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October 1, 2017, 12:00 AM

Can You Spot A Spiritual Wolf?

 

Act 20:26-29  Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. 
:27  For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. 
:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 
:29  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock

 

Can you spot the wolf?  Paul had been in Ephesus for three years.  Now it is time for him to leave.  He knows that he will not see them ever again.  He warns them that as soon as he leaves that grievous wolves will enter and not spare the flock.

Paul taught for three years, teaching, preaching, prophesying, and praying over the church at Ephesus, knowing that people would arise from without and within to draw disciples away from the faith.  Just as they faced false teachers and wolves so it is with us in this current age.

There are three wolves which seeks to infiltrate the Church of Jesus Christ,  The wolves are the wolf of finances, wolf of sex, and the wolf of entertainment!

Financial Wolf - This wolf comes into the church wanting to start a pyramid scheme i.e., coffee, Amway, or special vitamins, etc.  Now, many who start this pyramid are the pastors of the church, of course he is at top of the pyramid. 

Some wolves have special water from a well that God showed them where to drill and now bottle or package this now blessed water.  For a donation you can receive this water and by faith receive your miracle! 

Some Pastors-Prophets when altar time comes to the service, they form lines according to the amount of money that a person has.  They will receive a prophecy from the minister based on the level of their offering!  If you don't have money to put in the wolf's hand, then keep your seat, God has nothing for you!    Well, can you spot a spiritual wolf?

2Peter 2:3  And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

 

Sexual Wolf -  This wolf wants to entangle you in sexual sins.  This wolf or wolfette, comes into the church hunting sex.  This wolf will become anything you want to get close to you to seduce.  It has no intention of marrying or having a Godly relationship.  Church is just a place where it hunts its prey.  Or, this wolf comes into the church to moleste children or youth.  The wolf will work its way into the youth class as a teacher or chaperone for special trips.  You know the rest of the story!  Well, can you spot a spiritual wolf, yet?  Let's do one more.   

1Cornithians 6:18  Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 

 

Entertainment Wolf -  This wolf wants to ensnare you in the demonic world of entertainment.  The remake of the movie "IT" has recently been released!  This movie is about a demonic clown that ties a red balloon at the sewer openings to lure children into the sewers so IT can eat its victims.  When Christians open their minds and hearts to this movie, demons of fear are sown into the minds and hearts of children, youth, and adults.  The Sunday I ministered this sermon, no less than fifteen persons came to the front of the church for deliverance from a spirit of fear.  Parents knew not to let their children go to these movies, but because of peer pressure, demonized children comes home.  Can you spot a spiritual wolf, yet?  

Psa 51:10  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 

 

God has given me a great responsibility to lead as many sheep that I can to the heavenly pasture.  My advise is the same that Paul gave to the Ephesian church.

 

1Pe 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 

 

Pastor Henry B. Shaffer Sr.

p.s. If you are in a church with a wolf pastor, leave! 




September 1, 2017, 12:00 AM

But My Chains Aren't Gone - by Pastor Henry Shaffer

 

But My Chains Aren't Gone - Anxiety!

As I was having a conversation this week with a mother who said, I need to bring my daughter for prayer.  She said that her daughter asked her about a song they sing in church, why do we sing the song "My Chains are Gone"?  She said mom my chains aren't gone, I'm not free, my chains aren't gone!

God started to download a message to me about the title of this blog.  Let's consider the scriptures about being in bondage.  As Jesus was talking to those who believed on him, He said,

John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

:33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

:35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.

:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Look at what they said in vs 33, we have never been in bondage!  They had been in Egyptian bondage for over 400 years, and while they were making that statement, they were under Roman bondage as well.

The lesson is, while singing the songs of freedom, many raise their hands in bondage to many besetting issues, one particularly is Anxiety.  This condition comes upon many of God's people at different times in their lives.

Much medication is given by medical professionals to counteract this condition and is helpful.   I have found out that through ministry that anxiety can be caused by a spirit, just like fear can be caused by a spirit.  Many quote the scripture in fearful times, God has not given me a spirit of fear, but all along they know they aren't free from fear or anxitey.

