I come to speak.
Not from a physical place but from the clouds and the winds.
Though my physical form is weary, for a time I am not here.
I appear before man for purpose not gain.
To take gain would mean losing my hidden home.
To bring my being from realms unseen
To again be cloaked in human flesh
Is a suffering worth enduring.
The old testament law being able to convert the soul from darkness to permanent light has to make us think. As so often happens, the wisdom of God comes after we are perplexed, trying to understand what He is saying. His Word is a mystery. It is a doorway to the treasure room. This statement I am going to make will cause many to be bewildered. Well, it did with me. The heart enters the Kingdom before the mind. The condition of our inner life lets us through the door or keeps us out. Being allowed to pass through is very significant and shows us the Lord can and will have pleasure in us. It is only here we can see (understand) the Kingdom principles of life in this world, a life full of true peace and love for all of the earth inhabitants. How deep we go in God is directly related to our humility, the absence of pride. To lose our "center" opens us to receive His. The Lord's center is selfless; we see this at the Cross. He emptied Himself for us. Losing ourselves to abide in Him is the goal, and the Holy Spirit in ultimate wisdom takes us there in degrees. From Glory to Glory, we go deeper into Love and Security, ever-emerging to a more fabulous place in God's heart.
I am reminded of Moses telling Aaron to put a brass serpent on the end of a pole. The poisonous snakes were biting the people. Moses said, "look at the brass serpent, do not look down." We are in this place. Our help comes from above not below. The wisdom of God is clear and clean. It preserves us and protects us.
This situation of COVID 19 is just a warning shot over the bow of the ship called God's church. It is to wake us up. As a result, we can wake up to two things, the wisdom of God or just the situation on hand. This is what Hebrews talks about. The double-edged sword that separates the bone from the marrow as so with the soul from the spirit. This overlooked scripture must be the key element incorporated by all to see the turn of the kingdoms of the earth to Christ. Bear with me as I attempt to teach on this.
11 Chronicles 7:13-14
Beautiful, innocent, incredible in Love.
Your beauty, your innocence became corrupt.
Filled with my darkened heart.
No longer innocent you took on my self-serving evil nature.
You gave up your light.
My black heart you took.
You stood once in eternal Glory and majesty.
All things were made good by you.
I spoiled it, not you my King.
You received all that I did in selfish desire.
Owning my sin, my pain and sorrow.
It was me and not you that fell. I was rightly condemned.
You were willing to be wrongly accused for me.
There was not a drop of my iniquities left in the cup.
You drank all my corruption.
Giving up your own crown for a band of dead thorns.
In Your heart was me.
Broken and overwhelmed, degraded and spat upon.
You did not run, it should have been my penalty.
When all was done and your Glory restored.
You come again saying.
Will you dance with Me.
What a strange name to give a ministry. Maverick conjures up images of the old western TV series called Maverick staring a tall, handsome card shark played by James Garner. It was an evening staple in tv watching for several seasons. For a Christian to integrate this name seems more like sacrilege bringing forth some derogatory thoughts and responses. I too thought this way.
Many years ago I was ministering at a church in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. After a meeting, Mary Jane, the pastor, said, the Lord calls you a maverick. We had a great relationship. I love her like a sister and related wonderfully with her congregation. I concluded there must be a meaning to the word maverick I was not aware of.
Did you know that a maverick is a term used to describe an unbranded animal? I remember when the wranglers on tv westerns would chase down wild horses attempting to snare them at full gallop. The goal was to get enough rope around the neck in an attempt to subdue the free ranged mustangs. We all felt sad for this incredible animal as cowboys attempted to break it by this ruthless manner. These men did not know that there was a better way where a horse can be tamed without beating the free spirit out of it.
The next step was the most demeaning of all. The branding. At the side of the breaking in pen was a fire pit with a branding iron. A long iron rod with a brand on the end. No longer was this animal a free agent of the prairies and foothills of the mountains. A cowhand would lift the red-hot brand and plunge it into the horse's thigh. This once majestic prince of the plains was now owned. If someone stole the horse with a brand on it, it could be traced back to the owner. A horse thief usually was hung.
In this process of capture and branding what happened to the inner nature of this four legged marvel? They were torn from the herd which was their family. Their most reliable protector was the stallion. In a church setting, it is the leadership. If they are stymied by identifying with a church brand, the church will be left unprotected, and more significant revelations of God would be hindered. Predators such as wolves in sheep's clothing are wise to the brands of man. The fierceness that crushes evil powers looking for a chance to usurp control of a church is found in its freedom. True freedom is the Lord himself. In our journey towards Him we cannot stop until we are entirely in The Kingdom of God, God Himself.
