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2019: A Year of “Divine Interruptions”

“He that has an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches…”               -Revelation 2:7

As I spent time with the Lord at the end of 2018 as we were preparing to cross over into the new year, the word of the Lord came to me.

During this divine visitation, the Spirit of the Lord began speaking to me about the coming year. He said that the year 2019 was going to be known as a year of “divine interruptions.” 

An interruption is defined as:

  • To stop, hinder, or be the cause for breaking the continuity of someone’s course.
  • To stop a person in the middle of doing or saying something.
  • To interfere with…

There are all kinds of examples throughout Scripture where God “divinely interrupted” someone’s life and began to enact His plans over their own. A few examples of this are:

  • Zachariah the priest and his wife Elizabeth (Luke 1:11-17)
    • Elizabeth was barren (unable to have children) and was up in age (Zachariah was an older man as well) when her husband unexpectedly received a visitation from an angel who came to tell him that they were going to have a child that they had not planned for.
  • Mary, the mother of Jesus (Luke 1:26-38)
    • Mary was betrothed (engaged) to be married to a man by the name of Joseph when she unexpectedly receives a visitation from an angel who tells her that she is going to be impregnated by the Holy Spirit (she was a virgin and had never been with a man sexually) in the days to come. On top of that, the child that she will be impregnated with is not just any child, he just so happens to be the Savior of the world (Jesus).

As I sought the Lord concerning how this was going to play out in the coming year, He shared the following things with me.

1.REVELATION: He stated that this was going to be a year of unparalleled revelation. Revelation is to become aware of something that was not previously known. It is vitally important that you pay attention in the coming year to even the most subtle nudges from the Holy Spirit because they will contain clues for the next steps that you are called to take. They will also be the answer to many prayers.

2. RESTRAINT/RESTRAINED: 

      “They were forbidden (restrained) by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in           Asia.” -Acts 16:6-10

I find it interesting in this passage that the same Spirit that commissioned people to go into all of the world and preach the gospel is now forbidding them to go to certain places to do that very thing. This is strange. The word “forbidden” here is a Greek word “kolyo” which means to hinder, prevent, or forbid. In this passage, the Holy Spirit was restraining them from going into a place where He had not given them the “green light” to go into.

The Lord said to me that He was going to do the same in 2019 in a number of areas in people’s lives. He specifically stated that “there will be opportunities that will come your way that will appear to be extremely lucrative and of God. The Lord says “don’t move” concerning these opportunities. 

I was reminded about a specific time in my own life where the Lord had shown me an identical set of wooden double doors that were some ways away in the distance. I knew after having this vision that it meant that after some time had passed that there were going to be two sets of opportunities (“doors”) that I was going to be presented with. The Lord said that one door was from Him, the other opportunity was not from Him. He was showing me this in advance so I would not make the misstep of walking through the door of “opportunity” that was never meant for me. This was in the year 2009. The Lord is saying that this same word that applied to me then applies to many of you now; specifically, in the arena of career placement and job advancement.

Be wise and discerning this year when “opportunities” come knocking on your door.

3. RELEASE: The Lord said that there have been things that have been tied/held up for quite some time that will be released to you in the coming year. “Ready yourself…”

4. RELIEF: The word relief is defined as the alleviation of pain, discomfort, or distress. The Lord said concerning this that there have been many of you that have undergone long seasons of stress and distress. He said that “a season of relief is coming to you.” It will not just be a time of alleviating the pain and discomfort that you have been experiencing, but also relief in the form of help and divine assistance.

There will be some angels that will be sent in a divine form to minister to you…

There will be some come and disguised as humans to minister to you…

Receive your relief in Jesus’ name…

5. REVISIT/RECONSIDER: For some, the Lord is going to interrupt the path that you are currently on because He is giving you an opportunity to revisit/reconsider some decision that you made before in times past that were not in His will. Some of those decisions were in His will but the timing to walk/live it out was off.

Some of you will have the opportunity to go back and get a “do over.” Others will have to walk out their previous decisions. The Lord said for those who will have to reap the consequences of your previous choices, He said it will be hard, but He will be with you during those times.

6. RETIRE: Some will retire from their jobs that they have worked at in 2019. Some will be led to retire…others will be forced to. The Lord said, if/when you are offered a retirement package or early buyout, look hard into it prior to making a decision. The Lord says that some will wonder if it is Him telling them to retire, He said to tell you “It’s Me, time to retire.”

7. RELOCATION: I heard the word “sudden moves”...if you own property and desire to make improvements prior to selling your home, the Lord says to begin making those improvements now because you will not have time to when the time to move comes.

8. REFINANCE: The Lord said that this will also be a time for many of you to refinance some of the assets that you own (i.e.-homes, cars, etc.). Some of you will save money as well as “find” some money as you are “interrupted” to refinance those assets in the year to come.

