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2012
Callin ng the So ons of Za adok
MorningStar Propheti ic Bulletin No o. 86 (2012) yner Rick Joy Unless otherwise indic cated, all Scrip pture quotation ns are from Th he New Ameri ican Standard d Bible (NASB) ).

America a is suffering g under a vac cuum of lead dership. This s is not just in n governmen nt but also in n virtually every major center of o influence, including the e church. In Isaiah chapte ers three thro ough five, we e are told pricious, imm mature leader rs are the be eginning of the t judgment t of God for the nation that turns that cap from Go od and falls to o the ultimat te depravity of o calling goo od evil and evil e good, an nd for dishonoring the honorab ble while hon noring the dishonorable. That is an accurate de escription of America. It will take more tha an an electio on to get us out o of the mire we’re in. We W must hav ve revival. W We must have e another Great Aw wakening or we will not survive s much h longer as a Republic. This is not to imply that the elections are no ot important. . America an nd the rest o of Western ci ivilization een led to the e edge of a most m danger rous precipice. Even Ton ny Blair, the r recent Prime e Minister have be of Great Britain who is from th he liberal La abor Party, warned w rece ently that Eu urope could not long n forsake the t entitleme ent mentality y. The whole e world is ab bout to cras sh on the survive if they did not f financial bankruptcy, but financial pr roblems are just j a root of f something w worse. The West W has rocks of s and moral m underp pinnings with hout which we w cannot sur rvive as a fre ee people. lost its spiritual A financ cial change of o direction could c buy us s more time, but without a change of heart, we wi ill end up at the sa ame place very quickly. America has s fallen into virtually v ever ry trap that the Founding g Fathers warned would doom m the Republic. These warnings w wer re specific an nd clear and d the results of going ction we hav ve gone were e accurately foreseen. f Th hese warning gs have been n repeated often from the direc Congres ss and the Oval O Office, but b nothing has h been don ne to change e the course. . Leadership requires more tha an knowledg ge of what ne eeds to be done—it d requ uires the cou urage, resolv ve, and endu urance to take the helm and st teer the ship out of dange er. Again, our o problems s are not jus st economic problems—they are char racter proble ems. The eco onomy is just a reflection of the sickness of o heart we now have. We e do need to o evaluate wh hat is being done d and e consequen nces will be if f we do not change c our course, c but we w also need d to evaluate e why we what the have been doing the em.

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The whole world is entering “the valley of decision.” What is going to be our decision? If we follow the crowd, we may feel more secure for a time, but we also may be putting ourselves in far more jeopardy. The same crowd that welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem by crying, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord,” were just five days later crying, “Crucify Him!” The discernment of the crowd in such matters has seldom been good. We each must have in our own core a moral compass that we will navigate by regardless of whether others are going that way or not. The Sons of Zadok In Ezekiel 44, the Lord said that the sons of Zadok would be the ones honored with coming near to Him and ministering to Him personally. Zadok was the high priest during David’s reign. When all of Israel went astray and followed after Absalom, Zadok picked up the ark and followed David even though it seemed that this would be certain doom. Zadok did not do what was politically expedient, but he did what was right. He knew that the Lord had anointed David as king and that He had not anointed Absalom. David was still the king, even though “all Israel” did not see it that way. The crowd paid a dear price, but Zadok’s reward would last forever. To this day, his sons are those whom are closest to the Lord. Who are the sons of Zadok? When the Pharisees told Jesus that they had Abraham as their father, the Lord replied to them, “If you are the sons of Abraham, do the deeds of Abraham” (see John 8:39). Likewise, the sons of Zadok are the ones who do the deeds of Zadok. Do we have the faith in God and the substance of character to go the way we think is right even if everyone else goes the other direction? That was the resolve of Zadok, and we are in desperate need of that kind of leadership right now. There is a great danger with a vacuum of leadership because it always has been the greatest opportunity for tyranny. Americans have lost more of their freedoms in the last three years than possibly in the last two centuries. Recent Obama Administration orders have been described as a frontal attack on the Catholic Church, but they are much more than that. They are a very basic and bold attack on the entire church in America, as well as religious liberty in America. If the church in America continues to sleep through what is being done to it, then it will very soon wake up dead. Where are the voices like John the Baptist who would challenge Herod? This is the time for courage and unyielding resolve. If we are afraid, we will be killed like John the Baptist. We must remember that there are worse things than dying. It will be far worse to stand on that great Judgment Day as a watchman who did not sound the alarm or as a shepherd who did not protect those entrusted to them. In Revelation 21:8, we see that the “cowardly” are the first ones thrown into the lake of fire. The cowards precede the unbelievers, the sorcerers, and even the murderers to this doom of “the second death.” It will be much better to suffer now, even imprisonment or death, than to suffer then. There is no place for cowardice in the true faith. The Lord made it clear that those who sought to save their lives would lose them, but those who would lose their lives for His sake would find them (see Matthew 16:25). This is our time. This is our watch. Will we show the courage that is demanded of the true servants of the King? We are hosting a Prophetic Conference on February 23 – 25 at Heritage. These are always encouraging as we witness growing prophetic gifts that the Lord has given to His people in these times. Even so, there is much more to the prophetic ministry than prophetic gifts and experiences. The one the Lord called the greatest ever born of woman, John the Baptist, rarely had prophetic experiences, but he was a preacher of righteousness and justice with an uncompromising resolve. His message of repentance compelled the entire nation to come out and listen to him. Repentance has to