Christians, believers in Jesus, just like our text, would say, I've never been in bondage to any spirit, but all along you know you are!  I have the remendy, deliverance from this tormenting spirit.

Let's move towards freedom,  say this out loud, "You hear me, you spirit of Anxiety, I break any generational curse of anxiety over me, I go back to the root of this curse, and I command this spirit of anxiey to turn me loose and come out of me, now, and go to the pit!  You hear me In the Name of Jesus turn me loose and come out now, you are an invader and a trespasser, come out now in the Name of Jesus Christ"

Watch this video and see what God does, He can do it for you as well.  Your chains can be gone, in the name of Jesus!  Praise God!

YouTube Video Sermon: But my Chains aren't Gone

Blessings,

Pastor Henry Shaffer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 3, 2017, 8:27 PM

The Battle is Not Yours It's The LORD'S

The story of David facing Goliath is an inspiration to all of us who are facing a Giant in our life!

A great battle between a believer in the God of Israel, and a giant who trusted in the gods of the Philistines, shows us, if we learn the lesson that David learned, we can face any obstacle in our life.

The lesson he learned was "the battle is LORD's".  David put a smooth stone in his sling and hit Goliath in the forehead, knocking him to the ground, thus using Goliath's own sword to behead him! 

Life's Lesson:  The giant represents the Devil, David represents our savior Jesus Christ.  Jesus defeated the devil on the cross at Calvary.  With our faith and belief in Jesus Christ, we can face any thing the Devil puts before us, because Jesus fights for us.

The battle is the Lord's, not ours.  We must fight, but Jesus gives us His strength and ensures the victory is ours.

If you are facing the giant of finances, health, looking for a job, divorce, emotional issues, overcoming alcohol, lust, anger, or unforgiveness, remember that Jesus will help you and me defeat any giant we face.  Look to Jesus and praise Him in the midst of the battle.  When the devil says you won't win remember this: 

Samuel 17:46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

Samuel 17:47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands.

One of the greatest lesson to learn is the Battle is the LORD’s!

Walk in victory and be Blessed!

-  Pastor Henry Shaffer

 

 

 

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April 1, 2016, 12:00 AM

The Military Outpost HAS and infirmary, but it ISN't an infirmary!

The Military Outpost HAS an infirmary, but it isn't an infirmary!

God is preparing the church for a great endtime assault of wickedness on the church and the world.  God is preparing an army that he will use to "set the captives free".  We are to develop ourselves for warfare. 

Often times, we confuse our mission with the RED CROSS and the church becomes a bless ME club or let's take care of the sick and dying.

There is a place for that, it is called the infirmary.  The quote below was sent to me and it really speaks to the time we live in at most churches:

"Distortions often arise when the church is not living up to its potential. Consequently, many people think the church is an infirmary where sick people go.  We limp along In unbelief, hoping the rapture will come soon and take us out of this miserable defeat. 

The church is not an infirmary; it is a military outpost under orders to storm the gates of hell.  Every believer is on active duty, called to take part in fulfilling the Great Commission. 

Thankfully, the church  has as an infirmary that ministers to the weak and the wounded, but the infirmary  exists only for the purpose of the military outpost.  Our real call  is to be change agents in the world, taking a stand, living by faith and fulfilling our purpose for being here!"

Taken from the book Victory over the Darkness by Neil T Anderson

 

Thank God for all those who work and help to heal our spiritual soldiers.  Let's get them whole again, and put them in spiritual training, so they can join us on the front lines again.

It's time to wake up the mighty men, sound the alarm, there is a sound of war!

 

- Pastor Henry Shaffer




February 2, 2016, 12:00 AM

God says: I Am Raising Up The UNLOCKERS - February 2016


 
At the end of 2015 I preached  2  messages concerning the vision of the church for 2016. 
 
I used a giant key which is still located at the altar of our church.  God said the key to the supernatural is preaching the message of deliverance and miracles. 
 
