “I will be a protection to them and nothing will harm them, even in death they will be with Me”, declares the Lord…

“Darkness is coming but greater light follows, darkness will not overcome My light and My people will shine brightly and the tide will turn”, declares the Lord who has mercy…

“It will turn for My Glory and for the good of all who remain on the earth”…

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"Judgement is on the house called Rothschild"…

“I want you to prophesy my son”…

“Speak to the evil world order which has controlled humanity over the last centuries – over the last two hundred and fifty years”…

“I have a bone to pick with the family who have controlled the world and have made it their purpose to control the world – starting two hundred and fifty years ago”…

“They will not stand”…

“I will remove them”…

“I have waited and seen what they have purposed in this world”…

“I have allowed them to amass vast amounts of money and property”…

“They have accumulated vast amounts of wealth for themselves in the day of slaughter”…

“They have risen as others have fallen”…

“They have ‘fallen’ as others have ‘risen’ – to their own destruction – so that the family can go on”…

“Their ways – their ‘hiding’ – is known to Me”, declares the Lord, “and I have ordained their downfall”…

“Nothing can stop what I am about to do – I have heard the prayers of My people and I have now acted on My own behalf to put a stop to their plans – their purposes will come to naught”, declares the Lord…

“All that they have accumulated will be given to My Church – for one purpose only – and that purpose is for the furtherance of My gospel, in evangelism, to the nations”…

“I will have My gospel preached, in power and with miracles following, to every soul in every nation on earth before I come again”…

“Their money, their wealth, their position, their prominence will all be given freely to My Church”…

“I will do this and any who resist Me in their family – their combined ‘family’ – will perish”…

“They are not their own, they are not the masters of the universe, they are not the elite – I AM their Master”, declares the Lord, “and I have brought them to this position and to this point in time for a specific purpose”…

“To show them that I AM God and that there is none other”…

“They will be brought low and they will either humble themselves – as Nebuchadnezzar did – or they will be removed from this earth”…

“Everything they have laboured for will be brought to nothing – I will do this Myself – and all that they have garnered for their own evil purpose will be given to Me – to the lowliest of all – on behalf of My Church for the furtherance of My kingdom in evangelism”, declares the Lord…

“Nothing will stop Me – I have taken possession of what is Mine – all the cattle on a thousand hills are Mine – all souls are Mine – I have the life-breath of every soul in My Hand”, declares the Lord, “and none will live who will not live for Me”…

“This family has come up for attention before My throne – as Sodom and Gomorrah came up for attention before My throne – and I have now set in motion a set of circumstances which will bring this family to its knees – there is no escape – they will either surrender to Me or be removed from this earth”…

“My fire has been kindled against this family – My fire will either consume them or consecrate them (those who remain) to Myself – My fire is on them and there is no escape”…

“All who set themselves against Me have to answer to Me – their day has come – this is their day of reckoning before Me – I am arraying Myself against this entire family – this entire family who has set themselves against Me to do evil and I am bringing judgement on this family and all associated with them – I am bringing judgement on this family – the synagogue of Satan who worship Jezebel and I will fulfill My word against this family that I will kill her children with death – all who will not repent from her ways”, declares the Lord…

“This is the phase we are in – judgement is on the house called Rothschild”…

“Repent or be swept away”, declares the Lord…

“My Blood was shed for you”…

“I, Jesus, am reaching out to you – repent and believe in Me to be saved”…

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The Coming Fall of the Rothschild Empire…

“When you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. “For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD; and because of these detestable things the LORD your God will drive them out before you. “You shall be blameless before the LORD your God. “For those nations, which you shall dispossess, listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you to do so. (Deuteronomy 18:9-14 NASB)

‘Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds. (Revelation 2:22 NASB)

‘Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you. (Revelation 3:9 NASB)

Worshiping Satan is the antithesis of what the Lord desires for humanity and the Rothschild Empire have been worshiping Satan… 😦