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be preached to prepare the way for the Lord. It is the most important message that we can preach in this hour. Both righteousness and wickedness are what God defines, not what political correctness says they are. Not long ago, America was a nation that possibly aligned itself with God’s definition of righteousness and justice possibly more than any other nation. Because of this, we received what God promised to any nation that walked in His ways. Now we are starting to suffer the consequences that He warned would come upon the nation that departed from His ways, and this began with a vacuum of leadership. The answer is not to pursue leadership, but to pursue the repentance that will lead us back to God’s favor, and then He will raise up righteous leaders. In II Chronicles 7:14 we are promised, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin an heal their land.” Here we see that the Lord requires four things to heal a land: 1) Humility 2) Prayer 3) Seeking His face 4) Repentance from wickedness These are required of the Lord’s people, not the heathen. It seems that a new humility is coming upon much of the church, which is encouraging. We also have had some of the greatest prayer movements in history raised up in recent times. Multitudes of Christians, especially youth, are now seeking an intimate relationship with the Lord. These are all very encouraging signs. However, there has been little or no repentance from wickedness. In- depth studies reveal that even the most devout Christian groups have fallen to such a level of unrighteousness and the sins that the Lord called “wickedness” that Christians are no longer distinguishable from non- Christians in basic morality and integrity. This is an appalling and biblically terrifying state for the church in America. It has happened on our watch. The Opposite of Zadok Eli, the high priest who raised the prophet Samuel, is a striking contrast to Zadok. Eli had been a faithful priest in the house of the Lord his whole life. He loved the Lord so much that when he received the news that the ark of God had been captured by the Philistines, he fell over and died. Yet he was given one of the worst rebukes from the Lord in Scripture. Why? The first word from the Lord that Samuel received was condemnation for Eli because he had let his sons fall into wickedness and bring a curse upon themselves, and Eli had not rebuked them. In this message, Eli was told that sacrifices and offerings forever could not atone for this sin. Eli admitted that this was the word of the Lord, but still made no changes. Eli was not told that his sins could not be forgiven, but that all of his good works, even if done forever, could not atone for his irresponsibility of not bringing the necessary correction to those who had been entrusted to his care. This being translated for us today would be that all of the good works and charity in the world will not atone for the failure of letting those entrusted to us fall into the iniquity and wickedness that will be their doom. Are we the “sons of Zadok” or the “sons of Eli?”

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The warning of Galatians 5:19-21 is very clear: Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Make no mistake—“those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” It does not say those who have done these things, but those who “practice” them. If we have given our lives to Christ and we continue to live according to the flesh as described here, the message is just as clear in the other primary books of the New Testament, such as the Book of Romans, that we will perish. In II Timothy 4, the Apostle Paul warned about the time when a great deception would come upon believers because they would “only want to have their ears tickled” or could only hear positive things. Much of the body of Christ in America has fallen to that state now since they will automatically reject anything they consider to be negative. As both the Lord and His apostles warned, such are heading for a terrible end. An abundance of teachers and teachings today can make people feel better about themselves, even though their eternal lives are in jeopardy. Such teachings have so watered down the clear teachings of Scripture that they can make people feel comfortable in your sin, but they are deceiving you. Even the most devout can stumble at times; however, they will not rationalize their sin but rather repent. To repent means to both feel remorse and to turn from the sin. Doctrines are now being promoted that since the New Covenant was established, the Lord no longer judges. The New Testament makes it clear that He not only continues to bring judgment upon sin, but that His judgment begins with His own household (see I Peter 4:17). The New Testament is also clear about the judgment that will come upon those who so dilute His Word as to become stumbling blocks to His people. I have been stretched far beyond my own reasoning as I have beheld the mercy and grace of God for sinners. That He would love us so much to go to the cross as He did will be a marvel for all of eternity. That we can behold His patience in our own times because He does not want any to perish is a marvel. Even so, as the New Testament also makes clear, there is a limit to His patience, and we are foolish to presume upon it. We are told Romans 11:22, we must “behold then the kindness and the severity of God.” Those who can only see His kindness without seeing His severity do not see Him as He is. Those who only see His severity without seeing His kindness do not see Him as He is. He is both kind and severe, and those who see Him as He is see both. Understanding Judgment God is a righteous and just God, and all of His judgments are righteous and just. His judgments are not all negative, but can be positive, affirming the good. They can declare innocence as well as guilt. The biblical teachings on judgment have often been distorted, but the righteous always rejoice at His judgments. We also are told that the whole world will rejoice when He comes to judge the earth even to the point of the “trees will clap their hands” (see Isaiah 55:12).

