Mercy, Not Sacrifice


I do not see much of this now.

Hosea 6:6

6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

From the time of Hosea, the type of “offering” YHVH God wanted was well defined.

YHVH God does not need our material things, although the sacrificial giving of material things shows allegiance to Him.

While the sacrificial system was still in effect during the time of Hosea, acts of sacrifice that did NOT demonstrate a repentant, humble, and merciful heart were useless to the Lord.


Jesus elaborated on this in the beatitudes.

He emphasized traits of character and goodness, and not money or material/animal sacrifices.

He never mentioned tithes, for example.





Pure in heart


Suffering persecution for righteousness sake

Being witnesses for the son of Man, possibly being hated for this.

Also, Jesus mentioned acts he wanted when he gave the commission to preach the kingdom of God:

Matthew 10:

7"And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’

8"Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.

9"Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts,…

So Jesus did not just say visit the sick, but to HEAL them.

Not just to bury the dead, but to RAISE the dead.

To Cleanse the lepers

To cast out demons……

To give as one receives (generosity)




compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.


Here are the classical examples of works of mercy:


Corporal Works of Mercy

are those that tend to bodily needs of others. In Matthew 25:34-40, in the The Judgment of Nations, six specific Works of Mercy are enumerated, although not this precise list — as the reason for the salvation of the saved, and the omission of them as the reason for damnation. The last work of mercy, burying the dead, comes from the Book of Tobit.

To feed the hungry.

To give drink to the thirsty.

To clothe the naked.

To harbour the harbourless. (also loosely interpreted today as To Shelter the Homeless)

To visit the sick.

To visit the imprisoned (classical term is "To ransom the captive")

To bury the dead.


The Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy

Just as the Corporal Works of Mercy are directed towards relieving corporeal suffering, the even more important aim of the Spiritual Works of Mercy is to relieve spiritual suffering.

The latter works are traditionally enumerated thus:

To instruct the ignorant.

To counsel the doubtful.

To admonish sinners.

To bear wrongs patiently.

To forgive offences willingly.

To comfort the afflicted.

To pray for the living and the dead.

Though generally enjoined upon all the faithful, often, in particular cases, a given individual will not be obligated or even competent to perform four of the seven spiritual works of mercy, namely:

..instructing the ignorant, counseling the doubtful, admonishing sinners, and comforting the afflicted. These works may require a definitely superior level of authority or knowledge or an extraordinary amount of tact.

The other three works – bearing wrongs patiently, forgiving offences willingly, praying for the living and the dead – are considered to be an obligation of all faithful to practice unconditionally.


Need for the Modern Church to change its ways

** Disclaimer: there are some churches who do practice mercy. This post is not about them.

I spend much of my time on this website helping those who are turned down by churches.

The need may be simple, like the need for prayer or counsel, helping them find a place to stay, or helping them locate food pantries.

Some deliverance issues require a phone call.

This is because I am told by the person that the local church would not help them.

This is unacceptable.

The local church will not help the poor, and tell the person they do not “do deliverance.”

So this person’s local church is disobeying God.

Many churches only help tithe paying members with financial help.

This is narrow minded charity.


The other aspect Hosea mentioned was the knowledge of God rather than offerings.

I find many, and almost most, Christians ignorant of scripture.

They listen in church, but they cannot transmit what they hear.

They are not learning at the right level to be able to instruct others.

God requires a mature believer to learn on his own, as well as listen to teachers.

The purpose of the church is to equip the saints, not entertain them, or babysit them.

Without the knowledge of God, Christians are easily deceived and go astray, making them not only useless to God, but also bad witnesses for Christ.

Think about it. How many Christians can defend their faith to atheists, or Muslims?

I have even met some so called Christians who actually rely on secular sources to explain Christianity to them.

This is unacceptable.


The coming judgment of God upon America, and also other countries, is not really due to the sins of the wicked.

If it was due to the wicked in the country, and/or the world, destruction would have come a long time ago.