If we wanted to see this end time move of God...preach the message of deliverance and miracles  and this Key would  unlock the supernatural  at University Parkway (or any church)! 
 
Some laughed, Some Mocked, and Some shouted in Excitement of what is to come. 
 
I can only preach what I hear God saying to me, in this desperate hour, concerning the world and church.
 
 
This article was just recently sent to me from Charisma Magazine .... You Need to read the rest of the article below ...
 
 

I hear the Father saying that He is raising up the "unlockers!"

Those that have been given keys of: authority, revelation and assignment. They are being released to unlock plans and purposes in regions—territories. They have been commissioned by the Spirit of the Lord.

As they move into their assigned places, there is divine ability in them to bring release of things in the spirit that have seemingly been locked. These things have not been locked away from the children of God but reserved for the children of God.

"And the key of the house of David will I lay on his shoulder. Then he shall open, and none shall shut. And he shall shut, and none shall open" (Is. 22:22, MEV).

There has been a "timing element" upon some of these plans. Those that have been mantled with the assignment to unlock will step into a divine timing and alignment moment. They are being released in the timing of the Father. They go with His keys in their hands!

I see prophetic keys being given to the servants of the Lord in this hour. I see key revelations being provided that access realms of deliverance and breakthrough for the people of God.

Embrace His Mighty Exploits!

He is writing great exploits upon the hearts of His people. He is releasing dreams and pictures of destiny to fuel faith and unlock potential. Open the eyes of your inner man and begin to see what He is declaring over you.

Some are not able to embrace the exploits because they are trapped in the stinging memories of past disappointments.

I hear the Father saying, "My healing balm is available for those. They have not understood why it did not work, they have not been able to escape the pain and the bitter waters, but I have fresh waters of redemption to release over them. I am calling My bride forth to 'dream with Me'—to move up higher and allow Me to write My exploits upon their hearts. I have great adventures of faith and powerful glory to reveal."

Some have been unable to embrace the exploits because they are looking through the lens of limitation. They are seeing what they can or cannot do but there is immeasurable power available in the inner man! There is power for exploits, breakthrough and wonder. Begin to live, move and advance from the spirit realm. "I have provided FULL ACCESS—nothing lacking."

Be Free of the Enemies Lies!

"Some are operating under the weight of condemnation and lying accusation. Have I not said that your righteousness is of Me?"

2 Corinthians 5:21: "For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him."

"I have desired to paint visions of powerful exploits upon your heart, but you were unable to see them because of lying accusations. The enemy has been hurling his lies at your mind, speaking of past failures and present struggles.

"You must boldly stand upon My promises of freedom and appropriate the wonder-working power of My Blood! Your righteousness is of Me and is appropriated by faith. His accusations must be met with My redemption so that your heart can go free!

A free heart is: free to love, free to dream, free to soar! Free hearts take My hand and run forward with Me. Free hearts are blank canvases for My dreams of exploits."

It is time to navigate the exploits of God and unlock His plans for us. It is time to let go of the past hurts, wounds and pain in order to embrace His powerful plans for the hour.

The unlocking mandate is upon us! The keys have been given. Now it is time to run forward with Abba.

Ryan LeStrange started in ministry after training and serving under his spiritual father Dr. Norvel Hayes. Ryan and his wife, Joy, lead Impact International Ministries based in Bristol, Virginia, which consists of several local churches and revival ministries. Through Ryan LeStrange Ministries, he travels the globe preaching, igniting revival, and moving in the power of God. Ryan can be seen weekly on his television program, Power 4 Today, airing around the world on GodTV. He is the founder and apostle of Impact International Apostolic Fellowship, networking and fathering ministers around the world. Ryan has authored several books releasing an apostolic and prophetic perspective to the body of Christ. Please visit ryanlestrange.com.

For the original article, visit elijahlist.com.

 
 
God Bless,
 
Henry Shaffer
Pastor, University Parkway Church of God


Comments

02-03-2016 at 4:16 PM
Sandy Arledge
Thank you for this, Pastor! He is describing those who serve at UPCOG...a confirming word?
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