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The Scriptures are also clear that everyone will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. This will be a good thing for the righteous and only bad for the wicked. Many types of judgment from God are in Scripture, and only one is condemnation and only one is destruction. The rest are discipline from the Lord for those whom He loves. As we read in Hebrews 12, the most frightening thing of all should be if we are still living in sin and getting away with it. This means that we are not His. If we are His sons, He will discipline us. America has been receiving His judgments because He still loves America, and this is evidence that He has not given up on her. Like an alarm that gets continually louder if we do not wake up, His judgments are getting increasingly severe. Even insurance companies have more discernment than some Christian leaders. What these leaders have called “acts of nature,” they call “acts of God,” and they are. Many of the things being released upon the world are not directly God’s doing but are the removing of His restraints so that the world begins to reap what it has sown. This is clear in such places as Revelation 7. Even so, His releasing of these things is His judgment, and if we do not recognize it as such, no one will repent to keep even worse things from coming. If this offends you, then you have a distorted, warped view of Scripture. Such will take what are in fact acts of love and interpret them as acts of condemnation. These are the ones Peter referred to as the untaught and unstable who will distort the Scriptures to their own destruction. The destruction is only necessary if we do not recognize the judgments and repent. God would much rather show mercy, but there is a time when judgment is necessary, and if this does not work, destruction follows. This is why the Lord Jesus lamented over Jerusalem. He would much rather have gathered her under His wings, but she rejected the time of her visitation, and destruction followed. Let us repent while the judgment is still discipline, before it gets to the point of destruction. We are also told that we can judge ourselves and He will not have to do it (see I Corinthians 11:31). As the Lord Jesus made clear, if we do not humble ourselves and fall on the Rock to be broken, then the Rock will fall on us and grind us into powder. Let’s take the easy way out! America is in jeopardy. “If you do not change your direction, you will end up where you are headed.” We will not survive much longer going in the direction we are headed. Much of 2012 may look like things are getting better, but when men are saying, “peace and safety,” that is when sudden destruction will come. We cannot look at external conditions to see how we’re doing—we need to look at our own hearts. If we will turn from that which will keep us from inheriting the kingdom of God, turn from our wicked ways, embracing the humility that would also compel us to pray and seek His face, it too will be evident as the rest of Galatians 5 declares: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-25). If we, God’s people, will “walk by the Spirit” instead of the flesh, then He will heal our land, and He will use us to do it.

