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2 Timothy 2:3-4 “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
Hebrews 1:1-4 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
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1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know,that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7Therefore do not be partakers with them.
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spiritis in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 14 Therefore He says:
“ Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light.”
15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God
Romans 13: 11 “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.
Hear me fellow young preachers, if our eyes have known no tears, our nights have known no sorrow, we have yet to meet the Christ we proclaim! My heart is broken for the multitudes of young people who are on pace to burn out by the time they hit 30 because they won’t study the bible at 20. All God ever needed was a man or woman who said “Yes”… history has been shaped, heaven has been filled by those who respond to the call. Meanwhile to those who ignore His beckoning, a bed is reserved in hell. The only hope for America is young ppl turning their back on Sodom (USA) and living holy and pure. Revival or Funeral. I don’t expect others to understand this feeling because simply put, most men aren’t men of prayer. Every now and again one might pray but I pray that in His mercy God raise up an army of men whose very life is that of prayer..
Another year has passed (2011) and we must look at the landscape of our day and acknowledge we have been slack in prayer, slack in study of the Word, and slack in our evangelistic efforts. We cannot justify the lack of revival by the “sovereignty of God” nor should we assume that our prayers manipulate God’s hand. However, we are in an hour of history where the souls of men hang in the balance. As it has always been, God is looking for a man and is AMAZED that there is no intercessor. Yet, the Lord has not been slack concerning His promise but is patient and not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance! While we may pat ourselves on the back because compared to our peers we excel, we have still fallen short of the high call. The devil is ravaging this land and we who claim to be of the day ought to be broken over this. Perhaps some who read this will respond rightly with fasting and prayer, but I’m assured many will snicker and sneer at the very thought that they could be wrong. I repent on behalf of this generation but also repent to this generation. There is more that is required of us all and I pray that in His mercy God would grant us the grace to participate in His will. I love you all and I’m praying for you. Till Shiloh comes. Faith. Hope. Love.
Written by Brian M. Williams on Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 3:17pm
By definition, a counterfeit product is an imitation which infringes upon a production monopoly held by either a state or corporation. Goods are produced with the intent to bypass this monopoly and thus take advantage of the established worth of the previous product.
As I was in prayer this afternoon the Holy Spirit began to speak to me about a counterfeit move of God that is, and has been hovering in the shadows for quite some time. As a Columbus native, I have both natural insight as well as spiritual insight into the city. Prophetic people must have an ear to the spirit in this hour. There is a coming revival which is authentic and genuine, but before it comes, we must be aware that the devil is raising his army as well, and guess where they are? Not in the streets gangs and homosexual hangouts as some would imagine… but masquerading as messengers of light within the church of God. The prayer movement in Columbus has expanded to epic proportions throughout the city and this swell of underground momentum is bound to crack the surface. When it does, Intimacy with God will be the main message, because when it’s all said and done that is all that matters. Columbus will be known as the city of love. Columbus will be seen as a place of refuge, a place where the spirit of adoption is known among the followers of Jesus. This will have both practical and spiritual implications. We will see miraculous signs and wonders done through the name of Jesus, especially in urban area’s. Just IMAGINE high street, Cleveland ave, Livingston, southfield, the Hilltop, north, south, east, and west, all being overtaken by the authority of the power of God! Yes, all these things will be done, and found pointing to the wonderful savior. A spirit of worship will invade our churches, new songs will be written, and a zeal for GOD ALONE will supersede even reaching the lost. Preaching on GOD will be the uniform truth among believers in this city. As a result there will be some division, but this is good division, it’s a separation between the true and the false, the ones who truly know Jesus, and those who have simply used His name for selfish gain. In the midst of this beautiful scene, I felt led to warn the leaders especially about the “counterfeit revival” which will take place as well.
In the bible Jesus warns his disciples in Matthew 24:4-5 “And Jesus answered and said unto them” Take heed, that no one deceive you. For MANY will come IN MY NAME, saying I AM THE CHRIST, and will deceive many”
Throughout this chapter Jesus deals with some scenarios surrounding the societal realities of the earth prior to His return. Now traditionally, when we read the aforementioned verses, we often times understand it to mean, that many people will come claiming to be the messiah and they will deceive many, which is an accurate interpretation. We see this in both our historical and modern world. But as it is with all of God’s word there are parallel meanings, and if we look at what Jesus is actually saying here we will discover that not only is He foretelling of the blatant blasphemers who will call themselves “The Christ”, He is also, referring to people who COME IN HIS name, meaning they will bear the name of Christ, or rather be identified by those in our city as “Christians”. This is illustrated throughout the epistles of Paul, and mentioned by Jesus as well previously, in Matthew 7:15-16 which says “Beware of false prophets, who COME TO YOU in Sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16. You will know them by their fruits…” So we see here, that those who carry the label, will not only deceive many, but will themselves be deceived.
