Heading photo: Exposed tree root system Lake Gruyeres, Switzerland (Photo by Stefan Melly)

Shalom Friends,

Mega shalom to you from Israel! Fresh bread is flowing today for all of us to gather around and partake freely of.  So take some time today to sit down and deeply ponder how to implement evasive actions to untangle yourself from any hidden roots that are going to be clearly exposed in this EMM! Now is the hour to rise up and be free!

In 1997, while our family lived in Tampa, Florida, I became very intoxicated in the pleasures of Abba and his deep baptisms of joy. We were diligently traveling throughout North America spreading the fires of revival enjoying a personal renewal, yet we still seemed to not be able to see a complete breakthrough in some areas of our lives. We had seen the dead raised and great miracles in the meetings, but that inner frustration that we were spinning our wheels and not getting deeper traction into the promises of God was one of those nagging secrets that plagued my conscience.

Behind our house was a huge orchard of orange trees that provided great cover for me to get lost in prayer and get inmate with Him. Thus one morning while pacing up and down the seemingly endless rows of mature orange trees, my eyes became fixed on a certain Scripture that riveted me with bone piercing conviction…and finally gave me the key to the long awaited breakthrough. Here is that same text I want you to read very carefully this morning.

“For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I still were trying to please men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10 NASB)

Then it dawned on me, as His Spirit comforted me, what the hidden leaven was in my ministry. It was that I was not a willing bondservant but just a servant. I was still pleasing men and had not yet fully crossed over into a radical face-like-flint decision to only please Him! I still remember to this day (13 years later) the radical vow I made to Abba to only please Him and jettison the peer pressure of man of all its various forms! When I did that something from Heaven dropped down into my spirit like a coin dropping into a pay telephone! Suddenly a river of authority and boldness overtook me! The breakthrough had begun and it was the turning point in our ministry! It was radical and invasive!

Dear friends, I believe it is also time for your breakthrough; let me share some more references from the Apostle Paul that propelled him into a realm of revelation and ministry that superseded all the other apostles combined! It had to do with the mindset of not pleasing man but only pleasing God!

In 1 Thessalonians 2 Paul writes,

“For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by the way of deceit. But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men but God, who examines our hearts. For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretense for greed—God is witness—nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority. But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children. Having thus a fond affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.” (1 Thessalonians 2:3-8 NASB)

Let us now examine these texts more closely,

  1. Paul’s exhortation to them was not from error or impurity. It was a pure undefiled message that came from the desert experiences he previously had in Arabia/Sinai. (See Galatians 1).
  2. This pure message came forth from the examination and testing fires Paul had encountered in the desert wilderness experience that was there to sift him of any roots of the fear of man. God examines our hearts to see if we want to please Him fully…if we do not pass this examination then He puts us in the desert of His choosing to burn out of us the desire to please man.
  3. The main root of wanting to please man is based in the love of money and many a minister and saint has fallen into this lifestyle of flattery and smooth diplomatic actions because of hidden fear/greed phobias.
  4. Another manifestation of the desire to please man is the seeking of glory and accolades from man now in this life and not patiently waiting for the accolades and rewards at the Judgment Seat of The Messiah! You cannot even have faith if you seek glory from men (See John 5:44)!
  5. When you are secretly driven to please men and have them please you then you will manifest assertiveness in your character that will control and dominate people spiritually. This is the manifestation of the sin of the Kingship monarchy system.
  6. In 1 Samuel 15:22-24, we can see that the anointed and appointed Kingship system of leadership that God gave to the complaining people resulted in rebellion and witchcraft to freely manifest. And how did Saul allow this to happen…because he feared the people!
  7. However, when you only want to please God it will produce the opposite…Gentleness, kind affection, and the impartation of your whole life to help others not as their assertive ruler but rather as a nurturing father with no hierarchy of titles and offices!