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SPECIA AL NOTE ON N THE OBAM MA ADMINIS STRATION ORDER O ON RELIGIOUS S ORGANIZA ATIONS Last we eek, the Oba ama adminis stration finaliz zed a radica al new rule that t uses the health car re law to require all health insurance pro oviders to co over abortion n-inducing drugs and ste erilization as s well as eption, all fr ree of charg ge. The adm ministration based b the ru ule’s “religio ous exemptio on” on a contrace provision n drafted [1] by the ACLU U, applying the rule even to religious organizatio ons such as Catholic schools, , hospitals, universities, u a charities that oppose and e such things s as a matter r of religious belief. The we eak exemptio on the adm ministration allowed a applies only to religious o organizations s serving primarily y people of the t same rel ligion. It is so narrow tha at Timothy Dolan, D the Catholic archb bishop of New York City and current c head d of the U.S. Conference e of Catholic Bishops wro ote in the Wa all Street is disciples would w not qu ualify for the exemption in n that case, because Journal that “even Jesus and Hi re committed d to serve tho ose of other faiths.” they wer Because e Catholic in nstitutions se erve people of o all faiths, the t adoption n by the Oba ama administration of the ACL LU exemptio on language is an explic cit and intent tional assault on the Ca atholic Churc ch in the United States. S President Obama a and Health and Human n Services Secretary Kat thleen Sebelius know full well that they ar re ordering Catholic C institutions to vio olate their church’s teac chings if they y want to b Th hey also kno ow full well th hat they are explicitly running over t the First Amendment stay in business. protectio on of religiou us freedom th hat every Am merican is sup pposed to en njoy as a birt thright. Presiden nt Obama’s message to o Catholics is s clear: Cath holics will no ot be able to o build organizations accordin ng to their fa aith and the teachings of f their church h as long as s they refuse e to accept President P Obama’s s radicalism. President Obama’s O ord der is a violation of the First F Amendm ment right to freedom of consc cience and an unprecede ented assault t on Christian nity. Catholic cs are unifor rmly opposed d to the rule e. Carol Kee ehan of the Catholic He ealth Associa ation—an Obamac care supporte er—expressed disappoin ntment “that the definition n of a religious employer r was not broaden ned.” Even lib beral Washin ngton Post co olumnist E.J. Dionne blas sted [2] the r rule, arguing that “the Church’s s leaders had a right to ask a for broad der relief from m a contrace eption manda ate that would require it to act against a its ow wn teachings s.” Newt Gingrich, www.N Newsmax.co om

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A New Breed of Leader
MorningStar Prophetic Bulletin No. 87 (2012) Rick Joyner Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from The New American Standard Bible (NASB).

What would the perfect President be like? What would the perfect Senator or Congressman be like? Of course, we do not have perfect people to choose from for these positions, but if we set the standard of what we’re looking for, and then start looking for the right people to fill the positions, we would likely end up with much better leaders than we have now. This is how Ronald Reagan was found. Conservative movements began looking for what they needed in a candidate rather than just looking at the available pool, who at the time, were clamoring to be chosen. Reagan was not a perfect President, but he seemed to be the perfect one for the times. Under his leadership, the nation not only emerged from its worst economic problems in half a century, but vision and hope for an even greater future were restored. It was this faith that ultimately unraveled the power of our greatest enemy—the Soviet Union. Nearly two decades of prosperity followed until the recipe for this was forgotten. We can have the best form of government but will still have bad government if we put bad people in it. We have the best form of government, but we are not putting the best people in it, and we have an increasingly shallow pool of people to choose from. A reason for this is because the system that has evolved for choosing our leaders and representatives favors the wrong kind of people—the lower forms of self-promoting politicians. It penalizes the right kind of leaders, those who are of the character that produces the kind of servant-citizen-leaders for which our government was designed. There is a difference between a politician and a leader, and we are in desperate need of not just a leader, but a great leader. It is not the government that needs changing as much as the election process. America is now facing some of the most potentially deadly crises we have ever faced, in a time when the world is more dangerous than it has ever been. It is understandable that so many would be pining for another Reagan, but for what we are facing, we need a combination of Washington, Lincoln, Churchill, and Moses. At one of our Oak Initiative Summits, Dr. Alan Keyes shared a brilliant insight about the flawed system we now use to choose our leaders. He pointed out how the great leaders promoted in Scripture and by our Founding Fathers were not the ones begging to be chosen, but were actually reticent to even pursue office. King David was busy doing his job tending sheep when Samuel came and anointed him. Elisha was busy plowing his fields when Elijah came and threw the mantle on him. George Washington did not even know he had been nominated for President, and did nothing to pursue it, but was elected by a people who recognized great leadership. The process we have today attracts the very kind of people both Scripture and the Founding Fathers warned us about. This system favors the self-promoting and those who can best beat down their competition. Conventional wisdom says this process helps vet our future leaders and prepares them for the intensity of the office. This may be true to a degree, but this reasoning is basically and obviously flawed. If it were true, then how did we elect someone to the most powerful office in the