The judgment is due to the sins of the church, and being evil witnesses for Christ, instead of righteous ones.

The world looks at the church, and sees sin and hypocrisy, and assume “Christ” is a money scam to rob the poor, and exploit the working man.

Judgment will start with America, because it has mainly prostituted Christ for gain, and this bad witness has spread to other countries who continue the practice.



For those who preach the Lord for gain, and do not show mercy, or share the knowledge of God, I advise them to repent.

Repentance means turning away from the sin, rejecting it, despising it, and returning to righteous and holy behavior.

Repentance is not an empty ritual, where you just say “sorry” and do not mean it.

If you do not repent, and mean it from the bottom of your heart, and love God enough to obey Him, then you will face judgment.

Judgment is not a slap on the wrist.

Judgment will be the complete destruction of everything you believe, everything you have, including people, family and things, and even your own life and soul.

Also, find someone today who needs mercy, and show it to them.

Make this a daily action.

70 Responses to “Mercy, Not Sacrifice”

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  2. :::Sigh::: I’ve thought a lot about this lately, how much our society and culture have changed, and seems to be streaming downhill now. People are either egocentric and selfish, or they perceive their lives in danger so all they can do is hold on to what they think they do have, and not have any time or energy to help another.

    If people would just stop. Breathe. Pause and take a moment to center in the here and now. We all have everything we need for this moment. We can cry about the past, we can worry about the future, but we do not have to. It is all in God’s hands.

    Whenever I feel myself lacking, the best remedy for me is to go help another. A stranger in the street, help stock the pantry at the senior center near by; random acts of kindness. At the end of the day I am always more full than when my day started.

  3. “Also, find someone today who needs mercy, and show it to them.
    Make this a daily action. ”

    Narrative narrative all is narrative.

  4. Today, it is virtually impossible to “visit the imprisoned” because of what they put us through – cavity searches, intense questioning, requests for the most personal information, etc. Just the nude cavity search alone prevents me from doing this. Alas, the times have certainly changed and, according to scripture, for the worse and getting prophetically worse every day. But I so look forward to Jesus’ return and carry my lamp wherever I go. I’m just glad that “visiting the imprisoned” isn’t a commandment.

    • I know what you mean. we can however, help those that are “in prison” in their own lives… think of exploited children trapped in their homes with abusive adults

  5. Amen.

    Best to seek, looking for an opportunity to give/provide with a mindset and heart of compassion.

    “The Son of Man will come again with divine greatness, and all his angels will come with him. He will sit as king on his great and glorious throne.

    All the people of the world will be gathered before him. Then he will separate everyone into two groups. It will be like a shepherd separating his sheep from his goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left…

    Then the king will say to the godly people on his right, ‘Come, my Father has great blessings for you. The kingdom he promised is now yours. It has been prepared for you since the world was made…

    The king will answer, ‘The truth is, anything you refused to do for any of my people here, you refused to do for me.’

    Then these evil people will go away to be punished forever. But the godly people will go and enjoy eternal life.”

    I think the need to provide will increase tremendously in the coming months and days, with a practical test of our faith, hope and love.

    There will be thousands of New Yorkers seeking shelter, cloths and food.


    • I agree

      soon we will all need mercy…with the evil to come

      god shows mercy to the merciful…so we should have this kind of heart, to deserve asking for it for ourselves.

  6. I had just left the store with groceries one day and a homeless man started helping me although i did not ask for help. I had no money left so i gave him some food, a lady asked why i did that, i said that could have been me. She looked at me as if i was crazy!, i told her anyone of us could be where he is, people should think about that.

  7. Hi Marianne, could you please clarify where you say to “pray for the dead”, I presume you mean for the spiritually dead and not the physically dead??? Just questioning in case any unsaved, searching for the truth readers come across this post and take it literally. If I have missed this in the Word, would you show me. We are learning and being taught every day. Forgive me if I have missed it or am misunderstanding. Thank you and God bless.

