The Lord Himself inspires my heart, because I had no inspiration when I arrived here. For Christ's sake, here is an expose into some of the Lord's doings which were hidden from the public's eyes. God knows that only those He approves are approved and not those who boast in their supposed 'accomplishments in Christ'.
Some say that Christians can be too serious. Heresy. The truth is that Christians these days aren't near serious enough. Shane Idleman, in Andrew Strom's articles, asks, 'Should we preach with authority?' That we have to ask this shows the depths to which we have fallen. It's like asking, 'Should Jesus have <had the audacity to have> healed?' and 'Did God create Man to rule and exercise <Jesus Christ's> dominion over Creation <and satan>?' The answer to all three questions is an emphatic 'YES'.
I don't want to be long on this topic that extends both ways into eternity, so I'll cut to an experience I had in a church regarding whether or not we should preach with authority and why. I think even a five-year old, wide-eyed and mystified though such a one may be, will find the following easy to understand. Hopefully, so will those who wish to 'judge everything with the Bible' and those who use 'exegesis' (and so tend to 'exit Jesus') along with those who 'eisegesis', however you spell it (and can never say, 'I see Jesus').
Before God sent me to a church, He showed me the iniquity and corruption of the Jezebel spirit via the permission of the Ahab spirit that gave the enemy total free reign to utterly destroy the church from the inside out. Just like with Ahab and Jezebel in the Bible, God's Grace was evident in that He shared with me that though this iniquitous couple was in rebellion against Him, still He willed to bring them blessings through revival and reformation (like the city of Nineveh and Sodom and Gomorrah).
This church was 'full of the absence of the Lord'. There was a spiritual chasm where God should have been. One day, as the pastor attempted to 'be cool', preaching about politics and which candidate was right (etc. and blah), certain criminals in the church snickered among themselves when the pastor suddenly said that America's real problems is Christians in error. Seeing that the criminals were 'corporate level' satanist plants in the church, I could only guess that they snickered because they knew this was right on. I still sided with this Ahab pastor and his Jezebel wife though they were in error, and because they were making fools of God and for sure of Christians, I opened my journal, which I carried with me, and began to write to God: "If You must make fools of us in order that You may be glorified, then do it. Because we are either fools of ourselves or are fools for Jesus' sake." Ie. every soul is a fool for one or the other: for Jesus to salvation or for the flesh/satan to damnation. We're all fools already, I said, so God may as well glorify Himself in it.
Then I stepped outside, and God was standing there to my left. (No need to draw attention to the fact He was outside the church and not inside it.) Then I said to Him, "Is it Your intention to glorify Yourself here or not?! The satanists and the pastors are jockeying for the glory that belongs to You, fighting each other to sit on the throne of the people's hearts. But there are things You have given to us humans and things that belong only to You. Glory, honor, and praise belong to You. Take them." I then went into the church and sat back down. Suddenly, the pastor, still trying to 'look cool' stated that God doesn't condemn Christians who smoke, drink, etc., and then come to church; that He isn't burdened down/upset/focused on small things like that, but that what He is after (almost quoting word for word Ps. 51:6, The Message) is righteousness "from the inside out." At this, and for the first time in the church, I said, "Amen!" The pastor then said that God will pull down all satan's <and man's> hidden works in the churches and will be glorified. (It was impossible for this man who compromised and made deals with known satanists in the church to say this and offend them.) Again, I said, "Amen!" The pastor looked back at me, and what happened next is probably only remembered on the tape recording the message that day. As I saw it:
The Holy Spirit suddenly just apprehended this man, and he began to speak with authority. He didn't yell or shout or look severe or mean or dominating. His words were no longer spoken for man's sake but for God's sake; and probably every living thing on that church property was aware of it and all that happened next. As the pastor spoke, I saw his anointing within (his pastoral anointing and maybe prophetic, who knows) begin to spill out of the area of his solar plexus like the aurora borealis (the northern lights). It looked like a fragrant oil and also looked like the aurora borealis as it was multi-colored and issued/danced slowly from his chest, spreading into the congregation. As this happened, I saw two white pipes (looking like drainage pipes) appear behind him, at the level of his ears, and right above his two shoulders. They seemed connected to the wall behind him behind which was the outside of the church. The Holy Spirit began to enter the church through these white pipes in the form of white smoke so dense that as soon as it spilled out of the pipes, it fell to the floor. This smoke traveled slowly into the congregation as the pastor preached.
The effect on the congregation: the criminals in the church looked like ants squirming under the magnified glare of the sun through a magnifying glass; they squirmed in their seats as if under an intensely bright and distressing light. I saw the spiritual chains on the hearts of the attendants (chains imposed on them by both the criminals and the pastors) begin to slowly crack, break, and fall off. The air was charged with a very quiet electricity as if we were in the eye of a hurricane. For the first time in my five months there, some people in the congregation began to breathe, 'Amen' and "Yes, Lord'. The tension that always hung in that church was slowly melting, and the people were beginning to adjust comfortably in their seats as the pastor held their gaze. Looking at my friend to my left (I sat in the back of the church to observe what was going on), who was the pastor's apprentice, I saw that he was pressed against his seat as if afraid to be tossed forward. His eyes remained wide at the pastor for the duration of this event (it seemed like five minutes, but I'm sure it was probably only two). Neither he nor anyone else there had heard the pastor preach with authority, because he never had. There were only two people not swept up in this moment: me and the pastor's Jezebel wife. With great concern, she kept glancing at the criminals sitting to her left, obviously concerned that the way her husband was preaching was grieving and vexing them (and her too). She looked like she was ready to interrupt her husband at any second... and did. About two or three minutes into this event, the pastor's wife suddenly spoke out, some wisecrack to her husband. He paused, blinked, and looked at her. She repeated the wisecrack, and he chuckled and responded to her. As soon as he responded to her, I saw the anointing within him recede at once back inside, and I saw the Holy Spirit, who was filling the sanctuary in the form of white smoke, retreat back outside through the two white pipes, and the pipes disappeared. Not at all surprisingly, the pastor then returned to Jezebel-approved, non-authoritative speaking for the rest of the service. Just as I'd been shown in a vision, she was consciously steering the church away from God and the blessings He was obviously pouring out in that instance. The pastor had been a fool of himself for a long time; but for a short stretch of time (two to three minutes), he was a made a fool for Christ's sake.
We are a society of men whose fears motivate them to repress women who then stand up in rebellion and manipulate men who then relinquish their God-given birthright to rule with Grace and Authority. (It's an exquisitely clever plan of satan's, and it works very well.) Understandably, those who've seen the abusive and domineering authority of so many men (and those abused by people, especially men, in authority) want nothing to do with any type of authority. But in this, they are resisting God, because God created authority, not the authorities who abused or wronged us. If we resist authority, we manipulate everyone who can be in a place of authority. I've seen abused women who now believe that 'strength' <in a man> equals abuse. They therefore seek out (or emasculate) men who have denied God's call on them to walk in godly, not earthly/sensual, authority, and they often unwittingly side with the Jezebel spirit as they become adversaries of God. In the church spoken of above, Jezebel had the most to lose if the pastor was strengthened in his call as a man of God (ie. if God would take over the church); but God made no move in that church, and no miracle or deliverance or healing happened there, until men spoke to Him authoritatively, and until men spoke to men with authority. Some say that Christians can be too serious. Heresy. The truth is that Christians these days aren't near serious enough.