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world who has never led anything in his life before and likely could not have received even a security clearance? This kind of “conventional wisdom” has gotten us into the mess we’re in, and it will not get us out of it. We need a new breed of leadership, and it will take a new kind of vision to recognize them. Our present system is not working. Again, it is not the fault of our government, but the process that has evolved for choosing the people we put in it. We may think that it is too far evolved to change now, but that is not true. We must change it or we will lose our form of government, and our Republic will fail. If the politicians and pundits who laud the present process are right, why did we feel so slimed when this process passed through our state? We were not left with vision, hope for the future, or excitement about the coming elections and possibility of making a difference. We just wanted them to leave and take all of their negative commercials with them. If this is such a good thing, then why did Obama’s approval rating go up 9 percent since it started, and why does he now look like the only adult in the group? As a longtime, faithful Republican, I have never been more ashamed of my party than I have watching the nominating process this year. Certainly there were some highlights and some good things; however, not only the Republican Party but the nation as well will be in great trouble if we cannot do better than we’ve been doing in picking our leaders. Americans are now possibly as divided as they have been since the Civil War, but there is one thing that unites virtually every American—the sense that our government is broken. It has fallen to a level of incompetence and dysfunction that could not survive in any other field and it will not likely survive much longer as our government if basic changes are not made in the way we choose those we put in it. The following are some of the basic qualities that the greatest leaders have had, and that we must resolve to seek in those we support for any office in the land if we are going to continue to be a great nation: 1) CHARACTER: The greatest leaders are the greatest followers of a noble cause. They do not lead because they want the honor or benefits of leadership, but out of a depth of conviction and devotion to something much greater than themselves. The great combine their conviction with a devotion to truth and the transparency that proves this devotion. 2) KNOWLEDGE: The deeper and more expansive the knowledge, the more capable a leader will be to discern the important issues of the times and be able to effectively address them. 3) WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING: This is the ability to apply knowledge correctly. Not everyone who has great knowledge can apply that knowledge wisely, so we must not be impressed by knowledge alone. 4) COURAGE: This is the ability to pursue actions and solutions because they are the right, not just because they are politically expedient. This requires a deep and strong moral compass. Courage is actually one of the most politically expedient things we can have because people in every age have proven willing to follow courage. 5) VISION: If we are leading others, we must know where we are going. Our vision must be defined and clear enough for those who would follow us so they will know why they’re following us. There is one direction that will get us out of any crisis or situation—FORWARD. Do we have a positive vision

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of the future, or are we basing our leadership on the negative of just not doing what others have done? 6) FOCUS: As President Truman once said, “Many people are defeated by secondary successes.” Good can be the worst enemy of best. Just as great ballplayers keep their eye on the ball, great leaders keep their focus on the ultimate goal. Just as great athletes don’t celebrate too much over one advance or score but wait until the game is won, great leaders don’t celebrate too much over smaller victories, but keep their focus on the ultimate victory. As General MacArthur once said, “It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.” We need to define the ultimate victory and not settle for anything less. 7) RESOLVE and ENDURANCE: Anything that happens too fast or too easily is usually insignificant. Great leaders must have the resolve and endurance to stay in the fight until the victory is complete. This has proven to be a very rare quality in leaders. It is much more exciting to start a war than to slog it out to the end. 8) THE ABILITY TO PLAN: The ability to create workable plans is the foundation of accomplishment. Any job is doable if broken down into small enough steps. Knowing where you want to go or what you want to accomplish is the easy part—developing a plan that will get you there is another matter, and few have proven able to do both. 9) THE ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE: The greatest leaders know where they are going, do the necessary planning, and they are able to convey it to others in a way that inspires them to follow. In a republic, the people are the sovereign, and they have the right to know what we are doing and why. So do all of those who will be required to carry out the plans. However, this too requires great wisdom. If we get so tedious in conveying the details of the plan, we will bore instead of inspire, and even worse, can get bogged down in “the paralysis of analysis.” 10) THE ABILITY TO MOBILIZE: You are not a leader if someone is not following. The most effective leaders will not just mobilize the greatest number of people, but the right people. Getting the right people in the right places is critical to success. 11) THE ABILITY TO BUILD AND LEAD A TEAM: This is one of the most important abilities for the office of the President. Many have knowledge and vision that can inspire and mobilize, but fail at this, and thereby fail in their administration. The more immature or insecure we are as leaders, the more we will want all of the credit for success and none of the blame for failure. The greatest leaders give credit where it is due, especially to subordinates, and they take the blame for failures whenever they can, even when the failure was by subordinates. The buck really does stop with the leader. Few can do this, which is why there are so few great leaders in history 12) HUMILITY: This is required if we are to have one of the most valuable assets of a leader—the ability to learn from mistakes and thereby not keep repeating them. The Southern General Robert E. Lee’s death was mourned more in the North than even any Union general, including the one who defeated him, General Grant. The reason Lee was so beloved by the entire nation, even those who had lost fathers, sons, and brothers while fighting him, was universally acknowledged to be his humility. He not only readily accepted responsibility for his failures, but also the failures of his subordinates. Lee was the opposite of a blame-shifter, and so it was rightly said of him that there has never been a more noble leader of a less noble cause. It may be unique in history that a leader of such a tragic cause would become so endeared even by his former enemies. We need to ask why today we can fight for noble causes and yet are hated even more for it. There is a reason for it. False humility has caused some to apologize for America for things we did not do wrong, which only caused