  8. This is something that churches need to hear. Many churches have literally barricaded Jesus out, erecting spiritual and soulish structures that make His entrance an intrusion. In other words, He cannot enter and cannot really influence anyone in such a church.

    I agree that if judgment was solely about evil, it would’ve come long ago. Along with timing, judgment comes when “good men… do nothing” (Edmund Burke). Even from a human point of view, it is almost inexcusable when ‘bad people’ are acting wickedly and ‘good people’ are not doing anything about it. I truly believe that when ‘good people’ do nothing, God feels very strongly about it as Jesus hints at in the story of the good Samaritan. God put goodness in all humans (natural goodness, like the tender feelings we have automatically toward little animals and babies) so that we could actually DO good. When ‘good people’ do nothing, they are treated like the worthless servant.

    The parable of the talents is a very good example of what I am trying to convey about God’s hatred toward ‘good people’ who, having the wherewithal and tools to do good, do nothing. The man who was given one talent refused to invest it. You would think he would get a slap on the wrist, but his judgment was severe: “Cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matt. 25:14-30.) The worthless servant there symbolizes also people whom God has given the wherewithal (tools, ‘talents’, possessions) to do good but who refuse. We see that the worthless servant had only one talent whereas one servant had two and another five. Right there, the Lord is showing us that He makes obedience and doing good easy: He didn’t give a man with a one talent ability more than one talent; rather, HE gave the servant only a small obligation to do good, but the servant still refused.

    ‘Good people’ who refuse to do good are standing under the judgment of the worthless servant. Their apathy and lack of love is endemic in today’s Christianity, and there are many people suffering and dying, even outside of the blessings of Christ, because of it. God help us.

    • I hope good people really DO something now.

      • The ‘good people’ that really WILL do something are mostly under pretty overwhelming spiritual resistance. Here’s a vision I saw about my own life, which I hope will encourage some, to demonstrate this fact (I often wish the Bible said more about all this, but it’s all in there for those who will seek):

        I was fasting in summer ’12, and when I first began to pray, the Holy Spirit repeatedly told me, “There are many tongues speaking against you.” I knew this was true on earth (though I didn’t know all the specifics), but I perceived He was talking about in the heavenlies– i.e. princes and powers. He then took me to Ps. 12:3-4 (check it out), and as I prayed this back to God, the Spirit took me up in a vision, and we came up from the floor of the Heavenly Courtroom. I was looking, and God the Father sat on a throne in front of me, Jesus stood to my right as my defense attorney, and satan stood to my left as the prosecuting attorney. The entire vision (about 45 seconds), satan alone spoke, listing endless reasons why God should not allow me to be free of the spiritual bondage which satan’s people on earth put me in. Jesus stood silently, awaiting His turn to speak, and the Father listened patiently. As the Spirit and I left the Courtroom, going down through the floor, the Spirit told me not to worry, that not satan’s lies but God’s truth will win in my life.

        Unfortunately, people whom God calls to use, the enemy knows them from birth (and I think from conception). He tried to kill Moses before he was even conceived (it seems), and there are other such stories in the Bible, Jesus not the least of them. satan wants a monopoly; he wants everyone to think he is stronger than he is. He accomplishes this by ‘binding’ (as much as he can) people who will actually ‘DO it’ and strengthening his own people, making it seem he has more power than God. It’s like becoming CEO of a company and then placing your own friends in high positions (secret societies do this).

        I want to add something else from the first paragraph of my last comment. I wrote: “Many churches have literally barricaded Jesus out, erecting spiritual and soulish structures that make His ENTRANCE an intrusion. In other words, He cannot enter and cannot really influence anyone in such a church.” The Bible says that when Jesus is in the house/fellowship, certain things are definite. One of these things is revelation and spiritual growth: “The ENTRANCE of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple” (Ps. 119:130). Every church can be measured rightly by Ps. 119. While the Holy Spirit never ‘leaves’ as He is given to remain, the Lord can come and go. People can function in spiritual gifts (Holy Spirit) while living in reckless sin and rebellion; but the Lord will only continually) Grace a house/fellowship with His presence when there is truth, purity, and Love. If ministers minister the Word and Christians are still confused, without purpose, in sin and rebellion, etc., then the Lord is not present and is not Lord of that place. When Jesus is present (is ad-ministered), He gives light and revelation even to toddlers and the simple. Every time.

