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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Thoughts, Impressions, and A Teachable Moment


It’s been a whirlwind sort of week. From flying out to Dallas on Thursday, to spending the next three days at the conference while simultaneously trying to spend a few minutes here and there with my wife and daughter, I had no time to check e-mails, respond to correspondence, or even answer phone calls.

After arriving back home last night I started going through the e-mails that had amassed, some one thousand or so, first weeding out the offers for section 8 housing, meals in a box, cheap airfare, carpet cleaning, hair plugs, and countless other things that just clutter my inbox to the point of coming real close to mass deleting everything, then going through what remained to see which e-mails I needed to answer, and how soon.

As I was scrolling through them, the title of one particular e-mail caught my eye ‘You Should Have Listened’, said the title, and when I checked the date, it had been sent the morning we flew out to Dallas.

Since the title of the e-mail intrigued me, I clicked the icon and opened it to find the following message, “In your pride and arrogance you ignored the prophets. Not only that, you endanger your family by bringing them with you since there will be a biological attack at the meeting this weekend.”

Since I am typing this at 4:25 in the AM on Tuesday morning, you might have surmised there was no biological attack at the conference. The closest we came to a biological attack was someone pooping in the pool, but thankfully there was no need for hazmat, nor did anyone get quarantined. All it took was an aging gentleman named Ramon and a pair of latex gloves to solve the problem.

Now I don’t know who started spreading the rumor about a biological attack at this meeting, nor do I particularly care, but this entire situation serves as a teachable moment on a couple of fronts.

First, prophecy does not trump the Word of God, and the word of God commands us not to fear. If we run and hide every time there is the potential for danger, then soon enough no one will be preaching anywhere anymore, because persecution is on the horizon, and the attempt to silence the church is in full swing.

Even if there had been an issue, I know that God would have kept both me and my family safe. It was neither pride nor arrogance that convinced me to attend this conference, it was obedience.

Second, could we please stop throwing the title of prophet around as though it were some common thing? Could we exercise just an ounce of discernment once in a blue moon and not glob on to every feeling, emotion, or impression and spiritualize it to the point that we call it revelation? Projecting one’s feelings or desires does not prophecy make!

The difference between a sentry, a sentinel, or yes, even a watchman and a dog is that the sentinel uses discernment and discretion as to when to sound the alarm, while the dog barks at everything.

Though we may take these things lightly, God does not. It is a fearful thing to speak in the name of God when He has not spoken, and assign to Him things He never said.

As far as the conference itself is concerned, although I cannot speak for anyone else, this is what I saw there:

I saw people who sacrificed both their time and resources to come together in fellowship. I saw men, and women, young and old, some who drove for forty hours just to hear the truth. I saw hunger, I saw tears, I saw repentance, I saw restoration, I saw the name of Jesus glorified, and I saw hearts pierced by the Word of God.

(If the sister with the brain tumors happens to be reading this, or someone reading this knows of whom I speak, please know that I looked for you but did not find you the next morning. Know that you have been in my prayers. Contact me, and if at all possible I will come to meet you and pray with you wherever you are.)

The presence of God was undeniable, and even I was moved to tears on more than one occasion.

The world is quickly spinning out of control, and the household of faith seems to be distracted with vendettas, personal agendas. Just now as I was brewing my first pot of coffee, I glanced at a newsfeed that said Bruxelles was hit by a terrorist attack. The storm is here, and we’re about to feel the full effect.

Can we please stop wasting time and playing these childish games, and get back to preaching Jesus? Can we actually start walking in the callings to which we were called and stop trying to poke each other in the eye?

Can we try, maybe just a little, to make it about Christ rather than about ourselves? Just try. It may turn out to be the most rewarding thing we’ve done in a long, long time.
 
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.

11 comments:

Mrs. Pugh said...

So glad you had an effective trip. I hope you'll have a time of restoration and rejuvenation with your family, then....please, post some highlights from the conference. Not everyone could attend!

(And thanks for the morning laugh with your description of the "biological" attack!)

In Christ,
Mrs. Pugh

Anonymous said...

Thank you and we will be praying for this sister.
Nila

Tim Shey said...

"The difference between a sentry, a sentinel, or yes, even a watchman and a dog is that the sentinel uses discernment and discretion as to when to sound the alarm, while the dog barks at everything."

Amen. Well said.

meema said...

I cannot tell you how weary this makes me. It’s not my desire to cause contention so you don’t have to post this, but I would appreciate an update as to whether or not this ‘prophet’ admits to having been wrong. Frankly, I would be shocked because it has been my tough experience that these folks can never do that because it might chip at their credibility. Perhaps he’ll suddenly find a hidden matrix in the Bible Code - [Bio Attack Delayed]. Can’t argue with that excuse now can we?

Bill said...

Michael,
I just listened to your first two podcasts, which ties into this very subject. Ezekiel 33 has been on my mind as well. You faithfully delivered the message on Saturday night. Thank you again for your work.

Robyn Loudin said...