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more disrespect by both friends and enemies. Even so, true humility will always acknowledge what we do wrong, not out of political expediency, but because it is the right thing to do. This is one factor that seems to universally cause respect and trust. 13) ACCOUNTABILITY: Benjamin Franklin said, “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” Again, few things build trust faster than one who accepts and acknowledges their failures. Few things cause the erosion of trust faster than a blame-shifter. People instinctively know this, which is why Obama’s approval rating plummeted the more he tried to blame Bush for the nation’s problems. The people knew Obama had inherited major problems, but they hired him to fix them, not find those who needed to be blamed. Great leaders do not waste their energy or the people’s good will by blaming others for problems, but rather focus on finding solutions. 14) GREAT LEADERS BUILD A VICTORY MENTALITY WITH HUMILITY AND GRACE: Great and lasting accomplishments are built by a mentality that has high purposes, and will not settle for less than accomplishing them, while imparting this to those who follow them. To them, there are no options but success. This is the faith that builds greatness that lasts. It is right to celebrate victories, but there is a difference in celebrating with the belittling tone toward the vanquished, or of arrogance, and a celebration that acknowledges and expresses appreciation for all who paid the price to fight the good fight. Summary Is there such a leader on the planet today? There are many, and there could even be many in your own neighborhood. They are not likely to be in politics because that has become so foreign to the nature of great leadership. Even so, I’ve been studying great and effective leaders for more than forty years, and I see the potential in some almost everywhere I go. We may have a vacuum of leadership in the nation now, in virtually every field, but it seems that the potential in the farm teams is remarkable. For this reason, in spite of the great crises we’re now facing, God has a future for our country and a great one. We must learn the lesson given to us by the greatest and most effective leader there has ever been— Jesus. Never has so much been accomplished by so few as Jesus and His apostles did. Where did He find such remarkable leaders to do what they did? He found them among the common people, living ordinary lives, and some of them very questionable lives. He called them and then He changed them into the most effective force for good the world has ever known. They then went out and changed the world more than any conqueror, philosopher, religious, or political leader ever did. Since Jesus walked the earth, those who have embraced even a small portion of His leadership principles have had a major impact in their times, and occasionally for all time. Even if you do not believe that Jesus was the Son of God, there is more to be learned by the leadership principles He used than anyone who has ever lived. There simply was never a more effective leader and never anyone who made others into leaders like He did. The main point He may have been trying to convey by those He chose is that great leadership can be found in any one of us. The great lesson of Barack Obama is that anyone can become President. I am still thankful to have lived in a country that would elect as our leader someone from a still oppressed minority the way we did with Obama. I was remorseful that I could not vote for our first black President, and I’m deeply grieved by what he’s done in the job, but I’m thankful for such a country. I pray that I will be able to vote for our first Hispanic President, our first woman President, or one from any other minority.