        • Correction: “Every church can be measured rightly by Ps. 119:130.

          Addition to the vision above: the Spirit later showed me that the reason satan alone spoke before the Father and Jesus was quiet was because satan has people (occult family members primarily) on earth praying against and cursing my life and destiny every single day of the year (it sounds like science fiction, but the Lord began to show me this in ’98 and through the years got others to corroborate it, some by word of knowledge and some by being eyewitnesses). Because there are people DEVOTED to cursing and opposing my freedom and deliverance, they have a representative in Heaven before the Father: satan. As humans do things on earth, God or the enemy do things in the heavens and vice versa.

          Why was Jesus silent though? Why wasn’t He speaking for me? Because while there are many ‘interceding’ with rituals and incantations of all kinds against me (and so satan represents them before the Father), there is as of now one person who is interceding on my behalf since about a week ago. With ‘enough’ intercession for me down here, the Lord will be able to speak for me before the Father. (I know this may sound extra-biblical, but it’s in the Bible, somewhat seen in the case of Daniel 10 where a good angel sent out to do God’s will was held up by an evil angel, a prince over Persia.)

          Heb. 4:14 says, “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.” Against satan’s many who fight to suppress me and my destiny and call, my confession is that I will have total deliverance and restoration as the Holy Spirit told me coming out of the above vision. (Ps. 3:1-3.) satan wants to keep Jesus from speaking, because when He speaks, He has a higher Law and more authority through the Cross and the resurrection (He who was lives and was dead and is alive forevermore. Amen– Rev. 1:18). As certain people are released into their God-given destinies and they release others into their own destinies, these types of spiritual principles will become common knowledge, and God’s Kingdom on earth (not friendly churches but pockets and geographical locales, neighborhoods, and the like over which the Lord has legally displaced fallen princes and territorial spirits and has obtained legal jurisdiction in the spirit) will grow by leaps and bounds.

  9. “So Jesus did not just say visit the sick, but to HEAL them.

    Not just to bury the dead, but to RAISE the dead.”

    This is a great comment, but also rather confronting to me personally.
    Raise the dead? … it certainly has been done, but how often and by how many? Jesus makes it sound like it should be almost commonplace.

    • nicetimingcom

      that is a good question, and this challenges me also.

      yes it should be commonplace. this would bring many into the kingdom of god

      but we have been programmed by the “Church” that only “anointed” people have the authority to do anything extraordinary for God.

      this is a lie

      this is to prevent the gospel from going forward.

      raising the dead still happens, but to our shame, it happens mostly in third world countries where unsophisticated people just believe God and it happens. I have seen videos of this from africa.

      I think we, in our “civilized, rational” countries need to put our mental blocks aside and just step out in faith.

      jesus gave us the authority and power. we just do not use it.

      • I was born in a foreign country and arrived in the U.S. at the age of nine. Having come from a place where people believe the supernatural to be commonplace, although they tend towards superstition also, I can say that it is a very, very, very (very, very, very) high level of pride that prevents America and Western nations from believing in the supernatural. I can also say that they reject the supernatural… but not the supernatural but God. The movies, TV, and music are cluttered with the supernatural; but it’s the dark side of things, and people receive and are enthralled by it. But no one wants God, and because God is supernatural, He is automatically rejected.

