Not Many Wise -

Faith and spirituality in a modern world


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Adolf Hitler’s warning from God not to start a war

Mountains in Austria.

Adolf Hitler’s warning: It would appear that God did draw a line in the sand and Hitler made a conscious decision to proceed with his plans. The facts come from a documentary “The Nazis: A Warning From History – Hitler’s Path To War”…

Looking for revival

Seed germinating in the ground and sprouting through the ground

Why do so many people look down on anything old these days? When looking for revival it is Biblical to look back. But we are constantly told that everything is ‘improved’ and ‘new’. Why is that, because these things couldn’t have been perfect to start with! But God’s work is perfect.
He can’t be improved, neither can His works.
We can be such an arrogant generation!…

[4] Issues with the Holy Spirit – potentially

Beautiful ripe fruit - red apples.

There can be potential issues with the Holy Spirit when we realise that God is all-powerful and anything is possible we can move into the area which has some potential pot holes and traps: Beware of getting over impressed by ‘phenomena’… The fear of showing unbelief… Are the spiritual gifts ‘on tap’? Do not ‘claim’ spiritual gifts…

[3] What will be the signs of the end of the world?

A man wandering off looking nervously behind him.

The disciples asked Jesus a very similar question to what will the signs of the end of the world be. Jesus replied: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you…’ As a young Christian I was staggered that an article talking about Jesus Christ could actually be written in such a way as to deceive people…

Part 1 Toronto Blessing retrospective

People laid out or crawling on floor from Toronto Blessing.

Meetings would result in such things as people falling over, laughing uncontrollably, crying, shrieking, shaking, crawling or lying on the floor, animal noises, etc.
If anyone was not showing any signs of being ‘touched’ they were encouraged to ‘surrender, don’t resist’.
I was ‘up for it’ but I was really feeling confused as to why the Lord would want to make anyone bark like a dog, etc, and the meetings did not seem to have any direction…

Part 2 Criticizing the Holy Spirit

A dove with a red line across it.

Have you ever seen bizarre Christian behaviour but are too scared to ask whether this is right or not, because you may be seen to be criticising the Holy Spirit?
But we are told to question things for our own spiritual safety.
In the verse below, we are encouraged in the things of the Spirit, but But we are also told to test everything:
‘Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything’…

Part 3 The Bible and the Holy Spirit

An open Bible.

A Pastor said that the church wasn’t growing fast enough, then he heard of a revival and so he went to it. On returning he got up to preach but there was no preaching, for three months. Would the Holy Ghost who wrote the Book, who said that the Truth will set you free, would he cause the minister to laugh so much so that he couldn’t preach this Word?
When we look at the 18th Century Revival, the preaching from the Bible played a central role coupled with Spirit filled Preachers…

Part 4 God moving – what is the core focus?

Flames above people.

If there’s one thing I have learnt, it is when people are saying that God is moving in a particular place then I look to see what the core focus is.
Jesus said: “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgement.” Notice Jesus doesn’t say ‘don’t judge’ because we have all got to make decisions on whether things are right or wrong.
The following short video clip shows Benny Hinn falling over and blowing on people…