So let us outline this progression that we can plainly see today in many believers and ministries. When one has the leaven of the fear of man in their life then you cannot be a bondservant of Messiah and bring forth a pure and undefiled message. Instead your message, no matter how well-meaning your intentions to help people may be, will be geared to please and stroke them so they can be pleased and entertained. You will then tailor your ministry and messages to please people and not make them upset. Why, because greed for money is your secret ambition. You will produce itching ear messages to always preach a promise driven message (i.e. winning in life) but absent from this will be the messages of death to self, bondservanthood, desert testing’s, and post-Gethsemane scum of the earth motifs. It is in this environment that the seeker sensitive style services suit you best and you only want to hear the “positive” promises of the Bible. Though you may be able to teach, you will never reach the place of fathering people in the Spirit but rather controlling people because you have a hidden phobia of pleasing them! Because deep down inside your spirit you know; if you ruthlessly unleash the true John the Baptist/Elijah message you see in the Scriptures you will lose popularity, people, and their money.

Dear friends, let us now go even deeper into what this EMM is warning us today…. The first Scriptural text we shared above is from Galatians chapter one. What Paul is saying is that the context of him being a God pleaser and not a man pleaser is because he does not want to lead the people astray into perversion. Paul is amazed that the believers in Galatia had so quickly deserted the Messiah and were pursuing a different gospel. This distortion of the true gospel was perverted into a place that even Paul warns them that if they continue then they will be cursed (i.e. anathema)! This is very serious and I exhort you’all to take inventory of your lives now and thus have the discernment to take evasive action from the root of perversion that God will not put up with in this late hour! I know what the anathema curse is; it is the same curse of blindness that was put on the Jewish people (see John 12:35-43 and Romans 11:18-22)!

Further on in Galatians chapter one we see the evasive action that Paul took to insure he was proclaiming the true gospel message from heaven and not the anathema message from man.

  1. He refused man’s consultations and input but rather went into the desert wilderness of Sinai (Arabia in Roman times) and yielded to God’s dismantling process.
  2. He had to die to his prolific education and teaching background as a rabbi and also exterminate his zealous zeal for the traditions of man.
  3. His whole life work had to be relinquished and thus brought low in the desert so God could then reveal His true Son to him by the Spirit and not flesh and blood.
  4. After several years, Paul then submitted the gospel message to the other apostles as even then their testing and persecution phase was winding down and the gospel was finally going out into all the Gentile regions. But still afterwards, Paul had to later rebuke Peter for his man pleasing service of hypocrisy (see Galatians chapter 2).

Now let us recap this warning about the root of perversion we all must steer ourselves from. The “other” gospel message that is gaining traction today is man-based and nicely pleases man. It is being proclaimed by men and women who control and dominate God’s people out of a kingship/monarchy style of leadership and is incapable of fathering people in a nurturing atmosphere of true love to become martyrs for Him. The hidden basis of this perverted gospel message is based on greed and deceit and does not mirror the scum of the earth fathering example Paul wants us to follow as is seen in I Corinthians 4. Rather, we have a user-friendly-seeker-sensitive wave of popularity in many of today’s pulpits that is destitute of any direction of how to be purified in the desert of God’s choosing. Though there maybe signs and wonders by God’s grace evident, there will not be deep discipleship into the bondservant pattern. Testing and trials are viewed by this perverted gospel message as not being from God because He is only “good” all the time. The underlying purpose is to give the people what they want to hear, please them, and thus grow the biggest audience possible. Unfortunately, the time has come that this system be finally called the anathema that it really is: A modern perverted gospel message that God is dismantling in this late hour. God is pouring out a spirit of delusion per 2 Thessalonians 2:11 that is in sync with the same outpouring of Isaiah 6 and Matthew 13! This is serious!!!

Pine Rock   Root, The root system of a weathered pine tree grew to cover this rock   surface.

Dear friends, this is a heavy message and I encourage you to take the first step this morning and relinquish all fear of man from your lives. Endeavor by the help of His indwelling Holy Spirit to counter the fear to please man but rather only want to please Him in this hour. Yes, you will be persecuted and hated because of the bright light you will now be carrying…but rest assured God is on your side and the desert testing time is your place of revelation by His Spirit of who the true Messiah really is…

…Welcome to the post-Gethsemane lifestyle of living outside the camp and know that you are joining a great hidden movement of many other bondservants and handmaidens in the earth that are the unified voice in this hour of preparing His way for the 2nd coming of our only true King of Kings! It is now time to only please Him!!!

We love you and looking forward to hearing from you soon.

In His service for your faith,

Scott and Dalit