        In short, Westerners reject God because “we are rich and have need of nothing” (Laodicea); in rejecting God, Westerners only SEEM to reject or disbelieve in the supernatural. But when you note how we are drawn to the supernatural, you realize it isn’t the supernatural that we reject but God who is supernatural. We aren’t stepping out like Torben because we don’t need or want God. No one goes to do something they don’t want to do if they are not obligated. Most people work because they must; if they could receive a check and not work, most wouldn’t work. In short, in America and many western nations, “God is dead”. But Paul’s address to the Athenians (as westerners are of Greco-Roman ideology and structure), my favorite sermon in all of Acts, DIRECTLY relates to western nations today who believe they are too civilized for ‘God’ and the supernatural but are actually yearning and seeking Him with all their might and intelligence. Whoever will read Acts 17:16-34 and superimpose western nations as the Athenians will see such a terribly striking similarity and ‘twinship’ (kinship) between those Athenians and Americans today:

        “Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, ‘Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription:


        Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood[c] every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, “For we are also His offspring.” Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.’

        And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked…”

        It seemed like theory to the Athenians until Paul declared something that can only be supernatural: the raising of the dead. Then the Athenians cast him out basically. This is exactly how it is in American Christianity: God, God, God… till God starts moving and declares Himself to be supernatural, then people want to run and hide, because now they are coming face to face with God AS HE IS, not as they have created Him (gods) to be in their own hearts.

        • true

          soon, however, america will be no longer “rich, needing nothing.”

          we will see some change of attitude then, at least for some people

          • Yes, trouble, suffering, and lack tend to change people’s minds about many things (and those who are ‘lucky’ get a change of heart too). The coming hardships will, in many cases, remove the freedom to choose between true and false Christianity. When many disciples left Jesus, in Jn. 6, Jesus then asked the disciples if they would also abandon Him. Peter’s reply is classic: “To whom shall we go; YOU have the words of life.” As hardship distresses people, Jesus will appear to be the only answer as He has always been. Some people won’t stand around wondering which way to go but will ‘run for their very lives and cling to’ Jesus, realizing that “the Name of the Lord is a strong tower” and that those who run into it are safe.

  10. arendale

    I would not assume that Jesus continued to be silent before the Father. In the dream, you left while satan was still speaking.

    Jesus had his turn also.

    Believe what the Holy spirit said.

    Jesus is not hindered or empowered by the number of intercessors you have. he is intercessor enough.

    When Jesus presents you covered with his blood, that is all the Father needs to see.

    it says in the bible that satan will wear out the saints. God is allowing our trials and tribulations, in order to bring us through the fire of purification.

    I am afflicted also, but must continue on. This world is a waste now anyhow. Stay strong and keep the faith.

    • I agree. I never got clarity on that. God is the Judge, and He decides who speaks (and who wins). Jesus was more ‘waiting His turn’. It really is a timing thing more than a works-based thing (e.g. do such and such and you will get the desired results). Thanks for the reminder. satan was angrily presenting his case, knowing that when the Lord presents His, the game will be up. satan’s clothing (or robe) was black, like smoke from burning tires, with a red fire within, billowing furiously behind him. Jesus’ clothing was white, like clouds in the sky, with a light within like the sun, blowing calmly and gently behind him. One of the first passages I got in ’98 to assure me that God will win on my behalf was this:

      “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, oh Lord, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands” (Ps. 138:7-8).

      • I am sure Jesus spoke after the devil finished. so for you, he has already spoken. you just did not hear him because you left.

        He is not going to wait 2000 years and let the devil speak that long without saying something.

        this goes on all the time. satan constantly, not one time, comes before God the father and accuses us, and jesus is constantly there to defend us.

        “Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us” Rom 8:34

        • Jesus didn’t speak while I was in the vision. I believe that the main point of the vision (which the Lord through several others since then who didn’t know me but spoke the same thing by word of knowledge) was to let me know two things. The first thing was what the Holy Spirit TOLD me; the second was what the Holy Spirit SHOWED me. Each one is included in Ps. 12 which the Holy Spirit led me to before the vision:

          1. “There are many tongues speaking against you [on earth and in the heavens].” Ps. 12:3-4 confirms this: “May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaks proud things, who have said, ‘With our tongue we will prevail; our lips are our own; who is lord over us?’”