The majestic, formidable presence of the horse has in cruel fashion been stripped away and replaced with counterfeit religious identification. The independent, enigmatic presence of one of the most glorious free-spirited animals in the world has had this glory removed and replaced with earthly ownership. The once "Pride God" has been supplanted with a man-made brand scalded into the horse's rump. For instance, the brand could have "CR" representing "Chappells Ranch" or something like "R" burned into the horse's right front hip for USA Calvary Rifles. For the Christian leader this mark is made in his soul. This is then transferred to the leader's people leaving them distant to the heart of the Father. When religious branding takes place, the church is now owned by an earthly identification based on God's external acts and not on Him as "I AM". He gives us our ID, not the other way around.
Are you getting the analogy here? We are all branded by political parties, the marketing of goods and the adherence to philosophies concerning the social engineering of society. This list goes on forever. The most disheartening of all is church brands.
Let me explain by using an experience I had in a northern Ontario city. I was a speaker at some meetings held by a friend's church. At the end of one of the sessions two young ladies made their way towards me. They liked my message and I knew they were comfortable with me. I'm very touched by folks that show kindness no matter their background. One said she was a lesbian and the other was not sure if she was or not. I think they recognized that I had no judgement concerning their sexual orientation but there was a connection in our hearts. In my sincere and loving demeanour they felt welcomed and ventured a step further. What they asked of me was far outside my comfort zone. "Will you come with us to a gay dance tonight?" They came to see me, so how could I turn them down? My fear inside was saying no. Then, almost without permission, my lips said yes. I knew this would be a life-changing experience. I was grateful when my friend, who pastored with her husband, came with me.
There I was crammed in the back seat of a car filled with young gay people off to a gay dance! The night air was frigid. Everything was accentuated by the cold. I could hear and feel my heart pounding in my chest as the crisp snow crunched under my shoes as we walked up the stairs to this Christian forbidden zone. It was God who met me at the door. No, it was not a physical meeting, but I heard Him loud and clear. As my foot crossed the threshold, I was met with an angry, violent strum on a guitar. Everyone there knew a Christian would never dare be within a hundred miles of this secret gathering of like minded alternative living people. What was belted out by this woman with the grey brush cut and Larry King suspenders was directed to the church's history of being unkind and insensitive to the inner struggle of the gay existence. The angry strum on the guitar gave way to a pregnant pause, then at the top of her lungs thundered these penetrating and convicting words, "The church calls us an abomination unto the Lord".
I have taken great displeasure with the self-righteous attitudes condemning gays. The poisoned, nasty, derogatory proclamations have significantly hindered the trust needed to reach them with the Love of God. Mercy has been lost to piety. Our branding of them has only pushed them further from the God we profess as being loving. Am I endorsing this alternative lifestyle? The truth of God in me says I cannot. Equally I disagree with the many churches that have pigeonholed these people in an unkind manner. Mercy triumphs over judgment. Have we forgotten mercy?
The girls led me to a table on the far side of the hall. There I hoped I would be invisible. No such luck. One of the young ladies took me softly by the arm up to the front. Now, the church never taught me much about dancing with a lively group of happy gays. There I was surrounded by flashers, men dressed in feathers and all kinds of flowing colourful garments. I was attempting to dance amid men looking like women and women looking like men.
They danced around my stumbling footwork like young antelopes. The Lord continued to reveal His Heart to me. His emotions to these folks was undoubtedly not the same as we would find in many religious gatherings. I felt an overwhelming love for those who were called aberrations by the churches and much of society. How could we not understand the Love of God who came to our darkness to save us and yet would not be here at this dance. Our degrading attitudes have kept us separated from God's work in these beautiful people.
I began to see that a good number were simply lost in their souls. I now understand more than ever that Love of God resides in strange alternative societal universes. When we comprehend His heart and power to set us free from prejudice and branding, we will enter into a new and beautiful life.
There is a soul and world changing reality found in Jesus. It changes all hearts who ask. God is not leading the church to rest in its journey toward Him in a church brand. What God has in store for us is an existence far above church membership and even sexuality. In the experience of this new age coming to the church many will surrender everything for it including searching gay hearts. All of us must give up what we see as precious for the supremacy of being a Son of God. This far exceeds human imagination as well as sexual identity. Our futile attempt to be genuinely righteous and loving will be exchanged by Grace, the gift of God that supplants all self-effort.