They have now come up for judgement before the Lord and those of them who do not want to repent will be removed by the Lord… 😦

Those who are willing to repent will give themselves to the Lord and their wealth to His Body, The Church, for the Lord to use in The Harvest… 🙂

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The Police & The Military…

For the majority of my life (without publicly stating it) on the inside I’ve considered myself to be a pacifist…

For me practically this led me to one life experience where I was accosted by a couple of guys at a bus stop outside a local Mall here in Christchurch one of whom asked me to give him my sunglasses and when I said, “No”, pushed me over onto my back onto the pavement…

When I got back up he told me that he was going to beat me up and I asked him, “Are you OK?” then he took a swing at me and hit me in the face and I got knocked to the ground again…

When I got up the second time he and his friend ran away and hopped on a bus…

In that interaction I had no desire to defend myself (and felt that the Lord gave me peace during it) but after it was over, I went into the Mall and told Mall Security what had just happened…

They told me that a number of others had reported that they’d also been accosted by two guys in that same time period so it looked like these guys were hopping onto and off of buses in the Mall vicinity and intimidating and beating up people for some reason…

I left it at that, but I didn’t go to that Mall much after that occurred and I never caught a bus from that bus stop again…

I guess the way I feel, regarding my pacifist thoughts, is that (since I already know the Lord) I’d rather that someone else hurt me (so that I don’t hurt, seriously injure or kill them defending myself) if they attack me, just in case the Lord will save them at some later time…

I’m not sure if this is the way the Lord sees things but I probably still do consider myself to be mainly a pacifist (to be completely honest) but recently I had a revelation about the police and I believe by extension the military which kind of took me by surprise…

I was reading through Genesis and came to, “the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth” (Genesis 9:16b NASB) which God made with us via (our delegate) Noah after the flood (see Genesis 8:20 – Genesis 9:17)…

We learn that this was an important everlasting covenant because it is referred to later on in scripture (specifically I believe in Isaiah 24:5 as I don’t believe there is any other everlasting covenant which this verse could be referring to) in very sombre terms with Isaiah 24 painting the picture of what would happen to the earth after we, as the earth’s inhabitants, had broken this everlasting covenant with the Lord…

To be able to break this everlasting covenant with the Lord means that we, as the inhabitants of the earth, had something which we were meant to do (our side of the covenant, as covenants are always between two parties) which we haven’t done with respect to that covenant and when we read the covenant (again see Genesis 8:20 – Genesis 9:17) the only two things which we, as the inhabitants of the earth, could break would be the Lord’s command that an animal which murders a human be put to death and that a human who murders another human be put to death (Genesis 9:5-6)…

It would appear that the Lord made this overarching everlasting covenant with us (which I believe is for the purpose of civic governance) to avoid another occurrence of what had just happened in the flood, where before the flood, “the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and… every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5b NASB) which prompted the Lord to, “blot out man… from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them” (Genesis 6:7b NASB) and to start again via Noah and his family and the chosen animals who entered into the ark…

It was like He was giving us civic governance authority to ‘police ourselves’ (with respect to murder only it would seem as nothing else is mentioned) so that He wouldn’t need to step in again and sort things out as He had to with the flood…

The issue of the sons of God (fallen angels) taking wives for themselves from the daughters of men had already been resolved as all the Nephilim (children born to them) had perished in the flood (2 Peter 2:5) and the demons involved had been banished “into hell… reserved for judgement” (2 Peter 2:4b, see also Jude 1:6) and from Genesis 19 we see that the Lord, after a close inspection of Sodom & Gomorrah dealt with the sexual immorality being practiced in those cities directly Himself with “brimstone and fire from… heaven” (Genesis 19:24b NASB)…

Thus, as we are now still living, in a civic governance sense, under the everlasting covenant made between the Lord and Noah (as our delegated representative) – because the Law of Moses (or the subsequent covenant made between the Lord and Moses) was for the nation of Israel up until the time that their Messiah came – nothing in the Law of Moses still holds in terms of how any nation on earth (including Israel) presently governs itself civically (in terms of law and order)…