The last thing that the Lord said to me was to tell you to be mindful of the following things…

  • …accidents
  • …incidents
  • …mishaps
  • & mistakes

The very thing that could seem bad is something that God caused which has been designed to work together for your good.

May the God of perpetual breakthroughs visit your home this year with “divine interruptions” that set you up for His will to be done in your life, families, ministries, and businesses in Jesus’ name.

I preached this message in its entirety during our church’s new year eve celebration. If you would like to listen to that message, click here: https://youtu.be/bH3qUNsg9f8 (Teaching starts at: 2:05:17) 

-Blessings

Warren G. Curry 

 

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Word from the Lord: “Antebellum”

WORD FROM THE LORD: “Antebellum”

About a month ago or so, I got up in the middle of the night/early morning, to take my youngest child to the restroom when the word of the Lord came to me.

The word that came to me from the Lord was the word “antebellum.”

Antebellum is defined as follows:

1) Occurring or existing before a particular war, especially the American Civil War.

2) Of a time period prior to a war

3) Pre-War

This is the 3rd time in the past 1.5 year and a half that the Lord has spoken to me about something of this nature occurring within the United States of America.

Here is a brief timeline below:

6/23/16: This was the initial word that came to me while away during a time of personal retreat. The word that came to me from the Lord on this occasion was the word “portend” which means to give a warning that something unpleasant is going to occur. Portend is a calamitous event.

4/20/17: My mother-in-law, DrAlta Davis was awakened by a disturbing dream on this night. Upon arising from her sleep, she heard the Lord say over and over the words “civil unrest.” Civil unrest is defined as follows:

1) Refusal by ordinary people in a country to obey laws or pay taxes.

2) Fighting between different groups of people living in the same country.

When my Mother-in-law asked the Lord what should she do with this information that He shared with her, He instructed her to call me and share with me what He told her.

And the last word is that which I shared above (“antebellum”).

God is one who shares things like this way ahead of time not to scare us, but so we are aware and are not caught off guard when something catastrophic takes place. He is gracious as He gives us time to adequately prepare as best we know how for events that have the potential to be life-altering.

The Lord made it very clear to me back in 2016 that these events will occur, they cannot be stopped. Although they cannot be stopped, I believe that the magnitude or brunt can be altered through strategic and fervent intercession (which is another word for a certain kind of prayer).

These words were so serious that for the first time ever in my adult life I asked a team of people from my church to help me in putting together an emergency preparedness plan to give out to people. This plan, although not specific to each person’s context where they live, helps to give each individual some very basic and practical things to do in order to prepare for catastrophic events.

Have you ever thought about the following?

*If the electrical power in the U.S. went out for over 100 days (like it did in Puerto Rico after the hurricane) how would you communicate with others? Cook? Clean? Eat? Do you have a backup plan for power for your home in the event that power was crippled in our country?

*If you were unable to have access to water for bathing, cooking, consumption, etc. what plan do you have in place to solve this issue?

*Pastors, if 1,000 people showed up at the doors of your church in one week’s time searching for help, shelter, comfort, and prayers like they did Pastor Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church in Houston, TX do you have a plan in place to respond to that? Or if parishioners, who have faithfully financially supported the ministry that you lead, all of sudden stopped doing so because catastrophe personally hit their homes and lives, do you have a plan in place to respond to low or no income to help others?

Most of us (if not all) do not have things like this in place. This is why God sends prophetic words WAY ahead of time so we can have the time to prepare so we are not caught off guard.

If you would like a copy of the emergency preparedness plan that our church has put in place, please feel free to send us an email at: info@lifechangers.church.

Place in the subject line “EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN.” We will be happy to give it to you once it is finalized free of charge. If you are a member of Life Changers Church, there is no need for you to send an email. It was already in the works for every family of our church to receive this plan.

If you are in need of prayer and would like someone to pray for you, please send us your prayer requests to us as at:

info@lifechangers.church

Also, if you need someone to talk to or pray with in person, or have more questions or would like additional clarity about these prophetic words, please feel free to call our church’s office at (513) 341-5543.

In the meantime, please continue to pray that the mercies of God would cover the earth and that His grace would be sufficient for us in this hour.

-Warren Curry
“He that has ears to hear, let them hear.”-Rev. 3:22

Side Note:
Our church is on day 8 of a 21-day prayer journey where we have been seeking the Lord together for 1 hour each day for 21 days. We’ve been meeting in homes for these meetings, but plan on one hour of prayer this coming Sunday night, March 4th, 2018 from 8pm-9pm at our church.

If you would like to be a part of the service that we have before this hour of prayer, that starts at 6pm. The prayer gathering will begin promptly at 8pm and will go for one hour. If you would like to attend either one of these meetings, please log onto our website for more information: www.lifechangers.church. 