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Even tho ough at this time I perso onally think Obama O has been the wo orst Presiden nt in my lifet time, and maybe ever, e I believ ve Jesus is not n only still alive, but st till doing all that He did when He wa alked the earth; th herefore I hav ve not given up hope tha at He would move m in Oba ama’s life and d yet make him h into a great Pr resident. For r as long as s he is in of ffice, this will be my pra ayer. Howev ver, until that t change happens s to him, I will be looking for another leader. l We hav ve been a na ation blessed by God, possibly p mor re than any nation ever. When we basically started asking a God to leave, ou ur slide bega an, and it continues. If we w look back k to Him, we can rise again to o even greate er heights, but b it will not t happen if we w do not turn back to H Him. Accordin ng to the first five e chapters of o Isaiah, on ne of the firs st evidences s of a nation that depa arts from the e Lord is immatur re, capricious s leadership p under whic ch the people e faint. One of the first b blessings of a nation that hon nors the Lord d is righteous leadership p under which the people e prosper. W We must retu urn to the One who o is above al ll authority, power, p and dominion—th d e King who is i above all k kings and wh ho knows how to raise r up grea at leaders. Tim Teb bow is a loud d and clear message m to our country. . He is bold and uncomp promising in his faith, but not a hypocrite, and the na ation loved him h for it. Th he nation is ready to lov ve and honor sincere ns again, but t there is much more to this message e. Christian When th he NFL would not let him m write John 3:16 on his eye e black, th he Lord broa adcast it in a way that no mere e human cou uld have pul lled off. Not only did Tebow throw for f 316 yards in their pla ayoff win against Pittsburg, bu ut he average ed 31.6 yard ds a pass, an nd the rating for the last p part of the ga ame was 1.6. Because e of this, ov ver the next t few days more m than 110 1 million p people searc ched the even 31 Internet to find out what w John 3:1 16 said. bout that. No o Christian would need to o Google Joh hn 3:16 to se ee what it say ys, so these were not Think ab likely be elievers. This s may have been b the sing gle greatest witness in hi istory, and th here will be a harvest from all of those see eds that were e planted. a a messa age that it is time to be bold and unco ompromising g in our faith. . This does not n mean This is also we shou uld be obnox xious, as Te ebow is a te estimony tha at he is anyt thing but tha at. He is a genuinely g humble guy who loves God and cannot stop talking abou ut the One he e loves. Let us do this ou ut of love et us also no ot give up on n our country y. We canno ot be a great t nation if and not religious compulsion. Le n led by great leaders. So let’s “Te ebow,” get on o our knees s and pray, a and resolve to t never, we are not ever com mpromise ou ur convictions s.

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The Greatest Hope
MorningStar Prophetic Bulletin No. 88 (2012) Rick Joyner Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from The New American Standard Bible (NASB).

As we just celebrated the resurrection of Jesus, let us resolve to live by this truth. Spurgeon once said, “Very few Christians believe in the resurrection.” When I read this, I thought it was a misprint, but I immediately had the witness of the Holy Spirit that it was true. We are told in Romans 10:10 that we must believe in our hearts, not just our minds, for it to result in righteousness. We believe in the doctrine of the resurrection, but if we really believed in the resurrection in our hearts, our lives would be radically different. How would they be different? First, we would not be so consumed with the things that are temporary, but rather with the things that are eternal. There is a saying that some are “so heavenly minded that they are not earthly good,” but the truth is that many Christians are so earthly minded that they are not doing much good for heaven or earth. The historic truth is that those who were the most heavenly minded are the ones who have always done the most good for this present world. Those who are heavenly minded, who are obeying the exhortation to seek first the kingdom, are the freest people on the earth, and they will become more and more obvious in the times to come. We are told in Colossians 3:1-4: Therefore, if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. A nurse once asked why Christians did not die in a better way. She could not understand why they were so fearful if they believed in Christ and had eternal life. This is a good question. Every Christian should die with the greatest joy and expectation. We should also live the same way, as the most free people on earth because we are not bound by the ultimate yoke of bondage—the fear of death. The resurrection is the greatest hope that even the worst thing that could ever happen will result as a victory. As we are told in II Corinthians 2:14: “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.” So for those who follow Him, it is not a matter ofif they will have victory, but how. If we follow Christ, we cannot lose. Just as the most celebrated victories in war or sports are those that are won against the greatest odds, the same is true in Christ. We want to see the supernatural power of God, but we just don’t want to be put in a place where we must have it. We want to see the great victories, but we don’t want to find ourselves in the place where we must have them. We are in the times when we must, so let’s embrace the opportunities. Even the great heroes of The Bible grew in the faith until they could be used this way. David fought with the lion and bear before he faced Goliath. The same is true with us. He may one day lead us into