If when Jesus died on the cross (and the veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom) not just the covenant between the Lord and Moses (as the physical nation of Israel’s delegated representative) but also the covenant between the Lord and Noah (as all the inhabitants of the earth’s delegated representative) were annulled then Paul wouldn’t have made the specific reference he did to civic governance in Romans 13 (after establishing salvation by faith, growing in grace and spiritual service in the preceding chapters of Romans)…

Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. (Romans 13:1-7 NASB emphasis mine)

The words Paul uses above, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, after telling us in the previous chapter (see Romans 12:17-21) not to take our own revenge but to leave room for God’s wrath, seem to indicate that the Lord desires to use the police (within a nation) in exercising civic governance…

Peter appears to back this up (see 1 Peter 4:12-19) encouraging us not to suffer “as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler”…

If the covenant between the Lord and Noah no longer applied then Paul wouldn’t have mentioned civic authorities bearing the sword and being avengers and Peter wouldn’t have mentioned suffering as a murderer…

Thus, looking at scripture, it would appear to me that there is definitely a place for the police (within a nation) and that our tax money should go towards paying the police, and paying the courts (the lawyers and judges and their various associates) with respect to murder, theft and any other serious crimes which come within Peter’s definition of being an evildoer or a troublesome meddler…

In this world, it would be essential to have judges who judge with righteous judgement as anyone found guilty of murder, under the covenant made between the Lord and Noah, would face the death penalty…

Any lawyer, in this world, would have justice as their sole interest and as the stakes were so high (life or death) a very high bar would be required to demonstrate guilt…

To be fair, in such a world (which only the Lord could create), I would be happy to contribute my tax dollars towards providing boundaries around our nation and our communities which would protect ourselves from violent crime…

I guess the military comes in on that broader scale where there are nations who want to murder large portions of the populations of other nations (and take over their nations) and these nations need to be stopped…

A good example of murderous nations would be the Axis Powers in World War II, i.e. Germany, Italy & Japan…

A good example of nations obeying the covenant made between the Lord and Noah would be the Allied Powers in World War II, i.e. Britain (including other members of the Commonwealth), France, Russia and the United States…

If the Allied Powers had not obeyed the Lord’s covenant with Noah in World War II, we would not have a free society in the West today and the Jewish people would have been completely obliterated…

If the Jewish people had been completely obliterated, then Jesus would never have been able to return to reign in Jerusalem, as before He returns the nation of Israel must turn to Him and say, “Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord” (see Matthew 23:39)…

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. (Proverbs 29:2 KJV)

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Prophetic Declaration…

“I am coming and I am coming quickly”…

“I am coming to turn the tide towards Myself”…

“I am the focus of human history – no one but Me deserves the Glory which the Father has reserved for Me alone”…

“I have been silent, I have been quiet, I have been still but now I am ready to Roar”, declares the Lord…

“I will be the Protector of those who have no protector, of those who have chosen not to protect themselves but to trust Me to protect them”…

“I will Roar on their behalf and all who oppress them will flee”, declares the Lord…

“Where corruption exists in government I will remove it”, declares the Lord, “where there are those in positions of authority who love and practice lying, I will remove them”, declares the Lord…

“Where there are those who have made a pact with the devil against Me and who are unwilling to relinquish that pact but would prefer to go until death to aid and abet their pact with the devil – I will remove them from their positions of authority in government”, declares the Lord…

“The reason I came to earth was to destroy the works of the devil and to set free all those who wanted to walk in freedom in accordance with My Truth”, declares the Lord, “who choose to walk in both faith and forgiveness towards their fellowman”…

“Where someone does not believe in Me and does not forgive both themselves and others they are not able to achieve My Purpose for them on earth”, declares the Lord, “I am coming and I am Roaring against all who do not believe and against all who do not forgive”…