 

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“Matters of the Heart” Word of the Lord: “Rancor”

WORD OF THE LORD: “RANCOR”
 
I shared a message last night on FB live called “Matters of the Heart.” (if you haven’t seen that video, I encourage you to visit my personal page on FB and check it out). That message came from a word that the Lord had spoken to me earlier that day. That word was the word “rancor.”
 
Rancor is defined as bitterness or resentfulness, especially when it has been long-standing. It is a perverted and twisted kind of anger in a person’s heart that typically causes the person’s heart to become hardened, calloused, insensitive and cold. This condition of the heart is the #1 cause of marriages and relationships splitting up.
 
This condition is a reality for many individuals. There are a multitude of reasons as to why a person has gotten to this point, but one of the main reasons that the Lord brought to my attention was due to unrighteous and unresolved anger which has produced this type of bitterness in their hearts.
 
Paul the Apostle wrote to the people in Ephesians the following statement:
 
“And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.”Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.” -Ephesians 4:26-27
 
Unrighteous/unresolved anger not only produces a hardened, bitter heart but it also opens a door in the person’s life to come under the influence of demonic spirits. This condition is known as demonic oppression or demonization which means to be influenced by demons.
 
It is at this point these individuals have become ensnared by the devil and become tools in his hand accomplishing his will (2 Tim. 2:25-27). Typically, these individuals don’t even know that they have come under the sway of their invisible adversary. Unresolved anger opens a door to diabolical influence in one’s thinking, feelings and actions.
 
Paul issued a grave warning along these lines thousands of years ago when he stated that the Holy Spirit expressly stated to him that in latter times many people would depart from the faith as they are led astray by lying, deceiving spirits (1 Timothy 4:1-4). This passage states that one of the reasons that they fall into error is due to the fact that their consciences have lost sensitivity and become deadened. Seared consciences (which is the phrase that is used in this passage) are synonymous with the word “rancor.” It is of paramount importance that people understand the importance of “keeping themselves in the love of God” (Jude 1:21). By not doing so and not dealing with the unresolved anger and unmet expectations, you open yourselves up to be led astray.
 
Matthew the tax collector wrote in the 24th chapter of his book, that there would be a time coming when “abounding lawlessness” would cause people’s love to grow cold towards each other (Matthew 24:12). That phrase “growing cold” comes from the Greek word psycho which means “cool or waning love.” I find it interesting that when people stop loving the way that they were designed by God to, that it makes them begin to act psycho (which simply means “mentally unstable”) towards the individual(s) that they have become bitter towards. 
The Bible states that bitterness has roots and can defile you (Hebrews 12:15). If you don’t make it a priority to deal with these “matters of the heart” when you should, you position yourself to be poisoned by bitter roots making you unfit for service in the Kingdom of God.
My prayer for each one of you today is that God would grant you the grace that brings repentance, wholeness, healing, and restoration and that He would rescue you from the snare of the adversary and lead you back into a place of truth.
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UNSPOTTED

See video here: https://www.facebook.com/KevOnStage/videos/10154730745268309/?hc_ref=ARRcFPNLp0cmhTlTkJC3SD9RYQRZe1F-ziz4eHphl3z9vhrsr6M3ogTZkj8DP_g6JP8&pnref=story

MY COMMENTARY
KevOnStage always has a knack for turning ANYTHING into something funny. This boy keeps us laughing! Although he has done another excellent job commenting on this video, the reality here is that what has transpired is no laughing matter. I am not referring to the content of this video but the culture of today’s church in North America. I believe that there is a divine message to the church woven into the fabric of this video.

When this video of these young ladies dancing to a Jay-Z song “in church” came across my timeline yesterday, many Christians shared the video as well as commented on it. The comments ranged from shocked to confused to appalled. Many expressed their disdain for someone allowing these kids to dance to the unedited version of this song in a Christian church service. Many were downright upset.

My indictment here is not against these babies, the church leaders or those watching their performance. My indictment is against church culture as a whole in North America that has created this monster. THAT is to be blamed, not these children.

I mean what would you expect? When Jay-Z dropped his new album a few weeks back, many professing Christian leaders and believers were more than happy to share their public support and approval of Jay-Z’s latest masterpiece. They had no issue whatsoever downloading, playing and listening to the same music and SAME SONG that the young ladies in this video were dancing to.

If church leaders and believers are ecstatic, excited, outspoken and exuberant about Jay Z’s new album and go as far to endorse its “mastery” in public settings, then why on earth get angry at these kids for dancing to the very songs or album that you have endorsed? Why be mad at the fact that this these kids danced to this song in the church’s sanctuary but not be equally as appalled at allowing this filth to go into your ears which is the true Sanctuary (your body) where the Spirit of God actually dwells? If our pulpits are confused, the pews will be crazy. If our pulpits are prostituted the people will be profane. This is a classic example of the church reaping where it has sown. Don’t get angry at these kids that are dancing to this song, rather be infuriated at the leaders, gospel artists, social media mavens and moguls who have created this demonic culture of cross-pollination. We are the ones to blame, not them.