Dear Brother Michael, I paid for live streaming of the conference. The only time I was able to listen to a speaker on Saturday, was when you were preaching. So moved and in agreement was I, that today I searched for you among the guest speakers, not knowing your name. I found you! I found the ministry you serve! I support Voice of the Martyrs and was very glad to discover your grandfather worked right along with Richard Wurmbrand! I was absolutely affected this weekend, and on Saturday, because of the blessing you were, I had boldness to preach the Gospel to a homeless young man. I gave him my Smartphone to call his family. Please pray for 26 year old Eric in Keene, NH, that he repents, receives Christ, and gets off alcohol and off the streets. And perhaps your wife might pray for my 25 year old son, John, and 27 year old daughter, Shaye, as both are prodigal and exalt alcohol too. Bless your bold, obedient heart!

Robyn Loudin said...

Dear Brother Michael, I paid for live streaming of the conference. The only time I was able to listen to a speaker on Saturday, was when you were preaching. So moved and in agreement was I, that today I searched for you among the guest speakers, not knowing your name. I found you! I found the ministry you serve! I support Voice of the Martyrs and was very glad to discover your grandfather worked right along with Richard Wurmbrand! I was absolutely affected this weekend, and on Saturday, because of the blessing you were, I had boldness to preach the Gospel to a homeless young man. I gave him my Smartphone to call his family. Please pray for 26 year old Eric in Keene, NH, that he repents, receives Christ, and gets off alcohol and off the streets. And perhaps your wife might pray for my 25 year old son, John, and 27 year old daughter, Shaye, as both are prodigal and exalt alcohol too. Bless your bold, obedient heart!

Robyn Loudin said...

Dear Brother Michael,
I purchased the live streaming for Hear The Watchmen Conference. The only speaker I had time to watch/listen to on Saturday was at the end of the day. In New Hampshire it was 8PM. I didn't catch the introduction of the speaker to whom I listened, but so moved and in agreement with him was I, that tonight I looked through the pictures of the guest speakers, and after reading your introduction, I knew it was you! Thank-you and bless your bold, obedient, loving heart! Because of your passion for Our Abba's truth, revealed through His Son, I had boldness to minister to a young homeless man on Sunday. I shared my testimony and the love of Jesus through His testimony. Please pray for 26 year old Eric, for his repentance and salvation, for him to go home and for deliverance from alcohol. Perhaps you might ask your wife to pray for my own prodigal adult children...25 year old son John, 27 year old daughter Shaye and their own honesty concerning the exaltation of alcohol and the accompanying deceptions.
I am gratefully hid with you and Jesus in the Father.

Hannah in the Temple said...

Today I see and hear so many things that are very foolish. Pastors in the pulpits saying "Obey me" while omit saying "Obey God". So when does obedience to God start? Before or after these same people grant permission for the flock to obey God- I'm not sure if they actually want one of their sheep obeying God instead of them. If one doesn't obey them and pay tithes it's a sure sign that they are rebellious, backslid and should pray back through before it's too late. Time is short. He only repeated it three times during his sermon. And another when speaking of the Crucifixion he said Jesus was not nailed by his hands and his feet but by his wrists, he did not carry his cross but only the crossmember because medical science and historical writers said so. If one would dare believe their report, the truth of the Word of God is in serious question. It puts Him on the same plain as humans and capable of lying. How degrading, insulting and the horror of them for they do not fear God! So by refusing to attend and support these ministries does this make an individual rebellious, backslid, in danger of hell fire? Having no pastor, am I breaking God's law that I should assemble with these? Am I out from under the protection of a pastor and open to every wicked dart of the enemy not to mention out of the will of God? I would love to have my own church, a pastor I could have confidence in, but these men are not speaking the truth, instead they hold the truth in unrighteousness.

Marcel Cousineau said...

Thanks for the good report Michael

I suppose the business of 'false' Prophet is quite profitable and a job that does not cost too much right now. They've popped out of the woodwork with tis self proclaimed mantle in order to control and manipulate the unlearned and very naive sheep who need a shepherd (other than Jesus) to lead them into error.

When the cost becomes too great for the false prophets, their lives, they will flee and hide, and die in terror and fear, along with the many fellow hypocrites.
That is how God has always dealt with deceivers and the blind leading the blind away from the truth.

Barbara said...

Not everyone who bears the name Christian follows Christ. Some are in it for the gossip and excitement factor not the discipline and holiness factor. You have to discern the sheep from the goats and stop trying to join the goat herd or get them to join the sheep fold. There are always going to be people around who have ulterior motives and just like to troll other people's lives, just like to cause chaos and confusion for the excitement it gives them.

All kinds of people want to be the leader, want to tell you who to follow, who to associate with. That makes them the de facto leader then. Christ said my sheep hear my voice and won't listen to another shepherd. You aren't supposed to listen to another person if it isn't in tune with the truth you received already. I think it is so funny how a bunch of Christians will gang up on one preacher, say Joel Osteen for instance, and make it like doom and gloom that this person exists. What does he do but tell jokes and give uplifting self empowerment messages?