“Those who hear my Roars and repent and turn to Me in belief (trusting in My forgiveness) and then turn to their fellowman in forgiveness (trusting in My forgiveness) – these will I welcome close to me in relationship on earth”, declares the Lord…

“To those who refuse to believe in My Name and refuse to forgive themselves and their fellowman as I have forgiven them, they are of no use to Me on earth and I will take them to their respective places”…

“To those who refuse to believe in Me on earth, they will experience the result of their unbelief in the next life”…

“To those who refuse to forgive themselves and their fellowman – who choose instead to live in self-condemnation and also in condemnation of their fellow man – they will be taken home where they will know Me fully and be freed from their unforgiveness”…

“There is no pleasure in the next life for those who refuse to believe in Me in this life”, declares the Lord, “there is only punishment, pain and remorse”…

“There is no pleasure in the lake of fire and brimstone, only eternal torment”…

“My heart bleeds with compassion for those who choose to ignore Me for their entire lives while I continue to give them the very air that they breathe in the hope that they will turn towards Me and find forgiveness from their sin”…

“I have set a time and that time is now, where I will start to sweep across the earth to bring salvation to the entire earth – My Voice will be heard, My Presence will be felt, My Anointing will release the bondages which have enslaved My People throughout time”…

“I have come and I will not leave until My Mission is fulfilled and My Mission is to take this world for My Own Possession”…

“To release the hearts of all who dwell on the earth to receive My Salvation, to control the affections of all who dwell on the earth – that of their own freed will they will choose to submit themselves to Me and My will for their lives”…

“When I came and lived on earth in the Person of Jesus, I, the Holy Spirit was powerful to achieve all things for which the Father sent Me”…

“Jesus was and is still God and yet He submitted Himself to Me to live through Him and achieve all that the Father called Him to do”…

“I will now do this – I, the Holy Spirit will now do this for all of those who belong to Me who will remain on earth until the time of the end”…

“I accomplished through Jesus – through His Perfect Submission – all that the Father planned for His Life – He demonstrated perfectly the Father’s Heart, the Father’s Character and the Father’s will – He was perfect in all His Ways – both internally and externally – He was perfect inside and out”…

“I have come and I am able to do this for all who surrender themselves entirely to Me”…

“I am calling for all who believe on My Name to surrender themselves to Me – for the Glory of Jesus – to be surrendered to Me – the Holy Spirit – to fill them and restore them into the likeness and image of Jesus – who is your example on earth – His life is your example – the example for all who believe in His Name”…

“I have come to fill the earth with His Glory – His Glory will be seen through all who surrender themselves fully to Me”…

“I will fill all those who want Me to overflowing and without measure, with My Presence”, declares the Lord, “and no one will stop Me from achieving My Purpose in this world before I come again”…

“My Spirit will fill the world, He will prevail over every heart and all those who remain on the face of the earth will be saved at a point in time”, declares the Lord, “before the time of the end when the power of the Holy Ones is broken as I spoke in Daniel, before that time I will prevail at a point in time over every heart and will receive the Glory which My Father reserved for Me before time began”…

“At the Name of Jesus every knee will bow on earth, under the earth and above the earth and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the Glory of God the Father”…

“Nothing will stop Me”…

“I love all but I will not force any to submit themselves to Me and My way of living which I demonstrated through My Son Jesus”…

“I will support those fully who surrender themselves to Me – who desire to do My will and to know Me above all else”…

“Nothing will be withheld from them”…

“I will usher all others into eternity for this is the time when the meek shall inherit the earth – as a precursor to My eventual reign from Jerusalem – this is the time where the meek shall inherit the earth and they will do so in quietness and humility with My angels fighting their battles and providing My protection to them – nothing will touch them, not even death, nothing will sway them from the love and devotion which they have towards Me”, declares the Lord, “and their lives and their testimonies – whether these be in life or in death – will speak to all about their love for Me”, declares the Lord, “just as My Son testified of His Love towards Me where He kept entrusting Himself to Me even as He hung dying in agony on the cross”…

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Discernment…

I’ve been thinking about the way we receive information and what we choose to believe as being true…

There’s a very important principle in this (i.e. how we know who to trust and who not to trust) and it has a lot to do with discernment…

So what is discernment?