When you have public figures that profess to be Christ followers publicly supporting “artistry” like this or making songs/music with profane and ungodly artists you endorse their lifestyles by your affiliation. It is a classic case of what the Bible calls “laying hands on someone suddenly” and being a partaker of their sins (1 Timothy 5:22). You give them access when you give them an endorsement.

The gospel that we preach is a gospel of the Kingdom of God. How can one sing, write, rap, or speak about a King and Kingdom that their lifestyle and life’s work completely testifies against? We tell the next generation “they are ok” when we affiliate in a public or professional sense. It is one thing to be a friend to sinners, it is an entirely different thing to be their flunkies. We become this when we allow them to use the God-given influence on your life to gain access to the hearts and minds of those that follow you. We ought to be ashamed.

The Church of yesterday didn’t have what we have or know what we know, but they lived holy, set apart lives and KNEW God. Nowadays, we know all of the Greek and Hebrew, have resources for ministry that they could not even fathom, but lead lives so confusing that people have to take a hard look to see whose side are you really are on.

James states in his letter that pure and undefiled religion is steeped in keeping yourself unspotted from the world (James 1:27). To be unspotted in this text means to keep yourself clean and free from moral and ethical blemishes and stains. I said this yesterday, but it is worth repeating. Today many are attempting to be so relevant in reaching the culture that they become irrelevant to the Kingdom. ‬

‪Be sure in your quest not to offend OR befriend people that you don’t offend AND unfriend yourself from the One who sent you to those people.

In doing so, it can be the difference of being used by God compared to not being useful to Him any longer.” -WC ‬#Unspotted 

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Word From the Lord: “A Season of Surprises”

Word From The Lord
“A Season of Surprises”

Over the course of the past two weeks, the Lord began sharing His heart with Me concerning a season that we are entering into as a whole in the earth. 

A season is a segment or timeframe in which things occur. Biblical seasons are similar to weather seasons. We can expect for summer to come and for summer to end. This pattern is also true as it pertains to the life cycles of humanity.

The Lord said that we have entered into a “season of surprises.” This is a season where you can EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED. This is a new season, with new opportunities and new landscapes (landscape=a particular area of activity).

The word surprise is defined as:

o An unexpected or astonishing event, fact, or thing.
o Something unexpected
o To make an unexpected assault on (i.e.-like surprise attack)
o To elicit or bring out suddenly and without warning
o Something that surprises someone; a completely unexpected occurrence, appearance, or statement.

There were a few areas that the Lord specifically highlighted to me. These are areas that many will receive surprises in. 

(This list is not exhaustive in nature)

CHILDREN (Unexpected Pregnancies):
The Lord specifically showed me that there will be many individuals who will conceive “children of purpose” in this season. When some hear words like this, they want to automatically shift the meaning from natural to spiritual due to their desire NOT to carry and raise any additional children naturally speaking. This is not what God meant. He is talking about some women being impregnated with children on purpose for a purpose. 

Just like Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist and Mary, the Mother of Jesus, were not expecting to get pregnant when they did, but they did. Why? Because it was God’s will. 

The same will happen in this season to certain couples. You have already made plans NOT to have any more children, but the Lord says “surprise!” More are on the way.

 

LAYOFFS:
In this season there will be some who will unexpectedly “lose” their jobs. Everything will seem to be fine and all of a sudden the door to that season of your life will slam shut. The Lord encouraged me to tell you not to fear. You have learned what you needed to learn in this place and now the time has come to move on. He sent this Word ahead of time for you to prepare and so you won’t be caught off guard. 

He said to walk in the wisdom of Joseph and begin to set aside monetary resources during this “Season of plenty” so when “leaner times” come, you will have the opportunity to live off of your overflow.

One of the reasons why some will lose their jobs is due to the fact that you can no longer reap from this field of harvest. You were called into business. You cannot focus on being an EMPLOYER while being an EMPLOYEE. This sudden move will come for the sole purpose of helping you to fulfill part of your life’s purpose. Don’t be afraid…..WALK IN IT!

 

RESURRECTED OPPORTUNITIES:
I saw for some that opportunities that had previously passed you by will come around again in this season of surprises. The Lord is showing me that they will look different but it is a similar opportunity that is designed to take you from where you are to where you’re supposed to be.

For some, I specifically saw that in order for this word to come to pass for you, you must return to school. Some of you may say “but Lord I don’t have a desire, interest, the time or money to go to school, but the Lord says it is imperative for you to do so. If you choose otherwise My plans for your life will be hindered.” God said GO to school.

 

DIVEST/DIVESTITURES:
To divest means to strip, deprive or dispossess (someone or something) especially of property, authority, or title. To take away something from a person.

