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This is my latest show with Sheila Zilinsky on “Spiritual Stockholm Syndrome”. This is a summary of the message that I’ll be presenting at the WCCD Deliverance workshop, April 27-29 in Montrose, CO. God created us to be free and desires for us to be free. I trust you receive freedom and deliverance as you listen…
The Lord gave me a phrase today, while meeting with a friend of mine for discipleship: “The enemy magnifies the perceived cost and minimizes the true cost.”
My friend asked me to expound on this phrase, and this is what God gave to me:
The ‘perceived cost‘ is what we *think* something will cost us. It’s part of the “mental calculations” that we perform when we’re trying to decide if we’re going to do something or not, i.e.; if we’re going to change a behavior, or kick a habit or make some kind of change/choice.
The ‘true cost‘ is what we *actually* experience (consequence) as a result of an action/choice/behavior. This is what it actually costs us to stay in the existing behavior pattern.
So to use a very simple, hypothetical math example, let’s say that we want to change a behavior in our life. We’ll call the behavior ‘XYZ’ for the purpose of this example.
We then pull out a piece of paper, real or mental (we just do this in our mind), and we calculate:
– It will cost us 500 of n units to change,
– But it really only costs us 20 of n units to continue in this XYZ behavior pattern,
So what’s the conclusion (result) of the above calculations? It’s not worth the cost to me to change this XYZ behavior pattern, so I guess I’ll just keep doing it the way I always have…
HOWEVER, what the enemy is doing is to greatly magnify (or multiply) the ‘perceived cost’ of the change, because in the Word of God, He tells us that we can do all things through Christ who empowers us from within! And many other promises, indicating that HE has paid the cost for us!!
So, in God’s reality, using the above example:
– It will only cost us 5 of n units to change!
The Word of God also indicates that ALL sin leads to death, and following the ways of the world will lead to our demise, etc. etc., so…
In God’s reality, using the above example again, we see:
– It will TRULY cost us EVERYTHING to continue in this XYZ behavior pattern!
When we see it from God’s view, we realize that the ‘perceived’ cost to us is actually very little compared to the true cost of not changing! This is why the enemy reverses it, so we will not want to change, and continue in our behaviors that will ultimately lead us to our demise!!
Jesus talked about this in Luke 14: 15-33
Luke 14:15-33 (KJV) And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.
25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,
26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
So, when tempted to think that it’s not worth it to change our un-Godly behavior, go to the LORD, read His Word and ask Him for eyes to see so you can ‘calculate’ correctly and make the choice that will honor God and save your life!
God bless you as you count the costs using God’s calculations…
I had the privilege of being on The Weekendvigilante’s show this past Wednesday, December 14, 2016! We discussed the topic of “What’s on your throne? Removing idols from your heart“.
Here are a couple links so you can listen to the show.
You can stream it from Sheila’s website: http://www.weekendvigilante.com/dec-14-mark-sellers/
You can stream it, or download the MP3 audio file, from Podomatic.com site which hosts Sheila’s Podcasts: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/sheilazilinsky/episodes/2016-12-14T15_53_05-08_00
God put together a great show and I was pleased to be able to participate…
May God bless you as you listen and ask God the important question: “Lord, what’s really on my throne?“
On Friday, September 9, 2016 the Lord spoke to me after I had spent time in worship and prayer. It had been a turbulent few days prior, and the uneasiness I was feeling in my spirit was finally broken as I worshiped and prayed! The Lord then told me to get my journal and pen ready, and this is what He told me:
By this time next year things will be very different: economy, shelter(s), work, society, government and politics. God will be an afterthought, removed from all public life.
My children, turn to Me NOW! Walk in my provision, take up your place in My Vine.
In the darkness hides many things intended to do you great harm: but trust in ME, for I AM the Light of the world and I have already overcome the darkness!
Sharpen your swords: My Word. Bury it deep into your hearts for it will soon come under great attack! (I heard these phrases, “hate speech”, “book of hate”)
My children, do not be dismayed for I will never leave you nor forsake you!! Many will give your lives for Me: I do not take that lightly. There is Beauty in what I have for you – let everything go (in order) to hold fast to Me.
The end of all things is very near, so hold fast to My Truth. I AM your Deliverer; the God that brings you out of Egypt. I AM!
I AM coming very soon!
Prepare your hearts. Fill your oil. Trim your lamps. Be alert. Watch and pray.
I AM coming and your reward is with ME…
I AM the Alpha and the Omega; the Beginning and I AM the END of all things!
I love you with an everlasting LOVE!
God gave me these Scriptures for this Word:
- Galatians 5:9
- I Peter 5:8
- I John 2:9
- Ezekiel 33:19
- Isaiah 19:7-11
- Matthew 3:1-4
- I Peter 3:9
My friends, today is the day to make sure your life is hidden with Christ. Today is the day to abide in Christ ever deeper. Today is the day to let the things of this world go, and hold fast to Christ. Today is the day of repentance and salvation. Today is the day to hold ever tighter to our Master’s Hand and follow Him…
I have been reading an article that presents a prophetic word about God raising up His “hidden ones” in the latter times to accomplish His purposes. You can find the article at this link: https://z3news.com/w/the-mighty-ones-are-coming/
I read it a few times, and had to spend some time in prayer asking God about it. I believe that this is a True Word from God and the rest of this post is what came to my spirit to write:
David the shepherd boy, whose own father, Jesse, didn’t think worthy enough to bring before Samuel the prophet! Daniel, and his 3 buddies: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego taken captive into Babylon. Elijah. Elisha. Hosea. Amos. Joash. Paul. Peter. James. John. Philip. Nathaniel. On and on it goes, the list grows as we look back in history.What do they all have in common?
They were “nobodies”. Most of the disciples and N.T. apostles were “Rabbi-school flunkies”! They took their tests at age 12 and heard these words from the Rabbis, “go and learn the trade of your father”! They were not seen and known by the multitudes before they had been with Jesus.
That is, until they met God and He called them and gave them all His Anointing! As Derek Prince says, note that Peter NEVER went fishing again after the Day of Pentecost!!!
God takes the least, the last, the lost and so completely fills and consumes them, as they yield to His Spirit, and then uses them for His Glorious Purposes! Why? So HE CAN GET THE GLORY! As Paris Reidhead has said:
“Why should a person come to the cross? Why should a person embrace death with Christ? Why should a person be willing to go, in identification, down to the cross and into the tomb and up again? I’ll tell you why! BECAUSE IT’S THE ONLY WAY THAT GOD CAN GET GLORY OUT OF A HUMAN BEING!!!”
The call of God is for us to follow His Son as His disciples. God takes all who are willing. All who are weak. All who are thirsty. All who are hungry. All who will cast their lives on the altar, as Isaac, carrying our own wood to the alter of sacrifice, willing to lay down our lives so Christ can raise us up with Him! God then grafts us into His Vine and Beautiful, Holy Fruit is borne and God is glorified!! And we receive exactly what we truly need because we’re now abiding in His Life-Giving Vine…
Yes, God is raising up those ‘hidden’! Yes, God is going to use those ‘in the wilderness of brokenness’! God has been doing this for centuries and He’s doing it now because the appointed Time has come for His Purposes to be fulfilled!! Thank you Loving Father!!