If you are overcoming the addiction that has plagued you and ruined your life, you must fill that void with something more excellent. The most incredible transcendent experience is emerging from the ages in heaven. This will supplant many religious and ethical brands. Many of us are as sincere as we know how to be. I came to a shocking realization many years ago that to this day govern my leading teachings and even prophetic utterances. And that is that I can be absolutely sincere but be sincerely wrong. To enter where God is taking us, all things must be on the table before Him. I was being sorted out by God. If you are still with me and have not as yet called this message bunk, He is doing it in you now.
I sat down beside the young man who had sat next to me in the car. With some reluctance I asked him why he comes to these dances. "Because I don't feel judged" was his response. This environment was his home. The words, the church says we are an abomination unto the Lord, has stayed with me since this time. I had been told that many of these people dancing in front of me had come from church backgrounds.
Across from me sat a group of older women. They looked like lifeless statues. I got the feeling that they felt like groundbreakers in gay history. The ones who lived secretly in the closet always fearing they would be found out. Living memorials rejected by society and the church from a time before the church became irrelevant to society. Rejection had a big hand to bring them to look so stone faced. The churches brand, not Love, has been a part of bringing them to this state. How much have we the church added to their rejection?
The Lord continued to teach me, changing my perspectives forever. The presence of the Lord was at a gay dance and went home with each of them. Almost in an audible voice, the Lord said to me that He wants to send His people to places like this but cannot. "The churches will bring their culture and a lack of love and wisdom." He was talking about churches locked in their individual brands living in a comfort zone impeding their journey.
I think my being a Christian spy was being uncovered. I had the sense I was going to be subjected to a test. A small crowd was gathering around me as a young man was introduced. He wore a formal satin blue dress, bright red lipstick, long dangling earrings and to top it off, a floating set of falsies that he continued to adjust. All eyes were on me. Before I could figure out what to do and fall short in this test, the incredible presence of God filled me in an unfamiliar way. I stood and extended my hand. As he softly slid his hand in mine I said, "it is a pleasure to meet you". The whole experience was surreal. I felt like God was with me shaking his hand. This was the value God saw in this man.
This whole thing about culture confused me. Isn't the world made up of cultures? Maybe God's concept of culture is different than my learned definition. I asked the Lord if much life is instituted by customs and the church being no exception, then what is your brand God? I suddenly felt like Moses in front of the burning bush when God said, "take off your shoes you are on holy ground". The profoundness of His next words was for Moses as well as today's church. His answer was the most powerful word I had ever heard. "I have no culture. I AM". I was left speechless, on the ground removed from thought or response. How can the created define God as the creator? Only in the I AM can the church be one. Moses wanted a
brand that the Egyptian slave could relate to. Moses' request was refused.
In this day we too are denied. We can be like the disciples at the mount of transfiguration. Moses and Elijah, long dead in the physical realm was brought up from paradise to talk things over with Jesus. We are given the strong impression Peter's impetuous idea of building three temples for them did not impress God.
Peter was cut short of unveiling the totality of his proposal. God basically said, this is my son, boys. Your job is not to build a monument to these three but to listen to Jesus. To make sure they heard Him a cloud wrapped around them and they fell on their faces full of fear.
The clarity of this truth must be ever present with us. We are to listen to what Jesus is saying and live what He tells us. This is the road to peace and joy. The three disciples were overwhelmed by what they saw. The experience of Peter, James and John shows the futility of our imaginations trying to replicate what is heavenly by an earthly vision.
This is what I am calling a brand. Have we built monuments upon what God has done rather than embracing the ever-changing experience of living in Him?
The early church, simply known as "the way" emerged as the Roman Catholics. The Lutheran church left the Catholic church over doctrine and using Luther's name another denomination came into existence. They branded themselves as the Lutheran Church. The Baptist church branded its name after the scriptures supporting the sacrament of baptizing. The Pentecostal, the Independent, etc. have all branded themselves with a particular experience or doctrine with God to define them.
I have been told that after Luther separated from the Roman Catholics to this current date, there are around 35,000 protestant churches and sects. Most disagree with only 5% of doctrine, and none of these doctrines is critical to one's salvation. It boils down to "my brand is better or more complete than your brand". We have created distinctive cultures that keep us separated from other branded cultures. We failed to realize we set ourselves as, unknowingly for the most part, elites to those who had, in our opinion, a lesser experience. Also, when God does something that is outside our brand, we are more likely to reject it and be critical. Our brands have caused divisions and confusion, amongst ourselves and in the world we so passionately long to touch. By our preoccupation of relating our walk on our branding we cut ourselves off from the ever unfolding revelation of the Love and ongoing adventure with our Father.