In this season, some will be surprised as God “puts down some while exalting others.” (Ps. 75:7 & Daniel 2:21) What do I mean? I am saying that there will be some whom the Lord, for whatever reasons, will remove from places of prominence, nobility, and visibility. 

There are all kinds of biblical reasons why something like this could occur (i.e.-Changing of seasons for the individual, unrepentant sinful “hidden” conduct, disobedient in discharging the duties given to them by the Lord, etc.). There will be numerous surprises for those who will be demoted. Demotion is always coupled in the scriptures with promotion. When one is brought low another is exalted. This is God’s precedent and pattern. If you have been faithful and doing as you’ve been instructed, prepare yourself….for you very well could be one of the ones thrust from obscurity to visibility.

He that has an ear to hear let them Hear what the Spirit of God has said. -Warren Curry #Amen #SeasonOfSurprises

 

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A TEACHING ON FOOLS, FOOLISHNESS & FOLLY

I for one am grateful for the Word of God. It is full of wisdom and gives practical instructions for day to day living.

For example, the Bible teaches us about fools and their foolish behaviors. It (the Bible) actually has A LOT to say about fools. Listed below are a few definitions and scriptural texts on fools and their foolishness.

DEFINED:

Fool (Webster’s): A person who acts unwisely or imprudently; a silly person. A person who lacks judgment or sense.

BIBLICAL DEFINITION:

(Hebraic): Nabhal, ewil & kecil:

  • Hasty
  • Self-Sufficient
  • Despising advice and instruction
  • Ready to speak and act without thinking
  • Quick to get angry, quarrel and cause strife
  • Unrestrained in anger
  • Silly
  • Self-confident
  • Hates instruction
  • Thoughtlessness
  • Rage
  • Associated with slander and evil

 

(Greek): Aphron, anoetos, moros, asunetos, moraino, paraphroneo:

  • Stupid & foolish
  • Reckless and inconsiderate
  • The lack of commonsense perception of the reality of things both natural and spiritual.

 

The following is a list of characteristics of foolish people and their ways:

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF A FOOL:

 