An important foundation, or ground-rule, of discernment, is the realization that none of us has to believe anything that anyone else tells us to be true…

Whether that person is our parent or grandparent, our aunt or uncle, our school teacher, our sports teams’ coach, our line manager, our mentor, our spiritual leader or even our doctor…

When we are young sometimes the cards are stacked against us comprehending the truth of what I’ve just shared above…

There is an art, which we learn as we grow older, to not agree with what we’re being told and thus not submit to it in our hearts by those in positions of authority over us…

The way I’ve personally learnt it is that when someone who genuinely is in authority over me requires me to do something that I don’t believe in, let’s say the involuntary and compulsive paying of taxes to the government for an example, that I do this (i.e. pay the taxes) but I don’t submit on the inside to this being right (or the way things should be) and it doesn’t stop me from praying to the Lord to change the system of government in my country…

Thus it’s possible for us to respect someone’s position of authority in terms of doing what they tell us (eg. paying taxes) but not believe what they are trying to force us (or grind us down) to ‘give in’ to as being right (or to stop fighting and ‘lay down and die’ so to speak) and to inwardly submit to (or become complicit to, to the point that we ‘receive’ the slavery this brings)…

If we learn this principle of not submitting on the inside to authority figures that we disagree with then our spirits won’t be broken through whatever ‘force’ or ‘control’ or ‘manipulation’ or ‘thumb screws’ that these authority figures try to impose upon us…

All these techniques are techniques to chain our minds (so that we cannot think freely for ourselves)…

The next level of freedom to clear the foundation to begin to build the house of discernment in our lives is to be able to realize that even the opinions of those who we choose to be our friends or wives and husbands don’t define who we are or how we have to think, even about ourselves…

Everyone, even those we choose to bring in close to us, have their own opinions and this is a good thing…

At times those opinions will hurt us personally when they appear to be (or are) pointed directly against us and what we cherish deeply in our hearts…

The lesson to learn here about those we choose to be close to us is that even they don’t define us…

We can still choose (if that’s what we choose to do) to be close to them based on their opinions about us even if we don’t believe these to be true, but over time if these opinions persist and we still don’t believe those opinions are true, those relationships will naturally grow distant as there is no agreement (or compatibility) in our thinking…

This is a hard lesson but if we stay true to what we believe, even in the face of opposition from those we’ve chosen to be close to, we will protect our ability to exercise discernment in the decisions we face in life…

As soon as someone else (even someone we’ve chosen to bring close to us) is given control by us over what we think is true we become their slave, we have lost our freedom of thought and thus lost our discernment…

So assuming we come to a point where no one (whether they be authority figures or friends or loved ones) has any mental hold over us, from that ‘platform’ we’ll now be in a good position to begin to endeavour to relate to the outside world in terms of all the messages we are bombarded with on a daily basis…

What is someone’s motivation?  This is the first question we should ask ourselves in the outside world when we come across a voice which is trying to persuade us to entertain their idea or their product or their cause or to become a part of their movement…

What’s in it for them?  Who’s paying them?  Who’s paying whoever is paying them?  And on and on and on up until we reach the ultimate payer and then we would ask ourselves what is the motivation of that ultimate payer?

