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NAR Charismaniacal False Teaching about Walking in the Blessings of Our Promised Land

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'"All my heart." That would be "wholeheartedness." The only things we are to be wholehearted about are things relating to our love and obedience to God and His direction for our lives.I am constantly asking God for His guidance, direction and anointing in the projects He sets before me. I pursue them in obedience to His voice and rely on His anointing, wisdom, power and favor to flow through me, granting me success. Gaining this victory will be one more piece of evidence of God's faithfulness and the truth and relevance of the Bible's promises for us today. This posture keeps me in divine flow so God's creativity and guidance can flow through me. God is a God who hides Himself (Isa. 45:15) and it is the glory of a king to search out a matter (Prov. 25:2). We are royalty (kings and queens [1 Pet. 2:9]), so it is up to us to search and seek and pursue. I seek direction through God's voice as I search for answers to release the victory. I seek power through His Spirit as I press forward with faith, hope and love. God has ordained that experiencing His kingdom is a Spirit-led process where I cease my efforts. I look and see Him at my right hand (Acts 2:25; Ps. 16:8). I ask for His revelation, anointing and power to flow. Then I tune to His river that flows within (John 7:37-39). I honor His voice, which comes as flowing thoughts, and His visions, which come as flowing pictures. I accept in faith that these things are flowing within me.' -- Mark Virkler

This is the dangerous teachings that set Christians up to doubt God. Not everything we set our lives to is God-ordained. We can convince ourselves it is though. We can submit it into prayer and sometimes the answer is no. Sometimes we do not get the victory as we wanted it. We do not get the job or promotion. Sometimes our children do stray. Notice that only success as defined within the carnal mind of Mark Virkler constitutes victory. Peter's denial of Christ could hardly be considered victorious yet it was a crucial part of his development in Christ. I can testify to many times the Lord said no and it was a place of victory for sure. Virkler then does a breathtakingly poor job of stringing together three verses that have nothing to do with each other. The verse about a king searching out a matter has nothing to do with God hiding Himself and the fact that Peter refers to us as kings and queens has even less to do with either of the other scriptures. Experiencing the kingdom of God starts with knowing His word, not some esoteric, experiential, gnostic sense of "spirit." There is no such thing as "tuning to His river!" Look at the nonsense Virkler claims represents God's voice! Flowing thoughts, visions and flowing pictures in our mind do not necessarily come from God. In all likelihood they come from our wickedly deceitful heart. Virkler's acceptance that these things are the voice of God is exactly where experiential Christianity goes off the rails. This is how the NAR teaches people to "hear God." Instead of reading their bible, which we know He wrote, they listen to whatever pops into their wicked mind and claim it is direct revelation. Yet another very dangerous practice.

"I know I already have the victory in Christ Jesus (1 Cor. 15:57) so I maintain a positive attitude, which helps a lot. It is hard to win if I don't believe I will win. I smile and stay relaxed so the flow of the Spirit can continually guide. This flow is cut off until I cease my labors and enter into the state of rest (Heb. 3-4). In addition, His victory comes by hearing and following His voice. I know that by obeying His voice, I am assured of success. When the Israelites followed God's voice in the wilderness and in the taking of the Promised Land, they won. When they doubted or did not follow His voice, they died. So I smile, relax, tune to flow and confess I have this victory, even before the victory is fully manifest in the natural realm (Mark 11:22-24). Relaxed optimism releases faith, hope and love (1 Cor. 13:13), which in turn opens me up to heavenly brilliance, anointing and divine creativity. My attitude is, "I don't have problems, only challenges that are already overcome in Christ Jesus!" Joy and thanksgiving flood my soul. I am in peace as I relentlessly pursue this victory. Kingdom anointing and power ride on the wings of kingdom emotions (Rom. 14:17; Matt. 14:14)." -- Mark Virkler

Read 1Corinthians 15:57 and ask yourself what is it that we have the victory over in Christ Jesus? It is kind of important. Jesus gives us the victory over the grave! Virkler tries to corrupt that into a vague sense of victory in all of our earthly affairs because this world is all the NAR truly cares about. He claims to only follow the voice of God but remember that voice is his own voice inside of his head. He has already admitted that. He then usurps that victory of Israel, plays the word faith card of speaking it before it happens, and as a result claims he is entitled to heavenly brilliance, anointing and divine creativity. No Mark, you are being led by the father of lies and are just following the lies he whispers into your deceitful heart. Kingdom anointing and power ride on the wings of kingdom emotions? Where in the world did he get that from? It sure is not in the bible. We cannot rely upon our emotions beloved but the word of God never changes and is never wrong. That is where the power of God resides.

'Personal Journaling Application.

1. "Lord, what is the passionate desire You have put in my heart that I am to pursue at this time?"

2. "Lord, what gifts have You given me that are to be used to make me victorious in the area of my heart's passion?"


3. "Lord, I commit myself to achieving Your victory in this assignment so Your world will be blessed, Your name glorified and Your promised fulfilled."' -- Mark Virkler

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