  • The fool says in his/her heart “there is no God.” (Psalm 14:1)
  • Fools are corrupt (Psalm 53:1)
  • They have done abominable iniquity (Psalm 53:1)
  • Foolish people blaspheme the name of the Lord (Psalm 74:18)
  • The foolish man reproaches the Lord daily (Psalm 74:22)
  • They are afflicted because of their transgressions and iniquities (Psalm 107:17)
  • They despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7b)
  • They hate knowledge (Proverbs 1:22b)
  • Their complacency will destroy them (Proverbs 1:32b)
  • Shame will be their legacy (Proverbs 3:35)
  • Folly causes them to go astray (Proverbs 5:23)
  • Commanded to forsake foolishness (Proverbs 9:6)
  • A foolish woman is clamorous, simple & knows nothing (Proverbs 9:13)
  • A foolish son is the grief of his mother (Proverbs 10:1b)
  • A prating fool will fall (Proverbs 10:8b; 10:10b)
  • Their mouth is near destruction (Proverbs 10:14b)
  • Whoever spreads slander is considered a fool (Proverbs  10:18)
  • They die for a lack of wisdom (Proverbs 10:21b)
  • To do evil is like sport to a fool (Proverbs 10:23a)
  • They will become servants to those wise in heart (Proverbs 11:29b)
  • The way of a fool is right in their own eyes (Proverbs 12:15a)
  • A fool’s wrath is known at once (Proverbs 12:16)
  • Their hearts proclaim foolishness (Proverbs 12:23b)
  • A fool lays open his folly (Proverbs 13:16b)
  • It is an abomination to fools to depart from evil (Proverbs 13:18b)
  • The companion of fools will be destroyed (Proverbs 13:20)
  • Foolish women pulls down their houses with their hands (Proverbs 14:1)m
  • In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride (Proverbs 14:3)
  • We are commanded to GO from the presence of a foolish man when the lips of knowledge are not perceived in him. (Proverbs 14:7)
  • The folly of fools is deceit (Proverbs 14:8)
  • Fools mock at sin (Proverbs 14:9)
  • Fools rage and are self-confident (Proverbs 14:16)
  • A quick-tempered man acts foolishly (Proverbs 14:17)
  • The simple inherit folly (Proverbs 14:18)
  • The foolishness of fools is folly (Proverbs 14:24)
  • He who is impulsive exalts folly (Proverbs 14:29b)
  • What is in the heart of fools is made known (Proverbs 14:33)
  • The mouth of fools pours forth foolishness (Proverbs 15:2b)
  • Fools despise their father’s instructions (Proverbs 15:5a)
  • The heart of a fool does not disperse knowledge (Proverbs 15:7)
  • The mouth of fools feeds on foolishness (Proverbs 15:14b)
  • A foolish man despises his mother (Proverbs 15:20b)
  • Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment (Proverbs 15:21)
  • The correction of fools is folly (Proverbs 16:22)
  • Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool (Proverbs 17:7)
  • Rebuke is more effective for a wise man than 100 blows on a fool (Proverbs 17:10)
  • Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool in his folly (Proverbs 17:12)
  • Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom since he has no heart for it? (Proverbs 17:16)
  • The father of a fool has no joy (Proverbs 17:21)
  • Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth. (Proverbs 17:24)
  • A foolish son is grief to his father and bitterness to her who  bore him (Proverbs 17:25)
  • A fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive (Prov. 17:26)
  • A fool has no delight in understanding but in expressing in his own heart (Proverbs 18:2)
  • A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for blows (Proverbs 18:6)
  • A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul (Proverbs 18:7)
  • He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him (Proverbs 18:13)
  • Better is the poor who walks in integrity than one who is perverse in his lips and is a fool. (Proverbs 19:1)
  • The foolishness of a man twists his way, and his heart frets against the Lord. (Proverbs 19:3)
  • Luxury is not fitting for a fool (Proverbs 19:10)
  • A foolish son is the ruin of his father (Proverbs 19:13)
  • Beatings are prepared for the backs of fools (Proverbs 19:29)
  • A foolish man squanders desirable treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise (Proverbs 21:20)
  • Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words. (Proverbs 23:9)
  • Honor is not fitting for a fool (Proverbs 26:1b)
  • A whip for the horse, a bridle for a donkey and a rod for the fool’s back (Proverbs 26:3)
  • Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him (Proverbs 26:4)
  • Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes (Proverbs 26:5)
  • He who sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks violence (Proverbs  26:6)
  • Like the legs of the lame that hang limp is a proverb in the mouth of a fool (Proverbs 26:7)
  • Like the one who binds a stone in a sling is he who gives honor to a fool (Proverbs 26:8)
  • Like a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard is a proverb in the mouth of fools (Proverbs 26:9)
  • The great God who formed everything gives the fool his hire and the transgressor his wages (Proverbs 26:10).
  • As a dog returns to his vomit so a fool repeats his folly (Proverbs 26:11).
  • Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him (Proverbs 26:12).
  • He who trusts in his own heart is a fool (Proverbs 28:26).
  • If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace (Proverbs 29:9).
  • A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back (Proverbs 29:11).
  • Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him (Proverbs 29:20).
  • Three things the earth is perturbed, yes for four it cannot bear up….a fool when he is filled with food (Proverbs 30:21-22)
  • A foolish man exalts himself (Proverbs 30:32)
  • They fold their hands and consume  their own flesh (Eccl. 4:5)
  • Anger rests in their bosoms (Eccl. 7:9)
  • A little folly spoils respect given to one who is wise and honorable (Eccl. 10:1b)
  • A fool’s heart is at his left (Eccl. 10:2)
  • A fool lacks wisdom (Eccl. 10:3)
  • They show everyone they are a fool (Eccl. 10:3b)
  • Folly is set in great dignity (exalted positions) (Eccl. 10:6)
  • The lips of a fool will swallow him up (Eccl. 10:12)
  • The words of a fool’s mouth begin with foolishness and end with raving madness (Eccl. 10:13)
  • A fool multiplies words (Eccl. 10:14a)
  • The labor of fools wearies them (Eccl. 10:15)
  • A foolish person will speak foolishness and (Isaiah 32:6)
    • Their heart will work iniquity
    • They will practice ungodliness
    • They will utter error against the Lord
    • They will keep the hungry unsatisfied
    • They will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail

Individuals that fit the descriptions found on this list should NEVER hold a leadership position or be over people. They are too reckless and should be stayed away from. They have major character flaws and cannot be trusted. The more influence that they have the more damage that they end up doing.

Don’t play the fool or get played by a fool!

-Warren G. Curry, Apostle

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A WORD FROM THE LORD ABOUT THE UPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

All throughout the day this past Friday, I kept on hearing the Spirit of God speak a word to me. To be honest, I was preparing to marry someone and was so exhausted from relocating my mother from out of state that I completely forgot that the Lord spoke this to me.
 
It wasn’t until late that night while preparing to go to bed did the Holy Spirit speak to me one last time. The word that He said to me was the exact same thing that He had been saying all day. The Word that the Lord spoke to me was the word “demagogue.”
 
A “demagogue” is defined as the following:
1) A political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.
2) A political leader who tries to get support by making false claims and promises and using arguments based on emotion rather than reason.
3) A leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power.
 
After delving into this more, I knew that the Lord was sharing a word with me concerning the looming Presidential election season. After further researching and studying the meaning of this word, I found out some fascinating information about demagogues and how they operate. Only some of the article from Wikipedia has been sparingly used due to the length of the information found about demagogues on their website. If you would like to read about demagogues in its entirety, please click the following link which will take you right to their website:
The following information, unless otherwise specified, is taken directly from Wikipedia.

