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October 11, 2005

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Yesterday, 10/10/2005, I was reading my bible in a restaurant, and I came upon this scripture. The Lord stopped me right there, on that passage, and I re-read it several times. Then, I saw it in a vision, printed big and bold on a sheet of paper, and mounted to a hard cardboard backing.

Psalm 81
10 I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.

11 But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.

12 So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels.

Now, initially, this word was for a pastor, and the Lord spoke something more to me about what this pastor was trying to do, while I was back at my house. I began hearing the words to a song…..”I’m working my way back to you babe, with a burning love inside”. Frankie Valli…….FOUR SEASONS.

Then, I heard this word, for the pastor………

“Pastor, you can’t work your way back to me. You have to ask me to take you back. You have to get on your face and beg me to take you back. You have walked in your own counsel. Do you now want my counsel?”

Yes, this is true of a great many folks in the world today. They would not hear the word of God through the Holy Spirit and through God’s true prophets. These true words of warning about coming judgements have gone unheeded. So God has turned them over to believe lies and even simply to go their own way, relying on their own counsel. They even confirm their lies, one to another, because they have been given over by God to lying spirits.

I delivered the word to the pastor just before noon, and I was filled with thought about how frightening that concept is: that God might give you or me over to some thing. If it were to happen, you would not know it or be aware of it. You would think you were doing right, and others were doing wrong. You would be so certain of your rightness. After all, every man’s way is right in his own eyes.

The only way you might become aware of it is if a prophet were to confront you. Would you believe the prophet? Or perhaps, an angel might come to warn you……….if you had not been turned over to the thing BY GOD. My, my….no angel visit is to be expected in that case, is there.

Now, we all remember Romans 1:
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

The homosexuals of today form themselves in churches and worship Jesus without a bit of conviction. They are quite convinced of their salvation, even though the bible is quite explicitly clear concerning their condition. They have been given over by God, so that conviction cannot arise in them. Repentance is a gift from God, and it has clearly been withdrawn from them. And so, praising Jesus, sans repentance, they will enter into hell unless somehow, mercy triumphs for them.

It is easy enough for us to see this. Homosexuality, in the open, is blatant, and visible. We can shake our heads and wag our fingers at such blindness.

But what about the myriad of other things that are evil in various shades and degrees. Some are so carefully hidden away and disguised by the adversary. They are not blatant, and out in the open, as is homosexuality. They are an evil that is called good. What if God gives us over to any of these? We might look on, and not react with disgust and abhorrence.

2 Thessalonians 2
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

In this case, people have been given over to believe a lie, and any lie will do. Have you ever been given over by God to believe that ANY lies are true? How would you know it if you had? It would be the mercy of God for you to find out about the deception that you had been given over to.

I do not speak conceptually: this has happened to me. When I was believing the lie, I was totally sold on the idea that I had cornered the market on the truth.

Some folks respond with the time worn cliché…..”That’s just the way I am”. They may be hot headed, or slow to forgive, or resentful and bitter. They hold on to that thing, and they actually begin to think it is part of their personality. They are nervous, fearful, sleepless, and they think…”That’s just the way I am”.. Really? Is that so? Did God make a fearful Christian? Or, is that a layer you picked up……a veneer of the adversary that has been affixed to you for such a long time that you believe it to be part of what God created you to be?

Others are quite certain that they are THE major prophet or prophetess of the age. Or, in other cases, one of the TWO WITNESSES. Everyone should sit down when they enter into the room. They expect us to pick up palm leaves and wave them as they write. They have become so sure of their accuracy that they are not regulated by what is written in the recorded word of God. You cannot rebuke them with the bible, for their level of revelation is so sublime and wonderful that they have gone beyond the old and stale record of a 2000 year old set of scrolls.

God whispered to them silently in some time long past, and urged them to “humble themselves”. Yet, they would not listen. They were rebuked by six pastors as a heretic, and still they proceeded on. When the seventh heretic rebuke came from a prophet, they still stumble on, toward their appointed end. THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN OVER BY GOD.

Recently, in my circle, some people are speaking about the writings of Rick Joyner. Some have been given over to believe that he speaks for God. Ouch!!!! Now, which of you, who believes that Mr. Joyner is a true prophet of God, can receive my words? You immediately react and defend your position. Nevertheless, you have been given over to believe a lie.

Lately, I have encountered two churches, where the pastor is a woman. In one, she refuses to call herself the pastor: she uses the term “Pastora”, yet she is the governmental head, and the people know it, and she does nothing to turn from governing.

Some of you have been given over to accept a woman as the head of a church: governmental head! Ouch!!!! Which of you can receive those words? Some of you are rising up, fighting mad, wanting to slap me. Oh, but we may continue, by God’s grace. You see, not everything we have been given over to is as blatantly obvious as is homosexuality.

Acts 7
42 Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?
43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

God has given some of you up to worship in ways and in places where he has not placed his approval. Some of you he told to get out, and you didn’t, so now, you have been given over to some type of worship that is not pleasing to God. It may not be as blatant per se as the worship of the stars and astrology, but still, you have been given over to it by God because you did not TAKE HEED when He spoke to you. OUCH!!!! Can any of you ever love me again?

Acts 14
15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:
16 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.
17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

In times past, many of you were weaned on TBN. You grew up as Christians, and God allowed it in that season. There was some good in it, but the season changed, and now, God has been clearly saying something different.

Many of you continue to watch. Now God has clearly warned you to come out of it, but many of you persist. You keep turning on the boob tube, and allowing that religious filth to enter into your homes, your eyes and your ears. In years past, God suffered it…God allowed it. But now, God is saying: TURN IT OFF. Yet, you refuse, so God has given you over to it! OUCH!!!! You have been given over by God to TBN and the prosperity gospel of covetousness. Ah, but you tout the merits of Jentezen Franklin, and he is still on TBN………Ah, but he travels with Jesse Duplantis. And some of you cannot see. Why?

There was a season where God allowed some of you to learn a few things from Joyner and TBN and the word faith crowd. But………THE SEASON CHANGED. Now, there ……..I must have offended every member, except for perhaps, about ten. Ah, then, but why are you offended? Examine yourselves, to see if you are in the faith.

If you are shown mercy, and are allowed to see, what will you do? Will you be “workin my way back to you……….”.

Fall on your face before Almighty God, and beg Him to take you back.

Stephen L. Bening

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