I am not saying give up on your denomination or group names. It may be too late for that but do not let anything define you but the touch of the Father. "I AM" is where we find who we are. We must understand the enigma of this. Jesus said that one must become as a child to enter the kingdom of God. This statement embodies a number of truths. The reality is a child is given identification by his father, not the other way around. All of us in some way can fall into relating more to a brand than to God. As leaders we must break free from a mixture of gold and clay. Gold is purified by fire. Stand still in its flames and do not run. Then, and only then can we walk together as true Sons and Daughters of God and lead our people further into the Truth. All of creation is waiting for us to emerge in His Glory.
The world is made to respond to a Maverick. Not a brand.
Dare to be a Maverick
An unbranded Son/Daughter of God
This is a transcript of the soon to be Maverick Prophetic TV Ministries
Pray for us and be part of the Maverick team.
By far the greatest enemy of the prophet is Jezebel. She hates him above all things. If she can control him, she controls the church. Recognizing his or her call from an early age, long before they even know their destiny, she knows she must bring him under her witchcraft spell. If she can’t, she knows she must kill him or at least discredit him. I often wonder how many she has destroyed by abortions. She is brutal, cruel and without conscience. I have been dogged by her all my life.
Instead of destroying the prophet, God uses her to drive the courageous deeper into His Heart. This is the only safe place.
She will keep him a servant for a time. Servants do little damage and make more mistakes she can use.
Her greatest fear is when the prophet lays down his mantle to become a Son. This is her greatest fear.
As a Son, the prophet picks up the mantle again. He is now more powerful than she. But she is relentless. Her intimidation drove the great Prophet Elijah to the point of wanting to die. This was after he killed all of her demonic prophets of Baal.
The church has failed to recognize that the prophet is the lightning rod of most attacks on the church.
Jezebel only knows control , domination often by seduction. The church is built on the foundation of the Apostles and the Prophets.
Prophets are the eyes for the Apostle. If she can knock off the prophet, she brings to ruin the foundation. The church she will allow to grow and at a crucial time the foundation collapses. She is filled with dark delight and now goes to pick off the flailing wounded. God's prophets are not by any means perfect. To be God’s voice is one of the most exhilarating experiences there is. Difficulty, problems and at times poor communication reside in the prophet, especially young ones. This is for two reasons. First it is to keep them from pride. Paul was given a demonic emissary sent from God. Paul said it was given to him to keep him humble to balance out the great revelations he had been given. The battle prevented him from being lost in pride. The second reason is this, we have all seen leaders that are put too high on a pedestal. They eventually, if they let it get to their ego, fail. A perfect prophet would be made into an idol. The prophet's weakness is the church's protection. Jezebel exemplifies this weakness to discredit the prophetic words from God.
My experience is churches are susceptible to seeing the negative and missing God’s direction because of the imperfection of the messenger. She has manipulated many to be jealous of the prophet. He is often attacked on many fronts in the household of God but at times deeply loved. I have seen her turn the direction of churches away from God and into error even though there was a legitimate prophet in the church. This almost always happens when leadership is unbroken. The true prophet weeps in these situations. The main purpose of hers is to bring the church to the place where God says “Ichabod.”
This is the worse thing that can happen to a body of believers but is her highest delight. Ichabod means “The Glory of God has Departed.” It is the death of the church, the separation from God’s Grace.
The prophet is the test to the church. All like him until he stands and says, "this should not be done or you have left God’s direction.” Jezebels plan is to muddy the water. So no one can see where to go. A darkness of confusion comes.
God gives the prophet “night vision.” This is when he is needed the most. She is cunning. She works to discredit the prophet so they will not heed him or her at a crucial time.
The hardest for the prophet is when he sees Jezebel has a hold on the leaders. They ultimately become hostile to the prophet. This is when the prophet is in the most danger. Physical sickness attacks him emanating from negative words and lies.
The mental and emotional assailment is unknown to most.
I believe a prophet could lose his life under such powerful negative spiritual attacks. I don’t think we are aware of the negative power of thought and words emanating from deceived brother and sisters. This is akin to sending a curse.
If your church is tolerating this diabolical spirit, sexual failings will ultimately follow. She is the most alluring spirit in Satan's arsenal. If as a leader you do not want to deal with her in your church, it is best not to ask for a prophet.
Dan..A Son..A Brother…A Prophet.
,Called before birth he enters the world at conception.
He is raised by God though he does not know it.
His life is protected because of a Heavenly plan to make him a Son.
Special angels are his invisible guardians jealous as His Father to preserve his life.
Why am I different is the cry deep in his heart as he often travels from one problem to another.
Relationships are difficult but loyalty is his value of friendship but also a constant sorrow because he fails.
Upon his conversion process he is given great personal Revelation from a God He did not know.
Little did he understand one purpose of the intimacy received was to keep him through the things he will suffer.