Demagogue

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“A demagogue or rabble-rouser is a leader in a democracy who gains popularity by exploiting prejudice and ignorance among the common people, whipping up the passions of the crowd and shutting down reasoned deliberation. Demagogues have usually advocated immediate, violent action to address a national crisis while accusing moderate and thoughtful opponents of weakness or disloyalty. Demagogues violate established rules of political conduct; most who were elected to high office changed their democracy into some form of dictatorship (emphasis mine). 
The word demagogue, originally meaning a leader of the common people, was first coined in ancient Greece with no negative connotation, but eventually came to mean a troublesome kind of leader who occasionally arose in Athenian democracy.[6][7] Demagogues were a new kind of leader who emerged from the lower classes. Demagogues relentlessly advocated action, usually violent—immediately and without deliberation.[3] Demagogues appealed directly to the emotions of the poor and uninformed, pursuing power, telling lies to stir up hysteria, exploiting crises to intensify popular support for their calls to immediate action and increased authority, and accusing moderate opponents of weakness or disloyalty to the nation. While many politicians in a democracy make occasional small sacrifices of truth, subtlety, or long-term concerns to maintain popular support, demagogues do these things relentlessly and without self-restraint.[8] 

James Fenimore Cooper in 1838 identified four fundamental characteristics of demagogues:[3][5]

  1. They fashion themselves as a man or woman of the common people, as opposed to the elites.
  2. Their politics depends on a visceral connection with the people which greatly exceeds ordinary political popularity.
  3. They manipulate this connection, and the raging popularity it affords, for their own benefit and ambition.
  4. They threaten or outright break established rules of conduct, institutions, and even the law.

The central feature of the practice of demagoguery is persuasion by means of passion, shutting down reasoned deliberation and consideration of alternatives. Demagogues “pander to passion, prejudice, bigotry, and ignorance, rather than reason.”[4] See below for a survey of the methods of persuasion used by most demagogues throughout history.

Modern demagogues include Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and Joseph McCarthy.[3] All, ancient and modern, meet Cooper’s four criteria above: claiming to represent the common people, inciting intense passions among them, exploiting those reactions to take power, and breaking or at least threatening established rules of political conduct, though each in different ways.[3]

The methods of demagogues

Below are described a number of recurring techniques that are reported among demagogues from many different times and places. No one demagogue uses them all, and no two demagogues use exactly the same methods to gain popularity and loyalty. Even ordinary politicians use some of these techniques from time to time; a politician who failed to stir emotions at all would have little hope of being elected. What these techniques have in common, and what distinguishes demagogues’ use of them, is their consistent use to shut down reasoned deliberation by stirring up overwhelming passion.[23][24] 
1) SCAPEGOATING
The most common demagogic technique is scapegoating: blaming the in-group’s troubles on an out-group, usually of a different ethnicity, religion, or social class.
 
2) FEARMONGERING
Many demagogues have risen to power by evoking fear in their audiences, to stir them to action and prevent deliberation. Fear of rape, for example, is easily evoked. “Pitchfork Ben” Tillman‘srhetoric was most vivid when he was describing imaginary scenes in which white women were raped by black men lurking by the side of the road. He depicted black men as having an innate “character weakness” consisting of a fondness for raping white women.[27] Tillman was elected governor of South Carolina in 1890, and elected senator repeatedly from 1895–1918.
3) LYING
While any politician needs to point out dangers to the people and criticize opponents’ policies, demagogues choose their words for their effect on their audience’s emotions, usually without regard for factual truth or the real severity of the danger.[28][29] Some demagogues are opportunistic, monitoring the people and saying whatever currently will generate the most “heat”. Other demagogues may themselves be so ignorant or prejudiced that they sincerely believe the falsehoods they tell.[23]
4) EMOTIONAL ORATORY & PERSONAL MAGNETISM
Many demagogues have demonstrated remarkable skill at moving audiences to great emotional depths and heights during a speech. Sometimes this is due to exceptional verbal eloquence, sometimes personal charisma, sometimes both.
The demagogues’ charisma and emotional oratory many times enabled them to win elections despite opposition from the press. The news media informs, and often the information is damaging to demagogues. Demagogic oratory distracts, entertains, and enthralls, steering followers’ attention away from the demagogue’s usual history of lies, abuses of power, and broken promises.
5) ACCUSING OPPONENTS OF WEAKNESS & DISLOYALTY
Cleon, like many demagogues that came after him, constantly advocated brutality in order to demonstrate strength, and argued that compassion was a sign of weakness that would only be exploited by enemies. “It is a general rule of human nature that people despise those who treat them well and look up to those who make no concessions.”
6) VIOLENCE & PHYSICAL INTIMIDATION 
Demagogues have often encouraged their supporters to violently intimidate opponents, both to solidify loyalty among their supporters and to discourage or physically prevent people from speaking out or voting against them. “Pitchfork Ben” Tillman was repeatedly re-elected to the U.S. Senate largely through violence and intimidation. He spoke in support of lynch mobs, and he disenfranchised most black voters with the South Carolina constitution of 1895. Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf that physical intimidation was an effective way to move the masses. Hitler intentionally provoked hecklers at his rallies so that his supporters would become enraged by their remarks and assault them.[37] 
7) PERSONAL INSULTS & RIDICULE
Many demagogues have found that ridiculing or insulting opponents is a simple way to shut down reasoned deliberation of competing ideas, especially with an unsophisticated audience.
A common demagogic technique is to pin an insulting epithet on an opponent, by saying it repeatedly, in speech after speech, when saying the opponent’s name or in place of it. The use of epithets and other humorous invective diverts followers’ attention from soberly considering how to address the important public issues of the time, scoring easy laughs instead.
8) FOLKSY POSTURING
Most demagogues have made a show of appearing to be down-to-Earth, ordinary citizens just like the people whose votes they sought.
9) GROSS OVERSIMPLIFICATION
Scapegoating, described above, is one form of gross oversimplification: treating a complex problem, which requires patient reasoning and analysis to sort out, as if it results from one simple cause or can be solved by one simple cure.
10)ATTACKING THE NEWS MEDIA
Since information from the press can undermine a demagogue’s spell over his or her followers, modern demagogues have often attacked it intemperately, calling for violence against newspapers who opposed them, claiming that the press was secretly in the service of moneyed interests or foreign powers, or claiming that leading newspapers were simply personally out to get them.
(END OF WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE….)
After studying this information on demagogues, my mind couldn’t help but go back to another prophetic word that the Lord had given to me back in June 2016. An excerpt of that word is found below (What is shared is directly from my journal):

