Wednesday, May 15, 2024

The Eccentricity of Prophecy: Embracing the "Cooky Prophetic"

Being 'Cooky' Prophetic is Odd! 

Being "cooky prophetic" is a term that may seem odd to many, but it holds a profound meaning. It refers to the eccentric, unconventional, and often bewildering behavior exhibited by prophets. This behavior, while seemingly bizarre, often carries a divine message or prophecy. 

Biblical Examples of "Cooky Prophetic" Behavior

The Bible is replete with instances of prophets behaving in ways that would be considered "cooky" by modern standards. Yet, these actions were often divinely inspired and served a greater purpose.

Isaiah's Nakedness

Take Isaiah, for instance. In Isaiah 20:2-3 (KJV), it is written, "At the same time spake the LORD by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from off thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot. And he did so, walking naked and barefoot. And the LORD said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and wonder upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia." Isaiah's nakedness was a symbolic act, a prophecy of the humiliation that Egypt and Ethiopia would face.

Ezekiel's Play Fort

Ezekiel, another prophet, was known for his play fort. In Ezekiel 4:1-3 (KJV), it is written, "Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and portray upon it the city, even Jerusalem: And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about. Moreover take thou unto thee an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city: and set thy face against it, and it shall be besieged, and thou shalt lay siege to it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel." Ezekiel's play fort was a prophetic act, symbolizing the siege of Jerusalem.

The Challenge of Embracing Prophecy

When Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:39 (KJV), "Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy," he is encouraging the pursuit of prophecy. However, as the examples of Isaiah and Ezekiel show, prophecy often involves actions that are out of the ordinary, to say the least. 

Being cooky prophetic can indeed push people away. It's like someone handed them a grenade and pulled the pin - they know they have to do something, but they don't know what! Yet, it's important to remember that these strange actions often carry a deeper, divine message. 


In conclusion, being cooky prophetic is not for the faint of heart. It requires a willingness to act in ways that may seem strange to others, but are ultimately guided by a divine purpose. 

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Radical Discipleship: Jesus vs. Modern Christianity

Radical Discipleship: Rediscovering the Transformative Power of Following Jesus

What did Jesus Really mean when He said "Make Disciples"?

As I delved into researching the stark differences between first-century discipleship and our modern practices, I was struck by how far we've drifted from Jesus' original intent. In this podcast, I explore what it truly meant to be a disciple in Jesus' time and how we can recapture that radical, life-altering commitment today.

In first-century Israel, being a disciple of a rabbi was a high calling that required complete dedication. Disciples would leave everything behind—family, possessions, and their former way of life—to follow their rabbi closely, learning to imitate him in every way. The goal was not merely to acquire knowledge but to become a living embodiment of the rabbi's teachings and character.

Contrast this with today's discipleship, which often emphasizes comfort, personal fulfillment, and classroom-style learning over the sacrificial, relational transformation that Jesus modeled. We've traded the power of life-on-life mentorship for the convenience of curriculum-based programs. We've made disciple-making a compartmentalized activity rather than the all-encompassing lifestyle it was for the early church.

But Jesus' call to "make disciples" is as compelling and costly today as it was 2,000 years ago. It's a summons to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily, and follow him wholeheartedly. It's an invitation to be transformed from the inside out as we learn to imitate Jesus in every aspect of our lives.

The Stark Contrast of Discipleship

As I explored in the podcast, this kind of radical discipleship requires a paradigm shift:

1. From comfort to sacrifice: Following Jesus means being willing to suffer for his sake, seeing persecution as a privilege rather than a problem.

2. From information transfer to transformational lifestyle: Discipleship is about becoming like Jesus in our character, not just acquiring biblical knowledge.

3. From compartmentalized programs to integrated life-on-life mentorship: Disciple-making should be woven into the fabric of our daily lives, not relegated to a weekly class.

4. From clergy-driven ministry to empowering all believers: Every disciple is called to become a disciple-maker, sharing the gospel and mentoring others.

5. From institutional maintenance to missional focus: Our ultimate goal is not to build impressive churches but to equip and send out mature disciples to transform the world.

As followers of Jesus, we are called to nothing less than conformity to Christ—a lifelong journey of cross-carrying obedience and Spirit-empowered transformation. This is the heart of biblical discipleship, and it's what the church desperately needs to recover today.

I encourage you to explore the links provided in the show notes to dive deeper into this fascinating topic. May we have the courage to embrace the radical, costly call of Jesus to make disciples who make disciples, just as he originally intended. Let's recapture the transformative power of authentic discipleship together.

Friday, April 26, 2024

Stop Playing Games With Baby Faith - It's Time to Move Mountains

Unlocking Mountain-Moving Faith

We serve a big God who wants to do big things through His people. But too often, we get stuck playing small because we let doubt and unbelief creep in.

In my recent podcast "Speaking to Your Mountain," we dug into Mark 11 where Jesus tells His disciples to have faith in God and speak to their mountains. This isn't some name-it-and-claim-it nonsense either. Jesus is calling us to an authentic life of kingdom dominion and authority.

See, the world tries to manifest things through mental gymnastics and "laws of attraction." But we don't have to pour from an empty cup. We have the living God inside of us! When we nurture our relationship with the Lord and stay planted in His Word, mountain-moving faith becomes second nature.

But there's a catch - Jesus makes it crystal clear that unforgiveness will cut the power line. We can't expect to walk in supernatural authority while harboring offense, anger or resentment in our hearts. That's a non-negotiable for kingdom operatives.

I'm telling you, when we get this forgiveness piece down and anchor ourselves in the uncompromising truth of God's Word, we become unstoppable forces for the kingdom! 

Interview with Real Talk Interactive

I recently had the privilege of appearing on Real Talk Interactive with my brother Richard Dixon to unpack these very truths. You can check out our powerful conversation right here:

Real Talk Interactive

Richard is a true minister of the gospel who isn't afraid to go deep and stir up spiritual hunger. During the interview, we took an exhilarating dive into operating in bold, mountain-moving faith according to the fullness of our identity in Christ.

If you're not yet plugged into Real Talk Interactive, I'd strongly encourage you to tap into that well. Richard creates an atmosphere for the Holy Spirit to rebuke, correct and instruct in a profound way. His ministry is all about provoking supernatural breakthrough by aligning our beliefs and expectations with our full inheritance as sons and daughters of the King.

No More Games! 

It's time to stop playing games with Elementary-level faith. Our God is looking for some sons and daughters who will go ALL IN and become powerful ambassadors of His supreme reign over every circumstance and situation. Who's ready to embrace the full weight of their kingdom identity?

Get locked and loaded in the full armor of God (Ephesians 6). Put on that robe of righteousness and wield the sword of the Spirit. Then watch how powerfully God can move through vessels who are willing to bring Heaven's culture into hostile territory through bold declarations of faith!

I'm all in. Who's joining me?