The ability to see into people is only enhanced and clarified. He had this before meeting Him.
In the midst of his brothers and sisters, he still feels different.
The path is unwelcome, he is yet to know his call and destiny.
He is unaware there is the Divine Hand shaping and preparing Him to be God’s voice to the church and beyond.
He sees the preacher and knows something is not right. He equates this as himself; ”I must be a rebel.”
The man or woman before understanding the purpose of multiple trials and testing is often troubled.
Very few know how to mentor him.
The religious guess work, pastoring without understanding perplex him. Some even say there must be hidden sin.
A fledgling. A stumbling man. A desperate cry inside.”Does no-one understand?”
He watches others in the wrong and they seem to prosper while his very thoughts are challenged by an unseen force.
He is deeply troubled by his failures. “God could you pick on someone other than me for awhile.”
Slowly and painfully he matures. God comes to him periodically and gives revelation. He lives for these infrequent encounters.
He realizes he somehow is becoming stronger. An inner maturity emerges. A gift, the fruit of trials and tribulation.
In new blessings he says “thanks for not giving up on me.”
He hears the Father say, ”thanks for not quitting.” An incredible bond. A life changing relationship rests his soul.
Good men much wiser than he proclaim, ”you are a Prophet.”
A deeper understanding of the process satisfies him in regard to his difficult walk.
The endurance of suffering has resulted in the Fathers trust.
Being broken over and over under his own struggles and by leaders and others without understanding has brought forth fruit.
Submit and be broken. Submit and be broken. Submit and be broken. Leads to freedom.
The word comes. “Some day I will send you to speak to the things you see as wrong. But not today.”
The prerequisite of all things. Is to be broken by imperfect leaders but love them regardless. Submit and be broken.
God lifts him to the platform before many. Respect is given. He feels he is doing good.
There is a problem that crushes him. When not in front doing the prophetic ministry, he feels alone.
This too is God’s doing.
An invisible impression comes to him saying, what do the people need?
Another crucial transformation is coming.
The prophet still in the making replies. “To hear your Word of course.”
“No” is the confusing answer. “They want to know what some is like who says they talk to me.”
The true prophet is broken by these words. He realizes he has become a religious junky.
He loves the highs but when the crowd and acclamations are gone, loneliness ensues him. The downer from a high.
“I don’t know you very well do I, Lord?”
Ministry stops and a new search is embraced.
Back to square one. “Who are you? I thought I knew you.” He realizes he needs greater transformation. A deeper understanding.
Ministry becomes a distant past. The quest to know Him consumes all desire.
He realizes he has been outside God doing His work and now God wants him inside.
This is the process of growing from a servant to a Son.
He does not count the days to get back to ministry because experiencing eternity with the Father is his passion.
It takes time to feel at home as a Son. Past earthly father issues must be healed and overcome.
All things must be forgiven to receive the all things of God.
A new man emerges. He is a Son! The very angels sing praises to God’s victory in the Prophet.
“Today” the Lord says, “I send you forth as My Son, the Prophet. You will bring My presence. My Word will be embedded in you. You will be my Word.” Those who accept you, accept Me. Those who reject you reject Me.”
Dan..A Son, A brother, A Prophet.
God is now working on His leaders. He does not request but demands transparency and honesty. In some ways, I have seen these qualities resident in many of my unsaved friends and yet lacking in us who are leaders. Many leaders hunger for the manifestation of gifts, the visible works of God but fail to realize all things point to the inner life of embracing truth. It is the life of transparency with God and to others the Lord so desires. The people in the world are ready. We have become their "stumbling block".
An angel from God is now released. His name is Transparency. To all leaders who want to walk in absolute honesty, he is your friend and you will become a delight to the Father. To those who resist, you will soon experience this angel as one who will disqualify you and your ministry. Only a transparent leader can bring his people to the oneness of heart God so desires. You do not want to find yourselves at odds in this quality which is God himself. All things hidden will be shouted from the rooftops. Better to have nothing hidden. Transparency is now judging every motive, every element you have kept hidden in your soul. We all have unknown areas in our hearts. God knows this and is with you. He will bring these things out to your understanding and give you the courage, to be honest to all. Very quickly the lack of honesty and transparency will disqualify you.
In times past for many, God has sent you the clear message that requires you to change but, you would not listen. You should be aware of his severity towards all leaders who taint His name to their church and the world. Perhaps there is one last time He will come to you. To give in, you will have life. To resist Him, you will lose the little bit of life you have. We need you! You are called. Be afraid, you may lose all you have. To the many great men and women who have embraced truth and are light and life to us all, we love you and honour you.