          2. In Heaven, the many tongues speaking against me were represented by satan who was speaking against me.

          Through this, I got both a word of knowledge and a prophetic word:

          A. Word of knowledge: the enemy is very purposely and consciously resisting me.

          B. Prophetic word: the enemy won’t win against me; God, instead, will win against me.

          The purpose of the vision wasn’t to show me Jesus interceding for me. When Jesus speaks, it’s a wrap. It was showing me the roots of my issues the fact that Jesus will deliver me in spite of me MANY enemies, but it didn’t show me the BUT or the ‘yet to come’. Jesus said to Peter, “Simon, Simon, satan has asked for you that he may sift you as wheat; but I have prayed for you” (Lk. 22:31). This happens to lots and lots of people (satan petitioning God for their destruction), but most people don’t know to teach that it’s even possible:

          “How they have INCREASED who trouble me; MANY are they that rise up against me. MANY are they that say of my soul, ‘There is no help for him in God.’ BUT You, oh Lord, are a shield for me; You bestow glory on me and lift up my head” (Ps. 3:1-3).

          • I forgot to add the second part of Ps. 12. The first part is the enemy speaking against a person; the second part is God’s promise to deliver the person from the enemy:

            “‘For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy,
            NOW I WILL ARISE,’ says the Lord; ‘I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.’ The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” (Ps. 12.)

            The Spirit’s words to me (that satan will fail and God win) are pure, trustworthy and true words. Reminds me of Ps. 68: “ARISE, oh Lord, and let Your enemies be scattered. Apparently, there is ‘a now time’ when God ‘arises’. When that happens, every number of enemies and every power of the enemies becomes nullified.

    • Marianne, what did He mean, by the way, when He said, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice”? I’ve heard the meaning several times, but it never stuck for me.

      • read hosea chapter 6

        read matthew chapter 9

        people were obeying the law by giving sacrifices but their heart was against God, and had no love for God or man

        the purpose of the sacrifice was to SHOW god that they loved him…and they failed to do this

    • Also sorry to hear about your afflictions. Our prayer is “Come quickly, Lord”, some praying that for liberation from this earth, and others praying it for God to be glorified on this earth plane. Either way (just as John said, “Even so, amen”), “Come quickly, Lord.”

  11. Nicetimimg,

    I found this guy a few weeks ago – very interesting application of the Gospel, gifts and discipleship. Of course, his is not American and was not educated in a Bible college or seminary.

    Nice to see your posts again.

    • awesome video

      we should step out in faith and do this also

    • Thanks DJ, I do believe in healings, and from the little I’ve watched so far, Torben seems to be basically on track. I will watch more of his material, however some healings raise more questions for me than they answer.

      Some of the questions are: Why are these healings almost instant on the videos, while other healings I know of seem to happen over much longer periods of time, in some cases taking weeks or months?

      How to differentiate between healings which are set up from Satan – Where Satan may have made the person sick in the first place, so it only looks like they are being healed? How can we sort out the fake from the genuine? I think we should, because people tend to follow the teachings of those who seem to get results, yet their teachings are often not Biblically correct in my experience.

      So lastly, why would God give power and stand behind healings that then lead people to off track doctrines taught by some of these people who heal in Jesus name? Although, as I said, Torban seems to be OK.

      • I think it is a combination of several things:

        faith of the minister, faith of the recipient, God’s will, and God’s timing….

        it may be that street healings should go quickly, in order to convert the person.

        in other healings, patience and other tests are involved for the sick person who may already be a believer.

        if someone says they are sick, we just have to believe them, unless we know them and their situation.

        there will always be tricks, so best thing is to stay with what you know….if they can prove it or you know them, and it is you praying, then you are working in a confirmed situation.

        what other people do is on them…they will answer to God for anything fake they do

    • Well, if Jesus didn’t make “it” look easy, this guy in the video sure does. Casting out demons, healing, and bringing the Holy Spirit to touch people.