What is counterfeit revival?
As I stated in the beginning of this note, and as we all know, a “counterfeit” has the appearance of the real thing, but can not pass the test of authenticity. Whether it be a watermarking on a dollar bill, or the green effect from false gold. In the same way a “counterfeit” move of God is going to come to Columbus. Counterfeit revival is birthed in board meetings, in planning sessions, and on conference calls. Men discuss false revival over coffee. True revival is birthed through prayer and fasting, through weeping and wailing. That’s it, no shortcuts, a rending of the heart, and a desperate plea for Yahweh to rend the heavens and release mercy. The success of false revival is often times connected to the amount of material resources, not the spiritual reservoir of living waters that historically GUSH out true spirit born people. So while AUTHENTIC REVIVAL is birthed in the place of prayer, the false fire is created on the altars of men-pleasing, ego-stroking, watered down preaching, where the power of emotionalism charades before the cross of Jesus Christ. This type of revival will crumble in the face of accusation, and most certainly is ill-equipped to handle the persecution that is guaranteed upon ALL THOSE WHO DESIRE TO LIVE GODLY IN CHRIST JESUS(2 Tim. 3:12), I believe the bible calls this “having the form of Godliness, but denying the power thereof”. This counterfeit revival, will have many of the characteristics of the real one. Churches where this will take place, may see an increase of what appears to be manifestations of the Holy Spirit but it is in reality a “flesh parade” We have to keep in mind, that the devil loves to get attention, he is by nature the father of pride and the father of lies, he was cast down for his very desire to be like God. To this day, he and all his minions maintain this trait. When the person you see shouting, speaking in tongues and boisterously praising God on Sunday is at the nightclub, or bar on the weekends, we are dealing with an impostor. But truthfully, the leaders of this false move of God aren’t those who sit in the pews, they are those who stand in the pulpits. The most outstanding quality that a man or woman of God can have is Christ-likeness. meaning they will walk in humility, are not self-endorsing, and willing to wash the dirty feet of their neighbors. A true minister of the gospel will not spend more time promoting their latest product or building fund than they do pleading for souls to be reconciled to God. This counterfeit revival, will see an increase in ministry activity, but will not embody the biblical calling of holy spirit led people. Leaders of the counterfeit revival will not be men and women of prayer and the word, they will be better friends to the community than they are to God. They will replace prayer meetings, with community outreaches. They will be dry eyed preachers, performers, politicians, pundits and deceivers. They will know how to work the crowd, manipulate the offering, but you will rarely hear them speak of the world mission field, the coming back of Christ, or ever make politically incorrect statements against the atrocity of abortion, or the demons of sexual perversion that have invaded so many homes. Most of all these preachers will be totally satisfied as long as the crowd shows up, and they make enough money to live comfortable.
YOUNG ADULT MOVEMENT
Last thing I’d like to share is that God is truly raising up the young adults and teenagers in Columbus, but beware of the false prophets who lead this movement as well. God will raise up prophets in this city who carry His heart, but beware of those who come to you in sheep’s clothing as well. The false prophets of this movement will be so deceived themselves that they will not even realize that they are the ones leading people away from Christ, though they vehemently promote His name. The leaders of this apostasy will be appealing, charming, and gifted, but as I said, worldliness, the love of money, sexual immorality has polluted these ones, and they will be simply releasing there uncleanliness upon the masses. So be on the look out, and ask yourself a few questions when discerning whether these people be of God. Is the message they carry a call to repentance? Or is it mostly self-promotion? When leaving the service where these false prophets have ministered, has your desire to love Jesus increased or do you simply find yourself impressed with how much fun you had? and 3rdly, Have you seen this minister weep for the lost? These are just a few helpful insights that will aide you in not being deceived. The young people who are swept up into this false move of God will be more concerned with how the world see them, then how God sees them. These young people will have little reverence for the spiritual father’s and mothers who gave birth to them in the spirit. These young people will know all the right words to say around Christian people, but they will be slaves to sin, not desiring to be free, because they will believe they are free even though there iPods and computers are filled with music and movies that God hates, things that nailed Jesus to the cross.
So what is true revival?