What is the end game?  Everything we’re encouraged to get involved in or participate in has an end game and in discovering (through a process of why questions) what the end game is at the highest level we can find out a lot about whether we want to invest our thoughts, time, energy, money and lives in that end game…

What do we really believe in?  As we ‘fact find’ with respect to the above questions we’ll find out what those around us believe in and are passionate about (which doesn’t make them right by the way) but it’s important for us to know and establish what we believe in and are passionate about so we can tell whether we want to invest the opportunity cost of ‘going down their rabbit hole’ or not in terms of our finite life span on earth…

By knowing what we really believe in it eliminates a lot of inefficiency in terms of being dragged in all directions in terms of our attention, attachment and devotion to various pursuits, beliefs and causes…

Having gotten this far, how though, when we come across information which so many are stating as being true on issues which we’ve decided we are interested in, do we know whether they are telling us the truth?  They tell us they care about the thing which we’ve discovered we care about but how do we know they’re genuine?

Again, my personal experience has been that often I have a ‘gut feeling’ about people and their motivations just by being around them or watching them talking on television or observing them in person or through how they relate to others or myself, it’s like an ‘intuition’ which isn’t based on fact but based on getting ‘a sense’ of the person and what they’re about…

It’s this ‘gut feeling’ or ‘ring of truth’ (like tapping a glass with a fork and hearing that distinctive ‘ding’ sound) or ‘intuitive feeling’ which helps me to establish over time (sometimes almost instantly) who I can trust and who I can not, who I will co-labour with and who I will not and even who I will entrust my heart to and who I will not…

I believe we come to understand over time (through meeting different types of people in our lives) that not everyone’s ‘gut feeling’ mechanism is the same or as sensitive as everyone else’s hence if we feel that we’re not as ‘intuitive’ as we’d like to be on being able to make these ‘instinctive decisions’ (if we’re in our own opinion maybe too ‘gullible’ or ‘naive’) then it’s wise for us to team up with a friend who we believe has a strong ‘intuitive antenna’ for who is genuine and who is not…

From there we could choose to spend time investigating those who this ‘intuitive’ friend or person feels are ‘the real deal’ and ‘check out’ the ‘intuitive’ person’s intuition by delving into facts about these ‘real deal’ people to consolidate or validate whether we can trust the ‘intuitive’ person…

I believe this is a good approach…

Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory. (Proverbs 11:14 NASB)

Finally, speaking personally, I have come to believe that I can only absolutely trust One Person and that One Person is God (the Father, Jesus & the Holy Spirit)…

Everyone else (at times) lies and (at times) has false information (even if that’s just in their motivation for why they share true facts and true information)…

Some people (who know God better than others) lie less and share more true information from a pure motive…

My desire is to listen to these people (the ones who know God better), to engage with these people…

After all the above, the objective truth which God has written down has been written down in the scripture (i.e. what is commonly known today as the 66 books of the Old and New Testament of the Holy Bible)…

I desire that (the scripture) to always be my final standard – I take everything in, i.e. I take everything I perceive and hear and see from others ‘under advisement’, then I talk to God about it personally, God talks back to me in physically inaudible conversations which I hear in the spirit of my mind and then I take what He tells me to His word, the scripture, to test whether or not what I am hearing is true…

This last point (when I follow this process), built on top of all the other points, then gives me my final ‘seal’ on discernment…

I desire to always yield whatever I believe to be true to the Lord and let Him make the final decision on what I believe to be true as ultimately only He knows what is true, only He knows the hearts of every human being on the planet and all the ‘intuition’ which He gives us comes from Him…

But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, and because He had no need that anyone should testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man. (John 2:24-25 NASB)

As enabled by the Lord, I have been growing in this understanding, this decision-making process and even though the desired outcome is that I always willingly hand over these ‘final decisions’ to the Lord, I still involve myself in the preceding process (as described earlier in the post) so that when these decisions are finally made (situation by situation, issue by issue, or topic by topic) I can then ‘own’ them as my own and live with them ‘come what may’…

My prayer for us all is that we will all find increasing freedom in discernment as the Lord leads us – that He will fill us with His discernment so that we all may know the truth and be set free by the truth – In Jesus Name… 🙂

Ps. There is a spiritual gift of “…discerning of spirits…” (1 Corinthians 12:10 KJV) but that isn’t what I’m talking about in this post.  I believe that would be a separate topic. 🙂

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