Enemy tactics: magnification/minimization

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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…

New Show with Sheila Zilinsky

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?

Big Changes Ahead!

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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…

The Hidden Ones

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!!

Tribulation-Now Radio Show

I had the opportunity to share a message from God on the Tribulation-Now internet radio show.  This show was last night, July 13th.  Here’s the link to the show on blogtalkradio:  Tribulation-Now Radio Show Click here for show

The show began with me describing my dream that is posted on the Z3News website here:  My dream on Z3News site click here

If you haven’t read that dream, I suggest you click the link above and take a minute to familiarize yourself with it, as the following message is directly related!

A while after that dream was given to me, God revealed to me more of the revelation.  This is what He said to me:

A further revelation from God came to me last evening: the ‘announcement’ by the demon in the White House, about transgender bathrooms in public schools, is part of the LGBT ‘display’ that I saw in my dream.

The hallway represents time. Since the LGBT ‘activities’ are unfolding right now, in real time, the hallway is the future. These events will be forthcoming: nuclear, chemical, warfare, etc. And the culmination of these events will be the invasion/occupation/tyranny of foreign troops.

Since that dream was given to me, I’ve had many others, some of which are posted here on my blog, but some are not.  What is consistent in all the messages is this:  God is at work and is doing exactly what He said He would do, and we need to be doing our part in preparing for His immediate judgment and subsequent return!!

In preparation for last night’s radio show, I asked the Lord if He wanted me to share anything with the people, and this is His reply:

Remind My People that it’s God that is doing these things:  He is behind it all, He is LORD of all, Alpha & Omega, Beginning & End, Author, Creator, Sustainer, Finisher, Initiator & Terminator, Opener & Closer; I AM!  There is none other.

Too long have you played the harlot.  Too long have you chosen other gods over Me. Too long have you forsaken the One Who brought you out of Egypt.  Too long have you deafened your ears to My Call. Too long have you taken Me for granted. Too long!!

The time is up.  This is the alarm sounding: time to wake up; rise up Spirit Men and Women!  Arise, Shine for the Light has come!  All who look to Me will be saved!  The time is now.  Prepare your hands for battle; training is over.

What I must do, I will do.  Let not your heart be deceived.  Look to Me. Keep your eyes on Me. As Peter on the water, all who focus on Me will be saved.

Endure.  Be persistent.  Be patient.  Seek My Wisdom.  Fear Me.  Seek my Favor, My Understanding.

All is coming to an end, just as was foretold.  I AM the Alpha & Omega, the First & Last.  I AM HERE.  I AM NOW.  I AM ALL IN ALL.  I AM LOVE.  I AM JUSTICE.  I AM MERCY.  I AM!

The Lord led me to these passages (*scroll down to see the verses) in confirmation:

  • Revelation 17:3-9
  • Isaiah 29:1-7
  • Lamentations 2:1-9

It’s time for us to put our walk with Christ into overdrive.  Time to delve even further into His Word, His Vine, His Provision for us.  Time to clean out each and every speck of leaven: get the Feather of the Holy Spirit, asking Him where there is leaven in our lives and then remove it.  Do this today.  Do it now…

*Here are the verses from the passages above:

Revelation 17:3-9 (KJV)

So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.

And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

Isaiah 29:1-7 (KJV)

Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices.

Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be unto me as Ariel.

And I will camp against thee round about, and will lay siege against thee with a mount, and I will raise forts against thee.

And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust.

Moreover the multitude of thy strangers shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the terrible ones shall be as chaff that passeth away: yea, it shall be at an instant suddenly.

Thou shalt be visited of the Lord of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.

And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, even all that fight against her and her munition, and that distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision.

Lamentations 2:1-9 (KJV)

How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his footstool in the day of his anger!

The Lord hath swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and hath not pitied: he hath thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of the daughter of Judah; he hath brought them down to the ground: he hath polluted the kingdom and the princes thereof.

He hath cut off in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel: he hath drawn back his right hand from before the enemy, and he burned against Jacob like a flaming fire, which devoureth round about.