      It seems as if demons are descending at a rapid rate. Just in 5 days Canada had two incidents: Monday, two soldiers run down on a roadway, one soldier dead. Two days later a soldier standing guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier was shot 4 times in the back, dead. The killer then proceeded to Parliament where a hail of gunfire opened up, where a couple more people were injured and the shooter shot dead.

      Thursday in New York a guy runs up to a group of 4 New York Police Officers, critically injuring one in the back of the head with a hatchet, (a hatchet!) injuring a second.

      Yesterday near Seattle, Washington a 14 year old freshman enters the cafeteria with a 40 caliber handgun, goes up to a table of students shooting 3 or 4 of them in the back of the head, a 4th in the jaw, and then kills himself. One he shot, a high school girl died at the scene, 3 are fighting for their lives.

      Yesterday as well, an officer approached a vehicle in Sacramento and was met with a bullet to the forehead. He didn’t have a chance. There was some other extended crime spree involving the shooters and a car jacking on into Placer County, 2 other deputies shot there (they appear to be surviving their wounds.)

      I know “bad” things happen all the time, and have happened since the beginning of time. But it sure seems to me things are speeding up. People blame “ISIS” – it is all out spiritual warfare.


      • it is just the devil….he uses anyone and any group willing to go along with him

        • Indeed it is.

          It feels to me as if it has increased rapidly and is building to a head. As God allows satan to do his part, people need to make their choices now.

          I had lived a good deal of time in my life as if the end times were at some distant future. I live today knowing that it is my future. 🙂

          He is coming. In fact I feel Him already here … to be revealed in His own time and in His way.

    • this video: Beautiful Power of our Loving Savior, Alive on the streets of NYC! Simple faith in HIS Word
      they Know HE IS real
      the🙂 on their face
      touched by HIS Love🙂
      tears of joy🙂

    • A friend in NZ told me to watch some of Torben’s videos. I watched about two. What I basically have to say about my own reaction to it is that it appears real, but I feel that something is wrong. In 1Cor. 14, Paul said two people should prophesy and others discern the root/origin of their words. It doesn’t only apply for that; everything in the fellowship setting– preaching, teaching, any use of the gifts, or any ‘court proceeding’ (as in the case of Solomon and the two prostitutes)– must of necessity be scrutinized or discerned. I believe that if a discerning Christian was there with Torben as he did what he’s doing, they would know at once by the atmosphere around him whether or not he spoke and acted from God.

      The Bible said that in these last times there will be false signs and such. The use of a camera always gets me. In the past, Jesus and the rest had no cameras; people heard of them by word of mouth and then got to them by ‘walk of feet’. Today, we encouraged laziness and unbelief by projecting everything through camera. The old revivals of the past had newspapers and books; but they had no TVs and yet made a greater impact on people. I once heard a pastor tell this joke: discussing the woes of TV, he said that when Jesus was coming down from the mount of Transfiguration, he said to his three apostles, “Tell the vision to no one.” However, he made it sound like “Television to no one.” TV and camera aren’t bad, but do Christians need to show people proof that they are doing signs and such? In the final outcome, unless the Lord specifically tells people to ‘feature’ their miracles on TV, the big screen, or radio (and even T-shirts, bumper stickers, and basically everything that many people use), it is all show and glorified the person more than Jesus. Look around you and see how many preachers and bumper stickers have drawn you or your thoughts to Jesus rather than the person. The Bible says to be wise, because the time is short.

  12. Agreed.
    The future is here.
    And the future is now.

  13. Arendale,

    Powerful passage!

    “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, oh Lord, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands” (Ps. 138:7-8).


    • Maranatha ~ Prepare ye the way of The LORD! 🙂
      Mark 1:3
      Isaiah 40:3
      John 1:23

    • Thanks, DJ. It was more powerful in the early walk than now, but it still remains true for many Christians unaware they are even under attack. It reminds me of Daniel in the lions’ den and Daniel’s three friends in the fiery furnace: unscathed and untouched.