Revival is when something dead comes back to life. You cannot revive something that has not first died. With this in mind, as we pray for revival, our prayers should be focused on the church, not on the lost, but on those who claim to know Jesus, to truly walk in the light as He is in the light, to bear fruit which is born of the spirit, and to walk in all boldness and power of the Holy Ghost. To die to our carnal desires, to be raised with Christ in the newness of life. That God would revive us by the spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. When this happens, the coma-fied church of Columbus will come into fullness of life, and the challenge of bringing the gospel to lost souls will be answered by the anointing that we carry with us as we go about everyday life in Columbus. True revival will lead to an increase in all things led of the Holy Spirit. In John 16 we can read about why the Holy Spirit was sent to Columbus. He has come to convict Columbus of sin, righteous, and of the coming judgment. Meaning true revival, translates into a church that has 1 primary message with 3 consistent themes. When preaching like this infiltrates our pulpits and the spirit of Jezebel is no longer tolerated we will see True Revival.
I assure you that unless you arm yourself with the full armor of God, (Ephesians 6:10-17) you will fall prey to this spirit of deception. For all of you out there who love God, love His truth, and love His Son, then please stay alert in the place of prayer, never lose sight of the BIG PICTURE and most of all be holy even as He is Holy.
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Psalm 110:3 Your people shall be volunteers In the day of Your power; In the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning, You have the dew of Your youth.
Message given at Hope City House of Prayer on Sunday, Nov 20th at 11am service by Brian Williams
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Recently as you may know I’ve been searching for a building on the West side of the city to begin a church plant/House of prayer. There are many prophetic reasons as to why God said the west side of the city which i can’t go into for times sake, but trust me, this is the spiritual hotspot which God had high-lighted to me and my team. Sometime last week, I found an amazing building, a great place to start up, right on West Broad for a very decent price. It is a place that has been used as a church for the past 18 years, lots of history, and lots of testimonies from the ministries that have used that place. With that in mind, I figured, well this the place, let’s go for it by faith! I posted some pictures of this place last week.
Where it gets interesting
After deciding to go forward in faith with scarce resources, but much confidence in God I set up an appointment with the landlord to discuss the terms of the lease. Unbeknownst to me, she had been burned previously by tenants who didn’t make good on their payments, so her policy had changed. I was informed that I would have to sign the lease in my name, not in the name of an organization or church. Sounds like no big deal right? Well, maybe for the average person, but not me. For those who don’t know, as it relates to earthly material, I’m very poor. In the past few years, I’ve managed to survive on less (way less) than 10,000 a year. I have bills just like you, so trust me when I tell you, I’m as broke as it comes in THAT SENSE of the word. For obvious reasons, you can understand why one of my favorite verses is James 2:5 which says “Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?” realizing that this whole thing boiled down to my financial status was a really low blow. ha, now I must be honest, even for someone like me who has 10,000 stories of God’s supernatural provision, this kicked me in the gut and the faith out of me. I begin to question whether I was really hearing God or not. Also, the enemy was bombarding me with doubt, confusion, and so many other things. I felt God place a grace on me to fast and pray, so I did for a few days, I fasted and this where the miracle happened.
On the last day of my fast, I received a phone call from a mighty man of God who has mentored me through this process. He told me to contact a certain person who may have a building available. To make a long story short, I was put into contact with a woman of God who has owned a building for 2 years which she said God told her was to be dedicated for 24/7 prayer and the ministry to the inner city. This building was located 1 BLOCK away from the other building, which I randomly found and was going through so many changes over. Little did I know that RIGHT NEXT DOOR essentially, a woman of God had already been preparing a place for me to come and begin this ministry. In a building that’s much much NICER and bigger!
Last night I had the opportunity to meet with her and discuss the will of God for the city and role of prayer and preaching of the TRUE gospel, combined with the REAL power of God in the inner cities. She begin weeping as everything she said she has been praying for years was being articulated by the vision God had also given me. I asked her how much for the building to rent and she said, don’t even worry about it, just ask God what to give and we will work with that. She told me that nothing was going to stop God’s plan for this building or ministry and that she was here to serve and not to profit. The Lord told me to give her everything I had in my bank account was 1,500 which raised in the past few weeks. I asked her if that would be sufficient to cover the rent for the first 2 months and she agreed and told me that in days ahead she will help in whatever way she can, only for me not to worry but just to obey God. GLORY TO GOD!
So here we are, set to begin services on August 14th. The only immediate money I need to come up with now is for a portable PA system which only cost about 1,000 bucks and there we have it… the launch of a new church plant/ house of prayer in the heart of the inner city. I am a living witness that it takes is faith in God’s word, and the willingness to obey what He’s telling you to do. He will handle the rest! I personally want to thank anyone who prayed and has given, because when I tell you this, It is 100% true, without you this would not be happening. I am so encouraged by the love of God’s people for each other. It’s an honor to do this work and I thank from the depths of my heart for standing with me as your brother. If anyone feels led to give to help us get that sound system, that would be awesome