He hath bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as an adversary, and slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out his fury like fire.

The Lord was as an enemy: he hath swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.

And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden: he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: the Lord hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest.

The Lord hath cast off his altar, he hath abhorred his sanctuary, he hath given up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces; they have made a noise in the house of the Lord, as in the day of a solemn feast.

The Lord hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together.

Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles: the law is no more; her prophets also find no vision from the Lord.

 

The Day is coming.

Well, God did it again…

I had just read this post by Pastor Benjamin Faircloth:  Article by Pastor Faircloth

I was very moved by what I read, as it resonated so strongly in my Spirit as being True!  So I went to the Lord and asked Him about it, and this is His reply:

Your days are numbered in my Book: I know the End from the Beginning! Time is up; time for your own machinations, devises, schemes and petty plans. My Time has come: time of judgment, mercy, grace and reaping.

The Day is coming, soon, when you will no longer work; for the darkness has arrived. My Flock will be scattered, each will need to hold fast to My Staff.

I will NOT leave or forsake you, you who hear my Voice will follow ME.

Wow!

I then asked God for confirmation from His Word, and He gave me these passages (He tends to give me whole chapters, instead of just single verses, for some reason!):

  • Psalm 23
  • Isaiah 19
  • 2 Peter 3
  • Hosea 4

If you read the article I linked to above, you’ll note that Pastor Faircloth is talking about the judgment pronounced in Isaiah 47.  I noted that all these passages that God gave me, in confirmation, relate to the very images/descriptions in Isaiah 47!  They also relate to the word He gave me just now!

Blessed be the Name of the LORD!! He is merciful, gracious and kind to tell us what He requires, and then, on top of all that, He gives us what we need to be pure and righteous: the precious Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ! Amen and Amen.

So the question is now for you, the reader:  what will you do with these Words?  It’s time to repent.  I mean, really repent. I mean, really, fully repent.  Stop relying on the “wisdom and knowledge” of the world (verse 10 in Isaiah 47) and rely solely upon God Almighty!

I pray you’ll be found in His Flock as this Age draws to an end…

Soon and Very Soon!

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After reading this article on Z3news.com, from Pastor Faircloth, I felt compelled to spend time with the Lord.  I went to my prayer closet and began to pray…

I asked the Lord if this article was from Him, and I received the verse Numbers 23:19 which states:

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

I knew then that this was indeed the Word of The Lord!  I spent some more time in prayer, praising and thanking God for answering so quickly, and continued to spend time with Him.  I then was urged to grab my pen and write.  The Lord told me:

I am coming soon, make ready! Lift up your head for your redemption draweth nigh.  Tell my people that my judgment is swift and merciful.  All that I do is Just, Right and Holy.  Am I not a righteous judge?  I deserve the reward of my Son’s suffering!

There is none other; none beside, none above, nor below.  None before, nor after.  I AM that I AM!  I am coming, be ready.

There is no time for other things:  I own Time.  Do not turn to the left or the right; do  not step off my Path; don’t let your foot stumble.  I give you everything you need:  your very life comes from Me.  Do not forget that I AM the God who brought you out of Egypt!  AMEN & AMEN!

I then asked God for confirmation from His Word and He gave me these passages:

  • Habakkuk 2:9
  • Micah 6:8
  • Revelation 3:17-19
  • Jonah 2
  • 1 Peter 3:9

Some of these passages are below:

  • Habakkuk 2:9   Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!
  • Micah 6:8  He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
  • Revelation 3:17-19  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
  • 1 Peter 3:9  Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

I encourage you to read Jonah 2 as well, as it’s the beautiful prayer of repentance from inside the belly of the whale and a picture of God’s great deliverance!

I then heard the Lord say:

I love you.  I’m coming soon for my Bride…

What a precious Word!  God is so Just.  God is so Good!  I echo the writer of Psalm 119, where in verses 39-41 he declares:

Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good. Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness. Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word.

Amen and Amen, indeed!!