      1. The facts (words of knowledge when one doesn’t know): “I walk in the midst of trouble… You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me.

      2. The promise: “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me.”

      There will be deliverance.

  14. You should read the book, “Heavenly Man” and his testimony of the Church in China.

    One observation made in this autobiography is the affect of “theology” upon the work of The Spirit.

    Look up the word – theology.

    It is of the mind, studying – not experiencing, acknowledging Almighty God (fear of the LORD, which is His treasure).

    The Western Church (and I agree with you), is focused on the mind and not the soul and spirit.

    We are to worship – key word is worship Him in spirit and truth.

    noun: theology
    the study of the nature of God and religious belief.
    religious beliefs and theory when systematically developed.

    “Augustine assimilated Roman ideals into Christian theology”

    Theology –

    1.the field of study and analysis that treats of God and of God’s attributes and relations to the universe; study of divine things or religious truth; divinity.
    2. a particular form, system, branch, or course of this study.

    Theology is like Biology, and any logy. Therefore, the Church is spiritually asleep like the 10 virgins and the 12 year old girl:

    “When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, ‘Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping’…” (Luke chapter 8).

    God bless you!
    Rev 12:11

    • Amen DJ, amen!

    • I read Watchman Nee’s ‘The Spiritual Man’, and that’s probably sufficient enough for me. I agree that theology doesn’t work out any type of Christlikeness in anyone. It’s like the Pharisees who had the Word but didn’t receive the Word. In America, it’s either the mind’s ability to rationalize or it’s the soul’s propensity to feel and believe itself over God and spiritual things. We are a sleeping nation, because God majors on timing, and everything about Him takes time.

      John said in Jn. 3:16 that Jesus gave (laid down) His life so all who believe in Him can have eternal life. Not coincidentally, He then said in 1Jn. 3:16, “This is how we know Love: He laid down His life for us, and we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” Jesus said in Jn. 10 that He (and all good shepherds) laid down His life for the sheep. If “life” was to defined from those and other passages about laying down life, it would translate primarily as four things: time, reputation, finances, and well-being. A person’s natural life consists of those four things primarily and in guarding them rather aggressively. Time is plain invaluable, and once you spend it, you can’t get it back. Christians don’t want to invest their time, put their reputation on the line, spend their money for others, or put themselves in harm’s way; i.e. they don’t want to lay down their lives. When it comes down to it, the majority would much rather play church and sleep when it’s time to actually do church. Their time is precious to them just as it is precious to God.

  15. inspiration

  16. I once read the following poem included in a letter from India:

    The secret to happiness in living,
    Is not in getting , but in giving.

    For only what we give away,
    Enriches us from day to day.

  17. Don’t Let Them Eat Cake: More U.S. Cities Are Banning Feeding the Homeless😦

  18. Research Indicates An Increasingly Unchurched America😦

    • something not mentioned…..

      the services are dead….serving dead “bread”

      sermons lack inspiring content

      people are cold and indifferent to the needy for the most part

  19. Arondale,


    Amen to all those passages from Psalms.

    Oh, I could tell you stories and blessings that are unfolding.

    This Psalm and a few others gives me strength.

    Psalm 20

    • Thanks, DJ. Ps. 37 (and the Psalms in general) has brought me a lot of comfort, and I love the prayer from Ps. 20.

  20. 😦 Slavery Still Exists in the US, You Just Can’t See it!

  21. […] […]

  22. Russell Brand: $4 Billion Spent on Elections, But Feeding the Homeless is Illegal😉

  23. US investing ‘trillions’ to fight wars for Israel😦

    • we are also spending trillions, billions on supporting terrorists like ISIS and HAMAS…..

      Israel deserves to be supported . it is surrounded by 3 billion arabs who want to destroy it.

      if the muslims were not such a huge threat, we could save all this money for ourselves.

  24. Swiss Bankers, BIS & The House Of Rockefeller🙄

  25. Mission Accomplished: Stock market, number of homeless children, both reach all-time highs!😉

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