Journal Entry:

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A few weeks back, my family and I went away for a short time of R&R at a retreat center designed to give you a place to rest and unplug from the day-to-day grind of life.

While making breakfast this morning for one of my kiddos, I heard the Spirit of God say the following to me: “PORTEND.”

The word “portend” means the following:

1) To give warning of

2) It also means to predict or foreshadow.

3) To be a sign or warning that (something, especially something momentous or calamitous) is likely to happen.

4) To be a sign or warning that something usually bad or unpleasant is going to happen.

Portend means to show a sign that something calamitous is about to happen.

Immediately upon hearing this, I became unnerved. I have sought the Lord concerning the meaning of what He had spoken and feel like I am supposed to share the following information.

The general thrust of prophecy is to edify, exhort and comfort the hearer. There are times that God gives other words that step outside of these boundaries that include direction, correction, rebuke, warning, etc.

I strongly feel (this is me, NOT the Lord) that this word was a word of warning from the Lord. In His divine providence and foresight, I believe that He was compassionately telling us of things to come that WILL NOT be stopped due to intercession from His church.

Typically, when judgment of any sort comes/is about to come, typically it can be stopped or circumvented through strategic intercession (intercession is a kind of prayer). Judgment can also be stopped through a repentant heart by the leaders and people that the judgment is intended for. When people sin judgment is inevitable. This rule applies in both personal and national matters.

What am I trying to say here? I STRONGLY believe that something horrific is about to happen in the United States of America. When I say horrific I am referencing some kind of national tragedy or calamity (“portend”) which will require strong leadership to chart the course during those times of turbulence. If a demagogic leader is elected and placed in office during this time of national tragedy it is going to make things a million times worse.

I know that there are many who do not understand or agree with spiritual things which is fine but what I am about to say has a spiritual connotation to it. I believe that there are high-ranking demonic entities influencing aspects of the U.S.’s current political cycle. Although no candidate is perfect and has their own flaws, there are certain aspects of some candidate’s candidacies that are HIGHLY demagogic in nature. I am certain that demagogic leaders have been birthed and are being energized by the demonic realm. This is NOT a typical political election and is something that should be not be taken lightly by the church in North America. Much prayer is required in order for one to hear what the Spirit is saying to His church in this hour.

Let me interject this here: I am not a registered Republican, Democrat or Independent. In each election cycle, whether national or local, I cast my votes for those who I think are the most well-equipped for the rigors of political office. In this discourse, I am not advocating or endorsing any person or any party. I think that who one votes for should be according to the dictates of their own conscience. So I have not shared what I have shared to influence you to vote one way or another. I have simply sought to share the things that God has prophetically spoken to me.

May the Church of the Lord Jesus arise and heed the apostolic instructions that came from Paul to his young protege Timothy:

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.“-1 Tim. 2:1-4

Salvation is the only remedy for this nation. I encourage the church to not be blinded by one’s political biases or allegiances and to seek the Lord for strategy and wisdom for the turbulent times that lie ahead.

We are going to need all of the help that we can get….

-Warren G. Curry, Apostle

  Life Changers Church

  Cincinnati, OH

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