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a great and historic conflict and victory, but we must not miss the little ones today that are intended to prepare us for what is to come. Rejoice in every victory regardless of how big or small. Embrace every trial regardless of how big or small. If we are following Christ, it is impossible for us to not experience victory in everything—that is the only way He will ever lead us. Even so, as the Scripture reads above, it is “triumph in Christ,” not just ours. What did His triumph look like? The Greatest Victory The greatest victory there will ever be was the cross. However, it did not look like a victory. When Jesus was nailed to the cross, it looked like evil had prevailed against the greatest Good to ever walk the earth, but what looked like the greatest defeat was the greatest victory. So great victories may not always look like great victories at first. Therefore, we cannot give up hope regardless of how it may look like evil has prevailed. Evil may appear to win for a time, but it cannot last. The ultimate victory of Christ is sure and it is for eternity. Those who believe in their hearts in the resurrection are freed from the ultimate fear, and therefore they will be the most free and happy people on the earth. As we come to believe in our hearts that Christ always leads us in His triumph, that in everything there will be ultimate victory, then how can we fail to face every battle with courage? We are promised by the Word of God in Romans 8:28 that all things will work out for our good. If we believe His Word is true, then in every battle we should become joyfully expectant of a victory, which is what we are told in James 1:2-4: Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. The “perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” that he speaks of here is Christlikeness. Everything in our lives is intended to bring forth the nature of Christ in us, and by this one thing we can understand all things. This is also stated in the verse right after Romans 8:28 when we are told that all things will work together for our good. Let’s read these two verses together: And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren (Romans 8:28-29). We are called to be heirs of God in Christ. There is no higher calling in all of creation. Everything happening in our lives is intended to prepare us for this high calling by working in us Christ’s nature. Christ is the answer to every human problem, and He is the answer to every problem we’re now facing. It is not just that He has the answers, but He is the answer. If we are living in the knowledge that the One we serve is over all rule and authority and dominion, how can we fear? Every challenge is an opportunity to grow in faith, so a key to the victorious life is to not waste our trials. The Hallmark of the Saints In Romans 14:17, we are told that the kingdom of God is “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” If we are doing what is right in the sight of the Lord, we will know a peace and joy that is

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greater than can ever be known in any other way. As the troubles, fears, and darkness in the world increase, those who are living in the kingdom will stand out even more because of their peace and joy. Peace and joy will be one of the greatest signs that one is a true citizen of the kingdom in the times to come. How can we fail to have peace and joy when we know and follow the King of kings who sits above all rule and authority and dominion and whose kingdom is surely coming? It is written that “there will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace” (see Isaiah 9:7). Would you like to invest in a stock that could never go down, but would always increase in value? Invest in the kingdom and your investment will forever increase. Those who seek His kingdom first will be increasing in the peace and joy of His kingdom. As we are told in Proverbs 4:18, “the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,that shines brighter and brighter until the full day.” The normal Christian life is one that gets brighter and brighter. Regardless of how dark things may become in this world, we have a different reality that is getting ever brighter. The times in the world will get darker, but this world is not our reality. As we are told in Isaiah 60:1-2, when darkness is covering the earth and deep darkness the peoples, His glory will rise on His people, and His glory will even appear on them. Those who stay on “the path of the righteous” will only know increasing light. The time of the greatest darkness in this world will be the time when we will see His glory on us. Then we are told in the next verse, Isaiah 60:3, that the nations will come to the brightness of your rising. The light will win and the nations will come to it. It is darkest just before dawn, and it is getting darker for a time, but this will only make the glory brighter when it is revealed on God’s people. Our Purpose in These Times The fear of death is the ultimate fear, so once this fear is overcome by the assurance of the resurrection, breaking the yoke of any other fear will be easy. This is why the celebration and remembrance of the resurrection is so crucial to the Christian life. As we abide in the knowledge of this truth, we can more easily overcome any other fear. The devil uses fear to oppress and control. In Christ, we walk by faith not by fear. Fear is fundamentally a device of Satan, and those who let fear control them are serving him more than Christ regardless of what they may say. This is made obvious in Revelation 21:8: But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. Here we see that the cowardly is listed before the abominable, murderers, immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and liars. The fact is that those who are led by fear, so as to be cowardly, are not Christ’s because we are told in Revelation 20:14-15 that those who are cast into the lake of fire are those whose names are not listed in the Book of Life. Those who truly believe will be courageous, and they will not be controlled by fear. There is no place for cowardice in Christianity. In this way, those who truly believe in Him will soon be distinguished. Let us resolve now that fear will not control us, but we will live by faith in the risen Son of God. We are called to be dead to this world, and what can be done to a dead man? A dead man does not have

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fears of failure, or re ejection, or any other fe ear. If we have died with h Christ, we can now wa alk in the ection and sh hould have no o fear. power of His resurre ighteous of old o desired to t see the times that we e have been n privileged to t live in. The prophets and ri w have dre eamed of the e time when we w get to me eet and talk to o the great h heroes of the e faith will Those who be shocked to see th hat they were e even more e desirous of talking to the saints who o lived in thes se times. atest faith an nd the greate est exploits will w soon be demonstrate ed by those w who have no ot wasted The grea their tria als, and there efore will not waste this greatest of op pportunities to t walk with G God. Many th hings will sha ake in 2012, but we have e a kingdom m that cannot t be shaken, and all that t is being shaken is in order to o reveal the kingdom. Bu uild your life on what can n never be shaken, and the hope ppoint us. Re esolve that yo ou will live in faith in the resurrection. r that can never disap

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